Latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – June 13

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

Right when I was on the verge of taking a huge step forward in life and ministry at the leading of the Spirit of Christ who lives in and through His followers, I was accosted with a mighty big fiery dart of fear. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Lots of fiery darts. One, then another. Reason after reason of why I shouldn’t go forward following Jesus in this big step for Him.

Know what happened? I called on the troops. Most assuredly, the Lord always must come first. But let’s not leave out His followers! I reached out to some of my dear fellow Christ followers and shared. One fellow follower sent me scriptures without even knowing what I was going through.

The result? My fear turned to faith as I was reminded by my fellow soldiers to get my eyes back on Jesus, on God’s Word, on going forward following my Lord and Savior.

Where are your eyes, friend? Where is your heart? Do you need the same reminder I did? The same reminder I need daily? That we are to LOVE JESUS, to TRUST IN JESUS, to LOOK TO JESUS, to SEEK JESUS, to OBEY JESUS, to FOLLOW JESUS, and to GIVE JESUS THE GLORY? Yes we are!

Here’s your reminder, you who are reading this. Make sure your focus is on the Lord and the Bible! If it’s not, turn your focus. TO THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS, FOREVER CHRIST, Amen!

Love in Jesus’ name,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Homeless Man’s Garden 

““Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Mt. 5:3

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Cor. 3:5-8

Okay, so it wasn’t a garden exactly. Well, not a garden at all. But seeds are seeds, aren’t they? And some seeds are more important than others. Like seeds of, from, and for THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! Take, for instance, the seed someone planted shortly before I walked up to a homeless man who was sitting on a New York City sidewalk.

The seed? Someone had given him a Bible. And when I asked if I could see the print so I could see how small it was, he handed it to me. I opened it and all I saw was the first scripture above. How perfect. A reminder how many of the homeless population whom I so dearly love are poor in spirit – and in dire need of Christ. Like we all are in need of Him!

I gave the homeless man my Gospel tract which includes my personal story and walked off. Know what came to me? The second set of verses above. How one plants. One waters. Who gives the increase? Jesus!

Only the Lord could have orchestrated sending someone with a Bible to a homeless man and so shortly afterward sending someone else with a Gospel tract to explain the Gospel message and offer personal testimony. And only the Lord can orchestrate all the seed sowers and water bearers He sends out around the world to spread the Gospel message. And only the Lord can bring people to repentance and give them the promise of everlasting life when they repent and turn their lives over to Him as Lord.

The homeless man’s garden? His heart, and his life. Where God sent seed sowers to plant seeds to show the man the way to everlasting life instead of eternal damnation in hell and the lake of fire.

Please, friend, go out into the world and sow seeds of the Lord Jesus Christ. Share the Gospel message. Give out Bibles. Give out Gospel tracts. Pray for people. Help people believe in and follow Jesus. Do whatever God gives you to do to help the world to know how to have a forever relationship with Him. Amen!

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…!

Blessing #56

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:35

In a world in which there is such a lack of love at times, in which there is such a darkening overall and so very much bad news, in which violence and hatred seem to be at all-time highs, there is a love that will endure forever. The love of God almighty. The love with which He created the world. The love with which He sent His only Son to the cross to die to bear our sin penalty and to be raised from the dead so all who believe in Him as Lord, truly committing their lives to Him, are forgiven and given forever life. The love which we who follow Jesus can be filled with when we are yielded to the Lord in such a way that we literally overflow with it. So that the love of Jesus fills us and pours out of us onto those around us.

Oh, such a wondrous love this is, this love of Jesus. Such a love that stands in such very strong contrast to the darkness that fills so much of this world and so many within it. What happens when we truly love one another, with this love that comes from Jesus? The world sees we are disciples of Christ. His children. His followers. Love feels wonderful, doesn’t it? But feeling good is not the primary reason to love. It’s an act of obedience to Christ. And it’s a sign to the world that we are His.

What a blessing that the love to which He calls us is the love with which He Himself supplies us. We are not called to muster up this love on our own. But instead to be filled with His Spirit who gives us this love that we might love one another and show the world what it looks like to belong to the Lord forevermore! Oh, may we love the Lord! Oh, let us love one another! Oh, to God be the glory for this splendorous love bestowed upon us by Jesus Lord of all!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Fighting God’s Goodness

““Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.” 1 John 4:16

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

“You need to stop fighting God’s goodness,” a loved one essentially told me one night over the telephone.

He knew by the Spirit of God exactly what I needed to hear. He had no idea that in the past 24 hours I had spent time with the Lord realizing how I had been fighting His goodness for a very long time. How so? I had finally come to truly believe He loves me, but I didn’t really believe He wanted to bless me. Too much sin for too long, too much falling no matter how much I tried not to, coupled with some really hard stuff from the past. How could God want to bless someone like me?

Friend, we need to believe God’s love for us. We also need to believe His desire to bless us. And we need to receive His love and kindness and goodness rather than turn it away. The best blessing of all? To be in His intimate fellowship forever through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord with our lives genuinely committed to God and His ways. To be His forevermore.

Oh, and His blessings go on and on – and on! Oh, to believe His mighty love for us! To believe His forgiveness of us when we turn from our sins and turn to Him! To believe He wants to shower His goodness upon us! To believe He wants to bestow His blessings on us! To not turn Him away, but to open our heart and hands and to fully receive all He is and all He has for us, all to the glory of God almighty in Christ, AMEN!

If you’ve been fighting His goodness, please join me in changing your heart. Open your heart to the fullness of Christ and all He has for you in this life – and forevermore, Hallelujah!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

This is What I’m Good At
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Cor. 4:7

You may be good at something, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what God wants you to use or do to serve Him. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. It’s up to the Lord. Serving Jesus isn’t about figuring out what we’re good at and going out and doing it. It’s about humbling ourselves before God almighty in heaven, seeking His face, reading His Bible, waiting on Him, hearing Him, and faithfully reverently obeying Him. Whether He chooses to use something we’re good at – or not.

See the words “earthen vessels” above? What’s the point of God using earthen vessels? So we pat ourselves on the back and get the glory from the world which watches us? No! It’s so GOD GETS THE GLORY for what JESUS DOES IN AND THROUGH US!

Please don’t choose how to serve God in your everyday life based on what you’re good at. Seek Jesus and let His Spirit lead the way. Then remember whatever God calls you to do, don’t steal the glory from the Lord. Give it all where the glory is due. To Christ Jesus forevermore, AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

I just a few minutes ago sent out the latest ministry update & prayer request separately because it’s a BIG one, but thought I’d include it here just in case you miss it. So here it is…!

Not too long ago I was in the Florida Panhandle when I felt like a holy hand was reaching down from heaven lovingly albeit firmly leading me back to another season of streets ministry in New York City. After over two years on the road for Jesus full-time to do streets ministry and write Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with my little crew of special needs service ministry dogs, I have learned numerous lessons – including this one.

Jesus Christ is Lord, and when He says go, no matter my personal dreams and desires, I need to humbly, lovingly, reverently, thankfully go where He is sending me to bring love, honor, praise, and glory to His name as I fulfill my life’s calling to help people find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since I’ve been on the road, the Lord has sent me to Virginia, New Jersey, New York City, South Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina, the Florida Panhandle, Virginia for a night, the Appalachian region of West Virginia, New Jersey, and in just weeks back to New York City! Imagine my surprise when I asked the Lord if He might send me to Bethany Beach, Delaware, to do streets ministry there this summer when He informed me He was leading me back to New York City. A place after 6 months of ministry there last year I thought – and wanted – to never return! So challenging, so expensive, so noisy, so dirty, so smelly, so uncomfortable, so high energy, so not the safest place to say the least! New York City? Again, Lord? Yes!

How impossible it would be to find housing for me and the special needs doggies in the right location for ministry with no steps, preferably ground floor and no elevator, as affordably as possible given the specific area the Lord was sending me, then start from scratch again with furniture, household items, etc. What an opportunity for the Lord to show forth His sovereignty, power, love, mercy, grace, and magnificence. And that’s exactly what He did! Only the Lord could have orchestrated what transpired in about 6 weeks’ time.

The Lord opened up my old apartment from a year ago that is perfect for the special needs doggies shortly after I arrived in New Jersey to search for housing and prepare for the big return, 1.5 blocks from one of my primary areas of streets ministry, decreased the costs dramatically from a year ago in multiple ways, and then blessed me with the current tenant lovingly graciously donating all her furniture!

May I be honest with you? The last place in the world I would have chosen to be going right now is back to New York City let alone to have been in a New Jersey hotel for the past month. This goes 100% against the wishes, wants, and ways of my flesh. There is nothing in my flesh that wants to do this. BUT I LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST MORE THAN ANYTHING AND ANYONE IN THE UNIVERSE, I AM 100% DEVOTED TO HIM, I LIVE AND BREATHE TO LOVE AND GLORIFY GOD FOREVER, AND I DESIRE TO FULFILL MY PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH TO LOVE AND WORSHIP GOD FOREVERMORE AND TO HELP PEOPLE TO FIND AND FOREVER FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

God willing, I will make the big return to my New York City apartment in a few weeks. I would be blessed beyond measure if you would please pray for me, the ministry, the special needs doggies, the countless people worldwide the Lord is reaching through the ministry.

Love & blessings to you!

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