Confusion as a Weapon


We war.

God wars.

We often war differently.

I am still amused at the discrepancy between Joshua’s effectiveness and God’s in the Battle of the Valley of Aijalon.  Joshua pulled off the biggest miracle in all of human history, short of the resurrection of Christ.  He meddled with the cosmos and created a day almost twice as long as normal.

A miracle of staggering proportions.

The objective was to kill more runaway Canaanite soldiers.  It was God’s objective that Joshua was pursuing.  But it was Joshua’s idea to extend the day.

God was monitoring all of that, and although He honored Joshua’s request for cosmic adjustments, He noted that Joshua’s heroic strategy was not effective in getting the job done.  Canaanites could run faster than Hebrews.

After all, this was the land of the giants.  Apparently even ordinary Canaanites had a long leg gene.

So God broke out His God-sized sling shot, ordered a supply of Canaanite-appropriate hail stones, calculated the speed of the runners, the distance from origin to target, and God The Ultimate Sniper calmly picked off more enemy soldiers than Joshua’s men did.

Hilarious.

Joshua could have just ordered up some hail to begin with, but he opted for the Draconian approach which didn’t really work as well as God’s more nuanced method.

There is a lesson to be learned here.

Watch how God does warfare and see what is portable to your situation.

Take the tool of confusion.  God gets a lot of mileage out of that one.

-At the Tower of Babel, He scrambled the languages of the world in order to stop their anti-God agenda.  It worked.  Genesis 11

-In Gideon’s battle, the 300 men had no hand for a sword.  They held a trumpet in one hand, a torch in the other, and they used their vocal chords as their third weapon.  God worked through the sound and light to cause confusion in the camp, so the enemy soldiers turned on each other until the army fled.  Judges 7

-At the battle of Mikmash, God sent “total confusion” on the Philistines before Saul and his army got there.  But it was an amazingly selective confusion.  There were a lot of Hebrews who had previously gone over to the Philistine side in an effort to simply survive.  On that day, the Philistines had confusion and were killing each other, but the Hebrews had clarity of mind and reneged on their commitments to the Philistines and went back over the King Saul.  1 Samuel 14

How’s THAT for surgical strikes on the battlefield!

-God did a rerun of that movie, causing the Moabite and Ammonite armies to forget that they were there to take down Judah.  They destroyed each other so thoroughly, King Jehoshaphat and his troops didn’t even have to do a mop-up operation.  They simply gathered up the spoils of war and went home.  1 Chronicles 20

-David used confusion as a curse on his enemies.  Psalm 70

-And finally, Jesus used it in his trial at the Jewish kangaroo court.  Mark 14

So read those stories, see what the conditions were which merited the use of this particular tool, and then see if there is some situation in your life where the weapon of confusion used against the enemy would be appropriate.

Copyright July 2017 by Arthur Burk

 

 

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Medical Research Strategy


It is Saturday morning, July 1st.  I am back from the three nation whirlwind tour of Europe with a really solid feeling of good seed on good soil.

Running in the background was the medical research project.  It really caught me off guard and showed how absolutely pernicious low faith is.  I KNOW God said this is a year of harvest.  But I EXPECTED only two or three people to respond to my appeal for medical readers.

Low faith.  Reminds me of the pastor who called his church members to a special prayer meeting to pray about breaking a drought.  Only one person brought an umbrella!

In my case, in spite of no umbrella at my prayer meeting, dozens replied.  I have built a big old spreadsheet and am in the process of contacting each one and finding out how to build this out.  Clearly God has very big plans and I need to start peddling furiously to catch up with HIM.

Our strategy in the research is to look at the existing research that has been done in a particular field, to find the evidences of the human spirit or the Holy Spirit.  When a researcher does not have a grid for the spiritual, they call the odd data “outliers” or “artifacts.”

For the most part, we don’t need to do fresh experiments. There are billions of dollars of well documented studies which we can explore to find the evidence we need of the spiritual factor involved.

Then we will develop a hypothesis for cleansing or healing or empowering and have our wonderfully willing guinea pigs test them out.

At present, we have formed six teams.

The first is the cardio team.  We believe there are immense treasures – and spiritual defilement – in the heart.  We will start running EKGs this month since we have a top-of-the-line doctor ready to work with us in interpreting them, to see if we can find patterns that indicate spiritual dynamics.

The second team is the brain team.  There are endless things to explore there.  We will start with the thalamus and add the hypothalamus and the pituitary.  I would love to have a deeper understanding of how those three partner.

Recently the Lord had me do some spiritual work on my thalamus and the changes in how I see the world and how I process fear have been immense.

The third team will look at autism.  There is such an abundance of information out there on the biological dynamics.  I suspect we can find some spiritual spots here and there that will enhance the physical tools that are already in play.

The fourth team will look at prenatal and perinatal issues.  Our material is all years old.  It is time to get caught up with the latest fun stuff.

The fifth team will look at autoimmune issues.  If ever there was a medical topic that is primarily spiritual, it would be this!!  We will begin with Hashimoto’s since I already know a certain amount of spiritual dynamics of the thyroid, so that will give us an edge as we feel our way along in a new field.

The final team is hospice.  Jacob is a great example of someone who knew his time had come, who finished his business, then released his spirit.  For the most part, our spirit is evicted from a tired shell that just can’t manage any longer.

I wonder if there could be some training for the spirit in the 30 years leading up to death so that we could die with ease and dignity, without assisted suicide or physical ugliness of most deaths.

So there we are.  A wonderful team of people reading the granular research done by others. Project managers keeping the different teams moving forward with some degree of focus, without being so neat that we miss the treasures.

And me looking over the shoulder of the different team leaders, asking the relentless questions that will result in some solid results, not mystical mythology that is becoming altogether too prevalent in the Christian community today.

Starting each of these teams will be predictably messy.  No concerns there, but we would value your prayers for keeping them inspired through the uninspiring slogging seasons.

I am still working through the list of volunteers from our newsletter, seeking to find the right spot for each reader.  Lots of work still to do in placing all these treasures.

But my heart is singing over this new level of harvest in the Mercy Season key of music.

Copyright July 2017 by Arthur Burk

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Eavesdropping on Some Demons


Remember when Jesus cursed the fig tree?  Of course you do.  A very familiar story.

Now do you remember the context?  I sure didn’t.  Recently someone unexpectedly asked me a question about the fig tree and I decided to go back and reread the passage before answering.

I was quite surprised that the context included the comment about those who really believe could toss a mountain into the sea.  I shrugged it off.  I am simply not there.  Nor, frankly have I had any urge to relocate mountains.  I am broadly fine with them on dry land.

It is one of those passages that seems to be a paradox.  I see the words, but it doesn’t seem to work for me on Monday morning.

Or maybe it does.

I had occasion to do some deliverance later that same day.  I discovered an unexpected cluster of critters in an unexpected place.

I spoke to them and told them it was game over and ordered them to hit the road.  Not a single one made a move to lace up their Nikes.

After a generous five seconds, I asked them why they were still there when I had given them unambiguous orders.  They came back with the same old, lame old I have heard 1,000 times.  “Because we can.”

At which point I hit the play button on my standard rant about the death and burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ from Nazareth and the fact that there was no asterisk or footnote on the end of the statement, “It is finished!”

Therefore, I didn’t just hold the trump cards, I held all of the cards.  And their expectation of staying was just an illusion.

Before I was done, they left.  Nothing new or surprising about that.

What was quite fascinating was the fact that when we were done, Sally reported hearing a conversation among them to the following effect.

“I really don’t want to leave but he believes that.  He really, truly believes that and we don’t have a chance.  I so don’t want to go, but he absolutely believes that . . . ”

Quite amusing.  The little varmints were nicely confirming the word God spoke centuries ago.

So there we are.  These ginormous blocks of granite that the locals call mountains are not much at risk of having to do a change of address while I am in town, because I don’t really believe I can toss them around like a tennis ball.

But you want to talk about the finished work of Christ on the cross, and my “believe software” is the premium elite platinum version when we open the app called “The Efficacy of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.”

I not only believe, they absolutely know I believe and that there is not even a hairline crack in my belief software that they can exploit.

Such fun.

Copyright June 2017 by Arthur Burk

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23 Years Old


Yesterday was the 23rd birthday of Plumbline Ministries/Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc. I spent some time pondering the last 23 years.  Here are some of the things that randomly bubbled up.

-Crazy, wild, messy.  As I look back on all the weird twists and turns, there are a lot of regrets over missed opportunities, wrong perspective, broken relationships, bad choices, messed up timing, and running away from things that might have made me stronger if I had stayed and fought.

-Crazy, wild big exposure. It seems really incredible that there are offices in seven nations and a footprint in 110 nations, considering the absurdly small beginning we had.  This is only God, not anything to do with wise planning on my part.

-Long term impact.  The devil has been trying to kill me ever since I was knee high to a tree toad and just can’t seem to work around the angels God has assigned to keep me alive. But even if he did manage to send me Home, it would be simply impossible to extinguish my impact in the world.  There are ideas from SLG strewn all around the world in so many different streams of the faith, and those will keep on speaking, long after I am gone.  It is really kind of funny when I think about it.  All the demons in the world cannot undo the release of those ideas into the Body of Christ.

-High impact ideas.  Redemptive Gifts, Nurture Your Spirit and Alien Human Spirits are probably the most high profile ideas.  Three widely differing impacts, but each of them transformational.

-The Steady Freddies.  The teaching on the spirit of jealousy is still landing deeply with new people and explaining a lot of oddities in their lives.  So is “Overcoming the Victim Spirit.”

-Sleepers.  I am still surprised that “Relentless Generational Blessings,” “New Spiritual Authority,” the podcasts and the teachings on business principles never got much traction.

-Unmeasurable.  I wonder how many babies have received nurture in the womb with our tools.  More to the point, I wonder what will change in world history as a result of some of them.  If that is all I contributed to making the world a better place, it would be very gratifying.

-Biggest disappointment.  I have never been able to get anyone to invest in learning the Bible with the same zeal as they invested in educating their soul.  A basic university class usually involves three hours a week of classroom attendance, followed by three to six hours a week of homework.  And it is not just busy work, but hard thinking work, designed to restructure their worldview.  Oh for a handful of people who would invest six or more hours a week for four months in drilling down hard on a single topic in the Bible to master it.

-Sweet memories.  Recording “Baby Blessings Joy,” unexpectedly, at the direction of the Holy Spirit.  That remarkable baptism in Houston.  The day I recorded the redemptive gift of Mexico and my spirit came into alignment for the first time.  Receiving the revelation of the Mercy Season in Wembley, England.  My time alone with the Lord in December of each year.  Being surprised by the “Blessings of Job” insights.  Some stealth projects.  All the times the Holy Spirit hijacked my mouth unexpectedly.

-High point of last year.  Surviving.  It was the third toughest year we ever had.  But in the midst of that, we successfully started the live streaming videos which have been transformational for many.  I think the Defiance series in the Worship and Warfare section was one of our best deliverance teachings, especially the one on the marriage covenant.

-The big surprise.  God’s statement in mid-December, that 2017 would be a year of harvest, then seeing the staggering turn around in short order.  Still in awe of how easy it is for God to change things.

-The engine.  There can be no doubt that the majority of this is due to generational blessings pursuing me and to the vast amounts of prayer you have poured into my life.  I am so grateful to you.

-The work team.  It continues to be small, but they outperform any other team I have ever seen in terms of passion, precision and power.  It has been a delight to watch each one grow, year after year, first healing, then unpacking their treasures.  Special kudos to Megan who published her first book last year.

-A deep joy.  I have changed the way a lot of people think.  We are more than just a new idea factory, although we churn out our share.  There is more to the Sapphire Tribe than being healed and bringing healing to others.  It is hard to quantify, but there are people who see God very differently than before they met us.  Many more who see themselves differently.  Some who see nature or their job or their nation differently.  Some have experienced a whole worldview change as they come out of slavery and explore sonship.  This is very special for me.  If people can see their world differently, they are most of the way to transforming it.  This is more important than people learning new data.  And a LOT of the Sapphire Tribe has experienced that mindset shift of moving from slavery to sonship.

It has been a wild and wacky 23 years.  And there are no signs of our getting our act together and becoming anything other than wild and wacky.

Copyright May 2017 by Arthur Burk

 

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Wholeness Week


A year ago I was listening to a faith healer who was quite passionate about his walk.  I only remember one sentence from all the stuff I listened to.  He said something to the effect, “If you have a healing service, and only half the people you pray for get healed, DON’T STOP AND DEVELOP A THEOLOGY OF FAILURE.  Just schedule another healing service and see if you can get a couple more healed.”

Fascinating perspective.

That is where we find ourselves at this stage in our quarterly live streaming video times of Worship and Warfare.

In October of last year, we had our first round of five “mass deliverance” sessions.  There were some results, but they were modest.

In January we had another five days of deliverance teaching and ministry.  By then, the spiritual connectedness of the tribe was so far higher than before.  The teaching was much more forceful.  And the results were vastly greater, especially in the warfare against Lilith, and for marriage covenants.

However, the stark reality is that only a fraction of the people listening got transformed.  I wish it were more.  It wasn’t.  Some people came with the most intense commitment, tracked closely and were not touched by the Spirit in any measurable way.

That makes me very sad, since “the least of these” matters to the King and to me.

Nonetheless, we will go forward with another series, reaching much further than before.  The five in January were well tested teachings with a solid track record.  Here, we are overtly pushing the limits of what we know, speaking into areas where we have very modest success, if any at all.

Why?

Because Peter got out of the boat, that’s why!

When the 12 were called, there was no full disclosure statement.  They had no idea how far they could go in terms of spiritual power.  The only way to find out was to experiment and test the limits.

James and John got busted for trying to go over the line, calling down fire from heaven. Other than that, no one seemed to be scolded for taking the initiative to reach further.

So instead of developing a theology of failure to explain why so few were changed the last two times, we are going to develop a theology of growth and see if in the last three months, our corporate faith has grown to the point that we can move a rock or two farther than last time.

On Monday the 10th, we will tackle the problem of spiritual structures in the brain that keep certain portions of the brain from coming on line with the rest of the brain, and other structures that keep the spirit from engaging with parts of the brain.

On Tuesday we will tackle the area of defiled dreams, especially those where there is shape shifting.

On Wednesday the theme is vicarious bondage where you are tied into something that happened decades or centuries ago to someone else, but it is crippling your body or soul or spirit.

On Thursday my excitement is so high for dealing with this one.  There is an access point in the brain stem that seems to let in Leviathan on an ongoing basis.  People who have repeated infections need that opening closed.

And on Friday we are going to tackle the “holy grail” of modern science which is repair of the DNA.  I have some thoughts about the fractal of four and the four amino acids involved in DNA.  We don’t know if my knowledge of this fractal and our corporate faith is enough to move this rock at all, but we are going to pull a Peter and try to get out of the boat.

The only way to find out how far we can go is to try something new.

After all, that is what we are about — revealing new colors of the polyvariegated wisdom of God.

Love to have you join us with your passion and your pain for one or all of these.

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Copyright March 2017 by Arthur Burk

 

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A Mercy City Prayer Strategy


Imagine this.

You are given two okra, one teaspoon of tartar sauce, a clam, a quail, some scorching hot sauce, maple syrup, ginseng and some blackberries.  Your instructions are to prepare a gourmet meal.

Even the most creative chef might scratch his head for a bit at how to leverage that combination into a masterpiece.

I feel that way about our upcoming seminar on “Leadership in the Mercy Season” which will be held in Grey Forest, TX.

The city is outside San Antonio.  It is less than one square mile in land mass and has a population of under 500 people.

It is a Mercy city.  For the last 100 years, it has been a refuge for the power players from San Antonio who want to escape the intensity of their jobs by coming home to some external tranquility and internal disengagement in a safe context.  Artists gravitate there for the subdued emotional climate that induces their hidden treasures to emerge.

They are so committed to being non-transactional and non-transformational that there are (apparently) only three businesses in the whole city.

Into this milieu is coming the SLG tribe which is not overly defined by tranquility.  That hates disengagement.  That has been known to play havoc with safe contexts.  That is passionate about being transactional.  And transformational.

On the surface, this looks like about as much fun as giving a pedicure to a centipede with restless leg syndrome.

So . . . how do we pray in such a way that the gift of the city becomes an asset to the Kingdom, when it has been hugely hijacked to provide mere soul solace to the secular mindset?

Clearly we will have to bring our own fire and vision for transformation.  One would hope that our tribe is sufficiently robust that we can transcend the culture of security and comfort for a single day.

But in terms of receiving from the land – as it is, not how we wish it were – I see several things.

-Grey Forest has taken the Mercy’s passion for a complete ecosystem to a very high level.  Since we are talking about how to create a new culture, this anointing for completeness, with every moving part both receiving and giving, should enrich our discussions.

We will be talking about changing a culture.  A culture cannot be changed with one or two edicts from the top.  Most of the decisions in a culture have to be rethought and then executed for wildly different reasons.

-Grey Forest has a hundred year history of working hard on intimacy.  This is remarkable since a high percentage of people living there are supposedly power brokers in the big city, but they managed to put on a very different hat and be neighborly and deeply connected when they come home from the place of conquest and construction.

SLG is passionately about producing change.  At this point in our journey, it is harvest time, which requires a big push.  Harvest is normally framed around hard work, long hours and the deferring of relational stuff for another time.  Since we are trying to establish intimacy as a pre-requisite for the harvest, the city might have some fascinating resources to release to us.

-Creative excellence abounds in Grey Forest.  Just on a hunch, I did a search for “Grey Forest Texas artists” and came up with 493,000 hits.  WHAT?  Apparently in addition to the reclusive artists, there is an annual display of not only paint on canvas, but the artistic magnificence of gardens and back yards.

One would certainly wish that the creative excellence of SLG in crafting exquisitely beautiful and functional cultures for the Mercy Season harvest would become famous enough that people would travel far to explore and experience the unparalleled treasures of our tribe.

(Hint:  We aren’t there yet.)

-Time is one of the treasures of Grey Forest that is not overtly touted on their website, but is clearly an asset.  The original vision of the city – which has been assiduously maintained  for a century – is that it should be a different tempo than the hard charging big city a stone’s throw away.  People effectively shift gears from one cultural norm regarding time to another, when they come home from work.

I wonder what that could mean for us.  Normally, I pour it on when I am together with you, trying to take maximum advantage of the face time to equip you for transformation.  I wonder if the anointing of the city would enable us to take a slower pace and achieve a deeper transformation with less soul data transfer.

Gonna have to chew on that one.

-The greatest treasure of the city does not show anywhere in the web.  It is a greater capacity to experience God.  The city is admittedly committed to the excellence and supremacy of the soul, with minor overtones of physical nurture (one of the three businesses is a spa!)

But God was there first and He designed the city to be a place where the membrane between heaven and earth was a bit thinner than the next city over.  A few thousand years of ignoring heaven doesn’t change God’s original design.  It simply means the deposit available for us is larger and more deeply aged for having been ignored by many.

So I invite you to pray into the land dynamics at our seminar on April 1st.  Let the richness of this community’s treasures be woven together with the richness of our tribe to produce some amazing new colors of revelation of God’s wisdom.

Join me in worshipful intercession for God’s Kingdom to be manifested next weekend.

Copyright March 2017 by Arthur Burk

 

 

 

 

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Oroville Dam: A Different Perspective


The Oroville Dam in northern California is in danger of failure.  There are about 180,000 lives that will be impacted by the relocation and probable loss of many if not all of their possessions, should the dam collapse.

I have spent a lot of time at the dam, on the water in the reservoir and in the surrounding communities.  My focus over the years has been on an extremely intense portal in the middle of the reservoir, under water most of the time.

It is my experience (or opinion) that this portal is large enough and toxic enough that it has been impacting/controlling certain sectors of California for decades.

What that means in practical terms is that if the dam blows, there will be a huge release of demons from that portal.  Obviously the people directly in the path of the water flow will be primarily affected.

BUT we learned from 9/11 that there is a vast transfer of demons via TV news coverage after an event like that.  People all over the world can get defiled by watching the disaster.

If you have any history of significant emotional turbulence or demonic distortion in the past, I strongly recommend that you avoid all video about the flood if it happens.  Go to a web news page, glance briefly at the headlines, but do not expose yourself to the details of the horror and devouring.

For those of you who are pretty solid in your inner man, I beg you to set aside specific time to pray for the survivors of SRA in the region who will be impacted by this.

I am personally familiar with the breadth of SRA in the region around Oroville.  I am sure I only know a tiny percentage of the survivors.  This will not be a safe time for them.  Pray for God’s peace and His presence to be with those who need Him most and know Him least.

I rarely send out Draconian announcements like this, but after having witnessed the amount of defilement in America caused by the relentless watching of the 9/11 disaster, I am choosing to sound the alarm here.

This is not a spectator event.  This is not a mere geological drama.  This is an intensely spiritual crisis.

Copyright February 2017 by Arthur Burk

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