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A quiet and serene peace has draped over the motel where we live these past few days. Over the past several months evil had crept in with relentless determination; soiling the surrounding environment. Working with the owners, managers and police the past week has resulted in a mass cleanout of the addicts, prostitutes, pimps, thieves […] The post Weeding the Spiritual Garden appeared first on Uncompromising...
A quiet and serene peace has draped over the motel where we live these past few days. Over the past several months evil had crept in with relentless determination; soiling the surrounding environment. Working with the owners, managers and police the past week has resulted in a mass cleanout of the addicts, prostitutes, pimps, thieves and drug dealers that once lived here. It was time for spring cleaning; weeding the spiritual garden per se to preserve the peace and sanity of this motel.
My father ran a vegetable farm when I was younger. The unenviable task I had each summer was to hoe row after row of veggies over many acres. Baking under the blistering summer sun with no pay I would weed the row ahead only to have my father redo my sloppy work. To say I hated that job would be no understatement however I learned one invaluable lesson I will never forget. If you want a harvest in the fall, you must weed in the spring. This lesson hit home with grim reality the year we had to plow under acres of strawberries because the weeds got ahead of us.
Weeds in life are as a common and normal as sunshine. We can neither avoid nor eradicate weeds although mankind has tried. This is true in the spirit too. Weeds will come into our lives and spread to our souls in many forms. At first they may seem innocent but as they choke out peace, love, faith and hope, we can be assured weeds are a force for evil. What we do with those weeds will decide how healthy our spirit and soul will be.
In 2 Samuel 23:11-12 we read a curious word about Shammah, one of David’s mighty man of valor. Shammah’s exploit was simple, yet profound; he defended a lentil patch by himself against an army of brutal Philistines and won a great victory. His relentless determination to destroy the Philistines is the same determination we must have when evicting the weeds of ‘self’ from our lives.
Shammah’s fight is a grand example of what defending the territory of our soul looks like.
Wanda and I often describe the nature of ‘self’ as a thorn bush. The pricks and cuts that hurt us and those around us all stem from the ‘self’ nature. As we mature in God Jesus works with us to remove our ‘self’ nature so we don’t hurt ourselves or others. This happens only when we solidly determine to follow His lead in this process. But how do we handle the ‘self’ nature when it comes against us from others?
Our vegetable farm in rural Saskatchewan, Canada had many types of weeds. The one we dreaded most was the ever present Canadian thistle. A more ornery, troublesome, thorny, fast growing plant I have yet to encounter. Removing this intruder was not for the faint of heart. Even in the heat of summer we armed ourselves with long pants, long sleeves and thick gloves before we plunged into that long arduous battle.
“But wicked, godless, and worthless lives are all like thorns to be thrust away, because they cannot be taken with the hand. But the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire on the spot.” 2 Samuel 23:6-7.
We cannot handle the ‘self’ nature with bare hands or kid gloves.
The thorns that come to us through other’s ‘self’ nature we cannot treat lightly for they will fester and grow into bitter fruit if not removed. Our sole purpose and aim needs to agree with God to remove the thorns of ‘self’ without prejudice as quickly as possible.
When we encounter the ‘self’ nature coming at us through others we need to prepare and prevent being hurt and maimed spiritually. God does not want us to avoid the battle but to gird ourselves wisely and properly beforehand. This is the reason Paul encourages all believers to put on the armor of God. To evict ‘self’ from within and from our surroundings requires wisdom, patience and courage; plus the armor of the iron, spear and fire to remove the wicked, godless and worthless. If we do not engage in this battle, the thorny weeds of ‘self’ will overwhelm and destroy the harvest of good fruit God is looking for in our lives.
Weeding the spiritual garden is a battle unlike any other and we must be as relentless as our enemy.
God has given us a prophetic picture of the future here at the motel through our experience. As we helped the owner evict the lawless people who had infested this motel, we are seeing a picture of how God deals with ‘self’. One day God, the owner of Earth, will evict from His creation all those who choose wickedness and their ‘self’ nature. There will be no rebellion or intransigence on that day as every knee will have to bow before Him and He will cast those that are lawless from His presence. That day will be final and complete. Where will we stand? Will we stand with Him in lawfulness, having evicted ‘self’ from our life or will we allow ‘self’ nature to reign within causing undue harm to ourselves and those around us?
Undoubtedly 2020 has been a year of shaking, upheaval, pruning and testing. God has been dutifully preparing His people for what is coming. Some are finding in this time that ‘self’ has way more predominance in their lives than is wise or safe. Others are discovering that battling ‘self’, within and without, is an ongoing battle that is bloody and brutal. Still others are learning that ‘self’ is so rampant that we wonder if there is any hope. Wherever you are today, know that there is hope.
Our hope rests in Jesus who is calling for us to accept His lead and follow Him down the path that will end the tyranny of ‘self’ within and without. The blessed peace, faith, love and hope that follows is beyond compare and far greater than the loss of ‘self’ with its bitter fruit. Though the road ahead is long take heart that the reward is far greater than the trial we endure.
Today our God is calling for us to start weeding the spiritual garden. By His wisdom arm yourself and start weeding!
Homer and Wanda
It has been several months since God has permitted the demonic principality of fear to blanket and smother the earth. Although satan wished to bring about an end to civilization prematurely God has softened the blow and allowed this manufactured crisis to expose what is in the hearts of man. From panicked buying to egregious […] The post The Mask of the Beast appeared first on Uncompromising...
It has been several months since God has permitted the demonic principality of fear to blanket and smother the earth. Although satan wished to bring about an end to civilization prematurely God has softened the blow and allowed this manufactured crisis to expose what is in the hearts of man. From panicked buying to egregious government overreach we have quietly witnessed a spiritual battle of epic proportions. The Bride of Jesus has been on the front lines of war as Jesus has exposed the mask of the Beast.
For the past two months God has enlisted our family into a battle we knew was coming but had little idea of how it would unfold. We have faced unprecedented sickness, conflict and trial, as many of God’s chosen have, as this pall of fear tried to constrict and smother us too. However, like all trials that God leads us through, Jesus has lessened the blow and deftly exposed the enemy’s plans and those who would bow to demonic filth. This revealing of the mask of the Beast is crucial for this hour in history.
Many years ago, when God waged war with Pharaoh over the Hebrews, the entire nation suffered, including the Jews, for the first few plagues. As the plagues progressed however, God spared His own and withdrew them from the people of Egypt with whom they had become entangled. The plagues, though horrific, served like a sieve to separate God’s own people from those they served. The shaking was necessary to prepare the people for what lay ahead.
God has permitted a shaking in our time is to cause His people to divorce the Beast system of this world that has ensnared them.
In the middle of trial and battle it is very hard to appreciate God’s goodness and love working in the situation. We struggle trying to reconcile what we see and experience with what we believe but God is building our faith by making us face the unknown. Having faced this demonic principality of fear before, we can attest that God has it in check and satan will not do greater damage than the Father has allowed to bring about His perfect will and purpose.
Every trial Jesus leads us through brings growth in faith as we follow Him. As a faithful Savior we trust in His goodness and faithfulness but it is only after the trial does He explain what happened. In this way He builds in us uncompromising faith and greater trust in who He is. The trial before us is no different and the wisdom God has given us we share with you.
Although it is easy to get trapped in the weeds of details regarding this current crisis satan unleashed through the Chinese communist party, we want to focus our attention on the bigger spiritual picture. Those who know the word of God know at the end of the age a Beast system will appear and take over the earth; forcing many to take its mark. Our goal here is to further expose the present Beast system as we see its tentacles trying to force its will on people. Knowing the characteristics of the mark may help others avoid it.
The first characteristic of the mark of the Beast is that those who are a part of it will treat everyone like a child. The term for this is neoteny or the progressive juvenilization of adults. This is a tactic slave owners used to keep slaves from rebelling. You may have seen this from people demanding grown adults to stand in a particular spot in a store or wear a specific article of clothing on their face and then treating them like disobedient children if they do not comply.
Secondly, the Beast will always try to violate the free will of individuals under the guise that ‘we are all in this together’ or ‘we are trying to keep you safe’. These words are the oil on the sword to enforce egregious and silly dictates of power hungry people that have allied themselves with the Beast. Any time our free will is subjugated and suppressed, we know the Beast system is near.
Remember that if we do not have the freedom to say ‘NO’ we do not have the freedom to say ‘YES’.
Once the Beast has suppressed most of the people into blind, fearful obedience, those that walk in faith, or challenge the overreach, are seen as rebels. The Beast does not have full control over the earth, but it will not tolerate disobedience for that is the seedbed of rebellion. This rebellion against the Beast system is what people of uncompromising faith are called to as they divorce the God of this world to be wedded to the God of heaven.
The Beast system controls people through direct enforcement, however their enforcement is capricious, arbitrary, and without compassion or mercy.
Watch an example of this here.
Whether we agree, the Beast system is well entrenched in business and government today. It has seduced many into obedience and worship of it through deception and lies. God has sent this shaking to separate His people from those that would take the mask of the Beast and follow it to their doom. How do we navigate through this time?
Remember the big convictions you hold to inside guide the little decisions you make each day. If preserving your body causes you to take the mask of the Beast system, then you have no faith and will be rootless and tossed about by every whim of man. If faith reigns, then you will take a stand with Jesus against those that would enforce capricious dictates that morph and change every day.
Jesus is the Rock, the unchanging truth we can hold on to no matter what satan throws at us.
Recently our family had to make such a decision. In 2017 we got a Costco membership and shopped there occasionally when we could afford to do so. When the demonic principality of fear was unleashed this spring, we watched aghast as Costco instituted Draconian guidelines that were more suited to a socialist dictatorship under Nicholas Maduro than a free society. However, it was not until they decided to enforce mask wearing arbitrarily that we knew we had to revoke our membership permanently. We took a stand against the Beast system as God led and afterwards He gave us these verses.
If your right eye serves as a trap to ensnare you or is an occasion for you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be cast into hell (Gehenna). And if your right hand serves as a trap to ensnare you or is an occasion for you to stumble and sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better that you lose one of your members than that your entire body should be cast into hell (Gehenna). (Matthew 5:29-30)
Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function]. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Being a member of Costco bound us to a Beast system our family could have no part of. It was wisdom to cut it off lest we be dragged down to the same hell of pitiless obedience Costco management demands from its patrons. By God shaking the earth He exposed the Beast system hidden in plain sight not three blocks from where we live. If we did not take this stand of faith now, how could we stand in faith when the times get darker?
Today we can choose to be a peacekeeper or a peacemaker. A peacekeeper will blindly follow the dictates of the Beast without understanding what is behind it; satan. Words of ‘stay home, stay safe’, ‘wear a mask’, ‘social distance’ are words peacekeepers use to enforce obeisance to the Beast system. If others fail to heed their words, they are shamed and ridiculed. Peacekeepers do not want anyone to rock the boat. Their words are filled with fear and ‘self’-preservation.
Peacemakers can see the tentacles of fear that satan uses to entrap. They stand up in faith, clinging to their conviction of truth, knowing that only in Jesus is there safety. This means there will be a confrontation with the peacekeepers as they try to force the peacemaker to wear the mask of the Beast and submit. Stand firm in faith.
Resist the devil at this time and hold fast to the faith to which God called you.
Today God is building in His people a faith that will endure to the end. As we face the searing headwinds of the system of the Beast and his mask, we remember that the God who has brought us into the valley of despair will also be the One who brings us out! May Jesus find His Bride worthy to be called by His Name. Don’t put on the mask of the beast; but keep and preserve your spiritual autonomy and freedom in Christ!
Homer and Wanda
40 days after being evicted from the cabin and living in the woods of rural P.E.I. we were told by the police we had to leave the area. Cold, tired, miserable, homeless, alone with no money, we were expected to find a way for ourselves out of the pit where God had placed us. In […] The post Do Not Plan! appeared first on Uncompromising...
40 days after being evicted from the cabin and living in the woods of rural P.E.I. we were told by the police we had to leave the area. Cold, tired, miserable, homeless, alone with no money, we were expected to find a way for ourselves out of the pit where God had placed us. In the past I would have thought long and hard on how to escape and then proceed, bull-headed, on that path. That night, however, God spoke. He repeated the same phrase hundreds, if not thousands, of times into my weary brain. His words? “Do not plan, Homer, do not plan.”
Those words struck me hard. Our family was in the worst situation we had ever been in, shaken to our very core, and God did not want me to plan but trust and follow Him. What started out with a beautiful promise from God seemed to have ended in failure and defeat. We could not understand what God was doing.
The promises we hold so dear God gave to us many years before. In 1998, God promised us a house. In 2008 He promised us land. Now, as a wandering homeless family, we were farther from His promises than we had ever been. Where had we gone wrong? How could the path of faith lead in the opposite direction of the destination? With the world so upside down, perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation?
What we do not realize about the promises of God is they are a package deal. God always ties His promise to the two inescapable physical elements of how and when. When God promises something it will come to pass at a time and method of His choosing; not before and not after. The Father’s promises stand apart, but the how and when He brings them about remain a mystery until the promise comes to pass.
Yet not every personal promise the Father gives to us will come into being. The reason for this is many of God’s promises are conditional. When we receive a promise from God, He requires we also accept the time and method of fulfillment are not up to us. These conditions keep us from seeing the wonderful promises of God come to pass in their lives, for they conflict with the ‘self’ nature we all have. The threat of losing control leads us to run ahead of God trying to make the things happen. By following this path, we can prevent the promise from ever appearing.
We are terribly impatient creatures when ruled by ‘self’. Trained from our earliest years to do things our own way, when we want to, our ability to push our own agenda to make God’s promises come to fruition knows no bounds. However, God alone is Lord over time and will often block us until we see and submit to His perfect timing. Only when our world comes screeching to a halt, will we realize our control over time is just an illusion.
Just as God brought us to our knees in the woods of P.E.I. He has brought the world to a standstill according to His purposes and timing.
The training to accept God’s timing involves a significant amount of waiting, which undermines and destroys ‘self’. When the Father gives us promises we must accept that He will often lead us into ‘still waters’ where we will spend many days waiting for His promise to arrive. These days are not without action though, for all the while we will have to fight the headwinds of ‘self’ just to keep standing in faith.
Waiting can be the most exhausting part of the journey of uncompromising faith as we progress toward promised fulfillment.
Just a few days after Passover this year, God will have sequestered us in this tiny motel room for over 1,000 days. At the same time God has confined many others in this season, content to let us wait until fulfillment. How are you handling your confinement? Are you sick with worry, dread and fear, worshiping faithfully at the idol of ‘self’ or are you able to rest in the Father’s arms knowing that He will bring to pass the promise at the right time? How we handle this waiting will reveal our maturity level and whether we will see His promises come to pass or not.
Although accepting the timing of God is a monumental challenge, accepting His method of fulfillment is on a whole different level altogether. What we often miss with God’s promises is His desire and intent to build in us the character that will be compatible with His promises. Our Father cares more for our relationship with Him than anything we do for Him. For this reason, God’s path to the fulfillment of His promise often involves a hard journey where He changes us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. Without following His path, the promise cannot be fulfilled, for we could never bear up under it.
If we persevere in following Jesus with uncompromising faith, the path He leads us on will conflict with our ‘self’ nature. Though the headwinds of ‘self’ will buffet if we wish to see the promise come to pass we must accept His path. Submitting to His lead becomes a daily battle inside as we continually have to choose to follow God over ‘self’; accepting the unknown and untried over the familiar. The path He chooses may involve suffering, loss and difficulty but the promise always stands as a greater reward at the end.
To hold on to the promise of a house and land while being led into homelessness is nothing short of insane to the natural mind. We were often told this by others, and sometimes by ourselves. Nothing about our journey makes sense to those who live according to the mandates of ‘self’ yet this is the path of promise Jesus led us on. The path He chose for us made us face fear, lust, greed in our ‘self’ nature and choose the hope of promise His way rather than our own way.
Think back to the time of Joseph. Do you really believe that putting Joseph into slavery and then prison would lead to him becoming second in command over all of Egypt? No person could realistically expect that Joseph’s journey would lead to such a destination, and yet it did. God gave Joseph a promise, and Joseph accepted the timing and path God chose. Was it easy? No. Did Joseph have good and bad days as he waited and suffered? Yes, we know this from God’s word. Yet Joseph saw the fulfillment of the promise despite the path of loss and suffering he had to walk.
The God who gives the promise will always make sure He fulfills it in His time and in His way.
Reeling under the principality of fear that has gripped the globe for a finite period, we have, as people of uncompromising faith, a glorious opportunity to accept a change in the path to God’s promises. Jesus has upended our plans and shown once again He is sovereign over time. God is allowing our god of ‘self’ to be cast down. We can now surrender our plans, our timing, our path and learn to wait on God for His promises or we can be broken by the pall of fear that surrounds us.
For every promise God gives, a specific path and timing is required for fulfillment. You know the promises He has given you. To see those promises come to pass we must surrender our own plans about how and when He will bring to pass what He has promised. Though the path is painful and the waiting hard, will you stand in uncompromising faith to see the promise fulfilled? Will you follow His directive, “do not plan” and follow His path and His timing or will you go your own way?
Homer and Wanda
P.S. At this pivotal Passover season our family extends our blessing and love to you. Great and amazing miracles are about to take place. Though we suffered much through March, we believe an imminent fulfillment is at hand for His Bride.
We thank Katie Barker for following God’s lead and posting the wonderful word that is the inspiration for today’s post.
Living in a motel is fertile ground for invention and creativity when it comes to food. After 13 years of moving and experiencing straitened circumstances we have learned to make the most of every situation. We won’t bore you with tales of ketchup soup or ramen noodle sandwiches but from time to time we will […] The post Skillet Fudge with Skor Bits appeared first on Uncompromising...
Living in a motel is fertile ground for invention and creativity when it comes to food. After 13 years of moving and experiencing straitened circumstances we have learned to make the most of every situation. We won’t bore you with tales of ketchup soup or ramen noodle sandwiches but from time to time we will share some of our motel room creations here, like skillet pizza, slow cooker cinnamon buns, pulled pork, Boston baked beans, moussaka and other treats all made in a small space. When boredom, limitations and our sweet tooth recently collided the result was this delicious Skillet Fudge with Skor Bits.
This simple recipe started life somewhere on the Internet and with some creative touches has morphed into this post. It was a perfect fit for our small space and limited resources. The whole process takes minutes, can be made in a tiny space and the results are beyond fantastic. I would suggest getting all your ingredients ready beforehand as this fudge cooks quick and timing is very important. You will need an electric skillet, wooden spoon, a spatula, a timer and a 9×9 pan.
2 cups sugar
3 tbsps. butter
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 ½ cups)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup Skor Bits plus ¼ cup Skor Bits
You can substitute nuts for the Skor Bits if you wish. Allergies, preference and availability led us to use Skor Bits instead.
Since we only have a tiny mini-fridge in the motel chilling the fudge has been interesting. Being winter, we place the fudge in our car outside and hope the local thieves don’t take it. After 4-6 hours in minus Celsius temperatures the fudge sets up nice. We are not sure what will happen with warmer weather so we might need to get a Styrofoam cooler and ice.
We hope you enjoy our creative confection even if you aren’t living in a motel room. Let us know how your fudge turns out!
Homer and Wanda
One of the more difficult parts of fasting is drinking the right water. Regular tap or bottled water has many contaminants, and we find the effects difficult to handle during a fast. Because of these negative effects, we drink only distilled water and avoid the consequences. As I lay in bed this morning, the Father […] The post Distilling the Body of Christ appeared first on Uncompromising...
One of the more difficult parts of fasting is drinking the right water. Regular tap or bottled water has many contaminants, and we find the effects difficult to handle during a fast. Because of these negative effects, we drink only distilled water and avoid the consequences. As I lay in bed this morning, the Father used my understanding of this process to teach me about how He is distilling the body of Christ and the church. From this process, God will bring forth a Bride for His Son that will be without spot, stain or wrinkle. (Ephesians 5:27)
Water is critical for the survival of all life on earth. We can live many days without food but without water we will quickly succumb. On our wilderness journey there were some days when just getting water was our sole focus.
More than once we cried out to God in our thirst and He provided what we all needed. (John 7:37)
Not all water is equal. Mankind has polluted much of the water available and those pollutants poisons our bodies. There is a simple solution to solve this dilemma. The distilling process removes contaminants leaving pure water. We place impure water in a container and heat it to just above the boiling point. As the water turns to steam, the light vapor drifts upward and the heavier contaminants remain. The steam is cooled and condensed into water again. This distilled water then drains into a new container leaving behind the poisons.
Mankind did not invent distilling but borrowed the idea from God’s creation. Distillation occurs naturally as water from lakes, rivers, pools and the oceans heats, rises as clouds then falls as rain. Apart from the obvious lesson about distilling water, the Father has given us a living example about how He will be distilling the Body of Christ.
Since Jesus came to earth and brought forth His Body and the church there has been an effective campaign by satan to contaminate both. The enemy has been wildly successful in this venture as the church today looks nothing like Jesus. Remarkably, the church today looks more like the world than the world does and little like her founder.
The impurities in the Body of Christ have not escaped the watchful eye of the Father.
The Father is looking for a faithful Bride for His Son; a bride without spot, stain or wrinkle, that reflects His character in every way. Which one of us can say we can even come close to such an ideal? Yet this is God’s desire, and He is about to bring forth the process to distill a Bride from the church. Since the Body of Christ is like a collected pool of contaminated water He begins by bringing forth heat.
The heat God uses with us are circumstances and situations in which we lose. As the heat intensifies we will lose friends, family, belongings, attitudes, thought patterns, addictions and many impurities that keep us from Jesus. Basically what ‘self’ feeds on is removed so our spirit can rise. This can be a very long process or short but that which ties us to earth will fall away, IF we want more of Jesus than we do of ‘self’.
Very few of those that are a part of His Body and His church will survive this process of pressure and affliction.
Many will abandon Him for the cares and lusts of this world like Demas did, the friend of the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:10); and the desires of their ‘self’ nature will shipwreck their faith. Precious few will choose the path of loss and purification God uses to distill the church. Those few that persevere will rise in spirit without the heaviness and poison of ‘self’ so they are without spot, stain or wrinkle. These are the ones the Father will call forth as the Bride for His Son Jesus.
For those that read this message let it be clear that the time of heat, pressure and affliction has now started across the globe. Not one person who calls themselves by His name will be exempt. In the coming time, God will bring us all into the fire to separate us from ‘self’. Each one will have to choose whether they want ‘self’ or spirit. As God separates the Bride, the poison will concentrate in the remains; and evil will abound. Those that choose spirit will lose what is of no value to gain Him who is of eternal value. The Father will distill them from the impure and bring them into intimacy with their Beloved to become His Bride.
God has transitioned from the church age to the Kingdom age of the Bride.
This year, 2020, is important for clear vision. Make no mistake, the Father is intensely serious about bringing forth the character of Jesus in His people. The world is descending into greater chaos as ‘self’ concentrates in more and more people. We can already see and can testify to the separation of the Bride that is happening.
The Father is giving us a clear message that the decision to be distilled and purified into His Bride is upon us. Whether we reject or accept the coming waves of pressure, affliction and heat, will determine if God can form the character of Jesus in us or not. If we accept His way, we also accept that the process will be hard; but all that remains will be His purity in His Bride. If we reject His distilling of the Body of Christ, ‘self’ will continue to grow and have its way. This year is your time to choose. We pray you choose wisely.
Homer and Wanda
This is not a blog I want to write. If it had not been for a comment from our sister Jacquie at Joy Cottage, I doubt this post would have seen the light of day. We have been under strict orders from the Father not to post anything that would discourage anyone from following the […] The post Faith Under Siege: A View from the Trenches appeared first on Uncompromising...
This is not a blog I want to write. If it had not been for a comment from our sister Jacquie at Joy Cottage, I doubt this post would have seen the light of day. We have been under strict orders from the Father not to post anything that would discourage anyone from following the path of uncompromising faith. I do not know if this post will cross that line. The truth is for the last 5 months the enemy has put our faith under siege. What follows is a view from our perspective of what it looks like from the trenches.
We observe the many words to the remnant of how God is going to, or is, pouring out His blessing upon them this year. We have not seen this blessing but have experienced the very opposite from the start of the Jewish new year. Instead of being a year of a great forward motion, our lives have been under near constant assault by the enemy.
The assault began on our financial situation back in October. At first the tightening was so severe that we thought we would have to leave the motel room and be homeless again. That did not happen thankfully and we stayed indoors. We enjoyed a good Christmas thanks to the generosity of our supporters and God’s blessing, but we are once again reduced to food, shelter and laundry. We are getting by, but there is little wiggle room. I do not write this to elicit support or pity but only to let our friends know one stress in this siege.
We pay roughly 70% of our support on lodging and 28 to 31% on food, toiletries and laundry each week. What remains allows us to help others and replace things that break. We live in a small place so we need little. As you can see from the picture, we have filled this room and there is little space for anything else. We spend a good deal of time sitting in place and shuffling things around as needed.
The constricted space prevents us from having any activities besides sitting at the computer and browsing the Internet. This restriction has been a test of our faith even greater than the little blue house. God has kept us confined for 930 days in this small room and we can only compare it to being in a prison cell.
Can you see how sanity is tested in such confines?
Our physical circumstances are a small part of the siege our faith is under. The most difficult test we face is the steady progression of time and no appearance of any destiny for our family. We often feel forgotten and lonely. Each birthday a stark reminder we are getting older and going nowhere. After such a tremendous journey of faith and testing already behind us we find it difficult to accept this sequestration. Over the past 13 years God has placed in us a singular desire and passion for one specific destiny. God has refined this passion in the furnace of affliction many times over so we feel He has purified it for His purposes. Yet we wait with not even a hint of fulfillment. Time passes and we see no way forward.
Faith under siege need not be a brutal frontal attack on one’s beliefs. We have endured that and can attest that it is but one form of oppression. This siege has been different but very much like the first 4 years of our faith journey. The endless waiting has produced frustration, boredom, discouragement and depression. It has also brought about wisdom, maturity and victory. To us it seems this strange mix is all a part of how God prepares us for what lies ahead.
What soldier is allowed to break ranks just because he or she does not like the orders of the commander? I suspect they would be severely punished for such conduct. Since this is the case in earthly armies why would it be any different in our Father’s army. We must accept from Him the brutal reality of battle, the rigors and chastening of training and the oppressive heaviness of waiting. This is the life of a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3) in our Lord’s fighting forces and we would have it no other way.
Though we remain under siege, and will probably remain so for a time yet, we hold in faith. I cannot say if we will handle the waiting well as there are good days and bad days. What I can say is that we will remain true to the course God has laid before us. We made the choice to live in uncompromising faith and will accept the consequences of that choice. If we are to continue under siege and not see the blessing so many others appear to enjoy, so be it.
Homer and Wanda
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