// Sound the alarm. Awaken the watchmen. Open their ears let their voices be loud. We prophesy You’ll come to this nation. Touch this generation with a holy visitation. //
Prepare/ Holy Visitation: Eddie James
You’re called to greater things, just believe there is more.
We begin our series this month with a question? What are you fighting God for? One of the best examples to learn from is the prophet, Jonah. In this series, we will discuss the value of our “yes” and how to follow God when it’s hard.
Island of the Called
We will start off by reading the book of Jonah. As always we encourage you to read these passages of scripture we use for yourself, that you may receive wisdom and revelation. We will be paraphrasing some of this content to honor your time.
Jonah 1:1-2, Jonah is commissioned to go to the land of Nineveh. A land of brutes and sinners. Have you ever been called to go where no one has gone? Maybe, sent to a place where the reputation precedes itself? It’s easy to go where others have gone before, you have at least a reference point on what to expect.
Verse 3, leads us into the reaction we’d all probably take or have taken at some point when God asks us to do something. We run! We run from what God has asked us to do. Whether we fill qualified or not. Fear grips us by the neck and then smashes our hopes.
The next few verses discuss that Jonah was successful for a bit. Got on a boat. Went off to sea. But God had Jonah right where he needed him. God will take your mess and turn it into a message. A storm began to rage. Jonah just slept through it.
At this point I want to point out, you are marked. When you accepted Christ and told every one of your new found love for this man who saved you. You became public enemy number one to those who don’t know Jesus. You are the weird one. The outcast. Not everyone thinks or looks like you. Because an encounter with Jesus changes everything about you. How you act, talk, and even think.
“So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”
Jonah 1:6 NKJV
That’s exactly what happens to Jonah. Because he could rest easy. There was something that set him apart. So these shipmen that knew other gods had to call on the Almighty to save them. Jonah had a choice to either represent or deny God. Just like you, we have that choice every time we make a decision. Up until verse 9, the shipmen asked everything about who Jonah was. Who did he serve?
“Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.”
Jonah 1:16 NKJV
Fast forward several verses. We see this encounter caused these once pagan worshippers to realize who the true God is. While you may be running, because of your “yes” to Christ, He will still use you. Jonah may have been in rebellion, but God saw an opportunity for Jonah to minister to people along the way to his ultimate destination in the long run.
He will still use you! Don’t ever think of yourself less or unqualified. You are more than meets the eye. Isaiah 40:3, calls us to be commissioned to prepare a way for the kingdom of God to advance. Jonah was known as a prophet, he had the ability to speak what had not been completed yet. He had authority. Yet he tried to hide himself and his calling to do the will of the Lord.
Next week we will be discussing what it was to be in the belly of a monster. What to think? What to do? You won’t want to miss it!
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.