Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
Mark 4:9

Charles Stanley, author of the book, “How to Listen to God,” once wrote, “I believe one of the most valuable lessons we can ever learn is how to listen to God. In the midst of our complex and hectic lives, nothing is more urgent, nothing more necessary, nothing more rewarding than hearing what God has to say. His voice waits to be heard and, having heard it, we are launched into the greatest, most exciting adventure we could ever imagine.

This is absolutely true, when we wait to hear God’s voice. And, when we hear it, boy! What an adventure. It is in that moment in time, when we now have the God appointment path, or mission if you might call it, that we have a new sense of urgency of action. And, we are filled with the Holy Spirit as we take on, God’s Will.

In Mark 4, we find Jesus teaching the crowds of the farmer scattering seed. Jesus tells the us in Mark 4:3-8, “..A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

That is where we find Jesus telling us the importance in listening, when Mark writes in Mark 4:9, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” We must hear our Lord’s call on our lives by listening with our hearts, our souls, our minds, our everything and, we must also understand His message He has for us to do.

I believe, today, God wants us to hear His word, hear His voice by listening in silence, and without distraction. It is that moment when we become silent to this world’s distractions is when the Holy Spirit speaks to us through prayer, thought, feeling, signs, or however else He does, but become silent today, open your hearts to hear our Lord’s voice and listen with your hearts to understand His call.

God Bless you all as we listen to our Lord’s will.

Brother Jonathan

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
— John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death.

Brother Jonathan

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Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 
2 Corinthians 6:14-15


As a kid I was always reminded not to hang out with certain people growing up. Ever heard of the saying, you are who you associate with? Or my favorite, “guilty by association?” Well, I would always try to make friends with the right people, yet, I always found it hard to identify who the right people really where and it always would seem that I chose the right person, yet, it was only a matter of time before we both landed in detention.

In 2 Corinthians 6:15 we find Paul reminding his friends to cleanse their humanly bodies from temptation and idolatry when we read, “What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?” Paul was warning his friends in Corinthians that they needed to make a choice. Live for God or, become His enemy. Devote your life to the Lord or perish.

In life, we make tough decisions everyday for either, good or bad. Do I cut this person off and possibly cause a terrible accident or do I let him go in front of me? Do I open my book to find the correct answer during my closed book exam or should I have studied a little more instead? Do I remain faithful to deceit and lies or should I break free from the bondage?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a good friend and brother from my church New Life Fellowship. We where talking about choice’s and he said something to me that really struck a chord deep in my heart. He told me that while he was having His alone time with the Lord, the Lord had asked him a question. He said the Lord had asked, “Do you know who’s will is stronger than Mine?” My friend told me that he  was taking back and pondered at the question and then asked the Lord, “Who’s will can be strong than Yours Lord?” He said, the Lord answered, “Yours.”

You see, God gives all of us the choice, everyday. We have the freedom to chose between what is right and what is wrong. It may sound strange that our will can be stronger than the Lord’s, but I want you to really think about it. Think of it this way. If  God had the ultimate willpower over us, why then do we have the terrible crimes that we have today? Why do we have people murdering each other, raping each other, child abuse and all the other terrible crimes we have today?

We all have the power and the to choice between good and evil? We all have a choice, everyday. What choice will you make. What side will you choose to be on? I know the answer seems to be obvious to the question, but honestly ask yourself this and remember; You maybe saved… Born again… Baptized in Jesus Christ. But, I want to remind you, that this does not mean you can’t fall from salvation. We all have a choice to make. We all have the option to choose our destiny. What choice will you make?

God Bless,
Brother Jonathan

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“If you love me, obey my commandments.”
John 14:15

What is love? The Beatles recorded the classic song on the subject, “All You Need Is Love,” and then they broke up and sued each other. Various philosophers have expressed opinions on love as well. Plato said that love is a serious mental disease. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was more optimistic on the subject, said, “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.” Another said, “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

We are given probably the greatest definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The Bible clearly tells us that God is love. We don’t have a greater example of love than what we have in God’s showing His love for us. And we find the definitive statement on love in John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” So how should we respond? We ought to love Him back.

We can talk all day about love and how much we love God. We can sing about our love for God. We can speak about our love for God. But probably the best way to show our love for Him is by what we do. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments” (John 14:15).

As we go today, let’s remember to wait patiently on the Lord and He’ll get you through whatever you are going through. And all the people said, AMEN!

God Bless,

Brother Jonathan

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“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
Palms 27:14 (NLT)

I find the hardest things in life are “waiting.” It truly is one of the hardest things for me to do, that is… to “wait.” Oh, I hate waiting. Ask my wife Christina, she’ll tell you. Especially when it comes to restaurants. We finally decide where to dine out and when we finally get to our destination, there it is… the dreaded line and, we wait. But, not me… I see the line and I run.

How many of us run when it comes to waiting?

Waiting is a big part of God’s WORD.
I can count at least 33 Scriptures on waiting and they are probably many more, but let’s read together one. Let’s turn to Palms 27, where we’ll find David amongst great turmoil.

Ps 27:14 (NLT), “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Here, we find that the author David wrote the Scripture twice. Why do you think that was? “Wait patiently for the Lord.” Did you know that, when writing in the Hebrew language, in order to empathize something, such as in the English language, we can make things bold, italicize it, underline it, or even put an exclamation point after the sentence to make it stand out. Yet, in the Hebrew language, they’ll write the words twice, in order to show us, the reader that this is a very important point and we should really pay attention to it. We find, in Ps 27, David, the author, was showing us that amongst his many trials, tribulations, all his struggles that was going on around him, no matter what happened, he still will, “wait patiently for the Lord…” to, what? What do you think David was waiting patiently for the Lord to do? Come on Church, what do you think it was? “To answer.”

Let’s turn to Ps 32:1 and let’s read together to verses 1 through 7. “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

A friend of mine told me about this amazing man of God, born without legs and arms and this friend shared a video of his testimony. I was amazed at how, this young man has made it through his life so far, with hope, faith and love and has not given up. I want to share some words out of his book with you, but before I do, I want you to do something. Let everyone take a moment, quiet yourself down. Now, I want you to imagine yourself without arms and legs. Again, quietly now, think to yourself the struggles you would face, the day to day challenges. Here is his words, “I have discovered time and again, that when we ask for God’s help and then take action, knowing in our hearts that He is watching over us, there is no reason to be fearful. My parents taught me this, mostly in the way they lived each day. Like all babies, I did not come with an instruction book… They were distraught at first, as any parents would be. My parents could not imagine what plan God had in mind for such a boy. Yet, once they’d recovered from their initial shock, they decided to put their trust in God and then to put their faith in action. They gave up their attempts to understand why God had given them such a child. Instead, they surrendered to His plan, whatever it might be.” This amazing book is called, “Unstoppable” by Nick Vujcic, and this excerpt can be found on pages 12-13

“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!” Ps 31:24 (NLT)

The Message version says it like this, “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”

The definition of Hope is, “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”

What are you expecting? What are you desiring to happen? Who here has found there Scripture in the Bible about the promise they are standing on? Come on now, be honest. If you have yet to find something that you are going to hold on to, I strongly urge you to do so fast because, the world is passing away and all who are in it. Remember, we are not of this world because we are rooted in the Kingdom of Heaven once we took that step of faith, trust and love; allowing Jesus Christ into our lives, as our Lord and Savior.

The fact is… waiting is a big part of God’s plan for us. And, that’s what I believe Paul was trying to say when we read Romans 5:4-5, And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting. And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

As we go today, let’s remember to wait patiently on the Lord and He’ll get you through whatever you are going through. And all the people said, AMEN!

God Bless,

Brother Jonathan

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
-Matthew 16:24

Next time you cannot remember why “we” must carry our own crosses and follow Jesus, just look and see what He had to do for us. Next time you think twice in sinning, remember this; sin was a act of free will and cost our Lord His life. Sin is something that we “ALL” do and is sad to say the least in why we continue to do it. Why must we continue to sin? Why can we not listen with our hearts to our Lord’s cry for repentance and not fall into temptation again and again.. and again.

Are you tired of falling? Are you tired of “giving in?” Are you tired of sinning. Are you tired of doing the same-old, day after day… month after month, year and year? Are you ready to loose yourself completely to the cross. Are you ready to fully give your everything, yes and I mean everything to follow Jesus. Let me warn you that the cross has a price my brothers and sisters. Oh yes! The cross is a very heavy and hard burden to bare, but the Lord instructs us all that we must “pick up our crosses daily and follow him…”

As we read Matthew 16:24-25, we find Jesus instructing His disciples what they must do to be true disciples of Him.  It reads, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”  Wow!  If you “hang on to your life, you will lost it…”  What a true and powerful statement.

So what are you going to do? Pick up your crosses. Not the crosses you where around neck. Picking up your cross is not a fashion statement, but an action of faith, will and complete trust. You are agreeing with God to pick up the cross as Jesus did and follow Him on His journey of eternal glory and salvation. I am not saying you are dyeing for all man’s sin as Jesus did. You are going to deny yourself and keep your eyes completely on the Lord, blinded to this worlds’ chaos and follow Him. You are dyeing to self by picking up your cross.

So, pick up your crosses,  follow Jesus and you will be happy. It will not be easy. You will be tempted, you will be tested, you will suffer, but……. You will be happy!
AMEN!

Brother Jonathan

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The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

I believe the hardest part of evangelism is getting started. But once you get started, and once God starts speaking through you, it can be one of the most joyful things you have ever done. To think that God almighty would speak through someone like you or me is indeed a great privilege. It is an honor to go and tell others about Jesus. And I love all the challenges that I face from day to day in doing so. God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is Good!

The gospel was not designed to be hoarded; it was designed to be shared. You were blessed to be a blessing. Therefore as you take in, you need to give out that message again so others can come into a relationship with God. One of the greatest joys you will ever experience, next to knowing the Lord himself, is when you have the privilege of praying with someone to accept Christ. You start seeing the radical, even visible, changes that will take place in your life. We are told in Proverbs 11:25, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” It is refreshing as you give back and help other people.

We have a choice either to evangelize or fossilize, and a lot of people have chosen the latter. While it may be true that we are not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. And the place to start is at the beginning. We reach the world with the gospel one person at a time.

You can personalize Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by going to your world. Go to your workplace. . . . Go to your family. . . . You have a sphere of influence. You have a group of people who will listen to what you have to say. Go to that world—the world to which God has called you. It was very scary to make a decision in which I originally did not know or understand but, it was very easy to make it once I found the Lord. Once you find your personal Jesus, your life will change. You will be blessed immensely and you will prosper. Remember, the road to a life with God is not an easy road but, it is very rewarding once you’ve traveled it a few times. You will be tested, you will suffer but, you are not alone. We are all the children of the Lord.

May the Lord continue to Bless you all today!

 

Brother Jonathan