“God has made some bold predictions about you- they’re called promises.”- Mark Batterson
In Chapter 22 (“Bold Predictions”) of If, Mark Batterson highlights the fact that what if starts with bold predictions. Yet, dreams lacking deadlines often turn into if only regrets. And if you are big enough to accomplish your dream, your dream isn’t big enough for God.
Nor can you just sit back, wait, and twiddle your thumbs. You have to prove yourself to God in the little things. Mark explains that God’s faithfulness is not a theological crutch or an excuse for less effort:
“God is setting up divine appointments, but you have to keep them. God is the gift giver, but you have to fan them into flame. God is calling, but you have to answer God. God is ordering your footsteps, but you have to keep in step with the Spirit. And God is preparing good works in advance, but you need to carpe diem.”
Pastor Batterson defines faith as “the ability to see possibilities where others see impossibilities.” Such faith will shape your future. And it is never too late for you to become what you might have been. Mark is confident God hasn’t given up on you because you still are breathing. God always delivers on His promises:
“The resurrection is the down payment on every promise. If God makes good on that prediction, what are you worried about? God does not overpromise or underdeliver. If we meet the conditions, He always exceeds expectations.”
Today’s question: What bold predictions do you feel led to make following your ministry downsizing or vocation loss? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Reconditioned”