Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
July 13, 2011                        "Don't make me Chase You!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Wed Pm Worship                 Witness and Reclaim this Land.

Text: Jonah 1:1-3   (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Jonah 1:1   Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Jonah 1:2   Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Jonah 1:3   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.

Jonah 1:4   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.

Jonah 1:5   Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

Jonah 1:6   So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Jonah 1:7   And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Jonah 1:8   Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

Jonah 1:9   And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

Jonah 1:10   Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

Jonah 1:11   Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.  

Jonah 1:12   And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

Jonah 1:13   Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

Jonah 1:14   Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man,s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

Jonah 1:15   So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

Jonah 1:16   Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

 

God had a specific call for the prophet Jonah - to arise and go to Nineveh.
And although Jonah is a true historical story, it has a lesson for our lives today as well:
God has called all of us as Christians to arise and go, too!
"And Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16).
Examples:
"Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go.. and he arose and Went" (Acts 8:26).
"So Saul, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go.. and you will be told what you must do." (Acts 9:6).
Arise means to get up! Stop being a couch potato,  a pew warmer or a Sunday morning  server and do something! And GO..

What is the Lord calling you to arise and go to do??
Fulfill the great commission!

2. JONAH RUNS AWAY: and so many others are either to busy, to lazy, unconcerned, or just have the mentality that that,s not my calling and you as well set to flight.
Jonah knew exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, but he refused.

"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." (Jonah 1:3).

By disobeying the Lord, he was going "from the presence of the Lord."
It,s true that God never leaves us, but we can leave the Lord and that will bring us into a collision course with God.

If you have ever temporarily lost a child whilst shopping or at the beach, or lost a precious belonging, will you grasp how God truly feels towards lost people. Why then do some Christians find it hard to search and seek out the lost and broken?  Remember, God feels more love and passion for lost people than we felt when we lost something or someone precious. God has called us to arise and go to the world with the Good News about salvation through Jesus

 

The heart of God is on the harvest that is perishing without him!

Again God has called all of us as Christians to arise and go, too!
"And Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16).

 

Romans 10:13   For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:14   How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Romans 10:15   And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

 

2 Timothy 4:1   I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Timothy 4:2   Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2 Timothy 4:3   For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Timothy 4:4   And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

God does not want the fall of America no more than he wanted the fall and destruction of Nineveh. The only hope this world has is through Christianity coming together and winning the hearts of this nation back to God!

 

Matthew 5:13   Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:14   Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:15   Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Matthew 5:16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:19   Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal

Matthew 6:20   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:21   For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

May I say it is not always the devil messing up your comfort zone!

 

3. GOD CHASES JONAH: and he will chase you as well if you force his hand!


"But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up." (Jonah 1:4).

 

In Deuteronomy 32
You will find Moses is speaking to the Israelites used an unusual analogy to illustrate how God "grew" his children. He compares God to a mother eagle who is trying to teach her young to fly. "As an eagle stirreth up her nest..so the Lord alone did lead him.." Vs 11,12 Why does God "Stir up our nests?"

1. TO MOVE US OUT OF THE ARENA OF APATHY.
A. THE COMFORT OF THE NEST. (The nest is the young eagle,s world)
1) Great Care goes into the building of the nest. (It takes up to 6 weeks to build)
a) Over five feet in diameter and can weigh up to 2000 #, made of a variety of materials and sticks.
b) The inside of the nest is covered with soft grass, hides or fur to provide comfort to her young.
c) Built over 75 feet high in trees or outcroppings to gain a better view of the area.

B. THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE (Eagles are not created for "comfortable nests")
1) As the eagle matures, the mother begins to "Stir up the nest" by removing the soft grass and fur, exposing the rough sticks and brambles beneath.
2) She usually does this over time from the inside of the nest first, trying to get the eagle to the move to the edge.
3) The mother eagle knows that there is danger in staying in the nest too long. (Winter,s coming)

Church there is a Storm brewing on the horizon and too many Christians are still in the comfort of their nest!

 Nests are created for nurturing, not abiding.
We have a tendency to grow "comfortable" in our "nests".
There are dangers in staying in the "nests of life" too long.
"Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction." (Micah 2:10)
 God often "Stirs" up our nests, making us "uncomfortable" to prepare us for flight.
2. TO MOVE US OUT OF THE AREA OF ADEQUACY.

 

In the nest, everything is provided for the eagle. (It is easy to live off of the labor of others.)
But then the mother stops bringing the food to the nest for the young eagle.
She will fly with food just out of reach of the eagle, forcing him to "jump up" and stretch his wings.

(Notice: what he thinks is going to kill him is actually preparing him for flight.)
Eventually the eagle,s hunger drives him to the edge of the nest where he spreads his wings and catches the wind, gliding down to find his own food.
He fails to find anything at first and overcome by weakness he comes to a rough landing.

The parents are watching and when the young eagle has exhausted himself, they drop food at his feet to reward his efforts.
Many of our "hard times" are actually "flight" preparations.  We are not called to understand God, but to obey him. Faith doesn,t, grow through comfort, but through crisis .Therefore our "failures" need never be final and God is waiting just beyond our obedience to bless us and take us to the next phase. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

 

We must get alone with Jesus if we are to renew daily in the Holy Ghost.
This is not for the slothful or the lazy . But the Word of God speaks of that in

Proverbs 20:4
King James Version (KJV)
4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing

I don,t know about you but I want my harvest! The only way we are going to see it is to fulfill

John 12:24   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

John 12:25   He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

John 12:26   If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.