Posts Tagged ‘proverbs’

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

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8

A happy person will be a holy person, because Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). But who could ever be pure in heart? You can. I can. We must understand what this statement means. By pure in heart, Jesus is not saying that we can never have an impurity in our hearts and never be inconsistent. Otherwise, we all would be disqualified, because the Bible clearly teaches “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiahs 17:9).

So here is how it works: we come to God, poor in spirit. We see ourselves as we really are. We mourn over our condition. And like the psalmist, we pray, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

In our culture, we often refer to the heart as the center of emotion, and we refer to the mind as the center of intellect. But in the Hebrew culture, the heart referred to everything. The heart was the very center of personality. It was the center of the emotions as well as the mind. And it included the thinking process. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”

The heart is the center of who you are. This means that with all of your being, you should be pure. But being pure does not mean being flawless. A good translation of the word “pure” would be “single” or “focused.” So to be pure in heart means to have a single-minded devotion to Jesus.

To be pure in heart is to seek to live a holy life, because that is the secret to happiness. If you want to be happy, then seek to be holy. Don’t chase after happiness. Chase after holiness.

A wise person once told me, “Jonathan, you need to be like a child in order to see God.” Children are to me the closest to our Lord because they are so innocent and believe and follow those who teach them. They are molded in the eyes of those who see them. The Lord sees us and He wants to mold us corrupted humans back into what our purpose once was…

God Bless you all my brothers and sisters. And may you all seek to become holy, as I put it before… To be happy is to be holy. 

Brother Jonathan

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