Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.21.14

But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are led astray to bow down to other gods and worship them, I tell you today that you will certainly perish and will not live long in the land you are entering to possess across the Jordan. I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the Lord swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
 Deuteronomy 30:17-20 HCSB
 Father I pray for the strength to see obstacles as nothing more than speed bumps in life. I pray that when I need help that I turn to You for both the small and big things. I want to live and love fully. I want to be obedient to You, immediately, not when all of my other perceived options have ran out. I want to use the Bible as my road map, and never as something that I use to go through the motions to ‘play’ a Christian. Turn me away from any substitutes that I have created or allowed in my space. Show me the things that have taken up too much of my time and attention. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 I could be wrong but I think that all of us have turned away from God more than once at some period in our lives. If I’m wrong about you, and you have never turned away from Him please let me know. The rest of us can learn a great deal from you. At the end of this post I will share how you can explain to us how you have remained obedient and faithful to God your entire life.
 For those of us who confess that we have in the past, and/or recently, turned away from our Heavenly Father, we have to identify what happened that made our hearts switch from on to off? What made us feel and believe that His presence and our obedience weren’t necessary to thrive in life? What made us feel that we could pick which commandments to follow? What made us feel that the Old Testament commands and ways no longer applied to us? What made us turn to other substitutes for God?
 When you re-read the passage above we can see that God gave us two options: life or death. Life would bring us prosperity and death would mean the end of all that we know and love. Even Jesus told one of the churches (we discussed last week) that if they didn’t repent and return to their first Love (God) and return to living the lives they led before they sinned, then he would remove their church from its place (Revelations 2:4-5).
 Do we flip flop from God because we don’t like the fact that He is still a mystery to us? Do we flip flop because when we see wars, terrorist acts, destruction, disease, and the deaths of babies and small children, we can’t accept how God would allow these things to happen?
 I can confess that I have used substitutes for God. Years ago my priorities were out of order: Career, Family, and God (and sometimes God and family would flip-flop). I’m learning to place God first, family second, and then my career—-where I turn to God for all of my decision making for both my personal and professional lives.
 I can also confess that I lack obedience when I don’t act immediately or promptly when God calls me to do something. Whether that something is to stop or pause before proceeding, apologize to someone, try to resolve conflict, or to move quickly on a project or business decision, if I sit back and contemplate or delay the process, I am being disobedient to God.
 The amazing thing, which also saddens me (when I realize it) is that God doesn’t tell you to do or say something one time, God repeats Himself until we make a decision. His voice doesn’t have to be loud and strong, it can be that faint, still, calm voice within. It brings you a feeling of peace when you hear it, yet we still ignore it sometimes.
 When I disobey God the repercussions are almost instantaneous (if not so). It doesn’t take me years to see the err of my ways. No, they hit me square in the face soon after I blunder. So I have been praying to be more obedient.
 Question of the Day
 1. In what ways do you lack obedience towards God? What substitutes have you used in place of God?
 Share your comments about today’s message and responses to the Question of the Day, below this post or email me at
 Happy Friday family. Work like it’s Tuesday, and then enjoy your weekend!
 Love always,
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 Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant unless otherwise noted. Copyright 2009-2013 under Natasha L. Foreman, 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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