2 Samuel 5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
It was strongly fortified and deemed so impregnable that the blind and lame were sent to man the battlements, in mockery of the Hebrew king's attack, and to shout, "David cannot come in hither."
This is not the Jerusalem of Jesus' day, but of David's; a Canaanitish fortress.
David was facing a stronghold that seemed unbeatable. No one had overcome it before. All who had come up against this problem before had been defeated.
To understand the full meaning and force of this insulting taunt, it is necessary to bear in mind the depth and steepness of the valley of Gihon, and the lofty walls of the ancient Canaanitish fortress.
2 Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
You should underline the first word in verse 7 .
David was facing a stronghold so well built that they put the blind and lame on the battlements to guard it.
A stronghold that no one had been able to tear down or overcome. A stronghold that mocked david as he approached to do battle. But in spite of all these things, God put a Nevertheless in David's life.
Friend, I want to tell you something. You may be facing a stronghold that in man's eyes or man's wisdom is impregnable , but God can put a Nevertheless in your life.
Our text says that in spite of all the impossibilites, Nevertheless David took the stronghold.
I want to tell you, in case you didn't know, God has put a Nevertheless in your life.
Galatians 3:13 says, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:
Jesus put a Nevertheless in your life.
Ephesians 2:12 says: 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
In a garden at Gethsemane Jesus prayed until his sweat became as drops of blood. As he sought if there be another way, he conformed to the Father's will and said, "Nevertheless, not what I will, but what Thou wilt."
That Nevertheless was for you and for me. I want to talk to you today about the power of God to turn things around in your life, to decare you a Nevertheless, to declare you a new beginning.
As David approached the Jebusites mocked him. "Even the blind and the lame can keep you out."
And when you face your stronghold, Satan will try to dump buckets of discouragement on you, things like:
You will never overcome your addictions.
You were born poor and you will die poor.
Well, heart problems and cancer they just run in your family.
You call yourself a Christian. Look at the trouble you're in.
If you have heard the mocking like David, remember the word that God added to David's story: Nevertheless. God can add a Nevertheless to your story, if you will trust him. God added a Nevertheless to my story many times.
In the book of Numbers, the Moabites and the Ammorites hired a man called Balaam to curse Isreal. In the book of Deuteronomy we are reminded of how that turned out.
Deuteronomy 23:5. Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
God has the power to turn things around in your life:
To set you free from old habits To break the chains of addictions.
To destroy generational curses.
To restore health,
To write a Nevertheless into your story.
Moses was on the backside of the dessert an escaped felon, Nevertheless God made him a leader and a deliverer.
David was a sheperd boy Nevertheless God made him a king.
Peter was a fisherman with an empty net, Nevertheless Jesus called him as an apostle and gave him the keys to the kingdom.
The widow in 2 kings chapter 4 was about to lose her sons to slavery because of her debt, Nevertheless, God mulitiplied what she had and paid her bill.
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me.
Just now I thought of Joseph, the dreamer, his brothers called him, he was desserted by his family, sold into slavery, lied about, falsely accused, and thrown into prison by his employer.
But God put a Nevertheless in his life and an unemployed dreamer with a prison record became Prime Minister of Egypt.
He wore the Pharoah's ring on his hand that meant his authority was only exceeded by the Pharoah himself.
I thought of a man in the New Testament that was full of devils and ran naked and lived among the dead in the graveyard (Mark chapter 5 ) Jesus came to him and put a Nevertheless in his life and he became a preacher in 10 cities.
I thought of a man who had been sick for 38 years and Jesus came his way and asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole", and then he healed him. His story now had a Nevertheless in it.
I thought of the woman who had been bound by a spirit of infirmity for 18 years.
I thought of myself, how as a young man I was on a motorcycle on a gravel road and I hit a car head-on. I laided by the side of the road one day and watched as my own blood ran down the road and puddled in the ditch. Life slowly drained from my body as ER workers struggled frantically trying to save my life, but it was God who wrote a Nevertheless into my story.
At the hospital the doctors told my family I would not live through the night. Nevertheless here I am.
Friend, God can write a Nevertheless into your story, whatever your story is. Jesus has a Nevertheless stored up for you.
Ephesians 3:20 says: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Whatever circumstance you are facing, whatever is coming against you, God is able to turn it around.
I could tell you a long list of those in the Bible that faced impossibe situations, and God turned their problem into a blessing. From Kings to beggers he has touched them all.
But let me tell you this. In Deuteronomy 30:19, God said, I have placed before you both a blessing and a cursing. You choose.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
The situation you should be most concerned about today is the condition of your soul. You see, we are all born into sin, born into Adam's sin. The Bible says we have all sinned, and if you have not come to the blood of Jesus, then your sin is not remitted and heaven is not your eternal home. Nothing can wash away our sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
I thank Jesus that he rewrote my story. He put a Nevertheless in it.
I have told you how the Lord saved me from a wreck, but years later, I found myself in a backslidden condition. My mental and phyical condition were both in great distress. I hadn't been in a wreck. I had became the wreck. I cried out to Jesus and Nevertheless, he saved me from my trouble and made me a joint heir.
O what a Savior! He will do the same for you.
God can put a
in your life