“Why Should You”

Thought for Today: Why Should You

You have made the decision to do your best to follow God’s word. You understand this truth that you are not perfect but that does not stop you from striving for perfection because the word of God says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). 

God has granted you the peace that surpasses all understanding, and you need to know that the peace of God is not about being free from any trials or tribulations. God’s word does not say you will never have problems but, as a matter of fact, Jesus explains why He has given you His peace in John 16:33 when He says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” 

You see, the peace of God is freedom from disturbance. “What does that mean, Pastor Erick?” That means that you will not allow nothing or no one to disturb your oneness with God.  Because when you stay one with God it assures you that God is in control no matter what. As it is written, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us (you), who can be against us (you)” (Romans 8:31). 

So, the enemy has to lure you down out of your relationship with God so that they would have a chance to do as they please in your life.  

The joy of the Lord is your strength, according to Nehemiah 8:10, but the enemy uses people, situations, and circumstances to lure you down to their level so that you can give your joy away to receive the anger and frustration that they have.  You might not like what I am about to say but the enemy cannot take your joy away from you, you choose to give it away when you react to their words or deeds.  

WHY SHOULD YOU come down to their level? The word of God says “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). But the world, your flesh (feelings and emotions), and the enemy tells you that you are not strong enough to do this or do that. My question to you is “WHY SHOULD YOU come down to their level?”  

The word of God says, “God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). But the enemy is saying “if that were me, I would be terrified of this, scared of that.” Again, I ask you “WHY SHOULD YOU come down to their level?” 

Listen to me, God is doing a great work in you, and you need to be confident of this very thing, that “HE (which is God) which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). 

I don’t know who I am talking to but WHY SHOULD YOU step down from allowing the Hand of God to continue to mold you into the image of Christ? The world, your flesh, and the devil only want to lure you out of your relationship with God so that they can simply cause you trouble. 

For it is written, “That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me saying, come let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono (which is lower than where you are currently working). But they thought to do me mischief. And I sent messengers unto them saying, I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, SO WHY SHOULD THE WORK CEASE WHILST I LEAVE IT AND COMMETH DOWN TO YOU?” (Nehemiah 6:2-3). 

Don’t be lured out of your relationship with God by reacting to what people are doing or saying. They just want you to come down to their level so that they can have their way in your life.  Stay one with God by living according to His word and standard. 

Be Blessed 

By Erick Young
 

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“UNTIE MY HANDS”

Thought for Today: UNTIE MY HANDS

There is something that you are believing God to do for you. You know that God can do anything, but yet you are still struggling in your faith. And you wonder why it is so hard for you to believe that God will do this.

And the Holy Spirit of God says to you, “The reason that you are struggling with Me doing this one thing is because you have a preconceived idea of how you think I am going to answer your request. And this hidden mindset prevents Me from being who I AM.”

Here, meditate on this for a moment. Isaiah 46:9-10 says, “REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD; FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE; I AM GOD AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME. DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, AND FROM ANCIENT TIMES THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE SAYING MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND AND I WILL DO ALL MY PLEASURE.”

God is saying to you “UNTIE MY HANDS, it’s rare that I will ever answer your prayers how you thought I should. 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 than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). UNTIE MY HANDS 

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:9). UNTIE MY HANDS 

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46:10). UNTIE MY HANDS.  

“Ah LORD GOD! Behold thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE” (Jeremiah 32:17). UNTIE MY HANDS.  

By you UNTYING THE HANDS OF GOD you allow God to be God. Your preconceived ideas of how you think God will answer your prayers ties up the hands of God. And God is saying to you “UNTIE MY HANDS.”  

You may be asking, “How do I UNTIE GODS’ HANDS, Pastor Erick? How do I change the way that I think God is going to answer my prayers?” I am going to give you the knife that will cut the ropes that has your mind tied up on how you think God is going to answer your prayers.  

I DON’T KNOW.  

“What do you mean you don’t know, Pastor Erick?” What I am saying to you is this, when the thoughts of how you think God is going to answer your prayers come to mind, you need to stop right where you are and say “I DON’T KNOW.” I don’t know HOW God is going to show up, I don’t know WHEN God is going to show up, I don’t know WHO or WHAT God will use to answer my prayers. I just trust Him to be God.  

When you have the I DON’T KNOW mindset, this unties the hands of God and allows God to be God how He sees fit. It will allow God to do ALL HIS PLEASURE as seen in Isaiah 46:10.

For it is written, “And Moses said the people among whom I am are six hundred thousand footman, and thou (You, oh Lord) said I will give them flesh that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them to suffice them (is this how you are going to answer our prayers) And the Lord said unto Moses IS THE LORDS HAND WAXED SHORT? (UNTIE MY HANDS) THOU SHALT SEE NOW WHETHER MY WORD SHALL COME TO PASS UNTO THEE OR NOT” (Numbers 11:21-23).  

The last thing the enemy of your soul wants to hear come out of your mouth is I DON’T KNOW how God is going to be God, simply because that mindset UNTIES THE HANDS OF GOD and allows God to show up how He sees fit. Grab the knife of I DON’T KNOW today, which will UNTIE THE HANDS OF GOD, and watch the glory of God blow you up. 

Be Blessed  

By Erick Young
 

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“Just Let God”

Thought for Today: JUST LET GOD

There is something that someone did or said that has you all messed up and the problem is not just what they did or what they said, it’s who they are that has you messed up.

You can’t believe he did that, or you can’t believe she said that. And all you want to do is confront them and ask them why. Why would they do that, knowing that it would hurt you? Why would they say that, knowing that what they said would get you in trouble? 

You just can’t figure it out, and the Holy Spirit of God says to you, “the enemy has a tendency to use those that are close to you to lure you out of My will.”  

The word of God says it this way, “As if a man (woman) did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his (her) hand on the wall and a serpent bit him” (Amos 5:19). You see, it’s easy to just move on when it’s someone that you don’t know who says or does something. You let them move on simply because they don’t know you and you don’t know them.  

The word of God says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kiss of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6). This just means it’s easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.

You have the mind to go tell them about themselves, you have the mind to confront them and give them a piece of your mind, but the Holy Spirit of God is saying to you right now, “sometimes you just have to let Me deal with them.” For the word of God says, “A fool uttereth all his mind but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards” (Proverbs 29:11). 

The word of God says “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Yes, there will be times when you will arise and speak for yourself. There will be times when you defend yourself, there will be times when you will confront the person that the enemy used to do you wrong.  

I don’t know who I am talking to but you need to know, this is not one of those times. JUST LET GOD deal with them on this matter. This will save you stress; this will close the door on unnecessary arguments, this will close the door of what if’s and accusations. In other words, it disarms and cancels the plans that the enemy had for you.  

For it is written, “They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things and imagine deceits all day long. But I was as a deaf man, heard (I just acted like I didn’t hear it) and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth (I didn’t say nothing). Thus I was a man (woman)  that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs (I didn’t give them nothing to fight with). For in thee O LORD do I hope, thou wilt hear O LORD my God” (Proverbs 38:12-15). 

If you JUST LET GOD deal with that person in this matter, you will keep your peace and they will walk away mad, not you. 

Be Blessed

By Erick Young
 

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“A Hard Truth”

Thought for Today: A HARD TRUTH

There is someone in your life that you have been praying about for a long time. However, they have made up in their mind, heart, and soul that they are not changing for anything or nobody. They are who they are, and you can accept them or reject them, but whatever your decision is they will not change.

I know in your heart and mind you may be thinking “If God can change me, He can change anybody.” And so, you continue to toil in prayer for them, not wanting to give up on them.

I know you may find this very hard to believe but there are many people in the world, and in your life, who will simply reject the word of God. For the word of God says, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18).

God is all-knowing and all-seeing, He knows who will accept the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, and He knows who will reject Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God.

Jesus Christ, Himself, said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, that one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). You have been going back and forth about this one person that you have been praying for and because your heart is so big you just cannot give up on this person; you will continue to pray even though you know in your heart they will not change. I need you to go before the Lord and ask God this question, “Lord, will this person ever change?” For the word of God says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).

Yes, God is all-powerful, and there is nothing that God cannot do, but God will not make a person accept who He is. For the word of God says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man (woman) hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him (her) and will sup with him (her) and he (she) with me” (Revelation 3:20).

I know this is a hard truth to accept but the truth of the matter is everybody will not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Jesus, Himself, said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8).

Jesus said again in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me, in that day LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I WILL PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU DEPART FROM ME YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.”

Get with God and ask Him if the person you are praying for will ever change. I know this is A HARD TRUTH, but there are many people in the world, and in your life, who will not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior no matter how hard you pray.

For it is written, “Then said the Lord unto me, PRAY NOT FOR THIS PEOPLE FOR THEIR GOOD. When they fast, I will not hear their cry, and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I WILL NOT ACCEPT THEM; but I will consume them by the sword and by the famine and by the pestilence” (Jeremiah 14:11-12).

Get with the Father and ask God “Will this person ever change?” God knows the beginning from the End, and THE HARD TRUTH is some people will not change no matter what, and God will never make a person accept who He is.

I know this is not the normal encouraging thought for today but it’s the truth, and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. 

Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 

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