Good News Daily – February 17

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Dear Friend,

The Lord has been doing a mighty work in me – FOR YEARS – including very much so in recent weeks and days. I wish I could tell you it’s easy to be changed by the Lord, to be taught and tested, to be convicted, chastened, corrected, and refined, to be attacked by the devil in the midst of it all and to learn how to win the spiritual battles, but it’s absolutely NOT. Is it worth it? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Why? Because Jesus Christ is Lord, Savior, and number one love of my life! I live and breathe for Him! And I don’t want to remain as I once was. I want to draw closer and closer to Him, go deeper and deeper in my relationship with Him, become more and more like Him, to be more and more pleasing and honoring to Him, and to be used more and more to help others to find and follow Him. I am entirely His. Totally devoted. All the Lord’s. Are you?

Please enjoy the THREE little devotionals below….!

love & blessings,

lara

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Do Not Let This Stop You

The fear of man is sin against God almighty, and if we’re not careful to guard our hearts and lives against it, we can find ourselves allowing this dangerous fear to stop us from serving Jesus and living out the calling the Lord has for us.

Worrying about what others will think, say, and do if we fully follow Jesus, go where He sends us, do what He calls us to do, and say what He calls us to say can lead us to turn our backs on the Lord’s will for us and even turn our backs on the Lord Himself.

Truth is it is highly possible some people in our lives maybe even those closest to us will not support us in following Jesus in the extremes to which He may lead us.

Friend, we are called by God to fear Him not man. We are called to please the Lord not man. We are called to love the Lord first and foremost and to forsake all for Him. Let us fear Jesus. Let us follow Jesus. No matter the cost.

Dear Father, I do not believe it is an accident when people read the messages you give me. So I am trusting you that whomever you lead to this particular message are the people who need to hear you speak to their hearts through it. Lord, I pray for them and for myself that you would teach us to fear you not man. That you would help us not to worry about what others think, say, or do in response to us. Specifically I pray you would give us all the courage and boldness and fire for you to faithfully and humbly follow you in love for and service to you no matter how people respond. Help us to be brave, dear Father. For your name’s sake. AMEN!

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10

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This is NOT Condemnation

“Don’t take what I am saying to you as condemnation,” the Holy Spirit of God said one day. “Take it as chastisement. I am perfecting my ways in you.”

Yes, I regularly hear from the Lord word by word. It comes with loving and following Him with all my heart, reading and living by His Word day by day, and seeking His face for years, taking alone time with Him each and every day, and learning to listen, to hear, and to obey.

What was the Lord telling me that day? That He was NOT condemning me. He was CHASTISING me in His LOVE for me. Why? To refine me in teaching me His ways. I am not a finished work. I am a work in progress. HIS work in progress. And the Lord finishes what He starts.

Whatever I was doing wrong that day the Lord needed to correct in growing me in His image. And He was reminding me that chastisement is borne of LOVE. HIS LOVE.

It can hurt and be hard on the flesh when the Lord corrects us, but we need to remember HIS LOVE when He does this. His Word makes abundantly clear that we who are His committed followers are not under His condemnation. And we should be THANKFUL for His loving – albeit tough – chastisement as He conforms us day by day to His glorious self.

Father, dear Father, as much as it hurts and as hard as it is when you correct me, I THANK YOU for doing so. For showing me your love in this way. For teaching me your ways. For not giving up on me but continuing to correct me and to grow me in your image. Lord, please reach the hearts of those reading this message and help them know the heights and depths of your love for them including when you chastise them. Please help them not to mistake chastisement for condemnation. If there is someone reading this who does not yet believe in you as Lord and is under the condemnation that comes in a life lived without you, please Father draw them now to yourself, bring them into your fold, have mercy on them and save them, lead them into your Kingdom, and teach them what it means to be an adopted child of yours. Help us all to see your chastisement as a blessing, dear Lord. Thank you, blessed Father, AMEN!

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6

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Jesus Stopped Me

It was the smallest of matters. Truly. I had a little plan to do something little that really had little bearing on anything or anyone. It would have taken little time and meant little to most of the world. But still, Jesus stopped me.

I was getting ready to go somewhere to do something because I felt it was the next thing I should do that given day. Besides, I felt I would enjoy the diversion. The fresh air. The walk. The errand. The break from my ministry doggies. The break from the computer. I had no bad motive. The errand had a good intention. But still, Jesus stopped me.

I knew in my heart by His Spirit that it wasn’t His will. And I can promise you FOR YEARS, I said I loved Jesus but controlled my own life. If I sensed the Lord didn’t want me to do something, and I wanted to do it, I climbed up onto my little ungodly throne, made up my mind to please my flesh, turned my little sinful back on Jesus, and off I went. Doing my own thing. Going my own way. Pleasing flesh.

This time, Jesus stopped me. I knew what He wanted. So I lay aside my little plan and chose Jesus and His will instead. Because He is Lord. Because I love Him more than anything or anyone. Because I belong to Him. Because I am His child and servant. Because He is my Lord, Savior, redeemer, and master. Because I am wholly His.

When Jesus stops us, when we know what we’re doing or about to do goes against the Lord and His will, we need to say NO to our flesh and say YES to Jesus. We need to go the right way. His way. Today, tomorrow, and forevermore.

“I stopped you because I know what is best,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart as I finished writing this piece. “Trust me. Let me lead the way.”

Sigh. He ALWAYS knows what is best, Jesus does, yes He does!

Sense Jesus is stopping you? Obey Him.

Father God, THANK YOU for stopping me. My precious Jesus, THANK YOU for being in control of my life. Thank you for teaching me that true love for you involves obeying you. Thank you for telling me to clean up my obedience because it was messy. Thank you for loving me so much you don’t want me to do my own will but instead to do yours. Lord, such a battle it is for us humans between the flesh and your Spirit. Help us, dear Father, to surrender entirely to you. Stop us from doing what displeases you. Help us to go the right way. Help us to go your way. Strengthen us to do what is right. Help us to honor you. Now and forevermore. And forgive us for when we fall short, correct us when we need correction, and may your Spirit lead us lovingly and mercifully on – on course. On track. With you, dear Jesus. AMEN!

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17

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