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The Fish Hotel

  • Now Yahweh's word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid its fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. Jonah 1:1'3 WEB.

    The Lord told Jonah to go preach to the city of Nineveh. Yet, Jonah set out for Tarshish, which was over 2,500 miles away from Nineveh in the opposite direction. Jonah planned to get as far away from Nineveh as possible. So he bought a ticket in Joppa, boarded a ship, and set sail. But soon after leaving, they were caught in a terrible storm. The conditions grew worse until it began to look like the ship would sink, so they threw the cargo overboard.

    When all their hope was gone, Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the sea so they would be spared. They didn't want to, but the storm grew even more violent. So the sailors threw Jonah overboard, and he spent three days and nights inside a custom fish hotel that the Lord provided. After this, Jonah was happy to go to Nineveh.

    A mentor of mine once saw a used car that he really liked. It was a cute little red Chevrolet Vega. While at the dealership, he prayed about it and felt that the Lord said, "No." So he walked around the lot a few minutes, then called his wife to pray with her. She said she felt something wasn't right about that car. He prayed about it again, and he heard, "No." Three times he prayed about buying the vehicle. Three times he heard "No."

    He walked around the car lot some more. Then decided that the little Vega was the car that he really wanted. So he went back to the car, laid his hands on it, and prayed once again. This time he heard very clearly: "Yes! You NEED this car."

    So he bought it and started home, but soon, the engine oil light came on. He stopped at a service station and filled it up with oil, then resumed his trip, but the oil light came on again. The car ended up sitting in his driveway with a blown engine while he made the payments on it for the next two years. The car was a lemon, and the Lord had wanted to spare him from it.

    The Lord knows what is best for us if we will only listen. If you try and twist God's arm to give you what you want, you just might get it. The prodigal son's dad gave him his inheritance early, but it didn't go well. The Lord told Adam and Eve, "Don't eat that." So be honest with yourself and listen to the Lord the first time. You can avoid the fish hotel experience that Jonah had.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to see past the natural and learn to trust You in my decisions. Speak to me in a way that I understand, and give me the grace to be obedient. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

March 3, 2023
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

March 3, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

March 3, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen.

March 3, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

March 3, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

March 3, 2023
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN.  Heavenly Father,  I Trust YOU and your plan. Guide me Lord. AMEN

March 3, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

March 3, 2023
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

AMEN 

March 3, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

March 3, 2023
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I pray, Amen. 

March 3, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

March 3, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please help me to see past the natural and learn to trust You in my decisions. Speak to me in a way that I understand, and give me the grace to be obedient. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

March 3, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord. Speak clearly. Guide my steps. I love you Jesus. in Jesus Name.

March 3, 2023
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me make the right choices dear God. Please help me with this awful diabetes. Ugh. In Jesus name Amen 

March 3, 2023
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Dawn Petchonka
Dawn Petchonka

Thank you Pastor for your inspirational messages.  I may not comment on them all the time but I look forward to reading them daily. 

March 3, 2023
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD.  Me too.  

March 3, 2023
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Michele Copley
Michele Copley

Wonderful study in the story of Jonah, and the example of present-day story!  It's a blessing to read these, food for our souls, devotionals, with powerful strength pronounced in these true life lived, stories in the Bible, so long decades ago, but just as applicable today, as God is the same today, as always.  How beautiful and faithful is the love of God, His wisdom, diety and holiness, His Spirit's instructive promptings so purposeful and meaningful for our lives sakes, and to share of with others!  Just to rest in Him meanwhile during the hecticness we face in this life, being quiet before Him to listen to his voice or urgency for us to know. I want to seek Him more faithfully with my whole heart and soul each day!

 

March 3, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

March 3, 2023
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

March 3, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

March 4, 2023