How do you measure success? Steve Martin, Love For His People Ministry

June 22, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina

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

It was a delightful last few days if you consider having some poundage removed due to oversizeness. (A new word!) I am thankful to the Lord for good doctors and very friendly nurses. They have succeeded in their endeavors as far as I am concerned.

Speaking of success, some measure it in several ways. I share what the Lord understands success to be. Please read my new message below.

Also, check out our YouTube playlist here: Jerusalem, Israel. You will particularly love the one with “George Bush” the camel! It was a joy being in the Land this past April and seeing our friends once again, including George.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin
Love For His People Ministry



Success
 
“They are like trees planted by streams — they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds.” Psalm 1:3, Complete Jewish Bible
 
How do you measure success? A large brick house on the inland waterfront? An electric car so that the “greenies” are happy you heed their advice and support their agenda when the rest of us pay triple for the energy the Lord already blessed us with? (So now you know what I think of their policies!)

Do you measure success by college degrees? One of my five sisters, Janet, has her masters and a couple of bachelors. She is very humble and lives the Christian walk. She has helped many young students in the public school system because of her knowledge and wisdom applied. She has also been a great pastor’s wife in Lawrence, Kansas, sharing the Gospel truth among a most liberal college city.

She doesn’t boast about her success in that area. She knows Who has led her in her walk of faith and endurance, along with her husband Nate. Yes, she has ministered quite well in both the natural and the spiritual, being the challenge that is.

What about the star athletes who get paid the big, and ever-growing bigger, bucks, and yet when their careers are over have lost much of the wealth they had accumulated? How far did those years of satisfaction last once the gleam and glitter of the spotlight were over?

It is so very sad that so many believe their success in life is due to their own achievements, while at the same time railing at the One True God Who has given us His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, to save us from the hell otherwise received. In their hatred for all that is good, they despise the One Who so desires them to know His love and freedom He gives.

The Lord doesn’t measure His success by how many planet systems He has created, or the vast realm of different plant, animal, or insect life He has shown us on this planet from His creative hand. He did and continues to demonstrate His love for us out of His fatherly love, to bless mankind, His ultimate creation that shares with His family life now and will forever more.

Without the Light of the World in your life, deception abounds, and “success” is very short-lived.

When I was growing up, I admired the saints (believers) who gave themselves totally for the Lord’s plans and purposes in their lives. They let all else go to discover and walk in the adventurous life they realized came from the One Who gives life. Saint Francis, Saint Martin de Porres, David Livingston, Eric Lindell, and Joan of Arc, to name just a few godly men and women whose biographies so encouraged me in my teen years. They knew the Savior Jesus (Yeshua), and it was His heart and meaning of success that they were after.

Eternity meant more to them than the riches that are too often sought after, and then left behind as dust in the wind.

When we understand and look to the One Who alone can satisfy the desires of our hearts, nothing else satisfies.
I hope you continually strive to know our Lord better today than yesterday. As my good friend, Art Maki will say to the day he goes on to glory, “It is better today but not as good as tomorrow” when we follow the Lord and experience the success He so desires us to have here, and then in heaven forever with Him.

Our Father promised success to Joshua if he would follow after Him. His Word is true. He does what He says He will do.
“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5-8, NASU

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Love For His People founder



Encouragement – first from Jerusalem, Israel, and then from Charlotte, North Carolina, USAby Steve Martin (published May 25, 2022)

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

To purchase on Amazon: Encouragement – from Jerusalem, Israel and then from Charlotte, North Carolina – Paperback $12.95 E-book $2.99


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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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