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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.



























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1. 這是你和全家人一起徜徉在神的同在裡的時刻,來學習享受祂的同在。

2. 不要宗教化。主不希望被當成一個特別的客人,讓你感覺不自在或是不能做自己。要讓神成為你家中的一員。更全面地看,祂想要成為我們日常生活的一部分,天天如此,永遠如此。

3. 本週的首要態度是歡慶,越多和家人朋友們一同歡慶越好。

4. 可以透過讚美與禱告的方式,但最關鍵的是單純地與神享受彼此。


1. 神希望我們經歷增長和多產。申16:15提到,神要「在你一切的土產上和你手裡所辦的事上,要賜福與你。」所以,本週特別應該為過去一年的祝福感謝神。不過,有人可能感覺自己的人生、事業和努力並不是很有果效。若是這樣,你應該激勵自己調整和改變思維的方式,要明白神願意祝福你手中的一切工作。改變自己的思維方式和期待將會啟動信心,你也會經歷加增。要開始在家中常常這樣談論,相信你一定會看見自己生命中經歷極大的增長和祝福。

2. 神希望我們被聖靈充滿,並且流淌出去祝福其他人。撒加利亞書14章提到,地上萬族中凡不上耶路撒冷敬拜大君王萬軍之耶和華的,必無雨降在他們的地上。所以,其中的關聯顯而易見。我們越多喜樂——越明白神住在我們裡面——就越多被聖靈充滿,能流淌出去祝福別人。


從他腹中要流出活水的江河來。」(約 7:37-39)所以,不只是我們個人的渴慕被滿足,



3. 要有復興和屬靈大豐收的思維。住棚節也稱為收藏節。這是一幅關於末世大收割應許的先知性畫面。神要給我們一種觀念和期待,就是我們的社區、城市乃至國家都要迎來復興。我已在日本生活了45年,我知道神要在這裡有極大的豐收!

4. 神要讓我們的生命充滿喜樂、平安和愛。本週,我們都要特別地選擇歡喜快樂,即使你沒有那種感覺,也要設法讓自己喜樂起來,與你的家人一同歡樂。結果會如何?救恩的一切好處——包括醫治、更新、平安等等,都會開始在你和你的家庭中湧流出來,然後擴散出去(賽12:3「…你們必從救恩的泉源歡然取水」),這種歡慶和喜樂將成為我們的生活方式。

5. 這是關於神的居所。也許住棚節最大的意義在於讓所有人明白神渴望與我們同住,祂想要與我們分享生活,因為祂要祝福我們。祂要我們經歷祂的愛,也把愛傳遞出去。問題是,我們常常輕忽了這一點,或者覺得自己不配、沒有預備好,然而這不是事實。神此刻就想與我們同住,我們越是有這樣的思維,就越能在生命中和家庭中經歷到祂的同在。


Ron and Teddy榮撒卡和泰迪撒卡




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