Good News Daily – December 30

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

I am so THRILLED to have found out that a few copies of my latest book 365 BLESSINGS are being passed around death row among the inmates there. How indescribably blessed I am to see the Lord at work. I didn’t even know they were there until I found out a beloved friend’s husband had sent them there.

I want to encourage you to not let what you see hold you back from the Lord’s will in your life. My life has been filled with impossibilities. I didn’t even think I would make it to this age. I was broken beyond human hope for decades. Now I have an international ministry ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE and ONLY FOR GOD”S GLORY! He has done it all!

It takes faith to believe in Jesus as Lord, and it takes faith to follow Him as Lord.

Do both, friend! Have faith in Christ as Lord, and faithfully follow Him forevermore!

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

love & blessings,

lara

TODAY’S UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST 

I have never been more excited in my life about anything. I’m excited beyond measure about loving and following and telling the world about the Lord Jesus Christ! That said, I’m busier than ever both spending time in His presence as my highest priority and in my ministry work. And, given my ongoing difficulty in slowing down, my still having minimal help, my not sleeping so well, and caring for 4 handicapped doggies 24-7, I am EXHAUSTED!

I would greatly appreciate prayers in the areas of REST, PHYSICAL HELP, more FINANCIAL SUPPORT, & the LORD’S WISDOM AND STRENGTH to press on! THANK YOU!

love & blessings, lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

WHEN JESUS SHUTS THE DOOR! 

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

“Do you want to open a door I’ve shut?” the Lord asked me.

I had been thinking about doing something the Lord had already made clear He didn’t want me to do. But still, it was so tempting! So I stood before the door trying to figure it all out. That’s when the Lord reminded me. He had already shut the door.

Friend, when the Lord makes clear He has shut a door in our lives and we are tempted to open it, we need to walk away from the door and get on with the Lord’s will for our lives.

Staring at the door, knocking on the door, banging on the door, trying to kick the door down, screaming at the door to open, having a pity-party in front of the door, throwing a temper tantrum, grieving over the closed door and holding a funeral service at the closed door, trying to justify why we should get the door to open again, begging the door to open all by itself, praying for the Lord to open the door He blatantly wants shut, all of this is wrong.

When the Lord makes clear He wants a door to stay shut, just for now or permanently, we need to walk away from the door and get busy following Jesus – forward.

In the verses above, two separate times the Lord made clear the door was shut in two geographical regions to His followers who were going from place to place preaching. What did they do with the doors the Lord wanted shut? They moved on and continued the work of the Lord He set before them!

Are you standing at a door you know the Lord wants shut? Follow the Lord – forward! Yes!

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT! 

“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 Corinthians 5:15

“I know you don’t want to, but you need to,” the Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers told me.

There are three great truths when it comes to the will of the Lord.

1. He will make known His will to us either directly in the Bible or speaking by His Spirit to our hearts or through others always in line with the Bible

2. We have the choice to follow the Lord or to not follow the Lord because He has given us free will

3. The ONLY right thing to do is to obey the Lord regardless of what our flesh does or doesn’t want to do

The Lord was reminding me to do the right thing. To say NO to my flesh and to say YES to Him.

Please do the same. Follow the Lord. Say NO to your flesh. Say YES to Jesus. Day by day – and forever, YES!

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM ABOVE

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

LET GO FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!

How much does the Lord tell us to forsake to follow Him? A little? A lot? No! ALL! Now He may not tell each and every one of us to forsake the exact same things. He told me to sell my house and hit the road for Him full-time. He may tell someone else to buy a house and fill it with widows and orphans. He may tell one person to sell all he has and use that money to fly to Africa to do missions work for decades to come. He may tell someone else to use her money to pay for a bus to drive people across town to minister to the poor and downtrodden. The point isn’t what He tells each of us to forsake in following Him. The point is that we should not hold onto ANYTHING or ANYONE He tells us to let go in order to fully and faithfully follow Him.

Need to do some forsaking? Some letting go? Seek the Lord and obey what He tells you! He will give you the strength, oh yes!

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 244

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

In our pre-Christ days, weeks, months, and years, in our lives before we devoted ourselves to Jesus as Lord, we were consumed with carnal thoughts, weren’t we? Fleshly thoughts. Worldly thoughts. Self-centered thoughts. Selfish thoughts. Me, me, and me thoughts. Sinful thoughts. Even when our thoughts weren’t necessarily sinful thoughts, they were certainly not thoughts of Jesus and the Bible, were they? Of living for Christ? Of obeying God’s commands? Of living righteously? Now, with the Spirit of God inhabiting those of us who belong to Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives, we become spiritually minded. We learn to submit our minds – and lives, of course – to the leadership of Christ. To the Lordship of God.

And, when we do, oh, what life! What goodness! What wonderfulness! What peace! What hope! What joy! Instead of drawing on a well of mucky, muddy, dirty, sickly water, we now dwell on the forever well of everlasting life, of everlasting God, of everlasting Jesus, of Christ’s Spirit, of God’s Word, oh yes! Oh, to set our hearts and minds upon Jesus. And on the Word of God! What a blessing when we learn day by day – and moment by moment – to yield our very thoughts – and words and actions – to Jesus, oh yes! Oh, such new life. In Christ! AMEN!

Does this require practice? Yes! With struggles and setbacks along the way? Oh, yes. Do we set our minds perfectly and permanently on Jesus? Oh no. Oh, if only we would. But we learn to set our feet and hearts in the right direction. The direction of the Lord Jesus Christ! AMEN!

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