Read: Daniel 1
While raising toddlers, parents set boundaries by telling “No.” Toddlers tend to be more adventurous without sensing dangerous situations. They run around, aim for electrical switches, sharp objects, great heights, etc. As parents, we care for our children’s safety and warn them early on. God is our Heavenly Father and He warns us to stay away from sin and evil desires. We are to say “No,” although we may lose our friends if they ask us to be involved in sinful actions which are not pleasing to God. Our God is a holy God and cannot tolerate sin.
If you do not say “No” to greed, you will be consumed by it. Judas Iscariot’s (Jesus’ disciple) greed tempted him to betray Jesus for 30 silver coins. If alcohol is a problem in your life, seek help from God. Be ready to say “No” to friends who coerce you to be part of it. Recently, the “Blue Whale” game challenged youngsters to commit suicide. They fell into the trap because they were not guarded. Resist the temptations that cause you to sin. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13). And James 4:7 rightly says, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
In the Bible, we see a man who said “No.” His name was Daniel. He “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank” (Dan. 1:8). Daniel kept himself pure and honoured God above everything and therefore God blessed him. Like Daniel, we are to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and we should live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age (Tit. 2:12). Only then will we honour God and be in a position to be used by Him for His glory.