Sometimes God says No

Have you ever received a No from God? Are you walking through a no? 

Sometimes God tells us no.

 “Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.””

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” // John 11: 1-6, 38-44

When Jesus heard the Lazarus was dying, he said no. He waited. He did not rush to heal him, and answer the request of Mary and Martha. Jesus kept doing what He was doing. 

Why? 

To do something greater. There was a greater door that was going to open. Jesus waited, and then showed his power. 

There are many times in our lives when we think we are hearing so clearly form God. That He wants something from us, wants us to act, or that something MUST be from Him. 

And then, we get a No. 

When God gives us a no, it is only to open a greater door. 

Have you gotten a No? 

This no will pave a way for a great YES in your life!! Do not wrestle with the no, but wait for the greater yes to come! 

When you Feel like Your Enemies are Gaining on You

Do you feel that your enemies are gaining on you, or that they have favor? Do you feel like the Lords provision in your life is also being given to your enemy?

“13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! 16 Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. 18 When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

19 Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. 20 The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.

21 Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. 22 So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!

23 Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—chased them into the middle of the sea. 24 But just before dawn the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion. 25 He twisted[b] their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of here—away from these Israelites!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”

26 When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” 27 So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.

29 But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. 30 That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. 31 When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses. “ 

// Exodus 14:13-31 

13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

God is not going to give your enemies the same favor He will give you. He WILL fight for you!! God is telling Moses that HE will take care of the Egyptians. God is going to fight for them. Gods protection has now come behind them. The enemy does not see this. The enemy does not see the provision and protection. They cannot even sense what God is doing for you! 

Whatever enemy you are facing today, they will attempt to be successful, BUT, with Gods favor, you will be victorious! God is going to take care of it. The provision God is giving you is not the same provision God gives your enemies. God will protect you. 

God WILL take care of YOU and IT!

“That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day.” 

Is Your Sight Your Enemy?

 Is your sight your physical enemy? 
“ Our sight is a gift from God, but sometimes these gifts that God has given us sometimes become a hindrance to us if we rely to much on them.” // Autumn Miles 
To many times in our lives we allow ourselves to see the barriers and we allow them to disable our purposes. 
We can not walk by sight, we must walk by faith, and faith alone. 
We can not focus on what we see, we must focus on what God is telling us. 
 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. – Acts 3:1-10 
They fixed their gaze on Him. These two guys, who walked with Jesus. They told the man to look at them, and the man began to give his attention to them. 
At times God calls us to give our attention to him and his will for our lives, and we allow our fear and distraction of practical things take our eyes off of Him. 
“Faith is Never Practical” // Autumn Miles 
There may be times where God will call you to do something that doesn’t seem practical, and people will laugh at us for it. 
Is your sight your enemy today? 
No matter what may come against you, what God has spoken to you, you must trust. 
This guy was so focused on his temporary need. He did not think about what he could receive from someone like Peter and John. Walk by faith. God is faithful. 
God will not lead you down the wrong path. Trust when He speaks, and walk. 

The Power of Position

Fighting the battle, is it ours? 
Far to often we look at battles and think it is our responsibility to fight it. We give it ALL we have and hope for the best, most of the time failing, or barely coming out victorious. 
There is a reason for this, the battle is NOT ours, its Gods!!  
God does not want us to fight the battles, He wants us, by faith, to position ourselves for battle but then allow Him to come in. 
Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath. “ – Judges 7:19-22 
The nation of Israel was afraid of death. The army they were about to face was much larger than them. But as long as they followed God, this would not happen! 
Verse 21 tells us “While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.” 
All they had to do was blow the triumphs and the army fled. 
God asked them to sacrifice their lives, their comfort, and to position themselves in a place where He could win the victory for them! 
 A lot of the time God does not want us to engage in the battle either. He wants us to position ourselves, then watch and see what He can do. 
What He is asking you to step out in today? What battle are you facing that God wants you to step out of your comfort and position yourself for? 
Do it, and see Him win the victory!