Breaking Bread For 3.3.21

Scripture

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:2-4 KJV

Reflection

God sent Jesus to prove in the “flesh” that man’s laws and thinking would always be dwarfed by God, and that man’s mind was limited in capability and power compared to God’s Mind. Jesus had to come in the flesh and demonstrate the daily walk that we are called to follow, for had he arrived solely in the Spirit, humans would have immediately felt it impossible to be like him for they would always be limited by the mortal mind. It would have been expected to see a Spirit walk across water, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse lepers, and be perfect in all ways. But when you see another human doing these things, through the power of God and not sorcery, that was mind-blowing for the people. Just as it would be for us today.

Jesus did the will of our Father and proved that man’s devices and authority was limited, flawed, and false. He healed sickness and disease through God’s law of Mind. The power of the mind to heal is the same power that we use to become and remain sick. Jesus even showed his disciples how to heal. Yes indeed. Regular Joe Blow, the farmer was healing people by applying Jesus’ teachings and guidance, and believing that he could. Most importantly, the people being healed believed that healing would come. This proves the power of Mind over matter. What we believe most in we give power but nothing is more powerful and expansive as God. So when we believe in God’s healing touch, blessings, and redemption, nothing can block their manifestation. God wants us to be free of sin, he wants sin to die so we can stop being spiritually dead. Death comes from sin. There is separation from God in sin. Jesus came to help us see this, to help us see the importance of realigning, atoning, repenting, and living as we should. He showed us how to deal with the temptations of Satan and how to be successful with the tests of God. Satan’s temptations are to destroy while God’s tests are to correct and strengthen us. 

God sent Jesus to demonstrate that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and not the other way around. It is implied, teased, subtle, lightly woven throughout parts of the Old Testament. But it is not boldly stated and embraced, for the people were being conditioned to see, think, and worship differently. They were being transitioned and transformed from their old self with their old ways, to new believers and practitioners. Everything was done when it needed to be done. Too soon and it would have been too much. Even today, I don’t think that most of us can truly grasp, fathom, and accept what it means to be a spiritual being. We are still very much caught up by the flesh and this shell we carry around. When you read the New Testament accounts of Jesus post-resurrection they did not actually recognize him. He had to make clear that he was their rabbi (teacher). When he transformed at his resurrection there was something clearly different about him. That first level of transformation. Then right as he was ascending he was no longer limited and bound in and of the flesh. He reached the level many of us wish to achieve one day. If you believe the Book of Revelation, if you believe some of the statements that Jesus made (as recorded by Matthew, Luke, and John), some of us will not be blessed to transform and see our true selves. Our failure to stop sinning, believe, trust, and have faith (support) in God, may keep us cut off from a beautiful reality that God has wanted for each of us. Ponder that.

Prayer

Father, You have sent countless messengers to show us the way and Your Truth. You sent Jesus to make us see, to show us how, to prove what we can do, and to show that we give power to darkness when we give in to the flesh. You have proven to us the limited reality of our human flesh and the lie that we keep buying about who we are.

Father forgive us for choosing man’s laws and limited thinking over Yours. Forgive us for buying into a man-made story for our lives. There is no greater than You, no truth but Yours, and no better place to be than with You.

Forgive me for my weakness, fear, and lack of total faith. Forgive me for not always wanting to see what awaits me in the forest, for complaining throughout my walk, for being fearful when You told me to be strong, and for thinking I’m too tired to do what You ask but then finding the energy to do something that satisfies the flesh. I pray to be made whole in and through Your Love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com 

Breaking Bread For 3.2.21

Scripture

“Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭120:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

This verse is as appropriate and applicable now as the era when David wrote it. I’m about to go deep here folks. Are you ready? Let’s go!

We have people who claim to be spiritual, religious, and God-loving, yet they are filled with so much hate that you have to strain to see and feel God’s Light within them. There is no peace in them. They have placed so many walls up and deflected and rejected God on so many levels, in so many instances, that you wonder why they even claim to be a servant of God.

It’s 2021. We have not learned much about history except how to repeat a lot of it. We are surrounded by hate, fear, greed, lust, and pain. This is when we must pray more, remain focused and determined, and continue to strive to do better and be better servants in our daily walk.

It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or anything else—if you are being unloving and oppressive of others then your religion means absolutely nothing. Heck, if you’re a Christian then you should already know that Jesus despised organized religion for the very reasons why we see the turmoil in churches today. Congregants are too self-absorbed to serve as Jesus did.

What Christians Can’t Keep Doing

If people who call themselves Christians want to be fully aligned with Jesus, want to be chosen as righteous on Judgment Day, then you have to stop repeating the mistakes, sins, and crimes of the past. Stop denying the truth.

You have to stop being racist, sexist, and xenophobes while denying you are. God knows your heart. He sees, hears, and knows everything. Your oppression of others is a sin against God. If you hate His creations then you hate Him. There is no peace in hate, oppression, and sin.

We justify it by saying we’re Christians and we wave our Bibles, crucifixes, and “WWJD” keychains proudly, as though we’re honoring God and Jesus. Forgetting that Jesus was and is a Palestinian Jew. His family were Arameans, all the way back to Noah. How can you say you love Jesus but hate his people?

Perverting History

Christians think that Jesus is exclusive and solely theirs. He didn’t create the formal religion of Christianity. His followers organized and created groups as part of a Second Temple Judaic sect in the 1st century. After he ascended his believers expected a second coming that helped with mass conversion of other Jews. Then after attracting God-fearing gentiles to the sect they began to distinctly separate themselves from Judaism after AD 70.

Somehow as it spread throughout parts of Europe, hundreds of years later, Christians and Catholics tried desperately to Europeanize him and his family, they tried blotting out the Jewish and Aramean culture clearly present in the Bible. Some of you have no cultural context in the translations you read. They have been so watered down and Westernized that it’s sad. But no matter how much you try, you can’t change the truth. You also can’t change the principles, practices, and laws of God that Jesus and others taught and lived by. God will prevail.

The Hypocrisy of the U.S.

People have verbally, emotionally, and physically attacked others in the name of God, Jesus, and Christianity. Some even stoop desperately low, and attempt to create legal ways to attack people of various races and religions. Our country was formed as a nation out of fear and lack. It has operated ever since out of fear and in a constant state of lack. That is why we are the biggest consumers of everything. It is also why we don’t feel and experience peace and joy.

Sadly and quite obviously, God is not the foundation and center of this nation. Our nation picks and chooses when God is part of us. When we’re doing good, coming together during natural disasters, working to restore our homeless—God’s Hands are all over it. When we’re doing evil and claiming it’s for God, He has no part in that. You have to know that it breaks His heart to see the ways we align with Satan. We have a conditional relationship with God and that’s why we have no peace.

What God is Not

God doesn’t operate out of fear or lack. He doesn’t oppress. He doesn’t enslave. He never has and never will condone the enslavement that took place on this and other lands, and the mass incarceration that continues to take place—modified to look as though it’s not slavery.

How are we following God’s commands when we’re too busy making up our own rules as we go along? The Bible tells us we are not to serve as judge and question the faith of a person who declares to be a follower of Christ, for it is their actions and character that is most important in proving their walk and devotion to God. We are to be reconciled to and by God, not man. We are to answer to Him not His creations.

Why People Are Turned Off by Christians

Supposedly we want people to be Christian, yet we act like savages waiting to attack anything that doesn’t look right to us. Christians travel the world trying to convert people to Christianity. Thankfully, learning from the past not to do it by force (like they did for hundreds of years). But let’s be honest with ourselves and each other.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who would want to be affiliated with a group who hates and oppresses others because of the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, gender, or their name?
  2. Who would want to be affiliated with a group who wants to convert people to their religion while still hating and oppressing people who are of the same religion?

African Americans for the most part are Christians (made up of several denominations) yet look at their continued mistreatment, exclusion, and oppression.

Let’s look at the Irish, Scots, Poles, and others who were mostly Christ followers. What did they do to deserve ridicule and humiliation? Nothing. They were just different than the British. And maybe because the Irish, Scots, and Poles were Catholics while the Britts were and mostly still are Protestant Christians (which reject many tenets and practices of Catholicism). Other than that, only a classist mindset of superiority could be the reason for seeing them as inferior.

And since the US was founded on British culture, norms, practices, and led by Protestant Christians, it carried on the discrimination of differences—while using God as the flag they waved, until they found some substitute flags they would later choose to die for (the nation’s flag and battle flags of the confederacy).

One thing is clear, God is not in the hearts and minds of anyone who walks around with evil intent or acceptance of evil consequence.

So-called Christians are walking around spreading hate in the name of God and Jesus. They’re obsessed with symbols, flags, and re-translating the Bible to fit their narrative and purposes. Remember, that flag you give so much power to becomes your idol, and you know what God thinks about idols.

Over the years and especially the past few months we have seen some folks blatantly telling and spreading lies, covering up sins and crimes, committing evil acts—yet they have the audacity to call themselves followers of Jesus, and recite God’s Word without flinching.

Idolatry and Deification

We see thousands of Christians basically worshipping former President, Donald Trump. Some have said he’s “God-sent”. He most definitely can be used by God but he’s not the “helper” Jesus was talking about. People have even created flags with Trump’s image on them. Some are delusional to believe that he will be sworn in again for a second term in two days. We have politicians that fear his wrath so much that they go against logic to rally for his cause and every whim. Some people tried to overturn the government as they followed the commands of Trump. Insurrectionists stormed our nation’s Capitol yet people justify it. Some even took to the Internet and television speaking words and stringing God through their speeches to rationalize the crimes the world witnessed.

In a lot of ways Donald Trump has been idolized and in some ways deified. We all know how God feels about humans being worshipped as gods.

Study your Bible. Some of those Caesar’s and Herod’s started believing the hype and said they were gods, and the statues, art and currency depicted these claims, and people began to treat them accordingly. Those who rebuked these claims were enslaved or killed. Plenty of Jews refused to bow to these men because they believed that they were to only now to God, and for that they lost their lives. We have to be careful how much we invest our attention and power in people and things.

Realign

What does God think of our country and our world? What does God think of the racists, child molesters, abusers, slave traders, religious zealots, false prophets and pretend followers? What would you do if you were Him? Thank goodness you’re not responsible for carrying that burden. Thank goodness you know your role and you stay in your lane, letting God handle what only He can, and being obedient to Him when He tells you to align to Him in all the ways expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. God is love. Recite these verses and swap out “love” and put in “I am” and measure where you are compared to where you need to be for full alignment with God.

We must pray family. Pray for each other and pray for ourselves. Pray that God continues to show us mercy, grace, and favor. We can live in this world but not be a product of it. Let’s do our part each day to walk in love and to reflect God’s Light through our words and actions.

Prayer

Father I pray for Your children who spew hate from their lips yet claim to be Your faithful servants. Father heal them of their infliction for they are blinded by ignorance and fear. Father heal those who stand proudly in hate, and those who hide when the light shines their way.

Father, heal those who always seek war and vengeance, and those who do so in Your name. Heal those who conditionally want to acknowledge You and use You for personal gain, but then reject You when in their twisted mind the moment doesn’t serve them. Help them to see the Truth.

Touch their hearts Father, and touch mine any time it isn’t aligned with Yours. This I pray humbly and sincerely. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Copyright 2012-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 3.1.21

Scripture

“Yeshua (Jesus) said to them again, “ Shalom aleichem (peace be unto you)! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them. And He said to them, “Receive the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit)! If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; but if you hold back, they are held back.””

‭‭John‬ ‭20:21-23‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Reflection

Jesus (Yeshua) returned to his disciples after being crucified and placed in a tomb where everyone assumed he was dead. The disciples had hidden themselves out of fear of persecution. Mary had already told them that Jesus had resurrected, but they dismissed her. Then Jesus walks in and shows them (all but Thomas, who wasn’t there that day) the proof their eyes needed to see for their minds to accept that he was Jesus. He had already began his transformation and their limited minds could not see past what they thought they knew to embrace what he had taught them. They couldn’t see past the flesh to realize the spiritual body. He breathed on them and told them to take in the Holy Spirit. Even then they didn’t understand what he meant. They were more elated with him being back with them than with what he was trying to impart before the next stage in his transformation.

Jesus came in with a purpose to further embed in them his teachings so they saw the urgency to remain engaged, committed, and faithful. Had he not returned we would have no branches of faith called Christianity. The disciples would have fearfully dismissed and tucked away all that they knew, learned, and practiced in order to avoid persecution and death. To further fulfill prophecy, Jesus returns as a testimony that has to be shared.

He leads the conversation with forgiveness of sins. Let’s think about that. He’s reminding them that if they don’t forgive each other, forgive other people, and the underlying reminder to forgive oneself—then those who they don’t forgive are held back from receiving grace and the richness God has to offer. That richness is a relationship with Him.

Without forgiveness we feel nothing but lack and darkness, and in that environment it creates the perfect pathway for the enemy to create greater havoc. God wants to reconcile us in His love and in His ways. He wants us to heal and be healed in Love. Jesus was reminding his disciples that on the cross he asked God to forgive the persecutors, hecklers, betrayers, liars, cowards, and hypocrites. Jesus asked God to forgive the people for not seeing who he was and Who sent him; that he was the King they prayed several hundred years for; he was the Messiah they kept eagerly hoping for. He was asking God to forgive them because he knew that they wanted to see proof of who he was through magical theatrics. It was all about wanting him to prove himself, wanting God to prove Himself—when faith is all about believing without having to see.

They killed his human being-ness yet were too blinded by the flesh to see, hear, and feel his spiritual beingness—the Truth of him—the Truth of all of us.

Jesus tried embedding into his disciples the way to live and lead, to gain eternal life, to restore life before the Fall of mankind.

To save the people, the people must open their spiritual eyes to see that being in the image and likeness of God isn’t what’s on the surface, but what lies within. The outside is a shell, a tent we carry from location to location. Our life force is within. Our being-ness is within. The revelation is the awakening of what lies dormant in so many of us. We don’t allow our minds to go beyond the boxes and limits we have created and accepted from society, religions, churches, and family. That is why God sent Jesus to disrupt and divide our way of thinking, processing, seeing, and feeling things.

It takes courage to dig inside and reveal your truth self, especially in a world that is bloodthirsty and is always seeking destroy that which it doesn’t understand.

What makes it possible to have Heaven on Earth, is the full embrace of who and what we are, and the full understanding and enlightenment that this so-called life we have been living has all been the aftermath of sin not reconciled, and the daily battles for our souls between the Creator (with His army) and those (Satan and his crew) who didn’t like not being the chosen ones. The debits and credits must be reconciled. Those on team God must be reconciled to Him. The love, light, and goodness that God has been trying to help us align to is what will help us to see and understand our true identity.

Satan claims he wants humans to know their truth because he says God has been blocking it from us (like the Tree in the garden), and he wants us to be free in knowing that we are equal to God. But look closely at one of the vines that is woven throughout the Bible.

Who was God thinking about when He created this planet and filled it with all of these wondrous things? Who did He create to steward this planet and everything on it?

Us. Humankind.

And if you look closely at the vine, the lesser (humans) would inherit God’s Kingdom, while the greater (angels) were called to serve and protect us. They would get gifts—just like Ishmael (and his half-brothers), like Esau, and Joseph’s brothers, etc. The firstborns received gifts but it was the younger sons that inherited the wealth, the greatness, the legacy, and all that helped in building God’s Kingdom.

God’s plan succeeding means Satan and his crew are destroyed. Peace is restored. Alignment is fulfilled. The disease is uprooted and plucked out, to never return.

Do you really think Satan and his crew want a life where they play second fiddle to those who were created after them? Heck no. He didn’t reveal the truth to Adam and Eve for their benefit. It was to start a coup and his plan backfired somewhat. That’s why we’re surrounded by chaos and destruction. That’s why we’re encouraged not to forgive, be vulnerable, honest, inclusive, merciful, humble, and graceful. We spend our days seeking revenge, judging, oppressing, suppressing, and persecuting others. Satan is trying to recruit us, make us minions in his twisted ego-driven plot against God. Do you really think that you can trust someone who would betray his own Father?

Whose plan are we executing? That’s not God’s plan for us and Earth. That’s not how Heaven and Earth will be merged. Don’t confuse God’s Light with other sources. The enemy can trick you into believing it’s God’s Light when it’s actually a consuming flame. Strengthen your discernment and call Truth to lies!

Prayer

Father, thank You for the gift of today. I pray to be present and actively engaged. I pray for discernment to distinguish the vines, branches, and paths that align me to You versus those that align me to the enemy. Help me to see and avoid the tricks, traps, and games. I pray for revelation of self, used for goodness and Your glory, to restore order and reconciliation with Your plan.

Use me in whatever way You see fit because I want to enjoy the promises that You have made for a life free of darkness, disharmony, sin, disease, and death. I want the world to be free from the enslavement of sin. I want to do my part by forgiving myself and others of our sins, and remembering my role as servant not Lord. I pray that I walk in humbleness with a laser-focus on my daily responsibilities as Your servant, steward, and builder. Father, realign me when I misstep. I praise You always. Amen.

Copyright 2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.26.21

Scripture

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 31:11

Reflection

Consider a relationship where there is full trust, confidence, mutual respect, and total satisfaction without a perception of lack.

Consider a relationship where your passion for your spouse is so pure and intense that there is never a desire to seek comfort from another person outside of your relationship—for you both are satisfied and full each and every day. You’re so satisfied that you would never think about or entertain the suggestion of cheating on your spouse, because that would feel like cheating on your best friend, like cheating on God.

Consider a relationship where your spouse is your partner, your complementary equal, and rather than thinking that this person must meet all of your needs to complete you, you’re both satisfied because individually and collectively you’re complete in God.

Is it possible to have a relationship like this?

Yes, it is. Once we stop being selfish, self-centered, and self-absorbed—and start putting God first, asking for Him to keep His hand over your relationship. Then you will find a realignment to God’s original plan for marriage. As I share in my book Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone, Proverbs 31 shows us how to be a virtuous person in our human relationships and how to be an honorable and virtuous bride of God. Imagine that!

The prayer below is not just for single folks. This prayer can be recited by married people who want to ask God for direction and even an intervention. Maybe you are a divorcée or a widow(er) and you’re visualizing a potential future partner. Maybe you think that remarriage isn’t in God’s plan for you. Well how will you know if you don’t speak to Him about it. You might need to modify the prayer, include statements or even questions for God. Have a conversation with Him to gain clarity and to state the desires of your heart. You may be thinking something isn’t possible, is too late to happen for you, while God is simply waiting for you to imagine more for your life. Maybe God has been waiting for you to let the past be buried so that you can have a new life with someone who has been molded for you and you for them. Let your heart guide you through the prayer below and afterwards, take several moments in silence to meditate on your petition and to remember God’s promises.

Prayer

Father, I pray that Your grace blesses me with a trusting and loving relationship where there is full confidence in our ability and our fidelity. I pray for a relationship where neither of us perceive lack, because we not only are actively invested in our union but we also know that all of our needs are met by You—where we are deficient, You fill in those gaps. Let us both see, feel, experience, and appreciate this authentic love. Let us work passionately to build, strengthen, reinforce, protect, and fight for it. Let us understand and be bound by Your vision for our relationship, with the full comprehension that outsiders have no place interfering in what You brought together. Let us appreciate our partnership and stand firm in our conviction that we not only represent each other but we represent You. Our union should be treated as intimately as we treat our relationship with You, because You are in us and we are of You. Let us never take our relationship as a couple and our relationship with You for granted, for they are intertwined and require all three of us to protect, enrich, and nourish it. I want to be the spouse who instills confidence and the one who is filled with confidence, lacking nothing and pouring into my spouse so that they don’t feel lack. I pray for these things in Your Son, Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2012-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.25.21

Scripture

All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. 
Psalm 139:16

Reflection 

David realized the power, presence, and purpose-driven nature of God. He realized that God knew him fully even before he was conceived and formed in the womb. He realized that God spoke of him long before David came to be. David realized that God had a plan and purpose for him that were bigger and bolder than anything he could ever imagine. With this understanding comes responsibility to do his part, be obedient and discerning, and don’t screw things up on his end—so that God doesn’t have to waste time fixing David’s mess.

If you read and study your Bible, then you know that David reached a point in his life where his title, rank, and fame got to his head. He went from the humble young man slaying Goliath, to an adulterer and murderer. He made a lot of messy situations, and many of us would question why God would choose him, forgive him, and redeem him. That’s our biggest problem, we forget our role and we swerve out of our lane. We’ve grown entitled to think that we can judge and determine who’s righteous and worthy of saving.

Only God can see our hearts and all that’s within them. Even David’s lust of the flesh could be reconciled by God. For God knew that David’s heart wasn’t evil. Yes, he had given into temptation but he hadn’t converted to Team Satan. God dealt justly with folks that were on the other team. God had a plan and it required David to be part of that plan, and through God’s grace, mercy, patience, and correction, we see the evolution of David.

Just like we saw God do the same thing with Adam (the first sinner), Cain (killed his brother and then lied to God about it), Lamech (killed a man for hurting him and a boy for bruising him), and Abraham (the scandal with Hagar, and then the “she’s my sister” scandal that happened twice with Sarai/Sarah). Let’s not forget Isaac did the exact same thing his father Abraham did. Then we saw how Jacob lied and tricked his brother Esau and his father Isaac, to get Esau’s birthright and blessings.

These are just some of the examples of men in the Bible who God demonstrated patience, grace, mercy, and loving correction. I can rattle off examples of women too, like Eve, Sarai/Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, and more. All of these women let jealousy, envy, pride, and fear cause chaos in their lives. They all chose to fall into Satan’s trap one way or another. But God loved, forgave, and blessed them.

God wasn’t making up the plans as He went along. When He started anew with Noah’s family on the ark, God already had a vision for a people, for the world, for His creations. He knew the struggles, traps, and dumb decisions that would be made. He was determined to keep His covenants, His promises to individuals and to nations. He is determined to keep His promises made to you, if you will let Him.

When you dig into the Bible and study the history, cultures, customs, traditions, and languages, you get a better sense of what was going on and why they were being tested by God and tempted by Satan. You can see where, how, and why God is reconciling the world influenced by Satan to be realigned with God’s Kingdom. God has a vision of Heaven and Earth merged together as one, but humans keep getting in the way of that vision materializing in present-day.

When you dig deep into the Bible you can see the tie-ins and parallels to today. You can also see yourself in some of the stories. Can you see those moments in your life of fear, pride, envy, jealousy, greed, lust, refusing to forgive, deception, grief, depression, and lies? We read of God’s forgiveness of people that many of us wouldn’t forgive, which should help us to see how differently we see things in comparison to God. We’re focused on one thing while He’s focused on something else. We’re focused on the minor while He’s focused on the major. We can only see in front of us while He can see everything and everyone—past, present, and future.

Also, what many of us fail to see is that just as God forgave David, Jacob, Isaac, and others—God will and has forgiven YOU and me! It’s up to you to forgive yourself. It’s up to you to forgive others who have wronged you. We create the twisted madness that enslaves us in a constant state of lack, anger, depression, and chaos. We blame Satan. But Satan didn’t make us choose that as our reality. We did that all by ourselves. We choose to hold grudges, not forgive, be prideful, cheat, steal, deceive, abuse, and keep the cycle going strong. We choose to enslave and oppress people through systemic racism, sexism, classism, and other isms. We choose to hate and create division through that hate.

We choose to be the modern Sadducees and Pharisees. We choose to keep the curse of Adam and Eve present in our lives each and every day. As long as we sin the curse remains. We choose lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. We can choose to do the opposite. We can choose to accept responsibility for our wrongdoing and sins, ask for forgiveness (and forgive ourselves), repent, atone, and realign fully with God.

Just like David and the examples of people before and after him.

Today is a blessing, a gift from God, known by Him long before our minds can fathom. How will YOU choose to spend the moments of this day?

Prayer

Father God, today I humbly come to You giving You thanks for all Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I trust that Your plans for me are good, and I choose to turn the page of the past by choosing Your way which means to be present in the day-to-day, and hopeful for the future.

I embrace the role You have chosen for me and I accept the responsibility that comes with my position. I want to break free from sin, do my part to end this generational curse, and live my best life as designed by You. I praise You for what You did, what You have done, and what You will do. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You. Amen. 

Love you all!

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadForNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.24.21

Scripture

For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

Reflection

Let’s discuss FAITH right now. Not fear, not doubt, not anger, not confusion, not cynicism—just faith. In Hebrew, the word for faith means “support” such as “to support”, or support in/of something or someone. When you look at faith through that lens you can see why God is looking to us to support His plans, His vision, so that He can keep His promises. If we don’t believe in Him, follow Him, align with Him, then how can He possibly keep His promises? How can He help us to grab ahold of those dreams that capture our hearts so tenderly? We’re to have faith and believe that God is protecting us, and is there for us and our loved ones always. Our faith supports the understanding that His correction is out of love, to mold us and properly align us—never to harm us. Our faith in God to believe that only He can conquer and defeat the enemy. Faith in the future, and that it is restored and reconciled by God. Our God of today is no different from God of the past, and He will be the same God in the future. Today I pray to God that He comforts those in need. I pray that He sees them through these challenges and heals them 100% from their inflictions. I know that God is here always. Because I have faith!

Prayer

Father, today my faith is being tested. I am tested in my belief of Your presence, protection, watchfulness, healing, direction, and leadership. I am tested to see if whether or not I believe that You are taking care of me and my needs, and those people that I love and cherish the most. Father, it is not what I see that matters; that is not what faith requires— it is just knowing and believing in Your power, love and presence consistently throughout my life and the generations before me. It’s the unknowns in life that require me to believe in You, Your grace and power. The unknowns of man are always explained and solved by You. I turn all of my worries, concerns, and needs over to You Father. In Your capable Hands all will be made right, well, and good. Amen.

Loving you all,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.23.21

Scripture

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”

John 10:10

Reflection

Ask God to equip you for life’s battles, to protect you from all enemies, to allow you to see the magnitude of your relationship with Him, and the abilities He has blessed you with— to uplift yourself and others in His greatness— while also overcoming fear, temptation, and evil. The enemy is focused on only on stealing, killing, and destroying everything that is good and of God. The enemy tempts you with sin knowing that sin is death. God wants us to have a full and beautiful life, that is why He sent Jesus, to reconcile us in our Father. Learn to see yourself as God sees you, then you will act and live accordingly.

Prayer

Father thank You for showing me that I have all I that need, in and through You, and that Jesus is the guide to You. You are my Source and I know that any other source is a fraud. Love, life, light, grace, freedom, respect, dignity, care, protection, and wealth can only come from You Lord. Turn away my enemy, both perceived and actual. Shut down all attempts by others to deceive and harm me. Weaken those who would scheme to destroy what I’m working to build in Your Name. Strengthen me Lord so that I can rise each day to give glory and honor to You, and through my testimony to Your children. Help me to see in all ways where I can be of help to others. Help me to always see and discern the truth, Your Truth. To You I give the glory. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

Copyright 2012-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.22.21

Scripture

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14

Reflection

We must stop carrying around anger, resentment, bitterness, sadness, jealousy and envy. Our hearts are ugly when we carry this nonsense around. We must let go and turn our cares and troubles over to our heavenly Father. We must learn and begin to forgive. We are carrying around extra weight on our shoulders that we don’t need to carry. This added weight causes stress and our bodies react negatively to too much stress. We’re being eaten up on the inside from the poison that bleeds through us when we refuse to forgive, when we keep seeking revenge. If we can’t forgive others then how can God forgive us? If we can’t forgive others, then what does that say about our relationship with Him?

And for those of you struggling with believing that God has forgiven you, imagine how hurtful it must be for Him to do so much to prove that He loves you and that He’s forgiven you, yet you keep living as though He hasn’t. He keeps blessing you with life, gifts, talents, and other expressions of His love, and you still won’t let go of the past—you’re still walking around waiting for his vengeance, just like Joseph’s brothers. Do you remember them? Out of jealousy, they sold him into slavery, and 20 years later they reunite and he forgives them. Joseph helped to position them in favor of Pharaoh and he takes care of all of their families. Yet when their father passed away, 17 years after he forgave them, the brothers then feared that Joseph hadn’t truly forgiven them and was instead plotting his revenge [Genesis 50:15]. Joseph cried at the thought. Here he had showed them grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness, and they still couldn’t forgive themselves for the cruel things they had done to him—so in their minds there was no possible way that he could forgive them.

As Joseph told his brothers, “Am I in the place of God?” [Genesis 50:19] I want to remind you of the same thing— we’re not in the place of God. It is not our place to do what only God is to do. God said that vengeance is His, not ours. We can be justly and human governments are to provide justice [Romans 13], but vengeance is off the table. He’s the only one that can be involved in payback. Joseph knew this, he also knew his place and God’s place. We need to know our place. We need to stay in our lane. We must learn to forgive ourselves and others so that we can enjoy the freedom that comes from not carrying around the burdens of unforgiveness, revenge and vendettas. When we forgive our hearts can be filled with goodness not evil. Let’s let go people.

Prayer

Father, today I must let go and forgive those who have harmed me. I cannot ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. I have to accept the fact that You will always settle my grievances, You will always right the wrongs done against me, and You will always bring light into dark places and spaces. I pray to forgive myself and to stop carrying around the dead weight of the past that you have already forgiven me for. I apologize for being careless and not considering how it hurts you to watch me live as though You haven’t forgiven me, yet You show me daily Your love. I pray to realign myself and restrengthen my relationship with You. I thank You Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.19.21

Scripture

In you, lord my God, I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1

Reflection

There is no other truth, reality, comfort, or source of reliance except our Heavenly Father. Trust in Him and put everything else to the side. When you doubt someone close to you, trust that God is with you, and will always reveal the Truth. Trust in God to bring you out of harm’s way, and know that even as Joseph learned while enslaved in Egypt, sometimes what you see as hell is only a breakthrough to greatness. Joseph became a ruler over Egypt, the same land where he was sold to by his brothers (when he was 17 years old) and lived as a slave for 13 years. When you doubt your ability to accomplish or overcome something, trust that the Lord is there to help you. Trust those dreams He gives you,  just like Joseph trusted the dreams God gave him. Know that you can be redeemed just like David, who did some awful things, but God was more concerned about his heart than his stupid and selfish actions. David realigned, put his trust in God, and walked accordingly. God said we can if we believe and trust in Him. Where will you put your trust? Who and what will you believe?

Prayer

Father, when I can’t put my trust in man I know that I can always trust in You. When man has betrayed me and caused me to question their honor, loyalty, and truthfulness I know that You will never fail me and let me down. I know that You will never lie, deceive, mistreat, or hide anything from me. I know that in You, Lord, the truth is always revealed. For those reasons and more, I will always humbly follow You and praise Your Holy Name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 2.18.21

Scripture

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:30

Reflection

If you take your last breath this very moment, could you say with the strongest of convictions that you have led your life the way you intended? The way God intended? Have you treated people better than the thing you love the most? Or does your most prized possession garner greater attention from you? Do you treat people as your equal, as though it is your mission to serve them? Or do you treat people as though you’re superior, better, more entitled, or more special?

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He never had to go around bragging and boasting, and telling people, “Google me” (whatever the ancient version of that would be). He didn’t even have to say that he was the Son of God in order to get them to follow. He didn’t have to show off or declare his authority over others in order to get them to follow him. People followed because they believed what they heard, saw, and wanted to experience. Through his actions and demonstrations he proved his ability. He didn’t just talk the talk he walked the walk. But he also knew that the only way to build our Father’s Kingdom here on Earth it would require believers and followers to be obedient, study and learn, spread the gospel, and to help people help themselves. Jesus healed people and taught his disciples how to heal people. He showed us that we are all capable of following in his footsteps, and capable of healing not only others but ourselves. But it requires us to walk in and through demonstration, to believe fully, have faith (support in) in the unknown, unseen, unimaginable, and impossible. It requires us to work through our faith (support) to manifest the reality of our future.

We are oftentimes too self absorbed to realize that this isn’t about us but it is instead about our Heavenly Father. He has the heavy lift, we just have to get aligned with Him. Jesus has shown us how to live our lives and how to treat other people, and how we’re supposed to treat ourselves. Jesus has shown us how to deal with conflict and how to deal with circumstances that we don’t particularly like. Jesus showed us how to deal with friends and our foes. He showed us how, when, where, and why to pray to God. He treated all with the utmost respect and love, and served those who would follow or need him first. He knew that he couldn’t touch every life one at a time by himself. That is why he recruited and appointed disciples that he taught and trained. They then recruited, taught, and trained more believers. Know that you cannot do this alone and that you are never alone, even when you don’t see anyone around. See yourself for who and what you truly are, not what you think you are, or what others see you to be. Know to Whom you belong, and model the life your Creator envisioned for you.

Prayer

Father, my purpose is to serve and worship You and only You, Lord—no other gods. I’m not to worship the things that You created. I’m to use tools and love people, not the other way around. Show me how to be the best ambassador that I can be in Your Kingdom. Please provide me with the resources and the skills so that I might use them responsibly. If I already have what I need to get started, please help me with my discernment so that I can stop delaying. 

Just as Your Son, Jesus, said and knew that he could not do it alone, I know that I cannot do this alone. I know that You will always put the right people in my life to show me the way and to show me how to perform the duties You have charged me with. I thank You now for what You bring to me today and tomorrow. You have high expectations for me Lord and I want to live up to Your expectations. I will not let fear nor man keep me from reaching my goals. In Jesus name I pray to You as Your humble servant, now and forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Copyright 2012-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com