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By Tim Sheets
The Lord showed me something interesting today. There are several men and women in the bible who hid from Gods calling. There's a prophet in the Old Testament named Jonah. The Lord told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it because of their great wickedness. Jonah refused to go and went from the presence of the Lord on his own way. He got on a ship in Jaffa that was going to Tarshish, which geographically is in the opposite direction of where the Lord told him to go. As he walked out of Gods will, he not only put his own life in jeopardy, but also the men in the boat as well as the people in Nineveh.
As Jonah was asleep in the lowest part of the ship, the Lord sent a great storm. The men on the ship cast lots, to see who was responsible for this great tempest, and found that it was Jonah. Jonah then told the men to throw him into the sea, and after this they did this, the sea ceased from its raging. Jonah was saved by being swallowed up by a large fish, which the Lord prepared. Jonah prayed while in the fish, and after three days, he was vomited out at the Lords command. Jonah then went to Nineveh, prophesied to the people and the whole city fasted and prayed and turned from their wickedness. Then God relented and did not bring the destruction on Nineveh that they deserved.
This is an unusual story of a supernatural occurrence. Some of you may understand the metaphor of this story. (Matthew 12:40). The Lord is showing me that He wants to use many of us today to bring repentance, revival and restoration to our cities. He is not a God of judgment and just as He had mercy on Jonah and the people of Nineveh, Jesus will also have mercy on people today. In return, multitudes will turn from their wicked ways and come into the Kingdom of God.
Let Me Awaken You
The Lord says, I am the God of mercy and I am calling you to come into alignment with what I have called you to do. As you walk into your calling, you will see things begin to fall into place in your personal life and ministry. You will begin to see others being set free from their self-destructive ways. Don't be afraid of confrontation. Don't fear the opposition of the enemy. I will go with you and I will speak through you. Things may look unfamiliar to you as you go along, but trust in Me. I will never mislead you but you will become familiar with My ways as you take each step of faith.
For those of you who are asleep in the boat, allow Me to awaken you. You are carrying something precious and now is the time to raise your voice in the victory that I have given to you. Speak My words in boldness, proclaiming the good news to the nations. Don't fear those who threaten you, because My word in your mouth carries greater authority. My anointing on your life will bring change. Never compromise who you are and what you believe in, but take a stand for righteousness at all times.
Take no offence when you are confronted with the views and opinions of others. Don't be intimidated or swayed by their words of deception. Do not be concerned about your reputation. Do not fear the spirit of anti-Christ because you have been called to greatness. Do not be afraid of their faces, and don't be alarmed by their words. I am looking for those who will yield to the calling that I have placed on their lives, and will walk by faith and not by sight says the Lord.
Psalm 139:7-9 Where can I go from Your Spirit? or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
Jonah 1:1-3 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.