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The Hot Head

  • Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made himself a booth, and sat under it in the shade, until he might see what would become of the city. Yahweh God prepared a vine, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to deliver him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the vine. But God prepared a worm at dawn the next day, and it chewed on the vine, so that it withered. When the sun arose, God prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said, 'It is better for me to die than to live.' Jonah 4:5 WEB

    Jonah, the mighty prophet of God, sat there in the blazing heat and wished that he was dead. He had been through a long journey to get to Nineveh, and even spent a couple of nights in a fish hotel. Now Jonah was so angry that God had spared the city that he had prophesied the destruction of, that he sulked in anger.

    Jonah could have been glad that over 120,000 people had repented at his preaching, that they turned to the Lord in prayer and fasting, but he was not. Jonah was unconcerned about the death of 120,000 others. What concerned him at the moment was the blazing sun on his head, because the plant which had given him shade, had now died. He was concerned over the death of a small plant, but was angry at God for sparing an entire city.

    Every parent knows that at some point your children need to be disciplined. When left to themselves, they will not usually turn out well. When discipline becomes necessary, it is the parents' job to provide it.

    So God provided everything that Jonah needed to have the right outlook. God provided a plant to cool him, the next day a worm to eat the plant, then the blazing sun and a scorching east wind on his head, finally His word to bring balance. Would God bring an attitude adjustment like that? Apparently so.

    Our Father will also provide everything that we need, and sometimes it involves withholding something that we think that we need, or providing something else that we don't think we need. God loves you, and He wants you to grow and fulfill the plans that He has for you. Therefore, He will not leave you to grow like a weed (Hebrews 12:6), but will provide whatever it takes along the way to fulfill your destiny. He loves us and only desires the best for our lives, but when you submit your life to Him, He can be relentless in bringing that to pass.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude during the day. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday to all of you! If you are in need of help though, please always feel welcome to post a prayer requests at our private prayer network. Here is the page: RHM Prayer Network


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 3, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

December 3, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, Heavenly Father, help us to know what we need to fulfill your porpose in our lives!

December 3, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 3, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for being in my life.Please let me live it for you and do as your will.I love you. Amen 

December 3, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

December 3, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

December 3, 2017
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Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen

AMEN THANK YOU JESUS .. AND YES I NEED TO KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ALL DAY !!! Really ALL DAY !! Thank you ... especially towards my two kids ... one which is almost 7 and acts like a teenager ... and my 3 in a half year old ... that has a lot of energy ... I need patience for them , im with them 24/7 ... AMEN

December 3, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father, Your will be done in my life. Amen.

December 3, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Yes Father, that Your will be done on me and all my frustrations be removed by Your Holy Spirit. You know my thoughts and I leave them up to Your will,Amen. Thank you Pastor for your guidance in the word.

 

December 3, 2017
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Mercer

My biggest failing is that when sufficiently provoked I will let my tongue lash at the provocateur!  God, you know my needs and my faithfulness in other areas of my life.  But in this lies my greatest defect and I ask you to bridle my tongue so that I may be of greater service to you, your Kingdom and People!

December 3, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! The Lord, my Lord, is the potter and I'm the clay! O Lord, please give me the grace and understanding to know your will for my life! In the name of Jesus, Amen! 

December 3, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

December 3, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: December 3, 2017

Hebrews 12:6 "because the LORD disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."  We praise and thank you LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for we are your children and we all need discipline to correct our path and to guide us into righteousness. May Your will be done in our life.

 

December 3, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 3, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

May your will be done in my life....my Heavenly Father! I surrender my all to you. Mould me. Lead me. Guide me. Use me for your Glory I pray. Amen!

December 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude during the day. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotion. :-)

December 4, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude during the day. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 4, 2017