"NEVERTHELESS"
 

2 Cor. 7:5-6
    The word "nevertheless" means "in spite of that; in opposition to." WEBSTERíS (1828)ó "Not the less; notwithstanding; that is, in opposition to a thing, or without regarding it."
    Galatians 2:20 is another good example of the use of the word "nevertheless"ó "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..."  And another: Psalm 89:32-33ó "Then will I visit their trans-gression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkind-ness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail."

I.   The "Nevertheless" of A SURE DAY (Ex. 32:30-35).
     A.   Godís judgment on Jezebel took 13 years to be fulfilled. The wheels of
            Godís judgment move slow, but move nevertheless.
     B.   "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). Often, your sin finds
            you out in your children.

II.  The "Nevertheless" of a STUBBORN DISOBEDIENCE (1 Sam. 8:19).
      A.    Beware of demanding things outside of the perfect will of God.
      B.    Be careful what you ask for; God might give it to you. "He gave them
             their request; but sent leanness into their soul" (Ps. 106:15).
      C.    Sometimes the best way to convince a man he is wrong is to let him have
             his own way.
III.  The "Nevertheless" of a SYMPATHETIC DELIVERANCE (Ps. 106:8).
       A.   Salvation is by Godís grace.
       B.   Salvation is for Godís glory.

IV.  The "Nevertheless" of a SOLID DEPENDENCE (Luke 5:5).
             As the golfer approached the first tee, a hazardous hole with a
        green surrounded by water, he debated if he should use his new golf ball.
        Deciding that the hole was too treacherous, he pulled out an old ball and
        placed it on the tee. Just then he heard a voice from above say loudly:
        "USE THE NEW BALL!" Frightened, he replaced the old ball with the
         new one and ap-proached the tee. Now the voice from above shouted:
         "TAKE A PRACTICE SWING!" With this, the golfer stepped backward
         and took a swing. Feeling more confident, he approached the tee when
         the voice again rang out: "BETTER USE THE OLD BALL!"
    A.   Who is the expert, Peter or Jesus?
    B.   We need to acknowledge Jesus knows what He is doing.

V.    The "Nevertheless" of SELF DENIAL (Luke 22:42). To do Godís will we
        must deny the will of self.
    A.  Godís will is correct. When God bolts the door, don't try to get in through
        the window.
    B.   Godís will is complete. The will of God, nothing more, nothing less,
         nothing else.
    C.   Godís will is clear (John 6:38-40).

Illustration:
A FATHER'S PAINFUL CHOICEó  Sitting majestically atop the highest hill in Toledo, Spain, is the Alcazar, a 16th-century fortress.  In the civil war of the 1930s, the Alcazar became a battleground when the Loyalists tried to oust the Nationalists, who held the fortress.
 During the war, the Nationalist leader, who was in charge of the Alcazar, received a message from his son. His son told him he had been captured by the Loyalists. If the father did not surrender the Al-cazar to them, they would kill his son.  The father weighed his options. After a long pause and with a heavy heart, he sent a reply to his son, "Then die like a man."
 Harsh?  Perhaps.  Tragic?  Yes.  But in this commander's view, the life of one personóeven his own sonó was worth the sacrifice if it saved the lives of others and kept their cause alive.
 On the night before Jesus died, He prayed to His Father, asking if there was any way to provide salvation. But His Father's silence told Him that there was no other way. In order to defeat the enemy and save the souls of all who would trust Him, the Son had to die.

VI.    The "Nevertheless" of a SAD DISREGARD (Acts 27:10-12, 21).
        A.   Beware of trusting circumstances over the advice of Godís man.
        B.   The voice of an experienced preacher always best.  "STAY PUT!"
        C.   The majority is not always right (v. 12).

VII.   The "Nevertheless" of a SURE DESTINATION (2 Pet. 3:13). This world
        is heading for a "melt down!"