Ron Sawka Ministries
Feb 22, 2023; Adar 1, 5783
“And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ” (Eph. 5:18–21, CSB).
Easiest, Most Likely to Be Answered Prayer!
“Holy Spirit, please fill me…”
One of the easiest, most sure prayers to be answered is to ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit!
Last week while teaching at our online Apostolic Center (English/Chinese), I was led to talk about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and what a simple thing it is to receive. It’s just like salvation. One only has to ask and receive. Once you have received the Spirit’s baptism, just go ahead and release the gift of tongues. Most people can do this immediately with just a little encouragement.
It’s one thing to be “baptized in the Holy Spirit,” but it’s another to continually “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Our discussion then switched to “how does one stay filled,” or what does one need to do to be “continually filled.”
Ephesians 5:19–21 lists three things we can do. First, praise the Lord—“Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord” (19). This can either be with other people, or even just singing in your heart.
Thankfulness is second—“Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (20). This means no murmuring or complaining to ourselves or others about difficult things or circumstances. When we choose thankfulness, we are declaring that situation isn’t mere happenstance. Thus, we don’t fret and won’t find the “fullness” leaking away. Rather, our being thankful actually declares Jesus is Lord of that situation and that we are choosing to trust Him in it. “Fullness” continues.
Third—“Submitting to one another in the fear of Christ” (21). Rather than resent or flare up against someone who says something or acts in a way we deem unsuitable or belittling, we need to “smile in our hearts,” and submit “as unto the Lord.” We are choosing not to “protect” ourselves and know that as we “submit,” then that situation also comes under the Lord’s care and control. This submitting as unto the Lord keeps us “full.” No leakage!
But you still have to ask/drink—While doing the above three things will enable us to keep filled, the question remains, “How do I get filled back up in the first place?” If you have already been baptized in the Holy Spirit, you certainly do NOT need to ask to be baptized again. Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time experience, just as salvation is. No need to ask for a “re-do.” Just ask the Lord to fill you up again. Or, to use the metaphor from Ephesians 5:18, drink of the Holy Spirit.
Often we lay hands and impart the Holy Spirit to others. As we lay hands, the Lord pours the Holy Spirit through us to them. Yes, I suppose we could lay hands on ourselves. But there is no need. Just ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you. Keep drinking of Him.
I have been surprised how quickly the Holy Spirit answers this prayer.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
Adar—The Twelfth Hebrew Month: Entering Your True Identity
February 22–March 22, 2023
Our true identity is a precious and powerful thing. God doesn’t want it to be hidden by fear, by masks, or by sin. The more we embrace and walk in our true identity, the more we experience His blessing.
Ron’s Travel Schedule
Feb. 28–Mar. 6–Lahore, Sialkot, Pakistan
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Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays, 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese, registration required.
Apostolic for Chinese—Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m., open meeting
Apostolic for Russia—Fridays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
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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