Living in the Here and Now: Having a Mindset of Fullness and Overflow
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
One of the main reasons God wants us to celebrate the feasts is to help us have the correct mindset. We must have our thinking aligned with His. Two weeks ago, I wrote about having a mindset of rejoicing (see update for Sept. 14). Today, I write about a mindset that is perhaps even more important. I refer to the mindset of “here and now.” Specifically, the Lord wants us to walk in abundant, overflowing life today—right now. We must align our thinking with God’s truth that He is giving fullness and overflow.
It’s not hard to believe that God will bless us in the future. In fact, someone once said that the farther away something is from us, either in time or space, the easier it is to believe. Thus, it’s easier to believe God doing miracles in far-off Africa or China than to believe for a miracle for yourself at home. Likewise, we have no trouble believing that we will have abundant and overflowing lives someday in the future, but not right now.
Such thinking is actually kind of a deception. The truth is God is good to us now. He has fullness and overflow for us now. He wants us to know this and believe it. This believing is actually “resting” in Him. Yes, there is such a thing as going through trials and tribulations (1 Pet. 1:6), and there is also learning obedience through suffering (Heb. 5:8). But the bottom line is that God wants us to rest in the mindset that increase, fullness, and blessing are there for us daily. A brief summary follows:
- We must have the mindset that His fullness and blessing are for me now. “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Heb. 4:1).
- To not have this mindset is actually unbelief and disobedience. “Those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience … ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts’” (Heb. 4:6–7).
- It does require discipline and effort to keep our mindset aligned with Him. “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest” (Heb. 4:11). To me, this is primarily why God gave the feasts, to help us think correctly. This month, Tishrei, is about fullness and abundance. Simply accept it and walk in it.
The Day of Atonement – Setting Us Free from Condemnation
In this seventh Hebrew month in which we passed into the new Hebrew year 5778, there are three notable “feasts”:
- Feast of Trumpets, Sept. 21
- Day of Atonement, Sept. 30
- Tabernacles, Oct. 5–12
The Day of Atonement is mainly about breaking condemnation and does it in two ways, both connected to the two goats on the Day of Atonement. One goat was slain and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat (Lev. 16:8, 14). This foreshadowed the blood of Christ, which “cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:14). In other words, we are set free from trying to “earn” blessing. We don’t have to let our conscience condemn us. We are cleansed!
The second goat was taken before the high priest, and on it were placed all the sins of the people. It was then taken and released somewhere unknown in the wilderness. This signifies that our sins are not only remitted by the blood of Jesus, but are also forgotten—God doesn’t remember them anymore. “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). We don’t have to put up with condemnation. God not only forgives our sins, but He also chooses to not remember them.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
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 at http://arise5.com/events/arise5-international-conference-2018-in-okinawa.
If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…
As you can see from my schedule below, next month I’ll go to Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Moscow. I may also have to go to the Middle East in November, as well as to Egypt in early December. This all has to do with harvest. 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.
- Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
- Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
- Oct. 11–13, Armenia
- Oct. 14–15, Moscow
- Oct. 19–29, Taiwan
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
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