Good News Daily – April 8

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Dear friend, 
My heart’s cry for you and me and every human on this earth is that we be totally sold out to loving and glorifying the Lord forever and to helping others to do the same, and I hope today’s TWO devotionals below will be a loving encouragement to you in so doing.

love & blessings,

lara

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He Begged Jesus

When Jesus freed the demon-possessed man, the man BEGGED – yes, BEGGED – Jesus to be with Him. Jesus told the man to go tell others his testimony of what Jesus had done, and the man obeyed.

How many of us are BEGGING Jesus to spend time with Him? How many of us are spending time with Jesus and the Bible at all? How many of us are doing so daily? For those of us who are, do we see it as a nothing more than a boring, bothersome obligation? Something to check off our to-do list? Something we have to hurriedly get out of our way to get to what matters most to us?

Or do we see intimacy with Christ, time alone with Him, and a forever relationship with Him as an unfathomably wonderful and glorious amazingly awesome blessing?

There is a time to spend time with Jesus and a time to go tell the world about Him, and we should be committed to do both as and when the Lord leads us – and to be humbled and thankful for the incredible privilege and honor of being called by God to do both!

Lord, lead us to do both! Thank you, thank you, thank you there is nothing greater in the universe than you, a forever relationship with you, and the time you bless us with to be alone with you as well as the time to tell the world about you. Help us to get and keep our priorities in order. May you be our first and forever love. Help us day by day to be totally devoted to you! AMEN!

“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” Mark 5:18-20

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Beautiful Struggle

I have struggled every day of my life with one thing or another for as long as I can remember, and by God’s grace alone I have come to see beauty in the struggle – when my response to struggle is desperation, humility, surrender, seeking the Lord, and obedience to Him.

When we struggle, we can turn away from the Lord and struggle on our own, we can turn to the Lord halfheartedly with lukewarmness which the Lord despises and prayer if we so choose but hold ourselves back from truly yielding ourselves to His will and ways, or we can do what I have learned to do which is how I have found beauty in the struggle.

We can draw closer and closer to Jesus, hold onto Him and the Bible for dear life, and open ourselves up to the Lord using our struggles to develop deeper intimacy with Himself, to make us more like Himself, and to use our lives and testimonies to help others find and follow Him.

The beauty in struggle is Jesus and all He does in and through us as He gives us the love, grace, strength, and mercy to endure through the struggle when we choose to submit our hearts and lives utterly to Him.

Father, help us in our struggles to surrender ourselves wholly to you through it all. Help us to see your beauty. Help us to see the beauty of what you do through our struggles. Help us to hold onto you and your Word for dear life. Draw us ever closer to yourself, dear Lord. For those reading this who are struggling, lead them, guide them, draw them near and nearer to you, conform them to yourself, provide for them, refine them, and love, love, love and comfort them, my beloved Lord. Lead them into an infinitely wonderful forever relationship with you, but don’t stop there, dear God. Through their struggles, and through their seasons of no struggle or less struggle, bless them with an ever-growing, ever-more-intimate, personal relationship with yourself. In Jesus’ name, thank you dear Father, AMEN!

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.

O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:11-12

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