May 5, 2022 Charlotte, NC USA
Greetings to family and friends of Love For His People.
May is such a good month to trust in the Lord. Along with every other month, of course.
As I was reading my One New Man Bible this morning, continuing on in Acts, the verses in Acts 17: 26-28 once again inspired me. Read below as to how they will inspire and encourage you too.
But before you do...be sure to put on your calendar the dates and locations for when Chaim Malespin, the Director of the Aliyah Return Center in Tiberias, Israel is coming to NC/SC in less than 2 weeks. See more info below also.
And another special note...when I went to our local Pineville, NC post office yesterday, the Lord had me inquire about box numbers and availability. P.O. Box 53 was right up front and center. And guess what? (as our 6-year-old grandson Levi likes to say...) #53 is now the new one for Love For His People ministry. Yes, Lord! I like those numbers!
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People ministry
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“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist…” Acts 17:26-28, NASU
Our times are in His hands. Or as it is written, “Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling.” Psalm 66:9, New Living Translation
When you believe that Word, that indeed our times are in His hands, and He does keep us from fumbling and stumbling around, you will do awesome deeds for the Lord and His people. You will have built confidence in His Name, and in His actions in your life. You trust that what He says He is going to do, He will do it. Enough said.
When Laurie and I were part of a small group in LaSalle/Peru, Illinois back in the day (1976-1980 to be exact) called Victory Church, and then the name was changed for identifiable purposes to Victory Community, we had to trust the Lord when we were placed in one of the common purse community homes, with four other couples. And we were newlyweds! O Lord!
When He called us to leave the town of her birth, childhood, and teen years included, with her parents and two sister families being left behind, we ventured out, with our two young sons Josh and Ben. We relocated to East Lansing, Michigan in 1980, along with several other church families, to become part of Shiloh Fellowship (later changed to New Covenant Christian Church in the early 1980s). We were wanting to be a part of the Shepherding Movement happening in that decade.
We had to have confidence in Him.
Then when He set another divine appointment time for seven years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which we honestly called, “Our time in hell” due to not only the heat but the spiritual battles we fought, our trust level in Him had to be raised higher. Again, we needed to know He still loved us, had called us there and hoped He would soon deliver us back to the rest of the USA. On staff at both Derek Prince Ministries and Mahesh Chavda Ministries for those seven years was a challenge, but with His grace, we were overcomers in that appointed time also.
In 1994 both ministries, not necessarily in conjunction with each other, moved families, staff, and offices to the beautiful land of North Carolina. Charlotte to be exact. Cutting 13 hours from the length of time it now took to travel back home to Iowa and Illinois once or twice a year was truly a blessing. The Lord does have mercy, especially when the four kids, now having added Hannah and Christen to the tribe, had to sit on suitcases in the back seat of the four-door Ford while enduring those Chevy Chase “National Lampoon Vacation” adventures on the interstates. In our case, it was Martin’s Traveling Show.
I think you are getting the point. As we daily put our lives in His hands, we learn to trust Him increasingly, believe more firmly that He has our utmost at heart, knows what He is doing, and will complete that which He started in us.
We often quote the verse about Him knowing His plans for us, and sometimes it can just get too “familiar” and we dismiss it. But think about it a bit longer.
The One Who dispersed the Jews out of Israel in the 70s A.D. is bringing them back home in our day, just as He promised. Given that mighty, daily, awesome miracle taking place right before our eyes, we can have complete confidence that again, what He says He will do, He will do.
“For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future. When you call to me and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you seek me, you will find me, provided you seek for me wholeheartedly; and I will let you find me,’ says Adonai. ‘Then I will reverse your exile. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have driven you,’ says Adonai, ‘and bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’ Jeremiah 29:11-14, Complete Jewish Bible
We serve an awesome God. (Sing it, Rich Mullins! Our God is an Awesome God)
If we continually walk in faith, we can have the assurance that our God, our Father, knows best. I want to encourage you to not let up, not to give in, press on in faith, hope, and love, and know that the confidence He gives you will carry you through.
You will do mighty deeds. You will accomplish mighty acts. You will be as the Lord God of Israel created you to be and do!
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
P.S. Our good friend from Israel, Chaim Malespin, “The Galilean” as he likes to call himself, is coming to the NC/SC regions for several meetings. Please check this out: Chaim!!!
For more info and then put one of these locations below and dates on your calendar (Google calendar or the one on your refrigerator, as my good wife uses!)
Go here to read/hear more: Chaim!!!
May 15, 2022 Sunday 5:00 pm Antioch Community Church in Concord, NC Contact: Sharon Goick 980-253-8980
May 17, 2022 Tuesday, 6:30 pm Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, SC (just south of Charlotte, NC) Contact: Steve Martin 704-806-6934
May 18, 2022 Wednesday, 7:00 pm Lighthouse Church in Mount Pleasant (Charleston), SC Contact: Mary Smith 843-478-0440
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Message #74 – in the year of our Lord 05.05.2022 – “Confidence” – Thursday, 4:45 am in Charlotte, NC USA