There is a song by Shekinah Glory Ministry entitled “Yes”. Within these lyrics of the song, the songstress asks “Will your heart and soul say yes? Will your spirit still say yes? There is more that I require of thee, will your heart and soul say yes? If I told you what I really need, would your heart and soul say yes?” Listening to the song, I began to really meditate on the words that were spoken.
They were so simple, but I still told God “no” many times. I did not give Him my “yes.” In May of 2019, I heard from God and what He asked of me was to write, and I did not. But this was not the first time He spoke to me about this. I knew in May of 2018, that I had been called to write (scribe). One day, I told my Pastor. He advised me on what to do, which I did not do at the time. And for some time after this I wrote for a while and then I went dormant for months.
I knew very clearly I was called to write and I did not. After midweek service in May 2019, I told my Pastor again that I needed to write and stop watching TV. Throughout the summer he would tell me, “You need to stop watching TV,” and I just smiled and kept it moving. To stop watching TV would require me to sacrifice something, and I was not ready and did not want to do it.
I would have to sacrifice the TV shows I loved to watch (Heartland, Queen Sugar, Power, Greenleaf, 911, This Is Us, Manifest and so many more). I watched TV from the time I arrived home from work at 2:30 until 11:30, only to cook, make sure my son was straight, leave to go do things I needed to do, and return back to my TV shows. I can call what I was doing unproductive and ultimately being disobedient to what God had called me to do. I said “no” to fulfilling my purpose.
It was not until August 9, 2019 that I told God “yes.” I spent the months prior doing what I wanted to do. At the time I thought I was having fun, “living my best life,” but I didn’t understand the magnitude of what God was calling me to do. Writing for me was a hobby, I never looked at it as an assignment (ministry).
Luke 6:46-49 NLT says 46“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it is like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. 48 When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and does not obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
I was stuck on Luke 6:46 and 49 from June 2018 to August 2019. I called God Lord, and I did not do what He said. Why? I wanted to do what I wanted more than what God had called me to do. But as Proverbs 19:21 NIV says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
When I gave God my “yes,” when my heart and soul said “yes” to what God wanted me to do, to walk in my purpose, I understood earnestly what God required of me. I understood why I had to give up watching the TV shows that I loved. It was a relationship I was in that was preventing me from hearing from God. If I was spending all my time watching TV, when did I make time to hear from Him, when did I have time to seek His face? When did I make time to write?
Every time I told God “no” to writing (scribing), I did not know that my writing would lay the foundation to build me, to help me stand firm. I did not understand the power I had residing in me to help free myself and others. Every time I told God “no”, I was running away from my assignment (ministry). It required me to cut off people, secular music, TV shows, and a lot more to make a sacrifice for Him and for Him to use me.
On August 9th, when my mind, heart, soul, and spirit said “yes” to God, I began writing early the next morning, before the break of day. The simple act of saying “yes” to God, my obedience to Him, brought many things into alignment. The blessings in my life began to overflow to levels that I had never experienced.
You may ask the question, hasn’t God blessed you before, and I will say yes every time. But what I received when I said “yes” to Him, is a blessing I will save for another day. As I continually say “yes” to God daily, He is doing just as He promised in Luke 6:47-48, by showing me what life is like because I listened to His teaching. I am able to stand firm on a solid foundation.
My Pastor says all the time that God honors sacrifice. While I have experienced this before, it went to another level when I said “yes” to writing for God. Deuteronomy 28: 1-2 NLT says 1“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God”. In the next several verses of Deuteronomy 28: 3-14 NLT those blessings are described.
It is hard at times to give God our “yes,” for self-will can be very strong. Our “yes” glorifies God, and the enemy knows this. That is why being obedient requires our sacrifice, because “disobedience is an option” Pastor Chance D. Lynch. The rest of Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 NLT describes what will happen to us if we continue to be disobedient. I’m glad that I answered God’s request and gave Him my “yes.”
Will you give God your “yes” today?