“React or Respond”

Thought for Today: React or Respond

When the enemy of your soul attacks you from out of nowhere his goal is to get you to react to the attack instead of responding to the attack. There is a big difference between the two. 

You see, when you instantly react to all the strategies of hell you move according to what you are feeling at that very moment, and the devil feeds on your feelings and or emotions. “How do you know that, Pastor Erick?” 

The word of God says in Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” You were created from dust. Now take a look at what God told satan after he lured Adam and Eve out of the will of God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; Genesis 3:14, “And the LORD GOD said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the filed; upon thy belly shalt thou go (look at this) and THE DUST shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”  

Listen to me, the devil wants you to react out of fear, frustration, anger, doubt, and unbelief, he feeds on that. The more you react to the strategies of hell the bigger the enemy gets, which will allow him to overwhelm you and eventually overtake you.  

I don’t know who I am talking to, but that person lied about you TO GET A REACTION OUT OF YOU. That person manipulated the situation JUST TO GET A REACTION OUT OF YOU. That person said what they said JUST TO GET A REACTION OUT OF YOU.  

As a child of God you have to stop reacting to the strategies of hell and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit first and respond afterwards. 

“How do you do that, Pastor Erick?” For example, when that person comes at you screaming and cursing, don’t react to what they are doing, but respond according to the word of God. The word of God says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). 

When somebody does you wrong, don’t REACT to what they did. The word of God says, “If thine enemy be hungry give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty give him water to drink. For thou shalt heap coals of fire up his head and the Lord shall reward thee” (Proverbs 25:21-22).  

The world, your flesh, and the devil want you to react to all the things that they say and do. But the Father wants you to turn to Him and allow the Holy Spirit of God to direct you on how to respond to that person or the situation that you are in. 

This is what is meant in James 1:19-20, which says, “Wherefore my beloved brethren (sisters) let every man (woman) be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” 

When the world, your flesh, and the devil comes your way, don’t REACT to what they are doing or saying. I know it’s not going to be easy, but just stop for a second and say “LORD, what is this?” And RESPOND according to how the Holy Spirit of God tells you to. That one moment of turning to the Lord will crucify your flesh (feelings and/or emotions) and glorify God.  

For it is written, “A fool uttereth all his mind but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards” (Proverbs 29:11). 

Feed on the word of God every day (read your bible), it will give you the ability to RESPOND according to God’s will, rather than REACTING to what the enemy is trying to get you to do. 

Be Blessed

By Erick Young
 

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“Because You Thought”

Thought for Today: Because You Thought

There are some things that we do and say because of conscious, and sometimes unconscious, thoughts. I know this may sound harsh, but there are times in our lives where we consciously, and many times unconsciously, think that God is not with us.  

I say that because if Jesus was physically right there beside us, we would not say half the things that come out of our mouth. If Jesus was physically right there with us, we would not do half of the things that we do.  

If Jesus was physically right there with us, we would not treat people the way we treat them. One of the reasons why the body of Christ is not moving in the power of God like the Bible days is because many times we as believers consciously and unconsciously think that God is not with us.  

You have been wondering why you can’t overcome this or why you can’t stop doing that, and the Holy Spirit of God says to you, “It is because there are many times in your day when you consciously and many times unconsciously think that I am not right here with you.”  

I don’t know who I am talking to, but if you want to truly sense the presence of God in your life, you need to begin to make a conscious (be aware of, and responding to, one’s surroundings) decision that wherever you go, God goes.  

And you must understand this truth that God is not following you to make sure you live right. For the word of God says, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle (the dwelling place) of God is with men (humanity) and He WILL DWELL WITH THEM, and they shall be His people and GOD HIMSELF shall be with them and be their GOD” (Revelation 21:3). 

Through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, God made a way so that you can be one with Him and He can be one with you. For the word of God says “But he (she) that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17). 

I know there are going to be times in your life where you don’t feel like God is with you. But you cannot live this life by what you feel, you must live your life by what you know. And know this, Jesus himself said, “If a man (woman) loves me, he (she) will keep my words; and my Father will love him (her) AND WE WILL COME UNTO him (her) AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH him (her)” (John 14:23).

Listen to me, if you want your life to change, stop thinking that God is not with you or God has to come to you in certain situations in your life. Every day you wake up, everywhere you go, everything that you do, everything that you say when you must have a conscious mindset that God is with you, and the atmosphere around you will shift.  

Not because of who you are but because of this truth that God Himself, the Creator of heaven and earth, is WITH YOU. You cannot consciously or unconsciously think that God is not there just because you cannot see Him, hear Him, or sense His presence. This thought process will open the floodgates for your enemy to come in and torment you any time they want.  

For it is written, “And Abraham said, ‘BECAUSE I THOUGHT SURELY THE FEAR OF GOD IS NOT IN THIS PLACE, and they will slay me for my wife’s sake’” (Genesis 20:11). 

Don’t think that God is with you, know that God is with you, and watch the power and the presence of Almighty God flood and fill your day.

Be Blessed 
 
By Erick Young
 

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“The One Thing”

Thought for Today: THE ONE THING

As you grow in your relationship with God by praying, worshiping God in spirit, and reading the word of God every day, it will appear that the world, your flesh, and the devil will do all they can to take everything that God has for you.  

They will say and do things to take your joy, rob you of your peace, and do things to remove your faith, hope, and love for God.  And it will appear like they are attempting to take everything that you heard and read about what God has for your life.    

I came by to shed the light of truth on the strategies of hell. Attempting to take any of those things mentioned above out of your life is just a distraction from what the devil is coming at you with, which is to lure you out of being ONE WITH GOD.  

When the enemy hears a child of God say “God where are you?” It gives him the green light to open the flood gates of hell and throw everything at you but the kitchen sink.  And it’s not to take the things of God away from you, the devil does not have the power to do that, for the word of God says, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:19). That word has been limited by the church to just be applied to marriage.  

The enemy does all those things to lure you from being one with God. Listen to me, whenever your enemies come at you with trials, heartaches, and pains; when death, fear, frustration, wants and needs come your way, many times those things are happening to get you to step out on your own and handle things either your way or the world’s way.  

For the word of God says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us (this means you) ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given (that’s past tense, it’s already been done) unto us (this means you) GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES; that by these (promises) ye might be partakers of the divine nature (you will remain one with God) having escaped the corruption that is in the world through the lust (instead of doing things your way or the worlds way which a corrupt)” (2 Peter 1:3-4). 

THE ONE THING the enemy wants to do is lure you out of being one with God. For if God is for you, who can be against you?  I want to lay this truth before you, “For I am persuaded (convinced) that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor ANY OTHER CREATURE, shall be able to separate us (this means you) from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD” (Romans 8:38-39). 

Everything bad that is happening in your life is not just because the devil doesn’t want you to have the things that God has promised you. The enemy is doing all those things to lure you out of being one with God, hoping that you will attempt to get the promises of God your way, instead of God’s way. 

Whatever the enemy throws at you, stop right where you are and say, “GOD IS WITH ME” and watch the Father arise from the throne of your heart and show himself to be God in and for your life. 

For it is written, “But he that is joined unto the LORD IS ONE SPIRIT” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

You are a joint heir to the throne of God; God will never ever have to come to you when the enemy attacks because He said “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” even to the ends of the world (Hebrews 13:5). 

Stay one with God today and Be Blessed. 

By Erick Young
 

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“Run With This”

Thought for Today: Run With This

You have been given a new life. This means you have been placed on a new course in life, a life where you are heading to a new destination. As you begin to run in this race called life there is one thing that you need to run with.  

First and foremost, you must run this race (live this life) with God and not for God. He is right there giving you instruction through the voice of the Holy Spirit telling you when to pick up the pace, telling you when to slow down, telling you when to stay in the current position you are holding.  

This is what He meant in Matthew 28:20, saying, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” 

God has a pace in life just for you. Yes, there will be some that will be moving at a faster pace in their life with God than you are, but that does not make them any better than you.  

There will be some that are running at a slower pace in life, but that does not make you any better than them. For the word of God says that “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPENETH TO THEM ALL” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). 

You will lose your place in the will of God when you are looking at the race that someone else is running. Just because God gave them the gift to remember scripture does not place them in any better position with God than you. Just because they can pray with eloquent words does not put them in any better position with God than you. 

Stop looking at what someone else is doing in and for the kingdom of God and begin to look to God and find out where He has positioned you in this race called life.  

The reason the church is not flourishing like it did in the bible days is because many of God’s children are attempting to be placed in a position in the church, instead of focusing on their position with the Father. God knows where He wants you, God knows the gifts that He has given you, God knows when those gifts will be used.  

You have been placed in a new race (you have been given a new life) and this race (your life) is not a sprint, you are going to have to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit of God when He tells you to slow down, keep your position (stay right where you are), or move ahead (leave that position or place you are currently in). 

The enemy will attempt to give you his opinion and/or instructions, and the Holy Spirit of God says to you that you only have need of one thing while running this new race (living this new life). The one thing that you need to run this race (live this new life) is PATIENCE.  

For it is written, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily bester us (put down everything that prevent us from moving in God’s way of doing things in and for our lives) and let us RUN WITH PATIENCE the race that is set before us (live our lives according to the instructions God gives each one of us)” (Hebrews 12:1). 

Don’t let the world, the flesh, or the devil push you into a place or position in life that was not meant for you. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. 

BE Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 
 
 

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