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Summary: God often says "no" to his children. He said no to Paul; no to Moses regarding Miriam's leprosy and his entering the Promised land; no to Jesus in Gethsamane. He now says no to David. That is part of His Godly attributes as a Father.

DAVID SERIES: A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART - PART 16: WHEN GOD SAYS NO, THEN WHAT?

2 SAMUEL 7 (quickview) : 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, ¡§Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the Ark of God remains in a tent.¡¨ 3 Nathan replied to the king, ¡§Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.¡¨ 4 But that night the Word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: 5 ¡§Go and tell my servant David, ¡¥This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, ¡§Why have you not built me a house of cedar?¡¨¡¦ 8 ¡§Now then, tell my servant David, ¡¥This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. ¡§¡¥The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.¡¦¡¨ 17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation. 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ¡§Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?¡¨

Intro: David: Man After God's Own Heart (Pt. 16) What Do You Do When God Says No?

Song: Have Thine Own Way / Quote: ¡§If You Want To Hear God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans¡¨ / Saying ¡§No¡¨ To People Is Not Easy. It takes a lot of love and courage. Saying ¡§yes¡¨ all the time is certainly not what is best for children and people. Psychologists, parents and educators are realizing that it¡¦s time to stop looking the other way and start teaching kids that life does not revolve around them. Kids have become demanding, rude and spoiled. There is no longer any respect for adults, God or authority. They lack compassion for others and they do not know the value of any kind of work. They refuse to wait. ¡§No¡¨ is a way in which we set limits on their behavior. Whether we like it or not, society sets limits. Families set limits. Parents set limits. Employers set limits. Our spouses set limits. There are all sorts of ways in which we live and function in a world where there are limits. How can we go wrong with our children? We can go wrong when we allow our babies to con us into getting things by crying out loud or throwing tantrums. God, our Heavenly Father is a perfect parent and that¡¦s why there are times when God says ¡§no.¡¨ As God¡¦s children, we probably don¡¦t like it when God says ¡§no¡¨ any more than when earthly parents said ¡§no.¡¨ We say prayer is talking to God ¡V If so, then God has a right to say know when we ask. Examples: God said no to Paul. He said no to Moses regarding Miriam¡¦s leprosy and his entering the Promised land. He said no to Paul. He said no to Jesus. The Father has a right to say no. That is part of His Godly attributes.


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