One of my favorite Bible stories growing up was about Jonah and the whale.

Jonah was an eighth-century prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel.

God directed Jonah to Nineveh where he was to preach repentance to the Assyrians who were meaner than a junk yard dog.  The Assyrians were evil, cruel, heartless, evil and idolatrous, and yes, I did say evil twice.

Jonah didn’t want to preach repentance to the Assyrians. . .he wanted them wiped off the face of the earth.  He wanted the people of Nineveh to have a Sodom and Gomorrah experience.

Needless to say, Jonah wasn’t too happy about them having the opportunity to miss hell.  The scripture really doesn’t say why Jonah hated the Assyrians so. . .but he did.

Jonah was a prophet. . .but he kinda missed it. . .when it came to foretelling what was in his future.

His hatred must have been intense because he refused the assignment to Nineveh and caught the first boat out of town..

Once again, what kind of prophet thinks you can refuse to do what God says or that you can run away where He won’t find you.

Jonah bought passage on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Tarshish.

Jonah 1:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

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One of the favorite tactics of the enemy is to create an illusion which makes you think that the problems you encounter are unique to you. . .that no one else has to face what you face.

Not true.  First, let’s establish three facts.

First, the devil is a defeated foe.

John 12:31 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on [sentence is now being passed on this world]. Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).”

John 16:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”

Second, the devil is a liar.

John 8:44 in the Amplified Bible says:

Words from Harold and Bev

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Harold Herring

Never let your circumstances define your destiny.  Rather create the circumstances that will assure your destiny.

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Bev Herring

Never allow anyone other than God to determine your worth and value.