Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.31.13

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~Natasha

Further, Faster

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

2 Peter 3:8, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
I believe God wants to do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond what you could even ask or think. He can take you further, faster than you could ever dream. God can speed things up on your behalf. Because you honor and trust Him, things that should have taken you a lifetime to accomplish will only take you a fraction of the time. This is the kind of God we serve!

We see this all through scripture. In just one day, David went from a shepherd boy to the one who led the Israelite army to victory. Ruth was a poor widow collecting scraps in the field, and God sent Boaz to her. She went from begging in the field to owning the field. God breathed in her direction. God took her further, faster.

Remember, the thoughts you think and the words you say are prophesying your future. If you want to see a shift occur in your life, you’ve got to get in agreement with God and say, “Yes, God, this is for me. I thank You that I am coming into my destiny sooner than I imagined!”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, I choose to trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You can take me further, faster than I could ever imagine. I surrender every area of my life to You. Use me for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.29.13

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 HCSB

Pray
Protect me Father. Keep me grounded, focused, and where You want me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Both good and bad rubs off on us. What and whom we associate most with influences how we behave and the choices we make. Choose wisely.

Love your sister in Christ,

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 7/22/13 to 7/26/13

Happy Saturday family! Wow can you believe that we are only days away from August? For those of you with children you may be celebrating or saying, “oh no summer vacation is ending too soon!” Before we know it we will be bundling up for winter real soon, so let’s enjoy these summer days like we did when we were kids!

Was your week hectic and busy, busy, busy? Did you miss one or more days Breaking Bread with me? Did you read each day’s post but found yourself with little time to study and reflect on the post? Well here’s your chance to recap the week with me. Check out each day’s post below:

Monday- 7/22/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-7-22-13/

Tuesday- 7/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-7-23-13/

Wednesday- 7/24/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-7-24-13/

Thursday- 7/25/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-7-25-13/

Friday- 7/26/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-7-26-13/

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.

God bless you all!

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 7.26.13

…God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting.

1 Corinthians 14:33-35 HCSB

Pray
Father please bring and maintain peace in my life, even during storms. Please enlighten me as to Paul’s words reinforcing a belief of order within Your church and the roles of man and woman, as they contradict the makeup of today’s churches and in many families. Father help us to see how Your gifts can best be applied to and for use by both men and women, so that none of us are wasting our gifts and making a mockery of Your good name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I was thrown off by these verses because they basically say a woman has no voice in the church unless a man gives it to her. But what of the woman chosen and empowered by God? Are we to believe that God would only choose women in the roles of bearers of human fruit that He nurtures into leaders? Or is it unfathomable to embrace the examples given in earlier accounts of women whom God called to serve in capacities greater than just mothers? Do we discourage women from listening and tuning in to that voice inside that calls them to stand up, speak, and lead both in the church and in the community?

I pray for clarification, for the Bible serves as an amazing roadmap that is timeless. What changed that freed people to believe that it was acceptable for women to take part in the church? Or is it that men had to and still have to first approve a woman speaking her mind and serving as a church leader?

What do you think?

Love your sister in Christ,

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 7.25.13

Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it. And God has placed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, managing, various kinds of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other languages? Do all interpret? But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31 HCSB

Pray
Father please reveal the gifts You have blessed me with so that I am focused on living the life that You expect of me. Please reveal to my fellow brothers and sisters what their gifts are, so that they can focus on embracing these gifts fully. Please give us discernment so that we can see clearly the frauds who claim to have a gift, while they take advantage of others. Protect us Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Don’t ask for material things, ask God for the gifts to do your job in service to Him. The material things will come when they come, but underuse or absolute neglect of your gifts leads to struggle and repeat failure—-which could be avoided or reduced significantly if you invested more in Him and less in the superficial. Also, have you ever considered how many people you have been fixated on (like pastors) and wondered how different your life could be if you were fixated on God, and let His servants be the ones who give you high-fives but not be the foundation and supports in your life. Let’s work at putting God first.

Love your sister in Christ,

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 7.24.13

I dedicate today’s post (written by Joel and Victoria Osteen) to those of you feeling overwhelmed by life’s circumstances, what others are doing or not doing, and the darkness that surrounds you. Pray for the flood of God’s light, then believe wholeheartedly that it’s coming—then wait and watch for His magnificent glory!

Keep your head up and your heart fixed on our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Love always,

Natasha

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Light Will Come

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in.” Psalm 112:4, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen

Anytime you are going through difficult, dark times, know that God already has a plan to bring you through to victory. When you call on His name, when you surrender your circumstances to Him, that’s when His light will come forth through the darkness. Notice, it’s not going to trickle in, it’s not going to just barely get there. No, like a flood, like the breaking forth of waters, it’s going to come bursting in!

I believe it means that suddenly, you’re going to get well. Suddenly, you will meet the right person. Suddenly, you’re able to pay your house off. Our attitude should be, “My child may be off course, making poor decisions, but I’m expecting a flood of God’s mercy to bring him back.” Or, “My house has been on the market for a year and still hasn’t sold, but I’m expecting a flood of favor to cause it to stand out and sell.”

In the midst of that difficulty, don’t get discouraged. You’re in a prime position to see a flood of God’s goodness. Keep praising Him. Keep thanking Him and stay in faith because His light will break through the darkness!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for being the light of the world. Today I lift my heart to You trusting that Your light will burst forth through the darkness. Thank You for Your good plan to renew and restore me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.23.13

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person.

A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of languages, to another, interpretation of languages. But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for the gifts I have received and those You have slated for my future. I know that You will always make me earn all that I receive. Amen.

Reflection
Be grateful for each day, each special moment, and every gift you receive—especially the ones you know you didn’t deserve and the ones you didn’t anticipate. That’s God’s grace pouring down on you. Now stop what you are doing and say, “thank You Father”.

Love your sister in Christ,

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.