One day sitting in my office preparing a sermon, I had an overwhelming impression I should go to the bank to make a deposit.
I argued with myself that I could take care of that tomorrow, but God nudged me to go immediately.
Happy I had made the six-mile trek in record time and then walked right up to the teller without a wait, I thought, “Okay Lord, this is why you wanted me to come now. I’m the only customer in the bank!”
At that moment, three masked men barged through the front door armed with sawed-off shotguns ordering everyone to the floor.
Lying face-down on the floor one of the “wig bandits” (as they became known) kicked me, stepped on my back, aimed his shotgun to my head and threatened to kill me. They robbed the bank and fled.
The whole time I prayed, “God, why me? Why now?”
As we waited on the police, I found out why.
God needed a spiritual presence in that bank. The tellers and managers were in a state of panic and shock. I consoled and prayed for them until help arrived.
Sometimes God asks us to do things we think we don’t want to do!
But, when we do it, our eyes are opened to see things as God sees.
In Acts at Paul’s conversion, there was a disciple of Christ, Ananias, who God summoned to go and pray for the now blind Paul. Ananias feared this Paul who was known for persecuting Christians and he did not want to go. But he went.
I’m sure later Ananias was glad he obeyed and said, “Here I am Lord” (Acts 9:10)
What is God asking you to do that you think you don’t want to do?
Maybe it’s something you’ve tried before and failed.
Maybe it’s something that doesn’t make sense.
Or, maybe you just don’t want to do it.
Step up leaders! Your destiny awaits and God needs you to be a spiritual presence.
Pastor Eugene Heiskell
Bio-It has taken nearly four decades of ministry experience to prepare me for what I’m doing right now.
That experience has included everything from church planting to serving at churches with thousands; ministering to all sorts of people from the homeless in the inner-city to the families in the suburbs; and traveling the world to rescue orphans, help build churches and schools, and walk beside the men and women called by God to take the Gospel into all the world.
With that foundation, I am now leading and building a uniquely trained and skilled team to walk beside missionaries and pastors and be a true friend in trouble and triumph; to support them financially and aid them in accomplishing the dream God has placed in their hearts.
All this comes from a passion to teach God’s Word and to encourage and mentor people to do what it says. With a focus on the next generation and the future, I desire to give them every opportunity to reach their highest God-given potential.
Spiritual truth must be communicated by a physical body. Therefore, I have a strong conviction to stay physically fit and ready, as well as spiritually strong and focused, and financially free from debt.
I believe one man with a mission can change nations and generations.
My message, purpose, dream and mission statement can be summed up in one verse in the Bible: Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”