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The jonah syndrome

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A look at how we as Christians are to keep ourselves in this world.

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The jonah syndrome

  1. 1. KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILLIGENCE. THE JONAH SYNDROME AND THE PRODICAL SON BROTHER.
  2. 2. We are told in the scriptures that we must keep our heart with all diligence. Prov.4:23 ‘’Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life’’ Therefore it is important to be very careful of what we think and fed our mind with, that’s why God in His mercy give us eight guidelines of the things we must think upon. So as we walk the Christian pathway we may be viligence and diligence in whatever issues of life we may be engage in.
  3. 3. We are told in Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  4. 4. We are told that we must think upon the things that are true, the word True mean ‘’Conforming with facts, correct , accurate, genuine, loyal, perfectly in tune, truthful, rightly’’ Webster new English dictionary pg.495 Now many of us as human beings have a tendency to let our minds dwell upon the things that are not true, we tend to remember something negative more than something posivtive
  5. 5. David tells us in Ps 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. KJV Truth is consistent, but a lie will always be a lie, because it’s never consistent with itself, so is error. David also says in Ps 146:6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: KJV
  6. 6. Having the fact of a matter is highly important to prevent against rumors, gossip and evil speaking, if we speak the things which we think is true and not having evidence or facts, I call it faithlessness, and speculations Therefore we must keep our heart with all diligence.
  7. 7. The next thing we are told to think upon is the things that are Honest. The word Honest mean: ‘’Truthful, trustworthy, sincere, or genuine, gained by fair means, frank, open.’’ Webster new English dictionary pg221 This is one of the hardest trait to find in people, ever so often we come in contact with people who by some means or the other is not truthful, or genuine, in their conduct. We are told in Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. KJV
  8. 8. Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. KJV If one is honest in business they will be patient
  9. 9. Rom 12:17-18 says Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 2 Cor 8:21 says Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 1 Peter 2:12 says Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
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  11. 11. Quote: ‘’Stop blaming your spouse for your unhappiness, your parents for your lack of motivation, the economy for your social status, your childhood for your problems, and anything else to which you assign your blame points, you are the result of the choice you have made in your life.’’
  12. 12. Another attribute we must think upon is the things that are just. JUST—meaning ‘’Fair impartial, deserved, merited, proper, exact, conforming strictly with the facts, exactly, justly, equitable by right.’’ Webster’s new English dictionary pg.254 Having a preconceived idea of someone or something without the facts is also being unjust,
  13. 13. A wealthy man walked into a bar in Miami. As soon as he entered, he noticed an African woman (black), sitting in one corner. He walked over to the counter, removed his wallet and shouted, "Bartender! I am buying drinks for everyone in this bar, except that black woman over there!"
  14. 14. The bartender collected the money from the man and began serving free food and wine to everyone in the bar except the African. When the waiter finished serving the food and drinks, the African woman simply smiled at the man and said, Thank you!" That made him furious. So he leaned over the counter and asked the bartender, "What is wrong with that black woman? I have bought food and drinks for everyone in this bar except for her, and instead of becoming angry, she just sits there, smiles at me and shouts 'Thank you.' Is she mad?" The bartender smiled at the wealthy man and said, "No, she is not mad. She is the OWNER of this establishment."
  15. 15. The Jonah syndrome Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. Jonah 4:1-3 1.But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live,
  16. 16. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? 5. So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6. And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
  17. 17. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10. Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11. And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
  18. 18. Another attribute we must think upon is the things that are Pure. PURE- ‘’Clean not contaminated, not mix, chase, innocent, free from taint or defilement,’’ Webster new English dictionary pg.372 Matt 5:8 says Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Prov 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
  19. 19. We must also think on the things that are LOVELY. LOVELY- Meaning== ‘’Beautiful , highly enjoyable, Webster new English dictronary.pg277 Many today set their minds on negative things, things that is not lovely. If we do represent Christ, we shall make his service appear attractive, as it really is. Christians who gather up gloom and sadness to their souls, and murmur and complain, are giving to others a false representation of God and the Christian life. They give the impression that God is not pleased to have his children happy, and in this they bear false witness against our Heavenly Father (steps to Christ,81)
  20. 20. Many, walking along the path of life, dwell upon their mistakes and failures and disappointments, and their hearts are filled with grief and discouragement. While I was in Europe, a sister who had been doing this, and who was in deep distress, wrote to me, asking for some word of encouragement. The night after I had read her letter, I dreamed that I was in a garden, and One who seemed to be the owner of the garden was conducting me through its paths,
  21. 21. I was gathering the flowers and enjoying their fragrance, when this sister, who had been walking by my side, called my attention to some unsightly briers that were impeding her way. There she was, mourning and grieving. She was not walking in the pathway, following the guide, but was walking among the briers and thorns. "O," she mourned, "is it not a pity that this beautiful garden is spoiled with thorns?" Then the guide said, "Let the thorns alone, for they will only wound you. Gather the roses, the lilies, and the pinks."
  22. 22. There are many who have an erroneous idea of the life and character of Christ. They think that he was devoid of warmth and sunniness, that he was stern, severe, and joyless. In many cases the whole religious experience is colored by these gloomy views.
  23. 23. GOOD REPORT== Many today, love to hear good things but how many, carry a good report. Prov 25:25 says As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. , .
  24. 24. VIRTURE==Meaning- ‘’Moral excellence any admirable quality, chastity, merit.’’ Webster new English dictionary. Pg. 2132 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
  25. 25. s Called to Glory and Virtue, June 7 God has called us to glory and virtue. We have no right to assimilate with the world—dressing, talking, and living as worldliness do. God has given us a high standard to reach. To enable man to reach this standard, God sent into the world His only begotten Son. In our behalf Christ made an infinite sacrifice. He laid aside His kingly crown and royal robe, clothed His divinity with humanity, and came into our world to teach men and women the laws of life and salvation, which they must carry out to the letter in order to have everlasting life in the kingdom of glory. By Ellen g white
  26. 26. PRAISE– Meaning= ‘’To express approval of to commend….’’ Webster new English dictionary. 356 THE PRODICAL SON BROTHER.
  27. 27. Luke 15:24-29 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: KJV
  28. 28. Thus far in the Savior's parable there is no discordant note to jar the harmony of the scene of joy; but now Christ introduces another element. When the prodigal came home, the elder son "was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in." This elder brother has not been sharing in his father's anxiety and watching for the one that was lost. He shares not, therefore, in the father's joy at the wanderer's return. The sounds of rejoicing kindle no gladness in his heart. He inquires of a servant the reason of the festivity, and the answer excites his jealousy. He will not go in to welcome his lost brother. The favor shown the prodigal he regards as an insult to himself. Christ’s object lesston.208
  29. 29. By the elder son were represented the unrepenting Jews of Christ's day, and also the Pharisees in every age, who look with contempt upon those whom they regard as publicans and sinners. Because they themselves have not gone to great excesses in vice, they are filled with self-righteousness. Christ met these cavilers on their own ground. Like the elder son in the parable, they had enjoyed special privileges from God. They claimed to be sons in God's house, but they had the spirit of the hireling.
  30. 30. Luke 15:8-10 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
  31. 31. December 4, 2013 · The lost coin, in the Saviour’s parable, though lying in the dirt and rubbish, was a piece of silver still. Its owner sought it because it was of value. So every soul, however degraded by sin, is in God’s sight accounted precious. As the coin bore the image and superscription of the reigning power, so man at his creation bore the image and superscription of God. Though now marred and dim through the influence of sin, the traces of this inscription remain upon every soul. God desires to recover that soul and to retrace upon it His own image in righteousness and holiness. {MH 163.1}

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