Full Time Submission

One of the easiest things for a believer to do is get complacent. Of course there are many people passionate about growing in their relationship with God, but most times many are afraid to change or unwilling to allow God to have complete control. It’s so easy to get stuck in our comfort zones, but we all have to reach a place where we decide to be more than a normal Christian. Men in the bible did great things because they were obedient and willing, not because they’re better than us. We can all know God in a more intimate way if we just let go and give Him total control.
Could you imagine an Olympic Gold Medalist saying they are not going to train, because they know that they have “everything under control”? Usually, people with those mindsets are the ones who fail. There are many people training day and night and surely one of them will eventually beat this person who refuses to practice. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” It is not that this person isn’t gifted, but their gift can’t help them when they refuse to discipline their body.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
It is the same way for us spiritually, if we choose to not study the word of God, pray and fast, we are just asking to fail. The devil studies us daily, so he knows our weak areas, and those are the areas he will tempt us in. If we don’t seek The Lord, we will continually fall into sin. Many Christians do not realize that Christ has broken the curse of sin from our lives and we are new creatures in Him. We sometimes lose our focus by “ministering”, tweeting, or even blogging about Christ that we actually forget to spend time with this God we love. God actually desires to have a personal relationship with us, which is why He sent His Holy Spirit to us. Ministry will not justify us or shield us from sin, but the closer we are to God is the more secure we will be.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
Following Christ has to become our lifestyle, not just one of our hobbies. We cannot ignore Him during our week and want Him to bless us when we have a need. I have seen it done many times and I have done it as well, whereas a Christian will give God most of their life and try to hold onto certain things themselves (especially sins that they want to continue in). Many of us want to be saved from Hell, but not from sin. Jesus came to do both, we have to let go of something’s to hold onto Jesus. We can’t walk hand-in-hand with Jesus and the devil, we can only serve one master (Matthew 6:24). Part time obedience to God is full time disobedience. We must understand that it is a privilege to be a Christian, we cannot simply give Him what we want or what is left. That is why God accepted Abel’s offering and not Cain’s. God wants the best from us, not just a portion of what we do not want. God cannot use 50% of us, but the devil will gladly accept it.
God can only fill us to the level we want to be filled. God cannot fill someone who is full of themselves. We have to ask God to empty us before we ask Him to fill us. God will not pour Himself into a dirty vessel, so we have to continually draw closer to Him so that sin doesn’t separate us from His will. If we choose not to make the adjustments, that’s fine, but God will not dwell within us. I pray that we develop an unsatisfying hunger for the presence and Spirit of God (Matthew 5:6).
10 simple ways to draw closer to God:
1. Pray more! It’s a Christian’s duty to pray (Matthew 6:5-7).
2. Study the word of God and apply it to our lives (James 1:21-25).
3. Fast, it places the flesh under subjection and allows God to work in our lives (Isaiah 58)
4. Turn OFF the television more- most things the media portrays is AGAINST biblical beliefs (1 Peter 2:11).
5. Less time on phone and social networks (1 John 5:21).
6. Get rid of company that encourages sin and associate with those that love you enough to correct you (Proverbs 13:20).
7. Kill all of the sins we used to practice, even if they “feel” good (Galatians 5:24).
8. Being active in church, God gave gifts for us to use for His glory (Matthew 25:14-30).
9. Love people more- The world will know we are His disciples by our love for people (John 13:35).
10. Live life Christ, and don’t change to look like the world (Romans 12:2).
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1)
There are many things in our lives that are probably not “sins”, but they are weights. We all have a race to run and we should not try to run with them, because that’ll slow down our progress or even burden us down until we give up on running. Things such as video games, social networks, and lets be real, some of the relationships we are in (whether dating or just friends) are simply slowing us down from growing or drowning out God’s voice in our lives. God’s word says to be holy (1 Peter 1:16), but if we spend our time with secular music saying “take your clothes off”, we are allowing these outside sources to go against the voice of God in our lives. Some may say listening to secular music isn’t a sin, but why would a single person listen to music that encourages sex and God commands purity? We must be careful not to allow these weights to become sins in our lives. Not judging whatsoever, if you disagree you can disregard; and what a married couple listens to is none of my business, allow God’s spirit to lead you. Just remember that we should stay away from things or people that give us ungodly urges or temptations.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Don’t publicly bash what you privately condone. We have to live what we preach. I urge each and every reader to leave this blog and do something, make a commitment. Not to me, but to you and God. Maybe you found this blog boring, unbiblical, or even great, but it makes no sense to hear a Word from The Lord and not try to apply it. You aren’t perfect, but neither am I. Together we can move forward and grow one day at a time, closer and closer to Jesus. Continue to seek The Lord, God bless!
– Tovares Grey

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Conditions Do Not Apply

One thing in this world that is misunderstood by many is love. It is thrown around loosely and barely understood by the person using it or hearing it. I say that because nowadays marriages last a few days and people profess love to the person they are dating or their friends, but when hard times come they seem to forget you. It isn’t that the person lied when they said they loved you, they just didn’t know what love actually meant. Many times we are in lust, infatuation or we simply enjoy the moment. To love someone is not a feeling, it is a choice. Whether they are right or wrong, mean or nice, giving or selfish, it will not change.
One thing I love about God is that love is not one of His characteristics, love is who He is. The bible did not say God can love, He may love or loves when He is ready. The bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8). So whether we are Christians or atheists, God loves us. Whether we are “straight” or homosexuals/lesbians, God loves us. Whether we are obedient or rebellious, God loves us. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not justifying my sin or yours. God will love you and hate your lifestyle. When our parents tell us to clean up and we don’t, they will be highly upset. However, we are still their child. That’s because what we do does not change God. God’s love is not based on what we do or do not do. The bible says we must live holy lives because He is holy, or else we will not see God (Hebrews 12:14 & 1 Peter 1:15-16). The bible also states the people who are led by God’s spirit are His children (Romans 8:14). We just have to know that we are not our mistakes, we are who God says we are.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
God spoke to Jeremiah the prophet and told him that before he was born, God had a purpose for him. We all must understand that. You are not a mistake! God makes no mistakes. Some people came into this world through wedlock, rape or even by “surprise” to the parents, but you were no accident to God. God told Jeremiah before he even made a mistake or got the chance to sin, “I sanctified thee”. You must understand, God knew when you would stumble. God knew when He would tell you to do something and you did the opposite. People may have cut you off or given up on you, but God still calls you His. Moses felt he was not good enough to be a leader because of his speech problems, but God used him (Exodus 4:10-12). God knew David would commit adultery and cause her husband to be killed, but God still caused him to be anointed as king and still calls him a man after His heart (Acts 13:22). Paul was killing God’s people, but God still used him after (1 Corinthians 15:9-10).
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)
Never should you get to the place where you think you can do, say, or live however you want and feel God’s grace will cover it. You can’t abuse God’s grace, He will leave you over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:21-32). However, do not get to the place where you condemn yourself. God loves you and nothing you do will make Him love you more or less. Knowing this should make us want to draw closer to Him in prayer, fasting, and studying His word. Everyday you wake up, tell yourself God loves me. Even when you don’t feel like it, remind yourself. Joseph could have slept with Potiphar’s wife but he said “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God” (Genesis 39:9). I strongly believe we only sin when we feel like something else can be a substitute for the love of God. Seeking a temporary satisfaction to please our flesh. Let us seek to know more of God’s love, because when we love God, it is easier to love people.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3)
– Tovares Grey

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Stay Hungry for God's Word

No man can survive too long without food. Even if one decides to go on a fast, they will become hungry at some point. The bible says when Jesus finished fasting He was hungry after (Matthew 4:2). If we want to live we must eat, and not just anything, but healthy food.
If a person decides to eat fast food on a continual basis this person will jeopardize their health. Junk food will always taste and look nice, or else no one will purchase it; which is why we must go by what we know is right, not by what tastes nice. If you watch children, only a few will turn down fast food or candy. Parents and siblings must know to feed them healthy, home-cooked meals because even though there are several options, not everything is good for their health.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
Without the Word of God, we are going to be lost, unstable and weak Christians. The bible says that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). The devil does not have the power to destroy a child of God, Jesus gave us power over all of his weapons (Luke 10:19). The problem is, you cannot overcome what you entertain. We often say we want to overcome sin, but we don’t make the effort (at least not consistently). God’s word never said to crucify the devil, it said to crucify our own flesh. The devil is not our problem, we are our problem. We hold ourselves back from what God has for us when we choose to entertain what the devil offers. The devil can’t make you sin and God cannot make you live upright, it’s a choice. Furthermore, you can’t be protected without a shield. When the devil tempted Jesus, He didn’t sin, speak in tongues, sing a worship song, or even call an elder. Jesus told the devil “it is written” each time he tempted Him (Matthew 4:1-11). Not because Jesus was bragging on His knowledge, but because Jesus knows we overcome the devils works by the Word of God. The bible says if you resist the devil he will flee, but it first says to submit to God (James 4:7). To submit to God is to submit to His Word.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)
– We have to die daily. Die to our sinful nature, if we do not make the consistent effort to get rid of our old habits, they will come right back. Different person, situation, or test, but the same results.
– God cannot fully manifest Himself to us if we are carnally minded. Carnal Christians cannot please God (Romans 8:6-8).
– When our flesh decreases, God’s spirit increases (John 3:30).
The bible says we serve God with our mind (Romans 7:25). That is why the devil attacks the mind of a believer. You may be gifted, anointed, and chosen by God, but if the devil can convince you that sin is fine he has done his job. If he can convince you that you’ll never be good enough, he has won the battle over your mind. If he ever makes you feel that you are your mistake, he has you beaten. The devil is not upset when people go to church, just as long as when they leave they are still mean, fornicating, prideful, watching pornography, still not praying, not tithing, not forgiving, bitter, disobedient, etc. We must understand that this is why God wants more than church attendance, He wants to dwell within us. So that when you are tempted to curse, He can hold your tongue. When you want to fornicate, He can say “no, I’m saving you for someone special.” With His spirit within us, we have power over sin. Sin no longer has dominion over us, Jesus broke that curse!
Why is God’s word so important?
1. If we hear and don’t apply we are fooling ourselves (James 1:22).
2. It is used to correct, teach, rebuke, and to help us grow in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
3. It will cleanse us if we obey it (Psalms 119:9).
4. We must obey it to show Jesus that we love Him (John 14:15).
5. It is where we find our identity or else society will define us (1 Peter 2:9).
6. Those who love God’s Word have GREAT peace (Psalms 119:165).
7. It reassures you that Christ doesn’t condemn you when you fail (Romans 8:1).
8. It reminds us that God has wonderful plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
9. It tells us that God is able to come through for us (Ephesians 3:20).
10. Most importantly, it reassures of God’s endless love for us (Jeremiah 31:3).
The bible is made to transform your life, not just inform you when you are bored. Many books are being published and people are using those as substitutes for God’s word. Those books are full of information, but they can’t do what God can. I can write several books to bring you to tears or strengthen your walk in Christ, but until we start focusing on God’s word we will not experience change. I may be alone in this, but mediocrity is starting to be annoying. I was listening to some people at church and heard them mentioning great people who have been in our church. It left me with the question, what am I willing to do to leave an impact on the generation behind me? We must be willing to stop talking about it and be about it.
Many want to be saved from Hell, but not from sin. Let us get back into God’s word and prayer, that is the only way to know how to live and how to please God. If we don’t feed our spirit with God’s Word, we are dying spiritually. We may be ministering and sharing powerful tweets/statuses/blogs/sermons, but there’s no relationship with God without knowing His word and prayer. Chances are, if you aren’t hungry for God’s Word, you could be hungry for something else. Let’s not be distracted by these earthly, temporal things. Let us seek the Kingdom of God. God bless!
– Tovares Grey

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