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When God Says No

I have two children whom I love dearly. I would do almost anything for them. I know in my heart that if needed I would lay my life on the line to protect them.  Yet over the years, there have been numerous times that I have said no to their requests.

In most of those cases, they were asking for something that I knew was ultimately not good for them.  Sometimes it broke my heart to say no to them. But as their father, I knew what was best for them in the larger scheme of things.

We have a phrase for children who are given everything that they ask for–spoiled brats.

You’ve met them, I know.  They are obnoxious and arrogant, and not grateful for anything because they had everything handed to them on a silver platter.

So it is with God.  God knows our needs, and He also sees the “big picture” that you and I cannot see from our limited finite human perspective.  Just as we know when to say no to our children whom we love, God knows when to say no to us.

Now I realize there is a school of thought in the Body of Christ today that holds to the opinion that when we pray in faith, that God always answers in the affirmative.  Some of those who hold to this belief are good friends of mine. Some of them are people who I greatly respect.  But I respectfully differ with them in this area.

Looking back on my life, I can tell you time after time after time when I earnestly prayed for a certain outcome that now, with the blessing of hindsight, I realize was not best for me.  There was a ministry position that I was absolutely convinced God was leading me to.  When God closed that door–actually “slammed” would be a better description–I was heartbroken and dejected.  Months later I found out that the position I thought was so ideal was actually a horrible situation where there was serious sin in the camp.  Had God given me what I begged Him for in that instance, I would have been in the middle of a colossal mess.

I am certain that if you reflect back on your life, you can relate similar circumstances in your life. Maybe it was a boyfriend or girlfriend that you just knew they were “The One” but after God closed that door you realized in hindsight they weren’t. Maybe it was a house or some other material possession that you asked God for and after He said no you realized that once again He knew best.

We once just knew that God had led us to a certain house.  We even walked around it and prayed, thanking God for leading us to this house and laying claim to it in the spiritual realm.  Two days later the house got sold out from under us.  Again, we were dejected and felt like God ignored us.  He didn’t ignore us.  He just said no.  Just three months later God clearly opened the door for us to follow Him in obedience to another area of ministry in another state.  If we had bought the house we had our hearts set on, we would have been entangled in that and it would have been difficult to go where God was sending us.  God knew that, so He said no.

I believe that every word of the Bible is there for a reason. I am convinced that God gave us the glimpse into the heart of Jesus as He prayed in the Garden as a model prayer for us.  Basically, Jesus told His Father, “Here’s what I want, but more than that, I want what You want. I want Your will to be done.”

There have been many times in my life that God answered our prayers in an unmistakable way.  I am so thankful for those times, for they have strengthened my faith.  But I am equally thankful for the times when God said no.

Because my Father knows best.

by Alan Riley

13 Ways You Know You’re Dating A High-Quality Woman

Thought Catalog

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1. She encourages you to pursue your goals, but she doesn’t micromanage. She trusts you to make the right decisions in your own life. She’s the cheerleader, not the coach.

2. She doesn’t try to make you jealous. She’s secure in her worth, and your ability to recognize how valuable she is. She doesn’t need to play games to “trick” you into seeing her her for what she is.

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3. She doesn’t have a princess complex. She demands that you treat her with respect — but because she is a person you love, not because she is a woman and therefore magically entitled to something. Just as she would expect you to treat your friends and family with respect, she knows you wouldn’t treat her any other way. A high-quality woman wouldn’t be with a man who was disrespectful to the people he is…

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Young People Must Be Stewards of the Environment-Mr. Dennis Penu

Its time we all help to build a sustainable environment; Environmental Stewards for life!!

Alfred Godwin Adjabeng

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The Environmental Students Association of the University of Cape Coast, last week celebrated their week cerebration which commenced on the 17th of March, 2014 to the 20th of March, 2014.
The celebration began with an awareness creation to week launching, to an outreach campaign at the Elmina community and then climaxed with a seminar. The week celebration was massively patronized by students, lecturers and the general public.

Mr. Dennis Penu, senior Researcher at the School of Physical Science was the guest speaker for the launch. He spoke on the theme; Our Role as Environmental Stewards. He started his presentation by appreciating the environment as the home for every living creature and calls for its protection and conservation to enhance its sustainability.

He admonished Environmental Science Students of the University of Cape Coast to stand up to the call of Environmental Conservation and be stewards of the environment. He encouraged…

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2 Systems For Achieving Your Goals

Everyday Power Blog

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Which one of these systems speaks to you most? Which one do you think will actually work the best? Are you currently using any of these systems or steps?

There are a couple of schools of thought on the issue of goal setting and attainment. At the core, one school of thought would say that we are the most happy and excited about life when we are actively pursuing what makes us feel alive. While on the other hand, many believe that true happiness is when we are pursuing nothing, and at peace with what we have.

What do you think?

Similarly, one school of thought says that in order to achieve anything, you must go with the flow of life and keep your eyes on the prize. While another school of thought says you create the flow of your life, and your flow is determined by your focus, enthusiasm…

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YET WE SAY WE ARE INDEPENDENT…

THINKING THOUGHTS THAT ARE THOUGHTFUL

Have you ever taken time out to think about Ghana’s 10 regions and their given names? Like every other Ghanaian, you know them off head but do you not see anything fascinatingly inappropriate about some of them?  For the purposes of this piece; the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Eastern and Western regions are allowed to be because their names are merely geography-related and are aptly vindicated by the Ghana map. However, I have issues with the names of the other regions.

Image My issue with the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions are pretty straight forward. There is no group of people in this country who call themselves ASHANTI. There is only ASANTE. Even, in Twi, there is nothing like ‘SH’. That sound is spelt as ‘HY’. The verb ‘burn’ for example, in Twi is ‘HYE’ not ‘SHE’. So using ‘ ASHANTI’ is a disgraceful attempt by our own selves at…

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