21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 4

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C. S. Lewis

I asked yesterday what your dream was going to cost.  I realize that one of the costs for me is accepting the displeasure of some people because I cannot do what they want me to do.

I don’t like to say “NO” and when people suggest that I might be going in the wrong direction because it doesn’t fit their agenda I generally take them seriously.

This hit home when someone close to me began discouraging me about the things I am fasting this month even though I wasn’t complaining.

I took it to the Lord and He said “Sanballat and Tobiah”.

“Remember, O my God, all the evil things that Tobiah and Sanballat have done. And remember Noadiah the prophet and all the prophets like her who have tried to intimidate me.” Neh. 6:14

As the church walks into the future…the dreams God has planned for us we are going to have many who rise up to discourage us.  We are going to face many who will try to distract us from the “good work God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph 2:10. They will want us to follow their lead rather than God’s. We will have to say “No” to them.

Today I am making a list of all the things I am going to have to say “NO” to in order to say “YES” to the dream God has given me.

What do you have to say “no” to today in order to say “yes” to God?

Who in your life is your “Sanballat and Tobiah”. Who intimidates you? What can you do about it?

Quote of the Day:  The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. Tony Blair

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6 thoughts on “21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 4

  1. Close family friends can be quite intimidating when it comes to following the dream God has for me. But what they don’t know is that I have a secret weapon and it is His word. Reading the Psalms really builds my faith and strength in Him and I receive His perfect peace in my spirit.

  2. Nehemiah has come up a few times this month and standing firm in God’s plans will create some dissension. May we all slow down and remember NO is an acceptable answer.

    • Yes it is. Sometimes it “No” is the opening of the real door God wants us to walk through; At other times it is just a word holding us back from walking into an unholy avalanche.

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