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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.
Biblical faith presupposes and requires inner conviction.
Faith begins with the promises of God contained in His Word being illuminated
by the Spirit of God. The writer of Hebrews helps us to understand the
relationship between faith and conviction. Hebrews 11: l says, "Now faith
is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence [conviction] of things not
seen." The word evidence can be translated "proof" or
"conviction." Biblical faith is not just convicting, it is also convincing.
It is not a leap in the dark nor is it a worked up feeling, but rather peaceful
confidence based on evidence that demands a verdict. When one is persuaded by
the evidence it results in conviction. Once we see truth, we can’t unsee it.
Paul says that faith is a gift (Eph. 2:8, 9). God’s Word is
an incorruptible seed (1 Pet. 1:23) engrafted into our lives and fertilized by
the Spirit of God (Titus 3:5). In 1 Corinthians 12:3b Paul said, "…no one
can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit." Without the calling,
illumination and regeneration of the Holy Spirit, conviction and faith would
not be possible. Faith is like a muscle that grows—some people have
"little faith", some have "faith" and some have "great
faith." The seed of the Gospel is germinated by the regenerating activity
of the Spirit. As we learn to ruminate on God’s Word, it becomes a vital part
of our lives and we become persons with God-given convictions which in godly
actions and godly habits.
Clearly, saving faith in the Bible involves more than just
mental assent. It is a whole soul’s trust in God and in His Word as true.
Without such faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Faith involves several dimensions and impacts
on all of life:
1) Faith involves belief (mind)—it affects what we think
2) Faith involves trust (heart)—it affects how we feel
3) Faith involves response (will)—it affects what we do
Any intimate relationship impacts on how we think, feel and
act. The Christian faith involves:
1) A person to be received—Christ,
2) a truth to be believed—God’s Word and
3) a life of love to be lived.
Unbelief arises out of ignorance, while faith arises out of
being persuaded by evidence—revealed and illuminated by God. God said to the
prophet Hosea that His people are destroyed "through lack of
knowledge" of His ways, Word, will, promise and provision (Hosea 4:6).
Next Week: Can Christian convictions be misused or
Published on Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 4:47 AM CDT