Breaking Bread For 9.28.20

Scripture

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge — to the great amazement of the governor.

Matthew 27:12–14

Reflection

It doesn’t matter what someone says about you. You know that You are God’s child and that He is Your Father-Mother, judge, and ruler. At the end of each day He is the determinant as to whether You rise the next morning. He determines whether you breathe, blink, swallow, chew, move, speak, think, act, do, and exist.

Let the naysayers talk. Jesus knew that God had already handled everything, it just wasn’t visible to human sight. He also knew that he had to fulfill prophecy and his intervention would have derailed those plans.

Jesus also knows that to argue with fools means that you’re one too. He said what he said and then he moved on. He didn’t rush back to towns where negative rumors had been spread about him. He didn’t even waste his time defending himself to the hecklers and abusers that tormented him. Of course the process hurt him but he lived in obedience to God, and put self-preservation on the back burner.

Don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t allow them to see you upset, nervous, irritated, confused, agitated, sad, rattled, or embarrassed. Turn to God with those feelings and emotions. Let Him reconcile those feelings and issues for you. Allow God to handle your battles and throw water and sand on that growing flame called hate.

Nine years ago, a friend sent me this passage and a prayer that declared, “Today I cling to You because You are my defender! I choose to turn away from accusing voices. I choose to turn away from petty conflicts. I look to You knowing that You are leading and guiding me in paths of victory in Jesus’ name…” and it touched me so deeply that I wanted to add to this prayer, I wanted to share it with others, and I wanted it to be my reality. So today’s prayer will do just that.

Prayer

Father, I declare that I will not allow others to turn me from You. I will not allow others to discourage me from being who I am and forgetting who I belong to. I will not allow myself to be moved by negativity to act in a negative way. I will not allow myself to look in the mirror and see anything but the perfect reflection of You.

Today I stand in the affirmation of who I am and what I know, and that is there is no greater than You, and there is no other wayshower than Jesus. You are the only answer and only judge, Father. I will do as my shepherd Jesus did and say nothing when the hecklers have negative words about me. I will only pray for my peace and theirs.

I know the truth and I know that You always make right the wrong. I won’t walk in shame, but in faith. In Your name I pray, as a follower and believer of You and Your son Jesus. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Honored to Bring You My First Published Books

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened…My books will be released on October 20, 2020!
Click on the image to order.

Yes, you read that correctly. The first book makes up the three-volume series.The title of the book is “SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone“. It is inspired by my journey through Breaking Bread With Natasha. In addition to a Bible verse, Reflection, and Prayer, you have daily activities such as:

Speak Your Truth” which is a daily session of affirmations and declarations that you will speak and write. They aren’t my words you’re using. They are yours. You are encouraged to speak truth over yourself.

Go Deeper” is a daily activity that challenges you to explore the theme, topics, and questions on a deeper level. To complete this activity you will be pointed to our workbook, which I will tell you more about shortly.

At the beginning of each month you will find trivia or statements about historical or cultural contexts related to the Bible. This section is called “Ponder This“. It’s purpose is to get your mind churning. You will be directed to read the corresponding “Consider This” section towards the back of the book.

Consider This is the response to Ponder This. See if your thoughts, beliefs, and understanding of the information aligns with the historical, cultural, linguistic, and religious facts provided. I didn’t just make up some information or type what I recall learning in church. I did extensive research and shared my sources in the Notes section in the back of the book.

At the end of each month there is a “Go Beyond” section which you may or may not be ready to explore, depending on your frame of mind, or what’s going on in your life. It’s also a great activity to do in Bible Study, book clubs, and with other groups.

SEEK HIM, Volume 1 comes in paperback and ebook versions.

It also has a companion workbook (as mentioned earlier) that is a tool to further encourage your deeper exploration of self, your relationship with God, and more. It’s simply titled, “SEEK HIM: Workbook 1“.

Trust me, you don’t want to skip the workbook. It truly tests your comfort zone and your knowledge of historical and cultural details from Biblical times. I was encouraged by several people to provide content that could challenge even the long-time devotees to Christ. That required hours, days, and weeks of research, fact-finding, and truth-seeking.

The culmination of this research is provided in the section of the workbook called, “Greater Context“. This section may enlighten many and shock or outrage others. All of which is great, because it keeps your mind working and thinking. Since I provided dozens upon dozens of sources, the skeptics and critics can go read those books and articles for themselves. Lifelong learning keeps us growing and our minds sharp!Each month, Volume 1 and Workbook 1 tap deeper into your mind and heart. Once you complete these books—at the end of four months, you’re then encouraged to get your copies of “SEEK HIM, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone” and its companion, “SEEK HIM: Workbook 2“, both of which have a February 2021 release date. Volume 2 and Workbook 2 continue to inspire, encourage, and challenge you through four additional months of spiritual and mental exploration.

It’s no cake walk. You can’t be passive with the SEEK HIM books. If you’re up for the challenge and you really want to seek Him at all times, and go beyond your spiritual comfort zone, then make sure you purchase these books.

By the time you finish reading those and completing the activities, you will be prepared to journey into the last four months of this book series. The third book set is our Volume 3 and Workbook 3, both of which have a scheduled book release for May 2021.

My books are being published through D.O.M.E. Life Publishing. Be sure to visit the website at DOMELIFEPUBLISHING.COM and learn more about this publishing imprint of Foreman & Associates, LLC, its mission, and the planned book releases for 2020 and 2021.

Be sure to also sign up for the newsletter so that you’re never out of the loop!I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me to write this book, or should I say, books. I never expected for it to grow and evolve into three books with three workbooks, but we never know what God has planned for us, what He’s pouring into us, and what He’s birthing through us. I’m just grateful for all of the ways He molds and uses me.

I hope that the SEEK HIM series benefits you. Lord knows that’s what I’ve been praying for since the moment I began typing the first word of Volume 1.

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We will be hosting events, giveaways, and contests over the next several weeks and months. I want to make sure that you’re always in the loop. Thank you for being a part of my Breaking Bread family!

Loving you always,
Natasha

Copyright 2020. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

Breaking Bread For 9.25.20

Scripture

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

1 Chronicles 17:20

Reflection

I would rather place my hope and faith in what God can do than what an alleged god, spirit, or presence is claimed to be able to do. I would rather place my hope and faith in God’s power than cower over believing that the “enemy” has true strength to rule and have dominion over me.

I would rather “roll” with what God is doing than what anyone and anything else out there is or isn’t doing. I’m a member of Team God and my general manager, coach and captain is Jesus.

How about you? What team are you a member of?

Prayer

Father You are my Lord, my God, my Heavenly Father-Mother, my provider, my comforter, my strength, my love, and my joy. Father, You are all in all. Nothing can, has, or ever will compare to You. There is no greater power, no wider reach, no deeper knowledge, or wisdom than You.

There is no other light than Yours and darkness can never hide from You. There are no secrets that can be kept or hidden talents You do not know of, for You are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. There is no scale to balance You, for there is no counter weight that can compare.

There are no other gods living or dead that come close to You and Your greatness, for You are the one and only Almighty.

Every problem, issue, concern, worry, or complaint that I might have You are there with solutions before I even know that I need them. Every tear I shed You capture and restore in me as fuel to go on. When I whisper my dreams and goals it is You that is always listening; it is You that makes the possible and impossible my reality.

It is my belief that no matter what others may do or say, there is no other God or power but You. They can call You whatever name they want, but it is You that makes a way, shows mercy and grace, and heals them of their inflictions.

I thank You Father for never giving up on Your children; for not cleaning our slate and starting over anew; for always believing in us and what we can do to build Your Kingdom.

For You know there are more believers than nonbelievers, there are more people loving than hating, doing than thinking, sharing than taking, and caring than causing pain. Thank You for Your love Lord. Because of You, I rest with peace in my heart. In Jesus’ name I petition You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 9.24.20

Scripture

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Reflection

There is so much temptation in the world that can lead us astray. It can enslave us spiritually and emotionally—and that can physically destroy us, and leave us as mere shells of who we are.

Whether it be temptation to pursue or be pursued by another person for emotional or sexual pleasure; temptation to watch and listen to things that we know God doesn’t condone; temptation by food that leads to an unhealthy lifestyle; temptation towards financial riches and wealth at all cost, with no regard towards others; temptation to lie, cheat, covet, and steal; temptation to physically or emotionally cause harm to others; or temptation to possess things of the world just because you can. We don’t realize all of the ways that we can be trapped and enslaved.

We can overcome these forms of temptation and all others. God can redirect our steps. God brings us love, joy, peace, wealth, bliss, comfort, happiness, and a high that no drug can match.

Relationships and Entanglements

God knows your heart. He knows if you truly want to contact and meet up with that other person—knowing that you shouldn’t—and knowinf that by taking those steps you risk losing your relationship with the one who truly loves you…and you risk losing a part of yourself. Most importantly, you destroy a part of your relationship with God.

The Lies That Haunt & Destroy

God knows if you truly want to ‘fudge’ those numbers on your time sheet, expense report, tax return, application, estimate, or invoice. Our actions cause a domino effect that falls years into the future. You don’t know what choices that you make today that can impact your family in a few years, or generations from now.

There’s No Hiding From God

God knows if the kind or harsh words that you say about someone else is genuine. God knows your fears and insecurities, your strengths and weaknesses. You can’t hide from God. He knows all and sees all. So even if you smile inside about deceiving another person, you haven’t deceived God or Jesus. The actions you take will have consequences eventually. How far are you willing to go and how much are you willing to risk losing?

If you truly want to resist temptation then remove yourself from situations where you know you can, will, and are being tempted. The warning signs always appear. It is what you do afterwards that matters most. Why chase after or give in to the 20% of temporary bliss that may come from temptation, when you can get 100% joy from God?

I am frequently in a position where men are attracted to me and have no problem expressing this. I find myself being presented with business cards, in receipt of emails or other electronic messages from men who want to meet for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert to “get to know each other better”, “to connect” or “reconnect”, or any other number of lines and excuses they throw my way.

It could be very easy to give in, especially to the men that I find highly attractive; but I don’t. I lovingly decline and pray that they lovingly accept this rejection not as a personal one but one based on principles, ethics, and morals that guide me. I don’t want any visual, emotional, or other distractions taking my mind and presence away from what God has in store for me and my life.

Love and salvation have no price tags, so I refuse to gamble with them. I refuse to risk one moment of temporary bliss for a lifetime of joy. There will always be eye candy, and attractive people surrounding us—it is what we do and say that matters most.

Do you give in to temptation and risk ruining your life, or do you walk away cloaked in God’s light and love?

So before you make that call, log into that site, send that text, email or instant message—before you consume that tempting food, drug, or drink—before you make a financial decision or any decision…think about what Jesus would say and do, and what God expects and commands of you.

Either be hot or cold but never lukewarm with Him for there is no room for fence straddlers. Choose to follow or not, obey or not, commit or not, try or not, believe or not—just make a decision, and be prepared for the consequences and lessons to be learned.

Prayer

Father thank You for keeping a close eye on me. Thank You for keeping Your hand near, to redirect my steps. Father, thank You for leading me out of temptation. When the feelings to do or say something that I know goes against Jesus’ teachings, Your commands, and Your expectations for me, rise up inside of me, I pray that I can overcome this test of my willpower, strength, devotion, and commitment to You.

Instead of pretending that I am free from the lure of temptation, I admit that there are seeds of weakness within that can sprout if I’m not committed and focused on You and pleasing You. Father keep my eyes on You and the path You have laid before me. When I reach out to embrace temptation, redirect me Father. Remind me who I am and what I desire more. Strengthen me Lord. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 9.23.20

Scripture

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Reflection

God wants us to treat our bodies like temples, remembering that they are on loan to us from Him. He does not want us overly fixated or obsessed with our looks and the look of others; for our looks may fade but what’s inside of us has the potential to get better with time.

We have the tendency to be more concerned with what others think and say about us, and how they view us, rather than being concerned with living our life to the fullest, as God intends—and being comforted in the reality that in His eyes we are perfect.

Do not waste your life attempting to get by with your good looks and witty charm, for that road will turn to a dead end—then what will you rely on? Do not be consumed with desire for a highly attractive mate and less concerned with their spirit, soul, and commitment to our Heavenly Father. A shiny apple on the outside could be rotten to the core on the inside. Until you take a bite you never know what you have, and then you’re stuck with it— unless you buy enough time until you can toss it away for something “better”.

So live well, eat healthy, exercise regularly, fuel your mind with great books–beginning with the good Book, treat others with respect and dignity, take care of yourself, appreciate every experience life brings, and devote yourself to God.

Prayer

Father You are my strength, comfort, and protector. I want to see myself as You see me. I want to focus on pleasing You and no one else. I want to live for You and no one else. My looks and intelligence are gifts from You; my wisdom I increase through knowledge and experience that You provide and I thank You. I love You Father and praise You for blessing me with my life. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 9.22.20

Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain we lash out at others so they can feel our pain. Sometimes some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to the extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy on someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better…sometimes we feel worse.

So instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance. Instead of hating your enemy, love them. Love them despite, and in spite, of their ignorance and fear, because you know that they have closed God out of part or all of their life, and for this reason they struggle in the darkness. Pray for them that they may be whole and loving in God’s light.

I can already hear someone saying, “Yeah but what if the person does and says hateful things, you’re saying go and give them a hug, love them like I love family? Heck no!”

Family, you don’t have to be affectionate and lovey dovey to be loving. You don’t even have to spend time with them. It starts with acknowledging that they are a child of God— even if they’re acting like a child of satan. God created them. God loves them. God wants the best for them and from them. So honor God by being mindful of how you treat His children. You can pray for someone’s heart and not be in their presence, not engage with them. Just consider how Jesus would respond and then act accordingly.

Let your cup runneth over. It will shock and bless both of you.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, plot against me, and mistreat me. Today I pray that You touch their hearts and minds Father, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse aloud. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately pause in Your goodness. I pray to You this day humble, grateful and faith-filled. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.21.20

Scripture

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

2 Timothy 4:2

Reflection

With just about everything in life delivered in rapid speed, we have grown to expect things to happen when we want them. We have smart homes, hi-speed Internet, 24/7 news, fast food, and customer support; electric fireplaces, ATM machines, vending machines, on-demand streaming, cable, and satellite TV, express lanes and speed pass devices to get out of stores faster, single-cup quick brew coffee makers, multi-function microwaves, and so much more.

So the patience we once had to wait for things has quickly dissipated, and impatience has kicked in to full warp speed, as we “want it now”.

Have you noticed that the more impatient we are the longer it seems that we wait to get what we want? It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil; once we walk away, the water is boiling in a minute, but had we chosen instead to wait and watch it boil, it would have felt like it had taken an extra 10-15 minutes for those first few bubbles to appear.

We must be patient while waiting for things to take shape, form, and manifest. We’re supposed to be focused and busy, working on other things.

While waiting for that check to arrive so you can pay your bills, why not work on cleaning out unnecessary things in your closets, attic, garage, or basement—maybe you can sell some of those items this week or next, and earn some extra money. Maybe you could work on a project you have been putting off. Or help someone else reach a goal.

While you’re busy and focused on taking care of other things, that check is making it’s way to your mailbox or bank account. Before you know it you have your money and you are paying your bills; even if it’s late by your standards or your creditors standards, it’s always on time based on God’s standards. We can’t rush God. We can’t make Him do or not do something. We can’t put Him on our time table, because according to Him there is only one time table, one master calendar and schedule…His.

So let’s patiently wait on what’s to come; wait on our blessings; and know that it always comes on time.

Prayer

Father work on me. Mold me. I thank You now for the person You are shaping me to be. Each day I praise You. Each day I praise Jesus for his exemplary walk in Your light. I feel the presence of the two of you each day and I am comforted in knowing that through struggles and strife, through victory and celebration You and Your son are always here with me.

Father I share Your Word in recitation and through helping others. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared, be full, and focused on spreading Your Word, praying for those who are in need, healing through a declaration of Your power, and having faith that You will never leave and never lead us astray.

With this is a requirement for patience and understanding. Each day I wait to be paid so that I can pay my bills, my patience is tested. Each day I wait for things to turn around in my life, my patience is tested. Each day I wonder about my health, my patience is tested. Each month I wonder if I will have enough money to keep the roof over my head, my patience is tested.

You have never let me down. You have never left me alone. You have never forsaken me. With this understanding I shall wait…patiently! In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 9.18.20

Scripture

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:23

Reflection

No matter what someone does or says to you to make you feel bad or less than, know that you are God’s spiritual image and likeness and through His protection there is nothing that anyone can do or say that will turn God away from you.

God said that He will handle your grievances; He will take care of those who attack and ridicule you—you just have to remain focused on doing your job, as His ambassador and servant.

Ignore the gossip and rumors. Ignore the name calling. Ignore the underhanded things being done towards you. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart focused on God, for He is and always will be the biggest and most important picture in life.

There is nothing in life that someone can do to you that God can’t resolve. If you buy into the hype and believe that you are defeated, then you will be defeated—for God expects your hope, faith, trust, and belief to be in Him and His ability to do anything and everything. Believe in Him. Filter that negative energy into the machine of positivity, and fly high on God’s abundant supply of love.

The darkness within those people who spend their days attacking you will eventually silence them. Believe!

Prayer

Father keep me strong. Keep me on Your path. Turn my eyes and ears away from those who would insult and bring pain to me Lord. Let me instead keep focused on You and Your son Jesus, and Your purpose, and plan for me.

I put my trust in You that You will always watch over and protect me. With that trust I do not have to participate in the negativity of others; I do not have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me—for those are the actions of people walking in darkness, and I am centered in Your light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 9.17.20

Scripture

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:10

Reflection

We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations in life. Do you believe that one day you will get what you need and desire most? Do you believe that God will always provide for you?

When times get tough, as they most likely will, why do we throw our hands up and declare defeat? What is faith, but believing strongly in the possibility of God doing the impossible…
Let’s believe. Let’s get in alignment. Let’s prepare ourselves for what awaits us!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me through the night as I slept. Thank You for Your favor. Lord, today I ask that You continue to strengthen me. Cover me with Your peace and loving warmth. Steady my footing when times get rough. Keep my vision sharp and clear that I might always see my goals, and remain focused on reaching them. As my faith increases each day, let Your words of encouragement penetrate and destroy any encroaching fear. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.16.20

Scripture

Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29

Reflection

A tit for tat approach to conflict is immature and reckless. The need to win the argument, make someone feel as you do (or worse), isn’t something Jesus taught or lived. In my transparency I have to admit, although I’m not one for revenge—as in the context I shared in my September 11th “Grace” message (and some other ones) I just had this in-your-face mirror moment, where the reality of my desire to win an argument is as foolish as plotting my “get back”. It’s basically one in the same. The most obvious difference is that one is less intense and not premeditated. But both are about revenge.

The back and forth that can escalate to yelling and screaming, is the exact same thing this verse is sharing. I don’t have to mirror someone’s negative behavior, and vice versa. I choose to react negatively when someone pushes one of my “buttons”. Imagine if Jesus did that every time he was insulted, angered, and hurt. Imagine Jesus treating people the same way they did him.

The wise and mature person steps back and assesses the situation, and sees it for what it is, a no-win for both sides. No one wins when anger and rage steps in and starts creating a wedge between you and God. No one wins when shouting, cussing, and insults are pulled from the toolbox. None of these things glorify God. You’re not even paying attention to God while fighting someone else. Those tactics don’t bring either side closer to God. Nope, actually it’s the opposite. The darker we become in our messaging the more we resemble an advocate for the enemy.

Did we start off trying to be Team Satan? Nope. But guess what happens when you keep taking verbal jabs, keep stirring the “pot” trying to hurt the other person, or seem superior to them—your jersey begins to transform to represent a team that has no resemblance to God.

It’s stupid, childish, and exactly what the enemy craves. But we’re too ignorant to see this before or even soon after the first sparks fly. No, we may begin to see it minutes, hours, days, or weeks later. But look at the damage that has been caused. How do you repair the mental and spiritual bombs that you chose to detonate? How do you cleanse the savagery from your revenge? How do you right the wrong that you caused when you made something all about you and not about God?

Now I already know the excuses that we can all come up with, the need to defend our actions, defend our honor. Let me say this to you, and to myself—our defense is self-serving and destructive. It doesn’t defend God, and honestly, God doesn’t need defending (He can hold His own), He needs our obedience and alignment to Him.

Any person trying their best to tear you down, make you beg, cry, give in and give up, feel desperate and hopeless, and feel as they do—will only fail— if you instead turn over your cares, worries, fears, and anger to God. There is nothing He doesn’t see, hear, understand, or comprehend. He is all-knowing. He is the problem-solver. You just have to trust and believe that no matter how hard it gets, how rough it becomes, how brutal the psychological, verbal, physical, and financial beatings are–—God has your back and His plan has been in full force long before you became aware you had a problem.

You just have to release everything to Him and have faith that those individuals who have and are causing harm to you and loved ones, will be placed in a position to make a decision about how their lives will proceed either through repentance or in total darkness. We all have choices, and even they had a choice not to take on the role of judge, jury, and executioner; and they will have a choice to give up and turn away from evil, or not. But you will play no role in that, because you will lovingly leave those matters to our Heavenly Father. So free yourself and vow to not cross into and be consumed by the negativity that breeds and grows inside of them.

Don’t take a tool from the enemy. It is a liar, thief, and con artist. It aims to destroy everything and everyone God loves. Every insult you hurl is a bullet from the enemy, aiming right at your relationship with God.

I’ve been in some brutal arguments. Neither side looked like a representative from God. The exchange tore at us, weakened us and our relationship with God. It elevated the enemy and gave it a firmer stronghold in our hearts and lives. It’s a disgusting thought yet we never consider it when we choose to enter that verbal battle. Choose instead to walk with God, away from that approaching storm. No matter how much the other person may try to drag you in, tap into God’s strength and resist. I know I will be tempted several times this week, I pray that God guides me His way, and I obediently follow.

Prayer

Father, I pray for help. My weakness in feeling the need to react, respond, be right, and be petty, is a glaring indictment against the relationship that I claim to have with You. How can I claim to be Your ambassador when I’m behaving like a fool? How can I speak Your words and later on speak the words of the enemy? That’s like being a double-agent, playing for both sides. It pains me to say these words Father. I don’t like myself when I see what I’ve said and done to dishonor You. I pray for forgiveness and proper alignment. I pray for Your words to be spoken, no matter how much I’m tempted to take the easy route towards darkness.

Father I thank You for righting the wrongs, for making bad things turn out good, for re-directing the wicked, and making sure that I have always been taken care of even in the valley of the shadow of death. Father, You have made the crooked straight so many times that I know there is nothing You can’t do. Because of that and who You are, I never have to seek revenge for what someone has done or said against me or a loved one.

Help me to get my pride, ego, and shame in check. I know that in Your time, which is always the right time, You will make things right. The test, is about the choices I will make. I thank You for Your love, intervention, and forgiveness. I pray to obediently follow You in words and deeds. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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