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Mark Batterson Weekly Devo

Press On

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:13-14 At some point in our lives, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. That’s the day…

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Extended Warranty

“All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” –Deuteronomy 28:2 Just as the blessings of God come with a condition, they also carry a warranty. In contractual law, a warranty protects us against a manufacturer’s defect or seller’s default. Those warranties come in…

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Prisoners of Hope

“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” –Zechariah 9:12 The concept of the double blessing has been used and abused by name-it-and-claim-it preachers for longer than I’ve been alive. I understand the dangers of misinterpretation and misapplication as it relates to God’s promises, but…

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Power of the Tongue

“Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken.” –Proverbs 25:11 When I was in seminary, I spoke to a gathering of men at a drug-rehabilitation program. I met a man who had made some mistakes that contributed to his addictions. He had gotten out from under the umbrella of…

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Choose Your Battles Wisely

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” -Ephesians 6:10 My wife and I used to have a little saying taped to our bathroom mirror: “Choose your battles wisely.” There are some battles you need to bow out of. They aren’t worth your time or energy. Then there are battles you cannot…

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Bottled Tears

One of the most beautiful and powerful images in Scripture is found in Psalm 56:8. It’s a precious promise that begs to be circled: “You have collected all my tears in your bottle.” There are many different kinds of tears. There are the tears shed by the mother of a little boy in the ICU…

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Visualization

“Show me your vision, and I’ll show you your future.” I was twenty-one when I heard those words, and I’ll never forget them. But it’s not just the words that impacted me; it’s the fact that they were spoken by the pastor of one of the largest churches in the world. His words carried extra…

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Craving Favor

The longer I live, the more I crave the favor of God.  The greatest moments in life are the moments when God intervenes on our behalf and blesses us way beyond what we expect or deserve. These are humble reminders of His sovereignty. And these favor moments can become our favor-ite memories. One of these…

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Law of Measures

While it’s not recorded in Scripture, I promise you that Moses prayed. Isn’t that what we do when we cannot figure things out ourselves? When we find ourselves in situations that are beyond our control or beyond our comprehension, we pray. Moses must have felt like he was running off a cliff, but that is…

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Variant Spellings

As window-shoppers strolled up and down the promenade, I scribbled down a personal definition of success on a napkin. That napkin may as well have been a stone tablet inscribed by the finger of God on Mount Sinai. God redefined success for me and spelled it out on that napkin. Like definitions in the dictionary…

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