Monday, June 17, 2019

"Going Back" - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“Going Back"


"But now that I am going back to my own people..." (Numbers 24:14 Complete Jewish Bible) 


Have you ever gone back to a place where you had once left before? A town? A country? A family? A job? How about a church congregation?

It continues to amaze me how many people do - return to a place where they had once been, maybe to pick up the pieces they had left behind; seek to restore a relationship that was lost and now it is time to come back together, or once again you find yourself going back to a position in a job or church where this time you bring a deeper, more mature, better understanding from that when you had been there before.


There are many examples in the Bible, for our benefit to read and understand, of the Lord taking a person or people from one land or country to another, and then having them go back, or bring them back, to that from which they had come. Numerous times we read of this happening with the Jews - going to Egypt during Joseph's and Jacob's years, going to Babylon in captivity, being dispersed in 70 A.D. from Israel. Many, many times this happened, but in God's faithfulness to them, they were returned.

The holy family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus (Hebrew names of Yossef, Miriam and Yeshua) went to Egypt to escape the murder of children during King Herod's reign (trying to kill the Messiah) and returned back when it was safe.

When a former boss called me a week ago, from a business I had "retired" from over a year and a half ago, to ask me to come back due to the unexpected and abrupt departure of an employee, I was both pleased, knowing they really did appreciate my character and skills that they had known, and wondering at the same time, "Lord, what purpose would I have in going back there? What purpose do You have in taking me back there?" (The prior commute alone had been enough to move me out the first time.)

The one whom they had hired to replace me, after a three-month search at the time, walked off the job with less than an hour notice. Respect for one another, and giving proper notice when leaving, seems to be "going out the door" so to speak. Doesn't matter any longer if it is from a job, within a family situation, or among people and pastor in a church setting. 

Looking back in my own life, the Lord has returned me to several places where I had once left. Each time I can honestly say it was His doing, as a door that had once been shut after a season of time was once again reopened. And the second go-round always was better than the first. Ever happen to you?

From 1987-1990 I worked with Derek Prince Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I had left for 10 years for another ministerial position, and then was welcomed back in 2000, in Charlotte, North Carolina, when another critical accounting and administration position became suddenly open, which I had previously held.

In 2014 my good wife Laurie and I left Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, only to return back again four years later in 2018. We have 'tried" other churches, and realized that our real church home was with those whom the Lord had made connections with, as family. And the second time around has been much more fruitful and rewarding than the first.

And now...I am returning, if only on a contractual, part-time limited basis for a period of time, to Charlotte Center City Partners in uptown Charlotte (as of today, Monday, June 17, 2019) to get them through a timely transitional period, knowing that their end of year accounting season is right on top of them. I am very curious as to what the Lord has in store, not only for them but for me too.

Even as the Living God of Israel, the Creator of All, is bringing back the Chosen Ones to Israel, their promised land, He is doing the same among the other branches that have been grafted into the olive tree, the Gentile believers among the nations.

"Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 

And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. "Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." (Genesis 28:10-16, NASU)

The Lord is gathering up His people the Jews, scattered around the world in nations near and far, as promised, after 2,000 years. He also is returning, bringing back, those among Gentile believers who have wandered off, or left out of hurt, or simply quit walking out the faith they were saved into, to finish and fulfill the plans and purposes of the Almighty God in their lives.

If you find yourself going back, coming back, being returned to a place...look up and see that the hand of the Lord is upon you. What you left is probably going to be better than when it was the first go round.

Now think on this for a bit. 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.

P.S. I am still continuing my position as Office Manager at Antioch International Church! Just adding a few more hours to my work week...for a season of time.




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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!
Look here: Strength For Israel

P.S. In May 2019 I returned from my 20th trip to Israel. And guess what? I brought back for you my last 58 short videos I entitled “Walk With Me in Israel”. You can join me as I walk through the beautiful land and cities of Israel. Watch them here on our YouTube channel: Walk With Me - Israel May 2019

Also, my previous ones from other locations are here also on YouTube: Walk With Me
If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$25 today, and maybe each month, to help us bless families in Israel whom we consistently help monthly through our humanitarian work. Your tax-deductible contributions receive a receipt for each donation. Fed. ID #27-1633858.
  
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Click on either link PayPal or Givelify or the images on the right column of our Love For His People website.

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Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.) 

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Now Think On This #432 - in the year of our Lord 06.17.19 – “Going Back” – Monday, 6:40 am

To Seek Out A Matter - Jesus' (Yeshua's) Name on the Barn Roof - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

To Seek Out A Matter 
- Jesus' (Yeshua's) Name on the Barn Roof


June 14, 2019

Greetings Love For His People friends and Now Think On This readers,

As the Lord gives us dreams, visions, and prophetic words (as promised He would), we must be diligent in seeking what He is saying to us, and not dismiss them as "odd, weird, not understandable". He enjoys giving these opportunities to us in order for us to know and walk in His ways. It is our choice whether we will seek further understanding or not.

"God gets glory from concealing things; kings get glory from investigating things." (Proverbs 25:2, Complete Jewish Bible)

I share the following email written on June 14, 2019, with you, for your consideration too and further thought, as I shared it previously with others.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin
Founder/President
Love For His People ministry








June 14, 2019 4:21 am
Fort Mill, South Carolina

Liz,

In further prayer in regards to the word/vision you received during our staff prayer time on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, of the Lord wanting us to "paint or place His Name on the roof of the Barn, for all to see", I am not wanting to simply dismiss it, as does happen at times due to lack of understanding or unbelief. I am believing it was given to us and for us to seek His thoughts more certainly. And so I have. These are my thoughts.

1. The Lord says that His Name is over Jerusalem, as He has chosen it to be as such. It is He Himself Who has placed His Name there.

1 Kings 14:21, "Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen from all the tribes of Israel to put His name there." NASU

Also in Ezra 6:12,  "May the God who has caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who attempts to change it, so as to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued this decree, let it be carried out with all diligence!" NASU

Being He has chosen Jerusalem to put His Name there, we know it is a very special place. He thus has chosen to dwell there and will return there,

In my spirit, what I put forth in consideration is that what you saw in the spirit is that the Lord is also putting His Name on this place, and it is thus a very place. Not just some ordinary "barn", but as barns are known for gathering and storing until the time for planting, and then gathering/storing the harvest is done, so will this place be.

Hag 2:19, "I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you." New Living Translation

Antioch International Church, The Barn May 2019
I believe that as we have heard additionally previous prophetic words, some even by you under the move of the Holy Spirit on other occasions, this place, the Barn, has spring(s) of Living Water that the Lord has placed here. He put them there in the days of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and though the enemy has tried repeatedly to send disrepute, destruction, and despair among the Lord's people because of what is here, the Lord is telling us again that He has chosen this place, this Barn, as a place where His Name does yet dwell. 

  Heritage USA BARN as it stood in 1982, built by Jim Bakker in Fort Mill, South Carolina


I believe He has never given up on this place, even as He has never given up on Jerusalem. Once He chooses, it will never be forsaken or left to destruction, but will (has been) restored for His end-time purposes. 

We can take it a step further and consider that even as He is returning His Chosen Ones to Israel (aliyah), He will/is bringing back His people, in this area, to this place, even as we must remain steadfast in preparing for those days which are coming to this place, the Barn.

With that said, I again share these prophetic actions that the Lord has given me in the last month also, that I believe relates to what He has spoken through you. 



Be blessed, Liz, as you remain faithful to hear, see, and to boldly speak!

Steve


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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!
Look here: Strength For Israel

P.S. In May 2019 I returned from my 20th trip to Israel. And guess what? I brought back for you my last 58 short videos I entitled “Walk With Me in Israel”. You can join me as I walk through the beautiful land and cities of Israel. Watch them here on our YouTube channel: Walk With Me - Israel May 2019

Also, my previous ones from other locations are here also on YouTube: Walk With Me
If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$25 today, and maybe each month, to help us bless families in Israel whom we consistently help monthly through our humanitarian work. Your tax-deductible contributions receive a receipt for each donation. Fed. ID #27-1633858.
  
Please donate online safely through our website, using PayPal or Givelify.  Or you can use the DONATE  buttons on the Love For His People website.

Contribution checks can be sent to: 
Love For His People, Inc. 
P.O. Box 414   
Pineville, NC 28134

Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.) 

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Now Think On This #431 - in the year of our Lord 06.14.19 – “To Seek Out A Matter - Jesus' (Yeshua's) Name on the Barn Roof – Friday, 5:40 am

Friday, June 14, 2019

"Come Near To The Altar" - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“Come Near to the Altar"


"Moses then said to Aaron, "Come near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people; then make the offering for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the Lord has commanded." (Leviticus 9:7, NASU)


Times of worship create an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit moves in prophetic waves. Those open and attuned to His Spirit sense this movement, and quietly wait for His word He will share through them, for the good of those gathered.
Such occurred in a Sunday morning meeting church service where my wife Laurie and I were part of the worship team as singers. In the midst of the beautiful song, "Worthy of It All", my spirit began to well up inside me. At the same time, tears wet my closed eyes, as I longed to see and glorify the Lord and experience His presence in our midst.
As I often have shared in these messages, when the Lord gives me a word to proclaim, it typically is just that, a single word. Then I must step out in faith and begin to share, trusting that more will follow. And as this happens, He is faithful to give more. 
Just like Peter stepping out of the boat on the water, we must take that first step. Then He is there.
The words, "Come near to the altar" came into my spirit, and though I didn't get a chance to share them publicly at that time, I believe the Lord has a word for you reading now, to hear what He has to say to you in encouragement.
He is beckoning us to come near to the altar, that place where you take the first step, to move towards Him, whether you have done before or not, in order to present yourself to Him and await what He will say to you. It is not some weird religious thing that some would think, but it is His calling out to us to move toward Him. He promises He will be there as we approach Him. 
He is desiring us to seek Him, to come before Him as His children, and receive each day what He would speak, share, and instruct us to do. Often, it may just be to come and be in His presence, to rest in His peace. Don't we all need that?
The altar is also the place where our lives are presented to the Lord for His purposes, where we say to Him, through our hearts, "Here I am. Do as You desire. My will is to do Your will, as I lay down my thoughts and my plans today in order to know what Yours are, and to do them."
Jesus continually presented Himself to the Father, not seeking His own achievements, but to know and do what the Father would give Him to do.
"Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." As He spoke these words, many believed in Him." (John 8:28-30, NKJV)
As we come to the altar, a spiritual place to meet Him where He is at, we too will receive all that He wants to give us - healing, direction, restoration, wisdom, provision. The list goes on as we give ourselves to our Lord. It will always require movement on our part. But as He draws us to Himself, and respond in movement, He is there. 
It is a sacrifice on our part to present ourselves to the Living God, the One Who continually watches over Israel and His people. But it is His delight to meet with us, and confide in us.
I encourage you today to give yourself to Him, by coming near to the altar. Not out of fear in condemnation if you don't, but out of that desire to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him with all your heart. As you do, the sacrifice you give will become the energy to live as He grants us His life.
Ahava and shalom,

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







Please sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter: Now Think On This 

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!
Look here: Strength For Israel

P.S. In May 2019 I returned from my 20th trip to Israel. And guess what? I brought back for you my last 58 short videos I entitled “Walk With Me in Israel”. You can join me as I walk through the beautiful land and cities of Israel. Watch them here on our YouTube channel: Walk With Me - Israel May 2019

Also, my previous ones from other locations are here also on YouTube: Walk With Me
If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$25 today, and maybe each month, to help us bless families in Israel whom we consistently help monthly through our humanitarian work. Your tax-deductible contributions receive a receipt for each donation. Fed. ID #27-1633858.
  
With a one-time contribution or a commitment to send monthly support for a length of time, I do ask now for your help. 

You can give safely online through PayPal or Givelify.

Click on either link PayPal or Givelify or the images on the right column of our Love For His People website.

You can also give by check, sending to:

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

Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.) 

Please share Now Think On This with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.  Others will be thankful you did.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

“As For Me and My House" - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 
“As For Me and My House"

"Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:14-15, NASU)


As I have walked around the city of Charlotte, North Carolina this month, it is prevalent all over – in public shopping centers, movie theatres, on social media and local news. The word “pride” is being pushed in our faces and celebrated as the new accepted way of life. 

The biblical and historical symbol of the rainbow, historically given by the Living God as a promise to Noah and all mankind since, to never destroy the earth again by water, is being lifted up as the new symbol of “freedom”.

Let it be known loud and clear, that “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, is the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life. We will not be deceived and fall to the agenda of others.

If I don’t stand against the lies and deception, my grandkids won’t know the Truth. Therefore, I will, and am, standing in the face of this onslaught.

As is also popularly said in sports venue around the country, when the other team comes into town wanting to claim the victory, “NOT IN MY HOUSE!”

“The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will. The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. 
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.
The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied with his. The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.” (Proverbs 14:18-19, NASU)
The evil and wicked acts of men and women who seek to parade and flaunt their “freedom” in our streets will not prevail. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and on those we will stand. Not on the false agenda of the few who seek to destroy our biblical way of life.
Politicians, teachers, even so-called “pastors” who spread non-biblical words of death will be held accountable for their actions.

There is a God. He rules in the heavens, and on earth.
No one will cast aside His rule and authority without paying the eternal price.
As for me and my house, WE will serve the Living God. We will not fall to the lies and deception of those who lift up and push in our face another god.

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”
Psalm 145:18-21, NASU

Ahava and shalom,

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







Please sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter: Now Think On This 

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!

P.S. On May 10 I returned from my 20th trip to Israel. And guess what? I brought back for you my last 58 short videos I entitled “Walk With Me in Israel”. You can join me as I walk through the beautiful land and cities of Israel. Watch them here on our YouTube channel: Walk With Me - Israel May 2019

Also, my previous ones from other locations are here also on YouTube: Walk With Me

If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$25 today, and maybe each month, to help us bless families in Israel whom we consistently help monthly through our humanitarian work. Your tax-deductible contributions receive a receipt for each donation. Fed. ID #27-1633858.
  
Please donate online safely through our website. Click here: DONATE  

(or use the DONATE  buttons on the blog.)

Contribution checks can be sent to: 
Love For His People, Inc. 
P.O. Box 414   
Pineville, NC 28134

Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.) 

Please share Now Think On This with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.  Others will be thankful you did.

Now Think On This #429 - in the year of our Lord 06.09.19 – “As For Me and My House” – Sunday, 3:00 am