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Benaiah | Episode 1

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May 21, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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Benaiah | Episode 1

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  • - [Male] Quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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  • Go after a dream that's destined to fail
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  • 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,
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  • 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,
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  • 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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  • - In life, most days are ordinary.
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  • We go to work,
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  • we take the kids to school,
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  • we wash dishes,
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  • we hang out with friends,
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  • we spend time with family.
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  • Then out of nowhere,
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  • we come face to face with a lion,
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  • an opportunity or a dream that seems so big,
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  • so scary,
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  • that our first reaction is to run the other direction.
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  • After all,
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  • we were just minding our own business,
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  • going about life as usual.
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  • It would be so much easier just to ignore the roar,
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  • pretend it never happened,
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  • but these are the moments that define our lives.
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  • It's fight or flight,
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  • and we have a choice to make.
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  • We can run away from our dreams,
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  • go back to life as we know it,
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  • and live with the regret,
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  • or we can grab opportunity by the mane.
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  • Go after those God sized dreams,
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  • and live our lives in a way
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  • that's worth telling stories about.
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  • Buried in the old testament book of 2 Samuel
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  • is one of the most amazing verses,
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  • one of the most amazing stories in the bible.
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  • If it wasn't in the bible,
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  • you probably wouldn't even believe it's true.
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  • 2 Samuel 23:20 says,
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  • there was also Benaiah, son of Jehoiada,
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  • a valiant warrior from Kabzeel.
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  • He did many heroic deeds,
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  • which included killing two champions of Moab.
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  • Another time, on a snowy day,
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  • he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.
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  • (ambient sounds)
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  • (roar)
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  • (ambient sounds)
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  • (roar)
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  • (intense music)
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  • One of the great challenges we face
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  • in hearing a story like Benaiah's is
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  • something that psychologists call the hindsight bias.
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  • We know how every bible story ends,
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  • and because we know the ending,
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  • we often assume it was inevitable.
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  • Before David even volunteers to fight Goliath,
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  • we know he wins.
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  • Before the wise men followed the star,
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  • we know they find the messiah.
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  • Before Peter gets out of the boat,
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  • we know he walks on water.
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  • And before Jesus is even crucified,
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  • we know what happens on the third day.
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  • Because we're reading these stories
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  • thousands of years after the fact,
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  • and because we know how every story ends,
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  • we lose the element of surprise,
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  • we lose the element of danger,
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  • we lose the element of risk.
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  • Some of the drama is taken out of the dogma,
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  • and the same is true of this story in 2 Samuel 23:20.
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  • We know that Benaiah's the one that walks out of that pit,
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  • and if we aren't careful,
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  • we assume it.
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  • But this has to rank as one of the most
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  • amazing acts of courage in all of scripture,
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  • and it's more than just a life verse to me,
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  • it's become a life motto.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • Let me zoom out and look at this from a wide angle lens.
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  • Scripture doesn't tell us where Benaiah was going,
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  • or what Benaiah was doing,
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  • when he crosses paths with this lion.
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  • All we know is his gut reaction,
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  • and it's gutsy.
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  • Listen, lions weigh 500 pounds,
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  • they can run 35 miles an hour,
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  • they can leap 30 feet in a single bound,
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  • and they have jaws and claws.
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  • What I'm getting at is this.
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  • If you find yourself in a pit with a lion on a snowy day,
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  • you've got a problem,
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  • probably the last problem you'll ever have.
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  • This is how it's going to end for you.
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  • But you gotta admit,
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  • I killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day
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  • looks awfully good on your resume
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  • if you're applying for a bodyguard position
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  • with the king of Israel.
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  • Benaiah lands a job as king David's bodyguard.
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  • He goes on to become commander in chief of Israel's army
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  • under king Solomon.
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  • So he's the second most powerful person
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  • in the entire kingdom of Israel.
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  • But it all traces back to this defining moment.
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  • It's fight or flight,
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  • and nothing has changed.
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  • Are you gonna run away from what you're afraid of,
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  • or are you gonna run to the roar?
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  • Are you gonna let fear dictate your decisions,
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  • or are you going to live by faith?
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  • That's what this series is all about.
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  • It's about chasing 500 pound lions that scare us to death,
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  • but bring us to life.
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  • I don't know what dream God has put in your heart,
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  • but I do know this.
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  • If your dream doesn't scare you,
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  • it's too small.
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  • 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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  • I believe God is honored when we go after God sized dreams
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  • that are destined to fail without divine intervention.
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  • You're gonna hear some amazing stories and interviews
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  • in the weeks to come,
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  • but let me say this up front.
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  • We need to quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • There's an old aphorism.
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  • No guts, no glory.
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  • When we lack the guts to go after those God ordained,
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  • God sized dreams,
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  • we rob God of the glory that he deserves.
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  • Listen, you can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right.
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  • At the end of our lives,
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  • our greatest regrets will be
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  • the 500 pound lions we didn't chase.
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  • A fascinating study was done two decades ago,
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  • by two social psychologists,
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  • named Tom Gilovich and Vicky Medvec.
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  • Their study made a distinction between two kinds of regret.
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  • There are action regrets,
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  • things you've done that you wish you hadn't,
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  • and inaction regrets,
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  • things you didn't do that you wish you had.
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  • What they discovered is fascinating.
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  • In the short term, it's a toss up.
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  • We regret actions over inactions 53 to 47%.
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  • But over the long term,
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  • when we look back over our lives,
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  • we tend to regret inactions over actions 84 to 16%.
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  • That's huge.
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  • In other words,
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  • 84% of our regrets are gonna be inactions.
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  • And I might add,
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  • inaction is inaction,
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  • and indecision is a decision.
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  • Let me put it in theological terms.
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  • There are two kinds of sin.
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  • Sins of commission,
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  • and sins of omission.
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  • A sin of commission is
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  • doing something you shouldn't have done.
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  • A sin of omission is
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  • not doing something you should have done.
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  • Listen, let's not commit sins of commission,
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  • but it's the sins of omission that I believe
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  • break the heart of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it's not using the gifts that God has given you.
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  • It's not seizing the opportunities God sends your way.
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  • Potential is God's gift to us,
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  • and what we do with it is our gift back to God.
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  • As we begin this series,
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  • let me ask a question.
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  • What 500 pound dream has God put in your heart?
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  • What lion do you need to chase?
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  • Whatever it is,
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  • you've gotta take that first step of faith.
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  • I live by a little mantra,
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  • go, set, ready.
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  • If you wait until you're ready,
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  • you'll be waiting until the day you die.
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  • I wasn't ready to get married.
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  • We weren't ready to have children.
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  • I wasn't ready to plan a church.
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  • I wasn't ready to write a book.
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  • You'll never be ready.
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  • The issue is not readiness,
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  • it's willingness.
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  • There comes a moment when you've gotta quit running away.
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  • You've gotta run to the roar.
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  • - [Male] Far too often,
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  • we doubt 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 from
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  • 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 God sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto,
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  • New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson,
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  • delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
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  • in support of the worldwide outreaches of TBN,
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  • Chase the Lion.
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  • And for your gift of $75 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,
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  • and his latest book, Whisper, How to Hear the Voice of God,
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  • where pastor Mark will introduce you to
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  • 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 that takes you from
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  • your God given dream 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,
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  • to share a gift,
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  • and request these powerful resources from
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  • pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • - I'm not sure what comes to mind when
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  • you hear the word faith.
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  • Maybe it's Moses extending his staff over the Red Sea,
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  • or Joshua commanding the sun to stand still.
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  • For me, it's Benaiah chasing a lion into a pit.
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  • Faith is spelled risk,
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  • and this story sets the standard.
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  • Let me share three definitions of faith.
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  • First, faith is the willingness to look foolish.
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  • It's hard to imagine anything more foolish than
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  • chasing a lion, right?
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  • But that's what faith looks like and feels like.
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  • Noah looked foolish building an arc.
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  • Sarah looked foolish buying maternity clothes.
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  • David looked foolish going into battle with a slingshot.
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  • The wise men looked foolish following a star.
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  • Peter looked foolish getting out of a boat.
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  • And Jesus looked foolish hanging half naked on a cross.
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  • But that's faith.
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  • Faith is the willingness to look foolish,
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  • and the results speak for themselves.
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  • Noah was saved from the flood.
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  • David defeated Goliath.
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  • The wise men found the messiah.
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  • Peter walked on water.
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  • And Jesus was raised from the dead.
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  • Faith is the willingness to look foolish,
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  • and if you aren't willing to look foolish,
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  • you're foolish.
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  • It's the fear of looking foolish that is standing between
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  • you and your dream.
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  • I can't change majors, I might look foolish.
  • 00:14:57.120 --> 00:15:00.130
  • I can't quit my job, I might look foolish.
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:03.260
  • I can't seek out counseling, I might look foolish.
  • 00:15:03.260 --> 00:15:07.030
  • I can't ask her out,
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:08.170
  • I can't share my faith,
  • 00:15:08.170 --> 00:15:10.170
  • I can't pray for a miracle,
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:12.140
  • I can't fill out the application,
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  • because I might look foolish.
  • 00:15:14.250 --> 00:15:18.050
  • Now listen, you better pray about it,
  • 00:15:18.050 --> 00:15:20.230
  • you better do your due diligence and seek out wise counsel,
  • 00:15:20.230 --> 00:15:25.130
  • but faith often feels a little foolish.
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:28.290
  • Here's a second definition.
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  • Faith is unlearning our fears.
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  • You can run away from what you're afraid of,
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:36.280
  • but you'll be running the rest of your life.
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:39.240
  • Don't let fear dictate your decisions.
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  • There are thousands of fears and phobias
  • 00:15:43.170 --> 00:15:45.250
  • cataloged in the DSM5,
  • 00:15:45.250 --> 00:15:48.220
  • but we're only born with two fears,
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:51.020
  • the fear of falling,
  • 00:15:51.020 --> 00:15:52.120
  • and the fear of loud noises.
  • 00:15:52.120 --> 00:15:54.130
  • That means that the rest of those fears are learned,
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:58.110
  • which means they can be unlearned.
  • 00:15:58.110 --> 00:16:01.200
  • 1 John 4:18 says,
  • 00:16:01.200 --> 00:16:04.000
  • perfect love casts out all fear.
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  • Love is fearlessness.
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  • I've always wrestled with the fear of failure,
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:13.120
  • but I learned a valuable lesson when I was 22.
  • 00:16:13.120 --> 00:16:16.150
  • We tried to plant a church in another state,
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:19.140
  • but that church plant failed.
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:22.030
  • It was embarrassing,
  • 00:16:22.030 --> 00:16:23.210
  • it was discouraging,
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:25.150
  • but here's what I learned.
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  • The cure for the fear of failure isn't success,
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:31.000
  • it's failure in small enough doses that
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:33.150
  • you build up an immunity to it.
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:36.010
  • Somehow, that failure set me free from the fear of failure,
  • 00:16:36.010 --> 00:16:41.010
  • because I discovered that God was right there to pick me up,
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:45.210
  • dust me off,
  • 00:16:45.210 --> 00:16:46.210
  • and give me a second chance.
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:49.150
  • I know some people ask the question,
  • 00:16:49.150 --> 00:16:52.030
  • if you knew you couldn't fail,
  • 00:16:52.030 --> 00:16:54.020
  • what dream would you go after?
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:56.120
  • I think that's a good question,
  • 00:16:56.120 --> 00:16:58.080
  • but here's a better question.
  • 00:16:58.080 --> 00:17:00.080
  • If you knew you would fail,
  • 00:17:00.080 --> 00:17:02.170
  • what dream would you still go after
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:05.060
  • because you couldn't live with yourself
  • 00:17:05.060 --> 00:17:08.080
  • without going after it?
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:10.060
  • It's not about winning or losing,
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:12.270
  • it's not about success or failure,
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:15.240
  • it's about obedience.
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:17.230
  • Let me share a story.
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:19.090
  • More than a decade ago,
  • 00:17:19.090 --> 00:17:20.230
  • we helped start a church in Ethiopia.
  • 00:17:20.230 --> 00:17:23.120
  • We actually sent a mission team from our church.
  • 00:17:23.120 --> 00:17:26.180
  • Right before the trip,
  • 00:17:26.180 --> 00:17:28.010
  • one person on the team was ready to bail
  • 00:17:28.010 --> 00:17:31.080
  • for a number of very good reasons.
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:33.120
  • First of all,
  • 00:17:33.120 --> 00:17:34.160
  • there was some political unrest
  • 00:17:34.160 --> 00:17:36.160
  • which made all of us nervous,
  • 00:17:36.160 --> 00:17:38.250
  • and she had never been out of the country.
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:41.060
  • So it was acute fear for Sarah.
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:44.170
  • Second, we decided to end the trip in the outback,
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:48.210
  • and she had never even been camping before.
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:51.250
  • When we told her that we would have armed guards,
  • 00:17:51.250 --> 00:17:55.030
  • it didn't eliminate her fears,
  • 00:17:55.030 --> 00:17:57.060
  • it actually exacerbated them.
  • 00:17:57.060 --> 00:17:59.210
  • Plus, we had to get some extra inoculations.
  • 00:17:59.210 --> 00:18:03.120
  • Long story short, Sarah was scared for very good reasons.
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:07.240
  • I still remember that meeting,
  • 00:18:07.240 --> 00:18:09.190
  • because it turned into a prayer meeting.
  • 00:18:09.190 --> 00:18:11.050
  • We prayed her through her fear.
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:14.150
  • So we go on the trip,
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:15.240
  • and the whole thing was amazing.
  • 00:18:15.240 --> 00:18:18.050
  • But let me tell you about
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:19.160
  • one of the most memorable days of my life.
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:21.180
  • We got up early,
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:23.030
  • headed out of the city,
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:24.200
  • and we stopped for a picnic lunch.
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:27.130
  • There were some cows grazing in a field,
  • 00:18:27.130 --> 00:18:30.110
  • and for some reason cows in other countries are
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:32.230
  • more interesting than American cows,
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:34.220
  • so we took some pictures.
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:36.090
  • The next thing I know,
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:38.070
  • armed shepherds carrying AK-47s come running at us.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:43.070
  • They're speaking Amharic,
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:45.090
  • so I don't know what they're saying,
  • 00:18:45.090 --> 00:18:46.240
  • but evidently if you take a picture of their cows,
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:49.260
  • they want cash, they were cash cows.
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:53.100
  • Listen, it was terrifying when it happened,
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:55.210
  • but it was one of those experiences where right afterwards,
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:59.070
  • it was awesome.
  • 00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:01.060
  • I got held up at gunpoint in Ethiopia.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:05.000
  • Well, we continue all the way to Awash National Park,
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:09.260
  • where we get on some Land Rovers,
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:12.280
  • and we start driving as the African sun is setting,
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:17.150
  • and we're seeing animals I've never seen in a zoo.
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:21.220
  • I don't even know their names.
  • 00:19:21.220 --> 00:19:24.140
  • Well that night,
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:25.170
  • we gather around a bonfire,
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:27.160
  • and we're singing worship choruses,
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:29.070
  • one of those moments where you can't not worship.
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:32.230
  • That's when our guards come up and say,
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:35.130
  • be quiet, and they tell us to listen.
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:38.210
  • And wouldn't you know it,
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:39.200
  • we hear a lion roaring,
  • 00:19:39.200 --> 00:19:42.230
  • we hope in the distance.
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:45.020
  • It was the most amazing trip,
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.280
  • the most amazing day.
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:49.240
  • In fact, I had a revelation that night
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:52.120
  • as I got into my pup tent,
  • 00:19:52.120 --> 00:19:54.110
  • I felt like I heard that still small voice of God saying,
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:57.230
  • Mark, don't accumulate possessions,
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:20:00.010
  • accumulate experiences.
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:03.000
  • I've tried to live my life that way ever since.
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:07.030
  • Now let me go back to Sarah.
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:09.130
  • What if Sarah had run away from what she was afraid of?
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:13.100
  • She would have forfeited all those stories,
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:16.200
  • all those memories.
  • 00:20:16.200 --> 00:20:18.130
  • Now the funniest moment on the entire trip was
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:21.290
  • when we set up camp with about 80 baboons.
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:25.260
  • They were in the trees, they were running around,
  • 00:20:25.260 --> 00:20:28.290
  • and as we set up camp,
  • 00:20:28.290 --> 00:20:31.080
  • out of the corner of my eye,
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:32.270
  • I see one of those baboons drop a bomb,
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:36.000
  • and it lands right on Sarah of all people.
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:40.150
  • Now she has since forgiven me for laughing out loud,
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:43.240
  • and listen, pretty nasty,
  • 00:20:43.240 --> 00:20:45.290
  • but pretty awesome, too.
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:47.270
  • I mean how many people can say that they had been pooped on
  • 00:20:47.270 --> 00:20:51.080
  • by a baboon in the wild?
  • 00:20:51.080 --> 00:20:54.060
  • That's living life to the fullest.
  • 00:20:54.060 --> 00:20:57.140
  • Let me ask you a question,
  • 00:20:57.140 --> 00:20:59.240
  • are you living your life in a way that is
  • 00:20:59.240 --> 00:21:02.110
  • worth telling stories about?
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:04.240
  • When Solomon was a young boy,
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:06.290
  • I'm guessing that David would tell him bedtime stories,
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:10.100
  • and I bet some of those stories were about his mighty men
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:13.160
  • and their epic exploits,
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:15.280
  • and I bet Solomon asked for the chase the lion story
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:19.230
  • more than once.
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:21.050
  • 40 years later, Solomon becomes king of Israel,
  • 00:21:21.050 --> 00:21:24.240
  • and who does he choose to be his commander in chief?
  • 00:21:24.240 --> 00:21:28.100
  • His father's bodyguard,
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  • a man named Benaiah.
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:31.230
  • The question is, why?
  • 00:21:31.230 --> 00:21:34.000
  • Why does he choose Benaiah?
  • 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:36.260
  • I think he chose Benaiah because of
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:39.130
  • the bedtime stories he heard as a child.
  • 00:21:39.130 --> 00:21:42.030
  • He chose Benaiah because Benaiah lived his life in
  • 00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:45.290
  • a way that was worth telling stories about.
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:49.040
  • God wants to write his story through your life.
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:53.060
  • You're a sub plot in this epic story of redemption.
  • 00:21:53.060 --> 00:21:58.060
  • But the turning point of that story is
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:01.020
  • when you had the courage to chase your lion
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:03.160
  • the way that Benaiah did.
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:05.150
  • When we lack the guts to go after
  • 00:22:05.150 --> 00:22:07.140
  • the 500 pound lions in our lives,
  • 00:22:07.140 --> 00:22:10.040
  • we rob God of the glory he deserves.
  • 00:22:10.040 --> 00:22:13.040
  • Listen, falling short of his glory isn't just sin,
  • 00:22:13.040 --> 00:22:17.030
  • it's our small dreams.
  • 00:22:17.030 --> 00:22:19.040
  • Again, show me the size of your dream,
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:22.040
  • and I'll show you the size of your God.
  • 00:22:22.040 --> 00:22:24.270
  • Let me share one last definition.
  • 00:22:24.270 --> 00:22:27.240
  • Faith is taking the first step
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:30.090
  • before God reveals the second step.
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:33.230
  • In Joshua 3,
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:35.090
  • the Israelites are on the banks of the Jordan River,
  • 00:22:35.090 --> 00:22:37.220
  • they're a stone's throw from the promise land,
  • 00:22:37.220 --> 00:22:40.190
  • and God gives them a curious command.
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:44.000
  • First, he tells the priest to step into the river.
  • 00:22:44.000 --> 00:22:48.240
  • We read it,
  • 00:22:48.240 --> 00:22:49.270
  • and we don't think much of it,
  • 00:22:49.270 --> 00:22:51.230
  • but I think most of us want God to part the river
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:56.000
  • before we step into it.
  • 00:22:56.000 --> 00:22:57.250
  • That way, we don't get our shoes wet.
  • 00:22:57.250 --> 00:23:01.050
  • But faith is taking the first step,
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:04.020
  • and that's where so many of our dreams get stuck.
  • 00:23:04.020 --> 00:23:07.100
  • We're waiting for God to make a move,
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:10.100
  • while God is waiting for us to make a move.
  • 00:23:10.100 --> 00:23:13.270
  • When National Community Church first started,
  • 00:23:13.270 --> 00:23:16.190
  • I was both the preacher and the worship leader.
  • 00:23:16.190 --> 00:23:19.240
  • I didn't lead worship because I was gifted at it,
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:22.260
  • I did it because there wasn't anyone else to do it.
  • 00:23:22.260 --> 00:23:26.010
  • Now I have a heart for worship,
  • 00:23:26.010 --> 00:23:27.280
  • but not the voice,
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.150
  • and I don't have the rhythm either.
  • 00:23:29.150 --> 00:23:31.150
  • So our first year,
  • 00:23:31.150 --> 00:23:32.260
  • our dominant prayer was,
  • 00:23:32.260 --> 00:23:34.220
  • Lord send us a drummer.
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:36.250
  • Now if I prayed that once,
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:37.270
  • I prayed it 100 times.
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:39.190
  • One day, as I was praying that prayer,
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:42.260
  • it felt like God said,
  • 00:23:42.260 --> 00:23:44.170
  • well why don't you go out and buy a drum set?
  • 00:23:44.170 --> 00:23:47.070
  • And my reaction to this was,
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:49.150
  • well as soon as you send us a drummer.
  • 00:23:49.150 --> 00:23:51.270
  • See I wanted God to go first.
  • 00:23:51.270 --> 00:23:54.190
  • That way, there'd be no risk involved.
  • 00:23:54.190 --> 00:23:57.070
  • Of course that also eliminates the element of faith.
  • 00:23:57.070 --> 00:24:01.170
  • Now this is pre-Google,
  • 00:24:01.170 --> 00:24:03.010
  • so I looked for a used drum set in the classifieds.
  • 00:24:03.010 --> 00:24:06.240
  • At that point,
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:08.010
  • our monthly income as a church was $2.000,
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:11.150
  • and we were paying $1.600 to rent the DC public school
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:14.280
  • where we met.
  • 00:24:14.280 --> 00:24:16.130
  • Well that left $400 for our salary and all other expenses.
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:21.040
  • I bet you can guess how much that drum set cost,
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:24.080
  • can't you?
  • 00:24:24.080 --> 00:24:25.110
  • $400.
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:26.230
  • Now I still remember my internal dialogue
  • 00:24:26.230 --> 00:24:29.240
  • as I drove up to Silver Spring, Maryland,
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:32.010
  • to buy that drum set.
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:33.220
  • I remember thinking,
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:34.270
  • this is crazy.
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:36.040
  • I'm buying a drum set for an imaginary drummer
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:38.130
  • that doesn't even exist,
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:39.290
  • with money we don't have.
  • 00:24:39.290 --> 00:24:42.240
  • But it was a field of dreams moment.
  • 00:24:42.240 --> 00:24:45.100
  • If you buy it, he will come.
  • 00:24:45.100 --> 00:24:48.060
  • The very next Sunday,
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:49.270
  • a clean cut young man walked in with a short hair cut,
  • 00:24:49.270 --> 00:24:53.290
  • and I could tell he was military,
  • 00:24:53.290 --> 00:24:56.040
  • but I wasn't sure what branch.
  • 00:24:56.040 --> 00:24:58.000
  • Turns out, he was stationed at the Marine barracks
  • 00:24:58.000 --> 00:25:02.030
  • with the drum and bugle corps.
  • 00:25:02.030 --> 00:25:05.200
  • Okay, we have a simple policy at National Community Church.
  • 00:25:05.200 --> 00:25:10.070
  • If you play an instrument for
  • 00:25:10.070 --> 00:25:11.200
  • the President of the United States,
  • 00:25:11.200 --> 00:25:13.150
  • you don't even have to audition for our worship team.
  • 00:25:13.150 --> 00:25:17.140
  • God didn't just send us a drummer,
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:20.000
  • he sent us a rockstar.
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:21.180
  • And even more important than
  • 00:25:21.180 --> 00:25:23.230
  • the rhythm we added to our worship,
  • 00:25:23.230 --> 00:25:26.130
  • was the faith that was multiplied.
  • 00:25:26.130 --> 00:25:28.270
  • Faith is taking one small step,
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:31.220
  • and God turns it into a giant leap.
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:35.040
  • I'm not sure what lion God is calling you to chase,
  • 00:25:35.040 --> 00:25:38.130
  • but it always starts with the first step of faith.
  • 00:25:38.130 --> 00:25:41.270
  • One last word of advice.
  • 00:25:41.270 --> 00:25:44.020
  • If you're gonna get out of a boat
  • 00:25:44.020 --> 00:25:46.030
  • in the middle of the Sea of Galilee
  • 00:25:46.030 --> 00:25:48.070
  • in the middle of the night,
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:49.240
  • you better make sure that Jesus said come.
  • 00:25:49.240 --> 00:25:54.060
  • But if Jesus says come, don't stay in the boat.
  • 00:25:54.060 --> 00:25:58.030
  • Take a step of faith, keep your eyes focused on him,
  • 00:25:58.030 --> 00:26:02.260
  • and walk on water.
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:04.230
  • Chase the lion is more than a book,
  • 00:26:06.230 --> 00:26:08.280
  • more than a series,
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:10.060
  • it's a call to action.
  • 00:26:10.060 --> 00:26:11.240
  • Here's the good news.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • - [Male] Far too often,
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why
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  • and you'll discover what happens when
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  • you fearlessly chase after your God sized dream.
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