“Let whoever is wise observe these things and consider Adonai’s loving deeds.” Psalm 107:43. Complete Jewish Bible
As I sat on our Charlotte area front porch this morning, which I like to do often, the Lord spoke of a new season upon me. And He may just be speaking to you too about yours.
Now that specific word can be, or has already become, due to repeatedly a clique, an often-spoken word, that we just might easily dismiss. Somewhat like the words we have heard regarding prophecy in our gatherings, such as “God loves you.” (Prophecy #1 on the all-time list.) Or, “I am opening a new door for you.” (Great word! #3 on the list.) Or how about, “You need to repent.” (For some, that may have become #7 on the all-time prophetic words given these days.)
All are still true, no matter how much we have heard them, and most likely will hear again. The Lord still tries to get our attention often! One of the best ways to learn and retain what we hear is to repeat it often. As the great Bible teacher Derek Prince once said, or more than once, “Rote is the best teacher.” (Rote: mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.)
Being the humans that we are, repetition seems to be quite necessary. Ever hear the same commercial over and over again??!! Rote!
And so, back to my message.
The Lord spoke of a new season upon me. And most likely for you too.
Because…we can’t stay in the same wine barrel forever. Just as they do in the Golan of Israel vineyards, after the grape juice sits in a barrel for a certain, measured, exact length of time, they pour it into another vessel. That leaves the old sediment behind, which can ruin the soon-to-be wine if left in the barrel too long. Stagnant. Impure. Bitter. (Ever get that feeling)
And then they do it again.
So, it is with us. If we are not going from season to season, from one adventure to another, it gets old really fast. We get ingrained with the mundane. We become accustomed to sitting on the fluffy couch (clique again!) and get annoyed when someone asks us to get up and do something.
Ok. That is just me.
This new message series, as the Lord is now moving me on from my previous ones, “Now Think On This”, a total of 522 messages started in October of 2010 after a return from Israel, is entitled “Time To Consider”.
It is time to consider your life, if you haven’t recently. It is time to consider even more so the life that Lord wants to give you, whether you have walked with him for 56 years (yeah!) or just getting started.
Whose life will you live? What life will you live? The one He created you for, or the one you have decided, in all your own wisdom and understanding, is the best? As the good doctor said, you know, Dr. Phil, “How is that working out for you?”
As the eternal Word of God says in Proverbs 24:12, “If you say, “See, we did not know this,” does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?” NASU
I like what Paul wrote of his life, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24, NASU
Take some time before the Lord to consider your ways. He will give you a response by speaking to you through His Holy Spirit.
Hear and obey. It is the only best way to live.
It is time to consider.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People ministry
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Wild Heart was recorded live at the Cascade Theater in Redding, California. In her fifth solo album, Kim Walker-Smith returns to the place she recorded Still Believe, Consumed (with Jesus Culture), and got married. Wild Heart explores themes of life, beginning again, and returning to our First Love. The title song, Wild Heart, expresses the jubilant love of the Father, running to meet the prodigal child.
Protector is a powerful anthem and declaration of Who God is and His promise to never leave, nor forsake us. Kim’s personal favorite is You’ll Always Be, which is a sweet melody that rides beneath lyrics that take a strong stance on Who God is in her life. Wild Heart was recorded in one night, among a full room of people who traveled from New York, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, and other states. This album is a collection of songs and moments that are joyful, raw, honest, and intimate.
I come out of agreement With the lie that You have left me on my own I am not alone I come out of agreement With the worry and the fear I’ve come to know No, they won’t have a hold on me
Protector You never, never, never let me go You said You wouldn’t leave me, and You won’t You’re right by my side Protector I come into agreement With the truth that You are who You say You are I can trust Your heart I come into agreement With what Heaven has declared over my life Cause I know that You fight for me
Protector You never, never, never let me go You said You wouldn’t leave me, and You won’t You’re right by my side Protector You hide me in the shadow of Your wings Your presence is my peace, my covering My song in the night Protector No weapon, no worry will prosper against me No darkness, no evil will tease or torment me All power, dominion to one Name is given My fortress, my freedom, my refuge, my Jesus
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For all those who got in the fight, stayed in the fight, and are committed to stick it out to the end…You are blessed. This book is for you!
Steve Martin, June 26, 2020 Charlotte, NC USA
I have written several messages that made their way into my books on the subject of pressing on, being faithful, being strong in the Lord, fighting the good fight. These are the days when it will take more than giving verbal acknowledgment and lip service in our commitment to King Jesus. It will take blood, sweat, tears, heartache, and determination to press on even if others have stopped and built a home along the road.
Those of us who have been called, anointed, commissioned for the King’s service has one thing going for us – we are not alone. The Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, has been promised by the Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, to always be with us. He is our Comforter, Our Director, the One Who will lead us on.
This book is meant to encourage you to continue to seek the Living God, the One Who left from Jerusalem, Israel, and is soon to return to Jerusalem, Israel. Be encouraged in your walk. Keep seeking the Lord above. Let Him direct your steps always, as you hear and obey. We both will be happy we did. For eternity!
We have been called to get in the race, run it, and press onto the finish line. Come on! Let’s do this!
Happy Father’s Day men. We need the Lord Jesus leading and guiding us to be that which He has called us to be – good role models for our kids and grandkids. – Love For His People ministry
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, NC USA
Greetings Dads (and families).
Our Father, Who art in heaven, has mad us fathers in order to give Him more family, as He is the Ultimate Father. With His Only Begotten Son Jesus, Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, He has always desired to fill the earth with more children to share in His love, peace, joy, and eternal family.
Over these past decades the family man has been much aligned, as many would seek to undermine, belittle, ridicule, dismiss, and even eliminate the role that men have been called to – to be mighty men of God, as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers.
We must stand for biblical principles. We must walk with godly character. We must be the examples and mentors to the next generation who so desperately need fathers in their lives – to give direction, encouragement, and a hope for their future.
Moms are great. May they continue to live fully for their kids.
Fathers need to be great. We need to exemplify the Father of All. For the God the Father’s heart is the one which can fill ours with His character, gifts, and courage.
Men, we need to be that manly man that our sons and daughters will look up to and to say with confidence and joy in their hearts, “That’s my Dad! He has cared for me, guided me, spoke truth into my life! I love my Dad!”
Happy Father’s Day, Dads. Be the man you and I are called to be, so our families can live in freedom, honesty, guidance, and the assurance of the hope found only in our eternal Father, the One above.
GEN. JERRY BOYKIN: In These Troubled Times, Where are the Men?
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s executive vice president
June 21, 2020 CBN News
On May 25, 2020, I watched the beginning of a great American tragedy. As the nation began to open up after the long COVID-19 lock-down a horrifying incident involving a rogue cop took the life of a 46-year-old African-American man named George Floyd. Three other officers watched and did nothing. And chaos erupted nationwide.
As I watched these events unfold, with abandoned police stations, burned-out business, frenzied rampaging, looting, vandalism, and more death, one question kept repeating itself in my mind: Where are the men?
Were they hiding behind some “cause” or misguided notion that the situation was none of their business? Were they simply going along with the crowd, with no sense of right and wrong? When did men stop providing protection, guarding defenseless victims, and taking responsibility for their communities?
I can’t help but question whether radical feminist grievances about “toxic masculinity” have caused men to stop fulfilling their God-given roles in our society. Along similar lines, as I watched that tide of angry young men shattering glass, stealing and looting, I wondered just how many of them grew up in fatherless homes.
Tragically, in today’s America, too many children are born never knowing who their father is. Others see their daddy pack up and leave while they are still young kids; they grieve for him and miss him terribly. Some fathers are in jail; others are addicted; still, others are too busy making money to be bothered with their own sons and daughters.
There are so many fatherless families and everyone is a tragedy.
As a Christian, I believe that the Bible – from Joshua to Jesus – provides a clear mandate for masculine roles and responsibilities. And thanks to my own devoted, loving father and to my military background, I’ve had exceptional opportunities both to be compliant and to command, to protect while sometimes paying the price, to be inspired and encouraged by those with whom I served.
But today too many boys have never in their lives been affirmed by men. They’ve had no man to set a proper example, to help establish values in the home, or to love and nurture them. Instead, they’re raised on the internet and by the violence of video games. If there had been more fathers who understood the importance of their role, and the power of a father’s blessing, I am convinced that could have prevented some of the tragedies we’re facing in today’s cities across America.
What could those fatherless boys have learned from a godly father about being a man?
It’s true that men and women are equal, but it is also true that they are unquestionably different. Once a young man understands that there is a uniquely God-given role for him to fulfill in his lifetime, that sacred role will likely soon become his transcendent cause.
And I believe that having a transcendent cause – including the distinct obligations and responsibilities being a man entails – will literally separate the men from the boys.
First of all, men are intended to be providers. This certainly includes financial responsibility for any others who rely on him. But it also includes the other forms of provision such as values, principles and vision, and direction. And perhaps above all else, being a provider means thinking of someone besides yourself.
Men are also meant to be instructors, mentors, and role-models to their families and their communities. A nation of “Sheep without shepherds” is another symptom of our present disorder. But real men are leaders, especially in chaotic situations. To borrow a military term, men are meant to be chaplains, offering wisdom and spiritual guidance in the home, school, office, and community.
At the same time, men are also supposed to be defenders – of course, this applies to protecting those closest to them, and those who cannot defend themselves. The Bible says, “Defend the weak and the fatherless, uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4 NIV
A real man will never stand by and watch while others are victimized or abused. The “bystander effect” is a sad product of our self-centered society. Worse yet is the pretense that participating in criminal activity, theft, and violence is an act of righteous defiance. NO! It is not.
Calling in the National Guard wouldn’t be necessary if men were doing their job. It’s time men take up their biblical mandate, which has been ordained by their creator. That is their mission, no matter what their color, nationality, station in life, upbringing, or education. And I believe that once men step up and carry out their God-given role, a new vision can be cast and brought forth, restoring a civil and prosperous America for all.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s executive vice president and is the author of Man to Man: Rediscovering Masculinity in a Challenging World. He spent 36 years in the Army, serving his last four years as deputy undersecretary for intelligence in the Department of Defense.
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