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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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“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
Matthew 25:13 NLT

Have you ever sat back, looked around at the times today and wondered if this day is the last day? After wondering this, have you ever started to examine your own life, and what you’ve done with it? Asked yourself how many people you’ve lead to Christ or worried about where you will be going?

Honestly, look around at what is going on in society today. Wars, famines, crazy weather pattern’s, life altering events… the list goes on, and on, and on. Today is a different day and age than that of our forefather’s, our Grandfather’s and Grandmother’s, or even our very own moms and dads. Yes, to look around at the times today does say a lot without having to say a word at all.

Jesus knew this, that His physical days on earth were drawing short and spent every moment of His human life to do whatever He could to evangelize and grow the Kingdom of God. Jesus knew how little time He had so He went out into the world to teach, to evangelize and to make disciples. He, more than often taught His disciples through the telling of the Parable’s, one of which is the Parable of the Talents.

Jesus tells us a Parable in Matthew 25:14-26, “..the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’” “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]’

“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’”

How many of us have had the, what ifs.. or I should have done that, or I wish I did this… Those are terrible things to hold onto. I know, I have done that to myself, countless of times over and over! I want to point out something, change comes from action. You can’t have change if there is no action. It’s faith, put into action that you will see a change. Even if you are on your death-bed, you can still change and make difference. It’s never too late to start changing while you’re still alive.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today!
Your Brother in Christ.

Brother Jonathan

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 The Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. -Matthew 13:47 Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
Luke 5:10

What I love about this area of Israel is that it is much like it was in the days when Jesus Himself walked here. As you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and hear the gentle lapping of waves on the shore, you realize that this is what Jesus would have experienced as well.

It is also the area where called Peter, James, and John (who fished on the shores) to be His own disciples.

One day, Jesus was being pressed by the multitudes as He always was (Luke 5). He saw Peter, James, and John on the shore, and asked Peter if He could borrow his boat for a while. Peter agreed, and Jesus addressed the eager crowds.

Then Jesus said to Peter, “Why don’t you launch out your boat into the deep water for a big catch of fish!”

Peter protested, “Lord, we have been fishing all night, yet at Your word we will do it.”

Peter was a seasoned fisherman. He spent his life by this lake, and he knew they were not going to be catching any fish after an entire night of fishing. So, Peter did what Jesus told him to do. In the original language, what Peter said in response to Jesus could be translated, “At your word we will do it, captain of this boat!”

You know what happened next? Their nets were breaking with fish, and Peter was dumbfounded. Jesus had just invaded his little world and shown Himself unlimited in power.

Peter said to Jesus, “Depart from me Lord, I am a sinful man!” In other words, “Jesus, with all due respect, don’t waste your time on someone like me. I am just not worth the effort!”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.”

In the same way, there is a world out there that is hungry for spiritual truth too. We all need to go “fishing for people.”

You might think that God could never use someone like yourself! And that’s what Peter thought, but Jesus used him powerfully to touch his world, and I believe God can use you to touch yours as well.

Let Jesus “invade your world” today. Let Him be the “captain of your ship,” whatever that ship might be. I think you will end up with nets that are full. Remember, something that I’ve always thought and found to be true is that something better than Heaven is knowing that you’ve brought someone with you! As Christians, we are not going to fit in with this world. We need and must Stand Out and shout on Mountain Tops to all our brothers and sisters and lead them to God.

 

Brother Jonathan

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Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:2–3

The biblical definition of happiness, or blessedness, is different than our culture’s definition. If we were to rewrite the Beatitudes for the 21st century, they would be vastly different than what we find in Matthew 5. Modern beatitudes would sound something like this:

Blessed are the beautiful, for they shall be admired.
Blessed are the wealthy, for they have it all.
Blessed are the popular, for they shall be loved
Blessed are the famous, for they shall be followed.

But Jesus started the Beatitudes with a bombshell:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

Some have falsely interpreted this verse to say, “Blessed are the poor,” but that is not what Jesus said. In fact, the Bible does not commend poverty Nor does it condemn wealth. It has nothing to do with your bank account.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit. . . .” In the original language Hebrew, the word “poor” is from a verb that means “to shrink, cower, or cringe,” as beggars often did in that day. This is speaking of a person who is destitute and completely dependent on others for help. So Jesus was speaking of those who esteem themselves as they really are before God: lost, hopeless, and helpless.

Apart from Jesus Christ, everyone is spiritually destitute—or poor in spirit—regardless of their education, wealth, accomplishments, or even religious knowledge. To be poor in spirit means to acknowledge your spiritual bankruptcy, to acknowledge that you are in need of God.

I can’t tell you enough about the times I feel spiritually empty and emotionally tired. Sad from the troubles of the outside world and tired from the fights you have along the way. Oh, what a battle. I know we all have gone through or still are going through some pretty tough times right now. As my good sister told me today, “Jonathan, Don’t give up and don’t give it, Don’t let him win!” And she meant it to…

I know the only way I have come to truly find God is to acknowledge to myself that I am nothing without Him and the only way for me to succeed is to forget who I am and follow the Lord. I mean who am I? Who are you? Who are we compared to the holy of holies? Nothing but, humble and faithful servants our our God.

Humble yourselfs, open your hearts to the Lord and let Him in and allow Him to guide your day.

As we part are ways today, remember: The Lord has His time for what is going on right now, the Lord has His plan for it, and you know what “it” is so, be faithful and overcome and fight for it! You can pray until your eyes bleed and your hands fall off, the Lord will provide the path, you have to walk it.

 Brother Jonathan 

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