As you read Psalm 61 it is evident David is Overwhelmed. We are living in a time when it is easy to get overwhelmed. Look at David’s situation and how he handles it. David began feeling at “the ends of the earth,” far from God. But as he thought about God and prayed to him, he drew closer to God. He grew in confidence until he ends actually expecting to be established in Jerusalem, his capital, for many days and many generations.
David’s God is our God.
Augustine wrote, They that are godly are oppressed and vexed in the church or congregation for this purpose: that when they are pressed, they should cry; and when they cry, that they should be heard; and when they are heard, that they should laud and praise God.
We find God’s love in these final verses through His Provision, then His instruction. Spurgeon said, “Let us hope that, during the rest of his (Jonah’s) life, he so lived as to rejoice in the sparing mercy of God.”
As Jonah concludes his prayer, the Word of God is clear to him, “Do you do well to be angry?” Boice remarks of Jonah’s anger, “He had obeyed God, doing what God wanted; but God had not done what Jonah wanted.” Is this the cause of your own anger?
Jonah preached God’s Word, Nineveh Repented of their sin, and God withheld His judgment. So it is with us. You can have a great awakening! Repent of your sin. Christian, just as Jonah’s task wasn’t easy…neither will yours be. But we must all share the gospel with those still in sin.
Chapter 3 begins with Jonah’s Great Commission being repeated to him. We learn more of the Love and Mercy of God here through:
• A New Begining.
• His Clear Instructions to Jonah.
• Jonah’s Full Obedience to God.
God knows your condition, still, He is calling you. Jonah is still not perfect but he responded well. Will you respond similarly today? Jonah is a story about the Love and Mercy of God. Please experience this today.
If you are living on the run, or out of His will, I promise He is not finished with you— Repent, Return to Him. If you are unsaved, be saved today and begin this wonderful relationship with the Providential, Providing, All-Knowing God!
You can live your life 1 of 2 ways in light of Jonah’s story. You can obey God and be blessed by His using you to reach others or you can resist, be miserable, and still be used by God to reach others. To those of you here today unsaved, I implore you…. See the mercy and love of God in this story; See the length to which He will go to reach out to you; Return to Him today!
We find Jonah, fleeing, but being pursued by God. This speaks to the mercy and love of God. He loves so much, that He pursues Jonah. He is so merciful, though Jonah disobeys and flees, God stays after Him to help him into a good path rather than one of destruction.
Jonah disobeyed God’s Word, he tried to avoid God’s will and flee God’s Holiness. He attempted to flee the presence of God! But Jonah knows all too well that God is All-Present. He is everywhere, all the time. Further, Jonah, God’s prophet, knows and preaches that God is sovereign. He is in control. Are you following Him or fleeing?
Let me ask you today, spiritually speaking, “What are you going to do with
Christmas?” Christ came down and has spiritually made you rich. Are you living richly or poorly? Is your life like Mary, Joseph, Simeon? Just, Devout, Holy Spirit-led?
As we continue a look at the Life of Christ and seeing reasons to say, “Jesus, Thank You…” Today we will look at His Birth. Arrangements can sometimes become overwhelming. Adventures can really wear on us. This is the Birth of Christ. Are you taking full advantage of Christmas? Jesus came that you might be saved, are you?
Jesus, Thank You! Thank You for Your Divine Forgiveness to us, unworthy sinful people. Thank You for Eternal Security and Immediate Access. Now, please bless this time as we spiritually dine on the remembrance of
Peter builds upon his comments on scoffers with more information about the return of Christ. He is clear, that day will come. He points out that the delay is simply God being patient. He gives instructions for believers while waiting.
How is your wall coming? You’ll probably be glad when it’s finished… It might seem like it is taking forever to build… I promise it will be worth it. Especially when you hear/realize “It had to be God.”
Peter writes to comfort the church while facing false teachers and accusers. The prophets told us these people would come, questioning Jesus’ promise to return and God’s judgment in the end. As the scoffer speaks, we are reassured that the prophets were true. Thus, scripture is true. Jesus is Who He claimed to be, & He is soon returning!
False teachers are pointed out in scripture, and so is their impact on others. They leave those they betray with unfulfilled promises. They offer liberty but instead lead them into legalism. They can only ever give them a religion, never true regeneration.
There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. These false teachers are bold and arrogant. They promise freedom but deliver slavery. They are immoral, they are smooth talkers, and they try to get others to fall into their own immorality. Peter is clear, they will pay the price for their evil deeds.
There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. Peter describes false teachers here, he reveals their coming destruction, but best of all…he writes to the church of their deliverance! Let’s consider False Teachers, but with a confidence that only God can give.