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2020/10/7 Lessons from the Feast of Tabernacles

Ron Sawka Ministries

Oct. 7, 2020; Tishrei 19, 5781

(formerly Arise 5)

“You are to celebrate the festival seven days before the Lord your God in the place he chooses, for he will bless you in all your productivity and in whatever you do; so you will indeed rejoice!” (Deut. 16:15).

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa. 12:3).

“And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain” (Zech. 14:17).

“Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

Lessons from the Feast of Tabernacles

Since we are still in the week of the Feast of Tabernacles and since the Lord has drawn our attention so strongly to the major feasts this year, I thought it best to write about some of the lessons the Lord has for us from this weeklong celebration.

Not earning anything, but changing our mindsets!

But first I should say what I assume we all know. We don’t celebrate the feasts to earn something—Jesus completed everything for us by His death and resurrection. No, we celebrate the feasts because they help us think the way God wants us to think. The more we think like He wants us to, then the more we open ourselves up to be able to receive the blessings He has for us.

Think of these as strategies or good advice. For example, David realized that memorizing scripture would help him fight against sinning. Psalm 119:11 states, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Scripture memorization earns him nothing, but it was very good advice for him, as it is for us. Other good advice includes reading the scripture, praying, choosing to rejoice, and choosing to speak words that release grace.

Around the world right now, many Christians are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Keep the following things in mind:

  1. It’s a time for you and your family to hang out with God and learn to enjoy His presence.

  2. Don’t be religious about it. The Lord doesn’t want to be treated as a special guest where you are on guard and not yourself. Let Him be part of your family. The more complete perspective is that He wants to be part of our daily lives, every day, always.

  3. The overarching attitude for the week should be celebratory; the more you participate with family and friends, the better.

  4. It can be praise and prayer, but just plain enjoying each other is paramount.

Here are some of the mindsets that God wants us to increasingly embrace:

1. God wants me to have increase and productivity—Deuteronomy 16:15 says He will “bless you in all your productivity.” So, this week is a time to especially thank God for His blessing for the past year. However, you may be one who feels that your life, your work, and your labors have not been overly fruitful. If so, you should feel spurred on to adjust your thinking. Know that God wants to bless all the work of your hands. Changing your mindset and expectation will activate faith and you will increase. Start talking this way at home all year long. You will see so much increase and blessing in your life.

2. God wants me to be filled with the Holy Spirit and flowing out to others—Zechariah 14 says that nations that don’t come to the Feast of Tabernacles wouldn’t receive rain. So the connection should be easy for us to see: the more we are in joy—the more we have the understanding that God dwells in us—the more fullness of the Holy Spirit there will be. There will also be a flowing out to others.

Note that it was on the last day of Tabernacles when Jesus stood and shouted out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). Not only is our own personal thirst quenched, but there is also a flowing out. If Pentecost is about being filled by receiving the Holy Spirit, then Tabernacles is about being even more filled, as the Holy Spirit flows out from us to others. So have that mindset. God is filling you so He can flow out of you to others.

3. Have a mindset for revival and great spiritual harvest—Another name for the Feast of Tabernacles is the Feast of Ingathering. It is a prophetic picture or promise of great ingathering during the last days. God wants to give us a mindset and expectancy that there will be revival in our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nations. I have lived in Japan for forty-five years. I know that God wants an incredible harvest in this nation!

4. God wants my life to be one of joy, peace, and love—During this week, they all were to specifically choose to be happy/joyful. Even if you don’t feel like it, make yourself rejoice. Rejoice and be happy with your family. The result? All the benefits of salvation including healing, refreshing, and peace will begin to abound in you and your family, and then will flow out from you. See Isaiah 12:3 above. This joy and celebration is to be our lifestyle.

5. It’s about a dwelling place for Him—Perhaps the greatest idea of the Feast of Tabernacles is for all to get the mindset that God wants to dwell with us. He wants to share our lives because He wants to bless us. He wants us to experience His love and give it to others. The problem is we easily overlook this or feel we are unworthy or not ready. But it’s not true. God wants to dwell with us now. The more we think this way, the more we will experience His presence in our lives and in our homes.

Be blessed! Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy

Yarn Alive Update

I want to ask you to pray especially for Yarn Alive. Because of a very slight COVID resurgence in this area, the women thought it best to suspend activities for the second half of September. Their regular schedule resumes this week.

The only problem is finance. No classes means no income (each participant pays a nominal fee to help cover operation costs). So as you remember Yarn Alive, please pray for it—as well as for its finances. Those interested in helping financially can give here: For those giving from outside of Japan, please use the information for giving to Ron Sawka Ministries (listed below) and let us know what funds are designated for Yarn Alive.