I was awakened the other morning around 4:00 AM, as Jeff Jansen (my husband) was writing his new book in his head and couldn't sleep, and felt the need to get up to go put it in print. He told me he was getting up and would be back after he typed up his thoughts.
As I was waiting to fall back to sleep, I clearly heard the loud sound of a shofar blast! I didn't even look at the clock because I just assumed somehow it was Jeff. I remember thinking, "WOW! I didn't know Jeff could blow a shofar like that!" Then I remembered our shofar was at the church, so I assumed he was playing a recording of something that had a shofar on it. It was a long shofar blast that I clearly heard as if it were being blown in or above our home. I marveled at it but went back to sleep.
Jeff came back to bed around 6:30 AM, and I awakened and commented that I didn't know we had a shofar here. He said, "WHAT?" I told him I heard him blow the shofar after he got up and didn't know he could blow a shofar like that. He said, "Jan, I DID NOT blow a shofar." I then asked him what he was playing that had a shofar on it. He said he did not play anything. Then I told him about the shofar blast; he didn't hear it at all! I told him how loud it was and how long the blast was.
I never claim something is God unless I am quite sure, but it is obvious that this was a supernatural thing! Someone...the Lord, or perhaps an angel, was blowing the shofar and I was allowed to hear it. I had to ask the Lord what He was saying in this.
Awake from Your Slumber!
In biblical days the shofar, or ram's horn, was used as an instrument of spiritual warfare (Numbers 10:9). It was blown when there was an adversary oppressing the people and they were announcing an elevation of warfare against their enemy.
During the Hebrew season of Teshuvah, the blowing of the shofar was a means of awakening the slumbering soul. Maimonides was a Jewish philosopher and Rabbinic scholar born in Spain. He once said, "There is a hidden message we are supposed to infer by listening to the shofar. It suggests to say, 'Sleeping ones! Awaken from your sleep! Slumbering ones! Awaken from your slumber! Examine your deeds. Remember your Creator...'" (free photo via Wikimedia Commons)
This "awakening from sleep" is also found in Ephesians 5:13-14: "...Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you." (It is also found in John 11:11, Romans 13:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:6 and Daniel 12:1-2.) The sound of the shofar calls us to return to the Lord and seek His face.
In Bible days, the shofar was also used to sound alarms for the camp of Israel, to convene assemblies, to announce the new moon and the Jubilee year, to herald messages and to coronate kings. As previously mentioned, it was used to wage war and begin a military campaign. When the Israelites engaged the enemy in battles, the priests and Levites would first prepare the way by sounding the shofar.
The shofar was also used during worship and praise in the Temple. The shofar was blown when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to camp. Blowing the shofar declares that the Lord God is the King of the universe. Psalm 98:6 (CJB) says, "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar, shout for joy before the King, Adonai!"
Since I was allowed to hear this glorious sound, I have to process what the Lord is saying to ME and to US. The sound of the shofar was a confirmation to me of what I have been hearing the Lord say. I have been stating to our intercessors that we MUST enter into a season of contemplative and intentional prayer, and that being passive is not getting us anywhere.
God has been speaking to me about entering into a season of dedication and simply being intentional. I myself am guilty of becoming complacent. I used to spend hours a day worshiping, reading and praying. I heard the voice of the Lord very clearly and had numerous encounters with angels and with the Lord Himself.
So, lately, I have been complaining to the Lord that I don't get that any more. He told me that I have no longer been pressing in and have become victim to the busyness of this world. Of course, now I have 3 children at home and during my season of greatest visitation we had no children in the house. This being said, it is impossible for me to spend the amount of time pressing in that I used to. The Lord is gracious, and He told me He gave me children and the church and He understands that it takes time to mother both. In His great mercy, He said I could at least be more intentional and encourage others to do the same, and the Lord would meet us at that point.
I have been doing that and have encouraged others to simply get aggressive for the glory of God and what He wants to do in our midst in this season. We launched a new prayer initiative in which we meet weekly at the church to pray. Is that not the LEAST we can do? That's a small beginning, but the Lord said He will meet us there...I am expecting Him to honor His word for He is not a man that He should lie. (Photo via Unsplash)
Jeff and I have always been honored that the Lord confirms His words and intentions to us by giving us signs. We would often hear owls hooting right outside our window as a sign that wisdom was coming in greater portion. At different seasons we get the "knock at the door," where we hear a literal loud knock at our door but when we go to the door, there was no one there. This is the Lord "inviting" us to go higher! Our friend Bob Jones had all his pictures literally screwed in the wall from the outside because the Lord would knock so loudly on his door that the pictures would fall off the wall.
We have experienced many different confirmations and signs that the Lord is about to do something. That's just Him saying, "Yes." That's what a confirmation is. I believe this shofar is a confirmation from Him for ME and for US to awake from our slumber and simply be intentional!
What Does Being Intentional Mean?
So what does "being intentional" really mean? To be intentional means to have a purpose in doing what we are doing. I believe it also means we should have a specific goal (outcome) in mind when we do something.
Being intentional in this season is our agreement with God that we want what He wants, and we are at least willing to begin what He is requiring for the preparation of that. God wants to do amazing things in our midst! It is time for us to lay down our complacency, open our eyes and ears, and step up! This should not be a sacrifice for us, but an honor! He is saying, "I won't force Myself on you. I am asking for us to do this together!" What an honor and opportunity that the God of the Universe is welcoming us to be a part of this next great move of the Holy Spirit!
The need for increased spiritual warfare in this season goes without saying in light of what the enemy is trying to do with sickness, disease, and fear in all the world. Again, just a confirmation of how we need to be more intentional in our prayer and our walk. We need to be living Psalm 91!
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Jeff and Jan Jansen
Global Fire Church & Global Connect
Global Fire Ministries International
Jeff and Jan Jansen are founders of Global Fire Ministries International in Murfreesboro, TN. The mission of GFMI as an apostolic and prophetic ministry is to pave the way for personal, city, regional, national, and world revival.
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