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Devotions out at Sea
Jonah 2
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Jonah 2 (NKJV™)
1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly.
2 And he said: "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. "Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.
3 For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.'
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.
7 "When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.
8 "Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."
10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998

When someone speaks impetuously, we say that it was a "gut reaction". This prayer of the reluctant prophet Jonah was also a "gut reaction," although in this case Jonah was reacting to the whale's gut rather than his own! Finally this guy is talking to God. He's learned a few things. We can learn a few things too.

Did you ever feel like you have gone too far or that God could never forgive you? This eight message series on Jonah is a refreshing reminder of the relentless love and grace that God showers upon His children, even when they don't go His way.


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  1. He Prayed to God (vv. 1-9)


    1. When Jonah Prayed

    2. How Jonah Prayed

    3. What Jonah Prayed


  2. He Pondered the Lesson (v. 8)

  3. He Passed the Test (vv. 9-10)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Is prayer your primary response to a situation or is it a secondary one? When trouble comes are you prone to (l) fall apart, (2) call a friend, (3) complain and gossip, or (4) call on the Lord?

  2. Can you recall a situation in which you have "forsaken your own mercy"? What brought you around? What idols did you have to disregard? (v. 8)

  3. A secret to victorious living is to be able to bring closure to an episode of pain. It is crucial to be able to look back and thank God for His faithfulness in pursuing you and saving you. Do it!

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10/11/1998
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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10/18/1998
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The Long Arm of the Lord
Jonah 1:4-16
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10/25/1998
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A Whale of a Tale
Jonah 1:17
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We have come to that verse that causes us to ask, "Fact or fiction? History or allegory?" This one single verse has caused a furor of theological and scientific debate for centuries. Emerging from this one verse are four great concerns to every Christian.
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11/8/1998
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What Makes Revival Ripe?
Jonah 3:1-4
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Churches and Christian organizations have used the word "revival" typically to designate a series of meetings conveniently scheduled into the church calendar. Someone may announce, "We will have a revival beginning Sunday and lasting throughout the week!" But real revival is when God moves in the lives of His people, quite apart from any man-made schedule. Let's notice some things that make real revival work.
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11/15/1998
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The Anatomy of Repentance
Jonah 3:5-10
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Repentance is one of those words that conjure up medieval images. But though there is certainly a serious side to it, the outcome of repentance is anything but somber. Let's see what real repentance looks like when it pervades an entire culture.
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12/6/1998
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God's Angry Young Man
Jonah 4:1-4
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Who in the world could get mad at God for His love, forgiveness and mercy? Answer - Jonah could. In fact he got mad enough to almost take his pulpit and go home! This is a warning to anyone thinking that just exposure to God and His Word is sufficient. Today we'll examine this problem that many of God's people seem to have.
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12/13/1998
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Did You Forget Something?
Jonah 4:5-11
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Memory is one of the keys that unlocks the future - unless we remember the past, we have no reference for making the right choices tomorrow. There is so much that we learn when we come to know God and yet, because of our tendency to forget, we may need to be reminded of something we have learned in the past. In the last verses­ of this book, God's prophet needs to be reminded of some key truths - so do we.
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