Ron Sawka Ministries
September 01, 2021; Elul 24, 5781
Come Out! Don’t Hide!
Being Prepared to Walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit
“Come out. Don’t hide.” That was the theme of the first prophecy given on Monday (Aug. 30) when we resumed Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) after a four-week summer break. The prophecy continued, “I want to see you. I want to bless you. You are precious to me.” I feel this is an amazing word for all of us and fits exactly into God’s timetable for us. We are still in the sixth Hebrew month, Elul (which ends Sept. 6), a time of preparation. We know that one of the goals the Lord has for us is that we come out of our preparation time “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14). God wants us to have the expectation that just as Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to minister in power, He wants the same for all of His ekklesia, and that now is the time.
How are we going to find ourselves walking in this power? It will come from being in close fellowship with Him—from knowing Him. He wants to walk with us daily; to know His presence daily. This is what He did with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Daily, He walked and talked with them about every aspect of their lives.
David understood this concept, as we see in Psalm 27. He wrote that the Lord is our light and our salvation (27:1). Regardless of the enemy, David didn’t fear or lack confidence. We read, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident (2–3). What an incredible thing! He goes on to say that the reason he has such confidence, peace, and fearlessness is because he knew how to continually live in the presence and fellowship of God. He said, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (4).
This was the driving force of David’s life. He wanted to walk closely with God and live in His presence. It should be the driving force of our lives as well. Paul desired the same thing. He stated, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10). So the main thing is to know Him (Jesus). The more we know Him, the more we will experience His mighty resurrection power and miracles. Many miracles happened at the hands of Paul. He knew it was connected to dwelling in the presence of the Lord. The more Paul knew the Lord, the more miracles and mighty acts of the Lord occurred through his life.
Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back
Also during Monday’s MPP, the Lord highlighted one very important truth: we tend to hold back or hide because we feel unworthy or unprepared, or because we have failed. But the truth is that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our imperfections or faults. He sees us as precious. In fact, He sees us a perfect! How can that be?
Most of admit we’re far from perfect. Paul explained it’s not a matter of his own worthiness or perfection, stating, “That I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Phil. 3:8–9).” He knew that as long as he pressed into the Lord—as long as he didn’t hide, but eagerly trusted in Jesus—then His power would be at work in him. Paul knew that if he gave into discouragement over failures, or tried to “hide” from God, then nothing good would happen in his life. But if he pressed in, then God’s power would work in him. Paul knew he would keep growing and changing. The same is true for us.
Yes, we are imperfect people and we do have failures. And indeed, that may cause us to shrink back or hide. We have to be like David. And like Paul, who wrote, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12). Again the key is not to hold back because of the imperfection, but to keep pressing ahead.
What do we do if we fail? Or what do we do if we have been hiding? Repent and keep moving ahead. Be like Paul, “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (3:14).
In these last few days of preparation for the new Hebrew year, be sure to come out. Be sure to keep pressing into the Lord. Forget the failures; forget the mishaps. Don’t hide. Don’t hold back. The moment you make that decision, His power will begin to work in you—changing you and transforming you.
Let’s keep pressing in to know the Lord and to walk with Him so that this new (Hebrew) year will be a year of walking in the power of His Spirit like never before.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
Seeing the Breakthrough and Increase
Elul—The Sixth Month of the Hebrew Year (Aug. 9–Sept. 6, 2021)
Elul is a time of preparation for the new year. Moses spent his third 40-day period on the mountain with God and received the law a second time (see Exod. 34:1, 27–28; Deut. 10:1–5). It was this same time period, Elul 1 through Tishrei 10, that Jesus was tested in the wilderness. He came out in the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16) and began a new ministry. Enjoy this preparation time. God has new things for each one of us.
The blessings for the month of Elul may be found here.
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