Tag: 2018

Living Out World Mandate

Sometimes it feels like so much happens during World Mandate weekend that it can be hard to keep track of it all, process it and develop practical steps to respond. So much wisdom and revelation is being declared through the speakers, hearts and lives are being shaped during ministry time and the Spirit of God is speaking individually to people. In the midst of everything going on, everything that God is pouring out in that short weekend, how can we be good stewards? How can we hold onto all that God has done in us so it is not just a weekend experience but life-long transformation?

This is a question that I have asked myself after every World Mandate. I first started going to the conference in 2008 when I was thirteen, and each year I have walked away more in love with Jesus and envisioned to pray, give and go. But how can we cultivate that to last so we are not living FOR World Mandate but living it OUT all year long?

I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THREE PRACTICAL STEPS THAT HAVE HELPED ME HOLD ONTO WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN ME AT WORLD MANDATE:

1.WRITE IT DOWN // This one is so simple and practical that it is easy to overlook. However, it is still just as important. Whether or not you would say that you like to journal, write down what God has spoken to you at World Mandate. Not only does it help you to remember what God has done in you because you are able to look back and read it, but when doubts may come your way it can act as a lifeline to remind you of the promises God has spoken.

2. TELL COMMUNITY: CELEBRATE and ACCOUNTABILITY // “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8

We are not only made for community but we are also made to celebrate and have accountability with our community. Share with your community what God did in your life during World Mandate. Celebrate your victories with them and in places where you need to grow or follow through, invite them to hold you accountable.

3. RELEASE IT TO GOD // Even if there are things that you forget from World Mandate, God sees all and does not forget. The fulfillment of God’s promises to us does not depend on us being able to remember everything He has spoken. We can fully trust and release those promises to God.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7

World Mandate is a life-changing weekend that catalyzes people into the love of Jesus and the calling He has upon their lives. Let’s take the time to steward what has been spoken and what God has been doing so that we can look back on this World Mandate and not just see an incredible weekend but life transformation.

By Olivia Andrade

Resolving to Leave Perfection in 2017

Welcome to 2018!

There is something about the start of a new year that has me running to the nearest Target to get calendars, colored pens, sticky notes, a new planner and anything else that is sure to help me have the most successful year yet. My motivation is at an all-time high and my list of resolutions extends down a page in my journal.

But to tell you the truth, my motivation dies out after about a month. I can’t remember one thing that was on my 2017 resolutions list, and my planner has sat idly on my desk for the past few months, just waiting to be replaced on January 1st. I love the idea of a fresh start. I think we all do. But each year after the holidays pass, I find myself caught between the same responsibilities and struggles I woke up with on December 31st, and the desire to check off every single item on my resolutions list.

The recipe for my seemingly perfect year is all there, but things never really play out the way I expect them to.

WHEN MY EXPECTATION IS PERFECTION, I AM TEMPTED TO FEEL LIKE A FAILURE WHEN A RESOLUTION GOES UNCHECKED.

If you’re anything like me you may be wondering, “How do I get out of this cycle of feeling like I fail every year?”

I’m not going to tell you to give up on making resolutions or to set low goals because I don’t think that is the answer. I believe the answer is to shift our expectations away from perfection.

GOD DOESN’T EXPECT US TO BE PERFECT.

If perfection were achievable, Jesus never would have died on the cross. Instead, God invites us to press into Him in the areas where we fall short. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…”

WHEN WE LAY DOWN OUR EXPECTATION FOR PERFECTION, WE CREATE SPACE FOR GOD TO DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.

And there is an assurance that His plan is always better than we can comprehend.

So, as we look forward to the New Year I encourage you to resolve to leave perfection in the past. Make a list of resolutions and dream with God about the year ahead. And cut yourself some slack, you don’t have to check everything off your list right away. We are covered by the grace of God, and it’s time for us to extend grace to ourselves.

IN RESPONSE:

With the desire for perfection in the past, check out three ways to help you set yourself up for a great year:

  1. Invite God into the process and ask Him what He has for you in the coming year.
  2. Stick to three or four resolutions; don’t overload yourself with a ton of things.
  3. Quantify your goals. Instead of saying, “Read more,” set a more quantifiable goal, like, “Read one book every three months.”

By Destiny Gonzalez – Communications Staff

A New Year Letter from Carl Gulley

Happy OLD Year!

I don’t know about you, but the sound of that makes me depressed.

Why? Could three little letters really make that big of a difference?

NEW.

Think about it.

For Christmas, most of us were given something NEW: clothes, gadgets, home decor,etc. And that NEW possession was nothing short of thrilling.

But….

What if every gift you received was something you already owned? If someone gift-wrapped your old Iphone, your empty perfume bottle or your holey underwear, you would look up confused and ask, “Umm, are you serious?!”

That’s because in our subconscious, we all expect something NEW. And in light of that anticipation of the NEW, you tore into that gift.

I BELIEVE THE DESIRE FOR NEW IS BUILT INTO OUR DNA BY GOD HIMSELF.

Let’s get pessimistic for a minute. What if all we had to look forward to in 2018 was what we encountered in 2017? Sure, some great moments occurred in the past 12 months. However, all of us were also confronted with high levels of tension, pain and disappointment. So the thought of pushing COPY on the OLD year and PASTING it into the NEW year isn’t exactly thrilling for most of us.

I’ve never looked up the definition of the word “NEW” until now. Webster shows two definitions:

New- adjective:

  1. Not existing before; made, introduced or discovered recently or now for the first time.
  2. Already existing but seen, experienced or acquired recently or now for the first time.

See the difference? In definition #1, something is introduced or discovered. But in definition #2, that same thing is experienced or acquired. In other words, #1 is information and #2 is revelation.

Lamentations 3 tells us, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are NEW every morning.”

Fresh forgiveness.

Fresh possibilities.

Fresh starts.

THEY.

NEVER.

RUN.

OUT.

For many of us, this verse isn’t new. We know God loves us and has mercy for us in vast sums. The question is, are we simply aware of His love and mercy (information)? Or are we truly seeing, experiencing and acquiring all He has for us (revelation)?

HIS MERCIES ARE A NEW GIFT TO BE UNWRAPPED EVERYDAY!

Tragically, some people leave that gift under the tree. They think their best has passed them by and the past is doomed to repeat itself. Or they may be tired of risking with God and just kick into a survival mentality.

But that’s not who you are as a person.

That’s not who we are as a church.

ANTIOCH, WE NEED TO GET AHOLD OF THE FACT THAT 2018 HAS NEW WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.

NEW vision.

NEW relationships.

NEW strength.

NEW salvations.

NEW risks.

NEW revelation.

And it’s all powered by the engine of steadfast love and NEW mercies.

How do we know?

Because He said it, “Behold, I am making all things NEW!” (Isaiah 43:19)

So my prayer for 2018 is that you would, “not dwell on the former things, for He is doing a NEW thing.” And as you embrace this NEW year, don’t be content to merely gather more information about God. But, by the Holy Spirit‘s power, may you grasp more revelation of all He is and all He wants to do.

So welcome to new mercies.

Welcome to 2018.

Happy NEW year!

Carl Gulley – College Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, to help you get ready for the year ahead – fill out this Roles and Goals for 2018 sheet.