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Time, The Wild Number 1 Valuable Commodity!

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

Guest Blogger, Evangelist Mike Bell Helps Us Think About Our Callings.


TIME IS A VALUE GREATER THAN SILVER OR GOLD!


Time is one of the most precious commodities here on this earth. Surprisingly it’s not even found in silver, gold, or even oil. In our economy, the most valuable, sought commodity is “Time” because once it’s gone, you can never get it back. “Time waits for no one.” Fred Smith once said, “Great men never complain about the lack of time. They just accomplish everything that’s needed in a twenty-four-hour day.”


JESUS EXPLAINED THE DAYS WE ARE LIVING IN TODAY!


In Matthew's 24th chapter, Jesus starts instructing the disciples about knowing the “Times” in which they were living. He tells them when “Time” is drawing to a close; they would see “Many being deceived” (vs.5). “There would be wars & rumors of wars” (vs.6). “Nation would rise against nation.” “There would be famines, pestilence & earthquakes” (vs.7). “People would deliver you to be afflicted.” “They will kill some of you.” “You will be hated for my name’s sake” (vs.9). “Many false Prophets Rise up” (vs.11). “Iniquity will abound” and “The Love of many shall wax cold” (vs.12). We are watching these signs are coming to pass. So today, I would like to speak on: “Understanding the Time.”

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UNDERSTANDING THE TIME YOU AND I ARE LIVING IN.


Let’s start by reading Matthew, chapter 16: 1-4. “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting… desired him… that he would show them a sign from Heaven. 2.) He answered and said unto them when it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3.) And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but, can ye not discern the signs of the times?


THE ASTOUNDING SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAH

Matthew 16:4. “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.” Jesus spoke prophetically about His death and resurrection, but I would like to dive a little deeper into the “Time” in which Jonah lived. The book of Jonah is more than a story of disobedience or even about a big fish. The story of Jonah is about one of the greatest spiritual awakenings in the Bible.


WILL WICKED NINEVEH HEED THE WARNING?


“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah saying, Arise and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me” Jonah 1:1-2 “Now Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire. Ninevah was powerful, dominant, feared, and known for their savagery. The streets ran 20 miles and the walls were 100 feet high; Jonah was instructed by God to go tell this evil city to repent and turn from their wicked ways or God was going to destroy it.


GOD SAID GO, BUT JONAH SAID NO!


As any true man of God would do in this situation, Jonah cried out, “Here am I, Lord send someone else!” God said, “GO,” and Jonah said, “No!” Have you ever said “No” to God? I know there have been times in my life when I was guilty of saying no to God. Before you say you’ve never done such a thing, you need to remember to answer that just like Jonah. God has called us all to our own Nineveh. “Go into all the world, preach the Gospel and make disciples” It’s called the great commission, not the great omission! We’ve ALL been commanded to “GO!”


DEFYING HEAVENLY COMMANDS


So, where are we heading? There are only two choices: One leads to Tar-shish, but the other leads to Nineveh. One leads to ruin, and the other leads to Revival. Jonah 1:3 Says, “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tar-shish, from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tar-shish.” Jonah ran from God. You need to know that your decision will always determine your direction, and your direction will always determine your destiny. Anytime you decide to run from God, believe me, the enemy will always have a ship waiting for you to take you in the opposite direction of where God wants you to be!


YOU CAN’T RUN FROM GOD’S CALLING!


Your journey might start out much like Jonah’s. The sun might be shining, the water smooth as glass, and you’re having the time of your life, and all the while, you think that you can outrun God, but sooner or later, there will come a storm. You see, sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. Jonah 1:4 says, “The Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea so that the ship was like to be broken.


WHEN OLD SEA SALTS CALL UNTO HIS OWN GOD


Old experienced sailors are known as salts; they have experienced a lot. When they become afraid during a storm, it isn’t looking good. Look at Jonah 1:5 “Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship, and he lay, and was fast asleep.” One has to wonder how many warriors are not on the front lines as they should be today but asleep.


AMERICA NEEDS A REVIVAL! COME HOLY SPIRIT!


Why is there such a great need for Revival today? Because there are so many Christians today sleeping through the storm. There are men and women called by God to do a work and are asleep, not even aware of the pending doom that awaits them. We need to be awakened to the fact that America is sinking and it’s taking on water, and we need to see that it wasn’t the “mariners” fault that the storm came; It’s not the sinners’ fault that America is sinking. The blame falls directly on the man or woman of God who is sleeping, thus living a disobedient, rebellious life not doing what they have been called to do.


BEWARE OF A MAMMOTH FISH LURKING


Looking at Jonah 1:15, it says, “They took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.” Think what an impact it was when to those who threw him overboard and the sea became calm. Right then, everyone knew this was of God. ” It’s amazing how far some Christians will fall before they wake up and turn their lives completely over to God! Notice that when all was hopeless that God had a way out for Jonah even through his disobedience.

God had grown a ginormous fish for such a time as this, and it’s in the right place, right time, and it carried Jonah back to the will of God.





I Have A MESSAGE FOR YOU!


For some of you, reading this devotion is your fish story. God has sent me here to give you this message! You need to ask God to forgive you for running away from your calling and see where God will take you! Jonah finally woke up and started pleading to God for a second chance, and you can do the same today. We serve a God of second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth chances!






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THE WICKED REPENTED AND JUDGEMENT WITHHELD.


What happens next is one of the greatest revivals recorded in the Bible. Jonah proclaims God’s pending judgment, the whole city falls down before a Holy God and cries out for mercy, and God forgives them. America wake up, time is drawing to an end, and Jesus is coming soon. We hear a lot from our pulpits about health, wealth, and prosperity. How will they know if they are not told, and how can they be told when the minister is sound asleep fleeing their mandate from Heaven? Now is the time to declare God’s word; today is the day to sound the alarm, and this is the place to see God heal our land!


IT IS TIME TO HANG ONTO GOD’S PROMISES!


Let me leave you with a very well know passage of scripture. Please notice there is a condition to be met before the promise can be kept in that passage. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; (Condition – for you, the reader, to do!) then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (Promise – God will do if you carry out the condition above. )2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Until all have heard – Mike

REVIVALS AROUND THE WORLD


What is needed is a revival that will awaken those called, giving new strength and direction to the inner man. Here are some interesting revival articles from various places.

The Welsh-revival of 1904-05.


The Azusa Street Revival of 1906-1908:


The Brownsville Revival 1995 – To 2000:


Brownsville Revival – YouTube:


The Smithton Revival March 1996:

https://renewaljournal.com/2011/08/13/smithton-revival-byjoel-kilpatrick/


Go Inside The Smithton Outpouring – YouTube:

https://youtu.be/alxMVd-tzB8

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