The positive power of “no”

Re: Verse reading–Daniel 3:1-2, 8-18, 25-29 (day one) 

“Let it be known to you, O king, that we will NOT serve your gods and we will NOT worship the statue that you have set up.”–v 18.

Sometimes (often) the most positive thing a person can do is to say “no”.  Want to build a marriage?  Begin by making some promises of what you will NOT do.  I will NOT be unfaithful to my spouse.  I will NOT be selfish or hold grudges.  Positives are implied (I will be faithful. . . I will be forgiving) but the first step is to pledge what WON’T happen.

Want to build a church?  Promise I WILL NOT FORSAKE  the assembling together of the saints.  See Hebrews 10: 25.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abenednego dreamed of rebuilding their broken nation.  Many steps still ahead, but the place to start was to say “NO” to any form of idolatry.

Strange!  Sometimes, a firm, clear “no” is a very positive thing.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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