It has been a year since God spoke profoundly to us during the 2017 Global Conference in Richmond, Virginia. When His prophetic words regarding a re-mantling and a re-commissioning of Aglow were being spoken forth, I was overwhelmed by His mighty intentions and could only say, “This is big!” And now, we find ourselves having walked through this year of transition, looking at everything carefully to see what we carry forth into the new place and what we leave behind.
I recently received a report from the Alaska State Gathering held by Mary Pomeroy, Alaska State Leader, and I wanted to share a specific session lead by Carol Martin, longtime leader in Aglow Alaska. I believe it will bring clarity to what is taking place in Aglow around the world since a major shift began last November.
Here is what Carol related:
My assignment was to share and facilitate a roundtable discussion on the “Gates of `Breakthrough,'” where we broke into Area and Lighthouse Teams. My goal was to draw from Jane’s monthly messages to the field since the Fall 2017 conference.
I felt strongly to look at the phrase that Jane mentions with frequency, “Propel the Kingdom Forward.” I broke these words down into a fuller understanding and then pulled them back together again.
Propel: To drive forward and onward by or as if by means of force that imparts motion. (We know that force is Holy Spirit power!)
Kingdom: A realm where God’s will is fulfilled.
Forward: Moving toward the future or toward a more advanced state or condition.
As you receive this letter, we have just completed our annual pilgrimage to Israel and the U.S. Embassy has been relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The world is watching this historical and prophetic event as it unfolds. I can only imagine how Heaven rejoices in the acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. Heaven established it from the beginning and now, the world has either chosen to align and support this reality or to stand in opposition.
When strong words regarding the intentions of God impact the earth, as they did in Richmond at the 50th-anniversary celebration, we are given the choice of responding. Our responses can vary depending on where we are in our walk with the Lord. Do not say that you have no strength. This is a time to press in and receive all that God is conceiving in you and through you. We, corporately, have moved into a new place.
Warm greetings to you! I trust that you are enjoying the Presence of the Lord in increasing ways. It is His Presence that defines us and His Presence from which all our activities must flow.
After our conference in Richmond, and the confirming words spoken regarding Aglow, my heart felt stirred to bring together the leadership of all the “moving pieces” of the ministry to seek the Lord. I felt that we needed to pray together and confer with one another to see which pieces of our history will move forward with us into this new era. Therefore, I asked the leadership to gather in Seattle for a Roundtable Meeting.
As Graham Cooke closed out his message in Richmond, VA with a prophetic word for us, he referred to me as the keeper of the prophetic keys. It is from the prophetic keys surrounding finances that I want to speak to you from in this letter.
IDENTITY OPENS A GATEWAY
We know that identity is the key to transformation.
- Resources come because of identity.
- Promises are realized because of identity.
- Your needs are met because of identity.
- Your inheritance is granted because of identity.
In my January letter, I sent a link for, Healing in His Glory, a song sung by Lindell Cooley during the Brownsville revival. I have continued to listen to this song as I drive, as I’m in my quiet time, and as I’m in the office. I hope you find it as life-giving as I do. There is healing in His Glory.
After Chuck Pierce spoke in Richmond, VA, he commented to me that he would like to spend time together. Picking up on his comment, I invited him to Headquarters where he spent a recent Monday morning with us. I feel that you will be interested in hearing the things that were spoken.
Welcome to a new year of exploration! Who will God be for us this year? This will be a year marked by first fruits as each day presents opportunities for new beginnings. He has made all things new!
The Field Is Ours
In reading about Ruth, my attention was drawn to the very specific steps that she took in moving from gleaning in the field to owning the field. First, she washed her face. Next, she changed her dress. Then she went to the fields.
God has led Aglow in very specific steps in the past 50 years, and He is leading us purposely as we begin our next 50 years.
For that reason, I am asking that as make decisions this year, make them out of the new place rather than the way decisions have always been made. There is a new way of engagement. Spend more time in worship. Spend more time listening for Holy Spirit. A new cadence is sounding in Heaven and with it new assignments and missions are being released. Some are distinctively related to gates of nations. Some are for gates in cities. We are aligning with the new that is being released, for the winter has passed and springtime has come! Expect to do things differently!
I often think of the passage of scripture in Luke 1 where Gabriel appeared in Nazareth to Mary. “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Scripture goes on to say that Mary was troubled at Gabriel’s words and wondered what manner of greeting it was.
I can say that as the Lord began to speak through our conference speakers, I found myself in a similar place wondering how could this favor be? This re-mantling, this recommissioning, this declaration of being sent to the world afresh as a leading voice in the coming Third Great Awakening? I simply say yes.
I would encourage you, as you read this letter, to let the Holy Spirit impart into your spirit, the fresh fire He is pouring out. Aglow has moved into a new place, into a fresh stance before the Lord. Like Mary, we have conceived new life and we are expectant to all that God will be doing in this ministry in the days ahead.