Who's to Blame?

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psalms 14:1)
We go throughout our daily lives and run into many people that are atheists. Some of them wouldn’t bother going to your church even if you told them about miracles, they just don’t want to believe and says it’s all our imagination. Are they wrong? Well of course, but can you blame them for shutting us out? Besides the fact that the devil blinds the eyes of people so they won’t see truth (2 Corinthians 4:4), is there any other reason that people just refuse to believe there is a God?
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (Colossians 4:5)
Paul gives Christians an instruction, not a suggestion, to walk wisely before people without wisdom (fools – atheists). Why? To redeem, buy back, the time we have already wasted. Paul knew that those walking wisely could have an impact on those watching them, which is why he said to walk wisely. One way and the main way to walk wisely is in the fear of The Lord, in obedience to the Word of God. So my question to you is this, how are you walking? Are you living a consecrated, set apart, life? Or are you listening to the same music/tv/movies as the world? Are you going to the same parties? Laughing at the same sinful and lustful jokes? Do you look any differently then people in the world? And even if you don’t appear to look sinful and you’ve managed to look like you love Jesus, does your heart show it? Are you dressing modestly and having perverted thoughts? Are you smiling in public and gossiping/backbiting in private? Are we in love with Jesus or are we Christian atheists?
Christian atheist: Believing in God but living as though He doesn’t exist
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8)
Do atheists not believe in Jesus Christ or do they not believe in Christians?.. You see, I think we could be more effective in soul winning if we didn’t look like the people that were actually lost. I think we could have less people backsliding if we showed them love the way God loves us. If we were more merciful on those who made mistakes, maybe people wouldn’t be ashamed and try to hide their struggles. Maybe if we didn’t argue and complain so much people would actually believe God was a provider. You see, we complain as if God is a genie. God provides for our need, not our greed. I’m not pointing fingers, I’m guilty of all types of sin. I’m just well aware that we have to do better if we want to win more souls to the Kingdom. Think about it. People may not read the Bible, but they will read you
There would be much less atheists in the world if there were more “Christians” who actually lived the way God intended. Do people see Jesus when they see you?
God bless. 
– Tovares Grey
(Remember this: No matter how much you love Jesus and how much you persuade people, you cannot save anyone. Only God can draw them. And no matter how much you try, you can’t convince everyone to turn to Jesus, so don’t worry if rejected.)

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Can God Trust you with Problems?

I can guarantee that when many of us decided to follow Jesus, we thought life would be much easier. Many of us thought we wouldn’t have to worry about temptation, Hell would disappear and every bill would be paid. I now know that no part of that is true. I still get tempted to mess up or not pray, Hell still exists for those who don’t obey God, and following Jesus does not mean you will always have money. Jesus promises eternal life and even joy in this world, but that doesn’t mean life will be easy. Jesus Himself came to this earth and said he didn’t have a “place to lay his head”, people hated him, and was killed by people He came to save. Even though God is faithful, don’t expect to have a life of comfort. 
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)
You see, many cry at every new problem in their life and it’s as though they aren’t reading their bible. Your persecution may not be someone threatening to kill you for your faith, it could be attacks from the devil to get you to walk away from God, problems at work when you’re not a bad employee, or it could be an illness and you don’t think God hears your prayers for healing. The bible says God is a present help in trouble (Psalms 46:1). If God is our help in trouble, why do we do our best to escape trouble? We are becoming to in love with this world that the thought of every problem is shaking even our faith, instead of using every opposition for a reason to pray more. How could you call God your Healer, but you don’t want Him to let you go through sickness? You cannot testify of things you do not know, God wants us to understand Him on a personal level. 
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalms 34:19)
My question to you is this, can God trust you with trouble? God trusted Job. Job experienced probably more pain than anyone of us can face. He lost his family, income, his wife wanted him to curse God, and his health was going bad. Yet he waited on God and never gave up hope. The three Hebrew boys did not bow to the foreign god. Many think the moral of the story is that God delivered them from the fire, but I don’t think so. I think the most powerful and interesting part of that story is when they said to the king that God would deliver, but even if He didn’t, they were not bowing to a false god (Daniel 3:16-18). You see, God could trust them! I want to be at this point in my faith where nothing on earth could shift my love for God. 
Here are a few people trusted with problems:
1. Paul – He perhaps suffered the most persecution for his faith than any man alive, yet he counted it all joy. (Philippians 4:4)
2. Joseph – He went from the pit, to potiphar’s house, to prison (for a false accusation), to a palace. In that palace, he was able to help those who mistreated him. When you are delivered, you can help those that hated you. (Genesis 50:20)
3. Stephen – This man was so full of the Holy Ghost that his last words on earth was begging God to have mercy on those who stoned him to death. (Acts 7:54-60)
4. Elisha – A man living a holy life before God, but yet had a sickness leading to death. Can you be trusted with a sickness? (2 Kings 13:14)
5. Jesus – I hope we didn’t forget God on this list! Crucified for all men to live. He could’ve had angels take him off the cross, but He endured it for our sakes. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
The problem the children of Israel had was that they always wanted deliverance, but they never learned their lesson. God took them out of bondage and struggles, but the next thing you know they were murmuring and complaining again. You see God does not want to take us out of trouble, more than He wants the hard times to strengthen us and allow us to be more dependent on Him. Don’t seek to be delivered, seek understanding for the reason you are in it. When your mind is delivered, it doesn’t matter what you face. So my question to you is this, can you be trusted with trouble?
– Tovares Grey

Full Time Christian

Does anybody know that you are a Christian? Pause…. Take a minute and think about this. Outside of your church and household, does anyone know whether or not you follow Jesus Christ? Do you laugh at the lustful or perverted joke, or are you willing to walk away or end the conversation. Can someone come to you with a problem and you pray for them rather than look down on them? Do you dress, talk or look exactly like the world, or are you brave enough to try and be different?
You see, many of us believe in God but sometimes we fail to take our faith and put it to action. God’s Word said that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Being a Christian is much more than attending church, getting baptized, speaking in tongues, modest clothing, giving tithes or offering, or even helping the less fortunate. Did you notice something in common about all of those examples? Those are all outward expressions, but they have nothing to do with the heart. I mean many do it because their heart is overwhelmed by God’s goodness, but anyone could do those things to look the part. You see, even though all of these are great, if your heart isn’t in it, then it is pointless. I think we all need a heart check. We have to pray and ask God to help us to take off the masks we wear. You know, one for church, one for school/work and another at home? God can never heal someone that doesn’t show their wound. I say that because many of us do those things but yet we still struggle with envy, pride, lust, bitterness, and many other things that are not visible. So we look saved, but yet our hearts are not that genuine. Church attendance means nothing, we have to start applying and allowing God to change us from the inside out.
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Many times people do everything in their power to appear saved, but have not really changed in their hearts. Meaning they will reluctantly follow rules, but their hearts are not surrendered. We may attend church and “look” the part, but inside we are still broken, lost, and not sure how to be healed. God is ready to mend anyone that will be willing to just open up to Him. We will all struggle, even me as I write this, but God is bigger than your struggle. If God can rise from the dead, you have the power inside of you to rise up out of whatever is holding you down.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
God is not seeking “part-time employees”. It’s time for us to surrender our lives over to Him. By life, I don’t mean pray and study more, because many times we take that for a ritual. We should know that the very privilege to know the One true living God is a blessing. God wants our desires, not our deeds. Once we fall back in love with God, spending time with Him will be extremely easy. I spend time with what and who I love, even when I find myself busy. Let’s find ourselves back to the heart of worship, when it’s all about Jesus. God bless, you.
Buying soap doesn’t make you clean, using it does. Owning a bible doesn’t make you saved, applying it does.” – Tovares Grey

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