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2020/9/16 Waking Up the World to the Goodness of God

Ron Sawka Ministries

Sept. 16, 2020; Elul 27, 5780

“But when he came to himself, he said … ‘I will arise and go to my father’” (Luke 15:17–18).

“And in the seventh month, on the first day … it is a day of blowing the trumpets” (Num. 29:1).

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard behind me a loud voice as of a trumpet” (Rev. 1:10).

Changing the Spiritual Atmosphere Over Your Territory

Feast of Trumpets—A Prophetic Act

(As I wrote the article below, I didn’t expect that the Holy Spirit would so strongly urge me to set up Feast of Trumpets celebrations for as many of our languages/nationalities as possible. It is a prophetic act that the Lord wishes us all to join in. Please try to join one of the live broadcasts on my Facebook page. (Times listed are Japan Time.)

  • Sept. 16, Wed., 8:00 p.m., English

  • Sept. 17, Thurs., 8:30 p.m., English/Chinese

  • Sept. 18, Fri., 6:00 a.m., MPP—English/Japanese

  • Sept. 18, Fri., 7:00 p.m., English/Russian

Waking Up the World to the Goodness of God

During MPP on September 15, the Lord surprised us—as He often does—with a new look at an old topic. We had started out with blowing the shofar. That reminded me that this Friday evening, September 18, is the Hebrew New Year (Rosh Hashanah). I love that it features blowing the shofar/trumpet all day long because it carries the concept of “waking up to—or being awakened to—the goodness of God.”

But there is also another truth here. It is the idea that blowing the shofar is a prophetic act. Thus, we are declaring to everything and everybody, “Wake up to the goodness of God.” We are proclaiming this to ourselves—as well as to our homes, businesses, neighborhoods, cities, and nations. It doesn’t matter that people can’t hear the physical words or sounds. In the spiritual realm, they are hearing what we are releasing: “God is good! Wake up and let His love and goodness touch you and heal you and draw you nearer.”

This is a powerful thought. We all know that it is “the goodness of God that leads [us] to repentance” (Rom. 2:4). This is pictured in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:17–24). He was lost, confused, and mired in squalor until he suddenly “woke up” in his thinking. He realized his father was good and kind and was longing for him. Then, he immediately rose up and returned home.

When we were blowing the shofar on Tuesday morning, I was conscious that something powerful was being released, both for us and also into the atmosphere around us. We were not only proclaiming to our families, cities, and nations, but were also proclaiming God’s goodness to the deepest parts of our hearts, souls, and minds. Below is a list of some effects of proclaiming His goodness. In fact, I encourage you to take some time to blow a shofar periodically from the evening of September 18th through the 19th. Or even just mimic it, and release a sound with your voice. Either way, it is a powerful prophetic act which declares to the whole world that God is good! Better yet, as much as possible please try to join one of the aforementioned live broadcasts.

God wants us to expect the following:

  1. An awakening and returning—Just as the goodness of the father caused the prodigal to want to return home, the sound released into the spiritual atmosphere declares God’s goodness. People will find their hearts being stirred to turn to Him. It doesn’t matter that they hear or don’t hear what we are saying; they will hear with their spirits. Something will begin to stir and awaken in our families, cities, and nations. I expect something so powerful to be released this weekend.

  2. A breaking of shame and condemnation—We know the prodigal son was drawn to return. The pull of the goodness/love of his father overcame the sense of shame, failure, and condemnation. All of us have areas in our lives that constantly turn away or try to hide from God. The more we declare His goodness, the more we will find any hidden or dark areas in our lives turning toward God.

  3. Experiencing the embrace of God—The father ran to meet his son and embraced him. God wants to embrace us. His embrace is refreshing and brings healing. Some of you will be healed, refreshed, and renewed just by reading these words.

  4. A “dropping off” of the fake—The father commanded the servants to bring a new robe, a ring, and sandals. To me, the robe speaks of our true identity. God’s goodness causes any “fake” in us to fall off—and to be increasingly replaced by who He created us to be.

  5. Irrefutable belonging—I think when he put on that ring, the son knew beyond any doubt whatsoever that he in fact did belong. He wasn’t a guest or a servant, but a son. The more we let the goodness of God overwhelm us, the more we know we are His beloved children. That should give us such confidence!

  6. New stability—Sometimes we lose our balance or don’t stand firmly. Ill-fitting or loose shoes/sandals can cause us to falter and slip. God’s goodness puts new, well-fitting shoes on our feet. We can stand. Say “goodbye” to instability and no longer be afraid of the old things that caused you to slip.

  7. A much more joyful life—The father didn’t just want quiet private time with his returned son. He wanted everyone to enter into that joy. Think about that. The more I know the goodness of God, the more it results in these three things: God celebrating; I myself celebrating; and people around me celebrating.

Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy

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1)9月16日(水)午後8時~ (英語のみ)

2)9月17日(木)午後8時半~ (英語、中国語)

3)9月18日(金)午前6時~ (英語、日本語:MPP)

4)9月18日(金)午後7時~ (英語、ロシア語)