Leviathan Post Series Prequal 1: The First Two of the Seven Principles

Okay, Amanda Damon. Because you asked for it….I am going to risk it. A post on this concept without dropping names. And I take full responsiblity for the content that appears here.

While there is a dearth of teaching available on the Seven Principles, and some of that material is over 50 years old, I am going to shoot from the hip and deliver my own understanding.

The Seven Principles are included as a bridge post in my teaching on Leviathan because they tie-in to the last teaching I did, and because they tie in directly to the fractal of seven (pattern of seven) found in Scripture.

As I had described eariler, there is an overarching theme of seven found throughout Scripture, and there is a curious passage in Proverbs, which I do not believe is simply an analogy or metaphor for completion of perfect wisdom. I am of the opinion that this pattern of seven is found in all of reality, both inside of Scripture and out in the real world.

It is time for us to Took up, move past our Bagginsish behavior and not merely be a people of the Book (I say this as a Teacher and a Scribe of Scripture), but also a people who venture out into the world and see the cause-and-effect relationships of reality at work.

People of Spirit and People of Truth.

This is why TPH’s plumbline is “Into All Truth By the Spirit of G-d”. I don’t just want to stick your nose into a Book, though that Book is extremely important. Rather, I want you to take that Book and the truths of reality of the L-rd’s nature into the wide world and step into fulfillment of being.

So, what is that passage?

Wisdom has built her house.

She has hewn her seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:1

I am of the viewpoint that there are seven pillars that make up wisdom’s home and those seven columns are the hub around which the rest of truth flows.

These principles are in order (follow the parallels to the Seven Days of Creation, the Seven Last Words of Christ, the Seven Redemptive Gifts, and the rest of the pattern):

1) The Principle of Design
2) The Principle of Authority
3) The Principle of Responsibility
4) The Fourth Principle in its three iterations of Pain and Suffering, Sowing and Reaping, and most generally, Reality
5) The Principle of Stewardship
6) The Principle of Freedom
7) The Principle of Fulfillment (Formerly Success)

Six Colors of the Rainbow As We Look @ Design

So, the phrase “Principle of Design” is something of a redundancy. There is no design without principles. And the Principle of Design is basically saying the Principle of Principles. Design is how something is made, how something functions and works, how something ticks, and how something is purposed. The airplane is constructed through hundreds and thousands of principles and dynamics. Pressures, lift, thrust, aerodynamics, yaw, pitch, attitude, altitude, weather, wind, air masses, barometric pressure, avoiding other objects that are flying, sight, sounds, proper takeoff and landing, metallurgy, materials, weight, and other factors.

White light is broken apart into six other colors of light: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet. So, also there are other groupings of seven in Scripture and nature that have this six-and-one, six-in-one pattern. So also the Spirit of G-d is broken apart into six other spirits, and the Principle of Design is the summation of the other six Principles. The Prophet is ideologically driven, and the Servant through Mercy are relationally-driven. The First Day’s ideology forms the building blocks for everything else that follows.

So, with Design, we look at the first day of creation and see that the L-rd created light, and in addition to that, everything necessary for light to exist. We call all of those laws that we cannot see the laws of science and the laws governing human relationships, and the laws goverening the spirit realm. And we understand and infer that because of all of these design related things, we have the Principle of Design.

And the associated head of Leviathan deals with Light. In all the ways you can manage to think of light plus some I have not gotten to, we discuss the head of Light.

Principle of Authority

Next, the Principle of Authority. Day 2. What was created. All we see is an expanse, a firmament, a dome, a vault, a canopy, a whatever. Some people might call this one an atmosphere. Whatever it was, the space between the waters above and the waters below also brought into existence

Weather, which G-d used to correct and cleanse the defilement from the days of Noah came from his execution of the authority in weather patterns that were already there, but not visible until they were needed.

I have never seen the wind. I have seen the effects of the wind, but I have never seen the wind. There is a mystery to it.

Billy Graham

The authority is not something that is usually seen until it is needed.

A true Ph.D who is recognized as an authority in his field, does not need to write “Doctor” or “Ph.D” on everything he puts forth. Frequently, those who do this have a legitimacy issue.

A cop has a badge and he does not have to announce that he has a badge every time he enters a crime scene. He carries the gravity of the path he has taken to this point.

Likewise, and let us again slaughter some sacred cows, an apostle…..

Does not have to post the title Apostle to his or her Facebook page in order to actually be in that office.

Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to say you are, you aren’t .

Margaret Thatcher

Those that are in authority do not have to say they are in authority. People understand they are and so naturally defer to them. Authority may be given or it may be earned. Believers understand at least four different types of authority.

1) Positional authority, which is given to each follower of Christ as a result of their relationship to Christ, though some take little time building that authority, because that increases in direct relatioship to the strength of their relatioship with the L-rd.

2) Endowed or Vested Authority, which comes when we are endowed with certain offices. Office of man or woman, son, daughter, husband, wife, patriarch, matriarch, the REAL offices of the fivefold ministry.

3) The Authority of Special anointings. One may have authority over birds, another over fish, another with fragrance to unlock the flavor of food, or the atmosphere as they clean. These are a little more specialized and are distributed as the L-rd wills, and these can be cultivated. I have some special anointing to work with plants and trees and land.

4) Earned Authority. Exactly what it says, we go through a situation and we accrue a capacity to deal more effectively with that sort of situation as we encounter it. For example, I have a friend who has, as a result of dealing with suicide for decades, significant earned authority over the spirit of suicide. I personally have an earned authority in the area of writings and the Scriptures and theology. Years spent around the material, and voila. I bring weight to those things. Also, I have been maligned repeatedly by church leadership, and because the L-rd has placed me in the office of pastor, I get a significant amount of mileage when I deal with those who have been mistreated by pastoral leadership. A pastor’s job description includes the equipping and releasing of people to do what they were made to do, and to protect them in their vulnerabilities. When I recognize that I am dealing with someone who is hurting, I tend toward carrying the same authority as if I pastored a congregation of people with individuals, and there is some sort of release there as I stand in for and apologize for the mishandling of pastoral authority.

In the interest of complete transparency, I can say I have screwed up a few times in the execution of this authority and I have also hurt people. But I have had to learn the art of walking with having forgiven myself and allowing Father’s grace to cover me in my screwups.

And there are all sorts of ways that authority gets unpacked.

But the reason authority is given is for one reason. G-d gives authority in order to increase the pool of authority in operation in the world. Authority might easily be defined as the capacity to execute. The ability to steer a particular situation in a particular direction.

And because of the patterns of Weather released on the Second Day, we refer to the associated head of Leviathan as the Head of Air or Weather.

I realize this is a brief snapshot of what will be fleshed out, but I wanted to lay some groundwork in the principles before we move to the more esoteric heads.

The Right Land For the Right Task and Missed Opportunities

I make a huge distinction between the descriptive and the prescriptive truth; that is, what is recorded to have happened vs. what should have happened. Further, I have no problem pointing out other possible outcomes than the ones that did happen in Scripture based on what is presented in Scripture. This is one of those psots. So, fair warning, I have issues with how certain players in accounts of Scripture behaved.

This post is not meant or designed to make you feel regret at all, dear reader. As a matter of fact, my pastor’s heart is to take care of those who do have those regrets and to help them move through and process so they can enter into the next season and redeem what can be redeemed of the past so that the L-rd can cause something beautiful to emerge even out of the most heinous of wreckages.

Please bear in mind that, as you read, this may cause some pangs of regret, which is an immediate signal for you to throw yourself into the L-rd’s fatherly embrace so that He can work with you to transition from that which is horrid to that which is a marker of His grace and glory.

With those in mind, let’s jump in.

What Might Have Happened

I am currently steeped in a project on the names of G-d, and while I was ruminating and flipping through the Torah, the idea smacked me in the face.

“Could Joseph have been designed for the land of Bethel?”

Let me clarify.

In Genesis 35, we are met with an account where the L-rd told Jacob to go and “dwell” in Bethel. Not sojourn. Not conduct a single worship service. Not a temporary tent-pitching and then leave to a greater thing. Dwell.

That word there for “dwell” means “put down roots”. Now, we understand that Jacob did not, because Bethel was mountainous and not full of pasture for his flocks, and we also understand that Jacob could have helped his financial position by changing his streams of income, from ranching to some other trade, but he chose not to.

Bethel was meant to be a permanent, major season in his life, and he up and left after a very short season.

We also understand that, as soon as he left Bethel, where G-d told him to put down roots, his life spiraled downward, beginning with the premature death of his beloved Rachel.

But, what had originally triggered Jacob’s restlessness to move into his next season, and leave Padan Aram was the birth of Joseph. And it is possible that this restlessness came from the L-rd, who gave this Redemptive Gift of Giver understanding of seasons and timing. Further, the L-rd understood that the dreaming Ruler/Judge/Deliverer that Rachel had birthed needed to be grown on land that would be receptive to and foster the visionary in him.

But what Jacob ended up doing in the house of Laban was taking up ranching for an extra six years, which built his wealth, but at what cost?

His vision.

Further, we also see that, when delay has been tied up with the House of Nahor, the House of Abraham felt discomfort, something which was hardwired into the as a family from before Genesis 12. Beth-Abraham was designed to keep their interactions short and sweet with Beth-Nahor, while the Beth-Nahor had a desire to prolong those contacts. For example, follow along with me in the following process:

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The matter comes from the L-RD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. “Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the L-RD has spoken.” And it came about when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that he bowed himself to the ground before the L-RD. And the servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.”

Gen. 24:50–54 NASB

Abraham’s servant went ot the house of Nahor, to the family of Bethuel, found Rebekah, and obtained permission to leave with her, all of which is really good news, right?

But her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.”

Gen. 24:55 NASB

And….well, let me put it this way. Sometimes we have those relatives or friends that want to hang onto something long after G-d’s season of grace for those friendships, dealings, or partnerships has expired, and some of us are more adept at moving on from those dealings than others.

In every one of these accounts where Abraham’s family, after leaving Aram-Naharaim and his father’s house, has to return, there is this leeching or smothering feeling in the interactions. This above account, after they said that Rebekah could go, shows a dysfunctional or cultural predilection for renegotiating what was promised earlier.

And Abraham’s servant is not having any of it. Ew, ten days? Fish and visitors smell in three.

And he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.”

Gen. 24:56 NASB

Laban earlier, seeing the camels from Canaan, said, “come in, O blessed of the L-rd” which is Labanese for “Imma get some of this loot”.

The Account With Jacob and Laban

Then G-d remembered Rachel, and G-d gave heed to her and opened her womb. So she conceived and bore a son and said, “G-d has taken away my reproach.” And she named him Joseph, saying, “May the L-RD give me another son.”

Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country. “Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you.”

Gen. 30:22–26 NASB

Jacob knew. He was supposed to leave. His spirit or his gut told him.

But Laban said to him, “If now it pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that the L-RD has blessed me on your account.”

Gen. 30:27 NASB

And Laban said, please stay. Which turned into another six year stay. Forget 10 days. Six more years with leechy, codependent relatives who learned by their clowns that they have been blessed because of you.

And what was the content of those six years. Sure, the L-rd multiplied Jacob’s wealth and families, but under a nasty, unnecessary, continually predatory work situation, where his wives lost any inheritance they had, and so the only thing that could cone from this bad timing on Jacob’s part, would be a complete burning of bridges. G-d said enough of the dysfunction, we are so done here. No Laban, not everything we see is yours.

Laban: “Everything you see here is mine”.

G-d:

Jospeh was a Ruler. Rulers are designed as catalysts for the explosion of sustainable systems.

And my theory was that Joseph was supposed to be raised on the land of Bethel, as a dreamer, and be coached on that land and in that environment that fostered his father having that massive dream that came from the L-rd.

But because Jacob had so much dysfunction, and Laban also had that problem, they kind of joined up in this slimy, Giver/Giver or Giver/Exhorter codependent relationship. Laban was most likely a Giver or Exhorter by Redemptive Gift. For those who are confused about thiw terminology, go here.

And Jacob knew it. He knew it was wrong, something constantly felt off, and that gut feeling was confirmed when he awoke the morning after he and Laban made the deal for employment and the flocks that were once teeming with speckeld, striped, and spotted livestock were now devoid of those things.

And so he set to work at his Giver conniving. And this peeling reeds and mating flocks and assessing weaknesses nonsense, which was not G-d’s aerial view for this son of His, commenced. Jacob was supposed to fly (see his dream about the stairway into the heavens), and he was choosing to fight a ground war against someone who was his relational match in everyway.

Jospeh’s birth triggered what could have been a really neat season where he was fathered by the L-rd in his gifts, but instead the rest of the account is characterized by a series of unfortunate events that were, at least in part, a series of hiccupping, dieseling responses of bad, lagging timing while waiting for something better or a way to renegotiate. If there is anything Givers have to deliver themselves from and resist when they are raised in dysfunction, it is the trap of reproducing their dysfunctional family relationships in new interactions.

Hello? Are we getting the lesson here? Everything was pumped and primed for Jacob to have an explosive amount of dominion in the region, and yet, he settled for 5th best or worse. Baby boy is a dreamer, son of his love.

And the MOMENT he got his butt in gear and moved toward his birthright in Bethel, THE TERROR FROM THE L-RD FELL UPON THE ENEMIES IN THE SURROUNDING REGION (Genesis 35:5).

“God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.

And as they journeyed, a TERROR FROM G-D fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.”

Gen. 35:1–7 ESV

And what followed this account was the dreams of Joseph. What if Jacob and Joseph, who were both made to dream, were assigned to a land designed for encouter with the L-rd through dreams? What if Jacob had dealt with his dysfunction through being fathered by the L-rd and turned a corner where he decided he waas going to start walking by faith? Further, what if the family hit one or more roadblocks where they were not hearing from the L-rd through the usual routes? They could have said, “Jacob and Joseph, take a nap”. And BOOM, a dream and the counsel of the L-rd follow, because they are dwelling in the place where a gate of heaven was.

And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Gen. 28:17 ESV

I mean, come on, gang. We read these figures of speech and pass right by them thinking them not understandable, and the King is ready to help us understand that gates of heaven are literal things with meaning and usefulness beyond metaphors.

How long have we been satisfied with natural explanations for spiritual problems? And how long have we tolerated harrassing or mistreating those who offer solutions or responses that do not fit our naturally-apprehended faculties?

How long has our internal dialogue been:

I have to suffer and strive and claw my way to an answer and no one is going to help me and I am going to push a flat-tired wheelbarrow full of rocks up the hill.

when all the while, G-d has been trying to get us to dream and receive a fully-formed, robust, complex solution to our equally complex problem?

What problems are you solving without the option of your dreams, follower of Yeshua? How long have your gone without the full-orbed compliments of resources that the Divine Council have available for you?

Cease striving….

What opportunities have you missed because you were not on the rightpiece of land? What does the L-rd have for you that you are refusing to take because you do not have access to the land you were supposed to be on?

Just some thoughts….

From the Desk of Arthur Burk: Synching and Obeying With Precise Information and With Imprecise Information

I frequently repost tidbits from Arthur for 3 or 4 reasons. And as soon as I get to the 3nd of this list, you and I will know precisely how many reasons I have today.

  • He is a friend, and someone whose input I value as a direct result of that office he has in my life.
  • Practical: he regularly cleans up his Facebook page because, as a Prophet he likes to keep things light and lean. I am differentiated in that I am an archivist. Always have been. It drives my wife up a tree the level of collecting of materials I do.
  • Someone from one or more circles in which I run is bound to say, “l need resource X”, and I usually know where that resource is.
  • A Sapphire Leadership tribesmate is likely to need said resource.
  • I cannot count the times ai needed something languages a specific way to springboard into a different direction.

Okay, so five reasons.

What Arthur said in this particular venture was about dealing with walking with the L-rd in two different circumstances.

He writes:

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WEEK 5.7 WHAT YOU KNOW NOON

On our donate page is a category called “Stealth Projects.” Those are the ones you won’t hear about until eternity.

Some are clean, simple and gratifying.

The instructions are to get on a plane, fly to another country, stay in a hotel in a specific district, take a taxi on Tuesday to a specific park, sit on the east side, and say what God gives me to say.

I do.

He fills my mouth with words about some government office on the 35th floor of a building I can just see over the tree line, as I am sitting on the east side of the park.

It will not go well for that government official.

I go home.

Watch the news.

And smile when THAT article is on the first page.

It is very emotionally gratifying to walk out with extreme precision, a precise set of instructions. I leave one of those events that you have paid for, with deep pleasure.

There are others which generally are emotionally challenging because of the lack of clarity.

I am in the office. God says, “I need you to go drive.”

“Yes, sir. Where?”

Too late. God already hung up the phone.

“God, did you know that Spartanburg is called ‘Hub City’ because of all the access points?”

Of course He knew.

So . . . clearly, I already have some data. I sit and scroll. For the last two months, there has been a vague sense that “someday” I ought to drive south on Highway 221. No reason, just to see where it goes.

That is the only flicker of any direction being special, so I jump in the car, gas up, and go.

And go.

And go.

I watch every restaurant, gas station and historical monument, listening for a nudge to get off.

None.

I finally get off because I’ve “gotta go.”

A non-event.

When I get back in the car, there is a sense it is time to turn around and go back.

I do.

Wondering what I accomplished.

Possible guess: I have a blessing of presence over weather. I wonder whether I was breaking up a tornado that was trying to hatch.

Don’t know.

I arrive back at the office.

Never any clarity.

Those are not nearly so gratifying as the detailed strategy with precise locations and timing.

But both are from God.

And both require synchronization with the King.

How willing and flexible are you to make the major sacrifice to travel internationally for an assignment?

How willing are you to serve with lack of clarity and lack of confirmation of your success?

Coming in the opposite spirit to the coin-operated religious stronghold that teaches people how to get God to serve them, requires a pretty radical level of synchronizing with God.

Sometimes it means spending thousands of dollars and days of jet lag in order to speak for ten minutes some judgments from God.

Other times it means burning a few gallons of gas while you try to figure out what the game is.

Either way, serving the King means synchronizing to the King the way He wants it done.

How is your score card from the last 90 days? Have you clearly heard and executed anything?

When G-d Ignores My Excue: So Distracted With Having Right Theology And With Whether We Are Going to Die In His Presence That We Refuse to Listen to What He Is Speaking To Us

And Moses said, “ I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

When the L-RD saw that he turned aside to see, the L-rd killed him for looking on the glory of G-d.

And thus the children of Israel were not delivered from the land of Egypt.

A missing manuscript of Exodus 3:3-4

Okay, gang, that is not how the text reads, and we know it. Here is how it reads.

And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

When the L-rd saw that he turned aside to see, G-d called out to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “here I am.”

Exodus 3:3-4 ESV

So Moses comes to the bush, and the L-rd responds. Moses does not die from seeing or hearing the L-RD speak, and yet we have constructed a theology from a couple of verses in Scripture that have been ripped from their context.

And we call ourselves sinners.

And we have become so obsessed with answering questions Scripture does not address that we fail to listen to what G-d is trying to say. Our job is not to use the clear visitation of G-d as an occasion to explain to G-d why it is not consistent for Him to do what He is doing.

And when it does, there are times when the question applies and there are times when the question does not apply.

True, later on,

Moses hid his face for he was afraid to look at G-d.

Exodus 3:6

But that does not say “Moses knew he was going to die from connecting with G-d intimately”.

Later on, when Moses asks the L-rd to show His glory to him, and G-d responds “man may not look on me and live”, the purpose was Moses had not completed his assignment.

And we make all these arguments IN THE MIDDLE OF the conversation with the King of Glory, the L-rd Strong and Mighty, the L-rd Mighty In Battle. And we fail to hang onto the things the L-rd is giving us.

What if we quit trying, for a season, to posit whether or not we can look at the manifested presence of G-d, and start being concerned with “what is G-d saying in this season of my life?” and we make THAT our obsession.

Transitioning to eternity with the L-rd because He manifested in such glory that we died from it and sloughed off this mortal coil is not a bad way to die.

The bottom line, and I love correct theology and doctrine as much as the next person who pastors and teaches, is, instead of being obsessed with whether or not G-d is correct in His behavior and actions, is what is G-d really saying to us.

If I am so obsessed with whether or not G-d can, that I fail to ask whether or not I heard and saw what He wanted me to hear and see, then something is vitially missing.

If I so castigate everyone who does not agree with my interpretation of Scripture that I miss the lesson G-d was trying to teach me through them, whether they were a Jew, or a Catholic, or a Pentecostal, or a Charismatic, I have missed the point.

If I do not tease out the truth in a passage in all of its nuance, but I am so concerned with blunt and plain truth on the surface, but I won’t meditate deeply on the truth I have been giving, and give my spirit a chance to speak, because I have spent a lifetime shutting down the voice of my spirit for the voice of my heart or reason or soul, then I might want to spend some time recallibrating.

There is a humility and a response to His grace and calling and glory that can only be received by slowing the roll on our soulish questioning, and respecting the space our spirit needs to speak to us.

I would counsely each of you to run after the fullness of what He has for you, and maybe to spend less time asking whether or not this or that is possible.

The Teachers among us will be of little use apart from an encounter with G-d that messes them up for a season that they quit asking the soulish questions.

Back up top, Moses did want to know, but he kept giving excues to G-d. No that isn’t a typo. It is not “excuses”. An excue is a signal that you give to someone to remove you from a situation. No, it’s not in a dictionary. I just made the word up, and it is based on the word “cue”. As in that is my cue. We have miscue, and now we have excue.

There are going to be times when G-d frequently ignores our theology in order to get a point across. And there are going be times when G-d ignores our obsession with experience because He is trying to help us construct a theology.

This post is not designed to get someone to throw out theology in favor of experience, or experience in favor of theology. Rather, this post is designed to get you to take the two, apply a little softer touch to your construction of views, and your response to your experience, and to develop chops in both the directions of nuanced theology and full encounters that cannot be explained away.

And to be able to share.

Sometimes we need some theological chops to balance our our touchy-feely nonsense. And sometimes we need an encounter that blows apart the bad structure of an inadequate theology that served us in one season, but will not last into the next.

Just some mishmashed thoughts for you to ponder gang.

Oh yeah, and let us allow G-d the lattitude to manifest to us without us being so concerned about whether or not we are doing right, acting right, or believing right.

Sometimes, Daddy just wants to rock His baby.

And sometimes, or better yet, all the time, G-d wants our mind and our hearts to work in tandem, together as a team, submitted to one another. A pairing of two.

Of GIGO, Governments, the Victim Spirit, and Ceding Our Authority

What follows is a hard word, and I am going to dovetail it into what can happen if we do our jobs better.

Americans: all authorities are appointed by G-d.

Also Americans: <voting for crap. Choosing not the best and brightest>

Also Americans: <cursing the government>

End result: Americans thinking the crap we have in office was appointed by G-d as the prophecies that routinely do not pass muster get increasingly looney, and as the quality of the men and women running for office degenerate as well.

End result 2: Undrained swamp, because it was never his job to drain it. It has always been our job. He does not have the earned authority. Rather, we do.

Gang, we keep parroting what our coverings have told us is the truth. Even though we really have been sold a bill of goods.

And we continue parrot all the usual lines that Charisma and Elijah List tell us to, cycle after cycle, year after year, with zero fulfillment.

“Pray for our leaders.”

“Most important election ever.”

“All authorities are pointed by G-d.”

Prophecies about Sam Brownback.

Prophecies about Mitt Romney.

Prophecies about Bill Clinton having a mantle of humility.

“Red wave.”

And this or that leader is G-d’s choice.

But the problem is, as a constitutional republic, we ultimately give G-d the material to work with.

And He respects our choices.

If you constantly hand G-d a bag of shit to work with, sooner or later you will end up with someone who stinks of that sitting in a position of leadership and like the Germans with Hitler, you will not be able to excuse yourself with Romans 13:2 by saying G-d appointed him.

Like the Germans enabled Hitler’s rise, we enabled all sorts of men and womens’ rise that never should have been placed in a position to represent is

Out of our silence and refusal to speak, many people who are present in office, because we led this nation to vote for him. And the authority, which was ours, we gave to another and then we played host to a victim spirit.

Now we have to deal with the aftermath. We are responsible for the place where the dialogue has gotten, so that the media and the man in office’s hearts cannot be heard, and we would rather gaslight and torch and rape and verbally screw each other than allow our words to be seasoned with salt.

We the People are responsible for leading and carrying and elevating the dialogue so the Sound that carries back and forth does not get twisted in this nation.

This crud has happened for far too long, gang.

And we have devolved into the slimepit. Instead of building, we are busy slinging shit at one another. And cussing the people in offices of service.

A Solution

Repent for allowing other than our best and brightest to run for office.

Ask the L-rd if we are screwing up this cycle because we are listening to the same prophets give us the same junk words and getting the same results.

And the dialogue is getting increasingly more swampy as people refuse to listen and they gaslight and twist and then deny so doing.

Ask the L-rd to shine His light, not on a party or a person, but wherever the heck He wants to shine it.

And the Democrats and the News Media are not the enemy.

“If your enemy has a driver’s license and a Social Security Number, you have the wrong enemy.”

Ed Silvoso

Trump and the newsmedia, which includes ALL MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS, including the FOX network with its oppressive spirit of lewdness, is a reflection of our crudeness and our crassness and some of the best and some of the worst of us: our refusal and inability to refine and communicate in a dignity-bringing way and with understanding. And our willingness to use our soft and subtle speech at innuendo and perverse speech, and the tolerable crap we slide into our talk or our appearance.

Using soft speech where it will do the most damage to us and he kingdom, and using bald-faced speech where it will do the same damage to us and the kingdom is harming us badly.

The Ashley Madison scandal was a glimpse into the reality of our culture. Intentional pursuit of adultery with kinky sex is not just a fringe thing but was secretly pursued by a cross section of the culture.  

That is who we are. It was not just an aberration by a few. It was massive. I believe the culture is quite a bit more depraved than the Main Street perspective of it. In addition to those who are so desperate for a strong hand at the helm of the nation that they will endure his negative characteristics, there is that secondary population that sees no negative characteristics since they share his crass values. 

Will Donald Trump be elected? I have no idea. But if he is, then we absolutely deserve him. Many people felt betrayed by Barack Obama.   The president we got was not the same as the candidate that was voted in.

With Donald Trump, there is no subterfuge. What you see is what we will get if he is voted in.

Arthur Burk, January 2016

And the deeper tragedy is the L-rd did not call us to be bawdy as heyenas and prostitutes and stupid as dodos.

So, we must refine and we must refine now. The President has not drained the swamp. He has merely changed its nature.

Rather, it was ours.

Don’t abdicate. Reload and hunt the true enemy. With your earned authority, speak.

As with all my stuff, I am of course going to make a disclaimer. Just because I do not approve of or agree with the prophecies concerning Trump does not mean I do not think there is good he has done. What it does mean is I do think the damage caused by our sloth and refusal to pick up our authority is killing us as a people and nation. And our Ceding of our responsibility to drain the swamp ourselves is destroying us. Our lack of knowledge and our lack of vision.

And our insistence that we suck on and depend on the teat of every prophecy that rolls into our ears. This incredibly boring and low-hanging fruit of easy election day prophecies that cost us little is killing us.

#thatisall

Trump: Just Add Something Like Lysol: Your Grammar PSA

First of all, I am not a Trump supporter. At all. I do not care for big-government spenders one iota. He is much the same as his five predecessors. I probably will not vote for him. And that is perfectly okay.

And those who take my comment to imply I am voting for Biden need to go jump in a creek.

Or read the following graphic and learn how not to gaslight others.

Second of all, I am a writer, and an expert at reading context clues. I have been doing so for about 36 years. Ask my mother.

That is not bragging. That is acknowledging my wheelhouse and an area of expertise.

Third, I am not a conservative at all. Too many bombs and unconstitutional murdering that happens. Not to mention illegal surveillance, search, and seizure under conservative presidents.

The moral high ground, therefore, belongs to no one. And no, our seniors will not save us from destruction. The war for innocent life is fought for in the hearts of men and women, not in SCOTUS appointments.

With this said, I would like to point out Trump did not tell people to inject themselves with Lysol.

If you read the text of his speech, said in his voice, given COVID-19 appears to be an upper respiratory illness, this line sounds to me like he is suggesting, not disinfectant, but something that would do the same thing as a disinfectant.

He used the term “LIKE”. 

For those who did not pass 6th grade, that is a similie. A word used to speak of one concept in the terms of another using the words “like” or “as” We use them all the time as writers.

When I say my wife’s eyes are like the sun, her eyes were not going to destroy whatever they touch. I mean they possess a brightness that is akin to something brilliant, and the most brilliant something I can think of is the sun. When I say her skin is like a garden, it is not going to need to be weeded.

When the President asks a question, putting forth a hypothetical situation to a reporter, and says “And is there a way we can do something LIKE that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”

He is looking at a principle or a concept. Not the actual insertion of Lysol into the bloodstream, you fool of a Took.

And he is using the best language he has on hand to conceptualize a solution.

As with the light or anything else.

Now, the twisting is due to this thing we call the fifth head of Leviathan.

And we volley this crap back and forth between administration’s based on which party is in power.

And conservatives and liberals get largely blind to the crimes of their own party’s President once he is in office. And they kvetch about the other party’s leadership ad infinitum.

And before you quote Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2 to me, recognize that isn’t talking about presidents, but those who are in authority. In the case of this, our constitutional republic, that is we the people.

So, please be mindful of what he is actually saying, and please give these people some benefit of the doubt as you pray for them.

And let’s quit with the gaslighting.

/rant

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From the Desk of John Chase: Drones Spying Among Other Violations

This is precisely why secession is reasonable as a course of action.

Pastor John writes:

Wow! Drones are being used in America to make sure citizens don’t break social distancing rules. The chief of police says that the invasion of privacy is worth it if it saves one life.

If that doesn’t scare the fiber out of you than I don’t think you understand freedom… In my opinion.

The point of this post was to point out how far government will go, how much power they will take, when the citizenry is scared for their lives. It’s one thing to complain about high gas prices, another to fear a virus you can’t see.

Yet here we are, listening to the gov’t tell us that we can’t go outside, can’t go to work, can’t buy clothes, can’t go to church and now accept a robot flying around, spying on our movements…all in the name of safety. That’s not how I want to be represented.

That’s not why the founding fathers gave us the gov’t they gave us. Do you not realize that what we are facing from our gov’t now is the very reason they revolted against England?

Taxation without representation has became limited freedoms without having a voice. Whether you like the protestors or not, at least they’re standing up for what they believe, letting their voice be heard, without fear.

Come on, mom’s being arrested for letting their kids play in the park? Police showing up to break up lunch in a backyard? Pastors being arrested for having church? You can go on the lake with a kayak or canoe but not a motorboat? You think these things are okay and legal and constitutional? Do you really think that this is what the founding fathers intended?

And I would ask this question; what will be enough for you? When tanks roll down the streets? When soldiers are on the street corners enforcing the law? When you are required to allow them into your house to make sure you’re complying?

Oh wait, that already happened here…230 years ago. Because if you think they’re going to be giving back this power without a fight, you’re out of your minds. Gov. Cuomo just said yesterday that if you want a job, go get one as an “essential worker” because he isn’t going to let the people of New York go back to work until HE thinks its safe for them. Thats’ insanity…in my opinion. In the words of the movie The Patriot, “Why would I trade one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants one mile away?”

This is precisely why I cannot stand federalism. This is what it has become. Not to mention the level of tyranny in the name of safety.

And safety has become a god that we worship and burnt incense to.

The slippery slope will continue until we say enough to the injustice, gang.

For the Exhorters…An Exhortation

“Not being shaken”, doesn’t mean you won’t stumble and fall. Rather, I think it means, “my heart will remain steadfast” even when I am damaged. My commitment to Him, though weak, is still…present.

Trust of the L-rd means rejecting the betrayal of other believers as the definition of Father’s character.

If you want to be an Exhorter of high function, you simply must go through the proving of your character.

There is a steel Father is wanting to pour into you. But that steel has been fired first.

It is worth it, and it will put a sobriety into you that the enemy cannot overturn nor shake away from you.

Fight to get His nature.

From the Desk of Arthur Burk: Birthing a New Thing

Arthur writes:

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WEEK 4.6 BIRTHING A NEW THING 9:00 A.M.

On Resurrection Sunday, THE Church was birthed.

No one was there for the event, except those assigned to keep it from happening. Such irony.

The 11 were trying to deal with their PTSD, before it was officially a thing.

His mother was processing her grief by solidifying His death.

The Jewish leaders were relieved that they had stamped out the gadfly who had been bothering them for three years.

And the Romans were standing down, after having survived yet another highly volatile “feast” of the consistently turbulent Jews.

An inauspicious beginning for the most high-impact spiritual organism God ever purposed.

But . . . it worked. And the world has never been the same.

Right now, in America, we have people dying, businesses dying, civil rights being trampled ruthlessly, international relationships built over decades being trashed, 22 million people filing for unemployment (almost three times the total population of Austria), trust in government, health care and the press being shattered.

And in the midst of that, God is calling many people to birth something new, AND is providing the grace for it.

For some, it is highly visible, such as a new business or a ministry. For others, it is a smaller venture, such as a new book, or a room addition.

If it is a birthing season for you, then you have been prepared for it by God. Your spirit, soul and body are made for this event in this season. Everything is in place, except public opinion. It seems like the worst imaginable time in many people’s eyes for you to take a huge risk and to do something so new, so far outside your history.

If God is in it, I urge you to tune out public opinion and run with the new thing. You will know if you have been pregnant with the purposes of God for some time, before this crisis. If it is a birthing time for you, bless the birth, and lean in.

And if not, then pour out your prayers for the people in the Tribe who ARE called to birth, and who are being resisted by the “practical” ones around them.

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This, gang.

Don’t drop the ball. It’s go time to run it and gun it.