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The Lion's Den | Episode 9

Watch The Lion's Den | Episode 9
July 16, 2018
27:30

Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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  • It's more than a catchphrase.
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  • It's a radically different approach
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  • to life and this is your wake-up call.
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  • Stop living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • You show me the size of your dream
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  • and I'll show you the size of your God.
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  • Chase the lion and change the world.
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  • (whooshing)
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - [Announcer] Quit living as if the purpose
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  • of life is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar. (roaring)
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  • Go after a dream that's destined
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  • to fail without divine intervention.
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  • Stop weighing out problems.
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  • Become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears.
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  • Fight for your dreams.
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  • Grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
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  • Blaze new trails.
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  • Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail.
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  • Dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out.
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  • Quit holding back.
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  • Quit running away.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • - With his hands tied behind his back,
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  • J.W. Tucker was brutally beaten.
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  • Then, along with his fellow missionaries,
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  • he was thrown into the crocodile-infested
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  • Bomokande River to be eaten alive.
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  • It wasn't ISIS or Al Queda who claimed responsibility.
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  • The attack took place on November 24, 1964
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  • at the hands of Congalese rebels.
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  • (crickets chirping)
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  • (engine revving)
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  • - The problem is we need more Bibles and supplies delivered.
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  • I've written my contact in the States.
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  • We should have more by the end of the month.
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  • - Needing more Bibles isn't the biggest problem, Tucker.
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  • - No, it's not.
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  • I wish it were a bigger problem, though.
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  • (sighs)
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  • It feels like we've hit a wall at times.
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  • But there's still work to do here.
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  • - You know what I think?
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  • - [Tucker] What?
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  • - I--
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  • (men yelling)
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  • (thudding)
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  • - Tucker, are you sure about this?
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  • - I am.
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  • I know it's what God is calling me to do.
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  • You, if anyone, should understand that.
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  • - I understand it, but the missionary life
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  • isn't an easy one, for you or your family.
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  • And this isn't just anywhere.
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  • Tucker, this is the Congo.
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  • - I know.
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  • - If you go in, you won't come out.
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  • - God didn't tell me I had to come out.
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  • He only told me I had to go in.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • - [Tucker] Let's talk about this.
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  • We've worked things out in the past.
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  • (screaming) (splashing)
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  • - Our natural instinct is to feel sorry
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  • for J.W. Tucker because it seems
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  • like his earthly life was cut short.
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  • But life can't be cut short when it lasts for all eternity.
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  • We certainly feel empathy for his family
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  • who survived that terrorist attack.
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  • They lost a husband, lost a father,
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  • but heaven gained a hero.
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  • And if we could covet in heaven,
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  • I wonder if we would covet the martyr's reward.
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  • The dreams that God calls us to
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  • chase aren't always safe and easy.
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  • Sometimes they're difficult and dangerous
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  • and we have to rethink our definition of success.
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  • We naturally see loss as failure,
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  • but sometimes God is setting something up
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  • that is beyond what we could comprehend right now,
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  • and that's what he did with J.W. Tucker,
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  • as we'll see a little bit later.
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  • Around the turn of the 20th century,
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  • a psychologist named Alfred Adler proposed
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  • the counterintuitive theory of compensation.
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  • Adler believed that what we perceive
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  • to be disadvantages often prove
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  • to be well-disguised advantages
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  • because they force us to develop attitudes
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  • and abilities that would have otherwise
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  • gone undiscovered or lain dormant.
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  • And it's by compensating for those perceived disadvantages
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  • that we actually discover our greatest gifts.
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  • 70% of the art students that Adler
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  • studied had optical anomalies.
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  • Adler observed that some of history's greatest composers,
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  • Mozart and Beethoven among them,
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  • had experienced hearing loss.
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  • Adler concluded that what we perceive to be disadvantages;
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  • birth defects, physical ailments, or poverty,
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  • often prove to be the springboards to success.
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  • And success is not achieved in spite of those things,
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  • it's achieved because of them.
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  • A few years ago a study of small business owners
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  • found that 35% were self-identified dyslexics.
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  • None of us would wish dyslexia on our children
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  • because of the academic challenges that comes with it.
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  • But that disadvantage forced this group of entrepreneurs
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  • to cultivate a different skillset.
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  • Some of them became more proficient at
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  • oral communication because reading was so difficult.
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  • Others learned to rely on well-developed
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  • social skills to compensate for
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  • the challenges they faced in the classroom.
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  • And all of them cultivated a work ethic
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  • that might have been less developed
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  • if reading had come easy for them.
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  • Let me apply this theory to
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  • the story of David and his mighty men.
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  • Saul slept in a palace on fluffy pillows
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  • while David and his band of brothers
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  • camped out in the caves.
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  • Saul's army was well-equipped.
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  • David's mighty men were not, as evidenced
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  • by the fact that Benaiah had to snatch
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  • a spear out of a giant Egyptian's hand.
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  • And while Saul's army had food provided for them,
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  • David's men had to hunt and kill everything they ate.
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  • But it was those disadvantages
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  • that developed skills in David's mighty men
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  • that they didn't know they had.
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  • They had to work harder, grow stronger and get smarter.
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  • Here's what I'm getting at.
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  • It doesn't say that Benaiah chased the lion on a sunny day.
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  • It was a snowy day and it sure seems like that
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  • put Benaiah at an even greater disadvantage.
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  • But what we perceive as negative circumstances
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  • are sometimes the best opportunities.
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  • And given the fact that lions can run 35 miles an hour,
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  • I'm pretty sure Benaiah couldn't keep up.
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  • But freshly fallen snow helped him track
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  • those paw prints into the pit.
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  • Benaiah found a way to turn that
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  • disadvantage into an advantage.
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  • When it comes difficult circumstances
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  • you have two choices; you can complain about them,
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  • or you can make the most of them.
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  • Whether those circumstances are self-inflicted
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  • or the result of someone else's actions,
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  • lion chasers make the most of them.
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  • Sometimes the circumstances we're trying
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  • to change are the very circumstances
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  • that God is using to change us.
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  • So we ask God to change those circumstances but God says no.
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  • I'm using those circumstances to change you.
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  • George Bernard Shaw said people are always
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  • blaming their circumstances for what they are.
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  • I don't believe in circumstances.
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  • The people who get on in this world
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  • are the people who get up and look
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  • for the circumstances they want
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  • and if they can't find them, make them.
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  • That's what Benaiah did.
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  • That's what lion chasers do.
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  • You have gifts and abilities that you aren't even aware of.
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  • They may be buried beneath perceived weaknesses.
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  • But it's in those disadvantages that
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  • your dreams are playing hide and seek.
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  • And it's in those weaknesses that his power is made perfect.
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  • When I was in grad school I took an aptitude assessment
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  • that was designed to reveal strengths and weaknesses.
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  • I've written 15 books over the last 10 years,
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  • but no one would have guessed it when I was 22.
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  • That assessment showed a low aptitude for writing.
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  • In other words, whatever you do, Mark, don't write books.
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  • But here's the good news; God doesn't call
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  • the qualified, he qualifies the called.
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  • Writing, for me, was not a natural gifting.
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  • I had to work a little harder.
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  • In fact, I read 3.000 books before I wrote one.
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  • But let me go on the record with something.
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  • Without the help of the Holy Spirit
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  • I'm below average and I bet you are, too.
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  • But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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  • Here's the key; you can't accomplish a God-sized dream
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  • in your own strength, in your own wisdom.
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  • You need the help of the Holy Spirit
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  • and that's precisely what God promised.
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  • And it's in those places where we lack the natural ability,
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  • where we lack the natural resources,
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  • that God shows up and does something supernatural.
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  • And God gets all of the glory because of it.
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  • In the natural realm five plus two equals seven,
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  • but not in God's kingdom.
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  • When you put what you have into God's hands five loaves
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  • and two fish equal 5.000 remainder 12.
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  • When Jesus multiplies the little boy's lunch
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  • and uses it to feed the 5.000,
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  • there's more left over than he started with.
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  • Only God.
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  • But that's what happens when we put things into God's hands.
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  • He's able to do immeasurably more
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  • than all we can ask or imagine according
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  • to his power that's at work within us.
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  • - [Announcer] Far too often we doubt
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  • our dreams and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand
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  • why life's greatest fulfillment comes
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  • from living in your divine purpose.
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  • And you'll discover what happens when
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  • you fearlessly chase after your
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  • God-sized dream with grit and gusto.
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  • New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson delivers
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  • a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
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  • To thank you for your gift of $25 dollars or more,
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  • in support of the worldwide outreaches of TBN,
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  • we'll send you your very own copy
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  • of the book Chase the Lion.
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  • And for your gift of $75 dollars or more,
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  • we'll also include two additional books by Pastor Mark.
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  • In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day and his latest book,
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  • Whisper, How to Hear the Voice of God,
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  • where Pastor Mark will introduce you
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  • to the seven love languages of God
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  • and how he speaks to us through them,
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  • each one unique and entirely divine.
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  • Right now you can begin the journey
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  • that takes you from your God-given dream
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  • into your God-ordained destiny.
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  • Hear him, follow him, run to the roar.
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  • Call or go online right now to share
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  • a gift and request these powerful
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  • resources from Pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • - The 11th chapter of Hebrews is one of
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  • the most amazing chapters in the Bible.
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  • It defines faith.
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  • Faith is being sure of what we hope for
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  • and certain of what we do not see.
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  • But it also defines success and
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  • the definition may be somewhat surprising.
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  • Hebrews 11 tells the story of Gideon
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  • and Barak and Samson and David and the prophets who,
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  • through faith, conquered kingdoms,
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  • administered justice and gained
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  • what was promised to shut the mouths of lions,
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  • quench the fury of the flames
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  • and escape the edge of the sword.
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  • Gets you fired up, doesn't it?
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  • I mean, so far, so good, and to quote Shakespeare,
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  • all's well that ends well.
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  • The problem is that the chapter doesn't end there.
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  • Here's the rest of the story.
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  • There were others who were tortured,
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  • refusing to be released so that
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  • they might gain an even better resurrection.
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  • Some faced jeers and flogging
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  • and even chains and imprisonment.
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  • They were put to death by stoning.
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  • They were sawed in two.
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  • They were killed by the sword.
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  • Here's the question.
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  • Were only half of those heroes in the will of God?
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  • The ones who conquered kingdoms and
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  • quenched flames, or shut the mouths of lions?
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  • Or was the other half in the will of God as well,
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  • including those who were sawed in two?
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  • Listen, the will of God is not an insurance plan.
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  • It's a dangerous plan.
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  • God doesn't promise us happily ever after.
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  • He promises us much more than that happily forever after.
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  • And I think it was that eternal perspective
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  • that inspired J.W. Tucker to risk
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  • his earthly life for the Gospel.
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  • Tucker didn't fear death because
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  • he had already died to himself.
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  • Success is not defined by the accomplishments
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  • that can be quoted in your obituary.
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  • In fact, you may never know your
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  • greatest impact on this side of eternity.
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  • But when you live your life for the glory
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  • of God it will be a life well lived.
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:16:02.020
  • - To try and bring civil rest to the Mangbeto people
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  • has felt like an impossible assignment up to this point.
  • 00:16:18.080 --> 00:16:22.080
  • They need more than natural help.
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  • They need the help, the peace that only Jesus can give them,
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  • but they have not been willing to listen.
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  • I have prayed for a way to reach them
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  • and I think God has finally shown me a way.
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  • I've learnt of an ancient tribal tradition
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  • that if the blood of any man flows in
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  • the Bomokande River then you must listen to his message.
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  • I remember as a young man standing near Mrs. Tucker
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:13.030
  • I remember as a young man standing near Mrs. Tucker
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  • when she was told the news of her husband's death.
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  • (thudding)
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  • I now believe that Brother Tucker's death was not in vain.
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  • It may at first actually be the very key
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  • to unlock the hearts of these people.
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  • Tonight they will listen.
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  • Tonight I will them the story.
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  • Let me tell you a story.
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  • Some times ago a man was killed
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  • and his body thrown in this Bomokande River.
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:12.030
  • and his body thrown in this Bomokande River.
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  • The crocodiles in this river ate him up.
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  • His blood flowed,
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  • but before he died he gave me a message.
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  • And that message is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He came to save the world.
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  • He came to save people like us.
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  • People who are strong, but are broken.
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  • People who are powerful, but without peace.
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  • He sacrificed his life.
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  • He shed his blood for you and me.
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  • I received that message and that message changed my life.
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  • And now I'm going to tell that story to you.
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  • - J.W. Tucker didn't see his impact here on earth,
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:19.270
  • but thousands of Mangbeto have come
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  • to faith in Christ because of his sacrifice.
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:26.090
  • There are dozens of churches in
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:28.010
  • that region because of the man whose
  • 00:19:28.010 --> 00:19:30.270
  • blood flowed in the Bomokande River.
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  • It wasn't an uncalculated risk that led Tucker
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  • into the Congo during a civil war.
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:40.030
  • He counted the cost with his
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  • missionary friend Morris Plotts.
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:45.020
  • Plotts actually tried to convince his friend not to go.
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  • He said if you go in you won't come out,
  • 00:19:49.130 --> 00:19:52.240
  • to which Tucker responded,
  • 00:19:52.240 --> 00:19:54.200
  • "God didn't tell me I had to go out.
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  • "He only told me I had to go in."
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  • I can hear Benaiah saying the same exact thing.
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:04.230
  • And chasing a 500 pound lion demands complete consecration.
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:09.150
  • It's not win, lose or draw.
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:12.010
  • It's life or death and there's no back up plan.
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  • We celebrate Benaiah because he
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:17.280
  • came out of the lion's den alive.
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:20.200
  • And that's an amazing feat, but it's not
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:23.100
  • the most amazing part of this story.
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:25.270
  • It's not coming out that's courageous, it's going in.
  • 00:20:25.270 --> 00:20:29.130
  • In fact, it's going all in.
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:32.200
  • When D.L. Moody was a teenager
  • 00:20:32.200 --> 00:20:35.080
  • he went to a tent revival where he heard
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:38.160
  • the words that would change his destiny.
  • 00:20:38.160 --> 00:20:41.230
  • A revivalist said, the world has yet to see
  • 00:20:41.230 --> 00:20:44.280
  • what God will do with and for and through
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  • and in and by the man who is fully
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:52.000
  • and wholly consecrated to him.
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:54.280
  • The word consecration means to be set apart.
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:59.120
  • By definition it demands full devotion.
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  • It's giving God veto power.
  • 00:21:03.120 --> 00:21:05.290
  • It's recognizing that it's all
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:07.210
  • from God and it's all for God.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:10.140
  • It's surrendering all of you to all of him.
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  • It's dethroning yourself and it's enthroning Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:13.230 --> 00:21:18.110
  • It's going all in and all out for God.
  • 00:21:18.110 --> 00:21:22.170
  • And that's not just going to church
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.290
  • and sitting in a pew for 90 minutes.
  • 00:21:24.290 --> 00:21:27.090
  • It's chasing a lion into a pit
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  • on a snowy day and killing it.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.250
  • That's what consecration looks like.
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:34.210
  • I think we focus too much on outcomes,
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:38.030
  • but the outcome is God's business.
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:40.270
  • He's the one who gives the increase.
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:43.130
  • It's our job to focus on the inputs, we plant and water.
  • 00:21:43.130 --> 00:21:48.090
  • If you're a musician it's not
  • 00:21:48.090 --> 00:21:50.070
  • about coming out with an album.
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:52.050
  • It's about going into the recording
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:54.000
  • studio and laying down tracks.
  • 00:21:54.000 --> 00:21:56.210
  • If you're going into business it's
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:21:58.250
  • not about coming out with your product.
  • 00:21:58.250 --> 00:22:01.010
  • It's about going into the bank with
  • 00:22:01.010 --> 00:22:02.180
  • the best business plan you can come up with.
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:05.230
  • If your dream is writing a book
  • 00:22:05.230 --> 00:22:08.020
  • it's not about getting a book deal.
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:10.020
  • It's about writing the best book possible.
  • 00:22:10.020 --> 00:22:13.030
  • We live in a culture that idolizes
  • 00:22:13.030 --> 00:22:16.060
  • success and demonizes failure.
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:18.170
  • But in God's kingdom, the outcome isn't the issue.
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:22.140
  • Success isn't winning or losing, it's obeying.
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:27.060
  • It's honoring God whether you're in the red or the black.
  • 00:22:27.060 --> 00:22:31.180
  • It's praising God whether you win the election or lose it.
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:35.120
  • It's giving God the glory whether you're
  • 00:22:35.120 --> 00:22:37.250
  • in the win column or the loss column.
  • 00:22:37.250 --> 00:22:40.290
  • I've never met anybody who doesn't want to be successful.
  • 00:22:40.290 --> 00:22:44.290
  • But very few people have actually
  • 00:22:44.290 --> 00:22:47.050
  • defined success for themselves.
  • 00:22:47.050 --> 00:22:49.290
  • So, by default, we buy into the
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:52.140
  • culture's definition of success,
  • 00:22:52.140 --> 00:22:55.020
  • instead of God's definition.
  • 00:22:55.020 --> 00:22:57.160
  • In God's book, success is spelled stewardship.
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:23:01.090
  • It's making the most of the time,
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:03.010
  • talent and treasure that God has given you.
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:05.230
  • It's doing everything for the glory of God
  • 00:23:05.230 --> 00:23:08.180
  • whether you see the results in this lifetime or not.
  • 00:23:08.180 --> 00:23:12.050
  • The will of God is the glory of God
  • 00:23:12.050 --> 00:23:15.110
  • and it's not an insurance plan, it's a dangerous plan.
  • 00:23:15.110 --> 00:23:19.070
  • The will of God might get you killed,
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:22.060
  • but if God gets the glory, goal accomplished.
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:25.200
  • And the eternal reward we receive will infinitely
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:29.230
  • outweigh the temporal sacrifice we make.
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:32.290
  • In the words of another martyred missionary,
  • 00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:35.190
  • Jim Elliott, "He is no fool who loses
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:38.220
  • "what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."
  • 00:23:38.220 --> 00:23:43.200
  • Some of us are so busy climbing
  • 00:23:43.200 --> 00:23:47.010
  • the ladder of success that we fail to realize
  • 00:23:47.010 --> 00:23:50.120
  • it's leaning against the wrong wall.
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:53.060
  • Here's the bottom line; if you succeed
  • 00:23:53.060 --> 00:23:55.150
  • at the wrong thing, you've failed.
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:58.060
  • If you fail at the right thing, I think you've succeeded.
  • 00:23:58.060 --> 00:24:02.260
  • Success is all about how you handle adversity.
  • 00:24:02.260 --> 00:24:06.220
  • It's how you handle disappointment.
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:08.210
  • It's how you handle mistakes.
  • 00:24:08.210 --> 00:24:10.180
  • It's how you handle the behind the scenes.
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:13.200
  • Those things can make you or break you.
  • 00:24:13.200 --> 00:24:16.200
  • They can make you bitter or better.
  • 00:24:16.200 --> 00:24:19.080
  • Don't let them steal your joy.
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:21.180
  • Let it fuel your fire.
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:23.210
  • A loss, no matter how big, isn't the final score
  • 00:24:23.210 --> 00:24:28.030
  • when it's done for the glory of God.
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:30.240
  • The goal isn't success.
  • 00:24:30.240 --> 00:24:32.250
  • The goal is God's glory and that's what success is.
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:37.250
  • Joshua 3:5 says, consecrate yourselves for tomorrow
  • 00:24:39.070 --> 00:24:42.220
  • the Lord will do amazing things among you.
  • 00:24:42.220 --> 00:24:46.060
  • We all wanna do something amazing for God,
  • 00:24:46.060 --> 00:24:49.080
  • but that isn't our job, that's God's job.
  • 00:24:49.080 --> 00:24:52.210
  • Our job is to consecrate ourselves
  • 00:24:52.210 --> 00:24:55.200
  • and if we do our job, if we go all in and all out,
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:59.200
  • day in and day out, God is gonna show up and show off.
  • 00:24:59.200 --> 00:25:04.220
  • Consecrate yourself today and amazing is on the way.
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:09.240
  • That sounds great, doesn't it?
  • 00:25:09.240 --> 00:25:11.140
  • But one of the hardest things to
  • 00:25:11.140 --> 00:25:12.290
  • trust God with is the outcome.
  • 00:25:12.290 --> 00:25:15.230
  • That's true whether you're running a campaign,
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:18.070
  • running a business or running a race.
  • 00:25:18.070 --> 00:25:21.080
  • What God cares about most is not the polling numbers,
  • 00:25:21.080 --> 00:25:24.200
  • the quarterly earnings, or the winning time.
  • 00:25:24.200 --> 00:25:27.270
  • We live in a culture where many
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:30.010
  • people base self-worth on net worth,
  • 00:25:30.010 --> 00:25:33.160
  • but in God's kingdom they're statistically unrelated.
  • 00:25:33.160 --> 00:25:38.000
  • Our reward directly correlates to the motives of our heart.
  • 00:25:38.000 --> 00:25:42.270
  • If you do the right thing for the wrong reason,
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:45.150
  • it doesn't even count in God's kingdom.
  • 00:25:45.150 --> 00:25:48.040
  • So it's not about your voting record,
  • 00:25:48.040 --> 00:25:50.140
  • your business record or your win loss record.
  • 00:25:50.140 --> 00:25:53.170
  • It's about doing the right thing for the right reasons.
  • 00:25:53.170 --> 00:25:57.150
  • The key to pursuing your dream
  • 00:25:57.150 --> 00:25:59.190
  • is doing it for intrinsic reasons.
  • 00:25:59.190 --> 00:26:02.270
  • In other words, it can't be about fame or fortune.
  • 00:26:02.270 --> 00:26:06.270
  • The will of God is not wealth, health and prosperity.
  • 00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:11.000
  • The will of God is the glory of God.
  • 00:26:11.000 --> 00:26:14.010
  • Chase the Lion is more than a book, more than a series.
  • 00:26:15.180 --> 00:26:19.020
  • It's a call to action.
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  • Here's the good news.
  • 00:26:20.210 --> 00:26:22.050
  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • Quit running away from what you're
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  • afraid of and run to the roar.
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