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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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“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

When Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, ascended to the throne after his father died, he was overwhelmed by the task at hand. So he prayed, and God appeared to him in a dream and told him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5).

If God appeared to you tonight and told you to ask for whatever you wanted, what would you pray for? Fortunately, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

Because he had not asked for a long life, riches, or even the death of his enemies, God told Solomon He would give him just what he requested and more: “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13).

Solomon had his priorities in order. He sought God’s kingdom first, and all of those things were added to him.

And when we put God and His kingdom first, our lives will find the proper balance as well. When Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” what things was He speaking of? In context, these “things” are what you will wear, what you will drink, and what you will eat and everything we do. The basic issues of life will be taken care of by God when we put Him first…

Regardless of what you are going through… Have received… Plan to receive.. Or haven’t received. I want you to stop what you’re doing… Close your eyes… Fold your hands and bow your head. Pray to the Lord that He will give you what you need to do His will. When we truly ask this from our hearts, all will fall into place when you except the fact that we are not here because of accident or coincidence, the Lord has a special plan for you and all will be added to you in His time once we humble ourselves and are ready to receive.

As we part our ways today, remember… Be true to your heart and who you are. No matter what influence’s you, put aside the worldly wants and seek first the needs of God and you will live happy. Try asking someone how’s their day going today. A few kind words goes a long way on the road to recovery. Remember that.

Brother Jonathan R. L. Spann

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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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 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

When Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, ascended to the throne after his father died, he was overwhelmed by the task at hand. So he prayed, and God appeared to him in a dream and told him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5).

If God appeared to you tonight and told you to ask for whatever you wanted, what would you pray for? Fortunately, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

Because he had not asked for a long life, riches, or even the death of his enemies, God told Solomon He would give him just what he requested and more: “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13).

Solomon had his priorities in order. He sought God’s kingdom first, and all of those things were added to him.

And when we put God and His kingdom first, our lives will find the proper balance as well. When Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” what things was He speaking of? In context, these “things” are what you will wear, what you will drink, and what you will eat and everything we do. The basic issues of life will be taken care of by God when we put Him first…

Regardless of what you are going through… Have received… Plan to receive.. Or haven’t received. I want you to stop what you’re doing… Close your eyes… Fold your hands and bow your head. Pray to the Lord that He will give you what you need to do His will. When we truly ask this from our hearts, all will fall into place when you except the fact that we are not here because of accident or coincidence, the Lord has a special plan for you and all will be added to you in His time once we humble ourselves and are ready to receive.

As we part our ways today, remember… Be true to your heart and who you are. No matter what influence’s you, put aside the worldly wants and seek first the needs of God and you will live happy. Try asking someone how’s their day going today. A few kind words goes a long way on the road to recovery. Remember that.

Brother Jonathan

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 Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
James 4:4

A good friend of mine told me , “Jonathan, being a Christain is like being married, you either are married or you are not”. A lot of people today like to be both at the same time… You know, have their cake and eat it to. Why not they say, just one little bite won’t hurt. Come on Jonathan, this won’t bring you down. Some envy the wicked and that is a sad thing. We look around, trying not to judge and what do we see? It honestly makes one wonder how and especially it makes some ask, why?

As in James 4:5 tells us, “What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy?” But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” The Lord loves His faithfull children and punishes the wicked in His time and not ours. Perhapes not too soon because God has a plan. Maybe He needs to bring that sinner to his or her knees before he or she repents. Maybe that load of luxury has been given to that person to test them. Remember “He without Sin, cast the first stone.”

James 4:6 also reminds us, “so humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”

God Bless and keep your heads up and remember we are not planted or rooted here on earth. We all need to shake off our depression, our envy and our wants and trust in our Lord that He will provide to us what We need to do His will.

Brother Jonathan

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 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
Mark 1:38

Jesus went and met the woman at the well in Samaria because she had an appointment with God. In Jesus’ detour into enemy territory, we see two important concerns as we bring the message of the gospel today.

First, we have to go to where people are. Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church; He said the church should go into the whole world. As Mark’s Gospel tells us, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’ ” (Mark 16:15).

When I started preaching the gospel a few year’s ago, I started close to home… I started at with my work. I was asked, “Why are you doing this in a place like Otis? Why would you come and hold an event in a place like this?”

I said, “Because Jesus said, ‘Go into all the world,’ and He did not exempt Otis. There are people there. And we want to reach people.” The glorious thing is that many people are coming into the kingdom through this outreach. We need to go to where people are.

Second, we need to care about the people we speak to. Jesus needed to go to Samaria because He cared about this woman (see John 4:4). When the apostle Paul was in Athens, he saw the city that was given over to idolatry, and his spirit was stirred within him (see Acts 17:16–17). He felt righteous indignation as he saw so many turning to false gods.

In the same way, any effective sharing of the gospel must always begin with a God-given burden. We have to care. Jesus cared. Do you? Do you want to reach out to perishing people?

We should go to where people are. We should care about them and reach out to them regardless what happens to you. My dear brother and sisters, please pray today that those who are with God and those who have their hearts hardened to the Lord in all our sinly stuberness may truly open our eyes to our hearts… Completely… Fully and finally to the Lord. 

Brother Jonathan 

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Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
– Colossians 4:1

Most if not all the Saints from the Bible had a close relationship with God, through their prayer’s. In both, good times and bad times, they prayed to the Lord that He would guide them on their path’s. They would thank Him for everything that they were blessed to receive and go through… Regardless if it was good or bad. They knew, they were special enough in God’s eye to receive whatever the Lord gave.

I personally have a very close relationship towards prayer. I have gone through so much that, this is the one thing I can do and count on regardless of what happens to me. In my trails. Throughout my tribulations, I can count on my prayer and my relationship with God to help me through the thick of it.

As we read this beautiful passage in Colossians 4:1 , “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart;” what comes to your mind when we read this?

You know, devoting your time, and I mean all of it to our God and being happy to do so is the key towards success. Success in what… is what you have to ask yourself. What drives you? Who drives you? I know my answer is… God. God alone should be in control of your lives. I am not saying I am perfect; Oh no. Funny to even write that. What I am trying to say is God should guide your every move towards the greater good of whatever it is that the Lord has in mind for you.

Let God lead you. Lead God rule you. Let God be in control. Give yourself to our Lord.

Have you been saved? Well… Now is the time to do so. Raise your hands and open your hearts to the Lord and ask Him to come into your lives and trust me, you will be happy. 

Brother Jonathan

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