Radical Faith (Part 3 ~Holy Ambition)

“Practice a Radical Faith” http://subspla.sh/02cf366👈click link for audio
THIS IS FROM:
Holy Ambition Practice a Radical Faith
(Part 3) Nehemiah 1

For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

Introduction:
God is searching…
“And I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in
the gap before Me for the land that I might not destroy it . . .”
Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)
… for just one man or woman to “step out” and make
a difference!
The Question:
Review – What does it take to make a difference for God? What kind of person?
1. The 1st prerequisite to Holy Ambition is a ___________ heart.
🔸Do you care?
2. The 2nd prerequisite to Holy Ambition is a ___________ spirit.
🔸Are you dependent?
Prerequisite #3:
3. A ______ ___ ______________ ________ __ .
🔸 Will you step out?

Our Model = Nehemiah
11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer
of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today
by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was
brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his
presence before;
2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you
are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid,
3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when
the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed
by fire?”
4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of
heaven,
5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has
found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are
buried so that I can rebuild it.”
6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him,
asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased
the king to send me; so I set a time.
Nehemiah 1:11-2:6 (NIV)

Definition:
A radical faith is choosing to “step out” to fulfill God’s clearly defined will at great
personal risk and sacrifice.
How Do We Develop a Radical Faith?
1). By remembering what faith is and is not. Hebrews 11:1

2). By remembering how deeply God values our faith. Hebrews 11:6

PLAY 2nd Audio (2nd half in 3rd Part of Series)

3). By remembering what Jesus taught His followers about a radical faith.
🔸Jesus ____________________ them to a radical faith. Luke 9:23-27
🔸Jesus ____________________ the object of their faith. Luke 9:28-45
🔸Jesus __________________ of the dangers of having a radical faith. Luke 9:46-56
🔸Jesus ____________________ the cost of having a radical faith. Luke 9:57-62

4). By remembering you can’t “walk on water if you don’t get out of the boat.”

Luke 10:1-27

Summary:
Ezekiel 22:30-31
30″I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found
none.
31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the
Sovereign LORD.”
Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV)

Application/Discussion Questions:
1. What would “stepping out” in faith look like in your personal arena and network of
influence? (Family? Work? Finances? Time? Evangelism?)

2. What might a radical faith look like for you in your present and future ministry?

3. What barriers or fears make stepping out in radical faith difficult for you right
now? Are you “hanging onto” anything that keeps you from following Christ? Is it
stuff? People? The past?

4. What specific step will you take to begin strengthening your faith? Who would
help you follow through on this commitment?

This is from:
Holy Ambition Practice a Radical Faith
(Part 3) Nehemiah 1

For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

To go to the beginning of series go to post:
God Is Searching -Holy Ambition
Go to:PART 4👈click here.

One thought on “Radical Faith (Part 3 ~Holy Ambition)

  1. When God Requires A Radical Step Of Faith
    May 13, 2016
    Do you dream of doing great things for God but often think it’s not possible? Do you struggle with feeling good enough? Perhaps you wonder, “Why would God want to use me? I’m just an ordinary person.”

    I’ve got great news! Throughout history, God has always been carrying out a plan to do great things through ordinary people who assume it could only happen through other, more qualified people.

    God’s qualifications are very, very simple: He’s looking for a man or a woman whose heart is fully His.

    For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

    To have a fully committed heart means that we really care about the things God cares about. It means setting aside our desire to get our own needs met. It also requires that we have a broken spirit and desperately dependent on God.

    And a fully committed heart also requires that we get out of our comfort zone and take a radical step of faith.

    What’s a radical step of faith?

    It’s choosing to step out to fulfill God’s clearly defined will, at great personal risk, and sacrifice.

    God’s looking for someone who would be willing to forsake all, and despite trepidation and fear, step out in faith and say, “God, all I am and all I have is yours. And in my sphere of influence, the way that you made me, I will do whatever You want me to do to stand in the gap, and be Your representative.”

    Nehemiah was such a person. He wanted to do great things for God, and he knew it would require him to take a radical step of faith. As a cupbearer to the king of Persia, God had placed him in a specific time and a specific place to accomplish His specific will. God wanted to use Nehemiah’s particular affluence and intelligence to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem.

    When Nehemiah heard that Jerusalem’s wall was burned down and the Jews were in great trouble, he was greatly upset. He prayed and cried out to the Lord for help. Then he approached the king to ask for his permission to go and restore the city wall.

    I had not been sad in his presence before, so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”

    I was very much afraid, but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” (Nehemiah 2:1-4)

    Notice that Nehemiah was very afraid because He knew that the king could have killed him for simply being sad in his presence. But, Nehemiah didn’t let his fear stop Him from accomplishing what God had laid on his heart. As a result, God gave him favor and he went on to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall.

    It’s worth noting that some of the greatest things that have ever been done on the face of the earth by God’s people are done by people who are absolutely terrified and afraid of what they’re about to do.

    But they don’t let the fear stop them. They don’t let the fear of finances, the fear of rejection, or fear of their physical life prevent them from doing God’s will.

    So, what would it look like for you to take a radical step of faith? Is it launching a ministry? Is it going public with your faith and getting baptized? Breaking up a destructive relationship? Or, maybe it is trusting God with all of your finances?

    God wants to do great things in us and through us, but He can’t do it if we don’t believe in Him and trust His purposes. Remember that God values our faith.

    “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

    God is not impressed with our morality, He’s not impressed with our knowledge, and He’s not impressed with our ministry success. The number one agenda that God has for you, and for me, is that we trust Him.

    This week, we’re beginning the series Holy Ambition. In it, we’ll follow the story of Nehemiah and learn how to prepare for and engage in the Lord’s service. It’s my prayer that during our time together we’ll become people who so deeply long to see God’s agenda fulfilled in this fallen world that we’ll attempt what seems impossible, ridiculous, and “outside the box,” for God’s glory.

    Keep Pressin’ Ahead,
    Chip Ingram, Teaching Pastor
    Living on the Edge

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