Greetings to all of our beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord! Thank you, thank you, thank you all for your prayers, your love and financial support! We are truly grateful!
Praise God I have time to reach out to everyone and share about where we have been and where we are headed in the year 2017. Ok maybe this won’t be about where we have been and where we are headed yet. It’s my first blog and I wanted to get some things out of the way before I get down to a normal blog. First let me thank the Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to be used to serve the Body of Christ and reach out to our communities in Alaska and beyond. We have had the privilege to reach out across the nation and have seen the hand of God bring many miracles signs and wonders to pass as Awaken Alaska has grown. Praise God for what He has done with and through us in the year 2016. We have been able to touch many lives and have seen myriads of testimonies of the Lord’ faithfulness to save, heal, deliver and protect in multitudes of scenarios. We want to thank everyone of you all for your love and support in 2016 through prayer and encouragement as well as your financial contributions. Special thanks go out to many people and ministries that I would like to acknowledge here. To Pastor Apaui Tui, Doctrine of Salvation Ministries, Seward Eagles Nest, Dana Goodwater, Seward City Church, Shanna and Jonathan Springer, Brad Snowden, Barbara Jean Chappell, Chris Hartman, Tony Edwarsen UIC, the village of Ambler, Wallace Cleveland, Miles Cleveland, Bruce and Leslie Tipton, Tommie Zito, American Awakening, Jennifer McBride, Jennifer Hattemer, Billy Aiken, Kelly Rachai Thomas, Todd Jones and family, Alaska Glacier Water Products, Rod Koop, Joe Hickel, Hickel family, the Captain Cook Hotel, Conrad and Maria MacGruder Krinock, Abraham and Eileen George, Bobby Underwood Wade, Kenny Lee, Laura Dodd, Don and Cathy Nori Sr., Destiny Image Publishing, Jimmie Sue Woelke, Lorraine O’Neal, Steve Hughes, Ruth Packo, Dorothy Bekoalak, Voice in the Wilderness Ministries, Robert and Eleanor Roehl, Mary Glazier, Kingdom Alliance, Brad and Andrea Snow, Elvis Wolki, Pacific Northwest Teen Challenge. Alaska Corrections Ministries, Jim Duncan, Janet and Clayton Phillips, Pastor Jim Shultz and church family of Crossroads Assembly of God, Richard Irwin, Rob Radosti, John Crowder, Bethel Church Redding, Glenn Hermann and family, Hope Center/Soup Kitchen, Fallen Up Ministries with Terria Jean Walter, Haven House, Damascus House, Kara Lee,KLP Productions, Indian Valley Gold mine, Arlene and Roger Cowles, Turnagain Bed and Breakfast, Clark Ortiz at IPoint Global, Telemundo, William Nicholson (Moravian), Billy Aiken, Todd Jones, Barry and Karen Matteson, Karen and Tony Gardner, GCI Cable, ROKU Television, Pastor Marion Bush, Matthew and Benjamin Vincent (their parents also), Facebook, Twitter and all social media family,
We are making the clarion call to all of Alaska to WAKE UP. Can you hear the song? Awake oh Israel shake off thy slumber!” It shouldn’t offend anyone when they hear this. The truth is Alaska and the nation has fallen asleep lulled by the security of wealth and the deception of western culture. There are whole villages in the state of Alaska that do not even have a man of God. The “seven mountains” as Lance Walnau so profoundly has been teaching have been overrun. It’s true, but Awaken Alaska is not a political siren nor is it a voice of condemnation to the Body of Christ at large. It is however a voice of Truth to the Church to unite and love one another that the world can see Jesus through us. John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be ONE, just as We are one. The spirit of this world would have us remain complacent and watch the world go by. Sort of like Dorothy and her companions as they were on the journey to the kingdom of Oz. They got to the poppy fields and they fell under the spell of the spirit that was “in the air.” Dorothy and the others did not awaken until the “good witch: sent the spirit of revival into the atmosphere so they could continue. Just an analogy folks! So the Body of Christ is awakening now and we are seeing the result of that sweeping the land. Isn’t it wonderful that we serve our Lord under His covenant of Grace whereby He has seen us through our sleep and lethargy. I believe that from this time forward the Body of Christ should no longer call Mount Iliamna “Sleeping Lady” but we should call that mountain “the Awakening Lady” as a prophetic declaration over the Bride that is keeping her lamp filled and her wick trimmed. Read the parable of the virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 (5Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. )
The fact that the church at large has been asleep is laid out before all of us as we see what a flavorless un-salty church has produced. There is no denying it. Since the church in the United States (just speaking on behalf of our country) has let its guard down and settled for the garments of Babylon in many respects the political and educational systems have been overrun by those whose hearts despise the very notion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are willfully opposed to the Lord Jesus Christ have risen up to entrench their selves within the heartbeat of this nation with ease to break down the moral fabric of our nation and its children while dismantling the constitution that was founded on the premise of Kingdom principles. In other words no one should be surprised that when the Bride manifests as “sleeping beauty” the things she could have been influencing were trampled under the foot by the spirit of this world that never sleeps. By the way this is not to say that the Holy Spirit ever sleeps and let it be known that the Holy Spirit is pouring out to a greater degree now then He was in the book of Acts. This is the meaning of this scripture John 2:10 “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Don’t let this blog bother you too much. We are all guilty of some form of spiritual chloroform in one way or another. Remember there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Whether we are on track or not the Lord never leaves us or forsakes us like man will. His Grace will bring us all through and His Grace is sufficient for all of us. Thank God for the mercy and grace of God that are never withheld. I am also not saying everyone has missed it. Although we know in part, no one but Jesus ever did, we know that it is He that is working within us to will to do His good pleasure(Philippians 2:13.) He is the One who is able to complete all the good work He is doing within us(Philippians 1:6), and He is the One who is able to keep us from falling (Jude 1:24.) He said in Proverbs 24:16 “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.” Did you fail, did you ever fall? Humility will reveal any wickedness in our hearts and His Grace will instruct us not to sin any longer(Titus 2:11-12.) Jesus and His Gospel of Grace has got this. Truly when a brother sins we must be the goodness of God that leads him to repentance if at all possible. A church that is alive and vibrant lives and breathes the Spirit of Reconciliation to all mankind as the Spirit leads. Ok enough preaching, I could go on for days on this one and I may write a book about it.
There is always a people who have remained vigilant and have not “hid their light under the bushel.” (Matthew 5:15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.) The Lord has placed them at the top of the “hill” because they have determined in their hearts that they cannot and will not be hidden. ( Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.) These Truths are a co-op. He has given us the choice to overcome lethargy and sleep by His Spirit so that our will aligns with His and He then can place us corporately and individually in the high places in our earthly places where our Lord’s intention has always been that we would take dominion.
We want to encourage you all that the Lord has a plan and a purpose for all of you within your daily lives and amongst the location and peoples He has called you to be a light to as well as a place for you in the Body to encourage, edify exhort and grow in the field of pasture He direct you to. I pray you find the place of safety whereby love is mantled upon you by the Body of Christ and they accept you right where you are at in all of you brokenness, weaknesses, insecurities and failings and mine the gold from within you by the Spirit of God to see you become the son or daughter of God whom you are! We pray that Awaken Alaska shines in this great state of Alaska as Lovers of Souls on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Glory of God the Father!
At least once a month as the blog grows I will be speaking more on this. I will be reporting next week on the journey that Awaken has been on and how it all came to be. From there I would like to remain current while revealing select testimonies, of which there are many, that we have documented as we have moved forward into 2017.
We love you all and are grateful for your love, prayers and financial support. Thank you!
What is happening with the show? We are being broadcast out of Nashville Tennessee on a ROKU Television channel that is produced by KLP Productions and owns Nashville Country Stars TV http://nashvillecountrystarstv.com/. And that is another story.
We are excited…
Until next time! May the Lord bless you all and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!
Stephen Holmstock President Awaken Alaska www.awakeak.org firstname.lastname@example.org 907-382-9253