“To Live With God is to Truly Live” Note by me.

“To Live With God is to Truly Live” Note by me.

A life of ease is not a life of growth in any significant sense. Growth requires challenge, pressure, resistance. Maturity requires fighting and doing away with immaturity.
More importantly, a life without God may seem satisfying or satisfactory but that’s only how it can appear on the surface, but underneath, is that wicked and desperately sick heart which only God knows, sees, understands.
Unseen is that spirit that’s dead and in need of being made alive by the Holy Spirit by repentance, rebirth, conversion.
And there’s the soul that’s lost and condemned already, hellbound, unless by God’s grace through faith in Christ the person is saved, born again.
So then, a life without God is an inadequate existence which is maintained by superficial happiness, constantly in need of a new fix of trying to numb the pain of their inner emptiness of heart, spirit, and soul, all unsuccessful methods and means, all foolish attempts at ignoring the inherent needs of all sinners here.
Realizing and acknowledging and acting upon the realization and acknowledgement of the need for a Savior to, well, save the person – to redeem, ransom, reconcile, forgive, remake, revive, to change them from spiritually dead to spiritually alive, to change them from hellbound sinners to God-loving saints – that’s where mere existence stops and becomes true living as intended by God.
Without that surrendering to Christ, without being saved by Him, it’s just an existence of struggling to find meaning, purpose, outside of and apart from God, which is a vain hope, a futile endeavor, a fruitless search.
True life begins when a person becomes spiritually alive, a child of God who’s here now to do the work of God’s Kingdom, to obey God’s will out of love for and the glory of the heavenly Father and for the good and benefit of other people, living by “love God and love people” instead of selfishness and pride of years past.

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“Our Knowledge of and Obedience to God” Note by me.

“Our Knowledge of and Obedience to God” Note by me.

–Originally a comment, shared here for others to read and hopefully benefit from–

However God measures or judges, it’s always done perfectly and it’s always done right because He’s perfect.
This fact and truth can be hard for us to truly believe and grasp because we’re not perfect and we can’t imagine what a perfect being (God) is and how they think and act and how this Being can be sinless and never make mistakes in thoughts or plans and actions.

The closest acquaintance and sufficient image, a real being picture, of God’s perfection that we humans can get while we’re in these present bodies and we have all our imperfections, is Jesus Christ. He’s the image of the invisible God; He’s the clearest revelation of God to people that there is.

In Christ we get the best picture of God’s nature, no longer seeing Him as through glass but as clear as God saw fit to reveal Himself to us imperfect people whose reason and understanding isn’t perfect no matter how intelligent or devoted or zealous we are for God and knowing and loving Him.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to know God more and more because we’re imperfect and our knowledge of God will never be full or complete while we live, while we’re in these present bodies. It means the opposite of that: it means that because of our imperfections, flaws, lacks, we must pursue the knowledge and the love of God all the more because it’s so vital, we all need it, we’re all called and invited to get the know more and more about God but also to know God more and more and to keep doing this continually until the day we die. Although we won’t reach here that goal of knowing and loving God completely, we’re encouraged, called, and instructed, to pursue obtaining as much of the knowledge of God but never at the expense of obeying God and loving.
We don’t really know God if we’re intentionally slacking in our pursuit of obeying and loving God. If we’re making excuses to keep from pursuing gaining more knowledge of God, we’re being disobedient to God’s call in Christ to do that.

We must all strive to grow our desire for the knowledge of God and just as or more important, to grow in our love for and obedience to God.
Never stop learning more and more about God. Never stop in your growth in love and obedience to God.

“God’s Calling Us To Life”

1/20/18
Written by: Victor P.

“God’s Calling Us To Life”

Another day and another battle,
Another loss and another failure,
Just more failed expectations,
More disappointments to accept.

Silence isn’t comforting,
Misery wants company,
Tears want shoulders,
Pain wants expression.

The weight seems too heavy,
The trying seems futile now,
The tears come in private,
The heart is restless daily.

What’s the point of all of this?
What is life without joy and love?
What’s awaiting on the horizon?
Just what’s beyond the grave?

We’re asking questions
And looking for answers;
We’re all fighting battles,
We’re all looking for love.

God’s calling us to true life,
To more than mere existence,
Nobody’s being excluded or rejected,
We just need to open our ears and hearts.

The more we fall for distractions and noise
The less likely we are to hear God speak,
We all need to focus our attention,
The Word of life is what we all need.

Come to the Lord just as you are,
He wants to forgive your sins,
He wants to save you, give you new life,
You can be reconciled to God through Christ.

Life is more than we can imagine,
Life’s purpose greater than we assume,
God’s love is an ocean of wonders,
God’s holiness amazing and pure.

“Come to the Savior”

12/18/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Come to the Savior”

Come, all you wretched and wicked,
Wanderers, prodigals, and vagabonds,
Weary, miserable, and restless sinners,
The Holy Spirit is calling you all now.

Don’t be afraid, rise up and come,
You are called by the Son of God,
Called to repentance, to a new birth,
Called to eternal life in Jesus Christ.

All your sins, your guilt and shame,
Your mistakes, your wounds and stains,
Bring it all to the Cross of Christ now,
The Lamb of God will take away your sins.

Yes, there is forgiveness and redemption,
There is a living hope, blessed assurance,
There’s healing and mending and changing,
God is making all things new, so come.

Not one of us is righteous and good,
We’re all in need of forgiveness and saving,
We all need a Savior, we can’t save ourselves,
So come to Christ Who can save any sinner.

“Glory To My God And Savior”

3/15/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Glory To My God And Savior”

My Lord, You have found me
When I was dead in my sins,
When my spirit was dead,
When my soul was lost, unsaved,
When my heart was made of stone,
When I didn’t care about You,
When I lived life for myself,
When I wanted You the least,
When I was indifferent to You,
When I was on my own way to Hell.

You found me as I was
Where I was living without You.
I didn’t know or believe then
That You gave me life and You sustained me
And every breath I wasted was a gift from You.
I held on for dear life every day
But I came to a dead end, no hope was left,
I knew something was missing,
I realized I wasn’t really living,
I admitted I was just existing,
I could find no answers within
And the worldlings had none either,
I thought nothing could be done
To be rid of my hopelessness.

I knew something was very wrong
But I didn’t look for You
But You looked for me
And You found me in my darkness,
You found me merely existing
But You kept showing mercy
And You kept sustaining me,
You gave me more days to live,
You showed me where to look
For the truth I’ve missed and ignored before,
Even though I didn’t know then
It was You working behind the scenes,
No events were mere chance and circumstance
It was all the work of Your hands.

You’ve brought me back from the dead,
You alone have given my life meaning,
You alone have given me life’s purpose,
You alone have forgiven all my sins,
You alone have washed me clean,
You’ve cleansed me from unrighteousness,
You have saved my soul,
You’ve brought my spirit to life,
You’ve given me a new heart,
You’ve given me a will to obey You,
You have made me whole,
You’ve done it all because You are love,
Because You love like no other.

God, You are incomparable,
You are my strength,
You are my hope,
You are my song,
You are the Way,
You are the Truth,
You are the Life,
You are my all in all.

You are my Maker and Creator,
You’re my Sustainer and Provider,
You are my Savior and Redeemer,
You are the King of kings,
You are the Lord of lords,
You are the one true and living God.

There is no one like You,
There is no other god,
None greater, none stronger,
No rival, no equal,
You alone reign now
And You’ll reign forevermore.
…….
Glory to God Alone

“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

Until one has come to a point in life, the point of an actual realization that they are accountable to God who is One infinitely more powerful than they are;
the One who has created them and sustains them every moment of life and existence;
the One who can rightly and truly lay claim to them, lay claim over their life completely;
the One to whom they must ultimately answer for all their actions when their life here ends;
until that point the person can rightly be called ignorant of an ultimate reality in which all humans live and exist, a truth which can be denied but not destroyed.

If they have heard that truth but keep rejecting it, scoffing, mocking, ignoring, or hating it, it may simply be said they consider or want to be their own god, to have none greater than themselves to answer to, to ultimately be their only true ruler and thus all others are usurpers and makers of false claims upon the person’s life.

Such a person has remained behind the line that separates truth and lie; they remain behind the line that leads to the illumination of truths, the opposite of the lies they have believed and lived by in life.

These people may believe they have what they need but it is not what they need, it is what they want, what the self desires, what the lies make appear as need but it is not.

They can rightly be called presently ignorant and deceived for that is how God sees them but He does not want any to remain so but rather to receive new life, to come to repentance, to be born again as Christ said, to have their hearts replaced, remade, renovated, to become who they were meant to become, to do what they should do, to love as they are loved, to think as they ought, to have what they need and not desire at the moment.

This being God’s desire and will may appear to many people confining, restrictive, even oppressive, but they do not see or understand their actual need or what was originally planned and willed for them or what is ultimately good for them.

If their hearts remain cold and hard and their mind keeps rejecting the truth, it is quite possible that they will keep rejecting the truth until they die, to their own peril and doom.

If their self is the I’m-my-own-god sort of high degree these usually meet their end as conviced of their own autonomy and judges of their own goodness and destiny, a sad sight for clear minds who know the truth of the matter is the opposite of such peole’s beliefs, or rather delusions.

What does not correspond to reality is unreality or irreality and should be fought against, rejected by those who have had their minds opened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth.

Without this mind-opening, this illumination, understanding, people remain in the dark, ignorant, deceived, blind, and are in need of what they have not, whether because of the self and pride rejecting God and truth, or other reasons.

All these need God, they need a Savior for they are not saved, their spirit is dead and their soul is lost;
they need God’s forgiveness for they are not yet forgiven for their many sins, transgressions, wrongs;
they need deliverance and redemption for they are slaves to sin and self and must be redeemed by Christ;
they need regeneration, renewal, a second birth, from above, a spirual rebirth.

All they have not but need is all they require to be the people God wants them to be, the kind of people God can make them if they lay down their pride, surrender unconditionally to their Creator and Lord and by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Savior of souls, Redeemer, King of kings and Lord of lords.

God calls all people to repentance and new life in Him, to fellowship with Him, to love Him above all and to obey His will and live as He has called us all to live, holy, not like the worldlings, the once-born and spiritually-dead but as God’s children adopted into His family and taken from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into God’s Kingdom to live not like the children of the devil but as children of God.

God alone can lay claim to us, over us, completely, for He is our Creator, our Maker and He is sovereign over all, and has no equal, no rival in existence, contrary to what some may believe, thei beliefs are false and correspond not to reality but are conceived in imagination and formed into false beliefs about God and reality.
…….
Glory to God Alone

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

2/27/17
Written by: Victor P.

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

Cracks in your outer structure
Reveal your inner state of disrepair.

The evidence shows a slave to sin,
The windows reveal death within:
A dead spirit,
A heart of stone,
A soul unsaved,
One at war with God.

Mere existence is not enough,
You are called to true life.

Gripping tight your weapons still
In a futile struggle against God.
Running, hiding, falling further down,
Your existence for self breeds misery.

Beating the air with your fists,
Trying to carry the weight of your sins,
Too proud to come to Christ now
Or too afraid of what it will cost.

This is the only life you live here,
There’s no coming back to do it all over,
All your sins can be forgiven now
If by faith you receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

You’ve wasted too much time already,
You’ve felt the emptiness within for so long.
It’s about time you accept the Truth solution –
Jesus Christ is the only way to the true God.

Repent of all your sins,
Place your faith in Christ alone,
You’ll be given a new heart,
Your spirit will come to life,
Your soul will be saved,
You will be made whole.

Come, take hold of the promise
Of freedom found only in Christ;
Take hold of a hope true and lasting,
The blessed assurance of the Lord.

See what you’ve ignored, missed for so long,
Open your eyes to see, open your ears to hear
And open your heart to receive the Truth:
It’s not about what you can do for God,
It’s about what Christ has done already.

Despite all that you’ve done wrong
And all your deepest, darkest deeds,
Despite all of the sins you’ve committed
He loved you first, He loves you even now.

If you will hear His voice now,
If you will heed His call now,
You will never regret it, friend,
God is the supreme joy of all!

He can forgive you, this believe,
Your sins aren’t too terrible to be forgiven,
By His grace through faith in Christ you can be saved,
Come as you are now, trust in the truth of His promise.