Finding the Light
(This Gospel tract which includes my personal story is available in print as an individual copy or in bulk quantity for distribution. Contact information is at the bottom of this page!)
Whether you’re unfathomably successful in the world’s eyes and live in a mansion as you indulge in the pleasures of this life, or homeless and hurting, wildly wealthy and living your dreams or spending the rest of your life on death row, a blue collar worker enjoying a typical American blue collar life, lost and broken or perfectly content with your life, living in my neighborhood or living on the other side of the world, poor and downtrodden or rich and think you have it all together, disabled and dying or an Olympic athlete in the throes of the best years of your life, a criminal who has yet to be caught or an abused person too scared to tell anyone, high on drugs you can’t stop taking or high on an awesome life you can’t get enough of, happily married or devastatingly divorced, no matter your story, we all have one.
Whether or not you can relate to my story, I can promise you this. The message that goes with it is the best message in the universe. And it’s the one message no matter our individual stories every human needs to hear.
I pray you’re blessed, forever changed, and indescribably inspired as you read what is contained herein.
With love, Lara
I come from a background of childhood sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, an eating disorder, self-mutilation, years of wanting to commit suicide, horrible anxiety, debilitating depression, gut-wrenching emotional pain, indescribable hopelessness, abandonment by my family when I confronted my main perpetrator of sexual abuse, continual broken relationships with men, abandonment by two husbands, two unwanted divorces, hospitals, the psychiatric ward, counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, self-help groups, recovery programs, medications, welfare, food stamps, charity care, long-term disability, total despair, total brokenness, darkness beyond measure. Despite being enormously blessed with being raised in a family that had a lot of love as well as much wealth and being very well loved and cared for overall, and receiving an excellent education, we had our problems that nobody else could see which affect me to this very day.
One night, decades ago, long before I started dealing with the sexual abuse, lost my family, and was married and lost my marriages, I wrote something in drunken scribble in my journal and forgot all about it until I was sober. “Please someone help me please.” Several years later, I found that someone. And I found the way out of my crushing pain and utter brokenness. I found what would become for me the way out of darkness and into a light unimaginable, and what I would ultimately come to see is the only everlasting way out of the darkness of this world.
One day on a random beach on a random day with a random friend, I ran to the public restroom so I could sob in my incredible despair. I had just come out of a psychiatric ward followed by five weeks in the eating disorders unit of a hospital. I was dealing head on with the childhood sexual abuse and with the loss of my family.
In my complete despair, I cried out four simple words. “Please God help me.” When I returned to the beach, I found what looked like a crumpled piece of trash at my feet. I picked it up and read what lay inside. It was a prayer written in someone’s script handwriting.
On my hands and knees that night, broken beyond imagination, I spoke the prayer and was instantly transformed. I was so stunned by what transpired that I immediately called my counselor at the time and told her I thought I had finally gone completely over the edge and perhaps had been hallucinating. I had such an amazing, supernatural experience in terms of what I heard and saw that I could not fathom that something like that could happen to me. My counselor suggested that maybe something good had happened. Little did I know what had actually transpired, and how my life would never be the same. I had not gone over the edge into insanity. I had gone over the edge of my old life and into something beyond my wildest dreams. I had received the Lord Jesus Christ.
Though I could not start my physical life over again and choose different circumstances, I was reborn spiritually when I spoke that prayer and given a new start. Looking back in retrospect, I can see now that for some time before that night God had been wooing me, drawing me to Himself by His Holy Spirit. Over and again, I would find myself in usually mostly empty churches not during service times, saying the name Jesus. Though I believed in a generic God, I knew almost nothing about God and little about Jesus. Even as I was falling apart by the very breath, desperately wanting out of the darkness, I was being drawn to the Lord. I had asked God numerous times to forgive me by then, but I had no understanding of sin, of repentance, of Jesus Christ and the cross. I simply couldn’t resist what was pulling me, not comprehending it was God’s Spirit leading me. In retrospect, I can see now God had planted seeds long before that and was scattering seed through His children into my life even during that time, but nothing until then had become of them. The night I spoke that prayer, and received Jesus Christ, this marked the beginning of what I would only see years later with clarity.
I had spent decades looking for a physical something or a human someone to take away my pain and make me whole. Little did I know the someone I needed wasn’t human at all. The someone I had cried out to in my drunken scrawl several years earlier, though I had not known it at the time, was God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a woman who had grown up in a Jewish family that didn’t believe in God, and as a woman who dabbled, flirted, and engaged in all sorts of dangerous and false spiritual practices, including agnosticism and atheism, the last thing I expected was to find my salvation in the Lord God almighty through faith in Jesus Christ.
My life didn’t get easier the day I received Jesus. It became much harder. I discovered only later that God never promises us an easy life. But He promises believers in and followers of Jesus everlasting life and invites us into a breathtakingly beautiful forever relationship with Him. I didn’t know back then Christ’s followers can have an amazing loving relationship with God on this earth – and forever.
Nor did I know back then Jesus didn’t want me to just believe in Him. He wanted me to follow Him. This is true for us all, but how ignorant I was! When I finally picked up the Bible and began to learn and live the life God planned for me, everything changed. Not my circumstances, which remained hard and are hard to this very day. But I began to develop a relationship with God so beautiful and so awesome that I realize today that I can have the love and hope and joy and peace and faith and trust and fulfillment and intimacy that I had wanted all along but could never find in this world.
I was to come to find that the love, light, hope, joy, peace, faith, trust, fulfillment, and eternal intimate fellowship with God Christ’s followers can have are not contingent on the circumstances of our lives but are dependent on a rock-solid relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I had lived my life on a roller coaster, continuously feeling high when things went well and desperately depressed and broken when things went poorly which they so often did. Over time, as my relationship with the Lord eventually grew, I realized I no longer needed to live my life on that roller coaster. God wanted to teach me how to walk day by day in His magnificent and glorious light – the light of the Lord Jesus Christ – no matter my circumstances.
When I look back, the biggest missing piece in my life was not just that for decades I hadn’t believed in Jesus Christ. It was that from what I recall anyway that nobody took the time, love, and care to sit down with me and to clearly and carefully explain exactly how I could have a true fresh start in life, a brand new beginning, leaving behind the darkness and living a light- & love-filled life, enjoying the awesome blessings of God, carrying with me continuously the hope of everlasting life all the while learning to rejoice moment by moment in the indescribably amazing beauty of being in forever fellowship with God through Christ. Oh, if only I had known! If only I had known and understood the true Gospel message, how to be born again through Christ and how to live and thrive and rejoice as a genuine follower of Christ as God by His Spirit and through His amazing Word would ultimately teach me. A life lived in sold-out commitment to Him!
I hope you will let me be the someone in your life to share with you the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that you, too, will get a fresh start, leave behind the darkness and come into God’s magnificent light, develop an amazing loving relationship with God on this earth, and look forward to everlasting life. You don’t have to stay in the darkness any longer. Are you ready to live in the light?
LIVING IN THE LIGHT
Many years later now, I can honestly say I have a stunningly, awesomely, amazingly, indescribably, phenomenally rich, fulfilling, exciting, peace-filled, joyful, and light-filled life. For one reason alone. The Lord. I do not find any of this in the world around me, not especially in my circumstances and ongoing challenges. I find it all in Christ who now lives in and through me. For God by His Spirit has led me into and taught me how to have an ever growing, wonderful, fabulous, intimate, closer-by-the-breath, personal relationship with Himself through Christ as He conforms me to Christ’s image.
You might be surprised to know the circumstances of my life are still incredibly hard and painful. I do not have the life that most people would want. My family situation remains tragic, though I am blessed immeasurably God healed my relationship with my beloved Mom and privileged God now uses me to talk to her about Christ and to show her His love. He also brought another family member back into my life to whom I speak about Him. That said, my life has remained challenging in many respects. I lost my long-time beloved pastor unexpectedly, have lost numerous of my sweet dogs who are like my little family since I no longer have one, lost my closest female friend who was found dead with a gunshot wound to her chest, my ex-husband whom I still love approaches the end of his life with a life-threatening medical disease and a life-threatening prescription drug addiction, I am single, am on the road full-time for ministry as of April 2017, have relatively no social life to be available to the Lord and for ministry 24-7, live an exceedingly simple lifestyle, haven’t had a real vacation for years as I care for the last of my handicapped and senior rescued dogs after 20 years of dog rescue work, lost most of what I have ever wanted and did not get what I once desperately desired, and work exceedingly hard in my ministry with no staff but thank God a few friends to help with one aspect of it, and yet I can promise you I am blessed literally beyond measure.
The love, joy, peace, hope, freedom, excitement, passion, sense of purpose, trust, faith, blessedness, light, and so very much more that fills me daily is absolutely without measure. Of course it is. It comes from God!
Why do I have this now? Because I am at last wholly, 100% the Lord’s. I have it because of HIM. HE gets ALL THE GLORY! For years, I was a believer in Jesus Christ but not a follower. I refused to give up the ways of this world, and I lived for myself. For a long time, I didn’t read the Bible and solidly plant myself in the Body of Christ with believers in Christ who could help me to follow Him. I did not attend church nor have a biblically sound pastor.
When I finally started studying the Bible, going to church, and learning, I did nothing with the Bible. I was a hearer, not a doer of God’s Word. I was also for a long while under false teaching, sucked in by the exceedingly deceptive “prosperity gospel”. I was taught I could basically wave my magic wand and get God to do whatever I wanted. I thought God was here to serve me instead of that Jesus is Lord and that I was created to love, serve, and glorify God. My life was a mess! My heart was a mess! Everything was a mess! God by His Holy Spirit led me to repentance, drew me into His Word, began to teach me the Truth by His Spirit, and began a lifelong process of sanctification in which daily He renews my mind and transforms my life by His Spirit through His Word in preparing me for eternity with Him and ever using me to help others to become forever followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, at long last, I live and breathe to love, honor, revere, praise, worship, and serve God and to be conformed to His image and to grow ever closer to Him. I have finally become willing to forsake all for the Lord, leaving behind me my wants, wishes, and desires so that I can be available 24-7 to love, adore, and serve Him in my ministry work. I spend every day loving Him, seeking Him in prayer and Bible study with His Spirit teaching me and continual communication and communion with Him, learning to follow Him. I care for the sweet dogs He has placed in my hands whom for years now He has used endlessly to introduce me to people with whom I can talk about Him, pray for, minister to, give Gospel tracts to, etc. And I stay ever connected to Christ’s Body – my fellow Christ followers so we can love, encourage, help, support, and comfort one another as we grow in relationship with God.
What a humbling, blessed, amazing and awesome privilege it is as of 2017 to be moving from location to location as the Spirit of God leads me to do my streets ministry work and write, publish, and distribute the Gospel tracts and devotionals I write both from my own heart and hands and via mail to prisons, homeless shelters, churches, ministries, groups, and individuals requesting to distribute them.
While I continue to struggle and my heart still hurts over all the losses and challenges I have faced, and continue to face, I no longer get lost in any of it. For I know now Jesus Christ died on the cross for me not so I could live for me, but so I can live for God almighty forever in Christ. Oh, what joy! What joy! What light! What love! How glorious is the Lord!
Are you ready to leave the darkness behind and to walk in the light of the Lord forever?
THE GOSPEL MESSAGE
Ever since the first man and woman Adam and Eve sinned against God and were kicked out of their perfect lives in the Garden of Eden and lost most importantly their relationship with God, all humans have been born into sin resulting in the curse leading to death and eternal separation from God in fiery torment in hell and the lake of fire. We as sinners can’t live face to face with the perfect, holy, and righteous Lord God almighty in His full forever glorious magnificent presence in His indescribably awesome eternally blissful Kingdom of heaven because of our sins which separate us from Him. We all fall short of God’s glory, and we can’t earn His love, forgiveness, and everlasting life.
But God loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to the earth as a man, to die a heinous death on the cross to pay the death and hell penalty for our sins by taking God’s wrath at us for our sins upon Himself, and to be raised from the dead and to now sit on the right hand of God in heaven until He returns again as the final steps unfold leading to His forever Kingdom of heaven that will be filled with Christ’s followers. If we repent of our sins, believe Jesus is the Son of God and died for us and was raised from the dead and is Lord, turning from our sins to a life devoted to God and His ways, we are forgiven and enter into a relationship with God and receive the promise of eternal life. We are born again spiritually with a clean slate and saved from God’s wrath, death, and hell and the lake of fire.
Belief in Christ as Lord is NOT an intellectual faith. Even the demons believe. True faith in Christ is an ongoing belief in Him, all that He is, did, is doing, says in the Bible, and a true trust in Him as Lord whereby we turn from our wicked ways and live according to the ways God teaches us in the Bible. We are not called to just believe in Christ in our minds. We are called to follow Him by yielding to God our very lives and demonstrating in our hearts, words, and actions that we have turned away from the ways of the world and turned to the Lord. We are to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him whereby we die to ourselves and live for Him. Countless people who believe they will spend eternity with God in heaven based on an intellectual belief, an emotional experience, church attendance, good works, etc., will be turned away by Christ and end up in hell and the lake of fire forever apart from God because they neglected to understand and put into practice that believing in, and following, Christ is a WAY OF LIFE of living for God!
God commands us above all else to love Him with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. Once born again, we must go through a life-long sanctification process whereby our minds are renewed by studying the Bible, our lives are transformed by God’s Spirit, and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Good works cannot earn our salvation, but good works should be the fruit of true repentance demonstrating that we are truly living our lives for the Lord. Our purpose on this earth is to love God, to love others, to proclaim the Gospel message to others and to help lead people into God’s Kingdom as we follow Christ, using the gifts God has given each of us to bring Him glory while rejoicing in and enjoying forever fellowship with Him!
The journey following Jesus can be incredibly hard, but it is amazingly beautiful when we walk in intimate fellowship with God through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, devoting ourselves in love, faithfulness, devotion, and dedication to God almighty.
When we learn to walk with the Lord and to live the dreams He has for our lives, forsaking our own will and ways as we learn to live for Him and no longer for ourselves, we experience an intimate, personal relationship with God that is more beautiful and lasting than anything or anyone on this entire earth.
His love for us is forever, and the sacrifice we make in choosing to live the new life He has given us according to His ways and not ours is nothing compared with the love and the peace and the hope and joy He offers us for now and eternity in Christ.
There is no greater blessing, honor, nothing more humbling and amazing, than choosing to humble ourselves, to repent and believe in Christ as Lord, to surrender ourselves to God and live to love and serve and exalt and magnify and revere and honor and praise and bring glory to God forever!
THE GIFT OF GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT
The Lord. A forever relationship with Him. His love. His forgiveness. His salvation. Rejoicing in Him. Just writing about this makes me smile inside my heart. But He’s so far away, isn’t He? Oh, but no! Not at all!
Before Jesus left this earth and went up to heaven to be with God where He will be until He returns, He promised His followers the Holy Spirit, described in the Bible as comforter, helper, advocate, counsellor, teacher, and so incredibly much more! God’s very own Spirit! But we can’t see God’s Spirit, can we? So where is He? Where is this indescribably amazing blessing?
Christ’s followers are “sealed (Eph. 1:13)” with the Holy Spirit, who comes to live inside His followers, but this is not all! There is a baptism of the Holy Spirit that some may receive when they receive Christ as Lord and are born again, and others do not receive at that time. In this baptism of God’s Spirit, Christ’s followers are given the power, the strength, courage, boldness, the ability and wherewithal, the leading and direction, and spiritual gift(s), all that is needed to love and serve the Lord and to tell the world about the Lord Jesus Christ and to love and serve others! Study carefully God’s Word to learn about the Holy Spirit, and seek and find strong biblical teaching to help you understand and receive and live in the fulness of the Holy Spirit!
Many churches and pastors fall short in the teaching about the Holy Spirit or teach wrongly about Him if they teach of Him at all. I have had to do a lot of digging, into God’s Word and also into biblically sound writing from well-known evangelists from long ago, to have a deeper understanding about the Holy Spirit and to more fully take advantage of this breathtakingly beautiful and all-powerful gift and blessing of the Lord’s to His followers!
Now, day by day, I seek the re-filling of God’s Spirit, I seek to love and follow and obey Him rather than to grieve Him, I seek to repent when He convicts me of sin, and I seek to be taught by Him, counseled by Him, strengthened by Him, transformed by Him, comforted by Him, sanctified by Him, to be sensitive to Him, to hear Him, be led by Him, and to be used by Him to help build God’s glorious Kingdom!
Watch Christ’s apostles in the Bible and His followers in general as they not only were indwelt by God’s Spirit, but were given the baptism of God’s Spirit, were filled anew with Him, were empowered by Him, and how right down to very specific instructions were lovingly and mercifully controlled by and led by Him in following Christ and proclaiming Him to the world!
Oh, what a gift is God’s Holy Spirit! Oh, what a blessing beyond measure is the baptism of the Spirit of God! Oh, what a blessing we cannot even conceive of until we ask for it and know it ourselves! To be sealed with God’s Holy Spirit, and to be indwelt by God’s Spirit when we are born again, and to receive the baptism of His Spirit and then to be filled again and again with His Spirit, and to be led throughout our lives by His Spirit, this is how the Lord intended His children to live! An immeasurable blessing indeed!
YOUR NEW BEGINNING
If you are ready for a fresh start and to be born again, and if you truly believe what I have shared with you here, then repent from your sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cry out to God to save you, tell Him you are sorry for your sins and want His forgiveness, tell Him you know Jesus is His only begotten Son who came to the earth in the flesh and that He is Lord, and that you believe God resurrected Him from the dead.
Lots of people talk about saying a specific prayer to invite Jesus into your heart. I do not recommend that you say anybody else’s prayer but your very own. Being reborn is about repenting and turning to God by receiving Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior and receiving the seal and indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. This needs to happen as a result of your own true sorrow over your sins and your own genuine belief in Jesus and what He did on the cross for you.
Ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit right then and there, or, if you are already born again but have never received the baptism of the Holy Spirit or need a fresh filling of God’s Spirit, ask God now!
When you are reborn, and you have been brought out of darkness and into God’s amazing light, you now have a fresh start. Now that you believe in Jesus as your Lord, you need to learn how to follow Him and to develop a strong personal relationship with God.
Study and apply the Bible to your life daily, and watch God transform your life. I use mostly the NKJV and King James versions. Some translations are considered gravely and dangerously inaccurate, so it’s imperative to research before choosing a translation and to ask a biblically sound, super solid Christ follower(s) for help if needed.
Assemble regularly with other followers of Jesus
whether in a church setting, a Bible study, a house church, or another similar setting. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, so be sure to hear it preached by
someone who is strongly grounded in the Bible.
God warns us that as the world draws to a close and evil abounds, false teachers will come and many will be deceived. No matter how loving, comfortable, or good a person, church or pastor seems, make sure what you hear lines up with what the Bible teaches. The Bible is God’s Word, so you should measure everything in your life against it to make sure it’s from Him.
Spend time with God daily, praising Him, praying, pouring out your heart to Him, studying the Bible, listening to Him, making the changes He wants you to make, and learning to bring Him honor and glory in all that you do.
Above all else, always make Him your priority and make His will for your life your road map for living as you learn to follow Jesus. God speaks to His children through the Bible because it is His Word. Jesus says in the Bible, “My sheep know my voice.” As you develop your relationship with God, you should hear Him by His Spirit speaking to you. When God speaks into your heart, or through others to you, He will never speak against His own Word. So always check what you believe you hear from Him, or any counsel you receive from others, with the Bible to make sure it matches His Word. If what you hear does not line up with the Bible, it is not from Him.
Learn to be filled with God’s Spirit, to live by God’s Spirit, to hear and obey God’s Spirit, and to live for the glory of the Lord God almighty!
It is my privilege and honor to have shared with you my own personal story and how you, too, can move from darkness to light and have a fresh start, begin and develop your own intimate relationship with God, and enjoy His love now and forever in heaven. May you love and bring glory to Him forevermore!
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Mt. 32:37-40
“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;” Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Eph. 5:6
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mt. 13:41-43
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:3-6
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18
“that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Eph. 1:12-14
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”” Luke 11:13
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Colossians 1:13
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” John 8:12
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Mt. 7:21-23
““But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. 1:2-12
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:4-13
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
Your Own Story
I began by sharing how we all have our own stories and then shared with you from the heart my own.
Now I am compelled to tell you that so long as you are alive and breathing, your story is not over.
Not only is where you will spend eternity contingent on whether or not you have made or make a decision to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord whereby you genuinely commit your life to Christ, but how you choose to spend the rest of your time on this earth if you become Christ’s devoted follower will determine three things:
- The rewards God has for you when you are with Him in the Kingdom of heaven
- The quality of life you have here on this earth regarding your relationship with Christ and with others
- Whether or not and to what degree you help to build God’s Kingdom by sharing the Gospel and helping people to find and forever follow Jesus
The Lord will vomit out lukewarm believers (Rev. 3:16). What does He desire? Followers who are totally devoted, totally sold out, totally dedicated, to Him – now and forever. Oh, may you be so!
About Lara Love
I am a 100% Jewish blessed believer in, follower, daughter, and servant of the Lord Jesus Christ devoted 24-7 to the Lord and ministry as the Lord leads me from location to location to do streets ministry and write, publish, and distribute Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books. My traveling companions are the Lord, my Bible, laptop for writing, a few other simple belongings, and a small crew of handicapped and senior rescued dogs who remain with me after 20 years of dog rescue work.
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