“Keep Praying for Them”

Thought for Today: Keep Praying for Them

There is a person that is near and dear to your heart, that you have been crying out to God for. It could be your child, your husband, your wife, a friend, a coworker or a family member. 

The Lord has impressed on your heart to pray for them, and it seems like the more you pray the more they live the opposite way of your prayers. And the world, your flesh, and the devil are ganging up on you telling you, trying to convince you that you just need to stop praying.  

Your feelings are pointing out every time you pray, they ain’t changing. The world around you is telling you that they can’t change, and the devil is whispering in your ear that your prayers are not strong enough to change that person.  

You are at the point that you are beginning to believe what the world, your flesh, and the devil is saying, rather than believing in what the Lord has impressed on your spirit.  

I don’t know who I am talking to, but the Holy Spirit of God says to you today “KEEP PRAYING FOR THEM,” for there was a point in time in your life when someone did not give up on praying for you. You think that you just turned your life around because of your own decision? Your momma didn’t stop praying for you, your father didn’t stop praying for you, your grandma prayed for you, your grandfather prayed for you, your friends prayed for you, your family members prayed for you, the church members prayed for you, and they did not stop praying until they saw the Lord move in and for your life in order to change your life. 

I know this thought for today is not for everybody, but it is for somebody. You are wanting to give up on praying for the person that God has impressed in your heart to pray for. And it’s not just because you have not seen a change, but you are believing in the lie of the world, your flesh and the devil. 

Listen to me, the enemy doesn’t just want you to pray for them because He knows that God will hear your prayers, but the enemy wants you to stop praying for them so that you can stop doing what God told you to do. 

God impressed upon your spirit to pray for them, God told you to pray for them, God has given you the strength, knowledge and wisdom to pray for them. The devil don’t want that person to see your prayers come to pass in that person’s life, but he also wants you to sin against God and stop doing what God told you to do. I say to you my brother, I say to you my sister, KEEP PRAYING FOR THEM as God has instructed you to.  

For it is written:  “Moreover, as for me (this means you) God forbid that I (this means you) SHOULD SIN AGAINST THE LORD IN CEASING TO PRAY FOR YOU; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you” (1 Samuel 12:23-24). 

I know it don’t seem like they will change, I know you don’t feel like they will change, and everyone around you is saying they won’t change, but don’t let what they say prevent you from doing what God said. KEEP PRAYING FOR THEM because obedience is better than sacrifice. For it is the  truth, I tell you that someone did not stop praying for you. 

Be Blessed 
Erick Young


“You Find Out”

Thought for Today: You Find Out

Three days into the new year and something seems different. For the last 15 to 20 years, slogans and sayings were given for that particular year. For the last few years, a word of knowledge and a prophetic voice was spoken over each year.

But have you noticed this year that the slogans for the year were far and few? Have you noticed that there were little prophetic words spoken over 2023?

I don’t know who I am talking to but the Holy Spirit of God says to you today this year, “you will have to FIND OUT My plans for you for yourself. Yes, I can still speak through the man or the woman of God. Yes, I can still speak through visions and dreams. But you need to know this truth: I LOVE YOU and you must make a decision this year to come to Me yourself to FIND OUT just what I have in store for you. This is what is meant in Proverbs 8:17, I love them that love me AND THOSE THAT SEEK ME EARLY SHALL FIND ME. This year you must make a conscious decision to come to Me and YOU FIND OUT, what I have in store for you each day. This world will give you its opinion, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions) will scream out its desires for you, and the devil will whisper in your ears lies to distract you from what I have for you this year.”

But thus says the Lord “Ask, (Me, says the Lord) and it shall be given you; seek (Me, says the Lord) and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he/she that seeketh findeth; and to him/her that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Listen to me, if you want to know God and the plans that He has for you, you are going to have to grab the word of God each day and see what God says, you are going to have to pray each day and see what God says, you are going to have to worship God in spirit and in truth each day so that YOU FIND OUT for yourself just what God has for you in 2023.

I hear the spirit of the Lord saying to the church, the body of Christ, “Arise and go down to the potters house, and THERE I WILL CAUSE THEE TO HEAR MY WORDS” (Jeremiah 18:2).

God did not come to 2023 like you and I, He was in your yesterday, He is in your today, and He is already in your tomorrow. For the word of God says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

You have to get this truth into your spirit, you can know what God’s will in and for your life. “Pastor Erick, I don’t know about that.” Here, read this, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD” (Romans 12:2).

I will say it again, yes God can still speak to you through the preacher, teachers, pastors, and prophets but if you truly want to know God’s will in and for your life you will need to get into the word of God for yourself and change the way you think, how the world thinks, and especially what the devil thinks about you.

For it is written, “And now (2023) O LORD GOD the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house establish it forever AND DO AS THOU HAST SAID” (1 Chronicles 17:23-27).

This year you pray, you worship, and you get into God’s word and see what God has to say about you. Then you agree with what God says and watch God reveal Himself to you and manifest His glorious plans in and for your life for 2023.

Be Blessed
Erick Young


“The One Thing You Can’t Do”

Thought for Today: The One Thing You Can’t Do

There are so many things in life that each one of us can’t do. And the world, your flesh and the devil will make it a point to point out all those things that we as individuals cannot do.  

But there is one thing that the world, your flesh, religion, and especially the devil will do all that they can to convince you that it just can’t be done, and that is you can’t BE LIKE JESUS.  

So many children of God have been convinced of this lie that they don’t make any efforts to be like Jesus because they believe the lie that it just cannot be done.  

You don’t believe or even try to be perfect because your flesh has convinced you that you cannot be perfect. But the word of God says, “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). According to the word, Jesus was a perfect sinless man, so you should strive for perfection as well.  

You don’t believe that you can be holy because religion has told you that you have too much going on in your life to be a holy man or woman of God. But the word of God says, “But as he which hath called you is holy (separated from everyone else) so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (be separate in every area of your life) Because it is written Be Ye Holy for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). 

Even though the world don’t believe in Jesus, they will be quick to tell you that you can never be like Jesus. But the word of God says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29) 

The devil will be quick to tell that you have no power over him or his demons, powers, principalities and rulers of darkness in high place and you can’t be like Jesus, but the word of God, Jesus himself said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). 

The world, the flesh, and the devil will be quick to convince you that you cannot do what Jesus did when he walked the face of this earth, but the word of God, Jesus himself said, “Verily Verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go to the Father” (John 14:12).

Listen to me, the devil just don’t want you to get to know Jesus just because he don’t want you to be saved. He also don’t want you to get to know Jesus for yourself because the more you get to know Jesus for yourself the more you become like Him. You may be saying, “I don’t know about that, Pastor Erick. I never read that in my bible.” 

Here, take a look at 1 John 3:2-3, “Beloved, now are we the sons (daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He (Jesus the Christ) shall appear WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as his is. And every man (women) that hath this hope in them purifieth himself (herself) even as he is pure.”  

I don’t know who I am talking to, but the one thing the enemies of your soul hope that you never try to do is be like Jesus. “I say to you my son, I say to you my daughter, get to know Me,” says the Lord Jesus Christ, “for yourself, for to know Me is to become like Me.”  

For it is written, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I SHALL BE SATISFIED WHEN I AWAKE WITH THY LIKENESS” (Psalm 17:15). 

Wake up each morning knowing this truth that the Holy Spirit of God that dwells in you will conform you into the image of Jesus as you get to know Jesus for yourself through prayer, worship and the reading of the word of God each day. That is the ONE THING the enemies of your soul don’t want you to do. 

Be Blessed 
Erick Young


“The Agreement”

Thought for Today: THE AGREEMENT

As you continue to strive for a life that is pleasing to God, there are going to be times where you fail, fall, and outright sin against God. This is when the enemy attacks you the most. They begin to pour judgment, ridicule, mock, stress, hopelessness, unbelief, and condemnation at you for the sin you committed or the mistakes that you have made.  

Many of the children of God struggle when they sin, struggle when they fail, and struggle when they fall short simply because they do not know the agreement that God has made with them once they became a child of God.  

Right now, you are allowing something that you did or said beat you up and you are listening to the lie of the enemy. You are scared to talk to God because of what you have done. You don’t feel right reading the word of God right now, you don’t feel like you deserve to worship God, and you have no right to pray (communicate with God) because of what you have said or done.  

Listen to me, the word of God says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23). Your sin, your failure to obey, and your shortcomings in life will never surprise God.  

The reason you are struggling is because you believed the lie of the devil which told you that you need to fix your mistakes, clean up your failures, or cleanse yourself of the sin that you committed before you will be able to continue your relationship with God.  

The devil is a liar and that is not THE AGREEMENT that God has with His children. For the word of God says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that WE (this means you) may obtain MERCY and find GRACE TO HELP in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

God has made a way through Jesus Christ for you to come to Him when you have sinned, fallen short, or failed and allow him to clean you up so that you can continue your relationship with Him.  

Stop trying to clean up your failures, falls, and sins for God, you must go to God and let Him clean you up. Only what God does for you will last.  

Every time a child of God attempts to clean up their life, that life will always get dirty again. In all your falls, shortcomings, failures and outright sins in life turn to God, REPENT, ask God to forgive you and allow His love for you to clean you up. 

This is THE AGREEMENT that God made with you when you became His child. This is what is meant in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now and let us (you and God) 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.” 

Don’t stop praying because you have fallen, don’t stop reading the word because you failed, and don’t stop worshiping God because you have sinned. God has made an AGREEMENT WITH HIS CHILDREN. 

I am not saying sin on purpose, knowing that God will forgive you, but what I am saying is that when you know that God loves you, and you love God, that love will empower you to live a life that is pleasing to God. For to know God is to love God, and to love God is to know God. That is THE AGREEMENT that God has made with His Children.  

For it is written, “For this is the covenant (THIS IS THE AGREEMENT) that I will make with the house of Israel (children of God) after those days saith the Lord. I will put my laws into their mind and write them in their hearts and I will be to them a GOD and they shall be to me as people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbor and every man his brother saying KNOW THE LORD for all shall know (have a personal intimate relationship with) ME (God) from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins, and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10-12). 

Don’t let the world, your flesh, or the devil condemn you and beat you up because of your mistakes, failures, or sins. Repent, turn to God, ask for forgiveness and watch the love of God clean up your life. This is THE AGREEMENT He has with you.

Be blessed 

By Erick Young