But one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, David’s descendant, has won the victory…” Revelation 5:5
I have read some great books in the past few years, but I don’t believe any have impacted me as much as Mark Batterson’s, Chase The Lion!
I think it is safe to say his “Lion Chaser’s Manifesto” will follow me for the rest of my days, challenging me to be everything and do everything, I was put on this planet to do.
The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto
- Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
- Run to the roar.
- Set God-sized goals.
- Pursue God-given passions.
- Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.
- Stop pointing out problems.
- Become part of the solution.
- Stop repeating the past.
- Start creating the future.
- Face your fears.
- Fight for your dreams.
- Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go!
- Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life.
- Burn sinful bridges.
- Blaze new trails.
- Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.
- Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.
- Dare to fail.
- Dare to be different.
- Quit holding out.
- Quit holding back.
- Quit running away.
- Chase the Lion!
World-Changer? Yes… that’s you!
You were put on this planet to make a difference.
God has given the only power source you will ever need–His Holy Spirit!
With Him you get: WISDOM, GUIDANCE, PROTECTION, COMFORT, INSPIRATION, ANOINTING, FAVOR, and GRIT!
The Lion of Judah has chosen you, gifted you, called you, and empowered you.
And He says, “Come. Follow Me.”
(Now, tell me you can’t.)
You have spirit-wings to fly. He has anointed your Holy roar! All He is waiting for is your, “Yes!”
Come on baby girl–time to Chase The Lion!
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you prophet to the nations… Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, today I have appointed you over nations and over kingdoms: to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1: 5, 9, 10 TLV
Years ago I was taught a lesson about running to the roar. The lions take the oldest, less able lion to be placed in front of the prey. The other, more able lions are behind the prey, but the prey does not know that. When the prey sees the old lion and it roars the prey naturally turns the other way to run away not realizing it is running directly into its enemy who was waiting for it all along
The enemy is always prowling around. This is a war we’re in, and the enemy hates the Gospel, or anyone who spreads the hope of its message. I remember a pastor telling me once, “If the enemy is not at war with you, you had better check to see if what you’re doing is making any difference to the Gospel of Christ. Your enemy will ALWAYS come after the ones who are a threat to the kingdom of darkness.”