Spontaneous Ministers Emerging
When I sat down to write this update, I found myself wrestling over which of two themes to write about. One was about apostolic centers. Everywhere I go, and especially on this ministry trip, people are eager to understand more about this new wineskin that God is preparing and why it is so important. The short answer is that we are coming into the end-times harvest. God wants to use all of His people and to let them experience the joy and spiritual growth that come from spontaneously ministering and sharing the life in Jesus with others. This is the model from the book of Acts. God not only used the leaders (those called and specially trained), but also all believers wherever they found themselves. In Acts 8:4, we read, “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”
I also like to refer to Deborah, who is a type of the apostle. When she rose up, not only other did other leaders (e.g., Barak) emerge, but the people also transformed into warriors “Warriors were scarce, they were scarce in Israel, until you arose, Deborah” (Judg. 5:7, NET). Furthermore they could fight, even though they didn’t have conventional arms. “I swear, not a shield or spear could be found” (Judg. 5:8). This is a picture of the new generation that will be very effective even without conventional training. I like to point out that apostolic centers are for training everyone regardless of their “level”—nor is level a prerequisite for the Holy Spirit to use you. He will use us as we are. This is precisely why apostolic centers are so effective, and why in just two-year’s time all of Ephesus and the surrounding region heard the gospel (Acts 19:10).
The second theme was about “praying in tongues” and actually ties in perfectly with the idea of spontaneous ministers. Sometimes I don’t like using the term “praying in tongues,” because for some it sounds like an old, worn-out theme. But of course it isn’t. Tongues is always perfect, on-target prayer that greatly damages Satan’s kingdom. That is why he opposes it and tries to get Christians to use tongues less and less. Yesterday on MPP, a prophecy essentially said, “I want you to teach about praying in tongues because it brings damage to Satan’s kingdom and advances the kingdom of God. Teach about it!”
Tongues, per se, is not for others, but is primarily for personal edification. This means it enables us to more easily receive from the Lord so that we can give to others. In 1 Corinthians 14:6, Paul states, “How will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching?” He lists four different things God gives us to help others: revelation, knowledge (including words of knowledge), prophecy, and teaching. Praying in tongues allows the Lord to give us any of the above.
So actually these two themes are connected. God is using apostolic centers to raise up believers who will be spontaneous ministers anytime and anywhere. They will also be people who pray in tongues frequently, and thus receive much to impart to others. Therefore, I encourage you to pray in tongues extensively. Watch how the Lord uses you!
Additionally, the ninth Hebrew month, Kislev, begins on Sunday, November 19. Kislev is a month of trust, dreams, and new strategies.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Please Keep Praying
• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018
We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018
At our annual conference, which was held this past July in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lord spoke clearly that our next Arise 5 Annual Gathering needed to be in Okinawa. Please join us February 2–4, 2018. For registration and hotel information, please contact the Arise 5 coordinator in your nation. More details may be found here.
- Nov. 19–27, Ohio (Family)
- Dec. 1–6, Overseas ministry trip
- Dec. 7–9, Gathering, Cairo, Egypt
- Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama
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