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Nineveh is the Other Direction

  • 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 WEB

    God told Jonah to go preach to Nineveh, but Jonah fled in the opposite direction, boarded a ship, and sailed away to Tarshish. Soon a terrible storm overtook them and the sailors ended up casting Jonah into the stormy sea.

    As he was drowning, with seaweed wrapped around his head, a great fish that God had prepared swallowed him. After sitting there in the dark for a while, Jonah came to his senses. He prayed to God from the belly of the fish, and it spit him out on dry land.

    This time Jonah headed to Nineveh and ended up saving 120,000 people. It seemed that everyone in the book of Jonah had done what God wanted, even the fish and the heathens. Everyone except His own prophet, Jonah.

    Has there ever been a time that the Lord wanted you to do something, but instead you did the exact opposite? I have. We usually know right from wrong but choose to do it anyway.

    If you are like me, then you have probably been in the storm and you felt like you were drowning, tangled up in bad stuff, and ready to throw in the towel. We start to think 'If only I had listened, then I would not be here.'

    Just remember, it is not over or too late to make a change. You can pray to the Lord from the dark place that you are in and He will restore you, put you back on the path, and then use you to save others, just as He did with Jonah, just as He has done with me.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your mercy and grace, and for sparing me from the things that I have well earned. Set my feet on the solid rock and give me a clear vision going forward. Help me to stand steadfast and fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday! Thank you all so much for being part of RHM, whether through your financial support, encouraging words, participation in our online church, or just coming by to read the devotional! You are all greatly appreciated. One thing that we are always looking for is active prayer partners for the online church. There are people who post prayer requests each day and our prayer partners lift them up and post their prayers and encouragement in their replies. If that sounds like something God has for you, please contact us and we will help get you set up. Thank you and have a blessed day!

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your mercy and grace, and for sparing me from the things that I have well earned. Set my feet on the solid rock and give me a clear vision going forward. Help me to stand steadfast and fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
February 7, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
February 7, 2016
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary I like this devotional, Pastor Dion!!   It clearly reminds me of how I tried to do it "my way" and made a total mess in my life.  I used to think "I'll try it my way and if it don't work, then we'll just do it another way" .    When I drift away from the Lord, I am miserable and unhappy.  Forgive me oh Christ for being a stubborn brat.  You have given me a strong and sturdy Rock in which to stand on and live by.  I love you Lord for the unconditional love and forgiveness you give to me each day.  Praise be to thee oh Christ, today and always.  
February 7, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
February 7, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
February 7, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Amen  
February 7, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the inspiring words of the Lord as usual it is a blessing to hear the inspiring words of the lord to start the day. Have a blessed and wonderful Sunday.
February 7, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson Yes I have purposely chosen to do wrong and even thought of a good excuse for it.  The results were not good at all. We are so blessed to have such a merciful God who forgives.  Lessen learned from that bad choice.
February 7, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thank you so much--I needed to hear these words today!
February 7, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! He uses our disobedience to refine us and educate us, so that we can reach out to others on that same distructive path! Nothing is wasted in your life, give your life to God and He will show you how the things you thought were shameful about your walk with Him can be used to show mercy andcompassion to others. What was meant as evil for us Abba Father turns into good!
February 7, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Dave says very nice! Amen ;)
February 7, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.       I thank God that I am no longer in the belly of the whale. Now I want God to use me, I have ran out of excuses.
February 7, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 
February 7, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!
February 7, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Great message pastor Dion. I pray Father that I will always hear you and listen in Jesus name Amen! I love this prayer!
February 7, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen!
February 7, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Wow pastor this is the BEST Devotional yet thank you for all your hard work but most of all thanku for obeying our Lord so others can be blessed through you and this ministry, I am so so thankfull and blessed to be a small part of this ministry and I truely pray that my support has helped others to do likewise, God BLESS you all and Go BRONCO'S LOL  sincerely Scott R.
February 7, 2016
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi AMEN ! YES FATHER SHOW ME THE PATH ..THAT YOU WANT ME TO GO ....MANY TIMES I FEEL OVERWELMED NOT KNOWING WITCH WAY TO GO ...AFRAID ABOUT TOMARROW IF I CAN PAY EVERYTHING ...THANK YOU TODAY IS DAY THAT I NEEDED TO READ THIS MESSAGE !♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡ 
February 8, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen. Thank you Pastor Dion.Fo this devotional and prayer.Words of encouragement. Thank you Father for always being there for me.Sometimes waiting to hear from me ,Forgive me for not always taking enough time in your presence to hear your voice.Lord it is my desire to have a closer walk with you,and sit at your feet,and hear your voice.Leading me in the way I should go.This is my Prayer in Jesus name.To feel your presence and knowing how much you really care.In my heart I know you do.
February 8, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, thank you pastor Todd, there are sometimes in the past , that I don't listen to God, I go my own way and I always see the consequence. I've learnt my lesson,  I always pray and wait on the Lord
February 8, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion.  Redeemable.
February 8, 2016