GOOD NEWS DAILY – October 9

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LATEST UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Dear friend,

“I don’t want to do anything wrong,” I thought. I had been listening to the Spirit of the Lord speak to my heart about a certain matter and wanted desperately to make sure I was in His will and not out of it.

That’s when it dawned on me once again how very far the Lord has brought me. From total debauchery and depravity before I believed in Him to trying to get away with as much as I could once I believed in Him to being transformed over time to wanting now to please Him 24-7 in my exceeding love for Him and adoration of Him to being excited and thrilled and humbled and confident He will continue to transform me.

For those of us in full-time ministry, it is a dangerous deal when we place our ministry work before our personal relationship with Christ and when we place more focus and effort and energy and give more care and consider more important others and their relationship with Christ than our very own.

The Lord Jesus Christ MUST be number one in ALL of our lives, and helping others to find and follow Him MUST begin with our living to love, worship, serve, adore, obey, and glorify the Lord ourselves. And we MUST be ever yielded and continually humble ourselves before the Lord that He might continue the work He began in us to make us more and more like Himself.

That said, if and when you’re led to pray for me, I would so very greatly appreciate your prayers concerning my heartfelt desire to love, honor, please, and glorify the Lord each and every day – and forever.

Thank you!

p.s. Hoping my transparency here is an inspiration to you to go before the Lord continually, to be in His Word daily, and to yield yourself utterly to Jesus Christ as Lord forevermore!

IF YOU NEED HELP BEGINNING OR PRESSING ON IN A FOREVER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT AT 843-338-2219 OR lara@GoodNews.love

love & blessings,

lara

TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

I wanted to do something. The idea was good, really. I thought so anyway. Even the Lord might have thought so. Only there was a problem. And the Lord made plain and clear He did NOT want me to do what I wanted to do – at least then anyway.
The idea? Details don’t matter in this case. The problem? Definitely matters because herein lines the message. MY MOTIVE WAS WRONG. MY HEART WAS WRONG. I had SELFISH MOTIVES. That is the WRONG HEART in the eyes of the Lord.

Thankfully, the Lord stopped me via His Holy Spirit. Reminding me once more that I need to continually purify my heart. As He ever refines me. As He ever grows me. As He ever humbles me. As He ever bestows His blessed mercy upon me in His long suffering as He conforms me to Himself.

Friend, please check your motives. Are they pure in the eyes of the Lord? Or do you, too, have some purifying to do?

My encouragement? Seek, hear, and obey the Lord. You can’t go wrong. He is always right. And His ways are always best. Let us then continually humble ourselves before Him and yield to Him as He perfects His love, will, and ways in us. All for the glory of the Lord, AMEN!

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

love & blessings,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

A TIME TO SURRENDER

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

I was holding onto something BIG when all of a sudden I SURRENDERED, and immediately this amazing PEACE washed over me. How did I surrender?

I told the Lord essentially I would do ANYTHING regarding the situation regardless of what I wanted, felt, thought, etc. That’s when it happened. It was as though I exchanged my burden for His peace.

Until then, I had been fighting in my heart. Trying to figure out the future. Figuring it should be a certain way. Why it couldn’t be such and such a way. Judging my thoughts and feelings. Judging the situation. Angry at the Lord for allowing the circumstances in my life. Oh, on and on it went. I had NO peace. Just torment. The torment of fear and the filthiness of pure flesh. Not Spirit. Not the Spirit of God. I had been looking through the lens of the world’s eyes and believing I already had it all figured out.

But now? Now I had given the Lord all of it. I had stopped fighting any of it. It was now entirely His. He had initiated it. He would bring to pass what He wanted to bring to pass.

Friend, there is peace in surrender to Jesus. It does NOT guarantee we will get what we want. We may receive anything but. But the peace comes in submitting to Christ and to His will, trusting He always knows what’s best and will bring to pass His will when we yield ourselves to Him.

Oh, how free at last I was!

How about you? Got something you need to surrender? It’s time, isn’t it?

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book I recently wrote that will soon be available in print by the grace of the Lord for the glory of the Lord! 

Blessing #152

“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

How did Jesus humble Himself? Even to the point of what? Death on the cross! The Lord despises pride and calls us all to humble ourselves. Humbling ourselves involves a different kind of death, nevertheless death it still is. Death to self. Death to living to satisfy the lusts of our human flesh. So that instead of living for self, we deny self and live for Christ! What a blessing Jesus calls us to die to self in humbling ourselves so that we live forever not just for Him – but WITH Him! For eternity, AMEN! May there be less, less, less of our flesh – and more, more, more of Christ living in and through us. Let us humble ourselves for the sake of Christ, oh yes!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

TIME WITH JESUS

“My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.” Song of Solomon 2:10

I was just about to start sending a dear friend an email when the Spirit of God stepped in.

“This is my time with you,” He told me. “Do you want to spend it with someone else?”

It was as though everything in the world stopped for a moment while His words penetrated my heart. Pierced my heart. Broke right through.

What mattered most? My time contacting a friend? Or taking that time with Jesus?

Oh, Father, forgive us for all the times we have looked around you, looked past you, looked through you, looked away from you, looked elsewhere, looked to something or someone else in the time you called out to us to tell us you wanted us to come away from everything and everyone to be in your presence and spend time with you.

Paul the apostle called himself the chief of all sinners. He couldn’t have been for I am. The worst of all sinners. And here is an area I fall short. Father, forgive me, forgive those reading this, forgive us all for every time we have not heard you calling because we were too busy, too preoccupied, too distracted, or that we heard you but ignored your call. Oh forgive us! Help us to hear you, help us to draw away from the temptations of this life, and to come spend time with you. In Jesus’ precious most holy name, AMEN.

Will you come away with the Lord, friend? Will you come spend time with Him daily? As many times a day, in fact, as He calls you to Himself? May we do this! For He is Lord! And nothing and nobody in our lives should take precedence over Jesus Christ, forever Lord, forever God, forever and ever King, AMEN!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

ARE YOU GIVING YOUR TIME?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

I had a little concern related to the ministry with which I fellowship so I decided to reach out to one of the leaders to share it. I made it clear when he called me to discuss it that I would take as little of his time as possible when he greatly surprised me. He who I can only imagine is busier beyond measure given his leadership position and being out on the streets of New York City preaching the Gospel made it plain and clear he WOULD NOT rush our conversation. He went out of his way to make abundantly clear he would GIVE ME TIME no matter how busy he was.

I have a decades-long history of rejection, abandonment, and abuse, and it doesn’t help we’re living in a time and culture in which much if not most of this world Christ followers included have a tendency to get too busy – sometimes even too busy for the Lord and His Word and most assuredly for one another. How delightful, refreshing, and healing it was that this brother in the Lord took a little bit of his day and shared it with me. He didn’t make me feel like a burden. Instead, he blessed me by showing me the love and care of Christ.

Let us serve the Lord in every way He desires – including with the giving of our time however He ordains that we do.

For the glory of the Lord, let us do this, oh yes!

Please note the verse above. The Lord calls us to love others as He loves us. He gives us His time, doesn’t He? Should we not do the same with others? Yes! As He leads us, yes!

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