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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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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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 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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