Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.21.13

While He was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore? ” But when Jesus overheard what was said, He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” He did not let anyone accompany Him except Peter, James, and John, James’s brother.
 Mark 5:35-37 HCSB
 Father may I always hear Your voice over others. May I believe as Your son taught and practiced. May I see past the physical and temporal, and see through the lens You have given me. You are greater than the diagnoses and prognoses. You are greater than the finite human capability. Father You see, feel, hear, sense, comprehend, and know what we cannot. Let me push past what I initially see or hear, to get to the core of what You want me to experience and realize. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 Had the synagogue leader not ran to Jesus for help, his child may have never been healed, because he most likely would have allowed the crowd of so-called believers swayed his viewpoint, and forced him to believe that his daughter could not be healed—and then forced him to believe that she had passed away.
 The healing process requires faith and belief by someone involved, and when faced with the human “reality” of injury, sickness, or disease, any doubters will cloud the vision and quite possibly block the blessing of recovery. That is why Jesus only took inside with him those he knew truly believed that the child was not only still alive (asleep) but believed that Jesus would wake her. He only brought in believers of total healing and recovery. The doubters could stay outside and doubt. They served no purpose inside of the home because their energy and weakness is also contagious.
 Consider those around you. Those worry warts, doubters, sapsuckers, and energy drainers.
 Let me share some examples with you. You sneeze or cough one time and they have diagnosed you with the flu. You fall behind on your bills and they tell you to rush to a bankruptcy firm to file. You have an argument with your spouse, and they suggest you consider separation or divorce.
 Your child begins testing you and gets flippant, and the worry warts tell you that your child must be on drugs or in a gang (or both). You lose your job and they dump the world on your shoulders and convince you that if you get another job, it won’t be for 12-18 months minimum, and you will most likely take a huge cut in pay. You have been trying a few months to get pregnant, you make the mistake of mentioning this to a worry wart. This person then blows things out of proportion and now is fixated on the probability of you and/or your spouse being infertile, and your inability to conceive.
 Your loved one is in the military and you haven’t heard from them in months, the worry warts have told you of a possible MIA, POW situation. Your business isn’t where you had hoped it would be, they tell you to stop while you’re ahead and go get a job. A doctor tells you that he/she has found a lump in your breast, growth in your cervix, an abnormality in your lungs, or growth in your prostrate. The worry warts have diagnosed you with full-blown cancer with zero chances of recovery, and a life expectancy of less than one year. They cry on your shoulder and start going down memory lane with you, already “digging” your grave.
 Stay away from these people. If they are family, then limit what you share with them, and how much time you spend with them. Surround yourself with “Peter, James, and John, James’s brother” type of people. Surround yourself with true believers, faith walkers, and the Lydia’s who jump right in without question. Even in your fear and lack of faith, those who believe will help push you through. Those who believe will bring in the energy and light needed for you to fixate only on God and not on the problem.
 Is it dead or is it asleep, and just needs to be awakened? It is what you believe.
 Love always,
 Copyright 2013. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted.
 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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