“Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, ” Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, and command them, saying, ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.'” Joshua 4:1-3, NASU
“Cross the river.” That is what I heard in my thoughts, but I knew Who spoke it.
He spoke those three words this morning, and so I will be looking for what river the Holy Spirit is directing me to cross.
I appreciate how the Lord speaks to us. For some, His Word of direction, encouragement, assignment, or inspiration may come from a Bible verse. This is a very good way of receiving, direct from His eternal, foundational Word. It is known as the “logos” of God.
Other times He will give us His Word through “rhema” – a spoken word from a prophetic message or, dare we think, something we might even hear through TV, video on the Internet, or heaven forbid, a Hollywood produced movie, and when heard we think, “Hmmm. There is something about that which I just heard.”
The Bible says He used a donkey (jack…), didn’t He? Why not one from Hollywood? (“Just sayin.” As they say here in the South. America.)
So, when I heard these words, “Cross the river” as a thought which came into my mind, I knew it was the voice of the Good Shepherd, as I have become accustomed to hearing. Ever so quiet at times.
As I personally thought of the three words more later, I believe it can be a physical crossing, a spiritual crossing, or both. Prophetic words many times are that way – having both natural and spiritual fulfillment when they come to pass.
What has He been speaking to you these days? Are you listening? Have you put yourself in a place to listen? Will you then act on what He tells you, or dismiss it as just random thoughts?
I encourage you to be looking, to be listening, to be acting on what the Living God of Israel is speaking. He may use thunder. He may use lightening, as He promised to give us signs in the heavens in these last days.
“But immediately following the trouble of those times, the sun will grow dark, the moon will stop shining, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in heaven will be shaken.” Matthew 24:29, Complete Jewish Bible
He may use your young child to express a word of encouragement, or directive, most needed in your life this day. He is giving even dreams and visions to many as He promised to do.
As Peter declared in Acts 2:17-21, quoting from the Hebrew prophet Joel, “’And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, “That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord be saved.“ NKJV
It is time to act on that which you have been told by the Lord.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a science to destiny? You could know a formula to hit your target. What’s interesting about that whole question is that there was research done for 30 years in Fuller Theological Seminary by a guy named Bobby Clinton. His research was specifically on destiny and fulfillment, which is an incredibly relevant subject because so many people are interested in the prophetic. Not just because they want to know about what’s going on in the world around them, they want to know where they fit in the picture.
Where do I fit? Am I fulfilling the purpose for which I was created? Am I on schedule? And Clinton’s research came up with a term which I think is kind of fascinating. He referred to it as convergence. The fantastic thing is that the language in this is hidden in the Bible!
It’s almost in a coded form. It’s referred to as the work. Many of us can be involved with working out salvation, working in the ministry, and working in business. And all of that can be part of God’s plan. But there’s a moment when you literally step from working into the work, the assignment that God has given you.
WASHINGTON – Now that Roger Stone is no longer going to jail, the former political consultant has quite a few people to thank. Donald Trump is right at the top of the list, but spiritually speaking he has someone even greater than the president to thank, namely Jesus Christ.
In January of this year, in the middle of all his legal troubles, Stone attended an outdoor prayer service in Florida led by Franklin Graham. Stone tells CBN News he was desperate, struggling and stressed out. Graham had met with him before the event and that night Stone made his move.
“At that moment, I felt the calling,” Stone says. “I stood up with 500 other people. I wasn’t the slightest bit embarrassed. I confess that I was a sinner. I repeated a pledge that he recited, and it was as if a cement block was lifted off my chest. I can’t even explain it.” Stone says it gave him security about his future. “I was never scared. I was never worried. I was completely confident that the Lord would guide the president to do the right thing.”
For decades, the provocateur enjoyed a reputation as the bad boy of politics. Then came convictions of lying to Congress and obstructing a congressional investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“I don’t regret anything that I did in 2016 because I didn’t break the law,” Stone tells CBN News. “They wanted me to lie, to bear false witness against the president in return for some kind of leniency.”
Most political observers would expect Stone to be on the warpath against his enemies. But now, despite anger against prosecutors that he says were dishonest and politically motivated, Stone says he’s on a new path.
“Here’s the big difference. In the old days, I would have wanted revenge. I would have wanted to take revenge against every one of them but now I’ve realized that vengeance is God’s, it’s not mine,” he explained.
Stone doesn’t feel a need to go to his original playbook. “I no longer am obsessed with the Sicilian concept of revenge, which generally speaking is a dish that tastes best when eaten cold,” he added.
Still, Stone couldn’t resist putting what he’s been through in spiritual terms. “I really do believe that those who are trying to undo this president, those who are trying to destroy me, trying to destroy Michael Flynn, who’s a very good man and great American patriot war hero, I do believe they’re satanic,” he said.
Stone wasn’t done. “They cut corners and what’s outrageous is their arrogance, their moral superiority, when in fact, they have no morals at all,” he said. “I don’t believe that any of these people involved in my prosecution are really believers in God.”
CBN News reached out to former members of the Office of the Special Counsel about Stone’s satanic remark. A spokesman declined to comment.
Meanwhile, you can be sure that Stone won’t be declining comment as he moves forward with his life.
“I can guarantee you I don’t intend to become boring,” he says. As for regrets, he has them. “I do regret the fact that it took this long for me to return to the church because I realized that I could have had the solitude and the solace and the strength and the fortitude to fight this much earlier. I went through a year of hell before I found the way.” Will he now find the way to do the hard task the Bible requires of praying for his enemies “The Lord will deal with them so it’s not like they will go unpunished. That makes it easier to pray for them for when that moment comes.”
As for Stone’s immediate future, he wants to help re-elect President Trump, this time from his perch on the outside. As for his purpose going forward, he’s waiting on God. “I think God put me in this position at this time for a purpose,” Stone tells CBN News. “So if God has a mission for me, He hasn’t revealed it to me yet, but if He does, I’m ready for duty.”
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“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” John 9:4-5, NASU
Jesus (Yeshua) was fully aware of the amount of time He had when He walked this earth, knowing that the Father had given Him a mission and He was to get it done. No matter what. We also have been given a measure of time to fulfill that which the Lord has given for us to accomplish. Knowing when, how, and with whom is so vital in completing our tasks. Prayer must be in the puzzle.
At times Yeshua spent nights in prayer on the mountain. He would often go off by Himself to spend time with the Father, before the next day’s sun arose and He was to lead the 12 disciples and speak to the masses.
Not only when an important decision would arise that He had to make, but throughout the three plus years He had to do it.
“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.” Luke 6:12-16, NKJV
Other Scriptures speak of His commitment to prayer; His times of seeking the Father for instruction; the life He led with discipline and commitment daily. So should we.
“Modern-day” Christians have somewhat given up on the disciplines required of each of us to do as the Lord says to do. Lack of daily Bible reading. Prayer only on a Sunday morning when someone else says it. Possibly even out loud.
Sit back and watch the “anointed” or the “called” do their thing, because they are on “staff” at the church, while we watch the sports teams do their thing. At least the sports guys know what discipline is needed to accomplish their team’s goals. They may even have personal goals if they want to achieve fame and fortune while they have the time and platform. And then they can later become a politician and tell us what we need to do, as if their “wisdom” in their former field enables them to speak and act out of that realm.
What power we give to those who speak the loudest. And destroy the most. Depends upon what eyes you are looking through, and if any common sense still exits, along with foundational morals required to actually live a life worth living.
Yeshua was tireless in His pursuit of the Father’s will. He was no sloth. He was no sluggard. He was not the One to let others do it, except after He had trained them as to how they should do it.
What about you? Have you given of yourself lately to do for others as you would have them do for you?
Got any incentives lately? Need a push in the right direction to get up and get going?
How much time do you actually think we have, anyway?
“I have told you these things so that you won’t be caught by surprise. They will ban you from the synagogue; in fact, the time will come when anyone who kills you will think he is serving God! They will do these things because they have understood neither the Father nor me. But I have told you this, so that when the time comes for it to happen, you will remember that I told you.” John 16:1-4, Complete Jewish Bible
Sounds like the world we are living in now, right?
It is time to consider even more so what you are doing with your life. How much time do you think you yet have to waste it on pursuing personal gain, that will only be burned up later? How much time do you have to live for the Lord, as He intended you too?
Those who are pursuing the heart of the Father, to know and do His plans, be encouraged! Your eternal reward is great in heaven, as you have not wasted that which He has given you.
For those who may need some pushing…He knows. I hope you will seek Him to know it too. Even tirelessly if that is what it will take.
Ahava and shalom,
Love For His People Founder/President
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