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When God says no, it's a good thing because everything God ask us to do is to benefit us and not just Him. It's His selfless love (John 15:13).
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless."
— Psalm 84:11(NIV)
Some of us are furious because of the no’swe have gotten in life, not realizing that the no was exactly what you needed.
Many people have benefited handsomely from being turned down, rejected, or refused. You may have applied for a position at your company or at another organization, but they chose someone else. But God did not want you to have that position because He knew that a pandemic would come which will cause you to work from home and give you the opportunity to be the entrepreneur you are now.
Without having this freedom and time you may not have been able to pursue your dreams. And if you had gotten the job you wanted, you may have become unemployed, which would have left you worried and stressed instead of employed, satisfied, and in a better situation.
Everything God ask us to do is for us. It is to benefit us—not Him. He is God; therefore, He is not in need. Instead, He is the one that we throw our needs, problems, cares, and anxieties to and who we make our requests known to (1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6). And He is the one we go to for encouragement, answers, and strengthening when we are weak or in need (Philippians 4:13).
Therefore, His no's are not to take anything away from you, but it is to protect you from something or someone that will eventually harm you and ruin your life.
God work's things out and does things for our good (Romans 8:28). Let us look at sin. Sin is an obstacle and why God warns us about it so much. It is not because He wants to "ruin the party," or not allow us to have fun, it is the consequences behind the sin.
Every one of us can go back to a time where a wrong decision that we made caused some harm, damage, or hurt; not just to ourselves but to someone else. This is what sin does, causes us to be tempted to make bad choices. Sin is a trap and when we do not listen to God, we can fall into the trap.
The role God plays in our life’s is to be the light, so we will not make these decisions. He is the light, and no darkness is in Him (1 John 1:5).
When there is light you can see and when it is dark you cannot see. When you are not able to see you put yourself at risk of stumbling and making bad choices. You stumble because you cannot see what is ahead. If there are traps, you cannot see it, so you walk right into it unwillingly.
Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd and a good Shepard leads his sheep the right way (John 10:11,14). But we do have a choice. We have to choose to allow God to lead us or we lead ourselves.
Therefore, when God says no to sin it is to protect us from the traps that sin, bad choices, or not knowing puts us in.
When God says no it is because He loves you! Like a parent who wants to see their child safe, protected, and making right choices, God wants the same for you too. And like how parents know it is not good for your kids to have what they want all the time, it is good for us to not have what we want all the time.
For those of us who have received Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour, we are His children, and like our earthly parents God who is prudent, ensures our lives are cared for (John 1:12).
The Bible is full or examples of individuals who God said no to, and they went ahead anyway. But it is also full of examples of people who did listen and were able to see what they were spared from.
If we look at our own lives we have our own stories of times when we disobeyed God and have regretted, it. We also know of stories of other people who have gone through regret for not listening to God. It may be hard to do, but the risk of not listening to God is not worth the consequence.
We love to confess the Word of God by saying, “My steps are ordered of the Lord” (Psalm 37:23 KJV) — until He takes us someplace we don’t want to go. Then all of a sudden it’s, “I rebuke you, Satan!” What we don’t realize is, God may be taking us right into the middle of a traffic jam to keep us from having a terrible wreck farther down the road. An excerpt From Be Anxious for Nothing by Joyce Meyer.
You can trust God to lead you in the right direction in life. Trust is the catapult for God to help you in any situation, and trust is something you will have to do on purpose and with intent until it becomes easy for you to do.
You may have had doors closed or opportunities pass you by, but that closed door is a sign of God's mercy (Revelation 3:7).
God knows what is best for us and why He directs our steps in life and delights in every detail of our lives (Psalm 37:23). What God wants and is doing is leading you down paths in life that are best for you.
Some of us find it hard to trust and God is no exception; but if you trust God, you will never be disappointed (1 Peter 2:6).
God wants you to live a life of joy, peace, satisfaction, and no longer feel empty inside. A life filled with living out your purpose, being impactful, and making a difference in your life and others. He wants you to look back at your life and be proud. Most importantly, He wants you to live the abundant life He promised (John 10:10).
Remember, when God says no, it's a good thing!
Do you want to be at peace even when God says no? All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9). This decision will allow God to help you to live a life of peace regardless of what direction life takes you.
Here's a Prayer that you can pray to get saved:
Jesus, I confess that you are Lord, and I believe you died and was risen for my sins. I have sinned against you, and I repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins, and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and wash away my sins with your blood and make me clean and I receive You by faith as my Savior. Thank you for forgiving me and making me into a new person—in Jesus's name, Amen.
When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you can now begin a life full of joy and happiness, and experience His amazing grace.
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