Breaking Bread For 8.23.21

Scripture

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

1 Peter 4:8 

Reflection

When we think of God first and focus on His presence, and love in our life, then how can we not overcome our fears, insecurities, and fleshly desires? We can. But we put flesh above spirit the majority of the time, and that is why we cowardly give in to the chaos that enshrouds us, cripples us, and pushes us farther off our God-designed path.

God IS Love, so let us rely on and live in that love to strengthen us and make us better people, leaders, followers of Christ, and children of the LORD.

We should try telling ourselves silently and aloud, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” before we make any tough decision in life. Before we allow doubt and worry to creep in and take over our minds and hearts, let’s say with truth, conviction and complete belief that, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” and then watch as darkness pulls back and love’s light consumes.

Someone out there is choosing revenge over love, self-pity over love, jealousy over love, ego over love, self-righteousness over love, grudges over love, pain over love, ignorance over love, flesh over love, rules and customs over love.

When doubt and worry try creeping in, grasp tightly to love. There’s nothing more powerful. Feel God’s embrace. Hold on to it. Refuse the temptation to give in to the sins of the flesh. You ARE stronger than you think. You were made by the Best!

Jealousy, envy, lust, greed, arrogance, pride, and all of the other sins will not have the strength to consume you when you declare that God is all that you need—and you believe it. Let’s try that today!

Prayer

Father, there is no doubt that I have sinned, even this week—even today. I sinned by giving into fear, jealousy, envy, and even other weaknesses that You despise. This we both know. Lord, I want to be overwhelmed with the fullness of love for You, for myself, for my loved ones, and for the world— that I do not give in to the luring of sins that wait for me.

Let Your love blind the darkness that would creep inside of and overtake me; for You are most powerful, most present, most loving, most healing, and the ultimate Giver of gifts and blessings that no other presence can compare. Knowing that, I should never be weakened by another presence if I’m totally filled with Yours.

Father, I am working each day to be strengthened in Your Word so that in times of possible doubt I will push through and prevail in and through love, and not fear; through love and not envy; through love and not jealousy; through love and not insecurity; through love and not lust; through love and not greed; through love and not lack.

In Your Name I pray as a follower and believer of Christ. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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