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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.
In my last Living Strong article, I wrote of judgment on America and explained that the Bible reveals that judgment comes in two ways. I also said that it is foolish thinking on America’s part to believe that we can escape the ramifications of sin and disobedience even those that defy natural law (Romans 3:23).
But, now the question is this… Is God finished with America?
I believe America will survive the judgment. I still believe we will experience a great reveal, a third Great Awakening, followed by a great reformation. IF this occurs, it will return America back to God and save us from total apostasy and destruction. A revival of this magnitude is our only hope! This revival will not stop the judgment but will occur in spite of the judgment. Quite possibly, it might happen in part because of the judgment. But I and other trusted leaders that I have conversed with about this matter, have very strong promises from God regarding the coming of this revival.
God will turn us back to Himself. God loves this generation, and He loves the millions of unsaved people in America and through the earth. He needs an America in right relationship with Him in order to reap the potential harvest. A great revival will restore to us this amazing destiny. Do NOT be deceived; the war for the soul of America is linked to this greatest harvest of souls in all of history.
If America ever needed another Great Awakening, it is now! Those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ must appeal to heaven for God’s Awakening and Revival. There is still a window of time, but it is CLOSING fast. Let’s cry out for mercy and grace, appealing to heaven for a third Great Awakening.
There are pockets of revival breaking out across America right now. Though small in number, it is a beginning.
On to Victory,
DON’T FORGET… the Tighten the Knot Marriage Encounter with Joe and Denise McGee Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 at Victory Church. It’s free and more information is available at the Victory Church website, www.wordofvictory.org.
Published on Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 2:55 PM CDT