Faith Doesn’t Take No for an Answer (Part 2)

Faith No Answer

Even after the Canaanite woman was told she didn’t “qualify,” she continued to worship Jesus and put her unashamed desperation on display. “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs’” (Matthew 15:26 NKJV). Now He has insulted her! Talk about adding insult to injury! But did that stop her? No! This woman was not taking no for an answer!

Her faith had pushed past every road block that was presented, and she answered, “‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire!’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour” (Matthew 15:27-28 NKJV).

We will all face a time of crisis in our lives when we pray, cry out to God, beg Him to answer us, and our prayers still go unanswered. Maybe a loved one dies, or in spite of all you are doing to make your marriage work, your spouse walks out the door. Or, no matter how much you pray for a wayward child, he seems to sink deeper into sin and run farther from God, leaving your heart broken. What will you do? Will you get mad at God? Will you quit, turn your back on Him, and walk away? Maybe you’ll stay in church, but you’ll grow bitter, unforgiving, and untrusting. Or, will you allow your faith to be pushed down and buried, never believing God for anything again, lest you get hurt and disappointed?

You could choose to follow the example of this great woman and say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalms 103:1 NKJV). Make the choice – choose to worship and refuse to let go of your faith in God! Be strong; be bold. Remember, delay doesn’t mean denial. Stand on God’s Word, and believe!

Encourage Yourself in the Lord

Prayer written by Judy Nelson

Father, I worship You today, knowing that this is the day You have made. I thank You that no matter what comes against me, You, oh Lord, will not allow me to be tempted above what I can bear.

Thank you, Lord, that when the enemy comes against me, You raise up a standard against him. I take the authority You have given me in the Name of Jesus and by the power of His blood, and I cut off and sever and loose from me any assignment of the enemy to bring discouragement.

I speak your Word over myself and proclaim and declare that I am the head and not the tail! I am more than a conqueror! I have the mind of Christ! I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! No weapon formed against me (physically, emotionally, financially, relationally, or spiritually) will prosper! I am who God says I am! I will do what His Word says I will do! Greater is Jesus in me than any devil in the world! I don’t fear what man can do to me for You, oh God, are with me. I will not quit; I will not hold back. I speak to myself and say, “You are a daughter of the King! It is His desire to bless you in all your ways. I do not receive the seeds of doubt or fear. I know I have the spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind. I thank

Faith Doesn’t Take No for an Answer (Part 1)

Faith No Answer

Let me tell you a story about a woman who was determined to see her daughter set free, no matter what obstacle tried to get in her way.

The story is taken out of Matthew 15:21-28, which tells of a Canaanite woman who went to where Jesus was, crying out to Him to be merciful and to help her daughter. She told Him that her daughter was severely demon possessed – not just possessed by a demon, but severely possessed. Of course, we know Jesus helped her, right? Instead, do you know what He did? He completely ignored her! It says it right there in verse 23: “But He answered her not a word” (NKJV). Have you ever felt as if God was ignoring you? You prayed and prayed, and it seemed that your prayers never reached God at all. No answer came – no relief and you were running out of time. Our faith is greatly tested at these times; we get discouraged and begin to wonder if God still cares at all. Doesn’t He know we have a deadline? Did He go on vacation? Maybe He just wants to see us sweat it out or see what we’ll do. Then, in some cases, we get angry and cry, “I don’t understand why God won’t answer me!”

Next, the Canaanite woman suffered rejection! Verse 23 says: “And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away…’” (NKJV). Worst of all, she was rejected by those who were following Jesus. Believers! Christians! It’s one thing to have the world reject you for wanting to draw close to God, but when fellow believers do it, it is even more hurtful. Don’t let them put your fire out; just hang out with others who have a vision and passion for God! Don’t allow anyone to keep you from pressing forward in your faith.

We have all been rejected, told no, and sent on our way. When we follow God and set ourselves to serve Him wholeheartedly, we are usually rejected by others. They talk about us and say we are too fanatical. They do this because our faith and zeal challenge them; they become convicted and don’t want to change, so they try to bring us down.

Then, in verse 24, Jesus told her she didn’t qualify: “…‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel’” (NKJV). This woman was a Canaanite and a Gentile, and here was Jesus whom she had heard healed people, cast out demons, gave the blind sight, and made the lame walk. And Jesus said she didn’t qualify? Her daughter was severely demon possessed and needed help, so she came determined to see her child set free, and Jesus said, “Sorry, I can’t help you because you are not a Jew. You don’t qualify for a miracle.” Have you ever been told you don’t qualify – that you don’t make the cut and that you don’t have enough education or experience? What would your response be after being ignored, rejected, and told that you don’t qualify? This woman, it says in verse 25, came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” She worshiped Him! After the hurt and rejection, she worshiped Him. That is loyalty!

Next week we will learn the conclusion of this story: how the Canaanite woman didn’t take no for an answer, worshiped the Christ, and put her faith into action.

 

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