November 7, 2012
Jane Hansen-Hoyt: The Greater Purpose: Taking Dominion
Last evening a President was elected to another term of office in the United States. It was a measured victory with half of the nation voting for the other candidate. Such a divided vote speaks to the reality that we are a nation divided on many issues, serious issues, that continue to profoundly change America. We have seen historically what occurs when a nation continually turns from the principles of God's Word to walk in its own ways.
As you might imagine, there are many voters who are concerned with the outcome of this election.
While I am certain that we, as Believers, must continue to make our prayers heard in the gates of our respective nations, I also want to remind us of our true purpose.
When Pilate questioned Jesus about being "King of the Jews," Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not of this world!" Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice" (see John 18:33-37).
Jesus knew who He was. His identity was secure. His purpose was focused. He could not be turned aside by people's opinion of Him or the questions they asked. He never once wavered in the purpose for which He had come, which was to demonstrate the realities of another Kingdom. That Kingdom was vastly different from the world around Him. He had come to establish a new mindset, a new culture, and a new way. We, as the followers of Jesus, have been sent into the world to continue what Jesus began.
Think of Pilate's response to Jesus: "Do You not know that I have power to crucify You?" (see John 19:10). In essence, Pilate was saying that he had the power to destroy Jesus and all that He had come to do in the earth! The bold answer of Jesus captured the totality of the situation, even as it does ours, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above" (verse 11).
Jesus knew that there was a greater purpose He had been sent to accomplish. While things around Him swirled in opposition to that purpose, He walked in total confidence that God, His Father, was in control and would not allow any deviation from the plan.
Nothing has changed! We, too, walk in the knowledge that God's plan is marching on. We are the people of another Kingdom. We have joined ourselves to Him in that purpose, as we move on with Him. The hour is more critical than we know and our prayers and worship more vital than we perhaps see. It is the time of our arising. We have stepped into a new place in our identity and purpose. Do not be moved by what you see and hear. Keep your eye single and you will be filled with the light of His revelation as we walk forward together, male and female, taking dominion.
Jane Hansen Hoyt
President/CEO, Aglow International
Jane Hansen Hoyt serves as President/CEO of Aglow International, a Kingdom community of more than 200,000 warriors, champions, and global leaders who touch 17 million people annually. Jane has a personal passion to see women and men walk together in advancing God's Kingdom. Her heart is to see all people empowered to reach their God-given potential and fulfill His purposes for their lives. Under her strong, sensitive, apostolic leadership, Aglow has established powerful Kingdom communities founded on the fullness of Christ in nearly 170 nations. The ultimate goal is to see every nation touched and every heart changed through encounters that restore people to a radiant place of relationship with God and one another. An ordained minister, Jane serves on the America for Jesus executive board, the Eagles Vision Apostolic Team, the Christians for Israel advisory board, and the board of the International Reconciliation Coalition. She is the author of several books including Journey of a Woman, Master Plan, and the newly released The View from Above. Jane is married to Tony Hoyt, former National Director of Leadership of the Future Farmers of America. The couple resides in Washington State.
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