Eyes on Jesus

I fell short…. Months went by, and I didn’t repeat it. I must be free now, praise The Lord. Here comes the opportunity arising, and BAM! Fell into the same sin again. So now I’m at the altar, “Lord I’m sorry, please forgive me”. Feeling good, and sin free. Next thing I know, I’m back at the altar once again, crying because I did the same act once again. The same exact one that I promised God that I wouldn’t commit.
Does this sound familiar? Shrugs, maybe not for you, but for me it was. This was my constant cycle that I couldn’t seem to break out of. I don’t have much shame, I believe if I’m being transparent, then I can help someone. Sexual temptation was the hardest thing in my life that I just could not seem to shake. Touching women that I’m not married to, lusting in my heart, even following women on Instagram that obviously dressed explicitly. I fed my sin instead of starving it. Promising God that I’ll do my best, and failing so often.
Maybe your sin is different then mine, but Hebrews 12:1 shows that everyone has a sin that easily makes them stumble. Does this mean you are a bad person or a hypocritical Christian? Not at all. Only those with a struggle show that they are trying to resist the lies from the devil. If you aren’t struggling, maybe the devil already has a grip on you.
However, this temptation was a stronghold over my life because it was all I focused on. I was not focused on Jesus, I was only focused on avoiding the sin. That’s where we all go wrong. We try to please God by doing good works, when God is saying, “I want you so wrapped up in my love, until sin is no longer an option. I want my desires to become your desires.” Over this past week in my church’s Youth Conference, I’ve learned that fear crippled me. I wasn’t seeking to please God. Instead, I was afraid of doing that sin again, afraid of how people viewed me, and even afraid that I’m living wrong and headed to Hell.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
– Many of us are so afraid of people. Lived a life full of ridicule and criticism. We now see that many are slaves to acceptance, but these people usually die from rejection.
– I didn’t strive to be holy, I strived not to commit a sin. God doesn’t want us in a mindset where we have a list of “do’s” and “don’t’s”. Rather, Jesus wants us in a relationship with Him that will give us different desires.
– I didn’t understand God’s perfect love, but the more time I spend with Him and His word I now see that His love is overwhelming. I also see that His love overrides all the fear in my life.
– If I love Jesus back, I’ll live for Him no matter the cost. I can be just like the apostles who even obeyed God when their lives were in jeopardy.
– If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25)
– Whatever you fear will come to you. Job was offering sacrifices for His children because they could’ve cursed God and died. We see here that his fear came into existence.
– Revelation 21:8 says the first ones getting thrown into the lake of fire are the “fearful”.
– Jesus has conquered your fears, and the spirit of fear is not from God! See 2 Timothy 1:7
We have to be so consumed with God that sin isn’t an option for us. Christians are usually told what to do, wear, say, or go but now that you are so in love with God, that you just are overwhelmed trying to find ways to get to know Him better. You won’t just need people to guide you every step of the way, because the bible says the Holy Ghost will “teach you all things” (John 14:26).
We must stand up as true Christians, and start relying on God. We will fail whenever we have confidence in our flesh. Each day I am learning to rely completely on God. I don’t want a day to go by without me not praying, reading my bible or seeking Him. I know that the day I don’t, I go out into a warfare against the devil and my flesh, with no weapons. Jesus is my defense and His word is my sword. I must seek Him continually, because without Him I am nothing. I’m just a man of sin going to Hell, but with Him, I am more than a conqueror!
Whether you want to admit it or not, you have a sin that you struggle with. You will get over it when you go to God for strength, but you will fall whenever you stop seeking Christ. You may overcome for awhile, but sin will catch up to you. It isn’t about trying to overcome sin, it’s all about pleasing Christ.
Repentance is turning away from all sin and turning to Jesus. My problem was I would stop, and then keep going. We must stop and turn around! Stop sinning and repent, do a 180 degree turn! Many are on the road to destruction, but for all who choose to submit to Christ, they will make it. Not just Sunday Christians, but being Christ-like in every way.
If I can overcome, I know that you can. We serve the same God, and He’s able to do it again for you. Keep your faith and trust God.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your mercy and your grace. I recognize that I have a besetting sin and I really cannot overcome it alone. I don’t want to try by myself anymore, I pray that you help me. Give me strength where I am weak. Help me to overcome and ignite a fire within me. Give me a passion for holiness, souls, and a heart of a servant. In Jesus name, amen.
God bless,
Tovares Grey

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No Excuses

God desires a relationship with each and every one of us. Not a Sunday affair, not a quick prayer here and there, but a intimate relationship with each and every person on this earth. Too bad one can’t force anyone into a relationship or force their love on anyone. God is a gentleman, He only gets intimate with those who are willing to give everything to Him.
There is always at least one thing that hinders us from getting into a committed relationship with Jesus. I call it our “excuse”. One thing I have learned growing up in life, is that every one has an excuse, but no one ever likes them. Some say “excuses are for the weak”, and some say “I have an valid excuse” for whatever the situation may be. However, when it refers to God, excuses really don’t mean much. No background or failure can stop God from using you for His glory. Of course some things we may have done were outrageous and sinful, but that does not matter to God. Man is concerned about what they can see, God is more focused on our hearts. Yes, it is true that God is a holy God and His children should live holy, but we have to understand that God is also our father. Parents, no matter how bad their children sometimes act, will always have a love for them that cannot be broken. All Christians must know that the love of God looks beyond our past and our present, and will love us into our futures. Mercy is not hindered by circumstances, mercy changes circumstances. God will always accept us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
Jesus had Calvary in mind before He created you and I. Therefore, God knows every sin that we would commit before we were born. Even the ones after being saved and we cry about at the altar, yet still go back and do them over and over. So that leads me to believe, that no sin we commit is strong enough to override the plan of God for our lives.
Even in the bible, the greatest men had serious problems. Sin doesn’t change, it may have different disguises, but it’s still the same tests from the devil that we all face. The exact same struggles you have, men struggled with them before.
– There hath no temptation taken you but such as is COMMON to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
– …..And there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Quit with your excuses! Seriously, just stop. It bothers God and it wastes valuable time that you could be using for God. Jesus is not concerned about your weakness or shortcoming, He already said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. David was the only man said to be after “God’s own heart”, yet he committed adultery and had a man murdered. Paul used to persecute Christians, but God turned Him around to win many souls for the kingdom of God. Peter denied Christ and yet God allowed Him to preach salvation on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:38. The list goes on and on, you cannot keep using excuses. The men in the bible had faults and disabilities like you, but we see that by faith God still managed to use them.
I pray today that you let go of whatever it is hindering you from submitting completely to Christ. Jesus knows your past, but He is more concerned about your future. Nothing you did before can cause God to love you less and none of your mistakes can cause God to revoke His plan for your life. Living a life of sin or rebellion will of course delay God’s plan for your life, but if you just decide to let God have his way, then nothing will stop you from being great.
“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called” (Anon).
– You do not have to be perfect to come to God. Those who believe they are perfect won’t see the need for God.
– God came to heal the sick, not for those who feel they have it all together.
– And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:31-32)
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
– Never count anyone or yourself out.
– With Jesus, there’s always hope.
Nothing you struggle with is stronger than Jesus Christ. Jesus conquered the grave for us to conquer sin. With His spirit within us, we can quit with the excuses and start to live completely for Him and above our sin.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love and grace towards me. I pray that everything in me that is hindering me from my purpose and my calling, that you will help me to let go of it or them. Even the sins that I do enjoy, help me to give it up because I love you more than anything. The same way you helped many in the bible, is the same way you can help me. Lord, I am broken, but I know that I’m still on the potter’s wheel. So mold me into whatever it is that you want me to be. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
God bless you,
Tovares Grey

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Now Determines my Eternity

Whether we all want to face reality or not, we will all die. Unless the rapture comes now and some of us go with Jesus, we will all most likely die. Some may see death as a terrible thing. Of course it is hard knowing you will never see some loved ones again, but that should not be the case. We should be happy knowing that person went home to be with The Lord. Unless that person didn’t know God or lived a careless lifestyle.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:5,7)
– The only people with a hope of eternal life are those that are born again. I know that is sad to say, but it isn’t my opinion, that’s what Jesus said.
– Born again= Baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Lord really laid this message on my heart during a prayer meeting at my church. What God spoke to me is what I hope we will all realize and take seriously, “Your today determines your eternity”.
One mistake I have made, and I believe many make, is to believe that God is just kidding. “Y.O.L.O” is an acronym that is quite popular in today’s generation, meaning You Only Live Once. Many Christians claim that’s false, but if you examine our lifestyles, we sometimes live as though Hell and Heaven are just fairy tales. We claim to love God and yet we deny or ignore Him on a daily basis. As if we are doing God a favor by going to church or obeying the bible.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8)
God is such a great boss, that He will never let a worker toil so hard and not give them the pay that they earned. Many bosses don’t pay equally and so many complain that their pay isn’t fair. That isn’t the case with God, He will always give what you earned.
Good workers:
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (Matthew 25:21)
– If you’re good and faithful, you will get into Heaven. God rewards these type of servants.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)
– God promises to give whatever we ask for as long as we are abiding in Him, and He in us.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:14)
– Many people can profess themselves as Christians, but not many can claim themselves as “Friends of God”. These workers are the only ones that God considers to be His friend.
Bad workers:
For the wages of sin is death;….Romans 6:23 KJV
– Living a life of sin is your decision. I mean at the end of the day, you have your own free-will. Just know God will give you what you deserve, death.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Luke 12:47)
– We all know what we should do, but if we choose not to, we will be punished because of it.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. (Luke 19:27)
– God is merciful, but His word says He will slay all of those that didn’t want Him to be God completely over their lives.
God has really opened my eyes to the fact that, every single thing in life has a consequence. Imagine if a couple of guys robbed a bank. They repented and cried out to God. Of course the law still has to deal with them, even after they are forgiven. Jesus loves us, but whatever we do, whether good or evil, has a consequence.
Don’t ever get to the point in your life where you have the impression that the grace of God is a license to sin. Jesus died to free us from sin, not to let us freely sin. We have to understand that by Jesus dying, it really showed His love for us, and the only way we can respond to that love is by our obedience to Him (John 14:15).
Every thing you do now determines your tomorrow. If you want to grow spiritually, you will have to let go of your selfish desires and pick up the bible. Start praying and fasting, less of us and more of Him (John 3:30). If you don’t care about your soul and do nothing to benefit it, you will die spiritually, even if you aren’t sinning. What you feed will live, and what you starve will die.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. (Luke 13:27)
– If we live a life of sin, we won’t see God.
– When we claim to be saved we have to try our best to live that Christian lifestyle, every single day.
– No one wants to hear those words from God’s mouth . We all find sin fun of course, but we have to deny ourselves so we do not hear God say this. After we fall in love with God, we will fall out of love with sin.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14)
– The bible says we must do these things in order for us to see God’s face.
– Not only live holy, but try our best to live at peace with everyone. Even those who we disagree with and those who hate, abuse, or even use us.
Of course some may read this and think “Tovares, you are asking for too much. I can’t handle it.” Or maybe you’re saying, “That is not even necessary, don’t be too deep.” All I can say to you is that it is possible to live holy everyday of your life, even if we stumble. To others, don’t live your entire life and get a rude awakening on judgment day. Live your life everyday in such a way that’ll please God. Also live positively, try to impact the world.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (Luke 13:24)
Never give up guys, keep pressing. Don’t live for the now, always remember that your now determines your eternity!
God bless,
Tovares Grey

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Jesus is My Anchor

There are many things that a person can avoid and run away from, but a couple of things that will always be there no matter how much we want them to leave, are hard trials and sin. We will always end up in some sort of problem or difficult time. Then there’s the devil who wants to tempt you and make you disobey God by sinning.
In ships, almost always you can find something called an anchor. That is what they will use when it is either time to stop moving, or either the weather is unbearable and they need to keep steady before they get off track. Without this anchor, many ships would be destroyed in violent weather, and many ships would lose direction every single time they decide to set sail.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are excluded from problems. Honestly, I believe that is when problems seem to start. It’s just that a Christian and a nonbeliever is different, because we lean totally on God. A nonbeliever will turn to friends, family or their own resources. It is nothing wrong with that, but those sources aren’t guaranteed to always be able to help. Christians rely on God and no matter how hard the situation gets, you still have that peace because you know it’ll all work out for your good. There is not one problem that comes our way that God wasn’t aware of, or one He cannot handle.
Many different things come to knock us off course or try to make us move out of our place. However, the word of God will show us how to deal with any of those situations. For example:
• Low income or too many bills to handle:
– The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:10)
– But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
• Anxiety about different situations:
– Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
– Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Sickness or Disease:
– …..and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
– But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;…..(Malachi 4:2)
• Ungodly(carnal) friends:
– Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
– My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Proverbs 1:10)
– Stay away, (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Temptation seems unbearable or you keep falling into sin:
– No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
– The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
These are only a few examples of things that come to take us off track. There is only one person who can keep us steady in life, and that is Jesus Christ. Trials will come from now until the day we die, but with Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm.
How to get Jesus as your anchor:
• Consistent prayer
• Studying and applying the word of God to your life
• Fasting
• Denying self and seeking God
• Complete, not partial, submission
• Obedience
Always remember, that in this life, we will always have things that come to shake us up. We just have to know that Jesus will give us peace the entire time. Yes, the storms will come and the winds will blow, but Jesus can simply say “Peace, be still.”, just like in Mark 4:39, and your problems must cease.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
God bless,
Tovares Grey

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God's Love Breaks Spells

Witchcraft, fornication and adultery, stealing, lying, gossiping, gambling, drinking or smoking, clubbing, insecurities, and maybe even rejection. Almost everyone in the world has fell into one of these categories. Whether we have participated in the act, or were forced into the act. However, the truth remains that everyone, has committed a sin, they have also done things they are surely not proud of, and everyone is broken in some way.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)
– Some use this as a scripture to justify their foolishness, I mean sin. However, this scripture is why we all need a savior, because we all have sinned.
– Sin is punishable by death, eternity in Hell. That’s why we all need Jesus!
– Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Sin is a disease that spreads like leprosy.
– It starts on the inside and then slowly comes out of us. Once it reaches on the outside it spreads, and can even be contagious.
– Sin begins in our heart, not when we commit the action. If we meditate on a sin, eventually the body will do what the mind wants.
Temptation isn’t a sin. It is a sin when we yield to it.
We tend to point fingers when tempted, but the truth is, it is our own fault. The devil doesn’t give anyone evil desires. The only power he has, is the ability to tempt you. However, you won’t be lured away unless that’s your weakness.
– If you like short and black, he won’t send a man/woman that is tall and red.
– If you don’t have a stealing problem, he cannot tempt you with that.
– The devil studies us, and it is sad that he knows us better than we know ourselves. That’s because people refuse to admit their struggles.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15)
We all have shortcomings, but that is a blessing.
– When we come to the realization that I can only overcome a sin when God helps me, then we will have a reason to pray.
– A thorn in our flesh will keep us humble. Knowing that we will fall unless we stay in the presence of God.
– If we all felt as though we were perfect, we wouldn’t want God.
Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of sin. Jesus knew it would be so hard for everyone to follow the law, and the law also made so many people self righteous.
The problem today is that people want to be saved from Hell, but not from sin.
– However, God doesn’t work that way.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14)
Do not get me wrong, Jesus is a loving and forgiving God, but he cannot tolerate sin.
– No man can hold God’s hand and then with the other hold the devils hand.
– You must choose a side.
– Jesus isn’t a fan of Lukewarm Christians, Revelation 3:16.
– Holiness is a requirement, not a suggestion.
I am a living testimony that God delivers us from everything that we want to be delivered from.
– It is true that many of us give God part of our lives and then try to control the others.
– Saying things like, “God take away the suicidal thoughts”, but we do not want to give up pornography.
– God wants our entire being, all of our heart. Not just what we feel is convenient.
Speaking for myself, I wanted God to take away everything from me, but I honestly didn’t want to give up lust. He’s worked on me in many areas but that one I didn’t want Him to touch, but handle myself. I’ve done things I’m not proud of, but I thank God I’m still a virgin and He didn’t allow me to go too far. Now the closer I get to Him is the more I see the need to give that up. That along with anything else that doesn’t please Him.
Our problem is, we think we can change ourselves. People outside of church say they are going to get their act together and then come to church. That is impossible! God changes us by His spirit and His word, we cannot do it by ourselves. Stop trying to do God’s job and let Him mold you into the person He designed you to be.
People come to me and say that they believe being a Christian is boring.
– It surely is, if you do not have a connection to God.
– It definitely looks that way when you see Christians living lukewarm lives.
– It surely doesn’t attract people when they see you in the club, cursing and half naked on social networks, and singing on the choir in church.
– It surely does look that way when people complain about what they don’t have, instead of being grateful for what God has already done.
Christians, it is time to seek God like never before and let His love transform us from the inside out.
If we really understood the love of God, we wouldn’t live the way we do. We indulge in sin, but sin is deceitful. Feels good but sucks the life out of us slowly. Trying to impress and fit in, but in the end you still have a longing that cannot be fulfilled. That’s because the things or people of this world, cannot fill the void that is meant for God!
– Love for God causes us to obey Him.
– If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
Jesus’ love made Him die for our sins. Don’t let His death be in vain in your life.
Give up sin, accept real life. Life in Christ!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
His love has broken every spell over my life and I’m grateful for that, will you allow Him to do the same for you?
– Tovares Grey

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Imperfect, Yet Victorious

There will always be a time in someone’s life where they will fail at something. No one will always go through their life without troubles. You may lose a game in sports, you may fail an exam, and you may even be a devoted Christian that falls into sin.
Jesus is well aware that a Christian will go through temptation, hard trials, and will have many obstacles to overcome. He was God in human form, but the bible showed that He was well aware of life’s troubles.
– Read John 17, that was Jesus’ prayer for us.
– For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
Jesus overcame the world. His spirit within us now empowers us to overcome sin, temptation, and every trial.
If you struggle with any of the upcoming situations, let me just give you a few scriptures to uplift you.
• Sickness:
– But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
– If you never been sick, how would you know that God is a healer?
• Low income:
– But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:6, 7, 10)
– I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)
– Money isn’t everything. Don’t serve God for a big bank account.
• Fear:
– For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
– There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
– When God is on your side, there is nothing to be afraid of.
• Feeling Condemned:
– There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
– Jesus convicts us so we can repent, the devil condemns so we can avoid the presence of God.
• Indecisive:
– The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23)
– Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
– We will never be sure of what to do unless we are aligned with God and allow Him to lead us.
• Sexual Temptation:
– There hath no temptation taken you but such as is COMMON to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
– Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
– If you feed into it, you will fall into it. That’s like digging a grave that you’ll eventually fall into. Starve it and it’ll die. Be careful what you listen to, watch, and entertain.
• Consistently falling into Sin:
– Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
– If you never submit to God, you will NEVER have the power to resist sin.
• Unforgiveness:
– But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)
– Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21- 22)
– Of course it gets annoying forgiving the same person over and over for the same reasons but forgiveness isn’t for them, it is for you. Not forgiving and being bitter is like drinking poison and expecting the next person to die.
People in the bible also had issues, but God used them!
– Timothy was too young.
– David stole a mans wife and had him killed.
– Paul used to kill Christians.
– Peter denied Jesus.
The list goes on and on.
You have your issues that need to be fixed, but stop trying to do it by yourself. Let Jesus fix it, you cannot do anything by yourself.
– Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (John 15:4)
You are striving towards perfection, but you have to understand what perfection is. Biblical perfection speaks of maturity.
– This stage is where you are producing much fruit, see Galatians 5:22-23.
– This stage doesn’t mean you will have no fault. You are just less likely to sin because you rely on God more and you are very close to Him.
Stop beating yourself up. We are fighting from victory, not for victory. The battle is already won!
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mark 13:13)
– Tovares Grey

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Praise Your Way Out

There are three types of people in this world.
1. People going into a storm
2. People that are in a storm
3. People that are coming out of a storm
It is not strange for a person to experience hard times. Even those we see and believe are rich, we do not understand their pain, or the hardships that they experience.
Problems are going to arise regardless, but there is a way to get out of them: praising and trusting God while you’re in the storm.
Read 2 Chronicles 20.
In this story, many rose up against Jehoshaphat to kill him and all of Judah. He couldn’t escape it. However, in his fear, he didn’t run away, he prayed.
– And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (Verse 3)
– We cannot escape the trials that come our way. However, the first thing/person we should turn to is Jesus Christ. He can deliver you.
As they prayed and sought God, the answer came:
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:14-17 KJV)
God simply told them that they don’t need to worry, because the battle belongs to Him.
– When life gets rough we often try to defend ourselves and fight back. However, some battles were made for us to prove God. If we ever begin to rely on God, life would start to make more sense to us.
Read John 11
– Lazarus was dead. Jesus was a good friend of Lazarus, but he allowed it to happen.
– Martha didn’t understand why Jesus would let him die, but she didn’t understand why Jesus allowed it.
– Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, after four days. After he was stinking, rotting, and everyone lost hope.
Sometimes we have to be in dead situations for God to get the glory:
– Atheist or non-believing home
– Sickness/Disease
– Poverty or low income
– Only Christian in your school
If we trust God, no matter how scary a situation is, God can deliver.
Back to Jehoshaphat:
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. (2 Chronicles 20:20-22 KJV)
The only thing they had to do is give God praise and trust Him.
– God worked out the entire situation, because they had faith in him.
– No one had to fear, because they believed in their God.
Today, your praise can be used as a weapon as well.
– Their praise set up ambushments!
– When Joshua and the children of God shouted, the walls of Jericho came down.
– If the devil sends a million darts your way and instead of you crying, you start praising, I can guarantee he will be confused.
The other day a young boy at my church, Angel, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They said surgery would make him become retarded, and no surgery will make him die. Very scary situation, if you don’t know your God. I was praying one night for him and God simply said “Shout with the voice of triumph” (Psalm 47:1). So I didn’t worry. Many others prayed, and now I can testify to the fact that Angel is healed and doing perfectly fine, without ever doing surgery! Not boasting about my prayer, just bragging on my God!
Today you may face something similar, or maybe bigger. However, we should never show God how big a problem is, we should show our problem how big our God is.
The devil can’t take much from a believer, but if he can get one to keep quiet, he has won a battle.
– Never lose your praise!
– When you say “Hallelujah”, the person next to you may receive some strength and gain the boldness to worship themselves.
– O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3 KJV)
The next time you have a barrier in front of you, pray! Whenever you have a wall you can’t get over, call on God! Whenever you find yourself in a dead situation, prophesy over the dry bones like Ezekiel!
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20 KJV)
However you worship is your choice, but never let situations keep you silent. Whatever your situation is, trust God. I’m believing for you and praying for my readers. God bless you all.
– Tovares Grey

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True Love

Love is a word that is often misused and misunderstood. I believe part of the reason why we have so many ruined relationships are because people do not actually know what it means to love. Sometimes a person uses the word to get something from you, or because you are just close at the time.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
– God is love. True genuine, unconditional love is from God.
– God doesn’t even love to get something from us, He simply loves because of who He is.
– Love gives and doesn’t demand anything in return. However, after experiencing the love, it causes a reaction in you to do something in return.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
– God hates sin, but he took on sin(flesh) to save humanity.
– When a King can come off of his throne to rescue a world from eternity in Hell, that is true love.
Worship is love responding to love. (Anonymous)
– Worship is not just what we do in service to music, it is who we are when we wake up everyday of our lives.
– Everyone worships. Some worship Jesus, some worship things. Living a devoted life to Christ shows our love to Him.
– If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
What are the characteristics of love?
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)
What isn’t love?
– When people gossip and slander others. (Proverbs 10:18)
– Counting faults and not forgiving. (1 Peter 4:8 and Matthew 18:21-22)
– Being selfish and wanting to please yourself before helping others. (Romans 12:10)
– Discord sowers : People who go around telling things about people causing others to dislike them.
– A temporary emotion.
As children of God, we should act like God. Sadly, so often Christians possess qualities that God said he hates:
There are six things the LORD hates—
no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family. (Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)
That is why we have to seek God daily because in our hearts are things that we try to hide but God sees them.
So many end up in relationships with people who don’t love God.
– Marriages by non-Christians sometimes last longer than marriages in the church. That’s because some people are in church but yet they have not allowed love to be in there hearts.
– You can be in a relationship and it may seem well, but whenever someone doesn’t love God, they can never love you the way you should be loved.
– Everyone is human, but a person with the love of God in them knows what it means to forgive, be patient, and to walk with someone.
– If you have to disobey God to “prove your love”, that isn’t the relationship to be in. If you have to compromise your purity, that isn’t love, that is lust.
Whether people show love to you or not, it is your responsibility to love them. That was a command by Jesus.
– But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)
– Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
Salvation is a free gift today to everyone that believes and decides to follow Jesus.
– For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8)
– 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. (Acts 2:38)
Reminders:
Ignore the devil’s lies and accept God’s truth.
– If the devil says you’re worthless, remind Him that Jesus thinks you’re to die for.
– If you ever feel ugly, remind yourself that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made. You are God’s masterpiece. See Psalm 139:14 and Ephesians 2:10.
– If you ever feel condemned, remember Jesus convicts us so we can repent, but He doesn’t condemn his children. See Romans 8:1
– When the enemy says you’ll never overcome that temptation, remind yourself that Jesus provides a way of escape and his grace is sufficient to see you through. See 1 Corinthians 10:13 & 2 Corinthians 12:9
– When you fall and feel as though you cannot get up or no one is there is to help you, remember that Jesus is there to guide you. See Psalms 37:23-24
When you feel lonely and want to settle with just any man/woman you see, remind yourself you are better than that. Jesus has someone for you if you wait. Jesus completes you, not a husband/wife. See Colossians 2:9-10
God bless you, and always remember, Jesus loves you.
– Tovares Grey
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