I will love the Lord my God with all of my heart, with all of my mind,
with all of my soul, and with all of my strength. And I will love
my neighbor as myself. The Law and the Prophets are summed
up in these, and so shall my life be.
Love the Lord my God
Love my Neighbor
I will give myself, wholly, withholding nothing, in extravagant, abandoned
worship to Jesus.
I will find all that I am and all that I need in Him.
I will give my affections to no other.
He is my Bridegroom, and I will wait for Him to take me as His Bride.
I will seek to follow His present leading, every day, every way, for all
the days of my life.
He is My Provider, I will trust no other.
He is My Deliverer, I will trust no other.
He is My Strength, I will trust no other.
He is LIFE itself, and I will trust no other.
Jesus is my Reward, my Portion, and my Cup. I am satisfied only in
Ruth 1:16 - Do not urge me to leave You or turn back from following You;
for where You go, I will go, and where You lodge, I will lodge. Your
People will be my People, and You will be My God.
Genesis 33:15 - If Your Presence does not go with me, do not lead me away
I will see people as jesus sees them. I will love them as jesus loves
them. And I will give myself for them as Jesus gave Himself for them.
I will devote myself to imparting the Spirit of Extravagant Worship in
all who I touch.
I will devote myself to preach the Gospel of Grace to all that I touch.
I will bring Good News to the afflicted.
I will bind up the brokenhearted.
I will proclaim Liberty and Freedom to the captives.
I will proclaim the Favor of the Lord, and the vengeance of my God.
I will give to those who mourn: a garland for ashes, the oil of gladness
for mourning, the mantle of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord.
I will go to all people, every tongue, every tribe, and every nation.
I will work for Unity in the Body; I will break down walls that divide.
I will stand for Freedom and Liberty, and will not tolerate legalism.
The Presence of God - This is the highest of them. Always. The great
uncompromising factor that should rule over all others. "Is God in
this?" We do what we see the Father doing, we say what we hear the Father
saying. We partner with Jesus in what He is about in the earth. He
is our portion, our reward, and our cup. He is Bread of Life to those who
hunger, Water of Life to those who thirst. He is the only Thing which satisfies.
"Why do you spend your gold for that which doesn't fill, and your silver
for that which doesn't satisfy?"
Freedom/Liberty - It was for Freedom that Christ has set us free.
He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. The Cross has purchased our freedom,
and for us to not walk in that is to squander and tread upon as unworthy
the work of Jesus. Anything which stands against Freedom and Liberty, anything
which brings bondage, is therefore the enemy. Second only to the Presence
of God, we value Freedom. Because of this we will not be silent regarding
legalism. Paul says of those who preach a Gospel of works and of bondage
to the law, "Let them be anathema." We will strive for a purity of spirit
and a genuine humility, but we will fight on every side those who preach
a false gospel of works and merit.
Covenant Relationships - It is not good for man to be alone. God
did not create us for, nor intend us to live a life of isolation.
Rather He models for us and demonstrates to us what it is to covenant with
people and to walk with them unconditionally and without ceasing. Relationship
is the foundation of the Kingdom of God. All that the Kingdom is and all
that it shall ever be is expressed and stated
and founded in long-term covenantal relationships. It is when we bind ourselves
to one another in love, and consistently esteem one another as more valuable
than ourselves, that we begin to walk in the kingdom.
Community and Breaking Bread - The one ordinance or sacrament that
Jesus Himself established while on this earth was "The Lord's Supper".
In it's most basic element, this is nothing more than the sharing of a
meal together. It is the fundamental and foundational expression
of community and life together. The Lord pours Himself out on those who
dwell together in unity, those who live in community. It is by this very
thing that the world is to see that we are Christ's, that we love one another.
That love is most accurately and fully expressed within the context of
true community. See Acts 2, where they went from house to house breaking
bread and having all things in common. Hence the word community.
Team Ministry - As a consequence of covenant relationships in which
we esteem one another more highly than ourselves, and community life in
which we live our lives out with all things in common and in unity, our
ministry must find it's expression in like fashion. Therefore team
ministry is valued and the one-man show is shunned. That which brings
glory to an individual is unacceptable. God has not deposited the
fullness of His character, His power, or His anointing in any one person.
We are each parts of a whole, and one part cannot say to another "I have
no need of you." Individuals cannot bear the weight of anointing
that the Lord desires to pour out in these days. To protect both
God's glory, and ourselves (the wine and the wineskin), we must do ministry
in the context of teams, built around covenant relationships and community.
God is raising up a nameless and faceless generation. We value those characteristics
which obscure our individual identity and magnify and clarify the person
The Prophetic Voice - Desire earnestly the gifts, but especially
that you may prophesy. It is impossible to please God without faith.
And faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes from the Word (Rhema) of
God. We value the present speaking of God into our lives. We welcome
the prophetic voice, which is the testimony of Jesus. We refuse to
despise the prophetic utterance. Rather we will judge every word,
holding fast to that which is good, and abstaining from that which is evil.
Healing - This is the children's bread. It was a mainstay
of Jesus' public and visible ministry. It is to be a normative expression
of the Christian life. These signs will follow those who believe,
they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. We will
not rest until we see the healing anointing of Jesus poured out as a normative
expression of our lives.
Extravagent Worship - This is the first priority of the believer.
You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your
mind, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength. The primary
expression of our faith is vertical in nature. Jesus is the One who
is worthy to receive honor and glory. We are created for the purpose
giving Him that honor and glory, all of it that is due His Name.
Our example must be that of David who said "I will not offer the Lord that
which cost me nothing", and of Mary of Bethany, who wasted her wealth in
a single act of loving her Savior, and of John, the disciple whom Jesus
loved, who found his very definition and person in the stance of intimacy
Relentless Evangelism - Both in the world at large and in our local
sphere of influence, this is the second priority of the believer.
And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus models this in
that He leaves the 99 to find the 1, and in the Cross. His second
priority, second only to communion with His Father, was to pursue, capture,
and deliver the hearts and minds of men, setting apart unto Himself from
every nation, tongue and tribe, a corporate Bride for Whom He will return,
taking her unto Himself to reign with Him as Co-Heir and Co-Ruler.
As His heart is captured and broken over lost humanity, so shall ours be.
Devotion to the Poor, the Widow, the Orphan, and the Alien - From
the days of Abraham, to the days of Moses, to the days of Isaiah, to the
days of Jesus, and in our day, the Father is seeking the fatherless, the
Husband is seeking the widow, the Provider is seeking those who lack, and
the King is seeking the ones without a country. As God's heart is
captured and broken by the widow, by the orphan, by the poor, and by the
alien, so shall ours be. As God has commanded, we shall use the resources
we are given to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless,
and to care for the broken. His Presence is with those of low estate. If
we truly seek His Presence we cannot help but to find ourselves also among
those of low estate. "He has filled the hungry with good things, the rich
He sent empty away. He is giving His Kingdom to the poor, and exalting
those of low degree."
A Fasted Lifestyle - Within the context of grace, and as a response
to God's enlarging the place of our heart to hunger for Him, we will embrace
a fasted lifestyle of simplicity. Because we value Freedom and Liberty
this must never become legalism. It is a response to God's activity, not
an initiative on our part to gain something. Because God fills the
hungry, because the violent are permitted to take the Kingdom by force,
because we are admonished not to become full of old wine, we will voluntarily
and with joyfullness respond to the drawing of God's Spirit by setting
aside those material comforts and posessions which would confuse, confound,
and deaden our hunger and our passion for God and His Kingdom. We will
lay aside for ourselves treasure in Heaven, where thieves do not break
in and steal, and where moth and rust do not destroy. We will not become
attached or beholden to this world, for though we are in it, we are not
of it. As sojourner's in a strange land, we will travel light, so as to
be able to break camp and quickly follow when the Cloud of God's Presence