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A Whale of a Lesson

Obedience brings God’s blessing in our lives while disobedience to the will of God results in disaster. When God speaks we must see that it is absolutely essential we listen and obey. Jonah was taught a whale of a lesson on this subject. He was told to do something by God, and willfully rejected that command. Then he sprang into action trying to accomplish the exact opposite of what God told him to do. It was a journey of disobedience that cost him much, and God took him through the school of hard knocks. Jonah ended up being given a “time out” in the belly of a whale. Once the whale spit him back up he started on the path to obedience of what God said (although his heart was still not right where it should have been). It would have been much easier and less costly if Jonah had just obeyed from the beginning. Yet we often find ourselves in the same boat as Jonah. We do not wish to pay the cost of following Christ, but we willing pay the wage of our sin. Make no mistake, if you go in t…

Faith Unseen

Walking by faith is what we are to do as Christians. II Corinthians 5:7 – “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” Yet walking by faith is also not just some blind leap with no thought or consideration. By saying you are taking a blind leap of faith on something, you are simply stating that you are stepping out in a reckless action you hope God will bail you out of if it fails. So what is faith if it’s something that is not by sight nor a pure blind leap? Faith is very simply hearing what God says and taking action upon those words whether you see how it can be accomplished or not. Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” That is quite simply what faith is. It is me reading God’s Word, listening to it, and then living my life according to its commands, in spite of whether I think it can be done that way, or if it does not look like the best course of action. Faith is me trusting that God knows best and doing what He has told me to do. There is not…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The statement, “Actions speak louder than words” is something we have all heard. Yet, the truth of this statement is largely ignored. We preach many good things with our lips, but with our feet we deny those truths. This fact rings true even in the scriptures. The lasting legacy that men and women of the Bible have laid down by their actions, and not just their words, is proof of this. For instance let’s look at David. David was a man after God’s own heart and penned some of the most beautiful words of praise to the Lord. However, most people only remember David for one of two things. They remember his battle with Goliath, which is good, but then they also remember his horrible sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. For a moment of indiscretion much of David’s good action and words are forever forgotten. We could also look at Jonah. According to Scripture Jonah was known as a man of God in his day. II Kings 14:25 – “He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamat…