Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.31.19

Scripture

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Matthew 4:10

Reflection

There is no room for fixation, worship, or service of anything or anyone but God. We cannot be consumed by our material possessions or the desire for them. We cannot worry or contemplate about what we have or had, what we lost or gained. Each moment of each day we are told by God, Jesus and the Bible, that we should be centered around and on God.

No, I don’t want to lose my car, go bankrupt, or be homeless—at the same time I am learning to pray and leave things to God, rather than obsess and still get nothing accomplished. These material possessions are His, on loan to us. So we should learn to pray to Him and ask Him how He wants to handle His possessions. We should ask Him about the pending late payment or collection notice, and how He would like to handle their resolutions—as we are stewards of His possessions—not the other way around.

Worry won’t stop the bill collectors, repo man, or banks attempting to foreclose on your property. But prayer and unwavering conviction, and faith in God’s ability to do all and resolve all, can change your circumstances for the better. God can get rid of the bill collectors, repo man, and foreclosure by supplying you with the resources that you need to get those debts off of your back, and silence the enemy who calls you a failure. God can place you in a position where you can provide for yourself and your family, without added struggle or sacrifice.

The blessings, in many forms, will come through disciplined service and worship of God. But if we invest our time and energy in the material and not the spiritual, we will surely lose those things we possess and admire–-and never gain those things we are focused on attaining. The material is and always will be temporary, but the spiritual is everlasting and boundless.

I have lost more material possessions than some people will ever have. It was a crushing blow each time, but it also humbled me and reminded me that I put more value in what I possessed materially than my spiritual relationship with God. I valued things more than I valued Him. Even though I was a steward of those things, I wasn’t being a faithful and honorable steward. I was forgetting that everything I thought that I owned, I merely was leasing from God—and I wasn’t showing my gratitude on a regular and consistent basis.

I had to be reminded that there are no ‘things’ without Him. There are no cars, jewelry, furniture, clothes, art work, accessories, home, high-balance bank accounts, investments, or anything else—without God.

Just as He gives He can take away, and believe it or not, He does both with love. We cannot benefit from Him and then serve another. It is all or nothing. I choose to dedicate my life to serving God, to work each day to purge my body and my life of impurities, and live transparently for Him so that He may fill me with His goodness—and bless me accordingly.

What are your thoughts? Where do you see yourself in your walk? Have you been struggling with speaking, thinking, and doing right? In what areas can you improve so that you can be a better ambassador for Christ?

Prayer

Father, I will only worship and serve You. I bless Your children through service as Your ambassador, but I serve only You as You are my Creator, Master, Husband, and Father-Mother. I work each day to resist the enemy’s plot to tear me down, manipulate me into doing its work, and convince me to destroy myself. Each day I try to watch and control my words, thoughts, and actions. There are moments when I may slip, and say or think something negative, or react negatively, and I try to catch myself immediately to make right the wrong. I ask for forgiveness, for those moments when I fail, and instead give in to the temptation to think, speak, and behave negatively and recklessly.

Father, help me to shield myself with Your light, to protect myself from the darkness. I pray for Jesus’s guidance to show me how he consistently rebuked the enemy and forced it to get out of his way. I don’t want anything or anyone distracting me from reflecting Your love and light. Touch my heart and mind Lord. Remove all darkness and fill me only with Your light. Amen.

I hope today’s message spoke deeply to someone. As we all struggle with the temptations that will always lead us astray, let’s not only pray for ourselves, but for each other.

Enjoy your last day of May, reflect on the obstacles that you overcame and how God guided and protected you. Then embrace the possibilities that June can bring! Think of all the ways that you can be open in service to our Father. Isn’t that an awesome feeling?

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.25.13

For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray that I always seek out Your Light, walk only by Your Light, speak using Your Light, reflect only Your Light, and never give in to darkness for I know it is the absence of You. I pray for discernment to see Your light always and everywhere, and to push past darkness—rebuking it at every turn. I worship and serve only You Father. In Jesus’ name as a believer and follower of Christ, Love, Truth, Mind, and Light. Amen.

Reflection
Guard yourself. Guard what you see, hear, and say. Guard how you react and respond to situations. Guard your mind from what you read and what you listen to on the TV, radio, Internet, etc. Look closely at what you are about to purchase and from whom. What do the words and images really mean? Don’t be quick to follow fads and fashion trends. Clearly discern the images and sounds that are trying to filter into your mind. Know that God’s Mind and Spirit prevails and trumps any other perceived or actual source anywhere. Remember that in Proverbs 21:30 it is boldly stated that there is absolutely nothing out there of any kind that can outdo God.

Remember Matthew 4:10 when Jesus told the enemy, to go away because it is written that we are to worship the Lord our God and serve only Him. Jesus wasn’t going to even entertain the enemy one moment. He wasn’t going to give in to the promises of power, fame, prestige, and wealth. Jesus had one Master, one Father, one King, one Protector, one Lord—our Heavenly Father-Mother God! He told the enemy to get lost.

We cannot give in to temptation. We cannot give power to the enemy who has absolutely none. Every time we give in to the enemy we make it relevant, give it meaning, give it a sense of power, and take the focus off of God. Every time we give time to darkness, to error, to that big lie, we are ignoring God—we are putting God on the back burner. We are telling God to wait, that He is of less importance at that moment. We’re telling him in these moments that we can do “this” without Him, whatever “this” is at that moment—of course, until we need Him. Then we want God’s undivided attention and blessings.

When negative thoughts pop in your head, say, “that’s a lie!” and mean it! Say it with conviction like someone just told you that your mother was part donkey, part giraffe, and part parakeet. It may sound funny reading this, but the reality is that the claim is false; it’s a lie; and you should declare it with Truth and Light in your heart and mind. There will always be clever tricks disguised as lightheartedness, jokes, art, etc.— but they too are dark.

1 John 4:1 tells us to not believe every spirit because there are many false prophets. This reinforces how easily we can be distracted or manipulated if we aren’t walking in the Truth.

Guard yourself and remember these scriptural passages along your journey.

Clothing myself in Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.31.12

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

Matthew 4:10

Pray
Father I will only worship and serve You. I bless Your children through service as Your ambassador, but I serve only You as You are my Ruler, Master, and Father-Mother. I work each day to resist the enemy’s plot to tear me down, manipulate me into doing its work, and convince me to destroy myself. Each day I try to watch and control my words, thoughts, and actions. There are moments I may slip and say or think something negative, or react negatively, and I try to catch myself immediately to make right the wrong.

Father help me to shield myself with Your light, to protect myself from the darkness. I pray for Jesus’s guidance to show me how he consistently rebuked the enemy and forced it to get out of his way. I don’t want anything or anyone distracting me from reflecting Your love and light. Touch my heart and mind Lord. Remove all darkness and fill me only with Your light. Amen.

Reflection
There is no room for fixation, worship or service of anything or anyone but God. We cannot be consumed by our material possessions or the desire for them. We cannot worry or contemplate about what we have or had, what we lost or gained. Each moment of each day we are told by God, Jesus and the Bible, should be centered around and on God.

No, I don’t want to lose my car, go bankrupt, or be homeless—at the same time I am learning to pray and leave things to God, rather than obsess and still get nothing accomplished. Worry won’t stop the bill collectors, repo man, or banks attempting to foreclose on your property. But prayer and unwavering conviction and faith in God’s ability to do all and resolve all, can change your circumstances for the better. God can get rid of the bill collectors, repo man, and foreclosure by supplying you with the resources you need to get those debts off of your back, and silence the enemy who calls you a failure. God can place you in a position where you can provide for yourself and your family, without added struggle or sacrifice.

The blessings in many forms will come through disciplined service and worship of God. But if we invest our time and energy in the material and not the spiritual, we will surely lose those things we possess and admire–and never gain those things we are focused on attaining. The material is and always will be temporary, but the spiritual is everlasting and boundless.

I have lost more material possessions than some people will ever have. It was a crushing blow each time, but it also humbled me and reminded me that I put more value in what I possessed materially than my spiritual relationship with God. I valued things more than I valued Him. I had to be reminded that there are no ‘things’ without Him. There are no cars, jewelry, furniture, clothes, art work, accessories, home, high-balance bank accounts, investments, or anything else—without God.

Just as He gives He can take away, and believe it or not, He does both with love. We cannot benefit from Him and then serve another. It is all or nothing. I choose to dedicate my life to serving God, to work each day to purge my body and my life of impurities and live transparently for Him so that He may fill me with His goodness—and bless me accordingly.

What are your thoughts? Where do you see yourself in your walk? Have you been struggling with speaking, thinking, and doing right? In what areas can you improve so that you can be a better ambassador for Christ?

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha
P.S. Enjoy your last day of May, reflect on the obstacles you overcame and how God guided and protected you. Then embrace the possibilities that June can bring! Think of all the ways you can be open in service to our Father. Isn’t that an awesome feeling?

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