Michael Grimm's 
Michael is the sponsor of Men's Ministries to
over 200 men in the Northeast, highlighted by
two annual retreats. He also produces this weekly
Spiritual encouragement sent out every Monday.
December 16, 2009
I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Ephesians 6:16
I remember in my younger days, I sometimes enjoyed watching my Uncles cutting and splitting firewood to burn on cold winter nights.  I would see them swing that sledge, honing their baseball swings, and core muscles for pitching hitting, splitting and I would be in charge of stacking all summer, and then enjoy the warmth of the fireplace during the winter. If you’ve ever watched someone split wood, you know how important and effective the “wedge” is for maximizing their efforts. 
A wedge is a heavy chunk of metal with a sharp pointed edge on one end and a flat surface on the other. A wedge is a necessity for splitting round logs so they can be separated into smaller pieces that dry out faster and burn more easily. As the wedge is pounded into the log with a sledgehammer, it divides the wood into two parts by separating the fibers and weakening them to the point of failure. The harder the wood, the more times you would have to hit the wedge to drive through and separate the fibers.
This is so very similar to the enemy’s single-minded focus—separating us from our Father. Satan’s swings of the hammer are like the neglect we feel as he uses a verbal wedge of deceit. “See, no one cares for you. You’re on your own.” He uses a sudden hurt, betrayal or loss of innocence to tell us, “This is a dangerous world, and you’re all alone. You’ve been abandoned.” He uses assaults and abuses to scream, “See, this is all we are good for. We’re a reject, a failure.” 
Satan’s constant strikes of the wedge weaken us. The details are different for everyone, but the effect is always the same—an injury to the soul, and with it, separation from our Father. This may sound dramatic, but it’s true. The enemy wants to split us from God and put us in the fire.
Thankfully God is not willing to let that be the end of our story. There is good news for all of us. Remember what Jesus taught about our Father’s heart in the parable of the lost son? Filled with compassion, God will come like a loving Father, take the wedge out and pull us as close to His heart as we’ll allow. He’ll take us back to heal the injuries and finish things that didn’t get finished. He will come for us, no matter how long we were away or how far from Him we feel. 
We need to identify the wedges in our life. What lie or deception is Satan using to separate us from God’s love and abundant life, right now? When we feel uncomfortable, look at more of the data in that particular situation. Some of that data or our conclusions are probably false or distorted. That is Satan’s wedge: lies. Replacing those lies with God’s truth will draw us closer to Him. We need and should allow the Holy Spirit to remove the wedge or let Satan whack the wedge deeper into our soul is our decision, so I hope and pray we all choose well.
Please join me in prayer, Dear Father God, our deepest desire is to trust You with our whole being. But this trust does not come easily for us, Father. We know that if we really learn to trust You, nothing can separate me from Your peace. We will endure the pounding of the wedge and will use each strike to train our self to trust You. We will ruin the enemy’s plan by growing in grace through the very adversity he uses to harm us. We pray all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name – AMEN.
Have a great and BLESSED day/week.
STAY STRONG – today, tomorrow and always.
Please remember I am there for you in thought, prayer and action – 24x7.
Love-Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
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