2 Corinthians 12:7-9 - "…there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me — to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." NASU
God goes on to say that His Grace is sufficient for him. WOW!
If one of the Apostle Paul's prayers was given a "No" answer what are the chances that some of our prayers may receive the same answer from God?
Many times when we pray we are expecting a "Yes" answer from God and if God answers it with a "No" we have a difficult time excepting His "No" answer.
One thing we should remember a "No" answer from God may lead to a more productive life.
He then said "Yes" and opened up doors for me to attend Eastern Christian College in 1979. After that He opened up doors for me to start a 20 year ministry in Glen Burnie and Severn, MD.
I have often wondered what might have happened had God said "Yes" to my prayer to attend Ozark Bible College.
All the friends I have made in Maryland would have never happened. All the people that I have baptized into Christ would not have happened, at least by me.
Let me repeat this - One thing we should remember a "No" answer from God may lead to a more productive life.
He really does give us what we need. All one has to do is think about Jesus Christ and how God gave His Son to make it possible that all of our sins are forgiven.
If God has said "No" keep your eyes and ears open for the "Yes" answer that He has coming your way.
God said "No" to David being permitted to build the temple for Him, and
God said "No" to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Since God has said "No" to those Bible Greats we shouldn't be too surprised when He says "No" to us.
It is what God will do with us after He says "No" that really counts.
Think On This:
Keep your chin up and your knees down.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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