I have just completed the third chapter of "Breaking Intimidation" by John Bevere. I can't say enough great things about this book. It is fantastic! Although I'm still early into the book, I have already learned so much. If you struggle with intimidation at all, I highly recommend this read. Bevere brings so much wisdom to the subject.
I thought I would share some of the nuggets I pulled from what I read tonight. I really don't know where to start because it is all so good, so I'll just list a few of his stand-out quotes.
Satan seeks to displace us in order to regain the authority Jesus stripped from him.
When Satan knocks the keeper of the house out of his position, all those under his care are vulnerable.
James 3:1 explains that those who teach will be "judged more strictly". The reason teachers (pastors) are judged more strictly is because of the great impact of their disobedience. They hurt not only themselves but also all those placed under their guardianship as well. God forgives them just as He did David. However, they will still reap what they sow. The enemy is given place!
Revelation is of no value without the wisdom and character to live it out.
Two extremes that God showed Bevere that would throw a believer's life out of balance: The first extreme is pursuing power; the second is false humility.
When we are intimate with God, we will reproduce the way He intends: "The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits" (Dan. 11:32).
Paul measured Timothy's virtues by the purity of his heart and the faithfulness of his service. We must also set this standard before us and allow the Holy Spirity to accurately weigh us.
It is more important that we pursue a right relationship with God than a formula to move in His power.
There is peace in the kingdom of God (Rom. 14:17). However, this peace does not come by the absence of confrontation.
We need to wake up and realize that what we do not confront will not change!
We are not to back down from evil, but we are to overcome it with good by God's grace (Rom. 12:21).
Fear of confrontation makes you easy prey for intimidation.
God wants you liberated to do and be whatever He asks of you. When you are intimidated, there is no joy. And without joy there is no strength. When there is fear, there is no peace. But as you break out of what has held you back, you'll find joy and peace in abundance!
Again, if you struggle at all with intimidation, GET THIS BOOK!!! I am lovin' it!
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