Monday Morning Inspiration

Monday Morning Inspiration

Good Morning My Beautiful Link Sisters
Happy Monday and I hope you have an amazing week.
Our Bishop is currently engaged in a series titled “Go For It.” What resonated the most with me in Sunday’s message was he mentioned when God says no. He specifically said, “There’s something in the no.” I immediately zoned into the times when I prayed for some things that never came to fruition. It was apparent that God said no and as time went on, I understood why. He had something better in store for me and the no was just a part of my journey. A look back over my life, I can also see that sometimes when he said no, it just meant not now. Clearly, God’s timing was better than mine. While there are many other things that I would like to do, I choose his timing over mine.
I researched when God said no in the Bible. While there were many references, these are a few of my favorites that I feel are so very applicable because: The no led to a blessing rather than a curse. The no led to better things. The no was a test of faith. The no was because the test was needed for a mission. God said no Balaam because of his favor over Israel. (2 Samuel 12:1-23) “And Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord, I have sinned, for I did not know You stood in the way against me. Now, therefore, if it displeases You, I will turn back. Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam, Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak. So, Balaam went with the princes of Balak. Balak took Balaam to a place where he could see Israel so he would curse them, but God put a blessing in Balaam’s mouth instead. Balak kept taking him to other places where he could see Israel, insisting he curse them. Each time he did this, Balaam would go to the Lord asking if he should curse Israel, and every time God would again cause him to pronounce a blessing on Israel. Balak became increasingly angry telling him, Do you not realize that I can promote you to honor. Balaam responded, “Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. Did I not tell you, saying, All that the Lord speaks, that I must do” God said no to Elijah because he had something better for him. “Elijah had been through a lot. He had all he could take. He just wanted to go be with the Lord and be done with it all. He wanted to die; he couldn’t take it any longer. But God had something else in mind. After all, He’d been through, God was determined Elijah was not going out in defeat. God’s plan for him was a glorious one. He would leave with more than an adequate replacement and in a blaze of glory. It was soon after this experience under the Juniper tree that God spoke to Elijah in a still and quiet voice, gave him some promises and much-needed encouragement, and sent him on his way.” God said no to the Syrophoenician Women to test their faith. (Mark 7:24-30) “A Syrophoenician woman, whose daughter was tormented by an evil spirit, “came and fell at His (Jesus’) feet” and “kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter”. This woman was both desperate and persistent. Jesus seemed to actually discourage her. He said, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. In essence He said, you’re a dog leave me alone. If that doesn’t discourage you nothing will. But she persisted and “Said to Him, Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:28). Because of her persistence, Jesus said, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter”. Her faith passed the test overwhelmingly. He wanted to see if she really believed if she’d persist if she’d continue to trust Him regardless and see what was in her heart.” God said no to Jesus because of the importance of His mission. (Luke 22:41-47) “Just prior to His arrest Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done and being in agony, He prayed more earnestly – fervently”(Luke 22:42-43). He knew what He was about to face at the cross. He would face not only the physical pain of the cross but also separation from the Father. He was saying, If there is any other way, take this from me. God the Father said no to Jesus because of the importance of the mission He had. There was no other way. If mankind was to be forgiven, He would have to bear the full pain of the cross. It bothers me when people try and say there is another way to get to heaven other than through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). If there would have been any other way, Jesus’ request would have been granted and He would have escaped the cross.” My sisters you can see, what happened in biblical times is still happening today. The no was simply because He had a blessing for us rather than a curse. The no was because God had better things in store for us. The no was a test of faith. The no was because He needed to test us for our mission. So, when God says no, don’t resist, just lift your hands and say yes Lord yes.
Today’s Prayer: God, I thank you for it all. Thank you for saying no so that I would be blessed and be the woman that you would have me to be. Thank you for the detours, the yield signs, and the stop signs. If it had not been for you watching out for me and if it had not been for you on my side, where would I be? God, I choose your will and your way. Continue to lead and guide me and I will follow because I know my favor, my blessings, and my mission lies with you. In your precious son Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Some of today’s quotes and scriptures are excerpts from Ministrymaker.com)
Enjoy When God Says No performed by David Daughtry:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biH3Y2TGJtk When God Says No Provided to YouTube by Entertainment One U.S., LP When God Says No · David Daughtry ℗ 2014 Karew Records Released on: 2014-09-09 Auto-generated by YouTube. www.youtube.com
Enjoy Through It All performed by Tamala Mann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAS8RGt5lF0
Through It All (feat. Timbaland) Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Through It All (feat. Timbaland) · Tamela Mann · Timbaland One Way ℗ 2016 Tillymann Inc. Released on: 2016-09-09 Music Publisher: IamDBryant (SESAC) Music Publisher: Matt Writes Music Music Publisher: RefreshNtunez (ASCAP) Music Publisher: YAYAsing Auto-generated by YouTube. www.youtube.com
Enjoy this message from Inky Johnson when you have the time. It’s a little long but when I saw it, I thought it was al and a must share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjJXB2Zkxgo
TRAGEDY INTO TRIUMPH | When God Says No – Inky Johnson al & Motivational Video What would you do if everything you worked for your whole life was wiped away in one moment? Inky Johnson, who played safety at Tennessee, was projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick. But that dream evaporated when Johnson suffered a life-changing injury that left his right arm paralyzed. Since then, Johnson has turned his story into one … www.youtube.com
Love you all. Be blessed and I pray you have an absolutely amazing week.
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