Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.17.17



John 12:42-43


Father give me the courage to walk right even when it’s easier to side step. Give me the courage to do what’s right and speak up, even when fear encroaches. Give me the courage to stand in my convictions and proudly proclaim that I am a believer and follower of Christ, even if I face ridicule, shame, judgment, or far worse from my fellow human. Lift me up Father. You know what I need and when I need it. I choose to praise You even through the worst of times. I praise You now and I praise You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Now let’s talk about the foolishness going on in John 12, shall we?

So first we have folks questioning Jesus. Interesting enough this is still our issue today.  Although many had seen His healings, and some even had actual testimony of healing, many couldn’t bring themselves to believe in Him. It’s like a never ending cycle of “well can you do this? what about this? Well how about now? But what if this happened?” You know what I’m speaking of, the twisted nonsense that we all have been guilty of throughout our short lives here on Earth.

But that’s not the most disturbing. Nope.

The most shocking comes in verses 42 and 43 where you have believers who just refuse to publicly claim Him as their Lord and Savior because they are more concerned with and consumed by peer pressure and human narcissists that intimidate them through threat of banishment from the synagogue, as though God only hears and responds to prayer in a structure built  by human hands.

So they would rather disappoint, turn their backs on and denounce the Son than the peons who are supposed to be serving Him. They would rather reject the One that God sent to save them than be cast aside and judged by the one who self-appointed themselves as so-called leaders.

That is our world still today, more than 2,000 years later.

You can believe and yet not follow, follow and yet not serve, serve and not be humbled.

God leaves us free to choose….

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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Love always,


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