June 21, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC - SPEAK TO THE FISH, FATHER

June 21, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC - SPEAK TO THE FISH, FATHER


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LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Friday, June 21, 2019. 

SPEAK TO THE FISH, FATHER

READ: Jonah 1:1-17

 [1]Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,[2]Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.[3]But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.[4]
But 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.[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.[6]So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.[7]And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.[8]Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?[9]And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.[10]Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.[11]Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.[12]And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.[13]Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.[14]Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.[15]So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.[16]Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.[17]Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.


MEMORY

And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:10)

EXPOSITION
Disobeying God can be very ruinous. We stand a chance of forfeiting a lot of fortunes, facing terrible challenges when we choose to disobey God. Prophet Jonah disobeyed God and spent three days and three nights in the belly of a fish, as penalty for his disobedience. The man of God repented and prayed, God spoke to the fish, and the letter vomited him (John 2:1-10). The fish could do nothing short of obeying it's Creator. Imagine the needless pain Jonah subjected himself to, all because of disobedience. Definitely, the fish could only hold him at the Lord's command or permission. No one escapes the consequences of disobedience, most especially, when such refuses to repent (Prov. 11:20,21;16:5).

The fish in the context of today's Living Water is whatever trouble, affliction, misfortunes someone is going through, consequent on his disobedient to divine instructions. It is the power holding somebody else captive, because such person has failed God somewhere. It can be anything that has swallowed a Christian's fortune or causing untold hardship/suffering on the Christian for avoiding or neglecting God's assignment, or failing to admit his/her fault with respect to a misdeed.
Repentance provokes divine acceptance and restoration (2 Chro. 7:14-15; Isa. 1:17-20; John 2:1-10). Our repentance from our disobedience and the seeking of God's face provoke Him to speak to the powers holding us and our fortunes down. And when God speaks, everything submits to Him. What is the fish you need the Heavenly Father to speak to in your life, today? First settle grounds with God. Then, petition God regarding such fishes. You can't imagine how God would defend you powerfully.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Forgive me heavenly Father, and deliver me from the troubles my disobedience to You has introduced in my life, in Jesus name.
2. Heavenly Father, speak to the power holding my fortunes to release them to me, now, in Jesus name.
3. O Lord, have mercy on this nation and restore our fortunes. Deliver us from every agent of torment and torture, occasioned by our transgressions.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 CHRONICLES 19:16-23:2; JOHN 21:9-21:25; ACTS 1:1-1:5
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