Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom | G.K. Beale

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2019: Book #36

“…read and study God’s word daily so that you may be more sensitive to subtle but dangerous sin and how to overcome it.”

“…a second suggestion is being willing to apply God’s word to our life by faith. It is not enough to know God’s word – we must be willing, by faith, to allow it to mold our lives.”

“What you commit to, you become; what you revere, you resemble, either for ruin or restoration.”

“If He doesn’t do it in this life, as he did with Joseph and Job, he will do so for us ultimately in the next life, as He did with Jesus, Peter and Paul.”

“God produces physical or emotional weakness in order that spiritual strength will be produced. He puts us into situations of helplessness and tests us that we may trust Him. Our faith will have no opportunity to develop if we are not put into circumstances in which we realize that we need God’s aid and must trust Him for support.”

“Since our life is to be like Christ’s, our life must include suffering of some kind so that God’s spiritual strength can be exhibited in our physical weakness.”

“When we are wronged and trampled underfoot in daily interpersonal relationships, we conquer with the self-sacrifice of refusing to seek revenge. To the degree that Christians practice such self-sacrifice, ironically they exercise their end-time messianic reign in the kingdom with Christ. Jesus’ end-time kingdom is not reserved only for some far-off (or near) day, when he returns a second time! No, it is going on right now where we live.”

Those quotes are from the book Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom by G.K. Beale.

This book is EXCELLENT.

I was convicted, encouraged and pointed to Christ as my only hope.

Beale spends the first section of the book taking you through the consequences of sin and God’s judgment. That’s a subject not often heard or written about these days. I was thankful for it. The book was very helpful.

One huge takeaway for me is the reason for suffering. If we are to be like Christ, then we will suffer.  Why?  Because He suffered. To ask to escape suffering is to ask to be treated better than Jesus. That is a life-changing truth and a massive change of perspective.

Read this book. Seriously, get this book and consume it.

It’s truly a 5 out of 5 stars book.

That’s book #36 for 2019.
16 more to go to hit my goal of 52 for the year.

Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.
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