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2023/5/2 Let the Lord “Restore Your Soul”

Updated: May 10, 2023

Ron Sawka Ministries

May 2, 2023; Iyar 11, 5783

Counting the Omer: Day 26

“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake” (Ps. 23:3).

“Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God” (Ps. 42:11, CSB).

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor. 10:11–13).

Counting to Pentecost—Today is the twenty-sixth day of counting the fifty days before Shavuot/Pentecost (May 26). In Nissan, we have crossed over into the new that God has for us, and we have been refreshed by the breath of God. Now we must keep going and overcome all snares. Let any crisis be a time of viewing the miraculous way God takes care of us.

Let the Lord “Restore Your Soul”

The phrase, “He restores my soul,” from Psalm 23:3, was one of the great keys to King David’s success. David had to go through more discouraging and deadly problems than just about anyone. Yet he kept his eyes on the Lord and His promises. No matter what the setback or problem was—no matter how “down” he felt—he wouldn’t allow despair or discouragement to rule him. And regardless of the duration of a problem, ultimately David came through victoriously. Not only that, but it seems each seeming problem or setback eventually turned out to be a stepping stone to promotion.

He was human of course, but was seldom dragged down by his “soul.” Many times he wrote something akin to, “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil?” Yet each time, he made the right choice: “Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God” (Ps. 42:11, CSV). He did this again and again. No matter how long the problem lasted, he kept His eyes on the Lord. The result was victory, growth, and promotion.

How unlike the children of Israel. In the forty-nine days between Passover and Pentecost, they faced a multitude of problems. We could say that each circumstance was engineered by God as an opportunity to learn to trust Him. He wanted them to see that He had an answer for each issue if they would only trust Him.

But they would not. They gave in to the demands of their “soul,”—to what they could see or feel. When they felt danger or deprivation, they immediately gave into fear and worry. Instead of growing in faith, peace, and joy, they lived in a continual negative cycle. They ran into a problem and immediately complained. God answered and helped them. They rejoiced momentarily, but then slipped back into patterns of living in their own strength. When a problem again arose, once more they went into worry, fear, and unbelief. In the end, that entire generation died (excepting Joshua and Caleb) without entering the Promised Land.

As we continue to count down toward Pentecost, we must be sure to profit from the Israelites’ negative examples. With our minds, we must continually make the choice of trusting God. Let Him restore our souls until we come to the place where we automatically look to the Lord—each day and all day long—and live in joy and thanksgiving. We will find faith and expectancy increasing.

Thanks for praying

Ron and Teddy

CTF Asia Fire Conferences—With Duncan and Kate Smith and Mike and Rachel Sawka

Theme: Receiving the fire of the presence of the Lord and being part of the great end-times harvest

  • Japan, May 5–7

  • Taiwan, May 12–14

Iyar—The Second Month of Hebrew Year 5783

Understand That Now Is the Time to Move into Healing

April 22–May 21, 2023; Counting the Omer (Days 16–45)

Blessings for the month of Iyar may be found here.

MPP (Mondays–Fridays, 6:00–6:45 a.m.)

Scheduled Days Off

  1. No MPP during Golden Week, May 1–5

  2. No MPP May 23–26 (Ron will be on a ministry trip)

Weekly Broadcast Schedule (Times are listed in Japan Time, UTC+9:00.)

  • Apostolic for China—Saturday, May 27, 8:00–9:30 p.m. Zoom: ID: 823 7276 5237, Code: 878174 Topic: Pentecost Celebration—Receiving His Fullness

  • Apostolic for Russia—Fridays, May 12, 26, 7:00–8:00 p.m. YouTube

  • Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays, 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese, registration required.

  • Prophetic Praise with Pete—Sundays–Thursdays, 10:00–10:30 p.m. YouTube

  • MPP—Mondays–Fridays, 6:00–6:45 a.m. YouTube

Note, I usually post links to my public Facebook page.

Travel Schedule

  • May 7—CTF Japan Conference

  • May 14–16—Kaohsiung CPE, Taiwan

  • May 17–18—Youchang Presbyterian Church, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • May 19–21—Light of the World Church, Tainan, Taiwan

  • May 21–25—Mindanao, Philippines - Our God Reigns International

  • May 26–27—Zion APC, Taipei, Taiwan

  • May 28 a.m.—Light of the World Church, Taipei, Taiwan

  • May 28 p.m.—Taoyuan CPE, Taiwan


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• Apostles and Apostolic Anointing: Raising Up the End-Times Believers

• Apostolic Centers: Wineskin for the New Era

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