On Saturday evening we had the privilege of once again hearing from Ray Hughes. And of course, Klaus and his team led worship — which has been fantastic. Klaus has a sensitivity to the spirit and a dynamic worship style that fits in so well with Aglow. It feels like he’s been doing Aglow conferences for years.
No Two Raindrops Ray’s message once again centered on the them of sound. He shared with us that no two raindrops sound alike. And that rain in one part of the country sounds differently than rain in another. This is because of many factors, such as the salt content in the water. A very special moment during the evening was when Ray asked us all to start snapping our fingers — not in unison, but randomly. The effect was very similar to the sound of rain. He had us close our eyes and imagine that all the “stuff” from our past was being washed away and that we were being made new. As my eyes were closed it seemed to me that the sound was growing — like the rain was pouring harder. It was a powerful time.
Anointed Cherib Ray shared that Satan was called the “anointed cherib that covers the throne of God.” When he was kicked out of Heaven, the throne of God was no longer covered. God then created a people that would worship Him and provide that covering once again. That’s why the Word says that God is enthroned on the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). It’s also why the enemy has always directed his attacks to music in the church.
Another point that Ray made: “To whatever degree we worship God, so shall He give us His heart.”
End of the Famine
Ray’s final point: The sound God is creating will break a blight of the hearing of the Word of the Lord in the land.
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
This session had to be one of the most impactful, significant times of the conference — maybe of any conference. It’s hard to put it into words. The move of the Holy Spirit was so powerful and the sense of God’s presence so heavy, that no one wanted to leave. The conference staff had to almost force us off the platform!
Ray Hughes was the speaker for this session. He was in rapid-fire mode for sure and threw more information at us than any of us could process, let alone write down. Here are a few nuggets:
We’re created to resonate with the glory of God
Sound changes the atmosphere
What we’ve believed and spoken is what we are
When you shout, God shouts
New songs break old cycles
About Aglow This is what Ray said about Aglow: “There’s something huge happening in our generation. If a new sound is coming, it’s going to be connected to a resonant anointing; connected to this organization (Aglow) that I don’t even know much about.”
Ray then gave us a music history lesson all the way through the Beatles and shared how music has impacted culture. He talked about the pivotal decade of the 60’s and most importantly 1967 when so much upheaval was happening in society. He said that the time in which we are now living is even more critical than then. The church is 20 years behind. It’s time to shift. We’ve been loosing the battle, but not any more. The tide is turning, and women will play a key role.
This followed an amazing time of worship and waiting on the Lord. Several people I talked with afterward said that there was a shift of some kind that happened in the spirit during those 30 minutes or so that followed the message. It’s very difficult to describe, but something happened. Something powerful.
Mary Forsythe shared with us for the Friday evening session. Here are some of the thoughts I captured from her message…
God won’t touch your “who” but he will point out issues He has with your “do.”
You can be pitiful or powerful, it’s your choice.
God’s purpose for Esther was not just to be a queen, but to rescue her people. He awakened Esther to the influence she had and to the plans of the enemy.
You can’t resist what you don’t recognize.
He’s awakening you to the priorities of the Kingdom and to the plans of the enemy.
Wrap-Up of the Day
It was an awesome first day of conference. Jane, Graham and Mary delivered powerful messages; Klaus and Ruth led us in anointed and powerful worship. Ashley put together a video of the first day to give you an idea of what it was like.
Our afternoon session speaker was Graham Cooke. We always get a lot from Graham and this session was no exception.
Remember the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind? Graham must be digging into his old movie archives, because he used the film as a metaphor for our experience with the Holy Spirit and prophecy, and our journey from average to spectacular.
Graham went on to share about how we have all the qualities of Christ living within us:
We’re a new creation, a new species
It should be normal for you to hear God, know God, walk with Him and do great exploits!
God doesn’t put walls up around us — He takes them down. Go until you hear “no.” You are unbounded.
Walking in the Extraordinary There’s a lot we need to unlearn. A lot of what we’ve learned through our religious training isn’t real. We’ve grown up in a religious culture that won’t allow us to be obedient to the Word of the Lord. We need to give up the familiar in order to walk in the extraordinary.
God looks at you and sees what’s missing from your current experience of Him. God is not dealing with your sin — he already dealt with it on the cross. He’s dealing with your righteousness.
We want new, but insist on thinking in old ways. We want the new to fit in with the old. How does that fit in with what we’re doing? It doesn’t! God isn’t fitting in with us — he’s enlarging our vision so we can fit in with Him.
A New Sound Aglow is finding a new sound, a new note, a new call. Cities are not going to fall to the sound of business as usual. You don’t want to settle for less anymore. He’s doing a new thing and that new thing is YOU!
Abraham went out not knowing where he was going. He walked off his map. The map isn’t the territory. We don’t need our map anymore. The territory just got bigger.
These blog updates are brought to you by the Aglow Creative Services Department: Rick, Rowena and Ashley. And dedicated to our dear friend Karen Anderson, who recently completed her assignment as Aglow's long-time Communications Director and is moving on to new adventures as the Lord leads. We'll miss you, Karen!