Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz knows a thing or two about hanging on to Jesus in tough times. In the last five years, she has lost her husband, Daniel Lotz, her father, the Rev. Billy Graham, and faced her own battle with breast cancer.
Through it all, she says she has learned to lean on the Lord for every need and she says connecting with the Holy Spirit is key for getting through any storm.
“We are going through a worldwide, life-altering, game-changing event and I believe it is time to look up. it is time to get right with God,” Graham Lotz said.
Graham Lotz considers the COVID-19 pandemic a very dark cloud but shares that in the middle of the storm there is always a silver lining.
“I’m reminded of those fierce storms now because the threatening black cloud of the coronavirus has enveloped our nation. Its powerful impact is ricocheting from “peak to peak”– place to place–from our families to our homes, to our schools, to our businesses, to our sports, to our economy, to our churches, to our healthcare facilities…to our entire way of life, she wrote on her blog, Latest with Anne. “It seems to be obliterating our view of freedom…of peace…of happiness. The swiftness of this storm’s advance is stunning and almost breath-taking (pun intended).”
“I think the silver lining is when you are a child of God, God is with you,” she told 700 Club host, Terry Meeuwsen. “The Bible says He will never leave, never forsake me. I have faced death in the last four years…but I’ve never lost my peace and never lost joy. And one reason is because of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit.”
Graham says consistency is the key. She is challenging believers to take time every day to read the Bible and to spend time in prayer.
“You will have peace in your heart, whatever comes,” she said. “Your faith is going to be stronger, your relationship with the Lord will be closer and I think that’s the silver lining,” she said. “This could be a moment that God would awaken the Church and brings us to that point of revival.”
Grahams adds that this pandemic also provides an opportunity to share the Gospel with those who are afraid and lonely.
“God has put us in their lives to, for this moment, to help draw them closer to the Lord,” she said.
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Why Christians Must Support Trump During His Greatest Presidential Challenge – Steve Strang
April 28, 2020 Charisma Magazine The Strang Report
It’s ironic and hypocritical that many on the Left have been so desperate to criticize President Donald Trump in his quest of making America great again. For example, in his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, the criticisms were wide and varied: Trump didn’t close the borders soon enough; he closed them too soon. He didn’t speak up enough; he spoke up too much. He took the advice of the wrong people; he didn’t listen to enough people.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was criticized for everything from his lifestyle—although before he ran for president as a Republican, they saw nothing wrong with his past and he seemed to be the darling of the liberal media—to his beliefs. Has he done and said things that don’t reflect the teachings of the Bible? Yes. He’s imperfect, but according to some, that makes him a great leader.
In the same way, Christians overlook the good Trump has done and focus on all the mistakes he’s made and all the perceived weaknesses he still struggles with.
“As Christians we have created artificial standards for our leaders that God doesn’t have for His leaders in the Bible,” historian David Barton told me for my podcast God, Trump, and the 2020 Election. “I have flaws, Trump has flaws, and we can point them out in a self-righteous manner. Or we can look at Hebrews 11 and see all these great leaders had serious flaws, but God definitely still used them.”
Barton says conservative Christians should “look at what the president has done for the economy, but especially [his] standing for religious liberty, appointing righteous judges, protecting unborn life and supporting Israel—so many of the things the Bible specifically talks about. No president in our lifetime has gotten done as many biblically correct things as he has.”
Because of this, Barton says Christians must be willing to support Trump and not allow the Left to undermine his conservative agenda any longer. He points out that we don’t have to win every American to our way of thinking—we just need to win more than we have now.
Author Lance Wallnau has made the same point. “Figures like Churchill, Lincoln and George S. Patton don’t step out of cathedrals onto the stage of history, yet we canonize them later as instruments God raised up to meet a singular crisis, he said. None of these men were conventional Christians, and they had many detractors in the clergy, yet each played a pivotal role in history. They stood strong against the enemies of freedom and helped safeguard our way of life and Christian heritage.”
History has shown that Winston Churchill was the right man at the right time to be used by God, yet he was also not a very popular person. In fact, Churchill was described with terms that are often used in association with Donald Trump. He was called an “‘aristocratic adventurer’ who lacked good judgment and political skills.” He was considered “rootless … unstable … unsound … an undeniable cad,” according to the biography, God and Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours, by Churchill’s great-grandson, the late Jonathan Sandys, and Wallace Henley. Churchill was “an embarrassment” to important people in the Conservative Party. And he was viewed as impetuous—”‘a real danger’ who … tended not to count the cost of his endeavors.”
The British didn’t like him until they needed someone very strong to defeat the Nazis. He didn’t have many fans within the Christian community, either. The conservative Christians of the day in Britain didn’t like the fact he smoked cigars and loved drinking brandy. Churchill was a deeply flawed man, but God still raised him up to save Western civilization.
Churchill seemed to know this. Sandys makes the case that his famous great-grandfather felt a call from God his entire life that he was to save Western civilization. A case can be made, of course, that he did just that when he stopped Hitler from taking over Great Britain. In the face of Hitler’s military might, Churchill had to resolve to move ahead anyhow and to never quit. Churchill was a strong leader, and his example shows that God uses whomever He wants.
That’s what I see in Donald Trump and why people support him despite all the criticisms thrown at him. In that respect Trump resembles the indefatigable British prime minister, who often went against convention, decorum and his own party to badger the people of Great Britain into defending their country against Hitler’s Third Reich. Churchill was viciously attacked by the media in his day. Today, Donald Trump invites the same kinds of bitterness and resentment by raising alarms about the unraveling of American society at a time when our political elites, buttressed by the media, are denying that anything is wrong. Like Churchill, Trump is the target of opposition forces seeking to silence him for his bluntness and to stop him from speaking from the heart about problems the political establishment has been sweeping under the carpet for generations.
True leaders such as Churchill show strength of character in the face of adversity. Granted, Britain was in a life-and-death struggle with Nazi Germany, which threatened to destroy all of civilization. Forgive me if you consider this hyperbolic, but the situation today in America is almost as serious, considering the world we might have entered had Hillary Clinton won the election instead of Trump. It’s a world where we could have lost everything from our constitutional protections to our religious freedoms. In this case our struggle wasn’t with guns, tanks and planes—it was a political battle over the presidency and the direction of our nation now and for generations.
I go into why Trump must win the 2020 election—and the obstacles standing in his way—in my book, God, Trump and the 2020 Election. Be sure to visit godtrump2020.com for more information and to purchase your own copy today!
“I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin
April 26, 2020 Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, NC USA
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 1);38-39, NASU
Remember these lyrics back in the day? “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden. Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain some time.”
So sang Lynn Anderson in 1970 on the country-western radio stations as they were known way back then. The songwriter must have used a very loose interpretation of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) own words to His disciples, “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” Matthew 10:38-39, THE MESSAGE
The modern, syrupy gospel some would dish out to the gathered on Sundays and on social media platforms would make it seem that the sole purpose of Jesus saving us would be to give us happiness, to make this life rosy before we die and go to the next one.
We constantly hear with misguided words that if we are not happy then something is terribly wrong. If life is not going the way we were told it would be when we came to Christ, then all of our self-love actions can’t be worth the effort to be a Christian.
If the songs we sing, even the “Christian praise and worship songs” that populate the radio, YouTube, and love stations aren’t focused on “me, me, me” then something must be totally out of order.
It is to be all about “me”, right? Jesus came to make “me” happy, yes?
A generation which is brought up hearing that the love of God is all about me and my happiness, then we, as the ones who were/are to be teaching them, have really, really missed the mark in showing them the right way.
Yeshua did not call the 12 main followers, and the seeking crowds, to get on the road of “It’s All About Me Way”.
What did He really say when He called the disciples?
Take up His cross and follow Him.
“And He was saying to them all, ” If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:23-26, NASU
Living a self-love life is far from the one Yeshua called us to live. Going after that which we are told is necessary to make us happy is not the Gospel that Jesus preached. It is not the life we are to be living as disciples of the Life-Giver.
Followers of Yeshua lay down their lives for others as He did. Those who have been called to be His disciples are not to be seeking what we think is “best for us, what makes us happy.” We are to be seeking and doing what makes HIM pleased with our lives.
That is a life of self-giving, sacrificing, living for others, caring for the ones who have not, preaching the real Gospel, the one that Jesus and the early apostles took to the nations, as they laid their lives down. And yes, even got martyred in the end for doing just that.
One concern I have for the generations living now is that many have bought into the false gospel that it is all about us. Jesus never taught that. His true disciples never heard that. The true followers of Jesus who have lived and died through the centuries that have followed never prescribed to anything of a self-love gospel, but to the one that they too were saved to give themselves to the plans and purposes of the Father, in His love to save others.
Never were we promised a rose garden. We were promised the opportunity to follow Jesus, to take up His cross and follow Him.
“As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'”
And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” Mark 10:17-22, NASU
Paul preached the correct Gospel. So must we be doing the same.
“…strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22-23, NKJV
Trials and tribulations are what we are promised. Accepting that, let us thus get on with doing what He wants us to do. By His grace others will come to know the saving knowledge of accepting His salvation and live.
As the shaking continues in the nations, which is the Lord’s doing as He had prophesied through His prophets prior to these end times, our purpose in living is to have His purpose in living. When you know that, and do it, then whatever He brings your way will be the best.
We have been called to live, and die, for others, even as Jesus Himself laid down His life for us.
Let’s get on doing it.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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On June 18, 2018, almost 2 years go, I published this Now Think On This message after waking up from a dream the Lord gave me. Mind you, I rarely remember my dreams, though I know the Lord gives them. Probably the same for you.
We dream on, but most often can’t remember what they were when we wake up. I wish we could!
After seeing the changes and transitions going on in the nations in these last few months, due to the coronavirus pandemic, I believe the dream not only again applies to me, as another transition comes, but also to you.
Want to read about it?
Ahava and shalom,
“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.” (Job 22:28, New Living Translation)
Dreams are another supernatural way the good Lord speaks to us. He gives us warnings, direction, hope, inspiration, or some other bit of knowledge for ourselves, a family member, or a group of people. When He gave me the following dream last night, following some prayer afterward as to its meaning, I knew it was for me.
But then now I think it may also be for a few of you. Read it, and if you sense an affirmation in your spirit, then too consider the possibility that the Lord may want to speak a confirmation in your heart as well.
The small car I was driving on the roadway seemed to be losing air in the front right-hand tire, and I thought it had picked up a nail. There was enough air left in the tire to get to my intended destination, but when I got out and looked at the tire, it wasn’t a nail or another object after all. In fact, after arriving, the rubber was totally coming off the rim! It reminded me of those tires that are re-treads, and after some good mileage had been traveled, they just fall off the main tread. You see remains of them often along highways where semi-trucks had lost the re-tread.
I then checked the left front tire, and the rubber was also starting to fall off. These had lasted just long and far enough to get me to my intended destination.
It’s a flat.
Further into the dream, I realized it just so happened that I had stopped the car near a tire store, and the attendant said he had some tires to replace these two with. I responded with an OK, but then thought, “I am going to be trading this car in for a bigger one. I don’t need the higher priced tires. I’ll get some others instead.” And so I did.
I did not know at this time what the next car was going to be, but I believed it was to be a larger vehicle which I was going to need for the upcoming days.
I then woke up.
When I asked the Lord what this was about, and trying to recall the details, I felt He was letting me know that a change was coming soon, and that the vehicle I had been driving had gone as far as He wanted it to go, to the very end of the line in this season. A bigger replacement vehicle was coming, as I looked to trade this one in. The smaller car would still be used by someone else, who would need it for their purpose, but it would not be big enough for the purposes and plans He had next for me.
Sometimes our Lord removes those things which have completed their service for the intended purpose, knowing that the next time or season will require a “larger vehicle” or a different location in order to fulfill the call on our life.
As for the tires “falling off the rim” dream image, it may seem drastic, but I believe that sometimes the Lord has to cause such a drastic adjustment to come in order for us to “wake up” to the fact that He has something more for us. Otherwise we may be content to stay as we are.
I know that is true.
Change is needed to keep us prepared for what is ahead. Change gets us from one point to another, as we “move” in the Lord’s leading. Without change, we would stay in one place, keep doing the same thing, and miss an opportunity He wants to give to us.
Change requires faith. Staying put isn’t always what the Lord desires. We must be open and willing to do as instructed, or as the next open door becomes known. We then must be willing to step through that entryway into the next mission.
Be thankful for those times when He “pushes” us to get there. A little encouragement from above is needed for us who tend to wait too long for the “next” to come. It may be that the “next” time is now.
And one more thing. Don’t despise the small vehicle you had been riding in, for it got you to the destination just arrived at, having served its purpose for that time. Be thankful that because of it, you are now at the next transfer point, to receive the next vehicle which will take you further on the road, onto the next journey.
As I said earlier, I know this dream was meant for me, and I highly suspect there are a few others who many consider this is for you too.
Move in faith as He leads. Change cometh!
Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).
Now think on this,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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Now Think On This #345- in the year of our Lord 06.18.18 – “Change the Tires, Trade the Car”, Monday, 11:15 am
Republished #17 Think About It. Again. 04.24.2020 “Change the Tires, Trade the Car” Friday 8:15 am
With my 500th Now Think On This message having been written in April 2020, I started wondering a year ago what it would be to re-publish some of the earlier, or for that matter, more recent ones that seemed to have a prophetic nudge to them. I started out by coming up with a name and a logo, (I love logos!) for these new, and yet old messages, and gave them the name, “Think About It. Again. Or for the First Time.”
Then I went through some of those earlier ones to see what I had written, anticipating that they would be appropriate and fitting to republish. Hoping they had a “timeless” edge to them. As I found them I published them again over this last 12 months on our website www.loveforhispeople.com.
When the time came having accumulated enough for a small book, believing 15 or 16 would do, another book would come forth. And behold, it did! You may have read them when published for the first time, but that would have been from over 8 years ago when I started. If not, I hope you get inspired as you read them now, giving a new hope, some more encouragement, and maybe even a smile that would appear on your face.