“Just A Servant”

Thought for Today: Just A Servant

As you grow in your relationship with God the enemy must change up his strategy against you. At first, he attempted to convince you that God was not real. But that boat can no longer float because you have experienced God in a way that you know in your heart that he is real. And that experience made you a believer.  

It was not just something the preacher said, it was not just something you heard, and it was not just something you saw, but you experienced God for yourself; and the experience that you had made you a believer. For the Word of God says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God) for he (she) that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

Once you became a believer in God, you believed that He could heal you, you believed that He could save you, you believed that He is your provider, you believed that He is your protector, you believed He is your way maker and miracle worker, you believed He is all knowing, all seeing, all powerful, and everywhere at all times.  

And because you believe that He is God you now move up into your relationship with Him and you now want to serve Him. Not because you have to but simply because you want to. The experience you had with God makes you want to serve the Lord because you now understand this truth that Jesus spoke in John 15:5 when He said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.”  

You now understand that you need the Lord in your life to have a life and you want to do all you can to serve God in whatever capacity you can. You don’t mind being a servant of the Lord. I came by on my way to heaven to inform you that the devil had to change up his strategy against you.  

Since the devil can no longer cover your eyes and convince you that God is not real because you have experienced God for yourself which is what 2 Corinthians 4:4 was saying when it said “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them”  

His next strategy against you is to make you think that you are JUST A SERVANT. So many children of God have believed this lie that the devil has placed in the church. You hear it all the time, I am just a servant of the Lord doing His will. I don’t know who I am talking to but the devil is a liar. 

You are not JUST A SERVANT. Did you hear me? You are not JUST A SERVANT. Please don’t take what I am saying the wrong way, there is nothing wrong with being a servant of the Lord; but there is so much more that you are and that God wants to reveal to you.  

God made a way that you can know the heart of the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit. There are secrets of the kingdom of God that the Father will not reveal to a servant. Relationships take time to grow. You don’t make it a habit to reveal all your heart to a stranger, right? But the more you get to know that person the more you reveal to them about you. That is the same in the kingdom of God.  

Listen to me, God did not just want you to stay a believer, He wanted you to grow into a servant to show Him that He can trust you. And He does not want you to stay a servant to do all that He asks you to do. Once He sees that He can trust you as a servant, it is then that he will begin to open the secrets of His heart to you because of your servanthood.  

Since the enemy can no longer convince you that God is not real, since the enemy cannot stop you from serving God; the world, your flesh, and especially the devil wants you to believe that you are JUST A SERVANT. But the Lord wants to take your relationship even deeper than that.  

He does not just want you to be a believer, He does not just want you to be a servant. He wants you to trust Him and He wants to trust you with His heart. Believe it or not, the Lord Jesus Christ wants you to be His friend. YES, you read this right. He wants YOU (yes) YOU to grow from a believer to a servant to becoming His friend.  

For it is written: “Ye are my FRIENDS, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth (from this point on) I call you not servants (you are not JUST A SERVANT) for the servant knowth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” John15:14-15 

The reason the devil wants you to believe that you are JUST A SERVANT, is because if you ever became a FRIEND of the Lord, the heart of the Father will be revealed to you and the devil will no longer be able to flood your heart and mind with his lies. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Be a friend of God today and watch your life begin to change right before your eyes. Be Blessed 
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“This is Why You are Blessed”

Thought for Today: This is Why You are Blessed

There are so many who say that they believe in the Lord Jesus, to a point where the word “believe” has lost its true meaning. It is easy for anyone to say “sure, I believe in Jesus,” because the world’s way of believing is something totally different than a person who truly believes. When the world says it believes in Jesus, they are saying that they hold something as an opinion, think, or suppose it to be true. They have heard enough about Jesus while growing up that they think that he could be real, simply because they have never seen Jesus but they have just heard so much about him.  

However, there is something different about your faith in the Lord Jesus. You don’t know what it is but there is something about your relationship with Jesus that is different than others who just say they believe. And the devil is attempting to put you in the same category as everybody else who says they believe. 

I came by to serve notice that you are not like everybody else; As a child of God, you are set apart. You see, Jesus said “Sanctify (set them apart) through thy truth; thy word is truth” (John 17:17). You may have never seen Jesus yourself, but you believe in the word of God.  

This word “believe” does not have the same meaning to you as it does to the world. When a child of God says they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ they are saying “I trust in, rely on, depend on, and adhere to the Lord Jesus.” And the devil is whispering in your ear, asking, “how can you believe in a person who you have never seen?” This question begins to flood the mind with much doubt, simply because you don’t have the answer to that question. All you can say is “I don’t know, I just believe.”  

And the Spirit of the Lord says to you today, “I will give you the answer to how you are able to believe in the Lord Jesus, even if you have not seen him.”  Your answer is found in John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”  

Later on, in verse 14 of the same book and the same chapter, it says, “And the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”  

You see, the reason you are able to believe in Jesus, even though you have never seen him, is because you know that the word of God is Jesus and Jesus is the word of God. So, when you say you believe in Jesus, what you are saying is that you trust in, rely on, depend on, and adhere to the word of God. 

The world wants you to live your life by what you see, the flesh wants you to live your life by what you feel, and the enemy of your soul wants to flood your mind with doubt and unbelief.  

But the word of God (Jesus) says we should walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). As a believer in the Lord Jesus (the Word of God), you do not live your life by what the world says, and THIS IS WHY YOU ARE BLESSED.  

As a child of God, you are not led by your flesh (feeling and/or emotions) because the word of God (Jesus) said “This I say then, walk (live your life) in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (you won’t be overwhelmed by your feelings). For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:16-17). THIS IS WHY YOU ARE BLESSED. 

The devil wants to flood your heart, mind, and soul with questions of doubt and unbelief simply because you have never seen Jesus for yourself. But the answer to the question that the devil has placed in your mind of “how you can believe without seeing Jesus for yourself?” can be answered by looking the devil in the eye and saying “Because Jesus is the word, and the word is Jesus. I may not see him with my eyes, but I know him in my spirit, through the word of God.”  

The reason YOU ARE BLESSED is not because you see Jesus, but it’s because you believe the word of God, for Jesus is the WORD OF GOD.  

For it is written, “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Thomas because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed, BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN AND YET HAVE BELIEVED’” (John 20:29). 

Read the word of God every chance you get, it reveals just who Jesus is, even if you have never seen Him.  THIS IS WHY YOU ARE BLESSED. 
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“That Day”

Thought for Today: THAT DAY

There is a truth that has been hidden from the children of God for a long time. Religion, the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), and the devil has convinced so many people that they need to jump through hoops and/or go through many different channels to talk to God.  

Some believe that you must go through Buda, some believe that you must go through Mary, St. Mark, or St. Luke. There are some out there teaching that you must go to a priest, a pastor or a prophet to talk to God. Some teach that you must have a title to talk to God.  

But Jesus said unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6). The death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives us direct access to God the Father. 

As a young believer you were taught to just ask Jesus and He will take care of you. This was shown to you to help you to begin to develop your own personal relationship with God the Father through God the Son by God the Holy Spirit.  

For the word of God says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself, by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”.  

What I am about to say may sound blasphemous, but it’s time for you to stop asking Jesus to do things for you and talk to God the Father yourself. Jesus died on the cross for you so that you can have your own personal relationship with God. I know this sounds crazy, but you no longer have to ask Jesus to do anything for you, but you can now ask God the Father yourself in Jesus’ name and the Father will hear your heart.  

Please I know this sounds crazy but it’s not Pastor Erick’s words or thoughts on the matter, listen to what Jesus himself said in John 16:26. “At that day ye shall ask in my name and I SAY NOT unto you that I will pray the Father for you, For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me and have believed that I came out from God”. 

Jesus is saying to you there will come a day where your relationship with God the Father is so close you will understand that you can talk to God the Father for yourself in the name of Jesus.  You see many do not understand what is meant when you say IN THE NAME OF JESUS. The enemy of your soul does not want you to grab ahold of the truth of what “IN THE NAME OF JESUS” means.  

Listen to me, when you say Father in the name of Jesus, what you are saying is on the authority of what Jesus did in and for my life, on the fact that Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and arose early that Sunday morning with all power in heaven and earth. Because of this truth that Jesus Christ defeated death, hell, and the grave, and because of this truth the I accepted that Jesus paid the wages of sin for me, which is death, I can come and talk to you Father for myself. 

For the word of God says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Asking Jesus to do things for you was the beginning of your relationship with God. God wants your relationship to go to the next level to a point where you know that you know that you know that you are talking to God the Father yourself. 

The reason why the enemy wants you to stay at the beginner’s level of just asking Jesus to do everything for you is because they do not want you to ever understand that you can talk to God the Father for yourself.  

For the word of God says this, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Jesus made a way so that you can talk to God the Father for yourself. For when you say Father in the name of Jesus this gives you access to the throne of God so that you can talk to God the Father for yourself.  

For is it is written “And in that day ye shall ask me (Jesus Christ) nothing. Verily, Verily I (Jesus Christ) say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father (yourself) in my name He will give it you” (John 16:23). 

THAT DAY HAS COME FOR YOU TO BEGIN TO TALK TO God the Father for yourself in the name of Jesus. And God the Father will not only begin to reveal His will in and for your life, but He will begin to reveal His heart towards you as well. Talk to God the Father yourself today. 

Be Blessed 
 
BY
Erick Young
 

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“The Power of Staying”

Thought for Today: The Power of Staying

We live in a time where everything has to be instant and convenient. This word “convenient” means to fit in well with a person’s needs, activities and plans. The word “wait” in today’s society is like a curse word because this society is coaching individuals to believe that they have to keep moving in order to get things done in life.  

Waiting is now the last option for many things in life, and this mindset has carried over into many believers’ lives. God did not answer your prayers when you wanted Him to, so you took it upon yourself to figure out how God was going to answer your prayer.  

God did not reveal His ways to you in a certain situation and, instead of waiting on God, you made your own way to get things resolved. You got impatient when waiting to hear from God, so you took it upon yourself to fix your own problem. And the Spirit of the Lord says to you today, the reason all hell is breaking out in your life is because you have taken on the mindset of the world, which says to move now, get results now, fix this now, go here now, go there now. But I encourage you, you need to HURRY UP AND WAIT.  

The word of God says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). The world, the flesh, and the devil are pushing you to move right now.  And the reason they are pushing you to move right now is because they know that if you STAY in God’s will, He will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there will not be enough room to receive.  

If the devil can convince you to get what you want right now, he will lure you out of receiving what God has for you. There is a STAYING POWER that the enemy does not ever want you to use. This STAYING POWER prevents the devil from moving in your life. This STAYING POWER overcomes the flesh and confuses the world’s way of doing things.  

The enemy will always want you to get up and go get whatever it is that you need by any means necessary. But you are a child of the most high God. Jesus said “They (this means you) are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify (set them apart) through thy truth; thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth” (John 17:26). 

I know that right now the devil is whispering in your ear “that was for the people that were in Jesus’ day, that word is not for you.” I say unto you, the devil is a liar because verse 27 of that same book and chapter says this, “Neither pray I for these alone (that are with me at this time) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” 

God has given you a power that will wreak havoc on the world, your flesh, and especially the devil.  This power is called the STAYING POWER of God. You may be asking “How do I use this power?” It’s very simple to use this power; you must STAY in prayer (always communicate with God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit), for Jesus said that man should always pray and not faint (Luke 18:1). To use this power, you must STAY in worship (get into the presence of God), for the word of God says “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (His people)” (Psalm 22:3). God reveals Himself when you give Him the praise and the glory.  And finally, you must STAY in the word of God. For His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your pathway (Psalms 119:105). 

When you STAY in prayer, STAY in praise and worship, and STAY in the word, God will give you the POWER to wait on what HE has for you, instead of accepting what the world, your flesh, or the devil has for you.  

For it is written, “I am the vine ye are the branches He that abideth (STAY) in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit (the evidence that I am God and you are My child). If a man abide not in me (if you don’t STAY with what Jesus said) he is cast forth as a branch and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If ye abide in me (STAY in Christ) and my words abide (STAY) in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you”( John 15:5-7). 

Use the Power that God has given you today. Don’t forget to wait and watch God show up and show out. 

Be Blessed 

By Erick Young
 

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