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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

 903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002) 

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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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 9:11 AM

When Change Comes Your Way

Thursday, September 4, 2014 9:11 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2014 9:11 AM

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  I just enjoy being able to watch the leaves turn from their deep greens into the golds, oranges, and reds.  (I usually have to do this on the nature channel, but at least I get to see some leaves turn.)  Something about this time of year is always special for me.  I know many people have that special fondness for fall.  It is a wonderful time because we see the changes in creation so vividly around us.

Many things in our world seem to be changing.  It always has been and will continue to be this way. Political leaders change, governments change, things come and go.  Clothing styles change.  Think about what the styles were when you were younger and how the styles are today.  Of course, we see some of those styles coming back.  Yikes!  Our relationships change.  Even our bodies change.  I don’t like to think about, much less, experience that last one.

Trends of all kinds seem to come and go.  Do you remember Furby? Then, there were the Beanie Babies, followed by Pokémon.  Foods have a way of running in trends as well.   Everything we are in touch with changes.  Sometimes the changes are for the good, and on occasion, for the not so good.  But you can count on this, things change.

In the middle of our ever-changing world, it is a real comfort to me to know that we can have a relationship with a never changing God.  Malachi 3:6 says, "For I am the Lord, I do not change."  Is that not a neat thought?  Even though everything around us seems to change, even the very earth itself shifts in different places at times, God says, "I never change."  The word used for "Lord" is Jehovah.  I am Jehovah.  I am God.  I am the One who is all you need.  I never change.

In the New Testament, we find another verse that speaks to the consistency of God.  Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are never changing.  When our lives are in moments of change, we can have a relationship with a never changing God.  His love never changes.  His mercy never changes.  His goodness never changes.  His ability to provide and meet needs never changes.  His holiness, His justice, we could go on and on.

Next time you face discouragement, fear, lack, or confusion, stop and think about something.  God, who loves you, DOES NOT change.  No matter what else changes around you, God, in all His greatness and might and majesty, will never, ever change.  In an ever-changing world, He is a never changing God.  One thing that this means is that His attitude toward you never changes.  He knows the very number of hairs on your head, and He loves you.  You can trust Him, talk to Him, and receive from Him.  You can handle the changes that come your way, because He does not change.

 

Pastor Mike

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