We put out a query on Facebook this afternoon, asking whether I was the only one who had been hit with the Egyptian neurotoxin of slow paralysis in our projects. Over 20 people recognized the same slow down of their various life processes.
My general sense is that on any of these issues, we can multiply the number of people who responded by about 100 so we have possibly a couple of thousand members of our SLG tribe affected. That represents a terrible slow down of the building projects the King has called our tribe to execute.
I have spent a lot of time seeking the Lord this afternoon about the open door that allowed this in and about the way forward.
What I have heard is that this is not a matter of my having an open door. It is simply a brazen intrusion by the enemy because he hates the work we are doing.
God went on to say that He, God, was going to allow more and more of these “illegal” subtle attacks. If we are going to be effective builders, we need to learn to recognize the enemy’s strategies swiftly and learn to push back with violence, not from a court case authority, but with the force of spiritual power.
This makes sense.
I am so committed to not whining and to carrying the heavy end of the log that the enemy was able to sneak this slowly increasing burden onto me for five months before it became onerous enough that I noticed it. Not acceptable in the future.
And apparently we need to master the power approach to pushing back, so let’s do it as a tribe. In addition to being builders, Noble Subjects have to be warriors who war together with speed and strength.
I am going to look for different passages in the Word that demonstrate God moving on our behalf with Kingdom speed, not with the world’s natural speed, and not with the devil’s parking brake speed and I will share these here regularly. If you have not subscribed to this blog, you may wish to, since these will be coming rapid fire. I will also announce them on our Facebook page and my Twitter account so our tribe can be nimble and coordinated in our response.
Today we will start with 2 Chron. 29. It is the heroic story of a man making a nation-sized course correction. He inherited a ghastly mess from his wretched father who had vandalized the Temple and shut its doors. But he was up for the challenge. On the first day of King Hezekiah’s reign, he moved toward reopening the Temple
When he put out an appeal for Levites to cleanse the temple, only 14 people responded. A pitiful beginning. However, because he was doing God’s work, with zeal and passion, God allowed a slow beginning to become impressive momentum.
After they celebrated their first Passover with meticulous attention to Mosaic Law and the relevant details, Hezekiah had to stand back in amazement over what had been accomplished.
“Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.” 2 Chron. 29:36 NIV
As you war, please make it a class action lawsuit. War for yourself, but also for me, for all the company systems, and for the rest of those in the SLG tribe whose building projects have been subject to the Egyptian slow down poison.
Regardless of how impossible it seems to meet your deadlines based on where you are today, lift up Hezekiah’s triumph. He went from the worst situation Judah had ever been in to celebrating the most extravagant Passover Israel had seen since the days of King Solomon.
“There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.” 2 Chron. 30:26 NIV
Demand that the Egyptian spirit release you and your projects and cry out to God for the Holy Spirit to do a Hezekiah-sized miracle of changing people’s hearts, mobilizing them and aligning the resources to achieve the unbelievable for the Kingdom.
Now, notice that in Hezekiah’s triumph of God-speed, there was double joy. First the joy if getting it done, and second the joy of the miracle.
I am asking for an intense celebration of the provisions of God. I have had my first fruits victory today. Quite shocking. I will share it in the comments as soon as I post this blog. As each of you war for me and for the whole tribe, please post your joy stories in the comments and let’s celebrate the goodness of God quite wildly.
Ponder this: “The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.” 2 Chron. 30:27 NIV. This implies that the more we rejoice over the victories we gain, the more God will hear our impassioned warfare.
God said He is putting us in a season of training to recognize and extinguish the enemy’s new strategies quickly. Let’s not only accomplish that, but let’s redefine SLG as a tribe that has each other’s back, and that celebrates each other’s victories. Let the builders arise and lay hold of Hezekiah’s come from behind, God-speed triumph over God’s ancient enemy.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
From my beloved retreat where I am sizzling this evening.