Good News Daily – January 8

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Dear friend, 

Today the Lord blessed me with 5 little devotionals which I share with you below. I hope they are a blessing and encouragement to you. I had a busy day joining a monthly worship, prayer, and fellowship meeting with pastors and ministry leaders from New York City and beyond. How refreshing it was to have love and encouragement poured into me as I spend so very much of my life striving to love and encourage others. My well got pretty filled up! I hope these devotionals hope do the same for you!

Love & blessings,

lara

Be Patient with Them!

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” 1 Thess. 5:14

Ever noticed when it comes to patience if we have any at all that we may tend to pick and choose with whom we are patient? Oh, sure, we’ll be patient with that beautiful grandchild. Or our loving spouse. Or with our disabled neighbor. But then forget about it when it comes to the representative on the telephone we just called to figure out why our electric bill is messed up. And no way will we be patient with that alcoholic in-law who just can’t seem to stay sober for any length of time.

Please consider the scripture above and note especially that tiny three-letter word that is oh so powerful – and convicting. ALL. Be patient with whom? With ALL! That doesn’t leave anyone out, does it?

But how can we possibly be patient with certain people in certain situations? The Lord will give us the ability when we look to Him for love, mercy, grace, mercy, forgiveness, strength – and, yes, patience!

Sometimes there is good reason to move ahead and not wait any longer with something or someone. That good reason is when it’s the Lord’s will to move forward. But always, in all things, we are to be filled with and manifest the love of Christ. And, with His love, let us be patient even as we press forward following His lead!

Using Your Gifts for God

The Lord doesn’t give us gifts to hoard to ourselves for our own pleasure in total disregard to Him and to the world around us. He gives us gifts to be used to love, worship, and glorify Him and to help others find and follow Him. In the process, we are blessed, yes. But the purpose of His gifts to us isn’t about us. It’s about Him! Friend, are you using the gifts He has given you for self or Christ? For you or others? Have you devoted yourself to Jesus and dedicated your gifts to Him in the process?

The Lord gives His followers spiritual gifts, physical gifts, dreams, purpose, calling, skills, talents, wisdom, desires, areas of expertise, etc., and it is our responsibility to place our hearts and lives – gifts included – in His loving almighty hands, to seek His will, and to use our gifts to love Him with all our hearts and others as ourselves.

Dedicate your life to Him – gifts included – and watch what He will do! Praise the Lord!

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:” 1 Cor. 12:4-7

God Told Me to Wait, But – 

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

The Lord told me to wait. I waited a few hours. Then I started to come up with a really good plan. What I thought was a good plan anyway. Mine. Not His. It didn’t involve Him. I would forget about the waiting. I would go ahead. With my idea.

Then the Lord in His mercy and patience reminded me.

“Wait,” His Spirit spoke to my heart.

I knew what to do. I have learned the hard way. Rebellion for far too long. I would get rid of my idea. And obey. I would wait. On the Lord.

Why wait? Because Jesus Christ is Lord. And when He says wait, no matter the reason, there is only one thing we should do. Not come up with our own plans. Wait. For Him to lead the way. In His time. For His glory.

Have some waiting to do?

It Would Be Easier, BUT –

“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

I was thinking about something that would be easier when the Lord reminded me not to go the easier way, but to go His way.

Following Jesus isn’t about what is easy. It is about what is right. His way always is. No matter how hard His way may seem, He will enable His followers to do just that. To follow Him. He will give us the power, strength, grace, mercy, love, faith, peace, joy, absolutely anything we could possibly need – when we go His way.

Thinking of going the easier way? Already going that way? Turn to the Lord, friend. Go His way. The right way. The best way. The way of Jesus. Let Him lead you along. Walk with Him. He knows the way. He is the way. He will lead you forth!

Now THIS Is Trust!

“Trust in Him at all times, you people;” Psalm 62:8

What if the Lord said THIS to you?

“Trust me. I will lead you. I will guide you. I will provide for you.”

That is exactly what the Lord told me! The Lord only and always speaks by His Spirit to His followers in line with the Bible. So we need to measure what we believe He tells us against His Word. The Bible makes clear the Lord will most assuredly lead, guide, and provide for those who put their trust in Him and faithfully follow Him. For those who believe in Him and obey Him. For those who love Him and live for Him. Yes, I had heard from the Lord! Are you hearing from Him through this message now?

Do you trust the Lord to lead you, to guide you, and to provide for you? Have you made a wholehearted surrender to Him? Let us trust Him. Day by day – and forevermore!

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