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Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 
– 2 Corinthians 6:14-15


As a kid I was always reminded not to hang out with certain people growing up. Ever heard of the saying, you are who you associate with? Or my favorite, “guilty by association?” Well, I would always try to make friends with the right people, yet, I always found it hard to identify who the right people really where and it always would seem that I chose the right person, yet, it was only a matter of time before we both landed in detention.

In 2 Corinthians 6:15 we find Paul reminding his friends to cleanse their humanly bodies from temptation and idolatry when we read, “What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?” Paul was warning his friends in Corinthians that they needed to make a choice. Live for God or, become His enemy. Devote your life to the Lord or perish.

In life, we make tough decisions everyday for either, good or bad. Do I cut this person off and possibly cause a terrible accident or do I let him go in front of me? Do I open my book to find the correct answer during my closed book exam or should I have studied a little more instead? Do I remain faithful to deceit and lies or should I break free from the bondage?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a good friend and brother from my church New Life Fellowship. We where talking about choice’s and he said something to me that really struck a chord deep in my heart. He told me that while he was having His alone time with the Lord, the Lord had asked him a question. He said the Lord had asked, “Do you know who’s will is stronger than Mine?” My friend told me that he  was taking back and pondered at the question and then asked the Lord, “Who’s will can be strong than Yours Lord?” He said, the Lord answered, “Yours.”

You see, God gives all of us the choice, everyday. We have the freedom to chose between what is right and what is wrong. It may sound strange that our will can be stronger than the Lord’s, but I want you to really think about it. Think of it this way. If  God had the ultimate willpower over us, why then do we have the terrible crimes that we have today? Why do we have people murdering each other, raping each other, child abuse and all the other terrible crimes we have today?

We all have the power and the to choice between good and evil? We all have a choice, everyday. What choice will you make. What side will you choose to be on? I know the answer seems to be obvious to the question, but honestly ask yourself this and remember; You maybe saved… Born again… Baptized in Jesus Christ. But, I want to remind you, that this does not mean you can’t fall from salvation. We all have a choice to make. We all have the option to choose our destiny. What choice will you make?

God Bless,
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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Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?
2 Corinthians 6:14-15


As a kid I was always reminded not to hang out with certain people growing up. Ever heard of the saying, you are who you associate with? Or my favorite, “guilty by association?” Well, I would always try to make friends with the right people, yet, I always found it hard to identify who the right people really where and it always would seem that I chose the right person, yet, it was only a matter of time before we both landed in detention.

In 2 Corinthians 6:15 we find Paul reminding his friends to cleanse their humanly bodies from temptation and idolatry when we read, “What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?” Paul was warning his friends in Corinthians that they needed to make a choice. Live for God or, become His enemy. Devote your life to the Lord or perish.

In life, we make tough decisions everyday for either, good or bad. Do I cut this person off and possibly cause a terrible accident or do I let him go in front of me? Do I open my book to find the correct answer during my closed book exam or should I have studied a little more instead? Do I remain faithful to deceit and lies or should I break free from the bondage?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a good friend and brother from my church New Life Fellowship. We where talking about choice’s and he said something to me that really struck a chord deep in my heart. He told me that while he was having His alone time with the Lord, the Lord had asked him a question. He said the Lord had asked, “Do you know who’s will is stronger than Mine?” My friend told me that he  was taking back and pondered at the question and then asked the Lord, “Who’s will can be strong than Yours Lord?” He said, the Lord answered, “Yours.” 

You see, God gives all of us the choice, everyday. We have the freedom to chose between what is right and what is wrong. It may sound strange that our will can be stronger than the Lord’s, but I want you to really think about it. Think of it this way. If  God had the ultimate willpower over us, why then do we have the terrible crimes that we have today? Why do we have people murdering each other, raping each other, child abuse and all the other terrible crimes we have today?

We all have the power and the to choice between good and evil? We all have a choice, everyday. What choice will you make. What side will you choose to be on? I know the answer seems to be obvious to the question, but honestly ask yourself this and remember; You maybe saved… Born again… Baptized in Jesus Christ. But, I want to remind you, that this does not mean you can’t fall from salvation. We all have a choice to make. We all have the option to choose our destiny. What choice will you make?

God Bless,
 

Brother Jonathan

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Has Brother Jonathan’s Devotion’s touched your life? Do you have something on your mind and need a prayer? Then, please write me now and tell me about it. I am here for you!
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