Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.31.13

The eunuch replied to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about — himself or another person? ” So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture. As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized? ” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer. But he went on his way rejoicing. Philip appeared in Azotus, and he was traveling and evangelizing all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:34-40 HCSB

Pray
Father I want to do right by You. I want to work hard, give 100 percent effort in all things, be proactive, faithful, committed, and obedient at all times. I want to be the servant that You have called me to be. I want to share my testimony with the world about Your love, how You have healed me, saved me, and protected me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to love and respect all that I encounter. Mold out of me my fears. Help me to not procrastinate or be late. Mold out the stubbornness and hard-headedness within me. Cleanse my heart, mind, and my mouth. Keep redirecting me Lord. I humbly pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
On Wednesday I first shared this story about Philip and the eunuch. Both men not only listened and paid attention to God, but they were obedient without question. Today we look at their quick journey together and its purpose. God brought them together for a reason—to share and spread His Word, to further build His Kingdom, and to ensure that Jesus was implanted in the hearts and minds of the people.

Today most of Ethiopia is made up of Christians (more than 62 percent) in a country of over 80 million people, and I smile because I reflect on stories in the Bible such as this one and others, of a people who believe so passionately in God and Jesus, in the Word, and in the prophets and messengers that God sent to deliver His Word.

Think about it, they weren’t God’s “chosen”, they weren’t the children of Israel, but they believed that through their belief, worship, praise, and servitude that they too would be saved, receive abundant blessings, and have a better life. They believe that God is our Father and that Jesus is our savior, and the way to the Father—just like the eunuch proclaimed to Philip.

Are you as committed to serving Christ, sharing God’s love and Word, and being the blessing that you want to receive? Are you committed to learning and teaching, being open to not only allow a stranger in to your space but to embrace them? Are you committed to walking each day with faith (not fear) in your heart and mind?

If you’re not then ask yourself “why?”, and consider what is holding you back. Is it fear? Is it a lack of knowledge? Pray for clarity and a release from the thing(s) holding you back.

If you are already committed, then take the next step to push yourself further so that you are better prepared and more open for what the future will bring your way. We can never be comfortable where we are, for growth is never stagnant.

Happy Friday family! Remember that tomorrow I will recap this week’s messages for those of you who missed one or more days, or simply want to go back and re-read any of the posts. Feel free to share these with others, and also consider sharing your feedback and reflections with me by posting a comment.

I also welcome shared scriptures, prayers, and reflections that you have written or read from other people. We are coming together to share God’s love through the Bible. We are not here to pass judgment, criticize, involve ourselves in prophesy, or convert. We are to serve and leave the Boss’s job to Him. Have an amazing weekend family. Chat tomorrow!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.30.13

I was going to continue with the story of Philip and the eunuch, but received this message from a friend, and I decided to share it with all of you. It reinforces numerous posts that I have written in the past, so that’s probably why it hit home with me so deeply.

I hope that you also feel touched enough to share spiritual lessons, prayers, and passages so that I can post them here. Enjoy today’s message written by Joel and Victoria Osteen:

Do Good

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
(Acts 10:38, ASV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
The first thing Jesus did before healing, before ministering, before delivering is that He was good to people. Think about that for a moment. We all have an assignment. You could say that we all have a ministry. It may not be up in front of people. It may not be to go overseas and be a missionary. Our ministry starts by being good to people.

When goodness flows out of our hearts, it catches people’s attention. It causes them to want to know more about what we have. We can say all day long, “I love you,” but true love is seen in what we do. If I really love you, I’ll be good to you. I’ll prefer you. God said to Abraham, “I will bless you and you will be a blessing.” One key to being blessed is: are you willing to be a blessing? Are you willing to do good?

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I ask that You empower me to do good. Help me to love others. Use me to be a blessing and be a testimony of Your goodness so that others may come to know You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.29.13

An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.) So he got up and went.

There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to worship in Jerusalem and was sitting in his chariot on his way home, reading the prophet Isaiah aloud.

The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading? ” “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me? ” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:26-31 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for faithfulness to act when called. I pray that when You speak that I not only listen but I answer and respond. I pray that when Your angels direct me that I go without hesitation or question. May my faith be unshakable and unquestionable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Both Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch were open, receptive, and obedient to God. Philip could have questioned the angel, and could have refused to obey the Spirit’s directives. The eunuch could have been close-minded and dismissed Philip, instead he welcomed him into his chariot to read the scriptures.

We need to be more like this example, and less cynical and skeptical. We need to be more open because we never know what opportunities or blessings may come our way.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.28.13

But I will sing of Your strength and will joyfully proclaim Your faithful love in the morning. For You have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble. To You, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold — my faithful God.

Psalms 59:16, 17 HCSB

Pray
No matter what I go through, no matter what I lose or gain, no matter what others say, You will always be my God and I will always believe that Jesus is my savior. I will pray to and praise You during storms and not just sunny days. I will continue to thank You even in my lowest of hours, because I’m grateful for life and for the experiences I have had so far. I’m grateful for the love received by You and the love received from family, friends, associates, and even strangers. I love You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Kirk Franklin said it best in his song, “Smile”, that no matter what he went through or goes through he’s going to smile, out of gratitude. He’s going to smile through pain, loss, frustration, disappointment, betrayal, failure, and more—He’s going to smile, smile, smile—I love that song because it reminds me of how awesome God is, all that Jesus endured and sacrificed (and that I have absolutely nothing to complain about), and that life isn’t supposed to be easy—it’s difficult and requires work, servitude, and sacrifice.

Each day we open our eyes we are blessed to experience something new and different than yesterday, and we have an opportunity to step outside of our comfort zones and be better servants and stewards. Each day we’re given the chance to right our wrongs, be a blessing to others, and gain more wisdom through our learned lessons. Isn’t that amazing? Those reasons and more should encourage us to sing, praise, dance, and express in other ways our love and appreciation for God. If you believe then speak it and share it with others.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.27.13

Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Deuteronomy 4:39 (KJV)

Pray
Father I pray that I turn to You for all of my needs. I pray that my worry is replaced with confidence, that my weakness is replaced by strength, and that my fear is replaced by courage. May You always be my source. Strengthen me Lord. Help me to fight the temptations of the enemy. Amen.

Reflection
I rebuke the enemy who only has relevance when I give it energy. I rebuke the enemy who is only as great as I make it. When I give into fear it is not God that I give the glory, it is the enemy that is fueled. When I invest my money in people, places, movies, television shows, music, objects, and clothing that promotes the message of the enemy, then it is as though I support the enemy. I pray for discernment and clarification to see the darkness that attempts to enter my life. I pray that I see and bypass the trappings in the world. I pray that you keep your armor and shield close to you, protecting you at all times.

Today I honor those who served and serve in the armed forces, those who passed away in combat, those plagued by ailments and disorders, and those who struggle financially and spiritually due to a lack of support by society. I honor my relatives who served (and to those who still serve) in the Air Force, Marines, Army, and Navy. Thank you for protecting us by land, air, and sea.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5/26/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 5/26/13

Today I’m sharing sermon’s from two churches: First Church of Christ, Scientists and Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church. The first sermon shared will be from Destiny Metropolitan, followed by the First Church of Christ, Scientists.

<Today's Subject from Destiny Metropolitan is: Honor Roles: Family Guy

Today’s Scripture selections from are:
Ephesians 5:22-23 (MSG)
Ephesians 5:25 (MSG)
Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)
Ephesians 5:25-28 (NCV)

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
Honoring the role of a husband in a family. We must see the purpose and role of the man, the husband in a family—uplifting and encouraging him. Husbands have an obligation to their wives, children, family, and society. Men must rise to the occasion and their responsibilities.

<Today's Subject from the First Church of Christ, Scientists is: Soul and Body

Today’s Scripture selections from are:
Matthew 6:22,25-31,33

I Corinthians 3:9
Isaiah 44:8, 21; 43:3, 10, 21
Jeremiah 32:40, 41
Psalm 67:1

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
We should not worry about things that we cannot control, things that God does not intend for us to concern ourselves about, things that we don’t need, and things that God will resolve without need for our interference. All that we need God will provide and take care of, but worrying does absolutely nothing to change things for the better.
Seek God for all of your provisions. God is our source and our guide. God is our protector. God is our creator, our maker—He formed us and we are to serve Him.
God promised to always take care of and bless the children of Israel.

Message and Reminder from Natasha:

As I say every Sunday, be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship here on my blog. 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:

http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com

Happy Memorial Day weekend family. Take the time to honor the life and legacy of those who lost their lives, or had their lives permanently altered by man’s wars and battles.

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5/20/13 to 5/24/13

Before we recap this week’s posts I want to give a happy birthday shout-out to my beloved Godson Kegdrick (who turned 7 years old today). I also want to say Happy Birthday to all of the May birthday babies! Be the blessing you were called to be!

Okay so how many of you missed one or more of this week’s posts? Well here’s your chance to catch up on the Word. Check them out below:

Monday- 5/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-20-13/

Tuesday- 5/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-21-13/

Wednesday- 5/22/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-22-13/

Thursday- 5/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-23-13/

Friday- 5/24/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-24-13/

I hope that this week’s posts help you on your journey and spiritual walk, and that whatever you are going through in life that you can find some inspiration each day, and take the time to tell The Lord, “thank you!” because all that He does for you is out of love.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is 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 don’t care if it’s a sermon from an online or televised broadcast, please share with us. I intend to do the same.

Have a wonderful weekend and Memorial Day family, I definitely will, and have so far!

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.