Good News Daily – November 17

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Dear friend,

I’m so excited that even as I press on in a relatively challenging season of my life, the Lord is blessing me with the humbling privilege of continuing to write messages He places upon my heart to share with others yourself included. I love, love, love to write and have loved writing since I was a little girl, but none of my writing over the years compares with the honor of writing for the Lord and for others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for blessing me with the opportunity to share this writing with you.

Please find below FOUR MESSAGES. Yes, four. That’s a lot, isn’t it? I so hope you will take the time to read them & to be blessed, challenged, and encouraged in the process!

The titles are:

Pleasing God
How to Please the Lord
Covering Up Sin
Thank God for Mercy!

love & blessings,
lara

Pleasing God

“My number one prayer, Lord,” I prayed before climbing into bed one night, “is that I please you.”

Imagine my surprise as I considered my prayer. Oh, how mightily the Lord has changed me over the years. I lived for decades knowing virtually nothing about the Lord. Then I believed in Him but still lived for me. Then I began to learn how to live for Him not for me.

I have been falling in love with the Lord for years now. My love keeps growing. And with my growing love for Him comes a growing desire to love and serve and please Him with all my heart.

The more time I spend alone with Jesus, the more I read the Bible, the more I pray and seek and hear and worship and praise and obey the Lord, the more I know Him, the more I love Him, the more I want to please Him, the more I want to bring Him joy, pleasure, love, glory, praise, and honor.

I want to make God proud that I am His daughter and servant. I want to make Him happy. Loving and pleasing and glorifying God and encouraging and helping and challenging and inspiring others to do the same, this is my heart’s cry!

Are you loving and serving the Lord with all your heart?

Do you hunger and thirst and long to please Jesus?

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

Please read what the apostle Paul says about pleasing the Lord.

“Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Let us love and serve and strive to please the Lord with every ounce of our hearts. Let us ever grow in this. Oh, may it be so!

How to Please the Lord

Pleasing the Lord begins with believing in Him. With turning from our sins, believing Jesus Christ is Lord and in His death and resurrection and in turning to Him and His ways. We cannot please the Lord without faith in Him.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

But faith in the Lord isn’t where pleasing the Lord ends. It is where pleasing Him begins.

Pleasing God continues with loving and obeying Him.

His greatest command is to love Him with all our hearts.

He teaches us our love for Him should manifest in obeying Him.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23

In what way are we to obey Him?

We are to obey what He teaches us in the Bible.

“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:9

And we are to obey what He speaks to our hearts personally and individually by His Spirit who lives inside His followers and who speaks in line with the Bible.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” John 10:27

Faith. Love. Obedience. All fundamental to pleasing the Lord.

Where do you stand?

Covering Up Sin

Are you covering your sins or confessing them to God? Are you forsaking your sins and turning from them to God? Or forsaking God and holding onto your sins? Please read this powerful verse:

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

We are foolish to try to cover our sins. God sees them all right down to our sinful thoughts.

Let us confess them to the Lord, let us seek and receive His forgiveness, and let us forsake our wrongdoing and thank God for His lovingkindness and mercy.

Any sins you’re holding onto? Let them go and hold onto Jesus instead!

Thank God for Mercy!

When was the last time you thanked God for His mercy? For the fact He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to the cross to die in your place and pay your sin punishment and be raised from the dead? For the fact He offers you forgiveness and everlasting life through faith in Jesus and turning from your sins and devoting your life to Him?

For the fact His mercy doesn’t stop there but goes on forever? For the fact He forgives us each and every day when we fall short and turn to Him? For the fact He forgives us because He wants us in His forever fellowship and takes no pleasure in seeing the wicked die and go to hell and the lake of fire forever?

For the fact His angels rejoice in heaven when one lost sheep repents and turns to Him? For saving you from His wrath and forever apart from Him because of your sins and adopting you into His forever family through faith in and your life being devoted to Jesus as Lord?

Do you ever take God’s mercy for granted? Please don’t. I have. And sometimes I still do. We shouldn’t. Not ever. So let this message be a reminder to us all. To thank God. For His mercy. His mercy which endures forevermore! Just as His mercy goes on forever, so should our praise and thanksgiving!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalms 136:1-4

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