Learn to say no; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read LatinCharles Spurgeon
Today's Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-10; Genesis 39:6-23
There are many ways to talk about the power that comes with our abilities to say “no” to people and situations. In most cases, our choices to resist certain events, people, and situations could be the only requirement for our breakthroughs. Now, let’s get to the first part of this truth: saying NO to temptations.
In Matthew 4, as cited above, Jesus was being tempted by the devil. Jesus had just finished fasting and praying for a whole 40 days! He was an entire bank of power, but guess who still had the audacity to tempt him? Your guess is as good as mine. I like how God places this apt example for us in Scriptures. It helps us understand that no one, really, is above temptation. In addition, we can learn and relearn from the striking responses of Jesus. For example, when the devil said “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone'” (verse 6 NLT). Do you see that? The devil even quoted the Word of God to tempt Jesus into testing His father. Does it also occur to you that God’s Word is God himself and that Jesus is God? So, here was the devil trying to confuse a man with his own self. What do we call that?
Similarly, Joseph had an experience of a lifetime in Potiphar’s house. His boss’ wife had lusted against him and wanted him all to herself. Joseph sensed danger and he took to his heels. Without thinking twice, he said “NO.”
There’s an African proverb that says, “You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from perching.” That was what Our Standard, Jesus, modeled for us. “NO” is a complete sentence. “NO” is a powerful word. You do not have to explain your reasons. When the devil brings temptations your way this year, remember to say “NO” without thinking twice.
Tomorrow, we would examine the power of saying “no” to “seeming” open doors in the new year. Receive strength to say “NO” to temptations in Jesus’ Name!
Prayer Point: Jesus, thank you for showing me that temptation is not uncommon, and that even though I might be faced with temptations, I have the power to say no to it because You have the power. Thank you because this power is already on the inside of me. I choose to walk in it this year in Jesus’ name. Amen.