LAC Blessings: Revelation #3


Jackie has a health problem.  It has pursued her for about eight years.  She has run the full gamut of allopathic doctors and alternative health care.  She has done all the traditional tests as well as trying some pretty exotic things.  She and her husband have spent a LOT of time on the web, looking, looking, looking.

In addition to the biological side, she has worked with a few people on the spiritual side, getting focused prayer and sustained prayer.  Deliverance, inner healing, AHS work netted her nothing.  People have worked with her spirit.  She has come to our office in California for the unusual tests that we do.

She has looked at defilement of time, land, possessions, past history, relationships and anything else anyone could imagine.

From time to time, some treatment has given Jackie a bit of short term relief, but at present, the problem is getting worse and is significantly robbing her of joy in living.

There HAS to be a cause.  Whether it is biological at its root or spiritual, there IS a cause.

And Jackie is not alone.  There are various people out there with significant biological dysfunctions that simply do not fit any known medical profile.  The cost in time, money and humiliation from endless doctor’s visits is enormous.

I am deeply moved by Christ’s dialog with the leper in Mark 1:40ff NIV.  A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

There are twelve verses in the New Testament using that same Greek word for compassion.  Here is the list.

Matt. 9:36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matt. 14:14  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matt. 15:32  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Matt. 18:27  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
Matt. 20:34  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Mark 1:41  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
Mark 6:34  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 8:2  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.”
Mark 9:22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
Luke 7:13  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Luke 10:33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Luke 15:20  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

Please pray through these verses and ask the Lord of Compassion to reveal the root of Jackie’s problem – along with all the other people like Jackie in our tribe – or to simply heal her immediately without any further intervention.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Healing Revelation #2


Jeannie comes from a pretty chewed up back ground and then she made some poor choices of her own.  God pursued her, brought her into the Kingdom with pizzazz and immersed her in an intense discipleship.

Over the years, she has been exposed to a variety of different streams of the faith and has drawn different treasures from each.  Her journey back to wholeness has been fairly predictable.  Unlike Jeb, deliverance and inner healing works for her.  Some tools are more effective than others, but aside from the season in an intensely religious tribe, she has steadily grown in her knowledge of God and in her healing.

However, she is stuck now, about 5% away from a reasonably complete healing journey. There is absolutely something there that the devil is holding on to, defiantly, that is keeping her “less than.”  She has a good life, is grounded in her relationship with God, but cannot be truly secure with this corner of her life held hostage by the devil.

Various people with differing gifts have looked and probed.  The existence of the treasure is confirmed by the demons who quite defiantly and blatantly celebrate and announce that they are holding it, while assuring us we will never find it and she will never get it back.

So, Jeannie is a person with a face and story that I know, through one of our other Noble Subjects who met her along the way.  My sense, though, is that there are dozens of Jeannies out there who have simply stopped going for ministry because no one can find the missing piece.

God knows exactly what the treasures are, where the demons have put them and how to neutralize the demons.  And Jesus Christ’s death on the cross does not contain an asterisk at the end of “It is finished” exempting these treasures from being found and restored.  He has already paid the price for Jeannie’s freedom.  Let’s cry out for complete revelation and power to set her free.  lac-noble-subject-blog

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LAC Blessings: Healing Revelation #1


After three rounds of group blessings by our LAC community, we have a definite pattern. Requests for changes of reality get a modest response.  Requests for revelation get a dramatic response from God.

That suggests that God is looking with favor on our design as a think tank.  This week, instead of five days of prayers for revelation for one topic, we are going with five topics. Since the grace is flowing so deeply, we don’t need to hoard it.

In each situation, there is one person I am specifically focused on, but each one individual represents many more in the tribe who have the same dynamic.  As you pray, cry out for revelation for the one I know about, as well as all the others God knows about but I don’t.

So our first person is Jeb.  He is a moderately well known Christian leader.  I have walked with him for years and watched him pursue his freedom with intensity.  He has traveled far, talked to many, read deeply, had a broad variety of ministry, etc.

In this time, Jeb has grown immensely in his spiritual knowledge and worldview.  He is quite versed in my material, listening to some teachings dozens of times in an attempt to get deep transformation.

But the frustrating reality is that transformation in Jeb has been modest overall, and utterly evasive at several key points.  I have deep compassion for Jeb over the huge investment and the tiny improvement.

We know his childhood had some bumps and bruises.  Some of the people working with him have hypothesized awful hidden things from the past.  Neither approach has produced significant fruit.

There is either a formidable deceptive device over the whole of Jeb’s inner world, keeping us from seeing what we should naturally be able to see, or there is one elusive key that will unlock a cascade of healing.

Either way, Jeb has a LOT of water behind the dam.  I strongly believe that when the healing and transformation starts, it will be huge and fast because of the work already done.

We can go two ways here.  What has been typical for our tribe is that God would give revelation that would unlock the mystery, and we then use the accrued authority to bring progressive healing.

I am fine with that.  Ask for it!

However, God is also moving us in the direction of power, so a unilateral visitation by God that instantly aligns all the inner dynamics would be spectacularly welcome as well.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016, by Arthur Burk

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To See Or Not to See


Blog Post by Megan Caldecourt

There were many nights where I would run in a panic upstairs to sleep on the couch in the living room.  I had another nightmare or was startled awake by audible voices.  I was known by my family for being very sensitive and imaginative.  It didn’t take much to scare me.  And those nights running up the two flights of stairs to the living room were especially scary because I was sure something was following me.

Neither my parents nor I knew what to do with my experiences.  We didn’t know anything about defilement on land or how to deal with critters or any of the many things that we now understand about the spiritual realm.  So, I opted for an alternative solution, which was to turn off the sensitivity as much as I could.

Things did settle down for me quite a bit, though it took many more years before we did enough spiritual work to put an end to the nightmares.  But I did an excellent job (unfortunately) of disconnecting the nighttime experiences from the rest of my life.  I willingly embraced the idea that I didn’t really have that kind of discernment and so I didn’t see or hear things.

Yet, as I continued to grow in my spiritual journey, I felt more and more the sense that something wasn’t right.  The desire to see the spiritual realm started to grow.  My spirit knew I was made for it, and all my attempts to shut it down couldn’t completely silence the voice.  I carried that longing and sense of “I am supposed to be able to do this” for a couple of years until recently when I listened to the teaching by Arthur Burk called Developing Discernment.

The teaching gives a framework for different kinds of discernment and throughout the presentation Arthur validates those who operate in any of the five areas.  What stood out to me the most were the practical tools he shared for developing discernment in your everyday life.  It was at this point that I realized that now was the time to redeem and unpack this part of my design.

So, I went for it … with some amount of trepidation!  But one of the things that has been special in my relationship with God in this process is the building of trust.  I began with an act of my will to acknowledge that His design was good, and now I am beginning to believe it with my heart.

The tools work.  Over the last few months, my discernment has sharpened considerably.  I have been practicing discernment in a variety of ways and I am seeing and sensing things again.  I am building confidence that the gift does exist and it is not something to be afraid of.  One really fun point is that God is unpacking a particular niche of discernment that parallels a major part of my design.  And there is more peace in my spirit because I am not fighting a part of who God made me to be.

And frankly, I don’t know exactly where this road will lead!  I am the kind of person who has one foot in this world and the other across the threshold in another world.  I have a feeling that I am only scratching the surface so far.  But I am ON the journey now instead of refusing to take that bend in the road, and I know that God knows His business.

I wanted to share this story for anyone else who has had a negative experience with the gift of discernment.  For me, it has been a process of first accepting the good of what God has made and then actively pursuing the development.   The material presented in the album on discernment was a huge boost forward.  Arthur helped me see the value to the Kingdom and gave me a path to walk on to unpack it.

If you have not listened to the album before, I highly recommend it.  You can find it on the Sapphire Leadership Group website as a CD album or audio download.

Be free to be you!

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LAC Blessings: Irene #4


Irene met with her ministry team today.  There was a lot of data put forth because the family line is rather messy.  In the first hour there was a clear pattern of the Aramean, Moabite and Midianite curses emerging.  Hardly a surprise.

The mystery, however, was why they should be able to stick when these curses are old information.

The team continued being systematic in ruling out all sorts of things, such as gender attachments, birth order, land, and office.  This far it was all about principles, and the tools they had were working nicely, albeit slowly.

Suddenly one of the discerners on the team got an elbow from the Holy Spirit to ask further about a very ordinary incident in her life.

It was the breakthrough question.  The “ordinary” incident that they normally would have walked right by held an enormous clue.  It was not ordinary.

That was the beginning of the supernatural flow.  Once they knew which rock to look under, they challenged a series of other situations and a flood of information came forward that confirmed it:  the hook was in her birthright.

By that time, they had confirmation from the demonic as well which started to choke her.  Nice of them to validate the process.  The team shifted gears and hacked and whacked for a while.  There was quite a menagerie in her and some of them had to be evicted in a particular order.

One was greatly protected by a structure, but since both Irene and her team had just recently listened to a scorching presentation on structures, they took it in stride, dismantled it, and booted the critter.

In the end, we don’t know for sure whether the job is done and she is free.  We will wait for the measurable, verifiable, SUSTAINED change to emerge.

But on the surface, it looks as though our global team has done a stunning job.  You pressed in.  The Holy Spirit supplemented the diligent investigation of the ministry team, and the one question exposed the scam because of your prayers.

Thanks soooooo much for engaging in this process.  There is room for discernment and anointing.  Some people would have been able to see that issue instantly and cut to the chase.  But when a local team does not have that level of authority, the collective power of community is able to make a big difference.

You Noble Subjects are awesome.

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Irene #3


In Luke 7, we read the story of the Widow of Nain whose son was raised from the dead.

This story is in stark contrast to the raising of Lazarus.  With the latter, Jesus executed a carefully orchestrated plan in order to make a huge impact in the Kingdom.

Here, the resurrection appeared to be almost an aside.  Jesus was on His way to do something, and He just happened to see the intense grief within the cortege.  As an act of compassion, He stopped briefly, returned life to the son, and the son to his mother.

At any given time in our prayer life, there is room for both strategic reasoning and general petition for compassion.

Irene has had a long season of getting beat up while she seeks the Lord.  I know her story and a couple of the recent heartaches are quite intense.

So today, let’s pour out our compassion toward her.  Think of all the times when you have been stuck, having played your heart out and your best is not good enough.  Then ask Christ to show her the same compassion He did that widow.  Ask Him to set her free or reveal the place where the hook is, so that her pain can be replaced with the joy of thriving.

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

 

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LAC Blessings: Irene #2


In II Samuel 21 Israel experienced a deep drought while David was king.  Initially he thought it was natural, then he realized it was going on too long.  When David sought the face of the Lord, God told David exactly what the source of the problem was and how to remediate the generational sin involved.

We, together with Irene, are seeking God for a clear answer as to where the enemy has managed to get a hook in her.  As with David, there is a messy generational heritage.  As with David, there is a heart to seek after God.  As with David, she is willing to face any issue and address any sin, her or her forefathers’.

Let’s press in for clear revelation from God as to what the issue is, since it is offending Him as well as her.

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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