Pastor Mike Wiegel, from Ocean County Baptist Church, recently shared this at our Men’s Fellowship Night at America’s Keswick. I first heard this at a CCCA Mid-Atlantic Sectional Conference when the then President of our Section, the late Bob Lutz, shared it with us.
The background of this powerful statement of faith is that a Pastor’s son who was serving as a missionary was martyred while serving the Lord. This prayer was found in his Bible.
I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.
The die 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, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and labor by power.
My pace is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road is narrow. My way rough. My companions few. My guide is reliable and my mission is 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, pander at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I’ve stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give ’til I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear!
May this be our statement of faith, brothers! Are you a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed?
Overflowing and abounding with hope,
Bill Welte, President
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: Our cross may be heavy, but one sight of Christ will make us forget all our former sorrows. —Thomas Watson
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.” — Psalm 38:15