WEDNESDAY’S WORD – SAFE – Sadell Bradley 08/03/16 New Life Covenant Cincinnati

Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

I recently joined the fabulous team at MORTAR, an exciting non-profit in our City dedicated to building disenfranchised communities through entrepreneurship. Last night MORTAR Indigo graduated a class of women entrepreneurs. These ladies are NOT playing it SAFE.  Safe means protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; cautious and unenterprising – not having or showing initiative or entrepreneurial ability. You can’t play it safe and be an entrepreneur.  As I listened to these women’s stories, passion, and willingness to lay everything down to achieve their goals; I was inspired.  Without guarantee of outcome, they’re fighting through adverse circumstances, internal discomfort, and the words of nay-sayers to grab the future by the horns and do something some thought they never could. Congratulations Indigo! journey’s blessings.

Shirley Hufstedler the first U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow anymore.” T.S. Eliot added,“Only those who will risk going too far will possibly find out how far one can go.” Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg affirms, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”  Take a look at the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 it’s filled with risks of belief, location, reputation, relationship and even potential loss of life.

2 Kings 7 has an interesting account about taking risks. Elisha prophesies an end to a famine. The king’s assistant doesn’t believe him.  Elisha says, “It will happen. You’ll see it, but you won’t partake of it.” (vs. 2) Some lepers outside the enemy Aramean camp decide whether they want to: 1) stay put, 2) risk going in to be captured, or 3) die in the famine:

““Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” (vs. 3-4, NLT)

These men moved out of paralysis to take a risk for the possibility of a better future, mercy and food from the enemy’s camp. They didn’t know God had fought for them! He’d already run their enemy off in a panic. The lepers and eventually the Israelite army plundered the Arameans. The people rushed out with their goods, and trampled the king’s officer under their feet. Are YOU ready to stop playing it safe and take a risk for your life? God has already been where you’re headed. Selah.


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Sadell Bradley, Pastor of The Warehouse Church OTR, is a dynamic teacher and worship leader, with over 30 years in ministry in various contexts including: as a conference speaker and trainer, music, worship and arts pastor, providing background vocals for various artists; as a campus missionary, and as a ministry development director.
Sadell’s main desire is to see people saved, healed, delivered and set free by the ministry of Jesus, the Word of God, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:18)

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