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Feasts and Rejoicing

Arise 5 Weekly Update: September 14, 2017; 24 Elul, 5777

GYM—Training Your Spiritual Muscles for Abundant Living
Begins October 4

Please join me in praying for a new training program called GYM. Starting October 4, it will run every Wednesday from 8:30–9:30 p.m. Years ago, the Lord spoke to us about doing three kinds of training: 1) apostolic and prophetic training; 2) Bible training; and 3) training on how to live, which is what GYM focuses on. If we can prophesy and have faith to move mountains but can’t live in love and harmony, then what have we gained? Everywhere I go, Christians are asking for help with how to live fruitful lives so that they, their families, and those around them will be blessed.

Mike and Rachel have a calling to teach and impart this. It will be run online via Zoom (which is similar to Skype, but is more simple to run), and viewers can interact with them as they teach. This is an absolute must for these times! Please view the introductory video at Note, however, that Japanese is the language of instruction. For more details or to sign up, please contact or call the Arise 5 office at (81) 0283-24-6653.

The Feasts of the Lord: A Way to Help Us Learn Rejoicing as a Lifestyle

I’ve been thinking a lot about celebration and joy lately. We shouldn’t have to explain that this is natural and what the Lord wants for us. It seems the religious spirit does a good job of convincing Christians that God prefers us to be somber and somewhat sad. Thus, many miss out on joy and the incredible blessings joy brings, as well as being robbed of this most powerful of spiritual weapons. Some thoughts are as follows:

1. The Lord really does want our life to be one of celebration, and joy is a key to an overcoming life. “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies” (Deut. 28:47–48). Simple, isn’t it? Either live in joy or put yourself in danger of serving the enemy.

2. One of the inbuilt ways God provides for His people to learn a joyful and victorious lifestyle is for them to celebrate His feasts. Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles are annual; firstfruits are monthly, and Sabbaths are weekly.

3. Note that these are called feasts (joyful and celebratory), not fasts. “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts’” (Lev. 23:2).

4. Furthermore, they are called feasts of the Lord, not the feasts of the Jews or feasts of the Old Testament. In 2 Chronicles 2:4, we see that these are: “Feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance forever” (2 Chron. 2:4).

5. The New Testament never says that these feasts and celebrating them are unnecessary or not to do them. It does say, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths” (Col. 2:16). In other words, whether or not you celebrate them, don’t be religious about them. That means there is no power in them per se. But when we celebrate them, we actually celebrate Jesus and what He accomplished for us on the cross and what He still wants to work into our daily lives.

6. Celebrating them should help teach us to be joyful. We should also note they are times of celebrating with the Lord!

7. That these feasts are holy does not imply sadness, somberness, or weeping like religious tradition wants you to think. Holy means “special,” and definitely includes rejoicing. This is why Nehemiah told the people to stop weeping: “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep” (Neh. 8:9).

8. Notice what Nehemiah told them: “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared” (Neh. 8:10). Fat (or oil) refers to the anointing, which, of course, breaks the yoke (Isa. 10:27). This means if we choose to rejoice, then we can expect an increase in anointing from the Lord, as well as a breaking of bondages.

9. “Drink the sweet” is associated with new wine, referring to the Holy Spirit. You could say that joy and rejoicing allow us to be increasingly filled with the Holy Spirit. It certainly makes life seem sweeter. “But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15).

10. It not only blesses us, but also ministers to others as well (“Send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared” [Neh. 8:10]). Our rejoicing enables people around us to receive anointing, and perhaps even a filling of the Holy Spirit.

11. Joy is not only to be our lifestyle (“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice” [Phil. 4:4]), but it is also one of the greatest weapons of spiritual warfare (“The joy of the Lord is your strength” [Neh. 8:10]).

12. We can choose to be joyful with resulting abundance, or we can choose to not be joyful and end up serving the enemy. “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies” (Deut. 28:47–48).

13. Therefore, as we approach the Feast of Tabernacles (October 5–12), view it as a time of activating joy and rejoicing with the Lord. In fact, view every feast this way. God wants us to rejoice so we can have abundance and victory!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

More Travels Coming Up

As you can see from my schedule below, next month I’ll go to Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Moscow. In mid-November, I will attend a Gathering in Cairo, followed by a trip to Minsk, Belarus. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
  • Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow

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!)


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MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

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