Speaker: Darlene Cunningham
God wants to use young people in the mission field!
Be obedient, He makes you a whole lot smarter than you are. There should be no negotiation just a yes no matter the circumstance. You never know where He is going to take you when there is no negotiation— He is just looking for availability!
"I gave you the gifts that you have and the ones you don’t have are part of my design."
<> Missions is about the posture of our hearts in helping build Gods kingdom. He’s designed us Ina specific way to join Him and He will bring the right people to explore the gift He’s given you.
<>He’s in a mission to restore creation back to himself. He has plans and purpose, chasing hearts and minds to restore people to their original design.
<>That’s not how it ought to be so we partner with God to make it how it’s supposed to be.
<>Jesus is the only one who is infinite and personal.
<>We can trust when He is leading us out because He knows what we are capable of.
<>When we make little compromises our hearts begin to harden and we are able to make bigger compromises. We begin to make plans in our own way and on our own time.
LEAVE THE DETAILS TO JESUS.
<>It’s Gods loving kindness that leads to repentance and courage.
How to make wise decisions: The Belief Tree
Our beliefs, what we believe and why, really affect our values which lead us to making right decisions and taking correct action.
—— Worldview (soil): The environment you grow up in affects your growth just as the soil affects the roots and their growth. It affects how we think, what we think is right and wrong, and that affects our values and decisions.
—— Beliefs (roots): We serve a wonderful, consistent, and fair God. The more we know about Him will affect our thinking. His truth is constant and can set us free. He will give us responsibility to make choices- when you choose right there is a great reward- when you choose wrong it leads to punishment.
—— Values (trunk): Our values clarify our beliefs, it’s in our DNA for life. Out of these values we make our decisions.
<> Worldview: What is Real.
<> Beliefs: What is True.
<>Values: what is Good.
<>Principle: What is Right.
<>Practice: What is Wise.
Who is Jesus?
He came to earth Ina physical being to unite us in Gods plan as a redeemed people. He was the exact replication of God. Destroying works of the enemy and healing the greatest sorrows. He lived for thirty years without people knowing who He was. He modeled what He taught, valued feedback and pushed the disciples to ask questions. Jesus was a talent spotter who believed in youth and the uneducated. He didn’t look just on the outside but straight to the heart. With His very last breath He made sure His mother was cared for. He knew how to discern Gods will over His daily schedule. He knew ALL. He was not into titles. He understood authority and understood that He was under the authority of the father. He showed no partiality, passion for justice, He mixed with the rich and poor, the sick and well, old and young. He was sensitive to culture but obedient to truth. He was understanding and forgiving. He gave his disciples the greatest job ever— go into the Nations and preach the gospel. He didn’t just tell them who He was, He asked “Who am I to you?”. He was the bread of life, the beginning and the end and so much more! He calls us to be a part of the trinity. He has faith in us!
My confidence is in the Holy father.
At this point in my walk with Jesus it has been an absolute struggle. I feel as though most (I don’t speak for everyone) people think okay I give my life to Christ, live like Him, Be nice, love everyone and I will live a pretty simple, blessed, easy going life. Living your life for Jesus and walking like Christ is so much harder than it looks. I can’t say I didn’t know that before giving my life to Christ but I just thought it would be so much easier. Oh how naive of me.
I’ve watched everyone around me see breakthrough, have revelation upon revelation, just completely wrecked by the love of God. I’m over here like, okay… Why haven’t I experienced that? Why haven’t you talked to me God? Why do I feel so alone? Why does this feel so one sided? Thinking I’d made a huge mistake in coming, and that I’m just not ‘spiritually capable’ of receiving what everyone else was getting. I was not engaging in ministry nights, I felt totally lost in the prayer room. I didn’t like praying out because I felt like I didn’t hear God so what was I even saying? Poor me, poor me, pity party. Oh did God have a surprise for me.
I’d learned so much in being here but I was still processing it all. I know God loves me, I know He forgives me for my sins, I know the Holy Spirit resides within me, I know He speaks to me, I know I had been called here by God, I know I got here by the grace if God, I know Gods timing is perfect, I know He only gives us what we can handle, and I know God would never forget about me. So why was I being so selfish and why was I so angry that he hadn’t encountered me the way I wanted Him to?
To be continued…