Prayers for the Giver Gift


At the beginning of the year, I shared my plan to focus on the theme of courage in this blog during 2015.  It is now August and my production on that theme has been negligible.

Part of that has been because of the intensity of the year’s work schedule.  But some of it has been that there simply is no grace for the topic at this time.  While the systemic lack of courage in the Body of Christ is a matter of grave concern for me, it is clear that this wine needs to age a while longer inside me, before being expressed.

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Thank You from Hanna


Dear Sapphire Family,

What a treasure to be able to come into agreement around the globe!  The power of agreement!

Thank you from all of my heart for joining the battle over my corner of the world for a season!  This is a blessing-investment that has a far greater impact than just my life and you have a full share in it.

A whole new world has opened up to me when I started to see how my journey over the past decade has prepared me for this battle.  I got equipped to not only fight for my personal freedom but to war for freedom for an entire region.  Since the capital of Switzerland is also in this Servant region and has also the Redemptive Gift of Servant, we will have a multiple portion of freedom coming from this.  AND it will not stop there.

This so excites me about God, He is THE MASTER STRATEGIST!!

Just envision this:  when our capital city is out from under the Moabite curse and begins to walk in the enormous authority that is the birthright of the Servant gift, there will be a domino effect.  Canton Bern is second largest by size and by population.  The nation will get changed when this canton and the capital of the nation change.  When the nation gets changed, it will have an impact on Europe.  When Europe gets changed, the world will be impacted and finally Switzerland will walk in its God given birthright to be a blessing to the world.

Yes, indeed “… he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Yes and Amen!

May your cup overflow, a measure pressed down, shaken together, running over!

Hanna Scheidegger
August 2016

 

 

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #7


From a human point of view, there are some issues with Canton Bern.  The capital city and the canton are somewhat resented by many of the other cantons in Switzerland.

The warfare we have done against the Moabite curse and the removal of the Hamans and installation of the Mordecais will make for a better culture.  But that is hardly worth our time.  Dysfunctional communities exist the world over.

The objective is for there to be a huge spiritual impact.  In the larger scheme of things, the Servant gift – when it is vibrant – holds the key to unlocking some of the most valuable treasures of the Giver gift.

Canton Bern is Servant and Switzerland is Giver, so God obviously has positioned this canton to have an impact in the nation hugely disproportionate to its size.  So far, they have not delivered, but it appears that this is God’s season.

So we close this week with the heart of God for good.

Isaiah 25:6-10  “On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines.  On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.  The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled under him as straw is trampled down in the manure.”  NIV

Spiritual transformation is the goal.  The destruction of the Moabite curse is the first step.  Replacing the Hamans in the culture with men and women with the gifts that Mordecai had is the second step.

Ultimately, the goal is to bring Canton Bern to the highest level of the Servant gift which is to become a place where God delights to dwell with His people, so that the canton can then unleash the treasures within the whole Giver nation at a level never yet seen in human history.

Put on your eyes of faith and pray into the yet-future expression of the work of God in this region.

Philippians 1:4-6 says, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  NIV

This verse is typically taken out of context and applied to individuals.  The reality is that it was written to a church in a city, and the context is regional not individual.

God has clearly begun a big work in Canton Bern.  As we close out this week of Noble Subject blessings for the canton, pray long into the future.  Claim that which has begun and project it into the future to a finished work.

Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #6


I met a man decades ago who had the redemptive gift of Ruling.  He understood that he was particularly gifted in bringing order out of chaos.

He began helping a small ministry that was about to go under, rescued them, and built them into a group with self-sustaining momentum.

That produced some fame that caused him to be noticed by an international organization that had vastly outgrown its structures, in pursuit of a supersized vision.

Again, in a few years time he took them from chaos to a smooth running organization that could support the continued expansion of their vision.

By then, he was a well know name in the religious circles.  A very large church approached him about coming on staff with them.  In terms of fame and fortune, it was a superb opportunity.

However, this Ruler was quite canny and he knew who he was.  After the email connections segued into a phone call with the search committee, he asked them one question.  “Do you have any chaos there?”

They proudly shared how well everything was running and told him all about the well oiled machinery he would inherit.  They were convinced he was the guy to take the efficient operation to the next level.

They knew of his previous work and pointed out how much farther he could go if he started with excellence and built on that instead of digging out of a hole.

He acknowledged their logic but informed them that his gifting was bringing order out of chaos, and if they did not have any chaos, he was utterly disinterested in the job.

I like that guy!  Not for sale.

He was determined to walk in his design, not in the culture’s cadence.

Chaos is just another word for an opportunity for gifted people to shine.

My wife experienced that years ago when she was a teacher in California.  A referendum was presented to the voters mandating a particular kind of training materials in the schools.

The school districts and the text book publishers uniformly refused to prepare, certain that the new law would go down to defeat.  In fact, it passed.  The school districts still would not move on it, certain that they could easily overthrow it in the course.  They lost at the very first round and were shocked.

Suddenly it was the beginning of the school year, the law was in effect immediately, and they had NO materials for this modality.

It so happens that my wife’s expertise was precisely there but she had not been able to showcase her strength because that modality was not part of the school system she was in – until the law passed.

She began writing lessons in that niche, three or four days out ahead of the kids.  The other teachers at that grade level were desperately making copies of her work for use in their classes.

Through a simple cultural shift, my wife went from being “just another teacher” at an enormous school (twelve kindergartens) to being in the spotlight, as THE change agent for the school.

That is what happened for Mordecai.  If he had been promoted to a high rank in times of stability, there would have been a long, slow process of figuring out the players and the game and carving out a spot for himself.

Because he was thrust into a situation where the Prime Minister had been declared guilty of treason and just been executed, and his legal agenda needed to be countered immediately, Mordecai was catapulted into a place of dominion.

Pray for that same dynamic – an opportunity to shine – for each of the Mordecais that God is trusting forth.  Pray specifically for Hanna as she starts her training on Thursday and then starts her new job the following week.

There doesn’t need to be a crisis at the new company, but there does have to be an opportunity for her to showcase some great asset she carries that they do not know about yet.

Pray big for each Mordecai to have an opportunity to shine as soon as they are in position.

Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #5


Authority needs to flow along a structure.  In America, the president makes a decision, and it is implemented by a bureaucracy of millions of people.

In Syria, the presidential structure is quite compromised, but there are a remarkable number of other organizations with structures of some sort or another that manage to carry out death-promoting activities.

Xerxes had all the structure that Mordecai needed.  Secretaries came and took the original edict rapidly making copies.  They translated it into the languages of the different provinces.  There was a system of fast horses and couriers who rapidly got the dispatches to all of the 127 jurisdictions in Xerxes empire, from India to Cush.

Impressive.

Without the systems and structures that Mordecai inherited, implementing the lifesaving plan he had would not have been possible.

Each Mordecai who steps out of the shadows into the limelight will need some sort of structure in place which he can use to fix the other structures that have been co-opted by the Moabite curse.

Pray that during the messy transition from one era to another, God would protect the strategic systems and structures that each Mordecai needs at the front end of his new assignment, to execute the changes that are needed immediately.

Hmm . . . I had finished the blog when I got a strong nudge from the Holy Spirit.  Pray that all the needed databases would be protected from knowing or accidental damage during a change of administration.  That is pretty specific and pretty strong.

Apparently there is some incriminating evidence on some computers, and the person leaving could damage a lot of needed legitimate data, in the process of covering up their malfeasance.  God seems to want that to be stopped.

Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #4


Visibility and favor are only a beginning place.  Ultimately, to produce change, you need authority.

And in the case of Esther, the authority rested in the king’s verbal permission and his signet ring.

At one time, Haman had the ring in his possession as a trusted aide to the king.  The ring was returned to the king after the execution, and he promptly handed it off to Mordecai.

There was still verbal authority lacking.  In the heat of the moment, the king focused on killing Haman and distributing his wealth to Esther.  She had to risk her life a second time to go to the king and ask for a new set of laws.

Again, the scepter was extended and he agreed with her plan.

Mordecai now had all the permissions he needed to execute the plan that was in his mind.

Favor will get someone a job.  But often real authority to change things comes slowly over time.  However, God can change the normal state of affairs and grant authority rapidly to those who He has raised up, so that they don’t have to pay their dues for an extended period of time.

For each of the Mordecais that God is raising up in Canton Bern, pray for there to be an allocation of authority that is commensurate with the job God has called them to do, and the plans God has given them, so that right  order can be established in the canton.

Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #3


The modern press is legendary for creating the iconic “fifteen minutes of fame” then forgetting the individual and their achievements as they rush on to the next breaking story.

In all probability, that is what King Xerxes expected to do for Mordecai.  A robe, an announcement, some gold coins and life would go on at the palace with no particular change.

God meticulously timed the morning episode with Haman and Mordecai to dovetail perfectly with the evening dinner.  In the emotional upheaval of the evening, Esther introduced Mordecai to the king and he became a permanent, significant player in the king’s court.  The king extended him vast favor and real, lasting change was implemented through him.

Pray for each of the Mordecais that God raises up in Canton Bern.  Let them have favor in addition to their visibility.  Many may not have enough formal education or experience to justify their taking the job, but with the hand of God on them, they can be received into the position God has designed them for.

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LAC Blessings: Hanna #2


Hidden treasures usually refers to minerals in the ground.  However, in the case of King Xerxes, it referred to the people in his kingdom.

Mordecai had been there for quite some time. He was sufficiently well placed to hear about the treason/murder plot.  But he was not known to the king.

Through the episode of insomnia, God arranged for him to become known to the king, and through Haman’s colossal ego, he became known to a major portion of the city.

The visibility did not change the essence.  Mordecai had been loyal to the king all along.  He had been skilled in the nuances of palace politics.  He understood law and administration.  He knew court polity and was able to function smoothly in those realms.

All of that was there, and the ones who needed to know, did not.

Once God supernaturally brought the treasure into view for the right people, national level changes took place very quickly.  But God had to surface the individual who had been there all along.

There is much that is wrong in the civil government, religious government, educational circles, and marketplace in Canton Bern.  God is in the process of removing the Hamans who have been championing the Moabite curse.

The removal of those people will create disruption in each of those organizations. For each Haman who is removed, we need a Mordecai who can step in a right the ship.

We believe that God has meticulously planned ahead and that there are an adequate number of Mordecais “hidden in plain view” ready to take the corrective actions needed.

Pray that God would supernaturally make them visible to the right leaders, so the transition from one season of life to another can take place swiftly and properly, without a lot of infighting among the would-be Hamans still around.

Copyright August 2016, by Arthur Burk

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