So you are saved. You are trying to live your life according to God’s will. You are reading your Bible, going to church, and fellowshipping with other like-minded Christians. You are making a conscious effort to stay on the straight and narrow. Then it happens. Your will conflicts with God’s will. Your desires don’t quite line up with the desires of the Holy Spirit. God tells you to go right when you want to go left. Now what? You want to please God and honor Him but you also want what you want, how you want it, and when you want it. It wasn’t a big problem before, so why is it becoming an issue now. Before you only had to answer to yourself and of course authority figures. Before you had little to no Spiritual accountability. Before was before but now you’ve said yes…
You didn’t realize that saying Yes to God’s will meant you actually had to make some minor (or major) sacrifices. Salvation is free but it isn’t cheap. You are not alone in feeling this way. I too have disagreed with some of God’s requirements. Let’s just be real I thought I wanted him…
I wanted his attention. I wanted his affection. I wanted him to choose me. I mean he was f-i-n-e! Not only that but he was a “Christian”. He was smart and caring and sweet. I just knew that we were meant to be.
But God said no.
Ok, cut me some slack it was more like a whisper, but I ignored it. He pursued me and I let him catch me. It was oh so good and everything I thought I wanted. Then, God said no again.
Ok this time it was louder, but still I found ways to justify my…sin (call it what it is). Although, he started losing some of that shine still I pressed on because he was what I wanted. The road started to get bumpier, so I slowed things down, but even if you go slowly the bumps are still there.
Then all hell broke loose! One day it was blue skies and roses and puppies then the next day my world was falling apart. I couldn’t understand why God was allowing this to happen. I thought we were meant to be. Granted I knew deep, deep, deep down in my subconscious mind that he probably maybe wasn’t what I should be investing in, but still I wanted what I wanted.
I couldn’t understand then why I had to suffer through that loss, but now I understand that you can’t mourn the loss of someone/something that never belonged to you in the first place. He did not belong to me and I did not belong to him. No matter what I tried to do to make it so, God said no.
When you decide (and yes it must be a conscious and continuous decision) to say Yes to God’s will for your life, you must say no to certain people, places, habits, music, TV shows/movies, books, and attitudes. If we want to follow God then we must deny ourselves of things we want (Luke 9:23). You can’t straddle the fence. Remember you said yes not maybe.
In Ephesians 2: 1-9, speaks about what we all used to do before we were saved. We were once dead in our sin when we followed what the world wanted. We all lived to satisfy our own selfish desires, to satisfy the flesh. But God loved us too much to allow us to stay that way. He gave us a second chance at a better life. He made us alive in Christ!
“For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8
God wants your all. God instructs us to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Mark 12:30). He is a jealous God. He wants to always be your first choice. Is it hard? Yes. Is it frustrating? Yes. Will you mess up and sin? Of course, you are human and God knows that. That is why we have grace, but that does not excuse our decision to sin it just covers it. Through the wonderful gift of salvation God gives another chance. His forgiveness is always on the table, but because of His generous nature that should make us that much more willing to say no to the things that break His heart.
Every day we must wake up with the intentions of saying Yes to God’s will and no to the things/people that go against that will. We must diligently seek God about areas in our life that we struggle to say no to. Although saying Yes to God means saying no to certain things that appeal to us, when we say Yes to God we avail ourselves to the abundance of blessings God longs to give us. So it may hurt you to let go of that man/woman or stop doing those things that do not please God, but that hurt and frustration are temporary anyways. God’s blessings are eternal in nature. That means they never end, they never fail, they only get better with time. As we continue to declare Yes God, we must also say NO to whatever hinders our pursuit of God’s will!
Next Week’s Lesson: #YesGod series continues with A Yes that Endures!