Good News Daily – January 16

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Dear friend, 

My life could not possibly look any different than I ever expected or wanted it to look! There is nothing about my life that looks even remotely like anything I would have ever dreamed of. Yet I wouldn’t trade the life I have today for anything in this world. For one single reason. Nobody and nothing on this earth matters more to me than the Lord Jesus Christ and living to love, serve, and glorify Him and to tell the world about Him. Pretty amazing for a woman who grew up in a Jewish family that didn’t believe in God and was once an atheist and was broken beyond human hope and repair for decades!

I have included 5 devotionals below that are part of the new book I am writing, and my highest desire when you read them is that you open your heart, are drawn to the Lord, and are inspired to surrender your heart and life wholly – yes, WHOLLY – to HIM!

love & blessings,

lara

I Can’t Handle This!
“I can’t handle this!” I exclaimed aloud. Overwhelmed. Again. As I so often am. Call it what you will. Goes with my lifestyle of extremes. On the road for Jesus full-time with handicapped ministry doggies & writing and publishing tracts, devotionals, and books and doing video devotionals. No staff. No salary. Sold out to Jesus. Don’t sleep well. Mind never stops. What can I say? So there I was again. “I can’t handle this!”

Immediately the Lord stopped me in my tracks. Of course I can! And so can you! When we’re in the will of the Lord, believing in Him, following Him, living for Him, He will give us everything we need to go forth. And when we take on more than He gives us, He will help us to let it go so we’re walking in His will. Walking in His ways. All for the glory of Christ.

Feel like you can’t handle something? Seek the Lord! Seek His love and strength and wisdom! Does He want you to let it go? If yes, let it go. Does He want you to keep doing whatever it is? Then He’ll give you the strength. Come to the rock! Come to the rock of Christ! And carry on as He leads you forth! For the glory of Christ, YES!

“Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:1-2

This is NOT a Good Reason!
“I did it because they did it,” I thought to myself.

Did what? Want to know? Okay, I’ll tell you. For years, when I wrote my devotionals, I made sure they all had a scripture. And the verse had to be at the top of my writing. Why? Because the Lord has placed this on my heart? Well, honestly, no. Simply because that’s what all other devotional writers seemed to do.

Friend, this is NOT a good reason to do something. We were not created to follow the world. We were created to follow the Lord. If we do something others do because that’s the Lord’s will for us, that’s great. But it may or may not be His will. He may have wanted me to have scriptures only in some of my devotionals. Maybe at the end of them. Maybe in the middle. Maybe varied. Only He knew. But I don’t recall ever seeking Him about this. I had simply looked to others to figure it all out.

Day by day now, I’m learning to seek the Lord. And His will. In all things. Will you join me? In seeking Him? And following Him? Regardless of what others do or don’t do? Oh, please do! Let’s seek the Lord, let’s seek and follow Jesus! In all things. Amen!

“Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!” Psalm 105:4

This is Not Your Life’s Calling IF –

No matter how excited and emphatic someone is, and no matter how much you may respect that person, no matter how respected or successful that person is, absolutely no matter what, if someone is convinced about your life’s calling and you are not sure this is from God Himself, please WAIT and LISTEN.

The Lord did not create other people to give and tell us our life’s calling. Oh, sure, He may well speak through others to help us onto the right path when it comes to the calling He has for our lives. But if we are not clear from praying to Him and reading the Bible and hearing Him speak to our hearts, we should not pursue the calling human beings are convinced belong to us. We need to seek and hear from and follow the Lord!

Should we call on others to pray for us? To encourage us? To love and support us as we seek and follow our calling from God? Absolutely! But we should not look to them as our gods. We have one true God. The Lord Jesus Christ!

Seek the Lord for your life’s calling, friend. And trust He will answer for His name and glory’s sake, AMEN!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Hearing Voices, Sorry God!

“I’m sorry about my flesh being so loud,” I told the Lord. “I’m sorry for following it.”

I was compelled to pray this as it came onto my heart how often through the years I have caved in and bowed down to the loud voice of my flesh. Of my humanness. Of myself. My self. When I have failed to die to self as we are called to do and to live for Him.

A few minutes later, the rest of my prayer was this. “Help me to follow not my flesh. Not this world. Not the devil. Help me to follow you Jesus. No matter how loud my flesh is, the world is, the devil is. No matter how quiet your voice. May I follow YOUR VOICE Lord Jesus, now and forever. Amen.”

What if we all prayed and lived this way day in and day out? Our lives would be so different, wouldn’t they? And, oh, how different this world would be! We can’t make the whole world do this, but you and I sure can take responsibility for our own hearts and lives. And, whether we pray this once or often or never, we can choose to live this way. To watch out for the voices we hear. And to do our best to follow the voice of Jesus. Of His Holy Spirit who inhabits His followers.

Sometimes our flesh screams and screams, “Me, me, me. Do this. Do that. This will make me happy. This will make me feel good. Who cares what God has to do say about it. Forget that Bible. I want to live for me!” Oh, how loud the flesh can be!

Sorry, Father, for all the times we who set out to follow you get off course because we have listened to and followed our flesh instead. Teach us, dear Lord, to be faithful and humble and honoring in FOLLOWING YOU! AMEN!

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Going Without Knowing

Sometimes the Lord leads us to a new place or opportunity or relationship or neighborhood or whatever or wherever with very clear directions and a strong sense of understanding and purpose. We know where we’re going because He has made it clear to us. Other times, He tells us nothing at all other than to go. Should we only go when we have all our plans in place, when we know everything that will come to pass, when we understand our mission fully, etc.? No!

We should always go when the Lord tells us to go no matter what He does or doesn’t tell us in advance. We should go in obedience to Him with trust and faith in Him seeking Him to lead us, to provide for us, and to guide us, and to bring His purpose to pass.

In the Bible, we see the Lord send some people out with a clear understanding. Other times, as with Abraham as we see in the verse below, He simply sends them.

Have the sense the Lord is sending you somewhere, to something, or to someone? If it’s His will, in His time, in His strength, with Him leading, for His glory, GO!

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

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