Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.31.12

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

Matthew 4:10

Pray
Father I will only worship and serve You. I bless Your children through service as Your ambassador, but I serve only You as You are my Ruler, Master, and Father-Mother. I work each day to resist the enemy’s plot to tear me down, manipulate me into doing its work, and convince me to destroy myself. Each day I try to watch and control my words, thoughts, and actions. There are moments I may slip and say or think something negative, or react negatively, and I try to catch myself immediately to make right the wrong.

Father help me to shield myself with Your light, to protect myself from the darkness. I pray for Jesus’s guidance to show me how he consistently rebuked the enemy and forced it to get out of his way. I don’t want anything or anyone distracting me from reflecting Your love and light. Touch my heart and mind Lord. Remove all darkness and fill me only with Your light. Amen.

Reflection
There is no room for fixation, worship or service of anything or anyone but God. We cannot be consumed by our material possessions or the desire for them. We cannot worry or contemplate about what we have or had, what we lost or gained. Each moment of each day we are told by God, Jesus and the Bible, should be centered around and on God.

No, I don’t want to lose my car, go bankrupt, or be homeless—at the same time I am learning to pray and leave things to God, rather than obsess and still get nothing accomplished. Worry won’t stop the bill collectors, repo man, or banks attempting to foreclose on your property. But prayer and unwavering conviction and faith in God’s ability to do all and resolve all, can change your circumstances for the better. God can get rid of the bill collectors, repo man, and foreclosure by supplying you with the resources you need to get those debts off of your back, and silence the enemy who calls you a failure. God can place you in a position where you can provide for yourself and your family, without added struggle or sacrifice.

The blessings in many forms will come through disciplined service and worship of God. But if we invest our time and energy in the material and not the spiritual, we will surely lose those things we possess and admire–and never gain those things we are focused on attaining. The material is and always will be temporary, but the spiritual is everlasting and boundless.

I have lost more material possessions than some people will ever have. It was a crushing blow each time, but it also humbled me and reminded me that I put more value in what I possessed materially than my spiritual relationship with God. I valued things more than I valued Him. I had to be reminded that there are no ‘things’ without Him. There are no cars, jewelry, furniture, clothes, art work, accessories, home, high-balance bank accounts, investments, or anything else—without God.

Just as He gives He can take away, and believe it or not, He does both with love. We cannot benefit from Him and then serve another. It is all or nothing. I choose to dedicate my life to serving God, to work each day to purge my body and my life of impurities and live transparently for Him so that He may fill me with His goodness—and bless me accordingly.

What are your thoughts? Where do you see yourself in your walk? Have you been struggling with speaking, thinking, and doing right? In what areas can you improve so that you can be a better ambassador for Christ?

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha
P.S. Enjoy your last day of May, reflect on the obstacles you overcame and how God guided and protected you. Then embrace the possibilities that June can bring! Think of all the ways you can be open in service to our Father. Isn’t that an awesome feeling?

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.30.12

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Pray
Father for thousands of years You have kept Your promises, and You have protected Your children. You have taught us lessons, humbled us, restored us, and provided for us. For my short lifetime so far You have done the same for me more times than I can count.

I pray for continued strength, for faith and belief that I can overcome temptation and the luring of the enemy. I pray for absence of worry because You have never failed me and I know that even in my guilt, You never will fail me. I do not need to battle my enemy, for You will handle every issue that arises. Thank You Father.

Reflection
Today I finished reading 2 Chronicles and the book of Ezra, and I’m still shaking my head because numerous generations of God’s children continued to sin, doubt, and disobey Him even though He proved countless times His power and His grace.

He freed the children of Israel from Egypt and blessed them abundantly, yet for hundreds of years after, they continued to do ignorant things that would lead to painful outcomes for them. Under one kings rule they would be obedient to God, and then under the next king’s rule they would act up and go back to worshipping other gods. A king would convince himself out of fear that since another land of people were supposedly saved from disaster and annihilation by their god, that maybe it was best to worship that god for protection.

Somehow God wasn’t doing His job consistently to their satisfaction. Sound familiar?

Then after one or two kings would reign, the new king and the people would repent and swear allegiance to God again. More than once they had even misplaced the Book of Moses that clearly outlined God’s commands to them; so that means they were basically ‘winging it’ and trying to recall the laws from memory. They thought they knew it all. Their pride and arrogance took over and pushed away their humility.

It wasn’t until they were enslaved again for maybe the third of fourth time (I lost count), this time by the Persians, that they found the Book and saw how far that had slid backwards. But it wasn’t long before these exiles were breaking the rules, and doing their own thing again.

How is this any different than what we are doing today? We ride with God until something happens and we convince ourselves that we can do things on our own. We convince ourselves that our successes are our doing, and some of us even ignorantly go through the motions of ritualistic religion—failing to live spiritually–failing to commit fully to serving God and His children. It is our conditional relationship that we have established with God that has perpetuated for these thousands of years, and will continue to our demise, until we stop and obey. Imagine how life would be if we only surrendered to and obeyed God.

The Bible shows us where we were, our successes and failures, where we could be, and how this cycle will continue to repeat unless we get it, seize it, and do what God has commanded—consistently, every second of every day. It truly is that simple. Each day let’s take the step towards living right and doing right, and then let’s do it!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.29.12

Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this [hope] as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

Hebrews 6:17-19

Pray
Father You never break a promise and I am humbly and eternally thankful for this fact. I wish that I had the grace, wisdom, strength, and fortitude to make promises and keep them no matter what. I know there have been times when I said I would do something and I failed to follow through. I know there have been times when I didn’t keep a promise made even after You blessed me with what I desired and needed. Please forgive me Father.

As You mold me I pray that my fears and insecurities are molded out and replaced my integrity and honor for all situations and circumstances. Father as You mold me I pray for the ability to tune out the enemy and only tune in to You. Show me how to block out mortal mind and stamp out its nothingness in my life. Show me how to give all that I hope to receive. These things I sincerely pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
We want so much from God, yet what do we give in return for our prayers, pleas, and promises? Do we praise Him even when results don’t seem to appear when we had hoped, or do we only praise them when they are perceived by us to arrive right on time? Do we praise Him in the roughest of times or only when times are good and bright? Do we praise Him when we face tough challenges in relationships and in our careers, or do we only praise Him when things are going great?

What one promise can you keep to God? He keeps millions of promises to each of us, but what one promise do you know you can keep to Him and never break it? Keep it.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.28.12

Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:20

Pray
Father let my mind, heart, hands, and body be used to serve You and to put in the heavy work expected of me. Let me not be shiftless, lazy, and slothful. May I always be hard working, determined, committed, passionate and excited about what I do. When my hope is waning, restore it Father. When I feel beat down by life and people, pick me back up.

Give me courage to face the worst situations and the most difficult people. Give me grace and dignity to handle all situations with an appearance of ease and never with a charge of negativity.

As I work diligently keep my eyes affixed on the present with a vision for greater opportunities in the future. May I always give You the honor and glory for all of my successes and achievements. For if it weren’t for You I would have absolutely nothing. I know this and that is why I’m grateful for all things large and small in my life. Thank You Father!

Reflection
Hard work that is appreciated and respected by the worker always pays off. Hard work that is motive-driven gets dismal returns. Hard work that is coupled with complaints and whining, is a missed opportunity for greatness. You can’t sincerely praise God while you are complaining. You can’t seriously be grateful for your blessings if you’re bad-mouthing the process that led you there. You can’t possibly genuinely appreciate what you have if you don’t treat is as though it is priceless.

God wants to see what we will bear and He rewards us for putting in the work, enduring the challenges, and doing so with minimal complaint and absolutely no regret. God wants to see how grateful we are for all things big and small.

You may be in a sucky job or situation right now, but what are you doing to make it bearable? What are you doing to demonstrate God’s goodness? What are you doing so that you can be used best by God? Are you showing up each day putting your best foot forward or barely doing enough to get by?

There may be numerous opportunities for you to get out of that situation or job, and get a better position or improve your current one, but if you are showing up each day with dread in your mind and a lack of hope in your heart then you can’t possibly see the doors, windows, and pathways that God has set before you. Are you looking and listening for all opportunities for a better job? Are you hitting the pavement each day before or even after a long day at work seeing what is out there for you? Are you introducing yourself to people and asking around about various positions? Or are you sitting around complaining and whining about how miserable your life is and how awful your job is? How miserable and awful would you be if God removed them from you and left you with nothing?

God won’t bless us for mismanaging and mistreating our body, mind, money, cars, homes, and other resources. He already does more than He should by blessing us with life and the material possessions we have. Without us doing our part we won’t see and benefit from the abundance of blessings that are waiting nearby. Let’s do our part and put in the work each and every day. Let’s do our part to complain less and praise more!

Love Always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.25.12

There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Pray
Father You are always on time. Thank You.

Reflection
Stop expecting for God to do things on Your schedule. Stop thinking He’s too early or too late. God is always on time. Praise Him for His perfection and for doing things and delivering things right on time. Have an amazing weekend! Happy birthday to two of my Godsons!!!

Love Always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.24.12

Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait patiently for Him are happy.

Isaiah 30:18

Pray
Father I pray that all of Your children could show mercy and compassion to each other as You show to us. I pray that we could be as patient and loving as You. Father touch our hearts. Touch the hearts of those who call themselves Christians, Believers, and Your servants—-yet, they have so much darkness in their hearts that they turn their noses up towards Your other children, they curse those who differ them, and they refuse to accept what they don’t believe in. You told us that You are the judge and ruler of all, yet millions of Your children spend the bulk of their days judging and trying to rule over others. Help us Father!

Reflection
We are hypocrites. We call ourselves Christians and then pass judgment. We call ourselves Christians as we call others sinners—even after and while we sin. We call ourselves Christians yet pick and choose whom we want to embrace and love.

God said love all. Jesus showed us how to love all and said that it was the most important of all the commandments; yet we fail repeatedly each day to do this simple thing—to obey this simple command—LOVE EVERYONE.

Don’t just love so-called Christians. Don’t just love people who do, think, look, and speak as you want them.

Love regardless of their religious or political affiliation. Love regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, or sexual preference. Love regardless of the color of someone’s skin. Love regardless of someone’s geographic location. Love regardless of someone’s educational or socioeconomic background.

Just LOVE!!!

While you’re busy telling other people they are going to hell, map out your itinerary…and you may want to opt out of getting a window seat…and no, they aren’t even serving peanuts or pretzels on that trip! You never know—you might already be in your own internal hell!

Love Always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.23.12

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

Pray
Father thank You for sending Your son to us to prove Your presence, Your power, Your reach, Your Truth, and that Your children are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Thank You for sending Jesus to demonstrate that there is no death, just a transformation and transition to another level of existence with You.

Thank You for sending Jesus to carry the cross so we could see what our responsibilities are and have the best example to model.

Thank You for sending Jesus to teach us how to heal, love, forgive, be patient, and be free from sin, disease, and death. Thank You Father.

Reflection
God sent His son to us to show us the way to Him, to show us who we truly are and what we are truly made of. We are walking around in human flesh, but when the day comes that we must leave this level of existence we will leave behind the flesh and fully embrace the Spirit.

We are made up of mostly water and energy and the way we respond to circumstances impacts our energy either positively or negatively. Too much negative energy leads to self-destruction, while there can never be too much positive energy. The abundance of positive energy only leads to everlasting life with our Father, and our shepherd Jesus.

God said we are in His image and likeness. We must learn to embrace our reality. Do not get caught up in this temporary falsehood of humanness, when our true mission is to see who we are as God’s spiritual beings. How we treat each other and how we treat ourselves is a grand measurement of our understanding. Either we will get it or we won’t.

Love Always,

Natasha

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