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Korah…VS. Torah, Manage Under The Right Side

June 21, 2011 in korah by nthorpe

Weekly Reading Portion for 6/24/11

Korah…
Numbers 16:1-18:32
I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Romans 13:1-7

Setting Up The Management For The Right Rapport

Sometimes God sets you up. If you haven’t been working with him, you’ve been set up to be cut off– sent out of his community. If you’ve been walking with him, he has set you up to be promoted– sent out of your current position into a promotion that is both profitable and prophet “able”. God isn’t just looking for those who can deliver a good report, but also those who can deliver a good rapport. The latter is of greater importance than the former because the latter will save lives, the former will only save work.

While it is true that a good report can sift out an impending project, a good rapport can sift out the whole production. God desires to promote those who can not only return the assessment with a thorough testimony, but also some key information that he didn’t say was pertinent. This requires a special kind of skill. The only way the skill can be revealed is by the sifting. The sifting set up usually happens when an annoyance occurs. It is when something irritates you just enough to move you out of your comfort zone. The annoyance is there to see how you handle conflict.

You might be the greatest professional. I’m sure Korah was. But if you don’t handle a situation the way that God wants it handled, I guarantee you that you will know the difference. On the contrary, you might think that you fumbled through a situation and you could have handled it differently. But if you manage it in a manner that God respects, you are building Godly rapport.

The Wrong Rapport Can Get You Killed In Canaan

God allowed Moses’ administration to irritate the leaders, beginning with the chief leader of the community right down to the member with no written name. Instead of bringing the aggravation before the Lord, the people became so “incensed” that they turned against Moses publicly. Their public incense contaminated the whole camp and caused the camp to stand in a bad place with God. Literally, their incense was such a stench in God’s nostrils that it affected Israel’s rapport with God. It was now necessary to separate three divisions within the camp so that Israel could see what was causing the problem:

1. The Directors
2. The Managers
3. The Staff

It was a problem of rebellion. Ironically it wasn’t against Moses that they were rebelling. Perhaps there was a legitimate irritation that needed to be resolved. But it was in the way that the people handled the irritation. God was looking for folks who were good at conflict resolution because that was the skill that was needed in the land they were about to enter. Someone was not prepared to build the rapport with God on behalf of the next generation; and that was essential. Everyone wanted to be a leader, but no one knew what God was looking for in management. The consequence was astounding.

When God wants us to understand something practical, it is because he sees something that we don’t see. God wasn’t judging Korah on his behavior with Moses solely. God was judging Korah based on how his behavior would affect the entire camp of Israel on the other side of the Jordan. Korah was demonstrating bad management protocol. He was in too senior of a position to not know that good rapport matters.

Building A Permanent Rapport Takes More Time & Energy Than Protocol

God purged them out of the camp by: swallowing, fire consumption, and plague/disease. When the camp began to go through the purging process it did not end on its own! It was as if God would have allowed the entire people to disappear! But Moses quickly commissioned Aaron to run and stand between the living and the dead. When he did that, without hesitation, something happened. The rebellion was sifted out.

A new plan was set up. It was called: Profit/Prophet Sharing. God’s intention was finally made clear. It was evident that he wanted to bless those who were managing his commandments and his instructions, and to spank those who had been warned too many times before about rejecting Godly management protocol. God wanted to bless those who held their rapport with God as top priority.

Aaron, unwilling to cling to his own life, risked his health by strategically placing himself between the sick and the healthy, so that the plague would have to confront him before going any further. When he did that, the plague backed down because it recognized Aaron’s rapport with God. That’s what God was looking for.

God was looking for the kind of rapport that even death respected. Yes, it was still managing protocol, but when there is no time to teach everything, the professional depends upon rapport that he’s learned and earned and built…by being on the right side of the Living God.

by nthorpe

Send Forth…The Projection

June 14, 2011 in send-forth by nthorpe

Weekly Reading Portion for 6/17/11

Send Forth…
Numbers 13:1 -15:41;
Joshua 2:1-24;
Hebrews 3: 7 -19

The Expected Results

Well, Moses knew that 12 was the number for producing and 7 was the number for working profitably. So what happened? Were the wrong men sent? Was the timing off? Was the assignment too difficult? No. The staff missed a step. When your superior asks you to do something, save your special touch until the end and make sure that it actually compliments the work without changing the work They should have gone back to review the agreement. Reviewing the agreement would have reminded them what they were sent to do.

Before we can send anything or anyone off to do a job well done, we must first determine what is required for agreement. If the team had already been fully matured, the results would have been different. But what was required that they didn’t develop yet? The basics. They had to agree with God regardless of what it looked like. They had to follow holy protocol. Holy protocol insists that orders are followed the way they were given in the beginning.

Why would God allow them to ask the questions if he wanted their answer to match his own anyway? What was the point in asking their opinion? Aha! That’s just it, he didn’t ask for their opinion. They volunteered it anyway and not in privacy behind closed doors with Moses alone. They delivered the results to the wrong people when they were required to report directly to Moses. They were out of order, out of place, and out of line. The questions were good, the answers were good, but the way they carried through with the instructions was all wrong. They should have known better than to deliver the news to the people rather than to who sent them. It was a bad management issue that had to be dealt with. The results were already known, they were just sent to follow the order.

The Template Begins With A Contract

Joshua was lucky wasn’t he? He was on that first trip. You know, the trip that was only suppose to last for a few days but ended up taking 40 years. But it was worth it. He learned something very important about sending for information. Joshua learned that when you send someone to do something, you better make sure that you know who you are sending, personally! If you send someone who will not keep their agreement, then you were better off not sending anyone.

Perhaps there were many other officers who should have been sent other than the two spies who went to Jericho. There were probably many who were qualified to spy out the land the way that their parents had so many years before. I mean, when you think about it, these two spies didn’t actually do anything! So why were they chosen? They were chosen because of their ability to carry information, and their ability to be carried by God. In other words, they knew their assignment: Spy out the land– don’t ask how it will be done, just go there, carry the information, and come out. And they believed that the assignment was ordained by God.

The men returned with more than Joshua required. They delivered an ally on the inside who told them everything they needed to know: “This can be done.” As a result of their good work, not only did they carry back the information, deliver it to the one who sent them, but also, the battle was victorious before they ever returned!

The Contract Can Only Be Revised After The Assignment Is Over

God expects excellence. It’s really not an option. Even though sometimes we turn in inadequate work, the standard still remains. In order to be excellent, you really should know the “rest”. There is a “rest” of the story that most people don’t know about. That means that there is more to the job than you think and more to the project than what is due. Too many people leave the work place without ever truly knowing why they were sent in the first place. But…don’t you want to know it all if you can?

It is enough to deliver good work. Your boss will love you if you continue to produce a work that is profitable. But long after you are gone, you will look back to that job and wonder what you were ”assigned” there for. Was it the experience, the tools that you learned, or the people that you met? Or was it something more? Were you sent to uncover (without ever knowing it) something hidden? Were you sent to accomplish a secret task that no one ever knew? Yes, you were. Whether you “realize” it or not. You did an expected thing, an ordained thing that God ordered done and you never got the credit. That was the agreement.

Jewish tradition says that Rahab ended up marrying Joshua. I don’t know if that is true or not. But I do know this. Joshua sent the spies to spy out the land of Jericho, a city whose time had come and gone, however, the Most High God of the universe sent them on assignment. This was their mission: “Go save Rahab and her entire family. I see that she has a heart that is ripe for salvation. Save her before Joshua gets there so that she and her household will not perish, when I come.” Rahab was a woman who lived her life as a non-profit/non-prophet, earning a living off of works of the flesh. But she did one good work in her lifetime and it was enough for God. Rahab had a hidden belief that Joshua was coming and that he would be victorious. This faith made her prophet. Above and beyond the work that the spies did for Joshua, the spying that Rahab did for God guaranteed her salvation. And the rest of the story? Well, she was projected to Joshua before she ever beheld his face.

by nthorpe

When You Set Up…The Template Will Multiply

June 4, 2011 in when-you-set-up by nthorpe

Weekly Reading for 6/11/11

When You Set Up…
Numbers 8: 1 – 12:16;
Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7;
I Corinthians 10:6 – 13

Decide now to never live your life again without a vision from God.

Never move on a vision again without God’s instructions.

Never follow through with instructions again without God’s vineyard assignment for where you are to implement them.

Never plant in a vineyard again without God’s promise of delivery.

Never expect to deliver again without taking a “rest” afterwards.

Never enjoy a “rest” again without expecting God’s re-vision for you to be waiting the Shabbat after Passover.

Never again repeat the same cycle, the same way, through the same path, taking the same steps. Orbit around the Son with purpose; creating something new every day for the rest of your God-given life.

The protocol was set up to be a template; a template for how to conduct ministry business, professional business, and personal business. Once you get the hang of the first template, setting up other protocols is a piece of cake!

by nthorpe

Life, Bear Up, And Carry…The Protocol That Works Good For You!

June 3, 2011 in life-bear-up-carry-take by nthorpe

Weekly Reading for 6/3/11

Life, Bear Up, And Carry…The Protocol That Works For You!
Life, Bear Up, Carry…
Numbers 4:21 -7:89;
Judges 13: 2 -25;
Acts 21:17 – 26

Protocol Produces Results That Work

When someone’s character and/or integrity is called into question by report or rumor, there is a process that was devised in order to prove guilt or innocence. This process is called the ’swallowing of the waters’. An unfaithful person (in our reading the specific example is a woman) would be accused of an infidelity that was not seen by anyone who can testify the truth. However, the husband feels the presence of something (which he considers to be another man) and it causes him to be jealous of her actions (works). He can not determine whether they are works of the flesh, or fruits of the spirit at work. The only way that the woman can prove herself and disprove the accusation is to stand before her husband and the priest and undergo an examination.

This examination is no ordinary test. She is given a glass of special water that has the ability to bring forth and/or up the truth by manifesting itself through the body’s reaction. If the woman is guilty, the waters will cause her womb to work against her and she will be unable to carry seed that she conceives: thus proving that her body rejects seed from her husband because she has held the seed of another man. If the woman is innocent, however, her body will be able to carry the seed through its entire term proving that her husband has brought a false witness against her and his jealousy is unmerited. The new question becomes what work of the flesh in him is warranting jealousy?

This exam is completely voluntary. The faithful wife has nothing to fear in drinking the bitter waters because her body can swallow up whatever lie is brought before her. But it is forced upon the woman who refuses to be examined. The truth will be manifested regardless. If the woman is fearful of the exam, there is good reason to believe that there is something that she is hiding that will be brought out. A faithful wife withstands the test and leaves her husband with the results.

Protocol Protects The Integrity of The End Results

When the Israelites needed a savior to rescue them from the Philistines, God sent an angel to deliver a word to a chosen woman. The word was that she would conceive and bring forth a special son. This special son would have extraordinary strength and unusual power to release his people. His methods would be unprecedented. It was imperative that no one would confuse his-story. God gave special instruction to Samson’s mother, through an angel, as to how she should care for the pregnancy; giving her the terms by which she must keep in order to carry through and follow through with providing a righteous judge for Israel.

He was going to be a judge born into a vow; not even one that he could make for himself, but one that was a burden placed on him. If she had not followed through with the instructions, Samson’s tale would have been one of great tragedy. But because she did follow through, though Samson’s life ending would look tragic, he fulfilled God’s mandate for his life. He brought the Philistines down along with him. The woman could have worried that some would accuse her of having been unfaithful to God by delivering a son who was destroyed, though he was suppose to be a savior; but because she followed through with the given instructions, Samson proved that the ending of his life was the fulfillment of prophecy.

Samson was created to destroy the Philistines when he destroyed himself. Samson’s mother was protected by her decision to follow the Lord’s instructions. Samson’s name was protected in history because he had a mother who followed protocol.

When Developing New Protocol, Pass the Old Protocol Test

The apostle Paul knew that he had conceived something phenomenal from God. However, the vision was so big that none of his own people could understand his ministry. It looked to many as if Paul had been unfaithful to the Jews. Nothing could be further from the truth. Paul loved the Jews more than he loved his own soul, but God had called him to go in a new direction in order to witness to the world. Paul was preparing for what was coming. God had called Paul to bring the answer to the question that the world would be asking. It was the same question Esau had asked of Isaac, “Is there a blessing left for me?” But Israel saw it as a betrayal. Those who were companions of Paul, standing with him in the faith, also stood as mediators between the two camps. They were the believing Jews who were also burdened for the new converted gentiles. However, because of the way his “new” life looked, they had to both address and protect Paul in the form of a test. It was true that Paul’s new philosophy would require complete commitment to the gentile world, but one thing had to be proven, did he still stand for Israel?

Paul, usually known for defending himself and arguing his point, submitted graciously because he understood the dilemma. He underwent an examination completely voluntarily. He committed to a vow and went through with the customs of the other four Jews in order to prove his innocence. Paul had to prove that that which he gave birth to (a love for Israel) was not an enemy to that which he had recently conceived (a love for the world) and was now carrying. He had to prove that the children were conceived by the same Father and that they were in fact siblings; working together and not enemies tearing one another apart. For Paul, it seems, this proof never came in his lifetime. Many actually used his teachings to destroy both sides. Because the vision that God created was bigger than one generation, many simply didn’t have the capacity to understand. They couldn’t see it. However, the results of the test itself, his willingness to undergo the scrutiny of the other Jews in the vow, spoke to his innocence.

On the final judgment day when all books are opened and all hearts are judged publicly then they who accused him will all see clearly? But as for Paul, he did not miscarry. He delivered one and conceived another at the same time. Despite how it looked he was clean. He submitted to the DNA testing of the children, both the one delivered and the one he carried. It was an examination of his fruit. The bitter waters did not cause Paul to miscarry. He swallowed them up because his fruit was at peace with him. They were fruits of the spirit, not works of the flesh. Works of the flesh would have told on him by spilling out of his mouth. When you conceive good judgment you have to protect it by carrying through with a self examination, and self examination begins with being examined by others.

by nthorpe

In The Wilderness…You Were Trained For This!

May 23, 2011 in in-wilderness by nthorpe

Weekly Reading Portion for 5/28/11

In Wilderness…

Numbers 1:1-4:20
Hosea 2:1-22
I Samuel 20:18-42
I Corinthians 12:12-20

Think Civilly! It’s A Specialized Military!

The goal was to create a military that could stand against adversaries outside of the body of Israel, and could stand against adversaries inside of the body of Israel. It was a military unit within the body that was threatening to anyone who dealt falsely; including itself– including yourself!

No one knew what God was building in the wilderness. If his adversaries had known, they would have done everything to stop him. In the wilderness God established: weaponry, a standard, and a strategy of camping and marching in ranks by position. In addition, from that military, God separated for himself a priesthood that was part of that military and still separate from it. Their service was before the Lord on behalf of their brothers. The firstborn of each house belonged to the Lord, but instead God taught Israel how to pay a ransom price. Israel paid for their first born by sacrificing the tribe of Levi. Then within the tribe of Levi, God separated Aaron’s descendents and made them responsible for the sanctuary. God’s divisions were as follows:

1. Complete military divided by tribe and ranked accordingly, trained and positioned in their expertise within the structure of Israel (the body).

2. Within the body (military) God separated one tribe from the body and this tribe was solely responsible for mediation between God and the other members. They were required to sacrifice and to serve the other members of the body; that was how they functioned in the”service”. That was their military service.

3. Within the military (body), even within the tribe that was separated from fighting and was called to serve, there was yet another separation- a particular family. This family was required to tend specifically to the tent of meeting.

4. Then within the particular clan there was a family (Son’s of Aaron) who were responsible for the dismantling of the sanctuary. They were the only ones permitted to dismantle the sanctuary. If a Levite who was not from this family took part in this service, he would die. He wasn’t qualified for it.

God designed a highly technical RE: chip

Every member of the body was qualified for their specified position and not qualified for the position of another. It was a particular army; a peculiar army. And it was designed to manage sin.

Regarding sin, there is only one military program: repent, return, reset, reboot. Israel was designed to be the people of God. Everything in Israel is designed to work for God. If Israel functions poorly for God, she will work against herself. But when she turns back to God, every single experience she has ever had actually becomes converted to being useful to her. Literally Israel is like a machine that gathers trash to her detriment, but when she returns to her design she remembers that trash is converted to energy.

In the book of Hosea, God begins to recount to Israel the tale of her trash, all that she has stored in her and then he takes her into the wilderness and teaches her how to use the trash the way that it was meant to be used. She burns it. She burns it like calories, like fuel. She is reminded of her design. She burns the trash with his every instruction. Israel re-sets herself back to the beginning of her program and remembers her purpose. She was written with this code: In the event of contamination, return to the Lord and the contamination becomes a re-fueling system.

God discharged a professional release clause

The story is about David and Jonathan. Sometimes you know something so deep in you and you don’t know why or how you know. It’s illogical for you to think what you are thinking because it doesn’t make any sense. How can someone be both a mentor and an adversary? How can you be expected to work under someone who wants to kill you? Why are you designed to love someone who innately hates you? But God answers: To learn.

David had to wait outside of the castle in the wilderness hidden in a field, all alone. He laid hidden, unable to eat, unable to fellowship, unable to live, because something inside of him was telling him that his life was in danger despite what everyone else was seeing. But he couldn’t leave on his own. He had to be released. There had to be someone who stood between him and his adversary who was a witness to the fact that David had left for the right reason. There was only one reason that mattered– that he was dismissed from his service in that part of the body (serving Saul). The assignment had to be over.

Jonathan was the only one who could give a clearly unbiased opinion because he loved them both. So David tried to convince Jonathan that it was time for him to go. He would not depart until he heard back from Jonathan. If Jonathan desired to trick him, David was in his hands. Although it grieved Jonathan, he came back to David and confirmed the truth. Saul would no longer allow David’s service. And how could he? While David served him, he was in very essence replacing him.

God designated a witness protection plan

Everyone has a role and a position in the body. Sometimes the roles get tricky. Sometimes those who are in higher authority laud themselves over the positions that are weaker in rank and are suppose to be submissive. When that happens, there is no way to ensure that justice is served because the one who has been determined to be the judge is corrupt.

What happens when a member of the body uses his knowledge and authority to abuse his position? Without a fair arbitrator there would be no one who could contend with the alleged abuse. But God uses a witness protection plan. God plants witnesses in the body who are unknown and unnamed for their protection. These people observe ill behavior and report it back to God and alert the rest of the body of the truth. They are alarms in the body. The difficulty in their position is that often they lose their lives or their jobs at the end of their assignment, not by God’s doing, but by those who hate the protection they provide.

John the Baptist was on the witness protection plan. No one knew who he was until something had gone so wrong in the camp that the military lacked the power to protect itself and its civilians; because the corruption was in the seat of power. But God had designed his military, from the beginning, with the ability to withstand corruption; even if the corruption was coming from the inside.

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