The Power of No Part #2:
Seven Places We Need to Say NO!!
Series on the Power of Yes and No
Let your Yes be YES and your NO be NO Matt 5:37 let 5your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.
We Need that CLARITY—
· Because We are a people of FAITH
· We have to have clarity of our boundaries
· Etc. Develop
5 Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Review Last week:
· Taking a NO position
· Positive Twist on it
· Has an attitude with it
· An attitude of ‘no more’, enough is enough, I draw the line here
Conviction—Truth/Value that you COMPLETELY sell OUT to
· CONVICTION vs ‘free floating belief’
When there is the LINE drawn—the MOMENTUM shifts
· And that’s the POWER of the NO position
· As believers we need to DEFINE our No Position
What you are saying no to:
· No to all of his footholds
o Eph 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
o Position that is useable for base for his advancement in your life
o Place where he can get further LATER ON in your life
‘Give Foothold’: Greek definitions
· GIVE= Allow, grant appoint
· Foothold=License, room, place, possibility
Literally, to GRANT LICENSE
· Give ‘permit’ to build
o He has License
o He can choose to build OR WAIT
o Foothold theme
· Legally NOW can build
Foothold is literally granting enemy a
· Building Permit to build something IN YOUR LIFE!!!!
o Unconfessed sin, unresolved issues
§ Like the BEGINNINGS of MERSA—flesh eating—
§ Starts with just a SPOT—grows
o Land Mines
§ I would NEVER . . . .
§ However, under THESE circumstances, I might . . . ADULTRY . . . .
There needs to places where we have a FIERCE RESOLVE
· Do wise things—
· Saying NO often EQUALS Action!!!!
· If I’m going to say no to flesh—I need to BUILD THE SAFTEY PROCEDURES
A NO position on footholds
· Gives a FREEDOM to our lives
· Be aware—‘schemes’—well thought out
· If enemy STUDIES our lives . . . wouldn’t it stand to reason that he would study our footholds??
Footholds block us from selling out
· We aren’t saying a decisive NO to sin or access
· We keep a door open, ‘just in case’
1443 δίδωμι (didōmi): vb.; ≡ DBLHebr 5989; Str 1325—
Stronghold: 5117 τόπος, Πόντος [topos /top·os/] n m. Apparently a primary word; TDNT 8:187; TDNTA 1184; GK 5536 and 4509; 92
5117. τόπος topos; a prim. word; a place:— areas(1), locality(1), occasion(1), opportunity(2), parts(1), passenger*(1), place(75), places(6), reef(1), regions(1), room(3).
Linked to THIS:
· No to his traps
o II Tim 2:26
25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will
o That he may come to his senses/wake up
o Escape traps/snares of the devil
o Recognize the trap!!!!! – Say NO to it!!!
§ Sometimes TRAIN CRASH in SLOW MOTION
§ Sometimes GENERATIONAL pattern
§ Alcoholism—where some MAY—we CAN’T
§ NO involves ACTION
o If I could have looked back at people—watch out for the trap
§ Thank God for unanswered prayers!
o If they had looked at it – been safe
o We need to ask God—‘Open my eyes to the traps’
§ Lead me not into temptation—deliver from evil
When we see them – say NO!!
· No to him snatching away the GOD-seed to your life
o Word of the Lord
o Coming into life
o But have to guard that seed
o Matt 13:19 Enemy will snatch away seed from your heart
o Before you leave today
o Leave the same way
o Grab seed—close in hand
o Hold to heart
· No to his intimidations
o Is 59:19
o When enemy comes in SPIRIT of the Lord lift up standard
When the enemy comes in ylike a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
20 “The zRedeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”
Says the Lord.
o Flood scenario—overwhelms
§ There are moments of overwhelming intimidation
§ At that moment, LOOK UP!!
§ Welcome Holy Spirit—
§ “Come raise a STANDARD over me!”
§ Say NO!
o Some of you—overwhelmed—voice of evil one
LINKED WITH THIS . . . . .
· Say no to his invasions
James 4:7-8Therefore submit to God. hResist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 iDraw near to God and He will draw near to you. jCleanse your hands, you sinners; and kpurify your hearts, you double-minded.
o Invasion Coming against life
§ We have a CHOICE/position
§ Part of equation—YOU must RESIST
o Do NOT let Him invade your life
§ Zero tolerance
· RESIST Enemy—Draw NEAR to GOD!!
§ Too often flirt/allow/get comfortable with
§ Frog in kettle—slow heat—dead all the same
· No to condemnation
o Rev 12:9-11
9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
o Define Condemnation Vs. Conviction
o By GRACE we are saved—not works Eph 2:8
§ We need a CONDEMNATION detector!!
§ (so we can draw the line)
o Enemy accuses day and night
o Belittles you
o If you listen—you get beat down
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
· No to spiritual parasites
o Things that attach to your life
o Drain your energy
o Double-mindedness James 1:8, insecurity, unconfessed sin, shameful mistakes, insecurity, spiritual exhaustion
o When people get tired—make bad decisions
o When no good boundaries— get spiritually tired—hard to make decisions
o Enemy has come in to drain you
o Don’t follow up—parenting—don’t check on things\
Friends that DRAIN—draw you away from God
· No to his advantages
o II Cor 2:11 Less Satan should take advantage
o We’re not ignorant of his devices
if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
o Schemes—INTELLIGENT process
o NOT outwitted—WISE
· NO to his weapons
o Is 54:17 NO weapon formed against you
17 No weapon formed against you shall sprosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
tAnd their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
o Decisive Choice: These weapons WON’T prosper
§ Weapons of discouragement
§ Weapons of fear—false accusations
§ I declare NO Weapon will prosper
§ I draw a line—NO—they will NOT prosper in my life
o No weapon will be prosperous towards you
7561 רָשַׁע [rasha` /raw·shah/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 2222; GK 8399; 34 occurrences; AV translates as “condemn” 15 times, “wickedly” 10 times, “wicked” four times, “departed” twice, “trouble” once, “vexed” once, and “wickedness” once. 1 to be wicked, act wickedly. 1a (Qal). 1a1 to be wicked, act wickedly. 1a2 to be guilty, be condemned. 1b (Hiphil). 1b1 to condemn as guilty (in civil relations). 1b2 to condemn as guilty (in ethical or religious relations). 1b3 to act wickedly (in ethics and religion).
8399 רָשַׁע (rā∙šǎʿ): v.; ≡ Str 7561; TWOT 2222—1. LN 88.289-88.318 (qal) be evil, act. wickedly, i.e., act. in a manner that violates a good and proper standard (2Sa 22:22; 1Ki 8:47; 2Ch 6:37; Ps 18:22[EB 21]; Ecc 7:17; Da 9:15+); (hif) do wrong, violate the standard (2Ch 20:35; 22:3; Ne 9:33; Job 34:12; Ps 106:6; Da 9:5; 11:32; 12:10+); 2. LN 88.289-88.318 (qal) be guilty, i.e., be in a state of having done evil and so be liable for a just punishment or penalty (Job 9:29; 10:7, 15+); (hif) declare guilty, condemn (Ex 22:8[EB 9]; Dt 25:1; 1Ki 8:32; Job 9:20; 10:2; 15:6; 32:3; 34:17, 29; 40:8; Ps 37:33; 94:21; Pr 12:2; 17:15; Isa 50:9; 54:17+), note: for a focus on making legal proclamation, see also domain LN 56.20–56.34; 3. LN 55.2-55.6 (hif) inflict punishment, i.e., fight in a very effective manner, so the enemy suffers defeat or great loss, with a focus that the enemies’ defeat is a just punishment based on the enemies’ guilt (1Sa 14:47+)
Just like you need to RESIST the enemy for him to FLEE (James 4:7)
· You need to REFUTE--Condemn
· Resist the tongue of the accuser
Paul shook the snake off that bit him
· And the poison didn't affect him
· We need to 'shake off' the poison of the tongues of accusation
· Discern them
· 'Judge' Them
· Condemn them-
· And 'Shake them Off'
o Even though
· No to his devouring
o I Peter 5:8-9 enemy like roaring lion
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
o Seek and devour
o And leave you with nothing
o RESIST HIM—say ‘NO!!!!!’
o Stand FIRM in the faith
5 Lit. your word be yes yes
Doug Marks. (2009). Sermons of Doug Marks.
DBLHebr Swanson, A Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains: Hebrew (Old Testament)
Str Strong’s Lexicon
n n: noun or neuter
m m: masculine
TDNT Theological Dictionary of the New Testament
TDNTA Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume
prim. primary, primitive
* An asterisk (*) indicates that the key word represents two or more Greek words. Refer to the English concordance listing of the key word for the additional Greek word numbers.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (2 Ti 2:25-26). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
y Rev. 12:15
z Rom. 11:26
h [Eph. 4:27; 6:11]; 1 Pet. 5:8
i 2 Chr. 15:2; Zech. 1:3; Mal. 3:7; Heb. 7:19
j Job 17:9; Is. 1:16; 1 Tim. 2:8
k Jer. 4:14; James 3:17; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:3
The New King James Version. 1982 (Jas 4:7-8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Re 12:8-11). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Ro 8:1). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (2 Co 2:10-11). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
s Is. 17:12–14; 29:8
t Is. 45:24, 25; 54:14
The New King James Version. 1982 (Is 54:17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
v v: verb
TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
AV Authorized Version
Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the test of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (H7561). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.
Str Strong’s Lexicon
TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
act. active voice
EB English Bible versification
+ I have cited every reference in regard to this lexeme discussed under this definition.
Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (electronic ed.) (DBLH 8399, #3). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (1 Pe 5:8-10). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.