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What do you do when God says no? 


Do you pout? 

Do you try to hide? 

Do you just do it anyway?

Do you even ask?

Do you know what Christ did when God said no? 

 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36)

Jesus had the weight of the world on His shoulders. He was going to suffer the consequences of things he had never done. Still, God said no, and He was ok with it. He wanted the perfect will of God to prevail. He didn't get upset. He didn't get angry. He died on the cross so that you might live.

He readily accepted God's perfect will for His life.

In America, we are so used to getting what we want when we want it. Immediate gratification and narcissism characterize our culture. How far from the Bible is this? We're supposed to wait on the Lord. We are to serve others with compassion and humility. Our lives are not our own. They are God's. When we submit ourselves to him, we begin to truly live.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

The next time you ask for something and God says no, don't get angry. Recognize that He wants what is best for you. Submit to His guidance and pursue perfection.

Don't be afraid to hear the word no.

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