expectations and disappointments

Warning: great expectations may lead to great disappointments. Sometimes the greater the expectations, the greater the disappointments are as possible results. Much depends on what our great expectations are, though.

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“Honesty Coupled With Truth” Note by me.

“Honesty Coupled With Truth” Note by me.

–Originally just a comment; shared here as a note–

Honesty’s great and better when coupled with the truth that can shine like a great light in the midst of half-truths and whole lies.
Where can more such honesty be found?
Cliches and small talk abound.
Introspection is like a lost art.
Insight seems to cost too much.
Concern for the state of one’s soul is too often pushed aside to much later in life.
Genuine concern for another’s spiritual needs to many seems to only take away time they’d rather use for something else (though of lesser importance and likely only of temporal value).

Seeking more such honesty as will surely take some work, to find it, and apply it to self to open a window to look within and say what’s really there, to let Christ illuminate it and bring out what’s hidden from all because of fear and pride still alive in self.

“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.

“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.

“Of Fear and Courage” by me.

“Of Fear and Courage” by me.

–Note: this was orginally just a comment I made on a post by someone talking about the present-day lack of courage displayed by people, and I thought to share it here, too.–

Part of the reason could be a lack of role models, models of courage, examples worth following, people who live what they preach or believe, people who know
what real courage and how to exhibit it.
Another reason is that it just seems to cost too much to be courageous, too much at stake, too much to lose; easier to keep mouth shut and feet planted than to risk
what you own. Fear of loss of material possessions, job, house, status, and the like, keeps many people from showing courage at a time when it should be shown.
It’s much easier to sit down than stand up; much easier to remain idle than active.
It’s much easier to keep quiet and not be criticized or punished for speaking out or against something than to speak up against what’s wrong or foolish.
I haven’t lived that long but I’ve seen what fear can do in a life, my own included, and in the lives of those who should’ve shown examples of courage but didn’t.
Disappointment with self and others is pretty much guaranteed part of life since we’re all imperfect (yet that shouldn’t be used as an excuse) but it’s not something
that need be a frequent as it is.
If we are struggling to find any obvious examples of courage in the present, then looking to the past for shining examples of courage is a reasonable course of action and will avail us, I am sure, for the past is full of more than the present and stark examples of courage may be found, read about, without much difficulty. If we seek, we shall find. If we look at the examples of courage from the past, it will encourage us and give us help and insight into to matter of courage applied in our own life.
Just my thoughts on the matter.

“Against Drinking Alcohol” by me.

“Against Drinking Alcohol” by me.

–Note: Originally posted as a long comment reply to someone–

One thing you should do right away is stop drinking any alcohol at all. It’s not going to help you with anything; it won’t help you get through anything; it’s only
going to add to the problems you have.
Alcohol is not an answer to anything; it’s just another problem people add to their list of problems; the consequences can’t be avoided and you can’t plead ignorance
later if tragedy is a result from your use of it. If you willingly and deliberately drink alcohol, you can’t blame anyone else for anything negative that happens to as a result, maybe not today or tomorrow but eventually.
The best approach to take with alcohol is to avoid it, don’t drink it, don’t let it into your life, it’s a problem, a snare, a drug, a gate to addiction. You’ll always be
better off without it.
You can make all the excuses and justifications you want but it won’t change facts about alcohol or the reality. You can pretend it’s not a problem, not a big deal,
that you can handle it, that others are doing it so it’s ok, but that’s pride and deception talking, not the Holy Spirit or even common sense.
What harms our bodies and minds is something to avoid and fight, not something to swim in, drown in, wallow in.
Our bodies are to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, not garbage receptacles or tools we use for getting our own pleasures, feeding our desires of a moment. Alcohol,
tobacco, drugs, are things Christians must fight and avoid, and using grace as license or excuse to do what you want isn’t ok for anyone, it’s wrong and shouldn’t be done.
Alcohol use has destroyed too many lives already; don’t let yourself be added to the list of those who have fallen into its trap. It’s just another tool the Devil uses to
bring people into dependence, addiction, it’s another way he tries to destroy people.
You can read this and ignore it, pretend you never read it and go on doing what you’ve been doing, drinking or something worse, but God wants what’s best for you, and alcohol is not part of that, I guarantee you.
You can think about what I’ve written and maybe you’ll ponder it for a minute or so and then soon enough forget it and resume your actions of the day. That won’t
help you.
I won’t condone your choice to drink alcohol, and I’ll just say that if you struggle with depression or other problems, the last thing you should be doing is drinking
alcohol, it shouldn’t even be on your list of things to do.
You should, as we all should, examine your actions, see what shouldn’t be, what you shouldn’t be doing, what you shouldn’t be saying, and then do something about it, don’t just stop at finding what needs to change, take the steps to bring the change that needs to come, do what must be done. Remove from your life the things that pollute your body and mind, and right action by action will bring positive results that you need and surely desire.
All things must be done with repentance, prayer, and faith, all done and exercised, in sincerity, coming to God for help, strength, for joy, for the will to will and the will to do. You will receive from the heavenly Father what is necessary and good in His time. He will do what it right and will change your life for the better, even if things don’t become easier and even if difficulties don’t decrease, God will be with you and He won’t leave you to fight the battles alone, He’ll fight them for you, He’ll be your hope and strength. Hope and trust in Him, He will bring about the good in your life He wills and desires you to have.

Things to Ponder

“Things to Ponder” by Victor P.

Things to ponder:
Do you have hope for life after death?
Do you ever think about it, ever care about it?
We are mortals, bound to die one day, and since life isn’t a game, something awaits us on the other side.
There cannot be nothing after this life for us.
Do we have hope based on more than some subjective feelings and opinions regarding life after death?

God says in His Word that what awaits us after death is either Hell or Heaven, nothing else. Hate those options or not, that’s the reality and denial avails nothing.
Don’t be deceived by religions lying, saying there’s nothing after or that there’s reincarnation or only some place of eternal bliss awaiting all; those are the lies of the deceived, don’t be deceived with them, rather heed the truth pertaining to reality, not some religious fools’ opinions.
If you won’t accept God’s Word as truth, it doesn’t change reality nor the fact that you’re headed to Heaven or Hell, nowhere else, so don’t jump on the Reality Denial Train, avoid it and heed the truth that God has plainly revealed in His holy Word for all to hear, read and act upon those words of His.

If you’re not a believer in the God of the Bible, the true living God, then know your perilous situation, repent of your sins, trangressions against God’s perfect law, believing on Christ to save you from your sins by having His righteousness imputed to you; you can be saved not by anything you’ve done but by what Christ did for you; believe and by God’s grace through faith in Christ you will be saved, and receive the promise of the Lord that when you die, you will go to Heaven because Christ is your Savior, no one else.
If you’re a believer, keep the hope alive and burning in your heart, the hope of Heaven, the day of standing in God’s presence, entering Heaven, to be reunited with departed saints, and seeing your Savior face to face, resting from your labors for His Kingdom, to be with the Lord forevermore.

Are you now wasting your life on trivial things, avoiding important matters, ignoring thinking about what’s after this life?
Do you have Christ as your Savior, as Lord, as God, as the Author and Perfector of your faith?
You aren’t going to live on Earth forever, your day will come, are you ready to stand before God the just Judge of all?