Good News Daily – May 23

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

One powerful thing among countless others that God makes clear in the Old Testament of the Bible is that every battle that ended up in victory was won as a result of following GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR THAT BATTLE. If you study the battles of the Bible, you will find that God gave DIFFERENT INSTRUCTIONS for DIFFERENT BATTLES.

His instructions for the battles ranged from laying an ambush, to advancing on the opponents, to circling an area, to praising Him, to waiting while He delivered the opponents into their hands, and on and on. What was the common denominator in all victories won? THE VICTORY WAS BECAUSE OF THE LORD, THE GLORY BELONGED TO GOD, and those who WON THEIR BATTLES followed THE INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD.

Something the Lord laid on my heart not long ago is to COME TO THE LORD TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS IN EACH OF MY BATTLES. This means to read the Bible, to spend time with Him, and to pray to Him, and listen for His voice, as I wait on Him to tell me how to achieve VICTORY IN MY BATTLES. I do not assume His instructions to me will be the same for all of my battles. I NEED TO GO TO HIM IN EACH BATTLE!

He may tell me to rest in one battle and wait for Him. He may tell me to keep going forward in another battle. He may tell me to ask several sisters in Christ to help me in another battle. He may tell me to sing praise songs to Him in another battle. He may tell me to repent in another battle and turn back to Him. He may tell me to use scriptures to shut the enemy up as Jesus did when tempted by the devil in the wilderness.

One thing is for sure. When I go to the Lord for directions in each battle, I can learn how to have victory in each and every one of them – and be given the opportunity to GIVE GOD THE GLORY for THE VICTORY.

I encourage you to make the Lord Jesus Christ your highest priority in your life, to be faithful in reading the Bible every day and learning to live by it, and to seek the Lord in prayer continually including to receive instructions for your battles in life.

And please remember this. When you have victory, GIVE GOD THE GLORY!

Love,

Lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Don’t Grow Weary!

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Mt. 11:28-30

One of the very last things I heard from the mouth of my beloved long-time pastor and father in Christ before he tragically shut his eyes for the last time and went on to be with the Lord was the first verse above. A powerful reminder for us all who follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and for those who are totally sold out to serving Him according to the leading of His Spirit who lives inside His followers, isn’t it? To not grow weary!

How moving, and inspiring, to me that those words were spoken from my beloved pastor. For 14 years, he traveled back and forth between Haiti and inner city Savannah about every month ministering oftentimes to “the least of these.” He labored relentlessly for the souls of people. He didn’t just dress up on Sundays and stand behind a pulpit. He went out into the streets and served. Whether indoors or outdoors, he preached his heart out. He refused a salary raise for all those years. His congregation would have to buy him a new suit when it was time. He didn’t concern himself with buying new suits and making the church building beautiful. He lived and breathed to preach Christ to the world and to help people physically, emotionally, and spiritually to have their needs met.

Did he grow tired? Oh, yes! In the last year or so of his life, the fatigue was visible. But it never stopped him from serving, serving, serving. And, more than anything, loving, loving, and loving. His congregation forced him on a cruise one year because they knew any other vacation would never work. He spent his normal vacations hurrying over to the church office to work. On the cruise? More than likely, he probably found some people to whom he ministered.

How do we not grow weary when we follow Jesus? And when we are totally sold out to serving Him as my pastor was, and as I now am? For those of us who have devoted ourselves 24-7 to loving and serving the Lord, forsaking all else to be of service to God and others, don’t we grow weary? Oh, yes!

So what do we do? Take physical rest? Yes, we certainly need it! But that’s not all. We need to learn day by day to TRUST IN JESUS and to REST IN JESUS. To TAKE TIME WITH JESUS, to LOVE JESUS, to BE LOVED BY JESUS, to COMMUNE WITH JESUS, to CAST OUR CARES ON JESUS, to GIVE OUR WORRIES TO JESUS, and to be REFRESHED, RENEWED, RESTORED, and REVIVED and REPLENISHED BY JESUS.

I confess I’m like my beloved pastor was. I don’t slow down well. But I am learning as I go along. That we must not grow weary. And that we must not quit. And that when we find ourselves worn out, the very best place to go isn’t under the covers for a nap. Though naps can be a wonderful place for refreshing as the Lord leads us to take them. The very best place to go when we find ourselves growing weary is to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. To find REST IN THE LORD. That we might carry on following Him forth!

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book the Lord has led me to publish piece by piece even as I’m writing it rather than waiting until it’s in print to share it. Please join me & be blessed as I write my latest book…!

Blessing #48

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37

I think my trials and tribulations throughout my life thus far have been big, but they are NOTHING compared with so many other people’s around the world. And they are NOTHING compared with the trials and tribulations endured by the apostles in the Bible as for example described in the scriptures above. But do you realize the same truth applies to ALL OF US who turn from our sins, believe in Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, genuinely turning our lives over to God and His ways? The truth? We are MORE THAN CONQUERORS. What is the greatest way that we are more than conquerors? Is it that we overcome every obstacle we face? That all our prayers are answered the way we want? That all our troubles go away? NO! None of that is guaranteed, my friend. But what is guaranteed is that those who turn their lives over to Christ as Lord are PROMISED A FOREVER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS no matter what we face on this earth! We will be in HIS FOREVER PRESENCE. And one day in a place where there will never be a trouble again! We who follow Jesus ARE HIS FOREVER! What a blessing! What a blessing! Oh, what a blessing!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Please stay tuned for more, my friend!
TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Ultimate Servanthood: Three Keys “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:5-8

Who is the greatest servant of God almighty who ever lived? Was it the apostle Paul? No! John the Baptist? No! Someone else in the Bible? Maybe someone not mentioned in the Bible? Mother Theresa? No! The very greatest of all? Jesus the Christ Himself! And if there is anyone we should look to as a model when it comes to serving the Lord in our everyday lives, may it be the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! Here are three keys to servanthood we find in looking to the greatest model of servanthood of all:

1. LOVE
2. HUMILITY
3. FOCUS ON AND OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER

There is no greater love in the universe than Christ’s love, and the love of Christ via the Spirit of Christ is inside everyone who turns from their sins and believes He died to pay our sin penalty on the cross and was raised from the dead, genuinely dedicating our lives to God and His ways. Yes, we have THE LOVE OF CHRIST inside us we need to serve Christ and others in His name!

What else do we need? HUMILITY. Look at the scriptures above. Jesus who had every reason and right to exalt Himself above all does what? He HUMBLES HIMSELF. Just like we need to do. We need to humble ourselves before God.

What else does Jesus do which we can see throughout the Bible? Jesus LOOKS TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN for any and all instructions in serving.

So what should we do in serving Jesus in our everyday lives.

1. LOVE WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS
2. HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE GOD
3. LOOK TO AND OBEY GOD THE FATHER IN SERVING AND IN ALL THINGS

And to whom belongs all the glory when we serve Jesus in our everyday lives. THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IN CHRIST, HALLELUJAH, AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

By God’s grace, about 3000-5000 pocket-sized Gospel tracts and devotionals I write and a dear friend of mine prints and assembles go out regularly around the United States to help people far and wide, in houses and on the streets, in prisons and homeless shelters, in rescue missions and doctors’ offices, absolutely anywhere and everywhere the Lord desires to help and encourage people to believe in and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

The church that graciously was doing and donating most of the printing and that was allowing us to print anything additional at a very low cost recently unexpectedly and with very little notice stopped helping Walk by Faith Ministry with our printing needs for the glory of God.

This has put an exceeding burden on myself and my sweet friend and co-laborer who assembles and ships the tracts and devotionals, and as of yet I am not sure how the Lord desires to provide for it all.

I do know this. He is continuing to grow the ministry and the reach of it, and rather than decreasing in numbers of people being reached through the tracts many of which I also distribute via my streets ministry work, the number is on the increase!

I implore you to please pray for God’s provision, to spread the word far and wide that help is needed both physically (preferably in Loudoun County, VA, though possibly other areas) and financially, and please consider becoming a part of that help.

I trust the Lord will provide, and I thank you for praying for His provision and for considering how you may be led to help in all this.

Thank you!

In God’s love for you,

lara

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