Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.4.18

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Scripture

As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

Proverbs 27:19

Prayer

Father let my heart reflect You, Your Love, and Your goodness.

Let every person who encounters me always be filled with Your light reflected from me. Let each person who leaves my side always leave feeling renewed and appreciated. Let me always uplift and never tear down.

Let me pray to You before I speak, before I say something negative, and before I act upon my thoughts. Let me immediately wipe out negative thoughts before they have a chance to settle in and influence my decisions.

Let my integrity and character speak loud and clear about me and the person that I am.

I am Your child and I want the world to know Who I represent each and every day.

In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

Your character speaks volumes about who you are. If you live by the code of honor, you are an honorable person.

However, if you lie you are a liar. If you cheat you are a cheater. If you steal you are a thief. If you kill you are a killer. If you rape you are a rapist. If you abuse others you are an abuser.

What we do, say, and think make up who we are; who we choose to be; and what we represent.

Day by day we slowly must build our character up to be honorable expressions of God and His love. Character-building is a daily, delicate process, because as Faith Baldwin is quoted as saying, “…it can be torn down with incredible swiftness“. Which means that we then have to rebuild each time it is torn down.

I read something beautiful in a devotional book for Christian women entitled 100 Days of Grace for Women, that said:

Character isn’t built overnight; it is built slowly over a lifetime. It is the sum of every sensible choice, every honorable decision, and every honest word. It is forged on the anvil of sincerity and polished by the virtue of fairness. Character is a precious thing—preserve yours at all costs.

How do you want to be viewed by God and our shepherd Jesus? How do you want the world to view God and Jesus?

The way you live your life as a self-proclaimed Christian tells the world exactly who you are, the type of relationship you have with God and Jesus, and what Christianity and being a Christian truly means to you.

The way that you treat and speak to people says everything about you. How do you treat the person that you think you’re “greater than”, “more powerful than”, “wealthier than”? If you truly believe that they are here to serve you, then you’re lost and need to be found. You are to serve them. Those with the most are to serve those with the least.

You cannot honorably lead if you aren’t serving those being led.

Men that expect women to “submit” to them yet that man does not submit to God, is what my elders would call a “plum fool”.

Additionally, that man must honor his wife as he would want her to honor him, and as the Bible says, love her as he loves his own body. You must give what you hope to receive, expect to receive.

How you treat your spouse is a reflection of how you view that covenant with God.

Family, I want you to honestly ask yourself these questions: Would you agree to go to church with you, if invited? Would you attend Bible study with you, if invited? Would you listen to you, speak of the Bible if given the opportunity?

Why would another person go to church with you, attend Bible study with you, or listen to your interpretation of the Bible?

You either reflect God and attract people to Him, or you stand as the mirror image of the enemy—and leave the impression in people’s minds that the last church they would attend is yours, the last person that they want to talk about the Bible to is you, and if you’re a representation of a Christian then they will say “I’ll pass“—and they just may turn farther away from the church. Some people have been so offended that they’ve even turned away from God, no longer believing in Him.

Be the example you want others to see when they look at and interact with you.

Love always,

Natasha

Note: This message was originally published on May 5, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting. Some content has been added to reflect a current understanding or expansive reflection upon the scriptural text. Today’s version also now includes the audio feature.
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