“God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.”
Pastor Greg Laurie takes us through a new series, Jonah Go! In his first message at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Orange County titled, “Here Am I…Send Him!” Greg shares how not only did Jesus validate the story of Jonah as a miracle, He also used it to illustrate His crucifixion and resurrection from the dead.
The book of Jonah could be summed up as follows: God said, “Go!” Jonah said, “No!” God said, “Oh!” It still takes longer to get Christians motivated to share the Gospel than for sinners to repent. (Jonah 1:1–3)
“…for their wickedness has come up before Me.” (Jonah 1:2)
What kind of people lived in Nineveh? Answer: Really, really wicked ones.
Nineveh, a city of the Assyrians, was legendary for its cruelty. (Nahum 3:3–4)
Some of us are on boats going to Tarshish while God is saying, “Go to Nineveh!”
There are only two roads in the Christian life. One leads to Nineveh; the other leads to Tarshish. One road is the will of God; the other is disobedience to His will.
- 1. Perhaps Jonah went to Tarshish because he was afraid he would be unpopular.
- 2. Maybe Jonah went to Tarshish because he was unconcerned.
- 3. Maybe Jonah did not go because he thought it would be difficult.
- 4. Jonah did not go because he was certain it would succeed! (Jonah 4:2)
We all deserve God’s judgment! For many of us, it’s not that we hate people; we honestly just don’t care; otherwise, we’d do something. God told Jonah to get up and go to Nineveh because He was going to send revival; and Jonah was His tool.
“But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” (Jonah 1:3)
“Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.” (Genesis 3:8)
Satan opened all the doors for Jonah’s disobedience. The Bible must always be our guide in these things. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
Every step away from God is always a step-down.
God will always have the last word! (Jonah 1:4)
You cannot run or hide from God.
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