Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Be Happy - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Be Happy
Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-27, NKJV)


Early on in my Christian walk, during my high school days, in fact, I learned that if the world is going one way, then those who call upon the Name of the Lord, believers, are best to go the other. Follow the crowd and you got lost. Choose the opposite walk, and the best reward came.

There always seems to be a fad. Dress this way. Talk that way. Be cool, be noticed, be the one that the opposite sex loves to be around. And in order to get to that point, concentrate on yourself, your advancement, your body above all. For, after all, you are the most important, right? Doesn’t God want you to be happy? Aren’t you meant to seek the good, especially for yourself? Is it not true that if you are to be happy, then you must seek after becoming the best, the brightest, the most sought after in terms of popularity and all that is good in the world?

Is this not the purpose of our being in existence? To be happy? To be “me” in all my glory?
And where has our society gone these days? Many are into the “self-help” concept, whether they know it or not. If you carefully look around, what is the utmost focus of almost everything coming at you? “It is all about you.”

“Do this for you.” “Achieve that for yourself.” “Get the most out of life. You deserve it.”

Image result for smiley face clip artMe, me, me.

Even in the mainline churches, the mainline message is how to improve yourself; how to get what you need; how to find your love, your career, your fame, your fortune, your opportunities. Self-improvement. After all, it is all about self. 

Being happy is the best thing that you can be.

To get right to the point – self-seeking is not from God, but from the enemy of our souls. The way we are pushed to go, to strive after, is the very way that at the end of things pushes us away from the very One Who created us, our Father in heaven. The very One Who alone can satisfy our souls.

What was Jesus’ response to the one who had sought it all, had it all, and was still seeking to keep it all?

“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."  But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?"

But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You."

So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life." (Luke 18:22-30, NKJV)

My heart grieves for our generation, and the generation that I was given to lead in the way they are to go. How we have sought after all that never satisfies, never fulfills. We are always seeking more, more, and even more. But our seeking is very much misdirected.

Have we failed to understand that to seek to fulfill our self and our desires have only robbed us of the greatest good?

“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” (Matthew 16:24-26, THE MESSAGE)



I suggest that to find what you are looking for in life is to give what gifts you have; what knowledge you have been given; what talents the Almighty God has blessed you with…give it in service to others. When you give, then you get. Is that not what He promised us?

More money. Not. More of the latest fashion? Not. The latest hot car, hot date, hot life? It has been proven not so. Get it all and you have gained nothing.

What has been proven to fulfill one’s life is to give it in serving our Lord – living the life laid done, given in serving Him and His purposes, not ours.

You want to be happy? Give yourself to others. And then you will fulfill that heart cry in yourself, which the Lord Himself put there. Do that what He has given you to do. It is not seeking self-gain. It is seeking and doing for eternal gain.

The more you give, the more you get. It is an eternal promise from the Creator of our lives.

Then you will be happy.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

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

P.S. Want an adventure walking on short adventures? Check this out: "Walk With Me" video series with Steve Martin.


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


If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$50 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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Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.) 

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Now Think On This #381 - in the year of our Lord 01.16.19 – “Be Happy” – Wed. 6:00 am

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.)

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

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.”

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Founder/President
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

If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$50 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.
  
Secure, conveniently contributions can be done online now. 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.) 



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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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

With Even More Resolve - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

With Even More Resolve
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 wasdetermined 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 Hesteadfastly 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.

Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.” (Isaiah 50:4-10 NKJV)
Even as we are commanded to grow deeper in love for one another in our hearts, at the same time we will be required to stand stronger because of that love with more resolve and a greater resolute heart to press on, to push through, to not stop until we have completed our assigned mission from above.

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.

The enemy of our soul continues to use the masses to attempt to tear down, destroy, and eliminate the eternal truths of God Almighty’s Word. And as a roaring lion, he will not stop in his attempts to wear down the saints of God, doing so until we will give up. But we must not give up, and instead stand strong with the Lion of the tribe of Judah, with firmness,  decisiveness, and a granite will to hold the line, advance the truth, and see the war won, as it has forever and a day been recorded in the final book of the Bible.

With even more resolve, pressing forward to the mark with increasing strength daily, spending more time in prayer with our Lord, more time in His Word, and more time with His people, we are together working for His Kingdom to come.

I pray you are staying in the battle, standing firm together, committed to the end to see it happen. Do so with even more resolve.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

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

P.S. Want an adventure walking on short adventures? Check this out: "Walk With Me" video series with Steve Martin.

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

If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$50 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.
  
Secure, conveniently contributions can be done online now. 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.) 


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Now Think On This #379 - in the year of our Lord 01.02.19 – “With Even More Resolve” – Wednesday, 12:45 pm