“Give Up And Don’t”

8/2/19
Written by: Victor P.

“Give Up And Don’t”

Give it up already:
Chasing the wind,
Chasing the illusions,
Giving in to the lies.

Give up the bitterness,
Let go of the regrets,
Unforgiving is half-dead,
Proud is blind by choice.

Not saying it’s easy,
Not saying it won’t take time,
But it’ll make a difference,
It’s worth it to at least try.

Make a choice to keep going,
Make your voice heard,
See, anyone can stop trying
But that won’t solve anything.

To not give up is a battle
But you’re not alone in this,
Don’t shut your eyes to the truth,
Have you found the needed proof?

Your heart may be broken,
Where do you look for mending?
Your soul may be lost now,
Where can it really be saved?

No empty words fill the air,
This isn’t a hollow message,
Not here to give easy answers,
Just trying to share the truth.

What enemies are you facing?
What problems are you solving?
What worries you the most now?
We all need answers to questions.

If you think you’re your own savior,
See how long you can really believe it.
If your hope is in yourself,
You’ll be stuck until it dies.

Can you drop it all now,
Everything that’s killing you,
Everything you don’t need,
Everything that leaves you empty?

Who doesn’t have scars?
Who hasn’t been hurt?
Who hasn’t lost something?
We’re not so different one from another.

“Thoughts About Life at Night”

9/22/19
Written by: Victor P.

“Thoughts About Life at Night”

Just stay awake a little longer,
Let many thoughts fill your mind,
Think of problems and solutions,
Think of possibilities and challenges.

Just fall asleep, tomorrow’s coming,
A new page in a chapter of your life,
You story here is far from over,
Tomorrow won’t repeat today.

You can’t live in the past,
You can’t live in the future,
Live in the present, realize
You don’t need to stay the same.

Face today and its problems
One at a time, no need to rush,
Don’t let doubt rob you of trust,
Don’t lose your hope, keep it alive.

You have enough on your plate now,
Don’t go for seconds until you finish
What is before you, what you’re facing,
It may not be easy but it must be done.

It’s not an easy thing to do,
I understand, I’m not a fool,
But doing nothing isn’t progress,
You’re not here to wither and die.

Some things you want but won’t get,
Some things in life will hurt terribly,
Some things you’ll never understand,
But life here is still worth living.

We haven’t all experienced the same things,
We haven’t all faced the same problems,
But we can relate to many things,
We’re not robots, we’re not heartless.

A listening ear, real presence,
A smile to a friend and stranger
A healthy optimism for the future;
Can we all have? Can we all give?

Just stay awake a little longer
And let your thoughts at night
Give way to sleep, tomorrow’s calling,
You haven’t seen what the future will bring.

“When I See”

9/15/19
Written by: Victor P.

“When I See”

When I see you
I look into your eyes
And I think of possibilities
Before doubts push them away
And I’m left uncertain again,
What can tomorrow bring
For me? For you?
Have we both been waiting?
We can start moving, doing,
Words will replace silence,
One fear is overcome.

“At Arm’s Length”

9/9/19
Written by: Victor P.

“At Arm’s Length”

At arm’s length,
We grow colder,
Increase distance,
Decrease care.

Foolish to pretend
To be perfect
In this world
Of imperfect people.

To be real is
To be vulnerable,
To love is to risk,
But it’s worth it.

I hope we realize it
Sooner than later.

Sunday Praise (39) 6/2/19

Sunday Praise (39) 6/2/19. by me.

The day begins with darkness,
The night covers the lands,
The dawn welcomes morning,
God, You’ve made it this way.

The sun rises in the east
And moves until we see
It then sets in the west
And the day comes to an end.

It’s interesting to think about
The way things happen daily,
And we take it for granted
As if nothing will change.

We rush and follow distractions
And we lose focus of You, Lord,
You call us to be still and know
You are the true and living God.

It’s strange that many don’t
Worship You, God Almighty,
Like You don’t matter or exist
But You sustain their very existence.

Lord, it takes more than just time
To realize what’s truly important
In this life we live here on Earth
And what matters eternally.

To fix our eyes on Jesus Christ
Gives life stability and hope.
To do all things for Your glory
Is an honor, a blessing, imperative.

The blood of the Lamb of God
Can wash away our guilt and sins.
The blood of Jesus Christ the Savior
Can make us whole again, give new life.

By His Blood, by His death on Calvary
He has ransomed us, redeemed us,
Made atonement for all of our sins,
We’re saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ.

By His death Christ reconciled us
To the Father, now we’re God’s children.
We see what a great manner of love it is
That we are and are called His children!

There’s hope and meaning for us,
We live not like the worldlings now,
We’re soldiers in Christ’s army,
We have on the full armor of God.

In You, Father, Lord Almighty,
I find refuge, rest, and comfort.
It’s a blessing to praise You,
To enter into Your presence.

May the fire of Your joy and presence
Be my trust, experience, and delight.
May my heart ever be filled, o Lord,
With Your love, to ever glorify You.

I can never forget the Cross
On which Christ died for my sins,
He shed His blood, He died for me,
The innocent One died for the guilty.

I can never thank You enough
For all that You’ve done for me.
I know You’re the only one worthy
To receive all honor, glory, praise.

King of kings and Lord of lords,
I bow to You in humility now.
God of gods and Almighty Sovereign,
I fall prostrate before You, Holy One.

I am realizing it more each day
How important it is to have Your love
In the heart and in the life,
In word and in deed show Your love.

You’re always near, always with us,
Our Father in Heaven, be blessed,
Glory to You now and forevermore,
Holy and righteous, just and loving.

You make whiter than the snow
Those who are Your children
By the blood of Jesus Christ
The Lamb of God slain for sinners.

Glory to Your name, living God,
Praise and laud be given to You,
Adoration and reverence by all
Is Your due, holy and true Lord.

Savior of sinners, Healer of souls,
Redeemer and Ransomer of the lost
Slaves to sin, children of the enemy,
You adopt those who will believe on You.

You rescue the lost and the wretched,
You restore the broken and ruined,
You mend and heal the deepest wounds,
You comfort, You sympathize, You love.

There is truly no one like You,
You’re the true and living God,
All counterfeits be damned,
Be lifted above all, Almighty!

You’re exalted in the nations,
You’re glorified by Your children,
You’re glorified by Your creation,
Now and forevermore be glorified!

“A Little Rest”

12/2/18
Written by: Victor P.

“A Little Rest”

So little silence,
So much noise,
All these distractions
Make me numb.

Trying to think,
Trying to rest,
Trying to manage
My breathing here.

Trying to feel
The same way
I did before.
Life is changing.

Mind is cluttered,
Heart is weary,
I need quiet,
I need rest.

I pray and I try,
I wait for the passing
Of the empty moments
And the grey days.

I think it’s coming,
Some rest for heart and mind,
A break from the rushing
Of weekday work and all else.

The weekend is here
And I won’t waste it,
I’ve heard much noise,
I was distracted often.

I’ve made little time
For what’s important,
I’ll make up for it now,
It’s the least I can do.

Interrupting the routine,
A little solitude here,
Time to think and rest
Albeit for a little while.

It’s quiet now,
The noise stopped,
Distractions are removed,
This is what I needed.

A blessing in plain sight,
Won’t take it for granted,
Won’t waste what I’m given,
I’ll make use of what I have.

I am content
With what I have
When I count my blessings,
When I thank God for it all.

“God’s Gospel is For All Sinners, For All of Us” Note by me.

“God’s Gospel is For All Sinners, For All of Us” Note by me.

Jesus Christ can set a person free in the most meaningful and true sense of the word.
He can free a sinner from the deserved punishment, from the penalty of committed sins, from the burden of guilt and shame, from condemnation and misery.
He can give rest to restless hearts, relief to troubled minds, comfort to the grieving, assurance to the doubting.
Yes, Christ can save sin’s slaves and make them His saints. He can redeem them. He can remake them. He can change them for the better, so they can become who they’re meant to be.

There is hope for fools and wretches.
There is hope for the hopeless, the condemned, the outcasts, addicts and criminals, degenerates and vile men and women.
Christ is the only hope for all these and all other people. The Gospel is the light of truth for all if us sinners, it’s the good news we all need and the message we’d be utter fools to reject, ignore, scoff at.

Today could be your last day alive and if you die unsaved, if you reject the Gospel, if you die without Christ, you won’t have anyone to blame but yourself.
God has made Christ the only Way to salvation, and peoples’ feelings and opinions against God’s way doesn’t change the reality that it is just as God says it is and other beliefs and ways won’t change it.

God calls all sinners daily to repent and believe, to come to Christ, to be saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He calls men and women, children and the middle-aged and the elderly, no matter what their skin color is, no matter where they live or work, no matter how much wrong they’ve done, no matter what sins they’ve committed in public or in private. All sinners, all people, are called by God to repent, to confess their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, to be saved by Christ, to be reconciled to God the Father through Christ the Son.

God’s Gospel is the best news sinners can get and are given, the light that shines in the dark world to sinners who all need a Savior to rescue, redeem, remake, restore, strengthen, sanctify them, give them a purpose and mission in life to glorify God and obey Christ’s commands and His Great Commission, to become who they were created by God to be.
Thank God for the Gospel. Thank God for Jesus Christ. Sinners can be saved, there’s hope and love and true life and purpose still. Come to God through Christ today. It’ll be too late when you die.

God loves you and He wants you to love Him as a child loves and obeys his parent.
He calls the rebels to surrender to His sovereign rule. He calls the unbelievers to open their hearts and minds and believe and receive His truth. God calls sinners to repentance, to true life, to salvation, to true purpose, to restoration and renovation and renewal.

Glory to God for His love and holiness, His grace and mercy, His wisdom and longsuffering, His Gospel and His Son Jesus Christ!

“Creation Points to God” Note by me.

“Creation Points to God” Note by me.

–Note: Originally just a comment, shared here for anyone to read–

Creation isn’t to be idolized or worshiped but to serve as a pointer to the Creator, a reminder that all is made by God who is Maker, Architect, Sustainer, of all that was and is and will be, all made for His glory, all showing His creativity, majesty, expression of His attributes.
Design and complexity and variety and order, all evidence of God’s handiwork, and though but a good show of His infinite wisdom, yet is enough to give humans an idea of just what God has done, is still doing, and will do.
No one has a valid excuse for not believing in God, and excuses aren’t reasons anyway and so are void.

Turn your gaze to the bigger picture of reality and see that the natural order, all that is, is held together by the living God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible.
Until you’ve looked at that bigger picture, you’re just looking at a few pieces of the puzzle of reality, but you do have the other pieces available so it’s your responsibility to look at them, consider them, add them to the puzzle, and your mind will be wanting more pieces, more answers, and your heart will seek more of what it needs if your will is resolved to seek the truth wherever it leads.

The right place where it will lead you would be to the Cross of Christ, to a knowledge of God, there you’d have to accept the Maker’s conditions and life in Him.

Or you will turn away and reject what He has done for you and return to the darkness of your natural way of living in rejection of and rebellion against your Creator and Savior, which is the most foolish kind of rebellion, but need not be your end if you accept the truth before you die.

“About Jesus, Judging, Christians, Understanding” Note by me.

“About Jesus, Judging, Christians, Understanding” Note by me.

–Note: Originally just a long comment made by me somewhere, shared here hoping it will benefit those who read it–

You don’t even need to judge gays or people of other beliefs because God says they’re judged already, they’re guilty of sinning against Him and they must repent, they need God’s forgiveness and grace and mercy and to surrender their whole lives to God and stop living in rebellion against God, they need healing of their souls, to be given a new heart, a change of thinking and a change of lifestyle. That’s Christianity, that’s the truth gays and other sinners need, the Gospel of God, not interpretations by people who aren’t even Christians or by duped and immature Christians who don’t even read the Bible and just accept what other immature Christians tell them about gays and judging and beliefs and lifestyles.

Jesus didn’t say to never judge anyone for how they live or what they believe, He said don’t judge hypocritically, don’t go bashing others for their little sins when you’re doing worse sins, don’t pretend to be clean when you’re filthy, He said judge righteous judgment, don’t make conclusions about someone until you get the facts from them, the outward behavior shows what’s in the heart. To not say anything to someone who’s doing what God says not to, to not correct them when they’re terribly wrong, that’s not a service to anyone, that’s the opposite of Christianity, that indifference, that’s cowardice, that’s just watching as they get worse and worse and not really caring if they die in sins as long as you don’t offend them and don’t look like you’re judging them.
Satan’s totally ok with quiet, harmless, spineless Christians who won’t say anything to those who sin because they want to seem nice and inoffensive, they don’t want to ruffle feathers or rock the boat, who basically just stand by and watch sinners continue in their rebellion against God and sinning against people. They may believe that’s the Christian way but it’s the opposite of what God wants and calls Christians to do, and cowardly Christians should know better and pray for courage, have their minds renewed by the truth of God’s Word and live the way God wants them to and not how the world tells them to or how their feelings lead them to think and act and live.

Spinelessness, cowardice, compromise, indifference, conformity, apathy, people-pleasing, those aren’t virtues, those aren’t things Christians should be showing in their speech and actions and life. Those are things to repent of, things to change, things to get rid of; those are not good attributes or qualities or characteristics of Christians. They’re things that paralyze and poison and stunt Christian growth and choke our love and attacks our hope, it’s harfmul for us and affects others negatively when we interact and deal with people.

Only God knows everything about everyone and only God will judge finally all who sinned and rejected Him and His call to repentance and salvation through Christ. That should make sinners more afraid of God’s holiness and judgment than any judging that some person does of them. God hasn’t changed His mind about homosexuality, murder, rape, stealing, or other sins, so those who keep sinning are already condemned because they ignore God’s prohibitions and pretend He’s magically ok with things He once said were wrong and sinful and must be repented of. That’s twisting God’s own Word and making up a phony version of Christianity, that’s making God say the opposite of what He actually says, and that’s no small wrong.
People who pretend God’s ok with whatever beliefs and lifestyles they chose, are in for a terrible shock when they’ll find out how wrong they are, they made an idol and they served it, but it wasn’t the real God and they should’ve known better and repented of their idolatry and stopped following the world’s ideas about God which contradict what God says in the Bible.

You can disagree with everything I wrote but it’s your responsibility to know and accept the truth of what God says in His Word Himself and through Christ and through prophets and all the other people in the Bible God speaks the truth through. I’m noy interested in tickling or scratching itching ears or stroke egoes or give false hope to those who sin and say it’s ok. I’ll take God’s Word over sinners’ opinions any day. To do less than give people the truth about such things is to deprive them of what they need, it’s to refuse to do what God wants Christians to do for those who sin and aren’t saved.

“Foolish Words and the Gospel Truth.” Note by me.

“Foolish Words and the Gospel Truth.” Note by me.

It’s truly one of the stupidest things atheists and whoever else says or thinks such things as shown in the pictures below of the sign and the shirt, can think or say.
No matter how sarcastic they’re being, no matter if they are just joking or really believe their own words, see it for what it is.

 


It really shows atheist (and others’) ignorance, their pride, their darkened understanding, their closed, small minds; it shows they hate God and Christ; it shows they foolishly think Christ is on their level (a mere mortal they can kill); it shows their rebellion against the Creator and displays their sinfulness and their desperate need for but denial of their need for Christ the Savior.
They need most Christ whom they foolishly think they could kill with their fragile mortal hands when He comes back.
They need the Gospel which they deny is true or necessary or that it’s even good news for any.
They need to surrender to the God they’ve denied even exists; they need the Truth that sets free indeed; they need the Lamb of God to take away their sins and forgive them, to reconcile them to God, to change them from condemned sinners into redeemed saints, to save their souls and make them into who God wants them to be.
They need to see God’s truth (His whole Word, the Bible), but not just see it or consider it, they need to embrace it and really believe it for it to have a real effect on their life and soul and destiny.

We could smirk when we see such stupid signs and shirts with such messages on them, or we could get angry at them and spout our worst criticisms at such people and words, or we could look at it and see it as it is beyond the surface: a desperate cry of now-condemned souls who in vain fight against God and Christ but are in need of His grace and forgiveness and salvation through Christ.
They’re people we can pity and forget about or we can pray specifically about these lost ones because they really do need the prayers, for them to come to repentance and understanding of God’s truth.
The current state of their souls is a miserable and an unenviable one. Jesus said such people are already condemned, they’re on their way to Hell, regardless of what they say or believe otherwise. If we don’t believe Christ’s own words on this matter, we should stop calling ourselves Christians. Jesus died for such atheist fools and blind agnostics, for idolaters and pagans, to set them free from their bondage to sin, from the chains of their condemnation.
Jesus died for the unworthy, the undeserving, and the whole human race falls into that category. See, it’s not about our worthiness, it’s about God’s love and why He saw it right to make a sure way for sinners to be saved, forgiven, justified, reconciled to their Creator and made His children in Christ.

So then, while we will still see many more of such stupid signs or words from atheists or pagans, let it not turn you into one who just ignores those lost sinners, use it as a way to start a talk with them and tell them God’s truth, give them God’s Gospel, show them the love of Christ that is in you through actions and not just words. It’s not your part to make them accept the truth and be saved, you’re not the Holy Spirit, your part is all that Christ said is your part in the matter, so don’t dilute the truth and don’t give them half the truth, give them the whole Gospel in love and the Holy Spirit will do all that you can’t in the person’s heart and mind.