RISK -- Stepping Out In Faith Isn't A Risk
by: Darren Moyer
Webster's Dictionary defines risk as the possibility of loss, injury, disease or death; a hazard or dangerous chance. Risk is an uncertain outcome. There is no reference in the Bible saying to risk anything. How many references and verses are there about stepping out in faith?
As stewards of what God has given us, we have nothing to lose. Therefore, we have nothing to "risk." Risk should not be in our vocabulary. Only owners have risk. We as believers should be calling forth what God has already completed by taking a step of faith, again not a "risk."
John 16:23-24 states, In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth; My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. All we do is ask God, and whatever we ask is ours. He didn't say take a risk and get what you are seeking. He said ask! Ask God for what you want to experience then step out in faith, believing what you have asked for will come to pass. And it will!
Luke 8:22-25 says, Now it came to pass on a certain day, that He went into a ship with His disciples: and He said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
Jesus did not say let us "take a risk" and go over to the other side of the lake. Jesus did not say let us "try to make it" to the other side of the lake; let us "think" about going to the other side of the lake. He did not say "maybe" we can make it to the other side of the lake, or let us go to the middle of the lake and sink the boat and drown.
He said, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth! We are to launch forth, to get to the other side, which is our destiny, our goal and our vision. With Jesus in the boat we have nothing to "risk" but instead everything to gain! But as they sailed he fell asleep; and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. Jesus fell asleep! He was sleeping during the storm because he had called forth the end result, which was getting to the other side of the lake! He had no worries because he said let us go unto the other side of the lake. He already knew they were going to make it. He had peace! Nothing can stop anyone if they know the end result. What is knowing the end result? Faith!
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. When God tells us to step out, there is nothing that can hinder us. We are not taking a risk; we are simply doing what God told us to do. Therefore, the only thing that hinders us is unbelief.
A lot of Christians jump out of the boat when the storms come. They drown themselves! This is unbelief. They look at the circumstances instead of looking to God, and they bail ship, which just makes things ten times worse.
And He said unto them, "Where is your faith?" And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, "What manner of man is this! For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him."
Where is your faith? Are we not part of the Rock (God)? We are made in the image and likeness of the Creator (God)! Where or what we are now is a result of our belief system. We are the creators of our life!
We are stewards--people who manage another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others. So let's not "risk." How about we step out in faith? As stewards, we have nothing to lose. A steward owns nothing but manages another's (God's) property or financial affairs. Therefore, a steward cannot lose or risk something he does not have.
What do you have to lose?
Darren Moyer is a businessman, married to
Ali Capra-Moyer, Dennis and Denise Capra's
daughter. He is also Dave and Bonnie Duell's
grandson. Darren and Ali live in Kansas City
Missouri, USA, and attend Faith Ministries
World Outreach Center.
2007 Faith Network News PDF
Thanks for the admonition. For several years I have been preaching and teaching, that Faith is spelled R.I.S.K.
However your word here convinced me of my error. I want to now live by real faith, which does not even consider the possibility of failure, because its acting upon the living, revealed (Rhema) word of God.
by: Jon Palmer
Wow. I am astounded at this truth--it seems like my whole Christian life I've heard faith equated with risk--a worthy risk, mind you; but nevertheless a risk. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS REVELATION, particularly in such an articulate and encouraging way!
by: Deborah Wittmier