Are You Willing to Take a Risk of Faith? By Rylisms
The title made me laugh and the message is great. I will paste the devotion in first and elaborate what I have for you today.
She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned–caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” (Mat_9:21-22, The Message)
The status quo requires no risk. Nothing ventured; nothing gained. But excellence, by its very nature, requires that you break out of the pack and pull away from the common and ordinary, shaking off the mundane and mediocre. Hey, the only thing in the middle of the road is yellow stripes and dead armadillos!
The woman knew that there was healing power working in and through Jesus, so much that if she could only place her finger upon his robe – she would be made whole. But she was unclean, and He a Rabbi. She was a woman; He a man. To violate the social protocol could result in her being stoned by the religious zealots of the day.
She took a risk of faith – and it paid off huge!
It has been said many times, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” What this means, then, is if you want something that you’ve never had before, you must be willing to do something that you’ve never done before. And that is where RISK comes into the equation.
Noah built a boat in the middle of a desert —that was a risk. Abraham left his home and went out, not knowing where he was going – that was a risk. Moses forsook the security of Pharaoh’s palace, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God —that was a risk.
Prayed to God though the king had decreed death to any who dared do so—that was a risk. David faced a giant in the open field of battle—that was a risk. John the Baptist confronted the sins of King Herod—that was a risk. Peter walked on water—that was a risk. Paul openly declared to Caesar himself that Jesus Christ is Lord—that was a risk.
These were men of whom the world was not worthy. These are the fathers of our Faith, and we are their sons and daughters. Now it is our turn. Now we have the opportunity and the abilities to not only follow in their steps but to go beyond where they themselves were able to go. But it will require a definite dose of vision, passion, discipline, and risk.
Are you willing to take that leap?
The difference between success and failure may come down to this; one decided to take a risk, while the other chose to take a rest.
The main points I see are as follows;
1. You must be willing to do something that you've never done before.
All we do for the Lord carries with it a risk, that is the key word in the whole devotion, the word 'Risk'.
The word risk defined will make this more clear.
Risk is the potential of gaining or losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well-being, or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. you must be willing to do something that you’ve never done before. Uncertainty is a potential, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome; risk is a consequence of action taken in spite of uncertainty.~Wikipedia
This is why so few will take a risk for our Lord. Many are going five miles an hour and are happy with it. This is not a foolish risk, the fool takes many unwise risks, this is 100% different. We do something in faith, we take a leap of faith not knowing if we will lose our head on a chopping block. Extreme dangerous sports carry a risk, but in my opinion, it is foolish to do something extreme for the thrill, thrill seekers could be dead in a minute.
I am talking about a holy risk, not a foolish risk.
2. You must be willing to do something that you’ve never done before.
Corrie Ten Boom took a risk to save the persecuted Jews, we know the outcome. It was of the Lord, we learn a lot from this dear saint. She took a Holy risk and she paid for it.
She said she would do it all over, that is amazing. If we know the outcome or fear the outcome of a thing, we will be idle and do nothing because most do not want to lose anything. In these dark days just saying 'Jesus is the only way to Jehovah God' could cause one to go to jail, not being politically correct. Persecution is already taking place today in this apostate world. Are you willing to do something you have never done before?
Yes, it can cause fear, this is normal, but the leap of faith is called for. Faith in itself can not be explained, it can not be seen, but it's real. Faith is required to take a holy risk, faith and risk go together.
3.But it will require a definite dose of vision, passion, discipline, and risk.
Doing something we have never done before calls for;
We must have vision this comes from the Lord and not the flesh. This will call for passion, do you have a passion for what you do, we do all things as unto the Lord. Passion about almost anything is missing now days. O' how we need more passion for our lord and discipline to do what our Lord says to do. Yes, its a risk, yes it can be a scary, but passion, faith, obedience, that is the risk. Do we honestly take a risk and obey the Lord on a matter that we have no idea where it will take us, we just do as Abraham, walk and not know where we are going, but the Lord said go and he started his unknown journey, that is a risk, that is out of our comfort zone, O' but how blessed he was because he obeyed and walked by faith.
Beloved, all we do for the Lord is a risk, we could lose everything, Paul wrote 'I count the loss of all things as dung, that I may know the excellency of Christ Jesus'.
In my life, most of what I do is a risk, but I strive to obey, and simply leave the results with the Lord.
The saying, 'I have nothing to lose' is not a good way to take a true holy risk, if you have much to lose, that is where the Holy risk comes in.
We all make mistakes, I do, I am a sinner saved by grace, I do not always obey right away, but after the lords, heavy hand remains I cave in and obey, the Lord always wins every argument we may have. LOL.
It is time to take the leap of faith, Whatever the Lord has been telling you to do should not be put off, it is one minute before midnight. We do not know what may happen tomorrow, this is why Jesus said 'take no thought, do not be anxious', all our tomorrows are in his hand, I can not think of a better place to be.
I end with what the title means.
The Only Thing In The Middle Of The Road Is Yellow Stripes And Dead Armadillos!
Living in the safe zone, living in the middle of our roads, not taking a stand for Jesus will make us no better than a dead Armadillo, always remember, a living dog is better than a dead lion. If you are alive, you can take that Holy Risk today, may it be so with all of us.