Reconciliation to Land

by David Brooks

Our relationship with land and more has a lot more to do with partnership then commanding and standing on promises.

Our relationship with land and more has a lot more to do with partnership then commanding and standing on promises.

The next window of reconciliation is coming up June 10 through 30. Here is the link to an article which talks about this window at some length:

https://theslg.com/content/window-of-reconciliation-june

Please note that this window is not about God increasing our sense of comfort and wellbeing but about us increasing the amount of sonship and stewardship we walk in. That I believe is closer to the grace that God plans to give us; greater grace for sonship and stewardship.

I could be completely surprised on that. If God has something planned that far exceeds my vision, it wouldn’t be the first time.

At this point, I’m going to share how things look to me. If you disagree, please don’t feel pressure from anyone except your relationship with Father to walk the path He’s already been working with you on. And I hope the article above reinforces many good things for you.

From what I’ve seen the light of God is increasing in this area already. Again: this is how it seems to me, since I speak for myself and not for others.

There are several recent podcasts from our friends Dan Duval and Ruthie Andrews in the Bride Movement. I’m not qualified to endorse what they are saying but I will say that much of it fits my limited perceptions over the past period of time, and make a lot of sense to me.

The gist is that our relationship with land and more has a lot more to do with partnership then commanding and standing on promises. Partnership requires listening and synchronization and then seeking God as to what your proper role should be. I think our approach has been wrong in the past. You all remember Barnabas from the book of Acts? Look up Chapter 11, when Greeks started following Christ in Antioch. The apostles sent Barnabas to check out the situation.

Acts 11:23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

Barnabas walked a great example for us in that he didn’t come in and start exercising his superior knowledge, calling on them to follow him because of his experience. And he had plenty of credible experience, or the apostles wouldn’t have sent him. Barnabas was able to see what the grace of God was already doing and cooperate with that.

Working with land is an act of sonship because the land can’t like you on Facebook or tell you how awesome you are. Caring for land is a unique gift in that, if you are successful, it will mostly affect people who will never know anything about you. The benefits are real and largely known to God alone.

If you have never worked with land or considered this issue but would still like to be involved, please let me share the following, which I believe can be helpful.

Focus on being appreciative of every single thing possible.

Try to savor the smell of coffee or the feel of rest or the flavor of a lemon cookie.

Try not to rage at traffic (yeah, I know ...) and try if possible to find people driving responsibly and celebrate them.

Be super-pleasant with the person ringing up your groceries.

Be delighted with the beautiful colors of trees.

Try to improve the atmosphere in any way you can for these 20 days coming up.

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Jun 10, 2019
Renewal and restoration of land
by: Deana and Wesley Perkins

Hurricane Harvey damaged our home. We took a small loan out for repairs. Removed hundreds of trees and debris, replaced our roof, redone our floors and kitchen. We are against city annexation on our rural property.Now termites are everywhere. This place has a stronghold. We have struggled to remain. This post came up today. Please pray for us. Thanks.

Aug 27, 2019
Loving the Land
by: Betty Budd

Dave, thank you so much for this treasure of wisdom and insight. I just read your message, have not gotten to the passages for the different days yet. However your message just made everything inside of me and light up with a big smile and a holy expectation regarding the passage for each day.

As I read this I am sitting on my back porch just enjoying the trees and the nature around me. Just sinking into listening for the different sounds of the birds and bugs, watching the dance of the butterfly. Drinking in everything around me with an even greater appreciation.

Thank you for validating and enriching the experience.

Aug 28, 2019
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by: Anonymous

Such a devastating story. I am believing for a turn around for you and your family, Deana and Wesley.

Aug 28, 2019
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by: Anonymous

A response of gratitude and awe is a great place to start, Betty. Thank you for sharing your joy.

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Land reconciliation: Day 1

by David Brooks

I decided to do my best at a daily post, partly to keep myself focused and partly to see what
everyone else comes up with.

In the weeks leading up to June 10, I did my best to listen to Father, to the land around me, to
my spirit about what I should do, etc. Anything I could “hear” in the discerning sense I listened to
and evaluated. That’s a lot of filtering. My “land assignments” are often pretty vague: do this one
thing, this one way, and as you go, fill in the blanks. Today was pretty much on track with that.
But, let me back up to yesterday.

Tyson, my son-in-law and I were driving down a main road with a two-way stop each mile; we
had the right away and cross traffic on this entire road has to stop. We’re out in the country. A
guy rolled into the intersection, never stopped or even looked our direction, and took out
Tyson’s truck. HIs side, the driver’s side, was bent way in; my side had an encounter with a
utility pole plus both airbags went off. My ears are still ringing a bit, a day later.

The reason I mention this is because I realized this afternoon that the other driver’s unusual
aspect seems to me to characterize much of the driving and social interaction in this community:
lack of attention, disconnected, focused on things of low importance. Yesterday after the
accident as I was walking and looking for junk to pick up, I said to Father that I was looking for
the good to come from this. And this afternnon I realized that what I was seeing were the things
that play out in my business with many of our customers, among other things.

We have a strip of grass behind our building so after everyone went home I sat out there and
prayed, thanking God for His vision and the depth of His care, and starting to repent on behalf of
the community for giving up hope to see “something better than this,” for the coldness, not
wanting to explore everything that is wonderful, love everything that is good, enjoy God. Know
God and care about HIs statutes not because they are rules but because of the great wisdom
they contain. I prayed the Scriptures I normally pray plus several more.

I’m looking forward to greater clarity on this path as I go and as our friend Susan Miller said,
demanding that the enemy gives back what he stole plus interest. A lot of interest.

How are you all doing?

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Land reconciliation: Day 2

by David Brooks

About complaining..

I woke up between four and five this morning and before I could get back to sleep, I started
getting convicted about complaining.

Before I met Susan in the mid-2000s I enjoyed taking a deep dive into Greek, to the best of my
modest ability. I don’t know Greek but I’m good with languages and had some stellar tools,
including a modern lexicon, exhaustive Greek and Hebrew concordances, and a Bible which
showed the part of speech and tense for each word. I know that’s not a substitute for real
learning but I didn’t have that available at the time.

Anyway, I still remember the day I stumbled upon Philippians 2:14 which is usually translated
something like:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (NIV)
Imagine my surprise to find the word translated as “do” has the idea of making or building. It
seems to me, and has for some time, that Paul is NOT saying “don’t let complaining cross your
lips, just watch what you say and how you say it.”

Like a language formula is what God is after; say the correct words in the correct way and all is
well. We all know in this forum that is not the case. I believe Paul is saying something much closer to this:

Build whatever you need to, make whatever practices you can, so that complaints stop,
altogether. Do what you do in the opposite spirit of that.

When I found this word, “poieó” (please allow me to butcher the pronunciation for you later) I
was ecstatic every time I found another application in Scripture for it. I bored all my friends,
none of whom were excited about Greek. And more importantly, I found ways to apply it in my
life.

One application was the weather; I grew up in Alaska and frankly I have seen nothing in the
Lower 48 worth much comment. The tornado in Dallas was exciting but then so are
earthquakes. For me to NOT complain about weather is easy. All I had to do was not follow
other people’s lead in that area ... I think Susan has heard me start to complain about the
weather once and she literally whipped her head around in surprise. I repented and got over
whatever was bugging me at that moment.

Fast forward to today; there are things I’ve been complaining about, and without exaggeration,
those are the things which cause me the most problems.

I think being mindful is one key to the complaint problem. Back to Alaska: when it’s -60F / -50C
there is no way to survive unless you are mindful about everything you are doing. It’s just not
wise at all to let your mind be somewhere else.

It may take a different skill set to be OK in harsh weather than it does to walk unscathed in an
environment of carnality and gossip, but both require similar skills in avoiding foolishness.
It makes me think that God said, for good reason, to walk with your eyes on what’s happening
around you (or “walk circumspectly”). And greatly reassuring that He says we will hear His voice
behind us. That makes more sense than ever.

Today’s prayer time on the strip of grass behind our building was focused on repenting for
complaining; Christians about Mormons, other Christians, other churches, your own church;
complaining in general about isolation, infrastructure problems, lack of city planning, lack of
traffic engineering; husbands and wives complaining about each other; customers who don't
own their own issues; and so on. I asked Father to consider forgiving and cleansing in the way
He sees best and thanked Him for the Blood of Christ which reconciles us not only to God but to
everything the Lord Jesus Christ has planned. Susan came out and we prayed Psalm 103
where God forgives our iniquities and heals our diseases.

At times today, I could literally feel the weight that was on the land from all our sin ... not that I
was crushed by it, but it is not something to be pushed aside. God could do this on His own but I
believe it brings Him pleasure to work with us.

How about everyone else? How is it going?.

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Land reconciliation: Day 3

by David Brooks

Sense of sonship

I woke up relatively fresh and ready to go, unlike yesterday. While I was making coffee and
taking care of the dogs, I asked my spirit what today was about.

The answer I got was “a sense of sonship”. So, that’s what I watched for through the day.
Andy Robb first talked with me about cleansing time and land every day for a year, in
mid-December. I think I’ve missed a few days along the way so I’m looking forward to finishing
this year and repeating next year. One thing that has come from that is a sense of ease when I
have the opportunity to be in God’s presence. I still have the same awe, if not more. The sense
of ease is like ... it’s right to be here. It’s good to be redeemed. I’m exactly as human as
intended for me to be, happy to depend on Him and happy to participate in any possible.

As I left for the office I realized that the frustration I’ve had managing people for the past several
decades has more to do with God giving me an engine that is bigger than my transmission is
rated for. No wonder it’s been so awkward. I was talking with a friend about it last night, and
even bringing it up made me feel bad. I stopped feeling bad; there’s a mission in this process,
something worthwhile to ask about and look for.

If you’re not familiar with the teaching on engines and transmissions, here’s a link:

https://theslg.com/content/noble-subjects-about-your-transmission

I’m not sure yet how this is going to play out. I had several unexpected good things happen
today and some very challenging ones as well. Going into my prayer time I reflected yet again
how nearly every good thing I’ve received from the Lord spiritually has been here, on this land.
Even with Mormonism, with whatever iniquity drew them and whoever came before them, with
all the myriad issues and heaviness, God has still been gracious to me and the land has been a
blessing to me. I have received much from being here. In spite of the obstacles.

My prayer time focused around believers being freed in their spirits to receive as God intended
for them; for the shame to be lifted, for each of us to know and experience the grace of Christ
working in our lives, the spirit of Christ working in our spirits, being changed by the revelation of
Christ’s love, us growing into the sons of God.

I took a picture of the strip of grass where I’m praying. If I turned the other direction you’d see a
number of other businesses.

How is it going for all of you?

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Land cleansing: Day 4

by David Brooks

Trauma bonds to land I asked my spirit this morning when I woke up what today was about. I didn’t get an answer so I settled in to listen. A few moments later Susan told me what had happened before I woke up. She said the Lord took her back to a house where she had lived as a little girl. She described the yard and how the Lord led her to a particular place on the property.

We don’t know what happened there but we asked the Lord to cleanse and redeem and break what needed breaking, and did what we believed He was telling us. That seemed to go well so Susan also prayed for trauma bonds in my family of origin. I looked through the day for more clues. Finally, when my prayer time was approaching, I asked the Lord specifically about Idaho Falls, and then the answer started to come.

I had read an article recently about a new exhibit at the Museum of Idaho (which is local) about the very early settlement days. This would be during the so-called “Wild West” period with loose morals and weapons. I won’t describe the craziness because it triggered me, so it might trigger others as well. I first asked the Lord, is it the spirit of murder? Because that was certainly a component. No ... it was jealousy. Normally when I deal with jealousy I start with it being from the enemy, he was jealous of us and so infected us with his poison. And there is no need to be jealous because God has no lack, so jealousy is both a blatant lie and a misdirection. Etc. This time I saw a connection with Cain. The intensity of Cain’s jealousy struck me. Abel got the sacrifice right and was the one to do “The Thing” which was pleasing God.

No one apparently had pleased God for some time, that they were aware. The sacrifice experiment was a long term project with a big potential payoff. Abel was approved, Cain was not. I was struck by how quickly jealousy escalated to murder ... and then it became clear, what I had read, about the men being jealous of their wives affections, leading to the same end result. God advised Cain to “get over it” so to speak. Cain could have stepped back, taken a deep breath then reproduced Abel’s formula to see if he got the same results. If it were me, I would have tweaked it at the same time. There are many possibilities ... without staining the land needlessly, and without murder. If Cain had just focused on building. In my prayer time, I focused on petty jealousy and our mental and spiritual garbage which keeps us from applying ourselves to using our talents to build, to increase.

Jesus literally made everything, according to the plan He designed. And that plan is to fulfill everything God the Father desires for creation. I believe it will bring God great glory to pull this off. We will know eternally what He is capable of.

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Jul 12, 2019
Thank you
by: Elouise Van der Merwe

This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Yes!!! Yes! Fulfilling His plan is THE plan!
Thank you!

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Land reconciliation: Day 5

by David Brooks

Mental health on the land

Susan and I share an interest in mysteries; we like Agatha Christie’s “Poirot” and the Canadian
series “Murdoch Mysteries”. In fact, when we went to Toronto a few years ago, we tried to track
down where they filmed “Murdoch”. Unfortunately, it was the wrong time of year, but still a fun
adventure.

There’s something compelling to us both about a suspense tale that starts with the improbable,
and as the narrative progresses the pieces come to light and finally the answer is right there for
everyone to see.

The story of Adam, Eve and their three sons is a little more sparse in details than many stories.
We know from Genesis 5:3 that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born. We have no
idea when Cain and Abel were born or how old they were when the sacrifice incident took place.
We also have no idea how brutal the shouting matches were during those years. I suspect, from
the Bible’s complete silence about the happy marriage, that we may have never seen the
“blame game” played out as it was during those days.

We do know that God told the serpent that Eve’s offspring would crush its head (Gen 3:15).
Presumably, Eve thought that would be Cain, and so the unrealistic expectations began. It’s
hard to pinpoint a different source for the pressure Cain seems to have been under to perform
and so save humanity from their fate.

And it’s even harder to picture how difficult their living situation would have been, that is living
with each other, for jealous rage and murder to ignite so quickly. Someone once told me that
pressure creates diamonds. Euphemisms have their own special irony.

The words “mental health” were in my spirit this morning. Even last night I was starting to weigh
the importance of good mental and emotional health when Susan and I were praying about
jealousy and the tragic story of Cain.

I think the following is key for us who work with land and who walk with others and believe for
God to make a radical difference in the lives of people around us. If God didn’t provide, there
would be no progress. In Genesis 4:25 Eve has another son and says, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." God provided.That’s what made the difference. The sacrifice was a good project. Jesus refers to Abel as the first prophet (Luke 11:50-51) and you have to think that Abel was on track for doing the right thing in the right way. And yet, it came down to God providing more than it was us hitting the nail on the head.

When God decided to destroy the earth, He provided. He showed Noah how to build a boat that would make it through the flood.
When God called Abram to Canaan, He provided very good land and an enduring vision of who He is and what His relationship was going to be with Abram, later Abraham. God initiated; Abraham didn’t discover a way, God made a way. God even provided on “the mountain of the Lord”. Abraham could have sacrificed his son and was willing to believe God would do the right thing and raise him from the dead.

God did the right thing, but it was so much greater than the “right thing” Abraham imagined. Scripture commends Abraham for believing God in that way, and yet God went beyond that. He provided a sacrifice for Abraham and later provided His own Son. And God did that so right, so well, that instead of it being a failure ... OK, words are failing me. I hope you get what I’m saying.

In our quest to work with the land, an immense number of really bad things need to be addressed. God goes out in front and provides more than we know to ask.

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2019-06-15 Land reconciliation: Day 6

by David Brooks

Pleasing God

Living with Susan is always interesting. We’ll get in the car to go somewhere, and as we leave
our neighborhood often she’ll have a realization to share or new development about something
we’ve been working on. She’s spiritually active and competent in a great number of things, so
we could end up talking about anything imaginable--and beyond.

Most of the time I will have something, too. One thing I’ve learned about women in our culture is
that they are not often valued for the depth of their insight. I don’t know why that is because
most of the ladies I know have deep insight in a lot of areas. I want my wife to always feel safe
talking about whatever she wants to, and to be listened to intentionally. I’ve made it my practice
from before we were engaged to synchronize with her the best I can.

What that usually means is that I do my best to remember what I had so I don’t forget by the
time we’ve talked about what she has. At one point it took me days to remember; that was kind
of frustrating so I asked the Lord to heal those parts of my brain. He must have because now I
normally remember within a few minutes.

Today she asked me if I was going to write more about Cain. I had planned to so she said,
obviously he wasn’t interested in pleasing God. If he had been intent on that, he would have
made a new altar like Abel’s or at least asked God how he could improve his own version. I
forgot quite what I said in the post but her summary seemed solid and added the element of
intent.

What I had for her is that in a way, Jesus and Abel had something in common. Abel made a
sacrifice that God accepted, and he died as a result. Jesus also made a sacrifice that pleased
God, and He also died although that was the plan all along. Hebrews 10 quotes from Psalm 40
in describing how Jesus’ body was prepared as a sacrifice, and Revelation 13:8 says the Lamb
was slain from the foundation of the world. As long as this world existed, before we came
around, Jesus had already died for us.

As I prepared for the prayer time I looked up the verse about pleasing God that had been
rumbling around: Ephesians 5:10 and find out what pleases the Lord. (NIV)

I started there and scanned back through chapter 4. Ephesians has always impressed me as a
“power” book but it also has a tremendous amount to say about right living based on our right
believing and based on the work God has done in us.

Ephesians 4: 20-21 That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about
Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus (NIV)

In my prayer time, I focused on Christians in our area prioritizing their relationship with Christ to
the point where they focus on how He has taught us in the past. Unlike us as believers, Jesus
gets it right the first time.

I also prayed for our relationship with the Holy Spirit. It seems common in our area to either shut
out the Holy Spirit altogether because you just can’t trust, or you just don’t know; yet the Holy
Spirit has everything we would want in a companion including the enviable quality of holiness
(so you know He will never do you wrong) and having the mind of God. Unfortunately, we also
have the opposite end of the spectrum where people seem to believe it’s their responsibility to
hear from the Holy Spirit on other people’s behalf.

Our office suite used to be a beauty salon. I felt some of the weight of the false esteem and
values you sometimes find in those environments; not that I’m an expert but my wife’s family
was in the salon supply business. And I used to clean salons; you learn a few things.
How is everyone doing? I’m encouraged that we seem to be finding issues which are more to
the core.

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2019-06-16 Land reconciliation: Day 7

by David Brooks

One of the unexpected developments of this window of reconciliation is the number of conversations I’ve had with people about government, including people I have known for a time, people who are pre-Christian (family member) and people I just met.

I feel that, in this Tribe, we know better than to say “we just have to pray” because of course, we do. I long right now to do a breakdown on the first part of First Timothy 2 because it’s so much more interesting when you don’t gloss over it.

For anyone who cares to, I think it is valuable to read those first 8 verses without the grid of all the shallow rhetoric you’ve heard over a lifetime.

I also *want* to say, don’t ask for wisdom for leaders because (as far as I know) nowhere inScripture does it say we should ask for someone else to receive wisdom. There are two passages that talk about asking for wisdom for yourself: one in James chapter 1, which says, go ahead and ask; and of course the example where Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule when God said, ask me anything.

I really want to make this point but I have not yet reviewed everything in Scripture to make sure I’m right about that. It’s important to me to give good advice on a topic this vital. The closest I am aware of, regarding asking for wisdom for someone else, are these two passages:

Colossians 1:9 since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives

Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

The spirit of wisdom and revelation ... that’s what WE need as a Tribe, as individuals, and as citizens in our respective nations. Knowing God’s will better, knowing God better.

It’s my take that asking for a believer in Christ to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation about the knowledge of God’s will is one of the most completely “natural” things we can experience in a lifetime. It is not meant to be a rebuke; yet, it will challenge us and correct us on every level,
and it’s coming from the same thing our new natures are made of.

Yes; I think we should unpack Paul’s instructions, as soon as we (as a Tribe) have enough revelation to make it work like it’s supposed to. Let that be soon.

If you are interested, here’s a great resource from Arthur: Praying for Leaders.

https://theslg.com/content/praying-for-leaders-audio

I vote that we take Paul’s example and pray along those lines for each other.

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2019-06-18 Land reconciliation: Day 8, part 1

by David Brooks

Yesterday I had a lot going on but I was able to connect with “my strip of land” so to speak, the grass behind our office suite. We’re fortunate to be that close to actual land as much of our area is asphalt and building. We have a substantial fence behind us, and beyond that is a neighborhood with trees and grass. I used to have a friend there and it’s quite lovely. But, on our side, we have that nice strip of grass. A friend pointed out that land is still land even if it’s covered up.

Yesterday the conversation with the land moved forward a little from what it has been. Knowing how God has wired me, up to now I have mostly keyed on “feeling what I feel” in that I realize I’m affected by everywhere I go and have worked to develop some discernment to distinguish
where those feelings come from: people or place, or me. By praying after work when the building is cleared out I’m attempting to focus on what remains after the people have left. This is the opportunity I have now so I’m taking it.

I felt last night that the land expressed some appreciation for my concern. I say that weighted by the fact that I’ve worked in that neighborhood for nearly a decade and have not paid a lot of attention to the land; this reconciliation effort, now, has been a very long time coming.

My spirit pinged me gently about a recent incident which has stuck with me. A few months ago we had some natural disasters going in another part of the state. I prayed, and as part of that I attempted to address the land. I got pushback from the land so it seemed best to stop.

Susan prayed and addressed the land as well; you should know that Susan has the ethic of kindness and it comes out in what she says and does. But there was an additional factor. Susan reported, and I sensed as well, that the land was neutral. The next time we sensed that the land “knew who she was” although we didn’t sense whether the land was willing to listen or not.

We were puzzled by the land’s last response but this came forward. Susan is also heavily invested in an effort to show love to the entire state of Idaho. She has her time, creativity, many hours and finance wrapped up in this. She works with people state-wide to express love for the state appropriately, ultimately to honor what God has put here--much of which has gone unrecognized. There are treasures in the state few know of and mysteries hidden here as well.
The land on the opposite side of the state knew who Susan was.

Going with a conversation I had with Father before the alarm went off today, it matters a great deal how we live in the place we’re assigned. Briefly, that’s why it is worth a lot to me to learn to live here wisely. Clearly, my education is in progress. I believe the more we can invest in how to pray for government, and how to be citizens here, the more effect we’ll have. I personally am going beyond repeating “pray for government” etc.

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2019-06-18 Land reconciliation: Day 8, part 2

by David Brooks

I’d like to raise a few points about wisdom. I hardly feel qualified to discuss wisdom in general, but for the sake of sonship it’s better to embrace the process than to continue in intimidation. Earlier this year my wife Susan and I took a road trip to check on a few relatives on my side of the family. As she drove and while I napped I had a dream. I found myself seated at a table. A woman was taking a chair across the table from me. She introduced herself as Wisdom.

I instantly had scores of questions for her which I started rattling off. She looked at me and simply said that she had wanted me to meet her and that she had hoped we would be friends. She waited a moment while I was in stunned silence, not knowing what to say. She was very pleasant but clearly had her own agenda. I could tell she was not impressed with me, and when she got up to leave I quickly followed her out of the room, into the walkway outside the room. I lost her right away. And then I woke up and told Susan about the dream.

I went to Proverbs and read the first 8 chapters to get perspective on what I’d seen. Up to that point, I’m afraid I viewed wisdom as a commodity; if you have it, then you’ll do a good job, make the right choices, keep out of trouble. Proverbs 7:4 Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family. Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. Proverbs 2:2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Proverbs 2:12 Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. And so on; there are many passages in the first section of Proverbs we could discuss here.

The first two I listed above clearly point to Wisdom as a person, along with the passage talking about Wisdom participating in creation. In the third and fourth verses along with many like them, Wisdom could easily be seen as a “thing” or a commodity; if you have this quality, you’ll be free from evil people, etc. However, it seems to me to be clear now that Wisdom is not a commodity. Wisdom is a person. And you need to learn to love her and listen. She never stops talking, and she’s loud and clear, but we need to tune ourselves to listen. And that takes work; synchronizing to God and synchronizing to a person both take a lot of focus and willfully tossing some thoughts out so the thoughts you are hearing have room.

Another passage that we tend to underestimate is James 1:5: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. I read James earlier this evening. Rather than this being an isolated verse in the text, it fits beautifully into a framework that discusses how generous God is and how transforming is every word He speaks. This past winter we had a project in Sapphire where we spoke wisdom over several individuals, possibly “Fred” and “Sally”. My spirit literally tricked me into being part of the group that spoke this verse: James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

I vote that if we ask God for wisdom for anyone, we ask for James 3:17, all of it. For six weeks I daily spoke this over the people we sought to bless, and several of my friends who were going through a rough time. It put something in my spirit that had been lacking. “First pure” ... this brings such life to me. And all of this verse. The peace is not “peace at any cost” but wholeness, fitting rightly with the Lord. And so on. Wisdom is a person; love Wisdom.

Let’s pray big.

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Land reconciliation: Day 11

by David Brooks

(The 20th is the eleventh day of the window, not the tenth)

I appreciate Chris Pfohl having a post, and having a sense of urgency about it. The post seemed well received by many. (some posts are not included here)

We’ve been talking about government over the past few days, and before that about complaining. I’ve been re-listening to an album called “A Redemptive View of South Africa’
which came out a few years back. It’s been on my mind to listen again.

Here is the link for this album in the Free Audio section on the SLG website:

https://theslg.com/content/a-redemptive-view-of-south-africa

CD 5 track 5 talks about Orange County, California. SLG was in Orange County before they
moved to South Carolina. Anyway, the story goes that a financial manager misused county funds and lost billions of dollars. The county was facing bankruptcy. One of the local churches posted intercessors in the county
government building to walk the halls and pray, five days a week; they weren’t overt about it, no obvious signs, just asking God for blessing and wisdom for
the government office holders.

I heard once how long they prayed before they saw results but I don’t recall how many months or years this went on. Five days a week.

Then there came a time when God showed up:
1. The money was mostly recovered
2. Each city in the county “spontaneously” birthed a city wide outreach, with unity among all
the pastors
3. The leaders of gangs “spontaneously” decided to make peace and reconcile. At times a
politician or minister might have been able to coerce a few into going public. Not in this case. The gang leaders did it on their own.

I submit to you that recovering the money was an answer to prayer, and the other two were God cleansing the land. The church *should* have been actively praying for specific government offices. The church *should* have been using their God-given resources not to only benefit the work of the Kingdom but also benefit the community they were in.

Sadly, when the financial piece was resolved, the intercessors stopped praying, and the other two activities vanished overnight. When their specific pain point was resolved, they quit, in spite of the kingdom blessing.

Many talk about Jeremiah 29:11 as being a pivotal verse, but for me it has long been this one:

Jeremiah 29:7 Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper.

Family, this was BABYLON. It was not God-friendly, Jew-friendly, Torah-friendly. It was corrupt (see Daniel, particularly chapter 5). God raised up the Babylonians to execute justice on the nations around them and in particular to punish Judah for flagrant idolatry. God judged the Babylonians because they went too far.

And yet God said (read the chapter) you’ve got 70 years, no matter what your so-called “prophets” say, you’re going to be here, and you’re going to make it work. And not just for yourselves.

And at this point I am still believing God for more of the picture, but at least I’m more outside of myself and not focusing so much on my own pain. So, that’s progress.

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Land reconciliation: Day 12

Before the window started June 10, Susan was spending time in Psalm 103, quoting it and talking about it. Here are the first few verses: Psalm 103:1-3

1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

She had me look up the word translated "sin" and as we thought we remembered, it's a Hebrew word meaning "iniquity" or specifically: iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity, phases of punishment, and more along those lines. So not only does God forgive our sins, like you might forgive someone who gave you the wrong change or ran into your car; but God also forgives more serious entrenched problems. We don't claim to understand the process in-depth but we did spend some time worshipping God for His ability to forgive and thoroughly cleanse from iniquity. Ability, and willingness. If God is interested, and you think you haven't seen it, then you have something very good to look forward to.

With that as a background, one of my prayer days as I applied a small amount of wine to the grass, I was struck that the blood of Christ literally went into the ground. Similarly, the land received Jesus' body for those several days, in a way. Not permanently, of course. The blood of Christ is applied to people spiritually. And of course, Jesus shared his blood and his body with the disciples the night before His crucifixion. But the land itself received the actual blood; it was never collected, despite the claims of the Crusades or however that was handled.

At this point, a sequence I had seen in part started to make more sense. When God is discussing with Abraham the future of the nation of Israel, he says:

Genesis 15:16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the
Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.

Fast forward to the Exodus, and Abraham's descendants are "on the way back here," to Canaan
or Palestine. Moses is giving instructions to the people:

Leviticus 18:28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that
were before you.

Leviticus 20:22 "'Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am
bringing you to live may not vomit you out."

In Genesis, God spoke of the future, when the full amount of sin would be reached. In Leviticus, He's talking about past tense "the land vomited them out" although that was about to happen literally. The Amorites hold on the land had ceased around the time Leviticus was first delivered, and they were about to be "ejected."

It's these kinds of sequences, putting these pieces together that is helping me to realize with land cleansing, we're the problem, not the land specifically. It's not the land's sin or the land's iniquity. It's ours. In our lifetimes we have mostly known land "with issues" so we don't realize the difference between what we have now, and the true gift that God meant land to be, which it once was.

Even in the days of Abraham, the region of Sodom and Gomorrah was different than we know it:

Genesis 13:10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)

I think I'm starting to see that part of our reconciliation with the land is direct, and part is indirect where we come to grips with the broader issues which affect us and the land as well.

More to come.

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Land reconciliation: Day 13

by David Brooks

Some time ago, I stumbled on this verse: Acts 13:36:

"Now when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed." That phrase, David served God's purpose in his generation, has given me an incentive over time for studying the life of David. So, it was exciting to me when I finally connected the dots a few years back on David's first big failure in his kingship. The Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines when Samuel was a young boy. I once estimated once that the Ark was gone over 100 years. And now that David had been crowned king over a united kingdom, the most significant thing he can do for the country is to bring back the Ark. The only problem is that it failed and a man died.

2 Samuel 6:8 says that David became angry when the Lord’s hand broke out against the man, and he even gave the place a name. This is the point in the narrative where, in hindsight, we can see that David's next step as the king was to obey the command of Moses: Deuteronomy 17:18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. I've pictured David making his own copy of the law by hand, and one day stumbling across the verses that describe how only a specific family of the Levitical tribe can approach the Ark, and how the Ark had rings so that it could be carried by the priests on their shoulders.

There’s a facepalm moment. That's why David went from being intensely angry over the debacle, to having great joy and staging a massive celebration over returning the Ark the way God wanted it to happen. Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I love that David took this problem on himself; there is no record of him consulting the priests or the prophets on this. I love that he looked to God for instruction, not merely problem-solving. I love that David owned this problem, even though he wasn't responsible for the origin of the problem, he saw it through to the end. There's a different problem from later in David's kingship. In 2 Samuel 21, there was a famine for 3 years, which turns out to be from "Saul's bloodstained house" because he had put the Gibeonites to death. Saul apparently had decided to dish out some delayed punishment to the Gibeonites, who had deceived Joshua. This is in spite of a covenant the leaders of Israel had made with the Gibeonites to protect them. Here’s an iniquity which God could still see.

Exactly how David came to the decision to have some of Saul's descendants put to death ... well, that's hard for me to say. This situation was a lot more difficult than finding an unambiguous description in the Law of Moses. I agree that it was right and I know that it had to be gut-wrenching. We're not in the execution business these days. Again, as the king, David owned the problem. He didn’t run from it. I have notes of my own from many other situations in David's life before he was king and during, regarding problems he didn't cause and how he worked to address them. Of course, he managed to provoke some issues of his own, but so do we all The tie-in for us comes from Revelation 5. It's a picture that is almost impossible to describe. Chapters 4 and 5 are so worth a regular read. I've had the last part of this stuck in my head for some time now. The context is the 24 elders and the 4 living creatures singing a new song to the Lamb: Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

Think for a moment how great this work is, how remarkable that Jesus made us kings and priests to serve our God, reigning on the earth.

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Land reconciliation: Day 14

by David Brooks

One of the passages I stumbled on a while back came to me today, and wouldn't leave me alone. I started out on a totally different topic for this post but decided to start over and look at Deuteronomy 21. Take a look at the first nine verses.

Here's a quick summary: If you find a dead body, the elders in the closest city need to summon the Levitical priests "For the Lord your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the Lord and to decide all cases of dispute and assault."

Then there are some words, and the elders say, "We didn't do this, and we didn't see it happen." Then a reference to atonement (Old Testament style) and finally this statement: "You will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord."

We talked recently about King David owning problems that were not his own. This passage could have been part of his motivation since we know he made his own copy of the entire law of Moses. But, because stewardship is still somewhat of a stronghold for me, I tend to face some problems slowly, over time. We have an intersection of two main roads a few miles from our office.

I've noticed we tend to have 2-3 car pileups there and terrible distractions in general. This went on for months. It wasn't until someone else mentioned the problem that I set out to do something about it. When I asked God, He showed me what approach to use.

After that, the intersection notably improved for several years. I'm not sure if the guilt in the passage comes from the bad thing itself or that it was a member of the broader community. That part isn't clear, but what is clear is that the people who have the means to deal with it are expected to. And the result is right: we purge ourselves of the guilt, and we do what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord.

That last part is tremendously motivating to me.

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Land reconciliation: Day 15

by David Brooks

Some time ago as I was starting to walk out of the haze, when I was still committed to a denomination (thinking that was God) a national leader guy came to our church for a few days. I remember he spoke on an episode from the life of David. (I hear a cheer going up for David right now!)

In 2 Samuel 5 David had been made king, and the Philistines felt this was a bad plan so they set out to discourage him from reigning, or worse. 2 Samuel 5:19 so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.” David did this and got very good results. The Philistines decided to take a break from getting beat on and even left their gods behind. This is the only thing they did all day that made sense.

One thing I appreciate about this story is that David’s method of defeating them was not disclosed. There is great danger in making a formula from something that worked before. You don’t really know until you learn from the Godhead, why something worked. We can imagine, though, that David used a frontal assault, mainly because the word “go” was used and we can compare with the next campaign, which was not head on.

When the Philistines returned, this is what David did: 5:23-25 so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. My first significant land mission was in 2012. I sensed there was a problem and asked the Lord if I was the one to do something about it.

By way of saying “yes” the Lord showed me I should purchase and listen to the album “Tools for Cleansing Time and Land” and when that was finished, come back and get the rest of my instructions. My next instructions were to do certain of the items Arthur demonstrated, at a specific site of land, for a specific period of time. He had a few other stipulations for me. Since then, my approach to land issues is like other areas of spiritual warfare; meaning, I have a mixed record.

I’m pretty elated when things work and try to keep my head in the game when they don’t. If you follow Sapphire teachings at all or read some of the forums, you’ll recognize some of this. I listen and I pray. I ask questions of the Lord, I ping my spirit, I stay aware of what I have been seeing in recent times as much as situations as they unfold.

Sometimes I have access to other human spirits or other “entities” although I don’t go looking for that. I might start. In other words, often God preps me for a situation by bringing up a number of topics I didn’t know I would need to know. Also, God works to develop patience in me.

Yay! I say all of this to encourage everyone that “God is at work in us, both to will and to do His good pleasure.”

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Land reconciliation: Day 16

by David Brooks

Over the past few days, this phrase keeps coming to mind: “a land flowing with milk and honey”.

Someday I’ll do a count to see how many times that is listed in Scripture and in what context. Until then, here is the first reference: Exodus 3:8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey--the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

If you are thinking “Exodus 3, burning bush” then, you’re right, this is God introducing Himself and His purpose to Moses. The time has finally come when everything is ready for God to fulfil His promise to Abraham. I love how God describes where He is taking the Israelites. A good and large land (I like roomy land). Loads of milk and honey. Loads of enemies. One thing that concerns me about this scenario: I don’t believe I have heard a single mention of the land of Canaan at this point in time, in any context that was NOT enemy-focused. I’d like to look at this story through a different lens. With respect to my targeted endpoint, there are three significant events in this story. The first in the thread is the last in the sequence. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, LONG after the burning bush, they ate the produce of Canaan.

Joshua 5:12 says that is when the manna stopped. After this point, the Israelites expected the land to take care of them, even if that meant eating the groceries of their enemies. This is the point in history when the nation began to experience the “good land flowing with milk and honey”. Just the beginning, but it was real. Let’s contrast that to Numbers 13 and 14. The nation rebelled against the idea of going into the land. They literally, stubbornly refused. I am pretty sure that the Lord would have worked with them to conquer the land as they were supposed to, in spite of the difficulties their own hardness caused. There is a not-too-subtle reference to complaining in this context as well. I note that it is as if the land itself repelled the Israelites. This whole sequence would make such an excellent study in long form.

The hardness of heart and complaining were certainly contributors along with packing their idols from Egypt along with them in the desert. So many things worked against them. So far our discussion we have a high point, and a low point. We know that back in Joshua the Israelites don’t completely drive out all the enemies so we’re not quite on the mountain top, the pinnacle of success so to speak. But they’re making good progress toward their destiny, the land God promised them. What happened in between? If you follow the thread of trials and complaining you’ll come to the incident Jesus spoke of to Nicodemus. Let’s jump back to Numbers, chapter 21.

We start with the king of Arad capturing some of the Israelites. That’s much worse than being hungry and your credit card being denied. Then the people had enough and started complaining because they were backtracking. God also had and sent poisonous snakes. The people repented of speaking against the Lord (yes, actually speaking AGAINST the Lord ...) and Moses arranged for a remedy. This is what Jesus said: (John 3:14) Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, We’ve all heard the comparison between Christ being lifted up, and the bronze serpent.

Everyone who looked on the serpent was saved from their fatal snake bite, and so it is with Christ. That’s familiar and true. What may not be familiar is this: immediately following the snake incident, the Israelites journey on. The Lord starts talking about war. When they next found water, the nation sang a song and actually gave God honor. The nation! That’s much bigger, to me, then enjoying a good song on your device. And after that, the next steps are defeating various enemies who attack, on the east side of the Jordan. This is also a huge step forward from losing members of the Tribe. In some manner, Christ personally intervened internally for the Israelites. There was some transformation going on. It wasn’t perfect; Balaam came along and eventually the nation stumbled ... and repented.

May God give us wisdom as we consider His ways.

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Land reconciliation: Day 17

by David Brooks

I stumbled upon something about two months ago which helped me understand the Lord’s Prayer better than I did before. I rebel against “church language” or any kind of jargon. I’m dependent on reality because I need things to work. Jesus taught that prayer twice; once in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6, then in a different setting in Luke 12 when the disciples specifically asked Him about prayer.

The first part of the prayer is essentially the same on both occasions. So the fact that the latter parts are slightly different is not like the Gospel writers can’t agree; it’s just two situations when Jesus gave very similar advice. Here is Matthew 6:9 from a Greek text analysis: Thus, therefore, pray you: Father of us, who is in the heavens, hallowed be the name of you. You can see that analysis on this link: https://biblehub.com/text/matthew/6-9.htm

The word “hallowed” is where, respectfully, I was stumped. It’s not that I don’t like the word, rather I don’t associate much meaning with it. The Greek word is hagios which means “to make holy, i.e. purify or consecrate or venerate.” Knowing that helped, but the next step in the rabbit trail the Lord had me on (journey of education) was leading to something better. I’ve been meditating for several years now on the statement Jesus makes in John 17 where he says he sanctifies himself. When I first realized what I was hearing, I said to Susan: “He what? What does he mean, he sanctifies himself?”

After some discussion, I came to peace that Jesus fully set himself aside to carry out the long term plan of the Father in the context of his prayer. You should go read that; it’s about us. From that process I realized that sanctification is not just a technical, theological term, but something Jesus intended for himself as well as us. I also recently learned that in the book of Daniel, he was praying while facing Jerusalem three times a day because he was sanctifying Jerusalem.

The city had fallen because it was frankly very evil. Yet, God intended to have His majesty there again. Daniel would have known that because Isaiah and Jeremiah were both before his time so he knew what was coming. Daniel, in prayer, was sanctifying Jerusalem for God’s purposes. At the time of Darius the Mede, that would have been over fifty years since Jerusalem fell. Daniel would have been in Babylon by then. My recent turn around with the Lord’s prayer was to see that Jesus tells us to pray that God’s name would be sanctified in us. I’ve been doing that for the past several months, praying open-ended to Father that any Name He chose would apply here.

That brings us to the present. This weekend Samantha Roberts shared a video with me on the agriculture industry. Many of us know that some of the big corporations are damaging the land. That seems to be an accepted fact, not slander, but the question is: what to do about it? I’ve been seeking God for wisdom on that. What I realized is: what is the first thing we learn about God in Genesis? In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. God is who He is. What He did is create. God is a creator. God is an inventive genius and never needs to do the same thing twice the same way.

I like to use the power of speech to get clear of the rut and take off across the countryside. God is way past me What would happen if we prayed that name, God as a creator, would be sanctified in us? How would that impact our approach to working with land and our situations in general? I personally find the grace of God to be very diverse. I remember hearing Arthur talk about that, and quickly realized it’s been that way all along for me, too. The fact that I thought I had to ask for everything got in the way of me seeing what God was already doing.

What do you all say about including this in our regular prayer routine? Asking that God’s name be sanctified in us, including ourselves and each other?

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Land reconciliation: Day 18

by David Brooks

When I first saw and heard Arthur Burk, it was at a Graham Cooke conference. At that time, I had been listening to Graham for several years, and he had given me a valuable reference point for walking out of my very confusing place. Graham was not glorious and super spiritual, but he had a real relationship with God. He spoke of growing in trust and friendship, and that was just what I needed to hear.

A friend and I flew from Idaho in the Northwest across the country to Maryland, on the East Coast. Our personally assigned mission was to talk Graham into coming to our area to "do something about the spiritual darkness" because it was a real problem, and we didn't know anyone else to talk with about it. Graham listened intently and then shared what his experience had been. You could have a person or group go into an area like ours and make a difference, to an extent. The problem is that whatever they did would be short term unless the spirits of the people could be brought up higher, to sustain the work of God and see it go forward. His advice was to go home and grow spiritually for several years and try to get others to grow with you.

By the way, the connection with Arthur was he spoke at this same conference. Eventually, I tracked down Arthur's website got involved from that point. Back to the topic of growing your own spirit and working with others, we have several examples in Scripture, but I think the most obvious choice is David. He started as a kid in the sheep pasture by himself. His family shunned him, but God saw him as king-worthy material. In Saul's palace, he not only made a name for himself for courage and success in combat, but his men came right along with him in stature.

Fast forward again to the time when David was king. He was not the only notable warrior. Scripture names well over thirty alongside David and lists their exploits. Israel also had a well-established army and several leaders who did well in battle. And think of the background. Before David, you had Saul and Jonathan, who were brave and capable, but the nation was run by the Philistines who didn't even let citizens own weapons.

The land itself seems different to me between Saul and David. Under Saul, you had few examples of anyone passionately following God beyond Samuel and Jonathan, and few people were loyal to the king. With David, you had men who were loyal before he was ever king. You had priests who followed him, prophets, and worship leaders and intensely loyal soldiers. I genuinely believe there is no formula with David. God literally held in his own hands the bundle of his David's life, as Abagail said. I sincerely wish there was more Scripture about David writing Psalms. In the same vein, I wish there was more Scripture about Jesus' prayer life.

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Land reconciliation: Day 19

by David Brooks

It will be therapeutic for me to go through some Scriptures about creation. All of the following is speaking of Christ.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. -- Colossians 1:15 (CSB)

I’m not a Greek expert but I believe this passage refers to Jesus being the oldest. He was not created, but he was in creation with us. Since God gave him to be the head of the church, in a way he is in creation still because we’re his body. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him. -- Colossians 1:16 (CSB)

When I first spotted this years ago I came to the conclusion from my studies that Jesus has a specific plan, how he intends to fulfil the will of the Father, and he made the creation to fulfill that. Also, he has specific plans for each part of creation. That includes land and us. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. -- Colossians 1:17 (CSB)

You can look at this in terms of quantum science, or you can say that everything finds its right purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -- Colossians 1:19-20 (CSB)

Everything, literally, is reconciled to God by the actions of the Lord Jesus Christ. If I were to have a child who had all of me in him or her, I’d think they were capable of my logic, willingness to asses risk, love of travel--basically all my strengths and weaknesses. God has no weaknesses so we can imagine God’s strengths in the Lord Jesus Christ, including His willingness to take the long view working with humanity, and willingness to bring us to reconcile with him.

And in fact, that’s what Father did, reconcile land and people and groups of stars and seasons, reconciled to God. Peace with God means we agree with Him, not pushing Him to agree with us. Through Christ’s blood, shed on the cross.

Thanks for walking through this review with me.

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Land Reconciliation: Day 20

by David Brooks

I’d like to thank my friends for posting on my behalf I needed to go out of town for a day and wouldn’t have the means to post a document like normal. This would be a good time to talk about a few questions which have come up.

First question: How do we determine this time of year is the window of reconciliation for land? Or the other three windows? I have a partial answer; it’s the best I can give. As far as the times of the year, that’s the easy part. The 4 windows around the two solstices and the two equinoxes. Those four solar events are well known to be low points of occult activity; but, our basic premise is that “God was there first”.

The enemy didn’t choose randomly to dump enormous occult resources and effort into those 4 days because he invented them. The Lord created those days and in fact those 4 windows and blessed them along with the rest of time. The enemy simply works to leverage for his own benefit what God created for good. I think developing your discernment has a lot to do with realizing what flavor of grace is on the periods of time, then realizing that is a common pattern over a number of years.

I am pretty sure determining it’s a ten-day window around the annual solar event (the equinox or the solstice) is also a matter of discernment, and finding the year-to-year pattern. It’s God who gives us grace, and it’s God who gives us the grace to move into a greater awareness of grace.

In my mind this leads me to two conclusions:

1) since it’s not a command I’m not expected to do anything with it, and certainly not required to believe in it and
2) if I intend to make use of grace in that area, there should be something additional during those periods of time.

The challenge to me will be to find it. So, for that reason, I usually remind myself in advance and pray into my eyes being open and spirit enlarged to track with all the grace I can. I never have felt like I’ve clued into all that that is possible but normally I see substantial movement in some important area. It may not be the area I wanted but the effects often continue long after. I’m still experiencing results from the spring of 2017. You expect it to be long-lasting.

The second question has to do with the purpose of land reconciliation. Is it just to cleanse from ungodly things? I used to wonder about that a lot. When I started out, that was my perspective. It was more recently that I started to understand this differently.

Yesterday we talked about some passages in Colossians. This was one: For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him. -- Colossians 1:16 (CSB)

I literally read this for years, realized that land was included in this, heard the Lord say “this includes land, you know”, agreed ... and didn’t get the point. One day I started to realize that the Lord Jesus Christ has a particular destiny in mind for a given piece of land. That land has been around from the creation (something my wife observed recently) and the destiny God has in mind maybe thousands of years out. We can be like David and “serve the will of God in our generation”.

So, my view of land reconciliation has grown from dealing with ungodly things (and there are loads of them) to include, at a minimum, being a healthy and refreshing asset for the current and the next generation. At least I pray with that mind, realizing there is still more.

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