Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.31.13

Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.

Proverbs 28:6 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for this day. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore new possibilities, to reach past my limits set by fear, and to bless others as You have blessed me. I pray that my days are always filled with integrity, empathy, kindness, respect, trust, patience, honor, and love. As Your servant let me always be of service to You and to Your children. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
These words in Proverbs clearly show you that on your way to riches and wealth, let your steps be firmly planted in integrity, so that even after you have attained your financial goals your legacy has been built on integrity. Too many people let money negatively change them. They begin doing and saying just about anything to keep it and grow it. Their love of money outweighs their love for God and His children. Don’t let this be you, and if it is you—change your ways before God changes them for you.

We must grasp the fact that as God gives He can take away. Every penny that you think you have earned can be snatched away in moments, to remind you who you are to serve and where you got your money. You can lie to yourself but God knows all. He knows what you are going to say and do before you. He also has the most amazing power to humble us.

He has done this to me a few times, reminding me that the money I made only makes my life easier and better because of Him. He reminded me that without Him I have nothing of value. Each time He has made me start from the beginning and work tirelessly to prove I was worthy of each stage that I progressed to—that is a humbling process. I see my life, material possessions, and access to money very different now.

Sit back and think about how you see money, riches, and wealth. How do you honestly see God’s role (compared to your role) in your success? If you don’t believe in tithing 10 percent of your earnings to a church each month, have you ever considered taking that money and donating it to those in need? Since God made it possible for you to earn the money, why not show your thanks by blessing others who want the same opportunity to thrive and be empowered? Blessing the least of these God’s children. Consider it.

Happy Thursday family!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.30.13

So Amos answered Amaziah, “I was not a prophet or the son of a prophet; rather, I was a herdsman, and I took care of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ ”

Amos 7:14, 15 HCSB

Pray
Thank You Father for placing us where we need to be, where You want us, even if that isn’t where we see ourselves. Only those receptive to You will answer the call. Only those with faith and trust in You will walk the path. I pray that I am doing what You have called me to do. I pray that I am fulfilling Your wishes. I pray that I stay on my path, and that even if I stray from time-to-time that You will lovingly redirect my steps. Let this not be about me but about You. Amen.

Reflection
Isn’t that verse amazing? Amos quickly corrected the thinking that somehow he had been a prophet and came from a lineage of prophets. Amos was a herdsman and God uprooted him from that path and placed him on a different one. Imagine that. Imagine being focused on a career or a plan that you think you’re supposed to do now and possibly the rest of your life and then God basically says, “okay enough of that, now you’re going to live your purpose for My purpose, on purpose”.

God has plans for each of us. He may have us in one area for a specific period of time and then switch us to do something else, and then there are some of us called to do something for a lifetime for day one. Have you ever met a person who since their childhood they said they felt this natural pull toward a path? There are teachers, doctors, and others who as children role-played the very things they do and love today.

Then there’s some of us that have switched careers and paths, acquiring more and more skills, to use as God sees fit. Don’t be frustrated if that’s you. There are times when I feel like God is preparing me for even more, for greater, but I must develop my ability to be patient, increase my faith, trust, and courage. I must tap deeper inside. I must get out of my way and be open totally to Him. I must stop questioning and just start being.

Smile at the lessons learned and the ability to live this experience. Think of those in the Bible who had specific careers and were on planned paths and then God changed everything. Now forever and always their names and stories are accessible to us to read, study, and reflect upon. God is awesome!

Happy Wednesday family! Go live your life on purpose embracing God’s plan for you, whatever it is—even if you still don’t know.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.29.13

Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?

Amos 3:3 HCSB

Pray
Father You created me and Your son Jesus has guided me. I have willingly entered the path and taken each step freely. I’m grateful for never being alone. I’m grateful that those days when I’m afraid or confused, I can count on You and Jesus to be there for me. Nothing is possible without You. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
This is such an awesome passage. Two can’t walk together without agreeing to meet and walk together. This is true even with our walk with Jesus and our relationship with God, it is a mutual agreement. I smile brightly when I think of this.

Happy Tuesday family!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.28.13

Yes, their mother is promiscuous; she conceived them and acted shamefully. For she thought, “I will go after my lovers, the men who give me my food and water, my wool and flax, my oil and drink.” Therefore, this is what I will do: I will block her way with thorns; I will enclose her with a wall, so that she cannot find her paths. She will pursue her lovers but not catch them; she will seek them but not find ⌊them⌋. Then she will think, “I will go back to my former husband, for then it was better for me than now.” She does not recognize that it is I who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the oil. I lavished silver and gold on her, which they used for Baal.

Hosea 2:5-8 HCSB

Pray
Father we have sinned and had a conditional relationship with You, one of expectation and selfishness, but not of total devotion to You. Father we have not learned our lesson, because we keep repeating the same mistakes and breaking the same laws You have given us.

I humbly and desperately pray for mercy and favor. I pray for forgiveness because we know better. I pray for forgiveness because most of us can’t forgive ourselves, let alone others. Please keep molding us Father, working with us, and showing us the very mercy we don’t seem to show others. Help us to be producers and not just consumers of goodness. Lovingly remind us that You are the giver of our gifts, not man nor any god or idol. In Your name I pray as a believer in Jesus’ ways and teachings. Amen.

Reflection
The verses above speak of the people of Israel who just can’t seem to get it right in their heads about how they are to live, and how their relationship is to be with God. We today repeat these same ignorant ways.

God looked at this like the promiscuous woman who believes that her lovers not her husband supplies her with provisions and protects her from the world. The people of Israel were freed from bondage countless times—first from Egypt—and God gave them Ten Commandments to honor, obey, and pass down generationally. He made it clear that He is the only living God, and the only God that they are to worship and follow. Instead His children kept backsliding and worshipping idols and other gods. They did this repeatedly. They could be punished for it, swear allegiance back to God, and then return to their old ways. We still do this today thousands of years later.

We have not learned. We still think that man not God supplies our needs, protects us from harm, heals the sick and sinner, casts out demons, and is the giver of life. We still act as the promiscuous woman, cheating on God with other gods and idols—cheating on God with man in his limited capability. We still walk around doubting His power, presence, wisdom, and capabilities.

God’s grace and mercy keeps us here each day. He chooses to not wipe us out and start all over. He chooses not to cause destruction throughout the Earth leaving us all as bones and ashes. His love for us outweighs our disappointing ways, and lack of respect and love for Him.

What if we returned that love by doing good towards others, by worshipping and obeying only Him, by putting our trust and faith in Him, and by acknowledging that all things good received only come from Him—not man or any other god? What if we did those things, day by day?

Consider how your life could change if you gradually shifted your thinking to be more loving, considerate, thoughtful, kind, patient, understanding, gentle, respectful, nurturing, honest, trustworthy, sincere, and trusting.

What if you were less selfish, judgmental, defiant, fearful, bitter, angry, and doubtful? How would your life be? Consider that.

Now what’s stopping you from starting over right now?

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1/27/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 1/27/13

Today’s Subject: Truth
Today’s Scripture selections are:

I John 3:18-24; 5:6
Psalms 86:11
Psalm 57:3
1 Kings 3:16-28
Mark 5:21-34

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
-God is everywhere and everything apart from Him has no power.
-Sin, disease, and death have no foundation in Truth.
-Truth is spiritual, eternal substance that is never opposite of God.
Truth reveals the light.

-As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
– God doesn’t benefit or participate in lip service because He knows all.
-If we desire holiness above all else we will sacrifice everything to receive it, and this is something that we should strive for.
-Prayer alone is not satisfactory but prayer coupled with a fervent desire leads to a full understanding.

-Matter not being the reflection of Spirit has no real entity.
-Truth is final.
– Justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness…attributes of God
– Sin will receive full penalty for what it is and what it does.
– We sustain truth by not accepting but by rejecting a lie. Truth doesn’t create propensity to lie, a lie, or a liar.
– Error can’t hide from the law of God.
– Always overcome evil with good. God will always provide an opportunity to be victorious over evil.

-The story of the woman with plague of the blood had faith that if she touched Jesus she would be healed. She did it and Jesus knew immediately that he had been touched. He then asked who did it and all his disciples could see was a crowd of people. But when Jesus turned around he looked at the woman. She was fearful of what she did, but Jesus said to her that her faith (and action) made her whole and healed. Jesus demonstrated his spirituality while his disciples ignorance revealed their materiality.
-Jesus healed based on his knowledge of God’s ability to make all things whole.

-“…Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”
-Escape from the bondage of sin, sickness, disease and death
– You have a divine right to be free
-Christ heals the sick and casts out evil
-Darkness can’t comprehend the Light. There is no freedom, rationality, or logic in darkness.
-Truth makes people free, error (lies) enslaves them.
-Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength, and peace.

-The purpose and motive to live right begins right.
– Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk, and you can do so knowing and saying that you put up a good fight and will definitely prove to be a better person for it.
– When we wait patiently on God, He directs our path.
– We either listen to or turn away from God’s still, small voice.
– For Truth to be revealed it only needs to be practiced.

Message and Reminder from Natasha:
Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on today’s sermons, Breaking Bread daily posts, or issues impacting the Christian community. Remember there is absolutely no preaching, passing judgment, converting, recruiting, or focus on any specific church or religious leader. Those are the rules. We’re here to share words of love and peace inspired by the Word of the Bible. We’re here to uplift and never tear down. If you can roll with that, then you can roll with me and the Breaking Bread family! Visit the chat room here:

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Have an amazing week family. Love you all!

Natasha

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1/21/13 to 1/25/13

Happy Saturday family!

Are you ready to jump into the Saturday Recap? Then let’s begin.

Monday- 1/21/13
Hebrews 13:1, 2 HCSB

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-21-13/

Tuesday- 1/22/13
Matthew 5:6, 7 HCSB

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-22-13/

Wednesday- 1/23/13
Daniel 6:3-5 HCSB

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-23-13/

Thursday- 1/24/13
Daniel 6:19-24 HCSB

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-24-13/

Friday- 1/25/13
Daniel 6:26, 27 HCSB

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-25-13/

Don’t forget that tomorrow is our Sunday Sermon Share Day. If you hear or take part in an awesome sermon, please share your notes, highlights, scripture, or reflections with the rest of us. I intend to do the same. I will also direct you to our community chat room (http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com) to allow for further healthy dialogue. This is such an exciting walk family!

Love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.25.13

“…For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end. He rescues and delivers; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Daniel 6:26, 27 HCSB

Pray
Father I praise You, for You are the only living God, the only God with dominion and power. There are no other gods that can bring life, heal sickness and disease, deliver from sin, or raise up the lowly.

Father You are the reason for the skies and all of the living creatures above and beneath. You are the reason why I am here each day, and I humbly thank You Father. I thank You for quieting my nerves and drying my tears, and for protecting me from harmful situations. I will always try to listen for Your voice, and follow Your angels as You direct. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a child who attempts each day to follow his ways, I pray and give thanks to You today and always. Amen.

Reflection
I know that it has been about three days of Daniel 6 readings, and hopefully you haven’t grown tired from studying Daniel’s story. I think that his story is important and powerful because he is an example for all of us. Daniel was given a talent that far surpassed others who supposedly had similar talents. These people grew envious and resentful, and then spent their days trying to find a way to tear Daniel down so that they could be in the limelight again. Each of us have or possibly will experience a similar situation in our lives.

Your focus should not be on what those other people are doing or saying to you, that’s not what matters. It’s how you respond to what those people are doing and saying that matters. It’s whether or not you turn to God for guidance, protection, and enlightenment—or if you take things into your own hands. That’s the key.

How many times have you reacted to another person and later regretted your decision? That’s because God wasn’t in that process. Now let me clarify, if you reacted negatively and in your mind you find it acceptable, I want you to stop and check your heart, and then tell me that both Jesus and God would have encouraged you to make that decision. That should help clear things up.

Do we count on God to help us or do we take the reigns in our own hands? Don’t try jumping ahead of God and then expect Him to dig you out of the hole you fell into.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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