Good News Daily – May 26

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Dear friend,

I literally have no idea how to keep up with all the messages the Lord is pouring into me and through me. Each and every one I write is a blessing to me and I so hope that it is to you as well. Some of the messages for me are hard, convicting, and I receive the Lord’s chastening, correcting, warnings, etc. through them. Others for me are uplifting and encouraging and make me excited about a new day following the Lord.

I so love that the Lord has called me to preach from the trenches of this life whereby I am learning, growing, being changed, etc. by the Lord just as much as anyone else reading what I write if not more! I am so very much a work in progress and am so thankful the Lord does not give up on me but continues to refine me, grow me, transform me, and use me to help others to find and follow Him. Thank you, friend, for being a part of my life and ministry by taking the love, time, and care to read my Good News Daily and to watch the Video Devotionals.

I hope with all my heart if you have not already, that you will surrender every single ounce of your heart and life to the Lord now and forevermore! There is nothing more beautiful and wonderful in the universe than the Lord God almighty and than living entirely to love, worship, serve, and adore Him and to tell the world about Him!

Please enjoy today’s THREE MESSAGES below.

love & blessings,

lara

Our Ultimate Trust

Our ultimate trust is to be placed in the Lord, friend. Not in this world. Not in ourselves. Not in others. Not in people, places, or things. It is to be in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. We are to put our ultimate confidence, our ultimate expectation, and our ultimate hope IN THE LORD.

Nothing and nobody in this world are perfect and without fail. Everything in this world is temporary and capable of falling short. And so it is we will be let down, disappointed, hurt, broken, etc. if we put our ultimate trust, confidence, expectation, and hope in this life. In people, places, and things. In this world.

Is your ultimate trust IN THE LORD? In HIS WORD? In HIS PROMISES? In HIS FAITHFULNESS? In HIS GOODNESS? In HIS AWESOMENESS? In HIS WAYS? In HIS WILL? In HIS LOVE? In HIS MERCY? In HIS GRACE? In HIS FELLOWSHIP? In HIS FORGIVENESS? In HIS PEACE? In HIS REFUGE? In HIM?

I smile even as I write this! At the reminder of how supremely blessed it is to TRUST IN THE LORD AT ALL TIMES IN ALL THINGS!

Oh, how easy it is to find ourselves placing our ultimate trust, confidence, expectation, and hope in what we can see right in front of us. In this world and the ways of this world. In ourselves. In our loved ones. In what we can touch, taste, see, feel, and hear in this life. But oh, how let down we will be, how devastated we will find ourselves if we throw ourselves at the mercy of this life. Of this world.

Let us turn, turn, turn to the Lord. Let us turn, turn, turn to the Bible. Let us throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus. Let us consciously, actively, concretely, decisively, and continually PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST now and forevermore, AMEN!

Father, the enemy tried to stop this message. How relieved I am that you gave me the strength to write it. Please dear Father help us to learn to put our trust in you step by step, breath by breath, moment by moment. Help us to put our trust IN YOU. And when we fall short, and when we forget, or when we are afraid, whatever the reason, when we do not trust you, lead us to repentance and cause us to PUT OUR TRUST back where it belongs, dear Lord. IN YOU, precious Savior, in you precious Father, AMEN!

“This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind,
who makes the flesh his strength
and turns his heart from the LORD.
He will be like a shrub in the desert;
he will not see when prosperity comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in Him.
He is like a tree planted by the waters
that sends out its roots toward the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes,
and its leaves are always green.
It does not worry in a year of drought,
nor does it cease to produce fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Are You Content?

What if the Lord told you this?

“Stop looking to the world to find your contentment. Find it in me.”

That is exactly the message He placed on my heart to deliver. His Holy Spirit also spoke these words to my heart.

“I am to be your first love. In me you will find peace, hope, joy, love, mercy, grace, wisdom, fellowship, forgiveness, purpose, freedom, healing, everlasting life.”

Friend, how do we know when what we believe God has spoken is really from Him? We measure it against the Bible. We can find confirmation this message is truly from Jesus because He makes so emphatically clear in His Word that when we turn from our sins, believe in Him as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and truly turn to Him and His ways and live our lives in obedience to Him, we can find peace, hope, joy, love, mercy, grace, wisdom, fellowship, forgiveness, purpose, freedom, healing, everlasting life, and so very, very much more – IN CHRIST.

Dictionary.cambridge.org says contentment is, “happiness and satisfaction, often because you have everything you need:”

Everything we need is truly in Christ, through Christ, and ultimately for Christ.

You who are looking to this world for contentment instead of to Christ, the Lord placed on my heart this:

“Turn your gaze to me. Behold me. Rest in me. Come to me. Draw near to me. Rest in me. I say it again so people will hear. In me is the contentment you seek…”

Lord, help us to be content in a new way. Not in the ways of this world. Not according to our circumstances. Not based on what does and doesn’t happen in our lives. Not based on our getting what we want. Based on you, oh Lord. Let us find contentment in you. Unconditional contentment in you we can have, dear Father. Because of you.

Help us to seek you, help us to love you, help us to trust you, help us to put our faith in you, help us to obey you, help us to rest in you, help us to look to you for contentment, and help us to be thankful that you are Lord, that you are God, that you are the greatest and only unfailing source of contentment there is. The kind of contentment that is not contingent on this temporary world with its temporary pleasures and its ever-changing circumstances. You are forever, oh Lord! And those of us who believe in you as Lord, who follow you as Lord, we have the guarantee of everlasting contentment IN YOU. Thank you Lord, AMEN!

p.s. Father, as I wrote this message, it dawned on me how vital it is that we realize the greatest contentment we can have is not based on physical fleeting things nor in human relationships. We can find contentment in you through spiritual blessings like love, hope, joy, peace, etc. Thank you for showing me this, and thank you that we can have this. Thank you for helping us to be people of faith in you and of contentment in you. Thank you, Lord, AMEN!

“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.”” Matthew 11:28-30

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:11-13

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim. 6:6

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” Hebrews 13:5

Is Your Mind Pure?

“No, no, no, all of this has to go, go, go,” I said to myself emphatically as soon as I saw my thoughts were headed down a not good pathway.

Just days before, the Lord had very sternly, very strongly led me to repentance for being what He said was “sloppy” for years when it came to keeping my heart clean, pure, and empty of wrong thoughts. I had been taught years earlier to guard my heart, to cast down imaginations, to take thoughts captive, to purify my heart, to wear and use the full armor of God (please read Ephesians 6:10-18), to have victory in Christ in my battles through faith in Him, and to repent for anything displeasing to the Lord including for wicked thoughts.

Truth is I indeed had been sloppy, oftentimes forgetting to follow the Lord’s will in all this. Oh, yes, the Lord vehemently rebuked me and led me to repentance for years of sloppiness. Now I needed to get my act together – daily – in obedience to the Lord.

That day, I was tough with those thoughts when they came my way. I recognized them as wrong and vehemently got rid of them!

The Lord makes clear in the Bible what thoughts please Him and what thoughts are wicked and therefore sin that must be purged.

Let us strive diligently and continually to keep our hearts pure for Christ. The Lord reminded me that day to do my best to keep wrong thoughts from entering into my mind by getting rid of them as soon as they come. He also reminded me to kick them out when I find I have already let them in.

Examples of wicked thoughts? Sexual lust, worry, vengeance, bitterness, self-pity, complaining, negativity, criticism, judgment, condemnation, anger, thoughts of refusing to forgive, pride, selfishness, self-centeredness, envy, fear, etc.

Examples of thoughts that honor the Lord? Love for the Lord, love for others, kind thoughts, compassionate thoughts, humble thoughts, prayer, thankful to the Lord thoughts, thankful to others thoughts, thoughts praising the Lord, thoughts that honor Him, thoughts focused on God’s Word, thoughts about doing God’s will, thoughts of helping others, etc.

The Lord’s greatest command is to love Him with ALL of our hearts, minds, and souls. If we are to love Him with ALL our hearts, minds, and souls, then surely we need to be very careful to keep them pure for Him!

Dear Father, our minds can be filled with wickedness, or they can be filled with what is good and right in your eyes. Please Lord teach us to protect them from evil, to purge whatever needs to go, and to use them in a manner pleasing to you. Fill us with you, Lord. Fill our lives with your goodness. Fill our hearts with joy and gladness. Help us to be people of praise, worship, and adoration of you. Teach us to ask for and receive fresh fillings of your Holy Spirit who lives inside your followers. Help us to hunger for you and your Word. Help us to fill ourselves with your Word. Fill our minds with what makes you pleased. What brings you happiness. Help us to love you with our hearts and minds, words, and actions. Help us, oh Lord, Amen!

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Mt. 32:37-38

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Cor. 10:4-6

“And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4

“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

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