Latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – May 1

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

It’s one thing to watch the television news or to read the daily newspaper and to see the state of our world today and all the brokenness and endless hurt, hopelessness, tragedies, evil, suffering, etc. It’s another thing to be out on the streets of America where the Lord has called me and to talk to the people themselves and to hear their stories and to witness their suffering.There is no greater privilege in the world to me than to have endless opportunities to talk to people about the Lord Jesus Christ, to love and encourage them, to pray for them, to minister to them, to point them to Christ and the Bible, to be used by God to call them to repentance and to become fully devoted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

Not only has He called me to those who are suffering beyond measure, but He has called me to those who are causing the suffering. He has called me to a hurting and desperate humanity in dire need of hearing that the only hope is the Lord Jesus Christ and a life turned away from sin and turned to total devotion to God and His ways!

My heart hurts that I have not been able to keep up with my usual Good News Daily devotional writing, but it is not because I am sitting around watching soap operas in a luxurious home while making plans for my next happy sunny vacation.

I have forsaken all for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the cause of telling the world about Him. And that comes with a high cost of giving up the American dream and leaving behind comfort, security, and personal luxuries and dreams.

Is it worth it? I wouldn’t go back for anything in the world to a life of comfort when compared with being in Jesus’ forever fellowship and being given the blessing of helping others to know and forever follow Him.

I encourage you to examine your life to see if you have or if you will now forsake all for Jesus. He gave up His life on the cross and was raised from the dead to pay our sin penalty so all who turn from their sins and believe in Him as Lord and truly turn their lives over to the Lord and His ways are forgiven and given everlasting life.

Isn’t the least we can do to now live for Him?

I encourage you to do just that. Turn from your sins. Believe in Christ as Lord. Commit your heart and life utterly to Him. And from this moment forward forsake all for Jesus whatever that looks like no matter what that feels like. Live the life God is calling you to live. For His name’s sake, AMEN!

Love in Jesus’ name,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4″This is hard,” I thought.

When I found my little notes to write this devotional, I couldn’t recall what I was facing the day I wrote those words. But if the truth be known, I face hard stuff all the time. I’ve faced hard stuff for decades in fact.

First there were my years of brokenness and all that unbelievably hard stuff. Now there’s all the hard stuff that goes with being on the road for Jesus full-time with 5 special needs doggies doing streets ministry and writing and publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with an ancient car, a wildly small budget, way too little physical and financial support for the ministry, and the endless challenges of being on the road and doing streets ministry in today’s world. Yes, hard has become the norm for me.

But know what the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers spoke to my heart that day?

“Yes, it is [hard],” the Lord said comfortingly. “But I am right here with you.”

This is the part I sometimes forget when I’m dealing with hard stuff in life. That in the hard places, I’m not left alone. Jesus is with me.

There are some vitally important words in the verse above that I missed for years when I thought of the verse. Which ones?

“For You are with me…”

Yes, that’s right. When followers of Jesus go through hard stuff, Jesus is right there with us! What a comfort! God is there with us to love us and lead us and carry us through. Doesn’t mean He’ll take away our troubles and challenges. He may – or not. He may allow us to go through hard stuff to draw us closer to Himself, to refine us, to grow us, to test us, or to allow us the consequences of our sinful choices. He may indeed have a purpose in allowing us to go through whatever hard stuff we’re facing. Or He may choose to provide a way out of our hard places. That’s up to Him for He is Lord and knows what’s best.

But no matter His will, when it comes to hard places, we need to remember when we’ve turned from our sins and turned to Jesus as Lord of our lives, right in our hard places, He is there with us!

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 #38

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—” John 14:16

In John 16:7-8, the Lord Jesus Christ promises His disciples that when He leaves, who will come to them? The HELPER! The Holy Spirit! He will come and live in them! Just like His Spirit comes and lives in His followers all these years later. Yes, His Spirit. His Spirit who among His other names is called THE HELPER. Not just any old helper. Not a human helper. But the greatest HELPER that ever was, is, or will be. The Spirit of Christ! Promised to believers in Him. Now look at John 14:16, my friend. What does Jesus say about the Helper now in this verse we don’t find in the other one? That He will live with us for how long? FOR FOREVER! Can you imagine? The greatest Helper in the entire universe, Jesus Christ Himself, His very Spirit, will be with us for eternity! How can it be that followers of Jesus like myself have the audacity, the pride, and the lack of faith at times to walk around thinking we don’t have the help we need? When we have the Helper who is the Spirit of God LIVING WITH US FOREVERMORE?! Oh, what a glorious truth! What a splendorous joy! What an unfathomable blessing. The greatest Helper in the universe is not just right at our fingertips when we need help. He’s right inside us! Now – and forever! Oh, let us rejoice! Let us praise the Lord He is our Helper – for today, and tomorrow, and for forever, my friend, hallelujah, AMEN!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Are You Holding On? 

“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

“Real trust doesn’t hold onto the things He’s told us to let go,” I told a friend one day. “Real trust holds onto Him.”

As soon as I had spoken the words, I recognized where they came from. Not from me. From God. God’s wisdom. Wisdom He had placed in my heart to share with my friend, for me to hear as I spoke the words, and now for you as you read them.

I’m one of those people who has held on long and tightly throughout my life. To stuff. To people. To thoughts. To anything. To anyone. To whatever. Because of fear. Because of self. Because of flesh. Because of my wants. Because of my ways. Because of whatever. I’m really good at holding on. I’ve had a hard time letting go. Until I came to have an amazingly intimate ever-growing personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now He teaches me day by day there is nothing more wonderful and right and beautiful and glorious and satisfying and life-giving and life-changing and fulfilling and fabulous and joyful to hold onto on this planet earth than THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! And to God’s Word, the Bible!

When God tells us to let something go, we need to TRUST GOD and LET GO of whatever or whomever He wants us to let go and TO HOLD ONTO HIM AND TO HIS WORD!

Let go, friend. And hold on. Let go of whatever He’s telling you to let go. And hold on for dear life to the Lord Jesus Christ – and to His Word! AMEN!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Fulfilling Your Ministry?“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5

This verse is perfect for me because the Lord has called me as an evangelist to do streets ministry and write and publish Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books, but please understand FULFILLING OUR MINISTRY is something EVERYONE who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord must do in his or her lifetime!

How so? Ministry is SERVICE to God and to others. TO MINISTER is TO SERVE. All of Christ’s followers are called to love and serve God and to love and serve others in His name for His glory.

I am called as an evangelist. Your calling may be the same. Your calling may be entirely different. But we are ALL called to serve the Lord in our love for the Lord. And what are we to do when it comes to our service? To our ministry for God? We are called to FULFILL OUR MINISTRY. To DO IT. To BE FAITHFUL in seeking the Lord, spending time with the Lord, reading the Bible, hearing from the Lord who always speaks in line with the Bible, to be led by the Spirit of God who lives inside His followers, and TO FULFILL the service work He gives each of us.

When our lives are over, and we stand before the Lord one day and give an account of our lives which we will all do, will you and I be able to look back and be able to say confidently we FULFILLED THE MINISTRY the Lord has given us? That we have LOVED AND SERVED the Lord and others the way He desires?

If you are concerned that this may not be the case, may today mark a new beginning for you. Devote your life to Christ. Devote yourself to loving and serving the Lord. Seek Him about how He wants you to serve Him. And do just that!

FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY, friend! For Christ’s sake, AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Today after some really tough weeks on the road for Jesus, I woke up excited for a new day and a fresh start and the sense the Lord wanted me to get back to my Good News Daily devotional writing today – despite my ongoing recent challenges. So imagine my surprise when I went to my car to grab some baby wipes for the paralyzed doggies in my care to discover someone had broken into it overnight.

The thief had rummaged through my stuff, thrown things everywhere, and in the process come across a zillion of my Gospel tracts! Oh, how wonderful is the Lord that the thief would be confronted head on with the Gospel message! And how beautiful is our Lord that I had not an ounce of anger. God gave me love, forgiveness, mercy, and a desire the person would repent and give his or her life over to the salvation and lordship of Christ! Not only that, but I got to give a Gospel tract to the police officer and to talk to him about Jesus.

When the officer asked if anything was missing, I told him this.

“I have everything! I have Jesus!”

Still, the officer wanted to know if anything was missing.

Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ is my provider. He is my all in all.

Given the countless opportunities I’ve had to talk to people about Jesus since I came to the Appalachian region just weeks ago, it’s entirely possible I’ve already talked to the thief about Jesus.

Speaking of thieves, Jesus had some company when He was on the cross. A bunch of thieves, right?

May we have hearts filled with the love and mercy of Christ and be ever ready to talk to people about Jesus being the only way to a forever relationship with God.

I am beyond exhausted, friend. The challenges seem to grow and grow. But I will not be stopped. I have told people recently the only thing that will stop me from pressing on in my ministry work is God Himself. I live for the Lord!

Please, please pray for me as often and as much as you are led. I need it more than ever. So does my ministry, the special needs dogs in my care, and the never ending stream of people the Lord is leading me to in order to minister to.

And please keep praying and praying God would send financial and physical support which is so very much needed for this ministry!

Love & blessings,

Lara

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