No.

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No.”’

Matthew 5:37 NKJV

No.

A simple answer but rarely an easy one.

At some point, you will need to say NO to good things so you can say YES to the things God is calling you to.

For those who are challenged by saying “NO”, here are ten different ways to say it:

1. I would prefer another option.

2. I would love to say yes to everything, but that would be stupid.

3. Someone would be awesome at this, I am not that person.

4. Some things have come up that need my attention.

5. We should rethink this.

6. My instincts tell me I’m just not suitable for this.

7. It would cause the slow withering death of my soul.

8. Um, no.

9. My plate is already full but I will be happy to suggest somebody else’s plate to put it on.

10. No, I’m doing all I can right now but thank you for giving me the opportunity.

What do you need to say “NO” to in order to make room for the right “Yes”?

No Verbal Distancing Required

Words are powerful.

In fact, your words have more power than ever before.

The words you say to yourself and the words you say to others.

Your words can spark hope and inspire people or they can light a fire of fear and paranoia.

Choose life. Choose hope. Choose care. Choose encouragement.

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

James 3:5 NIV

God has given you the great privilege of being the spark that lights the fire in the hearts of the people you are connecting to. 

Whether it is a fire to warm and nourish others or one that burns and destroys them is up to you.

Use your words to light a fire of faith in someone’s heart.

Encourage, uplift, pray for and love those around you today.

Say the words that matter and impact other’s lives.

No verbal distance required.

Use Your Words

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Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (‭Psalm‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Praise will shatter strongholds and worship unleashes God’s glory.

It doesn’t matter if the praise comes from the mouth of a child or is expressed by an infant whose heart swells in wonder at the beauty of a butterfly.

Our words become weapons in the hands of a Mighty God.

He chooses the foolish to confound the wise, the weak to overcome the strong.

Because He is glorious, He can use authentic praise uttered by the weakest of us to establish a stronghold against the enemy.

Because He is awesome, He can use the weakest vessels to silence the strongest foe.

God has chosen to empower your praise and arm your worship.

He has chosen to use your words to wage warfare with.

Don’t focus on the battle, focus on the praise.

Don’t focus on the warfare, focus on the worship.

Let God be God and let your words rise in worship to the glory of God to be used by God for whatever He chooses to.

Use your words.