Silencing The Naysayers

by Apr 15, 2021Devotional2 comments

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

      The naysayers will always be with us because the default setting of the human condition is sinfulness, loss, and bitterness. These people cannot help but be negative because sin is a negative force that still carries the death sentence. Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Those who are in Christ by faith can find the courage to grow in heart and have a positive outlook on life because Jesus is life and paid for our sins in full with His life.
      The only way to silence the naysayers is to live in victory while keeping our thoughts and heart on the things of God. The Lord will lift us out of the quagmire of sinfulness. Psalm 40:2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. God will bring us out of our old life’s existence and carry us into His new and eternal living ways. Because Christ dwells within us, we can now become spiritually-minded rather than remaining in a state of mental fear and anxiety. 
       Nehemiah had a few naysayers who said the wall of Jerusalem could not be rebuilt. However, in record time, the wall was constructed because Nehemiah was full of the vision, purpose, and knowledge of God for the task. Neh. 6:15 The wall was completed in fifty-two days, on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul. He was focused on the call and burden God had put in his heart. Nehemiah had silenced the naysayers in a very short time.
       On the day that David had delivered food to his brothers who were part of the army being threatened by Goliath, David, decided to accept Goliath’s challenge. His brothers became mocking naysayers. 1Sam. 17:28 But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” Within a day, after killing the giant, David had become the new hero for a nation to believe in. The naysayers had been silenced by the victory David had delivered through faith. 
      Living in victory and demonstrating the blessings of God in our lives is how we will eventually silence the naysayers. With the fear of the Lord as our banner, we can accomplish the difficult tasks that arise to challenge us. The Lord will give us His wisdom to accomplish what God has sown within us to do. Prov. 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
      Many of us have family members who mock our belief in Jesus Christ. They change the subject when we try to give God the glory for the obvious miracles He has done in our lives and victories won through our circumstances. They ridicule our sincere feelings toward our Lord because they fear their own inadequate existence. They are responding from a position of shame because they are still lost or controlled by their own trespasses and sins. Therefore, their naysaying becomes a defence mechanism to whitewash their own inability to save themselves. So, with false bravado, they deny and attack to appease the burning worm that eats at their souls from within. Mark 9:48 Where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
      We who are in Christ, have been given eternal life and a Godly reason to keep following the purposes our Lord has given us. Our default setting is God’s grace working within us. We do not have to worry about the naysayers because they are God’s problem. We just have to pray for them by faith, that they would realize the truth of God’s gift of salvation is available for them as well. Onward saints. Let us silence the naysayers by the power and victory that we live through Christ. Amen!


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  2. Ian Pike

    Thank you Norn, This so encouraging, God's way always brings life. Blessings Ian


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