Getting Through the Storms of Life

by Greg Laurie on Mar 7, 2019

Enjoy singing praise and worship with the Harvest worship band at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Orange County. Then follow along with Pastor Greg Laurie as he continues in our series from the Book of Jonah with a message titled, “Getting Through the Storms of Life.”

In this message, he reminds us the Book of Jonah is about a man running from God’s will. God will always have the last word. You are either in a storm of some kind or headed into another.

“The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)

“…for their wickedness has come up before Me.” (Jonah 1:2)

The Ninevites were the avowed enemies of Israel!

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

If God is good and loves us, and is looking out for our ultimate best interest, we should obey.

Read: Jonah 1:4–5

“But the Lord hurled a powerful wind…” (Jonah 1:4)

Protecting Storms, Perfecting Storms, and Correcting Storms.

1.  Protecting Storms

2.  Perfecting Storms (Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 4:17–18)

3.  Correcting Storms

When you are a child of God, and you go astray, God will discipline you (Hebrews 12:6). The Bible tell us if we are not disciplined, we are not God’s child (Hebrews 12:5–7). The storm was a sign that God wasn’t finished with Jonah yet.

  • Psalm 119:67
  • Jonah 1:5

They cried out to their gods, but Jonah did not cry out to his!

“Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. (Jonah 1:8)

Jonah may have been a prodigal, but he was still a believer. Jesus said, “If salt has lost its saltiness, it’s no longer good for anything.” Sometimes nonbelievers have more faith than believers. The nonbelievers remembered what Jesus said would happen after He died. (Matthew 27:63)

The only thing worse than being called a hypocrite is actually being one. (Jonah 1:17)

Prepared means, “ordained,” “called.” Life is not easy, but we know, in the end, we all live Happily Ever After. There is more than life on earth; there is an eternity.

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