Fresh Start

Thankfully, we are all alive and blessed today. Considering the fact that we are reading this post here, we have a good enough reason to be grateful.
It is easy to wake up and focus on yesterdays failures, sins, troubles, etc. However, worrying doesn’t solve anything.
Why worry when you can pray?
None of us woke ourselves up today. Yes, we may have had an alarm but ultimately, being alive is because of God allowing us to have another day on this Earth.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Today we are have new mercies. We could have been headed straight to Hell but thanks be to God, we have a hope of eternal life. Don’t choose to live in defeat. Don’t beat yourself up over past mistakes. Repent and do something great today. Instead of seeking that blessing from God, start seeking a way to bless others.
Our hands aren’t just made to receive, but also to give. Give God praise today.
Your situation could have been worse. Be grateful. Serve the Lord with gladness! Stay encouraged, stay holy, keep pressing. God bless!

Pornography & Masturbation: Is it Wrong?

Before anyone starts, let me ask for forgiveness. I know that some people think “pornography” and “masturbation” are curse words in the church.
I can count the amount of times I have been to a church service or a meeting where the speaker confronts pornography. Growing up in the church, I have come to realize that leaders will speak against fornication (premarital sex), adultery (being married and sleeping with someone other than your spouse), and homosexuality/lesbianism. These are surely touchy issues so I can somewhat understand why we avoid them. However, if we don’t teach the people about it, we cannot get mad when the world tells them about it.
Pornography is something for someone perverted, in some peoples opinion. However, it is just a sinful thing that the devil uses to trap and corrupt minds with. Many have watched it. If you haven’t then congratulations, but don’t kill those who have. Just know that you can be free from this sexual and mental addiction.
How is Pornography wrong?

  • It corrupts the mind of the viewer. You believe that what you see is fulfilling and want to go and try it out.
  • You no longer have God’s view of love, forgetting the true purpose for it. You see sex as a sport and no longer as a gift for husband and wife. Porn stars sleep with many different people all the time. The bible says when you sleep with someone, you become one with them. Now stop. If I sleep with 60 women, I am now causing so many different spirits to be in me. That sounds like confusion, not love.
  • Some may say, “I really love God, I am just trying to learn different ways to please my spouse”. I cannot say your motives are wrong, but the way you fulfill it is. God can show you ways to satisfy one another without leaving His will.
  • You’re telling God that you have a sexual desire that you had to resolve yourself, instead of waiting on your own spouse.

We must understand, we do not sin only if we have sex outside of God’s will. We messed up when we flirted with sin all the way up to the act. The little things matter, stay alert.
How is masturbation wrong?

  • Masturbation is the act of sexually pleasing yourself.
  • God has given every man and woman a sex drive. Some people feed their sex drives more than others. With things like: Love music, movies with sexual scenes, flirting, negative pictures, etc. Now you reach a point where you are really in “the mood” and don’t have someone, so you do it yourself. So you have fulfilled your spouses duty. Sin.
  • The urge to do this isn’t from God. God knows you want to be with a special someone, and He actually wants to give it to you (Psalms 37:4). So now you have an urge from either the devil or yourself. Nothing the devils sends us is good, and the bible says you cannot please God with a carnal mind. A worldly minded person cannot please God (Read Romans 8:1-8).
  • Fornication is a sin. So whether you do it to yourself or with someone you are not married to, you have just committed a sin.

If you struggle with it today, let me tell you something. There’s a better life in Christ. Being abstinent or celibate is a great feeling.
Your hands were made to glorify a Holy God. Your body is God’s temple. Don’t defile it because you were  “horny”. If you ever reach that mood, you know that God wants you to draw closer. Don’t be overpowered by these desires. God sees those who want to be married, but it is all on His timing. I beg you, throw away those movies, magazines, pictures, text messages, CDs. Live pure!
Don’t ever say it’s too hard. Doubt is an insult to God! He know and he cares, let him help you!
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)
Everyone is tempted! I’m sure the woman at the well with all those husbands could have tempted Jesus! He chose to spread the Gospel to her, not spread her legs! You can resist too!
God bless, stay pure. Stay focused. You can make it!

Tovares Grey

Social Networks, idols?

Little children, keep yourself from idols. Amen (1 John 5:21)
The 21st century has become an “technology era”. My generation is surely more advanced than my parents generation. When my parents grew up, only a few “rich” kids would have cell phones. Now, people that are even of low income will have an iPhone. When Jesus walked this Earth, he had to walk and ride boats to preach the Gospel to different cities. Now, we don’t have to walk anywhere. We can fly or drive to different places. We can send bible verses via email or text messages; If we want, we can even go on YouTube and find sermons from just about anyone. That is why I believe we have a bigger responsibility and more intense judgement coming.
I don’t question why we as Christians become so lazy or complacent anymore. We have become to comfortable. Many souls are in different countries, nations and even around our neighborhoods dying without hearing the Gospel. Meanwhile, we are in church arguing because “he/she doesn’t like me” and competing over who’s outfit was the best.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion….(Amos 6:1)
God has forewarned us of becoming lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16). It is time to evaluate our lives to see if we are becoming lukewarm, losing our passion and zeal for God.
I have noticed that many are starting to find prayer and reading the word of God “boring”. There has never been a boring moment with God, that alone shows that your mind is being driven in the wrong direction. A carnal mind cannot please God. More and more people are replacing God with social networks. Spending hours upon hours, tweeting, on instagram, facebook and texting. There is no pleasure greater than being in the presence of the Almighty God.
Is social networking a sin? In my opinion, it is not. However, if you spend more time on it than with God, it is an idol.
I am sure that if Jesus had an iPhone, he would send a text like “hey bro, have faith. Be healed”!  Then, POW! Instant healing! However, we are on our phones wasting time. Drawing nearer to sin and the world rather than bringing souls to Christ. Not even to mention the pictures some people send and receive, but that is another subject. Just saying you need to repent!
Am I recommending that you have to talk about Jesus on social networks all day to prove you love him? No, of course not. Just do not have the mentality that people are just going to get saved on their own, Jesus wants you to go and witness to them.
Instagram will send many souls to Hell! Yes it’s just pictures, but God sees when you are lusting after certain men and women in your heart. Don’t let the devil trick you into being a statistic. When you are tempted to be idle on a social network, remember there’s always something else you can do. Study your bible, pray, visit a sick person, feed the homeless, evangelize, encourage a brother or sister.
Do not be that Christian that wants to just be mediocre and go to Heaven. We always talk about great men like the Apostle Paul, Noel Jones, T.D Jakes, Francis Chan or whoever else you know about. Let people talk about you, in a good way! You can be the next great man or woman of God.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8)
Who are you closer to, God or social networks?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (Hebrews 12:1)
Stay focused. Stay in the will of God. Hope you can honestly go and examine yourself and not others. Share this with others.

God bless,

Tovares Grey

 
 

Purchased!

I HAVE BEEN BOUGHT!
Growing up in today’s society is hard to live a holy or clean life. Society tells the guys to go out and have sex with girls to prove your manhood. Women are only given attention when they are half naked or wearing something revealing. Homosexuality and lesbianism is now “normal” and one must give people their “rights” to date who they please.
Our world is blind by the god of this world, the devil. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Times are extremely hard and people are becoming slaves to acceptance. Doing illegal or sinful things to fit in. Ladies having sex to keep the man they “love”, and men not respecting women anymore. We all must realize that nothing in this world can satisfy us! We can sleep around, party all day, smoke and drink, even have “racks”, but at the end of the day are we fulfilled? NO! How would I know? It’s evident when after it is all done, we still want more.
Temporary pleasures can never fill the void in our lives that were made for God!
Christians need to stop being lukewarm and the world needs to see that we are “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Jesus came to this Earth to redeem us, buy us back! We were all on our way to a burning Hell because of our sins. Jesus came so that we could find true life in him!
Jesus came to save us from Hell, so the bible said “glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20)! He wants us to know that our bodies were made for him. Sex is a gift by God as our wedding present. Not for us to experiment in. Respect God!
Ladies, do not turn your body into a public playground, your body is the temple of God!  Men, do not be ashamed to be a virgin or to be celibate, real women respect that!
You have to realize that, you were bought! No need to be deep, you understand this. You are not your own.
Because you are bought:

  • God expects you to live your life for Him, and Him alone. Does that mean God is a cruel slave master and we are his puppets? No way! We have our minds conditioned in the wrong manner and fail to realize that sin is deceitful. It surely satisfies and feels good, but only temporarily! The bible states: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalms 16:11). We are most fulfilled when we are in the presence of God!
  • You are expected to respect your body! The spirit of God now dwells inside of you. He didn’t have to choose us, but he showed love and grace towards us. The least we can do is honor Him!

Do not settle for less than what you deserve, because you will get less than what you settled for. Honor God with your body. With your purity. With your entire life! He requires, and expects more! God bless!

Live in Freedom

One thing that I have noticed going on is that the church is full of people that are discouraged and burdened down because of their past sins. We must all realize that yes, we should have godly sorrow for our sins, because that leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). However, we shouldn’t condemn ourselves because God forgives those who genuinely confess their sins (1 John 1:9), and he supplies his servants with sufficient grace to overcome (2 Corinthians 12:9). 
All Christians must realize that they can never let God down, because God is the one that holds us up!
Am I justifying my sins, or yours? By no means! I just know that nothing will separate us from the love of God. Ours ways can displease and grieve Him, but His love won’t cease towards His children (Romans 8:35-39). Any parent can testify to the fact that they are really happy when their child obeys them and does something good. However, when their child decides to be a little rebel or even argues with them, is he/she still their child? YES! Same way with God; Our mishaps doesn’t make us lose his love. We are his children by blood, the blood of JESUS CHRIST!
Now anytime you feel low, or feel God has turned His back on you or just feel unworthy, read Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Praise God! We as God’s children are not condemned. If we live lives according to and led by the spirit of God, we don’t have to be condemned. God convicts so we can repent; The devil condemns so we can feel unworthy of the grace of God. Know that difference.
Blasphemy isn’t acceptable and some other sins are just outrageous and an embarrassment, but know this, the loving arms of God are going to be open to you even if no one accepts you or believes in you. God can clean us up no matter how bad our lifestyle appears.
 
I just leave you with this scripture: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
Stay away from certain crowds, networks, TV shows, etc. that will entangle you again. LIVE IN FREEDOM!

Love you all,

Tovares Grey

The word of God…

The word of God clearly states that without the spirit of Christ, you do not belong to God (Romans 8:9). Yes, Jesus loves you, he loves everyone, but that doesn’t mean you belong to Him. 
– What is the spirit of Christ?
The spirit of Christ is the Holy Ghost which was prophesied by the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32).
There aren’t three separate spirits. God is a spirit (John 4:24) and Jesus also prophesied that he will send a comforter, John 14:16. Some believe that there is a ”Trinity”, but Jesus said ”I will come to you”, when he spoke of the Holy Ghost (John 14:18). 

Unfortunately, some churches don’t believe you have to receive the Holy Ghost to be saved. Which is contrary to what Jesus said. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born of water (Jesus name baptism) and be born of the spirit to enter the Kingdom of God (The infilling of the holy ghost), John 3:5-7

How do I know when I have the Holy Ghost? 
In Acts 2, we see the very first time God poured out His spirit on man, in the upper room. They were in one place and on one accord, showing us that God works mightily when there is unity (psalm 133). ”And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”(v2.). There must be an initial sound when one receives the Holy Ghost. 
Some preach you know the holy ghost is there when you produce the fruit of the spirit. False. You cannot live holy without first having the spirit of God in you. 
When men received the holy ghost in the Bible, they spoke in tongues:
· Acts 2:4
• Acts 10:44-46
• Acts 19:6
After you have those initial evidence, then you can claim you have the Holy Ghost inside of you, but don’t stop there. Now, you must produce fruit. You know the Holy Ghost is ACTIVE in you when you produce the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). 

If your church preaches that you don’t have to speak in tongues first, then obviously they’re false, according to scripture. Yes you may genuinely love God, you may have even confessed him as Lord and tried to turn from sin. However, Romans 10:9 isn’t the plan of salvation, Acts 2:38 is!

Confession is made UNTO salvation, confession isn’t salvation. 

Have you Acts 2:38 since you Romans 10:9? 

God bless!

P.U.S.H – Pray Until Something Happens

One can I agree, if they’re honest, that we are really lacking prayer in the church today. Sunday service is always packed, and yes you can find a few people in youth services. However, prayer meetings are always decreasing. The question is, “why?”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

This scripture does not mean that from the moment you wake up until you fall asleep, you need to be on your knees praying. We have to first realize that prayer is communication with God. We should live a prayerful lifestyle,  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6

Pray Until Something Happens

We all make the mistake of thinking that praying is for a specific group of people, an “intercessory group”. Yes, I BELIEVE that some people are gifted with the anointing to pray more intense than others, but we are all called to intercede.
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
The priests duty was to intercede on behalf of the people, so now it is our duty to pray for others. God is looking for servants to stand in the gap.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30
Today make the decision in your heart to give God more time in prayer, he wants to hear from you! Never get  too busy that you don’t spend time with your God. Give the Creator more time than the creation.

Tovares Grey

The Truth of Salvation

Romans 10:9 has to be the most misinterpreted scripture in the Bible, when it comes to certain ”churches”. Some tend to believe and are quite convinced this is the process of ones salvation. However, this is actually the first step to ones salvation.
1. It is by grace that we have been saved, not by our works (Eph2:8). 
· We all can agree Jesus did the work, we do not ”earn” salvation. Nevertheless, we still have things to do to RECEIVE the free gift. 
· Some argue that baptism isn’t necessary. Therefore, contradicting the words that JESUS CHRIST spoke…..He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..(Mark 16:16). So baptism is necessary. However, it wasn’t stated in this scripture. Why? Because it is not the plan of salvation, it is the first step to it.
2. Confession proves ones belief, but confession LEADS to salvation, it doesn’t complete it….”With the mouth confession is made UNTO salvation”(Romans 10:10)
Once one believes and confesses Jesus as Lord, they are not saved, they’ve made their spirits available for Christ to enter them. 

· ”Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:9)
– Spirit of Christ = Holy Spirit. Which was the prophecy spoken of in Joel 2, which was fulfilled in Acts 2.

On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the Holy Spirit came; After the ascension of Christ, therefore his spirit. It was evident by others because of the tongues they spoke. Tongues is the INITIAL evidence of the Holy Ghost, after that the fruit of the spirit proves it is working (See Galatians 5). Peter and the apostles stood up and preached a sermon to the men who came around to watch. At the end, the men BELIEVED every word and wanted to be saved. They knew their belief wasn’t enough so they asked WHAT DO WE DO?!
(Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

After Christ left the scene, he gave his disciples the truth, the Holy Spirit so they can teach others. THIS was the plan for salvation. Repentance, Jesus name baptism (not titles), and the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the EVIDENCE of speaking in tongues. 

The apostolic church is the only church is the only church that baptizes and says in Jesus name. Others do titles according to Matthew 28:19. However they are false because they fail to realize Jesus is the father, the son, and the spirit. He was manifested in different forms but he is NOT a trinity. 
For proof of this check: Deu 6:4; Isaiah 43:11, Zech14:9, John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16.
Some say if Jesus is God, who was in Heaven while he came down? According to Jesus, in John 3:13, he said while on EARTH, ”even the Son of Man which is in Heaven”. 
The trinity, cogic, baptist, nondenominational doesn’t line up COMPLETELY with scripture. If it’s half truth, it is a complete lie. Paul said any man or angel preaching another doctrine, let him be accursed (Gal1:8). 
I urge you to study this if you don’t believe me, if possible find the nearest Apostolic- Pentecostal church where you can find the truth. Don’t believe what parents or leaders say if it is contrary to scripture. God bless you.

It's Just the Beginning!

This is officially the first post on my new blog! I’m quite excited about what God is going to do through this ministry. I hope you’ll be blessed by my posts. Feel free to interact with me, and share with your friends. Oh yeah, always remember, JESUS LOVES YOU!