I have arranged these different tools in a sequence from low impact to high impact. These last two are by far my favorite ways to redeem a win/lose situation. For this one, let’s start with a story.
I was in Argentina on a ministry trip and the return ticket got botched so I had to remain in the nation for another week. THAT was a big loss to me and I couldn’t see that anyone won — it was just negligence in terms of the booking. (This was long before I knew anything about the victim spirit — even though I had a bad case of it). My hosts arranged for me to spend that time in the Hotel La Plata in the city of La Plata.
Now that little sentence does not capture the picture well. La Plata Argentina is a Teacher city. It is also a Masonic city. There is no temple in the city since the city itself is the temple. It was laid out with precision and malice. The public parks, streets, government buildings and underground tunnels are part of the symbolism that creates the temple, inviting the demonic to reign.
A Teacher city that is not redeemed has a spirit of death over it. A Masonic city has a spirit of death over it. Freemasonry attacks the lungs in particular. So I was going to spend a week in a Masonic, Teacher city with a double spirit of death, and I had a bad chest infection before I went to the city.
I was not a happy camper. I communicated the above to God, reminded Him of the sacrificial ministry I had done in the weeks before this event, and then politely asked if He had misplaced my personnel file and was unaware of the nasty jamb I was in.
God ignored me so I wandered around town, immersed in a feeling of powerlessness, found a pharmacy, self-prescribed an antibiotic for respiratory problems and wobbled back to the hotel. I don’t know what was in those pills in addition to the antibiotic, but it knocked me out cold in minutes.
Six hours later, I awoke in the middle of the night and God was there. He shared some insights with me. I got up, wrote them down, took a pill, went back into a semi-coma and did it all over again six hours later.
For several days God and the pills took turns and at the end of that time, I had the outline of the leadership material that I have been building on for years. It was a powerful, exciting revelation. My spirit was filled with joy, although my body was not able to come into agreement.
While the revelation itself was powerful and has touched many lives over the years, the biggest treasure was that I learned something new about God.
My original framework for God giving revelation had to do with holy land. I knew the Old Testament passages where God emphasized the importance of worshipping Him on the specific land He designated. Scripture is clear about how defiled land offends God. So with my limited theology, I had every reason to think that I would be far from God in a Masonic, Teacher city with a double spirit of death. I expected God to meet me on holy ground in some city, or at least some building, that had been well cared for in the spiritual realm.
I was so wrong.
This scenario was like David walking into Saul’s camp and taking the spear from by his head.
God got immense pleasure (and honor) out of making a public spectacle of the devil. He accessed the treasures of wisdom in that Teacher city WITHOUT taking down the demonic stronghold. With utter impunity He invaded the enemy’s camp and helped himself to everything He wanted, since it belonged to Him anyway, since He put it there for me on the third day of creation.
Neither demons, nor pills, nor my tiny theology slowed my King, Jesus Christ down one bit. He revealed a new facet of His nature to me in that city and I have been reminded of that story many times since. God is not limited by the demonic stronghold. In fact, “demonic strongholds” are an open invitation for Him to make a public spectacle of the enemy (Colossians 2:15.)
So next time you are in a win/lose situation, look around and check to see if there is anything you can learn about the King in this setting. There is no such thing as a losing situation if you have discovered a new facet of our Great King. You will come in the opposite spirit to victimization and powerlessness and the bondage of being stopped by the negative 6th head of Leviathan if you will major on discovering the King in the mess.
In basketball, you can score three points with a shot from far out. In your battle to bring the positive 6th head to bear on your life, you can score far more than three points at a time, when you can learn something new about the King in what appears to be a losing situation.
So I invite you to sound off. I would love to have some stories about how you were in a mess (keep that part short — we are not press agents for the devil) and what new thing you learned about the nature of God in that situation.
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Copyright October 2010 by Arthur Burk