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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.

Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM

The Object of Your Faith

Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM
Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM

It has become popular in our society to talk about faith as though it were some sort of mystical force or magical power. Countless movies, television shows, and some songs reinforce the idea that you can achieve any goal and overcome any challenge if only you have a little faith or if only you just believe. Whether that faith is placed “in yourself” or in some other fantastical force (like the power of love or the promise of change), the point is always the same: Believe hard enough, and dreams can come true. To our postmodern culture, what people believe in is not all that important. The critical thing is simply that they believe and that their faith…whatever its object…makes them happy and furthers their lifestyle.

Biblical faith could not be more opposite. It is defined by a confident trust in and full dependence on the only right object of faith. The object is God Himself. The reality is that faith is only as good as the object on which it rests. For the postmodern secularist, having faith “in yourself” is an extremely limiting and discouraging prospect. Faith based on that kind of fantasy is nothing more than fiction. But for the Christian, faith in God is the key to facing any circumstance of life. God is infinitely powerful, wise, good, faithful, and loving. To depend on Him is to say with the apostle Paul, “If God is for us, who is against us? For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31, 38-39). Who is the object of your faith?

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