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Go To Nineveh

  • Yahweh's word came to Jonah the second time, saying, 'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you.' So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to Yahweh's word. Jonah 3:1 WEB

    When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he immediately went down to Joppa and then took a ship to Tarshish. Now Nineveh (in modern-day Iraq) was about five hundred miles east of his home in Gath-heper (2 kings 14:25). While Tarshish (in south Spain) was twenty-five hundred miles west of his home. Tarshish was about three-thousand miles from Nineveh.

    The Lord told Jonah to do something, but Jonah refused and intentionally went the opposite direction, all while fully knowing what God wanted him to do. Jonah spent his time and resources doing the exact opposite of what God wanted. His life then fell apart and became a living hell. When he hit rock bottom, at his lowest point, after he had been eaten by a fish and was sitting alone in the dark, covered in slime and seaweed, Jonah finally surrendered to God and prayed.

    Though Jonah thought that he had ruined his life, all that it took to change his circumstances was praying from the belly of the fish. When he did, immediately things began to change in his life, and as he stood on the beach, the exact same word of the Lord came to him a second time. The plan had not changed because of Jonah's behavior, the word for him was 'Go to Nineveh'.

    For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). God doesn't change His mind about you even when you intentionally run away from Him, though He may discipline you to bring you back into place. Jesus knew that Peter would deny knowing Him three times, but He chose him anyway. When you fall, get back up and try again. For a righteous man falls seven times and rises up again (Proverbs 24:16).

    There have been times when I thought that God was finished with me, that I had finally crossed the line, and the enemy will always try to get you to believe that. Yet when I finally turned to Him and prayed, I heard the same word come again. His plan for you is still there, even when you knew what you were supposed to do, and you spent all your time and money doing the exact opposite. You are not lost. It is not too late. The Lord still has a plan for your life.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please have mercy on me, a sinner. Draw my heart to You and make me steadfast. Forgive me of my sins and help me to guard my thought life. Help me put on the mind of Christ and transform me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
Apr 23
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord for Your Calling!

Apr 23
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I surrender to your calling Lord for you know my direction. You know my heart. In Your name I Pray. Amen

Apr 23
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for your Mercy'and love for your children thank you for guiding me through this time, life is not perfect everyday but it's 1000 times better living life your way, I praise you in the morning and all through my day!

Apr 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Praise your glorious Name

Apr 23
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Apr 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please have mercy on me, a sinner. Draw my heart to You and make me steadfast. Forgive me of my sins and help me to guard my thought life. Help me put on the mind of Christ and transform me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

 

Apr 23
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Praise Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,Amen 

Apr 23
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Liza Mena
Liza Mena

Amen! This devotional was such a blessing to me... lately I have been thinking this same thing, that it's too late for me,  that some how God has taken his spirit from me like Saul and somehow God has chosen his people and I'm not part of his end times remnant because I've wasted so much time.... I've even had a dream that someone in my  church said to me that "God will remove your  lamp stand" when I woke up that was the first  scriptures i saw when I opened my bible, then after that every sermon I heard was about removing the lap stand and returning to our first love. God have mercy on me...

Apr 23
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Apr 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father,  please have mercy on me,  a sinner.  Put me back on your path and lead me to what and where you want me to do and go. In Jesus Name, Amen 

Apr 23
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks, Pastor Dion, for this morning's insight! Help me put on the mind of Christ and transform me, Lord.  Amen!

Apr 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for providing for us. Please guide me to make the right choices. Keep us safe. Holy Spirit be with us. I ask in the name of Jesus Amen 

Apr 23
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

What a coincidence! I just read something similar--(maybe the Lord is trying to tell me something today)

"We are all sinners. We have all turned away from the Lord, but the Lord is always ready to take us back. When we sin we hurt ourselves, we break our own hearts. The Father sends His Holy Spirit into our hearts to bring us forgiveness and to heal whatever damage we have done to ourselves." — Rev. Jude Winkler May God keep us all here at RHM  safe and well
Apr 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father help us to remember that Your plans for us are there and we need to follow them to be closer to Your designs. Lead us to hear Your voice when You speak and keep Your instructions close to our hearts. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. We are safe because You love us. 

Pastor God bless you and Sylvia for your constant help and support. 

Apr 23
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Apr 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Apr 23
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 23
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen!!!

Apr 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Oh yes Lord Jesus, amen

Apr 23
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today

Apr 24