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When God’s Answer Is No

Posted by admin in June 14th, 2021
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Daryl and I listened to Eric Metaxas yesterday. He gave a message at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia, last week. Metaxas is always fun to listen to, though he has a tendency to go off on bunny trails. He’s a much better writer than speaker. In his message he reiterated Benjamin Franklin’s famous words, “It’s a Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Franklin’s response is attributed to a question asked by a woman at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, as he left Independence Hall. Supposedly the woman asked Franklin, “Is this a democracy or a republic?”

Metaxas used the quote to explain that the United States will only remain a free country if we the people hold on to it and fight for it and maintain it. That once a self-governing people stop holding government accountable and rest on their laurels (my words, not his), a Republic is easily lost.

History has proven that lost freedoms are seldom regained. The United States was once a bellwether for the world—for all freedom-loving nations. And other nations knew that if the US failed, there’d be little hope for the rest. I believe that statement—as big and bold as it sounds.  I’ve heard national leaders around the globe declare these very words about America. I’ve heard Church leaders around the world pray for the US stating that if America falls, the remaining free nations will follow.

Metaxas encouraged the Church in America to fight for our nation, to get involved in politics, to stand against evil, and to do battle to keep this Republic. He used examples like Wilberforce’s fight against slavery and Bonhoeffer’s fight against Hitler, and Martin Luther’s fight against false doctrines in the Catholic Church. Metaxas asked, “Are you willing to die for this country?”

Fight. Stand. Hold on. Persevere.

His words would have inspired me before November 20, 2020. I would have been amening and shouting alongside his sermon, especially in the days leading up to our nation’s election. I was a part of the great prayer teams. Daryl and I never missed a prayer meeting where 14,000 to 15,000 men and women joined globally to pray for our nation and our election. We shouted, we cried out, we declared, we confessed, we professed, pled, and prayed with all of our hearts. We stood our ground in the only way we knew how. We heard leaders, both political and religious, around the globe praying for our nation, standing with us believing that God would defend the conservative movement and a socialist, liberal agenda would not prevail.

And here’s where it gets tough – and please know you don’t have to agree with me. I believe the US election of 2020 was taken hostage and that fraud corrupted the results. Yes. I do believe the election was stolen. Corruption on every level prevented the real winner from taking office in January of 2021. No one will ever convince me otherwise. But here’s the really tough part and the part that is probably the hardest to reconcile or make sense of: God allowed it.

God not only knew of the fraud beforehand, He also heard the cries and prayers of His people asking for Him to intervene and simply put, God said NO. And our nation is now ruled by a people who believe there are hundreds of genders, babies are not human beings, color of skin is more important than content of heart, freedom of thought must be corralled, freedom of speech must be controlled, and big government solves all of human problems.

God said NO, loud and clear and the corruption that took this nation’s election from us is now ruling us. As a result, conservative voices that dare to raise a banner against our new government are silenced. Metaxas YouTube channel, for example, is banned for life because he spoke words that were not supportive of our new system. Hundreds of conservative voices are silenced and censored on social media—if they don’t agree with you, you are out! If you have too much influence, you are out. If you don’t tout the party line, you are out. And we are seeing this again and again and again across our nation.

Is it hopeless? No. Because God knows the beginning from the end.

So what do followers of Jesus do when God says No?!? Well, I recommend we look at what He is saying YES to…

He’s saying YES to us being conformed into the image of His Son Jesus!

He’s saying YES to us being purified by fire and becoming His Bride (without spot or wrinkle).

He’s saying YES to witnessing and soul winning while this season lasts (it might just be the calm before the storm).

He’s saying YES to Bible study and memorizing the Word of God.

He’s saying YES to prayerfulness and to us praying for our enemies.

He’s saying YES to being filled with the Holy Spirit.

He’s saying YES to walking in close obedience to Him and His Word.

He’s saying YES to loving one another, loving our enemies, and declaring God’s love to the world.

He’s saying YES to preparing our children and grandchildren for the Second Coming of Christ (we don’t know when that will be, but each day we know we’re getting closer).

There are so many things that God has said YES to in our lives. For two thousand years nations have come and empires have gone and leaders have risen and fallen but one thing that has remained the same – Jesus is still the Savior of the Word; He’s still the Prince of Peace and the Only cure for what torments the human soul.

Let’s say YES to Jesus each day and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, direct us, and to lead us. Let’s pray, “THY will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Let’s say YES to honoring Christ in every word, thought, and deed. Let’s say YES to hope found in Christ and YES to His Joy which is always our strength.

Remember, “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control,” (NLT, Philippians 3:20-21). I’m so thankful for God’s YES! Peace.

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58041. bobml@charter.net said,
June 15th, 2021 at 7:16 am

Excellent message and I agree 100% with every thing you wrote! Thank you for letting your voice be heard!

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58045. norm said,
June 15th, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Your insightful and encouraging post reminds me of something the late Adrian Rogers said in reference to (I think) the Assyrians’ attack upon God’s chosen people. “God can hit a straight lick with a crooked stick any time he chooses.” IMO, that’s what happened Nov. 3, 2020. The church has been spanked with the switch of God’s choosing, and the lesson is that it’s time to quit playing church. I am so grateful for the thousands who continue to pray. May I suggest that I am concerned that there are numerous calls to prayer in my own denomination. But I hear no calls for repentance. I believe our sins deafen God’s ears as long as we play church. Not until we repent, first, will the heavenly blessings be poured out on all other concerns.

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58046. Angela said,
June 15th, 2021 at 9:02 pm

I LOVE this!! I agree with EVERYthing you said!

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58054. admin said,
June 17th, 2021 at 6:01 am

Bless you Angela! Thank you for encouraging me.

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58055. admin said,
June 17th, 2021 at 6:03 am

I agree Norm. As always, you get to the heart of the matter. Thank you. THIS is it – we’ve got to repent.

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58057. admin said,
June 17th, 2021 at 6:04 am

Appreciate you!

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58059. April said,
June 17th, 2021 at 1:57 pm

I’m so glad to hear this word from you. I agree and felt the discouragement heavily after the election. I’ve recently been reminded by a daily devotional email of the power and transference of demonic discouragement and deception spoken to a believer often thru other believers. It referenced Job 4. You, on the other hand, have spoken scriptural truth and godly guidance and I am so grateful. It has become apparent to me that God is answering our prayers for revival. I love the quote from Norm, respondent here, “God can hit a straight lick with a crooked stick any time he chooses.” Bless you all.

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58069. admin said,
June 18th, 2021 at 5:07 am

April I am praying for revival too! Please Lord! And Norm always has great insights! Thanks for this comment. It means a lot.

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58074. Leklund said,
June 18th, 2021 at 2:57 pm

Thankful for the truths that we can stand firmly on. The things that we know that we know that we know. Praying for our country and our individual hearts (mine)to turn from sin and into His light. Thanks for your words Teri.

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58075. Carol Howell said,
June 18th, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Teri, this is a wonderful article to address a situation that has been very discouraging for many Christians. Thank you for the positive, encouraging words. A great reminder.

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58243. greg said,
July 1st, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Yes, agree 100% with your words,,,,,,,may God bless your writings

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58244. admin said,
July 1st, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Bless you Greg! You always encourage me! I’m grateful!

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