My prayer is that this letter finds you and your family well. A little over a week ago, I returned from Paraguay. It was my first time ministering in this nation which is only about 3 to 6 percent evangelical. I had the honor of ministering at a church in Encarnación, Paraguay (southern region). The Church is well known in the evangelical community because it has grown from 17 members to 300 members in the last seven years primarily through: aggressive door-to-door evangelism, small groups, and prayer. While it’s obvious that much work still needs to be done, the leaders I connected with firmly believe they have begun to see a nation discipled. During my visit we experienced a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit and I want to share some brief highlights of the ministry which took place and some of the fruit I was able to experience.
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As we enter into 2019, I pray this letter finds you expectant of what God has purposed in His heart for you and your family in this season. Every year for the last many years usually beginning in the month of September, God begins sharing with me some of what He is speaking for the next year. This past year God once again began speaking to me prophetically concerning the new year. As we begin this year together, I want to share with you just a portion what the Holy Spirit spoke to me:
"I will accelerate the purposes of My people in the earth as never before, for the last two to three years have been a season of divine positioning for many of My people and many have stood on My word even in the midst of difficulty and storms when they could not see a way ahead. But I say to My people do not grow weary in well doing and do not lose confidence. Continue to stand on My word and stay in My word and keep My word above all else. As 2019 commences, I Myself will be releasing a Spirit of acceleration to my people."
As the Holy Spirit spoke this word to me, one of the concepts that really ministered to me was the word "acceleration". Acceleration is defined as, "to cause faster development, progress or advancement, to increase the speed or velocity." I believe that we are in a season of rapid acceleration in the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit wants to accelerate His purposes in our lives as never before. I have learned that if we are going to fully receive what the Holy Spirit desires in one season, we must enter into that season with our hearts properly positioned. The following are questions I often explore in my desire to receive what God is releasing in a certain season.
I pray that this letter finds you with a joyful heart living with hopeful expectation of your future in God. This past year as a ministry we have once again witnessed firsthand God's goodness and favor as we have endeavored to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. It is through your partnership that we have ministered in 22 states and eight nations and hosted six events. Each week hundreds of people have been transformed through hearing the word of the Lord, received healing in their bodies, and experienced life-changing encounters.
I am so very thankful for all that God has given to us, but I am also mindful that God continues to expand the vision of this ministry. I am prayerfully considering how to advance our God-given vision in media, curriculum (encounter school), and how to sustain the message God has given us around the world. I believe that 2019 is a year of rapid expansion for this ministry. I ask that you join your faith with ours that God will continue to grant us the spirit of wisdom and revelation as we endeavor to trust and follow the Holy Spirit's guidance.
This month around the world believers celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ! Over the last number of years as I have read the account of the birth of Jesus, I have gained increasing admiration for both Mary and Joseph who were given the monumental assignment of being parents to the Son of God. This month as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I want to look at characteristics displayed in the life of Mary and Joseph that we would do well to apply to our lives as believers today.
My prayer is that this letter finds you alive and well in the purposes of God for your life. This past month I traveled to minister in Cincinnati, Ohio, Auburn, Alabama, Lynchburg, Virginia, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and Corona, California. I have been so encouraged by the work of the Holy Spirit taking place during these meetings. Healings and miracles have taken place, the Word of the Lord has been released, and the saints have encountered God in a life-changing manner. Truly the Kingdom of God has been built and expanded in these regions! Your continued partnership allows me to be faithful to the God-ordained mandate upon this ministry.
In the last few months in my letters to you, we have been engaging on the topic of the power and authority God rests in His Church. We have the privilege of being alive in the greatest time in Church history. God Himself has given His Church the authority to shape world history by implementing His agenda for the earth. God’s passion is for nations of the earth to be forever transformed through the glorious outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the good news of the gospel. The choices we make in this season are exceedingly critical; they will define the world that future generations will inherit. It is possible for us to be alive in this season in Church history and not fully inherit God’s purpose for our lives. The following are choices I have made to consciously follow as the foundations of my life in my desire to serve the purposes of God for my generation. If you will notice, the beginning of each statement is prefaced “With God’s help.” While we must make the choice, it is God who gives us the power to make the proper God choices (Romans 11:36).
With God’s help, I will choose to be a theologian of the beauty of God (Psalm 27:4).
With God’s help, I will make the Word of God my highest standard (Matthew 4:4).
With God’s help, I will hear, listen and obey the voice of God (John 10:27).
With God’s help, I will grow in the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18).
I want to encourage you that if you have not done so already, make a list of choices that will define the foundations of your life. The proper “God” foundations allow us maximize God’s purpose for our lives. The father holds us responsible for being a steward of the purpose and destiny He has placed on our lives. My prayer for you is that you would be a faithful steward of the purposes of God upon your life and serve your generation as God intended.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support of this ministry. We stand with you in the purposes of God to establish them in you and your families. I also want to once again extend an invitation for you to join us December 6-8, 2018, for the Healing the Land Conference at Global River Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. Our special guests will be Matt Lockett and Will Ford. I also ask that you prayerfully consider sowing a seed toward the vision of the Healing the Land Conference. We estimate the total cost of the conference to be about 32,000 USD. We have enclosed an additional offering envelope for that purpose. Thank you for prayerfully considering this project.
Pursuing Him with all my heart,
About thirteen and half years ago a dear friend of mine began frequently using the nickname "nations" for me. He had a prophetic understanding that I was a man destined to have ministry to the nations of the earth. At the time he began using this nickname, I had yet to ever have a ministry invitation outside of the United States. My friend saw me as God saw me and saw what at times I could not see about myself. In 2010, another dear friend of mine told me I had a call to the nations of the earth and he wanted to help facilitate that call. He invited me to minister at his missions training schools in three different countries. These two dear friends played a pivotal role in helping me step into a significant aspect of my destiny.
By the time you receive this letter, I will have ministered for the first time in the nation of Iceland. Iceland will be the sixth nation that I will have the privilege of ministering in this year. By the end of 2019, I will have ministered in seven nations. This year has truly been a groundbreaking year as I ministered in 11 nations. In 2019, we already have trips planned to Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Moldova, Israel, India, and the Philippines. I am also prayerfully considering other doors that have opened to me.
As each of us endeavor to follow God's purpose for our lives, if we will position ourselves correctly, God will supernaturally bring individuals, families, ministries, and local church communities into our lives that will help to unlock a key aspect of our destiny. Though our individual purposes are distinct, we have been created to be interdependent. Daniel first received counsel and wisdom before answering Arioch, the captain of King Nebuchadnezzar, who had been sent to kill him and his companions. God faithfully gave Daniel supernatural understanding of the king's dream, but it was a group effort in seeking God for the interpretation (Daniel 2:14,17-18). Daniel was one the greatest prophets who ever lived and he lived with an awareness of his need for others.
I believe that we are in a season in the Body of Christ in which it is vital that we learn to properly relate to other members of the Body of Christ as a lifestyle. As we learn to navigate the relationships God has given to us, we will bring unprecedented transformation to the world around us. I believe God has called us together in this season that through our partnership we might bring transformation to the world around us. I believe it is the will of God for this ministry to be one of many ministries that helps to facilitate the reformation of the Church and transformation to nations. I am so thankful for the fruit we have experienced thus far, but I know God desires us to produce much more fruit! My continual prayer for you is that through your partnership with this ministry that we add grace to you and your family's God-given purpose.
Pursuing Him with all my heart,
My prayer is that this letter finds you well and that you are living in expectation concerning your God-given future. Over the last few months in my letters to you, we have discussed the privilege we as believers have to live a lifestyle of dialogue and inquiry. I encourage you to review the previous letters as we have explored some of the principles related to living a lifestyle of inquiry. I began to learn the beauty of a lifestyle of inquiry about 16 years ago. I asked God a very specific question: How do I live a lifestyle (or how does the Church live) in a continual outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
When I asked this question of the Holy Spirit, I heard an immediate answer. “The Church is in need of reformation and is now currently being reformed.” The answer God gave me was simple, but my understanding of the answer to that question has become a life-long pursuit. My lifelong pursuit has been: How is the current reformation of the Church expressed? How can I personally be a part of this reformation? How can I equip others to be full participators in the reformation? God’s Church is at the very foundation of His purpose for the earth. God’s full purpose for the nations of earth will be expressed through the Church, not individuals or individual ministries. I define the Church as God’s governing body in the earth made of up many members and different expressions that is to disciple humanity for life in the Kingdom of God resulting in the transformation of nations. The following are a few key principles that God reveals to identify the power and necessity of the Church of God in the earth.
I pray this letter finds you living from the joy and the rest of the Lord. I want to once again thank you for your continued support of this ministry. My prayer for you on a regular basis is that through your partnership with this ministry, God would multiply the seed you have sown and manifest Himself in every part of your life and that of your family. It is an honor to have you stand with me in the mandate God has placed upon my life!
As I write this letter, my next international trip is just a few days away. I will be in the nations of Romania, Moldova, and the United Kingdom. About two years ago, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that the door to Europe would begin to open to me and reformation would once again come from the continent that birthed the reformation. Would you join your faith with mine that God would pour out His Spirit during this trip and that the Holy Spirit would continue to supernaturally connect me with leaders that I am to partner with long-term?
Last month I wrote to you concerning the privilege we have been given as believers to inquire of God. As believers, for us to receive everything God intends for us in the earth we must live a lifestyle of inquiry. One clear attribute of God found in scripture is that He is holy. The holiness of God demands that He will not release to humanity what they do not desire or what they have not asked for. Therefore, our hunger for God is a key aspect of our life of inquiry. Our born-again spirit longs to live in continual pursuit of the realities of heaven. This month I want to offer some principles that I have learned to help me live a lifestyle of hunger:
My prayer is that this month’s newsletter finds you and your family well! Over sixteen years ago, I began dialogue with God that still continues to this day. The dialogue came from a question that I had for God: How do I live a lifestyle (or how does the Church live) in a continual outpouring of the Holy Spirit? I believe my question was rooted in scripture and experience.
I had been raised in a Spirit-filled home and been around the things of God since I was in my mother’s womb, but my life had forever been changed through the revival movements of our time (namely the Brownsville Revival and Toronto Blessing). I believed scripture was clear, that the normative for the Church was to live in a continuous progressive outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I also feared having a lukewarm Christianity and not receiving everything that God intended for me in my lifetime.
The knowledge and wisdom I have been given as a response to that question from God has been life changing and continues to this day. In coming newsletters, I hope to explore some of the understanding God has given me in response to this question.
This month I simply want to explore and highlight to you the idea that He has given us the privilege of asking Him questions as sons and daughters of God. To me, this is one of most astonishing and wonderful gifts God has given to us. The Creator of the universe has made Himself vulnerable to the questions and inquiries of His children. God delights in the pursuit of His children and scripture teaches that He delights and rewards those who diligently pursue Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The foundation for healthy dialogue with God is that with God’s help we are daily surrendered to Him and make fellowship with God not a part of our lives but the foundation of our lives. As we endeavor to make the fellowship with God our spiritual foundation, God delights in answering the inquiries of His children. Many years ago, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me, “Abner, if I have your heart, I will give you the world.” From the posture of friendship. I have become an avid inquirer of God. I ask God many questions about a variety of different issues in life:
o How can I be more effective in this area? o Why did you not show me this earlier?
o Can I do this now?
o Please show me how you see this person? o Why did you move in this manner?
I believe one of the essential aspects of our fellowship with God is our ability to inquire of the Lord. If we ask and listen correctly in this season, great wisdom and understanding is our portion. In January of this year, I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me quite clearly and said, “I am releasing grace to my people in this season to have unprecedented wisdom and understanding for the times and the season in which my people live.” Proverbs 2:6 declares, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” May you receive the wisdom and understanding that is your portion in this season.
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. Together we are building and extending the Kingdom of God around the world. Please continue to send in your prayer requests and testimonies; we want to stand with you in faith and also to celebrate what God is doing in your lives.
What an incredible season we are living in in the Body of Christ! I believe with all my heart that as believers we are living in the greatest time to be alive in human history. I believe many of the great cloud of witnesses longed to live in the day and the hour in which we live.
In previous letters to you this year, I have stated how encouraged I am in what I saw God doing in our nation. I believe we are not just in the initial stages of global outpouring in our own nation, but in the nations of the earth. In my first international trip of 2018 to the nations of Germany and Switzerland, I continued to be encouraged by the hunger of the people of God and the accelerated outpouring of the Holy Spirit. One leader observed that what is taking place in Switzerland is similar to what He experienced in the early days of the Toronto blessing.
What I have experienced thus far in 2018 is, I believe, at least a partial confirmation and manifestation of some of the prophetic word God revealed to me as we entered 2018. I want to share and highlight this particular prophetic word to you:
This will be a season of divine acceleration. I am releasing a grace to accelerate the assignments which I have called my people to in this season. My children’s hands will be hands of great multiplication in this season. Expand your thinking beyond simply enough, or what you can do with your talents, or what you can do with your own strength. See every work that you are doing in my name and on behalf of me. See it through the lenses of grace for acceleration and multiplication. I am the God of grace. I am the God of increase. I am the God who makes all grace abound. I am
accelerating. My desire is to take some of my children from the dirt track to the racetrack, to accelerate the purposes of God on their life and calling.
This is indeed a season of divine acceleration. Accelerate means to increase the rate or speed of something. I believe God is accelerating the work of His Spirit and desiring His divine power to flow through His body across the globe in what has not been seen in Church history. His desire is to go beyond even the fruit that the primitive Church experienced. I believe it is increasingly important in this season of acceleration to examine ourselves be sure that we have built and are building our lives on the correct foundation. (2 Corinthians 13:5) Here are some simple areas that I personally examine myself at least weekly if not daily:
Am I making the daily decision to seek God’s Kingdom first? (Matthew 6:33)
Am I being intentional in my life of fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? (John 17:3)
Am I placing God in every situation in which I currently find myself? (John 17:21)
Am I holding offense or un-forgiveness towards any group or any individual? (Matthew 6:15) o Am I embracing the mind of God for myself on a continual basis? (1 Corinthians 2:16)
I want to encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into allowing your foundation to be firm and stable so that you will be able as an individual and as a family to fully embrace the Spirit of acceleration in the earth. Thank you for your continued support and love for the Kingdom of God and the mandate God has placed upon my life!
Thank you again for your continued support of this ministry!