“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!

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“Things We Face”

11/1/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Things We Face”

Serenity – we just don’t know it.
Obscenity – we’re used to seeing it.
Imperfection – we all share it.
Desecration – we ruin what’s sacred.

Destroying what we fear –
We’re far from that point.
Being happy in every day –
It’s elusive, not our purpose.

No sense in merely existing
When we’re called to really live.
No sense in keeping score
If we’re the only ones playing.

It’s just too dark here now
To see anything around us.
We want out of this place –
The labyrinth of our failures.

Light reaches us and we turn away.
Oh, we used to welcome the sun
But now we wait for the moon,
Just to get through another night.

Long, dark roads and dead ends –
It’s so familiar and so tiring.
Oh, it’s just wearing us down,
We’re just existing now, it seems.

Things we face
In everyday life
Can build us up
Or tear us down.

We can all really live
And not merely exist.
We can breathe again,
The air so fresh and new.

If it’s in our grasp,
What’s stopping us
From getting it now
And embrace change?

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.

-thought by me

“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.