From a human point of view, there are some issues with Canton Bern. The capital city and the canton are somewhat resented by many of the other cantons in Switzerland.
The warfare we have done against the Moabite curse and the removal of the Hamans and installation of the Mordecais will make for a better culture. But that is hardly worth our time. Dysfunctional communities exist the world over.
The objective is for there to be a huge spiritual impact. In the larger scheme of things, the Servant gift – when it is vibrant – holds the key to unlocking some of the most valuable treasures of the Giver gift.
Canton Bern is Servant and Switzerland is Giver, so God obviously has positioned this canton to have an impact in the nation hugely disproportionate to its size. So far, they have not delivered, but it appears that this is God’s season.
So we close this week with the heart of God for good.
Isaiah 25:6-10 “On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation. The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled under him as straw is trampled down in the manure.” NIV
Spiritual transformation is the goal. The destruction of the Moabite curse is the first step. Replacing the Hamans in the culture with men and women with the gifts that Mordecai had is the second step.
Ultimately, the goal is to bring Canton Bern to the highest level of the Servant gift which is to become a place where God delights to dwell with His people, so that the canton can then unleash the treasures within the whole Giver nation at a level never yet seen in human history.
Put on your eyes of faith and pray into the yet-future expression of the work of God in this region.
Philippians 1:4-6 says, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” NIV
This verse is typically taken out of context and applied to individuals. The reality is that it was written to a church in a city, and the context is regional not individual.
God has clearly begun a big work in Canton Bern. As we close out this week of Noble Subject blessings for the canton, pray long into the future. Claim that which has begun and project it into the future to a finished work.
Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk
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