Our problem is trying to make major change with minor resources. That means we have to put away the shotgun and get out the rifle, find the area of greatest impact in the city, find the resource of greatest magnitude that Julie has developed over the years and match them up.
Easier said than done!
We started with assessing the city. Remember that I have no success record in working with Teacher communities, whether churches, cities or a nation. The plan was for me to run down a list of data points about the Teacher gift which I know from Scripture. I know a lot about the gift, but I don’t have a prioritization of which facets of the gift matter most.
I brought my soul skills to the table with the list. By contrast, Julie (who already knows all this soul stuff) listened with her spirit to see if her spirit would tag some points as more salient than the rest.
Here are bullet points of my list:
-Use the Word to enrich worship to establish the government of God.
-Interesting Teacher/Mercy synergy
-Hugely critical Servant/Teacher synergy
-Fractal of two: both genders present and active; receive/gift; love/holiness
-Failure to confront sin in the community
-Christ presents as the One with the Two Edged Sword
-Victors given hidden manna and a new name
-Eternal war against Amalek
-Wisdom is the strength of the mature Teacher
-Jerusalem has two mountains, one for the government and one for the Temple.
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The four things that popped for Julie were the gender issues, the government/Temple dynamic, redemptive death and the failure to confront sin in church because of the belief that you could love anyone into holiness if you waited long enough.
All of those were colored by her soul data. Chaim has major sexual conflict issues. The Masonic is huge there which is the occult version of government and worship meeting in a single place. She has invested a lot in restoring her generational lines. And her experiences in the church there were bruising because of the commitment by her leadership to not confront sin.
So, at the end of that round, I have no more strategy than before. Did she really hear with her spirit or was this just soul stuff? Why can I not find an example in Scripture of the priority for taking down the stronghold in a Teacher community?
So rather than make some up, I will let this sit for a few days and see if I am blessed enough to get a much beloved elbow in the ribs from the Holy Spirit pointing the way, or whether my spirit can tease out the silver thread from all the look-alike concepts on the page so far.
No strategy yet, but we are still in the game.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
From home, because I won’t be able to sleep tonight until I get this puzzle written down and unburden my soul.