Are you enjoying the summer? Summers are my favorite time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The days are long. The skies are blue. The flowers are in full bloom. There is very little rain and I love the sounds of families outside enjoying their time together.
Before I begin, I want to personally thank each of you who gave into the matching funds opportunity this summer. We received over $25,000 in gifts and our generous donor gave the matching $25,000. Thank you for helping us to double your gifts! God is so faithful!
What a profound year 2022 is unfolding to be! After being in various stages of lockdown the past two years, it is good to be FREE from the restrictions! I think of 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Locked down or not, we can be free because real freedom comes from the Lord.
I am often asked, “Jane, what are you sensing?” I am sensing that in all things, we must remain in a place of total peace while God leads us in every detail. “Well, Jane, how do we do that?” We do it the same way we have done for the last 55 years; we follow the lead of Holy Spirit. When we are not sure where things are headed or how to prepare, we have a Divine Advantage in Holy Spirit. He knows it all!
At times like this, I often think of Abraham who was told by God to go to a place he did not know. Can’t you hear Sarah? “Should I pack summer or winter clothes? How long will we be gone? Will we need a picnic lunch? Are we taking the animals or do I have to walk?” I can imagine the peace it brought as Abraham answered back, “Just pack Sarah. God will supply.”
At the beginning of the year, I always desire to have a fresh word from the Lord to hear what He is saying and where we are going. It was interesting that I tuned into a Christian television program last night. As I listened to the speaker, I found what he was saying to be very thought provoking – we are in God’s waiting room.
We are all aware of the spiritual battle raging over the nations of the world - look at Afghanistan! The news and pictures sicken us, especially as we consider and pray for the vibrant underground church that is growing rapidly there.
The ancient question remains, Who is going to rule? God or the devil? Our answer is God!
Recently I spoke at the South Central, USA Regional Aglow event in Austin, TX. At the event, the Regional Director, Carol Torrance, showed a teaching from Tim Sheets, brother of Dutch Sheets, entitled Overthrowing Thrones of Iniquity.
You have always been faithful to rise up and give abundantly when asked.Each gift matters. Those gifts not only help sustain Aglow, those gifts are used to expand the work that was birthed so long ago by His Spirit. Our lives are richer because of that ‘shot heard around the world.’ And, the world is richer because Aglow is making place for that continual, fresh outpouring of His Spirit in over 170 nations of the world.
I extend to you the opportunity to sow into the future of Aglow. As 2021 draws to a close and 2022 opens before us, I ask you to plant a financial seed of faith into this year-end planting opportunity. Time is short. The harvest is plentiful and we must be funded to go where He leads us.
I was recently invited to speak to the European Leader’s Summit by the European Regional Committee. What unfolded is a message I believe we have all been waiting to hear. I want to invite you to settle in and hear this futuristic message, anointed by Holy Spirit for the Aglow ministry around the world. What we do, what we bring into the midst of today’s crises is a gamechanger. Aglow is an Eternal Ministry, impacting eternity.
The words, ‘Come Up Here’, have been stuck in my mind. To me, they are such beckoning words; words of invitation. Words of love, fellowship, relationship, of wanting to be in a place where we gain some things that we need. Those words, ‘Come Up Here’, are found in Revelation 4:1. “After these things, I looked and behold a door standing open.” I love that because it’s saying there’s a door standing open for Aglow.
Some years ago, at an Aglow conference, Dutch Sheets gave us a key to open doors no man can shut, and close doors no man can open. I believe that key is for us in this hour. It wasn’t just a word for that conference. It’s Word that God has spoken to you as a leader; to you over your Aglow, to your nation, to your region. This is a time He has purposed for the doors to be open that no man can shut. And to shut doors no man can open.
Revelation 4:1 goes on to say, “Come up here and I will show you things that must take place after this.” I believe Aglow is in such a place. I believe we’ve come to a place of maturity, where the Lord can trust us; there’s a level of trust where He’s saying, Come Up Here. I have things to tell you; things to reveal that you must know for the days ahead. I want to repeat, God has things for us, to speak to us for the days ahead.
One of the thoughts that came to my mind this morning was from Genesis. God was speaking to Abraham and making such incredible promises to this man who had not even known God! God was saying to Abraham, “I am going to bring forth nations from you.” Can you imagine? Don’t you think Abraham might have said, “Excuse me, what did you just say!” He didn’t expect any of this, but God had a plan that was coming forth in the earth and he uses individuals to make that plan come to fruition. So hence, He’s speaking to Abraham and He’s saying, “It’s going to be nations from you."
Today I received notice from the Israel Allies Foundation about an amazing honor bestowed upon me and upon Aglow.
To all those who have sacrificed to travel to Israel to show support for over 20 years for the people and the land, God saw each trip and heard each prayer. Our stand with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people is immoveable.
Several weeks ago, David Demian invited me to be part of an Isaiah 19 intercessory group. So, for the last few weeks I have been joining a wide group of leaders from around the world on a Zoom call that is led by Asher Intrater and David Demian.
The focus of the call is establishing relationship among leaders in the Body of Christ regarding Isaiah 19:18-25 and praying those scriptures into being.