A Declaration of Dependence
I believe that God is the sovereign ruler of all creation.
I believe that God is a God of order, not confusion or chaos.
I believe that God is compassionate beyond measure, faithful to a fault, merciful and forgiving.
I believe that I am lost and hopelessly ruined without His daily intervention and interaction in my life.
I believe that the systems of this world lie within the power of the evil one who unfailingly pursues the destruction of all of God's creation, including me.
I believe that reliance on human effort, human thinking and human willpower aligns me with the systems of this world and places me within the power of the evil one.
I believe that my own experience confirms my total inability to rescue myself from destructive choices.
I believe that I am addicted to my own agendas, mood-altering behaviors and self-sufficiency.
I believe that Jesus died on the cross to redeem me from the power of sin that would otherwise dominate and control my life.
I believe that Jesus alone can set me free from this slavery to self and systems.
I believe that Jesus calls me to a baptism of death in order to destroy self-sufficiency and system-addict thinking.
I believe that until I surrender completely to His will and lordship, I will falter in every attempt to live a life pleasing to God.
I believe that discipleship is the invitation to become a voluntary slave to the will of Jesus and the plan of the Father.
I believe that God desires my devotion to Him above all else and He will tax the farthest star and the last grain of sand in order to help me express that devotion.
I believe that obedience is more valuable than knowledge.
I believe that the will of the Father is manifest in the midst of suffering, affliction and hardship because these are the principles of kingdom redemptive work.
I believe that God provides for His children, lifts them from affliction, grants them peace and joy and prepares them for purposes beyond this life.
I believe that God's path of righteousness is clear to those who are led by the Spirit.
I believe that I must live by every word from the mouth of God, eschewing all temptations to rely on my own understanding, efforts and abilities.
I believe that I am called to emulate Jesus, accept his path, identify with his suffering and experience the power of his resurrection.
I believe that God is trustworthy regardless of all my circumstances and that He will not fail to bring about what is best for me.
I believe that others should see Jesus in the conduct of my life.
To this end, I declare today a commitment to act only under the direction of my Lord and God, leaving behind any consideration of the world's measures of success and any attempts to determine my own agendas for life. I realize and acknowledge that this commitment will require my total dependence on moment-to-moment interaction with my Lord. Today and henceforth, I am a slave to the Jesus Christ.
Signed _____________________ Date ____________________