Saturday, March 01, 2008

Does God say no today? (Part 1)

Is the God of the bible, the Holy Sciptures, saying no today? In this name it and claim it generation, God is made to look like a Father who just says yes to everything. Yes to a new thing, yes to new revelation. Yes, Yes, and more yesses. America especially, professing Christians have given off the vibe of "you can tap into God and He will just say yes to anything you want". Many of these pimping preachers and tricksters twist the scriptures to make the world believe God says yes to everything:

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
(2 Corinthians 1:20)

The pimping preacher spits and speaks in tongues promising you that this verse shall come to past in your life. While screaming he says "His Word will not come back void." And this generation reaches into their pockets spend their hard earned money believing by faith (in a foolish pastor), that Jesus is going to say yes and heal their diseases. Or Jesus is going to give you a breakthrough in your finances, rain down checks on you as you throw checks to your pimpin passa. Does our Lord Jesus Christ ever say "NO"?

Yes, God Almighty does say no? Check this out:

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
(James 4:1-6)

The Lord will resist our request if we are proud, warring with one another, etc etc. Why should He grant us anything and we're living in sin:

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
(1 John 5:14-15)

The bolded words tell us that only according to God's will, if we ask, the Almighty will hear us. Being in sin, being proud and asking amiss is not according to His will. Look at what the so-called man who sinned from John 9 says:

The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
(John 9:30-31)

To those listening to the pimps and pimptreses, do you reall think Jesus Christ the Lord will bless you with a breakthrough and you're in sin. The scripture says God Almighty will not even hear you. Sounds like "no" right there. The Lord Jesus doesn't even want a gift from if you know there's mess going on:

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
(Matthew 5:23-24)

But you may say "the prophet told me that God said if I anoint my house with this miracle water and pray in tongues over this prayer cloth, I'll see a sign of breakthrough coming. This is my season and my harvest is near!" Mind you that was back in 2002 when the prophet told you this, the Lord Jesus Christ said in the scriptures:

Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
(Matthew 12:38-39)

They got a straight NO from Jesus the Christ, yet He said a sign would be given to them. They didn't want to hear what what sign they were getting. So, God's telling you no and what the Lord Jesus Christ is saying to you is:

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(Matthew 4:17)

Now let's say you are following after the Lord Jesus Christ and He has been faithful in forgiving you, can He still say no? Well before answer that lets get an understanding of the scriptures:

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
(Matthew 7:7-11)

Receiveth (lambanō) - to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active), to get hold of

Now reading these verses, our mind many times tries to understand that this means God will give a yes to anything we ask. I listed also the greek meaning of the word receiveth. It means to take. Did you ever think that we can receive or take "no" for an answer. We tend to forget that "no", or "not yet", or "stop asking" is still an answer. It is still something we can receive and take hold of. Now looking at the verses down, you probably would say that "yeah, but Jesus said the Father would not give us a serpent!" Sure, He'll give you the good thing, the thing exactly you need. The good thing is you need a no! The scriptures say God is good, and sometimes His goodness is saying no His children. Let's look at Peter's question now:

Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
(John 21:20-22)

Here we have Peter, who had followed Christ Jesus, been forgiven, and was headed on the right track. He ask of the Lord Jesus Christ a question, and our Lord gave Him a no. See, what Peter was asking was not God willed for Peter's need. Basically He said in our language, "mind your business, follow after Me". What's needed more, knowing what Jesus Messiah is going to do with another Christian, or following after Christ?" Ahah, yup, following Jesus! Jesus Christ supplied the need to Peter.

The Lord Jesus Christ is saying yes and He is saying no. Woe unto you who are following these liars that make God look like sweet candy. Their giving you a sweet tooth all the way to hell. God is saying no. God says no and that's it. We cannot get everything we want! I'll leave with one of the best no's Jesus Christ has ever said. God bless.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
(Acts 1:6-8)

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