“For Yourself”

Thought for Today: For Yourself

As you seek a deeper relationship with God, it seems like the more you try to get to know God the harder it gets. It seems like all hell now breaks loose when you get up to go to church, nothing goes your way when you try to go to bible study, when you try to sit down and read the Word of God everything tries to prevent you from reading happens, and it seems like every time you want to take time to pray it seems like something always comes up.  

And you are asking yourself “Why is this so hard? Why does it take so much for me to get up and go to church every Sunday? Why is it so hard to read the Word of God? Why is it so hard to get to know God better?”  

You feel like it’s just too hard, too much, and it is beginning to stress you out to a point where you really don’t feel like doing anything when it comes to getting to know God better. You think, “My life was not this stressed out before I tried to make this change. What is going on? It should not be this difficult to get to know God better.”  

And the Spirit of the Lord says to you, “The enemy of your soul put up with you getting to know me through other people’s relationships with me. But the last thing the enemy wants is for you to get to know me FOR YOURSELF. For when you experience me FOR YOURSELF the control that the world, your flesh, and the devil had on you will begin to disappear. For, so long as long as you based your relationship with Me on others, the enemy could keep you blinded from what it truly means to experience Me. The enemy wanted you to be satisfied with hearing My words through the preacher and not hearing My voice FOR YOURSELF.”  

The enemy would rather you have the pastor pray for you than you pray FOR YOURSELF. The enemy would rather you see God’s miracle working powers on other people’s lives than for you to experience His miracle working powers FOR YOURSELF. The enemy would rather you sit in a worship service and see everybody else worship, rather than you experiencing pure worship FOR YOURSELF.  

You see, as long as you see, hear, know, and/or experience the LORD through the eyes of others, there will always be a doorway for the enemy to come into your life and attempt to show and tell you otherwise. But, the minute you begin to read the word of God FOR YOURSELF, when you begin to pray to God the Father FOR YOURSELF, when you begin to experience the grace and the peace of God FOR YOURSELF, when you begin to hear the voice of God FOR YOURSELF, and when you begin to experience the Love of God FOR YOURSELF then “no weapon formed against you” takes on a whole new meaning. When you begin to know God FOR YOURSELF, “I can do all things through Christ” fits differently in your life. When you begin to experience the wisdom, power, and understanding of who God is FOR YOURSELF, “the battle is not mine, it’s the Lord’s” begins to flood your mind instead of you fighting a fight that is not yours.  

Listen to me, if you are struggling to get to church every Sunday, if it’s a hassle to get to Bible study, if you are struggling to spend time in the word of God, if you are struggling in your prayer life, if you are struggling to worship God in spirit and in truth then it is not because you are doing anything wrong; the struggle is because the devil does not want you to experience God for yourself.  

God did not put the pastor, preachers, and teachers in your life so that you can have a relationship with Him through them. He placed them in your life to show you and push you into your own personal relationship with God.  

Don’t stop going to church, don’t stop going to Bible study, don’t stop reading the word of God, and don’t stop praying, because that’s just what the devil wants so that you cannot, or will not, ever experience God FOR YOURSELF. 

For it is written, “So when the Samaritans were come unto him (Jesus) they besought him that he would tarry with them, and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of His own word; And said unto the women. Now we believe, not because of thy saying, FOR WE HAVE HEARD HIM OURSELVES, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:40-42). 

God wants you to have a personal relationship with Him and He wants you to get to know Him (have an intimate relationship with Him) FOR YOURSELF. Keep reading, keep praying, keep worshipping God in spirit and in truth and watch the glory of God fill your life. 

Be Blessed 
Erick Young