Total Commitment

Jesus told His disciples, "follow me."

"Follow you where?" Would have been the obvious and fair question.

"To the unknown," would have been His answer.

Much like Jehovah's dealings with our spiritual father, Abraham, who was told to leave home but not where that would lead him, this was the offer Christ made to His disciples, "I don't want you picking and choosing the ways and places you're willing to follow Me. I want carte blanche access to your will. Follow Me...period."

Pioneers of change can't be those who need the security of the familiar. They are trailblazers, not trail-followers. The rules haven't changed. Uncommon and unqualified commitment, combined with a willingness to take risks, is what Christ requires; and it is an absolutely essential characteristic for those He uses as change-agents.

All trailblazers and pioneers must have this type of dedication. The challenges are simply too great, the adversity too strong for light-hearted, shallow commitment. Change-agents must be "all in," or they will most certainly "back out."

A non-advancing church in America has turned to routine, to living in the safety of the familiar, rather than moving into the challenges of cultural and societal transformation. Such a mindset produces what I call "gazelle Christians." The African gazelle can jump fairly high and up to 30 feet in distance, yet can be confined in zoos with only a 3-foot high wall! The reason? Gazelles won't jump if they can't see where their feet will land. Like these timid, captive creatures, we will never escape our man-made walls and religious enclosures if we are controlled by a fear of the unknown.


Leave the familiar!

Finding the old road will require highly committed spiritual leaders - not only from those working in the church - but also from those employed in secular arenas. Far too often we separate biblical ideals and principles from the secular realm. This is unbiblical. God's principles are applicable to all aspects of life and culture. Saving America's destiny will require radically committed, spiritual pioneers in government, education, business, and every other sector of American life - not just in our churches.

Ronald Reagan was a secular leader who modeled radical commitment. Though serving in government, he was also a spiritual man. Combining spirituality, patriotism, and uncommon commitment, he was an example of the pioneer spirit. Only a person with radical commitment would stand on the world stage and against the advice of all his advisors, forcefully decree, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” (1)

Although he made this audacious statement while President in 1987, the seeds of a pioneer were growing in Mr. Reagan much earlier. On October 27, 1964, he issued the following poignant decree: "They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is right."(2)

May God give America more Ronald Reagan's!

His words remind me of those in 2 Corinthians 11:3, "But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." Simple devotion. Simple answers. Doing the right thing isn't usually complicated - sometimes costly, yes, but not complicated.

General George Patton was also a man of uncommon commitment. I love his heart. Patton's language was strong and raw, but it simply reflected his passion. And the intensity of his passionate heart always propelled him forward. In one difficult battle, when told by his officers of the need to retreat, Patton is quoted as saying, "Retreat, hell, we'll advance to the rear."

You gotta love it.

Winston Churchill led Great Britain and helped save the world from Hitler's Third Reich. What an important, committed leader he was. Led by his passion, determination, and amazing ability to communicate, England fought the good fight against Hitler when it looked like the Nazis were unstoppable. One of Churchill's many poignant quotes from that time was about duty: "The destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits - not animals. There is something going on... which, whether we like it or not, spells duty" (italics mine). (3)


Likewise, whether we like it or not, there are challenges in America today that spell "duty." Abortion spells duty. A spiritually lost generation spells duty. Gender confusion, an exploding sex trade, an anti-Christ spirit and attitude, an attack on traditional marriage, a compromising church - all of these, and many more problems in the world are issuing duty's call. God is asking for difference-makers to arise who are willing to find the old road of service, commitment, and sacrifice.

A while back, I read the compelling book, Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell. It is the story of the greatest loss ever suffered, up to that point in time, by the US Navy SEALs. Uncommon commitment is an understatement when describing the warriors in all of our special forces. I spent much time quietly and solitarily thinking about what I was reading. Among other things, I analyzed my level of commitment to Christ's great cause. Do I demonstrate the same level of commitment to Him those brave soldiers did to one another and to their cause? Just as the king in scripture, I felt I was "weighed in the balances and found wanting." (see Daniel 5:27)

Most of us will never have to endure the physical pain and suffering those brave men endured, nor could we. But at a heart level, we should possess the same degree of commitment to Christ and His cause, including to this nation He raised up to be a light to the world. As I read portions of the SEALs' creed, I couldn't help but think parts of it should be the Christian's creed. I have included all of it here for you to read. But I will read a few portions.

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our nation's call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America's finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of My chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with Honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of the circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders, I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammate steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.

I will not fail. (4)

Committed hearts like this in the church would change the world!

Committed, spiritual special forces must rise up with their spiritual weapons before it is too late. We’re in critical condition, on life-support. Having denied our Godly roots and the stability they provided, America is now adrift in the mooring-less ideologies of humanism and relativism. The same idiocy that shuts down industries and food sources in order to save frogs, also fights to kill babies. Marriage between one man and one woman is mocked, while "marriage" between two men or two women is praised. The Constitution and its true intent are ignored. Depending on the source, Americans now acknowledge 60 or more gender options; so much for “male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We've lost our way. It is time for a generation of Godly, patriotic, committed pioneers to arise and lead us out of this maze of mindless ideas. If not, we will perish in the wilderness. I believe, however, these warriors are being raised up. And like the SEALs, they will NEVER quit!...they are NEVER out of the fight!...their training is NEVER complete!...they will NOT fail!

Pray with me:

Father, as You move us into this great worldwide awakening we pray that a new commitment to Your cause is an outflow of it. A total commitment to You, Your kingdom and the commission You gave us. Raise up committed spiritual warriors in every realm of society. Just as natural soldiers must have discipline and a commitment to their cause, put hearts in us that will demonstrate these same qualities.

We pledge to You that we will follow You without conditions. We will go where You send us, say what You tell us, and do as You command us. Unqualified commitment - that is what we will demonstrate.

Lead us back to the old road of truth and life. Lead America back to her righteous roots, her destiny. Thank You for cutting us off from the evil in our past. We boldly declare: America shall be saved!

Our decree

We decree that we will never quit, we are never out of the fight, and we will not fail!

Today’s post was taken from my book The Way Back.

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Difference Makers

Yesterday we talked about the pioneer spirit that must be possessed by an element of the church to lead us back to the old road. Over the next 6 days, I’ll be sharing some of the character traits and mindsets we must possess in order to do so. This series comes from my book, The Way Back.

If you do not currently recognize all of these characteristics in your life, please don’t assume you’re not a member of this company. If you are a born-again follower of Christ, His DNA is in you. In many ways, the Christian’s life is a treasure hunt, a process of internal discovery, searching for the hidden facets of the glorious Christ that Father God buried in our nature. When we find them, even radical change, if needed, is possible. Robert the Bruce, infamous for his cowardly betrayal of William Wallace, later rose up to lead Scotland’s struggle for freedom. The apostle Peter just weeks after denying Christ was leading the pioneering efforts of the early church. The apostle Paul was persecuting Christians one day, suffering with them the next.

Change happens.

America has become a nation of conformists. Whether we are being led down the latest fashion path, parroting the latest buzz words, or allowing the time-honored standards of morality to be altered, we are - in so many ways - a nation of followers. God’s word, however, commands us not to conform to our culture (Romans 12:1-2), but to change it by being salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14). The salt and light analogy means we should supply flavor, preservation, direction, and revelation to the world around us. We believers should be the change-agents. However - and I know I’m stating the obvious - one cannot be an agent of change while following the crowd!

Going with the flow is only smart when you’re on the right road, moving in the right diffraction. Pioneers, forerunners, pathfinders, etc., all have one thing in common: They don’t go with the flow, they create it. One of the requirements, therefore, for those whom God will use to lead America back to our roots is a willingness to be different.

People are more apt to ride the bandwagon of conformity than leave the herd. But only those who dare to be different become dreamers, and only dreamers make a difference. There is originality in you, a uniqueness that God wrote into your DNA. Don’t waste it by becoming a clone or copy.

Become a Voice

John the Baptist, the pioneering forerunner who prepared the way for Christ’s earthly ministry, was certainly different; and through his unique life and message, he was successful in creating a different flow in Israel. John was “a voice of preparation” (see John 1:23), a road builder; and his message bulldozed through the spiritual and cultural issues of his day, paving the way for Christ. America desperately needs some 21st-century road-building voices of change.

For societal change to occur, paradigms, mindsets, ideologies - the components societal roads are made of - must be altered. John the Baptist built a highway of change by challenging the paradigms of his day. Change-agents think differently than the masses; over time, they influence those masses to think differently, as well. We certainly won’t change America by standing on street corners screaming for passersby to repent. We will change it, however, by the mind-altering power of truth.

Many in America, including the church, naïvely believe they can change our nation through laws and statutes. Successful agents of change, however, know this is futile. They understand that for change to be both real and permanent, there must be a change of heart and mind. This is why the radicals of the ’60s and ’70s sought to take over our education system. Sad to say, they succeeded and, consequently, have shaped the thinking of a generation into radically new paradigms regarding government, education, morality, and religion.

There are many religious voices in America today. Few, however, have produced any degree of societal change. Sadly, the “change” many leaders in the American church want is simply the size of their congregations and ministries. Their paradigm for success is defined by numbers. To do so they innovate, produce better graphics, use brighter lights, provide more entertainment and shorter services. This, of course, has failed. America is still speeding pell-mell down the wrong road.

Difference-makers know that the way forward is often backward - to the old road. We must lead people to Jesus, not to ourselves; to truth, not a religious system; to a lifestyle, not a building. Referring to Jesus, John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (John 3:30). The true purpose of becoming a voice for God should be to point people to Christ, not grow our ministry or congregation. It is worth noting that John, whom Jesus described as the greatest man born at the time (Luke 7:28), eventually lost his head. We are expendable and so are our ministries; Christ is not. He is looking for voices who care more about His kingdom than they do their careers...difference-makers.

Pioneers Are Giant Killers

Caleb, one of the 12 spies whom Moses sent to spy out the land promised by God to Israel, was certainly different. He went against the grain and made it into God’s “Hall of Difference Makers” (Hebrews 11). In fact, God used this very word to describe him. “Caleb,” He said, “has a different spirit” (Numbers 14:24).


By describing Caleb as different, the Lord was actually comparing him to 10 of the other spies who were conformists, weak in their faith, and sadly, still slaves at heart. These spineless, pioneer wannabes affirmed that the Promised Land truly was as wonderful as God said. Unfortunately, they also pointed out that it was ruled by giants, protected by strong armies, and filled with fortified cities. God forgot to tell us about the giants - 9 feet plus in height, they opined. And as cowards often do, these 10 spies poisoned Israel with their fear and unbelief. To fear-controlled believers, “giants” seem bigger than God.

Ironically, the 10 fearful spies were actually leaders in Israel (Numbers 13:2), yet didn’t possess the faith needed to advance into the land of promise and challenge the demonized giants living there. They were leaders who wouldn’t lead, fathers who wouldn’t fight. They had become settlers - not pioneers - and settlers fear giants. Fearful and faithless people build walls to keep giants out; pioneers dispossess them. Shockingly, the 10 “settlers” actually preferred going back into slavery in Egypt (where their masters fed and clothed them, and they didn’t have to fight) than risking their lives for the cause of freedom.


Safety seekers.

Caleb, however, was different. Not only was he willing to fight the giants, but Caleb offered to tackle the biggest. He requested the town of Kiriath-Arba as his battle assignment. Why is this significant? Kiriath Arba means “the city of Arba” and Arba was “the greatest of all the giants,” (Joshua 14:15).

Caleb’s attitude toward the giants and their fortified cities was simple: Let’s go kill these evil giants and possess the land. I’ll take the biggest!

There’s a different spirit for you!

Nameless, Faceless Pioneers

America was built on the backs of different-spirited pioneers. Somewhere on the Continental Divide are the bleached bones of a nameless, faceless pathfinder who died opening up a pathway for you. Arlington Cemetery houses the graves of unknown soldiers who died preparing the way for your freedom.

America now needs another generation of selfless, no compromising pioneers. The frontier these 21st-century pioneers must conquer is one of mindsets and beliefs, not a mountain range; and the minefield we face is one of ideas and ideologies, not an Omaha Beach. But the need for different-spirited pioneers is just as great.

The church, too, was built by forerunning pioneers. The soil under the Roman Coliseum is stained with the blood of pioneering martyrs - our brothers and sisters - who died to advance the cause of our pioneering Leader. They’re watching us from the balcony of Heaven and their blood is crying out for a generation to emerge who won’t lower the standard. This great “cloud of witnesses” is waiting for a generation of difference-makers to arise in America that will once again be willing to lay down their lives for Heaven’s holy cause.

I pray you choose the path of a pioneer. Leave the crowd - don’t be a follower - be different! Buck the broken system and rock the proverbial boat. May your commitment to the cause make the complacent nervous.

Let’s go find the old road.

Pray with me:

Father, only the different make a difference. We ask You to awaken the spirit of reformation in the church. Raise up individuals who refuse to accept things as they are and determine to be difference-makers. Your church should be leading the way in this, but we have become conformists. Awaken the Spirit of Christ in us.

We ask you to give creative ideas to individuals, ideas that will cause them to have great influence, even wealth. Give them loud voices. Use their ideas, strategies, and passion to take out giants in this season. Change our bloated, overfed government; remove the leftists, socialists, and secularists. Give us those who love America…and You. We ask this in the name of the exalted Lord of all the earth, Jesus. Amen.

Our decree:

The difference-makers are being awakened and will take out the spiritual giants in our land.

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The Song

It was 11 years ago, July 4th weekend, 2010, our nation’s birthday. I should have been in a celebrative mood; instead, I found myself pensive and in deep thought. At times, tears flowed. Thankfully, none of this was caused by bad news. It was actually a song causing this strange frame of mind.

Music has incredible power to touch us at a deep level; and like the inaudible voice of God calling a salmon back to the place of its birth, the lyrics and powerful melody of this song were calling to something buried deep within my DNA. I couldn’t shake it...I didn’t want to.

The song was Pioneer, written by the incredible Nancy Honeytree and recorded again by my friend, Rick Pino. Rick had sent me a pre-release of his recording, stating that the song had an intense impact on him. I was its next victim. Pioneer speaks to the calling, challenges, often lonely life and rewards of a spiritual pioneer.


Pioneer, pioneer

Keep pressing onward, beyond your fear

Only the Father goes before you

To your own frontier

You’re a pioneer


Uncharted wilderness stretches before you

And you thrive on going where no one has gone

Still it gets lonely when darkness deepens

So sing by the fire until the dawn

You travel light, you travel alone

And when you arrive, nobody knows

But the Father in heaven, He’s glad you can go

For those who come after you will need the road

What you have done others will do

Bigger and better, and faster than you

But you can’t look back, you gotta keep pressing through

There’s a wilderness pathway, calling you

Calling you, calling you clear

Keep pressing onward, you can’t stay here

Only the Father goes before you

To your own frontier

You’re a pioneer (1)

(You can hear the song by clicking here.)

I knew why the song was impacting me so intensely. It was describing me: my calling, my nature, my goals, and yes, at times, even my emotions. I am a pioneer, and the lyrics were calling to this nature deep within my spirit. The powerful words and melody were penetrating and searching my soul, forcing me to delve deep into the circuitry of my inner self: Are you still up for this forerunning calling? Is the price you’re paying still worth the potential rewards? Are you willing to travel a few million more miles, be misunderstood at times, sacrifice family and fun times in order to be a pioneer of spiritual and societal change?

Like all pioneers, I’ve known the lonely roads and uncharted wilderness pathways. Pioneering isn’t easy, but it is essential. As the song states, those who come after these agents of change will need the paths they find and the roads they build. And at this point in history, America is in desperate need of those who can lead the way back to the old road.

There are different aspects and levels of this calling. Few are called to do what I do, traveling millions of miles and leading prayer efforts in every state. I’ve been to all of them, multiple times. But as we shall see, conditions on earth sometimes demand that God place a degree of this pioneering spirit on many in a generation. Christ is currently placing a holy restlessness, a heavenly dissatisfaction, in many of His followers. A growing number of believers realize radical change is needed in America, and are becoming increasingly unwilling to accept status quo.

A pioneer generation will usually think differently than the one preceding them. Some people mistake the questioning nature of pioneers as rebelliousness but it is often simply a God-given predisposition toward change. “If it ain’t broken,” they’ll reject southern wisdom and “fix it” anyway. After all, there might just be a better way! Leave well enough alone? Not this crowd. They would rather create the flow than go with it. Creativity doesn’t bow to conformity.

Pioneers love to explore - ideas, possibility, a forest, small towns, new places - it doesn’t matter what. They just need to explore, search, scout around. The dictionary defines a pioneer as someone who explores, prepares or opens up a new way; someone who takes the lead or initiative. We’ve all read or heard about the early pioneers who opened up the American frontier, preparing the way for others to follow. We often refer to those who forerun in space exploration, technology, medicine, or science as pioneers. They’re found in every area of life, including religion.

Pioneers initiate; they go first, always ready to try something new. Not only are these way-makers open to change, they insist on it. There must be a better way, is never far from the thinking of a pioneer. They’re inventors, explorers, scouts, pathfinders, trailblazers, innovators, change-agents, reformers, and forerunners. Pioneers are the research and development crowd - the “what if” bunch, the “why” and “why not” folks. They’d rather write history than read it. They’ll rock any boat, buck any system and go against any flow. Status quo is never safe with a pioneer. Here are a few more identifying traits of those who have the pioneer gene:

  • They are often dissatisfied with things as they are, AND want to be part of the change.

  • Something deep inside their nature comes alive when they hear about making a difference.

  • To them, being in the right is more important than being in the majority.

  • The inconvenience of change doesn’t dissuade them; the stench of stagnation does.

  • Trying - even when they fail - is more appealing to these change-agents than risk-free living.

  • They refuse to quit, realizing that dead-ends and failed attempts are just part of the path-finding process.

  • The beaten path doesn’t beckon pioneers, but uncharted wilderness does.

  • Playing it safe doesn’t apply to forerunners - the boredom of the familiar scares them more than the fear of the unknown.

  • These instruments of change are never satisfied with status quo. They have a warrior spirit that would rather fight, even die, than forfeit liberty.

  • As forward thinkers, they would rather advance a cause than maintain a position.

  • Always hungry for change, a pioneer can’t leave well enough alone - ever.

  • They want their life to count for more than making money or experiencing pleasure.

  • Making a difference means more to this crowd than making it big.

  • They would rather die trying than live trying not to die.

  • They march to the beat of a different drummer...and they often hear a completely different song!

If you’re a pioneer, don’t settle for being a settler! Don’t allow the need for the “known” to tame you. Doing so would mean part of who God created you to be will never find its voice. Voiceless pioneers experience a living death - their inner nature never finds its expression and the world they were created to change remains the same. Determine never to allow that. Find your voice. Better yet, find your SHOUT, and make a difference.

America Desperately Needs Pioneers

Deep in the soil of this land is pioneer blood, crying out for a new generation of trailblazers to answer a path-finding, pioneering call. This spirit is so needed now because America has lost her moral and spiritual bearings, straying from the basic principles that made her great. Truth, integrity, personal and corporate responsibility, self-discipline, biblical morality and the ideals of our founders - all have been at least partially lost. America now needs a new generation of pathfinders and way-makers to arise and lead us back to our roots. Ironically, the way forward is sometimes behind us. Contrary to what many people believe, “old” is not synonymous with “outdated.” The future must always be built on yesterday’s strong foundation The Psalmist said, in fact, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

The church should have been leading America back to our foundations, but Christians seem to have lost their connection to the pioneer spirit. Deep within the DNA of every believer is the spirit of Christ, the Pioneer of all pioneers, but this nature has been lost in the wilderness of conformity, religion, and compromise. God, however, is issuing a fresh and powerful invitation to believers:

Leave behind the safety and boredom of tame, anemic religion. Abandon the shallow life lived by the all-too-common narcissistic Christian in America. Overcome the fear of death, loss, and the unknown. Follow me back to what I birthed 2000 years ago: radical, world-changing, miracle-working, fearless, love-not-your-lives-unto-death, passionate, warrior-hearted pioneers!

Heaven is waiting for a remnant of God-fearing Americans to answer this call and begin a path-finding journey. Earth is waiting, also. Broken hearts, hungry bellies, enslaved people, war-ravaged nations, and the unsaved - they’re all desperately waiting for a 21st-century breed of pioneers to arise and lead.

Perhaps you’re one of them.

Pray with me:

Father, we need a remnant of pioneers to rise up in this moment of history. Change agents. Pathfinders. Trailblazers. Those with the same spiritual DNA and predisposition as the early church. Fearless. Bold. Different. Risk takers. Anoint them powerfully and help them find their voice.

I ask You to break the conformity to the world off of the church. Bring conviction, repentance and passion. Let the zeal of the Lord of Hosts come alive in a dormant, hibernating church. Awaken us!!!!

Bring revival. Then bring great reformation. Yes, we are desperate. But we are also confident! We know this will be granted. And we ask it in the name of the greatest Trailblazer who ever walked this planet, Yeshua.

Our decree:

We decree that we will blaze a trail for God’s will to be done in America.

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  1. Miller, Nancy Honeytree, Pioneer © 1993 by Oak Table Publishing, Inc/ASCAP.