Resolved

I am a member of the fellowship of the unashamed.   Resolved
I have Holy Spirit power.
The dye has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of his.
I won’t look back, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, side walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, same visions, mundane talking, cinchy giving, and dwarf goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, promotions, position, plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, regarded, rewarded, or praised.
I now live by present, lean by faith, walk by patience, lift by prayer.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, lured, manipulated, enticed, or bribed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I’ve stayed up, prayed up, and preached for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of his.
I must go until he comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until he stops me.
And when he comes back, he will have no problem recognizing me.
For I have forgotten all that is in the past, I’m pressing on for the prize, the high calling of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My colors are clear.
I am a disciple of his.

May our merciful Father in heaven — compassionate and gracious, abounding in love and faithfulness — bless you richly in 2010. May he use you in his service and to his eternal glory. And may you walk with him always, faithful to the end.

Peace,

Allan

3 Comments

  1. Collin McCormick

    Amen!! Thanks for those awesome, inspiring words. In my list of favorite speeches, this now ranks above the Braveheart “Freedom” speech! God Bless you and your family this new year.

  2. mom

    Thanks again. I will copy this and carry it.
    love, mom

  3. Allan

    Rick Ross, who was the preacher when we were at Mesquite in 2000-2003, gave me a copy of this resolution after he used it in a sermon. For the life of me, I can’t remember where or from whom the words originated. I believe it’s almost 200 years old. Maybe somebody can help me out here. But I do know they are powerfully motivating. I keep a worn copy of this statement taped to the wall in my office right above my computer. I read it at least a couple of times every day.

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