Faith – Is When “How To” Is Missing
April 12, 2009
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Faith – Is When “How To” Is Missing
Afraid of Risk – The current economic recession has caused many people to become more financially conservative and try to minimize financial risk. Fear of loss is an emotional driver for many. The same is true in the Kingdom. Many Christians leave much of their potential unfulfilled for fear of risking loss. What if I try and fail? I want to respond to that fear in this newsletter.
Focusing on our fear of loss is a real probability with real risk. We all know that things can and do go wrong and it’s prudent to be careful. However, life is all about taking good risks and reaping great rewards so we need to learn which risks are worth taking.
The second point is that fear is rooted in a sense of personal loss and it really underscores a larger issue. The real reason we are concerned with personal risk is personal! Those that are willing to take risks and live abundantly and generously are connected to a purpose larger than themselves. We find our spiritual life, abundance, and fruitfulness when we hook up with God’s larger purposes and sign up for those risks. It’s an irony that escapes many believers that are locked into being average when they could be 100-fold.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it… John 12:23-25 NIV
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt 10:39 NIV
My basis for taking risks is understanding what is more important than my personal safety; what comes higher than my laundry list of personal fears. When I see my role in God’s larger scheme, I risk everything to fulfill it and meet my personal goals in the process.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33 NIV
Finding my role or destiny in the Kingdom will naturally cause me to lay everything I have on the line just for the opportunity to obtain it. I’ve found a risk worth taking! Paul considered his personal life worth far less than his role in the Kingdom. No one made him take risks. He simply got a taste of the Kingdom and compared it to his own life and chose the Kingdom. It was an easy decision. He gave up a boring life that was headed nowhere and exchanged for one filled with excitement, fruit, and satisfaction. He found real life.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matt 13:45-46 NIV
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 NIV
God’s Purpose and My Purpose (Jn 15:15) – As servants we believe we are undertaking God’s purposes. However, a servant will seldom take a risk. Servants are hirelings when it comes to taking risks. Kings are willing to take risks and reap rewards for a very simple reason. They have found a dream where their desires and God’s desires overlap. They share God’s own heart in the area of their calling. They own the dream. That is the pearl worth selling everything you have to obtain. It will move you from servant to King and fill your life with vision and purpose. Kings are not waiting for daily guidance on every issue. They have a dream that is very clear in their own heart and they pursue it with everything they have.
Vision and Faith – Kings have a picture of where they are going. They exercise faith in this sense, “Faith is declaring my intentions before I know how to make it happen.” I’m OK with knowing the “what” and talking about it before I know the “how.” Why? I’ve seen the big picture. I know where we’re going. I’m free to make a few mistakes along the way to a huge success. That’s faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1 KJV
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 NIV
Aligning your subconscious – We Christians nearly always come from a servant mentality. We’ve tried to superimpose God’s desires over our own and we’ve tried to discipline ourselves to do what we would rather not. When we fall off the wagon, we view our hearts and minds as carnal and try to start over. We’ve had great training in how to be double-minded… wanting to do one thing but actually doing another. Listen to Paul’s description of this dilemma.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do… For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. Rom 7:15-20 NIV
Being double-minded is just rationally wanting to do one thing, while our subconscious drives us to do another. It’s a form of self-sabotage. Visualization of your dream and verbal affirmations are simple ways to get your subconscious to work with you instead of against you. They are techniques to implement repentance and renewal of our mind. First we see (believe), then we speak, then our faith turns to deeds and works that cause a result. From a practical standpoint the process of faith includes making plans, watching cash flow, and working through the complications. Our faith and words have the power of the Holy Spirit to make our dream materialize in fact.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 2 Cor 4:13 NIV
…God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. Rom 4:17 NASU
Results – Real life results are the fairest way to assess our theology and maturity as believers. Is your life where you would like it to be? If there is room for change, you can hook up with God’s purposes, spell out your role in the Kingdom and use faith to get involved. Desire to Destiny was written to help you through this very process.
Suggestion – Don’t go to heaven with regret that you couldn’t take a risk on your destiny. Being a King is too much fun to sit on the sidelines
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
- The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
- The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
- The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at