“In This Life”

10/13/18
Written by: Victor P.

“In This Life”

The greyest days,
The darkest nights,
Pain and pleasure,
Hurt and comfort.

It’s all in this life
We’re trying hard
To figure out
What it’s about.

Many restless hearts
Beat with longing
For purpose in life,
For something more.

Many souls cry out for life,
For more than mere existence.
We are all affected by time,
We’re here to live, to love, to fight.

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“Not Alone In This”

8/16/18
Written by: Victor P.
Concept

“Not Alone In This”

Well, look at you now,
Down on the ground,
You want to give up,
You feel you can’t win.

Would you look up now?
I reach my hand out to you,
I’ll help you up, are you willing?
I know you can stand again.

Are you hoping this will pass
If you fold your hands and wait?
Can you hope this won’t last
Even if you just watch and wait?

Are you running out of hope?
Every morning grey and routinue,
Every night your bed’s for one,
Every dream you’ll just forget.

Are you crying out for answers
But nobody seems to be replying?
Do you think nobody cares now,
Everyone’s too busy being busy?

Do you just want to escape this?
Memories replay in your mind,
All those good days are gone,
So what’s ahead, on the horizon?

Is it all crashing down around you?
Are you trying to bear the weight
Of all you past wrongs and failures?
Can you leave the past in the past?

You’re not alone in this,
You’re not left for dead,
Not left to wither away,
Not left to be forgotten.

I may not have been
Just where you’ve been,
I may not have seen
Just what you’ve seen

But I know it can get so dark
And I know things can get hard
Making you want to stop trying,
Making you want to give up on it all.

I haven’t lost all that you’ve lost,
I haven’t felt all that you’ve felt,
But we’re all on a journey in life
And I’m not too far away from you.

Pour out your sorrow, I’m not deaf,
I’ll hear it all and I’ll listen
Though I may not say a word,
Presence and attention are needed.

“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!

“The Old in the New”

1/5/16
Written by: Victor P.

“The Old in the New”

We bring the old into the new,
It is another year but we remain the same;
Changes with the new are in few,
Another fear to fight, new deeds of shame.

Changes are not easy to make;
Trying has a chance of failure.
How much more can we take?
O, what is for our ills the cure?

Our resolutions aren’t promises
But hollow inside and superficial outside,
And giving in to compromises
Is a step from the right to the wrong side.

Make no mention
Of your intention
Of habit’s retention;
You want attention.

Deprivation and waste,
Elimination and haste,
Repentance and relapse,
Hypocrisy and collapse.

Repeating the same mistakes,
Repeating the same old sins,
Sitting on the same old pins
And playing the same fakes.

We’ll point our fingers at anyone
As long as it’s not at ourselves;
But we must when we are won
Go take mirrors off the shelves.

We severed ties we’ve long had
And broke the bonds of love.
What’s it brought us is very sad;
None would envy it to have.

We say as we look back on our past
‘We did not know what wouldn’t last’
But maybe we just didn’t care enough to find out
And now we fear the future, are full of new doubt.

We burn the days if we tread carelessly
And we’ll believe that we are helplessly
Left on our own, left to fight, left to die,
But that is not true, it is false, it is a lie!

What’s it brought us, all our trying?
More failures, and tears for drying?
Experience can be a cruel teacher
And foolishness is a great reacher.

If life is hard and thus must be
Then is there a light we can see
To show the way that we all should go?
Answers to life’s questions can we know?

We are like a broken record
Playing the same old song;
O, but can any of us afford
To keep this all up for long?

Are we chasing dreams
That quickly fade away?
O, whose heart screams
That there’s another way?

What’s it all for if all goes to nothing?
Can we win, gain or receive anything?
There must be more and there must be something
More than all there is, more than our everything!

Is the darkness surrounding us all we’ll see?
Shall the light come or are we all left to be
Casualties who fought a futile war?
Is this what our life was made for?

Are we to look to the future with hope and expectation?
With fear and doubt? With excitement and determination?
What’s done is done and what’s gone is gone
But there’s still much that can be by us won!

Look back and reflect, see this life’s not for us to waste;
Look forward and sift through the past and come taste
The harvest of the present and sow the seeds for the future
You wish to see and wait, tend, care, a future harvest is sure.

“Freedom in Christ” note by me.

“Freedom in Christ” note by me.

-Note: originally just a comment, shared here for others’ benefit-

John 8:32, 36
“32) And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
“36) If the Son therefore will make you free, you will be free indeed.”

True freedom is found in the Son of God who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

There are plenty of counterfeit freedoms out there but all are insufficient and temporary, while freedom in Christ is the only sufficient and lasting freedom, the kind of freedom every person needs, whether they believe or realize that or not.

There are obvious implications and simple and logical conclusions we can draw from the verses quoted above.
If we don’t know the truth, then we’re not free. If we don’t or won’t want to know the truth, then we don’t want to be free, and the fault is our own, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves. You must know the truth to be made free by it.
If we’re not made free by the Son, then we’re still slaves to sin, to lies, and we must come to the Son of God to be made free by Him, in Him, through Him. The Son makes free indeed, for real, truly, in the only significant, meaningful sense of the word, and this freeing is something we all need but can’t and won’t get outside of the Son of God, that is, there’s no substitute for Christ, there’s no other viable or real option for us if we want to be made free.

Christ alone can set free all who are slaves to sin. To know true freedom, the spiritual that affects all other areas of life, one must surrender to and know and love Christ. Surrender to Christ is the beginning of truly living.
There’s no way around it.

“In the Darkness Again”

2/21/17
Written by: Victor P.

“In the Darkness Again”

Lost again in the darkness,
I’ve wandered from Your light,
I’ve strayed from Your path
And now I’m trapped here.

Nothing makes sense anymore
When I leave Your way, O Lord,
If I seek peace outside of You
I’ll always be left disappointed.

You’ll find me anywhere,
You’ll call my name again
And I’ll see Your light
And feel Your presence.

I’m lost again when the world pulls me in,
I lose ground when I lose focus of You.
I’d stand strong if I weren’t so weak,
I’d keep fighting if I weren’t so tired.

The enemy whispers in a sweet voice
With tempting offers and half-truths,
The shiny chains hide future bondage,
The liar promises freedom from much.

God, find me where You found me before,
I’ll be back in the dark searching for light,
Looking for answers to my many questions,
Looking for the way out of this great darkness.

Tear down this veil over my eyes
And I’ll see the scales fall off and see
What meaningless things I’ve chased,
What lies I’ve believed told by the enemy.

Now I’m desperate in this darkness
And the liar comes to spout his lies,
Trying hard to drain me of hope,
Trying to wear me down, tear me down.

Tearing at the walls of my very heart,
Slithering around like a snake every day,
Always with the lies, always with the deceit,
It starts to look like this won’t end at all.

I know his desire’s to lead me to lose faith,
To see my faith waiver, to see it crumble;
I know the devil wants me to despair,
To fall to pieces, to lose all hope and die.

But it won’t go the way the devil wants,
I see through his lies and half-truths,
I cling to the living Truth at all costs,
I won’t fall into despair, God help me.

I seek the light in this thick darkness,
I hear Your truth drown out the lies,
My heart looks to You now, Lord,
I won’t drown in despair, God help me.

I won’t be left in this darkness to perish,
You’ll hear the cries of my soul and answer,
You’ll shine Your great light, dissipate the darkness
And pull me out from this place I’ve been trapped in.

No, I won’t be another victim,
You alone have saved me, Lord,
Your light replaces my darkness,
I’m walking in Your light again.

Stay by my side through everything,
I place my life in Your caring hands,
You’re my first love, my Judge and Savior,
You’re all I truly want and need, my God.

My Savior, my Shepherd, light of my life,
My love and hope, my strength and song,
My Redeemer, my Rescuer, the only true God,
I will live and love You, You’ll lead me home.

“A Change In Self First”

10/25/17
Written by: Victor P.

“A Change In Self First”

How long can you keep praying to God
To change everyone else but you?
Quit while you’re ahead and realize
You’re among those who need change,
Your pride’s showing through your words.

You think you’re perfect? You’re not,
Look in the mirror and see yourself,
Look at your heart and see your sins,
See all that needs to be removed,
See how much needs to change
In your heart, in your life.

If you refuse to admit your need
Then you’re just too proud now,
Going nowhere, stuck in place;
It’s a terrible state to be in.

Pray for God to break you down
And bring you to real repentance,
Pray that God will forgive your sins
And wash you clean by Christ’s Blood.
Pray He’ll conform you to Christ’s likeness,
There’s your purpose not to neglect,
There’s sanctification you must desire,
There is growth you must embrace.

Don’t demand change for good in others
If you’re unwilling to be changed yourself.
Seek God’s face, praise Him for grace,
Accept His correction and discipline,
Don’t be proud, God the Father knows you,
You’ve much to learn and plenty to change,
Until your dying breath follow God’s way,
He knows what’s best, there’s no better way than His.