LATEST GOOD NEWS DAILY – MAY 14

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

Today I was blessed despite the fiery spiritual battle in which I’ve been entrenched recently to be able to board a bus and head into New York City from my current location in New Jersey to “spy out the land”. In the Old Testament, people were sent to “spy out the land” to see what they would face when they entered into the Promised Land. Some spies came back reporting how terrible and scary and impossible things would be in the Promised Land. Others came back and believed God would give them the resources and strength to occupy the land they had been promised and to overcome their obstacles in the process. Whom did God honor? Those that lived by faith in Him. Those that placed their trust in Him. Those that believed God would lead the way. Those that went out and followed the Lord wherever He led them no matter the battles they would face along the way. Those that believed God would be faithful.

I wish I could tell you I am so much farther ahead in my faith than I am. Wouldn’t you think since God has entrusted me with this ministry that I would be so strong in faith that I would easily achieve victory in every battle, that I would have a perfect trust in the Lord at all times, and that life for me would be smooth sailing from start to finish?

As I have said numerous times before, I am preaching from the trenches of this life. I am raw. I am real. I am transparent. I am more in need of Jesus than ever. I have such a very, very long way to go in my faith. I am the perfect example of how impossible life is without Jesus. So I learn day by day to put my trust in the Lord, I repent when needed, I grow as God grows me, I confess my desperate need for the Lord, I am truthful about my imperfections, and I share with you as the Lord leads me how to believe in and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

I don’t believe God expects us to follow Him perfectly. I believe He desires we confess our need for Him and learn to faithfully follow Him – no matter how challenging it may be along the way.

May today’s issue of GOOD NEWS DAILY be a vessel for the Lord to speak to your heart as He draws you to Himself and teaches you day by day and forever to put your trust in Him and to devotedly, humbly, lovingly follow Him. For the glory of God, AMEN!

love from Lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Put Your Trust in God“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid…” Psalm 56:11

Only the Lord could have orchestrated that in a city of millions of people – NEW YORK CITY – I would talk to the doorman of a building who would know just the right words to say when I asked him for the availability and pricing of apartments in that building as I press forward in finding housing for a season of streets ministry in New York City.

The price to stay in one of those units was ASTRONOMICAL, and that is an understatement. I made it abundantly clear to the doorman that it was totally impossible I would stay in that building. I told him I was coming to New York City for my ministry work – ON A BUDGET.

What did he say?

“Put your trust in God,” he said confidently. “He will provide for you.” I don’t remember the exact words, but they were pretty much these.

Meaning what? I NEED TO TRUST THE LORD TO PROVIDE FOR ME AS I FULFILL HIS WILL FOR ME.

Off I went, after I told the man, “Thank you.” And after I told him, “God bless you, brother.”

God had sent me a brother in the Lord to remember God is faithful to provide for what He leads us to do.

Notice the word “PUT.” We are to PUT our trust in God, friend. The psalmist a number of times in the Book of Psalms in the Bible talks about PUTTING his trust in God. That, to me, implies that we need to actively place our trust in Christ. Not that it will necessarily come automatically.

Oh, such a long way I have to go in learning to trust Jesus day by day. How about you? Are you PUTTING your trust in the Lord day by day? Please join me in learning how to do just that!

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 #43

“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9

Do you realize what Jesus the Christ is saying to Philip the evangelist? He’s not just speaking to Philip all those years ago. He’s speaking to us also! When we have seen Jesus the Son of God, we have seen God almighty our Father in heaven. How so? For years, I just didn’t understand. I missed it. Then the Spirit of God inside me brought the truth to light. JESUS IS GOD! JESUS IS LORD! JESUS IS THE FATHER! They are ONE AND THE SAME! God has three forms. God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. All ultimately are one. When we believe in Jesus as Lord, we believe in the Father. Father God came to this earth in the flesh as Jesus the Son to die on the cross and be raised from the dead to pay our sin penalty and overcome death so all who repent and believe in Him and turn to Him as Lord are forgiven and given everlasting life. Then the Spirit of God comes to live inside us! Do we see Jesus literally right now right in front of us? No. But we see Him by faith. We know He is here with us, and here in us, by faith. Will we who follow Jesus one day see Him face to face? YES! Forever! And when we see Jesus face to face, we will be seeing our Father in heaven face to face. FOREVER! Glory to the Lord God almighty!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

When God Feels Far Away“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39

Do you ever feel like God feels so very far away? I do sometimes. Like now. And I am reminded that a rock solid relationship with God isn’t about how we feel. It’s about God and faith in Him. It’s about believing in Him. Trusting in Him. Being loved by Him. And loving Him. About intimate relationship with Christ as Lord of our lives. God is with those who turn from their sins, believe Christ died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways. But that doesn’t mean we will always FEEL like God is with us.

A personal forever relationship with Christ isn’t about emotions. It’s about Christ. And believing in Him and faithfully following Him.

If God feels far away to you right now, perhaps you need to do as I do. Pray to Him. Spend time with Him. Read the Bible. Listen for His Spirit speaking to your heart. And rest in knowing this. God is with those who believe in Christ as Lord. No matter how we feel. He is here with us. Today. And forever. Amen!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

The Right Way to Serve Jesus “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”” Luke 24:49

“I am totally burned out,” I essentially told my co-laborer in Christ who helps me not just with the ministry, but in my personal relationship with the Lord. “I went to New York City today,” I told her. “And I just feel like there’s nothing left of me.” I shared with her how much I’ve done these past two years on the road for Jesus, and how much I’ve dealt with even just in the past week.

How can I go back to New York City in this condition? I wondered and basically shared with her. Oh, sure, I need rest. Tons of it. That goes without saying. But even with rest, I felt like perhaps I’m done. Like I”m just not going to be able to do more ministry. Or anything for that matter. Like I’m too far gone. Empty.

My dear friend confronted me in love.

“Isn’t that how you need to be?” she essentially said. “Isn’t that how God will get the glory?”

What was she saying? That I don’t need to be filled with me. With self. That I need to be filled with Christ. And that the less of me, the more of Jesus. That i don’t need my strength. I need His. That when I am nothing, it’s more clear to the world that He is everything. That the apostle Paul, as she reminded me, “poured himself out” like how? Like a “drink offering” (2 Tim. 4:6)? Did he hold everything back for himself? No, he poured himself out! He gave his all! So how then did he keep going? God filled him!

I was afraid maybe my ministry life was over. That even ministry aside, I would never have what it would take to carry on in this life with full energy and strength let alone joy and contentment.

But this is not true, not at all. For, friend, we don’t need more of self on a daily basis. We need more of Jesus. And when we come to the end of ourselves, we have the perfect opportunity to realize what we ever need more of is – MORE OF JESUS!

Fill me, Lord, fill me with more of you!

I told my friend that Jesus clearly told His followers to WAIT to be filled with power – from the Holy Spirit – before going out to do their ministry work. Why? They needed the Spirit of God to fill them. They needed God’s love, mercy, grace, Truth, kindness, compassion, gentleness, boldness, courage, power, etc. to fill them so they could go out in God’s strength for God’s glory!

The right way to serve Jesus isn’t to be filled with more and more of ourselves. It’s to come humbly before the Lord and be filled with more and more of Him!

Do Christ’s servants need rest, refreshing, restoration, replenishing, etc., as I so very much do right now? Absolutely! But even when we receive this, it’s not for the purpose of serving Jesus with more of the flesh. It’s so we can best serve Him and others filled with more of His Spirit!

The right way to serve Jesus? Filled with the Holy Spirit! Less of us, more of Christ! AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Please pray as you are led. Would love especially prayers for rest, refreshing, and for God’s strength, for more of His Spirit, to be closer to Him, to be more like Him, and most of all to be more pleasing to Him and able to live to love and bring Him glory!

Thank you friend!

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