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"My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees." (Psalm 119:71, NLT). Afflictions and storms cause us to be totally dependent on the only ANCHOR that can fight waves – GOD. There is a beautiful Hillsong Song called 'Cornerstone' and in one of the verses the lyrics are ‘My anchor holds within the veil’. This is the hope that every Believer has, that no matter the storm, our Anchor being God, will hold!
Have Faith In The Prayers Made During Storm
Jonah had faith that God heard his prayer and delivered him from his situation! From verse 1-2, I deduce that he believed his prayer was answered before he was ‘actually’ delivered. We need this type of faith, storm or no storm! We need to believe that God hears our prayers and will answer according to His sovereign will! Remember Jonah spent 3 days in that fish! Most of us would have given up after day one. Jonah persevered, seeking God’s answer, turning His heart to God’s temple and we should too!
The Weeds Of The Mind And The Importance Of FELLOWSHIP
Jonah said the weeds entangled his head. This intrigued me. Head=mind… Looking at the features of weeds: They are annoying plants, if you have a garden you’d know. Weeds are skilled in growing anywhere and everywhere that weed killer does not exist! Weeds grow aggressively!
Those weeds are the negative maladaptive thoughts, cognitions that grow in the absence of the weed killer – The Word of God (John 1:1), God, Fellowship etc.
"God’s Word is a sword, ‘shank’ every thought that is impure" as Jahaziel’s song says. Take captive every thought, don’t allow it to grow! Fellowship is so important. Lack of fellowship with others leaves you vulnerable on a spiritual level! The mathematics of the Bible shows how important fellowship is!
Jonah was a prophet to northern Israel, their enemies were the gentile nation of Assyria ‘Nineveh’ the great city and Jonah was given the unusual instruction from the Lord to preach to that city calling them to repentance. Here we see one of the first displays of God’s desire to see all nations saved and how He would do so through Israel!
Down is never good when God is up! Notice that verse 3-4 says that Jonah went ‘down’ to Tarshish and ‘down’ to Joppa (which means beautiful- its actually our modern day Tel Aviv). Eventually he ended up down in the belly of a whale, which Jonah himself describes as ‘sheol’ which is another name for hell.
While the storm is going on Jonah was sleeping (Jonah 1:5). I imagine this is like sleeping during turbulence on a plane. What this shows is Jonah’s ignorance and desensitization to his disobedience. A trap many of us fall into! We sleep when we need to wake up and change. OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!! OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN ENDING UP IN A WHALE! 1 SAMUEL 15:22
Don’t deny God in the midst of your storm. In verse 9 we read Jonah’s first words, he states his identity and who he believes in, even in the midst of the storm… what can we learn from that? Even in our mess, don’t deny the God that you serve. For this is the one reason why in verse 16 we see that these men who served other gods now feared the Lord God Almighty and made sacrifices & vows unto Him. Without Jonah’s declaration, they wouldn’t have known.
Jonah took responsibility for his disobedience (Jonah 1:12). In psychology there is something we call ‘Diffusion of Responsibility’ where everybody shares in the blame or the glory of a situation. There was none of that there because Jonah stepped forward and said cast me out for the sea to calm down.
Jonah as angry at the Lord's mercy but forgot that it was the same mercy that prevented the fish from having him for dinner!
Jonah was basically saying to God, "Look, I knew you were going to have mercy anyway, that’s why I didn’t want to go! You’re too compassionate." Jonah saw his mission as pointless & futile, but God didn’t!
I see and understand Jonah’s perspective, especially from the position of getting annoyed when people abuse the ‘grace’ of God. But it’s not for us to get annoyed. Moreover, our annoyance should not infringe on our obedience to God’s instruction.
Yes people abuse God’s grace…but I will still tell everyone about it! Because someone will be saved!
Jonah was so dramatic…was it really that deep? Verse 3-4 made me chuckle. How can Jonah request to die!!! I imagine God saying to Jonah in today’s slang ‘is it really that deep?’
God’s grace transcends our human understanding.
I love the way the message bible puts verse 4-11. God is saying to Jonah and to us; don’t get angry at what you didn’t work for! Jonah didn’t look at after plant, didn’t see it through its early days, and consequently allowed it to die. God used the plant to describe the city of Nineveh. He is saying that he wants to see that plant grow, live and not die.
This chapter is a real wake up call to ‘Christians’ who consider other people unworthy of God’s grace. Please look back and remember the ‘amazing grace’ that saved YOU. Rejoice when people turn to God, because it means you have gained another sibling in the Lord.
Be careful not to look down from a position of pride. Be careful not to be ‘selfish’ with your ‘saved’ status. WE desire for ALL to be saved!
Actions speak louder…Faith without works is dead." (James 2:14). The people of Nineveh ‘believed’ God (verse 5), but that belief wasn’t enough. The KING of this great city fasted and used his authority to instruct everyone in the land to fast, call out to God, and put on sackcloths. They humbled themselves before God, physically showing their repentance.
God’s grace existed in the Old Testament. Contrary to popular belief and lack of studying the Bible, we can see that God’s grace & mercy existed in the Old Testament! Grace is unmerited favour. Favour is receiving something you did not work for. Mercy is the withholding of what you do deserve! God’s mercy is evident in this chapter.
Your obedience can save a nation. Repentance can save a nation.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? (Romans 10:13-14 NKJV)
And how shall they hear without a preacher? How will people hear about God if you do not tell them? How will people hear about God if we don’t support our missionaries & evangelists? How will people hear about God and be saved if you don’t grow in the faith, obey God and speak up?
See how a city was saved because Jonah finally heeded to God’s instruction. If he really resisted…the blood of the city would be on his hands, he would be held accountable. The people of Ninevah would have perished for lack of knowledge! But thank God that wasn’t the case.
Understand that the things God tells us to do, the thing He considers to be our purpose has a greater impact. Purpose isn’t just for you! It’s for others to benefit from.
"There are going to be ""New Moors"" that are going to come in with their eyes wide open, seeing and knowing, that are going to take you old Moors, seat you in the back, and carry out my Law" Nobel Drew ALI
This week Jonah BEY goes in on Entreprenuership & the use of DBA in separating public & private.
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RULES TO THE GAME
1.) THERE IS NO MONEY- There is no Consitutionally sanctioned money for the Republic as ennumerated in Article I Section 10 of the Consitution FOR the United States of America. There is onlly fiat monsy allowed to be used WITHIN the UNITED STATES CORPORATION.
2.) PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DO NOT MIX- In all of society there is a Public and a Private connected to everything. Learn what this is and DON''T MIX THEM. THEY DON'T EVER MIX THEM SO DON'T YOU EVER MIX THEM.
3.) STAY IN HONOR AT ALL COST.- Dishonor creats obligations. A creditor ALWAYS pays his bills. The United States is YOUR responsibility. Be a responsible creditor.
4.) DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC CONTROVERSY- You are PRIVATE. AS SON AS YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH AN ANSWER QUESTIONS IN A PUBLIC VENUE THEN YOU TESTIFY THAT YOU ARE PUBLIC AND FALL UNDER THEIR JURISDICTION. ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.
Learn the RULES OF THE GAME.
Prayer is the only way to reach the heart of God. The fervent effectual prayer of the righteous avails much. There is no prayer God does not hear. He hears all prayers no matter how small, A sinners prayer receives attention beyond belief. Jonah's prayer, Cornelius prayer,Hexekiah'a prayer, Whosoever calls on the name of the Lordshall be saved. Pray today.
in Self Help
This is our final week in the series called Fulfilling God's Calling. We have been journeying through the book of Jonah, and looking in greater detail, at the cost of not pursuing the calling that God has on your life.
We must remember that God's ultimate purpose for us is will benefit others. The longer that we remain out of alignment with our divine assignments, the longer those people remain captive, lost, and misguided. God has given you specific territory, gifts, talents, and abilities, to do exactly what He called you to do. The question is, will you let fear, distractions, or insecurities stop you?
This week we're going to look at how to manage unexpected outcomes. How do we respond when we do exactly what God tells us to do, but the outcome doesn't look like what we expected? The Scripture we will reference this week is Jonah Chapter 4.
Get your pens, pads, laptops, and tablets ready to receive God's Word!
in Indie Music
Mz. Koko Bowden interviews Hip hop gospel rapper J Rich In Christ about the 2014 WWW.IAMGODSWOMAN.COM CONFERENCE in Jacksonville Florida hosted by Apsotle Veryl Howard. .
My mission has and always will be to reach people through good and postive art.”
Jonah Greene, known as JRICHINCHRIST, was born and raised in Upstate New York but lived most of his life in NC. The youngest sibling, he was raised in a single parent home. Lyrically talented and athletic, at the age of 15, Jrichinchrist got into the music industry through secular rap. Not long after, he fell prey to the partying lifestyle. During this time of his life, he saught out two things - money and women.
CURRENT LIFE AND GOALS
Jrichinchrist is currently performing live concerts locally and abroad. His goal is to impact the culture and reach young people with his music.
Moses Blue, owner and founder of WBND RADIO, mentors him and helps to accomplish his mission. Jrichinchrist wants to be a positive inspiration to all people in the music industry.
for more info go to http://www.jrichinchrist.com/#!the-author/c20sg
1st Hour Between the Lines News Magazine: Hear the guests; Robert Parry, Investigative journalist and editor with ConsortiumNews.com; Rev. Lee Dreyer, pastor of the White Oaks Spring Presbyterian Church, Butler County, PA; Jonah Minkoff-Zern, director of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People campaign SUMMARY: As NATO Heightens New Cold War Tensions with Russia, U.S. Media Continues to Distort Ukraine Conflict; Community Pulls Together to Offer Clean Water to Families Affected by Natural Gas Fracking Pollution; Senate Permits Debate on Proposed Constitutional Amendment Reversing Citizens United Ruling COUNTERSPIN: This week - A judge has ruled BP was guilty of willful misconduct and gross negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, you'd hope the media would take serious notice. We'll talk about what that would look like with Antonia Juhasz, author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. Also on the show: The Economist magazine recently apologized and retracted its review of 'The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism."
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