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|Oct. 30, 2022 Jerusalem, Israel|
Greetings to my family and friends of Love For His People Ministry from Jerusalem, Israel.
Preparations have been finalized for the 4-day Aliyah Seminar which begins with local registration in the capital city tonight, with the opening session Monday morning. For those unable to attend in person, FREE ZOOM is being provided, but you must register now. Please go here: Aliyah Seminar Zoom registration. More information on the seminar is here: Aliyah Seminar 2022 in Jerusalem.
And especially be mindful that Israel has gone back to “the way it was” with delight savings time ending this morning. We are now 6 hours ahead of EDT (not 7).
It was a beautiful day here in the Land on Shabbat, as I joined four others in going to the Kehilat HaCarmel congregation meeting near Haifa for a full day with old, while meeting new, friends.
When I returned last night, even after going to bed, the Lord had me get up and write this message, the Favor of God. Do you have His favor? Read below.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder, Love For His People Ministry
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P.S.S. All can now attend the Aliyah Seminar here in Jerusalem on ZOOM, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2022. I am SO looking forward to leading worship Monday night, Oct. 31 and then again Wednesday night, Nov. 2. But…you must register now to be with us. Go here: Aliyah Seminar
“Favor of God” – Jerusalem, Israel Series
“So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.” Philippians 1:7 Holy Bible, New Living Translation
While in Israel on this Love For His People Ministry Ahava Adventures trip, with the desire to bless the Jews, primarily the believers first, I heed the instruction of the Lord, as we are taught through Paul in his writing found in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” NKJV
I also consider the difficult time these Jewish believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) have had through these past decades, as I have been witnessing their lives in person, by coming to Israel in our ongoing support of them. Not only hearing their stories of what they went through when they first came to make aliyah (immigrating from their previous country as the Lord brought them back to their homeland) but the struggles amid living out their faith among their fellow people and enemies who surround the nation of Israel.
These believers have the favor of God upon them, but it is not to just “live to have happy lives” as we would so think in our western culture, but to be a demonstration of the faithfulness and fulfillment of the biblical truth God the Father has chosen them to be, as the favor of God rests upon them. It is very common in Christian circles, especially in America, to think that if one has the “favor of God upon them”, all will be well – that no sickness, poverty, or difficulties will come their way. They are to live in the “rose garden” of life and always have full abundance.
“Living the American dream” is often thought, if not said out loud. This belief stems from that theology that preaches “cheap grace” and the misleading concept that “God loves us so much that nothing evil will befall us.” I like how the German Christian Dietrich Bonhoffer correctly dismissed that theology in his books prior to and during World War II in Nazi Germany. Among which was his well-written modern classic, The Cost of Discipleship.
Looking at examples in Scripture, both in the Old and New Testaments, which so often are given to us to show how it actually was for those believers then, we too can learn something as we choose to follow as disciples, in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua, now in our days. There are many chapters in the Book that we can look at. David is being chased by King Saul who wanted to kill him. The prophets proclaiming the word of the Lord and often driven away or stoned for it. The expulsion of the Jews from the land on two occasions, conquered by those seeking their eternal destruction.
We cannot deny that they had the favor of God upon them, as it is written in the Bible. It also clearly says what they went through, even as they were the chosen. While they had been given specific assignments to act on after hearing with obedience following, they went through it all, as difficult as it was many times. In the end though, they received their just reward.
The Apostle Paul had a lot to show for what he went through, while the favor of God was upon him. Read what he wrote. “But in whatever respect anyone else is bold — I speak in foolishness — I am just as bold myself. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? — I speak as if insane — I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern? If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.” 2 Corinthians 11:21-31, NASU
Foremost of all, as our prime example of how to live, was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach. He was confronted repeatedly by the religious ones, accused falsely, then tried, beaten, and finally crucified on the tree. And yet He did have the favor of God continually upon Him. To do that which His Father had asked of Him to do, for our sake. We too may face the same rejection and persecution.
I love the movie Fiddler on the Roof, with Tevye at one point bemoaning the fact that he was one of the chosen ones, and yet experiencing all this trouble, pain, and heartaches. To quote him, addressing God, “But once in a while could you choose someone else?”
As we each live to follow the Lord, He will take us places we may not have chosen to go; carry us through valleys and desolate places which will cause us to trust more or fall away if we lack faith; allow difficulties, trials, tribulations, and persecution come our way to burn away the chaff and bring forth gold and silver tried by His fire. And yet, we will continue to have the favor of God on us as those of old did, for He is not yet finished doing what He has promised to do. He allows this because His love for the nations will never wane.
The Jews are being brought back to their Land. Jewish believers and Christians who also seek to carry them on their shoulders back to this Land, their home, have the favor of God on them to accomplish His plans and purposes through to the end.
“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.” Isaiah 60:10-12, NKJV
We look to Yeshua, Jesus, as the day, even more, approaches for His soon return, as the one Whom shows His favor upon us.
Ahava and shalom,
Love For His People Founder
P.S. In September 2022 Love for His People, Inc. gave our federal 501©3 designation to another ministry, being I felt the Lord no longer wanted this ministry to be under the watchful eyes of the secular government. We are now simply called Love For His People Ministry and will report all income and expenses under our personal tax return. That is still required by law to operate in the USA. We would like to thank those who have supported Love For His People ministry in the past 12 years.
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Message #122 in this series – in the year of our Lord 10.30.2022 – Favor of God– Jerusalem series” – Sunday, 8:10 am in Jerusalem, Israel