It has been an enormous week in terms of answers to your prayers regarding the Ammonite Curse.
The bottom line is that I seriously jumped the gun with the requests in last Sunday’s light prayer. I was operating from the assumption that I had clean hands and therefore we could call in the fruit.
Turns out, I am the problem. No clean hands here.
The Ammonite Curse with its attendant delays and barrenness comes into our lives when we refuse a gift from God. Jephthah was so focused on revenge for the injustice in court in his home town, he could not focus on the gift God had for him of leading the nation to freedom.
For lack of embracing THAT gift in its fullness, he made some mistakes and lost his family line.
Early in the week, God corrected me for three specific areas where He had been trying to give me gifts which I had been solidly pushing away.
One is the issue of deliverance. Plumbline Ministries began as a deliverance ministry. That was what we did morning, noon and night. Eventually I turned away from that and poured myself into research and related activities.
In the last month God has poured out immense authority on me in deliverance and inner healing work. I noted that this was where the grace was, but there certainly was no joy and no embracing of this as a core part of my calling. I was pushing away the gifts of God of above average discernment and authority.
The other two areas are too personal to share, but in all three I was clearly wishing God would not give me that flavor of grace, but would give me another instead.
It took me two days of wrestling with my flesh which still had a bunch of reasons why the flavor of grace I wanted is better than what He wanted to give us. But in the end, I was able to come to a genuine submission, not just forcing my will over my emotions. That was a glorious moment.
One day later, on Thursday morning, I awoke with the awareness that something large had shifted. It feels as though God has given the order in the heavenlies to remove the Ammonite Curse. It is like when the Spirit of God came on Jephthah. He still needed to fight a battle, break a sweat and all of that, but it had already shifted in the heavenlies.
We have already seen some measurable, verifiable indicators that a shift is taking place, but the battle is far from over yet.
I spent all day Thursday sorting out my thinking, trying to re-purpose the company and its assets around the new frame of what God wanted to give me – all the while carrying out a full schedule of activities.
On Friday morning, one of my prayer partners gave me another word from the Lord which revealed yet another facet of the gifts of God that I have been pushing away. So apparently I am in a season of significant correction from God.
It is time to redirect your prayers from the Ammonite issue to the rejection-of-God’s-wisdom issue. It is quite humiliating to see so clearly how firmly I have been declining the grace of God in certain areas for so many years.
Why oh why do we think we are so much smarter than God?
Copyright May 2014 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, early Friday morning, before heading to CHEA