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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.
Last Sunday, I was privileged to join 37 members of Victory Church to see the movie, War Room.
The movie shocked Hollywood with opening weekend sales of $11 million, and it only played on about one-third of the screens as other weekend favorites. This Kendrick brothers' hit had a budget of $3 million and is on pace to surpass sales of two of their other movies, Courageous and Fireproof, both of which had sales of over $33 million.
Secular reviews of the film are predictably negative, but the impact on the kingdom of God will be highly positive. The movie tells a common story of a marriage on the rocks. The couple is caught in the trap of chasing careers and money, and finds a very uncommonly applied solution to their troubles.
Prayer changes lives.
I want to pass on to you an eye-witness report at another theater that showed War Room. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did when I was told the story. This is the account from Steve Green who was at the theater.
I, (Steve Green), was thrilled to witness at the end of the movie something very exciting. First, the crowd cheered and clapped. It was the ending prayer of Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) that brought a powerful response from the crowd as she cries out "Raise 'em up Lord."
Then, as the movie credits began to roll, Pastor Shaddy, who was with me, jumped from his seat, kicked over my popcorn bag (I had thoughts of a midnight snack) and rushed, arms flailing...
"Wait, wait everyone, let's take a moment now and pray for America!"
I didn't see anyone move. People began to pray with lifted arms for our country. I've never seen such a benediction to a movie. Yet, it was powerful, meaningful, and instructive. Pastor Shaddy yelled over the closing music for healing to come to America, and people yelled back, "Yes! Heal our country!"
The leadership of Pastor Shaddy was further exemplified by his actions outside of the theater. I watched as he bought tickets for people to see War Room. Many of the people he bought tickets for had intended to see one of those escape movies from Hollywood.
War Room is not an escape movie. It is an entrance movie to a new way of living. Pastor Shaddy and I spoke in the car about how many people would go home and begin to build their own war room. He thought Home Depot would be packed!
Of course, it's not the room. It's the prayers.
Leaders see opportunity and take action. How about you? What action steps have you taken since seeing the movie? Has anything changed in your war room? Maybe your first “action step” needs to be going to see the movie. Then do it. God is in it!
"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 10:08 AM CDT