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“When God Gives You Strength”

Thought for Today: When God Gives You Strength

There are many times in life where you ask God to give you the strength to get through a certain situation in your life.  As a matter of fact, you are going through something right now that has you feeling weak. You may be weak in your finances, marriage, health, or in your mental stability.  You may be having thoughts about giving up, and somebody who is reading this has already made the decision to quit.  

You asked God for answers, direction, and strength, but the enemy is asking you where the strength of God is in your life. The Word of God says “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He (the Lord) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproach, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I AM WEAK THEN AM I STRONG” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).  

Listen to me, if you are reading this, if you are still breathing, if you are still fighting, if you are still holding on then remember that God is not giving you strength, He is your strength. He is the only reason the enemy can’t destroy you. He is the only reason that you are alive right now. Whatever it is that you are going through, I want you to just begin to praise God.  

I know it sounds crazy, but put on some worship music and begin to praise God. I know you don’t feel like it and you don’t think it will help, but the Word of God says “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away so drive them away as wax melteth before the fire so let the wicked perish at the presence of God But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yea let them exceedingly rejoice” (Psalm 68:1-3) 

I will let you in on a secret, when God does give you strength, it’s not for what you are going through or what you went through, the strength He gives you is for what the world, the flesh, and the devil throw at you next. 

This is the example that Jesus, Himself, left us when He was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights with no food or water and the devil came and tempted Him. The Word of God says in Matthew 4:11, “Then the devil leaveth him, and behold angels came and ministered unto him.”  

As Jesus spoke, it is written that the words of the Father were His strength. And when the devil left from tempting Him, then the angels came and ministered unto Him. Not for what He went through, but to prepare Him for what was coming up next in His life.  

Right there in the midst of your mess, trials, tribulations, heartaches, and pain, right there in the midst of all the hell that is breaking out in your life, God is not giving you strength because He is your strength.   

If you want to see the power, glory, and wonders of God then you must begin to just praise Him right where you are at. You may look crazy, those around you may think that you have lost it, but when you begin to praise God the Holy Spirit begins to arise from the throne of your heart, and you will see Psalm 68:1 manifest right before your eyes. Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered. Fear will begin to leave as you praise God; doubt and unbelief will begin to leave as your praise; frustration, anger, and confusion will begin to leave. Not because of you, but because of the God in you. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Now this God is your strength in the midst of an attack from the world, and when God does give you strength it is to prepare you for what’s next for your life.  

For it is written: “And He (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about stones cast and kneeled down and prayed. Saying Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me (I don’t think I can do this) nevertheless not my will but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him (preparing him for what was next)” (Luke 22:41-43). 

Praise God in the midst of whatever battle you are in right now, knowing that He is your strength. And know that when God does give you strength, when God does send His angels to minister to you, it is to prepare you for the next step in your life for the kingdom of God. 

Be Blessed 
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“Stay with Jesus”

Thought for Today: Stay with Jesus

In these last days there are going to be things that happen in your life that will pull you in a million directions. The world will have its own opinions of how you should do things, your flesh will flood your heart, mind and soul with all the different suggestions that are available, and the devil will open a floodgate of ideas that may seem right for everything you are going through in life.  

I don’t know who I am talking to today, but I came by on my way to heaven with a message from on high that you need to STAY WITH JESUS. For the Word of God says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). 

The reason the world, your flesh, and the devil want you to follow their suggestions is simply because if you follow their directions, you will have no chance of winning or making it through the situation.  

The world, your flesh, and the devil have no idea how you feel, what you are going through, or the stress that the situation has brought upon your life. But there is One who knows exactly how you feel; His name is Jesus. He knows what it’s like to be lied to, He knows what it’s like to lose a loved one, He knows what it’s like to be betrayed by a friend, He knows what it’s like to go without, He knows what it’s like to be persecuted, hated, ridiculed and mocked.  

As a matter of fact, everything that you are experiencing, Jesus himself has not only experienced it, but He has gone through it and conquered it without stepping out of the will of God the Father. “How do you know that Pastor, Erick?” For the Word of God says, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  

I know you may be thinking “Wait a minute, Pastor Erick, Jesus did not have the issues and the things that we are tempted with today.” Let me open the eyes of your understanding. The enemy wants you to get caught up in the details of sin. They want you to think there is “big sin” and “little sin.” However, God is not concerned with the details of sin, simply because there is no “big sin,” and there is no “little sin.” In the eyes of God the Father, sin is sin. If you get drunk but don’t curse, it’s still a sin. If you don’t curse but lie, it’s still a sin. If you don’t lie but steal, it’s still a sin. God is not concerned with the details of sins, but He is concerned with the points of sin.  

As you just read in Hebrews 4:15, Jesus was tempted in all points. There are only three points where sin can enter in your life. Those points are found in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world (everything on how the world deals with life) the 1. LUST OF THE FLESH. 2 AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, 3 AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE is not of the Father but is of the world.”  

The world wants you to deal with whatever it is you are going through by THE LUST OF THE FLESH. They want you to deal with your situation based on how you feel, but Jesus’ way of dealing with it is found in Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christs’ have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. As a child of God, you can’t deal with this situation by what you feel. You have to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” The world would love for you to make your decision based on what the situation looks like, LUST OF THE EYES, but the Word of God says, “For we walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The enemy would love for you to show everyone around you that you know what you are doing, THE PRIDE OF LIFE, but the Word of God says “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). 

What I am trying to tell you is that if you STAY WITH JESUS, by doing your best to live your life according to the Word of God which is the KINGDOM OF GOD (God’s way of doing things), God will give you the power, ability, strength, understanding, patience, grace and mercy to get through whatever temptations come your way.  

For it is written, “Ye are they which have continued with me (STAYED WITH ME) in my temptations, And I appoint unto you (I give you) a kingdom as my Father hath appointed unto me (God’s way of doing things) and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (I give you a position of authority over the world, your flesh, and the devil)” (Luke 22:28-30). 

JESUS will give you everything you need to withstand the points of sin which are the LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE. Stay with JESUS every day of your life and walk in victory instead of defeat. 

Be Blessed 
 
Regards,
 
Erick Young
 

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“God’s Promises Now & Later”

Thought for Today: God’s Promises Now & Later

As you get older in life, and as you continue to give your all to God, you will begin to hear a deceiving word. Since the enemy could not convince you that God is not real, and could not pull you away from striving to know God better, he will begin to agree that God will keep His promise. He will begin to tell you that the promises of God are real, and they are for you. 

But where he deceives so many of God’s children is he begins to tell them that they will get all the promises of God in the sweet by and by. And with this partial truth, many of God’s children are living their lives so that they can get all the promises of God when they go to heaven. 

You know that when you get to heaven everything will be alright, you will no longer have to worry or fear, there will be no more sickness, no more stress, and no more lies or deception. You are living this life so that you can receive all the promises of God when you get to heaven. 

I don’t know who I am talking to, but you have been deceived, just like the devil attempted to deceive Jesus with partial spoken truth in Luke 4:9-10, “And he (the devil) brought Him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple and said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence; For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee; And in their hands they shall bear thee up lest at an time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering him said, it is said thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”

The devil will tell you partial truths to get you to step out of the will of God. The devil quoted verse 11 and 12 part of Psalm 91 to Jesus, but what he conveniently left out was verse 9 which says Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation. Which means when you are one with God there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 

The same way the enemy attempted to lure Jesus out of the will of God, he is attempting to lure you out of all the promises of God in the here and now. The orWd of God says in Psalm 27:13, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

You do not have to wait until you get to heaven to receive all the promises of God. The devil is a liar. The Word of God says “According as his divine power hath given unto us (that means it’s already done) all things pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are GIVEN UNTO US (again, past tense, it’s already done) exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Listen to me, you do not have to wait until the sweet by and by to receive the promises of God. You need to begin expecting and anticipating the promises of God in the here and now. And the only way to expect and anticipate the promises of God is that you have to know what God promised you. 

God promised that He would never leave you nor forsake you. God promised that He did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. God promises that He is the one that gives you the power to get wealth. God promised that no weapon that is formed against you will prosper. God promised that anything you ask, according to His will, it shall be done. God promised that He gave you power over all the power of the enemy and nothing, by any means, shall hurt you.

And, when you gave your life to Jesus, God promised you that His Holy Spirit will begin to conform you into the image of Jesus. I will say it again, you don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to experience all the promises that God made to you in His word. You can expect and anticipate them right here in the land of the living. 

For it is written, “Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he (Jesus) said unto them (this means you, too), Verily I say unto you, There is no man (woman) that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children for the kingdom of God’s sake (there is no one who gave their life to Jesus)  Who shall not receive manifold more IN THIS PRESENT TIME (NOW) and IN THE WORLD TO COME LIFE EVERLASTING  (and late in the sweet by and by)” (Luke 18:28-30).

Don’t be deceived by the world, your flesh, or the devil by just living your life to receive the promises of God later when you get to heaven. You can expect, anticipate, and know that you can get the promises of God not only later when you get to heaven, but you can receive them here and now in the land of the living. Grab the Word of God and find out, speak, and meditate on the promises of God and watch them begin to manifest in your life. For when you give your all to God, it is then that you can receive all that God has promised you.

Be Blessed.
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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“Turn Back to God”

Thought for Today: Turn Back to God

The last few days, months, and maybe even years have been very rough for you. You have found yourself stumbling through life, making mistakes, falling, failing, and in some cases out-right sinning. 

And the enemy has been tormenting you and telling you that you need to get your life right before you try to pray. You need to fix all your mistakes before you read the Word of God. You need to clean up your life before you really get involved in the church again. 

And you find yourself trying to do better, but it seems like things are only getting worse. You try to walk a straight line, but it seems like life is pushing you in all kinds of directions. You are frustrated, confused, scared, and beginning to feel hopeless. 

Not knowing where to go, what to do, or how you are going to get back on track, you sit and do nothing. Listen to me, the unknown is the breeding ground for fear, frustration, anger, rage, doubt, and unbelief. The more you sit there and dwell on the unknown, the bigger those things that I just mentioned get in your mind, heart, and soul. 

I don’t know who I am talking to, but I came by on my way to heaven to remind you that you are a child of the Most High God. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons (daughters) of God even to them that believe on His name.” You are a joint heir to the throne of God. Romans 8:16-17 says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; And if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together.” And you are the apple of God’s eye, as explained in Zechariah 2:8, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; after the glory hath He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you; for he that toucheth you toucheth the APPLE OF HIS EYE.”

I was sent to remind you that even though you do not know what is going to happen, you have the one thing that the rest of the world doesn’t have. You have the ability to turn to the one who is all knowing, all seeing, everywhere at all times, and all powerful. 

Yes, you made mistakes, yes you fell, yes you failed, yes you stumbled, and you may have even out-right sinned. But you need to know that the all-knowing God you serve knew you were going to do those things before you even did them. You did not surprise God when you sinned, repented, and returned back to Him for help.

You do not have to get your life back together before you return to God to receive His love and provision. For the Word of God says that while you were yet a sinner Christ died for you (Romans 5:8). The world, your flesh, and the devil will attempt to convince you that you are too far gone for God to help you and you need to clean up your life before He will even look at you. 

The devil is a liar, you cannot clean up your life for God but, instead, you must return to Him and let Him clean up your life and provide for all that you need. God says to you, “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:8).

The last thing the world, your flesh, or the devil wants you to do is to turn back to God while you are afraid, frustrated, angry, lost about a certain matter, bitter, confused, hopeless, and in disbelief. Because, the minute you turn back to God, no matter how far you think you are from God the Father, He is only a turn-back away from fulfilling all your needs in life. 

For it is written, “And he arose and came to his father (TURNED BACK TO HIS FATHER) But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him (no matter how far you think you are from God, He still sees you) and had compassion and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, bring forth the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf and kill it and let us eat and be merry; For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry” (Luke 15: 20-24)

No matter how far the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), or the devil make you feel that you are from God, the truth of the matter is that you are just a turn-back away from God showing you just how much He loves you. Repent, TURN BACK TO GOD, and watch not only the love of God be poured out in your life, but His provision, as well.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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