GOOD NEWS DAILY – JULY 22

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Dear friend,

So excited to share with you THREE MESSAGES today and my latest VIDEO DEVOTIONAL called “Feeling Unwanted?”

I am so humbled and blessed to be called by the Lord to love and serve Him with all my heart and to love and serve others through my ministry work like yourself!

Enjoy!

love & blessings,

lara

I Kissed Psychology Goodbye

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor, licensed counselor, or other such professional of this world trained according to the world’s standards. I am merely a servant and daughter of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves Him with all my heart and who loves and studies the Bible and follows the Lord day by day. If you need to make a decision regarding the following subject, please seek the Lord in prayer, please read the Bible, and please if the Lord leads you seek counsel from believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who are strongly grounded in the Bible and can help you discern His will according to His Word. love & blessings, lara

I was broken beyond human help, hope, and repair for decades. Tried psychology, psychiatry, recovery, self-help groups, self-help books, medications, the psychiatric ward, therapists, counselors, 12-step groups, and on and on. Nothing provided more than what in retrospect looked like a big bandage over a horrible infected worsening wound that simply would not heal. I am thankful for every person associated with any of this who helped me in any kind of way and believe with all my heart they meant well.

But it was only when I kissed it all goodbye and became a totally devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ that I found the healing and wholeness I needed all along and discovered a life beyond my wildest dreams. Forever life, abundant life, with the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, almighty God!

Not by the hand of psychology was I healed. But by the everlasting hand of almighty God and His Holy Spirit and the Bible. And He sent His followers to walk alongside me as He began to heal me from the inside out. Now in retrospect I can see why I never found healing in the world of psychology and such and found it by the grace of God in Christ and Christ alone.

Psychology and all that went with it as I quickly learned was all about self and emotions and digging into the past and rehashing it all while worldly ways and means were applied as the answer. There was no talk of sin, heaven, hell, repentance, the Lord Jesus Christ, forgiveness, salvation, the Bible, God’s ways for God’s glory, and living for Christ instead of for self.

God’s way of healing me came in stark contrast. I learned in the Bible that we are to deny self, that we are not to let our emotions reign but to yield to the lordship and reign of Christ, and that we are to not look backward at the past other than to love and forgive and seek forgiveness of the Lord and others and to be thankful for His love, sovereignty, goodness, and greatness, etc. through it all.

Instead, we are to look upward to love and serve the Lord with all our hearts, downward to the Bible to learn to live according to God’s ways not the world’s, and outward to love and serve others in Christ’s name.

It all begins with acknowledging we’re sinners, repenting and turning to Christ as Lord, and committing our lives to God and His ways. Not committing ourselves to psychology and its grave and dangerous focus on self and emotions.

I am a work in progress, friend. I still have my struggles as we all do. My healing is ongoing as the Lord continues to transform me. But I can tell you this.

Since I kissed psychology goodbye and committed to follow Christ, I have found what I never found in psychology. That self and emotions and dwelling on the past are not the answer.

The Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible and His will for our lives, this is the way to everlasting life with the Lord, to healing and wholeness, to freedom and deliverance, and to living the life we were created to live and being the people of God we were created to be!

Christ and following Him, this is the way to our life’s purpose and fulfilling it! This is the way to hope, joy, and peace! This is the way of love, grace, and mercy! This is the way to forgiveness! This is the way to forever and ever in the blessed and blissful unfathomably wonderful presence of God forever instead of ending up in hell and the lake of fire in forever torment apart from Him forevermore!

Christ is the way, hallelujah! He is the truth! He is the life! He is the way to forever life! He is the way, yes, He is the truth, absolutely, and He is the life, as He so tells us! Hallelujah, AMEN!

Oh, Lord, wow! All those years of utter desperation to find help and healing and I ended up just as much of a mess as when I started out if not much worse! Then you swept me off my feet, drew me to yourself, led me to repentance, and began to teach me as you still do today how to live for you and no longer for me. You have healed me and continue to heal me, oh Lord, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

I pray now, dear Father, you would use me ever single day of the rest of my life to help others to find and follow you and to love, bless, and encourage them and to proclaim to them that you are the way, truth, and the life, and the way to healing, oh God! Thank you, Lord, AMEN!

P.S. God, please bring conviction to those involved in practicing psychology and anything at all that runs contrary to you and your Word and bring truth and lead all to repentance, to faith in you as Lord, and use them to spread your Gospel message all over this world. Help them to see the answer we need isn’t more focus on self, but is you and living for you, oh Father.

And for those practicing psychology and anything that doesn’t line up with your Word who are mixing the Bible into these practices, please purify them, purify their work, and may you use them and their purified work to bring glory to your name and to help people find and forever follow you, AMEN! Thank you, thank you! AMEN!

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

God Knows WHEN

“Do not discount I know what is best WHEN,” the Holy Spirit spoke.

He had been talking to me about a strong ministry desire I had, what He wanted me focused on instead, why He had me where He had me location wise given I am on the road full-time for Him and ministry, and now reminded me He not only knows what is best. But His timing for His will is also best. His will and timing are ALWAYS perfect. ALWAYS best!

Wondering when to move? When to marry? When to get a new job? When to retire? When to share the Gospel with someone? When to go on vacation? When to find a different church? When to start teaching Sunday school? When to go out onto the streets and preach the Gospel? When to spend time alone with the Lord and the Bible each day? When to confront someone in love? When to reach out for help? Or anything else?

Ask the Lord! Make sure first and foremost it is His will. Then ask Him about the timing! Pray to Him! Seek Him! Trust Him to answer! Listen for His voice! Wait! For Him to answer! Hear Him when He answers! Don’t resist! Don’t debate! Don’t argue! Don’t rebel! Obey Him! Not only in His will but also in His perfect timing! To God be all the glory, oh yes! AMEN!

Lord, teach us to wait on you, to seek you, to seek your will, to seek your timing, to be patient, and to obey! Help us to discern your voice from the voices of our flesh, this world, others, and their strong opinions, and the devil. Help my readers to dig deep into the Bible daily to learn and grow and to help discern your voice when you speak to them by your Holy Spirit personally to their hearts.

For those who do not have a relationship with you, lead them to repentance, bring them to faith in you Jesus as Lord, cause them to be totally devoted to you, and give them the gift of your Holy Spirit. Give us all a longing to seek, hear, and obey you, oh dear Lord. AMEN!

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6

God Is Not a Door Knob!

Shockingly, not to mention horribly, I learned quickly in the popular 12-step programs that I became a rock solid part of for many years to an exceeding degree that the program supposedly “rooted” in “Christianity” teaches people to pick any higher power of their choosing. The premise is that members should decide on anything greater than themselves as their “higher power” also referred to as “god”.

Unbelievably, and tragically, I, who had grown up in a Jewish family that didn’t believe in God and been exposed to talk of the Lord Jesus Christ only briefly over the years, fell for the program not to mention for the generic “god”. Now, mind you, my “god” was not a door knob. Nor was my “god” the ocean as I also heard could be considered as “god”.

But suffice it to say, I heard nothing in the 12-step literature of sin, repentance, hell, heaven, and Jesus Christ being the only true God who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead. I also heard nothing about the Bible being the one book on this earth we are to read, study, and live by. The Holy Spirit was also not referenced, though seems to the best of my recollection there may have been mention of other “spirits” including of the alcohol variety.

The Lord ultimately led me straight out of the doors of these programs never to return. When I happened upon some “Christian” versions of the 12-step programs, such as Celebrate Recovery, I knew by then that anything rooted in 12-step programs, no matter how many Bible verses were used and references to Christianity made, was simply more door knob kind of danger.

Friend, the only true God is not a door knob, not the ocean, not a tree, not nature, not Buddha, not Allah, not the Hindu gods, not Native American spirits, not New Age crystals, etc. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Lord, the only Savior of the world, who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead. The only way to everlasting life. The only way to a forever relationship with God.

That door knob god along with all the rest of it was a wide open door to eternity in hell and the lake of fire in everlasting torment apart from the one true God, Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, forever God!

Do I tell people not to go to 12-step programs or Celebrate Recovery? No, I don’t tell them what to do. But I tell them the truth and trust the Lord to bring the conviction that they will do what honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ just as I was led by God to do. To walk away from it all. The same truth that if I had known all those years ago would have led me to the right pathway. The pathway of Christ. The right way. The way. The truth. The life. God almighty, forever and ever, AMEN!

Remember what the devil did in the Garden of Eden. And what he did when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. He took God’s truth – God’s Word – and twisted it all around. We must be exceedingly careful because 12-step programs and knockoffs of them and all sorts of modern day “help” not to mention “spirituality” and false teachers and false teaching churches will take God’s truth – the Bible – and aspects of Christianity and deceptively and dangerously and wrongly twist it all around. Makes it much easier to be lured into it all when we hear some of God’s truth in the midst of the darkness of it all!

Be careful, friend! Don’t fall for what I did! And if you already have, turn to the Lord and let Him lead you away into His truth. Forevermore, AMEN!

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“”You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:3-6

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” Matthew 24:11

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

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