Ron Sawka Ministries
September 14, 2022; Elul 18, 5782
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
“In the night my soul longs for You [O Lord], indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently” (Isa. 26:9, AMP).
“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?” (Jam. 4:5, NIV).
Entering into a New Level of Walking with Him
We are fast approaching the Hebrew New Year, which always begins on the first day of the seventh month, Tishrei (Sept. 26). In God’s calendar, entering a new year doesn’t just mark the passage of time, but is also an entering into a new level of blessing. He wants us to look at entering the new year as a moving up to a higher level.
What is this higher level? It’s about walking—living—with Him, which is what the Feast of Tabernacles focuses on. It is what David longed for, stating, “One thing have I desired of the Lord … that I may dwell in the house of the Lord” (Ps. 27:4).
The more we understand and recognize that He wants us to live in His presence, the more we experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit. During the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus made that great declaration: “Come to me and drink and rivers of living water [the Holy Spirit] will flow out of your inner being” (John 7:37–38, paraphrased).
I think most of us would say, “Yes, I want to walk more closely with the Lord.” But many would also admit that it often feels hard. Why is that? How can I move to a higher level of walking with Him?
I believe the short answer is simply to trust or believe more fully His work of new creation in our lives that happened when we were born again.
A few thoughts are as follows:
When it comes to “walking together,” there are two parties involved. One is the Lord. The other is me, myself. We can’t walk together unless we are agreed (Amos 3:3). The Lord has already made it clear He wants to walk with us. He is always there for us. He is always with us. Indeed, He will never leave us or forsake us. Therefore, the issue is ourselves—our flesh. Something in us can rise up and resist the Lord. David says it well in Psalm 32:9, stating, “Do not be like the horse or mule … which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.”
We also have to recognize and believe more in the creation of the new man, the born-again you and me. The other day the Lord spoke to me from a different translation of Isaiah 26:9 than I usually read. The Amplified Version states, “In the night my soul longs for You [O Lord], indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently.” Previously, I primarily read the New King James Version, which states, “By my spirit within me I will seek you early.” I had focused on seeking the Lord as something I must do. But the Amplified describes it as my born-again spirit always searching for—hungering for—God. Just meditate on that. We are born again, a new creation. God has given us a heart that loves Him, seeks Him, wants to obey only Him, and yearns for Him—just as He yearns for us (Jam. 4:5).
In other words, my flesh/soul may resist, but my spirit, the born-again me, is always in agreement with the Lord. It always wants to be walking with Him. Therefore, the more we believe this, the more our spiritual eyes and ears will be opened. It is something like the two walking on the road to Emmaus with Jesus (Luke 24:13–35). Finally their eyes were opened and they realized He had been there all along. They quickly understood and grasped so much.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy Sawka
You Have Stayed in Faith and Praise—Now Watch and See What the Lord Has Birthed
We are in the sixth Hebrew month, Elul. It’s a month linked with triumph, victory, and rewards. Psalm 27 is often read daily during this month. More information may be found here.
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