“They Won’t Know Until God Answers”

Thought for Today: They Won’t Know Until God Answers

When you take the time to pray to the Father, worship God in spirit and in truth, and spend time in the word of God, your relationship with God will begin to grow.  

One of the reasons why so many people struggle with their relationship with God is because many try making time for God instead of taking time for God. The world, your flesh, and especially the devil will do everything they can to keep you busy so that you don’t spend quality time with God.  

There is one thing the devil never wanted you to know about God, which is found in Matthew 1:23, “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.”  

You see, the enemy of your soul wants you to always have the mindset that God has to come to you when you need Him. Can I open the eyes of your understanding? As a child of the most high God, you will always need the Lord. Jesus Christ said it this way “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 YE CAN DO NOTHING” John 15:5 

Can I tell you the truth? God does not have to come to you when trouble arises in your life! For the Lord God, Himself, said in Psalm 91:15 that “He (she) shall call upon me, and I (GOD the FATHER) will answer him (her), I (GOD the FATHER) WILL BE WITH HIM (HER) IN TROUBLE; I (GOD the FATHER) WILL DELIVER HIM (HER) AND HONOUR HIM (HER).”  

“Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). 

And I have one more for you “That he (God) would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:16). 

What I am trying to tell you is that the fullness of Who God is, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, dwells in you.  Stop trying to make time to pray and begin to take time to pray. Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “Men (women) should always pray and not faint.”  

You can talk to God anywhere, at any time. You don’t have to go into your closet, but you can. You don’t have to bow your head, close your eyes, or put your hands together to talk to God, but you can. The truth of the matter is, you can talk to God right there in the face of your enemy and they will not even know that you are communicating with God until He shows up and answers you.  

Because God dwells in you, you can speak to Him from within. This is what Jesus meant when He said “That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:4). 

When the world is in your face with all of its mess, talk to God from within; they won’t even know you are talking to the Father until He shows up. When the devil is surrounding you with fear, frustration, confusion, and the things of hell, talk to God from within yourself. The enemy of your soul will not even know that you are praying about the situation until God, Himself, shows up. You can pray from within and God will communicate with you and give you the instructions on what you should do, say, and respond to whatever it is the enemy is throwing your way. And the enemy of your soul won’t even know that you are praying because you are praying from within.  

For it is written, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping and the Jews also weeping which came with her, HE GROANED IN THE SPIRIT, and was troubled. And said where have ye laid him? They said unto him Lord come see. Jesus wept, then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said Could not this man which opened the eyes of the blind have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again GROANING IN HIMSELF, cometh to the grave. It was a cave and a stone lay upon it” (John 11:33-38). 

Take the time to pray from within (meet with, encounter, commune with, and join in with God) about any matter in your life. Those around you won’t even know that you are praying until the Father shows up on your behalf. Take the time, don’t make the time to pray, and watch God show up and show out. 

Be Blessed 
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“Speak for…”

Thought for Today: Speak for Yourself

There are some things in your life that God is working on. On the one hand you are so glad that God is cleaning these things up in your life, slowly but surely. On the other hand, you are not proud of what He has to clean up.  

And so, you keep these things to yourself because it’s been impressed in your heart that nobody needs to know your business. But the reason the world, your flesh, and the devil don’t want you to tell anybody what God is doing, or what God has done in your life, is simply because, if they hear what God has done for you, it will give others hope that God will work on their situation, as well.

The enemy will whisper in your ear “You don’t have to tell anybody that God has taken cursing out of your mouth. Let somebody else tell what God did for you,” and “You don’t have to tell anybody that God has lifted you out of the hole of depression, let somebody else tell your story.” 

The enemy has made you believe a lie that if you told someone what God has done for your life all you are doing is bragging.

However, when you begin to share to those around you what God has done in your life, you are not bragging about yourself; you are bragging about God.  

The reason why the enemy would love for someone else to tell others about what God has done in your life is because there is a difference between when you speak of the things that you have heard, and when you speak of the things that you have experienced.  

When the angel told Mary Magdalene to go tell the disciples that Jesus had risen in Mark 16:9-11, they did not believe her. But, in verse 14 of that same chapter, the word of God said that Jesus appeared unto the eleven disciples and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 

Those eleven men went from hiding for fear of the Jews because of their relationship with Jesus in John 20:19, to speaking boldly in the name of Jesus in public in Act 5:29. Then, Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than man. 

The reason why the enemy wants you to keep what God has done for you to yourself, or he would rather have someone else speak for you, is simply because there is power when you speak for yourself about what God has done for you.  

You are not speaking from what you heard, you are not speaking from what you read, you are not speaking from what you felt, but you are speaking from what you experienced with God for yourself.  

There is power when you say “God changed the way I talk, God changed the way I think, God gave me the strength to endure, God gave me hope, God gave me wisdom, God held my hand through the storm.”  When you speak for yourself about what God has done for you, it’s not bragging on you, it’s bragging on God.  

Here is the real reason the enemy does not want you to tell anybody what God has done for you. It’s found in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and BY THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”  

The devil does not want you to speak for yourself the things that God has done simply because, not only does it strengthen your faith in God, but it will also give those around you hope that God will help them, as well.  

Nobody can tell your story about what God has done for your life the way that you can. There is a big difference between speaking from what you hear and speaking from what you experience. Your experience with God can help change the lives of others when you tell them about the things that God has done for you.  

For it is written, “But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them saying, ‘Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?’ His parents answered them and said, ‘We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes we know not; he is of age, ask him, HE SHALL SPEAK FOR HIMSELF.’” 

People may feel good when they hear your story about what God has done in your life through others. But, when YOU SPEAK FOR YOURSELF about the things that God has done for you, it will empower others to seek God to overcome the works of the devil in their lives. 

Brag on God today and Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 

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“Leaving Everything to God”

Thought for Today: Leaving Everything to God

There is a strategy from hell rising against the children of God. The enemy could not convince you that God is not real, they could not convince you that God does not answer your prayers, and they could no longer convince you that you cannot hear from God or God does not hear you.  

The Word of God says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made, and he said unto the woman, Yea hath God said (Did God really say) ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden” (Genesis 3:1). 

The devil is now seducing many children of God with this lie and God said to just leave everything to Him. If you need healing, just LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GOD. If you need comfort or compassion, just LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GOD. If you need strength, just LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GOD. If you need provision, JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GOD. You don’t have to do anything, God will do everything. Whatever you need in life, all you have to do is LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GOD.  

I came by on my way to heaven to inform you that the devil is a liar. As a child of God, He did not create you just to do everything you want Him to do for you. You were created to live this life WITH GOD.  

He has His part in the relationship and you have your part. Another thing you cannot believe is the lie that the world says a relationship is 50 /50; that is the world’s way of thinking. If the relationship between you and God is 50/50 where is the other half of the relationship being distributed?  

God did not give 50% of who He is so that you can have a relationship with Him. The word of God says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). HE gave His all. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit became one with your spirit.  This is what is meant in John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM.” 

And just as He gave His all so that you can be one with Him, you must give your all so that He can be one with you. Luke 14:26 says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” 

What I am trying to tell you is that God is not in this thing called life by Himself, and you are not in this by yourself. There is no relationship if you just leave everything to God, just as there is no relationship if you try to live this life on your own.  

You are a child of the most high God, you are a joint heir to the throne of God, and the last thing the world, the flesh, and the devil want to hear come out of your mouth is you saying “I am living this life with God and not just for God.”  For the devil knows that with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37).

God does not come to you in trouble. The word of God says “He (this means you) shall call upon me (God) and I (God) will answer him; I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE, I will deliver him and honour him” (Psalm 91:15). You are not in this life by yourself, and you cannot have the mindset that you will leave everything to God. You have your part in the relationship between you and God. You may be asking “Pastor Erick, what is my part? What can I do? He is God, He does not need my help in anything.” Listen to me, it’s not about you helping God, it’s about you doing your part to show the world, your flesh, and the devil that you are one with God and God is one with you.  

Your part is not to perform miracles, that’s God’s part. Your part is not to be all knowing, all seeing, everywhere at all times, that’s God’s part in the relationship. Your part in the relationship is not to be all powerful or have all the answers, that’s God’s part.  

For it is written, “Then said they unto Him (Jesus) what shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God (this is your part in the relationship) THAT YE BELIEVE ON HIM WHOM HE HATH SENT.” (John 6:28-29) 

Stop leaving everything for God and do your part. Don’t live this life for God, live this life with God. Let God do His part and you do your part in the relationship by believing in, relying on, trusting in, and adhering to Him and His word. Together with God, you will walk in victory every day. 

Be Blessed 
 
By Erick Young
 

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“The Person They Knew”

Thought for Today: The Person They Knew

As you draw closer to God in the reading of His word, prayer, and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth, things begin to change in/for your life. And the truth of the matter is, those around you will see the change in you before you do.  

The reason this change is different from how the world changes is because the change in you is from the inside out. You can’t see the change simply because you are not doing the changing. Every time you read the word of God, it begins to mold you into the image of Jesus.  

Every time you pray, the Holy Spirit begins to change the way you talk. Every time you worship the Holy Spirit, God begins to change the way you live your life.  

It will appear that, all of a sudden, you don’t want to curse any more, for the word of God says “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:29-30). 

The more time you spend in the word, in prayer, and in worshipping God in spirit and in truth, you begin to see things differently because you now walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). At one point in your life, you used to just give up when you did not understand what was happening. But now you “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3-5-6). 

As God begins to conform you into the image of the Lord Jesus, the world, your flesh, and the devil will begin to notice and ask the question “who does he think he is?” or “who do she think she is?” And because you no longer want to talk like you used to, they will begin to say “he/she thinks they are better than us.”  

Because you no longer want to live the life that you used to live, they will begin to say “he/she is a holy roller now.” They will begin to point out to you all the changes that God is making in your life. And, since it’s not you that is making the changes in your life but it’s God doing the changing, the enemy of your soul will begin to remind you of who you used to be to prevent you from becoming who God has called you to be.  

They will remind you that you used to be scared of everything, but the new you knows that “God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). They will try to remind you that you used to not be able to do anything for yourself, but now you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you (Philippians 4:13). 

You see, the word of God says “Therefore if any man (woman) be in Christ, he (she) is new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). So when they talk about what you can or cannot do, they are talking about the old you that they knew.  

The word of God says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. That he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). 

God is changing you from the inside out, and those around you who knew you before this change will begin to remind you of who you used to be, rather than who you are now. I say to you my brother, I say to you my sister, you are not the same person they knew back then. And you must not dwell on what you used to do, how you used to talk, and how you used to live. The reason the world, your flesh, and the devil want you to dwell on who and what you used to be/do is simply because they want to prevent you from being who God has called you to be.  The changes that God is making in you are heavenly changes; they are changes in your spirit and not just in the natural.  

Stay in the word because the word of God is what’s changing you from the inside out. Stay in prayer, because your communication with God is what’s changing you from the inside out. Continue to worship God in spirit and in truth because, when you worship God, you get into the presence of God and being in His presence is what is changing you. They want you to live your life by the person they used to know.   

For it is written, “And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother WE KNOW? How is it then that he saith I came down from heaven?” (John 6:42). 

God is doing a new thing in you, and it is not a natural change, it’s a spiritual change. When those who knew you begin to tell you who you used to be, how you used to talk, and how you used to live, praise God because even they can see the work that God is doing in you. 

Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 

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