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Daily Devotional, Joseph Prince

Never Forsaken

“Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed–be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!”” HEBREWS‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

http://bible.com/1588/heb.13.5.amp

On the cross of Calvary, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” so that you and I will never be forsaken by God. A divine exchange took place. Jesus took our sins and gave up the presence of God, while we took Jesus’ righteousness and received the presence of God that Jesus had. God’s presence is now ours for eternity!

When God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), a “double negative” is used to convey the strongest sense of “never” possible in the Greek language. The Greek words ou me are used, which in essence mean, “never never” or “never ever.” And this double negative appears twice in this one statement from the Lord—ou me is used for both “never” and “nor.” In other words, God is saying, “I will never never leave you and I will never never forsake you!” The Amplified Bible brings out the strength of what God really meant (see today’s verse).

My friend, settle it in your heart once and for all—God will never leave you! He will never forsake you! And if you hear anyone telling you that you can forfeit the presence of God, stop listening. Don’t let that person rob you of the certainty of God’s presence in your life. When God says “never ever,” He means “never ever,” and our God cannot lie! This means that Jesus, your peace, provision and wisdom, is always with you. Believe it, practice His presence and see good success!

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