It is either you are in the boat with Jonah or in the boat with Jesus.

I sat down to analyse why we pass through certain situations in our lives which we were not supposed to. I discovered it is because of the person or people in the boat with us. Wherever you find yourself the person around you, your companion, group, friends, family or associates can make or mar you.

Look at the similarities of what happened in the boat of Jonah and in the boat of Jesus. Jonah was a prophet likewise Jesus. Jonah means dove. When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit appeared like a dove (Matthew 3:16). Jesus was sent to deliver sinners which He did, Jonah had the same mandate to Nineveh but he refused initially but was forced to do it. Both were in a boat to their mandates, both experienced windstorm. Both were sleeping during the tempest (Jonah 1:5, Mark 4:38). The people in both boats with them cried out for help. The difference was what happened during the windstorm. A fish swallowed Jonah but Jesus used fishes to feed the multitude. Jonah was thrown into the sea and it became calm but Jesus rebuked the sea and it was calm.

My question to you is : Are you in the right boat?. Are you in the right congregation, church, association, club, career, frame of mind, place, team, group, environment, ministry, friendship or relationship. Are you writing the right blog? Check yourself. Hope you’re not in the wrong place of life and events. The people you mingle with can bring harm or success to you.

There are people who vowed to fall into destruction, fail, resist positive change, incur the wrath of God like Jonah, covenanted themselves to occultism, illuminati and other secret cults. Some sold their souls and the souls of their children to the devil. If you are not sensitive to know them you are in danger because mingling with them makes you a suspect. A suspect remains a suspect until it is proved otherwise.

Learn to understand those you follow, why you follow and how you follow. Wether in your school, family, place of work, in the church because not all are are Christ-centred. Even the ones you follow their blogs can disentisize or confuse you by what they write, say, reply, contribute or advise.

Look at what Jesus did when He was in the boat during the storm, ” Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

Now what do you do? Arise, rebuke yourself, get out of that boat, say to the wrong people around, ” I cease to be here”. It is only when you do it that you will have great calm.

Your boat makes you float but if you don’t remove the wrong people, you will be heading to the wrong direction. Your boat is all what you have. It is either Jonah is in your boat or Jesus is.

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Author: Pastor Chilavert Nmezi

I am televangelist, having the divine call and a mandate to reach out to the ends of the world winning souls for Christ.

74 thoughts on “It is either you are in the boat with Jonah or in the boat with Jesus.”

  1. Good advice Pastor. I recently got rid of someone in my boat, I thought they were my friend, but they were far from that, it was someone I had known very many years, I felt betrayed, stabbed in the back and hurt, now I don’t have that person in my life, I feel relieved, I do not have to worry, nor care what they say about me, or how they would treat me!

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  2. So glad I dropped by. A profound and appreciated post. If you ever wanted to check out my website: http://www.Sacredmusings.com I would be very appreciative for any comments. I am at times in recent weeks being quite overwhelmed by where His Inspiration is leading me. The posting: Cosmic Revelatory Vision has impacted me. Your statement we really do need to know we are in the same boat as Jesus is the absolute TRUTH.

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  3. Wow. So good! I like that last part you said. Reminds me of what I used to tell students: “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” If we hang out with people who are up to no good, we’ll eventually be up to no good. Check out my blog called, FRIENDS and tell me what ya think!

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  4. Wanted you to know I am blessed by your blog…….I did nominate you for a Liebster award so check out my most recent post on my blog. May we all continue to spread GOD’S word in the various ways that we do. I always learn something here. And many Blessings to you today!

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  5. Some people are toxic to me. They harm me by their direct influence. These people I do not associate with very often. This is my problem not theirs. Hurt People Hurt People. I used to be someone that other people did not want to be around. Fortunately, there were some who followed Jesus that God told them to tell me about Jesus and His love for me. Some of them I mocked. But the last one I listened to and Jesus totally changed my life.

    Remember to love those in the wrong boat. Jesus did. Jesus sent the storm because he loved Jonah. He sent the fish because he loved Jonah. He gave second chances because he loved Jonah. I don’t know if Jonah ever learned to love his enemies. I don’t know that I would have forgiven Nineveh. I have a hard enough time forgiving those close to me when they hurt me, much less what Nineveh was doing to neighboring countries. Jesus came to save sinners of whom I am the worst. Maybe I’m in the wrong boat for a reason. Maybe Jonah will listen to me tell him about Jesus and be spared more pain?

    Thank you, Chilavert Nmezi for a great analogy and your development of it,

    Jim McNaughton

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    1. I must sincerely thank you for your different analogy to this message. You wrote, “Remember to love those in the wrong boat”
      Again you said that all those things that happened to Jonah was because God loved him. That was splendid. His grace is sufficient in our shortcomings.

      We have to love those in the wrong boat by ministering to them but being careful not to entangle ourselves with their wrong attitudes.

      You’re such a wonderful person. I am honoured by your thoughts and wise words. Remain lifted in the boat of Jesus. Remain blessed.

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      1. “being careful not to entangle ourselves with their wrong attitudes.”
        You are absolutely right. Toxic people or people with wrong attitudes can negatively affect me and I need to limit my contact with them. Thank you for your response!

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  6. Hello dear blog,
    I passed by your blog because you liked one of my posts. Thank you for taking the time to read and engage.
    I liked your message about Jonah and the comparison with Jesus, especially the part where one causes the storm’s in your life and only when they are thrown out of your boat will you experience peace and calm, as opposed to Christ who sits in the boat with you and has the authority to speak to the storm and bring peace and calm to our lives.
    A great message!

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  7. I can always depend on you for an inspiring post that let me think. Which boat am I in? As you said we have to check the friends we keep, the place where we work and even our churches. The destination of Jonah’ boat was destruction, but the destination of Jesus’ boat is life. Your post reinforce the fact that the revelation of God’s Word is endless because I have never heard this message preach like this. God bless you and have a great week.

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  8. I stumbled upon you and have never connected those two busts in this manner. Jesus connected himself to Jonah – just as he was buried in the sea so must jesus be buried in the earth- but had not made all the parallels you made. I like the question of which boat are you in. It is interesting that for the passengers in each the sea was calmed and both end up worshiping God. Even the sailors in Jonah’s boat. And kings although does not take authority recognized God’s authority – “I serve the God of the heavens and the earth who made the sea and the dry land.”

    But your question is more basic – am I in the boat with someone rebelling against God like Jonah or serving God, jesus? And that’s a good basic question.

    Thanks for the passion of your post!

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