Are you ashamed too? – Love For His People newsletter, Steve Martin
May 27,2020 Love For His People in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Greetings Love For His People family, friends, plus a warm welcome to the new readers of these encouraging communications!
Ever hear that? “Keep it simple, stupid.” (Don’t tell your kids that. They will repeat it. Trust me, having raised 4 and now 8 grandkids.)
I grew up sitting under the teachings of Derek Prince, and appreciated the opportunity the Lord Jesus gave me to serve with his ministry, led with the leadership of the International Director David Selby, for a total of 8 years – three years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1987-1990), and then for a second tour of duty for five years (2000-2005) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Listening, watching, and reading the teachings brought forth from Derek, whom I consider one of the greatest Bible teachers who ever lived for 88 years he was here with us, gave me a solid foundation on which my faith walk now stands on today.
And Derek always kept it simple. No yelling. No pounding. No running around the stage, hands up in the air as if I didn’t see him. No expoundatory messages that left one wondering, “What did he say?” Just plain, simple, Bible truth. Gospel truth – on salvation, blessing Israel, demons, end of the age, marriage, relationships, faith, hope, love. You know, the basics of life on which to live one’s life.
I hope your walk with our Lord has grown in these last 2-3 months as He has given us a “Sabbath, Shabbat” rest in Him, to slow us down and awaken us to what is really going on. Did you do that?
No more playing church. No more calling ourselves believers and acting as the rest of the world has so done.
Now is the time to stand up and be counted. You in?
Ahava and shalom,
Steve MartinFounder/President Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, NC USA
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I Am Ashamed “When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.” Daniel 6:10, THE MESSAGE
I am ashamed.
If you were to have looked around the country (the USA and all nations) and saw all the churches closed down, you would have heard what so many were saying, “Oh we must be closed for safety reasons.” Or, “The ruling government says no one can gather in groups of over 10 people.” Or maybe this excuse was used, “What will people think if we aren’t “complying” with what the “know-it-all” scientists are telling us. After all, they are the ones who know it all.”
Or how about, “Because Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx say it is so. They are right. They have the knowledge, experience, and truth.”
I repeat. I am ashamed.
As a Christian, who has proclaimed for decades that I serve the Living God, the One Who alone saves, heals, restores, protects, provides, directs, empowers…and then looked around all the others who have often said the same thing, but cowered in homes because of all the ones who declared otherwise, as if they were god themselves…
Where has been the, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus!” proclamation we used to sing decades ago?
No wonder the world thinks little of Christianity. No wonder we are not sought out as the ones having the answers, the solutions, the knowing of which way to go, when others continually have spoken that “their way is the way” and we as sheep just follow along like all the rest did, and do.
It is a shame. It is wrong.
It is saying to our God, the Creator, that during this pandemic that took the whole world down the path of pandemic fear and economic depression, that He is wrong, and they are right. And we, the ones who supposedly have the Truth, who have repeatedly said over and over that we are His children, instead chose to follow the words of the world, rather than the Word of God.
For, when it comes down to it, that which we really have said is that we don’t believe Him.
Where are the ones who fear God and not man? Who are the ones who would stand up and say, even after waiting through 2-3 months of this craziness, that we will serve the Righteous God, and not bow down to the empowered government that speaks out of ungodly, unrighteous, unholy spirits?
What a shame it has been. And we have been ones who have brought shame on our Lord, after saying we do follow Him, but then we do not. How many would stand as Daniel did, when decrees were made, saying he could not pray to His God, for the ruling king was the one who was above all?
Read again, or for the first time, Daniel 6:15-24.
“Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed. Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, ” Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”
A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel. Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke to the king, ” O king, live forever! “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”
Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” NASU
I am proud, yes proud with a godly, righteous pride, that there have been a few who have stood in faith, and I among them, counting it a privilege to say that we do not bow down to that which seeks to take over the world, the world that alone belongs to Our God, Who never left His throne during all this time. I continue to stand with these, and encourage others to stand up, speak out, and serve the God they say they do, and must continue to do so now.
This has only been a test the Lord allowed, in His wisdom and understanding, to see how we would react, how we would walk in faith or fear, and how we would respond to a work of the enemy, the one who continually attempts to destroy, kill, and usurp the will of the Lord God Almighty.
What about you who call yourself a Christian, one who believes in Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach? What have you done to show it? And what are you going to do when it becomes really bad, when your faith must be shown and put into practice, in order not to bow down to that which is coming, that is not of God?
Whose word are you really going to believe, and trust in?
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15, NKJV
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” Romans 1:16-17, NASU
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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“Holy Spirit. Ruach HaKodesh.” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin
May 22, 2020 Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, NC USA
“…when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8, NKJV
When the small group of about five of us from Columbus High School (Catholic) met for a time of study, led by my friend Terri Smith, they ended the meeting by praying for me. It was 1973, my senior year in Waterloo, Iowa, and they had told me prior that they would seek the Lord on my behalf, to receive something more, way beyond what I could have already learned in 12 years of religious education. Having grown up in the Midwest state of Iowa*, in one of the finest school systems in the USA, I knew I needed and thus desired more in my life.
And I was not disappointed. After they circled around me, laid hands on my head and shoulders, I began to know the Holy Spirit in a very real, very tangible way. I was 18. He had been around for all eternity.
This One was no longer in my mind, my heart, my soul as just the “Third Person of the Trinity”. Nor was He just “Holy Ghost” – like Casper the friendly ghost who I grew up watching on TV. He was no longer some foreign concept that somehow, I was supposed to have believed in without ever seeing. Of course, I was taught to believe that in the Apostles Creed from my youth up.
No, Holy Spirit, without the “The”, became my Guide, my Comforter, the One Who gave me the ability to pray in a language which I didn’t know, for things I wasn’t sure I was praying for, Who had just come into my life. He had also endowed me with gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are listed in Scripture, found in Romans and Corinthians, written by Paul the apostle, the believing Jew in the Messiah, the One Who had fulfilled His promise in sending Holy Spirit.
Instrumental as part of the foundational stone in my Christian life, was the first gift of speaking in tongues. From that point on I knew, really knew in my heart that I was praying the right prayers. It was not just for the Pentecostals down the street, which previously I had considered somewhat weird. Nor the Protestant and Catholic Charismatic people, which were being blessed all around the world with that current move of the Holy Spirit in the 1960s and 70s.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit had come to me. That moment in time forever changed my life. Forever changed my life.
Yeshua (Jesus) had fulfilled His promise to His followers, the Jews in 33 AD, that after His death, burial, and resurrection He would send His Holy Spirit to them, for the power they would need to obey His commission to take the Good News, the Gospel, to the nations. They too were not disappointed.
As historically and factually recorded in Acts 2:1-13 (I am quoting here from the Complete Jewish Bible), we know what happened to these first disciples, all Jewish believers in Yeshua.
“The festival of Shavu‘ot (Pentecost as known in English) arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Now there were staying in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) religious Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered; they were confused, because each one heard the believers speaking in his own language. Totally amazed, they asked, “How is this possible? Aren’t all these people who are speaking from the Galil (Galilee)? How is it that we hear them speaking in our native languages? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Y’hudah (Judah), Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome; Jews by birth and proselytes; Jews from Crete and from Arabia. . . ! How is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things God has done?” Amazed and confused, they all went on asking each other, “What can this mean?” But others made fun of them and said, “They’ve just had too much wine!”
I am not much of a wine drinker (just have not gotten a liking to the taste) but obviously these Jewish believers had quite a reaction when the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them that day. The lives they then lived from that point on proved to the world that indeed they were empowered by Someone outside of just a fleshly commitment to obey the Lord. Holy Spirit had given them the courage, the boldness, the empowerment they would need to take that which Yeshua (Jesus) had taught them, to a dying world which too needed what they had been given.
Lord knows we each need the Holy Spirt today in our lives.
I have been to the Upper Room in the Old City of Jerusalem several times. Though we cannot always know the “exact” location where anything ever happened in mankind’s history, this surely is close enough for me. And when I have gathered with many, many Christians, and Jews, believers in the One God, in that place, I can tangibly feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.
From that initial day in 1973 with my high school friends, the 3rd person of the Trinity, God Himself, has led me in the ways of the Lord. He has spoken words of guidance, hope, direction, and encouragement into my spirit. He has taught me the ways of God the Father, and the impacting knowledge of the Only Begotten Son, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ.
During the late 1990s, here in Charlotte, North Carolina, dozens of us would gather each Friday night at All Nations Church, in an actual converted horse barn which, along with my Dad, Louis Martin, had first taken out the horse stalls to begin transformation of the place!
The gathering was called the “Watch of the Lord” by Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, to have 8 hours of praise and worship of the Lord, prayer for Israel, the USA, and the nations, prophetic words, and healing for the sick. Each Friday night from 10 pm to 6 am. To this day it continues, though with a few less hours. (You can read, and see photos, of those years in my book, “The Promise. One Man’s Journey To See God’s Word Revealed, 2013).
One amazing facet of the evening/early morning hours were the lengthy times of praying in tongues together. In fact, on one special night, we had a minister present who spoke of how the Lord had instructed him to pray for hours in tongues, unknowing what he was praying for. Years later, at a critical time in his ministry, the Holy Spirit told him that those previous hours of praying in tongues had prepared him and those around him for the great plan God had brought him to, in which he needed the faith and courage to build a Christian radio station in the Northeast corner of the USA. The ground had been prepared through his obedience, and the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, to then build.
To this day I regularly pray in tongues.
We not only look to the annual special season of Pentecost, celebrated for centuries by the Church, but all the way back to the very first time of Holy Spirit’s coming during the Lord’s Feast of Shavuot, occurring in the Jewish city of Jerusalem, Yerushalayim.
The Holy Spirit came then, to empower and send out the believers. His ongoing desire is to do the same for us, for those who continue to seek the Living God of Israel and His plans and purposes to be fulfilled in their lives.
Come Holy Spirit. (Or as in Hebrew, Bo Ruach HaKodesh). Fill our hearts and souls with Your presence, O Lord.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
*The Iowa educational school system, in the 1970s, had the final testing for students that was used in the nation at that time, based on its high standards of teaching high school students. It was called the Iowa Basic Skills. And the Catholic school system was known for having an even higher standard than what the state, and nation, had set.
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“A Season of Crazy Increase! Watch For the Super Blooms!” – Jane Hamon
May 15, 2020 THE ELIJAH LIST
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Say what? It’s a time for “crazy increase”!?Things sure look the opposite right now, don’t they?But when I get a prophetic word from the Hamons, I know we can “take it to the bank” so to speak.I want you to read this powerful prophetic word by Jane Hamon that she just released.
Let’s all agree and pray into it this now word from Jane as she shares:“…God spoke to me declaring a season of “Crazy Increase,” a season of super abundance.”
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“A Season of Crazy Increase! Watch For the Super Blooms!”Jane Hamon, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
This year, after another year of difficult drought in Southern California, scientists are saying they had a March Miracle, with almost double the normal amount of rain in March alone.
This set the desert up for a phenomenon called a “super bloom.”
Though these usually only occur every 10-15 years and under some of the most difficult situations, Southern California has had three super blooms in the last four years! I believe this is a sign.
“Watch for the Super Blooms!”
Last year, I heard a UK prophet named Rachel Hickson mention a story about the “super bloom.” She said that the Flanders Fields in Belgium are famous for all the poppies that sprang up after the agitating of the soil, boots and bloodshed during the trench warfare of WWI. She taught that at times it takes harsh conditions, droughts, fires, floods, etc. to agitate the seed and wake it up for a super bloom.
Right before that, I had had a dream in which God spoke to me declaring a season of “Crazy Increase,” a season of super abundance. I felt these messages were a confirmation to one another about the times and seasons we were coming into, and I heard the Lord say, “Watch for the super blooms. Expect the super blooms.”
Many, may say, “Are you kidding? We are in one of the most challenging economic seasons we have ever been through.” This actually makes the promise of God even more powerful and the signs God is sending us even more profound.
This year in February, the Dead Sea area of Israel experienced the first super bloom in history. On 2/19/20 and 2/20/20 the headlines in the Israeli news read, “Rains bring stunning displays to parched Dead Sea area,” and “Dead Sea Blooms Floral Wonderland for First Time.” This sea is full of salt and the land is one of the harshest on Earth, yet it burst into beautiful fields of flowers! This is what God can do in our lives.
He can bring rain on our dry ground and cause our desert places to blossom and bloom like the rose.
From Trial to Triumph!
Hear the promises from the Lord in Isaiah 35 from The Passion Translation: “The wilderness and dry land will be joyously glad! The desert will blossom like a rose and rejoice! Every dry and barren place will burst forth with abundant blossoms, dancing and spinning with delight! Lebanon’s lush splendor covers it, the magnificent beauty of Carmel and Sharon. My people will see the awesome glory of Yahweh, the beautiful grandeur of our God.”Strengthen those who are discouraged. Energize those who feel defeated. Say to the anxious and fearful, ‘Be strong and never afraid. Look, here comes your God! He is breaking through to give you victory! He comes to avenge your enemies. With divine retribution He comes to save you!’
“Then blind eyes will open and deaf ears will hear. Then the lame will leap like playful deer and the tongue-tied will sing songs of triumph. Gushing water will spring up in the wilderness and streams will flow through the desert. The burning sand will become a refreshing oasis, the parched ground bubbling springs and the dragon’s lair a meadow with grass, reeds, and papyrus.
“There will be a highway of holiness called the Sacred Way. The impure will not be permitted on this road, but it will be accessible to God’s people. And not even fools will lose their way. The lion will not be found there; no wild beast will travel on it—they will not be found there. But the redeemed will find a pathway on it. Yahweh’s ransomed ones will return with glee to Zion. They will enter with a song of rejoicing and be crowned with everlasting joy. Ecstatic joy will overwhelm them; weariness and grief will disappear!”
You may be in one of the driest times of your life, but God is getting ready to send the rain of His presence in abundance upon you to wake up the seeds of destiny, prosperity and purpose within you.
Your place of trial is becoming your place of triumph! Your place of barrenness is becoming your place of blessing! Your wilderness is becoming your place of victory!
Every place of delay and dormancy are becoming places of a superabundant super bloom! It’s time for crazy increase!* Please don’t miss our emerging and newly found prophets!
Tom and Jane Hamon are the senior pastors of Vision Church @ Christian International in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Their ministry together is an example to the Body of Christ of a husband and wife team working in tandem and unity to accomplish God’s purposes. Their ministry is characterized by a rich deposit of God’s wisdom to provide apostolic covering for the Church, prophetic teaching and ministry, and demonstration of Kingdom anointing and power.
They travel as an apostolic/prophetic team to the nations, imparting both the spirit of wisdom and revelation to establish the Church and break open territories through spiritual warfare for the Kingdom of God to be experienced in a powerful and practical way. Jane has also written several books, including her very practical work on Dreams and Visions, her call to marketplace ministers called The Cyrus Decree, and her proclamation over women in the Church to arise and be The Deborah Company.
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