GOOD NEWS DAILY – May 21

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

Seems I keeping crossing paths with people recently – myself included! – who are desperately waiting for the Lord to set them free from their struggles, to deliver them from their trials, to take them to the other side of their pain, to bring them past their challenges, etc. Why won’t the Lord answer our cries? we wonder. Doesn’t He hear us? Doesn’t He love us? Doesn’t He care? Why aren’t we free yet?The Lord does love us, the Lord does care about us, the Lord does hear our cries when we have turned from our sins and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways.

But just because He hears us and loves us doesn’t mean He will answer our cries the way we want and in the time frame we want. For He knows what is best. And if He is not answering us the way we want Him to answer us, then He has His reasons.

If you’re anything like I am, sometimes I feel the only way I’ll ever feel joyful, hopeful, comforted, comfortable, content, free, fulfilled, and satisfied is when whatever current challenges I face are gone, when my circumstances change, when life become easier, when my prayers are answered, etc. But life has it ups and downs, and we can’t afford to base how we feel on our life’s circumstances.

The greatest love, freedom, hope, peace, comfort, contentment, fulfillment, and satisfaction in life we can possibly experience isn’t based on our circumstances but on the Lord Jesus Christ.

For those of us struggling right now, let us look to Jesus, and to the Bible, and find our freedom and peace and joy in Him and His amazing love and comfort. Amen!

With love in His name,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Watch Out for Consumption

“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. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”” Mt. 22:37-40

“I totally believe when we’re struggling like we’ve both been doing recently that we need to talk and pray for and encourage each other,” I basically told a dear friend. “But I also believe we need to be careful and not get consumed with ourselves.”

“There is a world full of people in need of help,” I essentially continued. “And we’ve been entrusted with helping people through this ministry,” I told her. “We need to look outward. And first we need to look upward.”

Consumption is a medical illness not talked about so much these days as I believe it was long ago, but consumption can also be a spiritual malady that wreaks havoc on our relationships with the Lord, on our ability to love and encourage and bless and help others, and on the lives God has given us.

God didn’t create us to be consumed with ourselves. His greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. Does this mean when we’re walking through hard places in our lives that we shouldn’t reach out for help and support, that we shouldn’t share our struggles and seek love, encouragement, godly counsel, help, and support? Absolutely not! We should do that as the Lord leads us.

But it does mean we shouldn’t become consumed with ourselves. We shouldn’t become so focused on self that we miss the greatest commands. Even in our hard places, though it may be hard to believe, we can have amazing opportunities to love and worship God, first and foremost, and to be used by God to love and serve others in His name.

Following Jesus isn’t about living for self. It’s about living for Christ. And even in our challenging times, even in the thick of our storms and battles, we still have the opportunity according to God’s will led by His Spirit who lives inside His followers, to love, praise, honor, obey, serve, and adore Him, and to reach out to a world in need of Him.

Let’s remember to look upward to God, and outward to the world around us, and trust God to help us through our struggles and to enable us to keep going forward loving and serving Him and others despite our struggles along the way.

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…!

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Stay tuned for more……!!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Stop Complaining
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4″Stop complaining,” the Spirit of God spoke to my heart. “Be thankful.”Yes, I was complaining. For the umpteenth time in my life. Something I am so prone to. Something I have done my whole life. Something I fall into still so easily if I am not careful. The Lord gave me the perfect solution.First, He told me not to complain. Complaining is sin against Him. I needed to repent. Then, the solution. Be thankful! The Bible makes plain and clear from start to finish we are to be thankful to God!

What a perfect replacement for complaining. Thanksgiving.

Need to stop complaining? Try thanksgiving. Repent, yes, and be thankful. To the Lord most high!

How can we enjoy intimacy with Jesus in the midst of our complaining? We can’t, can we? But when we turn away from it and choose thanksgiving instead, do we not draw close to the Lord? Oh, may it be so!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

The Sometimes Danger of Gospel Tracts

…”“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Acts 26:19-21 [spoken by the apostle Paul]

The last thing you might expect from someone who writes Gospel tracts and devotionals as a major part of her work is to hear about the sometimes danger of Gospel tracts, but that’s exactly what I feel compelled to do.

For any of us serving the Lord Jesus Christ in our everyday lives, which we are all called to do, one of the most wonderful means I have discovered to do just that is to pass out Gospel tracts as the Spirit of God leads us to whom He leads us when He leads us.

Tracts are a fantastic way of sharing with the world at large that the only way to an everlasting relationship with God instead of spending forever in torment in hell and the lake of fire apart from God is to repent from our sins, to believe Jesus is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly dedicating our hearts and lives to Christ.

So what can possibly be dangerous about Gospel tracts when they’re such a great way to tell people about Jesus being the only way to eternal life? The danger is two-fold. First, some tracts may not clearly and correctly convey that we need to repent and place our faith in Christ as Lord, and that there is no other way to God and forever with Him in heaven but through Christ.

Second, some tracts make it seem that receiving Christ as Lord is a one-time emotional experience whereby we say a quick prayer, shed a few quick tears, and march on back to our old sin-ridden life and enjoy the pleasures and treasures of this life with the ultimate aim of living to please and gratify ourselves before one day in the distant future we die and march off to heaven because of a quick prayer we said years ago.

The truth is that receiving Christ as Lord, known as being born again and being saved from God’s wrath at us for our sins and the punishment we deserve of death, hell, and the lake of fire which is atoned for by Christ’s death and resurrection, marks THE BEGINNING OF A BRAND NEW LIFE – A LIFE LIVED FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. A life that is to bear the fruit of repentant hearts and lives. A life in which we truly turn away from a lifestyle of sin and turn toward God and a lifestyle of living to love and worship and serve and obey Christ forever.

I can’t emphasize enough that if the Lord is leading you to pass out Gospel tracts, that you should by all means obey Him! I believe you will be blessed beyond measure serving Jesus in your everyday life by distributing tracts.

But please make sure the tracts you give out convey the true Gospel message – and that they do not mislead those who receive them into thinking that salvation is about a quick prayer and then turning one’s back on the Lord. Please make sure the tracts you hand out are clear, accurate, and encourage those who receive them TO GIVE THEIR HEARTS AND LIVES UTTERLY TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN!

The tracts the Lord has led me to write and use help people to understand the Gospel message and encourage them to receive and be filled with God’s Spirit, to study and live by the Bible, to assemble with fellow Christ followers, to grow in the image of God, and to learn day by day to die to self and to live for Jesus now and forevermore!

Pray to the Lord about which tracts to use, seek godly counsel if you need help figuring out which ones to use, and then hand them out as the Lord so leads you!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Though I’m still very conscious of needing much rest given how the last few years of being on the road coupled with plenty of other things have taken a toll on me, for the past few days I’ve been having wonderful ministry opportunities both on the streets and via my devotional writing.

The enemy is fighting against me tooth and nail trying to get me not to move forward, but I’m bound and determined to move forward – in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ. With rest along the way!

Please keep me prayed up!

Love & blessings,

Lara

 

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