Tips for developing a lifestyle of risks.
1. Follow Jesus.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will work out. Deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow him. We are His hands and feet.
2. Heed the Spirit.
I often do not “feel led” to approach someone in any given situation, but there are times when God causes someone to stand out, almost as if He has high-lighted them for me. Pay attention to the often-subtle Holy Spirit clues. You may think the person reminds you of someone, there may be a feeling in your gut of something you need to tell them, etc. Just do it!
3. Ask the Father.
Jesus only did/said what He saw the Father doing/saying. Ask the Father what He is already doing/saying. Sometimes I’ll say, “Father, what are You doing? Is there anything You would like to communicate to this person or to anyone here in this place?”
4. Listen to Paul.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
5. Always return a blessing for a curse.
Very, very rarely am I cursed. Usually people avoid or reject me on the basis of awkward, not my faith in Jesus. If someone doesn’t want to talk or treats me poorly, my response is: “God bless you anyway, have a great day!”
6. No fear.
God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of Power and Love and a Sound-Mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
7. No discouragement.
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He will absolutely attempt to discourage you along the way. Resist him, he will flee.
8. Pop the question.
How can I pray for you? Do you have any pain in your body or any special needs? God cares and I’m learning to do the same.
9. Take a risk.
The worst thing that can happen is you being turned down. The best thing that can happen is someone encountering everlasting love. Is a love encounter with Jesus worth the loss of our pride or comfort? I sure think so.
Valuable resources that have helped and encouraged me:
1. Time in the Word and quiet/private time in prayer – daily. Fighter Verse App for iPhone is an amazing tool.
2. Ask a friend to join you in risk-taking. (I can’t imagine where I’d be without friends who have inspired me by their courage)
3. Get to know God’s heart for healing and speaking encouragement to people. These resources are great starting points:
The Essential Guide to Healing by Randy Clark/Bill Johnson.
You May All Prophesy by Steve Thompson.
4. Attend a School of Power & Love (their heartbeat is to train and equip the body of Christ for every good Gospel work)
5. Watch Come&Live!’s New Zealand Documentary – there are numerous risk-taking examples.
6. Get risky. Take one. Don’t give up and do not despise small beginnings. Keep going!