Keep Calm

You are human! I know when times get hard, the first thing we often tend to do is get worried. We all know we should pray and let God handle it, but we often try to take things into our own hands and take up unnecessary stress. We try to carry something only Jesus can fix. Not saying you doubt God, because it’s human nature to do things like that.
If you’re thrown into a pool and cannot swim, you will not keep calm. You will panic! Even if there’s a lifeguard, you will panic. If you don’t have enough money to pay for bills or take care of your family, you will sometimes be worried. These are natural human tendencies. Which is why Jesus calls us to have faith in Him. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Because you first have to believe He is there even if you cannot see Him, and you must believe He is able to handle your situations.
The children of Israel were delivered out of bondage by God, through Moses. They knew God was powerful, because they saw all of the plagues He done, but yet didn’t allow them to harm the Israelites. However, when they were out of Egypt they were still afraid for their life when they came to the Red Sea. Doesn’t that sound like us? God took us out of hard times, but the next time we have a problem we get worried as if God retired? God paid your bill last month, can’t He do it again?
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:13-14)
We all know the story of how God allowed them to pass through on dry ground buy destroyed the Egyptians in the sea. However, my point is this: God is able to handle your situations, just keep calm and stop stressing! If God could do something so unexplainable by splitting a sea open, why can’t He save your family, pay your bill, deliver you from problems? We all trust Him, but we must know that praying and worrying contradict one another. If you pray, don’t worry. But if you worry, don’t pray. You cannot say “God, You are able” and then say “God, I doubt you will do this for me”. Choose to trust Him.
One of the keys to God handling our problems, is that we must hold our peace. To be honest and not judgmental, some of us talk too much. We are the ones getting ourselves into problems by all of our words. We call people our “haters” and say “they can’t handle the gift God has given me”, but the truth is we can be so arrogant that people move away from us. Jesus wants us to speak when necessary, just keep it simple (Matthew 5:37). Too much talking leads to sin (Proverbs 10:19).
Here are a few situations you will find yourself in today, this week, or soon:
1. Someone will offend you and you will want to retaliate in a “non-Christian” way.
– Hold your peace and let God fight for you. Let God repay those who mistreat you (Romans 12:19).
2. May not have enough finances to handle a situation.
– God will supply every need, but not our greed (Philippians 4:19).
3. A rough period that seems unfair to be in.
– The righteous will be afflicted many times, but God will always deliver (Psalms 34:19).
4. Teacher/boss/parent will deal with you harshly.
– Nothing we do is for people, so continue working hard even when they’re cruel (Colossians 3:22-25).
5. You will be faced with the guilt of your past.
– Don’t argue with the person or beat up on yourself, just know that you’re forgiven when you confess it to God and ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
You will not face anything that God cannot handle. Never stress over your obstacles, there is a purpose for the pain you have been experiencing. God will make you better, and He always exalts the humble person (1 Peter 5:6). Just keep calm, and let The Lord fight for you. God bless!
– Tovares Grey

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Peace Be Still

No matter who you are, where you come from or whatever you believe, there will come a time in your life where you will experience difficulty. Many believe money is the answer to their problems. Even though I agree that money can solve many things, it cannot bring happiness. If that were the case we wouldn’t see many millionaires kill themselves, business owners lose everything in a day, neither would we have celebrities that feel empty and turn to drugs or alcohol.
There are only three types of people in this world:
1. Those going into a storm.
2. Those already in their storm.
3. Those coming out of a storm.
We all must experience difficulties at some point in time. Many of us who claim to be Christians get discouraged and sometimes even walk out on God when things go “wrong”. I really wonder which bible they read because my bible said that “righteous” people will have many trials. However, it promised that God would deliver us out of all of them (Psalms 34:19). We always get the mindset that if God is all powerful, why would He let the devil harm me? However the devil cannot harm you, he can only show us where our heart lies.
Job was a man that walked upright before God and didn’t even like the sight of sin (Job 1:1). However, God gave the devil permission to step in and mess up everything around Job (Job 1:8-12). When Job went through this experience I could completely understand any frustration that he may have had, but he never turned his back on God. Job’s very own friends didn’t understand the process God took him through and criticized him. However, when it was all said and done, God restored double back to Job (Job 42:10).
Many of us pray and ask God to use us, but did you know that was a way of being used for His glory? Sometimes we lose things we love, but it’s not for us to cry or murmur, it’s for us to realize that God is all we need. Job really cared about his children, it’s evident when the bible mentions him making daily sacrifices for them (1:5), and it’s clear that he had much riches (1:3). However, that all left and all he had was God. However, if God is all we have, we have all that we need. Even if people do not understand our process, God has a purpose for it. Jesus rebuked Peter and called him “satan” (Matthew 16:23). Was Peter a child of satan? No. However, Jesus only came on earth to be crucified. Anyone who wants to stop God’s process in your life is NOT your friend, they are a spiritual hindrance. So Jesus had to rebuke Peter and assure him, our lives are for God’s glory not for physical comfort.
If God decided to shake your life upside down, would you still say you trust Him? If none of your bills were paid and you didn’t have a job, would you still believe He is Jehovah Jireh, The God who provides? If everyone that you cared about walked away, would you chase them or look up to Jesus? Lets be honest, those are not easy questions and many of us struggle with those. When my uncle was murdered, I didn’t know what to do. I basically internalized it and stored up so much anger. Now that I think of it, God is still healing me from past hurts like that. However, God can’t work on our behalf if we don’t trust Him. I would not have made it past that season if God did not give me peace in my storm.
Jesus purposely went into a boat with his disciples knowing that their would be a raging storm. To make things worse, He went to sleep. I don’t know whether to laugh or not, but if I was in that scenario maybe I would have cried. The disciples saw the boat filling up with water and woke Jesus up asking if He didn’t care if they died. Jesus rebuked the very weather and asked His disciples why didn’t they have faith. The storm could’ve been caused by the devil, but the glorious truth is that God has the power to quiet every problem in our lives (Mark 4:35-41).
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), so if he could calm storms then, he can now. If Jesus could heal the sick before, your sickness isn’t a problem. I know so many people God has healed from several sicknesses, so I’m sure God can heal me if He ever allows me to be sick in the future. That lump the doctors told my mom they saw, is gone because of the power of God. That bill I did not know how it would be paid, God provided. You think lust is unbearable, look around and see how many people God has helped. Your scenario is not always like others, but your God can handle any situation.
Many are still going to leave this blog and be afraid when they meet obstacles, but just continually remind yourself: God is able (Ephesians 3:20). Never forget it. Do not go by what you see, go by what God’s word said. When your prayers seem to be delayed, don’t think they are denied. Just keep praying (Luke 18:1-8). God bless!
– Tovares Grey

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God Has a Standard

It is sad at how the morals of the world have become so low. We are seeing more funerals than graduations, and more baby showers than weddings. People look at tragedies and blame God, but these will be the same people that reject Him daily or say He doesn’t exist. Most times no one looks to the bible on how they should live, but everyone lives off of their own opinions and are self driven.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
It is easy to believe in Jesus, but it’s impossible to say you’re a Christian but still continue to be an habitual sinner. The bible calls us to repentance, turning away from all sin and going to Jesus, and to a complete mind transformation/renewal (Romans 12:2). We need our minds renewed because whatever we think, we will do. If you think right, you’ll do right. If you think about sin all day, your body will want to do the act. In today’s society we have so many claiming to be Christians, but they just aren’t producing the fruit that they should. Am I saying they’re hypocrites and on the way to Hell? No, because we are saved by grace, not by what Tovares thinks. However, the bible says that the people who are God’s sons aren’t the ones who just have the spirit in them, but His children are the ones who allow His spirit to lead and direct them (Romans 8:14). Living for Christ is more than what we do for Him or our Sunday rituals, our faith is shown in our obedience to God’s word. We only really believe what we practice. If I believe exercise will make me look nice and stay healthy, I would do it. If I believe driving is more convenient than walking, I will drive. However, a man cannot say I know exercise is beneficial to my life and just not make the time for it. Neither can I say driving is more convenient than walking, but I don’t plan to get a license, buy a car or get behind the wheel. I can respect someone who says “I know Jesus is real, but I just don’t feel like surrendering all to Him right now”, rather than someone who says “I’m a Christian” but the lifestyle contradicts them totally. They will still party, fornicate, gossip, hate people, forgive sometimes, don’t evangelize, never feed the less fortunate, etc. I really wonder if we read the entire bible. God told us to go out and do something, not just to sing songs and go to Heaven. Many want to sit at God’s table, but not all are willing to work in His field.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…..(Amos 6:1)
In today’s society, many are just doing what they feel is right. People no longer seek The Lord, so their perception of right and wrong is distorted. We watch shows that promote sin and yet criticize the person in church who can’t sing well but uses their voice to bring glory to God. We no longer hate sin, we just hate the sins we see in others. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for more reasons than homosexuality (Ezekiel 16:49-50). We can’t keep looking down on homosexuals/lesbians and we are full of sin ourselves. I’ve noticed that if I try to hang out, play sports or just relax, everyone is free. If I say lets pray together, only a few would be willing. I’m not better than them, but many people are forgetting that we need to forsake sin and seek Jesus. How can we lift one another up if we keep looking down on people?
Contrary to popular belief, God rules, not the majority. It doesn’t matter if something becomes popular or common, if God’s word is against it, it remains wrong. Many have been quarreling about the rights for the homosexual community, and whether or not they should be able to get married. We must first understand that, God gives every man free-will. Even though that may not be God’s plan, He still allows them to do whatever they want. Does God loves homosexuals? Of course He does, but God never have and never will support sin. It was sin in the bible so it is sin now. It does not matter if people want to be “politically correct” and call it a “sexual preference”, God calls it an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). Many are thinking that its okay to dress provocatively or take half naked pictures for social networks, or boyfriends and girlfriends, but God’s word said to be modest (1 Timothy 2:9-10) and to flee fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18). This isn’t judging, because I’m not perfect. However, I will preach God’s word whether that makes me popular or not. Jesus loved sinners enough to correct them, if we love people we will tell them the truth.
Biblical holiness is very rare today, many love to say no one is perfect, but that’s no excuse not to try. Many people will never become who God has designed them to be, because they’re too busy trying to be someone else. If we aim to be like our pastor, parents, mentors, etc we will never know who we are. Elijah didn’t turn Elisha into a copy of himself. When he left, he made him twice the man that he was. We must understand that God did not create us to be like someone else, the only person we should try to imitate is Jesus. Right is right, even if you’re the only one doing it. Wrong is wrong even if it is popular.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14)
Make every effort to live a clean life before God. The bible says to stay away from the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). The problem that we have is that we want to experiment and partake in everything offered to us. Choose today to stay away from sin. Will we mess up? Of course, maybe even before the night is over. However, we don’t have to make our mistake become a lifestyle. Live pure. Follow Christ, not the crowds. Don’t compare yourself to people because God made you differently. Learn to measure yourself up in His word and see where you need improvement and what needs to be fixed. Just the same as we do naturally. Everyone looks in the mirror to make sure they look okay. We must do so spiritually. Get into the bible and see what you need to fix.
A few scriptures to remember:
-Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
– For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14)
– Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
– Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
– My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! (Proverbs 1:10)
God bless!
– Tovares Grey

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Empty Me

Many times, I used to find myself being discouraged that God will use many people, but it seemed as though He wouldn’t use me. I would see new born again believers and younger people get up and do God’s will, while I was clueless as to what I should be doing. I would watch people younger than me go to the altar and receive the Holy Ghost, while I tarried for years. I would be in ministry and wonder was I doing a good enough job. Receiving compliments, but knowing that there was much more that I could give God and much more I could receive from Him if only I was more available. The questions would arise as to whether or not I’m being led by God’s spirit or by emotions and charisma. There were many things that puzzled me, but now I’m beginning to understand what God is doing more and more.
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. (Mark 2:22)
Many of us want God to dwell in us and want Him to use us, but we have to make our temples conducive for His spirit to want to dwell there. Many want to be saved from Hell, just not from sin. We don’t mind attending services, tweeting about grace and mercy, or even wearing clothes and tattoos with bible verses, but when we examine our lives we are sometimes contradicting everything in God’s word. We don’t mind saying “I’m saved, and the people in the world should come to Christ like I did”, but the world won’t do that if they don’t see a difference between you and them. If you dress the same, act the same, talk the same, then everyone will assume they’re going to Heaven as well. “After all, if children of God can be half naked on social networks, why can’t I? God does love everyone? Right?!” We must understand the world doesn’t always read the bible, but they read us. If we don’t show Christ, no one will see Him. If we don’t walk like Christ, people will continue to stray further from God’s word. I mean come on? Why would I believe you when you say I should eat salad when you’re at McDonald’s? We can’t contradict the message we want to deliver.
Many of us have grown up with parents that hated a dirty home, I know I did. My mother would never want us to invite someone over and not clean up first. Neither would she wait until we have company. She would always make sure that the home was clean, because even though someone may not come, you still want to be in a clean house and have something presentable that would attract people, rather than push them away. This is the same principle with God. God does not dwell in unclean vessels. That is why Psalms 51 is such a powerful, repentance based scripture. David knew that God couldn’t live in a dirty vessel, so he asked God to purge him and to wash him.
David was a man after God’s heart. He was definitely willing to give his life to do all he can for his God, but did he fall short? Yes. That’s why we can should not say “nobody’s perfect”, because God knows that. He still expects us to have a willing and obedient heart. So yes, you may mess up, but do you have to stay in your mess? No! Get up and do the will of God.
Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. (Jeremiah 18:2)
Sometimes God has to separate you from certain crowds in order for you to hear Him. God told Jeremiah that He would speak to him, when he went to the Potter’s house. Jeremiah could have been stubborn like many of us, but he decided to go and then God spoke to him. We often complain when friends leave us or we have to leave friends, but that’s one of God’s ways of getting our attention. God can’t speak to you if you’re listening to several different voices. Which is one of the reasons I deleted my Instagram account. It was sad how people dressed on there that said they were Christians. I’m convinced some were allergic to clothes. If I continued going on that app, that would’ve just called lust. Which is why I decided to get rid of it. It’s much easier to hear God now, I won’t have to worry about perverted or sinful images in my head. That’s why it is also necessary to get out of certain relationships. Sometimes it’s best not to even reply to some text messages, because that’ll avoid lust, gossip, slander or just pointless talk. We all should start praying as much as we talk. Praying for people and evangelizing is much more profitable than spending the day on the phone. Social networks are really becoming idols, and many of us have different addictions and idols in our life that we have to get rid of to experience God on a deeper level.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
We ask God to fill us up daily, but we already have appetites for sin and things that have nothing to do with God’s will. Some pray that God will pour out His spirit like the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), but God pours His spirit out where the people are seeking Him. Where the people want to really know Him. God doesn’t visit certain denominations. Biblical Christians believed one thing and all were visited by God because of their humility and diligent seeking. We must know we are nothing without Christ. We will never get more of God until we desire more. God cannot feed a closed mouth.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
If you’re reading this, and feel as though this is irrelevant to you, I suggest that you keep it in your mind. Many times I fall into sin or get distracted, because I just thought I had everything under control and then in certain situations the way I would act was not Godly whatsoever. We should not wait until we sin to ask for a clean heart. The bible says our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), so we should follow God’s spirit, not our hearts. We never know what’s in us that God needs to uproot. I know that I have bad habits that I have to now submit to God for me to be delivered and I have to stop trying to do it myself.
I know that I haven’t been posting much lately, but I thank you for your patience. This semester has been rough, and I have been trying to work on myself in the process. I pray that every reader will seek God, so that He can cleanse them just like I have to. Continue to seek God, pray for me as I pray for you. God bless.
– Tovares Grey

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