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Which of These Fears are Holding You Back? –2 Samuel 23: 20-21

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

There was only one King David.

In most of our lifetimes God will not call us to a leadership role as visible as this “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).

But

He has called us to something.

Benaiah was one of those people who was determined to give his best to his calling. He was determined to pursue rather than be pursued.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear.      

 –2 Samuel 23:20-21 (The Message)

I never noticed Benaiah in my Bible reading until I read a book called, In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.

I want to be a lion chaser like Benaiah.  I want to take the things in life that have the capacity to destroy me and use them for God’s Glory.

What are the lions in your life?

As Mark said in his book:

What if the life you really want is hiding behind your biggest problem?  Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

Before Benaiah could face the lion he had to face something bigger—his fears.

What fears are holding you back?

Here are the first three that come to mind:

  • The fear of failure
  • The fear of success
  • The fear of rejection

These fears may be your lions you must chase.  Let’s get out of the defensive mode and move to the offense—go after them, even it you have to chase them into a pit on a snowy day.

What are you waiting for?

Become a lion chaser!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 3: 6 through 2 Samuel 4: 12

Will This Be Your Biggest Regret? 2 Samuel 23: 20-21

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

There was only one King David.

In most of our lifetimes God will not call us to a leadership role as visible as this “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).

But

He has called us to something.

Benaiah was one of those people who was determined to give his best to his calling. He was determined to pursue rather than be pursued.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear.      

 –2 Samuel 23:20-21 (The Message)

I never noticed Benaiah in my Bible reading until I read a book called, In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.

I want to be a lion chaser like Benaiah.  I want to take the things in life that have the capacity to destroy me and use them for God’s Glory.

What are the lions in your life?

As Mark said in his book:

What if the life you really want is hiding behind your biggest problem?  Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

Before Benaiah could face the lion he had to face something bigger—his fears.

What fears are holding you back?

Here are the first three that come to mind:

  • The fear of failure
  • The fear of success
  • The fear of rejection

These fears may be your lions.  Let’s get out of the defensive mode and move to the offense—go after them, even it you have to chase them into a pit on a snowy day.

What are you waiting for?

Become a lion chaser!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 3: 6 through 2 Samuel 4: 12

April 20, 2010— Are you a Lion-Chaser?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a,
2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

 There was only one King David.  In most of our lifetimes God will not call us to a leadership role as visible as this “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).  But He has called us to something.  Benaiah was one of those people who was determined to be his best in his calling; determined to pursue instead of being pursued. 

2 Samuel 23:20-21 (The Message) 

Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear.

I had never noticed Benaiah in my Bible reading until I read a book called, In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.  I want to be a lion chaser like Benaiah.  I want to take the things in life that have the capacity to destroy me and use them for God’s Glory.  What are the lions in your life? As Mark said in his book:

What if the life you really want is hiding behind your biggest problem?  Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

Before Benaiah could face the lion he had to face something bigger—his fears.  What fears are holding you back?  Here are the first three that come to mind:

  • The fear of failure
  • The fear of success
  • The fear of rejection

These fears may be your lions.  Let’s get out of the defensive mode and move to the offense—go after them, even it you have to chase them into a pit on a snowy day.

What are you waiting for; become a lion chaser!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 3: 6 through 2 Samuel 4: 12

Going “Primal” in 2010

 

Through a series of “coincidences” I received a copy of Mark Batterson’s new book, Primal three weeks before today’s release date.  I had previously read Mark’s book, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day and also enjoy reading his blog several times a week, so when the opportunity came to get Mark’s new book before it was released to the book stores I got really excited!

Reading Primal was a divine appointment for me.  I know it was the Holy Spirit who set this up.  Most of you know that in January I will be the tour guide of the “2010 Journey to Know Him More”, an interactive, online Bible study that takes a journey through the One-Year Chronological Bible in 365 days. I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, but just this past year I began to look for the Simple Life of a Christian; the life that Jesus spoke about in the gospels.  That search led me to the Great Commandment. The “Journey to Know Him More” is just one of the outcomes of that search. So for me Primal is a tool God is using to cause me to search harder and dig deeper to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

In Primal, Mark uncovers what he believes to be the primal problem of the church (see quote #3 below) and shares his primal solution as he walks the reader through an easy-to-follow explanation of the Great Commandment, using scripture, nature, science, and human behavior to simplify the authentic Christian life.

Below are 10 quotes from Primal that are impacting my thoughts, prayers and plans for this New Year:

1.  We have accepted a form of Christianity that is more educated but less powerful, more civilized but less compassionate, more acceptable but less authentic than that which our spiritual ancestors   practiced.

 2.  There may be ways of doing church that we haven’t figured out yet. 

 3.  Our primal problem is we aren’t great at the Great Commandment (Mark. 12: 28-30).

 4.  The quest for the lost soul of Christianity begins with rediscovering what it means to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

 5.  You cannot listen to just half of what the Holy Spirit has to say.  It’s a package deal.  If you aren’t willing to listen to everything He has to say, you won’t hear anything He has to say.  If you tune out His convicting voice, you won’t hear His comforting voice or guiding voice either. Tagging onto Mark’s words, “I don’t want to be a professional Christian; I want to love the Lord with all my heart all my soul”.  

   A good test of this is to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does my heart break for the things that break the heart of God?
  • Is my soul full of wonder and flooded with the Glory of God, awed by beauty and mystery, a soul that hallows God above all else?

6.  For better or worse your life is your unique translation.  Just like the Septuagint or King James Version, your life translates Scripture into a language that those around you can read.  God doesn’t just want to speak to you through Scripture; He wants to speak through you.  He wants to write His-story through our life.  And Scripture is the script.

                      Read it.  Meditate on it.  Then live it out.

7.  Your imagination is capable of far more than you imagine.  Yet, somewhere along the way, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory.  We stop creating the future and start repeating the past. And that is the day we stop living and start dying.  Why?  Because we stop learning.

8.  One God idea has the potential to make more of a difference than a thousand good ideas.  Take yours captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5- “I never thought about this scripture in this way before!”).

9.  Some people spend their entire lives getting ready for what God wants them to do.  But they never end up doing it because they never come to the realization that they’ll never be ready.

                         To stay energized—stay in the will of God.

10.  We all want our lives to be about something bigger than us, more important than us, and longer lasting than us.  And that is exactly what God wants for you.  But that isn’t the ultimate goal.  Loving God  is.  And if you learn to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, then you life will exceed your wildest expectations.  Why?  Because His love will be reflected in your life.

Can a short book about one scripture in the Bible be life changing?  I think so. This book has enlarged my thinking on what it means to love God. Mark’s intellectual and spiritual perspective left me saying “Wow! I want to love like this!”

You know you’ve just finished a good book when you’re sad that it’s over.  But, you know you’ve just finished a great book when you are better when it’s over.  Mark Batterson’s new book Primal, is one of those great books.

I would highly recommend Primal.  If you’re taking “The Journey,” it would be the perfect companion book to your One-Year Chronological Bible. 

Here’s the link to the publisher: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601421319

Thanking God for You!

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