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Open Heavens: ANOTHER JONAH IN THE CHURCH?
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Open Heavens
by Pastor E.A Adeboye
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ANOTHER JONAH IN THE CHURCH?

Read:
Ezekiel 33:1-6

Memorise:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:1 5

Bible in one year:
Numbers 16-17
Jeremiah 19:10-20:6

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We are often quick to judge Biblical characters when they do not measure up to God's expectation in one area or the other. We should however not allow our judgmental opinions to becloud our minds from the salient lessons God is trying to pass across to us through the failings of these characters. To drive home this point, the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 10:11 says,
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

Among such characters are father Abraham and Isaac, who both misrepresented their wife as their sister. We also have prophets like Elijah, who opted to die in the face of adversity, and Jonah, the prophet who chose to run away from God's assignment. In the New Testament, we have apostles like Thomas, who said he would not believe in Christ's resurrection unless he saw and touched the palms of His hands. The shortcomings of these characters exposes their humanity to us, and it also serves as a challenge to us that if characters with such shortcomings can go on to do great things for God, so can we in spite of our inadequacies.

Let's take a closer look at Prophet Jonah, and compare his attitude to that of believers in the Church today. In Jonah 1, we read of how the word of the Lord came to him, instructing him to go and warn the people of Nineveh against the impending doom hanging over their heads because of their wickedness. Instead of carrying out God's assignment, Jonah chose to flee to Tarshish, because he wanted the people of Nineveh to receive God's judgment. He knew if these people heard the warning and repented, God would not punish them as He had earlier planned. However, Jonah wanted them to receive God’s punishment because of all they had done to the children of Israel. In like manner, our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to go and preach the gospel of salvation to sinners. Following the principles set out in our Bible reading, if we do not obey the Lord's commandment, God forbid that their blood be required of us. We must beware of Jonah's mistake so that none of us becomes another Jonah in the Church. Jonah landed in the belly of a fish before he understood the foolishness of trying to run away from God. Are you being called into the ministry of soul-winning? Stop running from your responsibility! Let us take the assignment of soul-winning seriously, and we will not miss our reward. Proverbs 11:30 says,
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

Prayer Point:
Father, help me to win souls for You on a daily basis.




Posted by:
Temi Peter



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The Good Seed
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
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Two ways – two ends (1)

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:39-41

Two ways – two ends (1)
The two robbers who were crucified with Jesus had gone the same pathway together for a long time. Something had led them on to the wrong track. They had committed a serious crime, possibly together, for which the Romans sentenced them with the cruel punishment of crucifixion. Mark reports that at the first the two were in complete agreement in reviling the Lord Jesus (cf. Mark 15:32). Suddenly, however, their thoughts began to differ. The end of their earthly way was decided and irrevocable, and they knew it. But they now set their minds on different ends.
One of the criminals blasphemed Jesus, saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” His assumption concerning the Lord was absolutely correct; even demons often testified that Jesus was the Christ, the promised Messiah of the people of Israel. But the robber spoke derisively and selfishly. Even without such a scornful undertone, a proper judgment of Jesus Christ proves useless, unless the right attitude towards Him is adopted. Mere lipservice without heartfelt sincerity, without saving faith and without a personal living relationship to Christ is of no avail.
(to be continued tomorrow)
Today’s reading: Zephaniah 1




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