“God’s Truth Against Human Foolishness” Note by me.

Since it’s April Fools’ Day.

“God’s Truth Against Human Foolishness” Note by me.

It is the height of foolishness to reject God, to reject His call to repentance, to reject His way of salvation by His grace through faith in Christ.
Those who live like God’s dead are the ones blind to a fact undeniable and quite consequential, affecting their eternal destiny.
Those who pretend God doesn’t even exist are in for a real shock when they die, they’ll be judged by the God they didn’t want to believe in, the perfect and holy living and true God.
It’ll be too late to repent on judgment day: they had a whole life to believe and come to repentance and surrender to God against whom all sin and rebel from their first days.
A fool scoffs at God’s truth now but will regret it later. The rebellious fools fight against God hoping to maintain autonomy, as if the mortal can prevail against the immortal, as if the creature can overcome the Creator.
God calls all to repentance, to true life, to love and obey Him, to live as He intended us to live, to come to salvation through Christ.
It’s a terrible waste of a life to live without God, to pretend He’s dead, to mock all that has to do with God, to persist in sinful rebellion against the living and true God. The only end of such a foolish life is to be judged by a holy God and be condemned justly to Hell for eternity.
People can only go to Heaven or Hell when they die: there’s no nirvana, there’s no purgatory, there’s no void, there’s no annihilation, no other places or states of being.
God has told us the truth and if we don’t obey it and believe it, we only fool ourselves and gain nothing.
God wants what’s best for us, for our souls, and He has already done and provided everything we need to believe and be saved, to know and love Him.
If we reject all God has said and done and keep living like we can save ourselves, then we’re condemning ourselves because we’re not trusting in Christ’s death to be enough to save us or reconcile us to God whose enemy we’ve been since we were born. Thus, we’d refuse eternal life with God and accept an eternal existence in Hell.
Such foolishness doesn’t have to be our course, our end, our destiny. God offers us His way, His love and salvation, eternal life, Himself, if we will trust and obey, take Him at His word, believe on and in Christ as Lord and Savior, as the Lamb if God who takes away sins, as the Way and the Truth and the Life, the only way to God, the only way we can be saved.
So then, we can trust in the Lord and believe in His Word, believe and accept His Gospel as truth and come to Christ to be washed clean by His Blood, forgiven, saved, made new, receive eternal life; or continue living like God’s dead or irrelevant or doesn’t exist, or some other lie Satan has told people over the many years.
We’re all accountable to God now for how we live and think and act and love; there’s no one who’s excused from this duty, this responsibility. Pretending God doesn’t exist doesn’t change at all the reality that He does exist and He will judge all as He said He will. One life to live here is too short to waste believing the lie that there’s no God.
Don’t waste it all on a fool’s hope of nothing after death because God said only Heaven or Hell await us when we die. It’s terribly foolish to choose to be wrong for eternity, to choose to believe a lie when the truth was spoken to you often enough.
You’ll have only yourself to blame if you die today and be sent to Hell.
If you reject God’s Gospel now, you’ve chosen eternal Hell, you’ve chosen the losing side, you’ve chosen the fool’s side. When you die, you can’t say you weren’t told of the deserved horrors of Hell awaiting all the faithless, Godless, foolish, who reject God and His way and truth, you had a lifetime to read His Word, the Bible, and believe His truth.

Today, your eternal destiny can change for the best.
Today you can come to God through Christ the Savior, be saved, forgiven, redeemed, renewed, remade, given what you need most.
Today is the day of salvation; tomorrow you might die. Are you saved?
Today God calls you to repentance, to surrender, to new life in Christ; tomorrow you may already be standing condemned at God’s throne if you’re not saved.
Today is what you’re given and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so choose to believe or reject God, there’s no neutral position, no third option.
Christ can save you now, believe it, come and take God at His word; don’t throw away everything for lies and hopeless world’s offers. Only Christ can save you, what are you waiting for? Come and believe, trust and obey, be forgiven, remade, made a child of God in Christ, be given eternal life. Come now, tomorrow you may already be dead; where do you want to be for eternity?
Count the cost of believing God’s Gospel, see that the eternal gain is ever greater than any earthly loss or pain. To gain Christ is the greatest gain of all.
This isn’t fiction, this isn’t nonsense, these are words of truth taken from God’s Word of life.
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Psalm 14:1b “… The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”
Psalm 53:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

Romans 1:20-25
“20) For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22)  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

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“To Live With God is to Truly Live” Note by me.

“To Live With God is to Truly Live” Note by me.

A life of ease is not a life of growth in any significant sense. Growth requires challenge, pressure, resistance. Maturity requires fighting and doing away with immaturity.
More importantly, a life without God may seem satisfying or satisfactory but that’s only how it can appear on the surface, but underneath, is that wicked and desperately sick heart which only God knows, sees, understands.
Unseen is that spirit that’s dead and in need of being made alive by the Holy Spirit by repentance, rebirth, conversion.
And there’s the soul that’s lost and condemned already, hellbound, unless by God’s grace through faith in Christ the person is saved, born again.
So then, a life without God is an inadequate existence which is maintained by superficial happiness, constantly in need of a new fix of trying to numb the pain of their inner emptiness of heart, spirit, and soul, all unsuccessful methods and means, all foolish attempts at ignoring the inherent needs of all sinners here.
Realizing and acknowledging and acting upon the realization and acknowledgement of the need for a Savior to, well, save the person – to redeem, ransom, reconcile, forgive, remake, revive, to change them from spiritually dead to spiritually alive, to change them from hellbound sinners to God-loving saints – that’s where mere existence stops and becomes true living as intended by God.
Without that surrendering to Christ, without being saved by Him, it’s just an existence of struggling to find meaning, purpose, outside of and apart from God, which is a vain hope, a futile endeavor, a fruitless search.
True life begins when a person becomes spiritually alive, a child of God who’s here now to do the work of God’s Kingdom, to obey God’s will out of love for and the glory of the heavenly Father and for the good and benefit of other people, living by “love God and love people” instead of selfishness and pride of years past.

“Children of God in Christ” Note by me.

“Children of God in Christ” Note by me.

–Note: originally just a long comment on a site, shared here for others’ benefit and God’s glory–

1 John 3:2
“Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be: but we know that, when He will appear, we will be like Him; for we will see Him as He is.”

In Christ, thanks to His death and resurrection, we are accepted by and belong to God, and it doesn’t cost us who we’re truly called to be; it makes it not just possible and probable but certain that we will become who we’re truly called to be by our Creator and heavenly Father.
God is working in and on us from the moment of our spiritual birth, making us like Christ, which is His goal and our joy, because even as we are becoming more like Christ, we are not losing that part of us that makes us, well, us, because God wants sons and daughters, not clones and robots. God’s not trying to destroy our uniqueness, He wants it to be seen in Christ, for it to shine and grow and thrive in Him.
It may be hard to grasp but what He said in His Word is what He wills, desires, is doing, is working, is making, is perfecting, and He never drops or leaves unfinished what He has begun, especially when it concerns those whom He created in His image, fearfully and wonderfully made for His glory, to do good works which He prepared for us in Christ to do.

It’s said of Christians that “We are becoming what we already are.” We’re in Christ and we’re becoming like Christ, not in some New Age jargon sense, but in the only meaningful sense, in the way the Bible says. We are all unique members of the Body of Christ. Not one of us is put here to do the same thing in the same way as a brother or sister in Christ.
God has given us value, worth, significance, identity, purpose, reason, meaning, joy, dignity, not because we’re perfect or such awesome people but because He loves us, chose to love us, accepted us in Christ, made us for Himself, for His glory, so we’d live and love and thrive here and glorify and enjoy Him now and forever.
We’re here to preach the Gospel to the spiritually dead, to share our hope in Christ with others, to point them to Christ who is the Way and Truth and Life, Who’s the only way to the Father, Who’s the only one through whom we can be reconciled to God, saved from the coming wrath we deserve for all our sins, our disobedience and unbelief.
Thanks and glory be to God for His amazing grace, for Christ His Son, for God’s great love for us that nothing can separate us from. Glory to our amazing God, now and forever!

“Our Knowledge of and Obedience to God” Note by me.

“Our Knowledge of and Obedience to God” Note by me.

–Originally a comment, shared here for others to read and hopefully benefit from–

However God measures or judges, it’s always done perfectly and it’s always done right because He’s perfect.
This fact and truth can be hard for us to truly believe and grasp because we’re not perfect and we can’t imagine what a perfect being (God) is and how they think and act and how this Being can be sinless and never make mistakes in thoughts or plans and actions.

The closest acquaintance and sufficient image, a real being picture, of God’s perfection that we humans can get while we’re in these present bodies and we have all our imperfections, is Jesus Christ. He’s the image of the invisible God; He’s the clearest revelation of God to people that there is.

In Christ we get the best picture of God’s nature, no longer seeing Him as through glass but as clear as God saw fit to reveal Himself to us imperfect people whose reason and understanding isn’t perfect no matter how intelligent or devoted or zealous we are for God and knowing and loving Him.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to know God more and more because we’re imperfect and our knowledge of God will never be full or complete while we live, while we’re in these present bodies. It means the opposite of that: it means that because of our imperfections, flaws, lacks, we must pursue the knowledge and the love of God all the more because it’s so vital, we all need it, we’re all called and invited to get the know more and more about God but also to know God more and more and to keep doing this continually until the day we die. Although we won’t reach here that goal of knowing and loving God completely, we’re encouraged, called, and instructed, to pursue obtaining as much of the knowledge of God but never at the expense of obeying God and loving.
We don’t really know God if we’re intentionally slacking in our pursuit of obeying and loving God. If we’re making excuses to keep from pursuing gaining more knowledge of God, we’re being disobedient to God’s call in Christ to do that.

We must all strive to grow our desire for the knowledge of God and just as or more important, to grow in our love for and obedience to God.
Never stop learning more and more about God. Never stop in your growth in love and obedience to God.

“Glory To My God And Savior”

3/15/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Glory To My God And Savior”

My Lord, You have found me
When I was dead in my sins,
When my spirit was dead,
When my soul was lost, unsaved,
When my heart was made of stone,
When I didn’t care about You,
When I lived life for myself,
When I wanted You the least,
When I was indifferent to You,
When I was on my own way to Hell.

You found me as I was
Where I was living without You.
I didn’t know or believe then
That You gave me life and You sustained me
And every breath I wasted was a gift from You.
I held on for dear life every day
But I came to a dead end, no hope was left,
I knew something was missing,
I realized I wasn’t really living,
I admitted I was just existing,
I could find no answers within
And the worldlings had none either,
I thought nothing could be done
To be rid of my hopelessness.

I knew something was very wrong
But I didn’t look for You
But You looked for me
And You found me in my darkness,
You found me merely existing
But You kept showing mercy
And You kept sustaining me,
You gave me more days to live,
You showed me where to look
For the truth I’ve missed and ignored before,
Even though I didn’t know then
It was You working behind the scenes,
No events were mere chance and circumstance
It was all the work of Your hands.

You’ve brought me back from the dead,
You alone have given my life meaning,
You alone have given me life’s purpose,
You alone have forgiven all my sins,
You alone have washed me clean,
You’ve cleansed me from unrighteousness,
You have saved my soul,
You’ve brought my spirit to life,
You’ve given me a new heart,
You’ve given me a will to obey You,
You have made me whole,
You’ve done it all because You are love,
Because You love like no other.

God, You are incomparable,
You are my strength,
You are my hope,
You are my song,
You are the Way,
You are the Truth,
You are the Life,
You are my all in all.

You are my Maker and Creator,
You’re my Sustainer and Provider,
You are my Savior and Redeemer,
You are the King of kings,
You are the Lord of lords,
You are the one true and living God.

There is no one like You,
There is no other god,
None greater, none stronger,
No rival, no equal,
You alone reign now
And You’ll reign forevermore.
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Glory to God Alone

“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

Until one has come to a point in life, the point of an actual realization that they are accountable to God who is One infinitely more powerful than they are;
the One who has created them and sustains them every moment of life and existence;
the One who can rightly and truly lay claim to them, lay claim over their life completely;
the One to whom they must ultimately answer for all their actions when their life here ends;
until that point the person can rightly be called ignorant of an ultimate reality in which all humans live and exist, a truth which can be denied but not destroyed.

If they have heard that truth but keep rejecting it, scoffing, mocking, ignoring, or hating it, it may simply be said they consider or want to be their own god, to have none greater than themselves to answer to, to ultimately be their only true ruler and thus all others are usurpers and makers of false claims upon the person’s life.

Such a person has remained behind the line that separates truth and lie; they remain behind the line that leads to the illumination of truths, the opposite of the lies they have believed and lived by in life.

These people may believe they have what they need but it is not what they need, it is what they want, what the self desires, what the lies make appear as need but it is not.

They can rightly be called presently ignorant and deceived for that is how God sees them but He does not want any to remain so but rather to receive new life, to come to repentance, to be born again as Christ said, to have their hearts replaced, remade, renovated, to become who they were meant to become, to do what they should do, to love as they are loved, to think as they ought, to have what they need and not desire at the moment.

This being God’s desire and will may appear to many people confining, restrictive, even oppressive, but they do not see or understand their actual need or what was originally planned and willed for them or what is ultimately good for them.

If their hearts remain cold and hard and their mind keeps rejecting the truth, it is quite possible that they will keep rejecting the truth until they die, to their own peril and doom.

If their self is the I’m-my-own-god sort of high degree these usually meet their end as conviced of their own autonomy and judges of their own goodness and destiny, a sad sight for clear minds who know the truth of the matter is the opposite of such peole’s beliefs, or rather delusions.

What does not correspond to reality is unreality or irreality and should be fought against, rejected by those who have had their minds opened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth.

Without this mind-opening, this illumination, understanding, people remain in the dark, ignorant, deceived, blind, and are in need of what they have not, whether because of the self and pride rejecting God and truth, or other reasons.

All these need God, they need a Savior for they are not saved, their spirit is dead and their soul is lost;
they need God’s forgiveness for they are not yet forgiven for their many sins, transgressions, wrongs;
they need deliverance and redemption for they are slaves to sin and self and must be redeemed by Christ;
they need regeneration, renewal, a second birth, from above, a spirual rebirth.

All they have not but need is all they require to be the people God wants them to be, the kind of people God can make them if they lay down their pride, surrender unconditionally to their Creator and Lord and by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Savior of souls, Redeemer, King of kings and Lord of lords.

God calls all people to repentance and new life in Him, to fellowship with Him, to love Him above all and to obey His will and live as He has called us all to live, holy, not like the worldlings, the once-born and spiritually-dead but as God’s children adopted into His family and taken from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into God’s Kingdom to live not like the children of the devil but as children of God.

God alone can lay claim to us, over us, completely, for He is our Creator, our Maker and He is sovereign over all, and has no equal, no rival in existence, contrary to what some may believe, thei beliefs are false and correspond not to reality but are conceived in imagination and formed into false beliefs about God and reality.
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Glory to God Alone

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

2/27/17
Written by: Victor P.

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

Cracks in your outer structure
Reveal your inner state of disrepair.

The evidence shows a slave to sin,
The windows reveal death within:
A dead spirit,
A heart of stone,
A soul unsaved,
One at war with God.

Mere existence is not enough,
You are called to true life.

Gripping tight your weapons still
In a futile struggle against God.
Running, hiding, falling further down,
Your existence for self breeds misery.

Beating the air with your fists,
Trying to carry the weight of your sins,
Too proud to come to Christ now
Or too afraid of what it will cost.

This is the only life you live here,
There’s no coming back to do it all over,
All your sins can be forgiven now
If by faith you receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

You’ve wasted too much time already,
You’ve felt the emptiness within for so long.
It’s about time you accept the Truth solution –
Jesus Christ is the only way to the true God.

Repent of all your sins,
Place your faith in Christ alone,
You’ll be given a new heart,
Your spirit will come to life,
Your soul will be saved,
You will be made whole.

Come, take hold of the promise
Of freedom found only in Christ;
Take hold of a hope true and lasting,
The blessed assurance of the Lord.

See what you’ve ignored, missed for so long,
Open your eyes to see, open your ears to hear
And open your heart to receive the Truth:
It’s not about what you can do for God,
It’s about what Christ has done already.

Despite all that you’ve done wrong
And all your deepest, darkest deeds,
Despite all of the sins you’ve committed
He loved you first, He loves you even now.

If you will hear His voice now,
If you will heed His call now,
You will never regret it, friend,
God is the supreme joy of all!

He can forgive you, this believe,
Your sins aren’t too terrible to be forgiven,
By His grace through faith in Christ you can be saved,
Come as you are now, trust in the truth of His promise.