Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.15.13

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3 HCSB

Pray
Father You know my heart. You know if what I say and do is sincere, so today when I pray that my eyes be kept focused on Jesus so that I may be closer to You and a better servant for You— the truth is clear to You. Where there is lack in my conviction please mold into me the very things that I need to correct my walk. Mold into me the things that I need to be stronger, braver, wiser, and more committed.

I can tell that the enemy is trying to gain a foothold in my life. It wants to be relevant, and I can’t have that. Father strengthen me to rebuke the lie that is the enemy. Strengthen me to face the lie and tell it to get behind me. I humbly pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
If you don’t know the story of Jesus, his teachings, his ways, his beliefs, and yes even his pet peeves—then how can you follow him? We cling to other humans like they are idols. Once again we repeat the sins of generations before us. The good inside of a person, the light that you see within them, is God. Jesus showed us the way to love, pray, worship, serve, heal, and help. He showed us how to rebuke evil. Jesus showed us the way to God.

Is it our fear that if we truly follow his footsteps that we too would leave this level of existence earlier than what we desire? Do we fear that following Jesus means a quicker end to human life? I admit that I want to live a long and healthy life watching generations of youth grow up. I know that to walk with Jesus means walking away from all that is comfortable and status quo in my life, and I sometimes struggle with the fear that in my walk the sacrifice is my human life at an early age (earlier than what I would desire).

So I pray for fear to squeeze itself out of me, and I don’t care which exit it chooses. I know that as long as I walk around in fear I am not living—I’m just here—just existing, and that is not how I want my days on Earth to be consumed. Each day I pray for strength, courage, discernment, and more faith. I don’t know when God will call me to my next level of life, so I need to embrace and enjoy every single day I’m here, and do so as an upright and honorable servant for Christ.

What’s holding you back? What fear has its grip on you? What games is the enemy trying to play with you? What lie is the enemy trying to convince you to believe? There is a solution to all of this—God—and the one who can help you put the pieces together is Jesus. Do we want a better life free of fear, worry, doubt, confusion, and lies? Then we must make the decision to get out of our own way and turn to Jesus.

Happy Monday family! Today is also tax day here in the United States. How many of you have already filed? How many of you are waiting for the last minute or requesting an extension? How many of you have been so consumed with life that you forgot to file your taxes and are now scrambling today? I hope today is stress-free for all of you. Have an amazing day and I hope you check back here tomorrow for another Breaking Bread post. I love you all!

Love,
Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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