Resisting the principalities of this world.

Anastasis LLC exists to promote God's kingdom by spreading a symbol of life and power and using any profit to promote a project in Uganda that empowers women by training them and giving them back their dignity.

I like to think of Anastasis as an expression of the Sabbath because it is a business that is defined not by its revenue and productivity but by its identity in Christ and His mission.

Please, take a minute to enjoy these words from the book "The Emotionally Healthy Leader" by Peter Scazzaro, in which the author shows us how the culture of this world aims to make everything about productivity and gain while God has given us rest in the accomplished work of Jesus Christ.

We can rejoice in that rest through realities like Anastasis, where the kingdom's values are the ones that matter.

"Principalities and Powers" are among what the apostle Paul described as "powers of this dark world " and "spiritual forces of evil" (Ephesians 6:12). They represent a wide range of  malign influences that could take almost any form.

Theologian Walter Wink described them as "both heavenly and earthly, divine and human, spiritual and political, invisible and visible." They can be found in educational, economic, and political systems that dehumanize and destroy people. They are powerful forces behind such things as unbridled ambition, lust, racism, sexism, and worship of money. And these same demonic powers seek to keep us enslaved to our work and prevent us from Sabbath delight. 

When we practice Sabbath, we resist principalities and powers. Consider the rationale God gives for practicing Sabbath:

" Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy .... Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretching arm. (Deuteronomy 5:12, 15).

In offering us the gift of Sabbath, God invites us to resist the principalities and powers and side with him.

Through this weekly practice ...We publicly proclaim to the world that we are not slaves, but free men and women purchased by the blood of Jesus."

I hope that anastasis continues to resist to the principalities of this world and may spread into the world a sense of love, respect, dignity and joy for what God has created. 

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