Book of Jonah verse by verse.
It is not unusual for believers to run from God by way of leaving Him knocking at t heir heart's door. Jonah is the classic example of a believer who remained in a state of resistance to God's call to serve. Jonah is a prophet with self-inflicted wounds from the heart of pride. Yet, God shows himself faithful and determined.
The lesson we learn from the book of Jonah is that God does not offer a plan "B". He offers no alternative... only an ultimatum. Any seduction that diverts your yielding to obey the Holy Spirit will only bring about disillusionment, staleness and death.
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Book of Jonah... Continued...
As Christians, we must have a zero tolerance to lingering discouragement. Tolerating discouragement is rooted in tolerating deception. Never trust your feelings! Trust the Word of God. One point must remain perpetually clear: The Holy Spirit will never direct us contrary to the Word of God. Thus, the fundamental concern for the believer is to understand the Word of God as the only reality and reliability. The Bible is the only resolve that instills a pure ambition for the glory of God. Walking in the Light of God's Word is the only way to be competent for the Glory of God.
Regardless of what your situation is, God will sustain you. Knowing the liberty we have to cast all our cares upon Christ is a matter of biblical fact that compels our obedience to the work of the Holy Spirit. Be aggressive in turning away from any and all sin the Holy Spirit convicts you of. Yield to the Holy Spirit's demonstration of the life of Christ in you, and you will find yourself very encouraged and emboldened to renew your mind to the will of God. Amen!
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