- “Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord” (Lev. 23:16).
- “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).
Counting the Omer: Day 29 (21 More Days to Pentecost)
Greetings. As you can see from the above date, we are three weeks away from Pentecost. I have to say I am amazed at how much extra revelation seems to flow when we “count down.” I feel like the Lord has shown me so many things just since Passover. Why? I think the answer is simple obedience. When we follow the Lord’s advice (in this case, counting down), we are showing alignment with Him. When we align with Him, He gets more involved with us and begins to share His secrets.
I also felt I should emphasize the following things:
• Be sure to walk with expectation. God is in the process of shifting us and enlarging us. Don’t lose sight of that.
• Pray. Yesterday I tried to do some recordings for radio. There were so many little obstacles. Ah, we forgot to pray. So, we prayed. The next recording was so very smooth. Even this morning at the beginning of MPP, I had some connection problems. We prayed, and immediately everything was fine. Lord, we don’t want to take things for granted. Help us each minute of the day!
• Pray for each other. Note what Paul said: “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Col. 1:3). Part of aligning with God is also being properly aligned with each other. I am focusing on praying for each one of you. I love this prayer from Paul: “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might” (Col. 1:9–11).
• Continue to decisively resist those five issues (the five kings) I mentioned last week (listed below). We can sum up the “action steps” as follows: 1) Be at peace. 2) Don’t allow yourself to be pressured to try to do more. 3) Never feel a situation is hopeless. 4) Remember you can see and hear the Lord. 5) Never get into self-accusation.
God bless you. We all want to shift ahead into the new things the Lord has for us.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Five Strategies the Enemy Uses to Stop Us
(Originally posted last week)
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 through 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 cannot 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.
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