Our God is a God of good promises, good intentions for each of us, and power to carry out His plans. But God tells us that there’s an evil one who seeks to steal all good God-things from us. Sure enough, Satan tries to come in and steal from everyone that he can – our blessings, trust in God, and joy.
This evil one has certainly thrown fears and doubts my way. Not only because of him, but also because I’m flesh, because of past painful difficulties, and maybe even partly because of what I have been wrongly taught, my mind can easily get stuck on a what-if-track of worst case scenarios. But no more.
God saves. But it’s more than that. God is able to turn every possible bad “what if” into a Nevertheless-from-God, who says, “Nevertheless, watch what I can do for you when you turn to me.”
God has given me the promise in His Word that says, “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to you; I will heal my people and let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6). I have memorized it and say it this way – “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to you; I will heal you and let you enjoy abundant peace and security.”
When my mind starts to run away with, “What if this or that happens?…” I’ve learned to say, “Nevertheless God will turn it to good for my benefit and for His glory!” I know and count the ways God has been good and not forsaken me.
Sometimes this question comes to mind, “What if on the way to His good purposes, there is more trouble and pain?” To that I say, “Nevertheless God is a God of mercy. He hears me and turns to me every time I cry out to Him in prayer.”
Surely my life has had its share of suffering and sorrow, but God has been there in every circumstance. I have seen His hand and felt His presence. I have seen with my own eyes God at work in every circumstance. HE is my NEVERTHELESS. I know God’s power extends to every circumstance.
Satan can’t torment me any longer. I won’t let him finish his “what if’s,” because God promises to go before me (Deuteronomy 31:8). God is already there. God is already making a way for me that will work out for my good. He intends for me to enjoy His good provisions.
There are no “what if’s” with God and Christ. It is always – Nevertheless. Nevertheless God is good. Nevertheless God desires for me to know His goodness and tenderness. And I ask God to help me know His goodness and tenderness.
Because – nevertheless God loves me. Me. His eye is on me. His ear listens for my cry, my requests, my praise, and my voice. He desires to show me great things about Himself, as well as about righteousness and truth. I am learning to listen. And then to hear Him.
There are no what if’s that God’s nevertheless will not cover. No matter what my Red Sea is – He can cover it, part it, drain it, or throw a bridge over it. Or He’ll walk with me upon it. God only desires that I know Him more and that I grow in grace, mercy, and tenderness myself. This I seek.
Therefore I will fight Satan, my fears, doubts, and my circumstances – with God’s Word. It is both my shield and sword. It is my defensive weapon and my offensive weapon against Satan’s tactics. God is my defender. Satan, back off.
The first time I said this it was easy. Maybe the second. The third time I struggled with it, but I kept at it. When I got weary or thought it wasn’t helping I stuck with it. I kept throwing the light of God’s promises on the what-if’s that tried to linger. Nothing mattered but God’s good promises. I did it a hundred times. A thousand times. A week, a month, two years. I did it until it became second nature for me to trust and have joy and confidence in God and His Nevertheless. Ahhh Nevertheless. Nevertheless I will prevail with God as my help. Nevertheless God is good and desires good things for His children. “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to you; I will heal you and let you enjoy abundant peace and security.”
God heard and answered my prayer when I asked for something from His word for me. But He didn’t stop there. He then plopped down in my life a few books and people to teach me about trusting the power of His Word. Having His promises is easy. Fully trusting His promises takes practice and the training of our minds. He has taught me how to stand unmovable upon His good promises.
For Psalms on this topic read Psalms 81, 84, 85. (For more favorite, helpful Psalms check out: 34,37,91,103,106,107,138,143,145.) Start a list in your Bible, of your favorite Psalms.
One especially helpful little booklet to me has been God’s Medicine by Kenneth E Hagin (http://www.rhema.org).
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