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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.
What is the value of developing and maintaining Christian convictions?
1. Godly convictions result in Christ like thinking and
2. Convictions acted upon can be a means for protecting our
families. It would be foolish to ignore the pressures of the world upon the
family and make no serious effort to counteract them.
3. Convictions enable us to stand alone. Peer pressure
affects all of us to some degree and comes in many forms. If we are going to
please God, we need to be able to resist negative peer pressure.
4. Convictions enable us to successfully resist temptations
from the world, the flesh and the devil and to avoid experiencing the reproofs
of life caused by the consequences of our disobedience.
5. A consistent godly example can serve as a great
encouragement to the people of God. We can’t expect people to act like Christ
without first developing the convictions of Christ.
6. It is on the basis of convictions that important
decisions should be made about how to live.
Convictions, unlike prejudices, are founded upon a thorough,
objective investigation of facts.
Where do Christian convictions come from?
Conviction describes the work of the Holy Spirit by which
the satanic blindness is lifted from men’s eyes and they are enabled to see
themselves in God’s sight—guilty of death because of sin against a holy God and
unable to save themselves. It is by conviction, brought about by the Spirit, in
our conscience, that a sinner is brought to repentance. Our convictions about
right and wrong are formed in our conscience. Everyone has convictions and a
conscience (Acts 24:16; Heb. 10:22; 1 Pet. 3:16). The Spirit convicts and
convinces. We should not confuse our conscience with the Spirit. Our
conscience helps us differentiate between right and wrong so we can develop our
convictions. If we don’t stand for something, we will most likely stand for
anything. Convictions can be positive or negative. We can have negative
convictions regarding our sin or we can have positive convictions regarding
God’s truth. If we fail to obey our conscience—what we know to be true, we
can’t grow spiritually. If we fail to obey an enlightened conscience, we can
make a ship wreck of our faith (1 Tim. 1:19).
Next Week: What is the relationship of the Holy Spirit and our
Published on Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 4:46 AM CDT