ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me….   John 3:16-18,   12:24-26,   17: 20-26


Today’s Scripture   (Across my emails this morning from Texas.)
“…And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”  (Jonah 1:12, NKJV)

Take Responsibility
After God told the prophet Jonah to go preach to the city of Nineveh, he refused and got on a ship headed in the opposite direction. So the Lord sent a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. God knows how to get our attention. When you know you’re going the wrong way, things start to fall apart. You can’t pray away the winds because you’re the reason for the storm. God loves you too much to let you miss your destiny. Fortunately, when confronted by the sailors, Jonah admitted, “I’m the cause.” Taking responsibility is the first step to victory.

As long as you make excuses for what you know is wrong in your life, the difficulties are going to continue year after year. God asks you to deal with any areas of compromise. He wants to grow you up. He has some Nineveh’s for you to go to,  people for you to impact, and new levels of your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You love me too much to let me miss my destiny. Thank You that You give me second chances when I go the wrong way. I choose to take responsibility and deal with whatever holds me back from the next level of my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
The story of Jonah was always a story that caught my attention.  Of course my school taught that it was impossible for a whale to swallow anything as big as a man.  And then someone taught that the scripture really says that God prepared a giant fish?  And then someone else came along with the possibility of a shark whale and by that time the essence of the story was lost in the FISH details.   And you will find a lot of folks that get seriously lost in the details and go do something else with their time.  So much so that they get lost in the world’s system of stuff and lusts of Adam.  It is so easy to miss out on the true meaning for our existence on planet earth.   Even Jonah did not see it  clearly.  After he did in final obedience warn Nineveh and they heard his message and repented he was disappointed concerning God’s love and benevolence.  He had more compassion for his shade than for the whole city.    And sorry to say, it seems that most folks today, who call themselves Christian,  seem to be in the same boat.   They have more loving care for their cat or dog than even members of their own family.  Family members who may be hurting and lost as unrepentant Nineveh.  Perhaps like the blog from Texas, perhaps you are a Jonah Christian and have found some phoney excuse not to share God’s wonderful plan of redemption with those of your family? 

Like Jesus said, he did not, this time, come to bring peace but a sword.  That HE would begin the process of dividing the darkness from the light.   And that HIS Truth and Light would even divide families.   My parents, not once, ever tried to share with me the Gospel, even though they both considered themselves to be Christian.   My grandmother was an L.D.S. Mormon.  Her kids, my great aunts, tried to make me a Mormon but their Jesus was not the same Jesus of the Bible, John 8:24, 28, 58,  the Word of God spoke through Jesus clearly as the I AM who made all things and gave Moses the 10 commandments.  So the Mormon Jesus and the Bible Jesus are not the same.  In fact in John 8:24 Jesus clearly states:  

24 That is why I told you that you will die in (under the curse of) your sins; for if you do not believe that I am (He )[Whom I claim to be—if you do not adhere to, trust in, and rely on Me ], you will die in your sins.  And even the translators did not understand what Jesus was saying as they added the word (He) that is not in the Greek so that it should have read:

24 That is why I told you that you will die in (under the curse of) your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM  [Whom I claim to be—if you do not adhere to, trust in, and rely on Me], you will die in your sins.  (Which is also in context with the other two places in John 8 where I AM is mentioned.  John 8:24, 28, & 58.)

So the Devil is truly in the details and you have thousands of Mormons on the wrong road as they believe that Christ Jesus is an angel created by God rather than God the Creator.And it seems to me that many who believe that they are safe and Christian are not.  They are not as they have not really come to a place of humility and obedience in their lives in making Christ Jesus, LORD,

Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.  11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.  12 [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].  13 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.  14 But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?    Romans 10:9-10….AMPC

I like the Amplified Bible here as the Translation indicates that the word believe has much deeper and more profound commitment levels in the Greek than the English.  The word really means like sitting in a chair, if it goes down, you would go down with it.  It means a lot more than Sunday morning pew polishing or “if I feel like it” Really you really can end up in hell for fornication or adultery and other stuff.  Read Rev. 22 if you don’t believe me….  Only in  Love, humility,  faith  and obedience can any one ever hope to gain entrance into the eternal Celestial City of God.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><

There is but one Church of Christ Jesus.
And all who truly Love & Obey HIM are members.

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