“God’s Purpose”

Thought for Today: God’s Purpose

There are times when things happen in life and you try to figure out the what, how, when, and why of the situation. Whenever something goes wrong, is out of place, or does not go how you plan it, the first thing that comes out of many mouths of the children of God is this, “the devil is busy, the devil is busy”. They tend to give the devil credit for everything that is going wrong in their lives. 

I know this may sound crazy, but if the devil is the first one that comes to mind when things are not going your way, it is you that opened the door for him to enter into your thoughts. The Word of God says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing things) and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Let’s be honest, it is rare that the first thing we think of when things are not right is God’s plan or purpose for our life. When things go bad, go wrong, are messed up, or when everything falls apart, the first thing that comes to mind is “the devil is busy”. 

Listen to me, you will end many battles before they even start when you shift your mindset by making God your first thought when things are not going your way. There are times in life where God will allow things to happen to reveal Himself to you in a way that will draw you into a deeper relationship with Him. 

How will you ever get to know Him as Jehovah-Jireh, God will provide, if you are never placed in a position of need?

How will you get to know Him as Jehovah Rapha, God heals, if you never face any sickness? 

How will you ever get to know Him as Jehovah Shalom, God our peace, if confusion never enters your life?

How would you ever get to know Him as El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, if you were never placed in a position for Him to reveal His power?

How will you get to know Him as Jehovah Mekoddishkem, the Lord who Sanctifies you, if you never had to be set apart from everybody else to show you His glory?

All I am trying to say to you is that the world, your flesh, or the devil should not be your first thought when things don’t go your way. 

I assure you that, if your first thought is “GOD, WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE” when anything goes opposite of what you thought it should, you will stop many battles before they even start. As I said before, if the devil is your first thought when things go wrong, all you are doing is opening the door of your mind for him to bring all kinds of crazy thoughts to you.

I say unto you my brother, I say unto you my sister, “as a man (woman) thinketh in his (her) heart, so is he (she)” (Proverbs 23:7). I am not saying that the devil will not attack you, that is unscriptural. Revelation 13:7 says, “And it was given unto him (the devil) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.”

But, what I am saying is, if you shift your thought process from the plans of the devil to the purpose of God, you will stop many battles in your life before they even get started. 

Because, the truth of the matter is, sometimes God allows things to happen in your life so that, not only can He reveal an aspect of who He is in and for your life that you have never seen before, but also reveal who you are in Christ. The devil is not always the one leading you into certain situations. 

For it is written, “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” (Matthew 4:1).

Don’t let the plans of the devil be your first thought when things go wrong, let your first thought be “Lord God, what is YOUR PURPOSE for allowing this to happen?” And watch the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, overwhelm you in the midst of the problem.

Be Blessed
 
By 
Erick Young
 

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“Warning”

Thought for Today: Warning

I am not sure if you are aware of this or not, but the very day you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior a bounty was placed on your head. A bounty is issued for the capture or retrieval of a person or object. 

You see, the truth of the matter is that when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior you turned your back on the world, your flesh, and the devil; and the enemy of your soul put a bounty on your life to do whatever it takes to GET YOU BACK.   

Jesus said it this way, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). When you became a child of God you gained a new identity, you gained a new life, and you obtained the plans of God in and for your life. 

Here, let me show you where you gained a new identity: “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 5:17). This is the very thing that the devil wants to steal from you. He wants you to go back to being the old you because he cannot control the new you.  He comes into your life to STEAL your new identity from you. 

In that same scripture, where Jesus tells you that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy in John 10:10, He then shows you why He (Jesus, himself) came into your life when He said “I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Life is the ability to get and use energy, reproduce, grow, and respond to change. The enemy of your soul does not want you to live, therefore he comes into your life to KILL you. He wants to take away your ability to get and use the energy or power to reproduce, grow, and respond to change. 

The last thing the enemy comes into your life to do is to DESTROY. He wants to DESTROY the plans that God has for your life. The Word of God says in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the thoughts (the plans) that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts (the plans) of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” By getting you to commit to the plans the world has for you, by pushing you to commit to the plans that you had for yourself, and/or by pushing you into what he wants for you, it opens the door for the enemy to come into your life and destroy what God has planned for you. 

I come to you with a WARNING: The devil is real, and he has set a bounty on your head to get you back. Back to talking the way you used to talk, back to acting the way you used to act, back to the way you used to think, back to the way you used to live. How do you know that, Pastor Erick? Here, take a look at Job 1:6-8, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD (LOOK AT THIS), and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, hast thou considered my servant Job (put your name right here)…”

Let me show you one more, in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” I came to warn you that there is a real enemy out to steal your identity in Christ. There is a real enemy out there to kill (kill the life in you), which is your ability to get and use the power that God has given you to reproduce, grow, and respond to change. And there is a real enemy out there to destroy the plans that God has for you. Don’t do things the world’s way, don’t do things your way, and don’t do things the devils way. Grab the Word of God (God’s instructions), pray (communicate with God and worship God), get into the presence of God (spirit and in truth) every chance you get, and God himself will show you that there is another way.

For it is written, “And being WARNED OF GOD in a dream that they should not return to Herod (you can’t go back to the old you), they departed into their own country another way” (Matthew 2:12).

There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is death. Yes, the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I say to you my brother, I say to you my sister, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Heed this WARNING: Don’t live this life how your enemy suggests. Live the life that God has for you and watch your world, and the world around you, change for the good.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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“Come to You”

Thought for Today: Come to You

There is a lie spreading all over the land to the children of the most high God. If the enemy can get you to believe this lie, he can lure you out of the one thing that God wants for you. Religion will tell you that there is no way you can actually obtain the one thing that God, himself, wants with you and for you. 

The world, who does not believe in God, will be quick to tell you that what God wants for you just cannot be. The devil will throw everything but the kitchen sink at you to convince you of the one thing that God wants in and for your life. 

The world, your flesh, and the devil don’t want you to know that what God wants is to be one with you.  They attempt to put you in a position in life that sends you through trials and tribulations, heartaches and pain. They put you in a position of needs and wants, hoping that you would make the one request: “God, where are you?” As a matter of fact, they will put the question in your mind in the midst of the storms of life. 

“Where is your God, now that you need Him? Where is God in this sickness that you are in? Where is God when the person you loved the most died? Where is God when you feel all alone? Where is God when you need this or that? Where is God in the very trouble that you are in right now?” 

When you begin to ask the question yourself, “God where are you?” It breaks the heart of the Father. Because, you begin to walk away from the truth when you ask God the question, “GOD WHERE ARE YOU?”

Did you know that, when you accepted Jesus the Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you became one with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? As a matter of fact, Jesus himself prayed for you, that you would be one with them. “How could Jesus have prayed for me, Pastor Erick, when I was not even born when Jesus was walking the earth?” Here, read it for yourself:

“Neither pray I (Jesus Christ) for these alone, BUT FOR THEM ALSO (this means you) which shall believe on me through their (the disciples that were with Jesus at that time) word; that they all (this means you) MAY BE ONE; AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME, AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US that the world may believe 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.” (John 17:20-23)

Listen to me, God does not have to come to you in any situation that you run into in your life. All through the scriptures God encourages you that He is right there with you. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou (God) art with me” (Psalm 23:4)

“He (she) that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2)

God does not have to come to you when you are in trouble. The Word of God says, “Because he (she) hath set his (her) love upon me, therefore will I deliver him (her): I will set him (her) on high, because he (she) hath known my name (have an intimate relationship with God). He (she) shall call upon me, and I will answer him (her): I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE (He did not say, “I will come to you in trouble”); I will deliver him (her), and honour him (her). With long life will I satisfy him (her), and shew him (her) my salvation.” (Psalms 91:14-16)

Faith in God is not just believing that God is with you when you see him at work; for we walk by faith and not by sight, according to 2 Corinthians 5:7. True Faith in God is knowing that He is right there with you, even when you can’t hear Him. True Faith in God is knowing that He is right there with you, even when you can’t see Him. True Faith in God is knowing that HE is right there with you in the midst of your storms, trials, tribulations, heartaches, and pains. The last thing the world, your flesh, and the devil wants to hear come out of your mouth, in any situation that you are in, is this: “GOD, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH ME.”

Job said it this way, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15). You may not see God moving in the situation that you are in right now, but you must know that God is right there with you. You may not be able to hear His voice, but you must know that God is right there with you. You may not feel His presence, but you have to know that God is right there with you; He does not have to come to you. 

Jesus, himself said, “I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). As a child of God, you cannot go by what you see, feel, or hear; you must go by what you know. And, according to the Word of God, when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, God will never have to come into any situation in your life ever again, simply because He is already with you. 

For it is written, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

Whatever it is that you are going through right now, just stop for a moment and say, “God, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH ME”, and watch the atmosphere around you begin to shift.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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“When He Rises”

Thought for Today: When He Rises

There is something on the horizon that will begin to change things in the children of God. As you begin to put God above all of your trials, situations, heartaches, and pains then things will begin to change. 

As you begin to put God before your fears and the unknown, and as you begin to trust God even when you can’t see Him, the atmosphere all around you will begin to shift. When you put God above your feelings, pride, personal thoughts, and doubts; and when you put God before friends, family, and, most of all, when you put God above your enemies, a shaking will begin to happen in and for your life. 

The Word of God says, “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.” (Psalm 68:1-2)

Do you have a need in your life? Let God arise, for the Word of God says, “According as his 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.” (2 Peter 1:3)

Do you need wisdom to handle a certain situation in your life? Let God arise, for the Word of God says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men (women) liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (her).” (James 1:5)

Do you need strength to get through a mess in your life? Let God arise, for the Word of God says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed for I AM GOD, I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Do you need help with your finances? Let God arise, 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)

Do you need power to overcome your enemies? Let God arise, for the Word of God says, “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means heart you.” (Luke 10:19)

Do you need a way out of a certain situation in your life? Let God arise, as Jesus said “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE; no man (women) cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

Are you in the dark about a certain situation in your life? Let God arise, for the Word of God says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the LORD SHALL ARISE upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)

What I am trying to tell you is that, no matter what is going on in your life, when you begin to make God your first thought about the matter, the Holy Spirit of God does not have to come on the scene and answer your prayer request. The Word of God says, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

The Holy Spirit will begin to rise from the throne of your heart;  AND WHEN HE RISES, miracles, signs, and wonders happen. When HE RISES, His provision, protection, and prosperity come on the scene. When HE RISES from the throne of your heart, His power, wisdom, and authority step in. When you put God first, He arises on the scene and things will begin to happen right before your eyes, including dealing with the enemies of your soul. 

For it is written: “But unto you that fear (have respect and honor) my name shall the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ARISE with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 4:2-3)

Whatever you are going through right now, if you put God first, He will begin to ARISE from the throne of your heart, show up, and show out on your behalf.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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