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The Lost Art Of Saying No

No is a powerful and important word. And now that I have a 1-year-old daughter I use it now more than ever. “No Emma, don’t touch that!” “No Emma, don’t crawl up the stairs!” “No, Emma don’t take Daddy’s chess pieces!” I say no a lot. But I’m also learning that saying no is important in other areas of life. When I first became a Christian I was pretty much incapable of saying no. I’d say yes to every volunteer activity, church meeting and group. So much so that I wound up having a commitment 6-7 nights a week! And after a while I realized that being busy with Christian activity was not the same as growing spiritually. I also realized that I didn’t like to say no because I really wanted to please everyone. Fast forward 9 years and I no longer say yes to everything. In fact, I say no to most things. And I don’t feel bad about it. And it’s not just because I’m “too busy.” It’s because in order to focus on what I’m called to do I must say no to a hundred different things in order to focus on the big yeses. So that’s all I got today. An admonition to say no more often. For obvious reasons this message isn’t a popular one at most churches. But most churches focus on Christian activity instead of spiritual growth. Remember that. And remember that you only have one life to live. When it’s all said and done will it matter how many church activities you were involved in or that you took the time to know Him?...

One Of The Biggest Lies The Church Believes

Do you want to know one of the biggest lies the enemy has told us? Lie: you’re playing defense, not offense (as you hold the ball in your hands and say, Really?) Truth: you’re on offense (that’s why the ball is in your hands) and the only hope the enemy has is to convince you otherwise. Here’s what I mean. God has all power and all authority. Not only is He winning. He’s already won. Jesus defeated the enemy at the Cross and recaptured the keys of the kingdom. In other words, Jesus stripped the enemy of his power and authority (which he received when man fell) and delegated it to the church. Yet many Christians live contrary to this reality. They’ve believed the lie that says, “You’re not powerful. You’re weak and defeated.” They think they’re destined for a continual struggle against the enemy. So instead of running the next play they bow their heads to the ground and accept defeat, “I guess you’re right. I thought I had the ball in my hand but I guess I don’t.” But it’s time for God’s children to wake up. It’s time to stop listening to the lies. It’s time to use the power and authority we’ve received to destroy the works of darkness. No more ‘hiding out until Jesus comes back!’ It’s time to take the ball and make the next play. The church is a church of power. That’s why Jesus says in Matthew 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Did you catch that?...