They Might Try To Convince You Otherwise

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And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus. — Acts 18:19-21

As Paul is heading back to Antioch, he does make a stop in Ephesus. And you’ll notice the reception appears good. The Jews even ask him to stay longer. But Paul is not persuaded.

And for me, this brought to mind all those moments that well-meaning, god-fearing people tried to persuade me to do something I was not supposed to do. And for me, fellas, this is challenging. It’s hard for me to say “no” to people you love who love you right back. But sometimes, we need to say “no.” Because saying “no” to their will, and even your will, is to say “yes” to God’s will.

So as you go throughout this day, look more intently for God’s will. But to do this, you are going to have to move your sights from your will. And at times, you will have to politely say “no” to the will of others, which might actually be saying “no” to yourself.

ASK THIS: What do you need to say “no” today? (Share it below).

DO THIS: Say yes to God’s will, for nothing else matters.

PRAY THIS: God, I have to say no to some things. Help to say “no” to them and say “yes” to you.

PLAY THIS: Yes I Will — Vertical Worship.

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They Might Try To Convince You Otherwise

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5 thoughts on “They Might Try To Convince You Otherwise

  1. Sam says:

    I need to say NO to my self indulgence in many facets of my life and say yes to listening to the Holy Spirit.

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  2. Christopher says:

    Powerful message for me. Discerning God’s will has always been tough for me in relational situations. I ran into burn out and confusion and used to try to help everyone and every cause thinking I was being a good Christian. I studied and learned Jesus didn’t even help every single person and he said no. I was so entrenched in a church culture that also pushed for help always which brought on guilt if I said no. I learned the word no and Dr Henry Cloud’s book called Boundaries was life changing. I’m a work I progress thanks be to Christ and support. Proverbs 27:17
    Peace in him brothers !

  3. Jason says:

    I love this teaching. Saying “yes” to the wrong thing/people keeps me from saying “yes” to the right ones/ONE. I love how Paul says “no”, along with “if God wills it, I will come back”. What a great reminder of the absolute sovereignty of God in our lives, and Paul’s example of surrender to HIM…

    Lord, help me say no to me, and Yes to You.

    Thanks Vince!

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