Running From God (1 of 4) by Jerry Vines

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Running From God (1 of 4)
Series: Jonah on the Run
Jerry Vines
Jonah 1
4/3/05

Rick Warren's book entitled "The Purpose Driven Life" has now exceeded 20 million in sales. It has recently been on the three major best selling lists in America. It is a book which talks about purpose in life, a purpose driven life. It's about finding out what God wants you to do and then doing it.

We're told about David in the Bible. The Bible says that David served his own generation by the will of God. David found his purpose in life. His purpose was to do the will of God.

Your most important assignment in life is to find and follow God's will. Romans 2, verse 2, says that we are to prove, that is, we are to find and to follow what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is one thing to be uncertain about the will of God and miss it. It is an altogether different thing to know the will of God and refuse to do it. Let me repeat that. It is one thing to be uncertain about the will of God and miss it. It is an altogether different thing to know the will of God and refuse to do it.

The classic illustration of the latter is the life of Jonah in the Bible. Jonah was a real person. We are told about Jonah over in the historical books of the Bible. In II Kings 14, verse 25, it talks about the Word of the Lord that spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher. He was an eighth century prophet. He lived in a little village called Gathhepher, which was in northern Galilee, just up above the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived when He was a boy. He was a real prophet. He was an actual person who existed.

Jesus referred to Jonah in the New Testament. In Matthew 12, verse 40, He says, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish." In Luke 11, verse 30, He says, "For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites." We are not talking fiction. We are not talking i ...


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