Sally is a practitioner. She shared one of my tools with a client, who said, “Where is THAT in Scripture?”
Sally wrote and asked me, and this is my answer to her.
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Well, Sally, you can’t get trapped in the theological model that if it is not clearly mentioned in Scripture, then it does not exist.
By that metric, menopause does not exist because it is not mentioned.
But within the grid of patterns, there is a distinct, predictable, modestly treatable pattern that we call menopause and believe it exists.
My metric is Matthew 7.
Matthew 7:16-20 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. NIV
When we can see a dynamic manifest in the spiritual realm, and get highly consistent results, across a wide variety of people, then there just might be something there.
Another piece of reasoning is the pre-ascension discourse. Jesus said, “Guys, I am out of here. I want you to take over the world. Start in Jerusalem, branch out to Judea, then take on Samaria and everything else. And oh, by the way, wait until the Holy Spirit comes on you in power before you start.”
That is it. That is the entire operations manual for the largest enterprise ever commissioned by God.
It would certainly stand to reason that there would be some significant revelation by the Holy Spirit along the way to the church as they felt their way along in new territory.
Copyright by Arthur Burk
I have been asked the same question and have NEVER come up with such a logical and clear answer... Thank you Arthur
Holy Spirit Realities always are consistent with Scriptural principles and when viewed from Heavenly perspectives can be applied in many ways that may not be humanly appreciated. Menopause may not be named that in scriptures but it is reference many times. In Genesis 18:11 It says, "and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women." Most know what that means. As I read scripture The Holy Spirit often points out something that slightly changes the perspective of the words. I was so highly dissociative that while I remembered nothing of anything that might have happened to cause me so much disconnection from God. Over and Over I would submit my life to God, confess my lack of connection, and mention something that I thought was interfering but nothing seemed to changed. Then the Holy Spirit led me to the verse where John was told, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21. And HOLY SPIRIT emphasized "THEIR SINS" in a way that let me know that what was interfering with my connection with God was what was done to me by someone else and not what I had done. What I had done was forgiven. But I had not dealt with what others had done to me! And I had not dealt with it because it was still hidden within me out of reach of my conscious mind while still creating a huge amount of pain and disconnection. After this was revealed to me I started to ask God to show me what had been done and thus started my journey of healing!
Oh yeah! How did you know I was wondering about that? So theslg has applied logic, verification and application to a theological issues.
I love it. I Thank You and my clients thank you. Blessings await those who step out and try new ways and means to restore and release those entrenched in man’s idea of theology.
Keep it coming!
Yes. Holy Scripture says that HOLY Spirit will “reveal hidden and secret things”
Just for fun...
Menapause IS mentioned in the Bible!
Gen 18:11 "Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women."
Also, in support of doing things that weren't explicitly by the guide book.
Mark 9:39-40 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us."
I’ve struggled with this question too, but motorbikes!! Who would’ve said. Too funny.
Seriously, my love for patterns confuses many people but this discourse joins the dots so beautifully!
Celebrating (with pipes)
hi, even though I'm a guy that whole "no menopause in the bible" illustration hits the mark! same with cigarettes, masturbation, soul ties etc...
The Bible is only part of our walk with God. Far more important is our personal relationship with our heavenly Father and the conversations we have. We need to be able to hear our Father's voice and act on it.
I met a lady once who told me that after attending church for 35 years, she met a jewish rabbi and is now convinced that the new testament is a fraud and Jesus never existed. At first I was shocked at her statement right there in a home fellowship. Eventually I realized that I know Yeshua personally. I have spoken with Him and seen Him in spirit. Thus telling me that HE does not exist, would be the same as trying to convince me that my earthly mother does not exist, whom I have known personally for many decades.
In the moment I read this I was calling my daughter up to have another thought that is not negative. It was about her brother with whom there is no relationship between them ... for years and they are early 30's. This putrid religious spirit is spewing out lies. All day long you can look at the bad and never see the good. This article empowered and opened up ways that I do that .. (Teacher RG!). Empowering indeed! Thank you!
When we start out in life, most of spend time in a crib, and then a play pen. Our environment is pretty safe and risk is strictly regulated. But we were never meant to spend our lives in the safety of the play pen. The scriptures are like the play pen. They introduce us to the basic principles, and give examples of what happens when we follow them...and when we don’t.
When Father opens the gate to the play pen, He expects us to take the principles we learned with us and to continue to grow our skill sets; as you say: “failing forward”. He also expects us to take on the world in relationship with Him. That’s why He said to WAIT for the Holy Spirit.
Your remarks made me think of another useful metric in the same chapter:
Mt 7:9-11: “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Resources for our journey are available for the asking, but they are only available through relationship with our Father. If our resources tend to be more stones and snakes than bread and fish, then maybe our relationship with Father needs to be grown before we venture too far from the play pen. But let’s not let that keep us from our calling to go out and possess our birthrights!
He did NOT leave us as orphans!
Thank you, Arthur.
I tell people that cars are not mentioned in scripture and yet most of us have one...
The trap of religion is so obnoxious and yet if I'm not careful I can step into it rather easily.
I think discernment , wisdom, and hearing from the Lord are key. We have been commissioned to do even greater things. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Love this...inimitable Arthur Burk! What a powerfully important Kingdom principle. Thank you so much for this post… Such a timely word for me!
Love your comment on the fruit. A verse God highlighted for me the other day, that is also relevant, is Mark 13:11: "And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit." Goes right with what you said about Jesus' instructions. The Holy Spirit will continue to guide us about many matters, and we're to "stay awake" and learn to listen (Mark 13 again). And then the test will be the fruit, if it came from the Holy Spirit.
I get asked that question alot. That helps me. Thanks for spending time understanding these things that many of us choose not to but we need so very much if were going to accomplish the plans of God. Sam