Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.30.17

Scripture

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

John 7:16-18

Pray

Father thank You for opening my eyes to the truth, for showing me how to demonstrate this truth, and speak to others clearly leaning on Your word and not relying solely on my understanding.

Father I understand that the closer I get to You, the more I will be attacked by the “liar” and by those whose eyes are not opened and focused on You. Thank You Father for protecting me. Thank You for blessing me. I only want to honor and serve You, and live a righteous life. Show me how I can be a better servant Father. Amen.

Reflection

Jesus made it clear that God, his Father, sent him to teach His Word. It was not a case where Jesus was walking around making up things and claiming to be the author of the message- he always gave credit to his Father.

His love for all mankind was a reflection of God’s love. He healed through God’s power. He rid people from demon possession; raised people from the dead; healed the sick, the blind, the deaf and the mute. Yet he was accused of being possessed by demons. No matter what he did to help- he found himself doubted and under attack.

Understand that as you do God’s work you may come under attack by doubters, non-believers, and even by believers who are envious of your relationship with Him. As long as your focus is on God, His truth will reveal all- and silence the naysayers.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally shared on November 27, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.29.17

Joel Osteen delivered again. Right on time. Thank you to my friend Juanita for sharing this with me. I’m paying it forward….

Keep Asking

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

(Matthew 7:7, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD:

Sometimes, people get discouraged in life because things didn’t turn out the way they hoped on the first try. Maybe they put energy into a relationship but it didn’t work out. They tried that new business venture, but they are still struggling with their finances. Now they think it’s never going to happen. But, one thing we have to learn is that God honors perseverance. On the way to your “yes” you may encounter some “no’s.” You may encounter some closed doors, but that doesn’t mean it’s the final answer. It just means “keep going.”

Remember, if God promised it, He’s going to bring it to pass. Scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises. This is where patience comes in; this is where perseverance comes in. This is where trust comes in. Just because you don’t see things happen right away doesn’t mean you should quit. No, instead, rise up and press forward. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because our God is always faithful to His word!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I choose today to believe Your Word. I choose to trust Your promises. I choose to keep standing, keep believing and keep asking because I will receive in Jesus’ name! Amen!

– Joel Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.28.17

Scripture

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Pray

Father You have never stopped blessing me. You have always provided me with shelter; never homeless- because my home is with and in You. I know that a house is not a home if You are not the foundation. I know that the money I earn is Yours- and You made those provisions for me.

I know that my material possessions are on loan to me by You. I will not be afraid of losing what I have because God, You are my provider. I will fight my fears because I know You will never abandon me. Father help me say and believe with confidence that I fear nothing. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Once we come to a point where we fear absolutely nothing other than displeasing God and fearing His judgment- we will be at the very place He has intended.

When we no longer rely on money as our king and solution to all of our problems- and instead rely on God- we will see our lives clearly as He does. We will truly be walking in faith knowing that no matter what situation we encounter He is there. We will never fear poverty, homelessness, illness, death, life, abandonment, being unloved or being alone. We will be complete with Him.

I am grateful for those of you who contact me and send your thanks for this daily message. I am grateful that you find a connection with the passages selected, and the prayers and reflections that come from God’s love and light. Enjoy your Tuesday. God bless you.

Love,

Natasha

Originally posted on November 23, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.27.17

Scripture

We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly in our prayers, because we recall in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, in that our gospel did not come to you merely in words, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you).

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-6

Pray

Father thank You. Thank You for another day. Thank You for lovingkindness, for Your grace, and for helping me every day in every possible way. Lord when no one else understands me, when no one else is there for me I know that You are. When I am disappointed I can call on You. When I am afraid, Your presence soothes me. I feel Your angels surrounding me.

In honor of You I try to imitate Your son- the perfect example of what You expect from Your children. To build a better relationship with You I try to always turn to You for wisdom and guidance.

Father You know that I am weak at times and lean on man and on my own understanding instead of coming to You. Forgive me for those moments of weakness. I am working daily in my walk to be a better person and a better ambassador of and for Your Kingdom. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

This scripture from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians is timeless. Our work of faith, labor of love and endurance of hope in God and our savior Jesus Christ is something to be prayed upon daily- because it is not an easy process.

The closer we grow in our walk with our Father and Christ the more we are under attack from mortal mind the “liar”. Our minds must be sharp, our eyes focused, our hearts warmed and open to light- and not penetrable by darkness.

We must lovingly be aware of everything and everyone around us. We must be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as our shield against expected and unexpected attacks. We must not be naive as to the powers of the world, so we must be equipped with the ultimate power of God’s Word and Spirit.

We must not be comfortable in ignorance, but energized in wisdom and knowledge.

Endurance always signifies a level of discomfort and pain- which is required for growth.

Enduring while still praising our Father and His son should be a major focus of ours. Can you deal with life’s upsets, drama, disappointments yet still stand strong thanking God for the experience? Can you go through the day not complaining about your life, but rather praising and exclaiming how blessed you truly are?

You are alive- now isn’t that a blessing! When times get tough and you need someone to talk to- speak to a person who is walking in the Word, not to one who will reinforce your fears and doubt, or bring you more confusion than a solution.

Look around you and see all of the ways God has blessed you, and then praise His name and let the world know just how good God is to you- and what He’s done in your life!

Love you all,

Natasha

Originally posted on November 24, 2010

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.24.17

Scripture

“I have shown love to you,” says the Lord, but you say, “How have you shown love to us?”

Malachi 1:2

Pray

Father I’m sorry for taking You for granted, for having expectations of blessings, and not being humble enough to practice patience. I apologize for not giving You what I expect in return. I love You Father and I’m so grateful to be Your child.

I want to please You. I want to be the best steward, the most humble, committed and obedient ambassador. I want to express and reflect Your love each day. I want to show my gratefulness for every breath I take. My life, my reality, my experiences are only made possible because of You. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection

We must stop asking God what He’s done for us and start giving of ourselves as He expects. We are to be the examples we hope to see in the world. We are to be the paradigms, and from that we will find doors, windows, cubbies, and spaces of opportunity open for us.

We will find our paths become less rigorous because we will stop leaning into our own understanding and simply walk where, when, and how God instructs us. Our doubts and fears will diminish.

Our crooked walk will straighten. Our turned head will be realigned. Our eyes will be refocused. Our minds will be sharp and clear. Our tongues will not be forked. We will not question our Father, we will instead just say, “yes Father I will obey”.

Let us start counting our blessings and not counting down the days of expectancy for blessings. Let us stop waiting for what’s next, and start living for what’s now. Start expressing God’s love and watch how it flows back to you. Enjoy your Friday.

Love you all,

Natasha

Originally posted on November 26, 2010. It was modified to align with current standards.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.23.17

Scripture

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

Colossians 4:2

Pray

Father I am thankful today for the blessings of life, good health, a loving family, true friends, many acquaintances, and a career that is filled with limitless possibilities.

Father thank You for showing me that even in loss there is a gain. I bow my head to You humbly thanking You for all that You have done for me- and for all that You still have planned. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection

Today is Thanksgiving. Every day is Thanksgiving. Every day is a day to be grateful so we must always thank God for our blessings. Be grateful to have people in your life who truly love you; not the groupies, leaches and hangers on who are only around in good times.

Thank God for your family- even when you have issues with them you know that when times get tough you can count on them to help you see things through.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Love,

Natasha

Originally posted 2010

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.21.17

Today I received this message from my friend Juanita.

The writer of this message is Joel Osteen. It was and is exactly what I needed to read and recite today. So rather than keep it to myself I’m paying it forward to you, and hopefully you will share it with someone who needs to feel and embrace these words. I created an image and captured the essence of what Joel’s message conveys. Consider saving it to your phone or computer to read when you need a reminder about God’s timing.

Thank you Juanita for your love and for thinking of me when certain messages come through that remind you of me and my circumstances.

The Best Time

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“The vision is yet for an appointed time…”

“Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD:

The scripture says, “The vision is for an appointed time.” That means there is a specific time already determined for the fulfillment of the desires God has placed in your heart. The appointed time is the best time!

We have to trust that God can see the big picture for our lives. He knows what’s up ahead. He knows what we’re going to need, who we’re going to need, and when they need to show up. If God did everything we ask on our timetable, it would limit us because sometimes, what we’re asking for is too small.

Sometimes the person we think we can’t live without, God knows in ten years they’re not going to be good for us. So He is closing the door right now. Sometimes the promotion we want so badly, if God gave it to us right now, He knows it would keep us from a much bigger promotion that He has three years down the road.

Remember, God has the advantage of seeing it all. The longer I live, the more I trust Him. The more I see His hand of faithfulness, the more I know that His plan is better than my plan. Today, trust that He knows what He’s doing. Trust that He has an appointed time, and it is the best time to bring to pass His promises in your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I put my dreams, desires, hopes and longings into Your loving hands. I trust that the vision You have given me is for an appointed time. I know Your timing is best so I will praise You until I see the promise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Joel Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.20.17

Scripture

And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .'”When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Luke 4:12-14

Pray

Father I know that I am never free and clear from the path of the ‘liar’. I know that temptation will never be in my past. I know that my mind and heart must always be focused on You, praying to You, and devoted to You if I am to fight this war. Father strengthen me. Keep me. Keep my eyes focused on You Father.

Remove people from my life that serve no purpose other than to tempt me, distract me, take my focus off of You Father. When they walk before me Lord, whisper in my ear to walk away. Give me the words to say to them so that we can part ways forever. Give me the strength to resist the feelings inside, and the desire to ‘test the waters’. Give me the wisdom to know that You know all, see all, and have power over all; the wisdom to know that I can never be equal to You, smarter than You, or more powerful than You.

Give me the strength to overcome the ‘want’ of things I don’t need- the things that could ultimately harm me or pull me off Your path. Father surround me with Your presence. Fill me with Your love and discipline. I don’t want to test You Father. I don’t want to give in to the ‘liar’ and temptation. I want to live honorably Father in Your sight, as Jesus clearly exemplified. I only want to serve You Father. In Your name there is grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Whether it be person or thing that tempts us, we know right from wrong- we know what is of God and what is a mirage invented by mortal mind, the liar. We need to stop lying to ourselves and saying that ‘it must be a blessing from God if this is happening to me‘. The flesh is weak and the only answer is God and His son Jesus Christ. Let our eyes not stray from the path. Let us not risk all that we have worked for just to have a moment or more in bliss.

Let us not risk an eternal life in harmony because of a desire for forbidden fruit. We know when God has told us ‘no‘, if we ignore Him then we are ‘testing’ Him. When we walk with temptation and not with God we are walking with the ‘liar’ who says, ‘just live a little. Doesn’t it feel good? Why would you do something that doesn’t bring your ecstasy? You should do what makes you feel good- let this be our secret!”.

What we don’t realize is that our judgment is clouded and within that ecstasy is a kill-switch that will bring pain; it will tear down the foundation we built within God’s grace. What we don’t realize is that the temptation will destroy everything you value most. It will rip apart your family, cripple your career, stomp on your dignity and esteem, and sit back and watch you slither on your belly in pain.

Ask yourself if this temporary pleasure you are enjoying now is worth the long-term pain in the future? Is it worth seeing your loved ones in pain? Is it worth displeasing God and Jesus? We must fight for our lives. We must fight for our position in God’s Kingdom. Don’t test God. Don’t try to outsmart Your creator. Don’t let the temporal alter your eternal.

Love,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally posted on November 20, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and other standards.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.17.17

Scripture

“…Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Revelations 7:12

Pray

Father I thank You for blessing me every single day. I thank You for Your favor, and for providing me with the wisdom to see my way through each obstacle, and see each person for their true ‘self’. Thank You for Your power to change my situations, to make my crooked paths straight, and my rugged ways smooth. Forever I will be faithful to You Lord. Amen.

Reflection

Let us be thankful for today. For the yesterdays we remember, and for the tomorrow’s that aren’t promised but we are hopeful to see. Let every experience be valued.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.16.17

fear not

Scripture

And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

1 Samuel 12:20, 24

Pray

Father Mother God, oh how I am filled with gladness and joy to serve as Your ambassador. My mistakes and sins have been forgiven by You Lord, and I humbly thank You. Yesterday I said that I want to study Your Word more throughout the day, not just once a day, not just on Sunday or at mid-week service. I want to serve You in truth and with all of my heart. I want You to have all of me. I am never separated from You Father. You have blessed me in more ways than I can count Lord and I am eternally grateful to You. I will never stop praising You Father. I will never stop seeing You as my heavenly Father-Mother. You are love and You are loved by me. Thank You God. Amen.

Reflection

We have sinned. We have done things to dishonor our Father. But in the book of Samuel we see that with our hearts and minds cleared and focused on serving and loving Him fully and unconditionally, that we can and will be great servants and ambassadors for His Kingdom. We must know and respect His power and authority over us and over the universe. We must not take for granted what He has done for us, nor have a selfish expectation that whatever we pray for we will receive. God determines our wants and our needs. He has the last and ultimate say as to what we receive. It is through our loyal servitude that we receive more as we give more- as we trust Him more, as our faith in Him is unwavering, and as our expression of Him is perfect.

Let us let go of what we did wrong yesterday, we have asked for forgiveness, and now we should never doing it again; and never come close to doing it—or slyly committing a similar sin but trying to convince ourselves that it ‘isn’t the same’. We must never step outside of the realm of God’s light for one moment. Stepping outside of the light then returning–expecting blessings– is most disrespectful. Let us walk in His light and be the sunshine that nurtures all, heals all, and represents all that God is…perfection!

God bless you this amazing morning. Walk in the light. If you know my mother be sure to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is the day the Lord brought her into this big, ole’ world of ours! She has been a blessing in so many ways to so many people, and I am truly honored to be her daughter.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This first posted on November 16, 2010.

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