Forgive, Forget, Move On – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-15, NASU)

Have you ever noticed the “tools of the trade” that fishermen, who want to catch the bottom-feeding fish, use? One of them that I am aware of is the sinker, the little lead ball-shaped object. Once tightly fastened to the fishing line, not too far from the hook and bait, its purpose is to take the fishing bait to the bottom of the pond or lake. That is where the bottom-feeders are sucking up what garbage and other less-nutrient food particles end up once they have fallen to the bottom. Down to where it is dark and murky.

The enemy of our soul likes to hang around bottom-feeders. These are the ones who have been hurt, wounded and continue to walk around in bitterness. They too would rather live where it is dark and murky; where leaden lines bring down more bait to subsist on. Rather than forgive and forget, as we are commanded to do, they choose to hang onto the hardness of heart which has resulted, and stay as they are. Living in darkness, in the basement, means you don’t have to face the light. No more chance to get hurt again by others is your mentality.

But in fact, it is the light which will save you from the darkness. It is getting the infection out, the scab removed, the hurt and wounds healed that will give you the life you were meant to be free to participate in. The cross of Jesus sets us free from all this.

I have seen many people wounded in their walk with Christian brethren, both from leadership and other members of the church congregation. Rather than walk in forgiveness and forgetting what lies behind, they instead make the choice to not let go of the hurt and carry their wounds. What once was great fellowship and sharing a common bond in the Lord’s grace and mercy, it has instead become an infected sore, which never seems to go away. Another church, another day, another attempt at hiding it away doesn’t make it go away.

“Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13, Complete Jewish Bible)

The ones who resist the command to forgive will continue to grow in the hardness of heart, the darkness, that robs all of the freedom to walk in love. By not letting go, through the act of forgiveness, will keep you from the trust and forbearance we need in walking with one another. The new relationships you will endeavor to make will have the shadow of the previous ones preventing you from true fellowship.

We must learn to forgive each other continually, forgetting the past, and move on to fulfill the call and purpose we each have in the Body of Messiah. There are too many dying people out there whom we are sent to help, but will not be able to if we insist on protecting our space and not letting these things go.

“Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly; and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body.

And be thankful – let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts. That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:14-17, Complete Jewish Bible)

 

We don’t have the “luxury” of being bottom-feeders. We must bring everything to the light, to forgive those who hurt us, and get on with the work we instead must be doing. There are bigger issues to deal with, so walking in forgiveness daily is a necessity.

I have been hurt. You have been hurt. Insisting on living in unforgiveness will only deepen the infection that Jesus Christ died for, to save you from.

I am still learning how to live in forgiving others. Some days are better than others, but I have no choice but choose forgiveness, if I am to do that which He has saved me to do, and requiring of me to walk out.

I hope you are too.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).
Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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.

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 – in the Year of our Lord 08.23.17 – #309 – “Forgive, Forget, Move On” – Sunday, 5:55 pm

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

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Salvation Belongs To The Lord

Aug. 2017  Steve Martin

“Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people.” (Psalm 3:8, NKJV)

Several decades ago we often sang in our church meetings a song with a title very similar to this verse, declaring that salvation belongs to our God. When I “googled” it, because my memory banks took too long to search all that is held within them (older age does that you know) I found the following from a YouTube description of the song listed:

This song was recorded in the Integrity Hosanna’s worship album ARMY OF GOD which was released in 1988. Worship leader for the album was Randy Rothwell. One year later Petra included this song in their Petra Praise released in 1989. So Integrity Hosanna was closer to the original.”

I knew I knew it from somewhere! I still have that cassette, as it was delivered in that format in those days from Integrity Music.

What exactly does it mean that salvation belongs to the Lord?

According to Strong’s Concordance, the English translation for salvation comes from the Hebrew word, “Yeshua”. Sound familiar? Of course, Jesus’ Hebrew name was/is Yeshua. He alone IS the Salvation of the World.

Most, if not all, who read my messages believe that the End of Days, the Tribulation period, is coming upon the earth. Though we don’t know the exact time (which some will use as an excuse to not watch or be ready) for only the Father Himself knows, we have been told in Scripture that we can certainly know the season.

Just as a mother is about to give birth, though she and those around her may not know the exact time, they absolutely know when it is time to get ready for delivery, towards the very end of that nine-month baby’s growing period inside her womb. Her womb, that very place which should be the most protected one in the baby’s life, from the time of conception to their appointed time of birth.

In Revelation 7:9-17, we are given the picture of what is going on in heaven, at the throne of Jesus, from the Apostle John, one of the 12 Jewish ambassadors of Yeshua, during this age.

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (NKJV)

The world needs saving. The nations in the world are in much turmoil, rage, anger, and lawlessness. Just keep watching the news. Times are changing, and it is not changing for the good.

It is happening. Just as the prophets spoke; just as Jesus (Yeshua) Himself said in Matthew 24 and Luke 21.

The signs are all around us, forth telling those exact things which would take place before the Lamb of God returns as the Lion from the Tribe of Judah.

Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Jews and Gentiles, all who call upon His name for salvation, is coming back for us.

While we have time yet with us, while there is still light before the darkness, we must work with His Holy Spirit to spread the Good News – that salvation from sin, death, destruction and all evil is found only in the salvation that belongs to the Lord. And He is so willing and loving to give it to all who call upon His Name.

“His blessing is upon His people.” (Psalm 3:8)

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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.

SSecure, conveniently contributions can be done online now through our website by using the DONATE button on either side column.

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, Google+ and Twitter. (And all other social media platforms!)

 Steve Martin

Now Think On This – in the Year of our Lord 08.20.17 – #307 – “Salvation Belongs to The Lord” – Sunday, 4:30 pm

Love For His People – since 2010.

About The Ministry

Love For His People – moving forward in our 8th year with you. For them.

August 26, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina
USA
Dear friends of Love For His People,
Saturday, July 1, 2017, was a very special day for me.
Seven years ago on June 30, 2010, I had left the third ministry I had worked for in the past 24 years (this one was Vision for Israel with Barry and Batya Segal, after 14 years at Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda Ministries/All Nations Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and eight years total at Derek Prince Ministries (Ft. Lauderdale and Charlotte), finishing with the last five at VFI. (Some years I split the 40 hour work week between two of them if you are a numbers person counting the years.)
The complete reason in departing my service at VFI was to start a new ministry, co-founded by my good wife Laurie and I. We called it Love For His People (officially formed in April 2010 with our USA non-profit, 501(c)3 approval) – primarily to bless the Jews of Israel, and specifically the believers, those who have come to acknowledge that Yeshua is the Messiah, HaMashiach.
As non-Jews, Gentiles, goyim, Christian Zionists (whatever label we have!), we began the organization/ministry to stand strong for the Jewish state of Israel, Yisrael – the Land of Israel – in this world of nations that continually becomes more anti-Semitic daily. We have been called, as the prophetic word in 2002 was spoken, as a “scepter for Israel.”

With both Laurie and I saved and called to be man and woman in the Lord Jesus Christ, our heart’s desire is to do our part in speaking up for those who, for centuries, experienced nothing more than “hate” in the “name of Christ”, from so-called Christians. That included Adolf Hitler himself, who used Martin Luther’s last completely inerrant days, of non-Scriptural theology, to espouse Replacement Theology. This totally wrong belief that the “church” had replaced Israel as the one receiving the promises of the God of Israel. Today, it continues to be totally inaccurate, both historically and spiritually.

Thus, with these seven years now completed since the start of Love For His People (seven being “completion” in the Lord’s number listing), it is similar to the seven ones that King Solomon took to complete the first Jewish Temple on the Mount (in Jerusalem, ISRAEL) centuries ago. As it states in the Torah, “he was seven years in building it.” (1 Kings 6:38).
As a side note, this fact alone is proof enough that ALL of Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. The Jews had been given, and on many occasions even bought, the land of Israel they have now returned too.
Western Wall at Temple Mount – May 2017 – Jerusalem, ISRAEL (photo by Steve Martin)
We now begin our 8th year with the ministry of Love For His People, IncFor students of biblical numerology, eight represents “new beginnings”.  I personally sense that this year, 2017-2018, along with my corresponding “official” retirement on December 31, 2017, from my tent-making Accountant position at Charlotte Center City Partners, the ministry is going to a new level, a new platform, a more extensive reach into the nations.
Israel, of course, continues to be the main objective in our support, but we also will be standing with those others who join alongside us in helping Jews make aliyah (return to Israel), speak out for the nation, and appreciate their Jewish roots as believers in Jesus (Yeshua).
Am I excited? You betcha I am! (exposing my Minnesota state of birth lingo…)
We ask you to join us in our continuing efforts.
This ministry, with no staff or paid contractors, sends monthly funds to families in Jerusalem. For some of these, it has been for over seven years now. Consistently. Each month.
Nissim and Hadassah in Jerusalem
– Hadassah has a regular message posted on our blog
We have our Love For His People – Pakistan director in place, Moses Julius, in Lahore.
Moses Julius
Love For His People – Pakistan Director

From the UK, in Northern Ireland, we want to increase our monthly giving to the James Clint family, having just returned from Hungary after a number of years but continues to work to assist Hungarian Jews in making aliyah (immigrating to their homeland).
Jim Clint family in Northern Ireland (UK) – June 2017
Our pastor friend John Ebenezer in Mucherla, Andhra Pradesh, India continues to receive the contributions given through this ministry, for the past seven years, for his exceptional labors of love. He has the most amazing apostolic ministry I have personally witnessed myself in Inda, as he raises up new believers, pastors, and builds church structures among the high-density Hindu and Muslim population.
Pastor John Ebenezer from India – his first trip to Israel 2013
On our Love for His People – Ahava Adventures – ministry trips


Monthly giving goes to CBN News (Pat Robertson) to support the Jerusalem office with head Chief Bureau Chris Mitchell, Julie Stahl, Katherine Joseph, and others.
Chris Mitchell, CBN News-Jerusalem Chief Bureau with his new book (May 2017 Jerusalem, ISRAEL)
Our daily blog Love For His People also features my messages Now Think On This, which then are posted to our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. These messages are then printed into books (15 as of this date) on various encouraging and uplifting subjects.
Our Love For His People blog regularly shares Messianic news posted by Israel Today, with Aviel Schneider, Russ Jones, and team. Other news and prophetic ministry outlets, CharismaNews, Breaking Israel News, Israel365, The Elijah List, are reposted to give you the truth, current events and relevant articles to help you grow in spirit, soul, and body.
Israel Today Editor – Aviel Schneider (Jerusalem, May 2013)
Our YouTube channel (Steve Martin) has over 1100 videos (several dozens recorded by myself in Israel over 14 trips) with over 645 subscribers; Twitter accounts, including (Steve Martin@Martinlighthous) have tweets that have gone out more than 44K at this point in time.
YouTube channel, with over 1040 videos.
Please excuse my numbers chant – I am an accountant by trade!
Again, we ask you to now join us in weekly, monthly or annual donation support. You will find the DONATE button on the right and left-hand columns of this blog.
We have been blessed by the Lord Jesus, and we would love to have you join us in blessing His chosen people.
With our shalom (peace) and ahava (love),
Steve and Laurie Martin
Co-Founders
Love For His People, Inc.

Home bookcase with published books. All available on Amazon and Kindle.

Awesome – Our God Reigns – 14th book, published in May 2017
Buy here in paperback or Kindle
Awesome God
 
Published June 2017
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Basic Life Principles
 
We appreciate your support.  This ministry blesses you as you become a blessing to the nations that our Lord loves and died for. (Genesis 12:3)
Checks can be sent to:
Love For His People, Inc.
P.O. Box 414
Pineville, NC 28134
Questions? E-mail Steve Martin at loveforhispeople@gmail.com
Steve at the Camel Ranch near Eilat, Israel 2009
COME RIDE ALONG!

Since the founding of Love For His People, Inc. in April 2010, our ongoing ministry purpose is to provide encouragement, humanitarian aid, and forthright support for Israel – through practical, committed love. We monthly provide financial support for believers in Israel and spend time with them in Israel on an annual basis.

Our social media spearheads of truth, shared on this blog Love For His People, on our main website Love For His People Inc,  along with Twitter and YouTube – Love For His Peopleaccounts, also are used to stand strong in support, especially against the onslaught of the enemy’s lies.


The ministry continually gives love and support for friends working with other ministries around the world.

Steve & Laurie Martin
My regular messages Now Think On This encourage readers in their daily walk with insight and inspiration. They can be found on this blog and NowThink On This.

I am the author and publisher of 15 books: The Promise, Ahava Love Letter, Now Think On This (2), Leadership Through Love, Why Israel?, Prophetic Stories – Signs Along The Way, Mountain Top View, Standing For Truth In A Deceived World, End of Days – The Awakened Church with Holy Spirit Fire, Arms of Love, Twelve (12), Faithful, Awesome God and Basic Life Principles.

We honor our Jewish roots, as found in the complete Bible.
Laurie and I live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children and seven grand kids. We are most grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord’s purposes. We pray blessings on ye heads.
Ahava & shalom,
Steve Martin
Founder/President

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

loveforhispeople@gmail.com