...grampa philip's war
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." This statement from scripture is reality for me.... not an illusion. I believe it with all my heart and state it every day. See my daily prayer if you are interested in the practical outworking of waging this kind of war. My attack.... my war is waged in that realm....and.... we are winning on several different fronts.
Usually, there is some small, practical outworking in my life on the various fronts where we engage the enemy...... I mentioned a couple of those fronts in our last newsletter...... this whole thing with the oil industry and the lie about the economy generating all this fear in people's lives.... it's kind of a "put your money where your mouth is" thing for me. This outworking is just some simple "statement of faith" in that spiritual realm that I really believe God is in control and not Satan...nor any of the systems of this world which he controls.
So how does it work out in the nitty-gritty of daily life? We borrow $100,000 and pump it back into the economy in whatever areas the Lord tells us to put it. We are providing jobs locally..... contractors are buying materials from local suppliers.....and you would be hard pressed to convince these folks that everything is going down the drain! At the same time, the Lord keeps blessing everything we touch in ways that boggle my mind, enabling us to meet all the extra payments..... we are having our best year ever....what's all this stuff about how the economy stinks..... At the same time, you have my personal ok to believe anything you want to believe about it. :)
When our local oil supplier got caught up in all the greed stuff....not worth all the gory details....we ended up telling them to come and pump out all the oil they put in there at twice the regular price without even asking us if we might like them to do that. We are presently changing our whole heating system to propane and pulling our 3000 annual gallons of fuel oil right out of the oil equation. That's a drop in the bucket of the oil greed but it is huge in the realm of spiritual warfare.
For months our supplier was arrogant and immovable, simply agreeing that maybe perhaps they should have called us before making the delivery.....until we told them to come and pump it out because what they did was wrong..... unrighteous....and profiteering....then they wanted to negotiate. I told them it was way too late to do that. They just really didn't believe that anyone would stand against them....I think they may have found a whole bunch of other people (we've heard hundreds) decided they got treated poorly to....many of them (like us) who had been with them for over 13 years.
So we have embarked on a whole new exciting journey in this great adventure we are part of. The plumber is in tearing the whole place apart. The biggest blessing will be to all our guests at the B&B who will now be able to control the heat in their rooms with their own individual thermostat.
Hey...come visit some time this winter and try out your thermostat.