I think all of us have, at one time or another, run from God.

Have you ever hesitated to do what God told you to do? Or, maybe He told you to do something and you downright refused. Jonah ran from God because he hated the people God told him to go to with a prophetic word. As a result of his disobedience Jonah spent three days in the belly of a large fish. That sounds like a really unpleasant experience!

Even after Jonah was forcefully moved to a position of obedience, he was angry with God. Who know what blessings Jonah missed out on because of his disobedience or because of his attitude even when we was obedient.

Perhaps your disobedience won’t leave you in an experience like Jonah, but one thing is for certain—disobedience keeps you from experiencing the benefits you might have received otherwise. In my own experience I found myself disobedient to God for fifteen years, not writing the book He said Marsha and I should write. We finally did write the book and publish it, but who knows what blessings we missed out on because of the fifteen year delay?

We a grateful for the opportunities that book, “God’s Blueprint for Marriage” have given us as we shared with others about what we learned through the restoration of our marriage. But, how many more lives might we have touched if we had not delayed all those years?

As I write this, I’m reminded of the next book I’m writing, and how I’ve allowed “life” to interfere with finishing “No Pause Button”, a book on spiritual warfare. Jonah’s story has reminded me of the importance of obedience, and the new book is now a high priority. Other God-give objectives are also being given a new emphasis. I don’t know what God has in store for my future, but I know it will be a better future if I’m obedient.

Whatever God has told you to do, be obedient. Like we told our boys when they were growing up, “SLOW obedience is NO obedience.” If you’ve hesitated, for any reason, get up and get going!!!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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