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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.
My Living Strong thought this week is coming from a missionary family who serves with YWAM in Taiwan. Tim and Joann Bauer are part of the Victory family, but have spent most of their adult life oversees serving Christ. I have had the privilege to join Tim and Joann on occasions in some of the countries where they were serving at that time. They have a deep and abiding trust in God, and this has been evident in all the years I have known them.
Here is what Tim sent me just a couple of days ago as he and Joann prepare to enter 2015. I want to pass it on to you:
Have a Blessed New Year and may your year be filled with great joy!
As I was asking the Lord for His thoughts for the New Year, I was reminded of - Isaiah 40:31 -
But those who Trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
God DESIRES to carry us on eagles wings, to give us strength to "run our race well". How? Trust Him.
Trust defined: complete dependence on the character, ability, strength of someone.
Some years ago, when a family member saw how I was traveling the world, learning languages, and living in far off lands he said: "You have really become independent". But in reality I know how dependent I was on the One who had "called me out of darkness into His marvelous light".
It is only as we trust in Him as dependent sons/daughters that we can truly fulfill His purpose for us namely: to enjoy Him and to complete the works He prepared for us. We each have a "race to run" and at times it is not at all easy, requiring endurance and choosing "not my will but yours" because we KNOW and TRUST His character - that His will is GOOD.
This year, God is calling me to a deeper trust in Him. Join me if you would like in this New Year's prayer:
"We trust you Lord, we know your character, ability, and strength, and WE TRUST YOU. We place our self and our family in your hands. We are dependent on you alone... "Let’s soar on wings of eagles...."
Thanks Tim for the Encouragement!!!
Published on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 @ 9:49 AM CDT