“I got up in the middle of the night, I and a few men who were with me. I hadn’t told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal with us was the one I was riding.” (Nehemiah 2:12, THE MESSAGE)
He did it again, now 16 years later. This time it was 1:22 am, as the red LED clock lights so proclaimed at the top of my head on the ledge, on May 31, 2019.
As I first spent a short time praying in tongues on our front porch swing, with the cool breeze and 72F out, I felt led to take another drive at night. Trust me, this isn’t a “normal” thing for me to do – get up during the middle of the night (well, that may be), but not to go out for a “middle of the night” drive, even as Nehemiah was led to do. Only he had a horse that he rode in his Jerusalem days. Mine has a bit more “horse” power.
As I drove from our home driveway, I first went into the little town of Pineville, North Carolina and checked the Love For His Peoplemailbox we have. (P.O. Box 414, zip 28134 if you want to know.) One contribution. Thank you, Lord.
Then I asked, “Where next?”, and heard quietly in my spirit to see if the nearly installed south parking lot lights at The River Place, which houses Antioch International Church, Christians For Messiah Ministries, CMM (Jorge Parrot), Proverbs 226, a Spanish church and more, were actually operationally at night. So, I drove there. It is about 4 miles away from our house in Pineville, but across the South Carolina state line, with a Fort Mill address.
Formerly, this was the Heritage USA/PTL land, which Jim Bakker had in the 1980s.
As I drove to the “south 40” parking lot (as I like to call it) on The River Place land, I prayed for the new and renovating construction being done over the last five years, as members of Antioch continue praying and preparing for the oncoming gatherings that will take place here. The Lord is not only restoring this property but will also once again open the springs of life that have been filled in and covered over.
The Living God of Israel has never been done with this place, as the enemy thought so when 25 years ago, in 1994, it had completely shut down in November of that year and went into a decade of decay. Another one of those times where the devil thought he had entombed the plans and purposes of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Not so!
I made a full circle around the outer perimeter of the lot, just to see how the lighting of the 3 light poles filled in the areas on the blacktop, yet having weeds coming up through the 35-year old cracks. Then I left the property around 2:30 am, thinking I was done with this mission.
Two of the 3 lights, with the light from the 3rd on the far left.
Just as I crossed back over the bridge on Regent Parkway, heading east back to Dorman Road and home, the Lord said, “You did not complete what I had brought you here for.”
So, in obedience, I turned my silver 2017 Hyundai Elantra around (“Hi ho, Silver!”) and drove back to the parking lot.
I waited to hear what next.
Thus, another 7 laps on this property, which I did 16 years ago.
Beginning at 2:38 am, and ending at 2:54 am, I obediently did the laps. In my horse-driven silver steed. I wrote down each lap with the time as I completed each. Along with a few other notes.
My 3″ x 5″ note card I always carry in my car, being I can’t “text and drive” to myself.
Each time, as I prayed in tongues and listened to Paul Wilbur’s “Roar From Zion” CD on my iPhone through the car stereo, I envisioned the multitudes of cars that will fill this parking lot – those coming to once again experience salvation, restoration, re-invigorating mission assignments, and unification of His Body, as we so need.
I don’t always understand why I do what He calls me to do, but as I simply seek to hear and obey, He grants further understanding. Then He also knows He can trust me to speak and share what He is doing in our midst, with increasing greater authority, among those who also are open to receiving His directives.
Even though He already always knows how we each will respond to Him, it is continually a learning experience for you and me, even as one such as I who at age 64 is soon going on Medicare.
May you experience His prophetic leadings, as you also hear and obey, though not always fully knowing or having a complete understanding at the time why you do what He calls you to do. Trust Him.
“But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, ” In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” (Jude 17-23, NASU)
Do as He quietly says through His Holy Spirit to you, being guided by His written Word (logos) and His rhema (now spoken) Word. He will see your heart, your response, and then open your eyes to even more of what He is now doing. Especially in your area and the Land of Israel. We need to see and know.
P.S. On May 10 I returned from my 20thtrip 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
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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS
My good wife Laurie and I (43 years in October 2020!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel.
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We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.
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