You ever wonder why God had to tell you “No”? Sometimes I wonder why too but, I have learned that God knows best! And if I stay still I’ll see that God said “No” for my Good!!! Hallelujah!!!! Here is an article from my favorite Christian Blog Bottled Tears In Heaven.


Pretty Please!

By Min. Serlenia W.

“Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’”

(2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)

In the 12th chapter of 2nd Corinthians we read about how the apostle Paul asked the Lord three times to remove the thorn from his flesh, and that God said, “No.” I’m glad that the Bible didn’t specify exactly what Paul’s thorn (affliction) was. I feel that not knowing may help all of us to substitute our own personal afflictions and apply them to the Scripture passage, as we begin to understand why God has to say no at times. Although, they’ve been hard lessons to learn, I’ve come to realize that a ‘no’ answer from God has always worked out in my favor. Yet, it often takes much more faith to believe God for the ‘no’ answer than it does for the ‘yes’ answer. The reason is probably because when we get a ‘yes’ we feel empowered and blessed, but when we get a ‘no’ we feel dejected (to say the least).

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I used to believe that when I asked God for something and didn’t get it, it was because He didn’t hear me, or even worse; He just ignored me. I thought maybe I didn’t have enough faith, or maybe I didn’t pray loud or long enough. My feeble mind just couldn’t grasp the fact that He actually did hear and answer me, but that the answer was just a big fat “NO!”

Over time I’ve learned to thank God for the ‘no’ answers. I’ve learned and accepted that He knows what’s best for me, and His love for me protects me from a multitude of things that are not in my best interest, including my own decisions. Even when the answer actually turned out to be ‘wait,’ it looked and sounded like ‘no’ to me, so I would kick, scream, pout, and cry. Other times I would feel sorry for myself and have a huge pity party. During these adult tantrums, I would silently blame God for what I considered to be a disaster; when in fact, it was just the opposite.

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