This week's blog is by guest blogger, Meredith Jolley. Although her home is in Australia, Meredith attended World Mandate 2018 in Detroit and was greatly impacted by her experience. We're so grateful for her open heart to share her reflections with us!
So how does an Aussie girl end up at World Mandate Detroit?
God of course!
I live in Adelaide, Australia (google it) and about a year ago God plucked me out of a personally harmful church situation - a legalistic church I had grown up in and been to for 29 years. Since that time God has taken me on an amazing journey of faith and healing that has been tough and yet liberating. Each step of the way has required me to let go of something and simply say "Yes" to God - like dropping off a cliff and learning to fly for the first time. So much of me and my heart has been suppressed all of my life and now the prison doors are open and I am free to worship and serve God. I have a God-given heart desire for people that burns inside of me - to see people set free from whatever imprisonment is in their life.
So when a friend told me about World Mandate, something resonated very strongly with the beating of my heart. I felt God saying very clearly:
"just be there, take hold of this opportunity."
I came with no expectations apart from being open to God. And He filled my heart in overflowing abundance! I had a real encounter with my Father and experienced His embrace, bringing release and hope. And re-igniting the burning desire to step off the cliff by saying "Yes" to God no matter what.
As a result of World Mandate, I have 3 things I believe God wants me to step out in faith:
- Step away from my past - open my heart to be healed, find a group of people to run with.
- Step back into Bible study - deepen my relationship with Jesus Christ so that I can touch people's lives in a deeper way.
- Reach out to a disadvantaged people group in a practical way.
World Mandate 2018 was an amazing, challenging, uplifting and life-changing experience. Through energetic worship, powerful teaching and a real encounter with God I felt so surrounded by love and freedom from anything that would hold me back - the Holy Spirit was definitely at work and evident in this place. I walked away from the time with a heart to say "Yes" to God no matter what, whatever he says and whenever he desires.
Two other thoughts stood out to me:
When we drink of Him at the wells of intimacy there is power and freedom.
Saying yes to God is saying I am going until He says no.
I am inspired and re-energized to be part of God's work around the world reaching out to meet people's needs and available for His use. God used World Mandate in a powerful way to open my heart to Him. Life is a journey and God is asking me to take a chance and step out in faith.