Today we are going to make a change in the blog. Most days I will add a section called “Journey.” It is my experience that we tend to be much more vocal in asking God for stuff than in celebrating His provisions when He does meet our needs. So the Journey section will be to highlight some facet of the Blessing of Egypt that has manifested in someone’s lives.
I invite you to worship the King for that story, but then to add thanks for anything from your life from the last week, before you go to intercession. At the end of the day, a heart of worship turbocharges intercession. People who pray from a place of desperation do get heard, but those who pray from a place of awe and gratitude walk in deep power.
“Wow! So excited. I’ve been following this blog since my friend shared it with me about a week after you started.
“This has coincided with a wonderful release of revelation and transformation in my family. Up ’til tonight I have only been able to listen to a few prayers as usually when I play the downloaded file it “cannot be opened” so I have been going over 2 &15. (The night you released that one my kidneys started a massive detoxification so I started listening to the Fractal of Two blessings too. I figured if I had the physical symptoms I might as well have the benefit of the blessing!)
“Well I suddenly thought… I wonder if there is grace to download right now? And THERE WAS!!
“Now I have every single prayer (including the elusive number 3!) and I can really join in praying for all of you. Thank you all so much for the power of your prayers for us. Thank you Father for the most incredibly ‘father filtered’ journey and thank you SLG for that term along with so much more!!”
There are two sides to this that sparkle for me. First is that Neridda acted like a builder, not a consumer. A consumer can always find a reason to not do something, because the playing field is not fair and the ground is not level. A builder can always find a way to go forward with half a set of resources, even though they cannot see their way to the end. So well done, Neridda, for soaking in two out of 30 since that is all you had at the time.
On a second layer, it is exciting to see that God honors our heart above my recordings. Since her heart was to break free, He accepted her investment in #2 and #15 and broke through the technical issues that were blocking her from receiving the rest. God is just looking for an excuse to partner with us when we decide that slow walking, Egyptian brick making is not what the sons and daughters of God are called to.
The picture of Jacob going down to Egypt fascinates me. He went out of desperation. Jacob had been an economic powerhouse back in the day, but now he had a cash bleed and was consuming capital just to survive. He went to Egypt as a dependent of his son. It beat starvation, but was a humiliating experience for Jacob, the Giver.
God, however, is the God Who Gives Dignity. He did not intend for Jacob to finish his life on welfare. When they arrived, Joseph arranged for them to go to the land of Goshen where there was still some measure of grass for the cattle. This way the family could begin to recapitalize.
In addition to that, Pharaoh immediately authorized hiring as many of the sons of Jacob as Joseph wanted, to care for Pharaoh’s own flocks and herds, even though that meant displacing the Egyptian employees who were currently doing the job. That provided liquid assets in the short term, while they were waiting for their herds to recover.
This is the nature of God. We hope for survival and He gives us an economic engine so we can thrive, not just survive.
This post is dedicated to all of you who have been fighting to get out of debt for so long that you don’t have any fight left. You wonder if you will ever see zero, or if you will go to your grave with debts hanging over you. There may be violations of principles that are keeping you in debt, but it may also be that you have done what is righteous and now it is just the Egyptian Curse that is keeping you in the brickyard when you should be building your own future.
For those of you who are in that place, I invite you to rekindle your faith by joining with us in this prayer.
For those of you who have been in the place but broke free, I beg you to bring your large spiritual authority to bear on your brothers and sisters who are still in the brickyard.
And for those of you who have such economic virtue in your family line that you have never known want, I invite you to thank God for that blessing, then put your shoulder to the burden and fight for those still under the Egyptian Curse.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub on a gloriously quiet day, replete with hope and power.