Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up

Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up

by John Bevere


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ISBN-13: 9780307457769
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 275,531
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

John Bevere is the author of such bestsellers as Extraordinary, The Bait of Satan, The Fear of the Lord, Under Cover, and Driven by Eternity. His books have been translated into over sixty languages, and his weekly television program, The Messenger, is broadcast around the world. John is a popular speaker at conferences and churches and his ministry, Messenger International, offers resources to those who want to understand and apply God’s principles. John’s wife, Lisa, is also a bestselling author and speaker. They live with their family in Colorado.

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I imagine you agree with me on this: how we “finish” is more important than how we “begin.”

In the Christian life, the ultimate finish will be having our Lord say to us at the end, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!”

What will it take for you and me to hear those remarkable words from the One who means everything to us?

To finish life well requires that we live life well. This certainly includes knowing how to “never give up.” It means having a relentless spirit. How do we acquire that? And why is it so important?

Honestly, I am concerned that many believers are not going to finish well. God once gave me a sobering vision that relates to the theme of this book. A man was rowing a boat against the river’s strong current. He was straining hard to advance against the flow of the water—a tough task, but doable.

Other boats, bigger and luxurious and containing parties of people, frequently passed him flowing downstream. The people on these boats were laughing, drinking, and at ease. Occasionally they would look over at the man battling the current and mock him. He had to fight for every inch of progress while they did very little to absolutely nothing for theirs. After a while the man grew weary of pressing against the current.

Tired and discouraged, he put up the oars. For a few moments he continued to drift upstream from the momentum, but soon came to a standstill. Then something sad and terrible happened: though still pointed upstream, his rowboat began to drift downstream with the current.

Soon the man noticed another party boat. This one was different from the other party boats for—like his own rowboat—this party boat also was pointed upstream, yet was flowing downstream with the current. This boat also carried people who were laughing, socializing, and at ease. Since it was pointed upstream—the direction the man had wanted to go—he decided to hop on and join with them. They now became a close-knit group. Unlike the other party boats that faced and traveled downstream, this boat pointed upstream. But, sadly, it continued flowing downstream with the current.

What is the interpretation of this vision? The river represents the world and the rowboat is our human body that enables us to live and function in this world. The man in the rowboat is a believer; his oars symbolize God’s unmerited grace. The party boats depict those joined in one purpose, and the river’s current represents the flow of this world, which is under the sway of the evil one. By the oars of grace, the man has the ability to resist the current and move upstream to his destiny in advancing the kingdom of God. His physical strength represents his faith. Sadly, his strength wanes and he grows weary of the fight. He doesn’t think he has what it takes, when in reality he does. Consequently, he eventually runs out of steam and quits.

Once the man quits rowing, the boat continues moving forward (upstream) for a short time due to sheer momentum. And this is where deception moves in. He still sees some fruit in his life, even though what produced it no longer propels him. He erroneously thinks he can live at ease—no longer alert and vigilant—and still lead a successful Christian life.

Finally, the boat comes to a standstill, and then it begins to drift backward (downstream)—slowly at first, but eventually at the same speed as the current.

Here’s the telling part of the vision: while his boat is still pointed upstream, he drifts backward with the current. He now has the appearance of Christianity—knows the talk, the songs, and the mannerisms of the kingdom—but in reality he is conforming to the ways of the world (see 1 John 2:15–17).

Eventually our protagonist spots another boat, a party of other “believers” like him. They all consider themselves part of the church because they, too, are pointed upstream. They know the talk, the songs, and the mannerisms. However,
they are at ease because they’ve settled for a fruitless “Christian” life and are under the sway of the evil one who controls the current.

Those in this “Christianity boat” are no longer persecuted or mocked by the nonbelieving world. In fact, they are accepted and sometimes hailed by the world’s influencers. They no longer press, press, press forward as the apostle Paul encouraged every Christian to do: “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). In fact, these drifting believers have little or no resistance to the ways of the world.

Consider what the apostle John wrote:
Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. (1 John 2:16–17, msg) The vision I’ve described for you depicts three types of people: the believer, the unbeliever, and the deceived.

- The unbeliever just flows with the current, oblivious to the reality of wanting, wanting, wanting.

- The believer must press, press, press in the fight of faith to attain kingdom advancement.

- The deceived hides his or her motive of wanting, wanting, wanting through “Christian appearance” and the misuse of Scripture.

I know this vision presents a disturbing view of people of faith today, but it forces each of us to ask a vitally important question: “Which person do I resemble?” After all, God’s Word commands us to…

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out.
If you fail the test, do something about it. (2 Corinthians 13:5, msg) After seeing this vision and becoming aware of its interpretation, I became even more convicted by these words written to the Hebrew Christians: Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees! Keep walking on straight paths.… Guard against turning back from the grace of God. (Hebrews 12:12–13, 15, tev)

As children of God, we should desperately want to finish well for His glory. You and I should never want to turn back from God’s grace by growing weary, putting up our oars, and drifting with the current of this world’s system. We need look no further than Scripture to find examples of what happens when people do or do not finish well. Consider Solomon, son of David and the wisest, richest, most powerful man of his time. He achieved heights that no human being for generations before or many afterward even came close to. However, he faltered—put up his oars—in the latter part of his reign, turning his heart from God to align with the world’s system.

Because Solomon had many foreign wives, more than likely he experienced tremendous conflict within his household over being single-minded in his allegiance and obedience to Jehovah. In order to keep peace, he did not remain loyal to Jehovah, but rather built altars for and even worshiped his favored wives’ foreign gods.

Solomon suffered greatly from his folly, but his children and grandchildren were affected even more profoundly. The kingdom that was entrusted to him, one that was strong from his father David’s faithfulness and grew even stronger with Solomon’s excellent start, suffered, was divided, and eventually withered from his failure to finish well. Israel’s history would have been significantly different if Solomon had remained relentless.

Now let’s compare Solomon with John the Baptist. John was resolute and held fast to truth, valiantly living and proclaiming it. He, like Solomon, was faced with adversity, but John’s potential consequences were far worse, for it wasn’t a wife or several but the king of Judea who didn’t embrace the truth John proclaimed. Solomon faced a conflicted household, but John faced jail, torture, and possibly even death. Yet in the face of such cruel and extreme consequences, John remained immovable in his stance for truth, both in how he lived and the message he proclaimed. The result: John’s legacy is superior to Solomon’s. Not only did John and Solomon face adversity—a rapid river’s current—but so do you and I. We are in a serious battle against the world’s vain, shallow values. Its influence is powerful. Deceptive. Alluring. It’s far too easy to grow weary, to think it’s okay to cease our perseverance, give in, and drift with the prevailing currents. But the only way for you and me to finish strong is to be relentless in our faith. In doing so we will become something to be reckoned with, a genuine threat to the kingdom of darkness.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Relentless 3

2 Ruling in Life 13

3 The Power Source 25

4 How Jesus Walked 35

5 Distinguished 47

6 See or Enter 65

7 Who's Behind the Trouble? 83

8 Arm Yourself 101

9 Strong in Grace 117

10 The Armor of Humility 123

11 Throw Off the Weight 137

12 Be Sober and Vigilant 153

13 Resist the Devil 165

14 The Highest Form of Resistance 179

15 Relentless Prayer 193

16 Run for the Prize 207

17 Close to the King 221

18 Never Give Up! 229

Appendix A Prayer to Become a Child of God 239

Appendix B Why I Use So Many Different Bible Translations 243

For Further Reflection and Discussion 245

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After being shocked by some of the negative reviews (many negative), I compelled to share my thoughts about this book. First let me start off by saying this is not an easy read. I've had to study the challenging thoughts and ideas Bevere put out there. I think sometimes our biggest challenge is to believe the word of God over our limited understanding and personal experiences, and I'm sure that's where many of the negative reviews came from. People who read the Word of God, not with an open mind, but with limited understanding. Bevere's book is not only challenging, but once you catch the concept --that as Christians, we have God's grace as a power to overcome any obstacle the enemy throws our way. We are called to not live weak, but victorious as children of an Almighty God -- this instruction manual, when applied, will be completely life changing. We, as Christians, are likened to soldiers and must be trained and equipped, and this book is a great resource and I would recommend you pick it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WaterBrook Multnomah Press gave me a complimentary copy of John Bevere's soon-to-be released Relentless in exchange for an honest review. Bevere wants to convey to believers that they have been given more than they realize through God's grace. Christians have been empowered through grace to rule over this life, rather than being ruled by circumstances and occurrences. This empowerment is the key to have a relentless faith that leads to the finish line. Everyone has those days in this life where they find themselves ready to throw in the towel and walk away. But, God has called believers to continue with a tenacity that only could be Christ-powered. Bevere reminds Christians what armor is at our disposal to resist the devil and his ploys. Through wielding the armor, obedience and prayer Satan won't even win a battle. In closing, the author points out for what end and why believers are called to live relentlessly. This book is not to casually glance over. Relentless is a book that challenged my beliefs and uplifted my spirit in the process. My biggest challenge was figuring out how to apply what John Bevere was teaching me. How do I feel empowered, yet stay humble, without losing my dependence upon the Father? Many of the questions that arose were addressed in the subsequent pages. I would caution readers not to lose sight of Christ. Satan would love to use the teachings in Relentless for his advantage. He did to Eve, he could do it to us. I finished this book a couple of days ago. I waited to write my review to sort my feelings out. Ambiguity still is plaguing me. I'm not sure if I could ever feel comfortable yelling out loud to command Satan to flee as suggested. Maybe it's just the idea that I am not comfortable with. There were definitely portions of the book that I found harder to swallow. Could it be that the western world's Christianity has been so watered down that we are luke-warm and don't realize it? Is this God's call to live life more abundantly? Grace is a gift given to us. Many Christians take it, yet don't use it. It's as if someone was given the most wonderful Christmas present ever. The one treasure that they waited years for to receive. Once it is in their hands they set it down on the shelf, only to collect dust. God wants us to live this life with Him. His grace is in abundance and freely given. Relentless is a great tool to use to understand what grace can mean to every Christian in the world. Through Bevere's easily-grasped anecdotes to his personal life and musings to biblical teaching, this book can propel you further in the race, guiding you closer to the finish line. I only hope your faith will be Relentless!
binarose More than 1 year ago
I am bewildered by some accurate and mostly positive reviews that have been given a 2 or maybe 3 star rating at best. We are talking about life altering truths that make this book stand tall alongside any contemporary Christian writer out there today. Surprised by those reviewers who suggest heresy? Not at all, and I will tell you why. A book with a message as transforming as this, will always produce such reactions. But for those who love the Word, and want to continually experience the growth that comes from a walk of obedience, along with the power to do so, let John Bevere encourage and motivate you. He shares his own, long time walk, with transparency and sincerity. The Holy Spirit has imparted much truth to Mr. Bevere, a humble, grounded and devoted servant of the Lord. I have benefited greatly from this book, and am currently blessed by the insights and sharing that it has produced through my Ladies’ Bible Study group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are willing to stop reading God's word through the lens of your religion and start taking the bible at face value; this is what you end up with. This book will challenge your religious mind set and give you the tools to start living the Kingdom life now.
Narius98 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It's very deep though (at least for me) and I would suggest you read it slowly. John Bevere does a good job with this book. It includes a lot of Scripture (which I love) and brings about a reminder to believe ALL of God's Word and not just the parts that we deem ourselves "worthy" to believe. If you want to go deeper in your faith then this book is a good start. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to stop half-way believing God's promises and wants to cling to all of them whole-heartedly. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange of an honest review. I read this book in it's entirety and did not have to post a positive review.
booksatbeach on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review by Steven King, MBA, MEdWhen I receive a book that makes bold proclamations on its back cover, such as this book will provide a ¿¿fresh new mindset¿a paradigm shift¿ about Christianity, I delve in looking for inspiration and insight. Sadly, Relentless provided neither inspiration nor insight. Bevere¿s original intent seems plausible: the Christian life is to be lived relentlessly, or with a dogged determination to live as Christ did. The initial preamble seems a little off as Bevere provides his pivotal verse from Romans 5:17 (TEV): All who receive God¿s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.From the phrase ¿rule in life,¿ Bevere builds a straw man argument that this implies our God vested right to govern our lives on earth. All allusions back to this premise are dovetailed with convenient scriptural allegory to our ¿being in charge,¿ or ¿ruling¿ over things.Before delving into what really bothers me about the way this book is written, it is important to clarify a brief context of Romans 5:17. Quite simply, the distinction appears to be a contrast of death¿s reign in our lives and subjugation to sin due to Adam¿s original sin¿and the ability of the believer to live above sin, or reign as a king, through the accomplished work of Christ. Bevere¿s insistence that this verse implies a type of lordship over the quality of our lives is patently wrong and sets an amazing precedent for the eisogesis which informs his writing. [Eisogesis is reading something into a biblical text that does not exist in context as contrasted with exegesis, which means to draw meaning ¿out of¿ a biblical text.] A little later in the book, Bevere turns to Daniel¿s faithfulness as a proof text of living relentlessly. As quick reminder of the context of Daniel 6, King Darius was quite impressed with Daniel¿s abilities. Daniel was the epitome of faithfulness and Darius was going to promote him to a position over his entire kingdom. Most certainly this disappointed the other officials who decided the only way they would be able to bring any charge against Daniel would be if they could do it in such a way to violate his religious devotion. As the story goes, they cajole Darius to make an irrefutable law prohibiting prayer to anyone but him. When Daniel remains faithful to his religious conviction, he becomes lunch for a pit of lions.Bevere implies that Daniel was ten times more knowledgeable, innovative, or creative than any of the other officials and the fact of Daniel¿s excellence spurned envy in their hearts. Such is the author¿s speculation that this is the only reason why they would make a law not allowing prayer to anyone but the king. The context only divulges that Daniel had an extraordinary spirit and does not go into detail about his innovation or creativity. Were the officials envious? Absolutely! Perhaps they feared being left behind. Reading anything more into the text is blatant eisogesis.While you will not find exegesis of the biblical texts used to ¿support¿ the ongoing thesis, you will find:Hubris: Just because someone has written a number of books does not mean they should remind their readers every few chapters. Apparently, living a relentless Christian life means that you should vaunt your accomplishments to all those around you? I was offended when I read the author share a dream to ¿¿go back to his high school English teachers and show them the 15 books he¿s written (by God¿s grace, of course), watch them faint, then revive them and lead them to Christ.¿Eisogesis: Reference to many different scriptures are made but their meanings seem to be twisted to suit the message. For the uninitiated, watch how frequently a writer will change the version of Scripture they use. The author quotes from multiple different versions of Scripture¿the reason for this is to ¿demonstrate¿ that what is written is aligned with Scripture. If you look hard enough, you can find a version that has th
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deandeguara More than 1 year ago
’ve enjoyed John Bevere’s resources over the years. Relentless is a great read for someone who needs a greater revelation of God’s grace, which according to Bevere, is 98% of believers that only think of forgiveness when they hear the word grace. Bevere expands and expounds on the definition of grace and teaches the reader how to tap into empowering grace. Honestly I was not that impressed like I was with some of his other books I've read. Relentless tackles the complex subject of suffering, trials & tribulation in a Christians life. I’ve read better books on the subject, yet Relentless trains you how to approach your trials with eyes of faith so you can rule over your circumstances. I give the book a 7 out of 10. Since I received this book for free through the Blogging for Books program. I’ll send it or give it to the first person who leaves a comment. Just leave me your shipping info and allow a couple of weeks for delivery. Offer applies to US residents only.
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KC2010 More than 1 year ago
Relentless is a great book for anyone who is walking through a struggle or anyone who just needs to know how to push through. In this book Bevere gives practical advice on how to know and understand your struggle and how to walk through it with perseverance. Be warned, it is a slow read. *Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book to review by WaterBrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review
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Great book - a bit of redundancy from John's book Extraordinary. Both great books.
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blhatman More than 1 year ago
When you have gone through a difficult, damaging, unfavorable, health or life threatening time and believers have told you "God is in Control" in other words accept the adversity and do not appose it because God will some how turn it around to good. John Bevere the author says that God isn't in control here on earth we (Christians) are, at this point your saying what! No way. He shows from Scripture how we are in charge of the earth because we have been given charge by God, through Christ. Gen. 1:28-.. fill the earth and govern it, reign over the fish, birds, and animals. Ps. 115:16- The heavens belong to the Lord but He has given the earth to all humanity. John 14:12-.whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do only greater.Just to mention three for this review. One example that comes to mind is in Joshua when he and the nation Israel was about to enter the Promised land God told them that it was theirs all they had to do was go any take from the people already there. They didn't fully do that and the result was the people left was the source of Israel's problem. God had done His part Israel had to do hers in order for the victory to be complete. We as Christians have been given the same authority as Christ when He was here on earth and be able to do the same as He did only more and greater. (1John 4:17; Eph. 1:19; John 14:12) The major reason we don't take the bull by the horns in life is because we let or accept our existing conditions instead of being relentless in the fact that God has given us this world to rule and that He desires our good (Rom 5:17) There is nothing new in this book but the author makes his point in that we have to do our part in the Kingdom of God now and that most of the time we let our circumstances determine the outcome. The second part of the book the author gives the how to be a ruler instead of being ruled. Read this book it will change your way of thinking. I will definitely be reading it a second and probably a third time. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review..
Jenilee More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Relentless by John Bevere. I loved the paragraph on the back cover. Christians were never meant to "just get by." You were created to rise above adversity and display greatness! In this compelling book, best-selling author John Bevere explores what it takes to finish well. More than a strategy for survival, Relentless offers you a fresh new mind-set, one that enthusiastically declares with the apostle Paul, "I delight in difficulties." Its biblically grounded truths will equip you to flourish in every season of life. John Bevere says, "God doesn't author hardship but uses it to strengthen us for greater conquests. He never leads us into a storm that He doesn't give us the power to overcome." and he says, "You already have what it takes to finish well!" When life is hard, it is really difficult to think about finishing well. Sometimes, it is just getting through today. As a whole, this book was thought provoking and challenging. It was encouraging and uplifting. I do have to say that I didn't always agree with his wording or his interpretation of scripture. And, at times, I was concerned about the level of power he gives to people and not to God. But, the simple message of the book is true. We do need to be relentless in our passion for Christ. We must press on toward the goal of Heaven and push through even when life is hard. That is something we all can be challenged with!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
As a blogger for Water Brook press, I had the opportunity to review Relentless by John Bevere, scheduled for release 13/13/2011. My copy, an advance reading copy- contained a couple of typos in the first chapter- which will probably be corrected in the final copy- an incorrect biblical reference- that should have been 1John 2:16-17 and not John 2:16-17 on page 3 and the insertion o an extra "e" on page 4, in the middle paragraph. Aside from that, this effectively written book is certain to be uplifting, and possibly life-changing for many readers. In contrast to Bevere's early writing style, this book has significantly more detail, and is more spiritually complex. Nevertheless, the influcence of prosperity teaching is clear, as the author asserts that with enough faith anything can be overcome- sickness, health issues as well as financial issues. The author states that sickness is not used for a greater purpose and oftentimes those who eventually sucumb to sickness do so as a result of a lack of innner faith or spiritual ignorance, regardless of how steadfast they seem. He goes on to cite cases of miraculous healings in the lives of well known individuals such as Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin and lesser known individuals such as his mother-in-law and others. In the bible, apostles in the letters warned all of us as believers to test any teaching against scripture so as to be sure of its truthfulness and fidelity to God's word. As for Bevere's teaching on this pint, I feel as if it may not entirely be backed by the scriptural message. While God did not intend sickness and poverty and other bad things, in this fallen world they do happen, and one thing is for sure- that unless Jesus comes soon, everyone alive in this generation will eventually sucumb to a physical death. In chapter 7, he apparently redifines and exands the concept of siun to include physical sickness in general. Therefore with the concept of the forgiveness of sin, he includes also the healing of sickness. The author believes just as Jesus healed physical infirmities in the bible, Jesus will also heal physical sickness, and financial poverty- literally- here in the modern day as well. In fact, the author goes on to say that oftentimes, poverty will reduce the credability and authority of a Christian and therefore, poverty is often a poor witness of spirituality and faith. He believes that a poor Christian is less likely to be an effective apostle of the good news than an individual who has enough money to pay his bills, and that "God is not opposed to our having money" page 94. The author's assertions make me wonder if he is applying wordly wisdom or spiritual wisdom. One thing for sure, I do believe that many middle- upperclass readers will feel better to have their lifestyles validated and reconciled with the bible. Paul warns of those teachers who make converts by saying pleasing words that "tickle the ears" rather than spiritual truths.
sarahsmithstorm2 More than 1 year ago
The last three weeks have been horrible. Everything seems to go wrong. No matter how many times I pray, talk to friends or read, things have been bad. It started three weeks ago when I had 13 seizures, which was accompanied with a week of my email being hacked and having to change all of my passwords( which is a pain) with a dose of major car repairs this week and totaling over $700. In the process of all this, I have been reading a book called Relentless. As Christians, we are never meant to get by, but instead we are to overcome anything that comes in our path. God doesn't lead us into a storm that we cannot handle, but has equipped us to finish well. This book has been great, especially in my time of need. It is an encouragement and is firmly based in biblical truths. The book includes many questions and discussion sections. This book does not come out until November, but is definitely worth putting on a Christmas list. I am learning in this book that the seemingly impossible situation were never meant to stop me, but are used to propel me to move forward. This book is also allowing to embrace the trials and finish strong, which is not easy to do. I recommend this book to someone who is going through a difficult time. This has a lot of content and one needs to really concentrate when reading this book. I think this book is very helpful when going through a difficult situation.
Brigonia More than 1 year ago
In Relentless John Bevere teaches you that grace really equals empowerment and how our lives would look if we embraced this teaching. He also states that only 2% of Christians believe this idea. The rest of the book is spent clearing up what the author thinks are misunderstandings we, as Christians, have about things such as humility, being prepared for hardship and prayer. I had a hard time reading this book. Obviously, I am in the 98% of Christians who don't understand that grace equals empowerment. The author's argument did not sway me from my belief. I had a hard time with the way he used scriptures to back up his teachings. I found myself dreading having to pick up this book to read from it. I finally gave up in frustration after chapter 10. I cannot recommend this book and regret having to write my first harsh review of a book. I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
HeatherAnne99 More than 1 year ago
Earlier this month I received Relentless by John Bevere to review for Waterbrook Press. From reading the excerpts before I got the book I was really looking forward to reading it. Although once I started reading it I was quickly let down. Although John makes some good points throughout the book I feel he used lots of scripture out of context and used a lot of the "name it, and claim it" cult-type philosophies which is scary ground to be walking on. His idea for the book of being relentless and pressing on in our Christian walk I think is fabulous, and very much a needed topic of discussion, but I feel that most of what he's written is self-help, you're in charge of your destiny sort of business. One quote in particular that really concerned me was, ""GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL" because "he put us in charge of the earth" (Gen 1:27-28). "Who is in charge of the earth? We are! If God were in control of the earth as many of us believe, then"... "God would have intervened and slapped [the forbidden fruit] from Adam's hand" to prevent The Fall of mankind. Yikes! This was also very concerning to me, "You and I, NOT GOD, are in control of how life is run on this planet." Another yikes! It's true that we are Christ's body here on earth until here returns to do his will and love others to Christ's, we are certainly NOT in control of how things are run down here, not one bit! There are lots of other instances in the book where quotes would jump out at me and the Holy Spirit would put a check in my spirit. This was a difficult book to get through, especially since I was not in agreement with lots of what was written, and I would not recommend it to any born-again Christian. Or anyone for that matter, I feel it is misleading and false, and who wants to be mislead? Exactly. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
booksatthebeachSK More than 1 year ago
Filled with exegetical error, hubris, eisogesis, and Word-of-Faith prooftexting.
jackiekaulitz More than 1 year ago
Bevere's book is about having a "relentless spirit" and never giving up and trying to live a life well lived - as determined by "the ultimate finish" of "having our Lord say to us at the end, "Well done."" Bevere is urging Christians not to "settle for a fruitless "Christian" life" but to "desperately want to finish well for His glory." I give this book 0 stars and am throwing it in the garbage. I will not even donate it! It is heresy of the worst kind. John Bevere is part of the Word of Faith CULT. He is a preacher of "the prosperity gospel" or "name it, claim it" and claims that humans are EQUAL to or greater than Jesus Christ and that God guarantees us health, wealth, and a trial-free life IF we can conjure up enough "faith" to claim or grab our "promises/greed". If you aren't familiar with these guys, think the sleeziest worst tv evangelists, think Jimmy and Tammy Bakker, or Jim Jones - this guy and the rest of his NEW CULT are on that level. If you want to see for yourself, look them (Word of Faith) up on wikipedia or youtube Creflo Dollar or Kenneth Hagin and watch his fake "healings"! These guys are SCUM. Multi-millionaires with multiple mansions, private jets, limos, etc. Proof that Bevere is a member of the cult and his teachings are "Word of Faith" and "prosperity gospel" teachings, see direct quotes from book below: - "The reltentless believer"... "will forever be known by heaven as one who WARRANTED the Master's hearty "Well done."" - "Do you realize"... "how much God needs you" and the "Father is depending on you?" - "the key virtue is relentlessness" in "the Christian walk" per Hebrews 12:1. Bevere replaces "endurance" with "relentless" and this is the basis for this book. - "GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL" because "he put us in charge of the earth" (Gen 1:27-28). "Who is in charge of the earth? We are! If God were in control of the earth as many of us believe, then"... "God would have intervened and slapped [the forbidden fruit] from Adam's hand" to prevent The Fall. - "The earth is the Lord's. He is the owner but He has leased it to mankind." - "You and I, NOT GOD, are in control of how life is run on this planet." - "Who is Christ?" "When many think of Christ, they think of only Jesus Christ." "You need to see not just the One who died on the cross, but also yourself" as "we are one in Christ" or equal to Christ because "we are... parts of His body" with "Christ's dead and His body are one." Jesus is a Christ and so are humans. - "The Lord... has unlimited power." "Would you say the very saeme thing about yourself?" "The exact power Christ has, you have!" - We ARE Christ!" - Ephesians 2:6 "He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating on the right hand of God with Jesus] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus" - "Since we are the ones who are to govern here on earth, if things go wrong"... it is "because we are relinquishing or not executing our authority." - "Our Lord Jesus paid such an enormous price to set them free