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Friday, November 30, 2018

He is Your Gift

Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
—2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

         If you are someone who is alone this Christmas, I will tell you that I don’t know exactly what you are going through. I don’t understand what it means to be without a husband or family at Christmas. But I do understand loss. Mother is gone. Daddy passed this year. I do understand how your heart breaks when those you love are gone from your life.

         Companies, like Hallmark, remind us again and again that Christmas is a time for love and for families—a time for sharing presents and home. Warm and cozy feelings are their goals—along with a hot cup of cocoa to soothe and renew our visions of sugar plum sweetness. Over and over again, we are reminded that what the retail world tells us is real. And loneliness is magnified. Loss becomes greater. Despair draws us in, and we feel abandoned—without hope in a world that has left us behind.

         Jesus was not born into a world of sugar plum sweetness. He was born in a lowly manger, with little comfort, because there was no room for him in the inn. He came alone, without fanfare, to offer himself to be our greatest gift. He was born to give his life with no expectation of return. His love was freely given—never to be earned. He knew loneliness as we will never know loneliness. Abandoned at Calvary, He died to offer unconditional love as His greatest gift so that we might know God's fullness and joy no matter our circumstance or our pain. He is our answer to loneliness. He is the answer to our pain of loss.

         If you are alone, don’t feel abandoned. You have not been left behind. Your Comforter has come so you can rest in His loving grace. His heart knows your loneliness. He knew it at Calvary, and for your pain—your loss—for your life He gave all He had to offer. His gift for you is His life. There is no greater love than that which came from innocence to love you through this season right into the next.

         Yes, the loss is real, but He understands it in ways I never will—in ways you never will.  Do not strain to comprehend His grace. Your mind cannot receive what is meant to heal your heart. He is your gift.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Praise Him


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.
—Psalm 136:1,26 NLT


The love of God never ends. It faithfully endures forever. He doesn’t withdraw it. He wouldn’t, and He can’t. His unconditional love was secured for you on Calvary. If you feel alone, you aren’t. He is with you in your valley. If you wish to perceive His goodness in whatever situation you face, then give Him thanks. Thank Him for the answer you can’t see. Thank Him for the provision you don’t possess. Thank Him for His faithfulness when your valley screams otherwise. Praising Him in your valley secures greater faith to believe in the promise He imparted on the mountain. 


God doesn’t grade your performance. He just desires your love. Just because your life isn't going great right now doesn't mean He doesn't love you. Praising Him in spite of your circumstance—your fear—your uncertainty reveals your trust in His faithful love. Praise doesn't change God. Just like prayer praise changes you. Praising Him in your valley bestows a greater appreciation for the promise you heard on the mountain. It gives you strength to believe—to endure, and an overwhelming joy when His promise rises to defeat the lie of your valley.


Praise is that very instance when in your most difficult circumstance, you honor God’s faithfulness, and your promise has hope. Praise Him! Believe Him. Believe His faithful love endures forever!


© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ask


This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
—1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

What is the need of your heart this Christmas? The Lord knows it. If you ask anything according to His will, He hears you. He has your provision ready. You can rest assured that He has the best answer for whatever you need. Have confidence in approaching Him. Ask in faith believing that He will answer. Trust His love for you. Trust His faithfulness to you. Bring to Him your desire knowing that to lay it on the altar means His help in your time of need. He desires to deliver what you need, but you ask believing that He will supply what is best for you. 

Faith is the key that unlocks the door, but faith only grows stronger in intimate contact with Him. To know Him intimately means you understand His will for your life, and that it is more important than anything else. A heart that is sold out to God has the faith to believe that He can move mountains. Let Him own your heart, and “do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Ask in faith confidently believing He will supply your request. He will never forsake or fail you.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

After All


I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
—Philippians 3:12 (NLT)

Grace gives joy to pressing on. I don’t press on because it is required. I don’t press on to win Jesus’ love for me. He revealed His love on Calvary, and I received it when I asked Him into my heart. I press on because not pressing on would break the intimacy of His presence. Not pressing on would erect a wall to the grace He won for me.

He is perfect. I am not. As long as I live in this human body, I shall never reach absolute perfection according to the law. But that never keeps me from pressing on to know Him more. It never keeps me from this adventure of undeserved favor—this growth to understand what grace really means for my life. I press on to grasp in my heart this grace that first possessed me. 

His grace is perfection. It meets the requirements of the law, which I could never attain. When I allow—when I press on, His grace does a work in me that I could never achieve. He gives me the power to press on—not to be perfect in meeting the requirements of the law. I press on to comprehend the depth of His grace—to possess that perfection of grace—that perfection of love for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Yes, His grace is perfect, and it is constantly my joyful journey and my gift. 

Why do you press on? Are you constantly striving to meet those requirements that only He could meet?  Or do you seek to know better the Savior who gave His life for your freedom? He has written you the greatest love letter—His Word. He yearns for you to know Him, and the power of His grace. Law tells you to fear the Word. His love gives you the power to view the Word—all of it—through the eyes of His grace. Jesus cries for you to grasp the love and joy of His grace that first possessed you. After all, He gave His life so you might have it.


© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Gift of Peace


I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
—John 14:17 (NLT)


         This world is troubling. It is emotionally draining. It pulls in so many directions until you feel shattered into pieces. You crave peace above anything else, but you can’t hide from your life. It is always with you—fearfully demanding and constantly expecting something from you. Some escape from this life because of the pain—because no one stayed the course with them until they received the peace of mind and heart Jesus promises. Escape is never the answer. There is no hope in escaping. There is no peace of mind and heart in escaping. 

Don’t despair. Don’t be troubled or afraid. Jesus has left you a gift this Christmas—peace of mind and heart. No, your circumstances will never be perfect. This world will never give you peace. But you know that already. You have tried to make things right and failed. You have tried to make yourself perfect and realized the impossibility of that battle. You have strived and struggled until fear has claimed your heart and mind. Jesus just waits for you to crawl into His arms, and give your circumstances—your despair—your fears to Him.

You can never change what happens—just like you can never change your own heart. Only Jesus can. He has loved you with an everlasting love. He has drawn you in loving kindness. He has plans for your life—plans that don’t disappoint but give you hope. The hope He gives never leads to disappointment because He dearly loves you. The world loves only when you please it. He loves you in your pain—in your fear—in your misery—in your imperfection. He makes right what you don’t have the strength to make right. Escape from life is never the answer. Then hope is gone. His arms are always open. He loves you. He has a gift for you. Peace of mind and peace of heart.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
www.lynnlacher.com/2018/11/gift-of-peace.html

Monday, November 19, 2018

A Thankful Heart


Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)


         A friend discovered this verse at a time she desperately needed it. Having gone through the sudden loss of her only child, she faced sadness and utter desolation. Then God offered her a gift of hope. This verse revealed to her something that became a lifeline. She was told to give thanks in this terrible trial because it was God’s will for her to praise Him. Even though she didn’t feel like praising God at all, my friend took God at His Word. Her praise became an offering of her pain and heartache to Him. It became her sacrifice of self. And God did a miracle. He lifted her from the terrible agony. Yes, she still felt the loss, but her focus changed from her pain to her promise. She would see her son again one day. Her life had a purpose and a message of promise to share with others. 

The day my friend heard of the death of her son, the news was shocking, sudden, and overwhelming. When faced with such hard news, numbness is often our first defense. After the numbness lifts, the pain can become too much to bear. If it isn’t released, it can destroy us. Pain is often released in anger, and we strike out in its bitterness. The greatest way to release the pain is to God.

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. (Hebrews 13:15 NIV) 

In praise, we find release. It is a sacrifice to give praise when your life is fractured. It is a sacrifice to praise Him when what you face makes no sense to your heart. My friend found release in a sacrifice of praise to God. She discovered His strength in the midst of her loss.

The hardships of our lives will always come. When we are on the top of the mountain, we praise Him easily. When we are in the valley, praise becomes harder. God knows that when we praise Him in our hardest times, we receive release from the pain that has claimed us. When we praise Him in the midst of loss or pain or discouragement or embarrassment or loneliness or sadness or illness, the heart and mind become stronger through its surrender. 

         Do you give praise in all circumstances? If not, the truth in Hebrews 13:15 is healing. All it takes is your acceptance of His love for you and a willingness to offer a sacrifice of praise. Through praise, my friend has discovered God’s healing power in her life. Greater faith has become her reward. She knows God will not forsake her at any time. The pain you may feel now can become part of the joy you will receive. That joy is His gift to His child who praises Him no matter what. Praise Him in whatever your circumstance—and you shall also receive.

© 2017 Lynn Lacher
Form Me, Fire Me, Fill Me
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Peace of Mind and Heart


“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart,” Jesus told the disciples the night before His death. “The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
—John 4:27 NLT


Peace of mind and heart! There is nothing like it. How you crave it in a world you can’t control—in thoughts, you can’t control. But it is real, and it is the greatest gift that comes when you are have been saved from sin and the regulations of the law. The law only exposed sin. It didn’t wipe it away. It didn’t heal your heart. Jesus gave His life so you can have a new life, and have it abundantly without torture or terrorizing thoughts of fear—so you can wake up rejoicing in the day ahead no matter what that day may bring. 

“Christ himself has brought peace to us,” Paul told the Ephesians. “He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations” (Ephesians 2:14a,15a NLT). Why do you keep striving to be good according to the law and then feel condemned when you aren’t perfect? Does the law save you? No, only Jesus saves you. Only the Holy Spirit transforms your thoughts and renews you in the spirit of your mind! Your part is to surrender and allow Him to change you. You grow in His grace when you allow His grace to teach you what it means to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ,” Paul told the Galatians, “and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God” (Galatians 2:17-19, NLT).

Paul said that when he tried to keep the law, it condemned him. Die to the law, and open your eyes to the freedom of His grace. No, His grace is not a license to sin. That would only make His grace cheap. But you are free to live as He instructs—not because you have to, but because you love Him and want to. He has given you the freedom to choose. If you are tired of the emotions of roller-coaster days that run rampant and fears at night you can’t control, you can choose the freedom of His grace which was greater than your sin—greater than your failure—greater than the condemnation you live under because you don’t feel good enough.

Don’t be troubled and afraid. Peace of mind and heart is yours.


© 2018 Lynn Lacher
www.lynnlacher.com/2018/11/peace-of-mind-and-heart.html


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mustard Seed Faith


“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
—Matthew 17:20 NLT


         The disciples had just asked Jesus why they couldn’t deliver a boy of a demon who had possessed him, and this was his answer. They just didn’t have enough faith. All they needed was faith as small as a mustard seed for nothing to be impossible. They could speak to the mountain in that boy’s life, and tell it to move.

         Last night Dr. Benny Tate asked our church, “what is your it?” He used John 14:14 as his text. “Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (NLT)! What is your it? What is that one thing you want to move in your life? I would like to take a few of his points and introduce a mustard seed of faith.

         You ask in prayer. You abide in His presence, and a mustard seed of faith is planted. That mustard seed germinates in moist earth and pushes through the soil to find light. Faith comes by hearing the Word again and again. Your faith germinates, and sprouts reaching for the light of His truth. That small seed begins to burst forth into a larger plant. Circumstances of life bring greater growth instead of defeat, and your faith grows when tested. Your mustard seed of faith has been strengthened by prayer, by abiding in His presence, and by the Word guiding you through life’s circumstances. Your mustard seed of faith is answered by a Savior who loves you more than His own life.

         “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field,” Jesus said in a parable. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32, NLT). The Kingdom of Heaven resides within your heart. It begins as a small mustard seed. It may begin small, but it doesn’t stay that way. With proper nourishment, it bursts forth changing your perspective from what your natural mind sees to what God sees. When faith anchors you, others are drawn to “nest” in your life—to grow in their own faith. 

         Do you have faith to hope in what your eyes can’t see, but what you want to believe in your heart is real?  Hope springs eternal in the human heart! Jesus delivered the boy that day of his demon. He removed that mountain. He tells you that you can speak to your own mountain, and tell it to move. All it takes is a mustard seed.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My Thoughts


My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
—Isaiah 55:8-9


         His thoughts are not my thoughts. They are higher than anything I might imagine. His ways are also beyond the ability of my human mind to conceive. God is spiritual, and I am human. His mind is supernatural, and mine is natural. Two minds are at war within man, and until the spiritual mind of God outweighs the human mind of man, there is no peace.

         “If any of you lacks wisdom,” James wrote, “you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:5-8, NIV).  

         God grants wisdom when I ask. He grants His mind and His higher thoughts when I ask. However, when I ask God for His thoughts—when I request His wisdom—I must ask in faith, or I doubt His ability to provide the very thing for which I ask. If I am double-minded and unstable, I should not expect to receive His wisdom. I should not expect to see beyond the limitation of my human mind consumed with fear or worry.

         “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?” believers in Corinth asked Paul. “We understand these things,” Paul affirmed, “for we have the mind of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:16b, NLT). Two minds are present in each believer. One will be more prevalent than the other and eventually outweigh the ability of the other to control my thoughts. If I respond to what I physically see, hear, and feel, then the spiritual mind of Christ will not grow stronger and impart greater faith to believe. However, if it is the spiritual mind of Christ I seek—if it His thoughts I want—if it is His truth I desire, His mind will take precedent, and I will have greater faith to believe. I will see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand His thoughts with my mind.

         Is this too radical?  Is this too impossible? No, it is not. Grace is a radical truth that makes no sense to the human mind. Why would the God of creation give His life for me?  Why would He love me so much?  It makes little sense to a double-minded man who has trouble believing in the faithfulness of God. To the spiritually-minded man, grace is abundant living. It is joy without comparison. It is believing in what the world cannot acknowledge—the mercy of an unconditional love that never judges, but loves with reckless abandon.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
www.lynnlacher.com/2018/11/my-thoughts.html

         

         


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More than Amazing


For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17 NLT


One man’s sin caused death to rule over everyone, and then one man’s sacrifice on Calvary triumphed over sin and death giving eternal life for all who would receive His wonderful grace. This new life in Christ is more than just eternal. It promises abundant life now. In a difficult world that promises nothing which lasts, His grace is more than miraculous—absolutely more than amazing.

We serve an amazing God, but we don't really understand just how amazing. His grace accomplishes what nothing else can—the gift of His righteousness within our hearts. Where we once walked in death, we now walk in life. Where we once had no hope, hope is now all we have. Grace means everything in this life. Until we understand in our hearts how He sees us—clean and righteous through the eyes of His benevolent grace—we can never be set completely free. Without the revelation of His mind-blowing unconditional love on Calvary, we can’t know who we are in His love.

We say we believe in His grace, and then we see ourselves under judgment, striving to be good enough just as the law requires. “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were, but as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21, NLT). Where once judgment and death ruled, now His wonderful grace rules. 

If we allow, His grace changes our total perspective of what it means to be loved with an everlasting love! We see ourselves through spiritual eyes instead of our natural ones. We believe in what others can't perceive with the natural mind. We walk by faith, and not by sight. We are free to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand with His heart. When we spiritually understand His grace, we live the righteousness that He ascribed on Calvary. As we grow in His grace, understanding more and more how the mind of Christ changes our perspective, we are transformed in the spirit of our minds. 

“Sin is no longer your master,” Paul wrote, “for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace” (Romans 6:14, NLT). If He is our Lord, we no longer live under the burden of judgment the law requires. We are free to live the righteousness He bought for us with His life. This truth is more than our human minds can conceive. We have to understand His grace with our spiritual minds. 

Are you free in His amazing grace? Pray for your spiritual mind to take precedent over what your natural mind reasons. Ask Him to reveal His heart to you. If you seek, you will find.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
www.lynnlacher.com/2018/11/more-than-amazing.html



Monday, November 12, 2018

Not by Sight


The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
—Romans 8:25-28 NLT


         When I am weak, you help me, Holy Spirit. You pray within my heart what I can’t even put in words. You pray my real need—not what my mind perceives that need might be. You, the only one who knows me this intimately and completely, prays exactly what is perfect to fulfill the purpose you have for me. My heart prays without my mind analyzing—without thoughts dictating my feelings. When you plead for me, I receive greater faith to believe your truth, and my shield of faith is strengthened to withstand the lies of the enemy.

         I have two minds—the mind of Christ and the mind of self—the spiritual mind and the human mind. Holy Spirit, you continually speak spiritual truth and encouragement, but so often, my human perception wipes out what you say. When I allow what I see and hear in this natural world to be greater than the spiritual truth you constantly send, then I walk in defeat. You constantly speak promise. A double-minded man is unstable in everything he does or thinks or attempts. One mind will always take precedent over another. I don’t want to be the one who has trouble hearing and seeing what you reveal. I choose your spiritual truth over anything else that this world tells me is true. I choose you.

         No words describe the joy of you praying within my heart, Holy Spirit. No words describe the peace of knowing you own my heart, and that everything I go through in life works for your good. When I choose you over what I feel—when I choose your spiritual mind over my human mind—I believe in what the natural world says is impossible. I walk by faith and not by sight.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Friday, November 9, 2018

All You Need


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
—2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV


Whatever you face—whatever makes you feel weak—whatever strikes at your heart, has the power to make you stronger. When you allow Him to work through you, His grace is sufficient. God’s amazing truth is that His power is made perfect in your weakness. It is in your weakness His strength is seen. When He meets your need, it is His power that is revealed. Do you want Christ to be your strength, and His power to make a difference in not only your life but in the lives of others who are struggling? 

“For the Lord delights in his people,” the psalmist wrote, “he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4, NLT). When you humble yourself before the Lord and surrender your weaknesses to Him, you invite His power into your life. When you allow the trials of life to spiritually grow you into His beautiful creation, you invite His victory. Instead of defeating you, those trials inspire you to trust Him more. He crowns the humble with victory.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,” Peter wrote, “and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT). His power is best understood in humility. Its greatest revelation is found in humility. When He completely owns your heart, pride is something that is more easily defeated. Its power to control your emotions and feelings become less as He becomes more. When your life is about Him, what you spiritually see, perceive, hear, and understand is not yours to own. Your life is His, and there is nothing for you to gain—nothing to prove—nothing to declare that He can’t call into existence. When you lay everything down, you become His instrument to use as He wills. When you humble your life under His mighty Hand, He uses you for His purpose—as He ordains. 

His power is greatest when revealed through humbleness of heart. Humble yourself before Him—with nothing to prove—with nothing but to live who He is in you, and experience the power of His freedom. Discover His Spirit—alive in you setting you free from all that you have thought yourself to be—from fears that have plagued you—from circumstances controlling your emotions. Discover your true purpose is His to direct—His to own. 

You are ready for His greatest freedom when you are willing to lay everything down—your strengths and your weaknesses—your feelings and your rights—all He has imparted—and allow Him to wash your feet. Stripped of all that stands in the way of His Hand upon you, you are unhindered by need or perception or anything at all. He, who need not become less for you, now has. You are His, and you realize that He has brought you to a place of victory that you never imagined. 

At His feet, you learn what it means for your weakness to be His strength. You are crowned with victory only because He was willing to humble himself for you. You know love full of joy that no word can describe because He gave His life for you. His grace is more than sufficient. It is everything you need.


© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Come


In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. — Psalm 188:5 NLT


Are you in distress? Does your mind run crazy with worry? Is life overwhelming, and is fear choking your faith? Your circumstance or your problem, instead of being a place of imprisonment, can become your place of freedom. The Lord waits for you to come to Him. He waits for your need to come to His altar. He waits for you to lay down your fear—the problem you can’t fix and the thoughts you can’t control. When you come to the Him in surrender and prayer, He answers with the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. When you relinquish at His altar, you too are raised into the freedom of new life.

“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God,” the writer to the Hebrews imparts. “There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16, NLT). 

Your gracious Lord waits at His altar with a love that looks beyond your sin, your failure, your fears, and recognizes your need. He waits with a grace so forgiving and so complete that nothing can impede its powers to change you. When you come in distress, your soul cries out for His mercy and for His help. When your heart is strained to the breaking point, you thirst for only Him­. He comes to meet your thirst. His mercy forgives, and His grace lifts you into His very presence. You come to Jesus—who opened this altar of grace to you—to the all-powerful, infinite, and sovereign God who can move mountains and change circumstances and lives. 

Right before you, this omnipotent God, who yearns to love you intimately, just waits for you to come—to realize how much you need Him. There, on your knees in complete surrender, you receive His mercy and His forgiveness—there you find freedom from sin and failure that has imprisoned you. He lifts your head to meet His gaze, and you are lost in the love of His sacrifice. You receive His grace to meet any need. You are free in His forgiveness and love. You know He has not only redeemed your soul but redeemed all that has burdened your heart and tormented your mind. You rise in His grace and freedom. You rise in peace and purpose. You rise in the joy of His grace, because you have knelt before the Savior, and allowed Him to own your heart.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yield Myself to You

  
He sent His Word and healed them.
Psalm 107:20a NLT


You came once in a moment
When I was in despair;
You lifted up my broken heart
And called me to share
The very pain which I had fought
Until it was enough
To drive me into your arms
And let you take my cup.

I found it was in giving
That you alone could bring
Joy instead of ashes,
Praise instead of pain;
Hearts healed and mended.
Despite the hurt of years,
Lord, you reached into my heart
And soaked up all my fears.

I heard some news today, Lord,
That in the past caused fear;
But, amazingly, I knew your peace
And that you held me near;
I am not forgotten,
And you are not yet through
With what you wish to do through me;
I yield myself to you.




© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

An Untroubled Heart


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
—John 14:27 NIV).


            What the Lord gives is not what the world gives. His peace is not the peace felt by calm circumstance. His peace is the perpetual calm in the midst of any storm. It is rich, complete, amazing, supernatural, and more than can be described by any pen. It is abundantly given.

            The world gives expecting something in return. Often, what it gives demands something from you. God gives freely of His love for you. He doesn't demand that you love Him. He doesn't demand that you choose Him. He offers Himself as a living sacrifice, and allows you to decide to accept His love or not. It is amazing that the Creator of the universe would offer us a free will to choose or reject His love. And when we accept His love, what we return to Him is given of our free will offered with no restraint. The greatest peace comes from knowing that the burden you have freely offered to Him is no longer yours to handle. It is His.

            God never demands anything. He waits for the gift of your life—your struggles—your problems—your needs. He waits for you to let go. He doesn't demand it. When you finally release what has claimed your heart and mind, His gift is a peace that carries you through whatever life brings. The world could never give this kind of peace to you because the world's peace is based on circumstance. His peace comes from trusting the heart of a Savior who is greater than anything else in your world. 

            “Don’t worry about anything,” He reveals. “Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). 

            Make room for Him by clearing out the clutter of the world. Stop analyzing, and trying to figure out what only the world offers. Empty yourself of its demands and expectations. Empty your life of self so that you can receive all of Him. Give Him what troubles your heart and mind. And you shall receive His peace that is above all human understanding. You can have His heart—untroubled and free.


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Choose me, He whispers. Just choose me.



© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Hang On


You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised
—Hebrews 10:36 NIV


The Lord promises He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He supplies all your needs. His grace is sufficient for whatever you face. When you draw close to Him, He draws close to you. There are hundreds of divine promises in His Word! His promises are not dependent upon who you are or what you do. They are true for all His children. Sometimes, however, when you realize the cost of His calling, you pull away. When you pull away, you forsake Him and forsake what He promises. All He desires is for you to love Him, seek Him, and persevere to follow Him. Though you may fail at times―if the desire of your heart is to love and serve Him―His promises will be fulfilled. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and He knows the areas you need to mature spiritually. When you are stretched for His sake, you receive what He has promised.

Do you think that when Jesus called Peter to follow Him that He did not know his strengths and his weaknesses? God knew Peter. He knew that despite human weakness, Peter would discover His strength. If you feel weak and lacking in power, remember the Lord chose Peter knowing His potential―knowing that one day, even though Peter would deny him, Peter would also be filled with His Spirit and power. God's choice of Peter is encouraging. Choosing a weak Peter to follow Him encourages that you, also, can be used for God's service. Take heart. No matter what your struggle or your area of weakness, God knows your potential. He extends love and forgiveness throughout your life so that you may achieve it. Peter, as a result of God's grace, discovered spiritual maturity.

“His divine power.” Peter writes, “has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4, (NIV). He has called you to serve Him―not because of who you are, but because of who He is. His divine power is available so that through Him, and through His precious promises, you may become more like Him. You can reach a level of spiritual maturity where you are effective and productive in your Christian walk. But you must “let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4, NIV). Persevere! Hang on! Don't give up! Seek Him and abide in Him! You will receive what He has promised!

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Allow Your Heart

Allow Your Heart


For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
—2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT


You yearn for peace and for blessing, child. Your heart must seek mine. Your decisions will be the right ones if you commit them to me and desire me before anything else. Place your will on my altar as your most precious offering. I gave up my will for you when I died for you. Now I long for yours to be given in love. Now I seek yours. Trust that what I shall do is best for you. Believe that I am powerful enough to do anything and everything. Believe that nothing is impossible in my hand. Then leave all with me with thanksgiving in your heart. Give me your tired heart, your struggles, your hard days, your thoughts, your whole being–all in you that cries out to be free. Be confident of my safety and complete protection. When you give all to me, I am not only the Redeemer of your past and the Lord of your present, but also the Lord of your future. It is in my hand. You cannot see the future, but you can trust me for it.  Right now, child, if you could see all of the future, it would either be too painful or too amazing for you to comprehend its importance. I will reveal it all as I determine. Have faith that I have loved you with my everlasting love and drawn you in my unfailing kindness. If you accept my heart and my will, you will know joy. You will know peace when I have all of your life in my hands. Look to me the author and the finisher of your faith. Allow your heart to be molded by mine, and your heart will be free.

(This devotional is taken from the following Scriptures: Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 16:3, Luke 22:42, Luke 1:37, Hebrews 13:8, Zephaniah 3:17, Psalm 62:11, Philippians 4:6-7, Revelation 22:13, Isaiah 41:13, 1 Corinthians 13:9-12, Jeremiah 31:3, Philippians 1:6, 2 Corinthians 3:17.)

© 2017 Lynn Lacher
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Out of the Ashes


Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
—Psalm 112:4 (NIV)

If you are struggling in darkness or circumstances beyond your control—if you are living an honorable life filled with kindness and compassion, you will not remain in that darkness forever. Light will dawn. His promise will come. You will climb out of that hole. His light will guide you safely through your battle—your turmoil—your pain—to His healing peace.

“Such people will not be overcome by evil,” the psalmist continues. “Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly” (Psalm 112:6-8, NLT).

Stand in His promise. When you belong to Jesus Christ, the evil of this world will not overcome your faith. And that faith may be as small as a mustard seed, but its strength can flourish in the midst of hardship. It would be wonderful if you lived in a world where you only knew good things every day. But life isn’t just the good. Bad circumstances are a part of life.  You don’t need to fear what is bad. God will take care of you. You can face whatever happens. You can stand confident and fearless in spite of it. 

“To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,” Isaiah imparts, “a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory” (Isaiah 61:3, NLT). Evil does not win. His blessing will rise from that which tries to destroy. Not only will you rise from the ashes in His power and promise, you will remain strong, planted deeply in His purpose. Nothing that comes against you will defeat you. Out of the ashes, you shall rise.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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