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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, September 30, 2014 9:41 AM

Living Strong: You Need to Laugh

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:41 AM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:41 AM

Humor is infectious.  The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze.  When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.  A church’s morale can be measured by the amount of joy present when we come together and laugh.

Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body.  Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.  Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to obtain.

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

The social benefits of humor and laughter

Humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection.  When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created.  This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment.  Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone.

Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting.  All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play also adds joy, vitality, and resilience, and humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

Incorporating more humor and play into your daily interactions can improve the quality of your love relationships, as well as your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends.  Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:

  • Be more spontaneous.  Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
  • Let go of defensiveness.  Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
  • Release inhibitions.  Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
  • Express your true feelings.  Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.

Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn.  Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born.  Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there.  Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of your life, finding it naturally in everything you do.

One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously.  We’ve all known the classic tight-jawed sourpuss who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything.  No fun there!

Some events are clearly sad and not occasions for laughter, but most events in life don’t carry an overwhelming sense of either sadness or delight.  They fall into the gray zone of ordinary life, giving you the choice to laugh or not.

Go ahead…laugh!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22 NLT

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