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Principles for a Successful Marriage

“Are you a Nevertheless type of Person?”

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Yesterday morning my mind was going down Negative Boulevard because of various things that have happened.  However, as I listened to a word on the radio, my mind could not stay on Negative Boulevard, it had to make a turn on Positive Street.  Hope, joy and trust in the Lord began to be my focus.  All because of this amazing word, NEVERTHELESS!   The question for this week is; Are you a Negative Person or a Nevertheless Person?  

The Negative person sees the current situation with no hope in mind.  It may very well be a challenging situation, it may very well be dark, and it could honestly be painful.  However, the Nevertheless Person does not end the sentence with a negative or in hopelessness. Because of Jesus, every negative situation can be viewed with a nevertheless perspective.  When we believe, we open the door for God to provide a nevertheless blessing.

In studying the world NEVERTHELESS, I learned that this word has 245 occurrences (13 translations) in the Bible.  It is defined as; nonetheless, notwithstanding; however, in spite of that.  It also means; without being opposed or prevented by something.   When I see the word nevertheless, I can’t help but see the positive because, I see three words; NEVER, THE, LESS.  Therefore, I interpret that to mean that Our God would never  do the less or never give us the less.  He is a God of more, and more than enough, exceedingly and abundantly. (Ephesians 3:20)

However, it is so important that we speak NEVERTHELESS blessings over our lives, marriages, families and our finances.  On the other side of nevertheless is the power of God which makes a difference in every situation, but you must believe!  Our faith moves God.   Speak it and believe that God never wants the less for you. 

Here are two examples of  NEVERTHELESS in the natural and in scripture:

  1. It rained, nevertheless, we still proceeded on our journey.  This means we proceeded in opposition to the rain, without regarding it or without preventing it. In other words, the rain could have presented a challenge, but we still proceeded.  I can relate to this in marriage.  We have had some challenges and difficult days, NEVERTHELESS God has seen us through.
  2. Psalm 73:21-23 says, “Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind.  I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel . . .  “

I pray that no matter what you are going through, you will see the NEVERTHELESS Perspective and be the NEVERTHELESS Person.  In spite of the way things may look and in spite of how things may actually be right now, God is ABLE!

Until next time . . .

Carolyn

 

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