Scorecard for the Week of June 22nd

Guess what?  I think I was wrong about last week.

The randomness God is bringing into my life isn’t primarily about taking me places to cleanse land, it is about cleansing me.  Yes, there is some land work involved, but I think that is secondary.

I had a situation come up this week where a good friend asked me to consider doing something.  His request was reasonable.  My response was negative.

So I sat and pondered that for a while and figured out I was afraid of that situation.

Fear is not a label I am accustomed to wearing.  Most of the time I would peg myself somewhere on the line between courageous and a crazy wild nut case.  But here is low grade, long term fear, sufficiently intrusive that I was designing my life to accommodate fear.

As I explored that, I realized I have become compartmentalized.  There are many areas where I have no fear of failure.  Personal ministry is one of those.  It is pretty much a baseball situation for me.  I am batting around .250 which means I get it right one out of four times and am ineffective three out of four.

And that is no big deal.  I am accustomed to that.  I would certainly like more authority, but it doesn’t cause me to cringe in fear of failure every time I approach a new ministry situation.

But in other areas, I hold back from engaging because of fear of failure.  What’s up with that?

The number one most repeated command in Scripture is “fear not.”  And God does not deal with fear by diminishing the enemy, but by offering His presence.

It was late in the week before things came into focus for me, so I am still processing the handful of compartments in my life where fear has closed the door.  What will it take to open each one and allow the presence of God in there?

Clearly He has already started the process.  I committed in theory to my friend to open the door to the activity in question.  Before I got my hand on the door knob, I heard footsteps on the front porch!  I guess this fear point is first on God’s list.

Copyright June 2014 by Arthur Burk

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8 Responses to Scorecard for the Week of June 22nd

  1. Barbara says:

    I agree with your comments Arthur. God took me to an overtly high piece of mountain land this weekend that very few people have ever walked on. Its definitely not a highway or for the faint of heart. I sat there in agony of spirit, soul and body wondering how I could have been so foolish to have gotten myself where I was. I have never been so terrified in my life and I couldn’t navigate in the way I normally would. In the midst of it I found myself strangely grieving how poorly I have been engaged in bringing cleansing to God’s land anywhere in this window. It was just a fleeting thought in the midst of the confusion swirling. In the moments that followed, He absolutely blindsided me to undo me of deep seated fears and without a doubt He chose to plant me on a very holy piece of ground to accomplish it. Clearly not what I was expecting! Clearly one of the most painful transactions but followed with incredible peace. I don’t believe it would have ever occurred without the land dynamic I was sitting on. It was a game changer for me.

  2. I feel so blessed to be allowed to receive these weekly communications from your personal journey. They are so interesting, but especially life-giving. It has dispelled illusions. One being that some leaders and teachers just have it all together. I know better, but hearing nothing of their current daily walk makes it easy to loose perspective. I would describe it as truely balancing for me. Since following Sapphire and much of your teaching material, I find I have made a tremendous leap forward in resting in the faithfullness of our King.

  3. Paul says:

    “God does not deal with fear by diminishing the enemy, but by offering His presence.” Selah! Wow…that is so powerful and just jumped off the page as I read it.

    Thank you, Arthur, for your perennial encouragements by your transparency and vulnerability. What a gift to your readers!

    And whatever door the Father may be opening may you be emboldened by hearing His voice of reassurance: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you WHEREVER you go.” Josh.1:9

  4. Noeleen says:

    Are you familiar with the poem Affinity by RS Thomas? One of my favourites. ‘the old hunger born of his kind’

  5. Heidi Colquhoun says:

    Thanks for your transparency! I think we all have some fear strongholds deep down. I know I do and I struggle with victory in that one area constantly. I watch with interest as prayer releases you to overcome yours. I pray I will find the courage to overcome mine.

  6. Rosa says:

    “God does not deal with fear by diminishing the enemy , but by offering His presence ..” Love that. When I think of not facing a challenge because of fear, or having it made easier, I feel disappointed in myself, however, moving ahead, knowing He is there? Courage! Which takes you to new places of growth, and richness of experience and earned authority,and you just never know what’s around the corner when you step into the new, or who might come across your path. Fear is such a bully.

  7. Sherry says:

    I’m thrilled for you! It’s exciting that you are aware of where the Father is shining His Light now. Although, fear is a label I am used to wearing and I have been on a similar journey with it; not necessarily of failure, but of being seen or heard. But, I know Father has showed me that I have opposed myself because of the fear, and that He has supplied a door of hope and I am attempting to go through it. It’s time to ‘Fear not’!
    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your new discoveries as you and the Father open the doors to your compartments and watch as His Presence fill them.

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