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Partner Letter

Partner Letters from Dr Allan Bagg

Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter January 2017

Dear Partner

Here we are at the launch of a new and exciting year. We have seen the hand of God moving powerfully in so many lives through the word that He gave us for last year:

Great Growth - Great Acceleration - Great Growth

We here at Allan Bagg Ministries are gearing up for an even more exciting year. In spending time with our Lord in prayer I heard the Lord impressing upon me a call to walk even closer with Him.

All through the Word of God we see examples of those who walked with God. Genesis 5:24 tells us,

And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

No, of course our goal is not to be taken until we are done with our assignment on this earth, or when our Lord comes to take us...but we can see that it is God's desire for us to walk with Him.

Notice, it is us walking with God...not us doing our own thing and then hoping God will come along with us. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The Word of God tells us in Amos 3:3,

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

I made the quality decision very early in my Christian walk...GOD IS ALWAYS RIGHT!

I know this can almost sound obvious, yet this is exactly where the enemy tries to steal from us. Sometimes we go through some serious trials and challenges and then the devil will try and put

thoughts in our heads like, "where is God now?", or, "are you sure God said". Here's a ringer, "this works for others but not for you".

When this happens to me, I always remind myself of the wise words of James 1:2-4,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let

patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and

complete, lacking nothing.

By faith, thank God for being with you through the trial. Draw closer to God by spending more time with Him in prayer and worship. As we walk with God we see His promise of a reward where we will be complete with nothing lacking! Hallelujah!!

I sensed in my heart that as we walk this way we can expect a double portion ... acceleration upon acceleration.

Receive it by faith! As you sow your faith seed this month...decree in agreement with the Word of God, "I am expectant of being complete and lacking nothing! I receive my double portion...acceleration upon acceleration, in the Name of Jesus."

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day..

You are blessed!

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter November 2016

Dear Partner

Jesus was talking with His disciples in John 15:12-14 and told them,

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

When Jesus called them friends, He was not talking about them being His “pal” or “buddy”. Notice, He said that there is no greater love than to lay done one’s life for one’s friend. This is Covenant talk!

James said about Abraham in James 2:23,

…the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

When the covenant was made before Abraham, and God included him in it, he chose to believe God in every aspect of his life. He lived for the covenant of God and lived as he believed the covenant. God considered him a covenant partner…friend of God!

We see the same with Moses in Exodus 33:11a,

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.

When Jesus said that if we do what He commands, He calls us friends, He was calling us partners in the Great Covenant of Love, His blood Covenant.

And He was not referring to the ten commandments. He had just given them the great commandment, the royal law (James 2:8), the law through which all the law is fulfilled (Galatians 5:14)… Love each other the same way He loves us.

Jesus has laid down His life for us…on the cross! He shed His blood and died for us so that we may have life eternal. And He said in John 17:3,

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The foundation of our eternal life is knowing God. Not just knowing about Him, but becoming intimate with Him, talking with Him face to face as Moses did. Let’s spend quality time where we draw aside from the mad rush of things around us and draw into His presence. As we wait on the Lord we draw on His strength (Psalm 59:9, Isaiah 40:31).

Then in that strength, as friends of God, we want to lead others to Him that they may know Him as well. True love is manifested in leading others to Life…His Life!

We do not have to die as Jesus did. His sacrifice sealed the Covenant. We lay down our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Let’s die to our own agendas and live for Him by doing and giving our all to reach out to others with the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This is why Janine and I appreciate our partners so much! We are so much more than partners; we are friends with our Lord Jesus Christ going about His work. Your prayers and financial seeds that you sow every month empower us to reach this world with this awesome Covenant of Love bringing multitudes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

And we continue to lay down our lives for His glory. As your friends in Christ Jesus, Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter September 2016

Dear Partner

WHAT GREAT LOVE!

John writes in his letter in 1 John 3:1-4 (NIV),

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

Lavished means poured out generously. Paul also writes in Romans 5:5,

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Poured out here literally talks about the Love of God “flooding” our hearts.

It is one of the most amazing revelations to come to…just how much God loves us. The enemy wants to put all kinds of pressure on us to make us doubt that God would do anything for us, never mind give us any attention because of how we must have disappointed God.

Jesus prayed in John 17:20,

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…

That’s you and me! He goes on in verse 23-24,

I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

God, our Father, loves you as He loves Jesus! That is huge!! And He loved Jesus before He ever said, “Let there be light”. In other words, Father loved you before you were born!!

That means He loved you before you gave your life to Jesus, before you ever started going to church. In fact, He loved you knowing that you and I would sin. That’s why He sent Jesus for us…John 3:16-17,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

We could not do it without Jesus. Now that you have given your life to the Lord…don’t allow the enemy to steal the truth that God still loves you. Believe His Love! John continues in his letter…1 John 4:16,

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

God IS love…water IS wet. Water comes with wet…no wet = no water.

God does not just show love, or just have an emotion called love…HE IS LOVE!

If you have water on you, you are wet. If you are born again, you have God in you…you have Love Himself in you. And in His love for you He has saved you…even when you sin!

That’s why John wrote in 1 John 1:9,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What is left after unrighteousness is cleansed away? Righteousness! Knowing we would still fail at times, He has given us a free gift of access right back to Him. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and we have every right to receive our forgiveness. Not based on how we act or feel, but based on His love for us.

Receive and BELIEVE His love today…say this out loud, “Father I know you love me. I love you because you love me. I receive your love and I believe your love. Thank you for loving me!”

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed…and loved!

Jesus is Lord,

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter May 2016

Dear Partner

If all we had for our information was the media and what people are saying, one could be very worried. It seems that there are so many serious problems in the world today…wars, political turmoil, financial stresses, serious diseases, lawlessness, corruption running rampant…the list seems to go on and on. I heard someone ask the other day, “What next…I feel so helpless?”

The good news is that the media and the fears of people are not our only source of information. We have a much higher report. Jesus said in John 16:33,

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Yes, we may see these things happening around us, but we do not allow them to affect us. If you are born again you are in Jesus and in Him you have peace.

Not only that, Jesus has given us authority over circumstances. He told us in Matthew 16:19,

And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven [authority], and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

We have been given the responsibility for ensuring that the will of God be done on this earth...and Jesus said that we do that through prayer (Matthew 6:10). Now, more than ever before, I hear the Holy Spirit calling us to take up our places and to bring our part in praying.

Someone may say, “But I don’t know what to pray for”.

Paul told us in Romans 8:26,

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Notice that he said we do not know what we should pray for as we supposed to. That is because very often we allow our worries and concerns to influence what we say and ask for. We think we know what the solution should be and can very likely pray incorrectly contrary to God’s will.

However, when I allow the Holy Spirit to guide my prayer, I pray His perfect will. He knows exactly what needs to be said and will prompt us with these prayers in our hearts. Paul teaches us that these intercessions are with groanings which cannot be uttered. In other words, they are not an intelligible human language. This talks about praying in your heavenly prayer language, or praying in tongues. He wrote in his letter 1 Corinthians 14:14-15,

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit [tongues], and I will also pray with the understanding [my earthly language]. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

If you are not yet praying in your heavenly prayer language, find a spirit-filled believer who is and ask them to pray for and with you to step into this wonderful way of praying. The Holy Spirit already lives in your heart…all that needs to happen now is to receive by faith.

As we pray under His guidance, we are praying God’s perfect will and He is able to answer His own prayer that He has given us to pray on the earth.

I believe that as Christians around the world unite this way, we will see the forces of darkness pushed back and a great outpouring of God’s Spirit fall on multitudes as revival sweeps this land.

You and I together are in partnership to see multitudes hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to come to Him as their Saviour.

And remember, we pray for you this way every day!

You are blessed!

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter March 2016

Dear Partner

This is the season that we remember THE GREATEST gift EVER given to mankind. When our loving heavenly Father, in His great mercy, reached out to us and gave His only Son to be propitiation for our sins. We read in John 3:16 that this was an outpouring of His love,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There is no greater demonstration of love. Jesus said in John 15:13,

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

Not only did He lay down His life for us, He paid the supreme sacrifice for our sins. So much so that, because of His awesome love, we were raised to life and seated with Him in heavenly places. Ephesians 2:4-6,

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

This is the Gospel message. We are now a blessed family of God called to be a blessing to the nations of this world. Galatians 3:8-9,

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Paul told us in Galatians 3:13-14 that this was what we received when Jesus went to the cross for you and me,

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Our greatest calling is to be able to take this great Gospel message to the world. Paul encouraged Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8-9,

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Together we are able to do this. We may not suffer the same way that Paul did through beatings and imprisonment, but sometimes people may try to make us seem foolish for having chosen to walk with Jesus. WE WILL NEVER BE ASHAMED!

Know this…you chose to follow Jesus…He called you with a holy calling. Not only that; He gives you the grace to walk in His purpose.

That’s why we are called together in partnership…to walk together as one. To uphold each other in prayer. To support the work of God where someone else might not be able to. Through your seeds of love we are able to continue more powerfully than ever before.

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day. I know that you are strong in the Lord and power of His grace manifests in your life in greater and greater measures.

Let’s always remember…no matter what we are going through… He endured more than we could ever imagine because of His great love for us. There is no greater love!

You are blessed!

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