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Arise 5 Weekly Update: June 14, 2017; 20 Sivan, 5777

 

  • “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these…” (Matt. 10:1–2).
  • “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Faith for Miracles—Shifting into an Apostolic Mindset

A wise older minister once told a younger one who lacked faith for healing to “preach about it until he found that he had faith.” I have found that adage to be very true. The more I preach and teach on a subject, the more faith and understanding the Lord releases to me (and hopefully to those who are listening). Anyway, it’s time to do much more preaching and teaching on healing and miracles, because the Lord is releasing a new wave of the supernatural.

The twelve apostles illustrated this by choosing to appoint new leaders to handle day-to-day affairs so that they could continue to focus on “prayer and ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). The apostles seemed to know that choosing to keep focused on ministry of the word was what would keep their faith growing so miracles could flow continually—not only through them, but also through all in the early church. Thus, I encourage all of you to do much more preaching/teaching on healing and deliverance. Miracles will begin to flow through you and through those connected to you.

Moving in healing and deliverance is also essential for shifting us from a “discipleship mindset” into an apostolic one. With Jesus, we see the following progression: First, he called the twelve disciples. Second, he gave them authority and power over sickness and demons. Third, he describes them as apostles.

This week, I am with a group that really wants to be more apostolic and wants to function as an apostolic center. In the first meeting, I was led to demonstrate and activate healing. It was then that I saw the truth from Matthew 10:1–2 about moving from a discipleship mindset into an apostolic mindset.

On one hand, we’re always disciples that need to keep growing and learning. On the other hand, there is a “human” and negative side to the concept of discipleship. It can carry the notion that since we are just disciples or learners, then it’s okay if we sit back and watch. Likewise, we can feel that we’re not accountable to address, confront, and change our environment. This is not what God has envisioned for us as believers.

In Matthew 10:1–2, Jesus gave his disciples power and authority and then called them apostles and sent them out. It was the imparting/activating for healing and deliverance that released an apostolic mindset. He later did this with the seventy (Luke 10), and finally did the same for all believers everywhere. When He gave the Great Commission, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me. … Go and make disciples of the nations. … I am with you” (Matt. 28:18–20).

It is imperative that the church shifts from this negative kind of discipleship mentality to an apostolic mentality. Every believer needs to know they are sent into their homes, their neighborhoods, and their workplaces, and that they are accountable to effect change and release God’s glory. The easiest way to shift is to activate them to heal the sick and to break demonic bondages.

This shift into the apostolic is well under way in most nations. In fact, there is an incredible hunger to do the same works as Jesus. After all, He Himself said, “I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).

So in conclusion…

First, as you preach and teach on miracles and healings, your faith and the faith of others will be strengthened. Second, activate, heal, and break the power of demons. You will find your mindset radically shifting. You will know and experience the authority of a sent one!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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.

MPP

It’s good to be back (MPP was off last week). There has been trouble with the wifi and the Facebook live broadcasts have suffered. Thank you for your prayers and for your understanding.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

Note: I will be visiting relatives in Edmonton and no ministry events are planned. I apologize for any misunderstanding, particularly to those of you who have asked about it.

  • June 8–17, Ministry Trip
  • June 23–27, Visiting relatives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan 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.

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Healers and Intercessors!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: June 7, 2017; 13 Sivan 5777

 

  • “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them” (Mark 6:13).
  • “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).
  • “But he who received the seed in good ground … indeed bears fruit … some a hundred fold, some sixty, and some thirty” (Matt. 13:23).

The Army of Healers and Intercessors Arising!
The coming massive harvest in Japan from the “seeds of the hidden Christians and martyrs”

The Lord did an amazing thing at our Tokyo church (Prophecy Café) meeting on Sunday afternoon. Since we are in Pentecost season and since this Hebrew month is about enlarged boundaries and new assignments, I was expecting the Lord to show us something new. I never thought it would be of such importance. It was about the rising up of an army of healers and intercessors in Japan and about the huge harvest coming. Last year during MPP, there were several prophecies about an army of healers and intercessors. Those words stayed in my spirit and I have pondered and prayed about them ever since.

The concept itself is simple and is a message the Lord is speaking throughout the world. The Lord wants all believers to minister healing. It’s not just for some with a special anointing or calling, but is something that we all can do. In fact, scripture shows us that anyone He sends out is given the ability to heal the sick and drive out demons (see Matthew 10:1–8, Luke 10:1–9).

The previous day in Sano, God led us to emphasize releasing all believers to use oil to heal the sick. So that’s what I was emphasizing in Tokyo—that all believers are empowered to heal the sick. Also in the morning meeting, He emphasized how the Holy Spirit was poured out to give us boldness—to not be afraid or hesitant to speak to people and to offer to pray for healing when the opportunity arose.

There is this rising up of all believers to heal the sick. Additionally, there is intercession. On Sunday, I specifically saw intercession for people to be saved. It’s true that intercession is liked with strategic prayer, and prayer against obstacles, and wisdom for advancing. However, regarding this army of healers and intercessors, I felt it is mainly to be intercession targeting those whom God puts on your heart. I was reminded of a friend of ours who hosted a weekly home Bible study years ago. She counted the number of seats available and asked the Lord to fill each one. She then made a list of all her friends and prayed that they would be saved. God answered both prayers continually. The chairs were filled and all the people on her list received Jesus. So I feel the Lord is giving an anointing and desire for believers to pray others into the salvation of the kingdom.

I asked all those in Tokyo who wanted to be part of this army of healers and intercessors to stand up and we began to pray. I found myself declaring that the time of “hidden Christians in Japan is over.” Then came the biggest surprise. A revelation and new understanding rose up in my spirit. Almost 500 years ago, Christianity reached the shores of Japan and spread very quickly. But severe persecution soon followed. Tens of thousands were executed, and the remaining estimated 750,000 were rounded up and forced to recant. Many held on to their faith secretly. Historians say it was probably the most thorough and cruel persecution ever. If those who “recanted” were later discovered to still be Christian, then they and their entire families were executed. A system of putting everyone in a five-person group (gonin gumi) was introduced so that not only the individual—but also the remaining four members—would be executed as well.

Despite this intense persecution (lasting over 250 years), evidence shows that many secretly held on to their faith. They had to be adept at hiding all outward signs. They became known as “hidden believers” (kakure kirishitan). In fact, when the ban on Christianity was lifted in late 1873, some 30,000 hidden Christians emerged.

Speaking that phrase, “the time of hidden Christians is over,” reminded me that each of those martyrs or hidden Christians was like a precious seed. Their lives and sacrifices were not wasted. They were seed that fell into the ground and died, but now would bring forth great, great harvest. The Bible promises thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold harvest. I believe we will see this in Japan. I won’t be surprised if we see that this nation that has resisted Christianity for so long will also be the place of astounding revival.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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.

MPP

After one week off, MPP will resume again on Monday, June 12.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • June 8–17, Ministry Trip
  • June 23–27, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan 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.

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Power at Pentecost

Arise 5 Weekly Update: May 31, 2017; Sivan 6, 5777
  • “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
  • “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49).
  • “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. Whose heart departs from the Lord” (Jer. 17:5).

Power at Pentecost

The power of the Holy Spirit is assured. The question, then, is do we rely on Him or do we fall into “self-effort” which then brings a curse?

The day we have been counting down for has arrived. Pentecost is here. Most of us know very well that Pentecost is about receiving anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. What we may not be so sure about is how to think so that His power can operate fully in our lives. In other words, we may have this kind of question: “Lord, I know I am filled with the Holy Spirit. But what can I do to see more of His power operating?”

I have come to see that our thinking/mindset is vital. We can either release the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, or we can inadvertently shut Him off. We can have a mindset resulting in the Holy Spirit continually leading us into miracles, or we can block Him out and become frustrated and fruitless.

During a recent MPP, the Lord led us to read from Acts 6. Administrative troubles had arisen in the early church. The apostles were led to ask for seven new leaders to handle that issue. They explained, But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). This is an incredible key and is revelation for us today!

Notice how they knew not to: 1) Worry; 2) Blame themselves or each other; 3) Frantically search for a self-made solution. They understood that God was their source. It is only He who can bring blessing, solutions, and growth. They realized if they came up with a practical solution but one which wasn’t born of God, it would actually hinder. They realized that they needed to keep focusing on Him. They knew He would not only solve the administrative problem, but that He would also keep pouring out blessing so the church could grow (Acts 6 states the church then experienced a new wave of growth.)

For many, when a problem arises they immediately put forth more self-effort. Instead of looking “more” to the Lord like the twelve apostles did, they immediately search for a solution. Often this solution is based on past experience or someone else’s methods. Regardless, it is “self-effort.” And according to Jeremiah 17:5, self-effort brings a curse, which makes us more unfruitful.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the five “kings” aligned against us. One of those “kings” is self-work or self-effort (see “Five Strategies the Enemy Uses to Stop Us”). Satan understands this and sends problems our way so we will run to self-effort instead of running to the Lord.

If the apostles had latched onto some hasty “self-effort” type solution, it would not have resulted in the seven new leaders being chosen. Furthermore, it would not have resulted in the gospel invading the marketplace and the subsequent explosion in church growth. Self-effort would have resulted in stagnation and fruitlessness.

Therefore, we must understand the statement “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” is not merely a call to religious activity; rather, we must see what it really is—a continual focusing on God. When we focus on Him, then He is able to work. We will not put ourselves under a curse. As we focus on Him, He makes us increasingly fruitful.

Let this Pentecost mark the beginning of new fruitfulness in our lives, in our businesses, and in our ministries. The promise of power of the Holy Spirit is assured. As we keep giving ourselves to the Lord, we will see the work of the Holy Spirit ever increasing in our lives.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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.

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • June 3, Arise 5 Network Meeting, Sano, Japan
  • June 4, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • June 8–17, Ministry Trip
  • June 23–27, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan 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.

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Opening, Closing Doors

Arise 5 Weekly Update: May 25, 2017; Iyar 30, 5777
Counting the Omer, Day 45 (Six days to Pentecost)
  • “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in” (Ps. 24:7).
  • “Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles” (Isa. 60:11).
  • “The key of the house of David, I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open” (Isa. 22:22).

Opening and Closing Doors

Thank you for praying for us on this Malaysia trip. It’s a real treat having my grandson Jamie (who is nearly fifteen) with us. He assures me he is having fun. The first three days we went into the interior (i.e., the jungle) and had to use a motor boat for the final leg of the journey. But it’s not all adventure. I’ve asked him to prophesy to people and have been surprised/blessed at the accuracy and impact of his words.

So far, we have ministered in six different places (and have one more to go). One of the themes the Lord keeps giving us is about opening and closing doors.

The key to this teaching is Psalm 24, where the gates are told to “lift up their heads and be open.” When they do this, the King of Glory enters. He is strong and mighty in battle. Whenever I go to a new place to reside or minister, I lay hands on the door posts and command the gates to open up so that the Lord can come in. I then spiritually cleanse the hotel room I am staying in. I also do this in most churches I minister in. My team or I will pray at the main doorway, and then we are assured that demonic hindrances and obstacles are being driven out by the King of Glory who is strong and mighty in battle. Sometimes, the Lord will even confirm with visible signs. I was at a certain church in a certain nation—it wasn’t my first time there, but on this particular visit the meeting seemed so heavy. The next night, the Holy Spirit reminded me to go and lay hands on the doorway. When I returned to the auditorium, it almost took my breath away. It seemed like the room had gone from being dimly lit to being ablaze with light.

Thus on this trip to Malaysia, several times the Lord had us explain and then lead people in this. It’s important to realize that physical doorways actually represent spiritual doorways (the psalm says “everlasting doors”) These doorways affect three areas:

First is the doorway into our personal lives (Jesus actually “stands at the door and knocks” [Rev. 3:20]), which we usually take to mean He wants to fellowship with us. But since He is the Lord strong and mighty in battle, as well as the Captain of the Hosts, we can and should expect Him to attack hindrances and strongholds that may be troubling us.

The second doorway is into our homes/families. We can command those gates to lift up their heads and ask the Lord into our homes and then drive out any darkness that might be there. He will either show us specifically or sometimes He’ll just take care of things and suddenly we’ll know there has been a shift. We shouldn’t limit this to our dwelling places, but should think of ourselves and our homes as being a spiritual doorway to our extended family. Pray, “Lord, we invite you to enter; wage strong and mighty battle against all hindrances so that each family member can be saved. Amen!”

The third doorway is into our sphere or assignment from Him. This could be our place of work, our business, or our ministry. Of course the devil loves to infiltrate. He wants to hinder and steal from us. So, I think it’s crucial that we pray this prayer from time to time. It seems to me that whenever you feel an obstacle or feel problems piling up, it’s time for this prayer.

When you pray, take the following steps:

  1. Command the gates to lift up their heads.
  2. Ask the King of Glory to enter.
  3. Confess any sin the Holy Spirit may show you.
  4. Drive out demons or demonic hindrances.
  5. Speak or prophesy God’s intended blessing.

The Lord wants us to keep the gates open to Him continually so the wealth of the nations can come in (see Isaiah 60:11).

Closing the Gates to the Enemy

I think it’s pretty clear that these gates are to be open continually to the Lord. On the other hand, we do need to close them against the enemy. Some weeks ago a prophetic word was released about praying over our borders (of our lives, ministries, etc.). Until then, I admit to not being very conscious of the need for this. But when I heard that word, I knew deep in my spirit just how very important it is.

Satan is a thief and a robber. He wants to come in and steal the harvest and reward. He wants us to be poor and oppressed. Several times on this trip, the Holy Spirit led the entire meeting in such a way that we could decisively shut the door to the devil and put a stop to his activities of stealing destiny.

God bless you as you pray these prayers.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

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.

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • May 24–25, Bintulu, Malaysia (Ap. John and Annie Wong)
  • May 26–28, Jakarta, Indonesia (Fendkey and Lina)
  • June 3, Arise 5 Network Meeting, Sano, Japan
  • June 4, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • June 8–17, Ministry Trip
  • June 23–27, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; 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.

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Sivan

Sivan: The Third Month of the Hebrew Year (5777), May 26–June 24

Note that every Hebrew month is linked with the following things:

  • One of the twelve tribes of Israel
  • A letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  • One of the five senses
  • A constellation. Psalm 119:1–3 says that the heavens declare the glory of God. We can fail to understand this and and fall into either occultism or humanistic rationalism.
  • A limb or an internal organ

1. The month of Zebulun. The “business month” and the month of Pentecost (May 31–June 1). God wants us to learn about prosperity. Genesis 49:13 states, “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon.” Deuteronomy 33:19 states, “For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand.” We must defeat the mindset that it is we who earn our money, or that we earn our living by our own efforts. Yes, work is part of our ministry and “the sweat of [one’s] face” came about because of the fall of Adam (Gen. 3:19), but God wants us to know it is He who gives us the power to obtain wealth (Deut. 8:18).

2. A month of giving, and a month to review your giving processes. Leviticus 23:16 states, “Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.” We need to find some kind of special offering. Offerings can be our substance, our time, or even a particular revelation. We have to learn to share revelation with the right people. Don’t try to give it to an “old wineskin”—it’s often counterproductive. Most of us think we need to teach our revelation to others. However, we need to share that revelation only with those whom we should. Don’t try to force it; find the right connections. It is they we should be giving to/sharing with.

3. A month of receiving new boundaries or new fields. Watch for new fields and for boundaries to be enlarged this month.

4. A month to be merciful. In John 8, the Pharisees wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, but Jesus forgave her. Be careful to move in mercy.

5. A month of alignment (Moses, Miriam, Aaron). Notice worship and sound during this month. Alignment began last month (connecting the first and the third months). We aligned with the Lord by counting down to Pentecost. So now we are positioned for Him to adjust our alignments with people.

6. This is a key month of Sabbath. Pentecost (May 31–June 1) is called the Feast of Weeks because it is seven weeks (fifty days) after the Feast of Firstfruits and Jesus’s resurrection. Note that “7” is the number of completion/perfection. At Pentecost, God gives new provision, new revelation, and new power. This comes as we rest in him. The 120 rested in the unity God gave them and He blessed them. We need this to come to completion.

7. The month of the Hebrew letter zayin—receiving mercy to complete certain things. Jesus had given his disciples the task of spreading the gospel to the whole world. But this was impossible to do without the Holy Spirit. Let’s remember the Lord has anointing for us to complete what He gives us to do. Zayin means both “the sword,” and “sustenance or nourishment.” Note how the word of God is both the sword of the spirit and the bread of life. Zayin also has a numerical value of “7,” or “completion.” Soon we will have finished counting the omer—focusing for fifty days on how “man lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Thus, we will now find that the word is a sword breaking us into victory.

8. The month of the “transparent pane” so that you see clearly. Declare that heaven’s window is over you. Nissan (the first month) was the month of the “window of heaven.” Iyar (the second month) “connected” it so that now we can see. Therefore, expect that you can see better; also expect the Lord to make His secrets known to you.

9. The month of the constellation Gemini (or the two tablets). The law had to come twice because of Moses’s failure. Isn’t it good to know that we can fail and God still comes through for us because of His mercy.

10. The “wedding month.” Read Song of Solomon 5:2. Think “covenant”; think “intimacy with the Lord.” Be sure to take time to draw away with Him. A great result of being filled with the Holy Spirit is that we love the Lord more and more.

11. Jacob or Esau month—good inclination or evil inclination. We have to remember that there is an evil as well as a godly inheritance. You choose the one you want. Let’s be sure to choose the godly inheritance.

12. A month of “cause,” rather than “effect.” Become a catalyst that develops into a “cause.” “Effects” will come later. This is much like sowing.

13. A month to continue on in God’s way, instead of taking a wrong path. If necessary, choose against your emotions so we don’t cause the angels to leave. “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, and Issachar in your tents! They shall call the peoples to the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness; for they shall partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand” (Deut. 33:18–19).

14. The month to go from one level of strength to the next.

15. The “left foot” month, connecting your speech to your walk. Proverbs 10:9 reads, “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” What you decree has to match your walk. If you don’t walk it out, the decree will not help.

Don’t let the Western mindset fragment your thinking. God is moving through—not disconnecting—the months. He is tying each month into the next. Gather wisdom and move forward. This is the way not to waste the blessings of the previous months. God’s power can restore things quickly. Once you get moving in God’s timing, you move into and begin to see restoration and acceleration. Restoration will double, quadruple, or septuple as quickly as what you wasted. Don’t give up on people who have made a mess. God can rebuild. They rebuilt the wall in fifty-two days.

(This material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. —Ron Sawka)

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God Is Peace!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: May 17, 2017; Iyar 21, 5777
Counting the Omer: Day 36 (14 More Days to Pentecost)
  • “So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace” (Judg. 6:23).
  • “And Manoah said to his wife, ‘We shall surely die, because we have seen God!’” (Judg. 13:22).

God Is Peace! Know the Lord Is Your Friend and That He Is for You
Succeed Like Gideon—or Flounder in Unmet Potential Like Manoah/Samson

Lately, I have been talking a lot about the principalities represented by the five kings in Joshua 10 and their corresponding strategies against us. I am convinced that coming to a place of understanding and victory against each one will have huge ramifications for spiritual victory and advance. (For your convenience, I will keep the original article posted.) As I meditate on them, it seems the Lord gives more and more revelation. Today, I want to share about the first one—God is our peace!

Knowing “The Lord is Peace” was key to Gideon’s success. Conversely, not knowing that was probably the principal reason for Manoah’s failure as a father and for Samson’s correspondingly tragic life.

In Judges 6, the Angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Gideon and called him a mighty warrior and said that God was with him and that he would deliver Israel. Gideon rejected that, but the Lord’s messenger repeated the prophecy. As the conversation continued, Gideon was not convinced, but asked (he thought it was a man) for him to wait while he brought an offering. The man (Angel) instructed Gideon to pour the offering on the rock and then he touched it with his rod. It began to burn and the Angel disappeared.

What follows is the key to Gideon’s story and his success. Gideon was awestruck, but he was also filled with fear. He had seen the Lord face to face. Surely he would die! But the Lord spoke to his heart, “Peace be with you … you shall not die!” (Judg. 6:23).

This word from the Lord touched Gideon deeply and settled his heart. He was so moved that he built an altar and named it “The Lord Is Peace” and worshipped. Somehow he knew that God was his friend. Everything had changed. He eagerly looked forward to hearing from God and obeying him. That night when God told him to tear down the idol in his father’s house, he did so, trusting that God would back him.

Gideon became a changed man because he knew “God was peace.” When the Midianites came again, he knew to blow the trumpet and gather the people (6:34). The rest is history. He wasn’t afraid to set “fleeces” before the Lord for assurance. Afterward, he didn’t mind that God whittled his army down to 300! He won an amazing battle and became leader of Israel, all because he knew the Lord was his friend who would never leave him.

A few chapters later (in Judges 13) is the story of Manoah, Samson’s father. In a similar fashion, the angel of the Lord declared to Manoah’s wife that she would bear a son who would “save” Israel. At Manoah’s request, that same angel appeared to him as well. Like Gideon, Manoah also presented an offering. Here, too, the Angel manifested as Lord and Manoah was afraid.

But now the similarity ends. Manoah whispered his fears to his wife, but never talked to the Lord. He never saw or experienced that the “Lord is peace.” One can’t help but wonder why Manoah never seemed to “rise up.” His life appears nondescript and devoid of faith. He certainly didn’t instill self-discipline, faith, or a sense of righteousness in Samson. We can only surmise, but one wonders if Samson’s life would have had more impact had Manoah come to the realization—like Gideon did—that God is peace; that God was his friend.

I know the same is true for us. We can have encounters with the Lord and see miracles, but if we don’t come to the place where we deeply and truly see that “God is my friend; He is peace and is for me,” then we probably will not reach the potential that He has for us.

As you continue to count down to Pentecost—and as you continue to walk with the Lord—remember He is your peace. If you are not sure, then be like Gideon. Ask Him! Worship Him. Let your heart be settled. God is for you!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Five Strategies the Enemy Uses to Stop Us
(Originally posted on May 3rd)

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.

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.

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • 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)
  • June 3, Arise 5 Network Meeting, Sano, Japan
  • June 4, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; 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.

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Counting the Omer: Day 29

Arise 5 Weekly Update: May 10, 2017; Iyar 14, 5777

 

  • “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.

Broadcasting in Russian

We’ve started releasing teachings on the apostolic in Russian and English. For the next several weeks, we’ll release one video a week on my Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • 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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; 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.

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Five Enemy Tactics

Arise 5 Weekly Update: May 3, 2017; Iyar 7, 5777

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

We’ve started releasing teachings on the apostolic in Russian and English. For the next several weeks, we’ll release one video a week on my Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

MPP

* MPP is off from May 1–5. We’ll resume on May 8.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • 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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; 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.

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Count Down to Pentecost

Arise 5 Weekly Update: April 26, 2017; Nissan 30, 5777

• “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord” (Lev. 23:15–16).

• “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God” (Exod. 6:7).

• “These five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah” (Josh.10:16).

It’s really good to be back home after an incredible ten days in Taiwan. In most of our meetings, we touched on Passover. Just teaching and declaring that Jesus is our Passover lamb and that Passover is really about deliverance and being set free seemed to release so much blessing. And of course, it seems that the Lord is releasing something very new to all of us during this year’s Passover/Resurrection season.

Count Down to Pentecost

From the second day of the Passover celebration, the Jewish people were to begin counting down to Pentecost. This is called counting the omer. So today, April 26 (Nissan 30), is already the 15th day (which means only 35 more days until Pentecost [May 31–June 1]).

There are several reasons for this counting. One is to have expectation. Another is to walk together with the Lord. The more I study this concept of following God’s calendar, the more I see it’s because He desires fellowship with us. He wants to celebrate with us during the feasts and first fruits, as well as during our sabbaths. When the Lord initiated the exodus from Egypt, He told Moses to introduce Him to the people as “Lord.” He used His name, something He hadn’t done with Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob. We read, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord.I was not known to them” (Exod. 6:3).

He wanted to be God for Israel, and they to be His people. Exodus 6:7 reads, “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God.” In short, He wanted fellowship with them. Thus, even counting down to Pentecost can be thought of as walking with the Lord. I like how this connects to Galatians 5:16, which states, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Thus, we can say that counting down to Pentecost is a way of walking with Him so we don’t get sidetracked or ensnared.

Counting Down to Pentecost Is a Kind of Warfare So We Aren’t Stopped!

Some years ago, the Lord showed us how the devil forms alliances to keep us from advancing. We see this in Joshua 10. The Israelites had crossed over into the Promised Land; they had conquered Jericho, and then even Ai. But suddenly they were attacked by an alliance of five kings. The Lord told Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you” (Josh.10:6). It was an incredible battle. Even the Lord took part, and we read that more of the enemy was destroyed by hailstones than by Joshua’s soldiers. Furthermore, the Lord was so committed to them winning that He allowed the sun to stand still so they could obtain complete victory.

The enemy army was destroyed and the “five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah” (Josh. 10:16). This is very instructive because Makkedah means “diminishing, decreasing, poverty, and depression.” It also is linked with the idea of “driving,” or “forcing us.” In other words, Joshua and the people had entered the land, but now the enemy wanted to keep them from growing and expanding. This is like us today, and even relates to this time just after Passover. We have been blessed and we have expectation. But the enemy knows this and wants to stop us, so he sends an alliance against us. Next week, I will explain in more detail about these five kings because each represents a specific demonic entity that keeps us from advancing. Together, they are a demonic alliance against us.

But the Lord gave the Israelites victory. Note that He Himself joined the battle by throwing hailstones and by lengthening the day. What an incredible picture. So, please count down to Pentecost. Know that while you are doing so, you are focusing on the Lord and are doing spiritual warfare against that alliance that wants to keep you small and ineffective.

Obviously, it’s much more than just counting. The Lord is battling with you. I’m not saying we’ll see hailstones against the enemy, or even the sun standing still. But definitely, the Lord will be fighting with us as we count.

So be sure to count. Today, April 26, is the 15th day of counting the omer. As you count, watch and see yourself advancing in victory.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Broadcasting in Russian from May 1

Truly, this is the year of expansion. My weekly videos on the apostolic (in English and Russian) will be released in Russia starting from May 1. Please pray for rapid increase!

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time) at ustream.tv/channel/arise-5-morning-prophetic-prayer-mpp.

To receive transcripts/unsubscribe, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ron.sawka.1.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Apr. 27, Messiah Blessing Church
  • Apr. 28, 11:00 a.m, Nakajin
  • Apr. 28 p.m.–Apr. 29, Open Heaven Japan Apostolic Center
  • Apr. 30 a.m., Pastor Yamakura
  • Apr. 30 p.m., Pastor Nakama
  • May 9–12, Korea
  • May 13 p.m., Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
  • May 17–25, Malaysia
  • May 26–30, Jakarta, Indonesia

(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: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; 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.

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Iyar

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Iyar
April 27–May 25

1. The Issachar month. See 1 Chronicles 12:32, “The sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” Compare this with Ephesians 5:15–17, which enjoins us to understand our times. This enables us to keep moving ahead instead of just passing time. Redeeming the time actually means that lost opportunities and chances begin to be restored. It also means that the fulfillment of God’s plans and promises begin to come quicker. In a sense, our future starts coming toward us instead of being “far off.” God wants us to see each day, week, and month as a fresh cycle of new things He wants to bring into our lives and bless us with. It’s especially important this month as we count down the days to Pentecost (forty-nine days from Passover) to meditate on all that He did during Passover.

2. The month of radiance, where light increases (it’s spring and the days are getting longer). Just as natural light increases, see that God wants to give you more revelation about yourself and your circumstances. If darkness tries to overtake you, this month you say “no” to it. Declare an increase in revelation. Isaiah 60:1 says the glory of the Lord will radiate off of us. We need to “light up” this month.

3. The month linked with natural healing. We should expect that God will heal some things through natural means. “I am God, your healer [Jehovah Rapha]” (Exod. 15:26).

4. A month where you will see your snares. A major snare is murmuring and complaining. Note that this promise comes during a time of murmuring. The Healer was manifested to help. When we murmur, we open ourselves up to sickness, and it’s as if getting sick becomes scheduled on our calendar. Conversely, we must choose not to complain; rather, choose faith and expectancy in His promises.

5. The month of the Hebrew letter vav. This is a month that links the Month of Redemption and the Month of Giving. (If you move correctly during this month, the rest of the year connects properly.) Your prosperity is linked with this month. Vav is the tent peg. We can bring heaven to earth. Jael drove the peg into Sisera’s head (Judg. 4:21). God’s judgment was executed through her. Be very clear in your spirit that God has set you free. Drive that stake into the ground.

6. The month of the constellation of Taurus, the bull. (Yes, this is one of the signs of the zodiac. But we have to remember the occult can only mimic the real. Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”) Look introspectively to find a place of improvement so that strength manifests. Keep moving—like a bull. Rely on the Lord and keep moving. The gospel of Mark is likened unto the ox, the servant. Keep moving in serving.

7. A month to deal with your soul—your mind, will, and emotions. Make sure these three things are aligned with God. Don’t let negative emotions remain.

8. A month to understand secrets (Issachar). Thank God that He will show you how to do new things this year. Also remember that “the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him (or He confides in those who fear Him)” (Ps. 25:14).

9. The month of thought. God permeates the mind. If our emotions are in a state of disarray, we won’t be able to think clearly. God will send healing to your thought processes.

10. A month of spiritual advice. We need to be prophetic during this time. If we don’t exercise our gifts, someone else will. Prophesy regularly this month.

11. The month of the right kidney and conscience (will and thought). Kidneys are linked with emotions, thought processes, and adrenaline processing. Fear affects the kidneys. God starts dealing with our consciences. Your conscience is the window between spirit and soul. A clean conscience helps us with revelation. The blood of Jesus flows in us and brings cleansing, even to our DNA.

(Note: The source material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. –Ron Sawka)

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