Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

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When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.

Daniel 5:22 Not Being Humble

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But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Daniel 5:22 

Looking back on history gives a person a perspective of what works and what does not work. Wise men will review history of what has occurred to determine the best ways to do something currently.

It is common, however, that people refuse to look back at what has happened and not learn from it. They choose to do things their own way, rather than from learning from others. It is all about self and what one wants for himself, rather than doing things the best way.

People like to feel as though they did it themselves or can do it themselves. Very few want any help or guidance from anyone else. Thus, they refuse to look back at learn from others.

God had gotten Belshazzar’s attention by writing on a wall. Daniel interprets it, but points out that Belshazzar’s father had known and followed God, after being humbled. Belshazzar never humbled himself and put himself up against God.

As soon as one refuses to humble himself and realize that he does not know what is best, but that only God knows what is best, he is set up for failure and correction. God will allow a person to do what he wants, but it will come at a price. Belshazzar was to lose his kingdom and his life.

The true believer will know that he is not in control, but that God is the one who is truly in control. He will bow down before God, humbling himself to God’s will and direction.

Believers can look back at the bible and the lives of other believers to see how God works with people and knows what is best. He will be able to see that he can trust God.

You may be one of those who likes to be in control of everything. While God may be giving you some things that you can control, you must remember that He is the one who is in absolute control. You must allow yourself to submit to His ways of doing things.

This is where humility comes in. It is bowing down to God, recognizing that He is God and you are not. It is recognizing that God is in control and you are not.

Do not allow yourself to get to a point where God has to knock you down. Humble yourself today and He will lift you up.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Master; that you will submit to God’s ways of doing things; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that you will be humble before God. 

Psalm 149:4 God Is Excited To Give Victory

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For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4 

People love to have victory. They want to win and be the winner. No one goes into something hoping to lose or even take second place, they strive for first place.

The desire to be number one is a selfish desire. It is all about self and how one looks. Being number one and having victory makes a person look great, the best. It becomes pride that drives the person for victory.

In the process of striving to be number one, many will do whatever it takes to get that position. Often it is stepping on others or cutting others down to make one’s self look better or to gain the victory.

God is excited about His people and looks forward to being with them. He wants to give victory, but He gives it to the humble, not just to everyone.

Being humble is realizing one’s position in this life and before God. It is realizing that one is not God and cannot do everything on his own. It is letting go of self and allowing God to lead, guide and help out. It is putting everything into God’s hands.

When a believer is ready to put self to the side and allow God to be the head, God is ready to give victory. The reason God is pleased to give victory is because it is no longer about self, but about Him. It is allowing God to be God.

Victory is not always being lifted up and looking great, but it is doing the right thing at the right time. It is overcoming a sinful temptation. It is being a witness of Jesus. It is showing love to those who are hard to love.

When a person lets go and allows God to work in and through him, God will give victory.

Each day there will be new struggles in your life and battles to fight and overcome. In your own strength you will fail and fall short of winning those battles.

Remember that it is not about you, but about God. Remove self out of the way, being humble and allow God to guide you. Let God give the victory.

Seek God’s help and guidance in every situation in your life. Do not think that you know what is best, you will fail. God loves you and wants to give you victory, let Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will see the victory God is giving you over every situation in your life.