One of our Noble Subjects, whom we will call Julie for the purposes of this project, lives in a Teacher city which we will call Chaim which means “life” in Hebrew.
Julie has lived in Chaim for decades. The Egyptian curse has defined her life there. She is a hard worker but has never gotten beyond the Egyptian brickyard in any area of her life, and there are dozens of her treasures that have been slow walked for decades.
God loves her and has taken her out of the city to different institutions at different times. In those places there have been tremendous lurches in her spiritual walk. God has honored her hard work by giving her major visitations she was not looking for or expecting, but all of them have been outside the city.
It is quite sobering when God Almighty will not come to a city for someone He loves but requests a meeting with them outside of town. Actually, it is beyond sobering – kind of tragic and depressing and scary all at once.
Chaim is a large city. The demonic stronghold is real. Its reputation for darkness is international. Many people who have gone there or live there have taken a well-meaning swipe at the strong man over the city and have been rewarded with a crushing blow in return, and they have generally had to stand down. If they are from out of town they leave quietly. If they live there, they mostly choose to live quietly, helping people but ignoring the land dynamics.
I am among those who have gone, been punished and retreated. I am very respectful of the bad boys there, but not willing to grant them more than respect. My King gets my awe!
Fundamentally, in a situation this grim, we return to my mantra: God was there first. There is a huge treasure there, which God placed there, and He did so for us. The enemy is a usurper.
This is no different than Jerusalem, the ultimate Teacher city. For centuries the Israelites looked at the city, pondered the cranky Jebusites living there and discretely went around the city while they lived life.
There were dozens of engagements over those centuries with the Philistines, Israel’s problematic neighbors to the southwest, but not one with the small city-state in the very center of their land because, you see, those Jebusites were in a class of their own – bad boys all.
Finally David decided to go after them. He was a warrior by design, with a seasoned band of men accustomed to victory. He managed to dislodge the enemy, but even then it was decades before He discovered the treasure that God had placed in the city at creation, and later sanctified via Abraham’s “sacrifice” of Isaac on that spot.
My assumption going in is that the treasure in Chaim is huge. We do not know what it is, but Julie was sent there by God to be part of rescuing the treasure from the enemy for her King. It is important to frame this from the very beginning as a battle to return to the King what is rightfully His. This is not about Julie’s comfort, because the odds are, her comfort factor is going to decrease, not increase in the short-term.
Julie has a minuscule team of people on site, nothing like what is needed for a frontal assault in the traditional way. Therefore, what we need is a warfare strategy that depends on asymmetrical damage – one person accomplishing what normally would need a thousand.
Historically I have had very little success with transformation in Teacher communities. And Julie has less than I have.
We obviously are not coming at this from a position of great insight or formidable strength. This series of blogs will be a process of thinking out loud so you can watch how we explore a new idea. There will be a significant amount of failure, but we are champions at failing forward, and every failure or setback will teach us something allowing us to refine our prototype.
We currently have over 1,200 people following this blog. Some of you probably live in Teacher cities so you can use our experiments in your own cities and report successes or failures to enrich our dialog.
Some of you living outside Teacher land may feel a call to join Julie with off-site prayer support. We welcome that. David did have a team that went up with him.
So you are hereby officially invited to join us in a Kingdom adventure as Noble Subjects of the Great King. His ancient enemy is holding some of the King’s assets, and we are going to try to restore order so that this city becomes one where the saints from around the world long to come because here, in Chaim, they can exchange their slow walking, Egyptian curse life for a glorious lurch forward in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
To the strong man over Chaim: this is an official declaration of war.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
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