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Into Your Supernatural Destiny
The title of this book really sparked my interest because in lots of ways I can
be very fearful at times of the unknown. Perhaps you can relate. Yeah, the
authors spoke of a lot of stories where I have never been, in that place of risk to
step out whole-heartedly for God. It always seems that the first step is accompanied by fear.
That being said, once past that first step of fear, the results
were utterly amazing!
Many stories were spoken on truths that seemed to parallel the natural realm
with the spiritual realm. I love this kind of teaching, first of all, because many of
us can relate to stories and it really sparked something in me to really want to try
Of course, it would come with trial and error but hey, nothing will be the result
if you just sit on your duff right? Which leads me to the next point which I found
rather interesting, levels of risk. I never really thought of this before but it was
encouraging to realize that you do not have to start big but you can start small and
grow where your level of faith is at.
I encourage you to pick up this book. As you grow in the Lord by increasing your
level of risk coupled with your faith, God only knows what kind of exploits He will
do through you!
CR - Canada
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Both Kevin and his son and co-author, Chad, do an excellent job of building faith in the reader through sharing some of their amazing stories of how they practice lifestyles of risk. They make it clear that risk itself is to be celebrated, regardless of results--God is pleased with his child taking a risk, however big or small, and the result is left up to Him. It was hugely reassuring to me to discover that Kevin and Chad both battle(d) the same feelings I encounter when I think about stepping out in faith and praying for healing/salvation--both writers talk about confronting fear, fear of failure, fear of humiliation, and how sometimes those feelings come even after years and years of practicing a lifestyle of risk.
Probably the most interesting thing I found discussed in this book was whether or not it's okay to pray for people without having "a Holy Spirit unction" to do so. It is suggested that, as an act of loving the one in front of us, just crossing a paths with a person who is sick, etc, is an invitation to share Jesus' love and pray with/for them.Read more ›
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A few times, I felt the authors (particularly Kevin) were too rah-rah, and made the assumption everyone is like them. On page 29, Kevin writes, "we watch adventure films of people skiing down cliff faced on the verge of death or riding a 60-foot mountainous waves that could kill them at any moment. Most of us watch those films with envious admiration, thinking we would love to have the courage to attempt these death-defying feats." I have the sort of personality who doesn't need much convincing to step out in faith where the Spirit is leading but I think Kevin is projecting when he states most people are envious of death-defying feats.
In the beginning of the book, they state (and follow through the rest of the book) faith is spelled r-i-s-k, as per John Wimber. In some cases it is true but often faith is slow and steady. Many times in reading the book, I could have misunderstood God is only pleased when I take crazy risk. That simply is not true. One cannot exchange the word risk every time the word faith shows up in the Bible. I understand the point the writers are trying to communicate but their over-exaggeration causes an equal but opposite reaction in me and I have to remember to `test everything, and keep what is good.'
In the introduction, the writers note each one wrote their own portion without collaborating with the other. The trouble is it made some of the writing redundant, and the book could be boiled down to 2 or 3 chapters.
I enjoyed the book and the over-exaggeration and redundancy aside, the testimonies from each Kevin and Chad are inspiring. In particular, I appreciated they both included testimonies of when they failed to see God's manifested presence. Somehow it makes me feel better when "spiritual giants" such as Kevin and Chad don't always get it right; I feel less pressure on myself as I'm learning to take big steps of faith.
I was particularly challenged by an example by Chad on page 153. He tells a story where he prayed weekly for a man with cancer over the span of a several months. He says God asked him if he was praying with the same amount of faith as he did when he first prayed for the man. I am encouraged by Chad's vulnerability in sharing this story and it reminds us that not faith is not always extravagant risk but it is sometimes the quiet perseverance never waivering in our belief that God is good.
Overall, this book is a solid read with good technical writing ability and enough testimony to get any reader pumped and ready to take on their own steps of faith in the pursuit of expanding and releasing the kingdom. I give it a B- grade.
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..even a believer that is not even one month old in Christ,
to open the eyes of the blind, raise the paralyzed
and do the same miracles that Jesus did.
Almost all churches in the western world forget that Jesus said:
[John 14/12] Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do;
because I go to the Father.
HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME ! !
That is: ANY BELIEVER..
Not only the apostle, pastor, evangelist
or anyone in the five fold ministry.
The real life stories in this book
along with biblical support from scripture
will encourage YOU the ordinary believer
that you have no ministry in your church
other than hearing sermonettes..
..to step over the chicken line
and pray for people in coffee shops, malls,
shopping centers, out in the streets
and see them healed by the Lord Jesus Christ
of any kind of sickness or disease
right in front of your very own eyes!!
Faith is a mind-set, a culture that comes from within...a willingness to pursue the impossible, yet with a promise that God will always go before us. If you have been looking for a book to give you even a tiny bit of motivation to step out beyond "the chicken line" in your life, then look no further. This is a book I will read and re-read. It has become an instant and permanent addition to my home library. Read it and allow it to move you...I will personally never be the same!
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The Risk Factor is about 'a partnership of risk and God's power'. The power needed to supply the miracle will only come when we step out and take the risk(faith) to do what seems impossible. We need to take the risk to be activated in our gifts. If we don't take the risk we won't know what our gifting are.
We see the disciples performing miracles, they were ordinary men like us. Jesus sent them out to do the same works he did. The disciples were intimidated until they realized they were equipped to perform miracles. Each of us are equipped and empowered.
The Risk Factor is about preaching the Kingdom of God and healing the sick.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of this book
Until recently, I've been comfortable cheering from a distance for those miraculously restored to health, crippled by the belief that it's great for folks enjoying it first hand, but out of reach for me. After reading "The Risk Factor" (twice), I recognized I was short on love-motivated risk, and long on secondhand victories over sickness and disease.
The New Zealanders have a saying, "Go big or go home!", and according to Chad Dedmon, this maxim influenced him to bungee jump from a lofty bridge over a canyon in Queenstown, New Zealand. Though living after a bungee jump is not miraculous, wonders abound in the lives of the Dedmons who actually look for risk, and after reading "The Risk Factor", one quickly realizes that there exists something other than a dare to influence authors Chad and his father Kevin Dedmon to take any risk, death-defying or not. That something is the Holy Spirit, whom, they say, is responsible for delivering at their feet all the resources necessary for successful navigation through the risk associated with bringing the Kingdom of God near to those in need. Is this an experience for only a few? Not at all, according to the authors, whose desire is that everyone, through application of the principals in their book, traverse around fear and failure in ministry to receive "an impartation for greater levels of risk-taking", being "mutually encouraged by each other's faith". The Dedmons want their ceiling to become our floor and a springboard to revival as "world-changers and history makers".
Through great teaching and first-hand experience, the authors take you behind the scenes of many healing and prophetic miracles, giving you the back-story of ordinary people ministering to ordinary people. You may think training up world-changers is a lofty goal for a book. Maybe, but Kevin and Chad are brave men who inspire us through their lifestyle to hang with people who model risk as they help you visualize the attitude, skills and steps necessary to activate and demonstrate your faith, to reach your "prophetic potential". They help you focus on the rewards of risk, and convince you that:
Risk is not incidental, it's deliberate
Risk is not a spectator sport
Risk is proof of faith
Risk is personal
Risk is normal
It might appear lonely outside the comfort zone, but according to Kevin, it only takes one person to break through the fear barrier and influence others to forget their fears. Furthermore, son Chad believes that God waits on those willing to face risk head-on in prevailing with Him to "break in" on someone's circumstances. It will cost you, but the potential embarrassment crumbles under the potential reward of seeing people realize that God personally cares about their lives. Chad says there's no need to wait for the `unction to function'; we have the `green light', and there's `always enough' of God's resources waiting for us on the other side of the "chicken line".
So, will He find faith on the earth? I pray Jesus will in me and my family. I pray He will in you too!
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