From Today’s Bible Reading (Isaiah 8: 11-22): Recently I Wanted To Be Like Jonah But God Reminded Me That I Can’t If I Want To Do What Is “Right”

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Articles, Religion
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Wow! I must admit that I’ve been frustrated a lot lately by many who claim Christ as Savior and also first and foremost in their lives yet align themselves with any and everything that is anti-Christ.

Much as it was when the prophet Jonah desired to disobey God and not preach to Nineveh God’s message of seeking repentance/forgiveness, I myself have found myself wanting to not say anything more to people about how off-track they are going (in seeking and believing in the “world’s” wisdom/ways) and how “many” have fallen for tricks from the enemy by allowing themselves to be aligned with “anti-Christ” teachings…so much so that today I came very close today to deleting all of my social media accounts.

I wanted to simply go into a shell and be quiet so that I could allow those who won’t hear what God places in my heart to help steer them (and me…I battle with it everyday myself) from aligning with “evil to seal their own fate so that when they stand before God on the day of judgement I could have the privilege of saying “I told you so”.

Praise Him that today, God dealt with me about this “sour” and “sinful” attitude and since I have posted this post one can surmise that much like Jonah I have relented back into obedience and unless God tells me to I will continue to preach the truth as He gives it to me “in Love”.

What changed my mind?  Well, as usual it was during my reading of His word that God encouraged me to continue to do what is “right” in HIS eyes and NOT to concern myself with what the “world”…even those who claim allegiance with Him (many “Christians”) but align themselves with the world’s ways.

So without further ado….here is the scripture that encouraged me to continue on and do what is “right”:

Isaiah 8: 11-22 (MSG): A Boulder Blocking Your Way

11-15 “God spoke strongly to me, grabbed me with both hands and warned me not to go along with this people. He said:

“Don’t be like this people,
always afraid somebody is plotting against them.
Don’t fear what they fear.
Don’t take on their worries.
If you’re going to worry,
worry about The Holy. Fear God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
The Holy can be either a Hiding Place
or a Boulder blocking your way,
The Rock standing in the willful way
of both houses of Israel,
A barbed-wire Fence preventing trespass
to the citizens of Jerusalem.
Many of them are going to run into that Rock
and get their bones broken,
Get tangled up in that barbed wire
and not get free of it.”

16-18
Gather up the testimony,
preserve the teaching for my followers,
While I wait for God as long as he remains in hiding,
while I wait and hope for him.
I stand my ground and hope,
I and the children God gave me as signs to Israel,
Warning signs and hope signs from God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
who makes his home in Mount Zion.

19-22
When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers.
Consult the spiritualists.
Why not tap into the spirit-world,
get in touch with the dead?”
Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.”
People who try the other ways get nowhere—a dead end!
Frustrated and famished,
they try one thing after another.
When nothing works out they get angry,
cursing first this god and then that one,
Looking this way and that,
up, down, and sideways—and seeing nothing,
A blank wall, an empty hole.
They end up in the dark with nothing.”

(End Scripture)

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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