God Can Heal Your Brokenness

There are three types of people in this world:
1. Those going into a storm.
2. Those already in a storm.
3. Those coming out of a storm.
We have all gone through our share of problems, and no one is exempt from their share of pain or hurt. Some believed that once they accepted Christ they would be stress free, but I believe that’s when some problems actually began for many. Not because God hates people, but times when we have nowhere to run to, we know to look up to Jesus (Psalms 121). Sometimes God allows us to be knocked to our knees. Not to break us, but to give us a reason to start praying again. We all believe we are strong until circumstances come to challenge us, but we have strength in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:5-10).
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalms 34:19)
One of the most frustrating things is to experience hard times when you are living right. I don’t mean the “modern Christianity” living right. I mean you pray, fast, give, love people and you can’t even pay your bills. When you treat everyone nice and people still gossip and slander you. When you’re a virgin and ridiculed about it, even among other “Christians”. When you only have a few outfits and people that are consistently sinning and insulting God have all the clothes in the world. When you seek God and can only put $10 in your car for gas and there are others who are atheists and yet their tanks are full and they get the most promotions!
Let me introduce you to David! He said he almost backslid when he observed how wicked men were prospering (Psalms 73:1-16). We often say “God satisfies”, but there is a strong possibility that many of us have been discouraged in our hard times.
– It’s not good to envy wicked men (Proverbs 24:19), because you’ll start to think blessings are material things.
– People are millionaires but are going to Hell for not following Christ. You may not have much money, but eternal life is worth it all.
– God doesn’t make everyone rich in finances, so don’t seek that. Seek God’s kingdom.
Many have been hurt, raped, abused, mistreated, stolen from, lied on, ridiculed, mocked, rejected, etc. Some of these people have been hurt by people in the church. Don’t let a bad experience with church people cause you to turn away from God. You are following Christ, not them. Many people simply tend to give up when times get hard, but you must know that God is always in control.
Job was a righteous, Man of God. The devil could not even touch him because God protected him. God told the devil he will remove the hedge so he can do whatever he want, just don’t touch him. God ALLOWED the devil to kill what Job loved: his children, his servants and even his cattle. Understand what just happened. The things that Job loved were taken away because he lived a holy life and God wanted to use him. Many of us would have left church if we were doing everything right and still circumstances grew worse. However, Job didn’t curse God and after his period of testing, God gave him double for his trouble (Job 42:10).
– Many of us believe that even though God is sovereign, we deserve to run the show. God doesn’t move out of our anxiety, He works on faith.
– Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead and his body was rotting before He came to deliver Lazarus. He didn’t rush because of Mary or Martha, He had a plan that human minds didn’t understand. The custom of the time was that the spirit of the person roamed around trying to come back into the person for three days. If the person didn’t come alive by the fourth day, then the Jews would say that they are dead. Jesus waited until everyone gave up hope before He worked the miracle. God doesn’t make you struggle to make a fool of you, everything He does brings glory to His name and souls to Christ. Many Jews turned to Christ after they saw Him raise Lazarus.
Everything you have been through has a purpose. No one can say you “deserved” to be raped, abused, mistreated, etc., but someone else will go through it and your testimony will be their deliverance. I have went through many obstacles and when I share it with some they are encouraged and are able to be delivered themselves. Don’t breakdown, God wants you to breakthrough. No one can obtain the promises of God without going through the process. God uses affliction to build our character and our spirit, don’t think it’s meant to destroy you. If you endure, there is a blessing waiting on you.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)

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Temporary Loss for an Eternal Gain

“Come, follow me.” – Jesus. If you are reading this blog, you are either a Christian or God is calling you to His kingdom now. We have all either answered God’s call or are still contemplating. Should I? Should I not? I don’t want to get saved and have to leave the church. Should I turn to God and then be a hypocrite because I can’t live a perfect life? These questions are all normal, but just remember this: You cannot clean up your act before you come to Christ, He is the one that will change you. You will never be “ready”, its just something you have to do and allow God to take control. God loves you enough to take you the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way. We only mess up when we don’t allow God to take complete control and we try to run the show.
All of us have been in relationships (whether it being family, dating/marriage, or coworkers/classmates), and we have all known that a relationship is a two way street. If you want the relationship to work and grow, you’ll have to sacrifice. More time to listen to one another, help one another, give to one another and even correct one another in love. The point is, love is a sacrifice. God loved us all on the earth but no one would have believed He cared if He didn’t let Jesus die for our sins. No one will believe their partner cares if they never listen, never show affection or even help. God knew love required a sacrifice. That’s why if we love God, we must sacrifice some things.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
– If we never obey God, we don’t really love Him. We may be infatuated, but the truth is, we sometimes like what we can get, not who He is.
– Loving God means loving what He loves and hating what He hates.
– The same way God sent the ultimate sacrifice, is the same way we must sacrifice our old lifestyles for a genuine relationship with God.
– We can’t be the bride of Christ while dating satan. Break up with sin so you can find true life in Christ.
If you’re a Christian and it didn’t cost you anything, then something is very wrong. Here are a few things that must take place in the life of a believer:
1. You should not be equally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14)
2. You should come out of the crowd and live consecrated/transformed lives (Romans 12:2 & 2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
3. The world will hate you for looking, talking, and living differently (John 15:18)
4. We will have stay away from sinful things that try to break us down spiritually (1 Peter 2:11)
5. We will have to love those who hate and mistreat us (Matthew 5:44)
6. Even though we are living righteous, we will experience troubles (Psalm 34:19)
7. We will have to run away from fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18)
8. We MUST kill our sinful desires (Galatians 5:24)
9. We cannot love this world or the things of the world (1 John 2:15)
10. We will experience traumatic losses, but we must trust God’s plan and not get angry at Him (Job 1:22)
Whoever said the Christian life was always easy lied, but it is always worth it.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
– Whatever we go through is NOTHING, compared to what Christ has in store for us. We just have to be willing to say “not my will, but thine be done”.
– Tovares Grey

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Slave to Righteousness

It amazes me that even though I was basically raised in church, I still do not know everything about God. It frightens me whenever someone thinks they’ve gotten God figured out. The bible says that “God’s understanding is limitless” (Psalm 147:5). However, I’m always proud of those who dig deeper into God’s word, trying to learn more. It’s always a blessing to know that people are still hungry for the presence and power of God. Being a mature Christian is a process, not a destination. We have to deny ourselves and seek God daily in order to know more about Him.
My problem with the generation that I am in, is that many can quote bible verses and do all kinds of ministries, but they have no clue what the bible means nor do we always live what we preach. It’s sad that some of the older Christians fit into this category as well (a form of godliness, but denying God’s power). It is easy to tweet holiness and live a lukewarm lifestyle. I know this happens because I’ve preached abstinence, holiness, prayer and fasting, etc. and as soon as I finished speaking, I would be faced with the same obstacles, and unfortunately, didn’t always live up to my word. So many people are taking this Christian lifestyle as a joke. We claim we are free from the power of sin, but yet we seem addicted more to phones, relationships and ministry more than God. Not judging, I’m not perfect. I’m striving to get better just like you.
Paul, a PRISONER of Jesus Christ,…..(Philemon 1:1)
One must understand what it means to be a prisoner to actually call themselves Christians. Of course many of us are not being physically persecuted for our beliefs anymore, but ALL “Christians” should be in bondage to the will of God. Yes it sounds extreme and sometimes impossible. However, living right is a choice and so is living in sin. If we really love Jesus, we would know that a righteous lifestyle is not boring, legalism, or old school. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Follow peace with ALL men, and HOLINESS, without which NO man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14). Some people treat God’s word like magazines. Skimming to find what they like and disregarding the rest. That’s not how this works. We all fall short, but if you did not even try to please God then how can you say you are living for Christ? If we say we are going to do ministry but hate our brothers, we are not walking in God’s will.
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4)
When a officer is arresting someone (I’m not a police officer so forgive me if I don’t say it the exact way):
1. Tell them to freeze:
– Freeze = stop
– No longer going in that direction
– In order for Jesus to be your Lord, you must be willing to stop what you’re doing. This is where God calls the sinner. They will then stop walking in that direction or cease from their sinful lifestyle.
– Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
– God calls us out of darkness, but He doesn’t lower himself to win anyone. He’s powerful enough to speak and your body receives life. Jesus didn’t go into the tomb for Lazarus, he spoke the word and Lazarus’s body had to receive life (John 11:43).
2. Put your hands in the air:
– When the officer can see that you are willing to comply.
– When your hands are held high, you show that you are empty handed. If the officer cannot see your hands (or if there is something in it) you are considered a threat and resisting their authority.
– Christians raise their hands during worship or prayer because it shows respect and submission to authority. Which is why many raise their hands when tarrying for the Holy Spirit, showing God that they surrender their will for His.
– God cannot use anyone who holds onto their sins. You cannot be married to Christ while you are dating the devil. It’s called cheating and it isn’t fair to God to accept half of you when he sacrificed it all for you.
– God does not consider people his enemies, but we are the ones who choose a side. We can’t be on the fence, we are either with Christ or not.
3. Hands behind your back:
– When their hands are behind their back, they are no longer free people. They are now under a new leadership, new rules, and a totally different game plan.
– Prisoners may try to fight back, but when you are handcuffed you are restrained from doing what you want.
– Contrary to popular belief, God has standards. You are not the standard, I am not the standard and our pastors aren’t either. Holiness is. We can’t say “everyone” else is doing it, we have to go by what pleases our NEW Lord and His plan.
– Many confessed Jesus as Lord, but if we aren’t following Him, He is NOT our Lord. Lord means ruler. If we continue walking in our own hearts desires, we will always end up broken, without peace and in sin. If we want to find real happiness, we must look to Christ. Not in people or material things.
– There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
Many people believe us Christians are brainwashed. Some Christians even leave God because they believe the world is having more fun. In case you didn’t know, let me tell you: THE WORLD IS MISERABLE AND ARE ON A PATH TO SELF DESTRUCTION!! Everyday trying to have the best car, clothes, shoes, house or else you aren’t considered good enough or popular. Trying to impress people that do not care about you. Taking drugs and alcohol that leave them happy for a night and lonely and broken in the morning. I know a guy who just got arrested on many charges because of this drug he took and it caused him to act out of character (I won’t say which ones). You think that’s fun? Oh please! Your hardest day in Christ is better than your best day in the world. Noah built that ark and do you think there were toilets? That ship must have had a bad odor with many animals going on the floor, but guess where there was safety? In the ship! If you stay surrendered under God’s will, you will always find peace and safety.
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)
– True joy is in God’s presence.
– God isn’t using us as puppets, He’s giving us the opportunity to be happy and be free. Sin is slavery!
Too many people mark their Bibles, but their Bibles never mark them. There are too many people saying “Jesus is Lord”, but yet they are serving themselves. If Christ isn’t in complete control, He isn’t in control whatsoever. God will not accept 50% of you, the devil surely will. Preaching and singing doesn’t make us saved. Obedience and humility does. Let’s not be the generation that are such great singers, but we do not pray, fast or study God’s word. Many read Christian books and not the bible. Those can inform you, but only God’s word can transform you. I’ve rededicated myself to God, because I want to know more of Him. Not that I backslid, but our hearts will be lukewarm and we do not even know. I pray that as you read this that God will touch your heart to surrender to His will again. No more games. Give it all to Jesus.
God bless,
Tovares Grey

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Work For It

Many people aim to be successful in life. Everyone wants to reach to the top of the ladder, but not many people do what it takes to get there. Can you imagine a student saying “I’m getting an A this semester”, but they don’t study or show up to class. Or someone saying I’m going to win this football/basketball/volleyball match, but they don’t practice or know any plays? That’s absurd! How can one live a life of mediocrity and expect big results?
I believe this is the same predicament that modern-day Christians are in. Everyone wants to walk on water like Peter, but no one wants to get out of the boat. We want to do miracles like Jesus, but we don’t spend time in prayer like He did. He prayed for hours and did miracles in seconds, we sometimes pray for seconds and expect quick blessings. We ask God “bless me like you did Jabez”, but what have we gone through? Job did not receive double until he went through so much trials and was proven faithful. I’ve heard people pray for a “double anointing” similar to Elisha, but they aren’t faithful to there leaders. We have to come to the realization, that nothing just happens! For every action, there is a reaction. We can only reap what we sow. My pastor said this in church, “The church isn’t a Burger King drive-thru. You can’t just come to get a blessing and leave. It takes time in the presence of God to build a relationship.” God does not bless mess, you have to go through a process for the promise.
When Jesus went up into mountains to pray, he had to climb. There is no elevator into the presence of God! You have to push your way there. Push past the demonic forces coming against you, push past the distractions that you have and press in!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV)
I don’t know if anyone else wants it, but I want to have a real genuine relationship with God. I’m tired of the cycle: Going to church, tweeting about Christ, putting up “deep” posts and pictures. All of that means NOTHING if we aren’t pressing deeper into His presence. I love to text, but I need to study His text (the Bible). We talk the talk, but its time to walk it! Take this Gospel to another level, be bold! People brag about their sins, so why should I be ashamed to brag on my King? If we want to win souls to Christ, we have to stop living like them. As we go deeper in God, our light will shine and bring them towards Him. When Moses came out of the mountain, His face shined because he experienced the true manifestation of the glory of God (Exodus 34:35). Spending quality time in the presence of God changes our very demeanor (Psalms 149:4).
Jesus said we will do greater works than He did (John 14:12), and there will be signs and wonders taking place through us (Mark 16:15-18). If we want to experience this life in Christ, we have to dedicate our lives to prayer. The lukewarm behavior has got to stop. We must be consistent in seeking God’s heart, and not God’s hand. This won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Keep seeking God and let Him guide you. Don’t be distracted by technology or relationships. Keep God first, and press!
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

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