WHEN GOD SAYS NO

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Have you ever prayed for a long time for something that you really wanted and had your prayers go unanswered? You wondered why God didn’t show up for you. Maybe your disappointment caused you to be offended at God. The offense created a rift between you and your Creator, and your relationship with Him suffered or became distant. When we have issues with God of this nature, it opens the door for the enemy to wreak havoc our lives. Therefore, we must avoid this scenario at all costs.

Today, I want to give you another perspective about God’s “no’s” in life. However, first let me remind you of certain truths that I’m sure you know: 1) God loves you. In fact, God says in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” That love is unconditional and perfect. 2) Regardless of what you go through or experience in this life, God is a good God, and He has your best interests at heart. Psalm 100:5 says, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever.” Thus, when these concepts are firmly established in your heart and mind, you’ll be less likely to “kick against the goads” (as Jesus told Paul on the Damascus road) and see God as the enemy when you don’t get your way right away.

God loves to bless His children just like any other parent. He wants to say “yes” as much as possible. But sometimes, in His sovereignty and wisdom, He has to say no. It’s not that He doesn’t have what you ask. It’s not because He doesn’t want to give it to you because He’s stingy or wants to get on your nerves. Psalm 84:11 says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Therefore, in order to keep our hearts free and unfettered, we need to keep the following thoughts in mind, recognizing that God has good reasons for refusing our requests:

  • God knows something you don’t know. God is omnipotent and omniscient and He sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He knows everything about your situation, and you only know in part. Therefore, He may say no because of the information that He has not made available to you.
  • God has a timing for everything He does. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there is a time for everything. If you have not received your blessing yet, perhaps God’s no is temporary. You simply must wait on God’s timing while He sets in order everything needed to deliver what you ask.
  • God always has something better in mind. Very often, when God says no, it’s only because He wants to bless you beyond your wildest dreams. He is a good, good Father, and if you keep a good, good attitude and trust Him, He will reveal His will in due time and exceed your expectations. He will show you His ability to “do exceedingly abundantly above all that [you] ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
  • God is preparing you to receive your request. Sometimes you may not be ready to receive what you ask for. If God granted the request now with you in your present state, perhaps you would ruin a good opportunity. God does not waste blessings. He may be withholding what you ask until you are positioned to receive the maximum impact of that blessing upon your life.
  • God wants to test you. Could it be that God may be withholding your blessing to allow you see where your heart is? If He doesn’t give you what you want right away, could it be that He wants to expose your motives? Perhaps He wants you to come to the place where you want Him for Who He is and not just what He can give you. God’s “no” may be the very thing He uses to mature you.
  • God wants you to learn a lesson. Sometimes God will let you stay in a mess longer than you would like so that you can learn the lesson the Holy Spirit wants to teach. Perhaps if He gave you what you asked without being sure you learned a lesson, you would repeat the same mistake over and over. Sometimes He uses a divine “no” to cause the consequences to be so grave that you will think twice before you make that choice again.

Let’s face it; we all have to go through times when God says no. You might be waiting right now for an answer. You may have received a “no.” The question is how will you respond? The challenge is to be mature enough to accept His decision and quickly move forward, trusting in His wisdom and omniscience.  That means there is no pouting, no melt down, and no cold shoulder towards God, but a simple acceptance of His sovereign will. When God says no and we peacefully acknowledge and accept His decision, we communicate to Him (and to the world), that Father truly knows best.

What has been your experience with God’s “no”?  How did you navigate through your disappointment? Please leave a comment below.

 

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RELEASING THE JOY

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Jesus said He has given us everything we need that pertains to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3). As a believer, one of the things God has deposited into your born-again spirit so that you can live victoriously is JOY. Joy is such a beautiful thing because it’s a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit Who resides within you. Joy gives you strength for living. Joy can get you through the most difficult of situations. Joy can cause unbelievers to be drawn into the Kingdom. Joy can be experienced regardless of what is going on in your life. The question is how do you release the joy? How can you tap into the joy within?

I recently saw Pastor Bobby Schuller on the Hour of Power television broadcast, and he stated that “joy is not passive,” but requires action. As you well know, taking Spirit-led action is paramount in many aspects of the Christian walk. Faith is an action. Faith without corresponding action is dead. Love is an action, not a feeling. Forgiveness takes action. Jesus commands you to love, bless, pray for and do good to the person who hurt you in spite of your feelings. Likewise, joy is released by taking ACTION.  In order for joy to manifest in your soul, you have to aggressively act in ways that will release it within. Passivity will keep the cap on the well of your joy.  Unfortunately, if your joy wanes, then your spiritual strength is sure to follow (Nehemiah 8:10). Therefore, it is very important that you be in control of your joy.

Normally, before God does something supernatural, He first requires action on our part. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He told the people to roll away the stone (John 11:38). Elijah told Naaman to dip in the Jordan river seven times before the power was released to heal the army commander of leprosy (II Kings 5:10). Moses had to lift his staff before the Red Sea parted (Exodus 14:16). Joy is no different. If you want the supernatural joy of the Lord to manifest, you must first DO something. Joy will not just fall on you. Releasing the joy requires a partnership between you and your God.

You see, many times when we are going through trials and tribulations, we forget to do the very things that will cause joy to manifest. The joy that Jesus died to give you will continue to lay dormant if you allow passivity to reign. Therefore, if you want to release the joy in your life in spite of your negative circumstances, here are seven Spirit-led actions you can take:

  1. Praise and Worship the Lord. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Therefore, worship ushers in the presence of the Lord, and  as Psalm 16:11 relays, in His presence there is fullness of joy. Therefore, if you want joy, bask in His presence through praise and worship.
  2. Forgive those who have hurt you. In Acts 13:50-52, Paul and Barnabas experienced persecution but were still filled with joy. Why? “They shook the dust off their feet” and refused to allow offenses to remain in their hearts against people who treated them badly. If you want the joy within released, you must forgive those who have hurt you.  Refuse to let offense shut off the well of joy that resides within you.
  3. Pray in Jesus’ name. Jesus said in John 16:24, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Thus, prayer is a powerful joy releaser for the following reasons: 1) prayer requires you to be aware of God’s presence; 2) prayer is fellowship with your best friend, and 3) having your prayers answered definitely brings joy.  Therefore, prayer is an action that you can take that is pregnant with the potential to release joy.
  4. Obey God’s voice. Obedience is also a key to maintaining joy. In Acts 5:29, the apostles were given strict orders by the Jewish leaders not to teach in the name of Jesus. However, Peter said, “We must obey God rather than man!” and they taught anyway. Later in verse 41, we read, “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” They obeyed God and joy was released in them supernaturally in spite of the persecution. When you obey God and go through difficulty, trust God with the outcome and expect supernatural joy to be released.
  5. Believe the Word. Romans 13:15 relays that joy and peace are realized through believing. Therefore, if you are joyless, it could be because your faith has waned in some way. Is the enemy of your soul deceiving you regarding God’s Word? Believe, and supernatural joy and peace will be the result.
  6. Shift your perspective. James 1:2-3 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”  In other words, if you want the joy to be released, you have to focus on the advantages that God will afford you through your difficulty. Additionally, shifting your focus to what is good in your life (instead of constantly dwelling on the negative) and being grateful for what you have will release your inner joy as well.
  7. Engage in enjoyable activities. This may sound simple, but you may be joyless because you have failed to do what you enjoy. When your feelings go south, don’t just sit in a dark room with the curtains drawn. Do something you enjoy. Do something fun. Get a manicure. Watch a funny movie. Connect with a friend through a phone call or fellowship. Buy yourself some flowers.  Fight passivity with all that is within you, and take action!

Joy is a powerful inoculator against spiritual weakness (Nehemiah 8:10). Therefore, it’s imperative that you stay joyful. You may not be happy all the time because happiness depends on happenings. However, God has made provision for you to be continuously joyful. In fact, Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4)! If there was not a way to accomplish the feat of having continuous joy, that verse would never have been included in God’s Word. Therefore, as a believer, you must do your part and take action to make sure a constant flow of joy wells up in you regardless of the trials and tribulations that come your way. The question is: what are your willing to DO to release the joy within?

What action will you take today to release joy in your heart and soul that will strengthen you for the battle you face? Please leave a comment below.

 

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INSIGHT AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

Musical Revelation by Stuart Miles

I recently went to a local jazz festival in my city. I really enjoyed the gifts being displayed by the talented individuals on the stage. Those musicians were amazing! As I sat there relaxing, listening to the music, and enjoying the atmosphere, I began to think about what an awesome God we have. How gracious He is to bestow gifts and talents on each and every one of us!

Suddenly, in the midst of the concert, I received a flash of insight. In an instant,  God showed me that the concert performance is analogous to how the body of Christ should perform as a unit. Through this real life musical illustration, he showed me how He views the individual gifts and talents He has given to His children. Thus, I would like to share the following thoughts with you this week regarding how to view your God-given gifts as you endeavor to expand the Kingdom:

  1. Your gift is unique. Each musician played a different instrument.  In the same way the gift that God gave to you is unique. God has something for you to accomplish that no one else can. I’m quite sure that none of the musicians were saying to themselves, “I wish that could play that instrument like so-and-so can.”  No, each person played their instrument with excellence to the best of their ability, and they were dedicated to honing their skill in playing their instrument of choice.  In I Corinthians 12:18, Paul writes, “God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”  God deliberately gave you the gifts that He wanted you to have. Therefore, embrace them, hone your skills and refuse to covet the gifts of others.
  2. Your gift is important. Although the saxophonist took the lead most of the time, everybody’s instrument was necessary to make the beautiful music they were making together.  Each instrument was important to the piece they were performing.  Likewise, the gift that God gave you to share is very important. In reference to the body of Christ, Paul writes in I Corinthians 12:21, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’” Therefore, the body of Christ needs your gift. Refuse to let yourself go to the grave without tapping all of the gifts that God deposited within you. Purpose in your heart that you will die empty.
  3. We are better together than we are alone. Each musician needed all of the others’ musical support for their individual gift to be perceived at its best. I began to think, what if the drums were missing? What if the bass guitar was missing? The keyboard? Lead guitar? The saxophone? Without each of the musicians playing their part, the performance would have suffered a loss of sound quality. Thus, as all of the musicians poured out their gifts simultaneously, the result was that each gift was optimally perceived. As each of the band members musically backed each other up, each of their gifts was enhanced. In the same way, if the body of Christ is to operate in excellence and make the most impact in this world, we all have to use our gifts in concert. As we work together to expand the Kingdom, we become like iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), and our individual gifts are enhanced.

Therefore, celebrate the gifts that God has given you. Thank Him for the grace He’s bestowed upon you. Know that God has a plan for your life, and He wants to use those gifts for His glory. Be determined to work together in unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ for the common cause of promoting the Kingdom. When you do, Jesus will shine brightly through you, and you will be better able to represent the Master to a lost and dying world.

What insight has God given you about the gifts He has bestowed upon you and those around you? Please leave a comment below.

 

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FOUR THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THIS NATION, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Are you concerned about the direction this country is headed? I am very concerned. In times past, I would start to pray about the condition of this nation, and then would think, “What good will my prayers do? Things are just going to get worse anyway.” But for some reason, one morning I woke up with the following scripture in my head from II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” I thought, “That is the Word of God, and if He said it, then change is possible.” However, the question is, how will we get back to being a Christian nation? How will the rebirth of the original vision that our forefathers held in the beginning come to pass? The answer is in II Chronicles 7:14 which states that the land can be healed, but several things must take place for God to hear, forgive His people, and heal our land, the United States of America:

  1. “If my people who are called by my name…” The emphasis is on “MY people.” We are God’s people. We must see ourselves as a community of believers, the Army of God. We must come together and unify because where there is unity, the blessing is commanded (Psalm 133:1-3). We must mobilize and stop letting Satan use our petty denominational differences to divide us.
  2. “…Shall humble themselves…” indicates that humility is a necessity if the turnaround of this nation is to take place. We as God’s people must humble ourselves. We must totally depend on the Living God for everything because He is truly our source of supply. His grace is what will enable us to act in ways that will help to move this country toward her manifest destiny and restore us as “the beacon on the top of a hill” (Matthew 5:14) in this world.
  3. “…Pray and seek my face…” We must pray and seek God’s face. Intercession is a must. Prayer, however, is not enough. When we think about the phrase, “seek the face of God,” that indicates fasting is in order. As Jesus said, some things only come out by prayer and fasting. The condition of our country is such that we must fast and pray regularly and corporately if we want to see change take place.
  4. “…Turn from their wicked ways…” This indicates that known sin in our lives must be dealt with. Secret sins must be confessed and repentance must follow. Little compromises must be taken seriously and eliminated. The Bible says that judgment begins in the house of God (I Peter 4:17). If the rest of the nation has any hope for change, we as the people of God have to get our house in order. That’s another reason why fasting and prayer are so important.

God Himself says if we will do the things stated above, He WILL heal our land. That indicates total turnaround is indeed possible, but the body of Christ has got to believe it! Therefore, let’s take God at His Word. He says that if we will do what He commands, He will heal our land. Let’s humble ourselves and entreat the help of God in all areas of our lives. Let’s go to a new level in our walk with the Master and make it a priority to be our best for Christ.That means that the turnaround of this nation depends on each one of us as Kingdom individuals. It’s our responsibility to do what is necessary to fulfill the call to action in II Chronicles 7:14. The course of our nation’s destiny depends on it.
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KEYS TO OVERCOMING ANXIETY

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Anxiety is an epidemic. People are taking more and more medication to combat anxiety because of what is happening in our world: The poor economic status of our country. Terrorism. Sickness and disease that currently runs rampant. The list goes on and on. It’s enough to make anyone anxious who doesn’t know the Lord and believe that He is in control.

Philippians 4:5-7 (NIV) is an excellent passage on which to focus when we feel anxious or stressed. The Apostle Paul says, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, no matter how unsettling the situations we face in this life may be, God gave us a direct command in verse 6, “Do not be anxious about anything.” God will never give us a command, and not give us what we need to carry out His instructions. So in this passage, upon deeper study, we find the following four keys that will help us to overcome anxiety and stay peaceful in the midst of tumultuous times:

  1. Recognize that the Lord is near. Verse 5 says, “The Lord is near.” When you recognize and focus on the fact that God is with you, you don’t have to be anxious. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you.” Anxiety is a sign you have simply lost your focus and forgotten that God is with you.
  2. Roll your cares onto God. Since the Father tells us not to be anxious in verse 6, He obviously wants to give us an alternative to deal with the negative emotion of anxiety. That is why He commands in I Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Therefore, bring everything that causes you anxiety before God and refuse to harbor and attitude of self-sufficiency.
  3. Remedy the problem through the application of the Word. Verse 6 gives further instruction about how to triumph over anxiety. This includes first praying praise-filled prayers about past victories. Next, petition God, tell Him what you need, and ask Him for His divine strategy. Finally, praise and thank Him for the victory in advance. At this point, when your faith is engaged, that opens the door for you to enter into God’s supernatural state of rest (Hebrews 4:3).
  4. Receive His peace. Once the Word is applied to the situation, verse 7 relays the supernatural Peace that surpasses all understanding will manifest to guard your heart. This truth is confirmed in Isaiah 59:9 which states, “When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God will raise up the standard against him.” In other words, God Himself will raise up the barrier of peace to shield your heart and mind from the onslaught of the enemy.

In summary, if you experience an anxiety attack, you must wage a counter-attack. In the midst of the storm, pray praise-filled prayers acknowledging how great and powerful God really is. Petition Him by asking him to help you and deliver you from whatever is causing the anxiety. Begin to praise and thank Him in the midst of the attack as if you really believe that He will help, protect, and defend you. You will then experience the peace of God, the peace that Jesus died to give you, coming in like a flood to guard your heart.

 

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THE CONSTANTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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There is one thing that is sure in this life, and that is CHANGE. Change can be very unsettling at times. That’s why I am so glad that God has also given us as Christians certain constants in life.  These are “anchors,” if you will, that keep us rooted and grounded in our faith. When we meditate on them and refuse to let the devil and the circumstances we go through in life to cause us to forget certain truths, we stay hopeful and joyful. I like to call them “The Constants of the Christian Life.” We need to strive to maintain a constant awareness of the following God-given constants in our lives:

  1. God’s Word. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” God’s Word is constant and His promises are sure. When we have change going on all around us, the Word of God is timeless, and it always works.
  2. God’s love. God said in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” In Romans 8:39, the Apostle Paul writes, “[Nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” It’s so good to know that God loves us no matter what. His unconditional love is an anchor for our souls. How freeing it is to know that even if we don’t always perform perfectly, He will love us anyway.
  3. God’s presence. God said in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” God is always with us. We may not feel His presence, but we need to know that regardless of how we feel, He is with us because the Word says He is. Even in your darkest hour, if you believe the Lord has abandoned you, it’s only because you have chosen to take the bait of the enemy. Make up in your mind that you choose to believe God is with you no matter what is happening in your life.
  4. Our worth and value. No matter what happens to you, what people do to you, or what they say to you, you are infinitely valuable. God has assigned value to you and nothing can change that. In fact, God said, no ransom is big enough for your life (Psalm 49:7). God sent His Son to die for you. Therefore you must be of great worth! So never let anyone or anything cause you to devalue yourself based on what has happened in your past or what is going on currently in your life. God has spoken.
  5. Our righteousness. God said our sin has been exchanged for His righteousness. The exchange has been made, it’s permanent, and there is nothing the devil can do about it. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Therefore, wear your robe of righteousness well and never let the devil deceive you into thinking that you have lost your righteousness. Isaiah 54:17 says, “Their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Regardless of what you think or feel, your righteousness is not up for debate, and you can’t lose it for any reason, no matter how you feel.
  6. Eternal Life. Jesus said in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” Therefore, once your dead spirit has been brought to life upon believing in Jesus and receiving salvation, it will never die again. Eternal life is a constant for you. It’s not just for when we get to heaven. We have eternal life right now! That is great news.

Therefore, let’s meditate on these truths, Beloved. When we do, our identity in Christ becomes solidified. When we know who we are in Christ, we will be able to live out that identity before a dying world. When we live out that identity, that’s when the body of Christ will become all that she was meant to be, Jesus will be lifted up, and masses of unbelievers will be drawn into the Kingdom of God.

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TRUST GOD FOR SUPERNATURAL PROVISION

Trust by Stuart Miles

I’d like to encourage you in the area of trusting God today. I don’t know about you, but I want to increase my trust in God as time goes by and live in His peace that surpasses all understanding. I especially want to be able to trust Him in the area of provision of everything I need.  He has always been faithful and trustworthy, so I don’t even understand why I struggle with this issue sometimes. Do you ever struggle with trusting God? If so, that stronghold has got to be pulled down if you are to lay hold of the blessings that God has for you.

Our heavenly Father has promised to meet our every need.  In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God is not a “deadbeat dad.” He is in covenant with his children. He has proven Himself time and time again in my life and in yours.  He is fully trustworthy. Amen?

One day, I sat before the Lord with my journal and my heart open, waiting to get revelation from the Lord on this matter of trusting Him for provision.  What I am about to share is an excerpt from my journal.  I hope that it encourages you. This is what He relayed to me:

“When you base your future financial success only on what you can do, what you can see, and what you can fathom, and fail to include Me in the landscape of your thoughts, you will panic. You will fail. You will become overwhelmed. You will be stressed out. You will be fearful because without Me, you know that you are NOTHING and can do NOTHING. You have no control. You cannot provide for yourself. You cannot make it happen. If anything is going to happen, you have to work in partnership with Me. You have to enlist MY help. You have to trust Me to be true to My Word, or there is no hope in the matter. You must come to the conclusion that If you don’t trust Me to make the way, and if I don’t come through and keep My covenant with you (and that will never happen), you are doomed. There are no two ways about it. Trust Me to provide for you and give you the instructions that will lead you to the provision I have already laid up for you. That is the only way to get what you need. Stop fighting dependence upon Me. Trust ME. Expect Me to keep My Word. Expect provision to show up when needed. Enter into My supernatural rest by faith and receive the peace that Jesus, My Son, died to give you.”

Let that last sentence sink in. Jesus died to enable you to fully operate in His peace at all times. I pray that you, too, are serious about entering into the rest of God, especially in the area of provision. Our heavenly Father is Who He says He is. He can do what He says He can do. He is “Jehovah Jireh,” and He truly deserves our faith and trust.

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