Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

Stop warning sign

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.

Joel 2:1 Sound The Alarm

Warning alarms

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–Joel 2:1 

Alarms are something that can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Cars have alarms to warn of someone attempting to get in without the proper key. Stores have alarms to tell that someone is shoplifting some item. Radios play warning messages of extremely dangerous weather that is coming up.

All these alarms are to bring to awareness that there is some type of problem occurring or about to occur. It gives people a chance to fix the problem or prepare for a problem that is arising.

Joel tells the people to blow trumpets as an alarm, to warn the people that God is about to bring on judgement upon the land.

Throughout history God has never wanted to just judge and destroy or punish people. His desire is that people would change, turn from their sins and follow Him. God is loving and merciful, but He is also a just God whose time of mercy will come to an end. A day will come in which He will judge and destroy those who choose to not follow Him.

There will be a final judgement when Jesus will judge and destroy all who refuse to obey Him. This will occur when He returns. However, there will be days of punishment while on this earth. Both will incur some or all of God’s wrath against people.

Every believer must be willing to sound the alarm that something is wrong, that people who are living in sin and refusing to obey God will be getting an eternal day of punishment. The world will continue to live in sin if no one will warn them of the coming judgement.

As a believer, at some point in your life, you had been given the warning signal that living in sin was wrong. You had chosen to begin to obey and follow Jesus. Continue to flee sin and obey God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now it is time to sound the alarm and warn others of God’s coming judgement. Let everyone you know that God loves them, but cannot accept sin in their lives. Let them know what Jesus did for them. Be His witness and build His kingdom.

It is time to sound the alarm to all you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s plans; that you will sound the warning of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy. 

Ezekiel 33:7 Be The Watchman

Two guards watching

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 33:7 

The watchman is the person who stands out ahead, closer to the enemy territory, to give warning of anyone who is coming. He is a type of a guard for those being guarded. They are to watch for any activity that is occurring that may have an effect upon those being guarded.

In order to be a good watchman, the person must stay alert and be watching. Then he must be quick about warning what is going to happen, giving the people a chance to react to the situation.

God calls Ezekiel a watchman and charges him to speak whatever God tells him to say. Ezekiel is to give the people a warning.

Being a watchman for God is not some light and easy task. It takes effort to listen to what God is saying. It is having a discerning heart to know what is really going on. It also takes strength and bravery to speak out when danger is on the way.

In the spiritual realm, the danger is often not seen as a physical danger. It is often a danger of the heart and soul. The greatest event to come is when Jesus returns to judge the world and the heart and soul of every person.

Every believer has been charged to be a watchman, a witness, for God. They must warn the people of the coming judgement and the path to death that they are on.

The world cannot see the danger that they are in, because they do not have discerning eyes or ears. They cannot hear the word of God. It is the responsibility of the believer to warn them and let them know.

As a believer you know what is going to happen some day. You can see how the world is living in sin and headed down a path to destruction. You can also hear God’s word to the world today.

It is your responsibility to warn the people. Jesus has charged you to be His witness to all of the world. It is not your responsibility as to how the world reacts to God’s word, but you must share it with them.

Do not be afraid to speak God’s word. Allow God to reveal to you what must be said and to whom it must be said. Be God’s watchman today.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will reveal to you what is to come; that you will warn the people of what God is going to do; and that you will be God’s witness to all people. 

Ezekiel 3:18 Accountability In Warning

Dead end sign

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. Ezekiel 3:18 

Warnings are found everyone and on everything. The government has required that companies give all types of warnings for nearly every possible situation that could occur negatively.

When there is no warning and something bad occurs, the company can be held reliable for the bad situation and be made to pay for it. These warnings must include every thing, regardless of how simple or complex it is, or whether it is common sense or not.

God told Ezekiel that he would have to go and speak to the people whether they would listen or not. If he was told to warn them about their sin and he did not do so, he would be held accountable for their death in sin, because he did not give the warning.

God still gives people warnings. As Jesus left the earth, He charged the disciples, and all believers, to be a witness. They were to bring the gospel news to every person. This gospel message would be that they were dying in sin and needed to repent and turn to God, believing in Jesus for their salvation.

This message is a warning. Every believer is still held accountable for when they obey that commission or do not obey it. If they do not bring the gospel message to a person, when given the opportunity, they will be held accountable for that person’s death in sin.

Doors to be a witness will be opened every day by God for every believer. Each one must be willing to do his part, whether the people will listen or not. Every person needs an opportunity to choose to accept or reject Jesus.

You have also been given the same mission to be a witness for Jesus to the lost. As God opens a window of opportunity to be His witness, you must take it. Do not allow the opportunity to pass. If you do, that person’s death in sin will be on your head. God will hold you accountable for not being His witness.

Be willing to talk about Jesus to everyone you meet. Do not allow yourself to become accountable for the death of a soul, because you chose not to speak.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal opportunities to be His witness; that God will give you His boldness to be a witness; and that you will speak God’s word to everyone you meet.

Jeremiah 36:3 Hearing Of Coming Disaster

Crumbling ice

Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin. Jeremiah 36:3 

There are times when warnings of coming disaster are declared. Some people completely ignore the warnings and keep going forward as though nothing is going to happen. Others heed those warnings and change accordingly. In the end some will regret their choices and others will be glad for their choices.

The nation of Judah had been living in sin and God was warning them of coming judgement against them. He sends Jeremiah to tell them of the disaster He will bring upon them because of their sin. God hopes that they will change their hearts and repent of their sin when they hear of the coming destruction.

Most people do not like to hear about coming judgement or disaster. They want to hear about good news, that things will get better or continue to be great. They want to hear about prosperity and love and peace, not disaster and destruction.

This type of thinking has also crept into the church. People only want to hear about love and forgiveness, not judgement. However, God does and will judge sin. Those who purposefully live in sinful ways will be judged some day.

There is coming a day when Jesus will return to judge everyone. Some may live to see that day, others will die sooner and see that judgement come sooner.

The one who is repenting of his sins and striving to live for God will not see that judgement hit him. Those who refuse to repent and turn from sin will only see the wrath of God and His judgement upon them.

People in the church and those in the world need to hear this message. But also need to hear that God is ready to forgive them and save them from the coming destruction of eternal death and punishment.

God is willing to forgive you as you turn to Him and turn away from sin. Be willing to repent and turn from sin, so that God can forgive you.

If you choose to live in sin and rebel against God’s commands, you have only one thing to look forward to–destruction in eternal judgement.

When you repent and turn to God, you can look forward to eternal life with God.

What is your choice? What is your message?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of all sins; that you will know God’s forgiveness and love; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will let others know of God’s love and commands.