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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:
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Identity.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Calculated.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Invites Uncertainty.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Requires Persistence.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Ensures Growth.
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.
What are some
biblical examples of individuals with godly convictions?
1) In Romans 4:21, Paul says that Abraham was "fully
persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." In other words,
Abraham had a strong conviction that God would keep His promise.
2) The Apostle Paul expressed a similar conviction himself
in 2 Timothy 1:12b, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He
is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day."
3) Joseph stood strong against an Egyptian temptress,
because giving in "would be a great sin against God" (Gen. 39: 9).
4) Daniel refused to compromise his convictions in the face
of an antagonistic Babylonian culture (Dan. 6:3-5).
5) Hebrews 11:25 says that Moses "chose to be
mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a short time."
How are convictions different from standards?
Teaching standards and developing convictions are similar
but different. Clearly parents are called to teach their children (Deut. 6:7).
We all need to teach spiritual standards, but we can never directly command
convictions in others. In order to develop convictions, a person needs to
"see" the truth of what is being taught and he also has to
"own" that truth. In other words, there needs to be: instruction,
understanding and assimilation and application of the truth. Standards are
something that are taught and learned; while convictions are something that are
both owned and applied (Rom. 14:22-23).
What is the source of Christian convictions?
Convictions are based on the truth, but where does truth
come from? Jesus clearly answers the question in John 17:17b where He said,
"Thy [God’s] Word is truth." The Psalmist assures us, "Forever,
O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." Truth is that which corresponds to
reality. God is the supreme realist and we are realistic insofar as we see
things from His point of view. God’s Word is the blueprint of reality. Reality
is that which exists. If reality can’t be relative then truth can’t be
relative. Only the perception of the truth can be relative. God is the only
valid source of morality; He is the only one who has the right to bind the
conscience. For Christians, the Bible has always been our final authority for
faith and practice. In 2 Thessalonians 2:15, Paul said to "stand firm and
hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by
letter." Teaching had to be followed by internalization.
Christian convictions, based on the Word of God, are of
varying types. We may become convinced concerning a given interpretation, a
specific application, a general principle, and an application of a principle.
Some Christians argue against holding convictions that go beyond direct
commands of Scripture. We should be thoroughly convinced when the evidence
warrants and should act accordingly. Not every Christian will share the same
Next Week: Where do Christian convictions come from?
Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 4:45 AM CDT