Whale of a Mess

Whale of a Mess

Jer 18:2-4

2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

  1. A potter must keep the clay constantly rotating. Turning is crucial to shaping an ordinary piece of clay into something magnificent that the potter has designed.
  2. You must keep “turning” for God to turn things around for you.
  3. Life is a series on constant turns.
  4. Branson, Taxi had to turn around on a narrow street. Could not do it in one turn. Like us, we might need a series of turnarounds to get in the right direction.
  5. Not one of us can claim we are so put together or too messed up for God to turn our lives around.
  6. My typing class. The moment I knew I reached my minimum requirement to get an A, I stopped.
  7. Luxury cars have more problems reported because they are putting so many new things into the cars.
  8. Olympics, skaters, divers, skiers, level of difficulty.
  9. Try: more church, more bible reading, more prayer, more volunteering, more risk, more changes,


Jonah 1:1-3

1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

  1. Whale of a mess.
  2. Tarshish, the exact opposite of Nineveh. “Go to Los Angeles, but you go to Dallas.” Picture of Jonah Runs
  3. Tarshish was 2,500 miles away from his hometown and Ninevah was a mere 500miles away.Sometimes we run further in disobedience, than we could have if we just obeyed God.
  4. Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian empire. Nineveh had made several raids against Israel. Jonah hated the Nivevites.
  5. Jonah understood that God was giving the Ninevites a chance to repent.
  6. One of the top reasons we often go the wrong direction is bitterness and hatred.
  7. Forgive spouse, parents and children.
  8. Hate the people at work.
  9. Stubbornness is a great cause of going the wrong direction. Prophets can even be stubborn.
  10. God told Jonah to take a turn to Nineveh because He knew Nineveh was going to make the biggest turn inside of Jonah’s own life.

Jonah 1:4

4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea,

  1. If you remain stubborn God will send a storm to get you unstuck.
  2. When you are on the right track, the devil will send the storm, but when you are running from God, God will send it.

Jonah 1:10

(They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

  1. Just because you admit to others that you are doing wrong does not mitigate the fact you are doing wrong.

Jonah 1:17

17 But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

  1. Likely that Jonah could not swim.
  2. “I should have been dead.” Common phrase.
  3. Jonah had an obsession with death. “I just want to die.”
  4. Took Jonah three days to finally repent. How long do you want to stay in your whale of a mess?

Jonah 2:9

What I have vowed I will make good.

  1. Your help comes when you decide to help others, even others that you do not like.

Jonah 2:10

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

  1. Whales do not normally vomit. It was supernatural.
  2. Vomit-smell all over Jonah. Whale vomit used in perfumes. In time the smell turned into a good perfume.
  3. God will take your past vomits and turn it into a sweet smell.
  4. AA group started as a result. 1930s well to do Rhode Islander, Rowland was told my famous swiss Pyscholanist, Carl Jung, that he needed a spiritual experience and sent him to an Oxford group. Rowland introduce Ebwin (Vermont) to the group. Edwin introduced his school mate and drinking buddy, Bill Ebby to the Oxford group, and thus AA was born.
  5. We are like a cog. Picture of Cog.
  6. When we fail to see the need for our cog to turn, we deny all the cogs God has connected to our turnarounds their change to move forward.
  7. God spoke to me, “You are an answer to many people’s prayers. “
  8. Examples:
  9. Moses turned and the Israelites were delivered.
  10. Gideon turned and the war was won.
  11. Esther turned and genocide was prevented.


Jonah 3:1

3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:

  1. God will give you another chance.
  2. Gifts and calling are without repentance.

Jonah 4:1 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. (NIV, newest version)

  1. We are less patient than God.

Jonah 4:2

I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

  1. This same grace was given to Jonah, yet, he forgets it.
  2. Sometimes, even after we repent, we still need some more repentance.


  1. Others that turned.
  2. Jacob had a label, some of it deserved, but he changed after he wrestled with God. Became a prince.
  3. Life nice, but it was shook up when he knew he had to confront his past.
  4. Change his label.
  5. Sarah doubted and laughed at the suggestion of being pregnant.
  6. Sarah was not looking to attend Lamaze classes at ninety. You need to believe.
  7. Never too old for turnarounds.
  8. Gideon, unlikely candidate to be the leader.
  9. Weakest family in the weakest clan.
  10. Say yes, even if you feel unqualified.
  11. Esther, just another pretty face.
  12. She didn’t see the genocide as her problem.
  13. Sometimes you have to use your position, wealth and influence to save others.




Faith Pleases God

Faith Pleases God


Heb 11:1-3

11 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

  1. The heroes of the Bible have only one common denominator: They lived by faith.

Heb 11:5-6

For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

  1. Only biblical record of Enoch “pleasing God” was the phrase: “Enoch walked with God.”
  2. Without Faith you cannot please God. You may have other good qualities: kindness, unselfishness, self control, or any other qualities, but Faith is necessary to please God.
  3. Humans are pleased with many things: music, a book, compliment, a meal, team winning, warm day. God is pleased with one thing: Faith.
  4. Heroes of old had many human faults:
  5. Noah got drunk
  6. Abraham gave his wife away.
  7. Jacob deceived his father
  8. Moses killed an Egyptian
  9. Samson liked foreign women
  10. Elisha used a gift to hurt some youth
  11. King David committed adultery
  12. Solomon’s polygamy
  13. Peter fell into pride
  14. But they all had one redeeming quality: faith!


Gen 2:16-17

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Gen 3:4

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

Gen 3:6

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

  1. Original sin was doubt.

Rom 5:19

      9 For just as through the disobedience of the one man

  1. Adam and Eve did NOT believe they would die; they believed the serpents words that they would be wise and be like God.

Rom 14:23 “Whatever is not of faith is sin”

  1. Whatever is not of faith is sin.
  2. Sin ultimately is unbelief in what God says.


  1. Heroes of Faith.
  2. Noah built the ark.
  3. Abraham is the focus of the writer. He mentions 3 things Abraham did: Left his home, believe for a child to be born, offered his son to God.
  4. Isaac blessed
  5. Jacob blessed
  6. Joseph spoke of exodus
  7. Moses’s parents hid Moses
  8. Moses reject his Egyptian citizenship
  9. Moses kept the Passover
  10. Passed through the Red Sea
  11. Walls of Jericho fell
  12. Rahab protected the Israeli spies

Heb 11:32-35

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.

  1. The expression of faith was different for all, and the result of their faith were also different.
  2. Today, you have different situations from others that you are going through.
  3. Different illness: chronic, life threatening, disease, illness, incurable or long time to get well.
  4. Demons: Mind: hearing voices, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, depression, anxiety attacks, jealousy, FEAR.
  5. Financial: need job, pay is not enough, debt, unexpected bills,
  6. Marriage. arguing, adultery, abuse, unhappy
  7. Children: small and adult, bad grade, not serving God, prison, drugs, gangs


1 Peter 2:24

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


  1. Stripes on his back. Wounds in his body. Punches in the face. Cuts on his brow caused by the thorns, holes in his hands and feet.
  2. Matza Bread.
  3. Unlike the Old Testament lambs that were killed swiftly and humanely, Jesus was not. Why? He not only came to take away your sins through the blood, but to heal ever aspect of your life.
  4. Body, Mind, Spirit, Money, Family, Children, Marriage,
  5. Jesus felt pain, felt rejection, felt humiliation, felt weak, felt poor.


Heb 11:1-2

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.


  1. They got a good report card from God because of their faith.
  2. Hope. Expectation that what you want to happen will happen. As opposed to fear.

Mark 11:24

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.


  1. Desire. A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. synonyms: Longing, wish, aspiration, craving.
  2. Assume not a sinful desire.
  3. John Chrysostom, “Faith gives reality or substance to things hoped for.”
  4. Hope is the blueprint, Faith is the bricks.
  5. Evidence Not Seen.

2 Cor 5:7

7 We live by faith, not by sight.

  1. Two things we do not see: God and our Hopes.

Rom 8:24

But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

  1. We do have EVIDENCE.
  2. Dinosaurs bones, Evidence


Heb 11:1

1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].


  1. Faith’s evidence.
  2. Confirmation. Danny and Peggy forgot confirmation number.
  3. Title Deed. Receipt of ownership. Paper declaring you owner. Bible is your paper receipt showing what you own.
  4. Paper work: receipts to exchange, show registration,
  5. Fact what is not revealed to the senses. God is here right now. Jesus is alive at this moment. Calvary is effective now. Holy Spirit is in this place.
  6. You are already healed, blessed and an heir of God. All the promises are yours.


Create an Atmosphere of Praise

Create an Atmosphere of Praise


Rev 7:9-17

9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,

who sits on the throne,

and to the Lamb.” …

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes — who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God

and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. …

17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;…

  1. Palm branches, a picture of Praise.

Matt 21:8

8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Matt 21:14

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Matt 21:16

“‘From the lips of children and infants

you have ordained praise’?”

  1. Praise is the atmosphere that God’s presence thrives in.

Ps 22:3

3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.


  1. Birds inhabit the sky, fish the sea–God praises.
  2. Revelation pictures:
  3. In his temple
  4. Spread the tent over them.
  5. Result: They “come out” of the great tribulation.


Ps 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

  1. Praise and Thankgiving.
  2. Praise, adoration for who someone is.
  3. Thanksgiving, gratitude for what someone gave.
  4. The way into God’s presence is thanksgiving and praise.


Num 21:5-7

5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

  1. Ingratitude is the devil’s playground.
  2. Satan does more dirty work with people who are ungrateful.
  3. Complained against the Lord (circumstances) and against those the Lord gave you.

Prov 18:22

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good

and receives favor from the Lord.

  1. When you are not grateful for the people in your life, the devil begins to work on your mind like never before.
  2. Some are bitten with illness, others with lack and poverty.


Luke 5:17-18

17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.

  1. When the people honored Jesus by packing out the worship house, the power was available to heal.
  2. There is an electrifying atmosphere when a room is packed. It shows honor to the one that everyone came out to hear.
  3. Jesus could not do many miracles in Nazareth.
  4. Illustration: Woman does not know how to wash her clothes. Husband cleans window. She learned how to wash her clothes. Everyday a Friday, page 170
  5. You can learn to see the best in people or the worse.
  6. Noisy people are critical people.
  7. Plastic surgeons can do anything with the nose, except keep it out of other people’s business.


Ps 8:2

From the lips of children and infants

you have ordained praise

because of your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

  1. Satan does a lot of chattering when he finds a lack of praise and gratefulness.
  2. Apple a day keeps the doctor away. Praise everyday keeps the devil at bay.

Isa 61:3

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

  1. Complaining, grumbling, and criticizing is the language of Satan. It is his clothes.

1 Sam 16:23

23 Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

  1. Saul would fall into depression until David played praise music on his harp, then the devil would leave him.



1 Thess 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  1. Powerful Trinity verses: joyful aways, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.
  2. Job could feel like a circumstance. Marriage could feel like a circumstance. Why? Because not thankful to God for them.
  3. Life is like a camera: focus on what’s important; capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot.
  4. Be generous on compliments and stingy on complaints.


Ps 116:17-19

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you

and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord —

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

  1. Sometimes you must sacrifice thanksgiving.
  2. Praise is a weapon.
  3. Praise activates the spirit world.
  4. Praise confuses the enemy and releases the Power of God.
  5. Praise is a lifestyle.
  6. Praise frees others too. (Paul and Silan in prisons, chains broke)
  7. Praise must be wholehearted. Not a technique.