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Jonah 1:1-3: “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai saying, arise, go to Nineveh, that great city and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before me. 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 into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”
Jonah went in the wrong direction running from God. Does this bring back memories about our life? It sure does mine. If I could remember all the times I have failed God, it probably would fill this paper,
I wrote last week about starting our mission church, and how we came up with a lot of excuses not to do it. We all know those excuses come from the Devil because he does not want you to do anything the Lord tells you to do. I remember one time I was in a lay mission in a church in Indiana and this person came to me and wanted me to go to the altar and pray for him. The Lord answered and told him what to do and he said whatever you are giving, double it. He went home and told his wife and her response came quick, “You know we can’t afford to do that.” He said “we cannot afford not to.” His church was in need of a youth leader and could not afford to hire one, so he gave enough money extra to pay for a youth leader. We became great friends.
If you want to know how giving all this affected him; the last time I saw him, he owned six newspapers in Indiana and Kentucky. The proven fact is that if we give for the right reasons we cannot out give God. I believe some church members today keep hoarding up money and when they see a need they don’t try to fill it, not realizing on Judgment Day it will be used against them.
James 5:1-3: “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
In the days ahead may we all do what God calls us to do with no excuses. Jonah ran. Are you running from God? I know this article is bold but I have to write what God tells me to write.