Don’t Take No For An Answer – 4/29/18 PM

 

Don’t Take No For An Answer

Luke 18:1-5

 

Intro: The lesson Jesus is trying to teach his disciples was simply not to give up in prayer.

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

That word FAINT means: to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted

Jesus asked the question in verse 7 – And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

He closed out the illustration with the question: When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

He equates this to a person that will not take no for an answer!

Let us look at a few instances in the Bible where someone wouldn’t take no for an answer.

 

I. When It Comes To Your Limitations – I Chronicles 22:7, 8

  • 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
  • 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

David wanted to build a Temple for God.

It was in his heart. But God told him NO!

That didn’t stop him!

Just because he was limited in what he could do for God, that didn’t stop him.

Just because it wasn’t named after him didn’t stop him from helping make that dream become a reality!

He didn’t take NO for an answer – he still did everything he could to help someone else do it.

Are you limited?

Everybody might not be called to preach. But you’re called to do something!

Everybody might not can teach a class, or sing a solo, or head up a ministry. But you can do something!

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER when it comes to your limitations!

  • You can’t witness? Then pass out tracts!
  • You can’t sing a solo? Then grab a book and join in on the congregational songs!
  • You can’t be the leader? You can be a follower!
  • You don’t have a vision for Calvary Baptist Church? You can help implement the vision of God’s man!
  • You can’t preach? You can help the preacher!
  • You can’t finance the next financial project? Do what you can! Give what you can! Sacrifice what you can!
  • You can’t go to the mission field? Help send someone else!
  • You can’t do what you really want to do? Do what you can!

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER when it comes to your limitations!

 

II. When It Comes To Your Preparation – II Kings 2:1-11

 

The man of God is about to be taken away in a whirlwind.

At least three times Elijah told Elisha he couldn’t continue with him.

Yet – three times, Elisha wouldn’t TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.

Elisha wanted more. He wouldn’t leave his master.

The fifty sons of the prophets in verse 7 went and stood to view afar off.

He was given a request in verse 9.

The conditions of the request was “if thou see me when I am taken away…” in verse 10.

Notice verse 12 – And Elisha saw it…!!

When he crossed back over the river, he met the fifty sons of the prophets.

Notice their observation in verse 15 – The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.

Because he hung around – because he wouldn’t take no for an answer – because he saw it, THEY SAW IT.

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER when it comes to your preparation for the work of God.

Everybody else was hanging back; everybody else stood to view afar off.

Elisha wouldn’t take no for an answer.

He wouldn’t let anybody talk him out of GETTING ALL THERE WAS TO GET to help prepare him for the ministry.

He would have never gotten that DOUBLE SPIRIT OF ELIJAH if he had taken NO FOR AN ANSWER!

 

III. When It Comes To Your Expectations – Matthew 15:21-28

 

Here is a mother that has a huge problem.

Her daughter was grievously vexed with a devil.

She had come to find Jesus.

Jesus’ first response in verse 21 was NOT A WORD.

Even the disciples came and begged Jesus to send her away, saying “She crieth after us.”

Jesus’ second answer was a huge NO – “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Jesus’ third response was a huge NO – “It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to dogs.”

BUT SHE WOULDN’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!

 

The lesson Jesus is trying to teach his disciples was simply not to give up in prayer.

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

That word FAINT means: to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted

Jesus asked the question in verse 7 – And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

  • Do you have a burden for a lost friend or family member? DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!
  • Do you need God to perform a miracle in your home? DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!
  • Do you need God to do a major work in one of your children? DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!
  • Do you need God to transform your marriage? DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!
  • Do you need help overcoming a sin or a weight in your life? DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!

 

Conclusion:

He closed out the illustration with the question: When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Do you have enough faith in God to keep asking; seeking; knocking??

Do you have enough faith; enough love for Him; enough commitment to NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER??