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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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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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Sorry for the double post today, I accidentally hit publish before I was finished properly editing and finishing my message for you today. 

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God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.
1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

Recently, I attended the Iron Sharpen’s Iron, Men’s conference in Bloomfield, Connecticut and I must admit, it really had an impact on me and it opened my eyes to the steps of life in regards to, “Manhood.” One of the speaker’s addressed the, “journey on the road of a man,” and portrayed this journey by showing us the steps one must take to get their. The bottom step was, “Boyhood.” The second step was, “Adolescence.” The third step was, “Manhood.” The four step was, “Mentor.” The final step was, “Patriarch.”

The speaker said, many men jump between the steps of “Boyhood” and “Adolescence” and sometimes, sadly, never leave those steps. Then he said something that really hit close to home. He said, the only way to really step-up to “Manhood,” is to fall on your knee’s, put your hands together, admit you are broken and with proper guidance, you can then step-up to “Manhood,” through the power of the Lord. Then… with much growth in God, you become a “Mentor” to the youth, teaching and guiding them with their lifes and their walks with God.

But today sadly, both, men and women suffer from the effects of not having been properly mentored in their youth’s and adolescence from a good man of God to show them how to properly step up to “adulthood.” A lot of these men and women are more susceptible to fall into sin and as the speaker said, a lot of these men and women fill our jail systems today.

There are several strong temptations in the world today, but sexual sin is a struggle that a lot of men, women and sadly, children all struggle with, on a daily basis. And, if we allow ourselves to fall into that temptation, it cut’s us off from the glory of the Lord.

That’s what we find Paul telling us, when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.” He was warning us here, but he then goes on to say, “Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways

Paul knew that, our bodies our the temple of the Lord. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Your body is His temple.” And we are to keep ourselves pure before the Lord.

Sexual sin is not an easy temptation to defeat by yourselves. Any sin, for that matter is not easy to defeat on your own. You have to realize, that you are sinning. You have to have a yearning to change. For some of us, we must be completely broken before we realize this. But, when we come to this realization, we can then turn to God with a true repentant heart. A broken heart. And, then, the Holy Spirit can start the process to purify you once again. To set you free and break the chains of sin.

If you have yet to receive the Lord Jesus into your lives, I want you to put your hands together right now and pray with me. “Lord, I know I am lost without you. I come to you completely broken. I come to you with all my heart and I give myself to you. I need you in my life. Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior, as my God, Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer for the first time, congratulations! I now want you to get to a good bible based, God-fearing church and get baptized into the Lord, Jesus Christ and start your journey and your walk with the Lord.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today.

 Brother Jonathan

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Sorry for the double post today, I accidentally hit publish before I was finished properly editing and finishing my message for you today. 

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God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.
1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

Recently, I attended the Iron Sharpen’s Iron, Men’s conference in Bloomfield, Connecticut and I must admit, it really had an impact on me and it opened my eyes to the steps of life in regards to, “Manhood.” One of the speaker’s addressed the, “journey on the road of a man,” and portrayed this journey by showing us the steps one must take to get their. The bottom step was, “Boyhood.” The second step was, “Adolescence.” The third step was, “Manhood.” The four step was, “Mentor.” The final step was, “Patriarch.”

The speaker said, many men jump between the steps of “Boyhood” and “Adolescence” and sometimes, sadly, never leave those steps. Then he said something that really hit close to home. He said, the only way to really step-up to “Manhood,” is to fall on your knee’s, put your hands together, admit you are broken and with proper guidance, you can then step-up to “Manhood,” through the power of the Lord. Then… with much growth in God, you become a “Mentor” to the youth, teaching and guiding them with their lifes and their walks with God.

But today sadly, both, men and women suffer from the effects of not having been properly mentored in their youth’s and adolescence from a good man of God to show them how to properly step up to “adulthood.” A lot of these men and women are more susceptible to fall into sin and as the speaker said, a lot of these men and women fill our jail systems today.

There are several strong temptations in the world today, but sexual sin is a struggle that a lot of men, women and sadly, children all struggle with, on a daily basis. And, if we allow ourselves to fall into that temptation, it cut’s us off from the glory of the Lord.

That’s what we find Paul telling us, when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.” He was warning us here, but he then goes on to say, “Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways

Paul knew that, our bodies our the temple of the Lord. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Your body is His temple.” And we are to keep ourselves pure before the Lord.

Sexual sin is not an easy temptation to defeat by yourselves. Any sin, for that matter is not easy to defeat on your own. You have to realize, that you are sinning. You have to have a yearning to change. For some of us, we must be completely broken before we realize this. But, when we come to this realization, we can then turn to God with a true repentant heart. A broken heart. And, then, the Holy Spirit can start the process to purify you once again. To set you free and break the chains of sin.

If you have yet to receive the Lord Jesus into your lives, I want you to put your hands together right now and pray with me. “Lord, I know I am lost without you. I come to you completely broken. I come to you with all my heart and I give myself to you. I need you in my life. Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior, as my God, Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer for the first time, congratulations! I now want you to get to a good bible based, God-fearing church and get baptized into the Lord, Jesus Christ and start your journey and your walk with the Lord.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today.

 Brother Jonathan

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Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Ephesians 6:10

During most of my childhood, we lived in California. One day, I was walking down the street with my newly acquired six-shooter cap guns, a little holster, and a little cowboy hat, feeling very good. But there were some hoodlums standing on the corner who took notice of the little cowboy. They started pushing me around, knocked off my hat, and confiscated my gun belt and cap pistols. Devastated, I went home and found my sister, who is 3 years older than me. She went with me to get my things back, and all of a sudden, I was feeling courageous. My sister was bigger than me—and them. So I retrieved my cap guns and holster, and it felt really good. The problem was that I had to keep my sister with me from that point on, lol.

We can have greater boldness in spiritual battle when we know we are standing with the Lord. Ephesians 6:10 tells us, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Or literally, “Strengthen yourselves in the Lord.” In our own strength, we are no match for the devil. We don’t want to engage him. Just as the police call for backup when they need to, we need to do the same.

That is why the devil wants to separate us from our power base. His chief aim is to get between us and God and to inspire confidence in ourselves. But Jesus Christ himself is in our corner. Romans 8:33 says, “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.”

God is with us. We are not taking on the enemy in our own strength; we are standing in the Lord and in His mighty power. So be strong and confident in everything you do because we are on the winning side. In closing my brothers and sisters: Today, reflect on yourself and what tempts you. Think about it hard and if you know what that one thing or things are, focus on how you are going to overcome it. Focus on a game-plan and stick to it.

Good luck and God Bless you as we part our ways today. 

Brother Jonathan

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Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!
Matthew 26:41

Have you ever had a time where you felt like you bit off more than you could chew? You had all the right intentions and you honestly where trying to help, yet it ended up a disaster! How many of us our there have a problem with saying no, come on now, be honest. Let me be the first to raise my hand and confess that I am the one that was always saying, “Yes… yes… yes,” and volunteering myself for everything. I would try to take on the world without evaluating the task at hand and first ask myself if this is something that I can actually accomplish?

The same goes for us with our walk with the Lord. When you make that committment to be saved in Jesus Christ and repentant to Him and turn from your sin, you are taking on a very daunting task full of blessing’s and happiness and also, great trials. You are making a promise to our God that you’ll follow through and see it to the finish. 

When we read Matthew 26. We find Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Before Jesus went off to seek counsel with His father, He had instructed His disciples to follow a simple request; stay awake and keep watch. Let’s read Matthew 26:35 together, “Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He goes on to say, “He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 

Listen to what the Lord says next in Matthew 26:45, “Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

All the Lord wanted from Peter was for him to stay awake and keep watch. That’s it and what happened? He fell asleep. You see, a disciple made a committment to the Lord, said, “Yes… Yes… yes.” Yet, like so many of us, he failed! We all tell the Lord, “Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes Yes Lord!” We even sing it in our churches! But, do we honestly mean to say, “Yes Lord, Yes Lord, yes, yes Lord.” Or should we really be saying, “No Lord, No Lord, No, no… no?” Come on now.

When we make a committment, we need to follow through with that committment and see it through to the finish. Just as with our relationship with our Lord. Be right with our Lord, have a relationship with Him through prayer and let your day’s work reflect the light that God has given each of you.

God Bless,

 Brother Jonathan

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