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Giants, Grasshoppers, Favor & God
The Book of Numbers reveals much about the character and the ways of God. The Israelites had settled at Mt Sinai following Yahweh’s deliverance from Egypt. They had seen numerous occasions of divine provision during their time in the wilderness. Now, in the Wilderness of Paran, the Lord speaks to Moses saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.”
AN OPPORTUNITY TO “SEE” DIFFERENTLY
This was to be a time of upgrade for the Israelites whom God had taken as His people. The purpose of the journey was to see what the land was like and to have knowledge of the cities, the people and the vegetation. He simply said, “Be of good courage.” He had already made clear His intent to give them the land. There was no need for them to feel intimidated, overwhelmed, or overtaken by anything they might see or hear. They could see with eyes of faith. Jehovah had spoken! This is your land!
Can you imagine the excitement of the people as they gathered to hear the report of the spies? They must have quickly spotted the luscious grapes being carried in between two of the men on a pole. The pomegranates and figs were as succulent as you can imagine. Surely this was evidence that what God had promised was indeed true.
NEGATIVITY BRINGS DARKNESS AND DEFEAT
The men began to affirm that “truly the land flows with milk and honey and this is its fruit.” But then one fateful word was added. Nevertheless! With one negative word of doubt, darkness began to creep into their thinking. All that God had purposed for them was about to be undermined by men who saw themselves as grasshoppers in the face of the challenge.
Caleb, a man of a different spirit, tried to quiet the people. “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it!”
Yet, in their own sight, they were grasshoppers and not able to go up against the people who appeared as giants to them. “They are stronger than we,” was their take on the situation. However, strength was never the issue. The issue was not who THEY were. It was not about THEIR ability. It was about the God who was with them and the favor that was on them because of the God who had taken them as His very own people. He had already spoken the outcome to them. He had said this land was theirs, so, be of good courage.
This is a modern day truth, as well. Jesus paid the price for us to be the people of God. Because of that, we walk in favor….and favor is walking in the same kind of relationship that Jesus has with God. Everything He has spoken over your life, everything He has spoken over the Aglow ministry is as true as what He spoke to the Israelites. This is a land I am giving you. And He has a land for you to take possession of. Stop looking at yourself and look towards the One who has spoken it over your life. Move out in confidence and favor and take hold of what He has promised.
UNPRECEDENTED AND UNPARALLELED FAVOR
Many words of promise have been spoken over Aglow International. One such word came at our Global Gathering in Orlando this past September and it was spoken by Graham Cooke, a Caleb, a man with a different spirit.
This day you step into a new place of favor. Aglow steps into a new era of My favor, My goodness and of the power of My Kingdom. This day you have stepped into the unprecedented favor of God. I will give you favor, upon, favor, upon favor, upon favor. And when I have made an end of favor upon you says, the Lord, then I will give you favor, upon favor, upon favor, upon favor, upon favor…. until you cannot remember a time when you did not have favor upon your life!
So I challenge you to arise in My goodness and the unprecedented favor and fullness of your God. And I give you the wonderful, the incomparable Holy Spirit to empower you to become all that God has spoken.
I release to you all the resources of heaven. In your own prophesies and in your own promises - mine them for all the favor that is there, because you live in unparalleled favor. Favor will destroy all lack and all need in your life. Favor will overcome the enemy in your life.
A tsunami of goodness will flow throughout the earth because of you. We overcome evil with good. People will seek you out because of your goodness, your wisdom, and your favor. The world is crying out for miracles. I am sending you as a gift to the world around you.
FROM FAVOR TO FIRE
A recurring word and picture that comes to Asher Intrater of Revive Israel, as he continually prays for Aglow is one of rivers of fire.
That seems to be clear in the Spirit… rivers of fire, and power, coming into and through Aglow. (Jn 7:37, Daniel 7:10 and Acts 2)
I see five rivers of fire. There may be more, but those five are visible to me.
My sense is that the 5 represent different continents, with rivers of the fire flowing through Aglow into different population areas.
Then it appears that the 5 rivers of fire flowing from heaven come down onto a mountain on earth. (Rev 21:10 Isaiah 2:2)
I believe that is the connection with Jerusalem and the remnant of Jewish believers here in the land. We believe that our linkage in prayer for you continues to contribute to that.
As a ministry, we have arisen in faith! We believe that we are well able to take possession of all that God has spoken over us. We walk forward in favor. Just as Chuck Pierce spoke over women this year and specifically over Aglow International…the bees are amassing again. As you stand in the midst of the honeycomb you will gain fresh words of revelation that the world has yet to hear.
It is a crucial time for women to arise. It is a crucial time for men and women to arise together.