Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.3.14

and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters: My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline or give up when you are corrected by him, because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. Bear hardship for the sake of discipline. God is treating you like sons and daughters! What child isn’t disciplined by his or her father? But if you don’t experience discipline, which happens to all children, then you are illegitimate and not real sons and daughters.
 
 Hebrews 12:5-8 CEB
 
 Pray
 Father I have to believe that I’m walking off course and in Your love You are redirecting me and my focus. This redirection is more painful on some days than others, but I’m finally realizing that it’s necessary for my growth and change. I’m stronger today than I was yesterday. Father I pray that Your discipline will be clearly known so that I learn where I have gone wrong and what I can do in my walk, to never misstep again.
 
 Father I want to have a genuine love relationship with You so that I can identify Your voice over all others. Let me not be moved by the enemy, by those in the world, or even by those I have grown to love. You are my beginning, center, and end—-and You will decide when to use others to help me and guide me. I want to respond to Your call, to Your voice, and only Yours. Help me to tune out the other voices and tune in only to Yours. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Last week we discussed and prayed on God’s plumb line established for us (to determine how aligned we truly are to Him); our lack of obedience and how that disobedience proves our lack of love for God and Jesus; how we substitute other things for God (people, food, objects, money, the enemy, etc.); our role in a spiritual awakening; and addressing the sin of adultery (the easiest to obey but the one we struggle with most).
 
 I’ve been praying for our total alignment with our Father. So to witness in church yesterday a reinforcement of how we must rid ourselves of these things that we struggle with daily, placed much weight upon me.
 
 The ability to hear God’s voice, recognize It as His, and respond promptly, is only possible when you have a genuine relationship with Him. If we can’t decipher His voice from others, that’s because we don’t have a genuine relationship with Him. This has been my struggle, I can admit that. There are times I ponder, and this should never be the case. Since I was a child I could clearly distinguish my parents voices from others, even in a crowded store. If someone played back a tape of my late father’s voice, I would know if it was his or not. I know my mother’s voice from others. So why don’t I immediately recognize and obey God’s voice? He’s with me more than anyone else past or present.
 
 Right now we’re all going through something uncomfortable, painful, or seemingly unbearable in our lives. If not, then either you are doing 100 percent of what God wants when He wants, or you don’t have the type of relationship you think you have with Him. Which is it?
 
 For the rest of us who are going through the painful molding process, I don’t know about you, but after the past several days, and the encouraging words in today’s scripture, I’m grateful for this process. The molding process can only take place out of God’s love for us. He molds us because He believes in us. Our parents disciplined us out of love and to correct our missteps. The important thing to remember in this process is to identify the where, what, why, when, and how we went astray, so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes or worse.
 
 Marriage problems are caused by not listening to God. Period. Divorce comes from not listening to God. Period. Both people have made it all about their individual selves, what the other person did or didn’t do, and they never consistently listen to and obey God. It all comes down to how our flesh feels, and not what God says. God says that in marriage there is no more individuality, but the two come together as one and walk as He commands. It is not a cohabitation of two singles, but a bond of two people coming together for God, and that bond is only to be broken by God.
 
 An adulterer is listening only to the enemy. An abuser is listening only to the enemy. That’s why their reactions are immediate and there is no thought or care of consequences. The enemy craves instant gratification, and adultery and abuse (of any kind) are both paths to instant gratification for the person doing it. What this person doesn’t realize is that with all quick highs, comes painful crashes. The sins of the adulterer and abuser causes a domino effect, impacting everyone around them, and risking the adulterer/abuser’s salvation within God’s Kingdom.
 
 The enemy will always tell you to focus on “me“, “myself“, and “I“—the self-absorbed route of our own self-destruction—and the only time the enemy convinces you to focus on someone else is when you want something from them, want to elevate yourself above them, or when you want to blame or punish them for something (whether they did it or not).
 
 God will always take you out of the equation and make you think of Him first, and what He would expect of you in each scenario.
 
 When the enemy has your ear it has you focus on self. When God has your ear then He has you focus on Him.
 
 The enemy convinces you to react without considering the consequences. God tells you to pause, see, feel, hear, listen, and consider all things. He tells you to seek out His light.
 
 I’m grateful that God touched my heart Saturday afternoon and throughout the day yesterday, working out some kinks within me where I wanted to give in to knee-jerk reactions, and listen to the enemy. The moment I prayed, I could clearly hear God’s voice, even over the screams of the enemy. I’m grateful to identify this as an area that I need to improve upon, so that I can have the type of relationship with God that He desires. I pray to hear and answer God’s voice always.
 
 Questions of the Day
 1. How can you (personally) tell the difference between God’s voice and that of the enemy (aka satan, mortal mind, “it”, lucifer)?
 
 2. If you struggle with recognizing and responding to God’s voice, how will you strengthen your relationship with Him?
 
 
 Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! May God continue to bless and keep all of us. Practice pausing and listening for God’s voice throughout the day. Don’t expect for it to be loud, instead expect that still, small voice—tune in to that, and say, “here I am Father!”
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com Copyright 2009-2013 under Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted.
 
 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.
 
 
 

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