Counting the Omer: Day 22 (28 more days to Pentecost)
Okinawa Is Really Opening Up!
I had an amazing time in Okinawa hosted by Stefan and Minako Wunderli (Open Heaven Japan) and five other Arise 5 leaders and churches. Not only did we do a short conference, but I also ministered in several of those churches. I was delighted to see how fervent and expectant many were. It made me feel that revival is truly close at hand. I was also encouraged by the many testimonies of healings and miraculous signs.
On Friday night we were marching/dancing, and I was reminded of how sometimes gold dust appears. I looked down at the floor and it was all “sparkles.” Was it left over from prior decorations or what? It sure seemed like gold dust.
One of the things we were dealing with was breaking the spirit of poverty. During the offering time, we said to ask the Holy Spirit to show you how much you should give. One youth said the Lord clearly told him to give two thousand yen (about $20). However, he only had one thousand-yen note in his pocket. But he walked up to the offering basket believing. When he reached into his pocket, he found not one—but two—thousand-yen notes. Amazing.
I am very, very excited about Japan. Please keep praying and believing with us.
Five Strategies the Enemy Uses to Stop Us
Last week, I wrote about Joshua’s victory over an alliance of five kings and how those “five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah” (Josh. 10:16). I further pointed out that Makkedah means “diminishing, decreasing, poverty, and depression” and how this is the enemy’s plan for each of us to keep us small and to prevent us from advancing. Each of the names of the cities of the five kings (10:3) represents a demonic entity that attacks us. Together, these five things work to diminish us and to keep us in poverty instead of abundance. These five kings are as follows:
1. King of Jerusalem (Peace)—The enemy always attacks our peace. He wants us to move into worry and anxiety, which leads to fear. Fear cancels faith. Without faith, we can’t please God (Heb. 11:6), and without faith we can’t advance. So, we must war to stay in peace. Philippians 4:6–7 states, “Be anxious for nothing … let your requests be made known to God; and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
2. King of Hebron (Self-Effort)—This is actually a religious spirit. It tries to make us think things aren’t going well and that we must “strive” to do something. It becomes “self-effort” instead of listening to the Lord and only doing what He wants/initiates. Thus, we unknowingly begin to operate in unbelief. We must rest in Him. He can and will bring us into our destiny (see Hebrews 4).
3. King of Jarmuth (Spirit of Besiegement)—This spirit tries to make you feel the situation is hopeless. It wants you to feel that God can’t move in your situation, that you will never do the right things, that nothing will ever change, and that you will never have enough. This leads to isolation and causes you to miss connections and blessings God has for you. This is an anti-Christ spirit. Whenever you feel hopeless, rise up and say “no.” Declare “God is with me and He is in charge. He is blessing me.”
4. King of Lachish (Spiritual Blindness/Deafness)—Many Christians suffer from this. They think God is not speaking to them. They feel they can’t see anything God is doing because He isn’t doing anything. But in actuality, He is working all the time and is speaking constantly. The remedy? First, listen carefully and receive everything He says and know that He will say more. Proverbs 1:23 states, “If only you will respond to my rebuke, then I will pour out my thoughts to you and I will make my words known to you.” Second, give thanks. Be thankful in every situation and you will start seeing the hand of God at work (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
5. King of Eglon (Spirit of Self-Accusation)—This spirit loves to get us accusing and condemning ourselves so we grow increasingly despondent and hopeless. None of us is perfect. We all fall short; we all fail. When we do, we must immediately repent and then receive forgiveness and move on in joy and confidence. See the story behind “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Neh. 8:10). After they repented, they were told to be joyful. Our repenting makes the day “holy unto the Lord.” He wants us to honor Him by rejoicing.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Broadcasting in Russian
* MPP is off from May 1–5. We’ll resume on May 8.
MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.
- May 9–12, Korea
- May 13 p.m., Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
- May 17–20, Interior Sabah, Malaysia (Arranged by Ap. Aster Soong)
- May 21–22, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Ap. Aster Soong)
- May 23, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (Ap. Kung Ching)
- May 24–25, Bintulu, Malaysia (Ap. John and Annie)
- May 26–28, Jakarta, Indonesia (Fendkey and Lina)
(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)
Giving to Arise 5
Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).
You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.
Bank Info and Online Giving
Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.
You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.
JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377
CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名：RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号：6212 2617 0201 3013 933
KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8
MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0
RUSSIA: Please write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: email@example.com; Phone: 302-674-4288
OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).
All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving.