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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

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Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

On Sunday, July 25th, I finished preaching the series, Taking a Kingdom Risk. In this series we learned that Kingdom Risk Taking is a necessary component of true discipleship and is a Kingdom protocol (code of conduct) for following Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to risk, to obey and step out in faith for His glory and to the fullest potential for the kingdom of God realized. Every great risk in Jesus’ Name begins with confidence in the goodness and trustworthiness of God. That He who calls us to “step out in faith” means to trust the One who supplies us with whatever we need to fulfill plans and purposes in and through us.

Kingdom Risk Taking has 6 Characteristics that helps us recognize and understand what is required in in this endeavor. The first five characteristics I have preached about and they are described on the podcast at our website (wordofvictory.org). Here is a synopsis of the last and sixth characteristic:

  1. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Identity.
  2. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Calculated.
  3. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear.
  4. Kingdom Risk Taking Invites Uncertainty.
  5. Kingdom Risk Taking Requires Persistence.
  6. Kingdom Risk Taking Ensures Growth.

Psalm 92:12-14

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green

Godly risk taking is different than the risk tied to immediate gratification, which is plentiful in our culture.

  • Immediate gratification is often self-serving and short sighted.
  • Kingdom Risk Taking is God-driven with long range

The latter can take you some place different, some place better!

Obeying God and stepping out of our comfort zone to trust Him and to walk by faith not only has positive repercussions for us and others around us today, but also for generations to come in the future (see Gen. 26:24).

Because it requires discipline, tempering the uncertainty (characteristic #4) and persistence (characteristic #5)…however, Godly Risk Taking is less common among many Christians.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:16 AM

Do Not Disturb!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:16 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:16 AM

I have MY agenda, I have My plans, I have My dreams, I have My goals, I have My ambitions. We just get too busy! Usually we don’t mean to do so, but it happens. Because we’re too busy, we don’t have time to serve. We treat Jesus and his Bride (the Church) in the same way we do when we go to a hotel. We hang out the “do not disturb sign” on the door of our hearts. “DO NOT DISTURB.” We do it all the time. However, when we need the hotel maid to come in and clean up our mess in the room, then and only then, do we remove the “do not disturb” sign. Many treat God the same way. Come into my heart or my “need” or into my problem and clean it up. But after He is finished, we excuse Him from the room and hang out the “do not disturb" sign once again.

To become a real servant we have to be open to being interrupted. That is real hard isn’t it? My favorite show is coming on and your Mom asks you to do the dishes or the church asks you to come out and help on a project or your neighbor needs some help. Following Jesus means I am open to interruptions. This is the heart of a Christ-Follower. It was the heart of Jesus when he moved among people. Almost every miracle and almost every act of ministry Jesus did, He did when he was interrupted.  For the most part we can’t schedule in our service hours. In fact, it is in the interruptions of our daily lives that God uses us to do some of His best work in other people’s lives like healing, restorations, encouragement, and giving of hope.

If we really allow the Holy Spirit to form a servant’s heart in us, like that of Jesus Christ, we don’t mind being interrupted because our agenda is God’s agenda. We get up in the morning and say, “Ok, God, you want to bring somebody in my life today? Go right ahead! I’m ready!

Just to remind us: “It is mostly in the “interruptions” of our daily lives that Jesus is revealed through our serving Him as we serve others.”

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