Posted on November 11, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

  1. We don’t like to hear it.
    NO. It’s a simple word really but its implications are powerful.
    NO. The power of NO.
    NO. Sometimes we just have to say NO.
    NO. Sometimes we just have to say NO… to ourselves. NO.
    NO. Seriously, when was the last time you said NO to yourself?
  2. Isn’t that what Jesus said would be required to follow Him?  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.’” Matthew 16:24
  3. Sometimes we have to say NO more than once before we actually get the message.
    Our flesh wants what it wants. To deny our self we must say NO to our self.  Paul said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27

There is power in NO.

I recently heard this quote, I do not know who said it but it fits here:

“The things you choose to say NO to strengthen the things you say YES to.”  We have said YES to Jesus that we will be His child. We will follow and obey Him.  Every time we say NO to self, we say YES to Jesus.

By faith we must chose to believe that saying NO to our self will yield YES to far greater things.  In reality we are saying NO to death and YES to life.

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:11

It is not easy. We may have to fight for the NO. But there is power in NO.

Celebrate the victory of NO.


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

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