2 Scripture Reading Jonah 3:1-3 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaimto it the message I give you.”3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went toNineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—avisit required three days.
3 Several roadblocks to obedience in Jonah: He had a mistaken understanding of God and God’s purposesJonah had prejudice in his heart against the people of NinevehJonah was probably fearfulJonah had his own preferences
4 God was sending Jonah on a mission; Jonah had to learn submission– obedience to God’s command
5 To get those roadblocks to obedience out of the way: Mistaken understanding of God and God’s purposesOur prejudice toward othersFearMisusing Bible verses
6 1 John1:9“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
7 Romans12:2:“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
8 The renewing of our mind means that we should forsake our own prejudices, preferences, and our mistaken ideas about God and ourselves
9 Colossians 3:22-23(we should serve our employers wholeheartedly)“not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
10 The foundation of our obedience: God is in control, everything is in God’s handGod has wonderful arrangement and provision, and makes everything work together for the good of those who love HimGod’s love never ends among usGod never makes mistakes
13 Do we have any weaknesses that need to be molded by our loving God? Do we have any scar in our heart that needs to be removed by God so that we can know God’s word and will?How do we respond to the word and will of God?– obey or disobey?
14 To us, obeying God’s will is not a choice or option It is an obligation and opportunityOur response to His word and will must be obedience