When a King and a Prophet...by Steve Long
|Posted on January 25, 2021 at 1:05 PM||comments (17027)|
When a King and a Prophet Agreed Together in Prayer, part two
A few years after Israel, the northern kingdom, was conquered, the Assyrian army came across the border into Judah and captured some of her fortified cities. Their next step was to conquer the capitol, Jerusalem (Isaiah 36:1-3). Hezekiah found out that King Sennacherib was sending his representative with a large army to confront him and the people of Jerusalem. So he encouraged the people to be strong and courageous, “for there are more of us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and fight our battles” (II Chronicles 32:7-8, The Message Bible).
When Sennacherib’s messenger delivered his written orders, the Jews realized that it was not only a demand for immediate surrender, but it was a message full of insults and contempt for King Hezekiah and for their God (II Chronicles 32:13-17). “Sennacherib continued to send letters insulting the God of Israel: the gods of the nations were powerless to help their people; the god of Hezekiah is no better, probably worse.” Then Sennacherib’s messengers “shouted their propaganda in Hebrew, trying to scare them into demoralized submission. They contemptuously lumped the God of Jerusalem in with the handmade gods of other peoples (II Chronicles 32:17, 19, The Message Bible).
Many of the enemies of our nation teach that God doesn’t exist. That in itself is an insult to God.
Hezekiah took Sennacherib’s threatening, insulting letter and spread it out before the Lord. Isaiah prophesied against Sennacherib and then joined Hezekiah in prayer. The Scripture then report: “Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. God answered by sending angel who wiped out everyone in the Assyrian camp, both warriors and officers. Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace . . . When he went into the temple of his god, his own sons killed him (II Chronicles 32:20, NKJV, 21, The Message Bible).
God saved Jerusalem and its inhabitants and I believe He will save our nation also. Hezekiah and Isaiah agreed in prayer on earth concerning a matter of utmost importance and it was done for them by our Father in heaven. Jesus promised us, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
I thank God for not just one or two, but for the many thousands of Christians across the world who are joining us in prayer, and for the many thousands in our nation, who are praying for deliverance from evil and for the light of the truth to shine brightly and cast out the darkness and evil threats and deception which seek to take away the freedoms we have in this nation. Through Jesus Christ, we have the victory!
When a King and a Prophet...by Steve Long
|Posted on January 21, 2021 at 5:25 PM||comments (1992)|
When a King and a Prophet Agreed Together in Prayer, part one
There have been several Globalist movements throughout the history of mankind. These were movements which sought to destroy the national identity and sovereignty of all other nations and to establish a one world government with one required culture and no freedom of religion. Such threats to nations usually have resulted in war. If the free nation won, it kept its freedom. If it lost, it and its people went into bondage.
In 190 BC, Judea had been a sovereign nation, but the Greeks had aspirations of taking over the whole world. The Greeks then joined forces with the Syrians for the purpose of establishing a universal order with one culture and one religion and no more nationalism. They wanted no more of what we would call “Patriotism”. The Greeks of that era ruled out freedom of speech and they opposed independent thought.
In Judea, the Jews had enemies within as well as enemies without as some Jews welcomed the culture and dominance of the Greeks and others stood against the trans-nationalists and one world government. You can read the long account of it in I and II Maccabees. In the end, with the help of God, the Jewish patriots fought for and won their independence and restored their temple. As they were ready to light the menorah, they knew that it required rare purified oil. But they only had enough oil for one night. However, supernaturally, the oil continued to burn for 8 days! Another sign that God was their Helper.
Going back several centuries, there was another superpower nation that had aspirations of taking over the whole world. By 740 BC the Assyrians were close to accomplishing their goal to destroy the national identity and sovereignty of all other nations and to establish a one world government. Assyria’s leaders had absolutely no fear of Jehovah, the God who created the heavens and the earth.
During the sixth year of Hezekiah’s reign in Judah (the southern kingdom) and during the ninth year of king Hosea’s rule in Israel (the northern kingdom), Israel was conquered by the Assyrians. The prophet Isaiah had prophesied that this would happen because of the drunkenness and pride of Israel (Isaiah 28:1-4, 7).
Hosea, a prophet of that day, also prophesied of judgement coming upon Israel because of their rampant sexual immorality and idolatry. Listen to his description of Samaria (Israel) during his days: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed” (Hosea 4:1b-2, NKJV).
King Hosea of Samaria (he had the same name as Hosea the prophet) was a king who did what was evil in the Lord’s sight (II Kings 17:1-2). He and the people of Israel walked in idolatry and rebellion. On the other hand, Judah, under Hezekiah, cleaned up the temple and resumed blood sacrifices, and even kept the Passover. King Hezekiah and the people of Judah were not perfect, but they repented, tearing down the altars to false gods and they began to serve the Lord His way, and their sins were covered by God’s required sacrificial offerings (II Chronicles 29-31).
Today many (but not the majority) in our nation have repented and found forgiveness of sins through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Those with faith in Him are made righteous through what Jesus accomplished for us through His death and resurrection. By His blood our sins are washed away. Also a good number of our leaders (but not the majority) are sincere Christians, seeking to live for Jesus. And Christians around the world are joining us in prayer for God to save our nation from her enemies who want to destroy her and force us all into an ungodly, corrupt one world government.
We desperately need a new spiritual awakening in our nation. We do cry out to God for His mercy. And we are trusting God to save our nation. At this time, I believe we resemble Judah under Hezekiah, whom God saved out of the hand of the enemy more than we resemble Samaria under evil king Hosea, that was conquered by Assyria. What else did King Hezekiah do to save his country from Assyrian take-over? See Part Two of this article tomorrow.
"The Whole Armor of God" by Steve Long
|Posted on August 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM||comments (3732)|
DAY 25: THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD,
Note: I am happy to hear that several of you have benefitted from the last two devotionals on victory and the whole armor of God. In today’s devotional we will again reflect on the whole armor of God. Remember, it is always God’s will for us to be victorious in Christ: “Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14a).
Cast away the works of darkness
and put on the full armor of light,
even the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the belt of a soldier holding his armor in place,
the truth of Jesus which we put in our spirits
sets us free from all the power of the enemy.
(Ephesians 6:14, John 8:31-32)
The word of the Lord in the mouth of the righteous
is a spiritual sword which overcomes the enemy.
(Ephesians 6:17, Luke 4:1-13)
A wise Christian stays alert and on guard.
Any thoughts which disagree with God’s Word, he casts down!
(II Corinthians 10:4-5, I Peter 5:8-9)
Believer, use the weapons of our spiritual warfare,
for they are mighty to pull down the devil’s strongholds.
They are awesome through God to destroy the devil’s plans!
(II Corinthians 10:4-6)
Cover your life with the shield of faith,
rendering powerless every evil spirit who comes against you.
As a soldier guarding his head with a helmet,
wise Christians guard their minds
from evil thoughts and imaginations of the enemy.
The helmet of hope protects your thoughts;
therefore wear the attitude of hope that expects to see
God’s goodness and saving power in your life.
(Ephesians 6:17, I Thessalonians 5:8, Psalm 27:13)
Faith in the truth of God is your shield of protection
from all the attacks of the enemy.
(Ephesians 6:16, Psalm 91:4)
Beloved, those who are power-hungry
or possessions-hungry play into the devil’s hands.
So do those who are led by fleshly appetites.
But the wise and faithful resist the devil by quoting to him
Scriptures that dispel his evil suggestions.
(Luke 4:1-13, Ephesians 6:18)
"Victory Over All" by Steve Long
|Posted on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM||comments (3304)|
Recently the Lord spoke to me that I am not to focus on my past failures or mistakes, but instead to expect victories now and in the future. Every human (who lives long enough), except Jesus, has made mistakes and has experienced failure. But let’s put that behind. Working together with the Lord, there is still time for us to go forward and achieve new victories. The devotional I want to share with you today is about our victory in Jesus.
#23: VICTORY OVER ALL
THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE, part two
We believers continually give God thanks,
for He has delivered us out of the authority of darkness
and translated us into the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are delivered out of all the bondage of the devil,
for we have been redeemed through Jesus’ blood.
And we are complete in Him who disarmed all evil spirits,
triumphing over them through the cross.
(Colossians 1:4, 8-14, 2:10, 15)
Like a king making a public spectacle of his enemies
in a victor’s procession,
the Lord Jesus defeated the devil and his demons
and put them to open shame.
Grow strong through God’s mighty resurrection power
and know that you are seated with Christ,
far above your enemies.
(Ephesians 6:10, 1:19-23, 2:6)
Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power -
which He displayed when He raised Christ from the dead.
(Ephesians 6:10, 1:19-20)
Like soldiers, we Christians must learn to be disciplined,
on mission, and under authority.
(Ephesians 6:10-18, II Timothy 2:3-4)
An alert Christian gives the devil no place in his life;
a determined believer gives demons no power in his affairs.
Don’t stay mad – not even until the sun goes down.
For the devil comes with temptations,
but those who put on the Lord Jesus Christ
refuse to let the devil have any place in them.
(Ephesians 4:26-27, Romans 13:14, John 14:30)
God raised us believers up out of sin
and out of the devil’s authority
and seated us with Jesus in the heavenly places,
far about all evil spirits and fallen angels.
(Ephesians 1:20-23, 2:4, 6)
Since Jesus is highly exalted as Lord
and the Name of Jesus is above every name,
evil spirits must bow at the name
of the resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ.
(Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 14:10-11, Luke 10:17-19)
Note: this devotional is from Proverbs of Faith, Hope, and Love, Volume 1, from Day 78, pages 176-177.
"The Pulling Down of Dagon" Part 2 by Steve Long
|Posted on June 8, 2020 at 4:30 PM||comments (2234)|
Dagon was a merman; his top half looked like a man – a warrior dressed for battle, and his bottom half resembled the back half of a fish. The Philistines believed that this god helped them in warfare and in fertility and agriculture (their economy). They called Dagon, “Lord of the gods” and “Lord of the land”.
The Philistines identified with a god of war because they loved to fight. Their attitude towards other nations was that they would bring them into subjection or kill them. As the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God did not lead them close to where the Philistines were settled, because the children of Israel were not ready for the wars that the Philistines would bring against them: “Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt’” (Exodus 13:17, NKJV). Goliath, the Philistine champion, had been trained from his youth to be a warrior (I Samuel 17:33). The Philistines were all about war; not for self-defense, but for aggression.
We Christians pray for God’s kingdom, which is righteousness, peace and joy, to increase in the earth. But there are people today who are moved by a warring spirit and want to fight and strive all the time. If they can’t have their way and be in control and rule over others, then they go into fighting mode and overthrowing mode.
There are also leaders of nations like that whose number one goal is world conquest. Some want a world ruled by Islam and others want the world to be ruled by the failed philosophy of communism. In either system, human rights are very limited or non-existent. Closer to home, there are leaders in our country whose goal is to try to create some kind of one world government Utopia on the earth without the God of the Bible being part of it. They struggle, fight, and lie trying to fulfill this impossible goal.
Those in the past who have promised a Utopia of peace without God did not bring peace, but declared war on their neighbors because what they really wanted was world dominion. They also made war on their own citizens, calling for the persecution, torture, and death of those who had a different religion than their system of the worship of the State. The man half of Dagon calls for war, conquest, and control.
The fish half of Dagon promises good agricultural harvest / and a good economy. But there is no evidence that Dagon ever made the Philistine economy better. And those who have sought to create a Utopia without God have never created a better economy for their citizens, but instead produced a system in which those in power have lived like kings while the people were enslaved and impoverished. Anyone who has not examined the conditions of Venezuela before it was Socialist and since Socialism destroyed its economy and prosperity needs to do so. There are other examples of the horrible human misery that communism brings, such as in Cuba and North Korea.
As long as God’s people of Israel served Him, the Philistines couldn’t win any battles against them. But about 70 years later, Eli the priest had two sons who were supposed to be faithfully serving in the Lord’s tabernacle, but instead they were using their ministry to steal some of the offerings given to the Lord and to seduce young women who were helping serve at the tabernacle (I Samuel 2:12-25). The day came when young Samuel prophesied about the destruction that would come on Eli and his sons because of this (I Samuel 3:1-18). Soon Israel went to war with the Philistines and was defeated, and Eli’s two sons were killed, and the ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistines and placed in their temple of Dagon (I Samuel 4:1-17). But within two days, the mighty power of God upon the ark knocked down and destroyed the Dagon idol (I Samuel 5:1-4).
Now is the time that we Christians must draw near to God and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. We must also pray for those in positions of authority so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives in dignity and the fear of the Lord (I Timothy 2:1-4). If we will seek the Lord with all our hearts, God will draw near to us with such a strong presence of His glory across our nation that Dagon, the deceiving and warring spirit, will fall and suffer great defeat.
"The Pulling Down of Dagon" by Steve Long
|Posted on June 2, 2020 at 4:10 PM||comments (1853)|
The Philistines placed the ark of the covenant in the temple of Dagon, next to an idol of Dagon. They must have believed that they had not only defeated Israel in battle, but had also defeated their God. They put the ark in their temple as a trophy, thinking they had defeated Jehovah.
But they were in for a surprise. The next morning they found their idol of Dagon knocked over by the strong presence and power of God. So they set it up again, but the next morning they found their idol not only toppled over, but his head and hands were broken off! (I Samuel 5:1-4) God’s presence was upon the ark and He refused to be put on display in the temple of a false god. Until the Philistines returned the ark to Israel, they were judged with terrible plagues (I Samuel 5:6-12).
What we need today is a strong presence of the Holy Spirit across our land. Our hope is for God to arise and His enemies to be scattered (Psalm 68:1). Our nation was in a declining and precarious position in the 1960’s, losing battles overseas and experiencing riots at home. Then starting around 1967, God graciously sent us revival and spiritual awakening and one result was that things in our nation became more peaceful and prosperous. The power of God’s presence is well able to make Dagon fall. We must draw near to God and seek Him and He will draw near to us. Drawing closer to God results in receiving more solutions and answers; drawing away from Him results in more problems (James 4:8).
Dagon was a god of war and the Philistines were a warring people. They started wars, not for self-defense, but for aggression. This is relevant because we have seen many political wars in our nation during the last few years. And now we are seeing rioting, looting, burning of buildings and anarchy in the streets (reminiscent of the 1960’s). But I believe our turning to God with all our hearts and speaking His Word will bring Dagon down. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and employ your weapons! Persevere in prayer and speaking God’s Word and watch God expose the lies that need to be exposed. Pray and believe with me for a mighty visitation of God’s Spirit that will pull down, throw down, and destroy the works of the devil and again build and plant heavenly blessings in our nation (Jeremiah 1:10).
This is Pentecost weekend. What better time to be welcoming and expecting an outpouring of God’s Spirit?
More on this subject next week
"Let the Sun of Righteousness Arise" by Steve Long
|Posted on April 22, 2020 at 3:50 PM||comments (2289)|
"Let the Sun of Righteousness Arise with Healing and Restoration"
I have heard that the corona virus evaporates and dies when it is hit with enough direct sunshine. We can pray for an abundance of sunshine across our nation over the next several weeks. Also, if you have faith to do it, you can say, “clouds, be removed at this time and sun, shine brightly across our nation.” We will continue to pray, declare God’s Word, and command as the Holy Spirit leads us and things will continue to turn around and restoration will increase (Proverbs 18:20-21, 12:14, Luke 6:45, Mark 11:23).
In Malachi 4:2a, Jesus is called “the Sun of righteousness”: “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (NKJV). Not only can we pray for more natural sunshine, but we need Jesus, our Sun of righteousness to shine across our nation. Remember the song we sang years ago:
“Shine, Jesus, shine! Fill this land with the Father’s glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze! Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow! Flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there be light.”
This is a good prayer and declaration of faith for us to speak or sing today.
The first part of Malachi 4:2, in the Ronald Knox translation reads, “But to you who honor My name there shall be a sunrise of restoration. . . ” A sunrise of restoration! Only God can supernaturally restore our economy and bring the spiritual and physical health we need. Let’s believe Him for restoration of all good things that we need to do His will.
Malachi 4:2a in the Amplified Bible reads: “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and in His beams. . .”
I believe that not only the natural sunshine, but also beams of light from the Sun of Righteousness are overcoming this virus. We choose to walk in the fear of the Lord and we say, “Let the Sun of Righteousness arise with great healing beams of light!” Thank God, that,
Like rays of light from the morning sun bringing healing
and restoration, the Risen Christ beams forth light and healing
to all who believe and fear Him. (Malachi 4:2)
Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness and the Light of the World. And it is He who brings the dawning of spiritual light: “Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79, NKJV).
Today we must draw near to Jesus and stay as close to Him as possible.
"Blue Light Special" by Pastor Robert Wall
|Posted on April 11, 2020 at 12:20 AM||comments (1771)|
When I was a kid, I remember going to K-Mart and hearing them announce over the intercom system that a Blue Light Special was going on. I remember seeing a flashing blue light in a certain department, where one or more items would be on sale at drastically low prices for a period of time. You had to be there for the good deals, you couldn’t get a raincheck. I like sales just as well as the next guy, and often find myself on The Clearance Isle in Walmart, ( the modern day blue light special) checking out those Yellow Tags. I buy most of my hunting gear in the Spring and most of my fishing gear in the Fall. I usually get those items for pennies on the dollar on things I use a lot. There have been times I saw something on the clearance isle for a really good deal, but didn’t buy it in hopes that it would be marked down lower and not cost me so much. Ultimately missing out on the item completely.
I started to think about this and how we as a people play with our destiny and calling in the same way. God is a good, good Father and will allow us to make our own choices and will Bless us in our choices as it relates to our careers and so forth. Just because we are successful at a career or relationship dose not mean its God’s best for us. I mean we can all say better, better, better, BEST….. but there is only one BEST. God has our best interests at heart and has a plan for us.
One of the most thrown around scriptures in my opinion is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says The Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has a destiny and a calling for everyone, but because He is so gracious and loving towards us, He gives us a choice. You can take a career path, or get in a relationship with someone and be Blessed in those choices and be successful, but still not be in the center of God’s Will. To be in that place, will cost you. You have to seek God’s Wisdom and Guidance all along the way to be there. If you are in the middle of your choices, you can begin to declare and seek God’s Will and He will begin to change things so you are fulfilling your destiny and calling and be in The Center Of His Will. Don’t get me wrong on the matter, I’m not saying you can dump your spouse and get a new one, I’m simply saying that if you both agree and will start seeking God’s Face, He can begin to work out all the bug’s and draw you both into your destiny. Either way it will cost you to be in The Center Of God’s Will. It will cost you to say no to yourself and yes to God. You will have to exchange your wants for His. You will have to ask His permission on EVERYTHING like being a Teenager again. Salvation is FREE……but The Destiny and Calling of God will cost you everything…… We can either take the short road to get there or the long road, but we can get there .
Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow God. Being in The Center Of God’s Will is our Heaven on Earth. STOP waiting on your DESTINY to GO ON SALE……It will cost you everything!!!!
""And the plague was stopped" by Steve Long
|Posted on April 8, 2020 at 11:50 AM||comments (1370)|
“And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped” (Numbers 16:48).
This refers to the time when the children of Israel hated their anointed leaders, Moses and Aaron, and repeatedly criticized them and falsely accused them. They rose up against them like a mob and challenged their authority and ability to lead. Then a plague was released upon the people and Moses told Aaron to take a censer with fire and incense in it to make a spiritual covering for the people (Numbers 16:1-47). Then the plague stopped, after 14,700 people died.
Aaron was the high priest and he had authority to make a spiritual covering for the people. Incense is symbolic of prayer that goes up before God (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 5:8, 8:3-5). Jesus is our High Priest and He has made us believers to be priests to God (Hebrews 4:14-16, Revelation 1:5-6, I Peter 2:9). We, the committed, dedicated, praying Church, are standing in intercession between the dead and the living. What an important job each of us has as an intercessor! And Christ, our High Priest, is standing with us. Now it is time for us to put all the wonderful truths we have learned about faith, prayer, and intercession into practice. By the grace and power of God, we are stopping this corona virus plague.
I appreciate all the government and the medical community are doing to fight this virus. We have seen answers to prayer as we have seen how God has helped them. But also very important are the fervent, faith-filled prayers of the righteous. Now is the time when our prayers can make a great difference and avail much (James 5:16-18).
Included in this time of consecrated prayer is humbling ourselves, seeking God’s face, and turning away from any wicked ways (II Chronicles 7:14, James 4:10, 8, 1-9). This will result in an improved Church.
Some are saying, “but there are some good things coming out of this situation.” Yes, God can bring good out of bad situations and I can think of some ways in which He is doing just that. But this virus is not of God and we are praying in faith for God to avenge us speedily of this enemy virus (Luke 18:7-8). As my pastor recently pointed out, “Hosanna” means “Lord, save us now!” (Psalm 118:25).
The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death and corona virus (Romans 8:2). We are standing against it and God is giving us the victory. I believe He is beginning to close the door on this plague. Until we see it totally gone, when you pray and declare God’s Word concerning this plague, know that you are taking your place with the other intercessors who are standing between the dead and the living and stopping this plague.
May each and every one of you have a blessed Passover to. As the Scripture says, “Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (I Corinthians 5:7). This is a good time for us to celebrate Christ as our Passover and for us to pass over to the place of recovery.
"Heroes" by Pastor Robert Wall
|Posted on April 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM||comments (2038)|
MARCH 27, 2020
Growing up we had a lot of heroes, Evil Kanevil , G.I. Joe, The Six Million Dollar Man, just to mention a few. Our days were spent pretending to be one of these heroes, building ramps where we would jump our bicycles over a few Tonka Trucks or something along those lines. we spent the majority of our time outside. I never remember our Mom telling us we needed to go outside, it was always just the opposite. I remember most nights Mom calling for us to come inside.
I remember when the biggest problems in my barefoot life was Bull Nettles and Grass Burs. I remember laying in a field at night while on Lightning Bug excursions , looking up at the Big Night sky so full of stars that looked like diamonds against black velvet, that reached from as far as the eyes could see. A new Moon the color of fresh churned butter, with the sound of all the crickets and frogs serenading , The chaos of town was so far away, this was home, this was where I always wanted to be.
But let me tell you about another one of my heroes, one that wasn’t on TV or in a book. It was one that I was with everyday, that taught me almost everything I knew. That Hero was my Bother, Jerry. We are 2 years and 8 months apart, with him being the older. As long as I can remember I have always chased behind him watching what he does and trying to copy those things. Jerry spent a lot of time with me, I think I was his toy in a lot of ways. I got all of the good things as well as the bad. I was the one who most of the time ended up in the ER for stitches or a cast. Usually after a dare….I was the only one who started Kindergarten with the ability to write in cursive. I could do most addition and subtraction, I could tell time, (on a regular watch, no digital at that time). I could count money, I was familiar with all the readers because I had read them all and had them read to me. Jerry would go to school and when he got home everything he learned he would sit me down and make me do the work too. I wanted my clothes to look like his, if he put his name on something, I wanted mine on it. My tackle box looked like his. At times we shared a bedroom and I was held to the same amount of room cleanliness that he had. (I kinda sucked at this). We each had a shelf in our room where we kept our belongings. I always had mine just like his. When I got in Jr. High and started playing football, I already had a good sense of the game and The Atlanta Rabbit Football Program, because I had been in the older brother after school program for years.
I never was as good as Jerry at football, but I gave it my all. I remember first time on the practice field the coaches were getting the teams set, calling out names, it went something like this. Robert Wall….Sir….Are you Jerry Wall’s Brother….yes sir…..You’re on the A team. After a couple of weeks of practice, Coach said……Wall…..yes sir…..Wall, you’re moving to B team….. Lol, I never could catch him in sports. I will never forget the first time I realized Jerry wanted to and did go somewhere without me. I was devastated. He chose a Buddy over me??? He probably felt like a Siamese twin after recent separation. FREE….
Even in our adult lives I have always enjoyed spending time with Jerry. My ribs usually hurt for a few days from laughing. When Jerry lived 50 miles away, he would come down on Friday nights after working Swing Shift, and we would literally never go to sleep, until Sunday night. We would do all kinds of crazy things. We would go next-door to our parents house and start the lawnmower outside Daddy’s window and leave it running at 3 am. We have hunted, fished, worked together a many day. When our families get together we stay up way late just laughing and talking about the old times. We have even been to Prison together….Lol…We used to go to Prisons with Mike Barber Ministries doing ministry there. Now that we are both Grandpa’s we have definitely slowed down a whole lot and gained a bunch of Wisdom along the way.
Jerry was my first hero, I saw the whole world through his eyes. He taught me a lot at an early age giving me a head start on my education. Jerry is still one of my heroes. He is a good Brother, Father, Husband, PopPop, Successful Businessman, and Man of God. So on this 27th Day of March 2020, I want to wish my Brother Jerry, A Happy Birthday….You were my first hero, and still one of my Favorites!!!!! I Love You Brother….