Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.23.18

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Scripture

Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:7-9

Reflection

I’m grateful to my mother for sending me today’s scripture. It encourages me to continue doing good and to continue being loving. It encourages me to continue treating others as I would like to be treated; and how I would want my loved ones treated.

This scripture encourages me to always put God first in every decision, with every word, every thought, and all actions. It also encourages me to continue accepting responsibility for my feelings, my emotions, my thoughts, my words, and my actions. We have been equipped with self-control, and it is only our fault when we mismanage it or toss it out the window.

Freeman Smith, LLC wrote that, “Everywhere we turn, or so it seems, we are faced with powerful temptations to behave in undisciplined, ungodly ways. We live in a world in which leisure is glorified and misbehavior is glamorized. But God has other plans. He did not create us for lives of mischief or mediocrity; He created us for far greater things.”

After reading that it hit me that no matter how much temptation comes my way or that I run across, mischief and mediocrity are not my calling, so I must be disciplined enough to keep marching forward in strength, rather than be weak and give in to the world.

With the exception of movies like Se7en, no one can make you or force you to do anything you don’t want to do. You choose to cheat, steal, lie, rape, kill, be lazy, be a glutton, be mean, be a bully, be manipulative, and any other number of things. It takes more energy to do or say something negative than it does to be godly and say or do something positive.

Being negative is draining. It will suck the energy and life out of you. It ages many people. When you are positive your day is upbeat and bright, and no one can rain on your parade. When you are negative you attract more negativity. When you are negative you can easily be drained of reserved energy, and easily be pushed to your breaking point. Ever consider how much effort would have to go into breaking the spirit of a positive person? Ever wonder why no matter what happens to this person they just don’t snap, go off on people, fall into a deep depression and check out of life, or give up and end their life?

It’s God working inside of and through them.

A negative person is always looking to be attacked, always thinks there is a motive, and thinks that someone is judging them or thinks that some people think they are better than them. A negative person spends so much time trying to shine on their own that they fail to see and recognize that nothing is possible without the Father. That’s why the spotlight quickly turns off of them onto someone positive.

A positive person doesn’t need to try to shine, they just do. They can enter a room and everything and everyone just lights up.

A positive person is comfortable in pure silence, while a negative person always needs noise of some kind. A positive person feels the need to stay connected to the Light, while a negative person feels the need to stay connected to the world.

A positive person says “I love you,” no matter the situation or outcome. A negative person says “I love you” and there are always associated conditions. They will always add, “but”, “however”, or “if” whenever they are displeased. They love you most and show this love only when their expectations are met fully. There are always conditions associated with their love, conditions you must adhere to if you want to continue receiving this love.

A positive person will see the need to have God first and in the center of their relationship, allowing Him to guide them to either continue in a loving relationship, or walk away from a negative one. A negative person believes that they are the beginning, end, and the center of the relationship.

So we all have decisions in life. Which will you choose? Will you choose to be disciplined or undisciplined? Positive or negative? Self-centered or God-centered?

Prayer

Father there is no reason for me not to do the right thing all of the time. There is no justifiable reason for me to make excuses other than I’m lying to myself and thinking I can lie to you.

There are no half-wrongs or half-sins in life. So each day I strive to be honest first with myself and then to Your children. Each day I will stop before I even contemplate crossing a line that I know I wouldn’t cross if I could see Your son Jesus standing near. Each day I will make it a priority to look through the lens of another person before, during, and after a conversation. Each day I will consider that I may be wrong in a decision or opinion, and through prayer, work to realign myself with Your Truth.

When I’m attacked, I will not attack back, for the battle is not mine but Yours. Instead I will follow through with prayer, and not allow myself to be sucked in to the negativity that awaits me. It is my desire to be more like Jesus, and the only way that is possible is to change through growth every single day. In his name and Yours I pray. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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