Wretchedness of sinfulness

Wretchedness of sinfulness,
Grip of fallen nature tight,
Sin polluting, slowly killing
Till the Savior sets one free.

Darkness blinding, lies misleading
Till the Lord shines His great light,
Illuminating the darkest minds,
Destroying lies, elevating truth.

-written by me.

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“Glory to the Living God”

10/3/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Glory to the Living God”

I want to tell the world
About Your great love.
I want sinners to know
About Your amazing grace.

Lord of Hosts, Almighty One,
From everlasting to everlasting
You’re the true and living God,
Without rival, without equal.

How wonderful is Your love
Towards mortals You’ve created!
Lord, how faithful You are
Even to the least of us all!

I praise You now, O God,
For Your love and kindness.
I worship You, eternal King,
For You are holy and just.

Let praise flow from my heart
And through my lips come forth
To give You what You’re worthy of,
To glorify You in deed and in word.

You are my rest, my hiding place,
My shelter in the storms of life.
You alone are my Savior, Redeemer,
I long to see You and worship You.

Fill my lips with thanksgiving
Once again as when I came
To You to be saved by You alone,
When You made me Your child.

When my heart becomes tired,
Father, give me rest in Your arms.
When I’m weak from fighting battles,
Be my strength and be my victory.

These words are a prayer and praise,
This is a declaration of my dependence
Upon You wholly, my heavenly Father,
You are my all in all, my everything.

You wash away the darkest of our sins
By the blood of Jesus Christ Your Son,
You wash away the guilt and shame,
You make the broken whole again.

“Ten Years With God Since Baptism”

9/6/18
Written by: Victor P.

“Ten Years With God Since Baptism”

Ten years ago I was baptized
And what a decade it has been
As a soldier in Christ’s army,
As a child of the heavenly Father.

Ten years of battles every day,
Many trials and temptations,
The spirit warring against flesh
And flesh warring against the spirit.

Ten years of seeing more clearly
That evil is real, and the Devil, too.
Ten years of seeing daily the reality
Of sin, what it corrupts and destroys.

Ten years of struggles and rest,
Learning to love and to obey
The Savior who bled and died for me,
Who saved me from the Hell I deserve.

Ten years of lessons learned
But many still I’ve yet to learn,
Successes and failures here and there,
Wins and losses too many to count.

Ten years of seeing God at work
In my life and in the lives of others.
Ten years of seeing God’s not dead,
He’s living, active, answering prayers.

Ten years of seeing God’s grace
Shown more and more every day.
Ten years of growing spiritually,
In word, in deed, in love and faith.

Ten years of seeing lives changed
By the holy God of mercy, love, justice,
Who still calls sinners to repentance,
To new life in Christ, to joy, to Himself.

Ten years of seeing this truth –
God doesn’t abandon His children.
We’re not given more than we can handle,
And we’re not treated unjustly by God.

Ten years of living with the hope
That Christ will return one day,
And until then there’s much to do
For the sake of Christ and His Gospel.

Glory to the One who created me,
Glory to the one who saved me,
Glory to the Sovereign King of all,
Glory forever to God Almighty.

“We’re the Redeemed of the Lord”

2/26/17.
Written by: Victor P.

“We’re the Redeemed of the Lord”

We’re not hitting the air with our fists,
We’re not living our lives for false hopes,
We’re not examples of deluded, gullible masses,
We’re not running in circles chasing illusions.

We’re the redeemed children of the Lord,
We’re more than conquerors through Christ,
We’re saved by grace through faith in Him
But we’re not perfect yet, we still sin and fall.

We still stumble, we fall on our faces like the rest
But we look to our heavenly Father for help,
To lift us up, to pull us out of pits we fall into,
To do all that we can’t, which happens to be much.

We’re called to take up our weapons mighty through God,
To pull down strongholds, cast down imaginations
And every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
To take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!

It’s true that we sometimes forget
Our life here is brief, it’s very short,
Like a vapor, like a shadow, like a breath,
Like a flower, like grass, like a flash of lightning.

Our every breath and every heartbeat
Are given to us as a gift by our God,
He sustains us every single moment,
Even now we’re all in His loving hands.

We’re here to obey the will of God,
We’re here to do all for His glory,
We’re here to love, to give, to preach,
We’re here to live, to die, then go to God.

All good works God prepared for us to do –
He can give us strength to do it all;
We can rest assured our hope is real
And all of His promises are all true.

We are soldiers in the army of Christ,
We’re in it for life or not at all,
We’ll live and die fighting for the faith,
For the sake of Christ and His Gospel.

The war’s already won by Christ, it’s true,
But there are battles left to fight here;
Until our final days and last breaths
The battles of flesh against spirit will rage.

There is a daily fight against sin,
A daily struggle against temptation;
These daily battles we’ll win or lose
But may we always return to God!

May God open our hearts to receive His word,
And open our eyes to see His guiding light,
Keep our feet from slipping lest we fall to sin,
Keep our minds from idleness and wandering.

Though we may face doubts and uncertainty
We can be sure God remains the same forever;
Though we may face enemies without number
We will not perish hopeless, helpless, or unsaved.

We’ll face the storms, trials, hardships, pain and losses,
And God will be there with us in the midst of it all;
The Lord is faithful even to the least of us,
He is our joy, our hope, our song, our life!

“Hopes and Fears and Failures”

7/29/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Hopes and Fears and Failures”

Yes, it’s another new day
But routines are getting old,
Your heart is growing cold,
Your spirit’s growing numb.

You want more than all of this
Repeating mistakes and failing.
Another day here alone,
Can you make it on your own?

Do you know how things will go?
Do you have the strength
To keep fighting, to keep trying?
Do you have the will to go on?

What’s keeping you on your feet?
What’s your hope in, anyway?
There’s more to life than what we see,
There’s more to life than what we know.

You want to see
Your dreams come true.
You want to see
Your hopes fulfilled.

Don’t you dare give up now,
You’re not meant to wither,
You’re not here to just exist,
You’re here to live and thrive.

Are you drowing in your doubts?
Are you looking now with fear
At a dark horizon of uncertainty?
Is your hope fading slowly daily?

Oh, are you so close to despairing now?
Are you helpless and hopeless, all alone?
You think no one cares about or loves you?
It’s always too early to despair, to lose hope.

Set your eyes upon the Cross of Jesus Christ,
See where He died for all of your sins,
Fix your eyes upon Him and give Him your life,
Put your trust in Him and make Him your hope.

This isn’t a promise of an easy life
From the day you’re forgiven, saved,
It’s a promise that you’ll never be alone,
A child of God need not despair or lose hope.

“Only One God Can Save You”

2/7/17.
Written by: Victor P.

“Only One God Can Save You”

You’re shaking in your flesh,
You’re losing your mind,
Your body falls to the ground,
Your spirit fills with a great fear,
Cracks in your hope grow
And shatter before you know it.

Your god left you,
You’re losing faith in your god,
Your god let you down,
Your god left you to drown,
Your god left you to die,
The end couldn’t be otherwise.

Your mind conceived a false hope,
Your heart was enslaved by the false,
Your faith was in a false god,
You traded one for another and another
But the result was always the same:
Another false god that couldn’t save you,
Another trick the devil pulled on you
And another lie that you fell for.

Stuck in a cycle of looking to false gods
To get what they can never give;
Another search for salvation in vain,
Another fruitless search for happiness,
Another scale over your eyes to keep you from seeing the truth
That every god you chased and served was just another lie.

If you had sooner seen the truth
You’d sooner see the futility of serving false gods,
The waste of time and energy, of money and life,
The truth would become painfully clear:

There’s only One God Who can save you,
Only One can give you new life,
Only One can give you real joy,
Give life to your dead spirit,
Turn your stone heart to flesh,
Put a living hope in your heart,
He can be your strength to fight
The battles we all must fight in life,
He can give you what you need
To do what you must, what you ought to do,
He can illuminate your mind,
He can take away your fear of man,
He can change your life for the better,
He can take away your long-existing confusion,
He can give you the blessed assurance,
He can open your eyes to so much
That you’ve missed, overlooked, ignored, haven’t seen,
He can kill your pride and give you humility.

Life in Christ isn’t the absence of difficulties;
It’s not a daily walk through soft grass and flowers;
It’s not the absence of obstacles and challenges
For without those you couldn’t grow;
Temptations, struggles, tests and trials will come
And through them all we will grow
In faith, hope, patience, endurance, trust in God;
Without it all we’d never grow,
We’d be too weak to do anything good.

Welcome life’s challenges and trust in the Lord,
Seek His face and rely on His strength,
Call on His name without hesitation or shame,
He can be trusted, He is faithful and just
And He does all He said He will.

Jesus Christ is the only true Lord and Savior,
He alone can save your soul,
He can take away your guilt and shame,
He can wash you clean by His Blood,
He is the only Way to God the Father,
The only Mediator between God and man,
The only One who makes atonement for our sins,
He’s the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah,
He’s the Son of man and the Son of God,
There’s no one else like Him anywhere,
He has no rival, He has no equal,
He’s the Prince of peace,
He’s the Warrior King,
He is Sovereign over all,
He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient,
He alone is God now and forever.

Come to Jesus Christ,
Come, you are called,
Come while you can,
Come while you live,
Don’t put it off, please,
One day it’ll be too late.

“Thoughts Aired”

3/26/16.
Written by: Victor P.

“Thoughts Aired”

What in anything is worth anything?
What in life is worth the pain?
What’s worth losing to something gain?
What’s it all for if all goes to nothing?

Shine bright, dream, before vanishing;
Pray true, heart, for some hopeful time;
Fail fast, body, from this famishing;
Hang low, hands that worked the crime.

Above the soft white swims by,
Below the hard hears a goodbye
Uttered by dying lips, last dance,
Burns now away change’s chance.

Little lasts my strength for need,
Fallow lies the ground for seed,
Burns slow another part of given thread,
Stagnates the water and molds the bread.

Ends the dream of happy days,
Fades the hope of comfortable life,
Strife’s filled many yesterdays,
Comfort dies at the hands of strife.

Never forget it nor its value diminish,
What is worth most, treasure, cherish,
Until last breath, yes, until life’s finish,
Ever in salvation through Christ relish.

Sight to see the given good is imperfect, truth I say,
Damage see like the sun in the sky on a cloudless day.