Jonah: In Deep Water – When We Sink
July 4, 2021
Jonah: In Deep Water – When We Sink
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Pastor Mike Bailey
How often do we get ourselves in trouble when we choose to not listen? Did your parents ever say to you, “You’re in deep water!” The mere definition of the phrase means to find yourself in trouble or difficulty. And often we continue to sink deeper and deeper once we make that initial decision. Jonah was given an assignment from God, and when he did not listen, he found himself swimming. God sent a storm to change Jonah’s plans and place him exactly where God originally wanted him to be. We can learn how our choices play a direct role in where we find ourselves today as we study the story of Jonah.
June 27 – In Deep Water: When We Run
July 4 – In Deep Water: When We Sink
July 11 – In Deep Water: When We Listen
July 18 – In Deep Water: When We Miss It
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1. Learn from Jonah’s . (1:17-2:1)
Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
a. Jonah after he is in the fish.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:19
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
b. Jonah to pray still in the fish.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
2. Learn from Jonah’s . (2:2)
a. God hears Jonah in the prayer.
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14-15
b. God hears Jonah in the prayer.
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
3. Learn from Jonah’s . (2:3-7)
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Matthew 3:8
a. Jonah understands God is in . (3)
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
b. Jonah does not want to be from God. (4-6)
Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. t’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Isaiah 59:1-2
c. Jonah is taken to the . (7)
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 1 Peter 1:6
4. Learn from Jonah’s . (2:8-9)
Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25
a. Jonah’s eyes are opened to . (8)
Definition of mercy: Not receiving something that you do deserve.
b. Jonah’s eyes are opened to . (9)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation… 1 Peter 1:3
5. Learn from Jonah’s . (2:10)
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
a. Jonah does not the ride.
I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 2 Corinthians 11:23b-25
b. Jonah is about to experience life.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Closing: Are you ready to stop sinking and begin listening?