latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – June 7

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

Tend to take on loads of responsibilities? Find yourself overloaded and overwhelmed? Afraid to let something go? Worried how others will respond when you say no? Feel like you’re the only one who can handle whatever you sense maybe you should let go?First, SEEK THE LORD. Is it HIS WILL that you’re doing what you’re doing? Or is there something He’s telling you to let go? Something you took on He never wanted you to take on? Or something He wanted you to take on but you wouldn’t let go when He wanted you to let go and move on?

Second, watch out for PRIDE which God hates. We’re prideful when we think we’re the only ones who can do something, that we’re responsible for everything and everyone, that we’re the very best at something, that nobody else can handle what we’re doing, that the world will fall apart if we let a responsibility go, etc. If you’re struggling with pride, repent before God. Humble yourself before Him.

Third, watch out for the FEAR OF MAN. We need to say NO to others when God wants us to say NO instead of saying yes because we’re afraid of what someone will say, think, or do if we say NO. We’re to FEAR GOD not man. We’re to seek and obey God no matter how people react to us. If you’re fearing man, repent before God. FEAR GOD instead.

Feeling overloaded? Overwhelmed? Seek the Lord. Humble yourself. Fear God. Obey the Lord. For the glory of God!

Love in Christ,

Lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

I Don’t Want to Do This!

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“I’m about to do something I really don’t want to do,” I thought.

I was on the verge of a really big commitment totally opposed to what my flesh wanted to do. I have free will. Why go against my desire?

Because I don’t live for me anymore. I live for Jesus. When my desire goes against God’s desire, I need to submit to God because I belong to Jesus now. No matter the cost to my flesh.

Christ’s followers need to be willing to forsake all for Him. Yes, all. Anything He asks us to give up, to give up. Anything He wants us to do, we must be willing to do.

We are to die to self. We are to live for Jesus. The one who died on the cross and was raised from the dead so we could turn from our sins and believe in and follow Him as Lord and be with Him forevermore!

Feel like you don’t want to do something God wants you to do? Do it. Feel like hanging onto something He wants you to let go. Let it go.

Die to self, friend. Live for Jesus. Forevermore!

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 #53

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8

Three times in Psalm 107 the psalmist repeats the words from above. What a message! That we should “give thanks” to the Lord for what? “His goodness”. And? “His wonderful works”. Giving thanks is an action, isn’t it? It’s more than simply feeling and being thankful, don’t you think? It’s an EXPRESSION of our thankfulness to the Lord. Let us meditate on God’s goodness and wonderful works, yes. But let’s not stop there. Let’s express our thanksgiving to Him – daily! Oh, we are so very indescribably blessed by God almighty right down to the very breath we are drawing right this moment. May we think about His goodness and wonderful works, yes! And may we tell Him over and again, for the rest of our lives, and forever, how thankful, so thankful, yes, so very thankful, we are to Him, oh yes!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

When You Struggle

“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18

“For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5

When you struggle, is the Lord way off in the background while you go running to the people you love and trust who encourage and comfort and help and support you? Is that special person or those people the ones you rush off to in times of struggle so you can cling to them?

Friend, the Lord should be preeminent – NUMBER ONE – in our hearts and lives. And in our struggles, sure, we should reach out to people as God leads us.

But the one to whom we must cleave and cling more than anyone on this planet earth is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Struggling? Hold onto the Lord and to the Bible for dear life. Reach out to people as He leads you, but don’t leave the Lord in the background. May He be at the very forefront of your heart and life. Day by day. And for always!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

God Sees Our Hearts
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7God sees our hearts, friend, and He knows our motives when we serve Him. May our motives be pure and honorable.Does it please Jesus when we serve the Lord out of religious duty, to get people to pat us on the back, to prove ourselves, to feel like we’ve done our good deeds, to try to earn God’s love which is impossible anyway, to justify why right after we serve God we should run off and enjoy our fun and entertainment, so we can puff ourselves up with pride, etc.?

Or does it honor God to serve Him out of hearts filled with love, adoration, praise, thanksgiving, worship, and a yearning and fervent desire to bring Him joy, pleasure, and glory?

When we find ourselves serving Jesus with the wrong heart, may we purge from ourselves what is wrong and serve the Lord with the right heart.

May our hearts and lives be pleasing, honoring, and glorifying to the Lord! Day by day, yes, hour by hour, indeed, moment by moment, absolutely, and for eternity, yes!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Please pray as the Lord leads you. As blessed, humbled, excited, and privileged as I am to love and worship God forever and to help people find and forever follow Jesus as my life’s calling, I have found myself weary quite a bit for some time now. I will not quit. I love Jesus too much to stop chasing after Him. I love people too much to stop telling the world about Jesus. But I most assuredly could use your prayers. The devil would love to get me to quit. My flesh would love to run far away to somewhere easy, cheap, comfortable, and secure. I love Jesus more than anything and anyone. I will not quit. I live for Him. Now. This very hour. And forevermore. I am HIS. And I will persevere in the strength of Christ for the glory of Christ, yes I will! Please pray, pray, and keep on praying as the Lord so leads you! Thank you!

I’m excited to share a big praise report and update with you soon…!

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