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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"What is This Pearl of Great Price?" Jesse Shamp ,The Elijah List

"What is This Pearl of Great Price?"

Jesse Shamp

The Elijah List Jul 30, 2019
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In Jesse Shamp's recent article, he describes detailed revelation from a dream encounter he had of the late Bob Jones.
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I've held this word, locked away in my heart, for a season. This is something from my treasure box! The Bible compares revelation to precious pearls (Matthew 7:6). Some things you experience in the Lord are so sacred that you don't want to share them with anyone. Yet, I have felt the timing of the Lord to share this encounter. First, let me say this: Every prophetic encounter must bring us to a more intimate walk with the Lord and must reveal to us the revelation of the Scriptures.
I recently found myself in a very powerful encounter. It was a dream, but also an encounter, for I was in the realm of the spirit! For a season, the Lord would not permit me to share about it, but recently I've felt that it was time to release it! My desire is to bring you on the journey that led me to this encounter. I feel that it is important that I steward this revelation well. It has been a series of visions, dreams, and encounters over the past several months.
The Lord has been speaking about the heart of the Body of Christ and how we are to examine our hearts in this season. God is truly releasing another level of the prophetic anointing in this hour. However, it is vital that we have a foundation of love. Every gift mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 should be ministered through the precious fruit of the Spirit, love!
The Pearl of Great Price
It was around Valentine's day that I had released something on social media about the late Prophet Bob Jones. I never had the chance to know Bob Jones personally, but I have spoken with many that did walk with this great prophet. I was pondering the time that I heard Bob Jones speak... it was many years ago during a conference at Jeff Jansen's church, Global Fire Ministries, in Murfreesboro, TN. I remember when Bob Jones began to speak, He spoke of a parable in the Bible: "The Pearl of Great Price."
Bob interpreted the parable to mean that the pearl of great price was love. Bob shared an encounter that he had. On August 8, 1995, Bob Jones had died and found himself in Heaven. He stood in a line and saw to the left of him a line of people that were going to spend an eternity in Hell. Bob was in another line of people that was approaching the Lord. As those in this line approached the Lord, the Lord would ask them, "Did you learn to love?"(Photo via Unsplash)
The Lord told Bob that he had died before his time, and that he needed to go back for souls. Then Bob urged the Lord that he didn't want to go back, but the Lord told him that he could enter into to Heaven if he would merely look at the line of people that were going to Hell. Bob then told the Lord that he would go back for just one soul! The Lord told him, "You're not going back for one soul. You're going back for a billion souls!" What Bob prophesied in reference to the billion soul harvest is that it would be the greatest awakening of all time!
Did You Learn to Love?
After Bob shared his visitation from the Lord, he then asked the audience, "Did you learn to love?" I've heard a lot of messages over the years, but it was as if those words were planted in my own heart and have, since then, been a part of me. Many that walked with Prophet Bob Jones have shared with me personally that the message of love was Bob's life message.
On Valentine's Day, I went to sleep, thinking of those words that Bob left us with. As I slept, I had a dream. In the dream, it was as if I was awake, and I saw Bob Jones come from Heaven into my bedroom. The dream was so real and so vivid, I was a bit frightened! Bob Jones was in a glorified body and the glory of God was all around him. He had piercing, dark eyes that would change to blue, and he was watching me. He was looking to see if I had prepared the soil of my heart for the agape love of God. He was watching me to see if I was one that would be willing to carry on his life message, "Did you learn to love?"
This dream, that was really an encounter, was so real that I woke up out of a dead sleep at five o'clock in the morning and looked over to where Bob Jones was standing in the dream. I could feel the atmosphere of Heaven in the room, and I could sense the cloud of witnesses that were looking in. Hebrews 12 mentions the cloud of witnesses that are cheering us on to run the race! It was a holy moment, and what I feel the Lord is saying is this:
God is not just looking for the gifted, but God is looking to those that would minister the gifts of the Spirit from a foundation of love.
A Foundation of Love
I've always found it interesting, as Paul writes his letter to the church of Corinthians in the twelfth chapter, that he reveals in depth the importance of the gifts of the Spirit, but he also begins to bring to light the different, unique expressions and functions of different offices. Paul states how we are all part of the Body of Christ. The hand may have a different function than they eye or the hearing, but we are all a part of that one Body.
In the fourteenth chapter Paul says, "Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy"(1 Corinthians 14:1 NASB).
In the middle of these chapters, we find the foundation which must be laid in order that we may minister the gifts of the Spirit properly. That foundation is love! It could be said that the love of God is a mighty river that flows from the heart, mingled with the gifts of the Spirit.
Can't You Talk Louder, God?
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
As disciples and ministers of Christ, we are to mature in the fruits of the Spirit, not only the gifts. It is not that the fruits of the Spirit are somehow secondary to gifts. I believe they are meant to flow together. The first fruit mentioned in the book of Galatians is love (Galatians 5:22). Love, as a fruit of the Spirit, is expected of us as disciples of Christ.
"...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (Matthew 22:37 KJV)
How are we to the love the Lord with all that we are? By keeping His commandments!
Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments"(John 14:15). In order to love God, it requires sacrifice. It requires us to forgive and even to love our enemies.
When we have truly encountered the love of God and have an intimate walk with Him, we can better understand the manifestation of prophecy! (Photo via Unsplash)
Paul shares the importance of the function of prophecy, saying, "...he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort" (1 Corinthians 14:3 KJV).
Looking for a Pure River
Whenever I spend extra time with the Lord, I find that I am seeing more in the spirit. Once, I was sitting on my sofa, and suddenly, I split into a vision of a river flowing... it was a golden river, filled with God's glory! Then I saw another river that was black, filled with all kinds of pollution.
"Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh."(James 3:11-12 AMP)
As I was seeing this vision, this Scripture, from the book of James, burned in my spirit! The Lord showed me this beautiful river of prophecy that flowed like golden oil. At the same time, I saw another river that was black, flowing into it. I had trouble accepting what the Lord was showing me—that the two rivers, unfortunately, could flow together simultaneously.
I believe the Lord is saying this: We want a pure river flowing from our hearts. John, the revelator, spoke of a pure river, pure as crystal (Revelation 22:1). He spoke of how the river was flowing out of the throne and out of the Lamb.
As I sought the Lord on this, the Lord gave me a few keys to how we may have a pure flow of prophecy.
Guard Your Heart
There are many ways that our hearts can become contaminated through bitterness, hurt, sin and so on. Think of how many opportunities Jesus had to be bitter or hurt. Yet, He graciously and willingly walked in compassion. We must seek the Lord to have this same compassion as He had during His earthly ministry.
In the midst of this vision, the Lord said to me,"If you continue to guard your heart, you will have a pure stream!" The anointing flows from the heart of man, the anointing of God flows from you like a river. Jesus even told us that rivers of living water would flow from our innermost being (John 7:38). This is why it is so important that we are careful about what we see, or hear, or meditate on as it all affects the heart.
"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life." (Proverbs 4:23)
So many times, in the Word of God, we see the importance of the heart of man!
Jesus said, "Do not let not your heart be troubled..." (John 14:1).
The heart of man is the spirit and soul of man. Peter spoke of the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4).
We are truly in a season of examining our hearts before the Lord. It is a season of pruning.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every Branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." (John 15:1-2 KJV).(To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jesse Shamp
Kingdom Culture International 

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Jesse and Amy Shamp are a powerful evangelism team based in Nashville, Tennessee, and are the founders of Spirit Word Ministries International. Their mission is to edify and equip the Body of Christ for the work of the ministry. Signs, wonders, and miracles follow their ministry, and they often receive powerful prophetic dreams from God for the Church. They are committed to crusade evangelism and are passionate about bringing in a harvest in the nations.
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

"Intimacy" - Think About It. Again. - Steve Martin, Love For His People ministry



July 28, 2019

Greetings friends of Love For His People.

As the Lord gives me titles of those messages once given, to be shared again, such as this one entitled “Intimacy” from March 2015, I realize that each of us need to be reminded of that which the Lord has already done in our lives.

When the Israelites (Hebrews) crossed over the Jordan River, under the leadership of Joshua in Exodus, they were commanded to take stones from the dry river bed and make an altar on the other side, to continually be reminded of the Lord’s deliverance for them out of slavery and bondage.

As you read the following, again or for the first time, be thankful for that which the Lord has also given you from your history, to share with the next generation and those who would follow. Our testimonies and lives laid down are to be examples of what the Lord has already done, thus giving us faith and courage for that which He yet plans to do with us, and them.

Think about it. Again. Or for the first time.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin
Founder
Love For His People ministry
Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Intimacy
- Now Think On This
by Steve Martin


“My beloved responded and said to me,
' Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along.
'For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
'The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
'The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!'"

Song of Songs 2:10-13 NASU)


As my bride came down the church aisle that beautiful early evening, I sang these Scriptural words to her that I had written in my song, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along.” Though I had intended to sing several verses, I choked up on the second one. My heart was just overwhelmed at her beauty, her movement in that flowing white lace gown, and the presence of the Lord’s Holy Spirit in that place of matrimony. The time had come for us to be joined together as man and wife.

Our parents standing with us on Oct. 8, 1977, in Peru, Illinois

What seemed to have been a decade long wait was about to be fulfilled at that moment, as we were acknowledging the Lord’s plans and purposes for unity. Out of our desire to share the love in our hearts, He would also bring forth a family to demonstrate His love on the earth, in preparation for the eternal love in heaven.

From that day forward, we have grown in our care and provision for each other, sharing the gifts and spiritual fruit we each have had to give. In physical, emotional and spiritual intimate moments, we have experienced a touch of what the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have shared for all eternity. Believing that through the times of trials and required persistence, our hearts have been bonded together, the intimacy becoming more real in our lives together.

Being intimate with one other is not an “overnight sensation” that one can have with another simply out of a physical act. To participate in the intent of the Father’s love for mankind, there must be that commitment to be joined together for the long haul; to stand strong when the temptation is to flee; to keep the promise that was spoken at the altar years before. Intimacy is not for those who are looking for quick satisfaction of one’s emotional lust, but is given to committed hearts who have been and continue to be willing to sacrifice for each other, time and time again. From that solid promise to stay through sickness and health, riches or poverty, until death do we part, the intimate moments are fully experienced, fulfilling the longing in each heart to be accepted, nourished and kept in committed and submitted love.

In today’s society, there is the prevailing belief that there can be emotional intimacy without having a strong commitment to one another beyond a sexual act. When the Lord says that sex outside of marriage is wrong, it is because the Creator knows that a deep soulish tie will occur, bringing hurt and lasting pain when an improper joining happens. We were not created to share this intimate act in a non-binding relationship.

The emotional and physical act also carries with it a spiritual bond that has to be kept within the protected walls of marriage. Thus doing that which was intended only within the committed relationship of sacred marriage will produce an emotional scar, keeping us from experiencing real love. It will also leave a strong imprint that will need to be healed later. Our loving Father thus has warned over and over again that sexual intimacy is for the marriage bed only.

Laws are made to protect us, not to keep us from the Lord’s goodness and favor. Abiding in His laws of love and protection will bring eternal satisfaction, keeping our hearts pure and emotions strong. Breaking His loving laws will produce destruction in our spirit, soul, and body.

Intimacy between a man and a woman is a beautiful gift from God. Keeping it that way is a protection for our society and the good of all mankind.

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Founder
Love For His People. Inc.

Love For His People, Inc. is a charitable, not-for-profit USA humanitarian organization started in 2010 to share the love of the Father in the nations.


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Now Think On This #169 “Intimacy” by Steve Martin 
Date: In the year of our Lord 2015 (03.29.15) Sunday at 12:30 pm in Charlotte, NC

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"Reunion" - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“Reunion"


"Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." (Genesis 33:4, NASU)


Jacob had long been separated from his brother Esau, going back to the time when Jacob did a bit of deceptive work and ended up with Esau's birthright. (Genesis 27-28) Having done that to Esau as Jacob dis, I would suspect that quite possibly you and I would have felt the same towards Jacob as Esau later did. Maybe not so much murder, but close to it. Or at least a little bit of animosity to say the least?

After all, none of us can declare that which would say, "I never had bitterness nor hatred towards anyone." At least I know I can't.

Many examples are written in God's Word, all are for our benefit, as Paul states in 1 Cor 10:11-12
"Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come." (NASU)

When Esau ran and embraced Jacob, it gives us several reasons that he was able to do this. You will have to read some of the preceding Scriptures for the full picture, but let me summarize as to what I think happened in Esau's heart.

1. "Esau ran to meet him". During the years of separation between the two brothers, the Lord had worked a change in Esau's heart. Maybe he realized the temporal here on earth, his birthright lost, wasn't worth the pain and agony, or hatred, toward his brother. He knew he hadn't been the perfect brother either. 

It is known that carrying these attitudes towards another, as in unforgiveness, eats away at your mind, soul, and spirit. Hopefully, as you grow older in the Lord you become aware of this, and turn, with repentance, from this sin.

When Esau ran to meet Jacob, he had already left all that behind. Nothing was holding him back now from expressing joy and love towards his younger brother.

2. "embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him" Esau led the way in showing total forgiveness and repentance on his part. Having already known the Lord's forgiveness on his part, he was able and willing to express that totally, and not hold back. It takes a mature believer to lead the way.

3. "they wept." I trust you too have known the release of years having pent-up emotions, and when a reunion occurs between friends and relatives that had been separation due to hurt, injustice, lies or selfishness, having a good cry, a fantastic flow of tears and all, feels really good. They let it all go. and let it all out.

I love when a reunion takes place between father and son, mother and daughter, cousin and cousin, employee and employer, pastor and congregant. Forgiveness is a great gift from our Father, Who Himself is always the first to express forgiveness. Having sent His Only Son Jesus, Yeshua, to die for our sins in order that we to may be forgiven was the very first ultimate step in restoration and reunion.

This week the Louis and Lila Martin clan celebrate another time of gathering in our biennial (once every two years event - I had to look it up myself). There certainly have been times of separation and individual reunions, but through the ongoing grace and mercy of our Lord, this family of 8 siblings has held together over these 60+ years. Thank God!

May the Lord give you the grace and love to express forgiveness in your relationships, because Lord knows we need it. And if you have a family or friend reunion coming up this summer, have a great time!

Now think on this, and see what good things the Lord has in store for you and those around you.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin
Founder/President
Love For His People, Inc.

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On July 5, 2019, Strength will be having our first Friday of the month meeting in The Barn at Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, SC. Come and celebrate the goodness of our God!
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Now Think On This #433 - in the year of our Lord 06.18.19 – “Reunion” – Tuesday, 6:00 am

Monday, March 18, 2019

Don't Be So Quick to End Relationships - J. LEE GRADY CHARISMA MAGAZINE



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Anger has reached the boiling point in our country. Passengers are being removed from planes because they started fistfights. Entitled store customers are going berserk in checkout lines. Restaurant patrons are spewing racist rants—and they don't even care if someone records their vile words on camera for the world to hear.
We are not just irritated. We are outraged. It has become fashionable to lace our conversations and social media posts with profanity. Whether it's talk radio, political television shows, Twitter, Instagram, online comment sections or street protests, we've developed the skill of dropping verbal bombs on each other.
We don't care how our words hurt people anymore. We have become a vicious culture. Our love has turned to ice.
And we are naïve if we don't recognize this dangerous level of cold-hearted hatefulness is affecting Christians. I've noticed that people today get offended more easily and are much quicker to storm out of a church when something goes wrong. No wonder we have a huge percentage of Christians who are church dropouts.
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The world tells us that ending a relationship is as easy as hitting the unfriend button. But when I read the Bible I don't see any room for outrage, resentment, intolerance or "unfriending." Jesus calls us to love—and He gives us the supernatural power to do it.
Have you been experiencing some hateful drama in your life? Have you considered ending a relationship? Did you already walk out of a church, or break a close friendship, because of hurt? If so, examine your heart and ask these probing questions first:
  1. Am I giving up too soon? The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that they should "always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who try your patience" (Eph. 4:2, Passion Translation). Your love will never grow unless it is stretched—and the best way to stretch your love is to show kindness when you feel like slamming a door in a person's face.
The truth is that we often give up on relationships because we just don't want to exert the energy to improve them. Relationships require a lot of work. When you unfriend someone just because they hurt you, you are missing an opportunity to become more like Christ. Show some patience. Choose to love even when you don't get anything in return.
Ephesians 4:3 says we must "make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace" (New Living Translation). The Greek word for "make every effort" means "to be diligent; to use speed; to be prompt or earnest; to labor." That means you shouldn't let wounds fester. Act quickly to repair the relationship before it gets worse!
  1. Would Jesus end this relationship? When you end a friendship because of an offence, you are doing the exact opposite of what Jesus did for you. Ephesians 4:32 says: "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you" (NASB). You will never understand God's merciful love if you don't show it to others.
Jesus doesn't flippantly write people off. He loved us even when we were sinners, and He patiently drew us to Himself using "ropes of kindness and love" (Hosea 11:4, NLT). Before you end a friendship, judge a pastor, storm out of a church or give someone a cold shoulder, remember how aggressively Jesus pursued a relationship with you. Let His ropes of kindness pull you out of your bad attitude.
When Peter asked Jesus how many times we are required to forgive a person, Jesus answered "seventy times seven" (see Matthew 18:22). Taken literally, that means 490 times—but Jesus wasn't putting a limit on forgiveness. He was using the number seven to imply infinity. Stop counting how many times you have been offended and instead thank God for all the times He has overlooked your mistakes.
  1. Am I nursing a grudge? Today's culture of outrage tells us that it's fashionable to be angry. Our divisive political climate encourages people to get up mad in the morning, fuel their anger with hot political rhetoric throughout the day and then to go to bed after listening to more arguments on news broadcasts. We are literally poisoning ourselves.
Many Christians have allowed similar poison in their lives because of church drama. They are mad that a pastor slighted them. They are jealous of someone who took a position they wanted. They are angry because a Christian did something hypocritical (yet they refuse to admit that their bitterness is the ultimate hypocrisy!)
Resentment is deadly. It actually makes people sick. It also makes us ugly and unpleasant. Unforgiveness puts a frown on your face, wrinkles around your eyes and a sour tone in your voice. On the flip side, showing affection is healthy for you. Doctors have proven that a 20-second hug strengthens your immune system!
Don't let today's culture of outrage infect you. Go against the flow of toxic hate. Make a decision today to work harder at relationships. Show some love. Forgive those who hurt you. Be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit.
J. Lee Grady was editor of Charisma for 11 years before he launched into full-time ministry in 2010. Today he directs The Mordecai Project, a Christian charitable organization that is taking the healing of Jesus to women and girls who suffer abuse and cultural oppression. Author of several books including 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, he has just released his newest book, Set My Heart on Fire, from Charisma House. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeeGrady or go to his website, themordecaiproject.org.
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