Thoughts for Men (1). Man or Guy.

Thoughts for Men (1). Man or Guy.

Are guys and men exactly the same type of people? Well, they’re both males but they’re different kinds of people. There are differences between them which provide contrast and distinction.
If you look at what men do and then at guys do, you’ll get an idea, a picture of the difference between the two.
What are the men doing?
The men are out there living, providing, protecting, leading, doing, fighting, bleeding, being, dying with a purpose.
What are the guys doing?
The guys are out there existing, receiving, leeching, hiding, following, slacking, playing, wasting away, dying without a purpose.
These may seem like arbitrarily-picked or just silly qualities or distinctions but I think they provide a good idea of the difference between men and guys.┬áIt’s a difference in character, values, acts, mindset, lifestyle, and other areas of life.
I’m not trying to make something up because I’m bored, I’m just trying to give something to think about, food for thought, to get the thinking process going, to challenge thinking, to seek insight for life as a man.
What sounds more appealing to you: just being a guy or being a man? To live as a regular guy or to live like a man?
I believe being a man is more challenging than just being a guy. Living as a man requires more effort, responsibility, and resolve; living as a regular guys doesn’t.
This is just something to think about. These are just some thoughts for the men out there.
This is the first of many Thoughts For Men I will post.

“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.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

–This was originally posted as a comment on a social media site but I thought I’d share it here, too, and hope it will benefit those who read it. Glory to God Alone.–

People who exalt that sin, who sanitize it, exalt it and exult n it, either do so out of ignorance, spite, intentional rebellion against God’s laws and anything said by Christians to be wrong or sin. They clearly reject God’s Word as having any authority in their lives or are extremely selective when it comes to what sins they may consider calling sins and avoiding. Acts that God calls abominable, they call acceptable and normal. What God says will result in judgment and punishment, they consider tolerated, supported and sanctified by the god they’ve made up in their minds, a sort of all-tolerating deity, which doesn’t exist except in their minds, another false god, another idol that people follow. There’s mercy and forgiveness, but there’s also justice and judgment. Spitting at God’s moral laws and deliberately doing what he forbids will not result in blessings, joy or long life. Those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption, misery destruction, and excuses won’t do any good when they reap what they sow. Don’t blame God for what happens if you intentionally disobey His Word and reject His mercy and reject all calls to repentance.

“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.

“Don’t be ignorant of the enemy, and don’t be ignorant of God’s power” written by me.

“Don’t be ignorant of the enemy, and don’t be ignorant of God’s power” written by me.

–Note: This note was actually originally a comment I made on someone’s post in a group I’m part of in Facebook but I think it’s worth sharing here, for your benefit, possible commenting upon or correcting of, but most importantly may these words bring glory to God and speak truth.–

While we can’t and shouldn’t say that we only sin because the devil makes us do it, we must realize that the devil does tempt and trick and corrupt people and preys on their weaknesses to achieve his vile purposes but the fact that we fall for these tricks and sin as a result of being deceived by the devil does not make us innocent, we are still culpable, accountable for our actions, responsible for keeping our mental, physical and spiritual defenses up and be on guard against the enemy’s many evil tools and methods and attack tactics and tricks.

We must ever be awake and aware of the enemy and his strategies and methods and be on guard lest we become easy prey for his attacks and lies.

We must ever rely on God to guard us, help us, lead us, guide us, always, in all things, for we cannot stand against the enemy and hope to win alone, without God being our victory we shall have no victory.

We must depend upon God and trust Him and surrender to Him and know that without Him we can do nothing, we can’t win a battle much less a war against the enemy of our souls, against temptations, against sins, against all forms and servants of evil.

Let us not be naive, ignorant of the enemy and his ways and strength, nor take lightly the enemy as if he is no threat or problem to us, for he surely is and to underestimate him and his power is foolish; that’s why we must ever lean upon the Lord and His power and strength and not our own understanding of this or that.

Wisdom doesn’t begin with us, and the victory doesn’t come by us nor belong to us, and the glory does not go or belong to us. Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord; victory comes by and from and belongs to the Lord; and the glory must all go and belong to God, always.

Know your enemy, soldiers of Christ, and before that know and love and trust the Lord who alone can save you and bring you victory in this life, in the battles you’ll face, in the struggles small and great. Ever trust the Lord, ever love Him, ever obey Him, ever glorify Him!

“Thoughts Upon Current Happenings”

5/10/14.
Written by: Victor P.

“Thoughts Upon Current Happenings”

Heavy are the scales over those eyes,
And many are the mind’s adopted lies.
Like a blind man, unable to see,
On the deadly path, one not free.

Departures make sorrow come
And oh how it is not welcome;
Silence in the sacred places,
Emptiness on so many faces.
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