“Something About the Name”

Thought for Today: Something About the Name

Since there is nothing that the world, your flesh, or the devil can do about JESUS the CHRIST being real in your life, they have had to change up the strategy to prevent you from relying on that name. So they are doing whatever they can to convince you that the name of JESUS is just like any other name.

They want to convince you that the name of JESUS is just like any other name, because if you believe that it is just a common name then it will strip its power from His name. So they use the name of Jesus to express anger, they use the name of Jesus to express fear, they use the name of Jesus to express frustration, speaking the name of Jesus in ways that will make His name common.

Do not take the name of Jesus for granted. For the word of God says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). There is something about the name JESUS.

When you call on His name from your heart the atmosphere shifts. When you call on His name from your soul, the heavens begin to shake. When you call on His name from your spirit, darkness flees.

Jesus said in John 14:13, “Whatever you ask in my name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” They don’t want you to call on the name of Jesus because there is something about the name of Jesus.

Just like in the bible days this world does not want you to even mention the name of Jesus. Because there is something about the name JESUS spoken from the heart of a child of God that ruffles the feathers of the world, your flesh, and the devil.

For the word of God says in Acts 4:18-19, “And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach IN THE NAME OF JESUS. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken (listen) unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

“Pastor Erick, where does the power come from when you say IN THE NAME OF JESUS? Nobody has ever taught me that, I just say in the name of Jesus because that’s what I heard my momma say, that’s what I heard my granny say, that’s what I heard the preacher say. But I really don’t know why I say it.”

Here, let the word of God show you in Philippians 2:9-12, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him (Jesus the Christ) and given Him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of the things in heaven, and the things in earth, and the things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.”

Listen to me, if it has a name, it has to bow down to the name of Jesus. “What does that mean, Pastor Erick?” That means the name of Jesus has all authority in heaven and in earth. And when you speak the name of Jesus from your heart, mind, and soul (all that you are) whatever it is that is named has to submit to the authority of His name. All sickness has to bow down, poverty, fear, frustration, doubt, unbelief, death, rage, powers, principalities, demons, religion. If it has a name it has to bow down to the name of JESUS.

This is why the enemy of your soul is attempting to convince you that the name of JESUS is just like any other name, because if the children of God would believe what the word of God says about the NAME OF JESUS, instead of what the world says about the NAME OF JESUS, this world would begin to see the same miracles, signs, and wonders that were seen in the bible days. For it is written, “THE NAME OF THE LORD is a strong tower the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

Stop speaking the name of Jesus as if it’s just another ordinary name. Reverence the name of Jesus, honor the name of Jesus, worship the name of Jesus, because THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE NAME OF JESUS when it is spoken from the heart, mind, and spirit of a child of God. When all hell is breaking out in your life, just stop and say His name and watch the atmosphere around you shift.

Call on THE NAME OF JESUS THE CHRIST today and Be Blessed
 
Erick Young
 

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“Chosen Privately but Rewarded Publicly”

Thought for Today: Chosen Privately but Rewarded Publicly

You have heard it said that what is done in the dark will be revealed in the light. And we have been taught to reserve that saying for only when a person does or says bad things. And many of God’s children have been taught that their relationship with God is private; it is between that person and God.  

With this mindset, many are pushed into believing a lie that the life that you live is just between you and God. “Keep your relationship with God private; you don’t have to share your relationship with God with anybody else. Keep your reading of God’s word private, keep your prayers private, keep your worship to God private.”

I don’t know who I am talking to, but the devil is a liar. Although your relationship with God is personal, it could never be private. The word of God says “But he (she) that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17).  

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior you became one with God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit. Colossians 1:19-22 has become a reality in your life, which says “For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus the Christ) should all fullness dwell. And having made peace through the blood of His (Jesus Christ) cross by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself (God the Father) by Him I say whether they be things in earth or things in heaven. And you that were sometime alienated (separated) and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death to present you HOLY UNBLAMEABLE AND UNREPROVEABLE.”  

In other words, you and God are one. Now if you are one with the One who created heaven and earth, how in the world can you keep that private? If you are one with the One who created the stars and flung them against the velvet of the night, how can you keep that private? If your spirit is one with the One who took the index of His finger and created oceans and seas and riverlets, how in the hallelujah can you keep that private? 

If what’s done in the dark will be revealed in the light for all the bad things that are done and said, the same holds true for your relationship with God. If you have a private intimate relationship with God, if you pray to God when nobody else is looking, if you worship God in spirit and in truth when there is nobody else around, if you spend intimate time reading the word of God, I say to you my brothers and sisters, what’s done in private will be rewarded in public.  

I will say it again, your relationship with God may be personal but it could never be private. “Where does it say that in the bible, Pastor Erick?” Take a look at what Jesus said in Matthew 6:6, “But thou (this means you) when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door pray to thy Father which is in secret (when you have a private conversation with God) which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”  

You don’t have to tell or show anybody that you are a child of God. If you have an intimate private relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit, the glory of who God is will reveal itself to those around you, and there will be times that you won’t have to say a word. God Himself will publicly show the world around you that you are His and He is yours.  

For it is written, “And when thou comest thither look for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi and go in and make him arise up from among his brethren and carry him to an inner change (don’t do this publicly in front of everybody) Then take the box of oil and pour it on his head and say thus saithe the LORD I have anointed the king over Israel then open the door and flee and tarry not” (2 Kings 9:2-3). 

You did not choose God, God chose you to be His child. Enjoy your relationship with God today, let your light shine, and know this truth that although your relationship with God is personal it could never be private. 

Be Blessed 
 
Erick Young
 

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“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
 

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“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
 

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