Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.17.19

Scripture

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do since this man does many signs? If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation.” So from that day on they plotted to kill Him.

John 11:47, 48, 53 HCSB

Reflection

The chief priests and Pharisees were so fearful of losing position, perceived power and influence that the only solution they could fathom was to kill Jesus. They knew he was the Messiah, but they couldn’t fathom losing their power over the townspeople—that fear caused a domino effect that has continued to impact lives even today.

Can you relate? In what ways are you trying to hold onto your belief of control and power over self, someone, something, or someplace? What example have we ever read about where Jesus demonstrated that he was a control “freak”? What example can we find where his fear paralyzed him from following through on God’s plan? What example shows Jesus forcing people to do, say, or be anything? Did he not always seek volunteers?

So why are we the exact opposite?

Don’t let fear take ahold of you. Don’t make decisions based on fear. Walk in courage. Pray for courage. Pray for strength to endure the challenge.

Prayer

Father please don’t let my fear get in the way of my blessings. I never want fear to stand between me and You. May I push past the flesh to fully embrace the Spirit. Strengthen me Father, fill me with the courage to face my fears and move forward anyway. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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