Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.30.13

Note: I returned from South Africa today. A great trip indeed. My apologies for not posting Saturday and Sunday. I was on safari and had no Internet access. I will backdate those posts this week. Until then are you ready for today’s message? Then let’s do this.

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do since this man does many signs? If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation.” So from that day on they plotted to kill Him.

John 11:47, 48, 53 HCSB

Pray
Father please don’t let my fear get in the way of my blessings. I never want fear to stand between me and Christ. May I push past the flesh to fully embrace the Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
The chief priests and Pharisees were so fearful of losing position, perceived power and influence that the only solution they could fathom was to kill Jesus. They knew he was the Messiah, but they couldn’t fathom losing their power over the townspeople—that fear caused a domino effect that has continued to impact lives even today.

Don’t let fear take ahold of you. Don’t make decisions based on fear. Walk in courage. Pray for courage.

Love always,
Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.25.13

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on My own, but He sent Me. Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word. You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth,why don’t you believe Me? The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.”

John 8:42-47 HCSB

Pray
Father may I always know the Truth and rebuke the enemy who tries to convince me that lies are my reality. I don’t need to physically see Jesus to walk with him. I don’t want to be lost. I don’t want to walk aimlessly because of my fear, pride or arrogance. I want to do right by You Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
If we are not with God and Jesus then who’s followers are we? Painfully the answer is the enemy. If we are not with the Light then we can only be in darkness. I don’t know about you but I prefer the Light.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.24.13

Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’ ? ”

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? ”

Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it? ” Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.)

He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? ”

John 6:41, 42, 51, 52, 60-67 HCSB

Pray
Let me never forget or repeat the sins before me; let me never forget the healings and teachings of my savior Jesus Christ; let me never forget the Word so that I might always apply it to my life, and share it with others. May I always be connected and protected to You and Your son, for all the days of my life—and beyond. Amen.

Reflection
His family did not believe, his disciples did not believe, so it was no surprise that the townspeople did not fully believe in Jesus Christ. What they saw, heard, felt, and experienced were not enough to believe. Sound familiar?

We spend our days wishy washy as conditional believers, believing when we receive immediate gratification, and doubting when things don’t happen when we want them.

Jesus spoke in parables because he knew that humans could not truly grasp the spiritual words and context, and this was apparent when they always took literally the words he spoke but never considered the spiritual context he intended. We must get beyond our limited human thinking and evolve to a spiritual understanding, appreciation, and application. We must get beyond religious constraints and live freely in a spiritual realm where we can walk without shackles.

Stop doubting. Start believing. Let’s be free.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.24.13

Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’ ? ”

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? ”

Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it? ” Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.)

He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? ”

John 6:41, 42, 51, 52, 60-67 HCSB

Pray
Let me never forget or repeat the sins before me; let me never forget the healings and teachings of my savior Jesus Christ; let me never forget the Word so that I might always apply it to my life, and share it with others. May I always be connected and protected to You and Your son, for all the days of my life—and beyond. Amen.

Reflection
His family did not believe, his disciples did not believe, so it was no surprise that the townspeople did not fully believe in Jesus Christ. What they saw, heard, felt, and experienced were not enough to believe. Sound familiar?

We spend our days wishy washy as conditional believers, believing when we receive immediate gratification, and doubting when things don’t happen when we want them.

Jesus spoke in parables because he knew that humans could not truly grasp the spiritual words and context, and this was apparent when they always took literally the words he spoke but never considered the spiritual context he intended. We must get beyond our limited human thinking and evolve to a spiritual understanding, appreciation, and application. We must get beyond religious constraints and live freely in a spiritual realm where we can walk without shackles.

Stop doubting. Start believing. Let’s be free.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.13

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 HCSB

Pray
I pray for peace within. I pray to change through growth but to remain the same person as Your child and servant. May I grow to be the person who is always regarded as loving, fair, honorable, and dignified, and if anyone were to say other—may others never believe this claim. Father that is the person I work to be, always reflecting Your light, and always being an example of Christ that You and Your son would expect of me. I work hard to be more disciplined, courageous, and determined. Strengthen me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
No matter who met Jesus he was always the same–Love and Light–and we can rely on this today, tomorrow, and forever. Is this not an amazing thing to consider and to know?

Who else besides Jesus and God can we rely upon to consistently be the same, in a positive way, today as they were years ago, or even years from now? We expect a difference in humans. We expect a difference in each other. We expect a difference in ourselves.

But let us be encouraged to know that just as Jesus was so can we be. Be devoted, dedicated, honorable, and unmovable students of Christ. Carry your yoke and expect only that you will always be cared for. This is something I pray my growth will bring to me. I pray to one day walk without fear moving me one way or the other—just walking as commanded.

Happy Tuesday family. I hope that your day is being embraced as a blessing. I’m alive, healthy, functioning, and loved, so a blessing it is indeed for me. Enjoy the rest of your day and may it be productive and rewarding!

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.13

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 HCSB

Pray
I pray for peace within. I pray to change through growth but to remain the same person as Your child and servant. May I grow to be the person who is always regarded as loving, fair, honorable, and dignified, and if anyone were to say other—may others never believe this claim. Father that is the person I work to be, always reflecting Your light, and always being an example of Christ that You and Your son would expect of me. I work hard to be more disciplined, courageous, and determined. Strengthen me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
No matter who met Jesus he was always the same–Love and Light–and we can rely on this today, tomorrow, and forever. Is this not an amazing thing to consider and to know?

Who else besides Jesus and God can we rely upon to consistently be the same, in a positive way, today as they were years ago, or even years from now? We expect a difference in humans. We expect a difference in each other. We expect a difference in ourselves.

But let us be encouraged to know that just as Jesus was so can we be. Be devoted, dedicated, honorable, and unmovable students of Christ. Carry your yoke and expect only that you will always be cared for. This is something I pray my growth will bring to me. I pray to one day walk without fear moving me one way or the other—just walking as commanded.

Happy Tuesday family. I hope that your day is being embraced as a blessing. I’m alive, healthy, functioning, and loved, so a blessing it is indeed for me. Enjoy the rest of your day and may it be productive and rewarding!

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.22.13

We must always thank God for you, brothers. This is right, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for increased faith, hope, and love within myself and for my fellow brothers and sisters. May those who don’t know You begin to have a relationship with You. May those who don’t believe have their eyes and hearts opened to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Although we see and hear examples of hate fueled by fear and insecurity, we can also recall many more examples of love, compassion, and healing. Stay prayed up not just for those you know and love, but for those you don’t know. Watch your thoughts and words because you can’t take them back. Protect your mind.

Pray for protection of innocence in our youth. May their spirit not be tarnished by negative environments or circumstances. Pray for peace, love, healing, and dignity for all.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.