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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.
our congregation at Victory Church participates in “21 Days of Prayer.” One of
the reasons I lead our congregation in this endeavor is to get us started in
the right direction for the New Year (especially in our personal prayer lives).
It is always an exciting 21 days as we “clean out” the cobwebs that many of us
have acquired since Thanksgiving and the holiday season. So, I encourage you to
participate with us at Victory or with what your church is doing as we begin
next 21 days I want to offer you some reasons as to, “Why Do We Pray” as a
follower of Jesus Christ. Every 2-3 days I will bring you updates that I hope
will encourage you in your walk with Christ. The main thing about prayer is not
how much knowledge you have about the topic. The main thing is simply…are you
praying? In other words, Just Do It!
Keep Prayer Simple
make prayer to be so much more complicated than is necessary. Prayer is really a simple way of connecting
to God. Yet some take it to extremes or
measures that are more about drawing attention to them. I like what Jesus said
in Matthew 6:6. It doesn’t get much simpler.
"Here's what I want you to do:
Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God.
Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift
from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Message Bible)
learn from Jesus’ instructions:
1. Get away to a place of prayer. Preferably
a place away from people and all the
stuff that is surrounding your everyday life. (Lose the phone and all the other
2. When you find a quiet place you will
be able to hear His voice in your
heart and mind. (By the way…don’t be afraid of solitude and quietness OR just
hearing your own heart beat! Lol)
3. When you are by yourself it will be
just you and God. You won’t be
tempted to impress other people or worry about what they think about you. You
are alone…with God.
4. When you are in a quiet and secluded
place you can be honest with God. No one is listening but Him. (He can handle
whatever is on your mind!)
5. When you are in a quiet and secluded
place you can respond to God’s
presence and God speaking into your heart and mind without worrying about what
others think. (Yes, grown men do weep…just not in front of other men. And yes,
grown men have been known to want to jump up and give God a “high five” after
the grown man finally got it!)
Keep prayer simple by simply doing
the simple things.
Published on Monday, January 7, 2013 @ 11:45 AM CDT