Ridiculous Faith: Jonah

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pastor Steve Brown

 

When your behavior causes devastating or even death-consequences in your life, you can trust that God continues to work for your deliverance and salvation. Jesus is a bigger savior than you could ever be a sinner. Maybe you get engulfed in thinking you deserve this punishment. 

When you wrestle with those deeply hidden feelings of regret, guilt, or shame over what you have said, done, or thought (especially towards others), take them to the Lord. Learn from the wretched prophet Jonah to cry out to Jesus from that pit and trust that Jesus will deliver you and bring you salvation. God loves you so completely that God does not want you to suffer in that dark belly of engulfing feelings of regret, guilt, and shame. God wants you and empowers you to have the ridiculous faith to trust that God will deliver you and bring you salvation even when what you are suffering is because of your own running away from God. God will raise you from this death. 

Imagine the transforming change we can bring to others if we start sharing our Jonah-like stories of how God forgives us, delivers us from these hidden feelings, and brings us salvation. Share your faith stories.

 

Lessons: Jonah 2:1-10, 1  John 1:5-9, Matthew 12:38-41

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