“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.

“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.
Sometimes God will stir our hearts to do something for another person, probably some small thing, not some grand act of generosity or charity but maybe just a simple act of kindness.
Then the enemy will whisper his own ideas in an attempt to get us to not do what God stirs our hearts to do.
The devil doesn’t want us obeying God’s will or doing good things for others; he wants us to do things for ourselves only, to limit our positive effect and a good impact on others’ lives.
Satan wants us to turn our focus from Jesus to ourselves, in subtle ways he sometimes gets us to do that and what happens is that our life will lose balance.
A life which isn’t based on a saving relationship with God will inevitably become bleak, empty, miserable.
This relationship is one where the person desires to do the will of God out love, not out of an irrational fear or fear of Hell and judgment.
The saved soul no longer fears Hell and judgment for God has saved them from that, nor do they obey out of fear of losing salvation or feelings of guilt if they don’t do what they should.
The actions of the saved done for God are done out of love, gratitude and honor.
The actions of the saved for people, for others, are also to be done out of love, in obedience to the commands of Christ and the desire to see the good of others, to see others benefit by what one says and does.
While it is easier to not do something for another sometimes, be it some small thing or not, we should resist the urge to forgo doing good for another for that is what God wants us to do, to do to others as we would have it done unto us.
It’s easy to come up with excuses but it’s better not to make them or use them.
In all things we do we should have the mind of Christ, doing what He would do, saying what He would, not letting laziness have its place, not letting our minds become factories of excuses.
We’re not called to run from responsibility, we should embrace it.
We should be accountable people though that doesn’t come naturally and must be learned and practiced before it becomes part of who we are.
When God stirs our hearts to action through His Word, we’d be wise to obey when He speaks lest we procrastinate and put it off until we miss and waste an opportunity to do what God wanted us to do.
When God tells us to do something for someone, even a complete stranger, we should heed His call and do a big or small thing for another.
We may not think it makes a difference when we do it but it may mean a great deal to that person.
We don’t know at the moment how our acts of kindness, charity or generosity will affect a person but God knows and that’s what matters; He knows how it will impact the person, He knows the ends, results, outcomes of all our actions.
Do good when you know you should; do good when God stirs your heart; do good when God speaks through His Word; do good and you won’t regret it.

“Against Universalism” Note by me.

“Against Universalism” Note by me.
Universalism contradicts, twists, distorts, misinterprets, misrepresents, and redefines what the Bible teaches.
It teaches lies about the fate of all people, destiny, life after death, contradicting the Word of God and logic.
Universalism is a lie, a heresy, error, false, something that only harms those who believe it’s true.
People who believe it may have good intentions for telling others about it but you know what they say: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Universalism is just another wide gate, another broad way that leads to destruction, a saccharine substitute for truth, poison disguised as sweet-tasting nectar.
It may be a popular thing to believe, according to some; it may seem like it’s good to believe it over what the Bible clearly says; it may have a nice ring to it; it may be
an appealing notion, a nice sentiment, but that’s all it can be; it’s not the truth and it’s not what people need.
Don’t fall for the subtle lies; don’t mess with this poison; don’t try to taste it hoping it won’t harm you because it will.
Oppose universalism; fight against it; tolerating it is a waste of time and does no one good, it only allows the lies to spread and grow like a weed, like cancer.
If we don’t reject universalism, then do we really believe or care about what God’s Word actually says?
The time for silence is long over; if we are not against universalism, then we’re for it; there’s no neutrality on this matter, no fence to sit on, no opting out of having an opinion or stand on the matter.
It’s a simple matter of choosing the truth or the lie; the truth of God or the lie of Satan; so, decide and live according to what you’ve decided to believe.
………..
Glory to God Alone.

“Glory to You, God!”

6/4/17
Written by: Victor P.
Prose

“Glory to You, God!”

O Lord, You are worthy
Of all the praise I can give,
Of all the glory and honor,
Of all the love I can show.

Everything I sing or say or do
Seems to be so small and not enough
Compared to what You deserve
And what Your majesty merits.

You alone are God,
Incomparable One,
Living and True,
Holy and righteous.

You are God alone
Without equal or rival,
No one can compare
To You, living Lord!

You are Creator,
You are Sustainer,
You are Maker,
You are Sovereign.

You are the Potter,
You are the Painter,
You are the Artist,
You are the Sculptor.

You paint the sky
With such masterful strokes,
You light up the night
With the stars You let shine.

God, Your works are beautiful,
They’re aesthetic masterpieces,
My heart is overwhelmed
By Your limitless creativity.

With such design and complexity
You made all things You wanted to;
The inner workings and intricacies
Display Your omniscience and omnipotence.

You have made all there is,
You have created everything,
Everything exists for Your glory,
To glorify You and praise You.

You are holy and just and righteous,
You are merciful and kind and loving,
You are the only living and true God,
You are unchanging, Immortal, only wise God.

Blessed by Your holy name,
You are God forever blessed,
You’re my salvation and hope,
You’re my strength and song.

From everlasting to everlasting
You alone are God Almighty,
I will praise You now and forever,
You are most worthy and deserving!

You are the hope of all sinners,
You alone are able to save the lost,
You are mighty to save even the vilest,
You can forgive even the worst sinners.

Your love is perfect love,
Your mercy without equal,
Your salvation is true and sure,
You keep all promises You make.

Who is like You, Lord?
There is none like You!
You alone are the living God
Forever glorified and blessed!
………………..
Glory to God Alone.

“A Darker View; A Living Hope”

5/27/17
Written by: Victor P.
Long Prose

“A Darker View; A Living Hope”

Just look around you,
See what’s happening
So near and so far away
On this planet even now.

Who can say that there’s nothing wrong?
Who’d dare deny there’s death and pain?
Who’d say it’s all meaningless in the end?
Who says there’s nothing left to live for?

Don’t tell me everything’s okay
Because I know that it’s not.
Don’t spout another cliché,
Who’s not sick of them yet?

I’m not here to spread pessimism
But to call to see things realistically,
To stop pretending everything’s all right
Because the bloodshed says otherwise.

We can’t just sing through it,
We can’t outlast it by idleness,
If we’re to live to see another year
God help us or we’re as good as dead.

This is the world as it is
And you still say
We don’t need a Savior,
You just don’t know
How wrong you are.
Do you really believe
The words you’re saying
Or do you just want a way out,
An excuse, a cheap avoidance, evasion,
To keep yourself from accepting
The truth that’s staring all in the face?

Things look quite dark,
The future so uncertain,
Every day could be our last
So what are we living for?
What are we dying for?

There are so many existing
Like life’s a game to play,
Carelessness and recklessness
Rules in the hedonistic hearts,
Love grows cold but lust burns,
Pleasure’s sought at others’ expense,
Godliness and holiness rejected,
Neglected, overlooked, ignored,
Like nothing matters more
Than feeling good right now,
Getting what the flesh wants,
Wanting what desire burns for,
Coveting without stopping;
Selfishness is consuming lives.

Lost souls seek to numb the pain
Without positive results, only failure,
Nothing of the world can fill the void,
It accumulates, pollutes and corrupts
And pretty soon the rot within sickens,
The emptiness remains, the misery grows.

There’s no hope and no salvation
If you’re looking for it in the world,
The world system hostile to all that’s of God,
It can’t save your miserable and lost soul,
Know that it can’t deliver you from Hell
And if you look to yourself for salvation
You’ll be severely disappointed soon enough,
You’ll find out, God help you, you can’t save yourself.

I’m not here to pat heads and spout clichés,
I’m not interested in tickling eager ears,
I’m not interested in scratching itching ears,
I’m not in the business of parroting platitudes,
I’m not here to play pretend that everything’s okay.

Say what you will and think worse if you want
But my mind’s made up, my purpose remains
To shine the light of hope to a dark world,
To always point back to Christ as the only answer.

Christ is the only hope of this dying world,
Christ is the only Savior of sinners,
Christ is the One who died for the ungodly,
He’s the only way to God the Father,
He’s the Way and the Truth and the Life,
He died to set the slaves free,
To change miserable and lost lives,
To renovate hearts, to change them from stone to flesh,
To bring life where there’s death and misery,
He’s the only one worthy of glory, wholehearted commitment,
All other gods can burn in Hell’s flames forevermore,
God knows they will, all false gods will be destroyed!

So look around and see the dark clouds
But don’t fix your eyes on the present
So much that you’re just standing still
Too afraid to do anything else, really.
Look up and see the sun peeking
Through the clouds, it’s a reminder
God’s still in control, it’s not hopeless,
No matter how bad things may get,
No matter how dark things may seem
Fix your eyes on Jesus, healthy or ill
And know that He has overcome the world,
There’s nothing that can ever stop Him,
He will not fail, He will not lose control,
Nothing can separate His chidren from His love.

If you’re still looking within for salvation,
If you’re still looking within for all the answers,
I promise you you’ll fail in your endeavor
Because it’s a futile one, a waste of time,
You can never save yourself, be sure of that,
You won’t find all the answers to your questions
Looking within your finite mind, that’s a guarantee.

You may think the world doesn’t need a Savior
And much less do you think you need one
But you couldn’t be more wrong
And though you may feel so sure now
That my kind and I are the ones wrong
Time will not agree with your belief,
Truth will not die and fade into the past,
You will see in time that you’ve been wrong
If you don’t persist in your proud stand,
If you don’t continue living in denial
Of the truth that corresponds to reality,
I pray to God you’ll believe one day,
Better sooner than later but I don’t decide,
Your life from first to last breath is in God’s hands,
Realize He’s in control; may you never forget it.
…………………………………………………………
Glory to God Alone.

“Man can’t judge God” note by me.

“Man can’t judge God” note by me.

–Note: Originally posted as a comment on someone’s post on a social media site. I think it’s worth sharing here, too. —

While man’s alive he thinks he has God in the dock and he’s feeling good about himself, he’s “a good person,” after all, so he thinks he has the right to question and judge God permitting this or that thing he believes shouldn’t be permitted by God, or at least the kind of god he’d feel comfortable believing in, which is not
coincidentally, very much like the man himself in so many ways, so it’s obvious why the man’d prefer to follow such a god, for it’s a god of his own making, one
that conforms to the man’s preferences, exists for the benefit of man, seeks the approval of man lest man become angry with that god and stop following him,
which’d be the end of that god, so that god’s always looking for ways to bless the man and keep him mellow and satisfied lest the man’s anger be kindled and the
flame of man’s wrath burns the god to ash.
Of course, the reality is that there’s no such god in existence; such a push-around god is a counterfeit, a fake, a thing unworthy, a thing imagined in the factory of
idolatry, the man’s mind, and though the may be ever so sincere that that’s the god he believes exists, such a god exists nowhere outside the man’s imagination, it’s just another counterfeit the devil sold to the man who doesn’t want to believe in an All-powerful, most holy God, the One who will judge the world in
righteousness. God’s not a grandpa god who seeks to keep all the people happy by permitting them to do whatever they wish and he’ll forgive them because “no
one’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes.”
Such a sin-tolerating, over-permissive god’s not one people should embrace, much less worship, the very idea of such a god should be spewed from our minds and
replaced by the truth of the true God as He revealed Himself in His Word, not as some man or woman conceived in their imagination.
If we feel qualified to judge God now because we disagree with Him doing this or that or not doing this or that, for permitting certain things, for not giving us such
or such, I guarantee that not one of us will do so when we die and stand before Him, the real Him, and not any conception of Him that the devil has sold billions of
people and they gladly embrace.

“Thinking and Doing” by me.

— This was originally just a comment but I think sharing it here (almost unchanged) can be beneficial to those who read it, if they see the point and do what’s suggested and what I’m encouraging the reader to do. —

Thinking on something is good but once you’ve thought on it for some time, you must act on it, don’t stop with the thinking, go on to the doing, that is, see and seek practical ways of applying what you have thought on.
We’re not just called to think on things, useful as that is, we must move beyond that to the point where we take practical and biblical steps in our lives and really do what we have overlooked, neglected, ignored, trivialized, which of course won’t be easy, no really important things in life are easy, but they’re worth doing and they must be done.
We’re called to obey God’s Word, His commands, out of our love for Him and because those very commands are given by the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent true and living God, they’re not some silly suggestions of the world, they’re the commands of the Almighty One, our Heavenly Father who knows what’s best for all of His children.
It’s not the wisdom of the world we’re here to acquire and apply, it’s the wisdom of God’s Word, which is more lucid and logical than the world’s wisdom, for it comes from the mind of God and not the imagination of man.
Thinking is good, but it’s not an end, it’s a means to an end, which is doing. Abiding in Christ we will bear fruit in our lives and we will be seen as those set apart for God, in His family and of His Kingdom. If we have His light in us, we must not hide it, it must shine so the world sees. Yes, we won’t fit, but that’s not a bad thing, for to be more like Christ is more important than any of the opinions the world has of us.
Obedience to God, no matter how difficult, is more important than the opinions of you held by any people of the world.
Hopefully this helps someone who reads this who may have stopped at the thinking stage and hasn’t moved to the doing stage yet. By God’s help, they can and will if they seek to obey God’s commands, to do God’s will.

“Don’t be ignorant of the enemy, and don’t be ignorant of God’s power” written by me.

“Don’t be ignorant of the enemy, and don’t be ignorant of God’s power” written by me.

–Note: This note was actually originally a comment I made on someone’s post in a group I’m part of in Facebook but I think it’s worth sharing here, for your benefit, possible commenting upon or correcting of, but most importantly may these words bring glory to God and speak truth.–

While we can’t and shouldn’t say that we only sin because the devil makes us do it, we must realize that the devil does tempt and trick and corrupt people and preys on their weaknesses to achieve his vile purposes but the fact that we fall for these tricks and sin as a result of being deceived by the devil does not make us innocent, we are still culpable, accountable for our actions, responsible for keeping our mental, physical and spiritual defenses up and be on guard against the enemy’s many evil tools and methods and attack tactics and tricks.

We must ever be awake and aware of the enemy and his strategies and methods and be on guard lest we become easy prey for his attacks and lies.

We must ever rely on God to guard us, help us, lead us, guide us, always, in all things, for we cannot stand against the enemy and hope to win alone, without God being our victory we shall have no victory.

We must depend upon God and trust Him and surrender to Him and know that without Him we can do nothing, we can’t win a battle much less a war against the enemy of our souls, against temptations, against sins, against all forms and servants of evil.

Let us not be naive, ignorant of the enemy and his ways and strength, nor take lightly the enemy as if he is no threat or problem to us, for he surely is and to underestimate him and his power is foolish; that’s why we must ever lean upon the Lord and His power and strength and not our own understanding of this or that.

Wisdom doesn’t begin with us, and the victory doesn’t come by us nor belong to us, and the glory does not go or belong to us. Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord; victory comes by and from and belongs to the Lord; and the glory must all go and belong to God, always.

Know your enemy, soldiers of Christ, and before that know and love and trust the Lord who alone can save you and bring you victory in this life, in the battles you’ll face, in the struggles small and great. Ever trust the Lord, ever love Him, ever obey Him, ever glorify Him!