Know Your Adversary

Growing up I have always enjoyed hunting large and small game. Summertime you could usually find me out in the fields hunting groundhogs. Using a rifle, some shots were fairly long while others were taken close up. I had a friend with me one day when I spied a groundhog a little ways off, and I told him we could walk up on that groundhog, and he said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” I told him it could be done because, unlike deer and most other animals, a groundhog’s eyes are set in their head and they can’t rotate like most other animals. Get behind me and we will walk closer to him. Now when his nose is pointed at us, we can walk, but when he turns his head with his eye toward us, stop and stand still, because he can spot movement real easy. Sure enough, we were able to get fairly close and it was fun to see my friend get excited. This alone made the trip worthwhile.

  Now there is an adversary, the devil, that is really dangerous to everyone’s well being. He is a liar and the father of all lies, and he uses every lie and deceptive means to get what he wants. He will try to ruin your witness and salvation. He works through people, unbeknownst to themselves, who may say or do something they didn’t mean to do. He tries to bring down as many people as he can. The spirit of pride is used more often than any other tool the devil possesses. Everybody can fall victim – a person may get a job you think you deserve, another person  might sing in church in your place, and what about the piano, well maybe you can play better than they. These are just a few deceiving lies that could ruin your witness. Beware of these and the devil’s own lies. Defeat him by using what he meant for bad and turn it to good. How? By prayer, perhaps like this,”Lord, I thank you that the other guy got the job. He’s a good man. Give him favor and bless him in this new position, or she can really sing  and please anoint her singing. Use her songs to convict and draw souls to you.” When the occasion arises, pray for others and esteem others above yourself. Pray with all prayers and plead the power of Jesus blood and praise God in all things. Be blessed as you watch and pray.

My God

My God is not a God, my God is the only God, the creator and author of all living things. He is the beginning and ending, author and finisher. His word is not maybe.When He says it’s finished, it is finished.

  His compassion has no boundaries. He loves the young and the old, rich and the poor. He sees not the color of skin, but hears the need of the heart. He heals the sick, lifts up the lame, gives sight to the blind and raises the dead.

   He is my God, my Savior, my Lord, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Father, my Friend, and my Counselor.

   My God walks, talks, leads, guides and prays with me. He knows my every need, therefore I shall not want. His name is called the great I AM. He shelters me under His arm and watches over me day and night, never sleeps nor slumbers. His only Son, Jesus, name above all names, loved you and me so much that He gave up His life that we may live. My Savior came out of the grave on the third day, conquered death and defeated Satan.

   What a glorious Savior. Who would not serve this God, this mighty king of glory. What a friend I have in Jesus. Is it any wonder that I should make my boast in Him? Knowing when I speak His name, He comes, not because of who I am, but because He loves me. He and I walk in the forest together and talk, and He tells me I am His own. He alone teaches me to pray, how and what to pray. His ways are not my ways, but He is patient and is helping me to know His ways.

   His Holy Spirit is teaching me to be sensitive to His promptings, His gifts and most of all, to His voice. He is my God, my King. Have I told you this? He is teaching me to watch and pray, to be still and listen, wait and obey.

   Rejoice, be happy, shout unto God with the voice of triumph. His sweet voice is always in my heart, the words for all to hear. Call unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest, I love you and I am listening for your prayer. Where are you? Hello, are you there? God says, come to me, and walk with me, learn of me, that your life should be full.

Eugene Holstein

The door of Opportunity

Dad, why did you measure that board and then cut it at an angle? As boy, I was always asking dad everything, and he would take time to listen. Dad and mom are gone now, and it hit me pretty hard when mom died. All at once I realized I was alone in my heart, even though I’m married to a wonderful wife, and I’m sure she had similar feelings when her parents passed on.

  Now that Christ has accepted me as His adopted son, I now have a father I can go to and talk about anything, and He listens to me. He hears my words, and listens to my heart, and with love and wisdom, He answers me. It is not always what I want to hear, but it is always what I need. I so dearly want everyone to know that when God accepts you, He has because of what Jesus did on Calvary – given each one of us an open door into His throne. I take being His adopted son seriously, and the responsibility of praying for all people is what I’m called to. I may not be the most articulate at praying, but I’m trying to give Him my all.

  The door is open and His invitation is to all who will accept Him as their Saviour. He is waiting to receive all who are willing. He has a position and calling for everyone to serve. I would take this offer if I were you. It’s the best one you will ever get. Talk to you later my friends, I can’t wait to hear what God has next for me to do. In the meantime, be blessed and a blessing.