OBEDIENCE & TRADITIONS

ALOHA SAINTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,      John 3:14-18

OBEDIENCE & TRADITIONS
,    “WORTH CONSIDERING” 9/8/20,   From Ken<><
   
Today’s Scripture
“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”   (Jonah 3:1–2, NIV)

Second Chances
After Jonah’s first refusal to go and preach to the city of Nineveh, God in His mercy used a great fish to rescue Jonah from certain death. The story could have ended there, but God doesn’t want to just rescue you from your mess, He wants to give you another chance to get to where you’re supposed to be. That mistake doesn’t disqualify you. God is always going to give you another chance and another to fulfill His best plan for your life.

The second time God told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh, he obeyed and saw God do amazing things. The point is, Jonah’s mistake did not stop his destiny. It’s not too late to become everything you were created to be. If you’ll start right where you are, honoring God, being your best, serving others, the right doors will open, the right people will show up. The good news is, you’re covered by mercy.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that when I make a mistake and cause a mess, You don’t say, ‘Too bad, you had your chance, you’re on your own.’ Thank You for Your mercy that covers me and gives me second chances. I believe You will get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Comments:   www.Trinity-Aloha.org         Ken@Trinity-Aloha.org
Really, I love the story about Jonah.  From the 1st time I heard it in an Episcopal Church Sunday School Class.  My parents were neither of them religious but they wanted their only son to have some morals and ethics and so took me often to Sunday School.  Each of the O.T. stories has a good lesson from Adam to John.  Not much about Jesus that was for church on Sunday morning.  Now getting baptized was my entree into Spiritual Stuff.  At 19 months I remember lividly my baptism.   We, as a family went to town, which was always fun.  But something was up as they put new shoes on my feet and dressed me up rather proper with blue shorts and a white shirt and with golden Curly hair I cut quite the picture.  I remember my dad carrying me under his right arm like a sack of potatoes into this really big barn with lots of people sitting on thin pieced of wood with a bunch of shinny stuff and candles up front.   I thought we were going to Dinner.  As in the South when a bunch of people get together there was always food, but I could not smell anything good to eat.  Then he turned to the left toward some men dressed in black at a big stone bowl full of water but nothing in it to eat.  By that time I was getting a little antsy and then my dad gave me to one of those guys and he tipped me over and began to say a blessing over the food? When there wasn’t any.  And then he started putting water on my head and all I could think of was Aunt Susie cleaning a chicken for dinner.  About that time I let out a howl that filled that barn but they kept going and so did I.  They finally gave up and let me go and I hit the ground running and got out of the crazy place.  Later that guy in black came out the front porch with two ladies and I let him know what I felt about it with a couple of hands full of rocks.  I have laughed about the experience for years as I am sure the Lord has as well but it points up the fact that the meaning behind what we do does not always register clearly with others.  We have become so traditional that we think we are clear, but we are not.  And then we walk away condemning the other person for being stupid.   Much of the Bible has been abused in just that way.   Things are removed from their context and in today’s conversation become meaningless.  A Chinese friend was asked of a car shipping company for her ”pick up address” twice and she did not know what he was talking about so gave the destination of the car, twice, he got angry.  So it is imperative for those of us really living in and with Jesus to be patient with the world in their misunderstandings of spiritual truth.   Yesterday over the phone I was explaining to a very dear brother that it was in really in making Jesus our LORD (Master, Boss) that HE becomes our savior.  It is clear completely through the New Testament.  And yet the normal Christian points to their Church Membership or being good to confirm that Jesus is their savior and that they are destined to go to heaven because they consider themselves good people.  But in their life style, you can not tell them to be different from the world.  Being a Christian ultimately frees one totally from this world and all of it’s manipulations.  We become pilgrims who are just passing through and lovingly tell all we can that the ticket has been paid, the water of life is free with Jesus as LORD.  We know this when even our thought life comes under the discipline and authority of Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; For the perfecting of the Saints, Eph. 4:11-16.  Most don’t even know that the Saints, The Elect, Those going to heaven are expected to be perfected in Christ Jesus as LORD by the Holy Spirit ?  We try to make God in our image, God wants us to choose to be in HIS image including our freewill,   Who do you expect will win.   God is not going to allow man’s Rebellion and Pride into HIS eternal world.   Look at what man’s pride has done to this one.

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Yours, in HIS great Love and Wonderful Grace and Mercy,   Ken<><

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