Spiritual Tenacity Strike Force

One of our branding strategies here is to under-promise and over-deliver.  We offer half-baked potatoes, not guaranteed shortcuts to peace and prosperity.

Part of this is my visceral reaction to Magic Wand Christianity that massively over-promises and under-delivers.

And as a result of that, millions are leaving the institutional church, burned out on broken promises.

Setting aside the nonsense, there is a troublesome paradox in our genuine walk with God.

Sometimes, we get no movement in an issue because we are off track with our tools.  You can't cast out a demon, when the "demon" is a part of your soul, or an AHS.

Having good tools does matter.  God is not obligated to bless ignorance, although in His mercy, He does, on occasion.

On the other hand, Scripture is full of stories where a person was on the right track, and tenacity was the key.

Think of Daniel: And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved . . ."  Daniel 9:22ff  NKJV

Daniel's heart and head were on target, he just needed to stay on track for a while, until the spiritual realms shifted.

Abraham received an answer to his desire for a son, decades after first registering it in heaven.  Hannah prayed long.  Simeon and Anna had some pretty extensive preparation times.

So tenacity in staying focused on an issue for a long time when you have inadequate tools and tenacity in staying focused on an issue for a long time because that is what is needed for breakthrough, look very similar, but are worlds apart.

If you are one who has rightly identified your design, and has rightly engaged in the right battle for an extended period of time, then seen measurable, verifiable, sustained change when breakthrough came, I invite you to sign up for this strike force.

When John Dawson wanted to build a chapel on the campus of his YWAM base, it took him seven years to get a building permit, because of the antichrist spirit in the Building and Safety Department.

But . . . today that chapel exists.  I have been in it!

Because someone had tenacity in his building strategy.

Being a successful builder requires resources and skill.

Also pigheaded stubbornness, when you know you are on the right path.

If you have that, and would like to share your earned authority with some others who have good intentions but not enough endurance yet, I would love to have you on the Tenacity Strike Force.

Copyright by Arthur Burk
March 2023

Prayer Strategies

Strategy #1

You know those destruction rooms where, for a fee, you can go in and take a baseball bat and murder a computer, as a form of your own inner healing?

A room won’t work for me.  I need a 40-acre field and a huge bulldozer to make absolute shambles out of Microwave Christianity.  I hate all the false advertising that goes into that, and the crushed hopes from those who bought the fantasy.

Unfortunately, no entrepreneur has brought that fantastic idea to market yet, so those of us who have run the 30-to-70-year marathon will have to roll up our sleeves and go to war in the old fashioned way.

So, where to start?

With sanctifying your treasure.

There are two steps.

First, is a fresh round of confession.  While we have run far enough and long enough to see the fruit of the marathon, some of us have done a fair amount of whimpering and whining along the way.  So scrub down your attitude about the journey, and be sure you are squeaky clean in your relationship with God.

Then celebrate the fruit.  Our Christian culture has a wide strain of false humility, so it seems at times, somewhat inappropriate for people to say, “Because of my 33 years struggling with suicide, I now have higher than average authority over the spirit of premature death.”

So don’t say it in public, if there is no trusted friend who can safely celebrate with you, but between you and the Lord, savor the fruit of your authority.  The fruit of my authority has names, faces, dates and times.  The ones I wrestled for are alive today and thriving.

Your fruit may be a bit more ambiguous, but I encourage you to put language to it before God, and tell Him emphatically how glad you are you have this particular authority at this time.

I would like you to spend a couple of weeks on this assignment, so as to bring your “weapon” to its highest level of readiness for the King.

Strategy #2

As I began to write this strategy email, the Spirit jumped in and said we need to focus your firepower on getting “certain people” to the event.

Apparently, there are some people who are very important to God, who are extremely ripe for this message, who want to come, and who are being blocked in by the enemy in every way.

So, we are going to focus on getting each one there who God wants there, even though I do not know who these people are.

First, hammer down on the issue of lies.  The devil is telling some of them that God does not want them to go – as “proven” by the “fact” that there is no trail of grace – when in reality the demons are fabricating the barriers.

Saturate them with the truth about their battle and give them dignity in the process.

Second, don’t pray the barriers away.  VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION.  God is deliberately playing the critters.  In these struggles, He wants to grow the people through the process of overcoming.

So pour your earned authority that comes from “the long obedience in the same direction” (Eugene Peterson) into keeping the fire going in their inner man, so they can climb or remove one more obstacle, then another and another and another.

Strategy #3

Tenacity in each person varies with the task.

Give me an instruction book, I am usually good for at least nine seconds.  A YouTube video on carpentry and I might endure five minutes.  A piece of damaged soil?  I delightedly spend five years tenaciously seeking to heal it.

The tenacity we have, often causes us to ignore the tenacity we don’t have.

But might need.

It is my opinion that the devil knows a fair amount about each of our journeys and each of our birthrights.  He knows where we will need uncommon tenacity for critical issues.

AND he moves proactively to damage our willingness to invest in that area with tenacity.  We develop a well (wrongly) reasoned package of ideas about why it is OK for us to give it a try, then walk away if we don’t easily succeed.

This is a MASSIVE issue in SLG – selective tenacity.  People have a lot where it is not strategic and lack it profoundly where it is essential for possessing their birthright.

Would you war against the mesmerizing spirit for a while, asking GOD to show each individual coming to the seminar where they need to aggressively up their game, in a specific area of their lives?