Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

Friday, April 3, 2020

“When I AM Lifted Up” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“When I AM Lifted Up” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” John 12:32, THE MESSAGE
During the time I worked with Derek Prince Ministries (1987-1990 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and again 2000-2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina), Derek being one whom I consider being one of the great Bible teachers of all time, he received a prophetic word from another that went something like this.
“I saw several ships travelling down a river, heading toward a bridge up ahead. Each of the ships had a mast. Some of the masts were large, some small, depending on the size of the boat. They each also had a flag flying at the top of the mast, indicating their country, name, or whatever else they were wanting people along the shore and waterway who they were and represented. Most of them had the name of the captain on them.
As they approached the bridge, due to its low overhang, they had to decide if they were going to lower their flag or not. If they did, they would make it under the bridge without damage. If they didn’t, their flag would be broken off. The decision was made by each.”
When the word was received, as it is common with all men, a decision had to be reached as to what this was saying to them individually. As for Derek and his ministry, he felt the Lord was speaking to him directly, and he was going to make that decision. But others disagreed.
“If your name is lifted up, where is My Name? If people see you, how do they see Me?”
He carefully and truthfully took the time to consider this word. As for Derek, it was always his heart to lift up the Name of Jesus, not his own.
As we took consider whose name we lift up, one should wonder who are we trying to draw men and women to. Our name? Our ministry? Our way?
Or Jesus’, Yeshua’s, way? His Name or ours?
“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘ Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.  “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.  “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.  “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”  But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.” John 12:27-24, NASU
There is a message given by Charles Haddon Spurgeon called “Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! (He was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. Born: June 19, 1834, Kelvedon, United Kingdom Died: January 31, 1892, Menton, France.
The message states whose banner, flag, we should be lifting up.
“Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross!
Lift high his royal banner;
It must not suffer loss:
From victory unto victory
His army shall he lead,
Till every foe is vanquish’d,
And Christ is Lord indeed.
“Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet-call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this his glorious day;
Ye that are men, now serve him,
Against unnumber’d foes;
Your courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.”
(from Spurgeon’s Sermons, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. By Him can we all be saved.
In these days of popular ministers, teachers, politicians, heroes, popular worship leaders, entertainers in all fields of entertainment and sports, and all those who we highly esteem, as we should honor and respect, let us not forget the Name of the One Who sits on the throne above, the Creator of all, and acknowledge Him, as we live our daily life.
“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4”8-12, NKJV
His Name is Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah. Yeshua HaMashiach.
Today we must choose to lift high the Name of Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, the Name above all names.
Then He, the Living God of All, the One Who alone can save, will draw all men to Him.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President  Love For His People, Inc.
SPECIAL NOTE: Our ministry’s new mobile app is available for iPhones and Androids is available. These are free app downloads! Look here: Love For His People free phone app
Please sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter: Now Think On ThisThe sign-up form is on our new ministry website: https://loveforhispeople.com
You are welcome to help support the work of this ministry, including the assistance we give to families in Israel: DONATE online now. You can also send checks to: Love For His People P.O. Box 414 Pineville, NC 28134
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Now Think On This #498 – in the year of our Lord 04.03.2020 – “When I AM Lifted Up” – Friday, 7:45 am in Charlotte, NC USA

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Fear brings more fear. We need trust and hope, not fear. Love For His People


Fear brings more fear. We need trust and hope, not fear. Love For His People


March 11, 2020

“My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Editor’s Note: This Now Think On This message was originally published on March 6, 2020. Now even more than ever, we need to stop responding to fear and walk in the trust of our Lord. The world may not, but we need to. Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People ministry
“When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee – God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 6:17-20, THE MESSAGE
Do you know what we can have each day? Hope! And what kind of hope? A hope in the ETERNAL God, the Savior of our souls, the One Who (even better than President Trump) has made promises and keeps them! (Sorry, I just had to add that political part…to see if you were awake.)
I woke up this morning knowing that even though I have been “quarantined” from my uptown Charlotte accounting contractor job for 14 days after my return trip to India on Feb. 21, 2020, (for having a cough that I have had for years, as my good wife Laura Jean can attest to); ended up in ER two days ago for rectal bleeding; previously on Monday I had to make the decision to cancel a gathering the Lord had given me as an assignment to again attempt to do, back in October 2018, after a year and a half of preparation (canceled due to facing an $8,000 cost with only 11 registered with less than a month to go)…and prostate biopsy today…
He has given us ETERNAL HOPE! Yeah, Lord!!!
And as the old hymn still sings, “My hope is found on nothing less!”
Read the words from the hymn, “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ The Solid Rock)” by Robert Critchley
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
His oath His covenant His blood
Supports me in the ‘whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand…

Source: Musixmatch
Listen here and be encouraged again: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
Yes, my friends, we will always have the hope BUILT on nothing less than Jesus Himself. That is our eternal guarantee for those of us who believe and keep our eyes fixed on Him.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV
Nothing less!
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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These are free app downloads!
Please sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter: Now Think On ThisThe sign-up form is on our new ministry website: https://loveforhispeople.com
COMING July 10-11, 2020
You are welcome to help support the families in Israel that we do. Donate online here: https://loveforhispeople.com/donate/
Checks can be sent to: Love For His People P.O. Box 414 Pineville, NC 28134
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Now Think On This #486 – in the year of our Lord 03.06.2020 – My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” Friday, 5:45 am in Charlotte, NC USA

Sunday, March 8, 2020

“You Don’t Need ME If You Have Everything Else” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin


‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19, NASU
What do you mean, “You don’t need ME if you have everything else? Don’t you mean the opposite?
Yesterday in our annual Love For His People ministry board meeting, here in the Charlotte, North Carolina, USA area, where 18 of us gathered together in our home for prayer, rejoicing, and expressing our love for the Lord and each other; where prophetic words flowed, speaking in tongues filled the room, songs of joy were proclaimed to our Lord Jesus Christ, along with testimonies of His goodness shared, I spoke this word, somewhat paraphrased here.
“I want to be at the edge of the cliff, having to go forward over it, knowing only that when I jump in faith in obedience to the Lord, that He will be there to catch me. To me, that is the safest place I could be, rather than to have a full 401(K) to retire on, a big bank account for whatever pleasure I wanted, the perfect home to inhabit in comfort and ease, the latest American (or Hyundai!) car to drive. For then I would know it was Him Who was doing the supernatural leading, providing the full provision at the very time I needed it, and directing the step-by-step direction, then relying on what I had built, accomplished, or would put my trust in.”
And then this morning after I had risen and sat down in my prayer chair, His Holy Spirit spoke this, “You don’t need Me if you have everything else.”
I knew He wasn’t talking about me personally, but He was speaking of those who think they have everything and thus believe they have no need to trust, rely on, have faith in the Living God of Israel, the One Who alone can give us that which we truly need. While the world around us chooses to walk in fear and listen to the enemy of our soul, those who know the ways of the Lord, He Who is seated on high, ruling from above it all, we can rest in His peace and provision in the midst of the chaos, unduly concern and responsive acts of fear.
Read a more fuller account of the one who considers himself rich, apart from God.
“And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.  “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’  “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ 
“But God said to him, ‘ You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’  “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21, NASU
When it comes to faith, faith is what you need. Simple faith. IF you have everything else, you won’t look to the Lord, but you will rather choose to walk on your own, trusting in your “filled barn” which you have built.
But if you have come to realize that all you have is what He has given, and what you need is what He can supply when you need it, then you can rest in His shalom (peace) and ahava (love).
You can choose to walk off the cliff in faith, knowing He will catch you. It is not “blind faith”. It is having the faith that He has done it before, and that He will do it again. He is Faithful.
I have tried both. I would much rather choose Him and walk in His faith that He gives us.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21, NASU
Choose faith. Not in your own ability. Not in your own wealth. But in the Lord, for He knows what we need, when we need it, and is there to reward us for our faith in Him.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
SPECIAL NOTE: Our ministry’s new mobile app is available for iPhones and Androids is available. These are free app downloads! Look here: Love For His People free phone app
Please sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter: Now Think On ThisThe sign-up form is on our new ministry website: https://loveforhispeople.com
COMING July 10-11, 2020
You are welcome to help support the work of this ministry, including the assistance we give to families in Israel: DONATE online now.
Send checks to: Love For His People ministry P.O. Box 414 Pineville, NC 28134
Please share Now Think On This with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.  Others will be thankful you did. And I thank you too.
Now Think On This #487 – in the year of our Lord 03.08.2020 – You Don’t Need ME If You Have Everything” Sunday, 6:00 am in Charlotte, NC USA