Friday, November 09, 2007

Jonah 3 Today

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Jonah 3Jonah Goes to Nineveh
1Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: 2"Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message of judgment I have given you."
3This time Jonah obeyed the LORD's command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. 4On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!" 5The people of Nineveh believed God's message, and from the greatest to the least, they decided to go without food and wear sackcloth to show their sorrow.
6When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of ashes. 7Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: "No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. 8Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us."
10When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn't carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Lena Journals Today
…from yesterday’s exhortation….
Is the place we find ourselves allowed to be in, the place that by God’s great grace, is it leading us to repent, to head towards change, and to about face towards purpose and the active fulfillment of such?
If our recognition of being in the wrong place in life or of knowing we’re not where we should be, has not yet moved us, have we really truly repented?
Jonah was in a smelly whale’s belly, and was vomited up on the beach!
Did he go get back on a boat again and head in another direction?
What did he do?
What do we do?
Today, now, what will we do with what we hear right here or “know” right now?
Do we have to find it out by our own experiences or can we learn for a story given to us by our Father, such as the one of Jonah?
If any of us go to church, we’ve heard enough word, if we engage it, do it, and become it, we know enough to save a world!
Jonah went from that place of extreme grace, to save his appointed community.
What is your appointed community?
Do you know you do not need to go fast and pray to find out?
We are where we are because God set us up where we are.
Our families
Our jobs
Our churches
Our neighborhoods
Our cities, etc, all have lost people in them that need to see the living, obedient, love of God, working in and through us.
They need to watch people such as us go through growth processes and turn from sin ourselves, repent, obey, and willfully change!
Right here, right now, right where we are, today!
Do not look so far off, start right where you find you are.
You are called to “bloom where you are planted”.
Acts 17 expresses this boundary marking well
24 "He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can't serve his needs – for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 "His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him – though he is not far from any one of us.

Jonah means dove, a dove is a messenger, it also represents the in filling or anointing and empowerment of God’s spirit on human beings, it speaks of being set apart for a purpose, the root is wine of fruit of the vineyard. The product that comes of and from grapes grown and brought to full maturity.

This IS who we are
Not left to our own strength
But anointed
With the call and empowerment of the Most High God
Set apart for his purposes on earth
To save
In the process of being saved ourselves