When God Says No

Matthew Winters (Honest Thoughts from a Pastor)

From the time we are born, there is one word we hate hearing – the word “No!” We don’t mind saying it, but the devil comes out of us when we hear it. This generation hates it more than ever because we have this crazy idea that God is our fairy godmother rather than our sovereign Heavenly Father who knows and wants what is best for us. God has told me “no” on several occasions, and I am coming to accept it more than I used to.

On September 6, 2015, I resigned a vocational ministry position. By the end of the week, I heard from four different churches. If God opens the door, I will at least explore it. With each situation, God said “no”. I had a fifth contact that I pursued a little more heavily after I was pursued, but God said no by the pastor never…

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