Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.21.17

Scripture 


John 12:9-11

Prayer

Father thank You for another day and another blessing. I pray that as You protect me from external attacks that You also protect me from myself, so that I may not be left vulnerable and exposed due to my fear or pride. The enemy is always looking for my weak spot and I don’t want to give it an entryway to lead me off the path You have placed me on. I also pray that You protect those who stand beside me and those who follow closely behind. They too will be under attack and may not see the direction the attack is coming from. Help them Father. I pray to You in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

Imagine the people that you help being attacked simply because you helped them, and their testimony about you would derail someone else’s plans. Fear, pride and arrogance causes the attacker to go on a rampage trying their best to destroy the lives of all of the people you have helped. That’s the work of the enemy we call Satan. The attacker is more focused on divide and conquer than on seeking peace and resolution–first within themselves and then with you. 

That is why managers terminate your unsuspecting colleagues after you quit or were fired from the job. They are collateral damage. Their only offense was being on good terms with you. Their presence in the workplace would only be a reminder of you, so they have to go—because now the paranoid manager thinks that your colleagues are bound to conspire against her/him. 

That is why upon breaking up, a former spouse/companion makes abrupt and irrational decisions towards (your and sometimes their) family members, friends, associates, and neighbors. People who were once beloved are now expendable. 

When the enemy attacks you understand that it will also come after those nearest and dearest to you. It has to hit you from all angles, and sometimes your weak spot isn’t you, it’s those who surround and support you. So while you’re going through these battles be sure to pray for your loved ones so that they too can be protected from attack. 

The enemy doesn’t fight fair so you and those around you need extra layers of protection!

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 5.1.13

Then a large crowd of the Jews learned He was there. They came not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus the one He had raised from the dead. Therefore the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus also because he was the reason many of the Jews were deserting them and believing in Jesus.

John 12:9-11 HCSB

Pray
Father I understand that the closer I get to You, the more I begin to walk like Jesus, and the more I try to serve the least of Your children, the more I will be attacked by the enemy. Protect me Father. Shield me from attack. Show me how to walk swiftly through darkness without taking on or being impacted by the negative “funk”. May I have a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit so that I see and hear all that You have planned for me, and all that is needed for me to fulfill my purpose. I humbly pray these things as Your loving servant. Amen.

Reflection
So the chief priests were on a mission to protect their personal interests and they weren’t going to stop until they were satisfied that they were no longer at risk of losing everything they valued. That meant killing Jesus, Lazarus, and anyone else who stood in their way. Anyone and anything that could cause disruption to the status quo and to their way of living, had to go.

There are people and forces in the world and of the world, who don’t want others to be happy, enlightened, and empowered—especially if it means disrupting a status quo or planned order. These people and forces serve darkness and the enemy, whether they believe it or admit it. It is truth.

Anytime someone intentionally sets out to block the blessings, and chances at happiness for others, they are working on behalf of the enemy and not for God. Jesus was a direct threat thousands of years ago, and he still is a threat to those who choose darkness over Light.

You cannot both love and hate, and find balance within. You cannot hate and find harmony, You cannot tell lies or deceive, and be at peace, or even be of God. You cannot cheat on your spouse/significant other and understand love or truly give love. You cannot steal from others and live a fulfilled life. You cannot help others until you have a true heart of giving and service.

If you dwell on the past then your present is tarnished and your future is bleak. If you only focus on tomorrow, then you have learned nothing.

If you cannot forgive you will never be forgiven.

Protect yourself. Pray. Walk right.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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