Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.24.18

Scripture

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16 NIV

Reflection

God gives us all choices. We have a choice to do right or wrong, turn left or keep straight, lie or be honest, cheat or remain faithful and loyal, leave or stay, curse or pray, hit or walk away, have protected sex or risk misery and pain, be one religious faith or choose another, seek revenge or let God handle things…we have choices.

It seems that loyalty, faithfulness and dedication are words of satire and are often one-sided labels meant for the other person we’re involved with but never for us. We want people to be loyal, honest, trustworthy, trusting, faithful, dedicated, and devoted to us and our relationships with them, but we don’t seem to have it in us to give 100% of the same to them in return. What ever happened to full reciprocity? What happened to being honorable? Have we increasingly downgraded the quality of our moral fabric?

Have we decided to remain a selfish people instead of maturing in our selfLESSness?

Have we celebrated and embraced a culture of “keeping our options open”, being “players”, being “Married But Available”, and not “bringing sand to the beach” rather than the ideal of monogamy?

If you want to live freely to do, go, say, and live as you want with whomever you want, then why pretend to commit yourself to a relationship when you can simply openly date several people, and explain to them your intentions to not commit or practice monogamy? Why must there always be lies, games, and frequent moments of deceit? Why must we say one thing yet do another? Why is there a thrill in the chase—in the risk of getting caught?

Where’s the honor and dignity?

Look closely at yourself in the mirror. Are you the type of man or woman you would want your child to date and marry? Do you treat men/women the way you would want your son/daughter to be treated?

Let us be the change we want to see in the world…starting TODAY!

Remember that “…the sins of the father will be revisited upon his son…” this applies to daughters and mothers also! Let’s think less of self and more of others, and consider what Jesus would do and say if he saw us?

Prayer

Father I want to thank You. Thank You for showing and teaching me the difference between love and lust, and the difference between honor and pride.

Father thank You for filling my cup that it runneth over in love and clears my eyes to see rightly the love for one without a desire to lust for another. I want to walk straight on the path You have set before me, not to stray in moments of weakness and temptation; but to stride with confidence that everything I need You have already provided.

I walk in confidence that the person who You have placed in my life to love I have no desire to stray from, no desire to seek comfort, admiration or praise elsewhere, and no desire to seek affection, ego stroking, and understanding from anyone but the person I love and respect. I am more than satisfied where my heart and feet are, and have no intentions or expectations of allowing my heart and feet to rest anywhere else with anyone else.

It is because of You and my devotion to You that I have peace within, acceptance of who I am and what I can do, confidence in my ability to love and be loved wholly, satisfaction in where I have come from and where I see myself going, and that in matters of the heart and flesh I only need and want to be with one person. It is because of You I am pleased with falling in and staying in love with one person; committed, dedicated, faithful, honest, open, considerate, trustworthy and trusting of that one person.

If ever I shift in my thinking due to temptation, frustration, disappointment, dismay, or confusion, and I go against Your plan for me, please steer me back on course Father for I never want to disappoint You. I want to always move forward never backwards.

I always want to make progress not cause my own setbacks. I want to live in the present with hopes for the future, not dwell in the past of what once was or could have been. I want to fail from trying my best and missing the mark, not from a lack of motivation or care. So help me Father to remain focused on my mission in and for Your Kingdom, and also in my personal love life. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.23.18

Scripture

I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8

Reflection

No matter where we are, what we’re doing, and what we’re going through—God is there and no one can separate us from His love. Turn to Him to have revealed the truths of life.

Prayer

Father You are the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the past, present and future. You are my everything. Father I thank You because when I can’t count on anyone or anything to be what they appear, I can always count on You.

Father I am praying for Your comforting touch to see me through. The only truth I need comes directly from You Lord. There is no other truth, no other light, no other answer, and no other way. Thank You for Your constant presence in my life. Thank You for blessing me every single second of every day. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Bless you all and have a beautiful evening.

Natasha

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Natasha’s Sunday Reflection: If You Like Living in Ignorance Then Don’t Read This

Some of us get caught up in the “flesh” and we’re more concerned with worldly affairs than the matters of the heart.

The flesh is not truthful, honorable, right, or pure.

We can be obsessed with self and because of that we oftentimes miss the big picture and can’t see the lessons before us. We don’t even recognize how toxic our self-righteousness is, especially when we use it to judge and attack others. When we’re walking around consumed by the flesh we’re too blind to see that there’s no truth, honor, righteousness, or purity in our thoughts and actions, because we don’t see that what we do and say is not of God—it is not what Moses or Jesus taught.

It’s our warped approach at getting what we think we deserve.

Jesus was and is concerned with our hearts. He was sent to be a disruptive force, to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy, to divide truth from fiction, and to establish clear lines and expectations—NOT to force anyone to listen and believe. Jesus NEVER judged and damned someone for not following and believing, yet so-called Christians today walk around holier-than-thou judging and condemning people to damnation as though God gave them the power and authority to do so.

God doesn’t need to force you to be truthful, honorable, right and pure—He gives us a choice. He looks at our heart. He knows we are weak and troubled. His grace gives us opportunities to do and be better. Those who choose to be the opposite of the qualities and principles that represent Him, deal with the life hereafter based on that understanding.

So stop trying to be everyone’s judge. Stop playing Jesus and God. You have your own role and responsibilities. You have your own obstacles to overcome and sins to avoid (and atone for). You are not blameless and flawless.

Stop parading around in your self-righteousness trying to force people to convert to your ways, thinking, practices, and religious beliefs. Attacking people for thinking and living differently is not a lesson from Jesus’s teachings. You never read anywhere that Moses dragged his people out of Egypt. Anyone who willingly wanted to leave could come, and anyone who wanted to stay could do so. It was always about choice.

Jesus never forced anyone to believe and follow Him. Never. He never harassed and insulted people for their shortcomings or their sins. Jesus ticked off those in power, the elitists, the zealots, the teachers of the law, the so-called experts. He held them to the standards they claimed to uphold. He revealed their hypocrisy. But even then, He never told them to follow Him or be prepared for hell.

Jesus never attacked, assaulted or killed someone in His name or in God’s. We don’t have one account of Him ever putting His hands on someone in a violent way. Yet look at us, thousands of years later and we think we have the right to do all of these things because we call ourselves Christians.

People parading around with picket signs and banners of judgment, telling complete strangers that they are damned to hell for their beliefs and practices. We see so-called Christians shooting and bombing buildings and people, all in the name of God—when actually that’s just the devil manipulating your weak minds and flesh. The devil is the enemy and it uses your weaknesses against you in hopes of pulling you farther from God, yet convincing you it’s bringing you closer to God. What a wicked game it plays.

The enemy loves to destroy nations, communities and families. Consider how it attacks the family….

Those of you who are married and don’t realize how weak your flesh really is, consider this: do you find yourself nitpicking what your spouse does and says? Do you hold them to outrageously high standards or constantly raise the standards after they reach them? Are you holding grudges, spiteful, and vindictive? Are you constantly badmouthing them to other people? Do you benefit from their contributions to the family and household, yet tell them (and outsiders) that they could do more and better?

That’s you operating out of your flesh. That’s you being the enemy’s pawn in a game you won’t win if you keep giving in to its manipulative ways.

Stop tearing down your spouse for not being perfect in your eyes. Stop comparing your “yard” to someone else’s. Stop comparing your spouse to someone else. Stop holding them to standards that even you don’t meet consistently or at all. No one is perfect. No one can hit that 100% mark each and every time. We all fall short more times than we make it.

If any athlete could make every shot, score every touchdown, win every race then there would be no need for competition, there would be no need for a team.

Your marriage is a team effort.

Each person pulls their weight and then you’re to come together and share the load, pulling together the weight that is too heavy for one to bear.

Don’t attack and judge your spouse for not having the financial, social or physical capabilities that they once had or that you wish they had but they fall short of achieving.

Do you possess all of these abilities and do you consistenly meet those standards?

If not, be silent and supportive. If you do possess all of those abilities then why don’t you do something productive like help pull some of the load so that your spouse isn’t doing all or most of it alone. You want to benefit from being a part of the team, you want the championship ring, but you think it can be accomplished while riding on the bench or pacing the sidelines. There’s no true success in a stagnant environment.

When you look at your spouse and what they do each day, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are they making an effort to protect and provide for your family?
  • What is their heart showing you?

Focus on that and let the trappings of the “flesh” go. The flesh is not truthful, honorable, right, or pure. The flesh can lead you to what looks good on the outside but is pure rot on the inside. The flesh can lead you away from what could be heaven and lure you to absolute hell. The grass is greener in the other yard because they fertilize, water, cut, and care for the yard. What are you doing to and for your yard? You get what you give!

Love always,
~Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.18.18

Scripture

And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:3-6

Reflection

Every twist and turn, bump and dip, God has the power and the grace to make all things straight, smooth, and level. When you’re lost, God will show you the path out. Every day we must demonstrate our faith in Him, and His ability to meet our needs and exceed our expectations. We must thank Him for all of our blessings, even the ones that we haven’t received yet.

Think about the small things that are actually huge when you no longer have use of them—like the sense of smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch; thank Him for the ones you actively have use of, and thank Him for the ones that are heightened as they make up for the ones you no longer have full use of. They are all gifts from our Father.

You may not have money to pay your bills, but thank God for providing for you. Thank Him for those coins you ran across in your home, car, on the bus, or on the street. Thank Him for the gift card you forgot about, that made it possible for you to buy food, gas, or toiletries.

Thank Him for touching the heart of your debt collector, who opts to accept payment arrangements with you, rather than dragging you down the debtor’s path of shame, ridicule, and torment.

Whatever you do, don’t take for granted God’s gifts to you.

Don’t grow an attitude of passive expectance, where you don’t think you have a role in this blessing besides receiving His gifts. If you owe money to someone, don’t just say, “God’s got this” and then don’t take the steps to contact the person you owe the debt, make payment arrangements, offer a good faith payment of a lower amount, paying off the debt as more money comes in by God’s favor.

Our Father doesn’t do laziness. You have to be a hard working and diligent steward in His Kingdom. You can’t walk around with your hand out like a spoiled child. You must work. You must push yourself to the threshold, and then keep pushing.

At the same time, God doesn’t look favorably upon those of His children who show no grace to others, but expect to receive it from Him. If someone owes a debt to you, show compassion. Remember those people and companies you have and still owe money to—what would you pray that they would do if you had difficulties paying them on time or at all?

Don’t forget, to receive a blessing we must be a blessing. Life is a constant cycle. What we put in it we get out of it. If you’re late paying bills, guess what? Someone is going to be late paying you. If you make a habit of only paying a fraction of a bill, don’t be surprised when your paycheck is short. When you don’t tip your server adequately, don’t be surprised that you get mediocre service elsewhere. It is a cycle.

God’s always doing His part, but we must do ours also if we expect to see the fruits of our labor, and to be prepared for the bounty of blessings that He has planned for us. So why don’t you focus this week on doing your part to make the cycle of life work not only for yourself but your fellow brothers and sisters.

Do your part to make those crooked paths straight, to raise those deep valleys, and lower those mountains and hills flat.

Prayer

Last night Father Your message came through loud and clear, guiding me to Zechariah 4:7. I pray for my mountains to be flattened to nothingness. I want to see clearly, even with obstacles in my way. I want to see through them, because they are not Your reality, so they can’t possibly be mine. I’m claiming this victory today Lord; in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray. Amen.

I love each and every one of you, and pray that you have an awesomely blessed day. God bless you. Be a blessing to others!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.16.18

Scripture

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41

Reflection

Sit quietly and let the storm pass, rather than worry how it will affect you. If you truly believe that God is your all-in-all, your protector, and your guide—then have faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus, to lead the way.

If you’re going to walk in fear not faith, and worry instead of standing firm in your convictions, then why continue to pray to God? If you’re consistently in prayer, then why be fearful or worried? You can’t straddle the fence. You can’t live in both realms. Either you are faithful or fearful. Choose.

Repeat this to yourself, aloud or silently:

I can’t straddle the fence. I can’t live in both realms of faith and fear. Either I’m faithful or fearful. Choose one!

Prayer

Father, quiet me when I begin to utter fear-based words, and when thoughts of fear begin to surface in my mind. Show me how to stop, relax, release, and not be concerned with troubled waters— for they don’t last long, and are never a sign that You aren’t with me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to rest during the storms that take place in my life. I want the peace and surety that all is well, even when the mind and eyes see otherwise. I thank You now for these blessings Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lovingly I send this message that it may radiate like sunshine through you. I really needed this message today. I woke from a fear-based dream to have those fears linger for several moments. I prayed to relieve the anxiety. Throughout the day I will look to this scripture and message, and recite this prayer whenever doubt rises up and fear tries to consume me. I hope that today’s message helps someone.

God bless you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.15.18

Scripture

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

1 Corinthians 15:10

Reflection

Love unconditionally. Yes, that means that we’re not to place conditions on how to love or be loved. Of course that doesn’t mean to accept abuse of any form. What it means is to love despite the differences, shortcomings, and flaws of others; to love knowing that we too are different, fall short, and are flawed. It’s to love as God loves us, as Jesus demonstrated in His daily walk.

We must be free to pray constantly and consistently—which means, not just at church or when we need something, but to have a daily conversation with God where moments throughout your day you pause to give thanks, ask for direction, and praise Him for both the big and little victories in your day.

A lot of us have a distorted view of work and the labor involved, especially those of us who are goal-driven. We should all work in honor of God and not with the focus of working harder and smarter than others—it’s not about them, it’s about Him and your relationship with Him. It’s about your obedience to Him. Through Him all is possible.

Be sure to seek God in all that you do. Ask God to go before you, to guide you, to speak through you, to realign your thinking, and protect you from you!

Put God first in your life and everything and everyone that is meant for you will be provided by Him. God’s grace is always with you. It is not your will, but His.

Prayer

Father thank You for Your loving grace. I am what I am because of You. I bless others because You first blessed me. When life gets rough, and there doesn’t seem to be a smooth passageway ahead, I know that You will always help me get through those rough patches. When I’m tired and don’t feel like giving it my all, I can turn to You Lord for strength to see my way through to the end. When there doesn’t seem to be an answer, I know to look closer, and You will always provide a solution. When one door closes, You will open another one. When that door closes, You will open a window. Thank You Father for always providing and guiding me. I love You Father. I praise You Lord. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.12.18

Scripture

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1-7

Reflection

It is a daily struggle to be obedient to God. We barely make it through the day obeying man’s laws.

How many of you were speeding today, texting while driving, didn’t yield to a pedestrian, made an illegal turn, or are driving without adequate (or any) car insurance? How many of you ‘fudged’ facts or figures on your income tax return or other financial document? How many of you claimed to have more on-the-job experience on a resume than you actually have?

Yet, we wonder why we struggle and fail countless times trying to be obedient to God’s laws.

It is a daily walk.

Don’t stop trying, don’t give in to the “liar’s” words of temptation that claim it’s better on the other side. It’s never good being on the wrong side of God and Jesus. There is no better than our Father and His Son; and no place better to be than with them.

So whatever wrongs you did and will do today, work to do right tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It is your consistent effort, your desire, and commitment that keeps you in God’s grace and care.

Prayer

Father thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your Son. Thank You for my life, my experiences, and the people that You have and will place in my life. Thank You for showing me the genuine, the light, the truth, and the way through Your Son so that I can strive to be like Him and to be closer to You.

Thank You for revealing people’s true self to me so that I may not lose focus or be dismayed when they aren’t the caliber of people I assumed them to be. I want to be obedient Father. I want to be totally and completely devoted to You and Jesus.

Continue molding me Lord, and thank You for not giving up on me especially in moments when even I think I’m an irretrievable lamb lost deep in the forest. Father, in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray to You. Amen.

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Natasha

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