TOPIC: ACCEPTING A JONAH INTO YOUR BOAT DELAYS YOUR JOURNEY AND CAUSES LOSSES!!!
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Many of us do not know Jonah is called DISOBEDIENCE. You can never escape from GOD’S PRESENCE, believing you are going to Tarshish, and that it will be well with you at Tarshish. The people thought he was just a passenger they oould help, but not knowing that they would share in somebody’s sin of DISOBEDIENCE.
The sad thing was that Jonah knew what the problem was, but decided to keep mute until all what they laboured for were thrown off board. When a Pastor accepts a new member who left the former church in disobedience, he is accepting a Jonah. If you decide to bring in maid servant who happens to be a witch to live with your children, you have brought in a Jonah. We could have moved on a faster pace spiritually if we were not LIVING IN DISOBEDIENCE. DISOBEDIENCE is the reason we suffer many losses in this life, and until we RETURN TO GOD IN OBEDIENCE, we will never FIND PEACE AND LIVE IN PEACE.
DISOBEDIENT people in our teams create confusion, and confusion brings delays and loses of spiritual valuables. The help you are helping a JONAH will definitely turn against you. You might say,” But God says we should help one another “. Yes, but God is never author of confusion. He does not want us to share in a person’s sin of disobedience. If you marry a woman who was divorced, you are disobeying God, and will suffer losses you can’t explain.
A friend saw that he could help his childhood friend with money because he was in a position to do that. He gave him 2 million naira for business. The friend squandered the money on pleasurable living, and had nothing left. This friend, one day, after returning from the rig, decided to branch in and greeted his friend with no intention to ask for the money. His friend, knowing that there is no way he could refund this money, had the idea of killing his friend. While the friend was at the sitting room, he left for drinks, but returned with bad boys who slaughtered this friend of his and dumped the mutilated body in the pit latrine.
JUST PRAY GOD TO OPEN THE EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING TO DISCERN PEOPLE IN THE SPIRITUAL. THERE ARE MANY BAD EGGS IN THIS LIFE.
I PROPHESY,” YOU WILL NEVER HELP THE WRONG PERSON THAT WILL TURN OUT TO KILL YOU”.
YOU ARE FULL AND FREE!!!
PST EKPONO UDOFIA.