Journal Entry ~ 02/20/18

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." - Daniel 3:16-18

God wants us to take risks with our lives. He was a plan and a purpose for each of our lives, but to accomplish those great things, He will need us to take risks. He wants us to look into the face of fear and trust that He will be there to walk through the fiery trials with us. He wants us to overcome any obstacles that might stand in the way of our pursuit of obedience to His Word with a confidence that allows us to take risks. 

Risk is an action that exposes you to the possibility of injury - could be physical or it could be emotional. The loss could be as small as a little embarrassment, it could be as large as your life.  Taking risks can lose us money or material things, and it can also lose us relationships. But these are the kind of risks we need to be willing to take to move forward in our relationship with Christ, and to be everything He wants us to be for Him. Obviously there can be foolish risks in our lives, but there are true risks that God wants us to take in our lives for Him and our job is to discern those risks. 

It was a risk for Rack, Shack, and Benny to say no to the King, a risk that resulted in being thrown into a burning fiery furnace. But it was a risk God wanted them to take so that He might be able to demonstrate His majesty in their lives. Make no mistake, these men has to look into the face of fear in those moments, but because God was the one who called them out of their comfort zone, He showed up in an impossible way. 

God is calling us to take the same risks with our lives.  He wants to put us in those uncomfortable positions so that He can show up in impossible ways in our lives. Some of us prefer the comfort and security of a risk-free life, we’re comfortable not taking risks and living a life free of conflict or struggle. We make safe and guarded choices. But that’s not what God calls us to do. If we are to bring the change to our lives and our world as believers in Christ, we must get out of our comfort zones and be willing to take risks. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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