“One Place”

There are some things you need to take place in and for your life. As a matter of fact, there is something you need to happen yesterday. You are waiting and expecting it to happen any day now. Someone is expecting their child to turn to God. Someone is expecting their husband or wife to be the man or woman of God the house needs them to be. You are expecting your financial situation to change any day now. You are expecting your health to get better or your job situation to get better. You are expecting peace to come into your life any moment now. You are expecting life to get better. I do not know who I am talking to but the reason you are so stressed out while you wait is because you are placing your expectations in the wrong place. As a child of God, you must understand this truth. There is Only One Place where you must set your expectations, and that is solely on God.

You see, you have been expecting your child to change instead of expecting God to change your child. You have showed your husband or wife you love them, and you are doing all you can to and for your marriage to work. You were expecting what you have done to change the marriage instead of expecting God to make the change in your marriage. You were expecting the money to come in from this person, or that job, or check from this source or that source, instead of expecting your provision from God. For the Word of God says, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, . . .” (Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV) You were expecting what the doctor said and did to heal you of your pain or sickness. Instead of setting your expectations on what God said. “. . . and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV) Please do not take this last statement as me saying medicine does not work or you should not take medicine prescribed by your doctor. You must have the mindset of “God, you said you would heal me. If you use this medicine to do so, Hallelujah. Or, if you choose to heal me supernaturally, Hallelujah. My expectations on being healed is solely on you because I understand this truth: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)

Unknowingly, you have been placing your expectations on man (humanity) and not on God. And every time you set your expectations on man (humanity) you are setting yourself up to be disappointed. Please do not misunderstand me. There are people in your life who mean to do you well. They want to help, but they are human. There is a chance they will disappoint you. The Word of God says, “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalm 60:11 KJV) Listen to me. If God chooses to use humanity to meet your expectations, that is His choice. If God chooses to meet your expectations supernaturally, that is His Choice. Do not let the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), or the devil push you to place your expectations in life anywhere else. There is only one place you must place your expectations, and that is on, and in, God. He is the only one who will never fail you. He is the only one who will never disappoint you. He is the only one who will never misguide you. And, most of all, He is the only one who will never give up on you.

Do not set your expectations on the work you do. Set your expectations on the work God does through you. Because if we are honest with ourselves, we can even let our own selves down. God is the only one who is perfect. So, whatever it is you are expecting in your life and whatever you are expecting to happen in your life, set those expectations on God. For it is written, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my Expectation Is From Him.” (Psalms 62:5 KJV [emphasis added]

There is only one safe place to set your expectations in life: in the hands of God, the Father. And because His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, you never know How God will meet those expectations in your life. Expect God to be God today!

Be Blessed!
 
by
Erick Young
 
 

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“Give Or Keep”

There is something in your heart, mind, and soul that is wearing you down. It is taking up most of your thoughts, your day, the place of your worship, and occupying your prayer life. You are crying out to God about this situation, letting him know all about it. God, I have this problem and that problem. This is going on in my life and that is going on in my life. I have issues, God – physical, mental, financial, marital, my children. I have an issue on my job. I have a burden in my spirit and thoughts in my mind. They are wearing me down, God. What am I going to do with all this that I have going on? And the Holy Spirit of God says to you today: you have two options. You can keep all those things that are wearing you down. Or you can give them to me. You may be thinking: Pastor Erick, I have given it to God. That is why I spend most of my time praying. God says to you: In your prayer you have told me about your situations, but you never released them unto me.

But I did give it to God. This may be true at one point. But the minute you went back to worrying about it, or trying to figure out how to fix it, or get things done, and stressing over it, is when you took it out of God’s hands and put it back in yours. You see the world, your flesh, and the devil knows this truth. As long as the situation is in your hands, which means as long as you worry, stress, try to figure things out, spend your time thinking about that situation, it will stay in your hands and not in God’s hands. You want to know why the enemy wants to keep all that in your hands instead of you putting it in God’s hands? Here, let me show you just a few reasons why the enemy does not want all your stuff in God’s hands.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8 [NASB] [emphasis added]) You see, when your life is in God’s hands, he molds you into what he wants you to be and not what you, the world, or the devil thinks you should be. For the Word of God says, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 [NASB] [emphasis added]) The Word of God says, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me: You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies; And Your right hand will same me.” (Psalms 138:7 [NASB] [emphasis added]) Here, take a look at this one. “O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for him.” (Psalm 98:1 [NASB])

You are a child of the Most High God. When you put whatever it is, the world and the flesh (your feelings and/or emotions) in the hands of your Father, he will deal with them and not you. The Word of God says, “They are Your servants (this means you) and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.” (Nehemiah 1:10 [NASB] [emphasis added]) I came by on my way to heaven to give you the insight on giving – whatever it is that is causing you stress, anger, bitterness, unbelieve, confusion, agony, fear, frustration, hopeless, and anything else that is a burden on your life – over to God and keeping it in God’s hands and not yours.

Here, this is how you give it to God and keep it in God’s hands. Are you ready? Whenever your feelings start thinking about that situation, I want you to stop right where you are and say this: That is in God’s hands. When the enemy tells you about how your children are running the wrong way, you stop where you are and say: My children are in God’s hands. When sickness of your body rises up and pain begins to take over your body, you look up and say: This sickness is in God’s hands. When your money is funny, your change is strange, and your credit will not get it, stop where you are and say: My provision is in God’s hands. When the enemy comes in and attacks your marriage, do not sit there and try to figure out how you are going to fix your marriage, just say: My marriage is in God’s hands.

Every time you sit and think, worry, and/or stress about a situation in your life, that thing will be in your hands. But when you look the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), and the devil in the eye and make the statement that is in God’s hands, the Word of God says, “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you.” (Numbers 14:28 [NASB]) For it is written, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22 [KJV] [emphasis added]) Now you know that you have a choice today. You can keep all that mess and try to deal with it yourself, or you can Give It To God. Start by repeatedly saying, That Is In God’s Hands every time the world, your flesh, and the devil try to get you to deal with those things yourself. It is up to you. Give it to God today and keep it in His hands. He can deal with it much better than you can.

Be Blessed!
 
by
Erick Young
 

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“It Will Change You”

There are so many people who say they know God. As a matter of fact, even if they do not say they know God, they say they believe there is a higher power. And you see many people’s actions and hear their conversation, their life does not reflect that they have any knowledge of who God is whatsoever. The Word of God says, “They profess they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16) How does one know if they really know God? As a matter of fact, there are times in your life where the world, your flesh, and the devil ask you the question, “Do you really know God?” Since they cannot convince you that God is not real, they begin to question if you know God. When a person says they know God, it means they have an intimate relationship with Him. It means they have experienced him in such a way that He showed himself real to them. And that experience will do one thing: it will change your life forever.

When you encounter God for yourself, nothing will ever be the same. You trying to live your life off of someone else’s relationship with God will not change you one bit. It may push you into trying to find your own relationship with God, but it will not change you. Well, Pastor Erick, how does a person know if they truly know God? There is one way you will know if a person has truly experienced God, or have an intimate relationship with God. They will change. When Moses was on the backside of the desert, his burning bush experience and encounter with God at Mount Horeb changed his life forever. (Exodus 3) When Elijah was hiding from Jezebel in a cave, he experienced God in a way that changed his whole attitude about facing her. (I Kings 19)

As a matter of fact, after the death of Jesus Christ, his disciples were found hiding because they thought the Jews were going to kill them. But something happened that made them come from out of hiding, and go out and tell the world that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Something happened that changed these men from scary cats to roaring lions. They went from hiding to healing. They went from not saying nothing in public to shouting on rooftops. They went from weak men of faith to strong men of God. What happened that caused these men to go into a place one way and come out of that place totally different?

I will tell you what changed them. They experienced the risen Savior, Jesus Christ, for themselves. For the Word of God says,

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, cam Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed them his hands and side. (The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord when they experienced the risen savior for themselves.) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (John 20:19-21 [KJV] [emphasis added])

You see, you cannot convince anybody that Jesus is real unless you have experienced him for yourself. When you experience God for yourself, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper . . .” (Isaiah 54:17 [KJV]) Your whole life changes from fear to faith. When you experience God for yourself, your life changes from what you cannot do to “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13 [KJV]) When you experience God for yourself, you change from being a nobody to becoming a joint heir to the throne of God. When you experience God for yourself, you change from being like everybody else to being conformed into the image of Jesus, the Christ.

Listen to me! If there is an area in your life that is still the same and nothing has changed, stop where you are and ask God to let you experience him in that area of your life. Let me experience you as the healer, Lord. Let me experience you as my provider. Let me experience you as my protector, guide, and my way maker. 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 hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (I John 5:14-15 [KJV])

The one way you, and those around you, will ever know if you truly know God (have an intimate relationship with God) is that there will be a change in you, simply because you have experienced God. There will be no change if there is no experience. For it is written, “God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear (honor) not God.” (Psalm 55:19 [KJV] [emphasis added]) Ask God to allow you to experience him today in that area of your life that needs a change. The experience will change your life forever.

Be Blessed!
 
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Erick Young
 
 
 

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“Nobody Else”

As a child of God you must understand this one truth: you have something that nobody else in the world has. Because you possess this one thing, you are not only different, but you are special and unique. You may not have a degree in theology, or know the Word of God like other people do. You may not be able to sing like an angel, or preach like Paul. But there is a reason the world looks at you crazy when you talk about Jesus. There is a reason why your flesh (feelings and/or emotions) tries to take over when think about the things that Jesus said. And there is a reason why the devil will try to convince you that you are just like everybody else, or that you are no better than anybody else.

I do not know who I am talking to, but the enemy has been pointing out the fact that you are no better than anybody else. As a matter of fact, you have been noticing what everybody else has said, and at times wish that you had what they have. The Holy Spirit of God says to you today, you have been so busy looking at what everybody else has you have not taken notice of what you have. The truth of the matter is you have something that nobody else in the world has. Right now, thoughts are running around in your head trying to figure out, what do I, little bitty old me, possibly have that nobody else has. And you are sitting there thinking about all the things you do not have. Listen to me! The enemy of your soul whispering in your ear you do not have this or that. The world, the flesh, and the devil will always point out what you do not have so that you do not focus on the one priceless thing that you do have. Your momma, daddy, neighbor, and/or stranger do not have what you have. As a matter of fact, your pastor does not even have what you have. Okay, now, wait a minute, Pastor Erick. You are going a little too far with this. What could I possibly have not even my pastor does not have?

The one thing you have that nobody else in the world has is Your Personal Relationship with God. What are you talking about, Pastor Erick? Everybody who believes in God has a relationship with God. Yes, that is true. But what makes your relationship with God so unique is that it is personal. There is only one you in the world; there is nobody like you. The Word of God says, “. . . For I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are thy works (God did an amazing job when he created you); . . .” (Psalm 139:14 [KJV]) There are a few things the world, the flesh, and the devil hates to hear come out of your mouth. One is they hate to hear you say, God knows me. The enemy of your soul will tell you that you are prideful and arrogant by making this statement because God knows everybody. When you make the statement, God knows me, you are not saying God only knows you. But what you are saying is that you know the Creator of heaven and earth knows you. Its personal. They do not want to hear you say, I know God. The enemy will tell you that you are no different than everybody else. But when you make this statement you are not saying everybody else does not know God. You are saying you have an intimate personal relationship with God for yourself.

When you make the statement God loves me, even church folks will look at you and say He loves all his children. But when you say God loves me, you are not saying God only loves you. You are declaring that you have such a personal relationship with God, you know He loves you. You see, God loves the world and all the people in it. But there are so many people who do not know his love and have not experienced his love. When you understand the truth your personal relationship with God is not like any other, your confidence in God will begin to shine, even in the storm and dark places of your life. Your relationship with God is personal. You can say, “The Lord is My Shepherd (I can speak for nobody else but); I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 [KJV] [emphasis added]) When you say, “. . . as for Me and My house (you cannot speak for nobody else), we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 [KJV] [emphasis added]) When you proclaim the Lord is the lover of your soul, its personal. Your personal relationship with God is something that nobody else in this world has. Focus on what you do have which is a personal relationship with God and everything else will fall in place. For it is written, “As for Me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save Me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17 [KJV] [emphasis added])

When you say you know God, and God knows you, you have to understand your relationship with God is personal. Nobody in this free world has what you have. And it is not because you are all that and a bag of chips, but simply because your relationship with God is personal.

Be Blessed!
 
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Erick Young
 

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