As I said a few posts ago, I don’t have any specific resolutions this year especially produce for New Year other than my list on 43things.com. However, when I was talking to one of my soldiers the other day, I did mention to her that I fully intend to move up the primitive scale. Some people who know me might shudder at the thought of me being more primitive, but for me, it will be the case of re-taking some old ground first!
Moving up the primitive scale for me means something like this:
– that I desire is a simpler life. Simplicity is a beautiful thing and I remember fondly the days when I left home with nothing but uniform, some clothes and a box of books.
– that personal efforts in evangelism will be increased. I wouldn’t say that the gift of evangelist is one of my key gifts, but that is no excuse at all from not evangelising. My evangelist urgency, which my corps are tired of hearing about, comes from my prophetic gifting…evangelistic urgency is part of the 21st C prophets message but I feel it must be accompanied by prophetic acts by actually doing it as well as motivating others for it. It also comes from the fact that I can fully remember what it is like being lost! We all need a good dangling over the fire of hell to increase our evangelistic fervency!
– more uniform wearing. My take on uniform is that its a physical, outward sign of covenant which is a valuable reminder to me of all I’ve taken on as well as a witness. Stephen Court, at some point in his blog, said that when people see someone in Army uniform they expect to be spoken to about spiritual things. Sadly, thats not the case in the UK. Actually, it is very rare that you will find me without a crest or a Red Shield on my shirt, so I’m not sure how I will get on with this one…I’ll certainly be encouraging my own soldiers to sally up more often, hopefully by doing som street patrols.
– that I retake some ground on aggressive prayer warfare. The downside of the scurge of depression means that it sucks your outward focussing prayer and focusses it all on getting out or you rut, one of the reasons that I believe that the depression that jumps on me every now and again is demonic in nature…the kind that needs rebuking, not doctoring! This means more prayer walking, more praying the bible, all that.
So, those are the things really sticking in my mind at the moment…I’ll continue to preach radical holiness as I’ve been doing (much to the distaste of some of my hearers) and I’ll continue to preach a full gospel (even more to the distaste of some of my hearers!). I’ll continue to try to lead the corps deeper in worship and continue to try and devolve ministry from being officer-based to soldiery based (much to the horror of some of our old timers). I’m sure 2007 will continue to be lots of fun! :o)