To the foe my word is always, No

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To the foe my word is always, “No,”
  To the Father it is “Yes,”
That His plan and all His counsel
  Be accomplished with success;
When Thine orders I’m obeying,
  Grant me, Lord, authority
To fulfill Thy plan eternal
  Thru the Spirit’s power in me.
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To the foe my word is always, “No,”
  To the Father it is, “Yes“;
’Tis my attitude eternal;
  May the Lord protect and bless,
Lest while walking in obedience
  Satan undermine the way;
When I’m list’ning to Thine orders,
  Grant me mercy, Lord, I pray.
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To the foe my word is always, “No,”
  To the Father it is, “Yes“;
I completely would obey Him,
  Though deep suff’ring may oppress.
If the Lord will save and keep me,
  As I forward press with Him,
Then no trials shall prevent me,
  Nor will opposition grim.
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Rita

Kampala, Uganda

Hallelujiah, praise the Lord, to the foe my word is always NO, to the Father it is yes. May this be my living day by day, moment by moment.

We have a hymn in our hymnal which says, "To the foe my word is always, 'No,'/To the Father it is 'Yes'" (Hymns, #880). We have to learn to say "yes" to the Father and "no" to the devil all the time. But often our experience is the opposite of this. We say "no" to the Father and "yes" to Satan. When the sisters see something on sale in the newspaper, there is a struggle within them. Something within is urging them to go buy it, and something within is telling them not to go. Thus, they have to decide what to say. Will they say "no" to Satan and "yes" to the Father? They may say to the Lord, "Lord, I ask You to give me the freedom to go this one time. I will never do it again." All of us have this same "illness." We read the Bible, but do we keep the word of the Bible? We should be those who keep the Lord's word with absoluteness.

Our being, our self, our natural life, our flesh, sin, and Satan are all one entity. They are like many eggs in one nest. In a nest a mother bird may have a cluster of eggs. When these eggs are hatched, they will form one family, one entity. Our being, our self, our natural life, our flesh, sin, and Satan are like one family in a nest. To die to self means to die to the entire family.

For this reason the Lord said in Matthew 16, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (v. 24). To deny the self is to die to self. The first two lines of a hymn translated by Brother Nee express this same thought: "To the foe my word is always, 'No,' / To the Father it is 'Yes'" (Hymns, #880). To say "No" to Satan is to die to self. When we die to self, our natural life, our flesh, sin, and Satan are finished. When we die to self, Satan is defeated. This is why Satan is afraid of the cross.

There was another brother whose relative was sick. This sister again wrote and said, "You have to be responsible for prayer. You should not allow this sickness to go on." Consequently, this brother also received help from her. Once she herself was sick in bed. Her co-worker was away in another place. She was out of money, and her cook also went home for some reason. She prayed continuously, asking God, "Why does this sickness come upon me?", and God showed her that this was not from Him, but this was Satan's attack. She said, "If this is due to my own problem, I can remain sick. But if this is Satan's attack, let the sickness be gone." She had been ill for four days with a high fever, but she stood up right after she prayed. At this time she wrote a song: "To the foe my word is always, 'No,' / To the Father it is 'Yes.'" We have this song in our hymn book. When she finished writing this song, she went out to work, and her sickness was over.