Sapphire Strategy for 2014


When I was a young pup, my sister and I used to create treasure hunts for each other.  I don’t remember a single prize at the end of a hunt since they were all pretty basic, but I do remember the fun of creating highly problematic clues.

Some were cheesy.  “Look in the only place where money comes before work.”  (The dictionary).

Others were designed to deeply irritate by exploiting the known weaknesses in the other person.  “Stand on the doormat by the back door.  Walk toward the jaca tree and count your paces.  Then walk south an equal number of paces.  Multiply the paces by four, divide by two, turn 180 degrees and walk that number of paces.  Look under your feet.”

Which, if you do the math right, will put you back on the doormat where you started from and under which was the next clue which might read, “Within four inches of the tarantula nest on the fence by the mamao tree.  No fair killing the tarantula first.”

Since we were a relentlessly literary family, our favorites were tiny excerpts from some story that the other person was supposed to remember.  “Elementary, my dear. . . ”  And everyone in our household could easily supply the next word:  “Watson.”

I think we must have learned the skill of treasure hunts from God, because He is a master of doling out the clues with creativity and a double dose of parsimony.

My time with Him in early December to review the last year and get my marching orders for 2014 was sobering.  Generally there are some specific assignments to be executed at my convenience during the coming year, leaving large portions of unallocated resources for me to invest in whatever way and place and person fits my design and advances the Kingdom of God.

This year, He began with some severe restrictions on my activities.  Many good things that I have done for years are suddenly verboten.  That was a jolt.

On top of that, I was given a formidable assignment for this year which will require my being more tightly focused than I ever have been in my wildly free-spirited life.

So, after gulping hard, I lay down on the not very user-friendly couch in that abode and began to ponder how I could make like a Noble Subject and configure my resources to get there.

As I rearranged the sundry Scrabble letters, things fell into place.  This is a 1st head of Leviathan proposition.

That is the head that deals with light.  In the positive numbers, if we can grossly oversimplify a huge teaching, it is about seeing and being seen because the light of God is supernaturally shining.

The first part shouts.  I absolutely have some treasure hunts where I need to see hidden stuff this year.

There is one particular nut to crack where the last piece God gave me (that I recognized) was in 1991 or so.  I have carried that piece around ever since, knowing there is more and more and more but not making any progress on it.  But now I need that revelation in a big way.

Solution:  more light on the subject.

There are several veins of ore I am mining which are proceeding nicely, but having even more light on the subject would be splendiferous in the extreme.

And I need some visibility in a couple of different areas.  Specifically, there are two people here in Southern California who I need to connect with.  I have no idea who they are or how I will find them, but if God were to cause my light to shine in the right sectors, it would be beyond simple!

If I could see better than I see now in my research, and if I were seen better than I am now, this year could actually be doable, without my having to work like a Hebrew slave.

So I did a credential check.  Where am I in terms of earned authority in the 1st head of Leviathan?  Well according to some guy who nattered away on this subject, it comes from being passionate about trying to unpack my whole identity.

Specifically, it means fulfilling assignments God gives me that will take me out of my place of strength, into a place of perceived weakness, so God can unpack stuff in me that I did not know was there.

Hmmmmm . . . that sounds a whole lot like 2013.

Again and again, God took me off the path I was on, and revealed to me there was stuff in me I did not know was there, and then released it.  Because I was willing to trust Him and do as many U-turns and double reverse somersaults as necessary, He was able to draw out of me the material on Adrenals, AHS and Birthright that I did not know was there as well as my beloved little teaching on fathering that I did know was there.

Or, more to the point, the whole year of 2013, with all its weird twists and turns, was a set up for 2014.  Father was positioning me to have the authority needed this year, by taking me deeper into my design and identity last year, in areas I did not know were there.

If I had taught the things I was going to teach, which I knew I knew, I would have given you some very respectable transformational information, but it would not have generated the same level of authority as I have gained by letting God take me where I did not want to go, and where I did not think I had any knowledge.

And, come to think of it, it wasn’t just last year.  A whole lot of the things I have learned I had no idea were in me, but Father invited me to solve a problem I was highly incapable of solving because I did not know how to do it, and lo and behold, the answer was within me, unexpectedly.

And it isn’t just me!  Megan has some serious equity in the 1st head for making the EAV machine walk and talk and dance around the issue of AHS and Leviathan.

Plus the topic she taught on last year was fully the result of her allowing God to take her to places she did not know she was equipped to go.

That was all her stuff, revelation God imprinted on her spirit before she came here, and then unpacked through her obedience in going where He took her, facing problems without me, and finding the answers.

Go Megan!

So, back to the credential check:  YES.  Emphatically.  SLG as a whole and Megan and I especially, have some assets in the bank, and I don’t mean Bitcoins.

It should be possible for Sapphire to become visible in all the right places, and it should be possible for me to see some good stuff as I keep my pointy little nose to the grind stone this year.

It is especially exciting to see God maneuvering me carefully this past year to add to my authority, since He clearly knew this year was coming.  He is investing in making me successful.

Nonetheless, I am still intimidated by the size of the task before me this year.  It is daunting and is bigger than anything I have done before.

Therefore, I am writing this wordy blog to solicit your prayers for the coming year.  In a simple way, I am asking to see and be seen, in all the ways needed.  God knows the details.

However, for those of you who like structure and strategy, I am planning to write weekly prayers for the issue of light.

Now please note:  “planning.”  This is not a social contract.  It is certainly not a newyear’sresolution.  It is a wish, an intent, subject to being derailed by the vicissitudes of life.

I plan to post a new one here on the blog every Sunday that I am able to, so you have fresh grist for your mill as you ask God to cause me to see and be seen, in the degree He deems right.

Now, way back in the dark ages when we were doing Ruler season intercession, we learned that prayer with commitment was more powerful than prayer without commitment.

For that reason, I am asking that those of you who wish to follow the prayer strategy I post on any given week, to rate the article using the yellow stars as a sign of support.  We have a thousand who have signed up for the blog and receive every new release immediately and another thousand or two who follow intermittently.

My personal wish is to see a couple hundred people each week lean into the light prayers for Sapphire.  I might be asking too much of you, since you all have a life and everyone I know has more things to pray over than they have hours in the day, but I am being uncommonly transparent and saying I feel in over my head this year, in a big way, and I would greatly appreciate a big lift from the Sapphire family, if that is appropriate.

I am not asking for any year long commitments, although I am well aware that there are some sturdy intercessors out there.  But on a weekly basis, if you read the prayer strategy and it resonates with your spirit, and you can commit to pray for one week, please click the yellow stars under the title to register your one week commitment.

Now, one of the nice things about prayer is that many prayer strategies are totally portable.  When I got the year-end stat report from WordPress, I was delighted to see that Sally and the Snake Pit was the most read blog of the year.

It was a really bad week for snakes the world over!

Likewise, many of you are struggling with invisibility and with not being able to see the way forward so you too could benefit from seeing and being seen.  I wonder what Sapphire as a culture worldwide would look like if a lot of you leaned into these same prayers for your own journey.

For now, I am going to sign off for the evening and begin to craft the first light prayer which will post on Sunday.  I will be eager (and scared) to see what kind of support I will have from the Sapphire tribe.

Copyright January 2014 by Arthur Burk

From home

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46 Responses to Sapphire Strategy for 2014

  1. Janis says:

    I will.

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  2. jane62 says:

    Better late than never? Hope that’s OK, then I’m in. 🙂

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  3. David Brown says:

    Your strategic prayer based on Colossians 1:9-12 was something I used throughout 2013 for you and some other ministries and for myself, family and friends. A number of people benefited from that prayer request. I commit to praying this for you and your staff and your families.
    respectfully,
    Grand Rapids, MI

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  4. Joan Westaway says:

    I had skimmed through this blog when it first came through. What struck me at the time was “To see, and be seen”, which is very pertinant here. It resonated! I began to pray for you, myself and for a friend in particular, not only to see, but to be seen as God intends. I have just had time to re-read the blog. Count me in for a prayer support,
    Curious about this ‘game’. Listening to Joy Unstoppable, 4th CD, and from past experience with repeated unexplained difficulties with electronics, probably a Leviathan linkup! Determined to come through this! So, may I put up my hand fir this too!
    Thanks for all the lifegiving truth that you share! My life is being transformed! Bless!

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  5. Sally Sugrue says:

    I’m happy to commit to praying for Arthur, as your AHS CD’s have given me
    a tremendous breakthrough – the work you’re doing at SLG is amazing and I’m
    honoured to support it.

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  6. lindaangelcounseling says:

    This is exciting as as usual I follow your writings with excitement and wonder. First I wonder if I will be able to follow you at all, and then with a desire for the Lord to lead me through the things you discover and write about. Thank you for including me.

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  7. Salome says:

    Definately prepared to pray for SLG, since God has revealed so much through your team over the years.

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  8. Hazel says:

    Arthur I am praying for you.

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  9. Amy says:

    So…I didn’t think it was very feasible for me to muster up the energy to pray for you at this time, but then God stopped me and took me on a mini-treasure hunt. At the end, the “treasure” was this sudden gripping compassion and understanding for you in this situation. God certainly got my attention. So it appears that He is invested in urging me (and by extension, others) to come on board and commit to prayer whenever possible. God will make a way because this is obviously important to Him….

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  10. Kay says:

    Dear Aurthur, I usually don’t sign on for things of this nature. However, I have had a hard time getting this off my mind since I read it two days ago. I am therefore committing to pray for you for sight and to be seen this year.

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  11. Linda Dale says:

    Excited about the journey!
    Linda

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  12. ruthiespage says:

    I agree with Sherry. I’m on board

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  13. nancy says:

    This note is to fellow Noble Subject beneficiaries. We all have much for which to thank Arthur and his team. Along with prayer, it seems to me, there is a tangible way to help. If his message is life-giving to us, why not purchase more of his work (NO, not copy) and share them with others in our realm of influence? This is a win, win deal! People get healed and delivered, plus new tools; and Arthur/SLG get more exposure, and more support! It may require some measure of sacrifice. All the better! Fire falls on sacrifice. Bless you all!

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  14. Rebekah says:

    Arthur, I love the tenacity with which you mine treasures out of life’s debacles, death and disillusionment. I’m uplifted by your resilience in that you never stay down for long, and you always come up wheedling a fresh strategy. It is one thing for a human to believe in you, but it’s quite another for the King to say, “I believe …you… can master this problem!” I marvel at the complexity of His intimacy. It is indeed, “the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of kings to search it out” (Prov 25:2.) “Arise, (therefore Noble Subject) shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. (Is 60:1) It shall be our glory to witness the treasure hunt and bear your burden in prayer.

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  15. Cheri says:

    Hazzah! I’m excited about your coming treasure hunt and I would be honored to walk this prayer journey, for without your leadership as Research Prophet we would all be dead-in-the-water. This interesting article on Body Atlas came across my path and sensing there was hidden treasure buried here, I knew if anyone could unlock the hidden gold hidden it would be you. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/31/5259884/finnish-study-maps-emotions-onto-a-human-body
    Maybe you will find it interesting.

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  16. francyes says:

    I’m frantically looking for the stars!!! You are right, I need light like you mentioned in my life in a very big way, I would be honored to join in with the sapphire family, thank you for the vulnerable invitation. I’m always taking notes from your blogs and I’ll be praying for you! Looking forward to some Sundays!

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    • SLG says:

      Can someone help me here? Are the five stars right under the title not visible to most people?

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      • kevin says:

        I can see them, I just forgot to click on them! :]

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      • Sherry says:

        The stars are there, I didn’t know what they were for or what they meant until now. Thanks.

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      • Anthony Tanjoco says:

        It depends on how the blog is being read. ie RSS Reader, app, etc. Some apps won’t show the Star function (even the Word Press app) on some devices to make room for text content. You usually have to click on another link to view the post through a browser to see the Stars.

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  17. Denisha says:

    I would absolutely LOVE the opportunity to give back to you. What I gained from you and Sapphire over the past year (2013) was on an exponential level so any opportunity to sow into you guys is a privilege. I’m in.

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  18. kevin says:

    Count me in! And I will be praying over my own life to “see” and be “seen” as He sees fit! Invisibility has been an issue in my own life as well! This is so exciting! It’s going to be a great year!

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  19. Donald Nagel says:

    Cannot find the stars but I do commit to the prayers solicited in this post. Shalom, Dapperd2@att.net

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • SLG says:

      Donald, you will probably have to switch to a computer, not your cell phone to see the stars. Not complaining, just explaining.

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  20. Heidi Colquhoun says:

    I read this at 6 am. It was still dark. I prayed till the sun broke the horizon of Lake Michigan with an explosion of pinks and golds. I will continue to lift you and your team up every day. Count on it! (Count yourself blessed…. it’s going to be a high of -15º today !!!)

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  21. Thomas Stanley-Jones says:

    Thanks Arthur. I had an idea and was wondering if there was an answer to it already. Is there a way for the people following your blog to connect with eachother? I am alone in my circles following the SLG and I expect there are others in similar situations. However, if we could connect to pray as pairs or more, over Skype or by phone, I know it would be transformational for me and others, and powerful for you.

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    • SLG says:

      Thomas, the blog is not set up for group connecting, but it would be fine for you to leave an invitation in the comments for people to meet you in some other context. You can leave your e-mail or Facebook page or some other connection point to see who is interested in group activities.

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      • valynda says:

        I’m the only one in my area as well that I know of, so would be interested in connecting as well.

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      • We’ll see how this goes, but I’ve begun a Google Community called the SFG, Sapphire Following Group (I apologize for the lack of originality, but there you have it). Google says that you can search for it, so maybe you’ll have better luck than me. Here is the site:

        https://plus.google.com/communities/104122319623777498206

        You’ll need a google sign in, but I’m hoping that we’ll be able to use Google Hangouts for voice chat on a regular basis (weekly, bi-weekly), primarily to support Arthur in prayer. This has lots of potential to be transformational and I will do my best to make it worthwhile.

        Just to give you an idea of where I’m coming from, this is the thought that was on my mind when I started this, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am also.” Mt 18:20 I think it also stemmed from wanting to put into practice what I’ve been learning through SLG, but really struggling to do so with the people around me who have no frame of reference for what I’d like to walk with them in. I expect meeting and praying for people who are trying to move in the same direction I am will be a confidence builder for working with the people in my community. I look forward to meeting the other loners out there and anyone else who’s willing to join in to pray for Arthur and his team.

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      • jane62 says:

        Thomas, there is a useful Facebook group called Arthur Burk – Plumbline Ministries and Redemptive Gift of Prophet – Plumbline. Both are closed groups and I think that works well. You are most welcome to join. It seems there are many of us who are the ‘only one’s in our communities. I will see if your google one will work for me too.

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    • Heidi Colquhoun says:

      I know how you feel Thomas. I’d be happy to connect with you! There are a couple of us in my area.

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  22. Jenny says:

    It will be a joy and privilege to pray for you and the Sapphire team this year.

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  23. Dayle says:

    Count me in. This is exciting – looking forward to going on this journey with you.

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  24. katemazur says:

    Splendid!! Looking forward to lifting for you!!!

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  25. Patricia says:

    Hi Arthur, you have my continued prayers.
    Patricia

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  26. Michael Hudson says:

    Thanks Arthur for an amazing 2013. Looking forward to the light of 2014

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  27. Rose says:

    Prayer is always an adventure. Love it.

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  28. Sherry says:

    You have continually helped me in my long journey over the past couple years, either through your blessing book, teaching cd’s, dvd’s, or taking the time to answer my personal questions, and sometimes leading me to the next step I’m to take in this journey I am on.
    You and your team have put a lot of hard work into the tools that you have supplied to the body, that I feel it a privilege to be able to lift you and your team in prayer. Count us in!
    And the invisibility thing; I have discovered that at a young age I chose to be invisible, but this past year (I believe after going through the Adrenal/Kidney blessings) I have found myself telling the Lord I want to be seen. Cool.

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