God’s Interpretation

Walking down the corridor on the second floor of our church on a Sunday morning, I was stopped by a young child. This child looked up into my face and spoke these words that I will never forget. Mr. Holstein, will you pray for my daddy to get saved, and I said yes I will., Those words reverberated through my entire system and I was changed and am still being changed daily in ways beyond my understanding. I promptly walked back downstairs seeking an empty room to pray for this child’s daddy. I found the room I needed and entering, I shut the door and fell to the floor and tried to pray but all I could do was groan  and the groaning was from deep within my spirit. I stayed in the presence of God until the groaning in prayer had ceased. The answer to this prayer did not come for several years, but when it did, the daddy’s salvation was completed. There are times in prayer that words are not needed. In those times let the tears, or groaning, be the avenue of prayer. These two words, tears and groaning, are what God desires and are two of the things that move God to answer these heart felt requests. Be Blessed and Be a Blessing.

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Reconciling

Finishing my mail route an hour early I decided to stop by and see an old couple  on my way back to the post office.  As we met at the front door, they were so glad to see me, and I them. Going into the living room we began to share events that had transpired since we had last seen each other. While sitting and talking together another couple came in that were close friends of theirs. I was introduced to them and we all sat down to share together. I began to share with them and God got me into the area of marriage. Sharing on loving and forgiving each other. I shared with them that when they went to bed together, they should wrap their arms around their mate and pray for each other. Husbands and wives can reconcile differences just by doing this simple act and it brings forgiveness in both parties. After their friends left, this old couple told me this was the very problem this couple was having. Being newly married they were already quarreling some. Praise the Lord who always comes on time. He who loves much, forgives much. Be sure to salt all things with a measure of grace. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

new class

I had been meeting in pastor’s office for a few weeks with five or six people and the Lord was really helping us in prayer. In a church service one Sunday morning pastor announced that Gene was going to teach on prayer, but it was basically going to be mostly praying, in one the portable buildings. Our first few weeks there we were running about twenty-five people in the class. One Sunday morning after taking up our class offering I was led to send the offering plate back around again. I encouraged them that God wanted everyone to participate in giving. “Everyone has something to give, if not money, a pen, button or something, but give.” God wants us to give from the heart, and if we have a need, then give something as a seed to meet that need. God needs something to work with to produce an answer for the need. One young man came to me a few weeks later and told me that he had put in the offering his favorite pen as a seed because he needed a job. He told me that God had opened a door to a new job, and wanted to share the good news. We were so happy and were rejoicing together in the Lord. Only God can do these great wonders, far exceeding what we can ever ask or think. In Christ, Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

 

Feelings or Holy Spirit

After praying alone in our church’s auxiliary building across the street, I walked back over to our main sanctuary. Pastor was already standing behind the pulpit. As I moved up front toward an empty seat, pastor looked up at me as I started to sit down. Pastor exclaimed,  “The anointing is all over Gene.” He called me over in front of the pulpit. I don’t remember the exact words he spoke, but it was two different phrases. He instructed me to go around the sanctuary touching people and to speak one of the phrases as I was led. I began to move around speaking a word over the people by faith, because I did not feel the anointing. Moving upstairs and going through the balcony, I glanced down at one young man and he turned his head down as I looked at him. I went on out of the door of the balcony, down the corridor and back into the sanctuary. As I passed one business man who was standing next to his chair against the wall, I touched his forehead and spoke a word and then proceeded to my chair. I don’t know what happened to the people that night, but the business man spoke to me the following Sunday said that the power of God went through him, and if it had not been for the wall he would have fallen down. The boy’s mother spoke to me also, and her son told her that he knew if I touched him he would have to get saved. It’s years later and I believe that same boy his now saved and also preaching the gospel. Glory to God! God did all this work that I am writing about and I was just a vessel to be used, and I am glad I obeyed God and my pastor. Do not trust feelings for they have a way of miss guiding us. Always walk by faith for this is God’s way and He is pleased when we do so. Trust and obey for there is no other way! Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

Class Interpretation

After praying alone for for many months in pastor’s office, pastor announced in church that I was praying in his office. During Sunday school, anyone who wanted to join me was welcome to do so. The next Sunday about four or five came in and I was thrilled to see them because those who came were seasoned veterans in prayer. During prayer a dear brother close to me began to speak in tongues and the startling part was I understood what he was saying. The Holy Spirit was giving me the interpretation of what was said, and I wrote it down on a sheet of paper. A few moments later a lady began to speak in tongues and the words were a little different but the gist of the message was on the same subject. Where two or three come together and pray agreeing, God will do something and move in their behalf. I thank the Holy Spirit for allowing me to participate with Him in this class. Without the Holy Spirit nothing that’s worthwhile will ever be accomplished. I’m glad that He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

 

A different Direction

Moving to my hometown was a great move for our church, where new people were added to the church daily. We, as a church, decided to buy an old bar across the street. After completely stripping everything out on the inside we renovated the entire building. Two large rooms and a full kitchen on the main floor. Upstairs, pastor finally had an office and we added a missionary room and a large prayer room. The first Sunday in this building the downstairs area was used for classrooms. We decided to go to the back room where the associate pastor was going to teach. As my wife and I stepped into the room to find a seat, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said come pray with me. So I told my wife that I was going upstairs to pray. The next Sunday, going to class, the Holy Spirit spoke the same words to me again, and again  I left my wife and went upstairs to pray alone. After that there was no turning back. My life was changing and I met with the Holy Spirit to pray and to learn how to pray. This is one class you never graduate from, because learning to pray is a lifetime endeavor. Giving into God’s will and purpose is what we need to do, and in doing so life will never be the same. Praise the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

 

Holy Spirit opening new doors

My friend And I had just been assigned to distribute church invitations to a part of town known as the badlands. After covering a big portion of the badlands, we came to one home where a big party was in progress. A man came to the door and we spoke to him about visiting our church, and since our church was new to the area we were unknown to many. He was not interested, but his mother said she would come. We set a time to pick her up for the next Sunday meeting. Arriving on time that Sunday morning to pick her up, her son told us she had had a lot to drink the night before and was asleep and not in any kind of shape to go with us. We spoke to her again later and she said she was sorry, but would go for sure the next Sunday. Returning to her home Sunday morning, her son said she was at a friend’s house down the street and would be too drunk to go. Arriving at her friend’s house, she asked us in and told us the lady was asleep on the couch. I asked my friend to talk with the lady of the house while I went over to sit down next to the drunken lady lying on the couch asleep. I began to ask the Lord to quicken this woman to be awake and sober. While praying this, all of a sudden the woman instantly sits straight up sober and alert, and speaks to her lady friend who owned the home. “I don’t know what happened to me, but let him touch you too.” The lady was scared after seeing what happened to her friend and said no, she didn’t want to. After feeling God’s power go through her, she never did go to church. God says He doesn’t want anyone to perish, so I still hope and pray she will come to Christ. I am thankful that God, through the Holy Spirit, has allowed me to be used for His quickening power to touch this woman’s life, and I give Him all the praise. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.