Latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – June 10

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Monday, June 10, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

I’ve been thinking about blessings, how I don’t deserve any because I fall so very far short of God’s glory, and how He blesses me each and every day anyway.We are all sinners bound for hell and the lake of fire in forever torment unless we turn from our sins and believe in Christ as Lord who died to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead whereby we truly commit our lives to God and His ways. God in His indescribably amazing love and mercy forgives us when we put our trust in Christ as Lord and promises us forever life with Him.

This salvation is God’s greatest blessing to us because it enables us to be in His forever fellowship, and yet it is only the first of endless blessings He bestows up on us every day of our lives and forever.

None of us deserves His love and eternal life with Him, but oh how immeasurably wonderful the Lord is to us in giving us forever with Himself – and in giving us day by day blessing after blessing.

Are you thankful daily? Regularly? Continually? I have such a long way to go and grow in feeling and expressing my thanksgiving to Jesus for His blessings.

Let us remember day by day to thank the Lord, to thank the Lord, oh, yes, let us thank the Lord! Oh, how awesome is our Lord!

Love in Jesus’ name,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

The Best Shower of All 

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” Mt. 23:25-26

“I’d like to take you out,” I told paralyzed ministry doggy Mr. Simeon. “But I feel dirty, and I’d like to be cleansed.”

In plain English, I needed a shower! I wanted to be fresh and clean before taking him on a wheelchair walk.

Nothing like a good shower to clean up before going forward in life. But what about our hearts and lives? Shouldn’t we care even more about scrubbing clean our thoughts, words, and actions? So we’re clean before God? So we’re clean before the world? Before we walk further down the pathway of our lives with the Lord? And with others? So we’re fresh and clean?

Jesus gave a really stern warning to the Pharisees for being so focused on their outward appearances and not caring about the condition of their hearts and lives.

How quick we are to take a shower to feel clean and look good. What matters most? That we’re clean before the Lord. But how? We need to come before Him regularly seeking and receiving His forgiveness so we’re fresh and clean to walk forth!

Got some cleaning up to do? The greatest shower of all? God’s love, grace, and mercy paid for by the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross to pay our sin penalty! How do we take this shower? Turning from our sins and turning to Christ as Lord! Seeking God’s forgiveness through Jesus and receiving it! Oh, how good and blessed and marvelous is our Lord as He showers us with mercy!

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book the Lord has led me to publish piece by piece even as I’m writing it rather than waiting until it’s in print to share it. Please join me & be blessed as I write my latest book…!

Blessing #55

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”” Luke 18:1-8

I love, love, love to quote, “men always out to pray and not lose heart,…” Oh, how I love this story and the encouragement I find in it to persevere in praying to the Lord no matter what things look and feel like and seem. But somehow no matter how many times I have come back to these verses, I so very much missed the power in the last verse. Please focus on these words with me. “…will He really find faith on the earth?” Let’s go further and focus on you and me. Do we have such faith in God that we keep praying according to His will no matter how impossible something might seem?

It takes really strong faith to endure in prayer with the seemingly impossible, doesn’t it? God wants us to pray in line with His will, and He answers prayers the way He desires according to His plan for His glory. So we need to do our very best to pray what we believe He wants us to pray. In the meantime, will we stick with praying to the Lord, to crying out to Him, when it looks like He will never answer? Oh, how we must be filled with faith! And press on in praying! Is there a blessing in this? Yes! In fact, there are at least a few.

God hears our cries, He gives us the strength to keep praying, He answers with what He knows is best, He wants us to pray to Him, we can draw closer to Him in praying to Him, and our faith can grow as we continue in prayer. And He teaches and grows us as we continue to pray such as in the areas of patience, perseverance, trust, dependence, and in intimacy with Him as we who follow Jesus come into His throne room in prayer!

Praying? Pray on!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

The Lonely Life 

“My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.” Psalm 62:5-7

Some people love to be on their own. Some people love people. Some fall somewhere in between. I’m pretty much at an extreme. I absolutely LOVE people. This definitely is a huge help in my calling as an evangelist because I LOVE talking to people – more than anything about the Lord Jesus Christ!

But on the other hand, the Lord has called me to a life of much more solitude than I would have chosen. He did not call me to a life filled with marriage, children, grandchildren, family of origin. Nor did He call me to a life filled with a huge social life and constant entertainment and fellowship shared with friends.

When I’m not out on the streets ministering to people or on the telephone or Internet sharing with people about Jesus, when I’m not wherever He sends me talking to people about Jesus and encouraging them to believe in and follow Him, much if not most of the time I’m on my own with my special needs doggies praying, seeking God, listening to Him, studying the Bible, and/or writing about Jesus and doing my ministry work.

Do I love my work? Oh my gosh, indescribably much – because of my endless ever-growing love for Jesus and for people. But what about the solitude? Oh, it’s hard! Sometimes it’s so very hard!

But if you want to know the truth, I don’t live a lonely life. I am never lonely, in fact. Restless, yes. Bored sometimes, yes. Desiring people to fellowship with at times, sure. But I am never, ever lonely. Because I have and experience the ever presence of the Lord God almighty. And He is my Lord, my King, my Savior, my redeemer, my healer, my protector, my provider, my restorer, my counselor, my comforter, my helper, my advocate, my master, my guide, my teacher, my very best friend!

Following Jesus is not about religious activities. In fact, many who are “religious” by following religious traditions may not even end up in heaven. For following Jesus is about believing in Him as Lord, entrusting our lives to God and His ways, being conformed to His image, and living a life devoted to Jesus and experiencing His fellowship day by day – and forever.

Where do you stand with Jesus, friend? Whether you have a life packed with people, or whether you’re called to more solitude as I am, may your greatest love, greatest desire, greatest friend, may your Lord, may your God, be Jesus the Christ, forevermore! AMEN!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Not God 

 

“Are you me?” the Spirit of God said to me as He interrupted my thoughts.

He wasn’t done yet. “Then don’t try to be,” He finished.

That’s all He had to say. Immediately I knew the problem. I had been coming up with a plan to try to fix someone who had been broken for years. Did I pray? No. Did I seek God with my plan? No. Did I check it to see if it lined up with the Bible? No. Did I involve the Lord at all? No. I had gone off in the flesh and left the Lord in the wayside.

But the Lord in His beautiful mercy and awesome love stopped me. He didn’t simply tell me my plan was bad and wrong. He reminded me HE IS LORD! And he reminded me I AM NOT!

I had pridefully exalted myself as though I were the Lord and knew what was best.

Sweetly and swiftly, albeit sternly and emphatically, the Lord led me to repentance.

Nothing wrong with thinking about how to help someone or to do anything else for that matter. But when we exalt ourselves above the Lord, and leave Him entirely out of the picture, and move the Bible out of the way, we are SINNING AGAINST GOD and WE MUST REPENT!

Have some repenting to do? I sure did. And I do daily. Thanking the Lord for His lovingkindness that leads me to repentance, and for His grace and mercy that sets me free when I acknowledge my wrong and turn back to Him!

We are called to serve the Lord and others, but to do so with humble hearts remembering to receive wisdom, strength, power, and direction from God and remembering to give Him the glory!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Getting closer to sharing some big, exciting news with you! Can’t wait. Can you? I’ll give you a sneak peek by sharing with you this. The big news didn’t come until the Lord led me to repentance and showed me I needed to purify my heart and change my attitude. Then came something big and beautiful – for His name’s sake! Yes, for HIS GLORY!

Please pray for me and this ministry that GOD WOULD BE GLORIFIED in and through me and the ministry day in and day out.

Be blessed, friend! Enjoy His blessings, yes, but most importantly, remember to live to love and glorify God and to bring Him praise, honor, and, yes, GLORY! Amen!

In His awesome forever love,

Lara

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