Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.31.15

Scripture 

But being aware of this, Jesus went away from there. And many people joined and accompanied Him, and He cured all of them, And strictly charged them and sharply warned them not to make Him publicly known. This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, Behold, My Servant Whom I have chosen, My Beloved in and with Whom My soul is well pleased and has found its delight. I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim and show forth justice to the nations. He will not strive or wrangle or cry out loudly; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets….
Matthew‬ ‭12‬:‭15-19‬ AMP

Pray
Father, another day You bless me with life, resources and opportunity. Thank You. Thank You for the gift of Your Word, as It both guides and comforts me. Thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ, because He shows me the way to You. I’m humbly grateful for all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me. Today I take my next step forward in my attempt to be the servant that You need me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
Reflection
Jesus told people that he healed to not tell others that he was the one that healed them. I used to wonder why, but as I became a more enlightened student of the Word it became clear. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus’s coming and how he would live and be (as God intended), and Jesus was always making sure that he adhered to those prophesies. 
To be as God intended him to be meant that he wasn’t to brag and boast, self-promote, stand elevated above crowds on his ‘soapbox’ preaching loudly. God intended for Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse lepers, and spread the Word—to build God’s Kingdom through faith that came from good deeds. 
Jesus wanted people to turn to and be faithful to God, his Father, our Father. Jesus wasn’t recruiting people for his own selfish gains. Jesus wasn’t building up an entourage to serve him and his desires. Jesus taught disciples so that they could do God’s Work, share His love, and bring people in to God’s Kingdom. It wasn’t for the purpose of building a congregation to adore and praise him. 
Jesus knew that he was charged to be the way, the guide, to God, but he never took that to mean that he was equal to God. He never let his role, position, and title get to his head. Had he, he would have made it crystal clear who he was and Who sent him. He would’ve told the Pharisees and others who plotted against him, “I’m the son of God who sent me to redeem your souls, ” but he didn’t—because that was not God’s plan for him. That is not what Isaiah prophesied. 
Jesus was 100 percent obedient. Imagine yourself with that level of commitment and obedience. When God tells you to turn left, you don’t question Him, you simply turn left. When God tells you not to eat the fruit, you don’t question Him, you simply don’t eat the fruit. When God tells you not to cross the line and become intimate with another person, you don’t question if that’s really God’s voice, you simply refrain from intimacy with the other person. You are obedient 100 percent of the time. Imagine that. 
Jesus left some super huge footprints. You don’t have to try and fill them, just follow them. 
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s message?
3. What would you say to Jesus if you had been a follower of his during his time?
4. What has been your biggest obstacle when trying to follow Jesus’ footprints?

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 3.30.15

Scripture 
He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. 

Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life]. 

He who receives and welcomes and accepts you receives and welcomes and accepts Me, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts Him Who sent Me.

And blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth
Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭37-40‬ AMP; Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭6‬ AMP

Pray

Thank You Father for this day, another day of life to serve and try to reflect You. You know my heart and what I’m trying to do. You know my desire to commit fully to You, and not waiver. Help me Father to see how to learn and live by Your Son’s words and ways, as You taught Him, so that I may do right by and for You. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a tested, yet struggling, follower of Your Word—I give You all the glory. Amen. 
Reflection
The biggest hurdle as a Christian is letting go of our human ways, wants, desires, and connections—and seeking out only the spiritual life that only God can provide. Our love for our children is the love God has for us, but we’re to love Him more than our children. We’re to love Him more than our spouses, parents, and other family members. We’re supposed to cleave to Him, not them. 
God sent so many men and women before Jesus, to prepare the people for Jesus—just for the people to reject or not protect Jesus. Consider had the masses turned on the human power structure that called for Jesus’ crucifixion, and instead loudly and broadly declared Jesus as the Son of God—how would life have been at that time? How would life be now? 
By accepting and believing both Jesus and God, His Father, our Father, there would have been generational acceptance and embrace that would have changed how people interacted, dealt with issues and disputes, handled crime (which would’ve been lowered significantly), worshipped, and so much more. 
Jesus sacrificed for us, but what have we done for Him and God? Turn on local, national, and global news stations and see for yourself. 
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s message?
3. What are your biggest struggles within your relationship with Jesus and 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 3.27.15

Scripture 

And when the demon was driven out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds were stunned with bewildered wonder, saying, Never before has anything like this been seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He drives out demons through and with the help of the prince of demons. 
Matthew‬ ‭9‬:‭33-34‬ AMP

Pray
Father please forgive the ignorant who see Your works and how You worked through Your Son, but still doubt that it is You. Forgive me for my moments of doubt in Your willingness to handle certain situations in a timeframe that I am rushed to meet. Forgive me for the times I’ve been swayed by mortal mind. Even when I’ve backtracked, I’ve always resumed Your course. So You know my heart. I thank You for not judging me harshly for my foolishness. I also thank You for allowing me to learn certain hard lessons, and sparing me from the devastating lessons. In Jesus’s name I pray to You. Amen. 
Reflection
Imagine doing good, doing God’s work, and there are large groups of people who doubt your gifts and that they come from God. Imagine them spreading lies and propaganda about you. Imagine that while you give all the glory and honor to God, taking credit for none of the work you do, this group of people say that you’re doing the work of the enemy. 
Now maybe you could handle a few weeks or months of this, but consider this happening over a span of a few years, to the point that things become so intense that now these same people are plotting and planning to kill you—oddly enough, in the name of God. 
Imagine that. 
Well, that’s what Jesus went through, and even on the cross being crucified he asked God to forgive these people who tormented him and doubted that God was working through him. He asked God to forgive them people who earlier praised him and were grateful for their healings, but later were part of the collective chants calling for his crucifixion. 
What is sad is to think of how Jesus would be treated today if he ever walked around healing in mass numbers like he did during his time. The vast majority of the world wouldn’t believe he was Christ, and disturbingly many governments would most likely attempt to incarcerate him or place him under secured observation, isolated for you and I–like he is a science experiment or something. 
So many people talk and talk and talk about Jesus’ coming, but wouldn’t know how to prepare for his arrival even if there was a step-by-step video. We have so much spiritual purging and cleansing that we need to do individually and collectively. 
What kind of believer are you truly?
Questions of the Day

1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s message?
3. When you think of Jesus returning (or already being here and eventually making his appearance known) how do you think society will treat him?
4. If Jesus walked up to you right now, would you be prepared for that conversation?
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 3.25.15

Message from Natasha:
I found this reflection (about the scripture below) and I felt compelled to share it with all of you. The reflection was written by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. I think that they live in London, so we will travel the globe today to hear from them. I chose to only include my prayer, but not add a reflection of my own today. Enjoy!
Love,
Natasha 
And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! 

Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭23-27‬ AMP



Natasha’s Prayer (please pray silently or aloud)
Father I’ve had my share of storms since birth and I’m so grateful that I’ve made it through, with lessons to share and wisdom gained. I’m going through a storm right now, but I’m not going to succumb to the pressure. I know where my strength lies, and that is with You. I may shed some tears. I may cry out in pain. But I will never give up. Thank You for equipping me with what I need as Your soldier. In Jesus’ name I praise and give thanks to You. Amen. 
Reflection by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel

The storms of life are many and varied. They include illness, opposition, pressures at work, unemployment, relationship difficulties, loss, bereavement and persecution.

Sometimes the storms in our lives appear without warning. Jesus was in the boat with his disciples sleeping when ‘Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat’ (8:24).

Presumably the disciples were used to storms on the Sea of Galilee; it was renowned for sudden flash storms, stirring the water into twenty-foot waves. However, this storm must have been a particularly serious one because the disciples woke Jesus up and said, ‘We’re going to drown!’ (v.25).

During the storms it is natural to panic (certainly I tend to). Sometimes it appears that Jesus is ‘sleeping’ (v.24). He does not appear to be doing anything about our problems. Thankfully, we can all cry out, as they did, ‘Lord, save us!’ (v.25).

The natural response to the storms of life is doubt and fear. Jesus tells them that our response to storms should be trust (‘You of little faith’, v.26a) and that we should not be afraid (‘Why are you so afraid?’ v.26a). Jesus is quite capable of calming the storm and that is exactly what he did.



Questions of the Day
1. What are your thoughts about today’s scripture, prayer, and reflection?

2. What storms have you survived and made it through?

3. What storm are you currently in that you would like prayer from other believers?
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 2013-2015. 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 3.24.15

The Lord judges the people; judge me, O Lord, and do me justice according to my righteousness [my rightness, justice, and right standing with You] and according to the integrity that is in me.

Psalm‬ ‭7‬:‭8‬ AMP

Pray
Father thank You for today. Thank You for my countless spiritual, mental, and physical blessings. You know that I’m working on myself as You mold me. I’m working on being the person who can, without fear, stand and pray to be judged according to my righteousness and integrity. As You know, that person is within me, but I have not matured to fully become that person. With You I one day will. I know and believe this in my heart. Thank You Father for not giving up on me. Amen.
Reflection

I have to be honest with myself. I know that I would pass out if I said to God that I wanted Him to assess my rightness, justice, alignment with him, and my integrity. I’ve faltered so much in my life, even slipping up this week—choosing profanity rather than using intelligent words to describe my feelings and thinking. If God judged me instantaneously for the things I do and say, I probably wouldn’t be alive right now—or I would be in absolute misery. Imagine that. 
Imagine swift justice for your actions. What if God stopped being so merciful and gracious, and instead just immediately judged us for our words and actions? 
We can’t say that the day may never come when He just decides to do a clean sweep of humankind and remind us, once again, of Who He is and Who we are. So shouldn’t we work in fast track mode to get our minds, heart, and bodies aligned to where He wants us? 
I’m working on my potty mouth. I know I can control it because I control it around children, the elderly, at church, and in environments where I know it’s not appropriate. I went several months not using one curse word. So I know I can stop. I’m stronger than what I give myself credit. 
I say that I’m a reflection of God, but if my words don’t consistently sound like Jesus (our human example of the direct connection that we have with God) and my actions don’t consistently mirror Jesus’, then I’m not reflecting God—and if I’m not reflecting Him, then who or what am I reflecting? 
Scary thought.
Questions of the Day
1.What do you think of today’s message?
2. When you look closely at yourself, do your words, thoughts and actions consistently reflect God or someone/something else? What do you base your answer on?
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 2013-2015. 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.