I came across this blog post this morning and was big time encouraged. As we continue to Chase the Lion there are notes that will give us fire to press on and fuel to share with others. The post is quotes from Batterson's book that inspired the series we are in. So, here are a couple verses and then some pieces of the post....enjoy!
Acts 15:26 (nlt) --- (speaking of Paul and Barnabas) who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:30 (nlt) --- For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn't do from far away.
- There are two types of regret: regrets of action and regrets of inaction.
- Goodness is not the absence of badness. You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right.
- What sets lion chasers apart isn't the outcome. It's the courage to chase God-sized dreams. Lion chasers don't let their fears or doubts keep them from doing what God has called them to do.
- Defying odds and looking foolish will become default settings.
- When we don't have the guts to step out in faith and chase lions, then God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him.
- To often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives. Maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions.
- Your best thought about God on your best day falls 12.3 billion light-years short of how great and how good God really is.
- Quit praying safe prayers.
- Your focus determines your reality
- Two types of people in this world: complainers and worshipers. .
- One of our greatest spiritual shortcomings is low expectations.
- A dream becomes reality one opportunity at a time.
- Lion chasers aren't afraid of conflict. They aren't afraid of risking their reputation by chasing snakes out of the temple. And they aren't afraid of risking their lives chasing a lion into a pit. They often look foolish wile in the act. It almost seems like they have death wish. But lion chasers have a life wish. They live life to the fullest b/c they are willing to look foolish.
- God was a lot more excited about Benaiah chasing and killing a lion than Benaiah was. I can see Him ribbing one of the angels and saying: "Did you see what my boy Benaiah did?" Lion chasers defy the odds—and make their Father proud.
Matthew 5:40-42 (The Message) --- Here's another old saying that deserves a second look: 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.' Is that going to get us anywhere? Here's what I propose: 'Don't hit back at all.' If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.