Good News Daily – February 10

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Dear friend, 

Please find below FIVE NEW LITTLE DEVOTIONALS as today’s GOOD NEWS DAILY! I encourage you to read them all and see what the Lord speaks to your heart through them. Or perhaps He might lead you to read only some. No matter what, may you be encouraged, inspired, and led by the Lord to press on!

love & blessings,

lara

p.s. PRAYER for me, my ministry, and my handicapped ministry doggies would be extremely appreciated right now. THANK YOU!

Wherever HE Sends Me

I was daydreaming. Again. Like I so often do. About this and that. Including locations. And about where I DID NOT want to go. Then I told Jesus this:

“I’ll go wherever you send me,” I said simply.

Some say I live an intriguing life. They are not accustomed in modern day America to seeing someone turn away from the American dream, give up a luxurious life, and forsake all to fully follow Jesus. I didn’t used to be this way. I was one of those believers in Jesus who told lots of people I believed – but lived for me and not Christ. It’s the other way around now. Now I live for Him and not me.

So I am willing to go where He sends me. And I do even when I don’t want to go where He leads me. I do this for two reasons, friend. First. Jesus Christ is Lord. Period. Second. I love the Lord with all my heart and live utterly for Him. I follow Jesus with all my heart because He is God and because I love Him beyond imagination.

Will you go wherever He sends you? Will you live wholly for Him? Please, please, please friend – DO!

Oh, Lord, please help each and every one of us to go WHEREVER you send us. Even when we desperately don’t want to go there! Help us to be faithful to you as you are to us! Help us to be so devoted to you that we don’t even hesitate to obey you no matter where you send us. Help us to have submissive hearts. I fall so far short in this, Lord. Even when I do obey, sometimes my heart is wrong. Help our hearts – and actions – to be pleasing to you. No matter where you send us, dear Lord, please, and thank you Lord, AMEN!

““If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15

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When Love is Uncomfortable

Sometimes love is uncomfortable. It used to be for me. For some it is uncomfortable because they have never known it and it’s uncomfortable to find love. For others it is uncomfortable because they have known it but been hurt related to it. Regardless of the reason, there is a problem when love is uncomfortable. When we find love uncomfortable, we may refuse to receive love, we may refuse to give love, and/or we may experience receiving and/or giving love but do a poor job in doing it. Why is this a problem? Here is why.

The Lord created us to be loved by Him, to love Him in return, and to love others. I found the answer to all of this, friend, for those of us who have ever found love to be uncomfortable. It all begins with Jesus. When we don’t resist His love but receive it in its fullness, and when we obey His greatest commands to love Him with all our hearts and to love others, we find we are transformed by the Lord from broken to whole. Not broken hearted but wholeheartedly receiving and giving love as we were created to do.

Turn to Jesus, friend. Receive His love. Return His love. Share His love with others. Walk in His love, and watch what the Lord will do when you are wholly surrendered to Him, to His will – and to His love! AMEN!

Help us to love, Lord, help us to love! Need I say more? Need I pray more? Father, we cannot possibly love the way to which you call us to love without your love and strength in us. Pour your Spirit more and more into your followers, dear Father. Teach us to love! Help us to love! Cause us to love! Grow us in love! Oh, let us love, Lord! Because of you! For you! Through you! More and more, Lord, let us love! AMEN!

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

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Don’t Hold Back the Praise

Jesus emphatically told the man with leprosy he healed NOT to go tell everyone what Jesus had done for him. Perhaps Jesus told him this so Jesus wouldn’t get swarmed with countless people in need just then. This is exactly what happened when the healed man went and told tons of people anyway. Why would the man go against Jesus’ command? I’m not a Bible expert nor does the text seem to explicitly say, but here is what I imagine. The man was so exceedingly excited and thankful that he couldn’t help but tell the world about Jesus! I believe he couldn’t hold back his praise!

Should we not do the same? Shouldn’t we be so excited about and thankful to the Lord that we long to tell the world about Him? And that we praise and worship Him whether we’re in a church building, at home, or walking down the street or anywhere at all? Should we not be overflowing with joy when it comes to Jesus and what He has done and is doing in our lives? And most of all how He died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead?

Let us not hold back our praise!

There are days and times, Lord, I so want to praise you! I get something I want, something works out well, I hear wonderful news, things are going my way, I feel good, the weather is beautiful, I see the fruits of my ministry, the hard stuff seems to fall away at least for an hour, yes, Lord, then I want to praise you! Other times, Father, I get consumed with myself, bogged down, weighed down, challenged, and I fall away from praising you as I should AT ALL TIMES. Surely I am not alone in this, dear Lord. Surely there are others like myself who have room for much growth when it comes to praise. Lord, remind us to praise you! Help us to praise you! Cause us to praise you! Lead us to praise you! Convict us to praise you! You are worthy of our praise 24-7 and forever! Lord, increase our praise life! Help us to be men and women of praise, oh Lord, AMEN!

“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.” Mark 1:40-45

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I Won’t Take the Credit

I am one of those people who was so broken for so long and have faced such rejection and am so sensitive that I would have given almost anything to feel loved and appreciated and be validated and affirmed and felt by the words and actions of others that I had a significance and a worth. Now in my ministry work particularly with caring for my handicapped streets ministry doggies not to mention finally really learning to love and give, I receive positive words from people on a fairly regular basis. But I am so very quick to refuse the credit and instead to give the Lord the glory and praise. Everything in and through me that is good is from the Lord, and I want the world to know it!

I am filled with His love, and my significance and worth are through Jesus. And I know from the Bible plain and clear we are not to take the glory that belongs to the Lord. We are to give it to Him! Please find opportunities not to seek and take praise for yourself but to tell others how glorious and wonderful the Lord is. Give Him the glory for the good He does through you!

Lord, don’t let us steal your glory! All glory belongs to you, dear Father! Yet sometimes we steal it for ourselves because we are greedy and yearn for love, acceptance, validation, and praise! This is wrong! Lord, we need to give YOU the glory, honor, and praise. But how short we fall. Help us not to be prideful but humble. Help us to have opportunities galore to glorify you! Help the world to see you in and through us, but don’t let us take the honor! Convict us and lead us to repentance when we wrongfully take what belongs to you. To you be all glory, dear Lord, thank you, beloved Father, AMEN!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Cor. 4:7

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When Satan Says Quit!

“I know what the enemy is trying to do,” I said aloud whether it was to my handicapped ministry doggies or to myself or to the Lord or to nobody at all I don’t know. I just felt compelled to say it. “He’s trying to get me to stop. He’s trying to get me to run. And I ain’t stopping. And I ain’t running!” I exclaimed.

I was having a rough morning for a variety of reasons. Details insignificant. But the Lord gave me wisdom. He showed me what was happening behind the scenes. Satan was trying to get me so upset and anxious and ultimately paralyzed with emotions that I would quit my ministry work and run quickly, frantically, and far from where the Lord had called me to be to do the work to which He had called me.

I knew what I needed to do. I needed to trust in the Lord, keep walking forward in my work for Him, and stand strong where He had sent me until He gave me further instructions. I needed to not react to the enemy. I needed to not react to my emotions. I needed to seek, trust, and follow the Lord!

Please do the same. Be victorious. Follow Jesus. No matter how hard the enemy comes against you. Live for the Lord! He will lead you forth!

Please Lord help your followers be faithful to you. Help us to stand strong when the enemy comes at us. Help us to recognize him when he comes at us so we’re not deceived. Help us to stand strong in faith and love and in faithfully lovingly reverently following you dear Lord. AMEN!

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13

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