Seems like I have had this song by the Zombies rattling through my head ever since I watched their introduction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. This 70s group played a big part in a musical revolution back then along with other English groups like the Beatles. It was a golden era of music.
We used this song as a reference in a meeting noticing that it has the word no in it 63 times. Whenever temptation comes, when prayer doesn't seem to be enough, when will power is failing fast, talk to that temptation and tell it no 63 times. It takes about a minute, and if you are like most of us with several versions of ADHD, you end up talking yourself out of what you wanted to do. Just Tell Her No- the slower you say it, the better chance that you will forget about what you wanted to do.
Think about what this means biblically. God told David no, that he could not build the temple because he was a man of war, he had blood on his hands. But there were so many times when God did say yes to David, so if in this one case he told him no, it makes me believe certain things we want in life may have a no from God in there, so we better run it by him first.
God told Adam and Eve no about just one thing, and look what happened. So, what can happen to us if we ignore the no and substitute our own yes? This blog is not room enough for me to repeat all those mistakes I have made, and maybe you feel the same, but I promise you the longer this song lingers in my head, the more I am reminded of past failures I should learn from.
In the song, the reference of Tell Her No is about saying no to a wandering love who is looking for more victims, but he wants her back because of his incredible love for her. Sound familiar?
You can see God at work, even in a Zombies song!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.