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:
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
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