Bailey Scully, one of our Trailblazers Discipleship Training School students, shares 5 things she has learned during the first 5 weeks of her lecture phase.
1) God likes to talk a lot… anywhere, anytime.
God loves it when you speak with Him all of the time, not just confining it to your morning quiet time. He is in the habit of speaking to us, and sometimes we hear Him at the strangest of times. Whether God is calling you to fast just before you eat lunch, or all of a sudden you feel the need to start praising Him even though you’re on a bus full of people, God’s timing is all His own. He loves talking! He loves it when you listen and step out in obedience to what He is saying.
2) DTS life is incredibly similar to college life.
Living with 150 people in a single building, in dorm-sized rooms, with the ever-present ramen noodles and Tim Tams, DTS can be just like living on a university campus. It can feel crazy and chaotic at times, but even though we come from many nations and a variety of backgrounds, we have learned to live together through the laughter and the tears.
3) We are called to live with child-like faith, not child-ish faith.
In Matthew 18 we see the Father-heart of God and how He wants us as His children to run to Him with open arms and trust Him like a child trusts a good father. At the same time, we are not called to stay in a place of infancy in our faith. We are called to see God as a King, giving honour and being obedient, growing up in faith but still knowing that He is our good Father.
4) Relationship with God is all about the position of our hearts.
Put your heart in a constant state or place where you are fully aware of the presence of God. Hold your heart open and be ready to receive what he gives you or asks you to do. We are not called as followers to be ready to receive God’s Word only while in morning quiet time, but rather to be in constant prayer throughout your entire day.
“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
5) Agree with who God says you are.
So many of us struggle to listen to and remember the good things that people say. We will easily believe the bad things that people say about us and remember them more than the good and kind things we are told. God has created us in His perfect image and He is the one who we can choose to spend eternity with, so really, it’s just His opinion that matters. The artist makes no fault in His masterpiece. Who are you to tell God that He messed up?
“For we are God’s workmanship” – Ephesians 2:10