WHEN WE LOVE…

When we love money
We will never be satisfied,
Because that insatiable appetite
Cannot be crucified.

When we love status
And all the benefits,
Much compromise enters the soul
Where cognitive dissonance will sit.

When we love unrighteousness
It’s because we truly believe,
That our choices will not affect us
And that God won’t hear or see.

When we love materialism;
The eye will never be satisfied,
Because the shelf life will be temporary
Before new things we wish to buy.

When we love all worldly ways
Eventually we won’t have the strength to stand,
Because we’ll fall for everything and anything
With all of its demands.

But when we love kindness;
To put the needs of others first,
There will be a fountain in our dear soul
Where never we will thirst.

When we love God
And our neighbour as ourselves,
It’s where selflessness will live
And where peace and joy will dwell.

And when we love to love
Disappointed we will never be,
Because it’s where God’s beauty and goodness lives
And where all blessings we will see.

The commandments of God relate to love;
Not on achievements or success,
Because it’s the treasures of the soul
That will express the very best.

Depending on what we love
Is where our treasure it will be,
Let’s realign our heart and mind
So God’s will and plan we see.

PB 2022

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

THE TEN VIRGINS

There are wise and foolish virgins

Yet they all do look the same,

But only five will meet the bridegroom

Whilst five behind they will remain.

Because the wise ones carried oil

And at midnight trimmed their lamps,

Whilst the foolish ones had not enough

And had to leave the camp.

But the bridegroom came at a time

That was least expected too,

And only those who carried oil

Were found as brides pure and true.

The wise ones they were ready

Whilst the foolish went away,

Since the true brides were anointed

And used wisdom as they prayed.

The wise ones were consecrated;

Set apart and dedicated,

Betrothed to the bridegroom

With a mindset that is sacred.

When we leave to search for oil

It’s because it was never really there,

Since deep down there is much compromise

Along with worldly cares.

But those filled with the spirit

Will be awake and ready too,

Where they do not sleep nor slumber

But trust Christ in all they do.

Is there oil in our vessel

Where the lamp does shine the light,

Or do we rely on others for provision

Or perhaps delight in our own might?

We may believe we know Him

But does He know us indeed?

Since the difference is so vast

And we must honestly take heed!

PB 2022

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.”  Matthew 25:1-2

“Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”  Matthew 25:3-4

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’”  Matthew 25:5-8

“But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.  Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’”  Matthew 25:9-11

“But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.’” Matthew 25:12-13

WHY RISK IT?

Why would we risk our eternal salvation

For the temporary praises of man?

When we’re ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ;

It’s too overwhelming to understand.

Why would we prefer the compliments

From all fair-weather of friends,

Rather than the eternal favour of Almighty God

With the assurance He so sends?

Why would we risk our eternal soul

For a crumb of momentary pleasure,

Rather than looking forward to God’s reward

And His everlasting treasure?

How could we risk something so profound

Knowing that God has created us,

And that all our dreams and hopes within

Will merely turn to dust?

It’s not worth risking our eternal soul

To be accepted in people’s eyes,

Because most times it’s insincere too

With motives in disguise.

People will always let us down,

It’s the fallen nature’s way,

But God is sincere and delivers us

As we cry out to Him and pray.

Let’s not risk our eternal soul

For the crumbs life has to offer,

And let’s repent for our ignorance

Or for being mockers and scoffers.

God is real and we’ll give account

And that day is drawing near,

Let’s examine ourselves if we’re in the faith

And whether our love and faith is sincere.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26

“Repent and let everyone of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

REPUTATIONS

When reputations become an idol

With the need to be respected,

Let’s just keep in mind

That we’re probably not elected.

Because a lifetime of striving

For all humanistic praise,

Will not humbly bow the knee

To respect and honour God’s holy ways.

Reputations will remain a stronghold

When money, power and control will reign,

Where all the luxuries are paramount

Without any self-restraint.

Jesus never had a reputation

Although He was God in the flesh,

And He never exalted Himself, no not once,

Although the power of God He could manifest.

The only reputation that matters

Is when love, kindness and peace they kiss;

To be a humble servant to those in need;

To be there and to assist.

Reputations can be false

When we’re loved one day and hated the next,

Because it’s God’s will in our lives

That is the very best.

Reputations come crumbling down

When we’re no longer required,

Especially when we go against the grain

And no longer by lies are inspired.

Reputations are frail 

Because the fallen nature of mankind,

Will only use and abuse for corporate gain

And for an advantage to always find.

But if we’re known for our kindness

With a gentle and giving spirit,

There are eternal treasures that are stored

With many benefits in it.

Let’s take Jesus’ example to see;

He was not a man of reputation,

But instead cared deeply for our soul

And more importantly for our eternal salvation.

So if we’re concerned about our reputation

If we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior,

Just remember God will be ashamed of us on that day

When with Almighty we’ll have no favour.

The only reputation that will matter

Is whether we’re covered by Jesus Christ;

Grafted into His eternal vine

Where His nourishment will suffice.

Today is the day of salvation

So when He calls us by our name,

Let’s humbly surrender and respond to Him

So our lives will never be the same.

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  Mark 8:38

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty…that no flesh should glory in His presence.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-29

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Jesus Christ, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”  Phillipians 2:5-7

“That at the name of Jesus every knew should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:10-11

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  2 Corinthians 6:2

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LIVE FOR A CAUSE NOT APPLAUSE

Jesus lived for a cause;

The most profound one in history,

When He was beaten, mocked and tortured as well

As He hung upon that tree.

Because it was necessary for Him to suffer

To appease God’s wrath indeed;

The wrath that we all sincerely deserve

But where Christ did intercede.

And He never lived for applause

But was ridiculed instead,

By the Pharisees who thought they were right with God

But in fact were spiritually dead.

As we ask ourselves the question;

Are we living for a cause,

Or are we merely wanting the praises of man

And living for applause?

Because applauses can be insincere

When people love you for a day,

But the next day hate you without a cause

Along with the games that they may play.

When we live for a cause to help others;

It’s the most honourable indeed,

Where kindness along with practical help

Their heart and soul will feed.

Because at the end of the day

It’s the sacrifices that we make,

To alleviate the stress and the pain

When our assistance they do take.

So, are we living for a cause;

One that honours the Lord,

Or are we merely mismanaging our time

Where on earth our treasure is stored?

When we live for a cause;

One that gives God the glory too,

We’re not interested in the applauses of man

When motives are sincere and true.

It’s only by His grace and mercy

That we could possibly do anything,

Since it’s by His sovereignty and in His plan

That any fruit our soul can bring.

Jesus is worthy of all our honour

Since He was tormented for our soul,

When He lived for the most poignant cause;

To give us eternal life, behold!

(C) P.B. 2022

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:4-5

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)”. Galatians 3:13

“But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ’They hated Me without a cause.’”  John 15:25

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.  Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”  Matthew 6:2

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites.  For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.”  Matthew 6:5

“For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”  John 12:43

“Not with eye service, as men pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,”  Ephesians 6:6-7

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

“Many seek the ruler’s favour, but justice for man comes from the Lord.”  Proverbs 29:26

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  John 15:13

THE TRUTH BE TOLD

The reason Christianity is a threat

Is because it’s genuine and true,

And when something is real, timeless and sincere

It invites much opposition too.

Granted there are hypocrites

But they exist in every sphere,

And an account will need to be given

To God with reverent fear.

When Jesus Christ is blasphemed

It’s because the powers of darkness know,

That He’s the real, genuine and pure One

So much division they will sow.

Because no other religious leader

Claimed to be equal with the Heavenly Father,

And those wicked hosts in the high places

Know there simply is no other.

The powers of darkness and their hosts of hell

Will attempt everything to keep us blind,

To the pure, genuine and honest truth

So eternal life we do not find.

And be aware that Satan disguises himself

As an angel of light,

To seduce, confuse and manipulate

But we must resist and fight.

Jesus Christ is the authentic One

But He and His disciples were killed,

Because the voice of truth will try to be silenced

So Satan’s plan may be fulfilled.

But Jesus Christ has the victory;

Always has and always will,

Because His resurrection speaks aloud

When God’s mission was fulfilled.

(C) P.B. 2022

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:12-13

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”  Matthew 23:27-28

“And no wonder!  For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”  2 Corinthians 11:14

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

“That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

IF WE TRULY BELIEVE…

If we truly believe that one day we’ll die

Then surely we’d change our ways,

Knowing that we’ll stand to give an account

To a holy God some day.

If we truly believe we’ll die one day

Then surely we’d seek to find;

To discover the truth of this life

From the heart and not our mind.

If we truly believe that one day we’ll die

Then we’d be sensitive to His call,

And then to sincerely repent from the heart

And make Him our all-in-all.

And if we truly believe in our own lies

Then the veil will continue to be,

Enveloped around our heart and mind

Where God’s judgement we will see.

Because souls have been tormented

Where regret was clearly shown,

As they lay on their death bed

When a life a vanity was sown.

When revelation comes too late

It’s because we have been thoroughly deceived,

And have hardened our hearts to the voice of God

But where regret and sorrow we see.

When our pride exalts itself

Above the knowledge of Most High,

We rebel against a holy God

And join forces with like-minded tribes.

But God cannot be mocked

And His perfect justice will prevail,

In His timing and not our own

Since His vengeance will never fail.

We all suffer in different ways;

Unfortunately some more but others less,

However it’s not an excuse to reject the Lord

Since His deliverance is always best.

And if we truly believe and trust

In the agendas of society,

Then fear becomes our necklace

Where frustration will continue to be.

What an inspiration some people are

When through tribulation they’re made pristine,

Having suffered immeasurably but remain steadfast

Where God’s glory they do see.

If we truly believe that one day

Our eyes on this earth will close,

Then we’ll have reverence for God Almighty above

Rather than for all false friends and foes.

(C) P.B. 2022

“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew 12:36-37

“Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.”  Deuteronomy 32:35

“TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.  Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: ‘God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.’”  Acts 17:23-24

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”  Galatians 6:7

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the Lord your God,”  Isaiah 43:2-3

LITTLE FAITH IN A BIG GOD

When we have little faith in a big God

We’ve come to understand,

That although our prayers are sweet smelling aromas

They’re little gems in His big hands.

When we humble ourselves in sincere faith

And recognise His majesty,

We are meek, contrite and have respect

Where His miracles we see.

To have little faith in a big God

It’s to have that simplicity,

And a childlike faith that is strong and robust

Where answered prayers we see.

A little faith goes a long way

When we recognise His voice,

Since there’s a surety combined with peace

When we make the correct choice.

David used a pebble

But His faith was huge indeed,

And He trusted in God to defeat Goliath

And a miracle He did see.

Gideon won the battle

With a small percentage of faithful men,

But it was God who interceded

When Gideon’s tribe He did defend.

By faith Noah built the ark

And was ridiculed indeed,

But had a steadfast hope that dwelled within

When to God’s warning did take heed.

Sarah’s faith was minuscule

That she could conceive at her ripe age,

But when Almighty’s hand blessed Abraham

God’s glory took the stage.

Because it’s the strength and the power

Of our Almighty and Most High,

That will deliver us and rescue

When in His love we do abide.

(C) P.B. 2022

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”  Hebrews 11:3

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”  Hebrews 11:7

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied…then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”  1 Samuel 17:45-49

“Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’”  Genesis 18:11-12

“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude – innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”  Hebrews 11:11-12

“For what more shall I say?  For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon…also of David and Samuel and the prophets; who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong…” Hebrews 11:32-34

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’”  Psalm 91:1-2

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Dear friends

I have published my poetry on Kindle Amazon. The link above will take you to the Kindle store, which shows all 5 volumes that are available in Ebook and Paperback.

Volume 1 is on Faith, Volume 2 is on Love, Peace and Joy, Volume 3 is on Hope and Healing, Volume 4 is on Grace and Mercy, and Volume 5 is on God’s creation.

I hope these poems bless you, as it’s been on my heart to categorise them, and finally, it’s come to fruition!

Alternatively, please type in Poems for His glory, Paras Bovolos, and all 5 volumes will be displayed.

Available in all countries.