Suddenly that night, as I prayed and asked for answers, I saw someone standing right in front of me, totally engulfed in flames. I began crying, “No! No! No!”
At that moment I heard an audible voice say, “Preach the Gospel!” And I quickly replied, “But Lord, I can’t talk.” It was true — I’d had a lifelong stuttering problem.
That same night I received another dream. An angel opened a door, and there before me were people as far as the eye could see. I was taken to a higher place for a better view, and then I realized that the multitude was moving toward a large chasm, a roaring inferno of flames. I was terrified. Those on the front lines kept trying to hold back, but the crush of people kept pushing them into the fire.
Again, the Lord spoke to me, saying:
“If you do not preach, every soul who falls will be your responsibility.”
I’ve shared this story many times. I’ve also told about the evening of December 7, 1974, four days after my 22nd birthday, when I stood for the first time in the pulpit at Shilo Fellowship in Oshawa, Canada. From the moment I opened my mouth to speak, I was healed dramatically from stuttering. People there who knew me were amazed, but none as much as I was.
I’ve been reminded again in recent days, because this December, as I celebrate my 61st birthday and move into my 40th year of ministry, my heart is filled with memories.
What a glorious year it has been, as you and I have seen countless lives changed through our Miracle Services, television, the Internet, and mission outreaches around the globe!
I’ve spent many hours with the Lord Jesus, seeking direction for the coming year. What I’ve heard is that what has happened this past year is a mere foretaste of what is to come.
Quite literally, I’ve been shown the dawn of a new season unlike anything I’ve experienced before, and I’m more committed today to see people receive Jesus Christ as Savior than I was in April 1974 when God showed me that vision of the fiery inferno and I heard His words about preaching the Gospel.
I can tell you without reservation that my heart is focused. My passion for the world is stronger than ever. I celebrated my birthday a few days ago, and as I am entering my 40th year of ministry, I sense in my spirit that something huge is going to happen, and that you and I will be part of this far-reaching season.
I can tell you with every fiber in my body that I’m not rowing toward the shore to just hang up my fishing nets. No! I’m moving into deep waters with every technological advantage that’s available and with even bigger spiritual nets.
In my most recent letter to you, I said that only the anointing for favor can accomplish great things for an individual, a family, or a nation.
Dear partner, I’m seeing the future more clearly than ever. If the Lord tarries, I’m asking for 20 or more years to battle on the front lines. I have such a passion for the world. And I know that His anointing for favor on you and me is crucial for us to do what we are called to do.
God has a massive work for us in the coming months. I want to do so much more, but I can’t do it alone.
Here’s my plea to you: Let me know you are with me!
As I have started a new chapter this December, I can close my eyes and see the roaring inferno that I first glimpsed nearly 40 years ago. My life has never been the same.
Now, I must know if you are with me.
I’m asking you, my precious friend and partner, to do three crucial things right now as we gear up for the coming season:
- Intercede for our ministry as we continue to go through historic, unprecedented open doors. God has so much for us to do. Your prayers mean more than I can ever express.
- Plant the largest and very best seed you can. Any amount—right now—will help more than you can know. Please do the very best you can today so I can go ahead and make commitments to those who are planning our events. As you plant a seed, submit your prayer requests on the form so I can pray over them. I will be specifically praying in agreement with you for God’s mighty outpouring on you and your loved ones.
- Respond in the next three days. I urgently need to hear from you now, as my staff and I are working diligently to plan upcoming crusades for 2014. China, India, Indonesia, and more are waiting for our reply. We hear the cry from so many places where many have never heard the clear-cut Gospel of Jesus Christ—not even once! They are calling out to us, just as the people out in the fiery chasm were screaming, but even today we can reach those people only by God’s provision through our faithful partners!
I need to hear from you quickly. I cannot do what our precious Lord Jesus has asked me to do without your help. Your gift can bring multitudes of lost souls to the cross—for all eternity!
At the same time, I pray that your seed-gift will be multiplied into a vast harvest of financial blessings in your own life, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! I will be agreeing with you for a financial miracle harvest unlike anything you have experienced before!
Respond today and let me know that you are definitely with me as we move into 2014. I must know that I can depend on you as we embark on a journey to deeper oceans together.
Activating God’s Favor with Your Faith
Throughout Scripture, the anointing for favor has always been activated by faith. Favor is a gift of God to His people, and it is only given to the obedient—to those who are givers.
If you want favor in your home, your job, your family situations, even opportunities and inheritances that will arise in 2014, you must begin planting now. Harvest and favor always follow seedtime. Without planting, there is no harvest!
Step out in faith now and send your most generous offering, and then begin expecting your own unprecedented miracle. Remember the promise in God’s Word:
“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10).
God will multiply your seed-gift as you sow it toward the spreading of the Gospel.
Increase your seed level to increase your harvest level, because that’s what releases the anointing for favor. Every level of giving releases your faith. You must release greater seed in order to release a greater harvest. It is impossible to see a greater harvest if you are content to give sparingly.
Your Step of Faith
Pray earnestly about giving a gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or more—as God directs—as we answer the urgent call and move through open doors around the globe. As you send me, the Lord Jesus Himself will reward you for your faithfulness in spreading His message to the world.
Will you give today so lost multitudes around the globe can be saved? Will you give and keep giving so we can reach the lost?
More than ever before, lost souls worldwide are being pushed toward a vast fiery inferno. If we do not share the Gospel with them now, they could be lost forever. They must hear the message today!
God desires for us to move into a new anointing of His favor in 2014! And I want to do whatever I can to encourage you to claim the promises available to you as a covenant believer.
So today, open your heart and plant the most generous seed-gift you can into the fertile soil of this worldwide ministry. Help me reach the lost while there is still time! I must hear from you soon—to know you are standing with me during this crucial hour.
For the glorious cause of our
precious Lord Jesus Christ,