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The Post-Revival Blues (5 of 5)
LIFE ON THE RUN
May 20, 2006
We are back in our study of Jonah this morning .. in fact .. we are concluding our study in our time together. So take your Bible and join me in the Old Testament book of Jonah.
Now as you're finding the book of Jonah .. let me tell you about a new series of messages that will begin next Sunday that I believe God is going to use to help sweeten up our home life. I'm calling it the M & M's series.
Marriage & Money .. Marriage & Mates .. Marriage & Morality .. Marriage & Mentoring. M & M's! And I'll be preaching these messages in both our 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship gatherings. I hope you will plan to be here with a friend. The M & M's message series!
Now today as we conclude our series of messages under the heading LIFE ON THE RUN ... we come to chapter 4.
All of us find ourselves today living in one of the four chapters of Jonah. I'm talking to some people today that are living in chapter 1. Like Jonah .. you are running from God! And if so .. let me give you two words to consider that we've learned from Jonah. First, the word DISCIPLINE.
Hebrews 12.6, "For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." Here's another translation of Hebrews 12.6, "the Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone He accepts as a son." Just as a loving parent disciplines their children because they love them .. God disciplines those who are saved when rebellion takes place.
So .. if you belong to Him and you run from Him .. you can anticipate God's discipline! And if when you run from Him and don't receive His discipline .. it's because you don't belong to Him. Hebrews 12.8, "But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons."
So there is the word DISCIPLINE. The second word to you who are running from God today is the word DANGER. Let me ask you a question: who did Jonah place in danger by running from God? Not just himself .. but those who were the closest to him .. right? And so do you! When we run from God ... we place those closest to us in danger: physical danger .. spiritual danger .. emotional danger .. psychological danger! The best thing that can be said about running from God is that it's a waste of time! Now some of you have had enough of chapter 1 living and you've started living in chapter 2: Running to God. That's what happened to Jonah.
After he chose to run from God .. God pursed Him just like God pursues you. And aren't you glad that He does! I know I am. So that's chapter 2. But some of you today are living in chapter 3: Running with God! That's where the joy is! That's where the peace is! That's where the power is! There is nothing like running with God in sweet fellowship!
Now that brings us to chapter 4 where we find Jonah running ahead of God.. As you know .. after Jonah repented of his ...
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