Titus 2:11-14 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
You don’t have to teach a child to say “no.” Have you noticed that? They are naturals at it. The problem is that they aren’t naturals at saying no to the stuff that will hurt them. You actually have to train them to say no to those things. Say no to drugs, say no to being mean, say no to sin. Our flesh says “yes” before we even know what hit us!
It’s no different for Christians, either. But for some reason, we think that when we get saved, it will happen automatically. It doesn’t, does it? In this chapter of Titus, Paul says that the grace of God teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions. Yes, we have to learn to say “no.”
We’ve got to stop wallowing around in our self-pity wondering why we couldn’t resist the temptation. We have got to stop wearing condemnation like a blanket because we failed. We better stop trying to figure out what is terribly wrong with us. I’ll to you what’s wrong with you: you didn’t say “no.” And you need to learn how to. Say it with me, just two small letters – n……o……. no. You can do it friends. When temptation comes, learn to say no. When the enemy tries to drag you down the wrong path, say no. It’s not an automatic; you have to choose it. So choose it today and see what happens.