- “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).
- “Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say, rejoice” (Phil. 4:4).
I feel the Lord is prompting us to be especially watchful during these next weeks. We are always to be watchful, but there are certain times when it is more necessary than others. A few reasons for this are as follows:
First, we are in the month of Av, a month that requires watchfulness (see note below on Av 9).
Second, we have experienced a lot of victory and breakthrough. The devil is angry and wants payback. We aren’t to worry about this, but we do need to be watchful.
Third, many are on the verge of great breakthrough and we have to be especially careful because the devil loves to intimidate and cause fear. This is what happened to the Israelites. They heard the negative reports of the ten spies and gave in to their fear and thus missed out on their destiny. Therefore, whenever you run into a hard time, it’s worth asking the question, “What does the devil know that I don’t. What breakthrough and advance is waiting for me?”
Fourth, the Lord is pouring out a new anointing on His people. Many have been noticing this ever since Pentecost this year. We experienced this new anointing at the Gathering in Canada. Ever since then, I have been ministering to impart this and the results are amazing. Therefore, we must remember what Jesus said: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). If we watch with the Lord, the enemy will not get the upper hand.
Here are some thoughts on how to watch:
- Watching does not necessarily mean physical effort and work. You can “watch” even during vacation.
- Watching means spending time “hanging out” with the Lord. Therefore, check in with Him regularly throughout the day.
- Keep your spirit joyful and refreshed.
- If you are experiencing trials and difficulties, don’t think there is something wrong with your faith. Remember what Paul said: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Cor. 4:8). Our responding to difficulties with faith is a powerful, albeit hidden (to us), blow against the kingdom of darkness.
- Rejoice in the testing because its purpose is to draw us closer to God. “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:9).
- Rejoice. Paul exhorts, “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again, I say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4).
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
The Month of Av (July 24–August 22): A Time to Be Watchful
“Av is called the “low-point month.” Historically, bad things have happened to Israel on the 9th of Av. Examples are as follows: First, Av 8 (July 31) is when the ten spies gave a negative report, and Av 9 (August 1) is when the people cried out and decided not to enter the Promised Land. Second, the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians on Av 9 in 423 B.C. Third, the Romans destroyed the second temple on Av 9 in 69 A.D. Fourth, the Jews were ordered out of England on this date in 1290. Fifth, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 on this same day. Sixth, even the Holocaust is connected in that the stage and conditions for WW2 were set in motion by WW1, which started when Germany declared war on Russia in 1914 on the 9th of Av.
The point isn’t to be fearful about this date (because Paul told us not to regard one day above another [Col. 2:16]), but that we should take it as a reminder to be on guard as watchmen on the wall (Isa. 62:6). Peter told us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).”
That was taken from our recent post on the month of Av.
Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan
We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)
MPP Will Break from August 1–25
I feel it’s important to rest. Since many have vacations in August, we’ve decided to break from August 1–25. We can trust the Lord to watch over us. Remember these words He wants spoken over us:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num. 6:24–26).
The final MPP before summer break is Monday, July 31. We’ll resume on Monday August 28.
MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.
- Aug. 20–24, Seoul, Korea
- Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
- Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip
(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)Giving to Arise 5
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