Monday, October 5, 2015

Choose What's best

Credit: Harrison House devotional..

Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power. - 1 Corinthians 6:12 AMP

From time to time it is a wonderful thing to confront ourselves and see where we are in God. Then we can make the changes we need to make so He can continue to take us to places in Him we have never been before and show us things we have never seen before. He can unlock mysteries, give us new strategies to fulfill our callings, and free us from old ways of thinking and doing that have kept us from enjoying our lives in Him.

When you begin to set priorities according to God’s Word, you will find you are doing a lot of fine-tuning. As 1 Corinthians 6:12 above says, we have tremendous freedom in Jesus, but we want to make the best choices instead of mediocre or bad choices. And we certainly don’t want to become a slave of anything or anyone—except Jesus.

As I have pressed into a higher dimension in God, there have been various things that I have had to lay aside. These things were not sinful or evil, but they were not adding to my spiritual life. I began to understand that there were certain things I was allowing in my life that caused fear to come. I knew how to cast off fear, but as I prioritized my life I realized I was wasting my time and energy getting rid of fear that I could have avoided in the first place.

For example, I used to sit up and watch movies about serial killers! Of course, this often caused me to have nightmares about somebody chasing me and trying to kill me. At that time I didn’t mind the nightmares, but one day I realized that I couldn’t go where God wanted me to go and continue having them. He wanted me to have sweet sleep and to be completely refreshed when I awoke. Therefore, I chose to lay aside what I was giving my eyes to, what I was giving my mind to, and what I was allowing to come into my heart that was causing fearful dreams. I wasn’t trying to be super-spiritual and religious; I just wanted to continue growing strong in God. He meant more to me than scary movies.

The Amplified Bible says that “everything is permissible.” Watching movies is not bad; however, we want to make sure that movies don’t have any rule over our lives. The verse also says, “I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.” Although I did not feel like I was a slave to these scary movies, and I knew my authority in Jesus over any fear they caused, when the Holy Spirit impressed me to give them up I knew they were a weight I needed to lay aside.

Another example of something being lawful but not expedient is when we adopt the lifestyle and habits of other ministers and believers. We emulate them because we look up to them, but then we wonder why we don’t see the same results in our lives. Even though imitating other strong Christians can bring some good perspectives and habits into our lives, eventually we find out that in order to be where God wants us to be, we have to live our lives the way He wants us to live them. It isn’t that what other Believers are doing is bad; it is just that what they are doing is not what God wants us to be doing.

Other believers may be able to watch movies about serial killers. It could be God has called them into professions where the information in these movies would give them insight and wisdom. But they were not for me! If I modeled my life after those believers’ lives, my walk with the Lord would be hindered. Therefore, it is really important for us to follow the path God has set for us.

First Corinthians 6:12 gives us an important key to setting our priorities in a godly way. The apostle Paul is telling us that in the freedom we have in Jesus Christ, we also have His wisdom to choose what is best for our lives.

Setting Your Priorities Today

His mercies are new every morning!

Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be lawful and permissible but not expedient and profitable. Then ask Him how to eliminate it from your life. In most cases He will want to replace it with something else that will prove helpful and fruitful. Remember, Jesus gave you the Holy Spirit to guide you, teach you, and comfort you. With His help you are able to choose what’s best!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

7 Christian Stereotypes that need to change!

I have always said I think Christians are some of the most judged and stereotyped people on earth. Truth is, I hate when people assume certain things about me without getting to know who I am just like I am sure you do. Whenever people figure out I am a Christian, Gospel Rapper, and/or Minister, they tend to always assume the following:

1. Cussing around me is a no-no. Really? I’m honored that you feel the need to change your attitude/language around me, but you don’t need to try and be on “good behavior” when we are together. Typically, I’m not offended by your language and its not like I have never heard it before. I would rather you just be yourself than trying to be someone else for me. Some Christians curse at times too. I know that everyday I live on this earth, I will likely hear a curse word at some point. It is what it is.
2. I don’t like Gays. I understand why you may have gotten this impression considering some of the ridiculous Christians out there. But, I love all people regardless of their sexual orientation and preference. To be honest, I don’t know why so many of my Christian brothers and sisters elevate this specifically over everything else. When it comes down to it, I love homosexuals just as much as I love you. I wish Christians would fight as passionately against poverty and sex trafficking as they do homosexuality.
3. I don’t drink alcohol. Now you won’t catch me passed out on the floor drunk, but to assume that I don’t drink at all because of my faith is a bit of an overstatement. After all, the first miracle Jesus did was turn water into wine, Does anyone know a better way to get the party going? lol
4. I don’t like to have fun. This probably has a lot to do with rule #3. Because “I don’t drink” then it can be assumed that I don’t like to have fun. Quite the contrary, it just means I have learned to have fun without the need of over-intoxicating myself.
5. I am ignorant or uneducated about beliefs other than my own. Actually, it is not “my way or the highway.” Obviously, I like the rest of Christians, spend most of my time trying to understand my own faith, but to say that I have shut my eyes to everything else in the world is absurd. Don’t assume I have no clue of what exists outside of Christianity.
6. I think I’m better than you. Somehow, because I am Christian, you assume I believe I am better than you. I understand you might get this impression from some of those who wear the Christian name tag, but humility is one of Christianity’s greatest attributes. I don’t think I am better than you regardless of who you are or what you’ve done. We are all on our own journey and everyone’s look a little bit different.
7. I ignore science. You might be under the assumption that things like the “Big Bang” and natural selection kill my theory for religion, so I just ignore them altogether. The truth is, I love science and it doesn’t crumble my faith at all. I am just as interested as you are to see how God did it and have yet to come across something that totally shakes my faith to the core on whether or not there was a creator.
Granted, there are probably a lot of Christians who these do and do not apply to. Everyone is not the same, but the point is simple: We are all human. The only thing we perfectly represent is humanity. Everything else, including Christianity can only be represented to the best of our ability. Our abilities unfortunately fail at times but that is why we celebrate a God who shows us grace through our failures, gives us his righteousness through Christ, and loves us unconditionally!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Where is the love?

IMPORTANT: Whenever you find yourself being bombarded with scriptures by someone via social media that claims to be trying to help, immediately message them your phone number and ask them to call you! 

This will often show their true motive.

If they really love you, they will call. If they really care to help you, they will call. However, if their response is to send you more self righteous, psuedo-religious banter, then they are not led by the spirit of God and they are not FOR you. They are in fact AGAINST you.

See, the enemy wants to create division amongst the Saints and his greatest resource is the flesh! He can stir up pride in the average believer with relative ease. So often times even when someone means well, the enemy activates the pride of their flesh and they begin to believe that they are in a right position by using scripture to condemn.  However we must remeber, JESUS CAME NOT TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE IT. 

Knowing scripture is incredibly valuable however LOVING GOD AND LOVING PEOPLE are the ultimate commandments. Love must be at the foundation of all that we do, and this is especially true when it comes to correction. 

"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ASV)"

God wants us to know that if love is not the foundation of all of our actions, beliefs, and speach, then we not only have nothing, but we are nothing! 

God is love! So if ever something has no love, then it has no God.

So when that individual is unloading a duffle bag full of scriptures on your Facebook page, and you ask them to call, you are providing an opportunity to share hearts and  build a relationship. The enemy will run from that. He will hide behind facebook and fire away, justifying his cause but avoiding any and every opportunity to actually glorify God by "meeting you where you are at", hearing your voice, and learning your hearts desire. God is drawn to the heart of man and with every invitation, he crushes in like a mighty wind, ready to captivate the soul and show you his love! 

So with every conflict, be sure to invite God (invite love), and hastily seek a resolution that bring Him the most glory!

Here's to ending facebook condemnation! All across the globe! 

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-Terrance Aye

Monday, March 10, 2014

Faith confessions produce results!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


What Are We?

Could it be that we are a people living each day with little purpose, greatly driven by fear, desiring what’s normal, and avoiding extremes?

Much of us fail to realize in the many years of our existence, we have been conditioned to accept mediocrity and to become "comfortable."

but...What is comfortable?

We all know the feeling of waking up to an alarm. In most cases the snooze button is within arm’s reach. We awaken in a state of comfortability. Finally conscious enough to realize just how good the bed feels. It is a feeling we do not want to end and therefore, we hit snooze again and again, postponing reality for as long as we can. In those moments we are disillusioned just long enough to miss out on the reason the alarm was set in the first place. Our choice to remain comfortable causes us to become complacent. The resulting complacency does not come without consequence. This "comfortability" leads to potential tardiness, lack of preparedness, and increased stress as we rush to wherever we have to be. We also often don't look our best because we didn't give ourselves enough time and rushing can lead to us forgetting an item of importance.

Little do we know that this may cause a domino effect negatively impacting the rest of our day. Not looking our best...the stress...being tardy to work or school…those things can damage relationships and/or people’s perceptions of who we are…

This is just one example of how comfortable situations can be deceptive in nature. As I think about my life and the examples of great men in the bible, I realize rarely is it possible to be in a place of comfort and be pleasing God simultaneously. This is likely because “without faith it is impossible to please God” and faith calls us to act outside of the comfort zone. “Faith without works is dead” and often it is so much easier to not do anything.

SO if the goal is to live a life pleasing to God and experience the blessings he has for us, then why do we settle for mediocrity? It can’t be simply because we don’t want to act. We all want to see change in our lives. We want to experience the happiness and fulfillment that God has purposed us for (even if we don’t know it). Everyone craves happiness. However, just like slaves in the old days, it is easier to be led by fear and to seek comfort inside a lesser standard of life.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)

God desires to prosper you and bring your life to a level of happiness you could have never imagined. And all throughout his word, he equips us with a plan for success. That plan is simple…live, breath, operate on faith!

Hebrews chapter 11 gives tons of examples of faith in action:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going...11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies……………

Simply put, every scripture in the bible, every interaction with the God, of all creation, every experience in this life  is demanding that we leave the realm of comfortability and take a leap of faith! Living by faith is proving that you trust God with your situation and your life! Let him do his thing! He is knocking at the door and he has a gift that will rock your world! Activate your faith and open the door!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Dealing with Pain

It seems that no matter where God takes me struggles are inevitable. I encounter them in my own life and I certainly hear of them regularly from the lives that I am fortunate enough to minister to.  In many cases I am often asked “why pain exists” or “why God allows us to go through difficult times” and after a few recent encounters I decided to elaborate on a few life points. So here are FIVE FACTS OF LIFE.

1-   Life hurts:   
John 16:33 says it best  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” There is no value in denying it. Pain/trouble/hurt/difficulty is just a part of life.

2-   Unless we deal with pain properly it WILL accumulate in our heart:
There is an age-old statement out there that says “Time heals all wounds”…well I am here to tell you that statement is false! Time heals nothing. Over time, life experiences don’t erase from our history or really even leave our minds. Instead they often transform into subconscious addictions. For instance feeling rejection as a young child may lead to a subconscious need to “fit in” in later years of life. It also may develop into more severe issues like pornography addiction.
I have seen first hand that children growing up without one or both of their parents actively involved in their life can become poor parents themselves when they have children. This is because what is in our “heart” as we call it, is what makes us who we are! We must not allow pain to make a home in our hearts because the result can be a major flaw in our character and can prevent us from being great!

3-   Accumulated pain and unresolved problems compromise our emotional, mental, relational and spiritual health
Although many times we discount the value of pain and act as if it’s really no big deal, the truth is pain is just the beginning. It is unhealthy for us to “bottle up” pain, ignore it, or use it as an excuse to fail in key areas of life. The method of coping with pain that we choose effects our health in ways we could never imagine. There is no doubt that as our emotional, mental, spiritual and relational health is effected that we begin to transform and it is of the utmost importance that our life transformations be ones that make us better…not worse!

4-   We ALL deal with pain
We have to stop allowing ourselves  to believe that we have just “ignored” pain or found a way to live without it…EVERYBODY deals with pain, and the process of obtaining freedom may begin at recognizing what our method of “dealing” with pain is…
            I am a great example of this. In fact people have often told me that I seem to operate without emotions. I became a master at hiding my pain deep inside; to the point that I thought I was functioning without it. But the pain of my past made a home in my heart and operated in my self-conscious. The way I viewed people, the process by which I made decisions, the places I went were all byproducts of changes in my character brought on by pain.
            Little did I know that if I simply faced my pain and communicated with God about how I felt, that his spirit would bring me liberty! I realized that once I gave my pain to Christ it became my renewal. Once I turned it over, I was free from it. Once I stopped trying to prevent that pain from reoccurring, I had hope again. Hope in Jesus…and that hope meant that my dreams were reborn! In my newfound freedom I could achieve greatness because I was willing to take risks again! The broken heart that I once used as an excuse to hide became a badge of honor that symbolized my victory!

5-   The only way to stop pain and totally resolve it is to turn toward God!
Simply put, there is but one way to keep your dreams alive. One path to see yourself develop daily into a better version of you! The only way to live a life that is both satisfying and worth while is to embrace the pain that life brings and proclaim victory over it!
            Imagine a soldier that trains day in and day out preparing for battle only to get to the front lines of the war and break down at the first sign of trouble… it’s a bit silly huh?

This is what we must be careful to avoid because we are kingdom people who are fighting a daily battle with the enemy and if we do not embrace the ugliness of the fight then we will never really see how sweet the victory can be! Think of every trial in life as preparation for progress!

Romans 5 says it beautifully…“we glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
            It is time that we as believers declare our victory! Child of God, YOU are NO LONGER defeated by pain. It does not have a stronghold over you anymore. What the enemy intended for bad, God will use to your benefit. He said in his word that “all things work together for good for those that love him” well let me ask you, do you love Him? If so, then simply say “It is well.”

I consider this ... I've been nominated for 2 awards that I did not win. My latest album received 2.5 stars (out of 5) from (and an even worse review from I have been called "too white", "a bad singer", "fake", "unoriginal". I've been in 2 battle of the bands that I’v lost. I've been turned down by major festivals, tours, and record labels. I am told regularly that my ministry is "too preachy", "too scriptural", "not commercial enough". The record label that I own/fund has seen many artists come and go. I have invested in many artists that simply got what they needed and left. I have lost friends, supporters, family members, and time with the people that mean the most. I have walked away from hundreds of thousands of dollars, dreams of old, and opportunities to achieve worldly success. Calling the business that God gave me "Pure" has set a standard for ministry and life that has forced me to walk many roads alone and without security. Everyday there is fear, rejection, judgment, and discouragement.
The very people that I claim (Believers) and give of myself to help are the first ones to turn their backs in my time of need!

HOWEVER, in this all, regardless of what I endure, what people say, and the rejection that this world brings, I am confident to say "It is is well with my soul" because I have been called by the most high God. I have answered that call, and the very ministry that I am living out is changing lives for Jesus! I have not given up and I NEVER WILL! I am a Soul Winner, and the anointing of God has been placed upon my life, my music, and my label! When the cd's don't sell, the gospel does... when the radio stations don't play the song, a person in need does, when the artists walk away, a hurting child walk towards me...when many others are putting on concerts in front of crowds of other artists, I'm in the streets finding a way to change a life! I am more than a conquerer and no weapon formed against me, not even the ones formed by other believer's shall prosper! My dreams are HIS visions, and in this story, dreams come true!

Hold on to your dreams...