“Get Up & Get Going” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

May 19, 2020 Love For His People in Charlotte, NC USA

“So, get going. I’ll be right there with you — with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12, THE MESSAGE

You know what keeps you and me from obeying the Lord?

I’ll give you two answers, though there are several more. OK, three answers.

  1. Fear. We are afraid the Lord will ask us to do something we have never done before. Dah? Exactly! That is why He gives us faith!
  2. Disobedience. We overthink it. We try to reason it all out beforehand. Then we end up disobeying His clear word to us. Yes, He speaks clearly if we decide ahead of time to listen and walk it out as best we know how. Step by step.
  3. Lack of repentance. We didn’t do what He asked us to do the last time He gave us a word, so now we can’t respond in faith, obedience, and courage to do anything else now. Repent, and He will give you what you need to do.

Can you relate to any of this? Can you see it now? Eyes to see. Eyes to hear. A heart of obedience. We need it all.

When I first began the journey of faith, courage, obedience, and daily repentance, I remember hearing the Word of the Lord to move from my hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa at the age of 18 and go to Illinois. Did I like Iowa? Yes. Did I think it was a good place? Sure. Did I want to go to Illinois? Of course not. Why go to a new place anyway. Family here. Job here. I was engaged (but then she decided she did not want to marry a man ultimately wanting to go to Africa ever since he was 10 years old to be a missionary.)

Above all, it was the fear of telling my parents, especially my mom who I knew prayed more than anyone else for me, and I had confided in her for much regarding life. Dad I watched as he led in example. Mom I shared with as she spoke through prayers.

But I knew that I had to go on with the Lord. Leave it all behind. Step out in faith and obedience. I feared more that if I did not obey Him then I would miss what He had for me. I did not want to miss that. If I chose to stay in the comfort of location, I would have. Looking back over 45 years now, it surely is true.

So, I announced my plans. Got through the objections. Loaded up my 1966 blue Mercury Cougar with all my possessions, with the glass-pack muffler attached (ladies – you can ask your male relations) and headed east. Not west, Michael W. Smith. And it was the 8th month of the year – August 1976. The Lord seems to move a lot in my life in the 8th month. New beginnings.

Obedience brought courage, increased faith, hearing more of the Holy Spirit, receiving His daily guidance, and growth in character and maturity.

I had to get up and get going.

Anything the Lord has been prompting you about? I know He speaks to you. At times, or rather most often, He is so quiet you cannot hear. It is because you have the music going all the time (yes, even if Christian music on the radio or other!), the fake news blares from your TV, the Hallmark movie continues showing the same story with different characters, and you just keep on watching them.

What is your excuse this time? (Oh, and sports is now back. Must start watching that again! Right?!)

We need to wake up, get up, and get going Church. The disciples of Christ, Jesus the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach, were required to leave all to follow Him. Has our Lord changed the same requirement to fit Americans? Brits? French? Chinese? Africans? South Americans? No, He hasn’t.

You have been called to do something with your life, that He alone knows the beginning and the end. You can waste it on something everyone else is wasting theirs on, or you can begin (and continue) the life He created you for.

Your choice. It is always your choice.

As for Him, He continues to move on. Going with Him? I know I am. I just need to look back and see where He has already taken me. And so I keep getting up and getting on.

Now think on this.

Ahava and shalom,

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


Carolyn Hyde will also lead Messianic worship!


Carolyn Hyde will also lead Messianic worship!

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Now Think On This #510 – in the year of our Lord 05.19.2020 – “Get Up & Get Going” – Tuesday, 8:15 am in Charlotte, NC USA

Steve Martin

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. Steve has also authored and published 31 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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