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September 2020

Life Church Sept. 20th Service – Divine Directions

God provided specific instructions to Joshua on how to take Jericho. Likewise, God has specific instructions for you in taking your city. Divine Directions may not make sense or seem possible, but with God all things are possible. Walls which have prevented you from taking your city, will fall as you follow God’s orders.


Life Church Sept. 13th Service – “See It”

God told Joshua in Joshua 6 to “take the city” of Jericho. However, to take the city, Joshua needed clear vision. To take what God has promised you, you need clear vision and direction. Begin to see what God has for you with 20/20 vision through the eyes of God.


Life Church Sept. 6th Service – “Taming the Tongue In Tough Times”

In the conclusion to our August series, “Victory In Your Tough Times” is a powerful message on the power of your words. The Bible says there is death and life in the words we speak. We can speak life or death into our situations through our words. Discover how you can speak words of faith to see God bring a victory in your season of testing.




 
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“Nobody Else”

As a child of God you must understand this one truth: you have something that nobody else in the world has. Because you possess this one thing, you are not only different, but you are special and unique. You may not have a degree in theology, or know the Word of God like other people do. You may not be able to sing like an angel, or preach like Paul. But there is a reason the world looks at you crazy when you talk about Jesus. There is a reason why your flesh (feelings and/or emotions) tries to take over when think about the things that Jesus said. And there is a reason why the devil will try to convince you that you are just like everybody else, or that you are no better than anybody else.

I do not know who I am talking to, but the enemy has been pointing out the fact that you are no better than anybody else. As a matter of fact, you have been noticing what everybody else has said, and at times wish that you had what they have. The Holy Spirit of God says to you today, you have been so busy looking at what everybody else has you have not taken notice of what you have. The truth of the matter is you have something that nobody else in the world has. Right now, thoughts are running around in your head trying to figure out, what do I, little bitty old me, possibly have that nobody else has. And you are sitting there thinking about all the things you do not have. Listen to me! The enemy of your soul whispering in your ear you do not have this or that. The world, the flesh, and the devil will always point out what you do not have so that you do not focus on the one priceless thing that you do have. Your momma, daddy, neighbor, and/or stranger do not have what you have. As a matter of fact, your pastor does not even have what you have. Okay, now, wait a minute, Pastor Erick. You are going a little too far with this. What could I possibly have not even my pastor does not have?

The one thing you have that nobody else in the world has is Your Personal Relationship with God. What are you talking about, Pastor Erick? Everybody who believes in God has a relationship with God. Yes, that is true. But what makes your relationship with God so unique is that it is personal. There is only one you in the world; there is nobody like you. The Word of God says, “. . . For I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are thy works (God did an amazing job when he created you); . . .” (Psalm 139:14 [KJV]) There are a few things the world, the flesh, and the devil hates to hear come out of your mouth. One is they hate to hear you say, God knows me. The enemy of your soul will tell you that you are prideful and arrogant by making this statement because God knows everybody. When you make the statement, God knows me, you are not saying God only knows you. But what you are saying is that you know the Creator of heaven and earth knows you. Its personal. They do not want to hear you say, I know God. The enemy will tell you that you are no different than everybody else. But when you make this statement you are not saying everybody else does not know God. You are saying you have an intimate personal relationship with God for yourself.

When you make the statement God loves me, even church folks will look at you and say He loves all his children. But when you say God loves me, you are not saying God only loves you. You are declaring that you have such a personal relationship with God, you know He loves you. You see, God loves the world and all the people in it. But there are so many people who do not know his love and have not experienced his love. When you understand the truth your personal relationship with God is not like any other, your confidence in God will begin to shine, even in the storm and dark places of your life. Your relationship with God is personal. You can say, “The Lord is My Shepherd (I can speak for nobody else but); I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 [KJV] [emphasis added]) When you say, “. . . as for Me and My house (you cannot speak for nobody else), we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 [KJV] [emphasis added]) When you proclaim the Lord is the lover of your soul, its personal. Your personal relationship with God is something that nobody else in this world has. Focus on what you do have which is a personal relationship with God and everything else will fall in place. For it is written, “As for Me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save Me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17 [KJV] [emphasis added])

When you say you know God, and God knows you, you have to understand your relationship with God is personal. Nobody in this free world has what you have. And it is not because you are all that and a bag of chips, but simply because your relationship with God is personal.

Be Blessed!
 
by
Erick Young
 

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“Just About You”

One of the things the world, the flesh, and the devil try to place in your mind is that the attack on your life is Just About You. They just do not want you to be healed, to prosper, to be happy, or to be content. All the attacks and situations the world, the flesh, and the devil bring up in your life – hurt, heartache, pain, stress, frustration and fear – is Just About You. If they can get you to have this mindset, it opens the door for pride and selfishness to come into your heart and make you self-centered. I do not know who I am talking to, but I came by on my way to heaven to inform you the world, the flesh, and the devil attacking your life are not just about you. You must understand this truth. You are a child of the Most High God, which means you are made in the image of His Son, Jesus, the Christ.

Okay. What does that have to do with all the attacks in and on my life, Pastor Erick? Here is the reason why Jesus said, “And I, if I (Jesus the Christ) be lifted up from the earth, (I, Jesus, the Christ) will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32 [KJV] [emphasis added]) I still do not get it, Pastor Erick. What does Jesus being lifted up from the earth have to do with me and the attacks on my life? The Word of God says, “And the Lord God formed man (humanity) of the dust of the ground, (earth) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7 [KJV] [emphasis added]) You were created from the dust of the earth. When you lift up Jesus from the throne of you heart (when you look unto Jesus as the author and finisher of your faith) and let his life be seen through the attacks of your enemies, God will be glorified.

The world, the flesh, and the devil want you to think the attacks on you are just about you. Once you understand the truth behind their attacks – that it is not just about you – it is about God being glorified in your life. Not only will God show himself to be God in your life, but others will begin to take notice of the God you serve. And they will be intrigued about how you made it. They will begin to wonder where you get your joy from in the midst of the storms. They will try to figure out how in the world you can still have peace. It is then the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ, come alive in your life saying, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 [KJV] [emphasis added])

Listen to me. When you know the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is with you always, He will never leave you nor forsake you. You will begin to understand this hidden truth that the attacks of the enemy on your life are not just about you. The attacks are also about God being glorified in and through every situation you come across. God does not have to come to you when trouble abounds. God does not have to come to you when the enemy is attacking you. God does not have to come to you when all hell is breaking out in your life.

God says to you today, You Know Me. And it is because You Know Me, you will understand these attacks on you are not just about you. I want to set this in your spirit. If you are being attacked (and if you are not being attacked at this moment, put this in your back pocket for later), the Word of God says:

Because he (she) hath set his (her) love upon me (Because you know Me, says the Lord), therefore will I deliver him (her): I (the Lord God Almighty) will set him (her) on high, because he (she) hath known my name (have an intimate relationship with me the one true God). He (she) (this means you) shall call upon me, and I Will Answer him (her): I (the one true God) will be with him (her) 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.” (Psalm 91:14-16 [KJV] [emphasis added])

You have to get this in your spirit when the enemy attacks you. You must know it is not just about you. It is also a chance for you heavenly Father to be glorified. For it is written, “And call upon Me (the one true God) in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15 [KJV] [emphasis added]) You cannot have the mindset that the attacks on your life are just about you. That is what the enemy of your soul wants you to think. You are made in the image of Jesus. And He said, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 [KJV])

When you hold on to God’s unchanging hand and understand the attacks on your life are not just about you, those around you will see the glory of God in and for your life. They will be attracted to it because you lifted up Jesus over your storms and the attacks of the world, your flesh, and the devil. Let God arise in your fight, in the attacks, and in the storms of your life, and let your enemies be scattered today.

Be Blessed!
 
by
Erick Young
 
 

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“Only Then”

It is very safe to say that the world we now live in needs Jesus more than ever before. As you look around you this world is filled with darkness. Rage, anger, fear, frustration, hopelessness, greed, pride, racism, adultery, fornication, and the list goes on and on and on. And as you live your life you wish this world would just experience God’s power, grace, and  mercy, the plans of the Father, and most of all, the love of God. I do not know who I am talking to, but the Spirit of God says to you, your world and the world around you will begin to see those things you have desired from me, when you get them first. God’s Word says, “By this shall all men know that ye (yes, you) are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35 [KJV] [emphasis added])

One of the biggest things that hurts the heart of the Father is when he hears his children make the statement: How can you be a child of God and be a Democrat? How can you be a child of God and be a Republican? And the Holy Spirit of God says to you, your affiliation with me has nothing to do with you being a Democrat or a Republican. Many of my children have placed a higher priority over their position in a political party than their position in my Kingdom. The death, burial, and resurrection of my Son, Jesus, the Christ, is your only affiliation with me, says the Lord. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man (woman) cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 [KJV] [emphasis added]) God’s Word also 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. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us (this means you) 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. II Corinthians 5:17-19 [KJV] [emphasis added])

If you want this world, and the world around you to experience God, it must start with you. Once you have experienced the mercy of God, it is then you must show the same mercy God showed you. Once you have experienced the forgiveness of God, it is then you must show the same forgiveness God showed you. And once you have experienced the love of God, it is then you must show the same love God showed you.

Listen to me. God did not wait until you had it all together to show you his mercy. God did not wait until you fully believed in him to show you just how much he loves you. I know this may sound strange, but the church needs to stop trying to tell people about who God is, and begin to let God reveal himself through the church how He sees fit. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons (daughters) of God.” (Romans 8:19 [KJV] [emphasis added]) This world, and the world around you, will experience the one true God through you. You may be the only Bible a person may ever read. You do not have time to point the finger at what other people are doing. You do not have time to point out what other people are not doing. You have to look within yourself and make sure you are walking by faith in God, and not by sight. You have to look within yourself and make sure you ask the Father to forgive you of your sins. You have to look within yourself and receive the love of the Father. You have to receive the mercy of God. You have to receive the instructions of God for yourself before anybody else will see it through you.

You cannot give what you have not received. When Jesus sent the disciples out he made this statement to them: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (listen to this): Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I Am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20 [KJV] [emphasis added]) You see that? Jesus basically said, Give them what I gave you. You have to receive and obtain what God has given you before you can give to those around you. For it is written:

Create in me (this means you) a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me (this means you). Restore unto me (this means you) the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me (this means you) with thy free spirit. Then (only when you have done all those things in my life) will I teach transgressors thy ways (Oh, God); and sinners shall be converted unto thee (the one true God). (Psalm 51:10-13 [KJV] [emphasis added])

It is only when you receive the love of God for yourself first before you can show the love of God to anybody else, even if they do not think like you, live like you, walk like you or believe like you. None of those things will matter when you have a personal relation with Jesus, the Christ. Ask the Lord to let you experience him in ways you never seen before. Then, and only then, will you be able to share what you experienced.

Be Blessed!
 
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Erick Young
 
 

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