Please find below the latest edition(s) of my Good News Daily which you can sign up to receive by email at http://www.GoodNews.love. There are THREE MESSAGES in this edition. Enjoy & be encouraged! love & blessings, lara
Put Your Blinders On!
I am not a horse expert, but my understanding of the purpose of blinders used on horses is to keep the horses from looking anywhere other than forward so they are not distracted or deterred from bringing pleasure to and doing the best work possible for the people entrusted with them and whose tender loving care Lord willing they are under.
Friend, we who follow the Lord Jesus Christ need to be very careful to stay focused on the Lord, the Bible, and His will for us going forward. We are to stay focused on Him and to lovingly, humbly, blessedly walk down the path He sets before us. We are to bring Him love, pleasure, honor, praise, adoration, obedience, and glory and to do the best job possible in serving Him with our hearts on fire with love for Him!
Just as a well-loved and well-cared for horse can find great pleasure, joy, and contentment in relation to and in fellowship with his or her master and as a result of staying focused and doing a really good job, so can we who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord find great pleasure, joy, and contentment when we stay focused on the Lord and His will for us in relation to and in fellowship with Him and as a result of doing a really good job in loving and serving Him!
I am reminded of Joshua in the Old Testament being told not to look to the right or left but instead to meditate on God’s Word. This way, he would prosper. I am also reminded of the apostle Paul writing of forgetting what is behind him and pressing on as the Lord led him forth. I am reminded also of the Bible being a lamp and light that illuminates our path going forward.
Friend, let’s be careful with where we place our focus and where we give our attention. The Lord God almighty is to be number one in our hearts and lives, and it is for Him we are to live and it is His Holy Spirit whom we are to follow as He through His Word leads us forth!
Father, help us to focus on you and your Word. To quote the psalmist, “lead…[us]in your way everlasting.” Thank you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105
“And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:24
“”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Your Sin Not Theirs
No matter what everyone around you does or doesn’t do, right or wrong, good or evil, loving and kind or hurtful, horrendous, and heinous, or somewhere in between, YOU are responsible for YOUR own thoughts, words, and actions.
One day you will stand before the Lord and have to given an account of YOUR life. Not his, not hers, not theirs. YOURS.
Years ago, I was continually pointing the finger at my then husband and pridefully judging and condemning him for how he was treating me, for his life’s choices, for his words and actions and inactions, for just about anything and everything. My then beloved pastor who has since gone to be with the Lord told me essentially this:
“When you stand before the Lord one day, you won’t give an account of his life. You will have to give an account of yours,” he told me, giving me the wisdom of God I so desperately needed but sadly took years to fully understand and make the necessary changes.
NOW is the time to repent, friend. To turn from your sins to the Lord and His ways, to give your life utterly to the Lord and to learn to do right not wrong in the eyes of Christ – NO MATTER WHAT anyone else chooses to do or not do!
Take responsibility for the life the Lord has given YOU and live it FOR HIM!
So easy it is, Lord, for we humans to pridefully point the finger at others and their wrongdoing and wrongly, sinfully refuse to take responsibility for our own. Teach us your ways and help us to walk according to them, Lord! Amen!
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
“But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10
Hiding & Hoarding Jesus
When we hide something, we try to keep it where nobody can see. When we hoard something, we keep it to ourselves so we can enjoy it and try to collect and keep as much of it as we can all the while refusing to share it with anyone else. If you are hiding and hoarding the Lord Jesus Christ and your faith in and relationship with Him, please quit right now!
We who believe in and follow Jesus have a responsibility to tell the world about Him and to help people to find and follow Him.
But some people are too scared, ashamed, prideful, selfish, self-consumed, lazy, and/or busy with their priorities out of order to fulfill this responsibility and are hiding and hoarding Jesus instead.
If it is hard to hear this message, I understand. For a long time until the Lord woke me up and showed me the truth, I was the same way. No more! Now, by His grace alone and thanks to an extremely close, personal, intimate, ever-growing relationship I have with Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, Father, master, healer, redeemer, teacher, advocate, counselor, helper, comforter, and best friend, I have a passion beyond measure to love and worship and serve and obey Him and to help others do the same.
I hope with all my heart the Lord will use this message to give you your own exceeding passion and fervor and devotion to the Lord and for telling the world about Him! There is honestly nobody and nothing more lovely, loving, beautiful, wonderful, marvelous, fulfilling, and joyful in the universe than the Lord and a forever relationship with Him and the humbling privilege and blessing of helping people near and far to believe in and forever faithfully follow the Lord!
If you have committed your life to Christ, ask for and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit so God pours into you and fills you to the brim with the fullness of His Spirit, love, power, courage, and boldness to help people give their lives to Christ and to lovingly follow Him and to tell still others! If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as Lord, let now be the time! Feel free to visit my ministry online at www.GoodNews.love or to contact me at 843-338-2219 or lara@GoodNews.love if you would like help beginning a forever relationship with the Lord!
Father, revive your followers! Wake them up! All of us who are asleep! All of us who are lukewarm! All of us who are walking around acting like we’re dead! Help your followers not to hide and hoard you. Give us a fervor to love and serve and worship you now and forever with fiery passion and a zeal and commitment beyond measure to proclaim you to the world, oh my blessed Lord! Thank you Lord, thank you for hearing my heart’s cry in this and for answering! AMEN!
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”” Luke 11:13
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7