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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

US 4 and No More - Now Think On This message by Steve Martin, Love For His People

Jan. 16, 2019

It's a new year, a new month (and already half gone!) and a new time. Hopefully, all have begun with new resolve in our hearts.

I began the season not with new resolutions, which I rarely ever do, but with a strong desire to keep moving in the direction the Lord has been leading. Though in some ways it has been like one has just completed a walk through dense fog, with the previous busy month of holidays just ending, but now clarity continues to come.

And thus I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to share this word, hoping it too will encourage you also to keep going forward With Even More ResolveRead it through.

In addition to that word, I want to encourage you to carry on in the disciplines the Lord has spoken to us and even gave His Son Jesus as our example during His time on this planet. Us 4 and No More reminds us to keep doing so we can keep going.

Knowing our Lord is coming sooner than we think - maintaining, and then pressing on - is vital for us to be strengthened in our purpose, calling, and the mission He has given to each.

Be blessed even as you do so, with ahava (love) and shalom (peace),

Steve Martin

P.S. As Founder/President of Love For His People, I completed our annual report on the year ending 2018. I rejoice at how many are interested in reading it, seeing how the Lord enables and always provides, as we are faithful with what we have been given.

We are very transparent in how the finances are received and given out. Most people want to know that, so they have trust as they give. See what we have done with His provision and empowerment to bless Israel and His people in the nations.

Look here: 2018 in review

Now Think On This
Now Think On This
Steve Martin

“For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.” (Isaiah 50:7, NASU)

The Webster dictionary gives these synonyms for the word RESOLVE, when used as a noun - decidedness, decisiondecisivenessdeterminationdeterminednessfirmness, granite, purposefulnessresolutenessresolutionstick-to-itiveness.

Resolve - something we must have in these days. Resolve - even more so must we possess in the days and years to come.

As our ultimate example and the One we are commanded to follow, Jesus knew He had come for a distinct purpose and was determined to complete the mission, at all costs. When the time came for Him to move on it, He did not flinch, back down, or seek an escape route out of there. He had the resolve, the firmness, the determination to do what it took to get the job done.

As the apostle Luke records in chapter 9:51, “When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;” (NASU) Or as the NKJV translates it, “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”

Isaiah did rightly prophesy about the Messiah Yeshua as written above, “I have set My face like flint.” That is exactly what He did.

To put this in full context, one must read the other verses that come before and go beyond that verse. It gives a wider picture of what He was committed to do.

"The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

For the Lord God will help Me; therefore, I will not be disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. He is near who justifies Me; who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. Surely the Lord God will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed, they will all grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up."

As any toughened combat soldier, long before prepared to engage in battle; or the proven athlete, measured and strengthened through years of practice for his competitive field; or the years of perfected, intense time given the trained surgeon, now performing through the grueling hours in the operating room – these similar years of ourselves being trained, groomed, and prepared for this hour must show itself strong as we stand courageously and boldly in these days of increasing pressure to bow down and give up.

(Be sure to read the rest: With Even More Resolve)

by Steve Martin

Those who stand with Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, will receive the promised blessings given to those who do so. The ones who oppose the purposes of God for this people and land will receive the eternal judgment He also promises He will hand out.

Sharing this book, containing some of my experiences in Jerusalem, is a joy, and also a promise to always stand with Israel. 

You can get it in paperback or Kindle.

Love For His People, Inc.
P.O. Box 414
Pineville, NC 28134 USA

Love For His People
Love For His People, Inc | P.O. Box 414Pineville, NC 28134

Friday, January 11, 2019

Us 4 and No More - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Us 4 and No More
Now Think On This
Steve Martin

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal.

"If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you'll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment's notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.”
John 12:24-26, THE MESSAGE)

Want to know the difference between a Christian and one who calls themselves a Christian?

Easy answer. It is the one who does what Jesus says to do. It is to follow Him. Doing what He said to be doing.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-26, NASU)

Lest I lose you before I finish writing the last line, knowing being told what to do doesn’t normally sit right with many people, I’ll put it this way. If you say you are a Christian, and the outside world looking on can’t tell a difference between you and your neighbor, then are you really? 

I’m “just saying”, as ones like to say way down here in the South where I currently live.

Photo by Steve Martin, Israel
Let me ask you this question? Does your prayer life consist of “Bless us four and no more” as you
run out the door, after getting dressed of course (with or without the makeup), having already checked your Facebook, emails, morning news on TV, and making sure the hot coffee doesn’t spill in your Starbuck’s travel mug (which still amazes me seeing the long line-ups at each drive-up window, ready to put out another $3-$4 for the specialty coffee each day.)

Now before you think I am being judgmental, which I am not, is this your normal routine, or have you really given the Lord, whom you call “Lord”, more than a quick “Remember me and my three” today, as you rush on with all the other stuff yet to do, before the sun rises?

Again, “Just saying.”

Do we really think we can have “the mind of Christ” if we have already filled it with the opinions, judgments, lies and fake news that are thrown at us daily, without having an opposite point of view, the Lord’s, to rightly judge what we are hearing and seeing? Without communicating with Him already in prayer, for discernment, understanding, and increasing in the knowledge of Him and His ways, can we really sling off all that is thrown at us?

“These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For "who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:13-16, NKJV)

For example, when it comes to just two of the basic Christian disciplines - to pray and read God’s Word on a regular basis - even as Jesus (Yeshua) did, and taught His disciples to do - do we?

Recently I have given myself more in obeying the words of the Bible, which the Apostle Paul wrote to his disciple, Timothy, to specifically pray in regards to our government, and spiritual, leaders.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, THE MESSAGE)

IF you are an American, or living in this country one way or another, as Christians who actually read the Instruction Book (also commonly known as the Bible), we are given the command to pray for our leaders. Personally, I didn’t obey that commandment regarding the previous president. I should have. But I sure do pray for our president now. And I pray that those who oppose him, as he continues to do great things, will themselves be removed from office, or at least silenced in what spews out of their mouths. (I am thankful for DVRs – we fast-forward whenever the opposing party speaks. It is just too many lies.)

I won’t be a “sweet and quiet” Christian anymore as if the gentle ones get the job done. Jesus is our example. He spoke the truth. He lived truth. He called for the hurt to come, and those needing a Savior, to come and follow Him. The others He rightly told where to go.

He is doing the same today.

You call yourself a Christian? Then along with me, live as if you mean it. Joshua did, and he did what he proclaimed. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

"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)

The Lord is looking for those few good men, women, and children who will hear and obey. Be one. More so then just praying, “us four and no more.”

Be sure to pray for Israel too. They are utmost on the Lord's heart, and we are called to stand with them.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Love For His People, Inc.

P.S. Want an adventure walking on short adventures? Check this one out I recorded in Jerusalem last fall: "Walk With Me" video series with Steve Martin.

Also, I hope you get my latest book, Adventures in Courage, published November 2018. Paperback or Kindle versions. This was my 19th authored publication. (Yes, this is an advertisement!) Buy here on Amazon: Adventures in Courage

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Now Think On This #380 - in the year of our Lord 01.11.19 – “Us 4 and No More” – Friday, 4:30 pm