Heroes
Hebrews 12:1 (ESV)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Jonah 1:1-5 (ESV)
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[a] has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. 

4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.

You can always find a boat sailing in the wrong direction.

1. Own your bad decision.

Jonah 1:12 (ESV)
12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”

2. You’re not fast enough to run from God.

Jonah 1:17 (ESV)
17 [a] And the Lord appointed[b] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Matthew 12:40 (ESV)
40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

3. Turn away from your bad choices and ask God to forgive you.

Jonah 2:1 (ESV)
2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,
Jonah 2:9-10 (ESV)
9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!” 

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

Acts 3:19 (ESV)
19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

Repentance means you change your mind so deeply that it changes you!
– Bruce Wilkinson

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

4. God is a God of second chances!

Jonah 3:1-2 (ESV)
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”

God’s grace is bigger than your failures.

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”
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