God will lead the way -- even for those who refuse

2014-07-05T00:00:00Z God will lead the way -- even for those who refuseBy RACHAEL NICAR For The Gazette The Billings Gazette
July 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

How many of you know that God has a way of getting what he wants? Just because you tell God “no” doesn’t mean that you are going to get your way. The question is this: What has the Lord asked you to do that you have refused?

Let’s look at the life of Jonah for a moment. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, but Jonah didn’t want to go. He didn’t want to because the Ninevites were idol worshipers. Jonah was righteous and sanctified, and he didn’t want to touch sinners.

He thought that sinners were too dirty to touch. He thought that sinners were beneath him. The truth is he didn’t care about sinners. But God made him go to Nineveh anyway, in the belly of a whale, and he was coughed up on the shores of Nineveh.

Jonah was so far down in the whale that he had no chance of escape. If God didn’t help him, then all would be lost. So Jonah wised up and said something like, “OK God, I’ve had enough. I give up. I will sacrifice, with a voice of thanksgiving, and I will pay my dues.”

I think it is interesting that Jonah told God that he had no intention of going to Nineveh, but the fish took him there anyway. The point is, you can tell God “no,” but a storm will appear and take you there anyway.

Saul was a highly respected religious leader, but he was persecuting the church of Jesus Christ. He thought he was doing the right thing, but he was going in the wrong direction. So God knocked him off his donkey and got his attention.

God had great plans for Moses, but Moses was continually led by his flesh. Moses had a lot of Egypt inside of him, so God led him into the wilderness to make some changes.

Once you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, you can no longer have your own way. Jonah, determined to have his own way, found himself in the pit. He wouldn’t listen to God, so he found himself with seaweed wrapped around his neck.

The reason you are in a pit today, the reason you have seaweed wrapped around your neck, is because you wouldn’t listen to God. The reason your problems are swallowing you up is because you won’t listen.

I know you are trying to find who you are ... but you will never find your destiny until you know who you are in Christ. You will never find your purpose in life until you give your whole life to him.

Once God has a calling on your life, you can run but you can’t hide. You can tell him “no,” but that doesn’t mean it’s over. Make no mistake, he loves you too much to let you destroy yourself.

The reason the Lord is letting you go into the fire is because he is getting you ready for something. He is getting you ready for something that is so wonderful that all of hell is nervous about it.

I can always tell when God is getting ready to bless me. All of a sudden, I find myself hanging on a cross; all of a sudden, I see storms blow into my life.

If you love the Lord today and you are in a storm, remember that the storm is going to take you where God wants you to go. The storm is going to take you to your Promised Land.

If you will stop running from God, he will turn everything around. If you will say, “I give up,” he will rush to your side and help you.

Rachael Nicar is a minister with Acts of Victory Ministries in Hardin.

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