Ron Sawka Ministries
October 27, 2021; Cheshvan 21, 5782
“Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water” (Num. 20:8).
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars” (2 Chron. 16:9).
Two Strategies During These Corona Times
Continue Keeping Our Hearts Perfect before Him So He Can Do Great Things
I have always felt one of the main reasons why the Lord allowed this corona virus is so we can learn to put on the crown (corona means “crown”) and rule with Him. After all, we are both “kings and priests” (Rev. 1:6). The priest part—prayer, worship—is well understood by most believers. But the king or ruling part, perhaps not so much.
In order to rule with Him now—daily—we must keep growing; we must keep climbing the steps of understanding our relationship with the Lord. King Asa is an example of one who didn’t. Early on when faced with an invasion, he called on the Lord and gained victory. He followed prophetic advice and brought great reform to his nation. But he stopped growing. In his thirty-sixth reigning year when faced with another enemy, he didn’t seek the Lord but made a human alliance. He was rebuked by the prophet, didn’t repent, and died in failure (see 2 Chron. 16).
This is apropos for us. We are faced with new uncertainties and challenges I never dreamed I would see. Naturally, Satan is always in the background scheming to increase his “control.” But we are not to get distracted or take our eyes off of the Lord. Let’s keep growing in our trust in Him. He wants to “show Himself strong” on our behalf (2 Chron. 16:9).
We Must Grow and Become “Friends” of God
Thus, our relationship with the Lord has to keep developing and growing. We must become His friend. Our relationship with Him can’t remain static. King Asa failed to grow, so when new pressures arose, he failed. Moses failed as well. When Israel needed water early into their journey, God commanded Moses to strike the rock, and water flowed forth (Exod. 17:6). Forty years later, Israel needed water again. This time Moses was told to speak to the rock, but in his anger and impatience he reverted to the old mode and struck the rock instead. God still caused water to flow. But Moses himself wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land (Num. 20:8–12).
The rock, of course, represents the Lord. He is our Rock. Like Moses, many of us have learned how to pray, how to do prophetic acts, and how to make declarations. They are a kind of “striking the rock,” and good results come forth. And we know that prophetic-apostolic people are good at standing in and using the Lord’s authority for breakthrough and miracles.
But we must keep growing in our relationship with the Lord and become friends with Him. The Lord is our Father, our King, our Redeemer, our Provider, and our Deliverer. But perhaps most important of all, He wants to be our Friend and wants us to be His friends. We can only become friends by talking with Him—talking very, very, very often. We need to share the big things and the little things. We need to share minute-by-minute cares and concerns. Share the fears and failures. It’s this “talking” that develops us into friends of God.
Moses’s failure illustrates this. God wanted Moses to talk with Him. All the water and necessary provision would have flowed. It’s the same promise that Jesus makes to us. If we just come to Him and drink (that is, talk to Him as you would a friend), then out of our “innermost being will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37–39). The more we talk to Him, the more we will flow and overflow. I think this is the most pressing assignment on all of us right now.
One more thing about Moses’s failure. Yes, God honored him and the water flowed, but Moses couldn’t enter the Promised Land. He was kept out. I don’t want to be kept out of my destiny, and neither do you. So what are we to do? Become friends of God. Converse with Him, often.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
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I feel one of the main reasons the Lord wants us to be praising Him is that it releases the water of salvation. That means seeing people get saved, get healed, and get delivered. Just as Moses and the elders sang and water sprang up (Num. 21:17), when we praise the Lord we will see His works and miracles spring up.
You can continue to connect with Pete Sawka for thirty minutes of praise five times a week, Sundays–Thursdays, 10:00–10:30 p.m.
Below is a list and times (Japan Standard Time) of public meetings you can connect with via Ron’s public Facebook page.
Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Apostolic for Russia—Fridays 7:00–8:00 p.m., English/Russian
Apostolic Training—Sun, Oct. 24, 8:30–9:30 p.m., English/Chinese
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