Quote: "Lion chasers don't hide from the things they fear. They chase lions into pits!" - Mark Batterson
Contemplating my future, I fought some momentary bouts of fear in my mind as I answered personal questions of faith and destiny. Would I let the safety and security of more than 16 years of dedicated service as a corporate leader supersede my faith in God and possibly steal the adventure and excitement of completely fulfilling my destiny in the Lord? Would I be content as a lion caged by the safe confines of a certain job or would I embrace a potential departure into a faith-filled future as a lion chaser in the kingdom of God? With the peace of God in my heart and the support of family, natural and spiritual, I overcame my fear and embraced what many might consider unthinkable, crazy, reckless - I gave up the emotional safety net in a steady tenured company position, for instead, a steadfast trust in the Lord to direct my steps into the good plan that He has for me as a lion chaser in His kingdom!
Spiritually speaking, do you know the oldest strategy in the devil's toolkit is to try to steal, kill, and destroy our destiny in God through personal fear and intimidation in our minds? In fact, 1 Peter 5:8 states, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." Notice the Word of God says that the devil walks about like a roaring lion; therefore, we can conclude that he really isn't a lion at all, but rather, he's nothing but a lying devil. His roar is only meant to scare us through fear and his false accusations in our minds are only meant to intimidate us into thinking that we must live our lives less than the full potential that God has destined for us.
But praise God that the devil was totally and completely defeated by Jesus at the Cross of Calvary and not only that, Jesus has given us His authority to put the devil completely under our feet. In Luke 10:19 Jesus says, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy [the devil and all his demons], and nothing shall by any means hurt you." This means that we don't have to be "fraidy" cats when the devil is trying to steal our destiny in God by holding us captive to our personal fears. Instead, as believers with a spirit of faith as well as the mind of Christ, we can be lion chasers in the kingdom of God with the authority in Christ to chase the devil into a pit and totally overcome his scare tactics in the battlefield of our minds!
Furthermore, Romans 8:31 states, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Believing in the present that God is for us and not against us makes all the difference when leaving yesterday's memory and reaching for tomorrow's dream. In chasing our God-given dreams, lion chasers choose to believe God and seek Him because Hebrews 11:6 states, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." With a spirit of faith, embrace your future and your destiny in the Lord as a lion chaser who believes God because with Him all things are possible!
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Written by Gary J. Borgstede
President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute - Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ® www.makeithappenbooks.com
Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team
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Gary J. Borgstede is the published author of the leadership books titled, The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth, as well as the faith-based leadership education blog at www.makeithappenmoment.com.