Ron Sawka Ministries
Feb 8, 2023; Shevat 17, 5783
“And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12).
“For if you forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive … neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14–15).
“And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him” (Matt. 18:34).
Greetings from Taiwan!
This is my third week of travel. I have been in Taiwan, went to Hong Kong for a few days, and am now back in Taiwan. I am looking forward to returning home to Japan next week. Teddy will return a few days later from an extended trip to Ohio to be with her mother.
The Power of Forgiveness
Lately, I’ve been praying and thinking about the issue of “unanswered prayers,” or more specifically why it is that certain problems seem to never get solved or certain illnesses healed. Sometimes our prayers are answered so quickly and easily. At other times, they aren’t. We know we’re to be thankful and joyful even then. We know that often the Lord will use that “battle” to help us learn to use the authority He has given us. We should also know unanswered prayer may be because of hidden reasons and that we need to keep on diligently seeking the Lord as to what those reasons are. After all, He is a rewarder of those who “diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6, emphasis added).
During a recent Morning Prophetic Prayer webcast, the Holy Spirit drew our attention to the power of forgiveness. The Lord’s Prayer specifically says we must recognize that our own sins will be forgiven on the condition that we forgive others. After Jesus finished speaking “The Lord’s Prayer,” He forcefully reiterated, “For if you forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive … neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14–15).
All of this connects with the well-known parable of the unforgiving/unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:21–35. The master forgave the unmerciful servant’s huge debt—equivalent of millions of dollars—to him. But then the servant himself wouldn’t forgive the relatively small amount he was owed by a fellow servant. On hearing this, the master was furious. That unmerciful servant was jailed and turned over to the torturers until all was made right.
“Torturers,” of course, refers to demons and the torment they can inflict. The total message is clear—if my prayer is not being answered, or if I am being tormented by a situation or sickness, then it could well be that I am harboring unforgiveness. If so, the Lord will not answer. Also, demons have the right to harass and “torture” me.
What is necessary is to ask the Holy Spirit for help. Ask Him if there is someone you need to forgive. This doesn’t mean we are to be overly introspective and try to find some fault with ourselves that isn’t there. And yes, often our heart will condemn us when we haven’t actually done anything wrong. But the good news is that God is greater than our heart. We read in 1 John 3:20, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” So trust the Holy Spirit. If He doesn’t show you people to forgive, then just be thankful. But if He does show you people you need to forgive, then do it from your heart.
Usually, you only need to do this directly between you and God. Say, “Lord, I forgive Person X for Offense Y”—and be sure to speak out their name and the actual offense. Ask the Lord to forgive you for harboring unforgiveness. Ask Him to show you additional people you may need to forgive. Finally, pray again about that unsolvable problem, or sickness, or whatever other issue may have been plaguing you. You should see almost immediate deliverance and help.
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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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