“This Close To God”

Whenever you hear someone say that that they are close to God most of the time, that person begins to tell you how much they know about God. They begin to tell you how much time they spend in the word, how much time they spend in prayer, and how they worship God in Spirit and in Truth. If I were to ask you how close are you to God, you would probably begin to tell me how much you know about God. You would begin to tell me all that you understand about him, how much you love him, and how much you honor him and adore him. You would begin to tell me how you listen to him and do your best to obey him.

I do not know who I am talking too, but your closeness to God does not just depend on how much you know about God. But it also depends on how much God knows about you. And now you may be thinking, Pastor Erick, He is God; he knows everything. What do you mean how much God knows about me? The Word of God says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubled minded.” (James 4:8) You see, there are secret areas of your life that you do not share with everybody. There are things that you can tell some people, and then there are things about you that you just do not want anybody to know. And even though God is all knowing and all seeing, there are areas in your life that you just do not talk to him about. And the Holy Spirit of God says to you today. I want to get closer to you. 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 in to him (her), and will sup with him (her), and he (she) with me.” (Revelation 3:20 [emphasis added])

Yes, you have let God into your life. Yes, you have let God into your heart. But there are some rooms in your heart (areas of your life) where you have shut the door and will not let anybody in, is including God. Simply because that room in your heart (area of your life) is dirty, that room in your heart (area of your life) is unkept, that room in your heart (area of your life) reveals truths about you that you are ashamed of, you keep that door (area of your life) shut and you do not even let God in. You see, you can let someone in your house, but if there is a room that has not been cleaned, you close the door and you do not allow them to go into that room. And as powerful as God is, He will not force himself into that room (area of your life) that you have not invited him into. He is a gentleman. He will simply wait for you to invite him into that room (into that area of your life), even if it is unkept, unclean, dirty , filthy, and/or embarrassing.

Listen to me. God is all knowing, and is everywhere at all time. And he wants to be so close to you that you allow him into those rooms (areas of your life). Not so that he can beat you up and judge you on how dirty that room (area of your life) is. He loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. God is saying to you right now, invite me into that room (area of your life) so that I can help you clean that area of your life. This is what I meant in Isaiah 1:18. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” In other words, God is saying to you today if you let me into that room (that area of your life), I will come in and help you clean up that room (that area of your life) but you have to let me in, says the Lord.

Okay, Pastor Erick, how do I let him in? You let him in by telling him about that room (that area of your life). Talk to God about that area of your life that you are ashamed of. Talk to God about that room where you get drunk in. Talk to God about that room that you are having sex outside marriage in. Talk to God about that room that you keep fear in. Talk to God about that room where you keep unbelief in. Talk to God about that room where you keep anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness in your life. You see getting close to God is not just about you knowing God, but it is also about you letting God into areas of your private life so that he can get to know you. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) This means that you must get before God and expose all that you are to him. Going before him not hiding your thoughts, not trying to hide your feelings, not trying to hide your emotions. Just getting before God and saying, “God, here I am. I will not try to hide anything from you. I expose all that I am to you, so that I can stand in your presence to love you for who you are, and to receive all of your love for me.” For it is written:

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. (Lord, I am letting you in the area of my life that I am not proud of.) I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall everyone that is godly pray unto thee (communicate with God) in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.” (Psalm 32:5-6 [emphasis added])

Your closeness to God does not just depend on how much you know Him; it also depends on how much God knows about you. Get closer to God by letting him into those areas of your life that you are not proud of or ashamed of. This lets him know that you trust him simply because you talk to him about those areas that you do not tell anybody else. It is then you will get this close to god.

Be Blessed!
 
byErick Young
 
 

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“Take The Time”

As we celebrate the holiday known as Labor Day, it is a holiday which unofficially marks the end of summer and the end of wearing white pants until next year. Though it serves as a sort of curtain call for the warm months, that is not actually the point of the holiday. Labor Day is designed as a day of respect, a chance to thank all the working people of America, and offer them a break from the typical work week. If you work to make a living because you enjoy it, you have people to take care of, or you are chasing a dream, Labor Day is a day to kick your feet up, celebrate yourself and all the work you have been doing.

Just like everything else, you have to work on your own personal relationship with God. The Word of God says, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye has always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12 [emphasis added]) The problem with most children of God is they wait until Sunday and let the pastor do all the work to bring the Word of God to them so they can eat, or feed, on the Word of God. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. The Word of God says:

And he game some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:11-14)

Listen to me. Your pastors are not in your life to give you a relationship with God. They are in your life to help you with your relationship with God. You have to work on your relationship with God first before they can help you with it. Yes, they can help you get understanding of the Scripture, but you have to work on reading the Word of God for yourself. Yes, they can help you with your prayer life, but you have to work on your prayer life for yourself before anybody can help you. Yes, the worship team, or the choir, can lead you in worship, but you must work on worshipping God for yourself.

You see God working with and thru many around you, and you have a desire to have that kind of relationship with God. But the problem is you do not want to work at it. And many times it is not because you do not want to work on your own personal relationship with God. Most of the times you just do not have time to work on your relationship with God. You have to work on this, and you have to work on that. You have to work on getting your kids together. You are busy working on your relationship with your spouse. You have to work on keeping the house clean, or work on preparing meals for the family. You are just too busy to work on your relationship with God. You just do not have time.

I do not know who I am talking too. Your problem is this. You are trying to make time to work on your relationship with God when you should be taking the time to work on your relationship with God. The world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), and the devil will do everything they can to occupy your time just to prevent you from working on your relationship with God. “. . . tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they (the world, your flesh, and the devil) lie in wait to deceive.” (Ephesians 4:14 [emphasis added])

But I came by on my way to heaven to inform you, that you have to Take The Time to work on your relationship with God. You have to Take The Time to pray. You have to Take The Time to worship. And, you have to Take The Time to read the Word of God. This is working on your relationship with God. For it is written, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (II Thessalonians 3:10)

Remember your pastor is not there to give you a relationship with God. They are there to help you with your relationship with God. When you begin to work on your own relationship with God, not only will you give your pastors something to work with, you will show God that you are working to get to know him better for yourself. Take The Time! Make the time to get to know God, and watch God show you who you are in Christ. He will begin to reveal himself to you in ways that you would never imagine.

Be Blessed!
by
Erick Young

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“No Matter What”

This year has been a year that many of us have never seen before. It appears like the enemy has been let loose in our homes, in our cities, in our states, and in our nation. Darkness has come out of hiding and has shown its face in broad daylight. Hatred, racism, and violence is not hidden any more. Rage, anger, theft, bitterness, fornication, rape, robbery, manipulation, violence – none of the things are done in the dark anymore. The exploits are being done out in the open for everyone to see. Most of why we are now seeing this stuff happen has to do with technology. But the main reason we are able to see all this darkness is because evil just does not care who sees it anymore.

I do not know who I am talking too but the Holy Spirit of God says to you today, you should not be alarmed. For I have told you,

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women (men) laden with sins, led away with diverse lusts. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (II Timothy 3:1-7)

But I say to you my daughter, I say to you my Son, no matter what they say, you must hold on to my words. This is what will set you apart from everybody else. This is why I prayed in John 17:17. “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.” [Emphasis added] No matter what storms in life come your way, you must keep your eyes on me says the Lord. This is what is meant in Hebrews 12:2. “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising he shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” No matter what they bring against you to beat you down you must hold on to this truth. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17) As a child of the most high God, you have to know this in your spirit. No Matter What they say – No Matter What they do – No Matter What they think – No Matter What this situation looks like – this one thing holds true: You are a child of the most high God, and God is in control.

When all hell is breaking out in your life and the enemy is on a warpath in and for your life. When the hounds of hell are on your trail, your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to go, I want you to pull this weapon of mass destruction out on the kingdom of darkness. God says in Numbers 14:28, “Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: . . .” So, right there in the middle of all the mess that is going on in your life, I want you to say this: It is written! Why do I have to say, It is written, Pastor Erick? Because when a child of God says It Is Written, the kingdom of darkness hears a sword being pulled out of its cover. The enemy will recognize that they are no longer fighting against you. They are put on notice that they are about to come against something that they have no power over. And that is the Word of the Living God.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

When they hear It Is Written, the enemy will begin to go from coming at you to backing up off you. When all hell is breaking out in your life and you have no idea what to say or do stop right there where you are and say, It Is Written. “By this I know that thou favorest me (Lord), because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.” (Psalm 41:11 [emphasis added]) When you make this statement, it takes matters out of your hand and puts them into the hands of the creator of heaven and earth. The Word of God says, “And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there (in his hands) was the hiding of his power.” (Habakkuk 3:4 [emphasis added])

The reason why the world, your flesh, and the devil want you to keep matters in your hands is because in your hands they have a chance to defeat you. In your hands they have a chance to torment you. In your hands they have a chance to confuse you. In your hands they have a chance to lead you astray. But when you keep your trust in what God says, No Matter What they say. When you choose to hold on to God’s way, No Matter What they do. When you choose to keep your eyes on Jesus, No Matter What storms come your way. You place things in God’s hands, and not yours. For it is written:

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. But (No Matter What) I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times (here on earth) are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. (Psalm 31:13-16 [emphasis added)

Do not let what they say, think, or do take your eyes off of the living God and take matters in your own hands. No Matter What they think, say, or do, grab the Word of God and say, “It is written.” Take matters out of your hand and put it in the hands of the one true God today. Watch the atmosphere around you shift instantly.

Be Blessed!
 
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Erick Young
 
 
 
 

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“Just To Change You”

There are many reasons why the enemy of your soul comes after you. They do not like the way you walk. They do not like the way you talk. They do not like the way you think. They do not like the way you believe. They do not like the way you hope. And they do not like the way you trust, love, and depend on God. The list can go on, and on, and on for the reason why the enemy comes at you. Knowing that you are nothing like them, they have a purpose for doing things to you. They have reason why they say things to you. They have a plan why they do things in front of you, knowing that it will irritate you, get you mad, upset, and/or frustrated. The reason why they have an effect on you, why it bothers you, why they can move you from walking in peace, is because you have the mindset that they are doing all those things simply because they do not like you. They do not like the fact that you believe in God. They do not like the fact that you trust in God. They do not like the fact that you rely on God. They do not like the fact that you are a child of the most high God.

I came by on my way to heaven to reveal one of the strategies of the enemies of your soul. The reason the enemies of your soul take these actions against you, the reason they do what they do, the reason they say what they say is simply this, they want to change who you are. Why would they want to change me, Pastor Erick? I did not do anything to them. This does not make any since to me. Here, let me show you something.

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.” (II Corinthians 5:17 [Emphasis added]) The Word of God says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son (Jesus, the Christ), that he (Jesus Christ) might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29 [emphasis added]) Here, look at this one.

Beloved, now are we the sons (daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (the Son of the Living God, Jesus, the Christ) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man (woman) that hath this hope in him (her) purifieth himself (herself), even as he (Jesus) is pure.” (I John 3:2-3 [emphasis added])

I have one more for you.

According as his (God) 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 unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these (promises) ye (yes, he is talking to you) might be partakers of the divine nature (of Jesus Christ himself), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Peter 1:3-4 [emphasis added])

Yes, the world, your flesh, and the devil do not like you. But the reason they do what they do, and say what they say, is simply because they want to change who you have become and who you are becoming. The more you get to know Jesus, the Christ for yourself, the more you will become like him according to what you just read above.

Okay, Pastor Erick, so why does it matter to them if I am becoming like Jesus? That has nothing to do with them, right? Here, let me show you. Here is why they want to change you.

And you (yes, you), being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he (Jesus Christ) quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (this means you), which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (pay close attention to what the Word of God is about to say next) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he (Jesus Christ) made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:13-15 [emphasis added])

You see, Jesus Christ already defeated the devil and all of his cronies when he rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God, the Father, with all power in His hands. And when you get an understanding in your spirit that you are becoming like Jesus, that you are one with God, the Father, one with God, the Son, and one with God, the Holy Spirit. You do not have to defeat the enemy; the enemy is already defeated. And since he is already defeated, his only actions are to do things to get you to change who you are. They want you to change back to the old you. They want you to walk (live your life) in the flesh (your feelings and/or emotions) instead of walking (living your life) in the Spirit. They say those things to get you to talk like them. They do things to get you to act like them. The reason they do what they do is simply to get you to change who you are in Christ. Do not let them change who you are in Christ. For it is written:

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:1-5)

Do not let their words change who you are in Christ, do not let their actions change who you are in Christ. The reason they want to change you is because if you are like Christ they are already defeated. Stay with Christ so that you can become like Christ and watch the world the flesh and the devil bow down to the Christ in yo

Be Blessed!
 
by
Erick Young
 
 
 

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