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Jonah is NOT the main character in this story…God is.
When looking at our life, we have to come to a place where we say “God, this is all about You”. If we can come to that place, life becomes so much more purposeful and meaningful.
• Jonah decides to ignore God’s ______________ and flees. He runs. He goes in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.
• Your decision to run does not _____________ only you. (Jonah 1:4-5)
It’s the people close to us, the people we care about, that are caught
in consequences of our decision.
Three Reasons We Decide to Run
1) FEAR
*We fear the ____________ of actually obeying God.
*God’s calling is always motivated by love.
*Love will cast out fear and anxiety in your life.
2) PRIDE
*Jonah was full of pride. He ran because he thought he was ________ than the wicked people of Nineveh.
*While our hearts are full of pride, we cannot see it.
*It’s only by the grace of God that later we are convicted by the Holy Spirit and realize how much pride was actually in our hearts.
*Unforgiveness is rooted in pride.
*How do we solve pride? The way we combat pride is praise.
3) PAIN
*When pain comes into your life, __________ is whom you should
to, not run from.
*Maybe you have been on the run from God for days, months or
even years. Maybe you are thinking of giving up. I want to
encourage you… DON’T!
The Good News
• The good news is… no matter how far you run, God is in
____________________ of you.
• God will always ________________ a way for you to return to Him.
Jonah 1:17
Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah.
And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
August 13, 2017
Let today be the day you stop
running from God.
Let today be the day you begin
running to God.
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