The heart that is willing to hear a “NO” and obey is the heart that can be trusted with a “YES”, too


“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Psalm 32:8

A friend of my, Soong-Chan Rah, posted on Facebook once that the heart that is willing to hear a no and obey is the heart that can be trusted with a yes. This is one of the acid tests of our walk with Christ, trusting in the counsel of God in our daily lives and in whatever ministry Christ calls us to. Too many times my plans become God’s plans and then I can and will justify that this is right before God. All because I didn’t want to a tune my ears to hear God’s no. Proverbs 16:2-3 tells us people maybe pure in their own eyes but the Lord examines their motives. Now, Prov 16:3 is our challenge today as we serve and live for God, commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.

Phil Jackson is a 30-year urban youth ministry veteran from Kansas City to Baltimore, living for the last 25 in Chicago. Phil and his wife have been married for 32 years, have three great grown kids, and live in North Lawndale and serve as the founder/ED for The Firehouse Community Art Center (TheFCAC.org).

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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