Stop me if you have heard this story before.
Fred is a walking tall Christian. He has victory in forty-eleven different areas of his life, is powerfully life giving in his sphere of influence and always has fresh cause to celebrate His King.
However . . . there are a few people in his life who effortlessly shred his “spiritual immune system.” They are not evil people. In fact they are Christians who simply have some seriously unresolved issues of their own.
The mystery is why 2% of all the people Fred knows can come into his home and render all of his spiritual authority null and void.
He occasionally deals in deliverance and is successful with rather large issues many times, and is not commonly defiled by going into the enemy’s camp, but still, in his own home, with non-confrontational Christians who are on a slightly messy journey, he gets taken down as though he had no spiritual defenses at all.
Fred and I have tracked this for years. We dubbed it “spiritual AIDS.” It is as though he has no immune system for those particular germs.
Yet . . . he clearly has a powerful immune system against the big stuff.
Imagine Superman coming back from a grand adventure and being bedridden for two weeks with a bad cold.
Fred is a gifted guinea pig and has willingly and ferociously tried every single strategy I have thrown his way over the years, and so far, we have had exactly zero effectiveness in keeping the 2% from being contagious.
Today he is being hit again and we are going to try again, because Fred is not the only one with this issue. When we crack the code on this one, there will be a LOT of people eager to field test our hypothesis!
I have exactly no new ideas. None. I have played every card in my hand already several times.
However, yesterday the Word of the Lord came to me and said, “It is time to gear up for war.” So I did.
And yesterday we had two powerful phone calls where long term problems yielded to new assaults.
So today I am walking in high anticipation of revelation and intervention by the Most High God. Hence, I am inviting the entire Sapphire family to press in for revelation on this one issue. What allows some spiritual viruses to sail right through our anti-virus system?
Surely if we got a different perspective on the problem, we would see God’s clear and effective solution.
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10:00 a.m. update:
We have a strategy. (Obviously your prayers are kicking in). It is a long shot, but hey, when all else fails, go long! This is Sapphire after all.
On the Brain Renewal Blog we talked about the fact that certain traumas cause the spirit to be blocked from certain areas of the brain.
Our theory is that possibly spiritual authority necessitates the spirit being present and in dominion in all areas of the brain. If the spirit cannot move in a specific area of the brain, then it cannot walk in dominion relative to that area.
While it is a wild leap of theology to say that brain function can limit our spirit’s function, it is the best idea we have. It would explain the partial spiritual authority reality we are dealing with. So, we will try something.
Fred is local and can make himself available later today. We have an intern here at the office today who can serve as the “control” for our experiment.
The plan is to do two EEGs, one on each guy. We will develop a new protocol designed to test certain areas of the brain and certain portions of the spirit in both guys to see if there are any differences in how the spirit operates in the brain.
Stand by for an update this afternoon. This might be a total bust, or might be the start of a new wild ride.
Of course, if the brain/spirit interaction is implicated, the million dollar question after that is what happens in the brain to cause a lock-out of the spirit, and what can we do to reverse that process.
But for now, I need to get off the blog and make up a protocol to test for spiritual AIDS.
4:00 p.m. report
The guy for the third test asked to reschedule for tomorrow, so we will.
Meanwhile, for the two we did today, there were some interesting but not conclusive results.
Both individuals were very imbalanced in their brain activity. One did most of his significant thinking over the right ear and the other over the left ear. That obviously is an issue of their history, not the protocol.
Also, one had a lot of activity at the base of the skull and the other had nearly none.
Those were interesting things to note in terms of how different the volunteers were, but it offered us nothing in terms of the questions of the day.
The possible pay dirt came with the differentiation on parent questions.
The right brain thinker had a good relationship with his father and when we asked father questions, he thought in the same place as all the other thoughts. However, when we asked about his mother, who has a challenging relationship with most people, he switched to the back of the left hemisphere. It was the only time he thought from there all day.
Now! I happen to know that Fred who is coming tomorrow had a rough relationship with his dad and a good one with his mom, so it will be hugely interesting to put those two tests along side each other.
Will they both think about dad on the right and mom on the left, or will they both think about the comfortable parent on the right and the awkward relationship on the left?
Time will tell.
Since this has moved beyond a prayer request to a live experiment, we will switch tomorrow to the Brain Renewal Blog for the follow-up to this experiment.
The short version is that we are far from solving the problem. The initial results were much less clear than we had hoped, but still offered some possibilities.
And, we have only looked at the data as it is coming in. We still need to edit out the artifacts and do the quantitative analysis to see which frequencies were being used where. That too could be indicative.
For now, I am going to call it a day. Thanks for your prayer, and don’t stop now. The problem is still out there.
Copyright October 2012 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, in Anaheim