Tomorrow I will be bringing the word at Elevate Church, I am so excited not only because it is a church that I am on staff with but because I know that tomorrow could be very ground breaking for a lot of people. We are beginning a new series called “Chase the Lion.” I am covering the “Defying the odds” part of this series. I will be telling a story that comes from Acts 12, about a man named Peter who was very pivotal for the church we know and love today. During this particular story the early church stood a chance of failure because of a king and his clutch on key leaders within this movement. I feel as though a lot of us are in a situation that is a make it or break it time for our lives and that we are living under this unspoken anticipation of failure from those around us and from even our own fears. But like I have heard put so many times since I began church planting, “The greatest rewards lie on the other side of the greatest risk in our lives.” You may be thinking Defying the odds is a great thought but Chris you just don’t understand what I am up against. Here is some advice, you are right to fear your fight with the odds, but it is not your fight, it is the hope and glory in you that will take you the heights in your life that you never thought were possible. But here is the scary thing about all of this…the story ends with the king failing but people still praising him, and because he did not give the glory to where it was deserved he was killed, and even eaten by worms. So when you are on the other side of this story and you do “Defy the odds” remember who saw you through and give the praise where the praise is deserved, God. So I pray that tomorrow God will knock down the walls you have been trying to climb and create a wholeness in you that will never leave you defeated again.