GOOD NEWS DAILY – DECEMBER 28

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

“A whole new blank slate,” I told the Lord when I started off on my latest Good News Daily. “What do you want with it?”

Imagine if this were the way we lived our lives, and well it should be. That we would go before the Lord, yield ourselves utterly to Him, and let Him fill our blank slates with His will for His glory.

Let us you and I go before the Lord regularly and surrender ourselves entirely to Him, seek His will, and carry it out!

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13 KJV

love & blessings,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

DOWN THE PATHWAY OF CHRIST

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

I was spending time doing exactly what the Lord had told me to do in my ministry work when I received communication that a precious sister in the Lord had a gut-wrenching crisis on her hands. My flesh didn’t want to be interrupted. I had a job to do for Jesus! But the Lord made clear I needed to deny my flesh, take up my little cross, and follow Him. By picking up the phone and loving and praying my heart out for my sister in the Lord and her situation.

When we are truly surrendered to Jesus, friend, we are not to order our own steps. We are to follow His. I could have tried to justify continuing with the work He had given me and disregarded the crisis He had brought to my attention. But my footsteps don’t belong to Him. Neither do my heart and life. I belong to Jesus, and He orders my steps.

I had a beautiful and powerful time praying for my sister in the Lord before the Lord led my footsteps back to the work I had been working on beforehand. All for the glory of Christ!

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

ARE YOU AN AMASIAH?

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

and next to him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.”
2 Chronicles 17:16

I’ve read the Bible for years, and in all honesty never paid an ounce of attention to a man named Amasiah until the Lord brought an incredibly powerful message to light. Have you heard of Amasiah? Are you an Amasiah?

Amasiah is mentioned only once in the Bible, and there are only three things we learn about him. He was the son of Zichri and had 200,000 mighty men of valor with him. What else?

Amasiah “WILLINGLY OFFERED HIMSELF TO THE LORD.”

Amasiah may be a nobody in the world’s eyes because he is not well known and much preached about like the apostle Paul, King David, the prophets like Isaiah and Daniel, or like Moses, Abraham, Isaac, and Noah, but consider the legacy he left behind that all these years later he is described as a man who “WILLINGLY OFFERED HIMSELF TO THE LORD.”

Friend, can the same be said about you and me?

Do we willingly offer ourselves to the Lord? Are we wholly surrendered to Christ? Do we live and breathe to love and glorify the Lord? Oh, may we willingly and continually offer ourselves to the Lord!

Are you an Amasiah, friend?

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM ABOVE

WHEN WISDOM COMES

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23

Sometimes the Lord’s wisdom from above comes directly from the Bible, other times it comes by His Spirit directly to our hearts always in line with the Bible, and still other times it comes through His followers again always in line with the Bible.

No matter how He delivers His wisdom to us, we need to open our hearts to receive it. Whether it is teaching, instructions, discernment, correction, encouragement, chastening, or letting us know His will for us concerning now or even in the future, we need to hear Him and to follow Him.

Refusing to receive and obey His wisdom is rebellion against God, it is sin against Him, and it needs to be repented of. We need to humble ourselves before God almighty and listen and obey. He always – absolutely always – knows what is best. Jesus Christ is Lord, He is sovereign, He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He will reign forever, and we whom He has created are to live in obedience to the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Savior of the world, forever God!

Been rebelling in any area of your life? Repent and turn to Jesus!

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.  

Blessing 243

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5

Before we turn from our sins and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord, surrendering our hearts and lives to Him, committing ourselves utterly to Him, we live only one way. According to our flesh. It’s the only way we know. It’s the only way we can live because we don’t have the Spirit of God to fill us and lead us the way we were created to live.

But once we give ourselves over to the Lord Jesus Christ, fully devoting ourselves to Him, we learn day by day to nail our flesh to the cross, to deny self, to die to self, and to live according to the leading and in the love, strength, mercy, grace, hope, comfort, and power of the Spirit of God who seals Christ’s followers with His “Holy Spirit of promise” and comes to live inside us! We learn to live a whole new way! God’s way for God’s glory! Oh, the blessed glory of the Lord!

And, not only do we learn to live in this whole new way, but we learn day by day to THINK in a whole new way. We learn to FOCUS our hearts and minds ON THE LORD – on “the things of the Spirit.”

There is simply no comparison between going through our days thinking about everything dark, evil, wicked, ugly, dirty, filthy, poisonous, deadly, sinful, negative, depressing, etc. – and thinking about THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and THE BIBLE and EVERYTHING GOOD He wants us to focus on in our thinking – and saying and doing!

Do we do this perfectly? Oh, no! Not at all! But we now have the ability to learn to do so – and the ability to actually do so. And we know to – and must – repent when we fall short! How refreshing, how reviving, how invigorating, how wonderful and lovely to fill our minds now with the Lord, His Word, and with all His goodness, AMEN! Oh, what a blessing, yes! Oh, the blessedness of it all! The blessedness of holy God, almighty Lord, AMEN! And of His ways, yes, thank you Father, AMEN!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

ROOTED AND GROUNDED!

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19

In the midst of this long, beautiful, and powerful scripture, what do you see when it comes to roots? We are to be rooted and grounded in what? IN LOVE! Whose love? Christ’s love!

We are not to be rooted and grounded in self, in darkness, in pride, in bitterness, in hurt, in vengeance, in any kind of sin at all. We are to be rooted and grounded in Christ! In love!

Are we? Let us be!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13

Early this morning, when the New York City streets in the area where I am staying for this season of being on the road for Jesus were virtually empty, I walked two of my handicapped ministry doggies and came upon a man who had much to say to me about Jesus. Sadly, he didn’t believe Jesus is Lord and God and was strongly bound in false teaching.

He argued and argued against the truth of the Bible, and the Lord gave me the love, mercy, and grace to respond to all he said with the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ. When we parted ways, there was no animosity. Just a man walking off in continued darkness and a woman with her two dogs who is more excited than ever to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ to the world.

Why was I able to handle this challenging situation with love, mercy, grace, and truth? Because every day I am filled with the Spirit of God, read the Bible and learn to live by it, and spend time in the presence of the Lord seeking and hearing Him, praising and adoring Him, being refined and transformed by Him, growing in His wonderful image. The Lord prepares me day by day for loving and serving Him and others.

Serving Jesus in our everyday lives is not merely about the serving. It’s also about the preparation to serve. The preparation begins sitting at the feet of Jesus with our hearts and Bibles wide open!

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