Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.22.14

But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
 Ephesians 5:3, 4 HCSB
 Father thank You for this day. Today I pray not just for me and my loved ones, but for the religious leaders that You have called to serve and for those who self-appointed themselves.
 Father I pray that they have the strength and courage to resist temptation, and to not give in to the evils of the world. I pray that they refuse to live a life of hypocrisy telling their congregation one thing but living another way. Father touch them so they don’t present standards for others that they can’t and refuse to meet. If any of them are under attack or have given in to sin, and are praying for release from that bondage, please help them regain their footing and become whole again.
 Please unravel all superficial connections, all bold displays of greed and materialism, and clear indications of religious leaders taken advantage of their title, role, and the people of the church.
 Please Father, do not allow Your children to follow false prophets, leaders, and interpreters of Your Word. In Jesus’ name I humbly ask for these things. Amen.
 We are in a sad state of affairs. We have tons of people claiming they were called to be prophets, ministers, pastors, and other religious leaders. How can we tell who was called, who appointed themselves, and who just jumped at an opportunity?
 We have people taking the Word of God and construing it for their own personal gain, while the majority (or a large percentage of) members within their congregation suffers and struggles. We have people telling their congregation to do and say one thing, while they do and say another. Some of these so-called servant leaders sit back and watch members of the church lose their jobs, cars, homes, and more, while the “leader” continues pushing for more offerings and tithes. While the congregation suffers, the “leader” relaxes in their plush home and expensive car (sometimes costing the amount of a large house).
 We have leaders who don’t condone homosexuality, adultery, non-traditional sexual practices, the consumption of drugs and alcohol, and other things—but then they get busted for participating in one or more of these acts, sometimes repeatedly.
 We must hold those members of the cloth to the same standard they hold us, to the same standard Jesus said they were to be held to, or sit back and allow them to lead us down the hole of darkness they are existing in. We cannot be the naive sheep who walks joyfully into the slaughterhouse. The only time we are to sacrifice ourselves is for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our family, and to save an innocent who can’t save themselves. But not for a man or woman who is “pimping” us for personal gain.
 Do not drink the tainted “kool-aid”.
 Remember, Jesus didn’t go off and chastise commoners, no, he had issues with those so-called religious “leaders” who lived double lives. So, let us not be fooled. Let’s not willingly participate in our own setup and setback for spiritual failure. Let’s not put ourselves in a situation where we are in a financial bind, or completely broke, because we were so fixated on pleasing the human leader of the building where we worship.
 Remember, the church is not a physical building, the church is the congregation. The church is us, you and me!
 Love you always,
 P.S. Happy 39th birthday to my cousin Shawn!
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