Ron Sawka Ministries
November 3, 2021; Cheshvan 28, 5782
“Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.) Don’t suppress the Spirit. Don’t downplay prophecies” (1 Thess. 5:16–20, VOICE).
“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is” (Prov. 23:7).
Keep Celebrating and Watch the Anointing Grow
I want to keep talking about our mindsets, because that more than anything affects how we grow in the Lord and how His anointing grows in us.
The key is our mindset and how we think. Proverbs 23:7 states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” The truth is that God has already poured anointing upon us. For whatever He may have called us to do, He has first given the anointing. Since we all are called to bring in the harvest, we know the anointing has already been given. And He has already given authority to us as well. In fact, God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ (see Ephesians 1:3). The problem is that even though all these things have been given, many people don’t really grow. Why not? Mostly, it has to do with our mindsets. Last week I wrote about the two mindsets below:
Continue Keeping Our Hearts Perfect before Him So He Can Do Great Things for You. (We relied on Him before; keep relying on Him now even if things seem more complicated.)
We Must Grow and Become “A Friend of God” (Speak to the Rock; don’t strike it.)
Joy and Celebration—Recently I read 1 Thesselonians 5:16–20, a well-known passage, in The Voice translation. Instead of the familiar, “Rejoice always” (16), it says,“Celebrate always.”
That directive, “celebrate always,” really challenged me. It implies a 24-7 kind of thing. It goes far beyond joy in meetings or in praise times, but all the time. A lifestyle of celebration.
What are we to celebrate? We can celebrate because 1) we know Jesus, and 2) He has already won complete redemption and victory for any situation we encounter.
Is this complete redemption and victory true? Indeed it is. It doesn’t mean there won’t be suffering. Nor does it mean there won’t be hard times—the Bible clearly teaches we will have to go through trials. But even when we do, we are told to rejoice or celebrate. James 1:2–4 states, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work.”
The reason “celebrate always” is so powerful is because the onus is on us. We can easily choose to celebrate (or choose not to). For example, if you attend a birthday party for a family member or friend, you know you need to celebrate. You may have burdens and concerns, but once you enter that party, you are expected to be happy and celebrate. So we do that. We make a conscious decision to lay down our cares and instead celebrate and have fun. That’s how we honor the person whose birthday it is.
This is similar to what God wants us to do in our daily lives. Yes, of course we may have some weighty issues to deal with. But we can and must choose to lay those aside and celebrate with joy. In fact, whenever we notice we are getting burdened or heavy, we need to stop and lay those burdens down and choose to celebrate instead. The amazing thing is that when we do lay them down, then Jesus can pick them up and work on them—while we get to rejoice instead. And we do find that we get stronger and stronger, because “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10).
So, choosing to celebrate must be our daily mindset. Throughout the day—and as often as necessary—make that decision to celebrate. Let that be our default mode. Here are a few results of celebrating:
“But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15). This is simple to understand. God doesn’t want us worrying and trying to figure out things in our own strength. He wants to drop revelation and solutions into our spirit. The more we celebrate, the more we find Him putting His wisdom and solutions into our lives. This connects to “seek first the Kingdom of God … and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).
God does deep perfecting work in our lives. Suffering never feels good, but we can still celebrate because we know God is using it. I suspect that celebrating speeds up the whole process (see James 1:2–4). But remember whenever we choose to celebrate, then His genuine joy springs up in us.
Speeds up healing. “A merry heart does good, like medicine” (Prov. 17:22). I think there is much more to this verse than just some psychological benefit. If celebration speeds up God’s perfecting process in our lives, and if celebration likewise releases revelation and solutions that we need, then it’s no stretch to say celebrating opens us up to God’s healing touch in our lives.
So, ask the Holy Spirit to help you daily—and throughout the day—to be in celebration mode.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
If You Need Breakthrough, Healing, or Wisdom then Worship
Join Pete Sawka for “30 Minutes of Worship, 10:00–10:30 p.m., Sundays–Thursdays
Pete has been doing this for a few months now. God wants us to celebrate Him and praise/worship Him. When we do, the waters of salvation are released (see Numbers 21:17). Again, if you need some kind of breakthrough or miracle, try joining. I think you will be amazed at what the Lord will do.
You can continue to connect with Pete Sawka for thirty minutes of praise in Japanese, five times a week, Sundays–Thursdays, 10:00–10:30 p.m.
Blessings for Hebrew Month of Kislev
The Ninth Hebrew Month of 5782, November 5–December 4, 2021
Advance by Keeping Your Alignment
Don’t forget what you have learned
Click here to see the blessings for the Hebrew Month of Kislev.
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