Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.29.12

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”

John 10:10

Pray
Father thank You for showing me that I have all I need in and through You, and that Jesus is the guide to You. Any other source of supposed positive abundance is a fraud. Love, life, light, grace, freedom, respect, dignity, care, protection, and wealth can only come from You Lord.

Turn away my enemy, both perceived and actual. Shut down all attempts by others to deceive and harm me. Weaken those who would scheme to destroy what I’m working to build in Your name.

Strengthen me Lord so that I can rise each day and give glory and honor to You in my testimony to Your children. Help me to see in all ways where I can be of help to others. Help me to always see and discern the truth. To You I give the glory. Amen.

Reflection
Ask God to equip you for life’s battles. Ask God to protect you from all enemies. Ask God to allow you to see the magnitude of your relationship with Him, and the abilities He has blessed you with to uplift yourself and others in greatness while also overcoming fear, temptation, and evil.

Learn to see yourself as God sees you, then you will act and live accordingly.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.27.12

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 8:13

Pray
Father thank You for this day, another day to express my gratitude and joy. Father I want to be more like Jesus. I want to walk with the sense of dignity that comes from doing right, living right, speaking and acting in love, and placing You as my first priority.

I rebuke evil, pride, arrogance, infidelity, and other sinful ways. When I face these things Father, warm my heart but turn my body away–that I may lovingly walk away. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
You have choices in life. You can choose to do right or wrong; cheat on your significant other or be faithful for as long as you remain together; be abusive or be loving; be controlling or supportive; pursue a person who is in a relationship or find someone who is single and available; curse at someone or choose other words to express your disappointment or anger; lash out in anger or walk away in love; be prideful and suffer, or open and receptive; steal things or earn what we want; gossip or refrain from such chatter; be arrogant or give glory to God for all that we have…we all have a choice.

No one and nothing is forcing us to make a decision in life. We choose the words and actions we engage in each day. You can’t get away with the excuse, “the devil made me do it” because although you are always under constant attack by “it”, the decisions you make are solely yours, as are the repercussions. So what choices will you make today?

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.24.12

to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Acts 26:18

Pray
Father I pray for those who are blinded by pain, fear, and rage. I pray for those who are so consumed with what’s going wrong with and in their lives that they can’t seem to appreciate all that is great and wondrous in their lives. I pray that You strengthen them that they might be strong enough to fight the grip of the enemy, so that they can begin to forgive themselves and forgive others.

Father fill me with the strength and vision to see past trespasses against me, so that I can spend my time sharing Your loving light with those who need it most. Father I appreciate all that You have done for me and all that You provide. I pray that Your children grow to see their cup overflowing and never empty or less than ideal. I pray for this wisdom also, even in days that appear cloudy, let me always remember that after those days the clouds always move away to allow the sun to shine brightly.

Your son Jesus shared and shares so much, he gave and sacrificed the greatest of things to prove to us the nothingness of pain, fear, sickness, disease, and death. This existence isn’t our end, but merely our beginning; we should all be striving for what’s next to come in Your Kingdom. So mold us Father so that we can be best prepared for eternal life beyond this limited existence. Help us to become better followers, servants, and ambassadors Father. In Your name and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Pray for discernment to always recognize God’s ways, presence, and voice in your life. One way to tell the difference between God and the enemy, mortal mind, is that God never guides you to a place that could immediately or ultimately harm you or a loved one. That is the work of the enemy. Even sugar-coated, the enemy’s plan is never to benefit you. If the vision is self-consuming, self-absorbed, and truly only about you and your personal gain and pleasure, then that can’t be God’s influence upon you.

Let me put things bluntly so that we’re on the same page.

Cheating on your significant other or spouse emotionally, mentally, or sexually is not of God. That is satan. Marrying for money, prestige, influence, and/or power is not of God. That is satan. Cheating on your taxes to get a larger return, or to prevent having to pay, is not of God. That is satan. Providing false testimony and bearing false witness is not of God. That is satan.

Verbally, mentally, emotionally, sexually, and/or physically abusing someone is not of God. That is satan. Knowingly living beyond your means, buying things you know you can’t afford now or years later, is not of God. That is satan. Not paying employees fair wages and providing a dignified benefits package is not of God. That is satan. Laziness is not of God. That is satan. Whining and complaining is not of God. That is satan. Living in fear and pain is not of God. That is satan!

That is the enemy working against you so that you can turn from God. I prefer to not give the enemy a name, for to give it a name gives it a sense of purpose and power. So calling it “it” or the “enemy” rebukes any influence that it would claim to have in my life. In the examples above I used the name “satan” (lowercase) to help you connect on a more sensitive and passionate level with the intensity and desperation that “it” has to mentally sway and get you to destroy yourself (for it lacks the power to do so).

Understand that it is all mental, not physical, and not spiritually. The attack is mental. The attack is through your thoughts. Whether thoughts of lust, anger, revenge, or fear, it is all coming to and attacking your mind. Which if not protected, can be penetrated. No different than giving up the power and allowing someone to hypnotize you. You leave your mind totally exposed to be manipulated. That is what “it” does. Those thoughts can turn a healthy person into a person consumed by fear of sickness, and eventually consumed by illness; consumed by a fear of death, and eventually deceased.

We must fight to protect and nurture our mind so that it is always aligned with God’s Mind. So when we have thoughts of lust for someone not our spouse or significant other (or if single, lust for someone you know you shouldn’t deal with), you must rebuke it and understand you are being attacked. When we have thoughts to curse at someone, we must realize immediately that our mind is under attack, for God would never place profanity in our hearts or minds. The same is true when we think of physically or emotionally hurting someone, we are being attacked by a dark presence that wants to be our puppet master.

That initial hesitation to not do something is God touching you and reminding you that you have the power to say no to “it”, and instead walk upright with Jesus. God gives us all the choice to choose eternal life with Him or limited existence in pain with “it”. Each second of the day we must make decisions about whether to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that we can be with our Father God, or to follow “it” who we know is our enemy, and merely exist…and to do so in misery and despair.

What choice will you make?

Have you shared your walk with others? Not just with believers, but also with non-believers and conditional believers? Conditional believers are those who believe when it serves their needs.

Have you shared these daily messages with others? Have you subscribed to this blog so that you have access to more than three years of messages on various topics and issues that affect us all, or do you pop in and out whenever the mood hits you? Ask yourself why you don’t want the full access, and why you don’t want to open your inbox to God’s Word? Would you rather see this daily message or an email about some juicy gossip someone just had to share with you, a scam to rob you and others of your life savings, or some other spam that’s taking up good space?

Take the first step towards committing to your personal fight against the enemy. Fill your mind and space with God’s light and push out the darkness moment by moment, each and every day.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.23.13

The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:21

Pray
Father I pray for discernment in all ways and in all things. I pray to always hear Your voice and discernment to tell the difference between Your voice and that of the enemy’s. Father let me discern the steps to take and the decisions to make. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Pray to see, hear, feel, and know how, where and when God wants you to be somewhere…and doing something.

Those with discernment are wiser than the most notable geniuses, for that discernment connects you directly with the highest of intelligence, the Infinite Mind– God– and there is no mind, presence or power greater or wiser than He.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.22.12

***Today’s message shared by my friend Kenya. Originally sent to me several days ago, I re-read it today and it touched my heart, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy! ***

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful”

John 15:2

Pray
Father, thank You for loving me enough to work in my life. Today I release the things I don’t understand into Your hands. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You have good things in store for my future. I choose to wait on You and trust You now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
God knows what you need in your life in order to grow and flourish. Stay Faithful.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.21.12

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31

Pray
Father today I send a prayer for all of Your children, for every man and woman considering marriage, and for all persons who are married. I pray that You show us how to love each other deep enough to commit fully to our unions.

Father let husbands and wives realize that their spouse is their partner, and that together they are one, and should take their walk as one. Never should they allow someone else to lure their attention elsewhere, never should they give their time to another, never should they be weakened by a seducer, and never should they risk their union on a whim or under the influence of fantasy.

Father Your children are in trouble. We need You Father. The union of marriage is under attack. Some of Your children are taking vows they don’t truly believe. Some of Your children are more committed to maintaining and fixing personal property than they are their marriage. Some of Your children are suffering from greed and selfishness, wanting both their spouse and their forbidden lover(s), wanting to play out their fantasy as they hide from reality, wanting their addictions more than a healthy life, and they are too blinded to see the err of their ways.

Loneliness, frustration, fear of failure or success, nor insecurity is a reason to stray outside of their union. But we hear stories of men and women, Your children Father, who make up numerous excuses for why they can’t be faithful.

Heal them Father. Show them the way out of darkness. Show them to Your light Lord. Help them to see that the decisions they make affect a multitude of people, and can even have a generational impact. Help them to make things right in Your eyes. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
If you feel or absolutely know that you can’t be faithful to one person then don’t enter a committed, monogamous relationship, and definitely don’t get married. If you want to date and have sex, or be intimate with multiple people, then don’t enter a relationship with a person who expects monogamy on every level. Don’t pretend to be something or someone you aren’t.

God says that once you are married you are one union, one body, so why would you harm that body? To hurt your spouse is to attack yourself.
Why would you purposely and intentionally ruin someone else’s life, and the lives of others, because you choose to lie to the person who loves you? Why would you purposely and intentionally hurt your family and friends?

Don’t say it’s not intentional, because the moment you make the decision and continue to make the decision to cheat on your spouse you are intentionally doing it, and are now committed to being a liar and cheater. When you intentionally make and take calls, send and respond to letters, emails and texts, participate in online chat, give and receive gifts, spend time and travel with someone other than your spouse, then you are purposely harming the person you exchanged vows with. You are purposely and with the fullest of intent disobeying and disrespecting God.

If you lie, cheat, and sneak around…you are a liar, cheater, and deceiver. If you want peace you must bring peace, you must be about peace. Seek God for that peace. Stop hurting yourself. Stop hurting the people who love you. You are no longer a child and no longer under the protection and control of your human parents, so you must stop thinking and acting like a child. Seek God’s help to make things right in your life.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.20.12

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 31:11

Pray
Father I pray that Your will and grace blesses me with a trusting and loving relationship where there is full confidence in ability and fidelity, no perceived lack, and no desire to seek comfort elsewhere on any level. Let us both see, feel, and experience this authentic love, and let us both work passionately to maintain it, protect it, and fight for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Consider a relationship where there is full trust, confidence, mutual respect, and total satisfaction without perception of lack. Consider a relationship where your spouse is also your secret lover, and there is never a desire to seek comfort outside of your relationship–for you both are satisfied and ‘full’ each and every day.

Is it possible to have a relationship like this? Yes, it is. Once we stop being selfish, self-centered, and self-absorbed…and start putting God first and asking for Him to keep His hand over your relationship.

Imagine that!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.18.12 ***Special Delivery***

For their rock is not like our Rock,
as even our enemies concede.

Deuteronomy 32:31

Pray
Father You know what I’m going through and what I’m up against, so I leave to You my cares and fear, and trust that You have everything figured out for me.

You are my rock, my protector, my fortress, and my strength. Nothing and no one can harm me, nothing and no one can take away from me and to whom I belong. My relationship with You will not be disturbed, tarnished or broken. For it is the only constant in my life.

I know that anyone or anything that is formed to harm me will be stopped dead in their tracks or left to anguish in their careless decision.

With this wisdom I know that only through sharing love will I receive it, and by giving anything other than love I will receive everything but love.

So I give freely without needing credit or praise. I give freely without need for competition or with hopes of its elimination. I give freely without reminding others of the love I give them or the ways in which that love is expressed.

I will not accept from others less than what I give in return. I will not expect from others more than what I’m willing to give. I will not manipulate, play games, abuse, take advantage of, compete for or against, reduce myself, lay down or sell out for anyone. I am who I am because of Whom I belong to, so the light that people see in me is You Father, and the fear of anything else coming from me is only the essence of what they see in themselves.

I am Your child and I will carry myself with courage and conviction; with my head up high, back tall and strong, and a declaration that I will not be moved or weakened by any person or force; for You are my supplier and foundation. I thank You Father for always reminding me who is King, Lord, Almighty, and God!

I humbly bow to You and simply but passionately say, THANK YOU!

Reflection
I missed sharing a message with you during the beginning of the week so it was on my heart to share one today.

Last night I went to a friend’s church. God touched her and gave her the loving push to invite me. She was concerned I would be turned off by its location and physical conditions, but was shocked when I reassured her there has been no location in God’s land that I feared entering.

God called me to speak to His children and especially the least of his children when I was a little girl, and that meant going into neighborhoods and situations that were plagued by crime, poverty and fear.

I have always trusted God to protect me in all situations, and He has. He’s protected me when a gun was pointed to my head and the trigger was pulled (but the bullet was jammed). He protected me when someone pulled out a knife with the threat of stabbing me, and instead moments later that person retreated. He protected me as gun shots rang out during a drive by.

He has protected me in so many instances that I can’t even recall, so no, I have no issues or qualms with going to the ‘hood’, any ‘hood’, for wherever God’s children are I need to be in and of service.

So last night I went to an area that she was also shocked to know I’ve volunteered in several times, and intend to return for years to come. As we entered her church we sat and listened to young women (none over the age of 27) share their fears with more seasoned older women (over the age of 45) who also shared their fears that they are working to overcome.

God brought all of His daughters together to discuss the why and how of letting go and letting Him handle their issues; and remembering that faith without action is dead– so through application of the principles they have been and are being taught, they know that they are doing their part as they walk the path God has set for them.

God doesn’t do lazy, so even in prayer He expects to see you working!

One major thing I took away from last night is how inter-connected we all truly are. It doesn’t matter your religion, nationality, race, color, sex, educational background, or socio-economic history, we all face the same fears and issues.

We all want to be loved, appreciated, valued and respected. We all want someone to trust and to be trusted. We all want greatness in our lives.

What separates us is us.

It’s our egos and prideful thinking that places up barriers. It’s our conditional mindset that says, “I love you but….” There are no ‘buts’ in and through God’s love. He loves ‘because’… as should we.

It is my intent to return to this group and possibly serve as a mentor to one or more of these young ladies. It is amazing and a blessing that this relationship comes on a more spiritual level where God is acknowledged for having His hand all over it, and where we can speak freely of and to Him without issues of “separation of church and state” that you must deal with in a school setting.

I took the time last night to admit silently to myself that one of my biggest fears is answering my call to serve on a greater level, in a ministry beyond (but still inclusive of) these daily scriptures. For years people have said, “God is calling you to minister on another level Natasha” and I argued myself out of those conversations.

Today I say with both feet planted, that if it is God’s plan and will for me to serve on a broader level, to serve beyond the limits I have comfortably placed, then I accept that walk. For I have been serving His children since I was 13, volunteering in schools and organizations, and I will continue to serve on this land until I take my last breath.

Who are you serving each day? Are you following God’s plan or are you navigating in the direction that feels most comfortable and safe for you?

You can’t be a control freak and servant leader. No matter what your career, job title, or credentials, you must relinquish your belief in and possession of control in order to empower others. That’s what Jesus did. He placed and declared that all power and control came from the Father, not him.

Can you do the same?

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.17.12

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:30

Pray
Father my purpose is to serve You and only You Lord. Show me how to be the best ambassador I can be in Your Kingdom.

Please provide me with the resources and the skills so that I might use them responsibly.

Just as Your son Jesus said and knew that he could not do it alone, I know that I cannot do this alone. I know that You will always put the right people in my life to show me the way and to show me how to perform the duties You have charged me with.

I thank You now for what You bring to me tomorrow. You have high expectations for me Lord and I want to live up to Your expectations. I will not let fear nor man keep me from reaching my goals. In Jesus name I pray to You as Your humble servant. Amen

Reflection
If you take your last breath this very moment, could you say with the strongest of convictions that you have led your life the way you intended? The way God intended? Have you treated people better than the person you love the most?Or does your most prized possession garner greater attention from you?

Do you treat people as your equal, as though it is your mission to serve them? Or do you treat people as though you’re superior, better, more entitled, or more special?

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He never had to tell people that he was the son of God in order to get them to follow. He didn’t have to show off or declare his authority over others in order to get them to follow him. People followed because they believed what they saw.Through his actions and demonstrations he proved his ability. He didn’t just talk the talk he walked the walk. But he also knew that the only way to build our Father’s Kingdom it would require believers and followers to spread the gospel, and to help people help themselves.

Jesus healed people and taught his disciples how to heal people. He showed us that we are all capable of following in his footsteps, and capable of healing not only others but ourselves. But it requires us to walk in and through demonstration, to believe fully, have faith in the impossible, and work through our faith to manifest the reality of our future .

We are often times too self absorbed to realize that this isn’t about us but it is instead about our heavenly Father. Jesus has shown us how to live our lives and how to treat other people. Jesus has shown us how to deal with conflict and how to deal with circumstances that we don’t particularly like. Jesus showed us how to deal with friends and our foe. He treated all with the utmost respect and love, and served those who would follow or need him first.

Know that you cannot do this alone and that you are never alone, even when you don’t see anyone around. See yourself for who and what you truly are, not what you think you are, or what others see you to be.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 2.16.12

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17

Pray
Keep my eyes opened Father, keep me tuned in to the truth so that I’m never led astray. Your truth is the only truth. Doing right by You is my first and last concern. In Jesus’ name I pray and say thank You. Amen.

Reflection
Pray for enlightenment, for truth to always be revealed, and for the strength to handle what you discover about yourself and others.

Love always,

Natasha

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