On behalf of the national team I want to express our deep gratitude for the time you put aside to fast and pray before and during our time of seeking the Lord together in Edmonton. I know the sensitivity of your hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading opened heaven, released His favor and helped prepare the way for the next phase of Aglow in Canada.
We were blessed during our time in Edmonton by The Alberta Project, a multi-generational group who are walking together in a journey to see the destiny of their province fulfilled. They hosted us in one of their homes and prepared and paid for all our meals because of their heart to welcome, bless and honour the mothers of Aglow. They also covered our meeting time in prayer and through this we received an unexpected blessing when on the first day, one of the leaders submitted to us a powerful prophetic vision which confirmed that we are coming to an important transition into a new season.
In part this word said:
I saw each of the Aglow leaders as they walked through the door. They EACH were pregnant. I heard the words “heavy with child” and knew they were about to give birth. I sensed the pregnancy was already long past the typical 9 month time period. I then heard the number 10 and sensed they each were about to give birth after a 10-month pregnancy. I knew in scripture the number 10 has multiple prophetic meanings, but sensed in this vision it meant three things:
1. An end of a long WILDERNESS time.
2. A RESTORATION where all things are made new.
3. A new GOVERNMENT established. I sensed God was establishing how His government would look in this season. I sensed it would operate differently than previously understood.
This isn’t the first time that the Lord has spoken to us about establishing a new order in Aglow. In 2002 Rose Taylor prophesied…I have placed my hand upon this ministry. I am calling you forth to fulfill my purposes in your Nation…I am calling you forth as an Apostolic and Prophetic ministry that will speak forth My Word and lead my people to its fulfillment… The word is change, restructure, rebuild for I am setting up and establishing My order…Come before Me in humility, hear the Word of the Lord and let me direct you step by step. For I desire to do a new thing, to build a new model, to establish a new order that will bring honour and glory to my Name.
This year marks the tenth year of the journey since I was appointed national president for Aglow International in Canada. The number 10 speaks of wilderness testing, of God’s order, of government, of divine law and completeness. Looking back I am absolutely astonished at the faithfulness of God and how through His manifest wisdom, He has prepared us to receive a new order in Aglow International Canada. He has brought us into deeper intimacy, refining us to be forerunners by removing belief systems, doctrines and ways of operating that are no longer beneficial for the new season into which we are headed.
GameChangers is the strategy God has given to Aglow to help perceive the new thing He’s is doing. GameChangers are serious about their walk with God. They are the new breed of leaders who not only discovers their true identity already declared in Christ, but who have been awakened to the new order of the kingdom and are committed to bring change in society by restoring people to a radiant place of relationship with God and one another.
God has been so good to us! He has led us out of old garments, to bring us into a whole new level of His glory (2Cor3: 16-18) by revealing another aspect of who He is. I can only conclude that transition to the kingdom is a work of God. He will not share his glory with another; no man will be able to lay claim of it. (Isaiah 42:8) No amount of organization is able to do this kind of work, because His kingdom is not of this world, (John 18:36) it’s within you (Luke 17:21). It is not so much which group we are in, but rather what is in us. Christ in you the hope of Glory, (Col. 1:27) a call to mature sonship, and to share with the Father in the governance of the universe.
A Shift: From a Family to an Army
At our last International conference Graham Cooke challenged us that the time has come to see ourselves not only as a family, but also as an army. “We have to operate from a different mindset, different lens, different culture, and a different language. In the army, civilian lifestyles have no bearing. They are simply disregarded all together. In the army, they create their own lifestyle.”
He went on to explain that an army runs on training. And shifting into this new lifestyle of training is going to be one of the biggest changes for us in the new season.
Does that mean we are going to lose our heart as a family? Not at all, together we will learn how to protect what the Lord has already given us while still moving forward to achieve the objectives the Lord is giving us. At the same time, we are being challenged to gear up and speed up. If we are called to be forerunners of a new era of heaven on earth we need to begin to let go of old ways of doing things.
On a practical level that means looking at how we can use the power of the Internet to facilitate training through things like online webinars and training workshops. Of course that doesn’t mean we are going to lose the opportunity to meet face to face. We will still continue to assemble together at least once or twice every year, nationally as well as for Area gatherings and training days, which will be set regularly by the Area Team.
Our next national conference will be in Edmonton September 15-17 with the leadership pre-meeting starting September 14th. More information coming soon!
Let’s Venture Together!
Whether you are presently a leader in Aglow or not, there is room in His army for you! God is looking for fresh volunteers, are you one of them? There is a call for passionate, consecrated warriors to arise and join a new breed of leaders to bring the new order of the kingdom in their community because it is the heart of God.
This will be a new way of walking for many of us so let’s venture together. I know that we are entering into a sphere of glory we have never seen before this side of heaven. Though at times it can feel extremely restricting, it is in fact a process of breaking through into an entirely new world of existence, of hearing, seeing and interacting with the glory of our Father. We need to shift from seeing heaven from earth, to seeing earth from heaven because this is God’s order for the reformation of society. The plans God has for our nation and for our communities across Canada will only emerge out of this unseen realm into everyday life. We have the awesome opportunity to seize each moment and continue to lay claim to these new discoveries for the sole purpose of lifting Him high because it is His show time on the earth. Aglow get to be part of the army of the Lord, not jostling and pushing each other for position or place, but secure in His love and unified in our passion to see His glory touch our cities, provinces and nation!