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Christians Have Power Over Paganism and the Occult

Christians Have Power Over Paganism and the Occult

For many of us, we think about the occult, or paganism or the demonic and we think, “Well, they’re nice stories. And we see them in biblical days, but none of that stuff is real. There’s nothing behind any of this stuff.”

For others of us, we think about these things, and we break into a cold sweat. Maybe we begin to seek the power that can be found in these things, or perhaps we think that there’s nothing that we can do to stand in front of these sorts of things. But what are we to do about these, because we can’t ignore them.

What do I do when I am afraid to chase my dreams?

When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body an urgent message: run! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power. 

Has God given you a HUGE dream for you or your church? Has He given you a HUGE dream for your community? This is what Chase the Lion is all about.

Centring on 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. This series also recounts the miraculous stories of David’s other mighty men, and their exploits for the Kingdom of Israel. This 5-week series, springboarded off the Mark Batterson book, Chase the Lion, will help you unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams God has given you to reach the world.

Text: 2 Samuel 23:20-23 NLT

Watch the message:

The Main Points:

  • The only way to be used by God to your full potential is to chase lions.

  • God-sized dreams often seem impossible: because that’s what they’re supposed to be without his help!

  • Too often, you lose out on the full dream God’s given you because you choose to chase kittens instead of the lion God put in front of you.

  • God is more interested in your obedience than in your success.

  • The only way to start chasing the dream God’s given you is to put one foot in front of the other.

  • Count the cost, and then add the power of God into the equation.

  • Action Steps:

    • Commit to chase your God-given destiny. Don’t be ruled by fear, be ruled by the power of God.

    • What can you do this week to begin chasing your dream?

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