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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.
Romans 5:4-5

I find the hardest things in life is “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: Genesis 49:18, Psalm 25:3, Psalm 25:4-5, Psalm 25:21, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 31:24,Psalm 33:20, 22, Psalm 37:7, 9, Psalm 37:34, Psalm 40:1, Psalm 59:9, Psalm 62:1, Psalm 62:5-6, Psalm 106:13, Psalm 130:5-6, Isaiah 8:17, Isaiah 25:9, Isaiah 26:8-9, Isaiah 30:18, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 49:23, Isaiah 64:4, Lamentations 3:25, Lamentations 3:26, Micah 7:7, Hosea 12:6.

And, I am sure there are many more Scripture’s not mentioned above on waiting, but as you can see, waiting is very important. 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.

You may be going through a fire right now, but the Lord will get you through it as long as you trust in Him and His will. That’s the hardest part of waiting, for me is, that waiting on whatever it is, usually is not of my will in why I wait, it is the will of the Lord. We all must wait for our Lord, El Shaddai (God Almighty) to get us through whatever it is.

So, wait on the Lord, rest in His comfort and be assured that God will help you in the areas you need it most as long as you call upon Him for guidance. Keep your eyes focused upon the Lord and you will not sink. I am not saying you will not suffer, no. I am not saying you will never have, “fires,” again… no. I am saying that these “fires” will affect you less and less while you are strengthened by our Lord more and more as you continue to do His will.

God bless you all as we all wait on the Lord!

Brother Jonathan

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When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
John 19:30

“Finished” is the word we use after a job is done. It is a word that says we don’t need to work anymore, because it is done. “Finished” is also the word Jesus used from the cross. He said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). In other words, “It is accomplished!”

The devil was soundly defeated at the cross of Calvary—and that is something he doesn’t want us to know. Referring to His impending crucifixion, Jesus said, “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.” Through His death, Jesus destroyed the one who had the power of death, which was the devil. And when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the stranglehold of Satan is broken. He cannot control us. We can rest in the finished work of Christ.

This means that when we face spiritual battles, we are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from it. We don’t fight to get victory. We fight because it has already been obtained. We don’t need to pray, “Lord, give me victory.” Rather, we should pray, “Lord, I have victory, and I will live accordingly.” As Romans 8:37 tells us, “Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ.” 

Remember this, you can pray until you hands fall off and your eyes bleed.  We need to keep remembering to “praise” the Lord for everything we have and always thank Him, regardless of what you are going through.  We can win in the spiritual battle. We can overcome the enemy. I am not saying we will win every skirmish and every conflict, but I am saying we will win the war. I am not saying we never will sin and never will stumble, because we will, We all will, but we can win the battle because we stand in the righteousness of Christ and in Christ’ promise.

Amen! We have Victory! Shout to God today and rejoice for what He sacrificed for us. Raise your hands, lift up your hearts, rejoice and worship our God. Our Lord. Our SAVIOR!

God Bless,

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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But the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,t who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”
Mark 16:6–7

Do you need a second chance today? On the first Easter morning, Peter needed one. There in the Upper Room, he had insisted that he would never deny Christ. But just as Jesus had predicted, Peter not only denied the Lord, but he denied Him three times. The last glimpse Peter had of Jesus before His crucifixion was in the glow of the fire in the high priest’s courtyard, where he actually made eye contact with Jesus. And then he went out and wept bitterly.

What kind of look do you think Jesus gave Peter when their eyes met? Do you think it was one of those I-told-you-so looks? Do you think it was one of scorn, as if to say, “How could you betray Me?” I don’t think it was either one. I think it was a look of love, a look of compassion that said, “I still love you, Peter.” And I believe that is why Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had failed the Lord so miserably. He probably thought there was no hope for him.

But then a message went out from the empty tomb that Jesus had risen, followed by these instructions, “Go, tell His disciples—and Peter. . . .” It was not, “Go tell the disciples, including Peter, James, and John. . . .” It was just Peter, because Peter needed a special word of encouragement.

Do you need encouragement today? Maybe you have fallen short. You didn’t plan on it, but it happened. And like Peter, maybe you ended up with the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time, ultimately doing the wrong thing.

God gave Peter a second chance. And He will give you one, too—because I believe, Easter is for the person who needs a second chance.

Remember, Easter is a day of renewing. Easter is the day our Lord Jesus rose from the dead… Concurred death, and saved us all from sin! Jesus gave everything for us… He didn’t do it half heartily… Everything! It is our turn to embrace what the Lord did for us and run with it. Have faith and believe and know that, today, you are renewed. Today you are free! Today, you are healed! Fore, today is the day the Lord had come so let us all rejoice… Worship and do everything in our power to never stop the fight.

If you have yet to accept the Lord in your life. Well, I have a special gift for you. Today is that day. You can accept Him. Close your eyes. Yes close them. Hold you hands up above your head. Reach for the Heavens and ask the Lord this: Jesus. I come to you a broken human. I am nothing without you. I know I am lost without you and I need you. I give you my everything and surrender to the Father’s will. Lord, I accept you into my life as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, you are the only way to the Father. I am forgiven because you died and rose again for me. AMEN!

God bless you all, and remember, Easter is for 2nd chances! It is a day of remembrance in the awesome sacrifice that Jesus did for us all, so that we can be freed from death!  

Brother Jonathan

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“Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country.”
Mark 16:12

Sometimes in our minds we feel as though God has fallen short, that He hasn’t done what He said He would do. But we have that we are the ones who have fallen. Maybe something has happened in our lives that have left us feeling disappointed with God.

That is how two disciples felt after the crucifixion. They had lost hope. When Jesus appeared to them, they were walking away From Jerusalem into the country (see Mark 16:12). In their minds, Jesus had let them down. They had misunderstood His mission. They thought He would be a militant Messiah, not a suffering Savior. But if they had read the Scriptures carefully, they would have come across a vivid description of the physical sufferings of Christ in Isaiah. They would have read the words of Psalm 22, which pointed out that His hands and feet would be pierced, and that He would cry out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” But they missed that.

Jesus was doing exactly what He had come to do, and they had misunderstood. And when it seems like God has failed us, it is because we have misunderstood the meaning and purpose of the event. That was the problem with these discouraged disciples, and so they were leaving Jerusalem. They wanted to get that image of Jesus on the cross out of their minds. They wanted to put as much distance from them and the cross as humanly possible.

Many times when we are discouraged, we think, I don’t want to be around Christians. I don’t want to read the Bible. I don’t want to pray. But that is a big mistake. That is when we ought to be running to God, not away from Him. We ought to be spending time with His people and in His Word, not avoiding them. Sometimes I feel so sad, so forsaken, so lost that no hope can be found.  Yet, I somehow manage to find my footing and open my eyes to my heart again. 

The Lord forgives me for all the wrongs I’ve done, all the evil actions in my life were and are forgiven and washed away with His blood.  He died for me; He did for us all on the cross.  The Lord works so many miracles in my life so many times, I can never repay him for all the blessings I have.  All I can offer the Lord is my devotion, my life, my first-born, my everything because the Lord Jesus is my everything.  Remember, when you fall, you fall hard and it hurts but, there is hope for the hopeless, rest for the weary, remember to Cry out to Jesus.

God must stretch you in order to fill you. The stretching hurts, yes! But think of it this way; How can you pour a galon of milk into a tea cup? May our Lord continue to bless and comfort you all today and I hope you have peace in happiness.

Brother Jonathan

 

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