Sunday October 11, 2015Jonah 2:3-6 – You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ 5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

Understand that God has put you in a position for your prayer life to reemerge. Recognize how that even in difficult situations God has continued to work in your life. Know that God has brought you here to hear from you. Stop doing your own thing. Make a commitment to follow through. Regardless of how salvation comes, recognize that God is the source.

Dwayne Terry

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Jonah, The Reluctant Grace-Giver, Part 02

Jonah 1:1-2The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

What Happens in the Belly of the Fish

  • Understand that God has put you in a position for your prayer life to reemerge.

Jonah 2:1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Jonah 2:1 He said: “In my distress…

Tsarah [tsaw-raw’] – a female rival, distress, agony, labor

Jonah 2:1 He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

  • Recognize how that even in difficult situations God has continued to work in your life.

Jonah 2:3-6 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ 5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

  • Know that God has brought you here to hear from you.

Jonah 2:7When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

  • Stop doing your own thing.

Jonah 2:8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.

Checed [khe’-sed] – love, grace, our zeal or passion toward God

  • Make a commitment to follow through.

Jonah 2:9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good.

  • Regardless of how salvation comes, recognize that God is the source.

Jonah 2:9b-10 I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.'” 10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.