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Pastor John Gray thought he may meet his Maker earlier this month at just 49 years old, but in the midst of the most intense trial of his life, God showed up. The Pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC, and former associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX led by Joel Osteen, thanked God for bringing him out of his sick bed which almost became his death bed, and spared his life. 

“The devil wanted me to die in this bed…” Gray shared on Instagram through his wife’s account iamaventergray and linked to his own handle realjohngray.

“THIS BED! This bed was supposed to be my end. Pull the sheet over my head and wheel me to the morgue. This bed, where I entertained my deepest fears, regrets, and triumphs, was supposed to be the period-A life ended, but unfinished.

But GOD.”

 

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Gray’s wife Aventer organized prayer and intercession on behalf of her husband and received widespread support and prayers from the Christian community at large. She expressed her highest praises online as well, stating she and her family will never be the same after this trial turned triumph of faith. 

Just know, I’ll never be the same! We will never be the same!! Thank you all. Everyone across the globe. Let’s finish the miracle and get him back to where he needs to be. Yes we have milestones, benchmarks, and major shifts of lifestyle, but most of all, HE HAS LIFE & God’s breath in his soon to be uninjured lungs!” 

Gray’s impact can be felt both in the church and outside the church including his own reality TV series that aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network for three seasons titled, The Book of John Gray while at Lakewood Church. He left Houston in 2018 to start Relentless Church which has grown to two campuses – Greenville, SC and Powder Springs, GA. 

Gray continued his note on social media, praising God for his goodness to him and his family, thanking the doctors, and praising the faith and perseverance of Relentless Church. 

“Glory! Hallelujah!

Because of God, this bed is now a testimony. As I wave goodbye to this bed, I say GOD THANK YOU FOR SAVING AND SPARING MY LIFE! Yes, I have a long way to go, but I’m not dead-so that’s a great start!”

Gray finished up with a shout-out to all who have supported him through this time, knowing their prayers and support made the difference as God sent the right people to surround him. 

“Finally, to my @relentlessgreenville@relentlessatlanta family, and Relentless Online, so many pastors, leaders, and praying people around the world who bombarded heaven-I say thank you! It was GOD ALONE that turned the tide of this battle. I can’t respond to every text I’ve received and I still need a ton of rest, a lot of benchmarks to hit, outpatient follow up visits, monitoring, and blah blah blah-but know I’m grateful for every expression, I am getting stronger.”

 


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