Ron Sawka Ministries
Feb 1, 2023; Shevat 10, 5783
“‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever’” (2 Chron. 20:21).
“No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mark 10:18).
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. … And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:11, 17).
The Most Powerful Spiritual Weapon?
God really is good. He does want us to enjoy our lives. He wants us to “taste and see” that He is good (Ps. 34:8). I have come to see that knowing and declaring the goodness of God is probably the most powerful spiritual weapon of all.
Consider the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. A massive army made up of an alliance of nations came to attack him and Judah. Jehoshaphat knew they had no chance of defeating this alliance. They fasted and prayed, and God spoke through a prophet. They were told two things. First, they must go meet the enemy and position themselves. But second, they wouldn’t have to fight because the battle was the Lord’s (2 Chron. 20:15–17).
So they went to face the enemy, and trusting in the prophetic word they stationed the singers and praisers ahead of the soldiers. Those worshipers lead all in singing and praising, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (2 Chron. 20:21). It was so simple—basically they kept repeating that God is good and this goodness will never change.
There was probably more than a little bit of trepidation, but I’m sure the praise got stronger and bolder. I’m also pretty sure that the more they praised, the more the anointing of joy rose up inside them all. And of course, while they were praising, the Lord began to ambush the enemy. Those nations suddenly began attacking each other. They completely destroyed themselves. None was left alive. Afterward, all that Israel had to do was go and gather up the spoils. There was so much gold, jewelry, and supplies that it took them three full days.
What a powerful weapon God has given us. Whenever we are faced with a problem, we should act similarly. First, go and meet the problem. Don’t run from it. Don’t be afraid. Position yourself. Second, confidently declare and/or sing that God is good.
No, this isn’t a gimmick; nor is it some kind of psychological trick or slogan. Rather, it is eternal truth. God is good and that will never change. He is good to all those who seek Him. As you praise and declare this, you will find the truth of it rising up in your spirit. You may even discover that the more you declare it, the stronger you are able to believe it. You will be filled with confidence and joy.
And while you’re enjoying the Lord and His goodness, you’ll actually get a double miracle. Not only will that plan of the enemy be completely destroyed, but you will also find increase. Jehoshaphat and his people needed three days to gather up the spoils that otherwise wouldn’t have been theirs. I believe that will happen to each one of us every time the enemy launches an attack. All we have to do is declare the goodness of God. He will defeat the enemy and we will find we have increased. Amen.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
Shevat—The Eleventh Hebrew Month: A Time to Shout Out the Goodness of God
January 23–February 21, 2023
This is the month of being very bold in our declarations. God not only wants us to believe in our hearts, but also to declare with our mouths. In Mark 11:23, we’re told whoever “believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
There are times when this declaring needs to be forceful—perhaps at times even a shout. Remember Psalm 47:5, which states, “God has gone up with a shout.” I like to think that when we shout/declare in faith, God rises up on our behalf. So make your declarations of the goodness of God loud and clear this month.
More information about Shevat may be found here.
Ron’s Travel Schedule
Jan. 30–Feb. 2—Zebulon Apostolic Center, Hong Kong
Feb. 3–5—Abundant Christian Church, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Feb. 6–8—Taoyuan CPE
Feb. 9—Hsinchu CPE
Feb. 10–12—Victory Church, Hsinchu
Feb. 18—Prophetic Activation Training, Sano, Japan. 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. English/Japanese. Online participation is welcome, but we won’t be able to oversee/guide you in the activations. Registration is required.
Feb. 28–Mar. 6–Pakistan (tentative)
Weekly Broadcast Schedule (Times are listed in Japan Time, UTC+9:00.)
Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays, 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese, registration required. There are no meetings during January due to Chinese New Year. Classes resume February 7.
Apostolic for Russia—Fridays, 7:00–8:00 p.m. No webcasts on February 3, 10. We will resume on February 17.
Prophetic Praise with Pete—Sundays–Thursdays, 10:00–10:30 p.m.
MPP—Mondays–Fridays, 6:00–6:45 a.m.
Ron’s new book, How to Activate Prophecy and Revelation Gifts, the first title in our new “Apostolic Center Training Series,” is intended as a tool for training others in prophetic activation. It is now available for Kindle. Print copies can also be obtained from our office in Sano. Contact email@example.com for information about ordering copies, or to obtain any of the four books from the “Building Apostolic-Prophetic Foundations” series, which are also available on Kindle:
• Judah Goes First: The Power of Apostolic-Prophetic Praise
• Activated to Prophesy: The Essential Experience for This New Church Era
• Apostles and Apostolic Anointing: Raising Up the End-Times Believers
• Apostolic Centers: Wineskin for the New Era
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