Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.30.14

A Different Spirit

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.”
(Numbers 14:24, NASB)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One time in scripture, Moses sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, “Moses, there are giants in the land, and we’ll never defeat them.” That negative report spread throughout the rest of the camp, and the people began to murmur and complain.

But one of the spies named Caleb said, “Moses, we are well able to defeat these people. Let us go up at once and take the land!”

It’s interesting that they all saw the same land, the same circumstances, yet they had totally different views. How could their reports be so opposite? Here’s how: Caleb had a different spirit. He saw things with a different perspective. Others were focused on the giants, but Caleb was focused on his God. The people who complained never actually made it into the Promised Land, but Caleb did. He accompanied a new generation that chose the blessing of God.

Today, you can choose to have a different spirit. Don’t listen to what everyone else says; listen to what God says. Choose to believe His Word, choose to obey Him, and He will lead you into your promised land!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to tune out the negative voices of the world. I choose to trust in You even when no one else around me will. I thank You for the good things You are doing in my life and trust that You will fulfill every promise You’ve made to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What are you speaking into your life today?
2. What do you choose to believe about yourself?
3. Think of all of the negative people in your life, why do you continue to associate with them? How do you intend to blot out and ignore their negative messages?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.29.14

I needed this reminder!

Overcome with Good

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
(Romans 12:21, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you are going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t always easy; in fact, it’s almost never easy. It takes a lot of humility to treat someone with respect who is disrespecting you. But do you know what happens when you walk in humility? God gives you His grace. He empowers you to walk in His goodness. Scripture plainly says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Today, walk humbly with God and overcome evil with good. Show mercy and sow mercy. Receive His grace, receive His power, and receive His strength to be everything He’s called you to be.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the grace to overcome in this life. I choose Your goodness. I choose Your ways. Help me to show Your love and walk in peace in every circumstance in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Questions of the Day
1. In what ways can you overcome evil acts with goodness?
2. How can you handle a situation when someone is being rude, mean, or abusive?
3. How do you think Jesus would instruct us to handle these situations?
4. Do you think it’s ever a good idea to simply walk away from a situation that clearly is escalating, and that can become verbally or physically combative? Why or why not?
5. How can you keep your cool when someone is yelling, cursing, and/or belittling you whether publicly or in private?
6. How did you handle the last situation when evil stared you in your face, blindsided you, or challenged you?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 10.28.14

“This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations. He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice. He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction.”

“I, Yahweh, have called You for a righteous purpose, and I will hold You by Your hand. I will keep You and appoint You to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations, in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.

Isaiah‬ ‭42‬:‭1-4, 6-7‬ HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for birthing and sending Your son Jesus to the world. Thank You for allowing us to see and learn from both His human and spiritual side. Thank You for showing us His sacrifices for those of us too weak to commit ourselves in the same way. Thank You for giving us hope that we can one day earn our place in Your favor. Thank You for forgiving us for our faults, flaws, and absolute blunders.

As You mold me I pray for better. I pray to use my ability to speak softly when I normally would yell. I pray to use my listening skills when I normally would simply hear and react. I pray for strength and courage to overcome my dark feelings. I pray that each day I do better to serve and reflect You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
If we cannot do as Jesus did, as described in the scriptures above, we cannot rightly call ourselves followers of Christ, and servants of God. We definitely have no place to quote the words of Jesus, for it only makes us hypocrites for speaking what we do not practice.

Jesus’s center, being, and all-ness was God and nothing else. There was no “I” that Jesus fixated on. We are too self-absorbed, too concerned with ego and how we are impacted by decisions made and circumstances beyond our control. Instead of remembering who we are as God’s reflections and focusing on the mirror itself, we are too consumed with ourselves.

It simply is not about us. It’s all about God.

Questions of the Day
1. What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you reflect on today’s message?
2. What do you think about when you read the verses above from Isaiah?
3. Look at a mirror. What do you see first? What do you see next? Now turn your head away and count to 10 and then look back at the mirror. What is the first thing that you notice?
4. What do you feel when looking at yourself in the mirror?
5. When you think of Jesus and His journey, what comes to mind first? What feelings do you begin to have?
6. How can you do one less thing today that is about you, and instead focus on doing or expressing something for (or about) God?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 10.27.14

Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again. Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬ CEB

Pray
Father I do not want to be shackled to fear, doubt, pride, arrogance or ignorance, mine or someone else’s. I do not want to get caught in the tangled web of satan. I do not want to be consumed by limitations. I want to be free Father. Show me how to do my part each day so that I can break these binds, and live as You intend. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Today is my birthday and I have a lot to be grateful for, most importantly, my life and the fact that God has gifted it to me one more day. Without Him there would be no me and I never ever take that for granted.

The past few weeks have been rough for me as I’ve been battling mortal mind aka satan, the devil, lucifer, the enemy, “it”, etc. I’m not free and I know it, I feel it, and at times I feel like I’m being consumed by this presence.

I can tell more by the words I use to express myself and my circumstances. If my speech is sprinkled with or drowned in profanity, then I know I’m losing the fight. If I go days without posting to my Breaking Bread (and it’s not related to a hiatus) then I know I’m losing the fight.

I don’t like losing. So I’m praying for the strength and courage to fight, and to do so with skill, precision, tenacity, passion, focus, and patience. This battle is for my soul.

Think about that for a moment. Every single day the enemy plots its attack against us, to turn us away from the light, to destroy our hope, and to convince us to choose it over God. We are fighting for our souls. We are fighting for our freedom. What choice will you make today?

Questions of the Day
1. Do you want to be free?
2. Why do you want to be free?
3. In what areas of your life are you currently struggling and find yourself in bondage?
4. Can you visualize your life as a free person?
5. Can you tell when you’re under attack?
6. What do you do when you feel that you’re under attack?
7. How would you like to respond and recover from attacks?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 10.24.14

Know Who You Are

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
(1 Corinthians 12:17–18, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?” Without missing a beat, John said, “No, I am not the Messiah.”

See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It’s just as important to know what you’re not because if you don’t realize your limitations, you’ll get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling, outside of what God anointed you to do. Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Don’t let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you’re good at. Follow peace in your heart and know who you are because God created you just the way He wants you to be!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me and uniquely equipping me to fulfill my purpose. Help me to know my limitations. Help me to know my place in the body of Christ so that I can be effective and bring glory and honor to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Reflection
I don’t know about you, but I really needed to read this message today. I have a bad habit of adding a lot of things to my ‘plate’ but not everything that I’m doing is what I’m supposed to be doing. They aren’t all areas of strength, so where I’m limited I’m also mentally and physically drained. This message from Joel and Victoria Osteen has served as a huge reminder.

Questions of the Day
1. What are your strengths?
2. What are your talents?
3. What are you currently focused on that you know isn’t a strength, that you know you should delegate to (or request of) someone else, or steer away from?
4. What are you passionate about but not focusing on?
5. What are you willing to do to stay out of the way so that God can align you to where you need to be?
6. Do you know who you are?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 10.23.14

…you and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone! Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.”

Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭4‬:‭10-12‬ CEB

Pray
Father You know my heart. I pray for discernment, strength, courage, and vision. I pray that I learn to immediately and consistently seek You in all things, and practice Your Son’s ways to navigate through life. In His name I pray to You, my source of all things good and great. Amen.

Reflection
I truly do want to be saved. There’s a part of me that is weak and gives in to the enemy’s tempting ways. When pressured I don’t aggressively and consistently seek out God, and turn to our Savior’s lessons to navigate my way out of circumstances. The Bible says that Jesus is the way to God.

This life is not about us, it’s about God. How are we living our lives, according to His expectations or ours?

Questions of the Day
1. How do you see your relationship with Jesus? God?
2. Do you see yourself as having two distinct relationships, one with God and one with Jesus, or one relationship where they both come together in your mind?
3. How do you view the Bible’s telling of Jesus, his life, healings, lessons, and commands?
4. How do you view Jesus? Do you view him as a man specially touched and called on by God? Do you view him as Savior? Messiah? God?
5. What do you think stops you from committing yourself 100% to God and Jesus?
6. What would you like to see change in your relationship with God and Jesus?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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.