Focused Repentance


The first gift God gave man (after the gift of life) was land.  Adam was placed on land with borders and a gate, which was defined as his, separate from other land.

The land was immensely life giving to Adam and was intended to be the initial capital for the expansion projects he was ordered to undertake in the future.

In return for this immense gift, Adam had the responsibility to work the garden, presumably to sustain the symbiosis.  As he fulfilled his responsibility, he had the privilege of eating from the fruit of God’s gift and his labor.

It is interesting that Adam received the gift of land before he received the gift of a wife.  There seems to be a direct connection between the land and the office Adam was implicitly placed in.  Luke confirmed that God was officially placing Adam in the office of son.  In the genealogy, instead of presenting Adam as the father of all mankind, Luke framed him as the son of God.

We know from other portions of Scripture that someone with a spirit of slavery desires liquid assets so he can proceed with life, but someone with a spirit of sonship often receives primarily raw materials.   In giving Adam land with potential, God was treating him as a son.

There was no cash economy at the time, nor did God send manna to feed him, or angels to garden and cook for him.  As an acknowledgment of Adam’s being officially in the office of son, he was given the raw materials of land which he was expected to improve and leverage in order to eat from the land and still have the capital to expand his land holdings.

Part of the mark of an adult with a spirit of sonship is that he (or she) produces more than they consume over the course of a lifetime.  Thus Adam was to eat from the land without depleting the land.  He was to use the land as capital for expansion without reducing his capital.

The dynamics in the spiritual, social, and environmental ecosystems changed considerably at the fall.  In the judgment of Adam and Eve, God articulated three things.

First, He cursed the serpent with a change in locomotion, alienation from mankind, and eventual defeat.

Second, He institutionalized the role reversal the woman had inappropriately embraced.  He had designed her to be an extraordinary life giver to her husband.  His specific statement was that it was not good for man to be alone, without a woman.  God created the man to be needy, not independent, and designed him to crave having a woman to supplement the resources he brought to the table.

There is a certain (small) amount of justice in Adam’s complaint that the extraordinary life giver God said he could not live without, had in actuality, delivered death to him instead.

Since Eve believed she was needy and not wealthy, God flipped the need factor in her psyche.  Prior to the fall, man needed the woman.  After the fall, women have had much more of an urgency to find a husband than most men feel about finding a wife.

Further, since she believed that being life giving to him was so hard, thereafter the most womanly form of life giving, childbirth, would in fact, become more challenging.

Third, God addressed Adam’s gross negligence in studying the asset God had given him.  If Adam had been diligent in unpacking the gift, (especially picking up on the hint God had given him about the other tree) he would not have fallen for the social wisdom of how to leverage his assets.

The consequence to Adam of his not voluntarily working hard to unpack the gift from God was that he would be forced to work harder in the future to get the same results.

Land is still an immense gift from God to man.  It is still a capital asset.  It is still loaded with treasures which we have the responsibility to unpack.  And we are still very much at risk of making bad decisions if we do not study the gift we have and seek to leverage its assets for the King.

Well, unfortunately, the story gets worse.

Cain apparently loved the land and learned how to grow magnificent crops.  However, when he got sideways with God over the issue of whether he could define what right worship was, his subsequent murder and denial produced another curse on his land.

Because Cain had overtly defiled the land with his actions, the nutritional treasure in the land was locked up by God so that it would not release its strength to Cain when he farmed.

Under the Adamic curse, the treasure is still accessible, he just had to work a little harder to get the resources.  With land that was under the curse of Cain, no amount of hard work would extract from the land the treasure God placed there.

So where does that leave us today, centuries later?

Our tie to the land is still there.  It is still a gift loaded with treasures from God.  He still wants us to study the land and leverage the gifts that are there as one of our primary assets for advancing the Kingdom.

We are learning much in this century about the spiritual treasures in the land.  The redemptive gifts of the land, the various portals, the spiritual dynamics of the underground aquifers are all variables, established by God, which can be discovered by us and leveraged to the degree we understand them.

And, like Adam, most people are far too involved with busyness to bother with the vital business of caring for the land.  We suffer as a result of our lack of valuing the treasure God gave us.

While being reconciled with the land can be done at any time during the year, it appears that there is a window when there is uncommon grace for that from June 10th to the 30th.  Let’s look at what reconciliation means “on Monday morning.”

As with any legal work in the heavenlies, I begin by justifying God.  That means we look at the Righteous Law of the Universe and at the current reality on the land and then identify the human behavior that produced this result.  Whatever is wrong here is our fault, not God’s.  Humanity made the mess and we need to own it, even though we can only clean it up through His power and participation.

There are, as usual, two classes of sin against the land.  The first is the sin of omission.  This seems to have been Adam’s sin.  He did not vigorously pursue the treasures that were there, nor did he progress toward expanding the garden using the resources from the original gift.

This is a pervasive sin in the Western cultures.  We see land first as a place to build, second as a place to farm, and third as an economic hedge in an unstable economy.  Thankfully in the last four decades God has raised up a mighty army of people who have come to love the land and have worked hard to care for their land as well as the public land.

This is a hugely encouraging step in the Body of Christ.  More work has been done on healing land in the last 40 years than the previous 2,000.  The routes of the major Crusades have been walked with identificational repentance.  Every massacre site in America has been visited with skilled teams who have gone face to face with First Nations people to ask forgiveness for our atrocities against them.  Every Masonic Lodge in America has been visited and prayed over.

In addition to these massive, coordinated enterprises, there are hundreds of thousands of patches of land around the world that are in vastly better condition today than they were in 1970.

We celebrate the progress, but there still remains a majority of Christians who utterly ignore the land, the treasures of God in the land, and their responsibility to God for the land.  This is sin.

On the other side of the coin are the sins of commission.  There are dozens of verses in Scripture referring to humans defiling the land.  The primary defiling actions are murder, idolatry, adultery, violence, and religious hypocrisy.

We who live several millenia downstream from Adam and Eve are living on land which has been defiled many times, in many ways.  The first step of fulfilling our responsibility is to cleanse the land of the accumulated defilement.

There is one particular issue that Americans need to consider and that is the drop in nutritional value of the food we grow and eat.

Here is an excerpt from a lengthy article on this website.

  • In wheat and barley, protein concentrations declined by 30 to 50 percent between the years 1938 and 1990.
  • Likewise, a study of 45 corn varieties developed from 1920 to 2001, grown side by side, found that the concentrations of protein, oil and three amino acids have all declined in the newer varieties.
  • Six minerals have declined by 22 to 39 percent in 14 widely grown wheat varieties developed over the past 100 years.
  • Official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data shows that the calcium content of broccoli averaged 12.9 milligrams per gram of dry weight in 1950, but only 4.4 mg/g dry weight in 2003.

They go on to speculate as to sundry causes, but I believe the drop in the nutrients in our food primarily goes back to two things.

The first is the widespread acceptance of Margaret Sanger’s brand of eugenics in the early 1900s.  She wrote widely urging the elimination of poor Whites, Blacks, and Asians as part of purifying the American culture.  This was long before Hitler embraced eugenics.  Her efforts eventually resulted in the establishment of what is now known as Planned Parenthood.

The second major cause of the lack of nutrition in our food would be Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in 1973.

In short, when we as a culture embraced the idea of murdering those we did not value, then legalized it (after a fashion) through the courts, we brought the curse of Cain on our nation.  God flipped the switch, and the treasures in the land are no longer available to us.  We grow more food than ever before, but even organic food is not as nutritious as it used to be.

This is God’s judgment on the land for the sins of man.  It is right and just and proper that the treasures in our land be locked up, out of reach of modern scientific methods because we have created a pseudo-scientific justification for murder.

Thus you see the logic in the sequence of the windows of reconciliation.  In March we have reconciliation with community.  If we do not do that, we can in no way reconcile with the land!  And if we are not reconciled with the land, we can’t really reconcile with God in the September window, and if we are not reconciled with our community, our land, or our God, how can we be reconciled to our destiny as expressed in our past and our future?

In practical terms then, you need to see where you are in the process of being reconciled to land.  If you are new to the idea, you need to start with prayers of repentance for neglecting the gift of God to you of all the land you have been on.

1)     Take some time and ponder God’s intentionality in matching your design to the land you have been on.  Some of you lived in one place for 20 years then married and moved to another place where you have been ever since.  God knows some of you need to go deep on a particular piece of land because of your design.

I met someone recently whose parents had moved frequently.  By the end of his childhood, he had lived in most of the 50 states.  As an adult, he pastored a church which moved frequently around the city.  In the past, we would have considered that a “Tumbleweed Curse” saying that he could not put down roots anywhere.  It may be, but even in the midst of the curse, if there was one, I see the hand of God in strategically enriching his spiritual life by placing him on specific pieces of land.

So start by believing God is bigger than your circumstances.  You might have been stuck on one piece land you did not like because of extreme poverty.  The outward circumstances cannot supersede the immensity of God’s creativity.  My assumption is that the land had something for you.

Maybe you are the child of an alcoholic who used “the geographic cure” for the consequences of his addiction.  If you were moved consistently from place to place, through no fault of your own, again, I proclaim the power of God.  While your alcoholic parent might have been running from his broken relationships, God is fully capable of strategically placing you on land that had treasures for you.

So thank Him for His meticulous provision to you of treasures in the land, and ask forgiveness for all you did not receive because you could only see your pain.

2)     If you are new to the idea of stewardship of the land, you need to explore the body of works available.  The largest collection of writings on this subject can be found at www.ArsenalBooks.com.  If you are not sure where to begin, call Brad at The Arsenal since he is highly familiar with the whole genre.

After you have laid a foundation in the concept of stewardship, then you can explore the downloadable audio clips on our site which deal with specific niche aspects such as cleansing church land, dealing with gates, highways or ancient wells, and burden bearing for land.  These clips are in our download store under Land Dynamics.

3)     For those who are well seasoned in issues of cleansing land, you need to focus on the treasures in the land.  Megan has some new teachings on portals which are downloadable from her site at www.GoBeyondTheHorizon.com. This will give you a big step up in seeing some of the more sophisticated treasures God has given.

4)     If you have found and celebrated the treasures on the land, then your next step is to unpack them.  Our blessings for land could be a resource for this step.  www.LandPrayers.com.

In my next blog I will explore the variations on the theme.  For example, what if you are on land which you loathe such as being in prison and having no mobility, or being in a nation you cannot leave, or being economically trapped on a piece of land that is devouring you by the day?  What if you do everything you know how to do and there is no movement regarding the defilement on the land?  What if you have a call to another piece of land but can’t get there?

But for now, take a look at where you fit in the sequence and set aside significant time in this window of opportunity to invest in your land.

Copyright June 2011 by Arthur Burk

From the Quarterdeck, in Anaheim

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15 Responses to Focused Repentance

  1. Sue Ellen Dawson says:

    Arthur,
    I am so new at all this still, and since the tornado hit my house, it took me awhile to find my RG cds again. But when you spoke of a”retail cash flow” anointing, it brought revelation about my life. For many years I have noticed that in restaurants, stores, even parks or other public places, that most of the time it is a matter of minutes if not seconds before there are noisy children or crying babies near me. I have never been able to think of this as anything but a curse! This article spoke to me about having an anointing for nurture, or mothering, a definite anointing for children that I have been side-stepping for a while. Thank you sharing what God has given you with us.

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    • That is really fascinating. So next time you have some crying babies around you, just ask God what it is that you have that they need. Don’t just throw everything you have at them. Experiment and find out what the niche is that you were designed to fill. Should be loads of fun to figure this one out.

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  2. Catherine says:

    Last night a few people sat in my living room and we did some “focused repentance” for the land we have been cleansing and blessing for a while. There was personal repentance for not treasuring God’s gift, for focusing on the defilement rather than the potential, for trying to run instead of be planted. For the many emotions and actions that did not respect God’s plan for us. The resultant picture was of a concrete layer causing malabsorption to and from the land being absorbed into the earth like fertilizer and leaving the land able to receive the star song. Then there was confession and repentance for sins of commission committed throughout time on the land. Three pictures emerged. One of farmers forcing the land into slavery to produce according to their will. One was of broken wine bottles littering the landscape during Prohibition. And one was of settlement-time predatory fighting for control. And as all that cleared the revelations, which we had formerly seen in part, of the design of this land started coming together – this land is meant to bear fruit out of its strength available to all that pass through, the waters of life serve to sustain the orchard, there is joy to be released, there is justice and peace. It is meant to be like a myrrh bath, a land of healing.

    We had seen the defilement, observed the patterns, done the research, and cleaned house the best we could. We had NOT had great traction with moving past cleanup into forward progess. BUT..this is the season of reconciliation with land…God is so cool.

    I love this post for the consolidation of resources. Over the years our process here has been messy and out of order and crazy-making and joyful and full of opportunity and I look forward to the rest of this window, looking for other pieces we missed and seeing what other dams might burst…

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  3. Lisa says:

    Very interesting re: discussion about the Moon and in this particular season that today was a total lunar eclipse

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  4. Chandre says:

    Interestingly enough again today read an article on BBC website about Eugenics, only having heard about it for the first time today and now reading this blog, also our skies have been showing such beautiful pictures in the Western Cape, SA, today when I was driving home from a small town 60 K’s from my home through farm lands, I was just in awe again of the beauty of how the clouds, the mountains, the trees, the farms all are so beautiful together, so I think praying reconciliation of the land with what God has been opening my eyes to over these 2 days seems to be appropriate. I am definitely a beginniner in this avenue, so need to start with repentance 🙂

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  5. Charles Wale says:

    Arthur,
    As I was reading this, a thought came to my mind related to land that I hope you don’t mind me sharing. God gave Adam the land as a “gift”. I was considering another angle to this other than the fruitfulness/curses of the land after the fall that you discussed. It is the issue of actual land ownership. After the fall and in scripture it appears that if man ever wanted another piece of land he would have to purchase it or fight/die for it; if not to obtain the land, then to keep it. As an example, in order to obtain the land of milk and honey blood was spilled. To this day Israel must fight to keep the land that “God gave them.”
    Fast forward to today and look at how man today continues to desire the possession and ownership of land but there is always a cost…whether through wars, death, and/or money. I think about my home and other property/land that I say, “I own”…but do I. I have to yearly pay taxes if I want to keep it. If I don’t continually pay, I will lose it. It just seems to me that man will never be able to experience true “ownership” of land, at least in the natural, as Adam did. Not sure that this applicable to what God has shown you. Maybe just a random thought, but I did want to share it.
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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    • Chuck a variation to this is to ask if we are trying to “own” land God has not given us. When you look at the Hebrews taking over Canaan, God had given it to them first, and that made a difference. On the other hand, when Dan left the land that God had given them because they deemed it unfit, and went to the north to get some other land God had not given them, it cost them a place in the list of 144,000. So it does seem that we often have to fight to possess what God has given us, but it is a lesser fight than what it costs to possess what God has not given us.

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      • Charles Wale says:

        You said, “Chuck a variation to this is to ask if we are trying to “own” land God has not given us.” This statement has some personal implications that I will have to chew on for a while and get back to you. Let me ask one thing though? When you say, “trying to ‘own’ land” are you speaking in the natural or spiritual, or both? Would you elaborate a bit more for me to help me ponder some things?

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        • The question is moot. At times we are trying to own land with a title deed at the courthouse. But a lot of Christians try to own responsibility for land which God has not given to them. Paul’s statement in 2 Cor 10:14ff where his soul had a deed desire to go places and invest in communities, but God had not released him to go there and to that, so he keep busy with what God had assigned him to. Knowing our assignment matters. Often our soul will “see” the opportunity of some land and we will engage without permission or direction. When things don’t go well, we blame it on the devil, but at the end of the day, God has no responsibilty to show up and help us on the projects He did not authorize.

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          • Bobbie says:

            Interesting…and something I’ve seen play out. Long ago having out grown our current building, my church has been seeking new land. Repeatedly the town denied expansion requests due to a gas station having been previously where our parking lot now is. A few years ago, it finally seemed like doors were opening for us to move to another location. The congregation was notified and things were set in motion, only to have the town block us at the last moment. The hit was hard to take. After another year, In a final act of desperation, my pastor again petitioned the town. This time they happily gave the ok. When soil samples were taken, the land was no longer contaminated as it had been when the property was purchased. The mindset at our church has always been despite the physical limits of our building, we’re not limiting what God wants to do. While we sought to go elsewhere, He was working to literally cleanse the land He’d given us. I’m so glad God kept us from being like Dan!

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  6. Bill Welch says:

    While riding around town on a back road I saw a large rock ledge on my right side. I slowed down & started crying. I heard that this is “crying rocks”. The rocks where the Nehantic/ Narragansett Indians left there mixed race babies to die. The early colonists said they would eliminate the Indians race because they were poor slaves. Breading them with the black slaves. I repented once again for this action by my forefathers. There are so many places were blood has been spilled in this area. It has been a real challenge to unpack the treasures of the land here! We moved here in 1998 and have been taught some lessons we will never forget! Aha-ooo-tash! ( stand Firm)

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  7. Franzelle says:

    I’ve been asking Father for two days what does He want me to pray/do in this 20 day window of opportunity to reconcile to land. This is an answer to prayer. Thank you so much!

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  8. Barb says:

    As I walked the land of my community this morning, I asked the Father what he wanted me to know about the land and I found myself automatically repenting of many of the acts of commission you mention above. Just becoming aware and listening, searching is so needful. My heart is deeply burdened for my city and this window is not something I want to miss leveraging. Are there any other Calgarians who are enquiring/mentioning/burdened about or possessing understanding of timing to do with Calgary (and Canada’s) need for cleansing and reconciliation here?

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  9. Joyful says:

    Been working on sound over the land for a while now. Still some work to go regarding boundaries for both plants and animals. Thanks for helping refine the focus right now.

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