Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12/8/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 12/8/13
 Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia.
 Today’s Subject is: Be Happy! Christmas Presence
 Today’s Scripture selections from are:
 Psalms 119:1-2 (NCV)
 Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG)
 Philippians 1:13 (NLT)
 Philippians 1:14 (NLT)
 Philippians 1:15a (TEV)
 Philippians 1:15b-16 (TEV)
 Philippians 1:17 (BBE)
 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)
 Matthew 6:33
 Acts 20:35 (TEV)
 Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
 5 Things You Need to Know About Happiness:
 1) Don’t look for happiness, create it. You’re as happy as you choose to be 2) Happiness is not a goal, it’s a result of right thinking and right acting (behavior). If you make it a goal you will never be happy. You have to be self-absorbed to achieve the goal. 3) My habits create my happiness. We shape our habits and then our habits shape us. 4) Happiness based on happenings is temporary. 5) Happy habits are as addicting as bad habits, but a lot more rewarding. Bad habits take time to develop just like good ones
  No matter what happens, I can be happy if I…
 1. Look at every problem from God’s perspective.
  “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG)
 When I Face Problems with His perspective…
 – It’s a witness to unbelievers
 “For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.” Philippians 1:13 (NLT)
 – It’s an encouragement to believers.
 “And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.” Philippians 1:14 (NLT)
 Sometimes God qualifies you through hardships. Other people take note. God gives you the opportunity to shine and He becomes the reason for you to explain how you got through the hard times.
 No matter what happens, I can be happy if I…
 2. I never let others control my attitude.
 “It’s true that some preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome.” Philippians 1:15a (TEV)
 CRITICSThese are the people who love to argue, love controversy, and love to start mess. They are jealous. Never let your critics control your attitude. The moment you allow yourself
 Comrades “Others preach from genuine good will. These do so out of love, and they know God’s given me the work of defending the gospel.” Philippians 1:15b-16 (TEV)
 You shouldn’t let your friends control your attitude. Sometimes the enemy uses your friends. Sometimes God allows your friends to go against you. Sometimes they go against you even though they are your friends. You live for an audience of one.
 Competitors “But those are preaching Christ in a spirit of competition…” Philippians 1:17 (BBE)
 A person is ego-driven when they have to put others down to pull themselves up. When people know that they can control you emotionally, you are done. People who can push your buttons, know you so well that they know how to control you. The Bible says that we are not to be controlled by others, only God.
 Conspirators/Enemies “(But those are preaching Christ)… not from their hearts, but with the purpose of giving me pain in my prison.”
 Philippians 1:17 (BBE)
 Do you have any known enemies? When you have enemies they can control your attitude. You can become defensive, for example, the enemy can get close geographically and they can sense your nearness and exploit it. A lot of people miss out on their blessings because the natural tendency is to distance yourself from those who can do you harm, and when you do you have to rely upon others to relay to you what your enemy is doing. Bring them close. You don’t have to be friends, share information, etc. But God can’t make them your footstool if you keep them away.
 No matter what happens, I can be happy if I…
 3. Choose to be generous.
 Generous people are generally happy people
 “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)
 Money affects all of us, either because we have it or don’t. Money is spoken more in the New Testament than any other subject. It’s a means to an end. Kingdom principles and laws are counterintuitive to our natural bend, some people don’t realize it. God understands the stronghold money can be to us. If you don’t know how to handle money and you keep fixating on what you don’t have, instead of what God has already provided then money has a stronghold on you
 2 Ways To Be Generous
  1. By reason
  What can I afford?
 What can you afford to give? When you look at your finances and gave, were you stretched at all? No, because you gave what you felt you could afford to give. You gave what you were comfortable giving.
  2. By revelation
  God, what do you want to give through me?
 When you give by revelation it’s not based upon what you have in your possession, it’s based upon what God has placed upon you to give from your mind and heart. Many people don’t tithe freely because they are in debt. The job/career we prayed for God gave us, so that was His gift to us. Then the money we earn from that job we see as ours, not His.
 But then we are fixated on paying the debt we have incurred from bills. We salute ourselves because we are pleased that we are paying monthly debt, but we can’t bring ourselves to pay back God a portion of the money He gave us. We can’t bring ourselves to tithe 10% of our earnings because we don’t think we can afford it, we don’t see it in our budget. The Bible says we are to owe no man anything but love. We create the debt and we create the debt cycle that our families are in. Our children learn the process from watching us. They learn how to get and stay in debt from watching how you enter debt, and stay in it.
  Close your eyes and ask yourself this question, “God what do You want to give through me?”
  What number came to your mind? Did that number stretch you? Do you have the money to give? God did not say that you had it. If the amount that came to mind is one that you don’t presently have access to (you can’t afford it or you don’t even have it in your bank account) then that was revelation generosity.
  People quickly reference Matthew 6:33 but get it wrong. Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and these other things will be taken care of. But we reverse it and we look to God to take care of things first and then we will seek Him.
 How can you allow the government take taxes from you and then you don’t pay God what is His? The government takes it from you because they know you won’t give it freely. God doesn’t take it from you, He gives you free will. He trusts you and watches to see what you will do and how you will live. The government takes God’s money from you and you justify not paying Him.
 You need to understand the value of money and how it works. People joke about Jewish people and their money-handling ways, their dedication to watching closely how their money is spent and invested, but why laugh or balk at them? They are doing what they are supposed to.
 You live a fear-based life because you lack. You say you love Him, believe in Him, then act like it. Admit that you don’t believe what you say you do.
 You must choose to be generous. If you are generous with your time you get more back. If you are generous with your money you get more back.
 We misappropriated God’s money. We desire wealth but haven’t learned to operate with a wealthy mindset because we are afraid of going without, and that’s not faith.
 “….Remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’ ” Acts 20:35 (TEV)
 Now this part you hear from me 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 the sermon I shared today, 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:
 Have an amazing week family. Remember the rules to happiness and then make them happen for you!
 Love always,
 Copyright 2013. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant unless otherwise noted.

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