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“All in…even in my frailty.” Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10, Complete Jewish Bible

A good friend and co-worker at a Charlotte, North Carolina ministry told me once, or maybe even twice or more, way back in 2005 just before he was about ready to retire, for his 2nd time at age 75, that “Getting old is a ____.” Being still rather a young man at 51 years of age then, I didn’t completely understand what he was saying. And though a Christian, I can’t repeat what he said, but I have gained further understanding in these past 14 years since his comment.  (You can fill in the blank if you have thought, or spoken, something of the same.)

My knees are hurting. My stomach is bulging and aches from time to time with acid reflex and whatever. And I won’t even give birth soon as my daughter recently did.

My sleep is fleeting too, as may be “Et tu, Brute?” is relatable to you? (A statement said even further back than 14 years.) The once 10 pm time for bed has moved up now to the 8:30 pm time. Nothing new about that. Everyone who knows me knows already. Though I do like the 3:30 am wakeup times the Lord gives me, I still am up a few times between the “lay me down to sleep” and the “Let’s get up and get going!” daily routine.

And where does the time go? Blink twice and a new year is about ready to land.

As you and I get older, you too may be asking the Lord what I often do, “Why couldn’t I do what I am now able to do, but 40 years ago, when I really wanted and thought I could and should, do it?” Now I am physically a bit more worn out than then, so what happened? Did I miss the turn somewhere? Or the turn missed me?

Or better yet, “Why did You wait so long?” as if it was His fault, or He forgot something in my case file and life story.

I like how The Message version of the Bible puts it, plain and understandable, again reading the verse 2 Cor 12:10, “Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size — abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

My prayer quite often mediated on, but more so said in a statement, is “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Because the Lord Jesus is my strength. He really is.

Walking in faith is what it is about, as we put it all in, even in our frailty. With Jesus being, as always should be our prime example, we must keep looking to what He endured when He came to earth, walked as we now do, and entrusted all to the Father to accomplish the needed goal set before Him. He is to be our inspiration. Daily.

For sure the dreams and prophetic words gave 40 years ago, 30 years ago, 10 years ago and even two months ago are now being walked out and fulfilled in my life in these years left. And with my social security checks coming in monthly, Medicare kicking in 5 days ago (Yeah! Nov. 1, 2019), two accounting contracting jobs making the way for the foreign trips, provision has come. The fulfillment is happening, as spoken.

Side note: The jobs remind me of Paul and his tallit (tent-making) income provision for his journeys, back in his day. They are mine now.

With the #65 written on the calendar to arrive in less than three weeks, time is moving on. He has given me the strength, grace, and provision to make it all happen. And so, with you, too.

Many of you reading this can certainly relate. Good! Because the Lord needs us in this hour, to stand strong, bold, and proclaim His kingdom coming.  By His own eternal plan, He has made us ready, and fit, for the times we live in.

In His grace, we move, and live, and have our being.

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that 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 have our being…” Acts 17:236-28, NKJV

We each have a mission ahead of us, yet to be completed. We have had the years of preparation, overcoming heartaches, obstacles, and challenges we thought we’d never get through. But here we are. Now is the time to finish the job we have yet to do.

Onward and upward comrades!

Now think on this 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.

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Now Think On This #465 – in the year of our Lord 11.05.19 – “All in…even in my frailty.

– Tuesday, 2:15 pm

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS Laurie and I, 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 humanitarian aid, social media support, Steve's Now Think On This messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 24 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and soon-to-be eight grandkids.

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