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5 Reasons You Need to Stop Saying This Word

The word never, is only beneficial when describing things that God has said will never happen or to keep a person safe.  Here are a few examples:

God is never going to change

God will never sin

God will never flood the earth again

Never do drugs

Never drink & drive

dictionary.com defines ‘never’ as:


Nev-er

1. not ever; at no time:

2. not at all; absolutely not:

3. to no extent or degree:

Often I hear people use this word in a way that does significant damage to their spiritual walk.  Here are a few examples about the times we may be tempted to use this word:  

“We know that’s never going to happen….” in response to a relationship problem, marriage issue or work dilemma.

“She’s never going to change” in response to a person

“He’s never going to get accepted” into that program/college/trade school

“They will never agree to that” in response to a governing body or place of employment

“I would never do that” in response to judging someone else’s sin

“He would never say/do that” in response to a bad report from a teacher about your child

“God will never answer this prayer/perform a miracle for me/care about this.”

The word ‘Never’ is a life killer, dream stealer, hope thwarter, and prayer thief.

5 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Using the Word ‘Never’:

1. ‘Never’ is faithless word & without faith we cannot please God  

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 NIV

2. ‘Never’ brings death to a situation vs. hope & life which God is the author of

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21 NIV


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3. ‘Never’ is not the truth  (unless you’re repeating something God said will never happen.)                                                                  

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”’ Matthew 19:26 NIV

4. ‘Never; completely diminishes the power of God in our lives because it is a lie

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” Psalm 40:4

5.   Saying ‘Never’ is worse than doubt, it is making yourself ‘God’ over that situation or person you are praying for or talking about.  The word ‘never’ declares that you are the authority in the matter and it is blasphemous and idolatry.  Our God is a redeemer, an expert in the restoration of all things, He makes all things new, He regenerates people from death to eternal life, and specializes in the impossible!  When you say you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and with the same mouth proclaim that He will “never” fix your marriage or change your friend you are a double-minded man!  Look what James 1:6-8 says: “But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  (bold letter added for emphasis) 

The use of the word ‘never’ in your life keeps you from living a life of faith. 

I challenge you to stop using the word ‘never’ and begin today to replace it with life-giving words of hope and truth from God’s Word.  

“You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.”  Isaiah 57:10 ESV

“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That’s how many descendants you will have!”  Romans 4:18 NLT

In what situation do you find yourself in that there may be ‘no reason for hope’ as was the case with Abraham?  Choose to keep on believing in God’s truth today. 

What are you hoping for?  Write out some Bible verses to study and repeat that will bring hope to your life.

Our God specializes in the impossible!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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5 Reasons You Need to Stop Saying This Word

The word never, is only beneficial when describing things that God has said will never happen or to keep a person safe.  Here are a few examples:

God is never going to change

God will never sin

God will never flood the earth again

Never do drugs

Never drink & drive

dictionary.com defines ‘never’ as:


Nev-er

1. not ever; at no time:

2. not at all; absolutely not:

3. to no extent or degree:

Often I hear people use this word in a way that does significant damage to their spiritual walk.  Here are a few examples about the times we may be tempted to use this word:  

“We know that’s never going to happen….” in response to a relationship problem, marriage issue or work dilemma.

“She’s never going to change” in response to a person

“He’s never going to get accepted” into that program/college/trade school

“They will never agree to that” in response to a governing body or place of employment

“I would never do that” in response to judging someone else’s sin

“He would never say/do that” in response to a bad report from a teacher about your child

“God will never answer this prayer/perform a miracle for me/care about this.”

The word ‘Never’ is a life killer, dream stealer, hope thwarter, and prayer thief.

5 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Using the Word ‘Never’:

1. ‘Never’ is faithless word & without faith we cannot please God  

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 NIV

2. ‘Never’ brings death to a situation vs. hope & life which God is the author of

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21 NIV

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3. ‘Never’ is not the truth  (unless you’re repeating something God said will never happen.)                                                                  

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”’ Matthew 19:26 NIV

4. ‘Never; completely diminishes the power of God in our lives because it is a lie

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” Psalm 40:4

5.   Saying ‘Never’ is worse than doubt, it is making yourself ‘God’ over that situation or person you are praying for or talking about.  The word ‘never’ declares that you are the authority in the matter and it is blasphemous and idolatry.  Our God is a redeemer, an expert in the restoration of all things, He makes all things new, He regenerates people from death to eternal life, and specializes in the impossible!  When you say you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and with the same mouth proclaim that He will “never” fix your marriage or change your friend you are a double-minded man!  Look what James 1:6-8 says: “But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  (bold letter added for emphasis) 

The use of the word ‘never’ in your life keeps you from living a life of faith.

I challenge you to stop using the word ‘never’ and begin today to replace it with life-giving words of hope and truth from God’s Word.  

“You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.”  Isaiah 57:10 ESV

“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That’s how many descendants you will have!”  Romans 4:18 NLT

In what situation do you find yourself in that there may be ‘no reason for hope’ as was the case with Abraham?  Choose to keep on believing in God’s truth today. 

What are you hoping for?  Write out some Bible verses to study and repeat that will bring hope to your life.

Our God specializes in the impossible!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Finding Hope in a Hopeless World

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  • I’ve always wanted to do something that made a difference in other people’s lives. When I was young my heroes were Albert Schweitzer, Jane Addams, and Harriet Tubman, which is why I chose to pursue a master’s degree in social work:  I wanted to ‘save the world’!  And at the time, I thought I could. I falsely believed that man had the ability to ‘save others’.I was reminded of that former and incorrect belief last week when I read news reports regarding the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  My heart was broken not only for Philip, but for all those who’ve been deceived into thinking that ‘fame and fortune’, and the ‘pleasures’ of this temporal world can satisfy the deepest longing of their souls. I ached knowing that Philip, like everyone else who has ever lived, was hungry for significance—true significance—that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus, the One and Only true Savior of the world.Instead of receiving the salvation he’d craved, Philip was allured by the momentary rush of drugs and ensnared by Satan, whose ultimate goal is always death.  He bought the lie that using drugs would bring him pleasure. Our society has also bought a lie: that manmade and man centered ‘programs’ can ‘save’ alcoholics, drug addicts, or anyone else in need.  They cannot. Programs have their place, but we must realize that Jesus is the only One who can truly save and satisfy the souls of men and women.What is at the root of the epidemic drug addictions, suicides and depression plaguing our culture? I believe it’s that many people no longer believe in God as their Creator and they don’t know that they can have a relationship with Him.  The impact that the teaching of evolution has had on our society over the past century cannot be overestimated.   “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7) If people are taught to believe that they just ‘evolved’ out of the ‘muck and mire’ and therefore this life is all that there is, why wouldn’t you live for earthly pleasures and to satisfy your every selfish desire?  And then be despondent and feel hopeless when you discover that those selfish pursuits do not satisfy the deepest longings of your soul?God warned us in Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”  He wants us to know and believe in Him because He loves us; He knows that nothing other than a relationship with Him will ever bring the peace and joy  that we crave in our lives and that we were created to enjoy.Unlike past generations, our public schools no longer teach that we are created by a loving, all-powerful, Sovereign God who has a plan and purpose for our lives.  In the absence of that belief, mankind is naturally going to live aimless, meaningless, hopeless lives.  We are reaping what we have sown:  purposeless lives that have arisen from a belief in a false, empty, manmade theory.In contrast to this world’s empty philosophies, those who know God are given direction and significance because they know:Who made us, and whose we are:
    • “Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people…” Psalm 100:3
    •  ”Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124: 8
    • “…everyone who is called by my name,  whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7
    That we were created with a purpose:
    • “For we are God’s handiworkcreated in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
    •  "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;” Genesis 1:28
    •  “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12: 13b-14
    That the One Who created us is Sovereign; He is the ruler of the world and trustworthy: 
    •  ”Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” 1st Chronicles 29:11-12
    • ‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
    •  “…the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…” 1st Timothy 6:15
    •  ”For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37
    That we are loved:
    •  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” John 15: 9
    •  ”This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1st John 4:10
    That when we feel aimless or hopeless, we can trust in God Who alone can save us and provide for our every need:
    •  ”Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 43:5
    •  ”And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.” Isaiah 45:21
    •  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
    It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.”   Jeremy TaylorHave you been deceived by the empty philosophies of this world and put your hope in that which is fleeting, or is your hope anchored in God who created you with a glorious purpose; Who loves you with an everlasting love; Who is all powerful and trustworthy; and rules and reigns forever and ever?

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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Start Doing These 4 Things to Flourish, Thrive, Be Successful or Fortunate

I don’t know any person who does not want to be blessed, happy, fortunate, and prosperous; however, I know many people who attempt to do so by listening and following ungodly advice.  Eve “walked” in the counsel of the ungodly in the garden.  Genesis 3:4-6 says:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Eve was tempted in the garden because she listened to Satan.  She sinned in the garden after she pondered what he said to her.  She believed the lie, and finally acted on it.  I always find it interesting to read that Eve saw that the fruit was “desirable for gaining wisdom.”  I believe she thought that because Satan told her if she ate of it she would be “like God knowing good and evil.”   Where do you go to find wisdom?  Eve went to a source God told her NOT to go to.  

Imagine what may have happened if she had chosen not to listen to Satan.  Or imagine what may have happened if she had chosen to not ponder on that counsel and believe it, but had run to God instead.  After she disobeyed God she gave the fruit to Adam and he ate it.  Then together they hid from God.  

Do you ever find yourself trying to “hide” from God?

Today, we can try to “hide” from God by avoiding our more “godly” friends, not attending church, stopping our bible study or devotionals and disregarding prayer time.

Do you ever find that when you choose to disobey God that you seek company in your disobedience?  

I think it is interesting that Eve “gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.”  Ultimately, Eve followed the counsel of the ungodly, then offered the fruit of disobedience to her husband.   

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Psalm 1:1-3 below shares with us the four things we need to focus on if we want to thrive.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following their advice, their plans and purposes), nor stands (submissive and inactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful (and the mockers) gather.  But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.  And he shall be like a tree firmly planted (and tended) by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper (and come to maturity.)- Psalm 1:1-3 Amplified Version

1. Delight and Desire the law of the Lord

2. Habitually Meditate: Ponder and study God’s Word and instructions.

3. Believe: Believe and agree with the teachings you have meditated on.

4. Act: Live it out!  You will be like a tree firmly planted…and everything you do shall prosper.

Where do you go for counsel and direction?  Who do you call when you have a difficult decision to make?  Are you listening to ungodly counsel if any areas of your life?  

Written by Jamie Shaver

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