I am resolved ...
live each hour as if the next one contained the rapture and the inevitable
meeting of my Lord Jesus, whom I wish dearly to hear say to me at that
glorious time: 'well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share
your master's happiness!'
not look down on others who are living in sin but to walk humbly with my
God, acting justly and loving mercy - because, in my own sinful past and
present, I have required much mercy and grace from Him.
watch for, above all things, the growth of pride in my life. To understand
myself blessed in spite of myself and my sinfulness and thus understand
that I have no justification for pride nor vanity. Furthermore I will not
expect nor demand such an attitude in others.
endeavour to discover worthy objects in my sphere for charity and
liberality. To give cheerfully where I am able - and even occasionally so
that it hurts - that I might know that I am no slave to the pursuit of
wealth or happiness.
never to do anything out of revenge.
use the same scales and measures I use on others on myself. To not judge
hastefully (unless this is unavoidable) nor hypocritically - and repent
humbly when I discover I have done so.
recognize my human fragility of intellect, strength and faithfulness -
first and foremost among men, but also to recognize this fallen truth of
all men, particularly teachers past and present - knowing no full human
authority other than the apostles and other authors of scripture.
recognize my God-gifted strengths and work his will in my life accordingly
but also to test my grain and occasionally operate outside my comfort and
ability for his great glory - relying on his mighty arm where mine fails.
act with prudent haste in all the Lord's work for me while taking care to
recognize each assignment from God as a gift - a real occasion to live out
my faith and begin to thank him in more than words.
recognize each discipline from God as the love of a concerned parent. To
humbly track back what behaviour might have caused such chastisement and
to repent of it swiftly and with gratitude for his correction. To continue
to ask him to refine me and prune me that I might be a man after his heart
and a delight to him who has given more than I can ever know.
contend for the faith and the true gospel to my last breath without shame
nor hesitation so help me o God.
love the Word and examine the scripture and - should it so lead me - to
abandon cherished notions and traditions or ideas that are extra to or
contrary to scripture.
study the scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, that it
becomes evident – even obvious – to myself that my knowledge of them has
grown. With diligence and the help of the Holy Spirit to write them on my
look after my weaker brothers and sisters in the faith. To disciple them
and shepherd them where I may without quarrelling over disputable matters
or hollow philosophy.
look up to stronger brothers and sisters in the faith. To support them and
pray for them and thank God for them and their example.
keep a civil tongue and a mild manner and pray for the Holy Spirit's help
in this - that I may conform to the image of my beloved Saviour and be a
man of salt and light, in the world but not of it.
never consider something a prayer, nor utter a petition that, when making
it I cannot actually hope that God will answer; nor offer as a confession
anything which I cannot hope God will accept. Rather to ask in line with
his revealed wisdom and confess with pure honesty to him from whom no need
nor deed can be hidden.
grow in stature as a prayer warrior, waking up every morning in
conversation with the Lord and speaking with him throughout each day, both
alone and with others, in times of strife and times of blessing or even in
pray constantly for other people. To seek specifics and to ask God to help
me so grow as a prayer minister.
seek God's mission for my life but understand that I am a father and a
husband, a son and a colleague and a friend, and thus my first mission
field are those I intersect with in my daily life. They are my first
watch for slothfulness in my life and strike a balance between diligence
and rest. To seek the highest quality of self discipline daily so that I
might achieve much in my short life this side of heaven, rejoicing in the
gift of time, health, strength and talents as God has seen fit to bless
me. Let everything I do be done for his glory.
look up, to watch, as we have been commanded, for the day of his coming. To
carefully examine the world's birth pangs, to look for the green
twig on the fig tree and the inevitable falling together of events predicted
in prophecy. To use these as encouragement to my fellow elect and warning
to the lost, but to do so with great care, for none truly knows the exact
hour of his coming.
not quench the spirit nor despise prophetic utterances but to rather
examine everything carefully holding
fast to that which is good while abstaining from every form of
evil. To seek providence rather than prophecy for the scripture is closed.
ever I fail or grow weary or whenever I begin to neglect the keeping of
any part of these resolutions; I will repent of everything I can remember
that I have violated or neglected, …as soon as I come to my senses again.
And may the Holy Spirit
so keep me to these promises to
Jason s Horsler