Join our study and walk through the Bible with us.

Latest topics
Yesterday at 5:01 pm by LesBrewer

» Letters Home By Tim Gustafson
Yesterday at 12:01 pm by LesBrewer

» Whispering Words By Anne Cetas
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:08 pm by LesBrewer

» Wonders in Focus By Mart DeHaan
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:59 pm by LesBrewer

» Revealed To Be Healed By David H. Roper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:26 pm by LesBrewer

» "7 Marks of A Disciple"
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:28 pm by LesBrewer

» Giving the Gift of Prayer By James Banks
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:50 pm by LesBrewer

» Exhortation, Encouragement, & Prayer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:25 pm by LesBrewer

» Numbers 22:11-12
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:14 am by clark thompson

» Pulling Together By David C. McCasland
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:00 pm by LesBrewer

» Will God Forgive Me?
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:02 pm by LesBrewer

» Three - Lettered Faith By Kirsten Holmberg
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:21 pm by LesBrewer

» Days Of Life.
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:24 pm by LesBrewer

» Lead Me to the Rock By Linda Washington
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:54 pm by LesBrewer

» Before They Call, I will Answer.
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:59 pm by LesBrewer

March 2018

Calendar Calendar

Location Map
Bible Search
Search the Bible:

Examples: Psalm 27; John 15
love one another; Psalm 23


You are not connected. Please login or register

When Yes Means No By Xochitl Dixon

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1 When Yes Means No By Xochitl Dixon on Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:05 am


When Yes Means No By Xochitl Dixon

Read: Romans 8:22–28

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

I thanked God for the privilege of serving as my mom’s live-in caregiver during her battle against leukemia. When medicines began to hurt more than help, she decided to stop treatment. “I don’t want to suffer anymore,” she said. “I want to enjoy my last days with family. God knows I’m ready to go home.”

I pleaded with our loving heavenly Father—the Great Physician—confident He could work miracles. But to say yes to my mom’s prayers, He would have to say no to mine. Sobbing, I surrendered, “Your will be done, Lord.”

Soon after, Jesus welcomed my mama into a pain-free eternity.

In this fallen world, we’ll experience suffering until Jesus returns (Rom. 8:22–25). Our sinful nature, limited vision, and fear of pain can distort our ability to pray. Thankfully, “the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (v. 27). He reminds us that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (v. 28), even when His yes to someone else means a heartbreaking no for us.

When we accept our small part in His greater purpose, we can echo my mom’s watchword: “God is good, and that’s all there is to it. Whatever He decides, I’m at peace.” With confidence in the Lord’s goodness, we can trust Him to answer every prayer according to His will and for His glory.

Our Daily Bread welcomes writer Xochitl Dixon!

Meet Xochitl and all our authors at

God’s answers are wiser than our prayers.


The theme of Romans 8 seems to be the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Paul encourages us to set our minds on the Spirit (vv. 5–6), to see Him as vital to our spiritual identity (v. 9), to embrace His indwelling (v. 11), to follow His leading (v. 14), to see Him as assurance of our security in Christ (v. 16), and to rest in Him with our prayers (vv. 26–27). This theme is important to the life of God’s child because, as John wrote, “This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13). The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is God’s promise of the future (Eph. 1:13) and His enabling for the present (Gal. 5:16). May we trust the Spirit to continue His wonderful work in us, making us more like the Jesus He came to honor (John 15:26).

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum