24 November 2015


Jonah 4:1-11

God saw the genuine hearts of this once evil Nation and chose to save them for His glory. Let me ask you a question this morning! Would you rejoice, knowing a person’s/nations wickedness before they were saved by His wonderful and merciful grace? Better Yet! Would you be as merciful as our Lord was to those who have had evil backgrounds? Did Christ die for all sin or not? The Bible says He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

(Heb 2:9)  But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
We need to understand something
  • It’s God’s salvation as He draws sinners to Himself.
  • It’s God’s grace He freely gives to those who repent and believe.
  • It’s God’s forgiveness of sin as He will pardon the wickedest and vilest of people.
  • It’s God’s mercy to all that call upon the name Lord Jesus, no matter how evil a person may seem. 

Jeffrey Dahmer will definitely go down in history as a very wicked man. Being a homosexual who abducted, raped, tortured, murdered and cannibalized his many victims (seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, he is ranked among the world’s worst men in the minds of most.
No matter how depraved a life he led (raping, homosexuality, cannibalism, necrophilia, serial killing…… he repented for his sins according to his testimony and believed upon Christ Jesus. And if Jeffery was genuine (which many believe he was) then God can save anyone. See, Jeffery Dahmer’s testimony is a prime example of God’s relentless grace and mercy for sinners. Just as He chose to draw this man to Himself, is the same way God drew the nation of Nineveh to Himself. Let me ask you and be honest with your answers…..How would you respond if you had lost a child at the hands of this man? Would you truly rejoice for his salvation? Would you embrace him with Christian love as Christ did with you? The reason I ask this is because of what we read in chapter 4! Jonah didn’t get it and he felt that God should pour His wrath on this wicked and evil nation. Look at (v1) “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” The first question I want to look at this morning is……..

“Mercy” is the outward expression of pity. It is used of God, who is rich in mercy, Act of God; peace is the resulting experience in the heart of man. Grace describes God's attitude toward the lawbreaker and the rebel; mercy is His attitude toward those who are in distress. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us,” Eph 2:4. He is so rich in it that He is willing to impart it to others. God’s infinite love is the groundwork of our salvation and for those who are being saved. Martin Luther says "The law works fear and wrath; grace works hope and mercy." Jonah was “displeased” (v1) means to feel a violent, an irritation, physically and emotionally. He had rage issues!
Jonah was feeling violent towards…..
  • The people of Nineveh
  • With their salvation
  • With their obedience to God
  • With God and His mercy that He showed these wretched sinners

His heart attitude was at this moment unloving, sinful and murderous to a degree. Jesus warned us about this kind of heart behaviour! In Matt 5:21-22 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire. This is where we need to be extremely careful in how we look at those who God choses to save for His glory. Because none of us deserve this grace and if you think you do…then you are no different than Jonah. Only the Lord is full of mercy and abounding and ready to forgive all sinners. Essentially and independently good, from whom every good and perfect gift comes as James said. Jonah couldn’t see past God’s wonderful grace and mercy to these people who once were wicked….because like Jonah we look through the lenses of humanity and not through the lenses of Christ.

Look what Jonah says next! “Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." Jonah 4:3Jonah was bitter about God relenting (He had compassion and mercy) and did not destroy them as He planned.
See Jonah forgot all about the mercy that God showed him resently……
  • By sparing his life through the storm and time he spent in the “Great Fish”
  • By chastening him because He loved him “as a Father loves His son.”
  • By restoring him to fellowship with a Holy and Just God.
  • By giving him a second chance to do the Father’s will. 

We as Christians are no different than Jonah sometimes..................Think about it for a minuteWhat would you do if someone walked in that door a known rapist or murder and seats down wanting to grow in their Christian walk. Would you embrace your brother/sister in Christ? Would you show bitter resentment towards him? Because this is exactly what Jonah is doing! Jonah said “I would rather die than to see a nation come to salvation.” Oh how easy we forget sometimes, when we look others and forget about our own sinful lives. Did Jonah fulfill the mandate that Paul gave to the church? Romans 12:15 says “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”

“Rejoice with them that rejoice” for example: a person’s salvation, personal victory over sin and temptation. “Sympathize” with the joys and sorrows of others. It’s a special duty for Christians to sympathize in each other’s grief. This is a nation broken over their sin and they have turned from their wicked ways to follow the true Living God ……just you, just like me, just like Jonah. We are to rejoice for and with sinners who come to saving faith in Jesus alone! As Jesus said “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Luke 15:6. In the second story Jesus said “And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Luke 15:9. And in Luke 15:32-30 we see a brother who is no different than Jonah! “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate. "Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'" Luke 15:32-32


This is why we see the question in (v4) “do you do well to be angry?” At this point God tried to reason with this rebellious prophet. But Jonah continues to sulk, yet God still pursued him. The LORD did not reproach Jonah but compassionately asked him a question that should have stirred him to the true condition of his soul. Jonah had no right to be angry. He had no right to be angry at what God chose to do with the Ninevites.  He did not have reasonable grounds for his bias against the Ninevites. Notice that Jonah did not answer this question from God.  He just went out obtusely to the edge of the city to see if God would judge Nineveh. (v5). Jonah was determined to see Nineveh destroyed regardless of God’s question. God tries compassionately to awaken us to the true condition of our souls. He will not allow our mistaken values to remain unchallenged. This is especially true in our heartlessness toward those without Christ. Coldness of soul keeps us from reaching out to those without Christ. What is the true condition of your soul about this?


Because! Self-righteousness and centeredness does not lead to true biblical joy and contentment or genuine salvation. Remember the 2 men who went to pray "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 18:10-14. Jonah is no different than this Pharisee or maybe you this morning! Is the Christina life all about you and your goodness or is it about His relentless mercy and grace towards saving sinners? We see that put to the test! Jonah 4:6 Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.” We see yet another great miracle performed by our LORD. God appointed a plant (He prepared a plant for His weeping/self-righteous prophet). In all of Jonah’s bitterness and complaining and selfishness, God still showed Jonah…..

  • Compassion
  • Love for His chosen child
  • Comfort
  • Shelter
  • Patience
The Bible expresses that Jonah was very grateful, exceedingly glad. In the Hebrew it means “Jonah rejoiced with great joy” For the first time Jonah is happy about something! Which is sad by the way. Jonah showed more joy for this plant that God provided for him. Then he did for 600,000 souls coming to God for salvation. 

AGAIN LET’S RECAP! God commissioned Jonah to preach in Nineveh (He did not like that). Then there was a storm (He didn’t like that either). Then God created a great fish (Jonah didn’t like anymore than the he liked the storm)
Then the Nation of Nineveh repented and believed (Jonah was displeased with that also). Nothing pleased Jonah except this plant that the LORD provided for him. Why was Jonah so happy? After all the compassion and attention of God for the other people.....God was finally doing something for JonahWhat do we call this?................ SELFISHNESS!

(Prov 14:30)  A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rotA tranquil heart (means) sound, wholesome, yielding. Brings life to the flesh! Envy (means) jealousy, zeal. makes your bones rot (means) decay, rottenness (thing). As James said “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:14-16. Jonah was bitter over this nation and over God for showing mercy and compassion. Jonah selfishness lies both against the truth of God's word and his own conscience......And according to James, that would be to....... lie against the truthWe’re about to see what happens to our selfishness, when we behave like Jonah did here on this hill top. Jonah loss his joy and happiness once again! Because man made/selfishness joy is only temporary!! As one writer said “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals”


(Jonah 4:10)  And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. This is the second question the Lord confronts Jonah with. The first one being in (v4) “is it right for you to be angry? Now the Lord asks Him “is it right for you to be angry about the plant? (v9)

We need to remember
  • God prepared the plant for Jonah.
  • God is the giver of life to all of His creation saved or unsaved.
  • God performed another miracle by preparing a worm to eat the plant.

Jonah you did not:
  • Tend to the Plant
  • Help grow the plant
  • But you are angry over the plant

Why Jonah? Because as Prov 26:24 “Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbours deceit in his heart;” If you are harbouring bitterness or a grudge in your mind, as Jonah did with these people. Your heart is full of hate and evil ……this is what Jonah was experiencing in his life! This plant the Lord provided was dead and the heat was unbearable like it is when Marvin touches the thermostat in the sanctuary. Again, Jonah wanted to die! Jonah had selfish pride and bitterness towards God for showing such love and mercy to the Nation Nineveh. Sadly when this happens our relationship with God seems distant and severed. He thought he was more important than these wicked people. How could you save someone like that LORD? But as John Piper saysIt horribly skews the meaning of the cross when contemporary prophets of self-esteem say that the cross is a witness to my infinite worth... The biblical perspective is that the cross in a witness to the infinite worth of God's glory, and a witness to the immensity of the sin of my pride.Remember what Paul said Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph 4:31-32
Just as Christ forgave you Christian! Just as God forgave Jonah and gave you a second chance to bring Him glory!! And have you forgotten Jonah? That there is 120,000 who cannot discern for themselves. Jonah 4:11 “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?"  

What God is saying is:
  • Jonah don’t you pity the children of this nation, which exceeds over 120,000?Jonah, you are telling me that you care more for the plant then these children?
  • Should I not be concerned about that great city Jonah?
  • Was I not concerned before the Flood? 
  • Was I not concerned for Sodom and Gomorrah?
  • Jonah is it not right for Me (meaning GOD) to show mercy for their sake?

Are you like Jonah, bitter and resentful towards God’s people whom He showed mercy to? Are you bitter towards a fellow brother or sister in Christ? If so, is this the way you want to live……bitter and angry all the time like Jonah? Do you rejoice over the conversion of another, without prejudice? James Boice said “how can we, who have known that mercy and benefited from it, be less than merciful to others? How can we do less than love them and carry the Gospel to them with all the strength at our disposal?” As Psalm 145:8-9 says “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.” His holy nature is ever inclined to show favour. He is full of compassion - Kind; compassionate; ready to do good. His greatness is shown in his mercy; and the manifestation of that mercy is great

The lessons of this small book are many for you and me! We can learn a great deal from this disobedient prophet. SEE JONAH IS A TYPE OF PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING:
  • He is a type of Christ (who was buried but rose again, but that's it!)
  • He is a type of Israel (disobedient to the will of God)
  • He is a type of all Believers (for we all run away from God at times and need to be disciplined)

ALSO SOME OTHER LESSONS WE TEND TO OVER LOOK WHEN WE READ THE SCRIPTURES! There are lessons that concern Nineveh and the true meaning of repentance. There are lessons relating to doctrine of God’s Sovereignty over man and our sin nature. BUT THE GREATEST LESSONS WE LEARN ARE:
  • The mercies of God. 
  • The compassion of God. 
  • The providence of God working all things for His glory and our good. 
  • Salvation is the power of God for those who repent and believe. 
The real mercy of God was displayed when He sent His Son to outstretch His arms as He hung on the Cross to die for our salvation. THIS BOOK ENDS WITH A QUESTION? Remember as we leave here today, and I really want you to think about it! (v11). Because Jesus says......(Luke 15:10)  “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repent” The question is "Will you rejoice?"

18 November 2015


Jonah 3:1-10

We live in a culture where the church today is desperately trying to find new ways to entice or keep people in the church, instead of the plain preaching of the word and the simple truth of the gospel message. Some, if not many churches feel that biblical preaching is outdated and irrelevant. For some churches use drama, pursuing the latest church growth programs, open dialogue (conversation over preaching), and storytelling and never open their bible. Self-motivated worship (as if God needs me to accomplish His will, or if worship is all about me). Contextualization of passages to make them feel more acceptable (watered down or trying to make everything the bible speaks about relevant in my life. The removal or never lack of mentioning words like: sin, accountability, conviction, false teaching, self-examination and Hell and Damnations. 

Some churches have even encouraged and allowed secular means to bring people in! Now, I’m not picking on the church because I enjoy doing this! It absolutely breaks my heart to see how far the other way some so-called evangelical churches have gone to reach the lost. Remember, I love the church. And again, I’m not picking on the obvious ones who are apostate and are only entertainment centers that claim to be a church. Because that’s all they are! Sadly they tag “Church” in their name. I’m talking about the ones that profess the same things we do! Who hold to the inerrancy of scripture? Who say they believe in the sufficiency of scripture but somehow or somewhere forgot its power and now they feel unconvinced so they use man centered ways to reach and keep lost people in their churches.

Here are a couple of examples: A large church in Winnipeg called “The Rock” This Easter, Church of the Rock will embark on another epic adventure to discover the true meaning of Easter. Join the gang as they turn back the clock to save the day. Pastor Mark Hughes will be preaching the message "Back from the Future." This is from their website. New Springs Church in South Carolina, praise band perform Miley Cyrus', Wrecking Ball, under the "pastoral care and direction" of their pastor Perry Noble. See, to witness this for myself, through their Own Websites and their own You Tube channels, is very disheartening to say the least!

Why? This is not what God intended for His church. This is not what the word of God says we should do. This is an abomination and a disgrace to the True Church. 

As Steve Lawson said “the crying need of the hour is for divine power to be restored to the evangelical pulpit.” When we substitute God’s Word for schemes and secularization, it becomes hazardous and very dangerous…….. not only for the church but for the soul of man. What is the need of the hour?  Expositional preaching and exhortation of God‘s precious holy Word. We as a church family get to see this first hand (front row seats) as we continue in this Minor Prophet’s Letter. Jonah went into a pagan culture, where people had little if no previous knowledge of biblical truth. Jonah went into this city where many would say this is hopeless and the there is no way they will listen to what he has to say. This is what makes this letter so powerful and amazing and relevant today! All Jonah did was simply preach.God’s strategy is for sinners to come to understanding of the gospel is the preaching of His word. As the bible says….“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor 1:17-18

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Cor 2:1-5

“For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.  But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thess 2:3-8

The Book of Jonah is a prime example or account of how God uses simple broken people to proclaim a powerful message to lost and broken sinners. Again as Steve Lawson said in his commentary on this passage “one man (Jonah), equipped with one message (God’s), committed to one method (preaching) who effected great spiritual change. It is no different today. God’s work must be done God’s way if it is to know God’s blessing.” This is a statement that should be hanging over the door way of every sanctuary across North America and around the globe.

“God’s work must be done God’s way if it is to know God’s blessing.”

What is the need of the hour? As I we go through this passage! Keep in mind to the question!  What is the need of the hour? What is it that the people of Nineveh need? What is it that the people of Killaloe and surrounding area need?Answer: Gospel and Biblical Exposition to grow in His amazing love and grace, which leads to eternal life. Remember salvation is the sole workmanship of God. As john penned “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:12-14. As Paul said “….for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Rom 1:16. And later penned these words “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Rom 10:17. We need to hear the word of God for life changing/transforming power unto eternal life. We see that power hear in full color HD1080 in this chapter. What is need of the hour? God’s word to transform lives.


“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be (God’s longsuffering for this wicked nation) overthrown!" (v4)

Jonah lifted up his voice like a trumpet that everyone might hear. “He called or cried out...” Basically Repent our be destroyed in 40 days. Their belief in the Lord began with hearing a message from the Lord by Jonah. Preaching the Gospel is the ordinary means of salvation…..Faith in Christ is the result of hearing the word, the doctrine of God preached. God sends Jonah to proclaim His message of deliverance to this wicked nation that worshipped false idols like the fish god (half man half fish). The word of God, so powerful that it enters even to the deepest and most inward and secret parts of the heart, In this case the Ninevites. Fatally wounding the stubborn, and openly reviving the believers. The word of God leads to repentance…..Remember last week in Prov 28:13 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. The Ninevites saw their wickedness. Their hearts were stirred with genuine remorse............ a brokenness. Repentance begins with acknowledging your own sinfulness. The condition of freedom is confession to a holy God. The One whom we’ve offended. Look at what it says in (v5) “And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth (a display of grief), from the greatest of them to the least of them.”

Everyone REPENTED, all the way from greatest (the King) to even the homeless person who lived on the street. Why were they so convicted? “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” Heb 4:12. When you read the word of God does it convict you? Just as the Ninevites, you must repent before you die, because after death there is no conversion of the soul.” We MUST come to the Lord in genuine repentance and He will forgive you. God will pardon you from your sin.


“Renewal” means "to make new" "the new man" (in contrast to the old unregenerate nature), which "is being renewed unto knowledge The Word of Truth. A changed Nature which we get at the point of Salvation. As Paul said “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. 2 Cor 5:17. A new creation has: New affections, motives, thought life, hope and aspirations. The nation of Nineveh repented of their wickedness and believed the True Sovereign God! They were treated with the mercies of God and were brought into a proper fellowship with God.
They were renewed, just like when you came to the Lord in repentance. We were forgiven and we became “New Creations”. As Jeremiah penned In Lamentations 5:21 “Restore us to Yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old.” Restore us to our former estate which is speaking of the Nation Israel. But, we can put this verse into application for the nation of Nineveh. See the Ninevites did just that……(v8) “…..Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.”
  • Stop living reckless and wicked lives.
  • Stop preying upon the heart of others.
  • Stop your worship to pagan deities.
  • Stop sacrificing your children.
  • Stop everything and come to the True God for renewal of life.

There is no repentance whatsoever unless there is a change of life. True repentance is an inward thing which has its seat in the mind and heart. The change of life (your new nature) is the proof of the changed heart. We need to understand this nation stopped all there wicked and evil acts. Keeping in mind! There is over 600,000 people coming to God in repentance and begging for His mercy and forgiveness. Why did they change? (v9) “Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish." 

“Relent” means “To become less intense, to soften in temper; to become milder and tender; to feel compassion. God showed them mercy, just as he showed you and me mercy! The Ninevites submitted to the Lord in repentance…….Because for the first time they realized He was a mighty an awesome God! J. I. Packer says “Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty... acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours”. That’s the power of the gospel and the Word of God.


WHAT IS REVIVAL? An increase hunger for a delight in God’s Word as Ps 119: 107 says “I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to Your Word!” In order for this revival to happen, something must take place! 

First, it involves a disdain for sin and renewed desire for obedience to God. As Ps 119:37 says “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.” 

Second, it brings increased commitment and interest in personal prayer.  Ps 80:18 says “Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!” 

Third, it’s God gladly at the center of my Life, experienced and enjoyed. Lam 3:24 says “The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." 

Fourthly, it’s getting back on the right path again. As John wrote “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9


An emotional extravagance where people are caught up in the moment and fall down out of control. It’s not a long line of anxious sinners waiting for a turn at the microphone to reveal their most secret sinful something. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones said “Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and dishonored? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age... But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again”. This is what happened to Nineveh. A wickedest of all nations repenting as God's name vindicated and His glory was manifested. REVIVAL BEGINS HERE. The greatest revival in all of History........The Nation of Nineveh.


The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the beginning of the church. Jonathan Edwards and “The First Great Awakening” (1734) A village mourned over the death of 2 young people, and over a period of 6 months half the village was converted by the Power of God. From there Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley the church grew rapidly in new England between 1740 and 1742 with more than 300,000 new and revived Christians turning to the Lord in faith and repentance. One Historian called this time “The most glorious and extensive revival our country has ever known”.

Clean Hands and Pure Hearts Revival in Scotland (1949) began with 2 ladies praying for their own lives and in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. One morning a young man read the scriptures (Ps 24:3-5) “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of His salvation.” It says “After he read he asked the question?  Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure? He and his fellow intercessors fell on their faces in the barn, and their lives were revived as they got their hands and hearts clean before the Lord.” By Sunday the next week the whole island was filled with God consciousness. And Churches were filled to overflowing getting right with God.

Here in this text! Nineveh a nation once known for their evil humbled themselves, from the greatest to the least. They repented and believed in God. (v10)  “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” Again, 600,000 souls turning from their wickedness and believing God. God had compassion for them for they were genuine and truly believed the message A beautiful picture of this demonstrated for us in Luke 15:18-20 “And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” This is what the Lord does to every single person that cries out to Him....He runs and embraces you and me. He seeks the lostLuke 15 in the prodigal son (v18-v19) “I have sinned against Heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” and in (v20) it says“had compassion” We serve a God who is full of compassion for these lost sinners. God had pity for this nation! Why? Because they need a Savior! For without one they are destined to spend eternity in Hell. The Lord sends true revival to the humble and contrite. The broken-hearted over sin; the ones who are deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended a holy God.
  • Even in all Israel’s sin and backsliding, God’s grace will prevail.
  • Even in all Nineveh’s wickedness, God’s grace will prevail.
  • Even in our sinful and disobedient behavior, God’s grace will prevail.

As it says in 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack (not lazy, doesn’t delay) concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. In Matt 9:36 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. This is the same God who was moved with compassion for this nation, a Nation of wickedness “...scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd”. The Power of God’s Word is transforming to those who listen! Always remember true biblical revival begins with faithful preaching and faithful hearing of god’s word. Jonah preached what the God gave him to say:  (v4) “….And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" The Ninevites did more than just hear Jonah, as soon as they heard they responded by believing God (trusting the One true God)  (v5) “And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.” The Ninevites turned from  the  sin that was most characteristic of them “violence” (v8). It’s the power of God to transform a life and He uses His word today to do it! Steve Lawson says “if churches today are to see more people come to Christ, then more BIBLICAL PREACHING is needed, not less. God has always been pleased to use the foolishness of preaching His word to bring about the conversion of lost sinners. He did so in Jonah’s day and He will do so now IF CHURCHES will return to solid, straightforward biblical preaching”. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Rom 10:17. What is most needed today? Gospel preaching and the proclamation of the gospel to lost sinners. And God is inviting you to do just that when we leave this place. The world or communities are filled with Ninevites! What is most needed for our community? The Gospel

11 October 2015


Jonah 1:4-16

If we are honest, every Christian here will admit that there have been times when we ran from God. Some ran the longest from God regarding salvation. Others have run regarding surrender of something in their lives. Others have run because of not wanting to tithe, witness, pray, teach, etc. But understand this…. If Jesus Christ is not the Lord of our lives we will find ourselves doing the same things that Jonah did. Jonah fled from the Lord when he found out what God’s will was for his life. So the question still stands as we go through this letter! Am I Jonah?

Let me ask you! Can God use us and still receive the glory in our disobedience or in the times of God’s chastisement? The answer to that question is yes! See, there is a chastisement that we endure during our disobedience. In other words we are not of the hook. God can still use in our disobedience. Now that’s not a licence to disobey. What I’m saying “even in our plans that we think are better than His, God can use any situation to bring Him glory…..even when He is in the process of spiritually spanking us.” So, I want us to look through the example of Jonah to see some of the things a believer goes through or endures while he or she is away from God.


How did God pursue Jonah? (v4) “the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest..” This was no ordinary storm….it was a big, mean and nasty storm! Why do I say that? According to the text “so that the ship threatened to break up” (v4) This means to break apart (to sink the ship) We could say it had the same power as “Hurricane Joaquin” which has had the same power to have people looking for a 750 foot cargo carrier. This was God’s plan or chastisement to make Jonah understand that you can’t run from God.

“Chastisementmeans “to rebuke or discipline” A child of God realizes that he cannot be beneath God's wrath (which means under His wrathful judgement). The chastening which we endure from God is not destructive, but corrective. As Charles Spurgeon said “God never allows His children to sin successfully, and Jonah is proof of the truth of that statement.” Heb 12:6-7 says “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives." It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” See our disobedience is Sin! And Sin always needs to be dealt with quick and swiftly by a sovereign God.

Because if it isn’t dealt with…..…a ripple effect happens! We have broken fellowship with Him according to 1 John. We are ineffective as servants to ministries that God has called us to. In a sense we become useless to the Gospel until God gets a hold of our lives. These are major problems for many Christians and the church. What do I mean by that? Not only was Jonah seeing first-hand the chastisement for his disobedience. But we also see the ripple effect of Jonah’s disobedience as it affects others. It says in (v5) the mariners (heathen men) were afraid and every man cried out to his god (false gods, pagan gods) Jonah's world was crashing down all around him and it’s all because he chose to disobey God. And selfishly go in the other direction.

Where was Jonah when all this was going down? Resting peacefully in his selfish bubble as the ship was moments away from possibly sinking. (v6) When he woke, in his heart he knew this storm was for him, not the other men in the boat. So what did they do? What any good pagan worshipper do, they panic and try to find answers to why this happening “they cast lots” (v7) “Lotswere used for dividing; consulting and prophecy. This act was sort of like throwing dice. Lots were made from the ankle bone of a sheep.

Lots have been used through the Old and parts of the New.

  • Lev 16:8-9
  • Joshua 14:2
  • 1 Sam 10:20-21
  • Nehemiah 10:34
  • Acts 1:26

We have also seen it in Matt 27:35And when they had crucified Him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.” What’s interesting with the crew from the ship and Jonah is that we see something amazing…this is not luck or chance it feel on Jonah. We see God providence as He overruled the lots to fall on Jonah. “the lots all fell on Jonah (v7) when this happened the men in the boat knew this storm was all because of Jonah. But why did it fall on Jonah? So they ask him a series of questions (v8-v9). They must have been satisfied! Because after Jonah answered their questions the bible says “the men were exceedingly afraid” (v10) means their fear was doubled. Because of Jonah’s selfish decision to flee from God, he put others in harms way. This brings me to my next point!


Remember you can never outrun the Creator of the universe who spoke life into existence. Think about for a moment!
  • The Lord knew Jonah was going to flee to Tarshish.
  • The Lord knows Jonah was going to board this ship full of pagan sailors.
  • The Lord knew Jonan would be asleep in the lower deck of the ship.
  • The Lord knew the lots would fall on Jonah.
  • The Lord knew…..so why do you run?

My question for you is! Am I Jonah, and do, if so why do you have such a low view of God, especially as it pertains to His will for my life? The Lord is everywhere and He knows where you’re in your walk with Him and He definitely knew where Jonah was and the same principle can be said of your life. It’s time to stop running and make a right decision. It was time for these sailors to make a decision. (v12)And he said to them “pick me up and throw me onto the sea”; then the sea will become calm.” A first glance when you read this, you would think to yourself “that was a brave and selfless act you did Jonah.” But on the contrary! We see the exact opposite. Jonah was willing to die then to face the fact that he disobeyed the true living God. Jonah would rather die than to follow the Lords command and repent of his wrong selfish choses. Jonah would rather die than go to Nineveh. I say that because look at what these men did (v13) Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.

This is where God can still use our bad decisions and chastisement for His glory and our good. What do we notice here in this verse? These men were willing to work harder so that they could save the life of one man. These men had more compassion for him then he had for 600,000 souls in Nineveh! Ask yourself something? Without looking sideways or getting buffed up with pride! Do you care about the lost who are perishing into Hell every minute of every day? Is your attitude like Jonah’s, I would rather die than preach repentance and salvation to a lost a fallen world who desperately need the gospel? Is the soul of a lost person worth taking you out of your comfort zone? These heathen sailors had something Jonah didn’t have “Compassion and concern for others.” Someone said “non- Christians never look better than when they are compared with some Christians” The lost world might not have an exact understanding of what a Christian ought to be, but they have a pretty good idea by how we live and treat one another. At this point, through selfish planning by Jonah….
  • God no longer at this moment is speaking to him.
  • Jonah lost his spiritual energy
  • Jonah lost the power to pray
  • Jonah lost his testimony before the unsaved.

The blessings of opportunity squandered and the affects it has on others. But we see an amazing change in the life of these sailors (v14) Therefore they called out to the LORD, "O LORD, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you." These men cried out to the God that created them why? The answer is found in (v8-v9). We need to understand there was a change in the lives after hearing Jonah’s answer! They were not pleading unto their gods as they did in (v5) but unto the true Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob…the God of Jonah. The God of the Hebrews (the one who parted the Red Sea.....the Nile). See, God can take any situation to display His Glory and He did all this even with a disobedience and unwilling prophet named Jonah.

  • God created a storm.
  • God controlled the lots to fall on Jonah.
  • God puts these sailors into his life for a purpose.
  • God also by His sovereignty stopped the terrible storm from continuing.

Since trying to row to shore wasn’t working and they’ve tried everything to their abilities. What did they do? Answer is found in (v15-v16) So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.” Jonah 1:16-16. What was the result of this decision? It says “sea ceased from its raging(v15) another miracle performed by our LORD. Immediately stopped, and became calm; and the wind also ceased from blowing, the storm was over! Same thing happened with the disciples were afraid while Jesus slept. In Matt 8:26-27 it saysAnd He said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of Man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?"

We need to understand! This is the same God who feed and keep the Israelites from harm in the desert, as He patiently guided them into the promise land and it took 40 years. This is the same God who made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. This is the same God that rebuked the storm for the sailors and His prophet Jonah. But look what happened! (v16)Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows” This wasn’t some natural fear, as before. This wasn’t a menial fear or a fear of punishment. This was a reverential expression of godly fear as they finally knew who God really was. As the Proverb says “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Prov 1:7. They began to worship the true God.........The One who wonderfully delivered them from this storm.
  • The God of the Hebrew’s Lord Jehovah! The Great Provider!!
  • The God that delivered the Hebrews out of Egypt!
  • The God who parted the Red Sea
  • The God that protected them by a Cloud in the daytime and a Pillar of Fire by night!
  • The God that came to saves lost sinners!!

John Calvin said "Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief”. God can take this chosen prophet Jonah in all his disobedience and use him to bring the gospel to the nations……the pagans! To display the wonderful grace and mercy of a Sovereign God to those around him. These men offered sacrifices and vowed to Him “Vows” which means “a promise to the one and only God.” We will serve you Living God as Ps 50:14-15 saysOffer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." We serve a wonderful and amazing God who will take any situation we are in and us it for Good. God is sovereign and He is in total control of ever situation, whether we like it or not!

  • Am I so afraid to be used by a holy God?
  • Is my excusing or running away, the answer to my problem?
  • What has running accomplish in my life for the glorious gospel?
  • Do I care about the lives of those who are perishing in our community?
  • Is my present storm a result of disobedience today?
  • Am I being chastised by a holy God who loves me?
  • Do I truly believe that God is Sovereign and that He will use me whether I like it or not?

The answers to all these questions can be found in this Minor Prophets account!
Jonah’s situation can be applied to every single one of us today? May we walk in obedience even if it seems tough to do so, in a world that hates Jesus Christ and His Gospel? Remember, it’s not about us and our abilities…..it’s about Him using us for His glory. As one writer said So many times we say that we can't serve God because we aren't whatever is needed. We're not talented enough or smart enough or whatever. But if you are in covenant with Jesus Christ, He is responsible for covering your weaknesses, for being your strength. He will give you His abilities for your disabilities!” The promise was given as it says Isaiah 6:8 ‘..............I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." Please church family “Remember as you leave this building you are entering the mission field” The question we need to ask ourselves is ARE YOU GOING TO RUN OR GO?

Correction in the audio! Mean't to say Elijah and the prophets of Baal 1 Kings 18 (Thank you and sorry about that)

27 September 2015


Jonah 1:1-3

Is God All Powerful?
Is God All Knowing?
Is God Everywhere present?
Is God sovereign?

These are the questions you want to ask yourself when you read a passage of scripture like this or any passage in bible for that matters. There is absolutely nowhere to run or hide for anyone or anything. God is all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present and completely sovereign over your life. Listen to what the word of God says! “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” Psalm 139:1-18

The great theme of this book is the divine sovereignty of God. The expressions “The Lord prepared” and “God prepared,” frequently repeated, would be evident to this truth. Throughout, however man may plan, and whatever he may attempt, it is God who is over all, and working all things in such a way as to bring glory to His own name. This is why every one of us has a little bit or a lot of Jonah in us. We forget this biblical truth! God is sovereign and knows best for each and every one of us. We find it easier to retreat or flee our responsibilities as God’s children than it is to face things on the front-lines as Jesus did. 

What is the easiest thing to do when something is causing you to get out of your comfortable Christian life? Do you ignore the situation? Do you run away hoping the problem will eventually go away or get solved by someone else? Am I Jonah? DO YOU REALIZE? The further you runway the harder it is! Why? It will always catch up to you.........Running does not solve the problem! As Christians, it’s our duty to face whatever the Lord puts in our path and to never run from His sovereign will for our lives. Jonah was a man who didn’t want to follow God’s instruction. Jonah was a man who thought it would be better to go his own way.....”My way is much better than God’s way.

Jonah wasn’t some common man…..Jonah was a prophet from God (going back to 2 Kings 14:25). Jonah represented God to the 10 northern tribes during a time of relative peace and prosperity. Jonah proceeded Amos as a prophet to the Northern Tribes. Jonah and Amos were living in very similar political and cultural conditions. Both Syria and Assyria were weak, allowing King Jeroboam II to enlarge the northern borders of Israel. Things were going relatively well for Jonah! Until the LORD came to Him and said “Arise Go to Nineveh...”

Can I tell you something that is very important! We ALWAYS need to obey God when He says “GO”God purchased you from the slave market and He has declared you to be His property. Not only did God save from the pits of Hell….. He saved you, to use you, for His glory as a light, a beacon or example of His extravagant grace founded in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As the scriptures say……“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” I Cor:6:20. “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men” I Cor:7:23. “[Christ] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” Titus : 2:14.

We see two things in opening remarks of Jonah’s letter.


Look (v2) Arise, go to Nineveh that great city, and call out against it.” Why? They were wicked and shady characters who desperately needed to taste God’s mercy. This statement is proof that God extends His saving grace beyond just the nation of Isreal….it extends to you and me. As we read in Romans 3:28-29 “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,” See, Jonah wasn’t listening to God and His commands. Why? Jonah knew about the people of Nineveh. See Nineveh wasn’t your normal or typical city….it’s not somewhere you want to raise a family or retire in or go on a family vacation too. Nineveh was situated on the Tigris River, Nineveh was the capital of the mighty Assyrians, Nineveh was well known as one the.........
  • Wickedest of people (segregated from outsiders)
  • Heavily into Pagan Idolatry  (The worshipped the Fish god)                      
  • No Bible knowledge of any sort (they did not know the God of Israel)
  • Haters of anyone outside their city

Nineveh was known to be heavily protected by huge inner walls: 50 feet wide that were a 100 feet high and 8 miles around. Nineveh was feared for the cruelty of their soldiers to captives of neighboring nations. Nineveh was widely known for…….Sacrificing their children to pagan deities. Shameless in their disregard for human life in general. They were known as “the Bloody City” In Nah 3:1 it says “Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder-- no end to the prey! “ They were a barbaric nation! A prime example of what human depravity really looks like according to the scriptures. They were naturally bent and unfixable …..But that’s the whole point to the gospel. We are all bent and need saving, just like the Ninevites. This wasn’t an easy city or situation for Jonah to enter into to!
  • What would you do, knowing who these people are?
  • Would you go and preach the only way of eternal life to this wicked nation?
  • Would you run like Jonah as far away as possible?

  • Would you walk by faith in God’ providential care to see you through His master plan, for those who desperately need to hear the gospel. Jonah had a duty to perform and a responsibility to the message of God! But! Jonah choice to run!! Where are you running to Christian? Where are you running to and why? How you respond to the call, will determine who and what you love the most! We see Jonah’s answer in the next verse (v3)


Look (v3) Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” Again, the first thing that pops into my mind is this…..Where will you go Jonah? How is that even possible Jonah? How can you hide from the sovereign Creator of the Universe? Think about what Jonah is trying to do! It’s like playing “hide and go” seek with a two year old, who covers their eyes and doesn’t go hide but says “you can’t see me” This is no different for Jonah and for us at times! Do you think by running a few hundred miles in the other direction that God is going to be sitting on His throne and saying……“ I wonder where Jonah went too? He hasn’t posted on Facebook in a while, no selfies of himself on his travels.”

This is serious business church family! Fleeing not only from the Lord’s Command….but trying to flee from His presence. Only brings and produces heartache and discipline from a holy God. What Jonah did was willful disobedience. “Disobedience “means “to neglect or a refusal to obey; a violation, a breach of duty prescribed by authority. In the OT "disobedience" is frequently described as "a refusing to hear. In Deut 18:19 Moses penned these words “And whoever will not listen to My words that he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.” I will require it of you; I will punish him severely for it. The act of disobedience is going to be required of you. Nothing goes undone by a holy a sovereign God! See when God calls a person like Jonah, we must do it. There is no door number two Where you say “I don’t think so” because you will have to stand before God.

(v2) “Arise, go to Nineveh” See this is a command not a request again if the Lord tells you to do something you do it! Jonah knew the Law of the Lord, and he also knew he was supposed to listen and follow God’s commands. Jonah did the exact opposite of what God commands from His children. Jonah chose to “flee” and go as far away from Nineveh as possible. Are you doing this today? Does God want you to do something that would require you to go? We need to understand no matter if you’re a Prophet like Jonah or a Christian layperson.

Disobedience leads to heartache or worse death…..
  • Adam and Eve, eating the forbidden fruit. (Gen 3:6-11)
  • Lot's wife, in looking back upon Sodom (Gen 19:26)
  • Moses in making excuses when commissioned to deliver Israel. (Exo 4:13-14)
  • The Israelites refusing to enter the Promised Land. (Deut 1:26; Num 14:1-10)

Jonah thought he could flee to Tarshish and escape the presence of the Lord. Again I’m blown away by this opening verse of this letter! God is everywhere Jonah? GOD is Omnipresent.

“Omnipresent” means that God is everywhere present at the same time; He is unbounded. This is one of His glorious attributes that only He wills. John MacArthur said “If God is everywhere; it is foolish to think we can hide from Him. However, it also means that a believer may experience the presence of God at all times and know the blessing of walking with Him.” In Jeremiah 23:24 we see this truth "Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? Declares the LORD.”

To think that a person can run away from the eternal presence of the Lord is plan foolishness and has such a low view of God. There are many Jonah’s today, who do the same thing he did by running in opposite direction. Fleeing, disobeying or make excuses when the Lord calls us to go is not just on the mission field in some remote part of the world. He commands us the same way in the workplace, our homes, businesses, our community and our neighborhoods.

Sadly, we flee with excuses like……
  • I’m too afraid
  • They’re not going to listen to me.
  • I’m uneducated and do not want to mess up the truth of God’s word.
  • I don’t know what to say to my peers at work, school, and neighbor and so on.
  • I don’t know if I would say enough or too much.
  • I don’t want to offend anyone, I just want to fit in and leave a peace with people. 

I want you to understand something this morning! You cannot hide from God. So stop trying! But also know God is much bigger than your inabilities. That’s why God chose the simple to reprove the wise of this age. Why? For this very reason! God gets the glory in your life as you live for Him and the gospel message. Paul penned these words “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." 1 Cor 1:27-31

The greatest thing you can do when you feel you can’t is to submit to God, because he doesn’t need you but choses to use you in your weaknesses and in your inabilities to shine through you. Why? Because only God can do that! God gets the glory as He uses us for His purposes. As David Platt said when he talked about reaching this world “the Church is plan A, there is no plan B.”

So where are you running to and why?
  • Running doesn’t solve the issue or the problem.
  • Running doesn’t change the mind of almighty God.
  • Running doesn’t bring blessing and rest in Christ.

Do you recognize what running does…….
  • Running leads to chastisement from a holy God.
  • Running leads to a miserable Christian life, filled with guilt and doubt.
  • Running only prolongs you inability to grow and be as blessing to others.
  • Running only leads to opportunity squandered (regretting that I should had of done something….. not to earn favor with God, but to be used by Him for His glory.)

God did not call us to sit on our butts and do nothing as this world passes you and me bye. God did not call us out of darkness so we could sit on the fence and watch others do it. We are to live for Christ in every avenue of our lives! This means privately, outwardly and corporately. See to follow Jesus is to…….live with radical abandonment and be faithfully committed to whatever God has for our lives….Without excuses or But! Jonah chose to run in the opposite direction with the idea that maybe the further I run God will change His mind. But as Moses penned “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19

So the question for you is! Am I Jonah? This is a question you need to think about as we go through this little book.