“Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that…

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a…

“Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!…” Psalm 96:9…………… Know what Jesus told the woman at the well when she talked about worshiping God in Jerusalem? Jesus made it plain and clear, to her, and to us, that worshiping God is NOT about a place! Yet how many of us have confined worshiping God to an hour or so at church on Sundays, and maybe to an hour or so more at church on Wednesday nights, if we even worship God at all? How many of us have confined worshiping God to a specific place, and to a specific time, and even to a specific way – like singing songs considered contemporary, written by others, and to singing songs considered traditional, written by people long ago? How many…

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6…………. ““But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way…

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6………… “I can’t do everything!” I told the Lord in my heart one day. “I never asked you to do everything,” He immediately replied. “I only asked you to do what I asked you to do.” Feeling overwhelmed? Sometimes we feel overwhelmed because we take on more than the Lord has given us to do, and we need to be careful about this. Someone told me long ago the Lord equips us to do what He…

“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed… Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:3-12………………… The cross lay on the ground. Made of bamboo, or wicker. I wasn’t sure of the material. Someone…

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47……………. My little ministry, Walk by Faith Ministry, is growing so quickly – locally, nationally, and internationally – that it’s hard to keep up with it all. Countless people hold countless conferences and seminars, write books, hold workshops, teach and coach and counsel others, etc., on how to grow a ministry. They teach about marketing, publicity, advertising, goals and agendas, plans and statistics, graphs and charts, business plans, short-range plans, long-term plans, how much money to spend on growing the ministry, how to raise the money, employing worldly ways, worldly measures and techniques, etc., to grow a ministry, to grow a church. Why is my ministry growing and growing? Why…

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23……………. “Stay out of this,” the Holy Spirit told me. I had been daydreaming about something. “You’re about to go into a place I don’t want you going into,” the Spirit of God essentially told me. The Lord was WARNING me. What I was thinking about was not acceptable to Him. I was thinking in my little daydream about doing some stuff. Involving two other people. About getting involved with something. It all seemed perfectly fine to me. Nothing wrong with it. Or so I thought anyway. But there was a problem. A big one. It wasn’t the Lord’s will for me to…

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out…

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15…… If you ask me what I do, why God created me, what He put me on this earth for, what His purpose for me is, what dream He has given me for His glory, how I spend my days, the answer is plain and clear. I live to love and worship and glorify and serve God almighty, and I do streets ministry and write Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books. My mission? To help people find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ. After decades of being utterly lost, broken, and hopeless, not only has the Lord entirely transformed me, but He has given me a very clear, simple, and straightforward purpose,…

By the Lord’s grace, in the Lord’s love, in the Lord’s strength, for the Lord’s glory, Lord willing unless He changes the date due to weather or such, this Sunday, April 1, yes, Easter day, and also Passover for my Jewish people, I will be climbing into my long-time Honda Element with about 240,000 miles on it with a luggage rack, bicycle rack with the doggy wheelchairs, the rest of my belongings, my 5 beloved and precious special needs & senior doggies, and lots and lots of FAITH & heading off to the New York City area for one reason alone. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! This will be stop #2 being out on the road full time for the Lord & ministry since April 2017, and I couldn’t be more humbled,…

“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” 1 Peter 2:2………… “I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;” 1 Cor. 3:2…………… It may sound harsh, but it’s true. Some of us need to grow up, and I of all people should know this – based on my own experience! Years ago, my then husband called me a “baby Christian.” I’m in reality what some call a Messianic Jew, as I’m really a Jewish follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. But his point was right on. I was nothing more than a babe in the Lord, or a baby in Christ, and little…

“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5…………. There is a time to go, and a time not to go, and the time to go is when the Lord says so, and the time NOT to go is when the Lord says no. Not to go. Years ago, my beloved then pastor went to Haiti for his usual almost monthly ministry work there about 2 or 3 days before the major earthquake. He was all over the news in Savannah, GA, because he was in the exact location where the quake hit and went missing. He was in one of the buildings that was damaged but walked out of the building completely unscathed. When he was found, he was…

“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 “Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.” Hebrews 11:36-38 Sad, but true, that we humans…

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27…………… Sometimes we’re convinced we’ve heard from God – and we haven’t. We think we know His will – but we don’t. We believe He’s told us something – but He hasn’t. We feel He’s sending us in one direction – but He’s not. We sense He’s leading us to something, or someone – but He’s not. We just know that we know He’s telling us to let something, or someone, go – but He’s not. You get the point. We believe God has said something to us – even though He hasn’t. How does this happen, how can we figure this out, and what do we do? It happens because no matter how much we…

“I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17….. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6………… God REWARDS those who DILIGENTLY what? Diligently SEEK Him. Diligently seek WHOM? God! Let’s go deep with this. He has REWARDS for those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. Diligent, according to dictionary.com, is defined as “constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything…” and “done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking:” He doesn’t want us to just casually, once in a while, haphazardly, when we’re in the mood, or when it’s time to go to church…

“Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” 1 Chron. 16:10-11…………. I asked the Lord a question. “Do you want to hear what I want to tell you, or do you want to hear what you want to hear?” He replied. His answer sounded indirect. After all, He hadn’t answered my question. Instead, He had wanted to get straight with me what my intention was. His Spirit knows me perfectly. He knows us all perfectly. His question was more important than mine. I needed to answer Him. Why did He ask me what I wanted to hear? “A bit of both,” I told Him. I wanted Him to tell me the truth. I…

“The lips of the righteous feed many,…” Proverbs 10:21……….. “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,…” Proverbs 10:11…………. “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,…” Proverbs 10:31…………. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,…” Proverbs 10:31………… “Use your mouth for my glory,” the Holy Spirit told me one day. Though I have heard preaching about the mouth, and studied in the Bible about the mouth, on and off for years, I have never had a more clear and powerful understanding of the mouth as I do today. I have spent decades of my life, and even to this very day can struggle with this very same thing if I’m not careful, using my mouth for all the wrong reasons. Negativity, moaning, whining, complaining,…

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:12-14………… “What am I going to do, Lord?” I asked Him as I sat in my favorite little deli-style restaurant with my bag-full of blueberry and banana nut muffins, a special treat, yum. “You’re going to persevere,” He told me immediately. I was weary. Worn out. Tired. Exhausted. The funny thing was…

“Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” Deut. 5:29………… “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” Deut. 5:33……… “Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’” Deut. 6:3………… “And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear…

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Gal. 5:13………………. “Do not try to fix this, Lara,” the Spirit of God told me one afternoon. “Let me.” A beautiful, beloved friend of mine was hurting, overwhelmed exhausted, and so very dear to me, not to mention that I love helping people anyway, whether strangers or friends or family. Immediately I wanted to do something to help. Something. Anything. Something concrete. Tangible. Not long after I jumped right in, the Spirit of God yanked me back out. I had already loved her when we spoke, encouraged her, offered biblically based counsel, given her scriptures, listened to her, and made clear how much I care…

“Then the word of the Lord came to him [Elijah], saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith….So he went and did according to the word of the Lord…” 1 Kings 17:2-5 bold added…….. “Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Mt. 4:19-20…………… “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” John 12:26………….. Some of us are clingers when it’s time to go. When it’s time to move forward. Time to move on. Time to let go. Time to move ahead. As the Lord leads us. Some of us…

“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………………. “This makes no sense to me,” I said in my heart one morning. It wasn’t an outright prayer. I wasn’t consciously trying to speak to God. I was just going about my morning dog-related chores and muttering in my heart these words concerning something I was on the precipice of doing in obedience to the Lord. This makes no sense to me. One of the greatest challenges I believe Christ’s followers face is I think we tend to want to make sense of the Lord’s will, and to refuse to do the Lord’s will if we don’t have understanding of it,…

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phil. 4:8…………… “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord,…” Psalm 24:4-5…………. “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23…………… “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8…………….. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for…

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17……………. “Every time you need something, you come to Mommy,” I told paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon one day. “You definitely know who your provider is.” Sure enough, after years of being in my care, my sweet beloved paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon knows everything he needs he can get from me. And he uses his face, his facial expressions, his paws, and his “talking” (I tell people he “talks” rather than howls or barks, and I’m convinced of this!) to tell me what he needs when he needs it. He doesn’t look to anyone or anything else for his needs to be met.…

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7……….. One morning the Lord placed in my heart a little picture of the piece of equipment I saw used years ago in the physical therapy department of a hospital where I volunteered for a very short stint. The equipment was about 12 feet long or so with handrails on both sides so someone learning to walk again after a major injury could hold onto the rails for support and to keep from falling. A few minutes later, the Lord said this to me: “I will walk with you,” the Spirit of God spoke. “I will lead you.” What was He showing me? What was He telling me? What might He be showing and telling you? I was in the…

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”” John 14:21………… “Mercy! Mercy!” I called out to paralyzed dog Miss Mercy as I do multiple times a day so she will come to me so I can change her diaper. Her paralyzed dog buddy Mr. Simeon has just about no mobility without his wheelchair and Mommy’s help getting him around, but Miss Mercy who was hit by a car before she came to me at only about 6 months old has been scooting around on her knees for years not to mention enjoying her wheelchair. This time, she came surprisingly fast when I called!…

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Genesis 2:20……….. I read the scriptures above FOR YEARS before one day the Spirit of God brought something to light quite astonishing and utterly life-changing. Abraham was considered a man of exceedingly strong faith in that when God told him to essentially pack his bags and leave so very much behind to go where God was…

“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.” Gal. 2:20…….. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad… 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. 5:10-15………. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything much crazier to do at 50 years old on the budget of…

“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13………….. I was driving down a highway out in the country where there was little to no traffic many years ago when the Holy Spirit spoke to me so loudly and so clearly and so emphatically it was as if the Lord God almighty were sitting in the car with me. I felt as though He had taken the car over, the driving of the car over, and taken me over. I felt almost as though I wasn’t even there. For those few minutes, it was like the rest of the world just disappeared. His message to me in those minutes could not have been more plain and clear. He was calling me to Bible school and to preach.…

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