Face your fears. Fight for your dreams. Mark Batterson, The Lion Chasers Manifesto, Chase the Lion
In the Lion Chasers Manifesto we finally come to a vital part of possessing our destiny: The Warrior’s Stance. Where do you face your fears? Where do you fight for your dreams? Where do you assume the stance of a warrior? Right here, on your face, kneeling before God.
Here is where you win every battle with every fear.
Here is where you must fight for the dream God has put in your heart.
Prayer and praise are the weapons of a warrior who wins!
Victory lies in coming to the end of ourselves
In his book, The Joseph Blessing, Dr. Pete Sulack tells the story of a crucial confrontation he had with God. His ministry was planning an upcoming crusade in India, but the money to go forward was not there. They had done everything they knew to do, but they had still come up short, and now time was running out.
Two verses of scripture kept replaying in his mind:
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17: 7
My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 2
Let’s pick up the story there…
I was reflecting on this in my prayer time recently when the Lord told me, Quit dipping below the clouds.
Did I hear right? “What do you mean, Lord, quit dipping below the clouds?” I asked.
Quit fighting spiritual battles with earthly armor. Come up with Me, high above all principalities and powers, where you’re seated with Me in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, where the battle is not yours anymore but where the battle is Mine and the victory is already won.
Dr. Pete continues,
… all of us will consistently have the temptation to fight spiritual battles with earthly armor. There have been times when I’ve certainly charged forth, sword held up high, and been brutally defeated. The Lord says, “How’s that going for you?”
My reply: “Not very well.”
“Then I bid you to come up with Me, where the victory is already won.”
The Warrior’s supernatural grace
Dr. Pete Sulack had another encounter with God.
Here’s the rest of the story:
When we come up with Him, we will receive rest. He knows we didn’t choose the assignment. Instead, He chose us and appointed us to bear great fruit. Supernatural grace is released when all we have is our dependence on Him.
There’s another vision I had with the Lord that I must share. It happened when I found myself walking on a body of water with Jesus. My first reaction was, “Wow, this is awesome.” I was holding Jesus’ hand and walking on the water, feeling proud of myself.
We kept walking until we found ourselves in the middle of a body of water. He said, “Turn around,” but I couldn’t see the shoreline. Then He said, “Try to get back.”
That’s when I began to sink, setting off panic that I could drown.
He spoke to me again, I’m taking you to a place where you will see the impossible and see the miraculous, but you better hold on to Me for dear life. To walk out the call I have for your life, it has to be Me. If you go out on it alone, you will sink and drown. Trust in Me with all your heart, not with your own understanding, and I will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear Me and depart from evil.
To walk in His spirit is a wonderful thing. If this concept is new to you, then my encouragement to you is to ask the Lord to take baby steps with you.
When you’re holding His hand, you can be sure you’re headed in the right direction.
Conquer your fears; fight for your dreams; on your knees eagles, on your KNEES… Then, RUN to the roar!