Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just Say "No"

“Stop fighting, stop resisting, stop complaining, and start trusting your sovereign heavenly Father; refuse to worry.” Chipingramreunion

Reading this quote today I thought of dear old mom. Oh I better not call her old she still has that spunk in her she had when she was raising the five of us. Time and time again she could be heard giving it her best shot to tell us to stop fighting and complaining and go on with life. At times her strategy seemed to work while other times I’m sure she was frustrated trying to get us to realize what we were doing was getting us no where.

What she was telling us evidently was a strong message to pass on because I found myself telling our daughter the same thing. Carrying on the family tradition or perhaps the “human” tradition my daughter faithfully passed them on to the next generation coming in. Chances are my grandchildren will use the same message on their children as well.

If we go back far enough on the family tree we probably would find that Eve and Adam used those words on their boys, Cain and Abel. One of them took the advice the other didn’t and it resulted in the first murder in history. It could have been advice Eve could have used to prevent herself from eating from the tree she was told not to. Chances are she didn’t eat from the tree because she was experiencing emotional eating due to her and Adam fighting. No, she wasn’t satisfied with what she had so basically without saying it was complaining. Instead of trusting God knew what He was talking about she mistrusted Him and took matters into her own hands. She had a whole garden to herself but she worried about the one tree she was told not to touch and resisted God’s command.

Boy, are we like momma Eve. We could say that we came by our traits honestly like a young child growing up with a parent with a bad temper. “She came by it honestly! She got it from momma Eve.” Whether we came by this behavior honestly or not we need to stop it.

“I was born that way,” is not the excuse that will get us off the hook. We are all born sinners and we have this tendency to do this sort of thing and it’s up to us to learn otherwise. It’s up to us to wake up and realize that this is getting us no where. Our human nature or flesh wants to take us one direction but we are the ones who make the choice to take it where it needs to go.

How foolish can we be thinking we can fight or resist God. No doubt it’s possible to do. We’ve done it from the beginning of time but where does it get us? No where. Duh! Then why do we? Now is the time to trust God. It’s as simple as that. Trust God. However, we run into trouble when we find out to trust Him we need to let go of a few things like fighting against His ways, resisting His will, complaining about what we don’t have, and worrying about what you might not get in the future.

Believe it or not we are in good hands. The hands of our Sovereign Lord, the Creator of the universe, the one who showed the ocean its boundaries and directed the sun where it needed to come up to take away the night darkness. The very one who numbered the stars in the sky has numbered the hairs on our heads.

We don’t need to worry, we need to trust. The responsibility is ours to inform our fleshly bodies that we decline to go where worry would take us. Refuse to go where mistrusting and doubting God would lead. Just like I had to say no to stress in order to overcome my stress seizures and the teenage is told to “just say no” to drugs, our spiritual lives is no different. We need to just say “No” to Satan and “yes” to trusting God. Reject worry. Snub the desire to give up. Trust in God, it will get you a lot further than worrying ever did by just saying “No, I’m not going there.” Why? Perhaps because of the other half of that phrase that is commonly used. The part that says, “Been there, done that and it didn’t work.” Trusting God works.

Our lovely host today is Kathryn herself at Expectant Hearts. Don’t worry about getting there just go and have fun!

© 2010 Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing


Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Oh, I so enjoyed reading your post on this! IT's so funny (Not ha ha funny), I woke up this am, more peaceful and calm than I have in long time. Gotta believe it's because I wrote my post last night and was making more of an effort to "Just say NO" to the little kid part of me that wants to temmper tantrum when Im not getting MY way.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Tami Boesiger said...

We are in good hands indeed! Well said Karen.

Denise said...

Good post.

MiPa said...

Trusting God does indeed work. Thanks for sharing.