Does God Say No?

It is called “the terrible two’s.” Child psychologists say this is the time when the child is discovering itself. The child is discovering, but not himself. He is discovering how to manipulate others to get what he wants. There were two things I focused on as a two-year-old. One, I didn’t like people telling me what to do. I learned how to get out of doing it. Second, I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it. I learned how to manipulate others into giving me what I wanted.

I threatened with my death by holding my breath. That never worked. I tried “blowing up” with anger. That got me spanked. I tried pretending I didn’t hear. That got me threats to my mortal being. When all else failed I lay on the floor having a wonderful tantrum. My mother threw a pail of cold water on me. I told my psychology professor about it, hoping for sympathy. You know what he said? He had the audacity to say, “Good for her!”

I used the love angle, “If you loved me, you would give me a cookie now.” Mom often turned that around and said, “It’s because I love you, I’m not going to give you a cookie.”

The “terrible two’s” were when I was learning disobedience and manipulation. As I grew older, I refined these skills. I learned how to rebel against my parents and get away with it. I learned how to manipulate my teachers at school and get away with it. I ended up paying a costly price for these skills because I unconsciously transferred this rebellion and desire to manipulate into my relationship with God. Revelation 22:14 says “How blessed are those who wash their robes!” The meaning of the verse is that blessings overflow us once we “clean up our act.” I rebelled against having to clean up my act first.

Our inner child asks, “Why can’t I have a cookie now. Don’t You love me?” We end up mistakenly attributing to God the behavior we received from our parents and those with whom we have to do. Without knowledge we say, “God sometimes says YES, sometimes LATER, and sometimes NO. This belief is founded in ignorance. The only way we will ever learn the truth about God is to find out what the Bible says about God. The first thing we must discover is whether or not God is a liar.

Is God a liar? You Must Decide.

Numbers 23:19 says NO!

“God is not man, that he should lie,

     or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

 Has he said, and will he not do it?

  Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

The first thing you must do is get it settled in your mind that God is not a liar. The second thing you must get settled in your mind is that the Bible tells us what God’s will is, and that God’s will is our authority for faith and practice

“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, <and> for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).” (2 Tim 3:16 AMP)

Once you get those two issues settled in your mind you are ready to find the answer to the question, Does God ever say no. As Paul told Timothy,

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Word says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 25:6; 119:89; 136:1; Isaiah 40:8; 55:10, 11). There is no scriptural evidence anywhere that suggests that God has ever changed.

People have a tendency, when they do not understand something, or lack knowledge, to give an opinion based on their lack of information. This is harmful and obstructs faith. In his first letter John explains how we are to use the Scriptures.

Delight Yourself In The Lord

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

 The Word says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 25:6; 119:89; 136:1; Isaiah 40:8; 55:10, 11).

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: <we are sure> that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we <positively> know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know <with settled and absolute knowledge> that we have <granted us as our present possessions> the requests made of Him.  (1 John 5:14, 15 AMP)

There is no scriptural evidence anywhere that suggests that God has ever changed. People have a tendency, when they do not understand something, or lack knowledge, to give an opinion based on their lack of information. This is harmful and obstructs faith. In his first letter John explains how we are to use the Scriptures.

It is said that there are between 3,000 and 5,000 promises in the Bible. Promises of good, and not of evil. You will not find one single instance in the Bible where it is recorded or suggested that God said NO. Jesus never said NO to anyone who came to him. Not once did he say, Wait. Not once did he say that God put the illness on someone to teach them something. What we do read is that all who came to Jesus were healed. Never do you read where Jesus said I healed, or God healed. It was always “According to your faith.” He could do no mighty works in his hometown because they lacked faith (Matthew 13:58)

The Delima

To pray in faith means that it must be all or nothing. Your doubts cancel your prayers. They make you double minded. To pray with the thought that God might say no, or later, or that it’s not for you, is to pray in unbelief.

For the man who doubts is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from the Lord, (James 1:6-7 Phillips)

 If you have done your homework, you should have a list of scriptures proving you have a right to pray for your need because it is according to God’s will. You will also have a list of requirements you must fulfill as your part of the promise. For example, Jesus said to give first, and then it would be given to you. (Luke 6:38) He said you must first believe that what you say will be given or done, before you ask (Mark 11:23, 24).

Here, then, is the message which we heard from him, and now proclaim to you: GOD IS LIGHT and no shadow of darkness can exist in him. (1 John 1:5 Phillips)

Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12 AMP)

Faith, you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17 AMP)

 If we are not careful questions will consume all our time and thoughts. Every question we dwell on weakens our faith, especially if we speak it out and talk about it. Paul explains it in the verse above. Faith comes by hearing the spoken word. Doubt and unbelief also come from speaking and hearing.

Our real need is to devote all our energy in a crash course of building faith for the thing for which we are praying. If healing, immerse yourself in healing scripture promises. If finances, immerse yourself in prosperity scriptures. Your faith may be strong in areas like winning souls to Christ and teaching the Bible. But when it comes to healing it may be anemic, sadly undeveloped.

The time to build faith is before the need is upon us. It could take months, or years, to overcome all our blocks to faith. When we wait there may not be enough time to build faith. It doesn’t come instantly unless God grants a miracle of faith.

How To Grow In Faith

  1. Be convinced God does not lie.
  2. Believe God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
  3. Believe the Bible is God’s will and that we can know his will by studying what he has written and studying his promises.
  4. Listen to his promises daily by reading them out loud or listening to them over and over again.
  5. Render your doubts powerless by refusing to speak them out loud.

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