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 John Bevere
God Or Good?
 

 By Anthony Petrucci, Charisma Magazine

  Is "good" enough? According to best-selling author and minister John Bevere, "good without God" is not good enough. This is a core message of his book Good or God?, which made its debut as the No. 1 Bestseller on Amazon's Christian Ministry & Church Leadership List earlier this month and on CBA's Top 50 List, where it is at #2.
  John also hit #1 with his 2016 book, "Driven By Eternity."

  In 2013, Bevere received a prophetic word that left him on his knees "in awe of the presence of God." That experience led to the writing of his book, which he calls one of his timeliest and most important messages. In penning his nineteenth book, Bevere went all-out to deliver a Spirit-inspired wake-up call to the church.

  Many Christians are settling for something that appears to be good and missing out on God's best, says Bevere, who is best known for his popular book The Bait of Satan. "It's not blatant evil that draws Christians away from God," he says. "It's what seems good."

  He draws this principle from Proverbs 14:12, which says there is a way that seems right or good from a human perspective but ends in "the way of death."

  He says, "If you look at our world today, you'll see that most people feel pretty confident in their understanding of good. We think, 'Okay, generosity, humility, compassion—good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty—not good.' We believe people are basically good at heart. Even our movies and other forms of entertainment celebrate the goodness of humanity."

  However, he warns that many Christians are following the world's standard for goodness—or at the very least, bowing to their own understanding. "That so often leads to behavior and beliefs that are, frankly, deadly."

  One dangerous belief Bevere says has already crept into the church is, "If it's good, it's from God." Not necessarily. Through an encounter more than 15 years ago—when the seed of this message was first deposited—the Holy Spirit made sure he understood this essential truth.

  In the late 1990s, Bevere was in a hotel room in Sweden preparing to speak at a conference of several thousand leaders. "I was processing something regarding a situation I had judged to be good, but as I was in prayer, the Holy Spirit told me, 'No, it's not good,'" he explains, adding that he was so surprised by what God said he almost got into an argument with Him.

  "At one point, I protested, 'But God, look at all the good that's come out of this.' That's when God told me something that opened my eyes. He said, 'Son, it wasn't the evil side of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that Eve was attracted to. Eve was attracted to the good side.'"

  He immediately opened the Bible to the book of Genesis and read the following in chapter 3: "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate" (Gen. 3:6, NKJV).

  Bevere admits, "I saw the words good, pleasant, and desirable, and my jaw dropped. That's when I heard God say, 'There's a good that is not of Me. It is not submitted to Me.' This experience opened my eyes to the potential disconnect between my understanding of good and God's."

  It's a disconnect he says can exist in the life of any believer, and Good or God? is about bridging the gap. In the book, Bevere points to Hebrews 5:14 for an insight into the solution to this problem: only those who possess discernment can accurately identify what's good and what isn't. There's only one source, he says, for a true standard of discernment: God Himself.

  "The ultimate call to action in Good or God? is a call to pursue God's presence, which is the highest goal of every believer," says Bevere. "Many of us get distracted by things that are good but ultimately less worthy of our attention: influence, popularity, financial security, even successful ministry."

  Good or God? is like a catalyst of "recalibration" for the body of Christ. Bevere explores the topic of healthy personal holiness and how passion for right living stems from an intimate relationship with God. He explains how choosing God over what appears to be "good" enables every believer, by God's grace, to exude joy, fulfillment, and peace. This is a path to embodying righteousness without being judgmental or obsessed with man-made rules.
"When we do this, our lives demand that people stop and ask why we love living in line with something that to them seems restrictive or old-fashioned," says the Good or God? author. "It changes the conversation entirely."

 ~ from Charisma Magazine ~

 By John Bevere

  I’m so excited to announce that my new book, Good or God?, is out now! Over the past weeks and months, I’ve been praying that this book will encourage and challenge you. I truly believe this is one of the most important messages God has ever entrusted to me. I hope you’ll pick up a copy and study it with your friends, family, or church.

  The journey of writing Good or God? began several months ago when I was on a phone call with a well-respected national leader. As we were saying our goodbyes, he said, “John, wait just a minute. I need to say something to you. You’ve written numerous books in the past twenty years, but there is now one you have to write. It is a timely and prophetic message to the church; it’s heaven’s mandate for you.”

  By the time he was finished speaking, I was on my knees in awe of the presence of God. Within weeks of the phone call, an overwhelming passion to write this book emerged within me.

  This message centers on a simple question: is good enough?

   Here’s what I mean by that. To many people, the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice—those are good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty—they’re evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. And whatever is good must be on the side of God, right?

  But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible teach that we must have discernment to recognize it? The book of Hebrews says:

  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

  And consider King Solomon. At the dawn of his reign, he passionately prayed, “Give to Your servant an understanding heart…that I may discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV, emphasis added). It seems in his eyes the differences between right and wrong weren’t so apparent. It also seems that the discernment he sought was significant, for he was renowned for his wisdom. Are we missing something substantial because of our assumptions?

  If we need discernment to tell the difference between good and evil, that means the two aren’t always apparent on the surface level. In fact, there may be things that seem good that actually aren’t. Elsewhere in Scripture, we are told:

  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

  There is a way that seems right. It seems good, wise, beneficial, strategic, acceptable, profitable, and so forth. Yet the warning in this verse is clear: what seems good may actually be detrimental, harmful, and nonproductive—the way of death. This is weighty!

  Good is all about our reference point. A friend of mine uses this example. If two families move into identical $200,000 homes, one family might consider it a good move while the other thinks it’s a bad move. Why? The first family moved from a one-bedroom apartment, but the second moved from a three million dollar estate.

  If our reference point is what society calls good, we can easily be swayed from God’s wisdom, confusing good and bad. But if we rely on God’s inspired Word to set our standard, we will be unshakeable.

  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right [good].

  So, what do you think? Do these statements of truth challenge your perspective in any way? If good isn’t obvious, then how do we know what we think is good really is? How can we know the decisions we’re making line up with God and His will for our lives?

  For an in-depth look at the answers to these questions, I encourage you to check out Good or God? If you’re reading the book (or using the curriculum), I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can share your response by using hashtag #GoodOrGod and by connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be blessed!

  Bevere admits, "I saw the words good, pleasant, and desirable, and my jaw dropped. That's when I heard God say, 'There's a good that is not of Me. It is not submitted to Me.' This experience opened my eyes to the potential disconnect between my understanding of good and God's."

  It's a disconnect he says can exist in the life of any believer, and Good or God? is about bridging the gap. In the book, Bevere points to Hebrews 5:14 for an insight into the solution to this problem: only those who possess discernment can accurately identify what's good and what isn't. There's only one source, he says, for a true standard of discernment: God Himself.

  "The ultimate call to action in Good or God? is a call to pursue God's presence, which is the highest goal of every believer," says Bevere. "Many of us get distracted by things that are good but ultimately less worthy of our attention: influence, popularity, financial security, even successful ministry."

  Good or God? is like a catalyst of "recalibration" for the body of Christ. Bevere explores the topic of healthy personal holiness and how passion for right living stems from an intimate relationship with God. He explains how choosing God over what appears to be "good" enables every believer, by God's grace, to exude joy, fulfillment, and peace. This is a path to embodying righteousness without being judgmental or obsessed with man-made rules.

  "When we do this, our lives demand that people stop and ask why we love living in line with something that to them seems restrictive or old-fashioned," says the Good or God? author. "It changes the conversation entirely."

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John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. His desire is to support the local church and resource leaders regardless of location, language, or financial position. To this end, his resources have been translated into over 90 languages, and millions of copies have been given away to pastors and leaders worldwide. When he’s home, John tries to convince Lisa to take up golf and spends time with his four sons, daughter-in-law, and grandbabies.

 

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Do you yearn to be more godlike - or merely good? Urging engagement with the Lord on a level that transforms all of life, John Bevere will solidify your resolve to quit settling for anything less than the heavenly Father's best. He discusses absolute truth, our "internal GPS," motivation, parameters, discernment, and more. Includes devotions and discussion questions. 288 pages, hardcover from Messenger International.

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