// By Your spirit I will rise. From the ashes of defeat. The resurrected king is resurrecting me. //
Resurrecting: Elevation Worship
He’s a God of the second chances.
We are fast approaching the end of this series. Our hero, Jonah, really represents us on our “I don’t want to do it” days. It’s human. You’re human. However, we have to get over ourselves in order to see what God fully wants to use us for. Catch up with this series in the following posts, Established Authority, & Belly Rumble.
For this article, we will be using Jonah 3. As always we encourage you to read these passages for yourself that you may get your own wisdom and revelation. As we will be paraphrasing in order to honor your time.
So Jonah had just been spit out (Jonah 2:10.) There were many things Jonah could have done at that time. But he waited. After being in the belly of the fish he was probably trying to readjust to being back on land. Regardless of the reason he stayed put.
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent.”
Jonah 3:1-3 NKJV
We serve a God who will give you another try. Even after you’ve done blew it again. Even after you’ve tried to run with all your might in the opposite direction. Even when you’ve rejected Him completely. We have to get in our heart the TRUTH of what He thinks about us. There is nothing you can do or say that would separate you from His love.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
You can’t mess up His plan for your life. You just have to say I’m sorry, and start again. You get to hit the redo button. It may not be how you think it should look. He is faithful to restore.
Now the life you live while you’re “away” does have consequences. Sometimes that means you have to pay the worldly cost. BUT GOD! He will walk you through it. You WILL NOT be left alone. He is with you.
“Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.”
Jonah 3:10 NKJV
Jonah 3:5, uses this phrase “so the people of Nineveh believed God.” This is so vital in your 180 turn around. We have to believe in God. This is the crazy thing. Jonah had every expectation that Nineveh would be destroyed. However, when he released the word of the Lord it caused conviction throughout the land. Conviction leads them to seek the Truth. The Truth has set them free. They repented.
Jonah 3:10, gives the best definition of repentance. “They turned from their evil ways,” it doesn’t mean they gave up some, it had to be ALL. They had to close that door shut on their life, or it would come back again and again.
You ultimately have a choice. In everything you do. Obey or deny. Will you do what God is asking of you, or will you run? Jonah has now seen both the agony of disobedience and the victory of simple obedience.
As we wrap up this series, what does it look like when the end result doesn’t go your way? Is it ok to disagree? Disagree with God?
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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.