One of my all time favorite Sunday School class sessions was when we worked through the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere. I loved his insight and the fact he made simple things simple again! As people we tend to twist and turn things for our own motives, John Bevere got very real and very honest in his book.
I am not here today though to talk about John Bevere, but instead Lisa Bevere and here amazing book Without Rival. Just like John's book hers is very insightful and open.
Do you struggle with comparisons and competition? There’s a reason you do. An enemy is assaulting your mind, will and emotions in hopes that you’ll turn on yourself and others. In this day of challenge and opportunity, women have been the victims of constant comparison and rivalry. It has robbed the church of the feminine voice and contribution that would make her strong.
In Without Rival, Lisa Bevere shares how a revelation of God’s love conquers these struggles. You’ll learn how to stop seeing others as rivals and make deep connections with your Creator instead—connections that hold the promise of true identity and intimacy. In addition, Lisa uses humor and passion to explain how to:
Embrace the fact that God loves us uniquely rather than equally
Stop hiding from conversations you need to be a part of
Realize their undisputed calling
Reconnect to their divine identity
Dismantle the rivalries that keep us from God's fullness
Answer the argument that says women are unfit, easily deceived and gullible
Dismantle gender rivalry and work with the men in your life
I LOVE this book! As a woman I do compare myself to others non stop. I am not saying men don't do, but I really feel us women do it more. I compare my looks, my car, my home, my job, my motherhood, my clothing, ect!!! I even go as far as getting jealous when someone else gets a new vacuum cleaner. That leads me to go out and try to outdo my fellow Christian sisters. Instead of feeling joy for them the enemy has me feeling envy. He takes what could have been a joyous moment and twists it.
But he has been doing this from the start hasn't he? All the way back in the Garden of Eden when he convinced Eve God had something she didn't?
In Lisa Bevere's book she refers to women as Lioness and focuses on our strength. And on page 178 she cut right to the chase.
"Lisa, do you want to look fruitful or be fruitful?"
Sadly we live in a generation of wanting to look fruitful. A generation of short cuts and shallow intentions. Lisa's book challenges us to dig a little deeper. To be real and stop trying to deceive ourselves and the world.