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Why does God allow suffering? This question, and its derivatives, has become more commonplace in the last 50 years. There is a simple answer for it, but we are far more curious about why people ask the question. The motives for asking tell us a great deal about the state of ‘self’ in most believers. […] The post Why Does God Allow Suffering? appeared first on Uncompromising...
Why does God allow suffering? This question, and its derivatives, has become more commonplace in the last 50 years. There is a simple answer for it, but we are far more curious about why people ask the question. The motives for asking tell us a great deal about the state of ‘self’ in most believers.
Let us understand that God is love. (1 John 4:8) Because God is love He freely gives and accepts love. The condition of freedom is vital for the expression of love for if there is any interference, however small, then the expression is not love. When God created He purposefully gave all of His creation free will. This means each being created by God is completely free to love Him or not. Along with free will God also gave His creation responsibility and consequence for their choices.
One creature took his free will and decided to rebel against God. His name was satan. With that decision came eternal consequences as God cast him from heaven. Once cast from the presence of love, satan plotted to attack God’s heart. We can trace all the suffering in this world back to satan’s original choice to rebel against God then inflict as much pain on God’s creation.
When God created Adam and Eve as independent beings, free to love, satan deceived them into accepting the ‘self’ nature. From that moment God separated mankind from His presence. This is the consequence of a free will choosing for ‘self’. Thankfully God sent Jesus to repair the breach. If we choose to accept Christ’s sacrifice we can be reconciled to God and freely express our love to Him in return.
God allows suffering as the consequence of a free will which pursues ‘self’. God does not intervene with our free will for its inviolate nature is required for proper expression of love. Rarely does God prevent any consequences from the wrongful expression of our free will. The Father does, however, provide a means for us to correct some consequences through repentance, forgiveness and mercy.
The simple answer to why does God allow suffering will not appeal to many because it does not address why people ask these questions. We must dig a little deeper into how people approach suffering to understand why they question this understanding.
There is a timeline of growth each creature goes through in life. Every created being on earth is born, matures and then dies. This process is by design and helps us understand spirit. In the spirit realm God creates our spirit and places it in our earthly body. Spiritual maturity, unlike physical maturity, does not happen unless we exercise our free will to grow.
If we continually make choices for ‘self’ our spirit will never mature. An immature spirit does not understand suffering.
As believers, if we continue in immaturity, we will never appreciate the real value of suffering. If we continue to live for ‘self’ the suffering we experience, coupled with a lack of maturity, will trap us in misery and cause us to become bitter. Seeing only heartache in suffering causes us to avoid pain and medicate frequently. We empathize with anyone like this for we too have experienced such desperation that we questioned why God allowed suffering.
Immaturity blinds us to the truth that suffering is redeemable. When we see suffering through the filter of ‘self’ all we see is a vicious cycle that leads to destruction. The rampant abuse of drugs, alcohol and an epidemic of suicide are key indicators that people are trying to avoid suffering. The strange conundrum is that the more we try to avoid suffering the more we perpetuate pain and hurt to ourselves and others. Asking why does God allow suffering only exacerbates the problem.
If we follow Jesus in faith we will grow into spiritual maturity. Growth is conditional on continual obedience to His every word. A single act of salvation will not reverse a lifetime of feeding ‘self’ and the suffering it produces, daily submission is required. As our spiritual maturity develops we find Jesus redeeming the suffering we have endured.
To mature in spirit takes a good deal of effort on our part as we change the direction of the ship from sailing toward ‘self’ to sailing toward spirit.
Maturing in spirit causes an amazing transformation. God takes our suffering and turns it into something beautiful. There are many, many testimonies that inspire and encourage us to see how God can take unfathomable suffering and turn it into a blessing. Joni Eareckson Tada did not let her suffering go to waste, neither did Corrie Ten Boom, along with many thousands of others. Instead of allowing suffering to destroy them, these believers chose in faith to accept God’s hand in their situation. Through their suffering God crafted a testimony of His power, mercy and love.
Our own story of deprivation, loss, hunger and homelessness may seem to be an undue amount of suffering for one family yet we do not see our journey this way. We have learned that there is a cost to uncompromising faith. That cost includes a great deal of suffering because satan actively punishes those who choose to obey God. We chose to pay the price because of our love for Jesus.
Those that are spiritually mature understand that suffering for God is a great honor.
All suffering comes from choice. Choices for ‘self’ will always end up hurting others and ourselves. Choices for spirit will also cause suffering as the world, the ‘self’ nature and the devil will all try to destroy faith. Thankfully God can redeem all suffering for His purpose of love. We will see this redemption of suffering only if we follow and obey His lead.
When we hear people ask, why does God allow suffering, we wonder what is the root of the question. For those that believe suffering has no redemptive value there is little we can say for unbelief has blinded them to the truth. For those who are yearning to know that there is a God who can turn their mourning into joy we offer you encouragement.
As a former addict I have caused great suffering to myself, my family and those around me by my selfish actions. I cannot undo the consequences of my actions but I have repented. God has forgiven my failings and together Jesus and I have worked hard to get rid of my ‘self’ nature. However, some consequences of my actions will be with me until I die. For the rest God has turned my failure into His success.
Through forgiveness, repentance, humility and faith the suffering that I endured, and caused, has turned around. What used to be a place of great pain and suffering is now a blessing God can work through to help others. Your story does not differ from mine in this manner. Whatever you have suffered God can turn into a blessing. The question is not, why does God allow suffering, but, when will we submit to God and allow Him to redeem our suffering.
Homer and Wanda
Adultery is the most destructive expression of ‘self’ in a marriage relationship. It affects our physical body when it moves from the realm of thoughts to the act itself. As adultery eviscerates relationship, it is easy to understand why our society has degenerated into a loveless, cold environment. For the Bride of Christ, called to […] The post Spiritual Adultery appeared first on Uncompromising...
Adultery is the most destructive expression of ‘self’ in a marriage relationship. It affects our physical body when it moves from the realm of thoughts to the act itself. As adultery eviscerates relationship, it is easy to understand why our society has degenerated into a loveless, cold environment. For the Bride of Christ, called to an intimate relationship with Jesus, dealing with the spiritual adultery of ‘self’ with its desire to lust and betray is most important.
The ‘self’ nature was never part of God’s original design. From the beginning, God’s intent was for all humans to enter a legal, loving relationship with Him. The Father gave us marriage on earth so we can understand this. Intimacy between God and mankind would be mutually beneficial, however, satan gave Adam the ‘self’ nature thereby destroying the intimacy between man and his Creator.
The enemy’s goal was to hurt God by denying Him that intimate love relationship with His creation.
The ‘self’ nature is a mistress, a lover, an illegitimate paramour taking our time and attention away from our betrothal to Christ. Our ‘love’ affair with ‘self’, and its spiritual adultery, begins at an early age and will lead to two outcomes.
First, ‘self’ will demand more and more of our time and effort. The ‘self’ in us will insist that we satisfy it’s every lascivious whim; from the beginnings of lustful thoughts and words right up to the act of physical promiscuity. This full blown expression of ‘self’ will harm our relationship with others. They will cease to exist as God’s creation and are reduced to mere objects in our sight.
Second, because of these choices, we will voluntarily remove ourselves from God’s presence and legal protection. It will lead us into ever increasing dangerous situations by keeping company with the ‘self’ of others and the demons of lust lurking behind it. Manifold emotional and spiritual trauma will follow. The protection a spiritual wife enjoys from her God and Husband will be lifted, exposing the soul to unnecessary peril.
To understand adultery from God’s perspective, we must look deep into His word. First, adultery is so damaging it stands as the only allowable cause for divorce written in scripture. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:8.
Adultery, at its very heart, is a betrayal. It is unfaithfulness.
We want to emphasize that all physical adultery begins with spiritual adultery first. Lust and adultery are integral parts of our ‘self’ nature which originate from satan. Since satan is the original betrayer it makes sense that everything coming from him would betray. The spiritual adultery of the ‘self’ nature is the exact opposite of God’s loyal and faithful nature.
From the Bible we learn that spiritual adultery or unfaithfulness can be committed daily (1 John 1:9). This attitude is an affront to the legal relationship we are to have and enjoy with God through Christ. By catering to ‘self’, we separate ourselves from the One who created and loves us.
God rightly calls our love affair with ‘self’ spiritual adultery.
“Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see. Where have you not been adulterously lain with? By the wayside you have sat waiting for lovers [eager for idolatry], like an Arabian [desert tribesman who waits to plunder] in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your vile harlotry and your wickedness (unfaithfulness and disobedience to God). Therefore, the showers have been withheld, and there has been no spring rain. Yet you have the brow of a prostitute; you refuse to be ashamed.” Jeremiah 3:2-3.
God does not want us catering to our lustful and adulterous ‘self’ nature. He is jealous for all believers to leave their illicit love affair with ‘self’ behind, and turn instead to a faithful commitment to Jesus. It is God’s desire for believers eventually to become part of the faithful and loving Bride of Christ. Our inclination, however, will be to continue to waste our time with ‘self’. Although ‘self’ is illegitimate, it will still act like a jilted, forsaken wife and God knows this. Therefore He admonished Cain, in Genesis 4:7, to master the sin/’self’-nature.
Jesus takes us on a journey into the wilderness to strip ‘self’ off so we can mature and learn to be committed to God. He tests our faithfulness many times; until we see the power to hurt and betray dealt a mortal blow. Only then will God allow us into that ratified spiritual marital intimacy with our Creator; through Jesus the Bridegroom.
We have to grow from the stage of a child, passing through the time for love (Ezekiel 16:7), and into spiritual maturity.
We understand now, when the ‘self’ nature is repulsed, we make room for the union and communion with Jesus in our soul; (1 John 4:17). There is a new dynamic in our relationship with Him; and a new dynamic in our marital relationship on earth if we are married. The Father wants us to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus the Bridegroom. Amid this blessing, He can legally cover us from our ‘self’ nature; (Psalms 91).
This jealous love of God protects us from the egregious acts of spiritual adultery.
In the book of Hosea, the prophet Hosea is told to marry an adulterous woman, Gomer. Although Gomer strays, Hosea purchases her back with a price. She spends many days with Hosea as his wife, but without marital intimacy. She has to learn to stay faithful to her husband from her heart.
Jesus shows us this same faithful, sacrificial love when He first comes to us. Like Gomer our lustful, betraying ‘self’ must be brought to heel; we must master it. If we do not learn faithfulness, we will return to spiritual adultery.
Even after a wilderness season, our ‘self’ nature will still act jilted and spurned; demanding our obeisance. ‘Self’ will take every opportunity to thwart and damage intimacy with Jesus. The words of Proverbs 5:3-6 lay out the nature of ‘self’ and the physical and spiritual prostitute it truly is.
“For the lips of a loose woman drip honey as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged and devouring sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead). She loses sight of and walks not in the path of life; her ways wind about aimlessly, and you cannot know them.”
Remember this Scripture is both physical and spiritual when you view it from God’s perspective. ‘Self’ is the adulterous woman within calling us to waste our most intimate appetites and desires. It prefers illegitimacy rather than a loving, legal and protected relationship with God. ‘Self’ will interfere at every turn; trying desperately to make itself relevant. However, to those who have walked the desert paths with the Beloved, there can be no turning back.
How can the Bride return to a life of harlotry? She has all the protection and love that comes from a legal intimate relationship with the One who has saved her from herself. She has become the Bride, and she has nowhere else to turn but Jesus; and she does not want to go anywhere else because she has discovered He is enough.
The core of the disciple’s life is to walk away from the delicious lies of ‘self’ and to turn instead to the solid foundation of love, commitment and loyalty to Jesus. This is the true path of becoming part of the Eternal Bride. She learns in the wilderness that renouncing ‘self’ and following God will bring her into a legal, protected relationship with Jesus; spiritual marriage. Her choice in this life will be her crown of glory. We urge you today to renounce spiritual adultery with your ‘self’ nature and turn instead to the One who gave up all for you. Jesus is looking for His faithful Bride.
Homer and Wanda
Love has become nothing more than a cute word in our day and age. The word is so misused that it has lost its meaning and power to affect us. The pithy quotes about love I saw hanging in homes during our journey was a reminder of the hypocritical uselessness of the concept of love […] The post Battle Strategy: Love appeared first on Uncompromising...
Love has become nothing more than a cute word in our day and age. The word is so misused that it has lost its meaning and power to affect us. The pithy quotes about love I saw hanging in homes during our journey was a reminder of the hypocritical uselessness of the concept of love the world has adopted. Love has to go deeper than the saccharine, syrupy quotes that are bandied about. This is sad to see because love, real love, the sacrificial love that costs us everything, is more powerful than all the hate the world can aspire to.
When Wanda and I had our spiritual renewal in the late 90s, we both began to hunger for Jesus. A desperate yearning rose in my heart that turned into a prayer that God answered. I grew up in a loveless home and spent much of my childhood and youth alone. With no friends, loneliness was my faithful companion. When God stirred my heart again, I cried out to know what love was. There was a song by the band Foreigner that became my prayer. “I want to know what love is. I want you to show me.”
In crying out to know what love was, I was asking to know Him Who is love. My misspent youth did not allow me to know love nor could I show love to others. Like all people God would have to train me in love if I was to be His. The only way I could learn to love would be to submit to His leading and let Him show me. Although I could not love, I could obey. That was enough for God to work with. It is also the first lesson of love I ever learned. “Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way for it is not self-seeking; ” 1 Cor. 13:5.
Obedience to His will is the first step I learned to do in the dance of love. If I was to learn what love is, I had to obey the One who is love.
The next lesson I had to learn was to deal with my past. Since I had learned to drink harm from others God had to train me how to drink nurture from Him. This was a tough lesson and took many years. Over time God led me through a deep healing process over my past, setting me free.
When I learned to let go, forgive others and was forgiven, I was learning how to love. Despite what others had said and done to me I had to bring everything to Jesus’ cross. There was no act of ‘self’ done by me, or against me, that was greater than His sacrifice. Nothing. When God released me from my past, I found there was no root satan could pull on to pull me away from Jesus. I was no longer in pain in those areas of my life and I did not react as I once did. “Love is not touchy or fretful or resentful; ” 1 Cor. 13:5.
Jesus’ example of love when He was on earth and His constant love towards me kept teaching me how to love.
I began to learn that I am not love, He is. I do not have love in me, I can only accept His love and reflect that love to others. It was only in letting Him destroy the ‘self’ in me He could create an ever clearer reflection of His love through me. This required that I continue surrendering my ‘self’ nature to Him.
Here I learned another basic of love, “Love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. Love is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); ” I Cor. 13:4-5. As Jesus destroyed my pride in ‘self’ He set me free to love. My identity was to be in Him alone and not in anything I could ‘do’ for Him. Pride and love are mutually exclusive.
When Jesus began leading us on our wilderness journey, we had to make some very brutal decisions. Those raw decisions revolved around letting go of many things we held dear. Giving up is never easy, especially when that which you are giving up is precious to you.
We had a stark reality ahead of us and we had to decide if we would give up everything to follow Jesus or not.
It was at these moments of intense spiritual battle where we gained a great victory by letting go of the temporal so we could receive the eternal. After we had given up, Jesus rewarded us with another lesson in love. “Love never is envious nor boils over in jealousy,” I Cor. 13:4. In letting go of stuff we now could receive more of Him and the pull of the things of earth disintegrated. It was a revelation of freedom knowing that we would not have to lust over things as He would provide everything we needed.
As we journeyed in homelessness, we met many who abused us verbally. Their words cut into us deep. I cannot say those words did not hurt for they did, painfully so. Jesus, however, was leading us and we had to look to Him to heal the wounds others inflicted on us. This was a choice of either taking pain to Him and being set free, or holding the pain inside and becoming bitter.
We met many bitter people that thought evil of us and we did not want to be like them. We decided as a family to take our pain to the One who took our pain on His cross. By this act we learned another great lesson of love. “Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person,” 1 Cor. 13:7. We either had to forgive and love those who hated us or be consumed by hatred for them.
We had to learn to reflect Jesus’ love for others, even when they tore us to shreds with their words.
This did not mean we just took the blows smiling, we did not. Sometimes we had to stand up against the vicious attack and stop them but we did so carefully. “Love is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.” 1 Cor. 13:5. On a rare occasion a person would see what they were doing and repent. It is very rare, but it happens. At these times we celebrated that they were sensitive enough to yield to God’s Spirit. “Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.” 1 Cor. 13:6.
There was one final lesson of love that we learned as we walked through many years of hardship, struggle and homelessness. This was the greatest lesson and the hardest to learn. Paul mentions it no less than 5 times in 1 Corinthians 13. The one lesson that only those who give up all and follow Jesus truly learn is the lesson of patient enduring love.
“Love endures long and is patient and kind; Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, Love’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and Love endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].” 1 Cor. 13:4,7-8.
This love of Jesus stood with us during our whole wilderness time. In standing with Him we learned to endure through every hardship and not quit. This love goes the distance when you are hungry, tired, cold, wet, alone and miserable. Jesus’ love held us tight when all of hell was unleashed against us. The love of the Father kept us safe during the dark stormy nights.
Jesus’ love endures long and never failed us so we did not quit following Him.
I have used Paul’s description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 as a backdrop to describe a little about what we learned of love. Paul’s words have been our plumb line for understanding love for a very long time. His admonition to love is much needed today. There is a warning, however, for those who read our story and think they could repeat such a journey without Jesus’ leading.
In 1 Cor. 13:1-3 Paul states, “If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody). Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.”
No enterprise, regardless of how lofty the intent, will succeed if there is no love of God in it. Love is the beginning and the end. Without love there is nothing.
This love I have talked about here is not the love of the pithy quote or off-hand comment, no, it is the deep, practical, sacrificial love that gives up all for Jesus. This is the love Jesus showed us on the cross when He endured all for us and did not quit. His abiding presence with us is His love. He is the great Son to our reflective moon. We bring Him great joy when we are so aligned to His will that we accurately reflect His love to others on this earth. To gain that goal, you must allow Him to mold and shape you, to remove the dross, the ‘self’ nature in you, so you are pure before Him. Only then will you properly reflect His love to others.
The importance of giving Giving is a major responsibility we are asked to undertake to help us mature into full adult sonship. In giving we are following Jesus’ example, who gave all that He had so we might enter into full fellowship with God <em>(Philippians 2:5-10)</em>. Adopt a lifestyle of giving and you will find […] The post Simple Guidelines for Giving appeared first on Uncompromising...
Giving is a major responsibility we are asked to undertake to help us mature into full adult sonship. In giving we are following Jesus’ example, who gave all that He had so we might enter into full fellowship with God (Philippians 2:5-10). Adopt a lifestyle of giving and you will find greater levels of maturity coming to you (Luke 14:33; 18:18-22). Through our wilderness journey God taught us these simple guidelines for giving so we could understand what is important to Him.
Please remember that money is only all a small but important part of what you possess. Even if you have little or no money, you will still have possessions, life experience, skills and spiritual truth all of which can be offered to others as a sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1-2). God looks at all that you have and what you give and judges accordingly. Keep this in mind, as well as these simple guidelines, to help guide you as you learn to give as God does.
Paying your taxes will help teach you how to be responsible as a member of the society you live in.
Psalm 37:21, Matthew 18:23-34.
Indebtedness is a form of slavery that can and will keep you from financial and spiritual freedom. Paying your debts will help teach you how to be responsible with the money that you have and remove the bondage of financial slavery from your neck. Maturing in this area will help you understand one of the many ways satan tries to enslave people (Proverbs 22:7).
1 Timothy 5:8.
Taking responsibility for the welfare of your family is essential for spiritual growth and maturity. If you are faithful in this area God can and will entrust you with caring for His sheep.
Luke 21:1-4, Acts 3:6, Malachi 1:13-14, Luke 16:12.
Giving out of what you have and not what don’t have will keep you from debt and the enslavement that comes with debt.
Using wisdom when giving will mature you in relying on God’s direction and strengthen your confidence in Him. As you learn and mature your giving will become pure and God can and will reward you with greater responsibility.
Talk to Jesus first about where He wants you to give (1 Corinthians 2:4-5, Colossians 2:2-4).
Emotional manipulation and persuasive arguments (both subtle and overt) are often used by fundraising organizations especially in religion but they are also practiced by individuals. These tactics, however, are witchcraft because they seek to violate and override the free will of the individual. By learning to wait on Jesus for direction in your giving, your trust in Him will grow and mature and you will have learned to exercise your free will by saying ‘No’ to the witchcraft used by others. Be especially careful and watchful for the spirit of poverty in a person or organization. The spirit of poverty feels it never has enough whether the person is rich or poor. It will suck your resources dry without a second thought so be very wise in where you give and follow the leading of God. Learn to recognize the telltale signs and code words of the spirit of poverty and avoid it.
Giving to the widow, the orphan, the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:17-19; 24:17-22; 27:19, Psalm 146:9, Zechariah 7:9-10, Malachi 3:5, Hebrews 13:2) and the Levite (Numbers 18:25-32) directly will mature you in your relationships with others. By taking responsibility for your giving and by giving directly to people you will mature in humility and how to show love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) without an intermediary. This will also require you to grow in the exercise of your free will and having to face others that are different from you. Also in giving directly to people you will be blessed directly through many ways as you may never know what spiritual return you will receive. If you give to organizations and organized religion you may not be blessed as these may have unholy altars (Exodus 20:25, Leviticus 10:10, Isaiah 57:6, Hebrews 5:13-14), however the organic church can collectively give to others if the church is in full agreement as to where the resources should be given. The blessing of God will come to the whole church is cases like these.
Matthew 6:1-21, Luke 14:12-14.
When a person gives in such a way as others can see them and praise them for their giving they have received their reward in full and God will not add to it. This denies the person who gives the full blessing that God desires to give them. By giving in secret, anonymously with only God watching, God alone is your reward and He is then free to give you what He wants. This action undermines fear and builds faith as you learn to trust in God for the continued blessing that comes from a life of giving. Abraham’s fears in dealing with the king of Sodom in Genesis 14:18-15:1, King Amaziah’s fear over money in 2 Chronicles 25:9 and Hebrews 13:5 illustrate that God can easily provide for us what we need.
1 Chronicles 29:9, Psalm 112:9, Proverbs 11:24-25, Luke 14:33. 2 Corinthians 8:9, 9:6 .
Fear is a major opponent to the life of faith in God and overcoming that fear is the main reason we want to mature in giving. When we give freely and generously we are facing and overcoming our fear of lack and building faith in our God that He will provide for our every need. The more generous you become the more you are becoming like Jesus. Keep in mind that generosity also needs to be tied to wisdom and love so that you mature in giving and are not used by unscrupulous people and those with the spirit of poverty.
Exodus 36:3-6. 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Being a cheerful giver and not giving in a begrudging manner deals with our inner attitude towards our possessions. To mature in giving means that our possessions no longer possess us but God begins to possess us. When you can give cheerfully, with gladness, the process of letting go of your possessions internally has begun and will mature over time.
In Leviticus 3:16-17 God allowed the people to celebrate with their offerings (Nehemiah 8:8-12). The feast is to be a rest from giving where God gives back to you what you have already offered.
Giving all the time can be a burden as Jesus said, ‘The poor you will have with you always…’ (Matthew 26:11). God ordained a special time where our gifts were to be spent on ourselves as a gift from God directly to us. As you mature and are responsible in your giving this periodic rest from giving will help you learn to mature in receiving as well.
We hope that as you mature in your relationship with God He will guide you in your giving. These guidelines for giving are not comprehensive and only to guide. As you follow Jesus He will give you specific directions where to give. May Jesus create in you a generous heart much like His own.
Homer and Wanda
October 14 should be a day of tremendous celebration for every single believer who lives a life of uncompromising faith, don’t you agree? Why, you may ask, would we want to mark that day as an anniversary of faith? Great question. On that day in 1947 U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager broke […] The post Resistance is NOT futile appeared first on Uncompromising...
October 14 should be a day of tremendous celebration for every single believer who lives a life of uncompromising faith, don’t you agree? Why, you may ask, would we want to mark that day as an anniversary of faith? Great question. On that day in 1947 U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager broke the sound barrier in the famous Bell X-1. Now you may wonder what airplanes and the sound barrier have to do with faith. Plenty. This small, but significant, event shows us how resistance is not futile and is crucial for uncompromising faith.
When mankind first started to fly in the early part of the last century, pilots did not know a sound barrier existed. As planes developed more power and speed, pilots began to discover this mysterious barrier was a problem. They would describe such massive turbulence approaching 760 mph that they felt the plane might disintegrate. Many planes could not handle the stress and the pilots paid with their lives.
Thankfully, intrepid souls saw this resistance as a challenge. They began to build stronger planes that could handle the brutal turbulence. They added jet engines to make the planes go faster and faster. Brave pilots, not knowing if the turbulence ended or not, faced the sound barrier.
On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager strapped himself into the X-1 and was flown to altitude. His plane dropped and, at a safe distance, he turned on the jets. The little plane faced the violent turbulence head on. Shaken hard Chuck did not know if the plane would survive. Suddenly, as he passed 767 miles per hour, the buffeting stopped. The plane was still and flying fine. Capt. Yeager had broken through the sound barrier.
Here is a clear picture of the three stages planes travel through in flight.
Below the sound barrier flight is fine with a little resistance but nothing that will destroy a plane. When coming up to the sound barrier the resistance, turbulence and difficulty of flight increases. If the plane and pilot cannot handle the shaking, both will be destroyed. Finally, on the other side of the sound barrier flight stabilizes.
The walk of faith also comprises three distinct parts so when we compare faith to flight we can see the similarities.
Most people live in the first stage of faith. At this level the believer’s faith is weak and faces little resistance. Daily existence gives little acknowledgement to God and even less to trusting Him for our daily sustenance. There is little resistance because they are not resisting satan. In 1 John 2:13-14 John refers to these believers as ‘little children’.
The second stage believer is one who faith has grown to a point where satan begins actively to resist them. Believers, committed to following Jesus in complete obedience, are shaken to test their resolve. John refers to these believers as ‘young men’. Unfortunately, many who face the turbulence of satan turn back out of fear they may lose their lives.
Those that keep pressing through the enemy’s resistance find stability and peace in the third stage. They will have broken though the faith barrier, knowing experientially that the Jesus is with them. No longer does Jesus need to test their faith for they have proven to trust in Him with their very lives. John refers to these people as ‘fathers’ in 1 John 2:13-14.
We have seen the three stages of faith throughout our journey and in Scripture. This is such a prevalent theme that Wanda and I assembled this diagram.
Uncompromising faith is an exciting and scary journey into the unknown with God leading us.
As you grow in faith, the resistance of satan will test your resolve. This is normal and to be expected. We have to learn how to overcome satan’s resistance. God will never leave you as you walk with Him. Though the resistance may be brutal, you can make it to the other side if you don’t quit. Resistance is not futile. Chuck Yeager and pilots of today prove one can break the sound barrier. Abraham, Moses, David, Paul and other faithful believers prove it is possible to break the ‘faith barrier’. May we follow their example, resist the devil and break through to the other side.
Homer and Wanda
Over the past few days God has been giving us dreams and visions about what is coming very soon, personally and for the church. What we have been seeing is exciting for the Bride but sobering for believers. From what we can see, God will shake His people soon. The shaking, for those that submit, […] The post God Will Shake His People appeared first on Uncompromising...
Over the past few days God has been giving us dreams and visions about what is coming very soon, personally and for the church. What we have been seeing is exciting for the Bride but sobering for believers. From what we can see, God will shake His people soon. The shaking, for those that submit, will remove everything from the believer’s life that does not come from God.
For the past number of years God has been teaching our family about the importance of His feasts. There are three main feasts that coincide with the three stages of spiritual growth as we go from spiritual child to spiritual adult. Passover coincides with Stage 1. Pentecost coincides with Stage 2 and Sukkot coincides with Stage 3. The most important one to us, and to the world, is the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, which starts on October 14 this year.
Tabernacles is the fall festival focused on the Hebrews sojourn in the wilderness when they fled Egypt. Many Jews celebrate this festival by building 3 sided booths outside and sleeping in them during the festival. During their wanderings God desired to become intimate with His people and even instituted a marriage covenant with them at Sinai (Jeremiah 2:2). He instituted Tabernacles as a yearly reminder of how important intimacy with God is.
The Feast of Tabernacles points to a literal dwelling with God.
In the fall of 2011, shortly after we became homeless, we spent the season of Tabernacles living under a tarp deep in the woods of Eastern P.E.I., Canada. Our 40 day sojourn in the woods baptized us into an understanding of this festival we will never forget. The shaking we endured over the next 40 months was to remove our ‘self’ nature and drive us into complete dependence on God. God is very serious about eliminating everything in us that would prevent our full fellowship with Jesus. Now that we are nearing the end of this journey, we are enduring one last shake before we leave the motel room and wilderness for good. This has been the major theme of God’s words to us lately.
But in the much bigger picture God is about to shake many believers out of their comfort zones. Our dear sister Christine Beadsworth of Fresh Oil Releases sent out a timely post called What Cannot Be Shaken. She speaks of the great shaking coming to the body of Christ as God uproots the church and shakes the ‘self’ nature out of it. I urge you to read this important word for the Body.
Another dear sister from South Africa sent us this email yesterday where she shared a significant dream God gave her.
A young group called “The Will group” was traveling just behind me. I saw an elderly lady with dark hair trying to be young doing all kinds of dangerous moves on the front of a sort of float they were traveling on. She was doing all kinds of stunts and swinging wildly between the front of the float and the ground showing off her expertize. Almost like a cheerleader and she was impressed with herself. I saw I was very aware of them and kept out of their way as they were quite a dangerous lot.
I thought “this elderly lady can get hurt as she was up front and at a very dangerous point swinging around and trying to act young and full of life which she lacked”. I kept watch on them and stayed away from them. I saw another bus just behind them and I traveled on the opposite side staying clear of them. I saw they will overrun anyone in their way as they could not help it because they could not see another small seemingly insignificant traveler because they were sitting to high up on their vehicles.
As we got to the location where the road ended this group fell from the float and scattered. It looked like a group of 7 or 8 including the elderly lady. On the road there they seemed to be in control but as they got there, right at the end they fell from their float during an act which they could not perform. They were upset.
I then saw the bride was ready to be taken across the river on top of a boat / float. And a voice said to me “I am not concerned about the Bride, she is ready…. however. this young “The Will group” wanting to take her across is inexperienced and can I trust them?
These signs confirm a much larger pattern we have seen and heard for some time. In these last days God will shake His church so He can remove anything not of Him. God will bring those that submit to the shaking into Bridal union with the Beloved. Those who do not submit will fall away. No believer will be able to avoid the shaking God is bringing forth.
I urge you to heed this warning. From Sukkot 2019 onward God is changing how He deals with His people. God will shake His people for their own protection, well-being and safety. In the coming days we will not be safe if we have ‘self’ in us. Everything that does not come from God must be purged. His shaking will allow believers to be set free of ‘self’ and to draw ever closer to Jesus. The time for spiritual games is over. If we do not take serious, the lessons He is bringing, we will suffer great loss. Listen to Jesus and obey His every word.
Homer and Wanda
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