“It’s time to let go.” Steve Martin, Love For His People ministry

May 30, 2022 Love For His People in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Greetings to my family and friends of Love For His People.

While many of us have enjoyed some time off to commemorate Memorial Day here in the USA, I believe the Lord wants to encourage you yet again to fully trust Him for your future, and step out in faith to what He has been calling you to do. He has never stopped working out His plans and purposes for the nations.

The time is short. We don’t have decades to do what the Lord wants us to do now. Please read my message below to find out more.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin

Love For His People ministry

P.S. Do you like the videos David Peterman and I have been sharing with you? Let us know! We hope to do more on a regular basis as the Lord gives us messages.

It’s Time To Let Go
 
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” John 9:4, NASU
 
Back in 2010, I was getting a real sense from the Lord that I was to quit my third job with an international ministry. To start our own vineyard.

I had been “crying out to the Lord” for many years while laboring in the other vineyards of well-known ministries (24 total years in fact), and yet while I truly appreciated that honor of service, this cry in my heart was to have my own ministry. I know some of you can relate to that.

When I got the courage to do so and prayed long and hard for the faith to step out and jump off the cliff, I shared it with my good wife, Laurie, who at that time had already walked with me for 33 years. It had been a long and weary road, moving from Iowa to Illinois, to Michigan, to Florida, and then finally to our home of 26 years now in Charlotte, North Carolina. With four kids being raised as best we knew how we sought Him continually for direction and wisdom. By now the Lord Jesus Christ had taken us to that point of decision.

Would we walk in further faith? Would we step out in the courage we really didn’t know fully it would take? Would we believe God for provision and protection, while anticipating lack at some point along the way?

The decision was made. As Iceman (Val Kilmer) told Maverick (Tom Cruise) in the latest Tom Cruise movie (May 2022) “Top Gun: Maverick”, “It’s time to let go.”

I gave my usual 6-month notice that I was leaving. The time would be July 1, 2010. I was 55 years old at that time when we formed Love For His People ministry. It had encouraged me that Derek Prince was also 55 when he started Derek Prince Ministries, originally known as Derek Prince Publications, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Yes, I always gave a 6 month notice to help those I was departing from staff to find another replacement or prepare in another way for my not being there. In my world, it was the proper thing to do, in integrity and commitment to not ever burn bridges. Ever.

Making that decision was not easy, in both the natural and the spiritual realms. Making $70,000 a year, having four weeks’ guaranteed vacation time, fully paid medical insurance, and being the head of a ministry in the USA that was well-established took faith. Oh, how I prayed for more of it.

And so did my good wife.

But I knew if I was to stay on in that “comfortable” position I would have not walked in faith. I would have disobeyed the Lord. I would have let His best for me and her go on by, to only walk in a mediocre Christian life. I didn’t want that. Neither did He for us.

This morning, May 30, 2022, I was texting with someone close to me. In fact, we have known each other for over 63 years. As I was responding to something they wrote, I strongly felt the Lord give me this word for them as a couple.

“The Lord continues to set you two up for dynamic leadership in your area. Building on the solid foundation He has laid in your hearts and entire beings over the years. Prepare for more. Free yourselves up from things that others can do so you have more time to do fully what you two have been called to do. The time is short. We all need to focus more fully on leading, directing, and teaching.”

The Lord has given me spiritual gifts to share, and as I do those gifts grow in power and accuracy. This was one of those times I felt from the Holy Spirit that it was from Him directly for them.

There are some of you whom the Lord has been quietly speaking to you about leaving behind something you have hung onto for years, so He can give you another glass to fill up with new grace, new realms of authority, new adventures, new measures of faith and power that you too have secretly in your heart only dreamed of.

But “Guess what?” as my grandson Levi likes to say. Our Lord has MORE for you. But you need to believe, ask for more faith, and step out. Do it. Trust Him to meet all the needs which He certainly can.

You may be fearful. You may have doubts, You may not want to step on the “I don’t know where this road will take me” path.

But be as Indiana Jones and make that first step onto the unseen to cross over. The Lord is waiting for you to do it. So do it!

And as a sidenote. In 2011, my first full year in that walk of faith, my income went from $70,000 a year to $11,000. (Laurie’s $14,000 earned from her part-time job continued.) I have our 2009-2011 federal and state income tax reports to prove it. But you need to also know…the Lord every month and since then had covered our mortgage payment (and our home of 26 years was paid off in full last May 2021), loans on our two cars, food on the table daily…

Our God is Faithful. Derek Prince taught me that. That banner, “Our God is Faithful”, still hangs large as ever on the Derek Prince Ministries publications warehouse wall that I put up in 2004.

If you sense the Holy Spirit moving in your spirit, and you too have been longing for something more, as my good friend Morris Ruddick loves to write about, then do something about it. Step out in faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6, NKJV

The time is short. We can’t be fooling around with whether we will obey the Lord or not. This world needs to hear from the Lord in order to walk in His ways. You have been given that opportunity to do so. He is calling you to do so.

Do what He has been calling you to do. It’s time to let go.

Ahava and shalom,



Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
 
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Message #82 in this series – in the year of our Lord 05.30.2022 – “It’s Time To Let Go” – Monday, 5:54 am in Charlotte, NC USA


NEWEST BOOK!

ENCOURAGEMENT – FIRST FROM JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, AND THEN FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA

In April 2022 my good friend David Peterman of Lancaster, South Carolina, and I took an Ahava Adventure (“love” in Hebrew) back to Jerusalem as soon as the skies and the Land of Israel opened up again. During those 10 days the Lord Yeshua, Jesus Christ, gave me words to share, which I wrote down each day to share with others. These make up the first part of this book.

The next section is comprised of messages inspired by the Holy Spirit from our home in Charlotte, North Carolina, beginning before and after the Israel trip. As the Lord would give me a prophetic word, I would start writing and He would further expand on it. Thus those words are written in the major section of this book.

Everyone needs encouragement. Every day. All the negative news spewed out from social media platforms and airwaves needs to be offset by the good news the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) brings to us. From the time He walked the streets of Jerusalem in the first century, to today in this 21st Century, He shares love from heaven and from this home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Until He returns soon, may these messages uplift your spirit, reveal more of His heart, and sustain you as you walk daily in the direction the Holy Spirit gives with the grace and provision that comes with His presence.

Steve Martin
May 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina USA


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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), 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 messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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