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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, December 27, 2016 10:44 AM

The Lost Week

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 10:44 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 10:44 AM
See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:15-16
 
The last week of each year tends to become the lost week.
 
Have you noticed? Once we turn the corner of Christmas, everything blurs. From December 26 to January 2, we slip into a state of "hyper-holiday suspended animation." As far as truly fruitful living is concerned, we might as well have spent the week on Mars.
 
A mentor in my life gave me some suggestions on how to make this “lost week” significant in preparation for the year and ending the existing year. I've prepared a list of suggested activities to allow you to keep enjoying the spirit of the holidays, while still making solid use of those transitional days. Lord willing, these suggestions will help keep the blur out and the focus in! This week - call it "Countdown Week" as we approach the New Year - you might give a day or a part of one to any or all of the following.
 
1. Summarize... organize.
 
Loose ends tend to fly in the breeze as year-end winds blow. Take a couple of hours, sit down with a notebook, and ask the Lord to help you think of things which need to be tabulated for future action. Pay special attention to those nagging, left-over, still-to-do things from last year's list. Who wants to drag a cloud of unease and uncertainty into the bright, fresh days of the New Year? Zeroing in on these long-neglected items can help blow the fog away as you step over the threshold of January 1. No, we will never get everything done. But somehow, just knowing what is left and listing it on paper gives a sense of completion and closure. It's an act that removes guilt and opens the way to positive action.
 
2. Read a large book in the Bible.
 
Get a running start on your goal of reading through the Word in the New Year. It takes about three to four minutes to thoroughly read an average page in the Bible. Take two to four hours and read a Bible book all the way through. Genesis covers sixty-three pages in my Bible (about three to four hours) and Revelation's twenty-one chapters (about an hour and a half). Pick your own size book, take an evening or afternoon, and feast there!
 
3. Undress the house
 
Many of us celebrate Christmas with festive decor and few (if any) surpass what Janet does at our place! Some years ago, we learned the wisdom (at least for us!) of getting the Christmas dressings "undressed" by New Year’s Day. It puts a fresh face on everything and emotionally gears you to walk into the year without feeling you're already behind still trying to finish off the old one.
 
4. Send thank-you notes and letters.
 
Don't be forgetful of a commonly neglected but much-appreciated practice. The briefest note of thanks or letter of warmth and love at this season speaks volumes! Take the time necessary. Let people know you appreciate them... and their gift too.
 
5. Set aside time for "fullness."
 
As appropriate as holiday celebration is, it's very natural to find yourself drained by all the action and activity. A dullness or listless apathy may besiege the soul at this time of year unless we seek the Lord for a refreshing and refilling of His Spirit.
 
Don't wander down from a bright Christmas mountaintop into a swamp of indecision, lethargy, and wasted opportunity. When that first Christmas was over, Joseph heard the words of the Lord's angel and took immediate action, saving the life of the Child.
 
That's what I want to do: Listen for His voice and then do what He says without doubt or procrastination. There's no telling how far you might go this year with that kind of head start!
 
Love you, Victory Family,
 
Pastor Mike

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