When God says NO

When God says no pic

You have a prayer request or a great idea to do something totally amazing for God but when you talk to God about it He says that you shouldn’t do it. He answers your prayer with a NO. This can be difficult to deal with and most times when God answers no we go straight ahead and do the very thing God says we shouldn’t do in His Word or in answer to our prayers. We go ahead and start banging on the very door God has closed and try all we can to open it even if it means we have to break it down.

God wants the best for us. He did not withhold His Son when He knew that giving Jesus meant eternal life for us. When He says no we should trust Him because He wants the best for us and He knows what is best for us. If we are honest with ourselves, not accepting God’s no shows a lack of trust in Him and also shows that we love something else more than we love God. We can try to cover up our lack of trust and love of something or someone more than God by saying that we are doing what we are doing for God or even by “praising” God for the success we seem to get from doing it but as long as God said no, praising Him while doing it does not make it right.

Mark 5:1-20 tells the story of a demon-possessed man who was healed by Jesus. The man wanted to go with Jesus but despite his begging, Jesus did not let him.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Mark 5:18 – 20 and Luke 8:26 – 39 (NIV)

The healed man wanted to go with Jesus but Jesus did not let him. Jesus gave the man instructions that were different from what the man’s request was and the man followed Jesus’ instructions. The man did not insist on his own way. He did not question Jesus as to why he could not go with Him. It would have been easy to think that it had something to do with him. Maybe Jesus was embarrassed to be seen with the man who previously used to be demon-possessed, living in the tombs and naked. That maybe Jesus was okay with having fishermen as His disciples but not a man who used to be demon-possessed. But this man chose to obey Jesus and he went and spread the good news about Jesus in his home area.

In our walk with God, it is not about us. It is about glorifying God by obeying Him and following His way instead of our way. When we obey God, we glorify Him and the reward is way better than what we would have gained by following our own way. So choose God’s way today. Choose the job He wants you to have not the one you think is best. Choose what God says yes to because He knows best.

God bless you!

 

You asked God to use you: are you set apart?

Gold and silver utensils

I have asked God to use me a number of times. He showed me that I have a part to play. I have to choose to be used by Him. I have to cleanse myself. At first I told myself that the Blood of Jesus cleanses me and makes me white as snow. This is true. I cannot do anything to make me righteous in God’s eyes. Jesus makes me righteous. The part I have to play is not in trying to make myself righteous, no.

The Bible says that in a large house there are not only articles of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble purposes ( 2nd Timothy 2:20). The Master uses the articles of noble purpose. We would all love to be used for noble purposes but in order for this to happen we have a part to play. If a man cleanses himself from ignoble purposes, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2nd Timothy 2:21). If you want to be useful to God you have to cleanse yourself from ignoble purposes.

Asking God to use you is not enough if soon after you make that prayer you get up and go about your own business and get involved in all kinds of ignoble purposes: gossiping a little there, sleeping with your boyfriend here, stealing a little cash from the petty cash box at work… Whatever ignoble purpose you are pursuing, whether in little ways or big ways, if you want to be useful to the Lord, cleanse yourself from ignoble purposes. Are you useful to the Lord your Master? If you are involved in ignoble purposes then you are your own hindrance to being effectively used by the Lord. God loves us all so much. God is so gracious and we are forgiven but we cannot continue to live in sin and pursue ignoble purposes and still expect God to use us. I once read somewhere that God in His grace still loves us immensely even when we are in sin but He might not use us because it might look like He is endorsing the sin in our life.

You have a choice to make. If you want to be useful to the Lord, you have to cleanse yourself from ignoble purposes. As Christians we are all articles in God’s house but it does not mean that we are all useful articles to the Master. What kind of an article are you? Are you glorifying God with your life? Will the Master use you when He needs to or will He find that you are an article for ignoble use and therefore not for His use? The choice as to whether you are an article of noble or ignoble use is entirely up to you.

Choose wisely. Choose for God’s glory.

God bless you!