Chase The Lion: Day Seven

Hello Darlings, 

We have reached the end of our journey with Mark Batterson's Chase The Lion, and he truly goes out with a bang. In this devotion he reminds us that our life has a purpose and that our destiny precedes us. 

Your destiny predates you. Before you were conceived, God had a script for your life.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

The most important thing to realize here is whether you believe it or not your life has a purpose. The desires you have, the things you do they all mean something. God will always work out your decisions for the good of His Glory. It's so easy to get caught up in the bewilderment of not "being where I want to be" but it doesn't matter where you want to be, it matters where God wants you to be. That's not to say you won't get to where you're trying to go, but we have to get there on Gods path and his timing. 

We must realize that we may never know the extent of our destiny, because even as it predates us, it also outlasts us. What we do today affects our tomorrow, not only for us but those around us. What kind of legacy are you trying to leave? As long as we continuously align ourselves with Gods will, we can never go wrong. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Three

Hello Darlings, 

Lets talk about Pride. 
Mark tells us a memorable story of Benjamin Franklin this week proving that sometimes the most silly moments can be pillar life lessons. I’m sure we’ve all experienced something like this in our lives. We all know Pride is a destroyer of all things, but what we sometimes forget is how it can manifest: 

Usually when I think of Pride, it’s the snide guy in the room wearing a suit and tie carrying a brief case, with a bank account full of money and a honey on his arm. He’s the obnoxious voice that no one will challenge for fear of their jobs and he has an opinion… an opinion that is “always” right. But sometimes Pride is the quiet assistant that comes in to serve coffee in the back of the board meeting, slipping in and out so quickly we barely even notice.

I can honestly say most fights I’ve had with my spouse, family, or friends have been because of a prideful spirit. The need to be right or to always have the last word in an argument. Its a vicious cycle of pointless and hurtful words until we apologize and move on.  

Pride can also keep us from taking risks in our careers or decision-making. We’re afraid of going out on a limb because of what may happen. How will it look if we fail?  That’s pride stealing Gods destiny from us. 

The important thing to take away from this is pride doesn't always look the same, but the results do. Let’s ask God to show us how we can open our eyes to the way Pride is stealing from us. How can we humble ourselves to the path God is calling us to. Like Mark said there are two ways to get humility, you can let God humble you or you can humble yourself, I prefer the latter.   

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day One

Hello Darlings, 

Let’s dive into day one of Chase the Lion devotional:

Mark starts the devotion by painting the picture of when the old testament warrior, Benaiah faces a lion in the snowy wilderness and defeats the lion in battle. Mark then parallels this scenario with our lives. He tells us that at some point we have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. How do we take on this challenge?

When I was 19 I was faced with my very first lion, funny enough it was a snowy Michigan night. In that moment I felt God tell me Change was coming… and that itself Change was my lion. I looked at Change and I didn't know how I was going to overcome the fear inside my bones when facing it, but like anything else when God allows Change to come, He also gives you the strength to overcome it. I knew on the other side of Change was Destiny, I couldn't stay where I was or Change would take Destiny from me. So I fought it, and killed Change in order to arrive at Destiny.

You see when I stopped letting fear be my motivation and started letting God, doors opened and my life began to unfold in ways that I couldn’t even dream up myself. I’m not saying it was easy but it was worth it. 

I encourage you to let God be the motivation, lead you to your lion, and slay. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you.