In a Pit with a Loin on a Snowy Day (by Mark Batterson)

Gosh my spirit man just super loves Mark Batterson books.  He just may be my favorite author.  I finished reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson this week and man oh man am I pumped up.  This is a must have – go buy it today – book. 

Here are some of my highlights so that in a few months (or maybe days) – when I no longer feel pumped up – I can remember what was so great.  These are all Batterson quotes:

God is in the resume building business.  He is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities.  But those God-given opportunities often come disguised as man-eating lions… we can cower in fear…or… seize  the God-ordained opportunity.

Lion chasers know God is bigger and more powerful than any problem they face in this world.  They thrive in the toughest circumstances because they know that impossible odds set the stage for amazing miracles.

One of the most exhilarating things in this world is doing something that no one thinks you can do.

When you get excited about God, don’t expect everybody to get excited about your excitement.

Too often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives.  We want everything in our favor.  But maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions (ex. Gideon).

Lion chasers aren’t afraid of conflict. They aren’t afraid of risking their reputation by chasing snakes out of the temple.

God is going to make sure you get where He wants you to go.  He is always working behind the scenes, engineering our circumstances and setting us up for success.  We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do…. The King of Kings goes in advance of His servants and prepares the road ahead for us.

Don’t let mental lions keep you from experiencing everything God has to offer.  The greatest breakthroughs in your life will happen when you push through the fear.  The defining moments will double as the scariest decisions.

The cure for the fear of failure is not success.  It’s failure.  The cure for fear of rejection is not acceptance.  It’s rejection. You’ve got to be exposed to small quantities of whatever you’re afraid of to build up immunity (like a vaccine).

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.

I have a theory: The more problems you have, the more potential you have to help people.  One of the most paralyzing mistakes we make is thinking that our problems somehow disqualify us from being used by God.

The last time I checked the parable of the talents, the reward for good work wasn’t an early retirement or extended vacation.  The reward for good work was more work. 

I think that spiritual maturity is less about figuring out the future and more about a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Spirit of God.

Joseph could have come up with a number of explanations for his experiences when things weren’t going his way. God has forsaken me. God is angry with me. God has forgotten me. God has given up on me. But Joseph’s explanation is Gen 20:20. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Long before you woke up this morning the Holy Spirit was interceding for you.

Good is often the enemy of great… it is settling for anything less than God’s best.

One of our greatest spiritual shortcomings is low expectation.

Let me tell you something about stepping out in faith: you almost always second guess yourself.  You make the decision to get out of the boat … and you have second thoughts…and you start sinking spiritually because you stop focusing on Jesus and start focusing on the wind and the waves.

All of us have action regrets, but I think our deepest regrets are missed opportunities.

We won’t regret the mistakes we made as much as the God-ordained opportunities we missed.

God is raising up a generation of lion chasers that have the courage to compete for the kingdom.

We need to stop criticizing culture and start creating it. 

God is in the business of making sure we cross paths with the right people at the right time.

When my prayer life is hitting on all eight cylinders, I can believe God for everything.  But when I’m in a prayer slump, I have a hard time believing God for anything.  Low expectations are the byproduct of prayerlessness…

I made plenty of mistakes, but mistakes are good for you to learn from.

Remember this: we serve an unlimited God with unlimited resources.

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