Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.18.17

Scripture

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John 17:3

Prayer

Thank You Father for this day, another day, a fresh start. You know my prayers, dreams, and desires. You know how much I want to live the life that You have before me. I want to be a better person, a better me, a better reflection of Your goodness and greatness. Help me to think broadly before I speak. Help me to listen intently to what others say. Help me to feel deeper before I react. Help me to shine brighter as a testimony to Your blessings so that if by chance a non-believer sees me then he or she will feel Your Love and Light through me, and be comforted. Father I want to be a better person, a better Christian, to help build Your Kingdom. Let hope and love build what doubt and fear destroys.  Amen.

Reflection

For Christians, Jesus is our Lord and Savior, sent here by God to save us from ourselves. The mind is powerful and easily manipulated if not protected.

The Bible encompasses many stories told and written by men about great men and women during a time when there was no social media, electronic technology, Internet, and the like. There were no airplanes, buses, trains, and fast automobiles. These stories and historical accounts have been translated, edited, and published in numerous languages and versions—but the spiritual context is the same, no matter your denomination or intellect.

When we read the Bible through a spiritual lens and not limit ourselves to the physical, we see and better understand the ways in which Jesus taught through parables and why so many during His time and even now struggle with the spiritual correlations He was making through physical examples. You stop focusing on the literal translation which is finite and you open yourself to the spiritual interpretation which is infinite. You remember the context in which Jesus spoke and remember to whom He directed many of His instructions and commands, His disciples, not the common man and woman. His chastisement was directed to the religious “leaders” who were supposed to know and act better, but chose to live by their own twisted standards and place themselves upon self-imposed pedestals rather than humble themselves as servants to the least of these.

The Bible has become a powerful tool for good and evil, to free and to enslave, to empower and to derail.

We’re supposed to take these words and ingest the spiritual inflections and messages to make them the essence of who we are and how we walk. We’re supposed to see the examples of leadership, love, sacrifice, humility and humbleness, and commit ourselves to doing better for self, family, and community in the name of God as followers of Christ. In our spiritual knowing, believing, and living we then see, feel, and live life eternally.

The Good Book as we call it is for us to dig deeper within ourselves, to be read and used to be better students and to grow closer to God as His servants. It is not to be used against others. It is not to be used to separate. Jesus spoke of inclusivity, acceptance, building bridges not walls, forgiveness, love, and healing. As Christians, if we aren’t doing the same then how can we honestly call ourselves Christians, believers and followers of Christ, and servants of the Lord?

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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

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Love always,

Natasha

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

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