Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Resolution

My 2012 New Years Resolution is this: to love Jesus more deeply, to follow Him with surrender in every area of life, and to let His unfathomable love change my heart from the inside out. Everything else in my life will flow from His power inside me and will produce supernatural results, rather than my own self efforts that yield exhaustion and frustration.

I'm joining The Fellowship of the Unashamed and living for Jesus wholeheartedly in 2012. Pastor Jody Flowers of my hometown church, Chapin United Methodist, preached this message this morning. The Fellowship of the Unashamed was written by Dr. Bob Moorehead and is a powerful declaration of faith and commitment to Christ. 

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit
Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has
been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow
down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,
and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight
walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions,
mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or
popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised,
regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by
patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my
way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted,
or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the
presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the
pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of

I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed
up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a
disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.

And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My
colors will be clear for "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the
power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.." (Romans 1:16)

What will your resolution be? Will you join The Fellowship of the Unashamed? Will you become a follower of Jesus or be just another person in the crowd? It's a time for new beginnings. Jesus offers a clean slate for every moment of every day. Enter into relationship with Him and all of your sin is wiped clean. Surrender everything to the One who loves you unconditionally. Live for Him. He will take your plans for 2012 and replace them with HIS plans. Scary, but I promise His plans are better because He loves you more than You can imagine. So let's start off 2012 right by following Jesus daily. He is the only way, truth, hope and life!