Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ahava Love Letter - "Don't Stop"

                    

             “Don’t Stop”
“…yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest
by her continual coming she weary me.'" (Luke 18:5 NKJV)

Dear family of friends,

Day in and day out. Same old same old. Been there, done that. Cliches’ we have heard, or said, often. They can become tiring sayings, and yet may represent our present situation in life.

Our daily prayers may end up being the same ones we have petitioned for the last several months, or longer. We can grow weary of coming to the Lord and repeating what we presented yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. Do our prayers we give by rote have little effect? Is it time being wasted, to share our heart each day with the One Who said we would have the abundant life? Read on.

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' 

And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" 

Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1-8 NKJV)

The ungodly judge said he was getting weary of the widow continually coming to him, and so just to stop it, he avenged her (definition: to exact satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer.) In the above parable, Jesus goes on to say, in comparison, that God hears His own elect, who pray to Him day and night, and tells us to keep in faith, for He will speedily respond. That encourages me.
Though we often grow weary from pressing on, as we seek Him for His chosen path and planned purposes, He Himself encourages us to keep going. It doesn’t seem like He gets tired of hearing from us. Rather, the Word says that He Himself is bearing long with us, and promises that He will answer quickly. (Even if His “quickly” seems like eternity to us!) By pressing on, we are expressing faith in Him as we await His answer. He expects nothing short of us – to maintain ongoing faith in Him.
Don’t stop going forward. Your faith will be rewarded. That we can be sure of.
Ahava to my family of friends,

Steve Martin
Founder/President


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Ahava Love Letter #42   Date: Feb. 24 in the year of our Lord 2012    

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hold Fast Your Confession - Robbie Phillips



Present Word Ministries
‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches’
1101 Garden Dale Drive, Columbia, SC  29210-4910
(803) 791-7538     robbiewphillips@gmail.com

February 17 & 18, 2012

 “Hold fast your Confession!”
– Hebrews 4:14
Perhaps it’s just me. That must be it. Nobody else feels like I do. Then again, maybe not. For it seems to me that we live in a particularly discouraging time, at least here in America. The economic climate is darker than at any time I can remember during my lifetime and getting steadily worse, for the uncurbed out-of-control deficit spending by the current administration and congress is simply staggering. In the political arena, the unrelenting frontal assault on our Constitution and therefore on our ‘inalienable rights’ grows bolder so that ‘political correctness’ seems to be the order of the day. On the religion side of things, Christianity and our godly heritage are on the retreat in the public arena on every hand. The ‘enemy has come in like a flood’ – and I’m starting to wonder when (and if) ‘the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him’, Isaiah 59:19.
Let’s not underestimate the power of the forces working against us. When things are ‘going south’ around us in society, or more personally when things in our immediate world seem to be spiraling downward, the overall inner negative affect on us can be considerable. Just recently a man of God commented to me: “Everything seems to be working against me.” When we’re in that “everything’s against me” mindset (and who hasn’t been at some time or other?), then the ‘blues’ sneak up on you. You find yourself down, depressed, perplexed, wondering “what’s going on?”, “why was I born”, “isn’t there something more to life than this?”, “where did I miss it?”, “what have I done to deserve this?”, “where’s God?” Sound familiar?
In reply the Holy Spirit says regarding both our larger and smaller life circumstances: “Hold fast your Confession!” Get alone. Declare – speak out loud – and say it loudly – declare your faith in Jesus Christ! Declare His glory, power, invincible rule. Declare His majesty. Confess what you believe and the One you believe in. Declare aloud that you absolutely refuse to succumb to the negative. Declare aloud that you reject the low, blah feelings, the sense of worthlessness and impotence. Stand up, as it were, and having done all, stand! Refuse to budge, to yield, to bow. Submit to God; resist the devil. Declare your faith boldly, confidently. Remind yourself of your God and of His great faithfulness. Rise up in the strength and power of your bold confession and defy the enemy to his face.
David, not much more than a mere wisp of a boy, when confronting Goliath, ran to engage him in hand-to-hand combat. Let’s be like David – let’s rush at our ‘Goliath’ – let’s rout the enemy as David did and do it with bold declaration of our faith!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

America Israel Racing team

 
Race Team Seeks to Showcase America’s Support for Israel on the Track
America Israel Racing
Team seeks funding to place car in 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


CHARLOTTE, NC (January 12, 2012) – Inspired by recent political sentiment towards the nation of Israel, two North Carolina-based entrepreneurs are hoping to raise awareness of the importance of America supporting its Middle Eastern ally on auto racing’s grandest stage.

America Israel Racing (AIR) hopes to place a car in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup field, starting at the “Great American Race”, the Daytona 500, on February 26 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. With extensive knowledge in NASCAR, AIR feels there is no better place to share the message that America should support Israel than in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and with 2012 being a Presidential election year, the AIR team feel this is the perfect year to do so.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history as it pertains to our relationship with Israel,” said a member of the AIR team. “As the only true democracy in the Middle East, we feel it is critical that the United States reaffirms its commitment to stand beside Israel. By fielding a car in the most-watched race of the year, we hope to show Israel just how many Americans feel the same way.”

The AIR team recently established a sponsorship program and is currently seeking corporate sponsors as well as accepting donations on its website, AmericaIsraelRacing.com. America Israel Racing hopes all like-minded individuals and groups will help them place a car in the Sprint Cup Series for the 2012 season to spread the message that America stands with Israel.

“If enough people make a stand, the world will take notice,” said a member of the AIR team.

About America Israel Racing

America Israel Racing was formed to raise awareness of the importance of America supporting Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, as it stands against its enemies. The North Carolina-based race team, founded in 2011, is in the process of fundraising to field a car in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting with the Daytona 500. Through strategic partnerships and joint ventures with other organizations, America Israel Racing hopes to spread the message throughout the world that the United States supports Israel.
Source: America Israel Racing, Press Release

http://www.catchfence.com/2012/sprintcup/01/12/race-team-seeks-to-showcase-americas-support-for-israel-on-the-track/

When You Believe Lyrics - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey -

When You Believe Lyrics



Many nights we prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hope for a song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could, whoa, yes
There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe
[Mmmmmmmmmyeah]
Mmmyeah
In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seems like the summer bird
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I'm standing here
My hearts so full, I can't explain
Seeking faith and speakin words
I never thought I'd say
There can be miracles
When you believe (When you believe)
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill (Mmm)
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe
[Hey]
[Ooh]
They don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fears
But when you're blinded by your pain
Can't see the way, get through the rain
A small but still, resilient voice
Says love is very near, oh [Oh]
There can be miracles (Miracles)
When you believe (Boy, when you believe, yeah) [Though hope is frail]
Though hope is frail [Its hard]
It's hard to kill (Hard to kill, oh, yeah)
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve, oh)
When you believe somehow you will (Somehow, somehow, somehow)
Somehow you will (I know, I know, know)
You will when you believe [When you]
(Ohoh)
[You will when you]
(You will when you believe)
[Oohoohooh]
[Oh... oh]
[When you believe]
[When you believe]

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ahava Love Letter - "Valve Replacement"

Ahava Love Letter
       “Valve Replacement”
“…I will make springs of water flow through the valleys.
I will change the desert into a lake filled with water.” (Is. 41:18)
Dear family of friends,

When our home water pressure fell to a low point, with no shower possible, I knew there must be a spiritual lesson in this. And when the utility service man said it had to be the “water pressure reducer valve”, that confirmed my hunch. Old and worn out must be replaced with new.

Over the past 20 years, with fresh water streaming through the house pipes, we took it for granted that when we turned the faucet on, the water would freely flow. Not so this time. It was not even strong enough to properly get the shampoo out of the hair. So it was time for a change. One plumbing repair guy suggested that we could just “clean out the valve”, but I immediately said no, we would get a new one. I didn’t want to mess with something that was 20 years old, for in time it would need to be changed anyway. Let’s do it now and get it done with.

As I drove to the plumbing store to get the replacement part, I asked the Lord to give me a spiritual application to this, for my life, and others. The sense I got in reply was that every now and then it is time to get a “valve replacement” in our spiritual man. Get rid of that which may be clogging our direct contact with the Holy Spirit, and begin to experience anew. Clear out the old ways of thinking that have gotten us thus far, and let the Lord bring fresh revelation, unhindered by years of accumulation. Who knows what all we have picked up along the way, that has now restricted the flow of life into us.

The actual repair cost was minimal, along with the time to do the replacement. And that too is worth noting. Sometimes we put off a “valve change” for too long, thinking it will cause harm, delay, set us back further, or the new results will fall short of our expectations. It is like hanging onto the full, small cup of drink when the Lord wants to take us to the next level, and give us a bigger cup, if only half full to start. He will then fill it up to the brim.

I welcome change, both in the natural and spiritual. The same old same old gets old. So from time to time we need a valve job, heart transplant, or a cleaning out of the spiritual pipes. All for the purpose of being able to better hear, see and follow after the Lord and His call on our lives.

We welcome your goodness, Lord. Bring on your change.

Ahava to my family of friends,

Steve Martin
Founder/President


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Ahava Love Letter #41   Date: Feb. 14 in the year of our Lord 2012    

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