TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA,,,,,,,
I used to want a zillion people to read my writing because I was consumed with self and felt I needed to prove myself and desperately wanted acceptance, validation, and a feeling of self-worth and significance. The Lord took it all away! He taught me the life of a disciple of Christ is about Christ not self!
Now I want a zillion people to read my writing because I am so exceedingly in love with Jesus and so exceedingly love people and desire them to be in His forever presence that I want to tell as many people around the world as I can about the Lord and how to believe in and follow Him day by day and forever!
I encourage you to see where you stand with self versus Christ. Are you living for yourself, or are you living for Jesus? Are your motives in your life’s work for you or for Him? Do you need an overhaul as I did so you are totally devoted to Him and not totally devoted to you?
Place your heart and your life in the hands of Jesus and the Bible and make a total commitment to Him and His ways and watch what He will do in – and through – your heart and life!
“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
love & blessings,
TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION
“Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us…” Psalm 62:8
I was frustrated in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep given how desperately I have needed more rest due in part to my usual lack of slowing down when the Lord made me realize He had a message to give me. I couldn’t fall back asleep until I opened my ears and heart and received it.
“Rest is not just sleep. It above all else is trusting me at all times. It is putting your faith in me,” the Holy Spirit of God spoke to my heart. “The rest I call you to is not merely physical. It is mental as you well know. It is a conscious decision to trust me in everything.”
Oh, what a long way I still have to go when it comes to rest – and trust in the Lord. Worry, doubt, fear, and unbelief need to be continually replaced with trust in the Lord – and rest! I am so prone to the former – and need to be vigilant in choosing the latter.
The Lord impressed upon me that rest – and trust – are a choice. I can make a conscious decision day by day, breath by breath, step by step, to trust the Lord in all things all the time. And thereby rest in Him, in His love, grace, mercy, the truth of His Word and promises, in His hope, joy, and peace. In His fellowship.
Need to do the same, friend? Rest, rest, rest in the Lord. Trust, trust, trust in the Lord. In all things. Moment by moment – and forevermore! AMEN!
WHEN IT AIN’T TIME TO LEAVE
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”” John 14:21
““But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
“This is an assignment. I sent you there,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. “You’re thinking about you. You need to think about me.”
“You can choose to leave to please your flesh, or you can stay and obey. Which will it be? If you love me, you will obey me. Is this not what my Word says? The choice is yours,” the Lord continued.
“Disobedience grieves me. Obedience brings me honor. Which will it be? Make your decision. I am being firm because you need to hear this. So do many others,” the Lord finished.
Nothing more needed to be said. I heard Him. And took the message to heart.
I needed to stay where He had sent me to do what He had sent me to do until He told me to move on.
How about you? Is this message for you, friend?
TODAY’S WISDOM FROM ABOVE
I’M SO UPSET!!!!!!!!
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“Do you want to be upset or do you want to be thankful?”
I was starting for the zillionth time down the pathway of thinking about something that would undoubtedly upset me just like every time before. Some people who were supposed to help me with something they were paid to do not only weren’t helping me. They were being disrespectful, unkind, not compassionate, and at times downright mean and rude.
Now the Lord was reminding me I had a choice. And I am reminding you of the same. We can obsess with what and whom is upsetting us and throw a pity party, get angry, become vengeful, be bitter, etc., or we can love and forgive and focus on Jesus and the Bible and all of His endless blessings. And BE THANKFUL!
Anything you’ve been obsessing about that is doing nothing more than making you upset? Love. Forgive. Turn to Jesus. Turn to the Bible. And to your blessings. And BE THANKFUL!
TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS
365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book I wrote that is available in print by contacting me at 843-338-2219 or via lara@GoodNews.love.
“For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.” Romans 7:22
When we are born again spiritually through repentance and placing our faith in Christ as Lord, we have a “new man” or a “new woman”. The cleansed, forgiven, new person who desires not to live according to our old sinful ways, but who desires to love and please and worship and serve and obey the Lord! How surprising, how shocking, how amazing, that just as we once LOVED self and to rejoice in our sins and lived utterly to satisfy our fleshly desires, now the “new person” comes to LOVE the Bible, to love God’s ways, to most of all LOVE THE LORD with all our hearts – with the newfound desire to do right in God’s eyes!
Is this easy? No! We still have that old sinful nature that rises up and stirs up war within us as it tries to yank us back into our old sinful ways in response to the devil’s temptations to go back into bondage. The war is anything but easy. It can be extraordinarily hard. But the Lord will give us the strength to do what’s right. And how amazing, what a blessing, that now at long last we have the “DESIRE” to please Jesus in our innermost self. PRAISE THE LORD!
TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL
IS YOUR LOVE SELFISH?
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”” Matthew 22:37-40
I used to see the Lord as God who needed to give to me. It was all about me. I used to see others as people who needed to love and accept and validate and give to me. It was all about me. Oh, sure, I said I loved the Lord. And truly I did. And I said I loved others. And I absolutely did. Up until a point. But if you had looked inside my heart, this is what you would have seen. Me, me, me.
I selfishly loved the Lord, and I selfishly loved people. I wanted something in return. I loved to be loved. I gave to receive. I had strings attached to my love. And the love was fleshly love. It wasn’t godly love. It wasn’t Christ’s love in me. Plain and simple, mine was a selfish love. And it still can be when I am not careful and I forget to die to self and to live for Christ.
God’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. It astounds me that I feel more loved now than I’ve ever felt in my life. And it’s not because I’m selfishly loving others. It’s because I’m learning to love unselfishly. To love and serve expecting nothing in return. And to love with Jesus’ love. To love Him with all my heart and to love others.
Is yours a selfish love? If it is, please turn to the Lord. Turn to the Bible. Give up the fleshly me-centered love. And be filled with the love of Jesus. Love Him with all your heart. Love others as yourself. And so fulfill His greatest commands. Oh, what a joy it is to love the way we were created to love. With the love of Jesus, yes!