I have watched with concern as the spiritual dynamics have spiraled down this week. My metric is the e-mails coming in from around the world. The volume is high because the pain level is high and going higher each day.
There is enough data on the table now for me to say confidently that there is a global battle and my sense is that things will continue to deteriorate for a few more days.
On the surface, the pain seems to be incredibly diverse. There are health problems, relational problems, spiritual issues, mental issues and blockages of every imaginable kind. However, the bigger issue seems to be a war over time.
As our team has pondered and prayed seeking understanding, a few possibilities have emerged for engaging productively in this battle between our Great King and his ancient enemy.
First is the issue of time shifting, where the enemy attempts to take us back to a previous time in our life when we were defeated. This seems highly probable in the lives of some people who have had high victory in a particular area, then seem to have lost it this week, for no apparent reason.
Second is the possibility of a seasonal shift. The norm as we move from one season to another is that we go through a tight spot. In spiritual transitions, especially when we are moving toward our birthright, the tight spot is a challenge to our foundational beliefs.
It seems as though just before God releases uncommon grace to us to enter the new season, there is a wholesale assault on the core truths that we built our lives on during the previous season.
Third is the possibility that there is some defiled time globally due to an accumulation of bad things in human history this week, either on the visible social level or in occult activities.
Regardless of whether one, all or none of these is the case, we need a strategy. I suggest two weapons to start with.
First is the weapon of truth. When the enemy messes with us, he usually follows it immediately with an accusation that it is all our fault, particularly that we are no good, and will never get out of this mess because we are lacking in everything necessary for a victorious life.
When we take our pain out of the shadows, put it in the middle of the room and shine a light on it, that takes some of the power away. Simply sharing with one other person that you have lost your stability, don’t know why, and are not in a good place, seems to help a little bit.
For those of you who felt the slippage start around the first of the month and have seen it accelerate the last couple of days, it is very helpful to observe that there is a global assault and that this is not just about your choices.
Finally, it is absolutely crucial that we differentiate between our pain and our essence. It is right and true to say, “I am in a crazy amount of pain. I have blown up at my family four times in the last 24 hours. I can’t seem to connect with God in any way.”
It is not right or true to come into agreement with the enemy by saying to yourself, “I am a loser and will never be able to get it right.”
So face the truth that things are not working for you, but don’t curse your design or your future. That will not help.
Second is the weapon of time. A number of years ago I was driving through a spiritual battle. I can’t remember the place or the nature of the war, but I do remember God saying that I needed to learn to use time as a weapon.
That was a totally new thought for me. I was very familiar with defiled time as a weapon in the hands of the enemy, but I had no clue in the world what time as a weapon would look like in my hands, hammering the enemy.
We still have only scratched the surface years later, but I believe that it would be strategic for us to fight for time and not just react to the pain that is in our face.
So what does that look like on “Monday morning” or Thursday in this case!
First of all, I have learned to celebrate by faith the complexity of time.
Space/matter is incredibly complex. We have continents, mountains, people, molecules, atoms, electrons, quarks, leptons, gluons and ultimately the “God particle” known as the Higgs boson.
It is my conviction that time is equally complex. We have macro divisions of antediluvian, B.C., and A.D. There are the four seasons, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds.
There are the redemptive gifts of seasons (layered like the redemptive gifts of land) which we only barely understand. There is the gender of time that changes four times throughout the year.
Then there is the individual life story of each human being that draws from the spiritual dynamics of past time and contributes to the spiritual dynamics of the future generations. Each person has a unique story line that takes into account all of the sophisticated dynamics we know about, and a thousand more we have not discovered.
So start with faith. Even if we only understand a fraction of a fragment of the majesty of the complexity of holy time, proclaim to God that it has to be extraordinary and worship Him for the original design of time.
Then celebrate by sight. Set aside some time for you and God or you and your community to scour the history of your life to see every time God used time as a weapon on your behalf. How many major events in your life hang by a thread of precise timing? If you had not been at the water cooler when Joe mentioned to Fred about the situation at the Little League game, you would never have . . .
After the worship (and only after the worship) you go to war. I assume that you are familiar with the tools for cleansing time from the album “Trauma Bonds to Time.” Cleansing our personal time lines in the various ways listed there matters immensely. Defilement on time is a bungee cord hooked into our back, limiting our progression toward our birthright.
But our time line is not all evil. We and our ancestors have done many good things in the month of August. Granted we don’t know what they are. We don’t know what flavor of sanctification is embedded on any particular day, for any individual.
But God does! His record keeping is impeccable. In the same way that He knows all the virtue that has been accumulated in our generations and can dispense it strategically in our lives, so He has the perfect record of the authority on time that has been accrued.
Spend some time celebrating (by faith) the virtue coming to you via your national heritage, racial or tribal heritage, your family line and your own choices. I wonder what it would look like if we could physically see all of the earned authority on time that has been accumulated for your individual life during the second week of August?!
Then invite God to use the resources you and your ancestors have accumulated as a weapon against the enemy.
Now that I have brought data and principles to the table, let’s join them to discernment.
During this week, there have been a number of incidents in the spirit realm, indicating that the King is on the move and He has big plans for this week. In the natural, things look more grim than glorious, but the discernment is 100% opposite the data.
So ponder this picture. Two years before Mr. Bush gave “the” order to invade Iraq, he began building a massive staging area in Kuwait. In other words, he had already made up his mind to go in.
Likewise, if the King has been aware for millennia that He was going to run a major operation this week using time as a weapon, wouldn’t He be planning ahead?
How many billions of righteous acts has He prompted His people to execute with precision and passion during this week in history?
Clearly He knows the exact flavor of the enemy’s hold on time during this week. Just as clearly He could set the table for His people to do actions that were precisely in the opposite spirit to the iniquity the enemy has at his disposal.
What would the spiritual tenor of this week be like for the entire globe, if God’s people overtly invited God to use the virtue on time that they are stewards of, to come against the works of the enemy?
But why stop with mere victory? The US did a pretty good job of destruction in Iraq, but the two presidents involved have not been overly effective at rebuilding a peaceful, thriving nation.
Our King is much more skilled than those presidents, so I assume He not only wants to rout the enemy on the playing field of time, He also wants to build on the playing field of time.
So again, by faith, having almost no concept of what it would look like for time to be redolent in the glory of our King, let’s ask anyway that He would use the treasures of time not only as a weapon but as a tool to establish a fortress of righteousness on the time of this week.
To wrap it up — our pain is very personal. However, the battle is global and it is being played out on the playing field of time.
Some of you are already casualties of the battle and can do no more than hunker down and try to not get wounded again.
Others are eating serious personal pain, but you are still in the game. I encourage you to shift your strategy away from survival and freedom and begin focusing on taking the battle to the enemy through the King’s use of time.
And for those of you who are not in pain this week, I strongly suggest that your time line is loaded with virtue. That is why you are immune from the attacks hitting others. I implore you to not sit calmly on the sidelines, rejoicing in your safety, but to bring your assets to the battle for time, because we should all be carrying the pain of our brothers and sisters who are pinned down at this time.
Copyright August 2013 by Arthur Burk
From what was supposed to be a peaceful retreat for research, but the God of All Strategy positioned me on an extraordinary piece of Giver land with a huge anointing for controlling timing.