“Them Too”

Thought for Today: THEM TOO

The last few years, the church has only been concerned about its own. The enemy has deceived so many members of the body of Christ by twisting what Jesus called the second greatest commandment you can keep, next to Loving the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

Jesus said the second greatest commandment is to love thy neighbors as thyself. The enemy has come into the body of Christ and twisted the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to make many believe that Jesus was saying you must just love people who talk like you, think like you, believe like you, read the word you read, worship how you worship, and pray like you pray.

And then they wonder why so many people are deciding not to go to church anymore. And some are amazed that those outside of the church talk bad about the church. I don’t know who I am talking to, but the enemy is whispering in your ear that you cannot love someone who is gay, a drunk, on drugs or a drug dealer, or someone who does not believe like you.

The Word of God says “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), Which means the price to pay for sin is spiritual separation from God the Father. God is not concerned about the details of sin; there is no big sin or little sin. SIN is SIN in the eyes of God the Father. Just because you don’t have the sin of being gay, you may still have the sin of pride. And just because you don’t have the sin of pride, you still have to deal with the sin of lying. And just because you don’t have to deal with the sin of lies, you still have to deal with the sin of unbelief. The truth that I am trying to show you is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

Just because your sin is not like their sin does not make you any better than them. Now, let me put this truth on your plate, everybody sins. Yes, you read right, I said everybody sins, including me. I know you might not want to believe this, but your pastor sins as well. The prophet that you get spiritual advice from sins, as well. That Sunday school teacher who knows the Word backwards and forwards sins, as well. That Evangelist that came into your town and was used by God to shake up your city, yup you guessed it, they sin as well. 

If anyone comes to you and says that they do not sin, and if you think in your mind that you do not sin, I want you to stop and read 1 John 1:8. I am going to place it here for you, but I want you to go grab the Word of God and read it for yourself. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

When Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, He was not just talking about those in the church, those who read the Word of God, those who pray, or those who are right with God. When Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, He was saying to love humanity as you love yourself. 

One of the reasons why so many people can’t love those who are gay, drunkards, liars, thieves, manipulators, controllers, murderers, atheists, people of a different religion or a different belief is simply because they don’t love who they are. Jesus said to love your neighbor as you love yourself. There are so many people who do not love who they are because of their secret sins. 

The only reason that you will have the ability to love who you are is simply because God loved you so much that He showed you just how much He loved you in John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (this means anybody) believes in Him shall not perish, but will have everlasting life.” God wants to reveal who He is through you, but you won’t allow this to happen because that person has a sin that you are not committing. 

God wants to show who He is through you to every human being you come in contact with, even if they do not believe in God, and even if they do not believe like you do, and even if they have a sin in their life that you do not have in your life. God wants to SHOW THEM who He is through you. 

For it is written, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest; FOR HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL AND TO THE EVIL” (Luke 6:35).

Let God reveal who He is through you to every human being that comes across your path today, even if they don’t believe in God, and even if they don’t deserve God’s love. You must always remember this, the truth is that you didn’t deserve God’s love either, and just because their sin is not the same as your sin, God still loves them just as He loves you. When you show them love, you are letting them see God, for God is love. LET THEM see God in you today.

Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 
 
 

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“Better Decisions”

Thought for Today: Better Decisions

There are times in life when you wish that you made better decisions. You have learned to deal with the decisions you have made in life and just chalked it up to experience.   

But, you are in a position to make a big decision in your life, and the decision you make will not only affect you, but it will also affect your family,  friends, and those around you. Your flesh is pushing you to do one thing, the world is telling you to do another, and the devil is flooding your mind with all kinds of crazy options. You are asking what you should do, and Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that men (women) should always pray and not faint.   

The Holy Spirit of God says to you, pray. I know you may be afraid to ask these questions, but I will ask it for you: “Why do I need to pray? What is praying going to do? How is praying going to help me?” These are questions that many will not ask in public because they don’t want to be seen as heathens. I need you to take off your religious robe, be honest and ask God “Why do I need to pray?” I have discovered in my 22 years of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ that understanding the “why” of doing something can be a motivating force. Why pray? 

There are many Hebrew words for the word prayer. One of the words that caught my attention when studying prayer in the Hebrew language is the word “paga” which means to meet, encounter, or join.   

When you say that you are going to pray, what the spirit realm hears is “I am going to meet with, encounter, commune with and join with God about this.” The reason why the enemy has diluted the word “prayer” in the church is because of the power that this word has in its original context. When Jesus said men should always pray and faint not, he was saying we should always meet with, encounter, commune with, and join with God the Father about whatever is going on in our life.   

This was the plan of God since the beginning. Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him where art thou?” 

You have to get this in your spirit, when God created the garden of Eden, the Word of God said He put man in the midst of the garden. In Genesis 2:8, God created a place to paga (meet with, encounter, commune with, and join) with Adam and Eve. But when Adam and Eve sinned, the Word of God says that He (God) drove out the man and placed him at the east of the garden of Eden with Cherubim’s and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life (which was in the garden). 

Did you know that after God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden, He created another special place to meet with, commune with, and join with humanity? Did you know that, even at this very moment, the Father created a special place for you to meet with, commune with, and join with Him 24 hours 7 days a week? And the truth of the matter is, in this special place, you do not have to bow your head, close your eyes, get on your knees, or put your hands together to let Him know that you want to meet (pray), but you can. When you say “Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus” the fullness of who God is arises from the throne of your heart and you have His undivided attention. This is that special place that you can pray from.  

 

Let me show you this in the Word of God. John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In John 14:23 the Word says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM (we will have a special place in their heart where we (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) will dwell.” The fullness of who God is now dwells on the throne of your heart. This is where God created a special meeting place for you, just like He did when He created the Garden of Eden to paga, meet with, commune and join with you. 

   

The special place where God has chosen to meet with you, any day, any time, and any hour is right there in your heart. This is what is meant in Ephesians 3:17, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.”    

   

Prayer does not come from you bowing your head, although it does not hurt when you do because that is a form of humbling yourself. Prayer does not come from bended knees or the folding of your hands, although doing those things will help fight off pride. True prayer is when you paga, meet with, encounter, commune, and join with God the Father, from the throne of your heart where He now dwells because you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

  

If you want to make better decisions in your life, pray. For it is written, “And it came to pass in those days that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples and of them he chose twelve whom also he named apostles” (Luke 5:12-13). 

  

If you want to make better decisions in your life, do what Jesus did, pray (paga) with the Father and watch God open the eyes of your understanding to His will and plans for your life.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“Telling Instead of Doing”

Thought for Today: Telling Instead of Doing

There is something in your life that needs to get done. It is something that you have tried to do on your own, but you just could not get it done.

You may need to move on from a certain person, and you have tried to move on, but you always seem to go right back.  You may need to forgive someone for what they have done to you, and you have tried to forgive them, but every time you even hear that person’s name you find yourself getting angry for no reason. 

Maybe you are trying to get to know God better by reading His Word, but every time you try to read it, it does not make any sense to you. You are trying to pray, but it seems like your words are falling on deaf ears. 

You know that you need to get something done, but your problem is that every time God tells you to do this one thing, you tell Him how you have tried before and it did not work. He keeps whispering in your ear to forgive them, and you reply “I have tried to forgive them, and I just can’t.” 

He has told you to move on, and you keep TELLING God what you have already tried to do. God is telling you that there is a job that is waiting for you, and you keep telling God “I have tried to put out applications, but nobody is hiring.” 

And the Holy Spirit of God says to you, “You have tried to do these things on your own, now I say unto you my daughter, I say unto you my son, try it now.” And you may ask, “Why try the same thing over and over again, when it did not work the first-time, Pastor Erick?” 

And the Holy Spirit of God is saying to you today that “You have been doing it on your own, but this time you will be doing it with Me.” The world, your flesh, and the devil are telling you that what you are trying to do is impossible, and the Holy Spirit of God says to you today, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Your flesh is telling you that it’s impossible to forgive that person, or move on, or apply for that job, and instead of doing what God told you to do, you continue to tell Him what you have already tried to do, and that it did not work.   

God says to you, “When you tried to forgive, you did it in your own power and that’s why it didn’t work. When you tried to leave, you did it in your own power and that’s why it didn’t work. When you put in that application, you did that on your own and that’s why it did not work.”

I say unto you my brothers and sisters, “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might,” as spoken in Ephesians 6:10. 

You have told the Lord what you have done. Now, if you do what He has told you to do, you will see a different result simply because His ways are not your ways, and His thoughts are not your thoughts. 

Cry out to God, “Lord, help me forgive in the power of your might. Lord, I will move on with the power of your might. Lord, I will put this application in with the power of your might, and not mine.” 

I assure you that, with God and the power of His might, you will see a totally different result that will blow your mind.  God has whispered instructions in your spirit to do it again. You need to stop telling God what you have already tried and take God at His word. 

For It is written, “And He (Jesus) entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP, AND LET DOWN YOUR NETS FOR A DRAUGHT. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing (told Him what they did): nevertheless AT THY WORD I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their nets brake” (Luke 5:3-6).

Stop telling God what you have tried and take Him at His word, you will see God move in a supernatural way that will not only bless you, but will also bless those around you. 

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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” A Different Strategy”

Thought for Today: A Different Strategy

As you make a decision to have a deeper, more intimate, relationship with God, things will begin to change. As you spend more time in the Word of God, you begin to know the fullness of who God is. As you begin to pray more, you begin to know the heart of the Father. And as you worship God more, in spirit and in truth, you begin to know the presence of God. 

Not only will you begin to know who God is on a much deeper level, you will begin to learn who you are in Christ. The Word of God says, “Therefore if any man (woman) be in Christ he (she) is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

You will begin to understand that you can think like Jesus, for the Word of God says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). You will understand that you are even going to begin looking like Jesus, where the glory of the Lord shines upon you, separating you from those who do not know Him. This is what is meant in Romans 8:29, “For whom He (God) did foreknow, He also predestinate to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON (Jesus the Christ) that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 

And, as you grow closer to God, you will become one with the fullness of who God is, as Jesus said in John 17:21-22, “That they all may be one; as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one is us; that the world may believer that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one even as we are one.”

As you begin to know who you are in Christ, the power that Jesus displayed while walking on this earth will begin to manifest in your life as well. Jesus said “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” (Luke 10:19).

As you get to know the Lord Jesus on an intimate level, you will begin to also know and understand who you are in Christ. And when you begin to know who you are in Christ, your enemies will have to take on another strategy against you. 

The enemy telling you that God is not real does not work anymore, and tempting you with the things of the world are not as effective as they were before. Ephesians 1:18 takes on a whole new meaning, which says, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what the hope of his calling is, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”

You are a child of the most high God, you are made in the image of God, and that same power that raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in you.

The enemy will still attempt to lure you out of the will of God with the lust of the flesh. But he will begin to change his strategy of attacks on you. He will begin to send people your way to question if you are truly a child of God. 

He will begin to fill you with doubt by saying, “If you are a child of God, you should not be afraid of the Delta disease. You don’t have to take a vaccine or wear a mask.” If you are a child of God you don’t have to fear. Just go where there is trouble, go where there is strife, go where there is uprising, and nothing is going to hurt you because you are a child of God.

Listen to me, you cannot prove to the world, your flesh, or the devil that you are a child of God by doing what they suggest you do. You must only do what the Father tells you to do, and you must only say what the Holy Spirit of God tells you to say.   

Jesus said in John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” The devil will still tempt you with the lust of the eyes, he will still tempt you with the lust of the flesh, but the closer you get to God, the devil will have to change up his strategy to get you to fail, and that is the strategy of the pride of life. 

For its is written, “And he (the devil) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle of the temple and said IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, cast thyself down from hence; For it is written He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep the and in their hands, they shall bear thee up lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him It is said Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Luke 4: 9-12).

You do not have to prove to the world, your flesh, or the devil that you are a child of God. Just stay in the Word every day, pray every day, and worship God in spirit and in truth. And the Father will show the world that you are His Child.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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