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I was talking to one of my daughters the other day, after she read one of my articles in the paper. She said, “Dad, you probably made a lot of people mad with that article.” My reply — “Maybe so, but I preached it in my church and everyone came back the next Sunday.”
I only preach and write what God lays on my heart, and one thing is for sure, I am going to stay true to God regardless of what he tells me to do.
We were led by God to start our mission — only five of us started it. Sometimes it seemed we weren’t going anywhere, but we stayed true to God, knowing he was in it from the beginning. In the last three Sundays, we have baptized six people, and we are reaching older people as well as young. One person was 67 and another was 70. The person who was 70, her brother and his wife came from West Liberty. He was the pastor of a church there and said he and his wife had been praying for her for years and they were not going to miss seeing her be baptized.
We are having a glorious time at our church now and the Lord is really blessing us. Our prayer from the beginning (and still) is to let Jesus Christ be the head of our church.
We also know the devil will not like the things that are happening in our church, but we also know how to defeat him.
In Matthew 4, we see the devil tempting Jesus and we see Jesus defeat him with the word of God. What a great example Jesus set before us when we have to battle the devil.
In Ephesians 6, we see Paul writing to the saints at Ephesus on how to defeat the devil.
Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Now look at verse 17: “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.”
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to divide soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
As we look at the word of God and how powerful it is, we should really encourage each other to read and study it.