As we are going long on time here some quick points. Burton is not suggesting that we live a life without fervent prayer? Then what is he suggesting? Leave Jesus sleeping and handle it yourself! Sounds like a life without fervent prayer. Once again we see the not so subtle shift and it deals with this false central teaching of relationship. It is this NAR, false authority, purpose driven crowd that teaches the relationship over religion heresy. The problem is the relationship is so loosely defined and is usually one of peers. Our relationship with God is supposed to be one of Lord and servant. Savior and wretch. Father and helpless child. To the Friend of God generation however this means you are needy, clueless and concerned. Beloved, we have zero authority to legislate, decree or declare anything! Who the heck does John Burton think he is? God; I think that is painfully obvious now. The story in Luke 9 is not a doctrinal text beloved. Jesus did not commission us that day. He gave the 12 these powers and only for that particular assignment. Yet look what a dangerous game John Burton plays here. He completely mangles Luke 9 and uses it to set people up for misery. He teaches them that because Jesus sent out the 12 that day, you too now can heal and cast demons out! No need to even ask Jesus for help! Let Him sleep! Reminds me of the games played by the seven sons of Sceva. They went around commanding demons to come out and one day the demons turned on them and beat them so badly they lost the very clothes they were wearing. We do not heal -- God heals. We do not deliver -- God does. Can He use us? Sure but not if we "let Him sleep" while we play god.
"We have been given authority over all the power of the enemy! Nothing shall hurt us. No storm is powerful enough! We can let Jesus sleep as we administer his truth and power in the world.
Instead of being called twisted and afraid, this generation will be looking on from their boats and ask, "Who then is this?" God is ready to promote you from a life of struggle to a life of power, peace, strength, confidence and breakthrough! Jesus might be sleeping, but he's not disconnected. He's waiting for you to manifest His peace and his power as you annihilate obstacles, calm waves, move mountains, heal the sick and set the captives free!" -- John Burton
Unless we want a demonic beat down that hasn't been seen since the days of Sceva, I suggest that we stay within the authority of Christ. It is His authority and not ours. We can see the dripping arrogance and distended sense of self-importance in this teaching. We have all power over the enemy! Jesus? Let Him sleep! I am going to be promoted! I can annihilate obstacles! I can calm to waves, move the mountains, heal the sick and set the captives free! Hallelujah!
I will ascend to the throne of the most high.
My eyes will be open and I will be like God, knowing good and evil.
I can command the wind and the waves, and administer the very power of God across this world.
It is the oldest temptation because it works.