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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Trust and Believe

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13 (NLT)

God is not only the source of hope. He is the source of confident hope! Confident hope in the Holy Spirit fosters deep trust. Trusting in Jesus inspires joy and peace. When you overflow with confident hope through the power of His Spirit, you walk by faith and not by what you feel, see, or hear. The Holy Spirit opens your spiritual eyes and ears to the truth of God's Word. You see with God's vision and understand with the mind of Christ. You trust in His promises. Circumstances don't shake you. Peace is constant. And joy isn’t an emotion but the state of your mind.

Sounds amazing? Impossible? Oh no, it isn’t impossible at all. If the Word promises that God will fill you fully with joy and peace, then it is true. Do you trust God? God is the unconditional love of Jesus. The God who died for you doesn't play with your emotions. The enemy does that. When Jesus died for you, peace with God became real. There was nothing left to separate you from His love. The power of the enemy to control your emotions was defeated.

By faith, you choose for the Holy Spirit to capture each thought that is not of Christ. By faith, you allow the Holy Spirit to imprint His truth in your mind. By faith, you are changed in the spirit of your mind. With His soul-changing truth, you see and understand with God's heart. You are absolutely safe in His love. Jesus, your Savior, has taken care of everything. You don’t have to cry or beg for mercy! Mercy became yours at Calvary! New life became yours at Calvary. The Grace of Jesus has fulfilled your promise of joy and peace. 

You have His promise of confident hope! Trust and believe.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Monday, July 29, 2019

Feel Forgiven

“Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean” (Hebrews 10:22, NLT).

        “I’m tired, Jesus, and my mind has no peace. There is so much that I don't understand, and I’m convinced that I need to do something in order to feel your love. I need to pay for my sins. I need to prove to you how sorry I am. You say that I’m forgiven, and that there is nothing I have to do to win your love. I long to believe that, but I just can't grasp it. I know that I should have enough faith to trust you. But everything has overwhelmed me.”

        “Child,” He whispers, “I am here. Choose to place your trust in me. In the midst of all the pain, of all the questioning, of all the wandering of your mind, choose to believe me even though you may not feel it. I don’t condemn or judge you. I don’t seek out your sins! They are no more. I died to set you free of the lie of any condemnation. Don't allow your mind to believe that lie. Don’t run from me. Run to me! Your mind is bombarded with all kinds of thoughts that are not from me. I will take care of all the concerns of your mind and heart. There is rest in me. To rest in me means that you know you are safe in me. It means you trust my love for you and that you choose to dwell on my love instead of the lies of the enemy that claim your mind. You must see those lies for what they intend to do, and that is destroy your belief in my unconditional love for you. Those lies are sent by the enemy to rob you of my peace and joy. Choose to believe me. Say you believe me even if you don't feel it. Just like I gave you the freedom to choose or reject my salvation, you now have the freedom to accept or reject the revelation of grace I long to show you. Come into my presence fully trusting me! Your guilty conscience is no more! It is washed clean by the gift of my blood for you. I am always with you, and you need to believe it.”

        “Lord Jesus, I choose to believe you! I might not feel it at this moment, but I put my trust in you. I choose to shut down the terrible thoughts that say I must win your love. I choose to believe in what your Word tells me—that you died to give me your righteousness and you have no reason to punish me! I am forgiven! I can have perfect peace when my mind stays focused on you. I rebuke the enemy, and tell him that he is defeated. He can’t lie to me! You are my Savior and my protector.  I praise you, Lord Jesus, again and again—choosing to believe that the lies of the enemy will be silenced.”

        “Oh my child, the moment you realize you owe me nothing is the moment those lies are silenced. Your sacrifice of praise releases my healing in your life. You shall know in the very depths of your soul what you have chosen to believe the truth of my grace. And you shall not only know you are forgiven. You shall also feel it in the depths of your heart.”

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Paid the Price

Yesterday I thought of how often we make the gift of Jesus’ grace heavy. We feel that there is something we have to do to win His love and acceptance! And then last night I read the following passage from Paul M. Geisler’s book, Be Set Free…

Do you think that God’s expectations of you are a heavy burden? Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). His yoke is easy and his burden is light. This is what it’s like to live under grace. He does not put the heavy weight of the law on you but rather removes it. Have you experienced the lightness of Jesus’ burden?

Since it is not our good works that restored our fellowship with God in the first place, it is not our good works that keeps God happy with us. Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that so no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is entirely a gift that we humbly receive, realizing that we were spiritually powerless to achieve it ourselves. This is why Jesus said that we must enter the Kingdom of Heaven like little children. He is talking about the humility of a child and that we need that kind of humility to receive such a large gift.

It takes humility to receive something when we know we can’t pay it back. We are at the mercy of the gift giver. It takes humility to receive Jesus’ gift because we have to acknowledge that we were in a powerless state to get righteousness on our own…

Paul M. Geisler began a thought that I would like to consider. If we were humble enough to realize that we could not earn our own righteousness when we were saved, then why are so many of us caught in the performance trap of trying to earn it now? Could it be pride? It is certainly not humility which takes on that heavy burden. The performance trap says, “Jesus, now that you saved me, I can handle this.” Guilt and shame, which were crucified with Christ, rise up and urge, “now pay and make things right,” when Jesus has already paid and made things right. Salvation is free. It is a gift, and your Savior, the spotless and perfect Lamb of God, has already paid the price for your freedom.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Allow His Grace

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.
—Psalm 127:1 (NLT)

Living a righteous life becomes as natural as breathing when you know your identity in Christ. And who you are? You are the righteousness of God in Jesus. It is the gift of His life for yours. Don’t be as the Pharisees—acting it out! If you do, then it becomes self-righteousness. And self-righteousness fosters guilt and shame instead of the freedom from sin and shame that Jesus died to give you. 

Only Jesus can build the house of your life securely on His foundation. If you build your life on your own goodness, then you labor in vain. Your work is wasted. It is only His righteousness—His goodness—which makes a difference. Unless the Lord builds your life—unless His Grace is your catalyst—you are continually frustrated and not experiencing His peace and joy.

Do you believe that Jesus took your sin to the cross and died to give you His worthiness? Or are you always struggling to attain it—to earn it? If you genuinely believe that you are a new person because of His Grace, then His Grace sets you free to receive His power to live His righteousness. There was nothing you had to do to earn His love when you were saved, but now that you are saved, why are there things that you must do for Him to love you? Jesus is being who you are—not doing who you are.

Peace and joy in the Holy Spirit come through being renewed in the spirit of your mind by the truth of His Grace. You are accepted. You are loved. You are His. There is no need to earn His love. As His Grace transforms you, you realize His revealed work in you, and, without hesitation, you allow Him to live in you. 

Allow the Holy Spirit to show you the life that He gave you. Don’t labor in vain!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

His Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him. 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. 
— James 1:5-6 (NIV)

         Do you yearn for wisdom to handle issues in your life? Wisdom which promises peace? Wisdom which faith has imparted? Do you feel overwhelmed by hard circumstances and feel at a loss? There is nothing for you to do but trust God. He waits for you to ask for His wisdom—for His advice. With His wisdom comes His power. 

         James not only instructs you to pray for wisdom, but he tells you to pray to believe you will receive it. If you pray for wisdom and still struggle with no peace, perhaps you have a problem that James identifies as being “double-minded.” He writes that such a person is unstable in everything he does. God grants wisdom to a person who single-mindedly trusts God to take care of his life. This person has the clarity of mind to understand that without God’s wisdom, he will fail. He knows that without God’s wisdom he will be like a boat tossed on the sea with no anchor. When this single-minded person trusts and asks for God’s wisdom, he receives it generously.

         You probably have a mountain in your life. It is not your place to move your mountain! It is His. Focus on God's truth instead of your mountain. When you were born-again, you received everything you needed to live a victorious life. Your mind is where you believe what you have received. You have the free will to trust God or not to trust Him. Choose to trust God. Ask God to reveal the truth of what you received when He saved you and what He will accomplish when you believe Him. If you give all your energy to analyzing your problem instead of trusting the Lord, you will be double-minded. 

         "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast," the Word instructs, "because they trust in you" (Isaiah 26:3, NIV). Your problem is never the issue. Trusting God is. 

         "Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes." Paul writes. "Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy" (Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT). When you daily decide to put on the new righteous nature that Jesus died to give you, the Holy Spirit renews your thoughts. He changes your perspective from half-empty to half-full—from doubt to trust. When you allow Him to change the way you think, you grow to understand the revelation of His wisdom in His Word! He never finds fault as you grow in the power of the Holy Spirit to handle EVERYTHING that comes your way. 

         With God’s wisdom, comes PEACE.  No more tossing around with doubt or fear! Jesus is in control—and you KNOW it! You BELIEVE it!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.
Hebrews 13:3 (NLT)

Lord, I remember what it is like to be imprisoned by the lies of the enemy. I recall the feelings of fear—of guilt and shame that plagued my mind and terrorized my heart. I remember that only you could reveal your heart of love to me. Only you could breakthrough with the real message of your Grace. Only you could set me free. No one else but you could free me. And you did! You opened my eyes, Jesus! And you revealed that you had already set me free the moment you gave your life for me. In that moment of ultimate sacrifice, you imparted to me all the resources I need to live in peace of mind and heart. You gave me your righteous life so I can be free of feeling that there is something I must do to be right with you. Thank you, Jesus, for opening my mind and heart to understand that I am free! I am accepted! I don't have to walk around fighting to be good enough. You, with your precious love, have given me a new life. 

Now I see others who battle to understand your loving Grace. I see others in the darkness of mind and heart—those with feelings of inadequacy and fear that there is something they must do to be perfect and win your love. They are in prison. You tell me that I cannot fix them or save them or convince them. Only you can. You tell me to remember them in their torment—in their prisons of fear as if I were still there myself. So I do. I remember them in prayer—in groanings of spirit to spirit— that only you understand. And I know you hear. I know you shall open their eyes to see beyond what the enemy has told them is real and believe in the truth of your love—in the revelation of your Grace.

Are you in prison? If you are, you are free and don't know it. The tomb is empty! The door is open! Come, my friend!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Monday, July 22, 2019

Have Faith

In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 
—Luke 5:12-13 (NLT)

This leper believed Jesus could heal him. He only asked if Jesus was willing to heal him. What Jesus told this leper, He now speaks to you. Yes, He says, I am willing. 

The woman with the issue of blood believed. She didn’t even ask Jesus if He would heal her. She touched the hem of his garment believing.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus said to his disciples. “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:22-24)

Don’t doubt! Believe! Have faith and trust in the Savior who was wounded for your transgressions—who was crushed for your sin—who was beaten so you can be whole. By the stripes He took, you are healed. (Isaiah 53:5).

Jesus didn’t just partially give you His life when He died for you. He didn’t only partially heal you when you asked Him into your heart. Just like this leper, He declared you clean. He declared you whole. And yes, He was and is so willing to heal you.

Jesus reaches out to touch you. Reach up and touch the hem of His garment. Believe. Receive.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Friday, July 19, 2019

I Chose You

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
—John 8:36 (NLT)

I chose you the moment I said yes to my Father’s will. I took your failures and your sins to the Cross. I was despised so you won’t have to feel despised. I was rejected so you won’t have to experience rejection. I gave my life so you can be free of fear. I died so you can live in peace and joy. I poured my overwhelming love on you. I held nothing back. You are free, and I long for you to know it.

Yes, you hurt. I know. I have tried to reach you. Why don’t you just let me have the emotional pain of your hurt? Do you find it comforting? Does it bring peace? There is a reason I said to forgive. You can’t have peace without it. Your pain has become your obsession. It has replaced the freedom I promise. You have nursed your hurt—stroked and fed it until you believe in its lie more than me. You are its captive, and it has jailed your heart. 

I chose you when I died for you. When you accepted me into your heart, I became one with your spirit. My righteousness became yours. My peace became yours. My joy became yours. But your soul has not grown to understand what you have received, so you have not lived in my promise of my abundant life.

I freely and without any expectation give you my love. My Grace meets every need. I want to take this burden from you, but your hurt keeps you from knowing that I am here. Let me love you more than you love your pain. Choose to believe me. Choose to forgive. Choose not to accept the lies of the enemy. Keep choosing again and again, throughout the long hours or days, to lay everything down on my altar. And that pain—that lie—which has held you captive will loosen its hold on you. Trust my Word for your life. Allow it to transform the way you think. To be convinced of my love, keep exercising faith.

You are free because of my Grace. I want you to believe it. I want you to live in it. Lay your burden down—again and again. Rest your mind. Breathe my peace. I place no demand on you. You are mine, and I will never forsake you. I will never leave you. I am here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

His Process of Change

His Process of Change

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
—2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).

The grace of Jesus is sufficient for all you need—for whatever you face—for any weakness or problem that appears impossible! His grace empowers the Holy Spirit to overcome any human weakness. His grace loves you right where you are and sees potential that you can never see with human sight. The grace of Jesus imparts a spiritual understanding of the most profound kind and transforms the way you think in the spirit of your mind. As you change from your human perspective to understanding His spiritual truth, you are in the process of healing. And He is with you each step of the way.

"Not only will God and His grace be with you in every step of the healing process, but God will be pleased with you at every step of the process," David Seamands writes in Healing of Damaged Emotions. “Grace is not a commodity but our Lord Himself coming to us in His graciousness. A loving gracious God accepts us as we are, offers Himself lovingly to us right here and now, not when we shape up.” 

“God is as pleased with you in this process as loving parents when their child starts to walk,” Seamands continues. "Those are exciting days in a home, especially with the first child–the child stumbles, knocks over the furniture. But do the parents scold him, tell him how displeased they are because he isn't doing a perfect job? Does Dad shout 'You ought to do better than that, kid?’ Does Mother chime in with, 'That sure was a stupid step you took; no wonder you fell and hurt yourself?’ Do you see how we so often have made God into a neurotic parent? If Jesus were preaching His Sermon on the mount, He might paraphrase this idea. 'If you being evil, know how to do that well when teaching your child to walk, how much more will the heavenly Father be pleased with every step in your healing process?' God will be pleased with you every step of the way."  

Did you get what Seamands said? God is pleased with you in your process of spiritual growth. As a child, you learned to see yourself through your parents' eyes and reached to meet their expectations. As you grew, you learned your identity from the relationships you had with other people. You reflected what other people thought of you. Now God wants you to reflect who He says you are—not who you have perceived yourself to be or who others think you should be. Jesus doesn’t want you to see yourself as weak or imperfect. He wants you to see yourself as He sees you—strong and perfected by His grace!

Do you strive to live up to what you feel God wants from you?  The Holy Spirit ALONE empowers you to live a holy life! He imparts power where you feel weak. God attempts to breathe His grace into your strife! You can never live up to the impossible expectations that you or others have placed on you! Jesus washes away those expectations, and promises you His healing! He knows change is a process, and He is with you in it!  That is the living breathing grace of His presence. 

Don’t turn the process of change into anger when you fail, but praise Him that He is with you each step of the way! Never despair when you climb two steps, and slide back one!  Remember, transformation is a process! 

Here is your promise. "Let perseverance finish its work," James writes, "so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:4, NIV). The grace of Jesus will destroy the false reflections that have defined who you are, and you will see His revealed truth of who you really are—the new person that He created the moment you asked Him into your heart!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

By His Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
—1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV

The grace of Jesus changed Paul! It was not in vain in his life! It was an abundant grace that inspired him to believe beyond his own abilities. He knew faith was only God living in him by His grace. He had been blind, but the grace of Jesus had opened his eyes to the amazing wonder of its promise.

God does everything by His grace. He does not love us for what we do. He loves us because of who He is. We see ourselves as unworthy. He sees us with the gift of His life. He paid the ultimate price to cover the debt of our sin.  His grace is the power that inspired Paul to know that it was not through his own efforts that he could achieve anything. It was only God empowering his life.

Paul believed he was the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus had forgiven him, and He knew it in every cell of his being. He lived God’s power because grace had changed His perspective on every aspect of his life. Work was not labor. Work was incredible joy flowing through his life. Paul did not need to win God's love through what he did. He knew he was loved. Paul was not only empowered by the grace of Jesus. Grace had transformed his life.

So what is our response to the grace of Jesus? Do we truly understand that there is nothing we need to do to make God love us more?  He loved us with His life. We love Him because He loved us with no restraint. His grace is rich with mercy, but it becomes more abundant in us when we exercise faith. Ask the woman who touched the hem of His garment. Ask the woman who washed His feet with her hair. And ask yourself if His grace has inspired greater faith in your life. 

If you live by what you feel or see, ask Jesus for a divine revelation of His grace so that you can understand who He says you are. Forgiven. Clean. He sees you through the eyes of His grace. His grace is abundant in you when you know that He withheld nothing from you on Calvary. And when you are free, you have nothing to withhold from Him.

“By the grace of God,” Paul said, “I am what I am.” When His grace changes your perspective, you understand that it is only by His grace that you are free. Faith is your life, and joy is your promise. You know who you are. You are His.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


You know more of Jesus when you know who He is in you. When you press on to receive understanding of Jesus’ perfect work of Grace in your spirit, you are renewed by the Holy Spirit in your mind. You overflow spiritually as He reveals His perfection with which He first possessed you. (Philippians 3:12, NLT)

My husband and I are traveling to Salt Lake City and then on to Yellowstone for our upcoming 50thwedding anniversary. Our family will join us. Thanks so much for allowing me to send devotions each weekday. We will return in two weeks.

Never give up reaching to hear Him. He reaches to you constantly. His message of love is constant and unchanging! God bless each of you!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

No More Veil

“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you,” Paul wrote. “This 'letter’ is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3, NLT). 

You are a “letter” carved by the Spirit of the living God. At Calvary, Jesus imprinted His righteousness upon your heart. He imparted it to you when you accepted Him as your Savior. Your heart beats and pulsates with His life. It is no longer a heart of stone which fears the judgment of the law—which tries to hide behind masks from not being good enough. Your old stony heart dissolved the moment Jesus died for you. 

“And I will give you a new heart,” God said. “and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart” (Ezekiel 36:26, NLT). God gave you a new heart when He gave you Jesus. You couldn’t meet the requirements of law carved on stone. Only Jesus had the perfect innocence to meet those requirements. Jesus ripped the veil that separated you from a holy God and gave you access to God’s presence. Your stony, stubborn heart discovered joyful freedom, or did it? Are you still imprisoned by shame and a need to make things right with God? Jesus has already made you right with God!  

“To this day whenever the old covenant is being read,” Paul wrote, “the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:14, NLT). Do you see how the "letter" of the law kills, but the Spirit gives life? 

Don’t allow the veil Jesus removed to cover your mind so you cannot understand His truth. Believe in Jesus, and the new life He has given you! You don’t need to do this or do that perfectly to win God’s acceptance! He is your merciful and loving God—your Abba father. You are righteous because of the precious love of Jesus. 

“Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away,” Paul continued, “for the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT). You are free. Live by faith in the freedom Jesus purchased for you. Don't try to earn what is free. It is His gift—not your job. Trying to earn what He has freely given emphasizes you and not Him.

“All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord,” Paul wrote. “And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image" (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT). The veil is gone! Never fear to look into the mirror of Jesus' love for you. You behold Him! Jesus wants you to see who He has made you. You are no longer separated by judgment or ruled by fear, but thoroughly forgiven and set free by Grace.

Breathe His love. Receive a revelation of His Grace!!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Monday, July 1, 2019

Rich in His Mercy

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) —Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)

Once I was poor, but God was rich in His mercy. The judgment for my sin was death, but Jesus loved me so much, He paid the price of my punishment. Jesus gave His life on Calvary and imparted His righteousness to me. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He breathed His Resurrected life into me. It is only by God's Grace that I have a new life—and not by anything I have done.

The Grace of Jesus is the only reason I am free from the prison of my old life. I am free of condemnation—of guilt and shame—of punishment because Jesus chose not to be free. He chose my sin and death for my freedom. He paid the price I had no way to pay. Because of His abundant mercy and marvelous Grace,  I am free.

Many Christians view a relationship with Jesus as one that struggles to win His acceptance. They believe that there is something they must do to appease God, when, in fact, Jesus has already paid the price. They see a relationship with Jesus as very restricting when the exact opposite is true. It is liberating and fulfilling. When you invite Him into your heart, He lives in you—what was once poor in your life becomes rich because of His Grace.

The enemy is quick to remind you of your failures. He sends you on a horrendous mind journey complete with things you must do to win God’s love again. You have not lost the love of God! The Grace of Jesus has opened the way into God’s presence. You don’t have to hide in shame or work your way to God. You are free to just run to Him.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,” Jesus said, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3, NLT). You were “poor” enough to realize your need for a Savior when you gave your heart to Him. You understood that you could never pay such a price for your sin. So what do you realize now? Are you aware that the Kingdom of Heaven and all of its resources are now yours? When you said "yes" to Jesus, your prison wall came tumbling down. Where once you were poor in sin, you are now rich in His mercy. You are free. 

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

Walk in Him

  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).     If we followed what this verse says, it would e...