Dear friend, …

I do my best to write and publish the messages the Lord places on my heart as best I can discern IN HIS TIME regardless of what my flesh has to say about it. I believe He has a plan and purpose and perfect timing for every message He gives me, and that He knows whom He wants to read each one and when and for what reason all for His ultimate glory. So in obedience to the Lord today, here are today’s FIVE MESSAGES.

Today’s messages are CHALLENGING, my friend, and yet filled with THE LOVE OF CHRIST and HOPE! I so very much hope you will take the love, time, and care to read them & to keep your ears and heart wide open!

The titles of today’s messages are:

* IT HURTS LIKE HECK, BUT –
* HUMBLE YOURSELF!
* THE TALE OF 3 LOVERS
* 7 ABOMINATIONS
* THAT IS THE SICKEST SIN

love & blessings,

lara

It Hurts Like Heck, But…

“It hurts like heck, but I forgive her.” I don’t know if I spoke the words aloud or murmured them in my heart.

I don’t know if it was an official prayer or simply a strong thought. I hadn’t slept well and was pretty much still waking up. I had already spent wonderful time with the Lord praying, listening, and studying His Word. Now this.

I had been thinking about someone I dearly loved who had come into my life for very small snippets of time and then darted quickly away for long seasons. Just like another loved one had done for years. Making it all the harder because I suppose my heart was still raw in places. But then this. This wild and powerful transformation. By the grace of Jesus.

No matter how much it hurt, I forgave her. Each and every time. By the grace of Christ alone. For when our hearts hurt like heck, it can be oh so hard to even consider forgiveness let alone to do it. To forgive.

But forgiveness isn’t a suggestion from the Lord. Forgiveness is a command. And though we may not feel like forgiving, we need to forgive as an act of obedience to the Lord.

The Lord will take care of the hurt, friend, when we place our hearts and lives in His hands. As for the forgiveness, that’s our responsibility. A choice set before us. A decision we must make. To forgive or not to forgive. If we’re believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we call Him Lord, then we know what we must do.

Forgive.

I have enough experience over the years to know that when we choose to forgive, the Lord God almighty will give us everything we need to do so. His love, mercy, grace, peace, strength, wisdom, comfort, and even joy. The joy of living in obedience to the Lord and in choosing the way of Christ. The way of love. The way of mercy. The way of grace. The way of forgiveness. His way. Not ours. For His glory. Not ours.

Choose forgiveness, my friend. For Christ’s sake.

Forgive.

Father, my prayer is simple and strong. Help us to forgive, oh Lord. For sometimes it seems impossible. But through you I know and trust we can. Help us to forgive, dear Father. And mend our broken hearts, oh Lord. Make us whole by your glorious hands. For your name’s sake, AMEN!

““Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

“But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:15

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

Humble Yourself!

“Tell my people to humble themselves and obey me,” the Spirit of God told me. “Pride rebels. Tell them to obey,” He said.

Friend, if you are rebelling against God almighty in any or all areas of your life, get rid of the pride. It is an abomination to God.

Humble yourself and obey Him no matter the cost to your flesh. Jesus Christ is Lord, the only true God, and He commands that we love Him with all our hearts and in our love for Him that we obey Him.

Obey Him. Now. And always.

A genuine believer in Jesus Christ as Lord dies to self daily and lives for the Lord instead of for self. Living according to the Lord’s ways not according to the world’s ways. Live in obedience to Him!

Now is the time to repent. Turn to the Lord and obey Him in all matters.

Lord, by your love, grace, and mercy, lead us to repentance! Help us to humble ourselves before you, almighty God! Help us to fear you as you tell us over and over in the Bible we must do! Help us to honor you! Help us to grow! Help us to obliterate all pride in our lives and to humble ourselves continually before you! Help us to hunger and thirst to do right and not wrong! Help us to not be people of rebellion! Help us to be the children and servants of you that you desire us to be! Oh, help us oh Lord, AMEN!

“Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19

“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

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,” 1 Peter 5:6

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

“I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” 1 Cor. 15:31

The Tale of Three Lovers

Once upon a time there was a man with three lovers. He loved all three vehemently and passionately and relentlessly pursued all three to no end though it was abundantly clear he was getting himself into more and more trouble and headed for utter destruction. Each lover had a name that was the perfect fit for the lover. One was called SELF. One was called MONEY. And one was called PLEASURE.

Tragic to say this story isn’t a fairy tale. It’s a true story about how many people even those calling themselves Christians are living right now in this day and age. The Lord makes abundantly clear in the Bible that not only are countless people living for self, money, and pleasure, but that they love pleasure more than they love Him. If they love Him at all, that is.

If you are seeking the Lord in prayer to bring pleasure to yourself and realize reading this that you are a “lover of pleasure” more than a “lover of God”, don’t pray for Him to satisfy your sinful desires but pray in accordance with His will for your life with the ultimate desire that you live to love, serve, obey, praise, worship, bring pleasure to, and glorify the Lord God almighty! The ultimate way to know God’s will for your life is to read the Bible daily and to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers and speaks to our hearts personally and individually always and only in line with the Bible.

Friend, we must die daily to self and no longer live to satisfy our lusts but to live fully  surrendered to Christ.

The Christ life is not about self. It is about Christ. Let us remember this.

Father, this was a hard message to deliver. But in obedience to you I have. It was also a hard message to hear for me personally. Father, dear Father, please help us all to deny ourselves continually and to love you more than anything and anyone. Please teach us to pray in line with your will. Give us a mighty hunger to read your Word daily and to learn to live led by your Spirit according to your Word. Help us to enjoy the pleasures YOU want us to have on this earth and to let the ungodly wants go. Help us to live entirely for you, Lord. And please help those reading this to come to see if they don’t already know that there is more joy in living for you than in anything in the way of earthly treasures. I love you, Lord. Thank you for answering my heart’s cry, AMEN!

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Tim. 3:1-5

“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15

“…Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:2-3

Seven Abominations

Below you will find scriptures making abundantly clear seven abominations in God’s eyes.

This is a call to repentance. If you are engaging in any of these abominations or any sin at all from which you have not repented, now is the time to humble yourself before God almighty, seek His forgiveness, and turn utterly to Him and His ways.

This is a warning. Do not do what is an abomination to the Lord. His Word is His will, and in His Word we find what is sin against God.

It is time to turn away from the sins that have held you in captivity and to turn entirely to the Lord. Humble yourself and turn from any and all wickedness in your life. Anything in your thoughts, words, and actions that dishonors the Lord, turn away from it.

This message is for me as much as it is for you as much as it is for all of us. It is time to turn utterly to the Lord. And, should we stumble and fall along the way, as we are humans and as Christ’s followers are being transformed by the Spirit of Christ day by day, may we run to the mercy seat of the Lord once more with true godly sorrow and repent and turn, turn, turn, yes, turn with complete abandon to the Lord God almighty in Christ, AMEN!

Lord God help us all! Oh, we need your mercy! Forgive us, forgive us, Lord forgive us! For any of these abominations we are committing, and for any and all sin. Help us to be free from the sins we need to be free from. Liberate us from the bondage in which we have found ourselves entrapped. Help us to walk in the freedom you died on the cross and rose from the dead for us to have. Help us to be pleasing to you in all things, oh Lord! Oh, how we need you! Have mercy upon us all, oh Lord, AMEN!

“These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19

That Is the Sickest Sin

“That is the sickest sin!” I exclaimed to myself as I contemplated what I considered to be a heinous sin someone had chosen to commit. I was equally appalled by that person’s loved ones’ support of that decision. How horrible, ugly, and filthy it all was! Oh, what must the Lord think of it all! Horror of all horrors!

I had prayed for the person and would undoubtedly pray again both for the person and for the loved ones. I truly cared about them. Not to mention others worldwide making the same decision and enjoying the same sin. The Lord has given me a love for all people. But still, how sickening was that sin! I suppose now you want to know what that particular sin is, right? Well I’m not going to tell you. Because this message isn’t about that person nor that sin. It’s about me, and about you, and about how we look at and think about and respond to others’ wrongdoing.

Turns out no sooner than I had that thought about “the sickest sin” than the Holy Spirit strongly, forcefully, and mercifully confronted me. With a Bible verse. The first one below. Telling me to STOP JUDGING, to STOP CONDEMNING. Then over the next few days as I worked on writing this message, He brought other verses to mind which you can find below.

Friend, I needed to repent. And so do you if you are pridefully judging and condemning someone else for that person’s sins. WE ARE ALL SINNERS in need of God’s forgiveness! We ALL need the Lord’s mercy!

Instead of judging, we need to seek the Lord and see what if anything He wants us to do in each situation whether it be to LOVE, FORGIVE, BE MERCIFUL, PRAY FOR THAT PERSON, HELP, ENCOURAGE, SHARE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE, POINT PEOPLE TO THE LORD AND THE BIBLE, OFFER SUPPORT, SHARE OUR TESTIMONY, WALK AWAY BUT PRAY, absolutely whatever His will is. And we need to take responsibility for OUR OWN SINS – including PRIDE AND JUDGMENT – and TURN AWAY FROM THEM and TURN TO THE LORD.

Humbled by this message? I am!

Father God, help us not to judge and condemn. Help us to love, forgive, and be merciful. Help us by giving us opportunities to proclaim you to the world. Oh, Father, have mercy upon us all. This whole world needs you! I feel I am the worst of all sinners. Forgive my pride! Forgive all of us for our pride! Help us to humble ourselves before you and to go out and tell the world about you, oh Lord! AMEN! p.s. Lord, please, please, please help us to purify our thoughts – and words – and actions so we are wholly pleasing to you, dear Lord, AMEN! Again! Yes, AMEN!

Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

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