Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.31.13

because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him.
 
 Romans 6:9 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father I pray for strength and courage, and a freedom from spiritual bondage. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflections
 When death has no control, it has no power. If it has no power then it can’t be a real threat, and can’t be something to fear—because it can’t do anything to us. Christ taught that we have eternal life and after this level of existence is yet another level—not darkness or emptiness, but light, love, and an even richer life. We must value and take care of this life so that we can prove we deserve the next one.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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 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.
 
 
 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.30.13

He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me? ” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me? ” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.
 
 John 21:17 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father may I always remained focused on my tasks to fulfill Your mission. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 If we truly love Jesus and our Heavenly Father then we will take care of the least of God’s children, share God’s Word, and love even the unlovable.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.29.13

Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your view? Yes, I too have seen it.” This is the Lord ’s declaration.
 
 Jeremiah 7:11 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father mold into me the strength, courage, and conviction to always stand up for what’s right, to confront the wrongdoing and the doer, and to accept those things that I cannot control—but rather release them to you. Father give me the strength and courage to set boundaries in my life, boundaries with other people, and to create a healthy distance from those who live toxic lives. Help me to let go of and heal from my hang ups, issues, insecurities, and sinning ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Has a loved one ever stolen from you? Blatantly lied to you? Been abusive towards you? Coldly disrespected you? Manipulated you into believing that they were a certain type of person, or lived a certain type of way? Have you suspected that they were stealing from you and others but your interventions fell short of any real results? Do you have a loved one who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol yet you keep ignoring the problem? How many times have you known that this person has been behind the wheel of a car? How many times have you witnessed the aftermath of their binging behavior? How many times have you bailed them out of jail or financial binds?
 
 I just spent the past hour reading forum threads about family members, young children and adult children, who stole from their family, were abusing drugs and/or alcohol, were blatantly disrespectful and sometimes abusive, and their family didn’t know what to do. I read of parents and other family members who just couldn’t take the betrayal any more and they kicked the perpetrator out of their home and forbid their return for any reason. Then I read of instances where people continued to forgive and let “slide” the offenses even when extremely valuable and sentimental items were stolen.
 
 Have you ever experienced this phenomena? Are you experiencing it now? It’s painful to have a stranger steal from or betray you. But it feels like your insides are being gutted when it’s done by a loved one.
 
 I wonder how God feels.
 
 How does God feel when those perpetrators commit those acts? How does He feel when we too disobey His commands? Do we not also justify our actions much like the lying, cheating, stealing, abusing/abusive family member who is tormenting us?
 
 I think that just like God lovingly allows us to stumble and fall into valleys, yet never completely cutting us off, we too must lovingly let our perpetrator-family member go so that they can stumble and fall—-because we can’t go farther down when our faces are on the ground. We can either stay there or get up, and we can’t get up without God.
 
 Lovingly keep those who are inflicted with the thieving, lying, abusing/abusive “bug” at a safe distance, so that you can allow God to have complete access without your interference. Every time we interfere and think that we can do God’s job and fix something faster, we end up being the victim. There’s a big difference between an intervention with tough love, and trying to “fix” someone. Set and stick by boundaries and rules to protect yourself and other family members, and let God handle the details. The perpetrator will only get and accept help when they want it and see the need for it. Until that time they are like a nonstop tsunami that will destroy anything and anyone in their path.
 
 Let go.
 
 We also must own up to our sins, large and small, and determine whether or not we will continue doing these things and deal with the immediate and long-term consequences, or cease all activity and earn back the relationship God wants to have with us.
 
 Let go.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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 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.
 
 
 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.28.13

But look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help.
 
 Jeremiah 7:8 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Let me not be deceived. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Seek out God to reveal the truth in all things, and for all circumstances.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.25.13

Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them. And while He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven. After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple complex praising God.
 
 Luke 24:50-53 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father please continue to mold me and build me up so that I am strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Before this moment the disciples stayed hidden because they feared repercussion from the Jews who had just arrested, crucified and killed Jesus, their beloved Master and Savior. The disciples feared that they would be next because of their affiliation with him, their earlier declaration of him being the Messiah, and because they too had performed acts of healing.
 
 After Jesus appeared to them, proved who he was, blessed them, and then ascended—they then had the courage and faith to let go of their fear, and return to the temple complex to praise God, and share Jesus’ teachings. What if Jesus had never returned and visited them? What if they hadn’t believed?
 
 The spreading of the Gospel, the sharing of Jesus’ life and teachings were made possible by the disciples. The printing and publishing of the Bible made it possible for us to read both the Old Testament and New Testament, to capture moments in history (even when large chunks were omitted), and learn what it means to be a Christian and servant of God. Had the disciples and apostles not shared their stories what would we have, know, and do today?
 
 Think about it.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.24.13

Message from Natasha:
I want to apologize for not staying up on my posts. I haven’t been feeling to well and haven’t focused my days on my posts, as I should. I will however be posting for the days missed because we never know when we need to go back and reflect, or search deep for something…anything.

I received today’s message and instead of searching for my own scripture to pray and reflect upon, I chose to follow my heart and gut and post this one instead. It rings true for me and hit deep. Please share it with others after you have had chance to study and pray. God bless you all!

Natasha

Stay Focused on What He Can Do

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:2, NKJV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In John Chapter 4, Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well. He asked her for something to drink. She was a little surprised because in those days the Jews didn’t have anything to do with the Samaritans. She said, “How can you ask me for something to drink?” Jesus said, “If you knew who I am, you would ask of Me, and I would give you Living Water.

She immediately began to look in the natural. She said, “But, sir, you don’t have anything to draw water with. You don’t have any kind of bucket or pail. How can you give me living water?”

How many times do people do the same thing today? God tells us He is going to do something great in our lives, and we start looking at things in the natural, and before long, we talk ourselves out of it! But we have to remember, God can take something that is ordinary, breathe on it and turn it into something that’s extraordinary.

With God, all things are possible! Don’t just look at things in the natural, look at the greatness of God. Stay focused on what He can do and embrace all He has for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I lift my eyes off of my circumstances and set my focus on You. I know that with You, all things are possible. Show me Your ways. Show me Your love and all of the good things You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.21.13

Lack No Good Thing

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.”

Psalm 34:10, NLT

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
It’s easy to think, “If I had more money, I could accomplish my dreams. If I had this or that, or knew the right people, then I could do something great.” But as long as you feel like you’re lacking or that you were shortchanged, then you’ll make excuses to be less than your best.

Today, get a new perspective. God has given you exactly what you need for the season that you’re in. You have the talent, the friends, the connections, the resources, the experience you need for right now. It doesn’t mean that’s all you’re ever going to have. You may need more next month or next year. When that time comes, God will make sure that you have what you need. Because your trust is in the Lord, you don’t have to worry. You lack no good thing.

Remember, you are equipped, empowered and anointed for this moment. You are not lacking. You have what it takes. Rejoice because increase is coming. Promotion is coming. New opportunities are coming. You are ready for whatever may come because you put your faith and trust in Him.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your provision in my life. Today I declare that I trust You! You give me everything that I need as I rest and hope in You in Jesus’ name. Amen!
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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