Wake Up

August 23, 2014 — 2 Comments

Just five more minutes….. It’s still early, I have more time to rest….. That’s what we usually tell ourselves every morning before we start our day (Lord help us if it’s a Monday). It’s easy to become so tired or so nonchalant and uninterested in doing certain things when they seem repetitive or unnecessary. It’s okay to be tired, but why is this happening in the Church?

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. -Romans 13:11

You see whether we choose to admit it or not, most of us are either sleeping, or hitting the snooze button spiritually. God requires much more from us, but we try to give the bare minimum, as though there is some check-off list to salvation. Why would God save us in order for us to keep quiet and not share His Word with others? Why is it that the preacher is boring and the music is entertaining? It seems as though the things of God no longer interest us unless they benefit us. Many of us shout at the thought of being blessed, but we close our ears and shout “YOU’RE NOT FROM GOD” if we are ever told to die to sin and carry our cross.

God wants more. God deserves more. Are you ready to surrender? It’s no point in us playing church, God isn’t impressed. We can be born and raised in church and go to Hell. No, I will not say “a Christ-less eternity” to make it sound cute. We can end up in HELL where the fire and torture doesn’t end. Why give that up for this world that only takes from you and could never make you happy the way Jesus can?

They confess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16

None of us are perfect and God knows we struggle. Some of us may never reach a point of perfection, but God is looking for progression. Wake up and keep pressing. Grace and peace.

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Let it Go

January 8, 2014 — 3 Comments

The battle is won in the mind. We as Christians must know that living for Jesus is more than a Sunday thing, but a continual dependence on Jesus. We sometimes allow our minds to be deceived thinking that sin is too good to let go of. If we knew how filthy our sins are and how great God’s love for us really is, we wouldn’t turn back to it. I pray that we will stop living lukewarm and double-minded lives. God wants us to evict the sins out of our life that is being a hindrance in our walk with Him. Ever wonder why there isn’t much growth or miracles in church? Maybe it’s because the fear for God is long gone and we use grace as an excuse to not change. Jesus didn’t save you in order to make you better, He saved you to make you over. Don’t try to put God into your schedule, fit your schedule around God. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1 ESV)

Don’t let your mistake become your lifestyle. You may have failed, sinned, backslid and even gotten weary along the way, but grace can lift you up. Just know that no matter how much God loves you and cares, He is still a gentleman. He will not force His love on you. You can’t reject Him any longer to accept things of this world, you have to make the decision to accept His grace and live in His presence. I don’t mean go to church and find some cool Christian hobbies. I mean forsake this world in order to gain Christ. Think about it, that sin you enjoy, if it was so awesome why did you feel disgusted with yourself after? It’s because God’s spirit inside of you is convicting you and reminding you that He is better. I’ve done so much that felt good and when I finished had me like…. Ummm, was that really me?

The truth of the matter is, even though we are human, we choose to sin. We often fail to realize how harmful it is though until we are finished. We have to start living more careful because the devil tries to catch us with the subtle sins and worldly things, that before we know it, we are being entertained by ungodly things. Just as though we have to choose to sin in our mind first, we can choose to live in obedience to God. The Bible says let the mind of Christ be in you (Philippians 2:5). How do we do this? By renewing our mind (Ephesians 4:23). We have to renew our mind with God’s Word, prayer and fasting. Let’s be honest, social networks, technology, and other things we get hooked to isn’t harmful, but it isn’t spiritually beneficial. We should spend less time with things that doesn’t necessarily cause sin, but pull our hearts and attention from Jesus. We can’t check His Text (Bible) if we are so busy checking our text messages all the time.

The devil isn’t afraid of tongues, church music, or someone praising God. What scares him is when a believer understands who he/she is and walks in authority. Jesus rebuked the devil with the Word, “it is written….” We only overcome the devils temptations when we submerge our hearts and minds in His Word and in prayer. God’s Word is our light in a dark world (Psalms 119:105), the Word cleanses us (Psalms 119:9) and if hidden in our hearts it will also help us to live according to His Word (Psalms 119:11). What a tragedy that the only thing that really helps us is what we stay away from. 

By no means am I saying I’ve reached the level I’m saying we should strive for, I’m in pursuit of more of His glory just like you. I just want to remind you that none of us will get more of Christ without letting go of more of the world. John said, Christ must increase but he would have to decrease (John 3:30). Let that be your goal for this year and the rest of your life. More of Jesus and less of us. 

Grace and peace,
Tovares Grey

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Dead Christians

December 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

We buy more books, join more ministries, and we follow cool Christians on social networks. We find everything to occupy our time with, other than the will of God. Many seek to go higher but they have yet to decide to leave behind the world. Some even spend hours in Church, but when it comes to personal sacrifice and devotion to God, they aren’t up for that. I realize now is because the most Christians in the Church are still alive. Now many may read that statement and either overlook it, or call me a false teacher, but before you call it hogwash, think about it. Has God ever once encouraged us to live in our flesh or has He commanded us to die to it? We often seek revival but live in rebellion. God won’t work miracles until we fear Him again.

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Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 ESV)

….I die daily. (I Corinthians 15:31)

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)

Five ways to know you’re still alive to your flesh:

1. You lack interest in Godly things.

You can tell where a person’s heart is based on what they are passionate about. It’s a problem if I can tweet about God all day but cannot spend time with Him alone off of a social network. something is wrong if I only remember God exists is Sunday during service, but I ignore Him throughout my week. It’s a problem if I can pursue a woman, but cannot pursue His presence. something is not adding up if I can shout after my favorite team scores or wins, but I am quiet in church or I cannot at least say “thank you” for many blessings”.

2. You are your own boss.

There is no such thing as “I do what I want, when I want, or how I want.” A Christian says “God, your will, on your timing, and for your glory.” We cannot think we call the shots, God is our Lord. Serving Him gives more freedom then being a slave to sin or selfish pursuits. The Bible also shows that Jesus didn’t argue or fight when accused, it says we are to hold our peace and let God fight for us (Exodus 14:14). Quit trying to be right all of the time, and leave things in the hand of God.

3. Your priorities are out-of-order:

If we rather hang out with friends or watch television than spend time with Jesus, we have to change something. If we rather check our texts instead of His Text (The Bible), something is out-of-order. If I can watch a movie for hours or a game for hours and I think God better be happy with my two-minute prayers throughout the day, then I need to repent.

4. If I’m not in obedience to the Word.

“No one is perfect” is an ungodly excuse from the pit of Hell that seeks to ensnare us believers into complacency. The devil wants us to give God less than what He deserves and say, “Thank God for grace”. Don’t be fooled, grace saves but it also changes. The Word of God is our mirror that we need to look into and have God clean us up and chisel us into His image. We cannot treat God’s Word like a magazine, skimming to what we like and what is convenient. All of it is to be obeyed, applied, and taken to heart.

5. My friends aren’t seeking God.

Don’t get me wrong, we will all hang around unbelievers, and we will be related to them, but if the relationships you are closest to you are pointing you towards sin, something is wrong. Don’t seek to be like the world, stand out and be the light (Romans 12:2). Your friends can determine your outcome, choose wisely (Proverbs 13:20).

A generation is rising that wants the power of God without being in submission to God. Before honor is humility. Remember this, the God of the Old Testament is the same God in the New Testament. The bible tells us that Jesus is still the same (Hebrews 13:8), so why do we think He’s comfortable with sin now? Yes, He has always been merciful, but that never made Him happy that we are comfortable in sin. He said, if you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15). God wants our obedience, not our excuses. You may not be perfect, but God wants you to die daily to your carnal nature so your spirit can become conformed to His image (Romans 8:29). Maybe you will never be perfect, maybe you won’t reach maturity for years, but will you at least try to please God with your life and not just your mouth? I don’t want to simply say I’m a Christian or believer, but I want to live the way the apostles did in the Bible. My God is still the same, I have more resources than they did, I am probably younger than they were, and I cannot make it simply seem as though God is retired and the world will never experience true Christianity. I have personally seen miracles with my own eyes and ears: cancer healed in many at my church, financial breakthroughs, lawsuits and jail time canceled, and more but I don’t want to sound like I’m boasting. My point is this, I want it to happen more in my life and I would love for it to happen in yours as well, so I draw this question to you: Are you willing to die so that Christ can finally take complete control over your life?

“If Jesus isn’t Lord of all, He isn’t Lord at all.”

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

- Tovares Grey

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