Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.8.17

Scripture

9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

Prayer

1 Peter 3:9-11

Reflection

There’s an old saying, “kill them with kindness”, and it really does work—when someone is on the attack, negative, and looking for an excuse to fight you, don’t seek out revenge, instead find the calm to not react negatively. Have you ever noticed that when you repay evil with evil and insult with insult, that your energy is drained, and your peace and joy almost disappear? While you’re busy beating up on someone else, you’re draining and beating up on yourself. It’s important to focus on your inner peace and holding on tightly, as though your life depends on it–and it really does–because how can your body possibly remain healthy if it’s constantly under stress and boiling internally from built-up anger and resentment.

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.28.11

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 

1 Peter 3:9 

Pray
Father thank You for opening my eyes today, thank You for giving me the breath that I take, and for loving me even when I may not be loving towards myself or others. Father as You already know, there are times when some of Your children say and do evil things, insult others, and cause great harm. Father forgive them; and forgive me if ever, and for all of the times, that I have been insulting and done things that were displeasing to You. 

Lord warm my heart that I may repay evil and insult with blessings and prayers, rather than (equal) reciprocity. To receive blessings I must be a blessing to others. To keep evil out of my life and my home I must not buy into it, replicate it, or entertain it–but rather rebuke it and pray for Your light to cast it away. I pray that Jesus holds my hand when evil is in my presence, so that I might declare its nothingness and boldly move forward in my life cloaked in Your greatness and love.

I thank You now for aligning me perfectly in Your vision. In Your name and Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Some people are miserable and in their misery they seek company in you. So they spend their days and nights plotting and planning ways to get you to believe that you also are miserable, and that the only solace is living in darkness with them. Sometimes these same people pretend to walk in God’s light, but because His light is so bright they are discomforted and blinded by His rays of goodness that lovingly push them away from misery. Instead of fully embracing the light and allowing it to fill their hearts, they run away towards the deep pit that accepts their whining, complaining, gripes, and sad mediocre view of life. 

Is that the life you see for yourself?Sounds draining and depressing doesn’t it? But this is exactly what we subject ourselves to when we allow darkness into our lives. This is what we become when we don’t lovingly pray for others as we would the person we love most, and instead focus our energy on tearing them down, cussing them out, and trying our best to ruin their lives. 

Think of all of the horror movies about vampires. A vampire cannot enter your home until you invite them in. They can stand in the doorway, peep inside your window, hang out in the yard or on the roof, but unless you invite them inside they can’t come in. Evil cannot come in unless you allow it. Evil cannot destroy unless you give permission to do so. But once you let evil in you have to either kick it out, or let that vampire take a good bite. 

Lovingly tell evil to “kick rocks” and move on. Every day fight darkness with light; fight giving in to misery by being a blessing to others. Treat people with the love, respect, and grace that you would hope and pray for yourself; and if your self-esteem isn’t high enough to accept that, then give what you would want the person you love most to receive. Give until it hurts and then keep giving. Your cup cannot run over if you are only giving the bare minimum. 

When people do and say ugly things to me I thank God for changing me and molding me into the person I am today, and developing me beyond who I used to be years ago; although loving and very giving, I went through a phase in the past when I was a reactionary and quick to inflict reciprocal pain on others who harmed me. If I was insulted I would throw bombshell insults back. If I was ignored, I was comfortable returning the silent treatment. I couldn’t see in my immaturity how much darkness surrounded and consumed me. Then several years ago I broke free from those chains. 

Today, I don’t need to seek revenge because the best revenge is living well, and the best solution is to let God take care of my perceived enemies. Today I merely cast a mirror towards my enemy, as Jesus made the demons say their name–to cause self-destruction of the darkness that consumes them. I don’t need to say hateful things, or act childishly with tit-for-tat antics. I don’t have to plot and plan against someone. I don’t have to gossip about them. All I have to do is pray, keep shining, and keep marching on God’s path. 

Your enemy will either surrender to the light or be totally consumed by the dark. Pray for their salvation and their peace within, and let God and Jesus handle the rest. That’s what God expects of us.

Now go out there and embrace your Monday like it’s Sunday, and bless the world with your light. 

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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