Yesterday was the 23rd birthday of Plumbline Ministries/Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc. I spent some time pondering the last 23 years. Here are some of the things that randomly bubbled up.
-Crazy, wild, messy. As I look back on all the weird twists and turns, there are a lot of regrets over missed opportunities, wrong perspective, broken relationships, bad choices, messed up timing, and running away from things that might have made me stronger if I had stayed and fought.
-Crazy, wild big exposure. It seems really incredible that there are offices in seven nations and a footprint in 110 nations, considering the absurdly small beginning we had. This is only God, not anything to do with wise planning on my part.
-Long term impact. The devil has been trying to kill me ever since I was knee high to a tree toad and just can’t seem to work around the angels God has assigned to keep me alive. But even if he did manage to send me Home, it would be simply impossible to extinguish my impact in the world. There are ideas from SLG strewn all around the world in so many different streams of the faith, and those will keep on speaking, long after I am gone. It is really kind of funny when I think about it. All the demons in the world cannot undo the release of those ideas into the Body of Christ.
-High impact ideas. Redemptive Gifts, Nurture Your Spirit and Alien Human Spirits are probably the most high profile ideas. Three widely differing impacts, but each of them transformational.
-The Steady Freddies. The teaching on the spirit of jealousy is still landing deeply with new people and explaining a lot of oddities in their lives. So is “Overcoming the Victim Spirit.”
-Sleepers. I am still surprised that “Relentless Generational Blessings,” “New Spiritual Authority,” the podcasts and the teachings on business principles never got much traction.
-Unmeasurable. I wonder how many babies have received nurture in the womb with our tools. More to the point, I wonder what will change in world history as a result of some of them. If that is all I contributed to making the world a better place, it would be very gratifying.
-Biggest disappointment. I have never been able to get anyone to invest in learning the Bible with the same zeal as they invested in educating their soul. A basic university class usually involves three hours a week of classroom attendance, followed by three to six hours a week of homework. And it is not just busy work, but hard thinking work, designed to restructure their worldview. Oh for a handful of people who would invest six or more hours a week for four months in drilling down hard on a single topic in the Bible to master it.
-Sweet memories. Recording “Baby Blessings Joy,” unexpectedly, at the direction of the Holy Spirit. That remarkable baptism in Houston. The day I recorded the redemptive gift of Mexico and my spirit came into alignment for the first time. Receiving the revelation of the Mercy Season in Wembley, England. My time alone with the Lord in December of each year. Being surprised by the “Blessings of Job” insights. Some stealth projects. All the times the Holy Spirit hijacked my mouth unexpectedly.
-High point of last year. Surviving. It was the third toughest year we ever had. But in the midst of that, we successfully started the live streaming videos which have been transformational for many. I think the Defiance series in the Worship and Warfare section was one of our best deliverance teachings, especially the one on the marriage covenant.
-The big surprise. God’s statement in mid-December, that 2017 would be a year of harvest, then seeing the staggering turn around in short order. Still in awe of how easy it is for God to change things.
-The engine. There can be no doubt that the majority of this is due to generational blessings pursuing me and to the vast amounts of prayer you have poured into my life. I am so grateful to you.
-The work team. It continues to be small, but they outperform any other team I have ever seen in terms of passion, precision and power. It has been a delight to watch each one grow, year after year, first healing, then unpacking their treasures. Special kudos to Megan who published her first book last year.
-A deep joy. I have changed the way a lot of people think. We are more than just a new idea factory, although we churn out our share. There is more to the Sapphire Tribe than being healed and bringing healing to others. It is hard to quantify, but there are people who see God very differently than before they met us. Many more who see themselves differently. Some who see nature or their job or their nation differently. Some have experienced a whole worldview change as they come out of slavery and explore sonship. This is very special for me. If people can see their world differently, they are most of the way to transforming it. This is more important than people learning new data. And a LOT of the Sapphire Tribe has experienced that mindset shift of moving from slavery to sonship.
It has been a wild and wacky 23 years. And there are no signs of our getting our act together and becoming anything other than wild and wacky.
Copyright May 2017 by Arthur Burk