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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA……….
I’ve been working on my latest little devotional booklet to be published in the very near future, and it’s called “WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?”
Makes me wonder how many of us around the world are really in touch with this. Do we know our life’s purpose? Are we living to fulfill it? Do we understand it’s all ultimately from the Lord, about the Lord, through the Lord, and for the Lord?
Are we truly living for the Lord Jesus Christ, and is what we consider to be our life’s purpose in the context of Christ?
Are you truly and wholly His – your life’s purpose included?
love & blessings,
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION
WHEN YOU STAND BEFORE THE LORD
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Mt. 25:21
“…For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10-12
When you stand before the Lord when your life on this earth is over and have to give an account of your life, can you imagine how your time with the Lord will go?
Will you be able to say you lived the life God called you to live with the Lord Jesus Christ the number one priority in your life? Will you be able to say He was your first love, your greatest love? Will you be able to say you lived for Him rather than for yourself? And that you lived according to His ways rather than your own?
Will you be able to say you truly believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and lived your life accordingly? And that you genuinely devoted your life to Him?
Please don’t waste another day, another hour, another moment. Whether the Lord gives us one more day on this earth or years to come, each and every moment is precious and is to be lived with our hearts and lives committed to Him.
Let’s turn to the Lord with our whole hearts – and with our whole lives. And when we stand before the Lord and have to give an account of our lives, let us hear Him say to us, “Well done my good and faithful servant, well done!”
TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL
“He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4
“I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.” Psalm 119:162
This morning my time with the Lord Jesus Christ seemed so short but was so very precious. I have spent time with Him throughout the day in a variety of ways including singing to Him as I’ve walked down the streets of New York City, but my Bible time is that to which I refer. I read so very little, but my time with Him was so very powerful. How so? I found such indescribable comfort in the verses I read. The comfort of Jesus. The comfort of Christ. The comfort of His love. His mercy. His grace. His compassion. The comfort of His shelter. His refuge. His wings. Of forever with Him.
I used to think of the Bible as a textbook I needed to study and memorize with a school teacher standing over me getting ready to wrathfully hit me over the head with only the Lord knows what. Oh, how wrongly I looked at God’s Word!
The Bible is an absolutely awesome and amazing treasure chest of blessing after blessing after blessing – comfort so very much included!
TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
THE MAN WHO WAS THIRSTY
“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”” Romans 10:42
“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
As sadly has so often been the case in my two seasons of streets ministry in New York City when walking through the city, I saw a man whom I couldn’t tell whether he was dead or alive. So much addiction. So much brokenness. So much exhaustion. So many people passed out. Some overdosed. Some perhaps dead. Sometimes I call out and call out to people before I can tell if they’re even alive. Before I know whether or not I need to call an ambulance. Before I know whether I might have the opportunity to give someone a Gospel tract, say a prayer, talk to the person about Jesus.
This man who was in a wheelchair woke up, but he looked virtually comatose. Finally I understood what he said.
I gave him my little bottle of water. Then filled it again. And again. Four times. Because he was so thirsty. Along with a little snack. He perked up some. He didn’t want me to call an ambulance. More than anything he just wanted a drink of water.
Someone commented to me how few people these days seem to care. My stopping to see if a man in a wheelchair was dead or alive and how I might be able to help him shouldn’t stand out as something special, something unique.
Loving and caring for people whether or not we know them should be par for the course for us all. We were created to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves.
Please, friend, let’s go out of our way to show the love and care of Christ to a world in exceeding need of Him.
LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST
A sister in the Lord today graciously said she would donate packing tape to enable me to ship tracts and devotionals from my temporary New York City location while a sister in the Lord in Virginia has gotten started working on the tracts devotionals from her location. Both of them would probably be quick to humbly say they are doing so very little. Ah, but they are doing so very much when it comes to helping me with this labor of love for the Lord Jesus Christ that is Walk by Faith Ministry.
As the Lord continues to grow my work being on the road for Him full time doing streets ministry and writing and publishing tracts and devotionals with my beloved streets ministry doggies in tow, I am in more and more need of love, encouragement, prayers, and physical and financial provision. I thank God for each and every humble person who steps forward and graciously gives whatever the Lord places on his or her heart – right down to boxing up tracts and devotionals and shipping them off to prisoners and homeless people and many, many others around the country.
Whether you serve the Lord through this ministry or through a church, another ministry, or individually or in whatever way the Lord desires, please make sure loving and serving Him is at the forefront of your life!
Your love, prayers, encouragement, and however you may be led to give concerning this little ministry of the Lord’s – it’s so very appreciated!