Are you a risk taking Christian or one who never takes any risks?
Psalm 56 v3-4
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
God showed me that when it comes to the things of the Spirit we have to be prepared to fall. We have to be PREPARED to fail.
Being supernatural does not come easily. We have to work at it. We have the ability to be supernatural just like Isla has the ability to smell a mouse (see yesterday’s post). But we are often not tuned into the supernatural. I asked God to help show me how we can become more tuned in to the supernatural.
I asked myself the question …Do I ever try to be supernatural or to walk in the Spirit?
Galatians 5v16 walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh
We are supposed to live like this. Every day. All the time. This is not just a Sunday only thing.
Our pastor has recently been preaching through a series on the gifts of the Spirit and he has been encouraging us to take risks. He has urged us to especially want to prophesy. The way he explains it is that when we get a thought or an idea that flitters into our mind we should speak it out if we think it might be God. The way this is usually taught is that unless we are 100% sure it is God we must wait. The problem is we are always unsure. We get a still voice or an idea that pops into our head and instead of thinking could this be God, we assume it cannot be God. It must be our imagination. So what do we do? Nothing!
Our pastor has encouraged us to rather take a risk. Speak it out. Then let the people judge it and if we make a mistake, so what! It is all about learning to take risks. I love this thinking. One has to have a mature body of believers and elders around to ensure this does not get out of hand. The Bible says all things must be done orderly. In spite of his constant encouragement, hardly anyone speaks out. It is because we are so afraid to look stupid and for people to laugh at us.
If, as John Wimber says Faith is spelled R I S K, then we need to take a chance on God.
We can either be spectators or participants in the things of the Spirit. The difference between spectator and participant is RISK.
The thing that holds us back from participating in the gifts of the spirit is not because God is withholding – it’s because we have so much fear, the fear destroys our willingness to take a risk.
It is quite OK to make mistakes!
When it comes to the gift of prophecy, very often, the Lord sends a picture across your mind like a butterfly, quick and light and you wonder if you were imagining it. That’s because God is giving you a chance to exercise your RISK…. Or should I say faith.
When I was younger we went to the ice skating rink. Everyone would skate around – people were good and others were not so good. But every now and again the announcer would call out over the loudspeaker that there was going to be a time of speed skating. Then all the slow skaters would get off the ice and the fast skaters would get on the ice.
God showed me that our church is like that. When it comes time to operate in the gifts, everyone walks off and sits down to watch the fast skaters. Just the pastor and one or two people are left to operate in the gifts. Everyone else spectates. God wants us to skate. We will never learn to speed skate until we are willing to fall. That’s how we learn.