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Summary: Are you tired of having no purpose? Are you weary from wasting all of your energy on unproductive things? Are you ready for a change? Are you willing to trust God?

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THE CYCLE OF NO PURPOSE

Jonah 1

Two gas company service men, a senior training Supervisor and a young trainee were out checking meters and parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked there way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two

men as they checked her gas meter. As they finished the meter check the older supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized that the lady from the last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong. Gasping for breath she said, "When I see two gas men running full speed away from my house, I figured I had better run too." Have you found yourself running in life, but not sure where or why? Maybe you feel like this fish (take it out of water). It gasps for air, it is vulnerable, it waists energy flopping around. God wants you to feel like the fish now (put it back in the water). In it’s element the fish is majestic, graceful, athletic, turns flips, dynamic. It doesn’t matter how big or small, think of dolphins, or even killer whales (even though they are not fish).

7 actions that keep you running in God’s direction.

Prov. 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (repeat) My goal is to have you to memorize this verse before today is over. (Repeat verse during every point.)

1. Listen to what God says.

God’s purpose starts with God’s word.(1-2)

1The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai:

2“Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because their wickedness has confronted Me.’

Prov. 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

2. Reject what you want. (3)

3However, Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the LORD’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, from the LORD’s presence.

Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink.

We must consent to God’s training and obey Him.

God’s purpose contradicts our flesh.

Prov. 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

3. Trust God even when your circumstance does not agree.


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