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“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
 
 

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“When You Let God”

Thought for Today: When You Let God

You are in the middle of a fight for something that you need, and it feels like the devil is throwing everything at you but the kitchen sink to prevent you from obtaining this one thing.  

You may be fighting for your health, or the health of your loved ones while someone is fighting for peace in their house. You may be fighting for wisdom and/or guidance in a certain situation or you may be fighting for provision, help with forgiveness, peace at your job or in your home, but whatever it is that you are fighting for, it has your back against the wall and you just have no idea what to do.  

And the Holy Spirit of God says to you “LET ME FIGHT FOR YOU.” You may be asking, “How do I let God fight for me?” Well, you let God fight for you with three words: IT IS WRITTEN. These three words take the matter out of your hands and put it in the hands of God.  

When you say what God says about any battle you are in, it takes the battle out of your hands and it places the battle in the hands of Almighty God. For the word of God says, “Then said the LORD unto me, thou hast well seen; FOR I WILL HASTEN MY WORD TO PERFORM IT” (Jeremiah 1:12). 

If you are battling with finances, stop going toe to toe with poverty and say IT IS WRITTEN. “But thou shalt remember the LORD THY GOD; for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant (agreement) which He sware unto thy fathers as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

If you are battling stress, frustration, fear, doubt and hopelessness, tag the hand of God by saying IT IS WRITTEN, “And the Peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). This will take the battles out of your hands and will allow God to fight this battle for you.  

If you are weak and tired and just can’t throw another punch at the world, your flesh, and the devil, LET GOD fight for you by saying IT IS WRITTEN. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped” (Psalm 28:7).

Listen to me, “Thus saith the Lord unto you, be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15). Stop fighting battles that were never meant for you to fight. The last thing your enemies want to hear come out of your mouth is IT IS WRITTEN.  

 And I know you may be thinking “Why would anything change because I say IT IS WRITTEN, Pastor Erick?” Here, let me show you what happens when you say IT IS WRITTEN. These three words allow God to arise in the midst of the battle and read for yourself what happens when God arises in Psalm 68: 1-2, “LET GOD ARISE and 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.”

So many things will take place when you let God fight your battles for you.  

For It is written, “Come behold the works of the LORD (come and see what will happen when you let God fight for you) what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth (he destroys reveals and destroys all of the strategies of hell against you). He breaketh the bow and cutteth the spear in sunder (no weapons formed against you will prosper) He burneth the chariot in the fire (he destroys the vehicle the enemy uses to get to you) Be still and know that I AM GOD I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalm 46: 8-10 

As a child of God, you were not created to fight for victory, you were created to fight from victory. When Jesus said IT IS FINISHED, He overcame all the works of the world, your flesh, and the devil. Let God fight for you today by saying IT IS WRITTEN and watch the battles cease in and for your life. 

Be Blessed 

By Erick Young
 

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“The Power of Listening to God”

Thought for Today: The Power of Listening to God

You have been taught all your life that the devil just doesn’t want you to listen to what God says because he doesn’t want you to have what God wants for you.  

That is partially true, but the deeper reason the enemy does not want you to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, the real reason the enemy does not want you to live your life according to what the word of God says, is because if and when you do listen to the word of God, His word will elevate you above everything and everyone that comes against you.  

Where does it say that in the Bible Pastor Erick? Take a look at Deuteronomy 28:1 , “And it shall come to pass IF THOU SHALT HEARKEN DILEGENTLY UNTO THE VOICE OF THE LORD THY GOD to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, (if you will truly live your life according to the word of God) that the LORD THY GOD will SET THEE ON HIGH ABOVE ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH”. 

I don’t know who I am talking to, but you have been going back and forth in the theater of your mind, should I do it my way?  Should I do what everybody else is telling me to do? Or should I just do what God told me to do in the first place? 

Listen to me. The reason why the world, your flesh (feelings and or emotions) and especially the devil wants you to listen to them instead of listening to God is simply because if you listen to God and do what God says, it empowers you to do things that normal people just can’t do.  

Jesus himself said this in Luke 10:19, “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”. 

The evidence that God knows that you heard him is when you do what He has told you to do, you say what he has told you to say, and you go where He told you to go. When you listen to God, it is up to Him to reveal His power, it is up to Him to make His word come to pass, it is up to Him to do the miracles, signs, and wonders; not you.  

And when the world, your flesh, and the devil bombard you with questions of the what, the when, and the where, and how of God, the last thing they want to hear come out of your mouth is I DON’T KNOW. I am just doing what God told me to do, I just said what God told me to say, or I just went where God told me to go.  

This takes the matter out of your hands, this takes the matter out of the hands of the world, and the hands of devil, and it places the situation in the hands of Almighty God.  

And God says to you today, if you listen to what I have told you to do, if you go where I told you to go, and if you say what I have told you to say, I the Lord thy God will not only empower you to do extraordinary things, but I will empower you to live an extraordinary life. 

And know this truth THERE IS SO MUCH POWER IN LISTENING TO GO. To a point where the whole dynamics of your life will change from you being fearful of what the world, the flesh, and the devil would do to you, to the world, the flesh, and the devil will be fearful of what you would do to them. 

For it is written “AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THAT THOU ART CALLED BY THE NAME OF THE LORD AND THEY SHALL BE AFRAID OF THEE” Deuteronomy 28:10.

The reason the enemy doesn’t want you to listen to the word of God is because the enemy knows listening to the word of God gives you power over all.

Listen to God today and Be Blessed.

By Erick Young

 

 


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“Just Because”

Thought for Today: Just Because

There is something that is going on in your life that you have been crying out to God about. Your feelings are getting the best of you because you don’t think God has heard your cry for help.  

The enemy is tormenting you because God has not answered your request. The enemy is telling you that God did not hear you that is why He is not answering you.  

Listen to me, the only reason the devil is trying to convince you that God is not listening to you is to convince you to cut off your communication with God. But I came by on my way to Heaven to remind you that Jesus said “men (women) ought always to pray and not faint” Luke 18:1.

I know you have not received an answer from God, I know it seems like God did not hear your request, but that should not cut off your conversation with God. The last thing the devil wants to hear come out of your mouth is this: “JUST BECAUSE God did not answer me does not mean that He didn’t hear me”.  

For the word of God says “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, HE HEARETH US; AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US, WHATSOEVER WE ASK WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM” 1 John 5:14-15.

When you say GOD HEARS ME the world will think you are arrogant, when you say GOD HEARS ME, religion will say you are prideful, and when you say GOD HEARS ME the devil will say you are lying.  

The last thing that the world, your flesh, and especially the devil wants you to know in your heart, mind, spirit, and soul is this truth GOD HEARS ME.  

You see, when you make this statement, your confidence is not in you, your confidence is in God. Grab the word of God and say what He said about the situation, for the word of God says, “All that I hear you say I will do unto you says the Lord” Numbers 14:28.

Speak the word of God over that situation, in other words don’t say what you feel, don’t repeat what the world is saying, and don’t entertain the lies of the devil. Say what God said and know that God will hear you. When the enemy is tormenting you about this certain situation stop right there and say GOD YOU SAID. 

Have a conversation with God and continue to talk to God and know this truth JUST BECAUSE GOD has not answered you does not mean He didn’t hear you.  

For it is written “ For I said in my hast, I am cut off from before thine eyes ( JUST BECAUSE you didn’t answer right away Lord) nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried out to thee ( I  know that you heard me)  O love the LORD all ye his saints for the LORD preserveth the faithful and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage and HE shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD” Psalm 31:22-24.

You want to frustrate the world, your flesh, and the devil instead of them frustrating you? Say this out loud:  GOD HEARS ME. Say it again, GOD HEARS ME. One more time, GOD HEARS ME. As you continue to make this statement it strips the power of the devil from tormenting you. And remember JUST BECAUSE GOD didn’t answer you when you thought He should, does not mean He didn’t hear you.

BE Blessed.

By Erick Young

 

 


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