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“The man or woman who doesn't forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.”
John Bevere
“Offended people still may experience miracles, words of utterance, strong preaching, and healing in their lives. But these are gifts of the Spirit, not fruits. We will be judged according to fruit, not gifting. A gift is given. Fruit is cultivated.”
John Bevere, The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“God is seeking those who hear His call to a life of worship. Those who heed are those who will walk in His presence. They will know Him intimately as He will manifest Himself to them.”
John Bevere
“Christianity is not a sprint but an endurance run. Therefore it is not how we start the race that counts, but how we complete it. How we finish is determined by the choices we make, and those are often formed by patterns we develop along the way.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“Often God will send us what we need in a package we don't want. Why? To let us know He's God and we cannot second-guess Him. We cannot search for answers merely with our heads; we must seek Him and His provision with our hearts. Scripture cannot be interpreted from our limited human mental understanding. There must be a breath of the Spirit of God. He alone gives wise counsel and correct application.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“How can a good God appoint cruel people to positions of authority? The answer is simple: God is the originator of the authority, but He is not the author of the cruelty. Man is responsible for his cruel actions, not God. All authority is of God, but not all authority is godly.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“We all have life-defining moments. They are like open-book tests, but we don't know we have been examined until it is over.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“Trials in this life will expose what is in your heart—whether the offense is toward God or others. Tests either make you bitter toward God and your peers or stronger. If you pass the test, your roots will shoot down deeper, stabilizing you and your future. If you fail, you become offended, which can lead to defilement with bitterness.”
John Bevere, The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“When those who have been placed in my life to lead me and train me betray me and turn against me, as Saul turned against David, I will follow the example of David and refuse to let hope die in my heart. Holy Spirit, empower me to be a spiritual father or mother to those who need me to disciple, love, support, and encourage them. Father, raise up spiritual leaders in our land who can lead others with justice, mercy, integrity, and love. Allow me to be one of these leaders. When I am cut off from my father [physical or spiritual] through his insecurity, jealousy, or pride, cause me to recognize that as You did with David, You want to complete Your work in my life. Holy Spirit, release me from tormenting thoughts or self-blame and striving for acceptance. Cause me to seek only Your acceptance and restoration. I refuse to allow the enemy to cause me to seek revenge against those who have wronged me. I will not raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed or seek to avenge myself. I will leave justice to You. Father, cause my heart to be pure as David’s was pure. Through Your power, O Lord, I will refuse to attack my enemies with my tongue, for I will never forget that both death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). I will never seek to sow discord or separation between myself and my Christian brothers and sisters, for it is an abomination to my Lord. I will remain loyal to my spiritual leaders even when they have rejected me or wronged me. I choose to be a man [or woman] after the heart of God, not one who seeks to avenge myself. Holy Spirit, like David I will lead my Christian brother and sister to honor our spiritual leaders even in the face of betrayal. I refuse to sow discord among brethren. I will show kindness to others who are in relationship with the ones who have wronged me. Like David I will find ways to honor them and will not allow offense to cause me to disrespect them. Father, only You are worthy to judge the intents and actions of myself or of those around me. I praise You for Your wisdom, and I submit to Your leading. Lord, I choose to remain loyal to those in a position of authority over me. I choose to focus on the calling You have placed on my life and to refuse to be diverted by the actions of others, even when they have treated me wrongly. Father, may You be able to examine my life and know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my heart toward others (1 Sam.24:11).”
John Bevere, The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“Physical growth is a function of time. No two-year-old child has ever been six feet tall. Intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is neither a function of time or learning, but it is a function of obedience.”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“What we say in private we must be willing to say with a heart burning with love and honor before the face of our leaders. If not, we will poison our spirits and it will manifest in the presence of our leaders.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“If we don’t risk being hurt, we cannot give unconditional love. Unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us.”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“When we oppose God's delegated authority, we oppose God Himself.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“We don't want to merely obey God: we need to catch His heart. It is then we will glimpse the wisdom behind His directives, and not just see them as laws.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“We construct walls when we are hurt to safeguard our hearts and prevent any future wounds. We become selective, denying entry to all we fear will hurt us. We filter out anyone we think owes us something. We withhold access until these people have paid their debts in full. We open our lives only to those we believe are on our side.”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“When we refrain from acting on what God says in His Word because we believe we can do more to help His cause, in reality it's pride - false humility. We indirectly communicate we know more than God, because God loves the poor, but at the same time tells us to pay those who labour in His Word doubly.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“True honor is an outflow from a heart that fears God.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“We must always keep in mind all legitimate authority is from God, and is given for protection, provision, and peace.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“The Bible is very clear that in the last days men will be “lovers of themselves” (2 Tim. 3:2).”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“Many are unable to function properly in their calling because of the wounds and hurts that offenses have caused in their lives. They are handicapped and hindered from fulfilling their full potential. Most often it is a fellow believer who has hurt them.”
John Bevere, The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“In My greatest hour of need, My closest friends deserted Me. Judas betrayed Me, Peter denied Me, and the rest fled for their lives. Only John followed from afar. I had cared for them for over three years, feeding them and teaching them. Yet as I died for the sins of the world, I forgave. I released all of them—from My friends who had deserted Me to the Roman guard who had crucified Me. They didn’t ask for forgiveness, yet I freely gave it.”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”
John Bevere, Good or God?: Why Good Without God Isn't Enough
“Love forgets wrongs so that there is hope for the future.”
John Bevere, The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“Some people gauge their spiritual maturity by their ability to prophesy or flow in the gifts. Yet remember, gifts are given, not earned. A donkey spoke and saw into the realm of the spirit. A rooster crowed three times and convicted Peter. Does that make these beasts spiritual?
Jesus said that many would call Him Lord and expect entrance into His kingdom, only to be denied. They will have done miracles, cast out devils and prophesied in His name. But He will answer, "Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matt. 7:23).
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John Bevere, Breaking Intimidation: Say "No" Without Feeling Guilty. Be Secure Without the Approval of Man
“This truth remains: Only those you care about can hurt you. You expect more from them—after all, you’ve given more of yourself to them. The higher the expectations, the greater the fall.”
John Bevere, Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“Do we honor them for the extras? No, a thousand times no. We [honor them] because God gave us the charge to honor all.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“True humility is absolute obedience and dependence on God. It puts Him first, others second, and ourselves third in all things.”
John Bevere, Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up
“We don't honor just to get a reward; we honor because it is the heart of God, and it is our delight.”
John Bevere, Honor's Reward: The Essential Virtue for Receiving God's Blessings
“Yet often these people who are “on our side” are offended as well. So, instead of helping, we stack additional stones on our existing walls. Without our knowing when it happens, these walls of protection become a prison. At that point, we are not only cautious about who comes in, but in terror we cannot venture outside our fortress.”
John Bevere, The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“A person with a religious spirit is one who uses My Word to execute his own will!”
John Bevere, The Fear of the Lord: Discover the Key to Intimately Knowing God

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