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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