3 Signs God Is About to Change His No Into a Yes

Mark 7:29

Here are 3 signs God is about to change his no into a yes.

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1. If God Said No to Something He Wanted to Give You Because You Were Living in Sin, If You Repent God Could Then Say Yes

As I talked about in my article last week called 4 Reasons It Feels Like God Changed His Mind About a Relationship You Wanted, in reality God never actually changes his mind about anything (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17, Malachi 3:6). Since God is unchanging in his nature and he knows the future before he makes any decisions in the present, God will never say yes to you and then for some reason randomly say no to you.

But, with that said, the Bible does talk about conditional reasons for why God sometimes says no to us. In other words, God sometimes says no to us because of something we are doing or not doing. This isn’t always the reason for God’s no. Sometimes it’s just not God’s will or he is sparing us of something he knows will turn out bad. But there are times in life where God wants to bless us with something but he will give us a no because we are living in sin. As James 4:3 states, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

If you repent of this sin that is preventing God from blessing you, however, it’s possible to then receive a yes. For example, in Joshua God had told the people not to take anything from Jericho, but because Achan did, when Israel went to fight against the city of Ai, God let them be defeated. Joshua 7:11-12 states:

Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies.”

The people then repent of this sin, and once they do Joshua 7:26 states, “Then the Lord turned from his burning anger.” And then in Joshua 8, God grants Israel victory over the city of Ai.

Just as God had to say no to Israel because of their sin but was then free to change his answer because they repented, so too is it possible for God to give you a no because of a sin in your life but to then give you a yes once you repent.

2. God Can Turn His No Into a Yes If His No Was Really Just a Wait

To live by faith means you can’t see the whole future. If you could see the whole future and you always knew everything that God was doing, it would not be possible to live by faith because to have faith you can’t see the thing you have faith in, otherwise it’s not technically faith. For as Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Again, a key element to faith is having “things not seen.”

Therefore, God reveals his will to us one step at a time. You can pray about something and through all the necessary doors shutting in your face, it can be very clear that God is giving you a no. But it’s also possible that if you keep walking, those doors you asked to be open could open at a later time. If that occurs, what you thought was a “forever no” was really just a “no for right now.”

The only way you will have this type of experience, though, is if you keep walking with God even when God does really say no. We won’t always know when God is saying no or just wait. But if you always stop following God whenever he says no to you, you will also end up missing out on a lot of future yeses that could have been yours if you would have just kept walking forward with God because he really wasn’t say no, he was just saying wait.

What I’m trying to say is that in the moment, you won’t know if God really gave you a no or a wait. Sometimes it’s a true no and those doors will never open. At other times it was just a wait. But no matter what, you have to keep walking with God in faith or you will always miss out one way or the other.

3. God Could Turn His No Into a Yes If His No Was Just a Test Meant to Produce the Necessary Faith in You to Receive His Yes

I’ve found that many people don’t like to hear that God tests us. But if you are honest about what you see in Scripture, it’s very biblical to say that God does indeed test us often (Genesis 22:1, John 6:6, Proverbs 17:3). God does not tempt us with sin, but that is different than a test. A test is an opportunity to express your faith in Jesus for God’s glory.

Sometimes God even gives us a no to a good request as a test so we can express the faith needed to receive his yes. This can be seen when in Mark 7:24-30 a gentile woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus says no to her at first, but because she responds so well to his no, Jesus then says, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter” (Mark 7:29).

There are times in life God does this for us too. Not every no is a “forever no.” Certainly God does say no to things and that won’t change. But at other times, God says no so we can then express the faith needed to receive his yes. 

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