Years ago the author wrote these Ten Daily Determinations after going through a series of debilitating trials, personal loss and health issues. He offers them to his Brethren in the Gospel ministry for their consideration.
1. The Triune, self–disclosing God of Scripture, loves you with an everlasting love and has predestined all things. He is in the process of conforming you into the image of his Son. Thus, all things are working together for good, however they may appear in your experience—so nothing is ever really out of control. Do not be prone to impatience, complaint or frustration.
2. Read and meditate upon the Word of God daily for your own sake. It is the only objective truth and direction God has given.
3. God answers prayer. Be determined to pray daily, and to sanctify everything by this means. Take everything to God in prayer and not to others as complaint or frustration.
4. You are to love God supremely and be conscious of his attributes; especially his immanence, power, purpose and moral attributes. Seek to gain a true God–consciousness for the day. Be aware of the manifestations of indwelling sin and remaining corruption, and strive to be truly godly and morally pure in thought and action.
5. God has called you to the Gospel ministry. You are a servant, not a master. Scripturally, sanctify everything and subordinate it to this calling.
6. God has called you to be a pastor. Learn to love your people and do not resent them for their inability to see the issues, or their often thoughtless intrusion upon your time and studies. Remember, when you fail, you fail as a Christian, not as a pastor.
7. You are commanded by God to love your enemies and do good to all men; and as a servant of the Lord, to be gentle to all men. Do not dwell on the wrong your enemies have done or the hurt they have caused you, or become bitter or vindictive in your thoughts, attitude, words or actions.
8. Remember the reality of God’s purpose and Spirit, his ministry and his enabling grace as the dynamic in your life.
9. In a world cursed and condemned by the awful reality of sin, it is normal for things to go wrong—and some days for everything to go wrong. Remember that God is absolutely sovereign over all things—and when things do go wrong, God has a good and greater purpose in it.
This life is all you have in which to serve God. It is short. Make the best possible use of all the time God has given you. Also remember that he has commanded six days for labor and one for rest. Both are necessary to be obedient and consistent.