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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Prayers to Heal Wounded Hearts


 

These are the heart prayers we will be focused on at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time today.  Join us in spirit from around the world.  Don’t try to cover all of them.  Just lean into the ones where you have authority.  Pray for the entire tribe, and our extended families, that our hearts might be healed and transformed today.

We have found that as we come together at a specific time, as a tribe, God moves with greater power than when we pray individually.

1)            Gideon

He had a trauma bond to time.  His heart was frozen over the guilt of not having heard God correctly in a situation that caused the death of many.  Grief and fear anchored him in the past.

2)            Jonah

The Assyrians had invaded Israel, destroyed his nation, and taken his people and his relatives into captivity.  He was deeply vested in hatred and bitterness and had no desire to see God bless his enemies.  He turned his anger toward God when God chose to see value in the people he hated.

3)            Jacob

He had been on the defensive for so long, fearing fraud and trickery at every turn, that when his brother came, offered full forgiveness and restoration of family ties, he could not receive it.

4)            Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea

Fear of man kept them trapped in a posture of cowardice, while they knew that Jesus was THE Christ.

5)            Gomer

She did not value herself, therefore could not receive Hosea’s gift of valuing her inner being.  All she could value and receive value for was her body.

6)            Jeremiah

He had a social contract with God that included a particular level of care by God for him.  When God did not provide the comfort and community he wanted, he dissolved into a pathetic puddle of self-pity

7)            Job

God replaced his religious heart with a heart of awe.

8)            Hezekiah

He saw the worst of idolatry, including watching his brother, the crown prince, be murdered by his parents in sacrifice to a demon.  He reacted to the trauma with an intense pursuit of the righteous God, seeking to enthrone Him on the land.

9)            Wall builders of Nehemiah’s day

In spite of the lack of support from the elders of Jerusalem, and in spite of the fact that the project kept getting larger and harder, they had hearts for endurance and therefore received the gift of a miracle from God.

10)         Daniel

He had to get a PhD in Babylonian magic, graduate summa cum laud and defend his dissertation before Nebuchadnezzar.  Even though he was marinated in evil for an unknown period of time, he maintained a heart that was noble and pure and sought after God fearlessly.

Copyright February 2017 by Arthur Burk

 

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Shadow of Death Teaching


Last year, one of our live stream sessions included a teaching on the Shadow of Death.  Since that is not commonly discussed in the spiritual warfare community, we have stripped the audio from the original video to make it available to you.

Some people are putting it on their mp3 player and running it all night for a month to deeply imprint the immensity of Jesus’ victory into their spirit.

I think it is time for the Tribe to step up to a new level of impact.  Instead of just listening to this for yourself, consider who else needs it.  Whether you do a generic distribution on Facebook or write a personal email to a few friends who struggle with this issue and don’t know why, let’s walk in compassion for those who are living in the Shadow of Death and consider it inevitable.

You may share this link with anyone, anywhere, at no cost.

The Shadow of Death. 

Copyright January 2017 By Arthur Burk

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