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Knowing Right, but Living Wrong

  • Now the word of Yahweh 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. Jonah 1:1 WEB

    The word of the Lord came to Jonah to go and preach to Nineveh, but Jonah fled in the opposite direction. When God told him to go to Nineveh, Jonah went to Joppa instead and took a ship down to Tarshish. 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. Jonah planned to be three-thousand miles away from where God wanted him to be, as soon as possible.

    Rather than do what God wanted him to do, he spent far more time, energy and money to do the exact opposite, but trouble soon followed after him. The Lord told Jonah to do something, but Jonah refused and intentionally went the opposite direction while fully knowing what God really wanted him to do. I dont know what causes a man to do that, but I have done similar things myself. We know to do right, but just cant seem to do it. As Paul wrote For the good which I desire, I dont do; but the evil which I dont desire, that I practice (Romans 7:19). Sin always starts with a thought, followed by a decision.

    His life then fell apart and became a living hell. At his lowest point, when he had been eaten by a fish and was sitting alone in the dark, covered in slime and seaweed, Jonah finally surrendered his life to God and prayed. Things then changed quickly in his life and, as he stood on the beach, the exact same word of the Lord came to him a second time. Gods plan had not changed because of Jonahs behavior. The word was still Go.

    There have been times when I thought that God was finished with me. 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 yet did the opposite. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29). The Lord still has a purpose for your life when you turn back to Him.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for having mercy on my life. Forgive me of the times when I have lived contrary to Your will. Lead me, and I will follow. Teach me, and I will learn. Please work Your perfect will in my life and guide me into all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ.


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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  God always knows what's best; even if we think our way is better!!  Thank you Almighty Father for embracing us even when we go against what you know is best for me and thank you for always being there no matter what and for welcoming back to your wonderful open arms!  Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen, Lord.
September 9, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you Lord for loving me and waking me today amen
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Deleted Member Amen,God is so good.
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell I have found that praying will always have results, sometimes the results are to wiat a little longer. With God, timing seems to be everything. I understand; Let patience have it"s perfect work!
September 9, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo The great Lord bless the hand that does His will. A M E N
September 9, 2015
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Lead me and guide me Lord Let your perfect will be done in my life .
September 9, 2015
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Cristina Floyd
Cristina Floyd AMEN AMEN AMEN LEAD ME LORD, HELP ME TO DEFEAT THE EVIL ONE IN PLOTTING AGAINST ME WITH WORRY ANXIETY FRET PANIC AND THE THOUGHT THAT I CANT POSSIBLY BE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT BECAUSE (ITS SCARY TO ME) THANK YOU JESUS FOR MR. DION TODD AND YOU WORKING THROUGH HIM TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE ME IN JESUS NAME I PRAY AND THANK YOU ADVANCE FOR THESE SHACKLES TO FALL!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN
September 9, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, I am praying for you Cristina everyday. Love you and God bless and keep you safe and let the fears and anxieties be gone in The Precious Name of Jesus.
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Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas Amen!
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith AMEN
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Paula Wasinger
Paula Wasinger What a beautiful prayer at the conclusion of todays message.  It speaks volumes to me personally.  Thank you.  
September 9, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, the prayer did the same for me.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!  When we do not follow His will, we waste precious time, for His will prevails though we tarry! His will is done as He has planned even if we delay it.
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Amen and Amen!!!
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Amen and Amen!!!
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Teresa Bridges
Teresa Bridges Good word!  I had a life changing experience that taught me just that, when you disobey what God is telling you and what others who God put in your life, things do go wrong.  Because of my determination to do things my way, I lost everything. When I gave my will and my life back to God, things did turn around for me very quickly.  Thank you God for your grace and your mercy.  Your will be done!
September 9, 2015
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Teresa, your testimony is reflecting my own life. It is such a hard, life changing experience for any of us to go through. Losing what we have is never easy. However, things did turn around for me too, but not what was lost. We have to forget and move on with God's grace.
September 9, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, God will never forsake us,no matter what.  He loves us so much.
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Teresa Bridges
Teresa Bridges AMEN!
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Deleted Member Amen,  God is so loving and so caring for us.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli God, your will not my will be done now and always, your will is perfect mine is not.  Amen!!!  
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡
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Deleted Member Amen. God loves us so much.
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Putting the current locations in this brought it to life for me. Sad that I never google Biblical locations. This was a very relevant devotion for me.
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Deanne Rascas
Deanne Rascas I thank you my Lord for always guiding my pathways in life! I ask that your Holy Spirit will always stir my heart to follow and and always trust in your guidance! In Jesus name I pray......Thank you Pastor Dion for being a beacon of light in my life! 
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Deleted Member Amen, I so needed this for me today and that prayer was what I needed so much.
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango What a comforting thought that God does not give up on us even when we may have given up on ourselves. Everything in this world is temporary and fades with the passage of time, but God's love for us, his grace, his mercy and compassion are eternal. He created us with a divine plan, and the more we embrace Him and align our lives with His will, that plan will unfold and transform us as nothing else can. We begin to experience life differently with a compassionate heart and a healing soul.
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Deleted Member Loved this message so much. And that prayer was definetly mean't for me. Thank you so much for sharing this today.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord hel] me to walk in your perfect will for my life.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield AMEN! Sorry I missed this yesterday; Jonah's story is really quite interesting but ends abrubtly!
September 10, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Jonah sure received a lot of grace.
September 13, 2015