Monday, April 18, 2016

confession: this is not a pep talk

i want to be a bold believer. i'm done letting doubt, fear, insecurity, and lack of confidence overshadow my faith. i'm done with self-help, self-serving, motivational pep talks. no more watered down, comfortable, safe faith. i want to know and pray and live and believe boldly and courageously and unashamedly, because i serve a God who deserves my best, my all.

i want to wake up and walk through every day claiming God's promises for my life. so i'm printing these words here and printing them out where i can confess it, believe it, and live it.

this is not a pep talk. this is a confession of God's promises:

I am standing on the Word of God. 
I will not give up, give in, give out, or give over 
until that which I have been promised has taken place. 

I refuse to put my eyes on outward circumstances or listen to any negative talk. 

I will not buy into the current fad, or worldly attitudes. 
I will not do what is popular, easy, quick, cheap, or what benefits me. 

I will not settle for an imitation of God's reality. 
I will not seek to lower God's standard, twist or re-write His Word. 
I will not violate God's covenant or accept what God hates. 
I will keep myself pure. 
I will speak the truth. 
My trust and hope in God, the sustainer and creator of all things. 

I will bless instead of curse and when all looks bad, I will trust in the faithfulness of God. 
I am a stander and a fighter. I will not give in, compromise quarrel or quit. 
I have made a choice and set my face. I have entered the race. 
I believe the Word. I trust God for the outcome. 

I will not allow the reactions of anyone, my family, loved ones, friends, hardship, or lies of the Devil to make me let up, slow up, blow up, or give up until I have received what God has for me. 

I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. 
I have Holy Spirit power. 
The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. 
My past has been redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. 

I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals. 

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. 
I do not have to be right, first, top, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. 
I now live by faith, lean on His Presence, walk by patience. 

I am uplifted by prayer and labor by power. 
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. 

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. 
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 will not give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. 

I am a disciple of Jesus. 
I must go until He comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He stops me 
and when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me... 
my banner will be held high!

I confess in the name of Jesus I am a bold believer, amen.

(confession written by Pastor Bill Bates, ChurchEleven32)