Latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – June 8

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

I’m a clinger. A clutch-er. A cleave-r. A hold-on-to-it person. A hold-on-to-that-person woman. Or to those-people woman.”You don’t need to understand,” the Spirit of Christ spoke to my heart in the middle of the night. “Go.”

Now wait a second, Lord. Go somewhere without understanding? That didn’t make sense? That would not likely be altogether easy? Without knowing the details in advance? Without seeing how things would turn out ahead of time?

When God tells us to go somewhere, or to someone, or to something, or all of the above, some of us clutch on to where we already are. Or to whom we’re already holding onto. Or to anything or anyone old or new to avoid moving forward. Without knowing everything up front. Without feeling comfortable to begin with. Without understanding, we’re just not going to budge, are we?

Following Jesus, friend, involves going when God says go. Simply because He is God and says so.

We need to let go of where we are, and we need to cling, clutch, cleave, and hold on to Jesus and the Bible.

And off we go. Following the Lord.

Is God speaking to your heart right now?

Here are some words of encouragement straight from God’s Word:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Love in Christ,

Lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Believers on the Bus: Hallelujah! “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26

“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Mt. 10:33

“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

I was about to climb onto the big bus from New Jersey to New York City when the man with whom I had been chatting shared with me a bit of his testimony. As I got on the bus and said the word, “testimony,” the bus driver heard and made a comment. She knew we were talking about the Lord.

As soon as the driver and I exchanged a few words concerning the Lord, someone already seated made a comment related to the Lord. Then another person chimed in.

Friend, on a day I was feeling pretty discouraged, I became part of what in just minutes was 6 different strangers talking to each other about the Lord. To top it all off, one of the women when I encouraged her starting singing a praise song aloud on the bus!

The bus was filled with many other people. But nothing stood out to me more than how talking about the Lord spread like a little wildfire.

Know what’s sad? There are believers in Jesus around the world, but we’re living in a time so many people are too afraid, too ashamed, too self-occupied, too prideful, too distracted, etc. to talk aloud in public about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The lady who sang aloud sang a song called, “My God is Awesome.”

Oh, yes He is! He is indeed! So why don’t more of us who believe in Him proclaim Him and praise Him aloud in the world around us no matter who is listening and no matter how they might respond?

Please consider the words above. Pretty powerful, huh? Let’s take heed. Let’s proclaim the name of the Lord whenever the Lord leads us to do so! Wherever! With whomever! Even on a big bus filled with strangers! Yes!

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 #54

“…Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

Who is blessed? Those who trust Jesus! Oh, sure, it’s easy to say, “Well, sure, I believe in Jesus. I know He’s Lord.” It’s easy to say, “Well, yeah, I’m a Christian.” It’s easy to say, “Oh, yes, I trust the Lord.” But seriously, do we? Do we truly trust the Lord? In all things? All the time? We’re in a trust marathon, aren’t we? It’s not a quick sprint across the room or street. It’s a long-distance, over-the-course-of-our-lives distance race. And it’s not to be a rush to get to the finish line. It’s to be a journey following the Lord Jesus Christ. And putting – yes, putting – our trust in Him day by day. Even breath by breath.

We trust the Lord to give us our next breath, don’t we? But what about everything else? I’m learning, friend, I’m learning. To go the distance when it comes to trusting God. He is worthy of ALL our trust ALL the time, but we as humans fall so very far short, don’t we? Yet God in His mercy helps us followers along the course of our lives, teaching us to trust Him, leading us to live by faith, forgiving us when we fall and repent, strengthening us when we need strengthening and need help carrying on. It is indeed a blessing when we PUT our trust in the Lord. May this be a reminder for you and I to do just that. To PUT our trust in Him. Oh, and how blessed we are when we do!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Hearing Jesus

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

I hear God a lot. A whole lot. Daily in fact. Sometimes lots in a day. And night. Even the middle of the night. The Spirit of God who lives inside His followers speaks to my heart so very often. Always in line with the Bible because God only and always speaks in line with His Word. Hearing God speak to me as He lovingly teaches me, guides me, loves me, forgives me, comforts me, encourages me, convicts me, leads me to repentance, corrects me, and changes me, has become as natural to me as breathing. Hearing God is one of the greatest blessings of having a deeply personal, ever-growing relationship with Jesus. Why do I hear from the Lord often? Because I’m special? No!

Friend, God speaks to His people. You may be surprised by how many people with whom I interact don’t believe God speaks to His children. The Bible makes clear from beginning to end that the Lord has a voice and speaks. Who hears Him? Those who listen. He speaks directly from the Bible to us, and He speaks by His Spirit to our hearts individually as He leads us through our lives. We need to take the time to listen. We need to believe He speaks to us so we do listen. And we need to want to hear Him.

Is it possible some of us are afraid to listen to the Lord speaking to us individually because we’re afraid of what He might say, of what He might call us to do, of how He might chasten us, of how He might instruct us, of how He might change us, even afraid perhaps of the strength and beauty of His immeasurable love for us and His desire for us to have intimacy with Him as Lord?

An intimate relationship develops over time. It takes love, devotion, commitment, time together, seeking, hearing, giving, receiving, sharing, growing, etc.

Spend time with Jesus daily. Pray. Read the Bible. Seek God. Listen. Hear. Obey. Grow. In Christ. Grow closer to Christ. Hear God speak to you in and through and in line with His Word. Hear God, yes!

If you’re one of God’s sheep, one of Christ’s followers, then you have the ability to hear from God and God has the desire for you to seek Him, to hear Him, and, yes, to obey Him!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

The Man in My Bathroom

When I dropped the cap to a mini-shampoo down the hotel room sink, I wished I could have just plucked it right out. But all my attempts failed, and I had to ask a young maintenance man for help. That’s how he and I ended up standing together in my the bathroom as he tried over and again to get the cap out while I in typical fashion talked on and on.

Next thing I knew, as I so desperately love to do, I was talking to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. He said he was a believer, but it became quickly obvious he was as I had once been. A believer but not a follower. He didn’t have a committed relationship with Jesus. May have prayed a little, but didn’t read the Bible. Didn’t assemble with other believers in Christ for the glory of God. Didn’t actively serve the Lord. Etc.

So passionately, vehemently, lovingly, in the bathroom with this man, yes, I encouraged him to make a rock solid commitment to Christ not only as Savior but as Lord of his life!

Please don’t restrict serving Jesus in any way. Regardless of time, circumstances, details, location, the person or people, how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, how someone may respond, regardless of anything at all, please be ready at all times to serve the Lord in whatever way He desires most especially in telling the world how to find and forever follow Him.

That young man for the rest of his life will probably never forget how some middle-aged woman talked to him about Jesus in a hotel bathroom as her special needs doggies looked on.

Serve Jesus, friend, in your everyday life. For the glory of Christ, AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6:34

Wouldn’t you think by now given how long I’ve believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and that my life’s calling is full-time ministry for Christ that I would never worry or at the very least not worry often? Sad to say, the more I follow Jesus, and the more the Lord calls me to live by faith and to do big and hard and uncomfortable and exceedingly challenging things for Him, the more I seem to find myself worrying!

Though it’s wrong to worry, and I need to repent of it and place my trust in the Lord moment by moment, there is a blessing in my tendency to worry. The blessing of constantly seeing my weakness and God’s strength is having a constant opportunity to learn to draw close and closer to God and to consciously put my trust in God.

As the Lord continues to grow me and to grow this ministry for Him, I need to do a much better job of turning to Jesus and trusting in Him rather than getting swallowed up in worry.

Please pray for the Lord to strengthen my faith, and that I would be pleasing to Him in all ways – trust included! And please pray for a huge increase in His provision for myself and this ministry as He so lovingly, graciously, mercifully increases the work and fruit of this ministry for HIM!

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