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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

 903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002) 

 MBurns@wordofvictory.org                                   

 

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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:42 AM

The 4 Most Important Prayers for Your Kids

Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:42 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:42 AM

#4  - A Compassionate Worldview

The rising tone of divisiveness, fear, and unrest in our world has led me to pray that my children and grandchildren will understand that the heart of the gospel begins with a spirit of civility - putting people before political preferences, social circles, ethnic ties, or economic similarities.

I am asking God to help my children and grandchildren see the people around them as image bearers of Christ. Among those they find hardest to love, I am praying for God to give them the capacity to first affirm their enemy’s dignity before feeling the need to set them straight. I desire that the Lord would  enable them to offer a seat at the proverbial table to the seemingly most inhospitable kid they know because Christ offered them a seat when they were at their worst. Jesus’ welcoming acceptance is a truth our pastor has reminded us of again and again.

Loving others when they are at their worst can happen only when the Holy Spirit illuminates their minds, eyes, and hearts to His ways, which often are completely counter to their own. And this is why I’ve also begun praying with my children the words Corrie ten Boom prayed throughout her lifetime: “Lord, keep us so close to your heart that we see things as it were more and more from your point of view.”

To those profound words I’ve added these: “Give us eyes, God, to see past someone’s anger or pain toward their need. Show us how to be like you, as strange, dangerous, or extraordinary as it seems. Thank you that you always see us as we truly are and love us still. Allow us to do the same with others. Amen.”

Prayer, whether it’s snuck in between yawns or whispered during a carpool route, is one eternally significant way that we can love and serve our kids. As parents, while we can’t pray for everything, we can pray for some things.

 

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