Last night we completed our six-month journey through the book of Jonah. The reluctant and rebellious prophet was sent by God to the people of Nineveh with a warning to repent. Our study was biographical in nature. The following are twelve lessons from an angry man named Jonah.
- Despite your anger issues, God can use you.
- It is possible for you to live as if God does not exist.
- It is impossible for you to hide from God, so it is better to run toward the will of God than from it!
- It is possible for you as a believer to harbor idols in your heart, 2:8.
- If you have an idol in your life, something you love more than God, you will:
- Rebel against the plan and purpose of God in your
- Endanger the lives and ministries of those around you.
- Make some very foolish, even destructive decisions.
- You may even, out of selfishness, try to take your own life.
- The compassion and providence of God are always working in the life of a believer.
- If you as a believer are walking in disobedience to the will of God, then…
- Be assured, He will chastise you.
- To avoid chastisement, acknowledge the hand of God in your life and express remorse and repentance in your attitude, your prayers, and your deeds.
- God is looking for a total commitment to Him and His will for your life.
- You have been commissioned by God, so prepare your heart and mind and then have a personal strategy on how you will reach your world for Christ.
- Your message from God to your world is no less urgent than Jonah’s was to his. You must warn them, and they must come quickly to Him.
- There are at least three steps you can take in dealing with your anger:
- One, determine that you will deal with the problem today – to allow it to linger into tomorrow leads to bitterness!
- Two, use the destructive energy that the anger created to destroy the problem – not people.
- Three, if there is nothing you can do, or at the moment you do not know what to do, just commit it into God’s hands, let Him deal with it.
- And finally, you learn from Jonah how to deal with depression:
- One, be command-oriented – not feeling oriented.
- Two, don’t give in to feelings of putting off the difficult.
- Three, deal with today’s anger today!
- Four, face up to the fact that you will feel down from time to time.
- Five, get focused on the spiritual and physical needs of others rather than your own creature comforts.