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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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:35 AM

Wishful Thinking or Genuine Faith?

Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:35 AM
Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:35 AM

When we read about the heroes of the faith in Hebrew 11, we learn that “by faith [they] conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouth of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, become mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women [even] received back their dead [sons] by resurrection” (verses 33-35). Through faith, the Old Testament saints accomplished some incredible things. Or perhaps better stated, God accomplished incredible things through those who believed in Him. That is an important clarification. The biblical heroes did not simply believe; they believed in God. Their faith was unseen, but was not blind. God was the source of their power and strength. He was their focus and the object of their faith. Their confident trust and full dependence was placed in Him.

Void of the right object, faith is nothing more than wishful thinking. It is pitiful and powerless. But placed in God, faith is the essence of salvation and the heart of the Christian life. The pages of Scripture are filled with examples of people who walked by faith. People like Abel, Enoch, Abraham, , Esau, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, Rahab (now there is a story!), David, Mary, and many others are examples of not perfect individuals, but examples of people who walked by faith. You and I are no different. We are not perfect people, but we can be numbered with those who daily “walk by faith.”  Let’s do it.

 

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