Breaking Bread For 1.17.23

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Scripture

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections— hence we are perfected by Him—so why do we entertain and give into fear? Why do we surrender ourselves to something not of God, becoming a slave to it?

It makes me think of an email I sent to a distant family member, whom I met and connected with thanks to Ancestry.com, and we were discussing the spirit of jealousy and envy, and I shared how both were rooted in a mindset of lack, which means they can’t be of God. God is love and there is no fear in love, for there is no lack in love. That means we should never be envious of others, because if we’re fully embracing our blessings we wouldn’t experience lack, only fullness and absolute satisfaction. We would be too busy living a life of gratitude than looking around to see what other people have that’s different or seemingly better than what we have. 

It also means that we should never entertain the thought of losing someone to another person, for if they are meant to have a relationship with us, God will make it so. If not, God will also make that clear. Possessiveness is rooted in fear. Insecurity is fear. God did not make other humans to be our possessions, so let’s be mindful of how our feelings are manipulated by the enemy. Some of us are holding on to people who were long ago supposed to be elsewhere, learning from, teaching, and sharing with someone else. We’re blocking them from their blessings, we’re stagnating their growth, we’re limiting their potential, we’re slowing down their mission work. And guess what? We’re doing the exact same thing to ourselves. If you truly love them then you would let them go to spread their wings, and be all that they were called to be. Maybe you remain connected, maybe not. But love is not rooted in fear. 

God has closed some doors in our life that we keep prying and rigging open. That’s fear driving us. Let’s get realigned so that we are made perfect in love.

Prayer

Father, in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove the shackles that my fears have on me Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real and that, although it is information to process, it is not of You. With fear is lack and with You there is only abundance. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. I humbly pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.17.22

Scripture

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections— hence we are perfected by Him—so why do we entertain and give into fear? Why do we surrender ourselves to something not of God, becoming a slave to it?

Earlier this morning I was emailing a distant family member, whom I met recently thanks to Ancestry.com, and we were discussing the spirit of jealousy and envy, and I shared how both were rooted in a mindset of lack, which means they can’t be of God. God is love and there is no fear in love, for there is no lack in love. That means we should never be envious of others, because if we’re fully embracing our blessings we wouldn’t experience lack, only fullness and absolute satisfaction. We would be too busy living a life of gratitude than looking around to see what other people have that’s different or seemingly better than what we have.

It also means that we should never entertain the thought of losing someone to another person, for if they are meant to have a relationship with us, God will make it so. If not, God will also make that clear. Possessiveness is rooted in fear. Insecurity is fear. God did not make other humans to be our possessions, so let’s be mindful of how our feelings are manipulated by the enemy. Some of us are holding on to people who were long ago supposed to be elsewhere, learning from, teaching, and sharing with someone else. We’re blocking them from their blessings, we’re stagnating their growth, we’re limiting their potential, we’re slowing down their mission work. And guess what? We’re doing the exact same thing to ourselves. If you truly love them then you would let them go to spread their wings, and be all that they were called to be. Maybe you remain connected, maybe not. But love is not rooted in fear.

God has closed some doors in our life that we keep prying and rigging open. That’s fear driving us. Let’s get realigned so that we are made perfect in love.

Prayer

Father, in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove the shackles that my fears have on me Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real and that, although it is information to process, it is not of You. With fear is lack and with You there is only abundance. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. I humbly pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.17.20

Scripture

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections. Hence, we are perfect. So why do we fear?

We fear that which we can’t control or don’t think we can overcome. We fear missing out. We fear loss and lack. But let’s examine those concepts.

Control

Control is only possible through God. And He defines and determines what control is in our lives. We always get it backwards thinking the creations dictate to the Creator. If you want to control something, control yourself. Control those negative thoughts by not acting upon them. Control the words that come from your mouth. Control your behavior. Don’t blame the enemy for the choices that you made. Own up to your foolishness, realign with God, so the healing can begin.

Egomaniacs are often at the helm of systems of corruption, incarceration, trafficking, slavery, and mass destruction. They ignorantly believe that they have total control because they have helped to reinforce a system that forces others to be subservient to them. The reality is, they are the weak and fearful, not the people who they rule an iron fist over.

It is their inferiority complex and rampant insecurities that lure them into thinking that others are inferior and weak. They keep reciting that until they believe it. Then their insecurities need others to co-sign their beliefs, so they go into recruitment and alignment mode—seeking out others like them or those who will enable them.

They can’t face and overcome their own internal demons, so they take on the characteristics of those demons. They become what they fear. And they confuse that for strength and control.

That ignorance has the enemy’s name written all over it. That is also why the plan will always backfire at some point. The slaver becomes the enslaved. Funny thing, the enslaver is already spiritually and mentally enslaved and doesn’t even know it. God always has the final say.

FOMO is the fear of missing out. Rather than thinking you’re missing out, seek the clarity to see what God is preparing you for. You can’t be distracted by what others are doing, while God is lining things up for you to do greatness in His name. While you’re goose necking everyone else, you’re ignoring the opportunities and lessons in front of you. You are the reason you don’t have the blessings that you desire.

Loss and Lack

We will always live in a deficit if our minds are always obsessed over what we think we don’t have. Or always depressed over what we once had. Our behavior tells God that we don’t have faith in Him and His abilities to do anything and everything. How can you expect more when you don’t have vision? Those without vision will perish.

If you’re depressed over a loved one transitioning, do you fear that the loved one is not still alive—on another level of existence? Do you fear they aren’t in a good place? Or is it just the loneliness of them not being here? Where do you stand in your faith and commitment to God?

Each day you should be living out loud, celebrating the life and legacy of your loved one. You should be doing everything they envisioned and prayed for you. You should be having the experiences they dreamed of having themselves. Honor them through your life.

Fear feeds the enemy. You must starve the enemy.

Take back your life and live it aligned with God’s perfect plan.

Prayer

Father in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove my fears Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real. And that, is not love, and is not You. With fear there is darkness and with You there is only light. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.23.18

Scripture

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Pray

Father in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove my fears Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real and that, is not love and not You. With fear is darkness and with You there is only light. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. Amen.

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections- hence we are perfect- so why do we fear?

Love you all,

Natasha

Note: This message was originally published on January 17, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.17.12

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Pray
This same day last year Father, I prayed on and shared this passage with Your children, and reflected on fear and its inability to be of and by You. 

Fear and love just as fear and faith cannot co-exist. I cannot live truthfully and righteously in love or faith if fear is present, and the same is true in reverse. 

Since we are Your children and Your reflection, and You are perfect–then we too are perfect and have no reason to fear. 

Father if I put my total trust in You there is an immediacy in seeing the Truth, immediacy in my healing, and in overcoming my fears and challenges. The abundance I seek is mine once I let go of fear and embrace love and faith. 

I want to experience true love Father as You know it, and as You want me to see it, feel it, and know it. I want to walk in authentic faith without question, hesitation, or selfish motives. I want to experience the growth and satisfaction that comes from skydiving with You, letting go, and surrendering every care and concern to You. 

You know my struggles, fears, pain, frustration, sins, and what is in my heart and mind. Help me to take my next step towards freedom. Help me to take my next step towards truly understanding, embracing and living in, with, and for love. Help me Father. I praise Your name today as all days. Amen.

Reflection
I try to not repeat the same scriptures shared from previous postings, even from years ago. I believe that the Bible has more than a lifetime of passages to pray and reflect on. Today however, something happened that motivated me to share this one again. As I was searching and seeking out passages that would hit home for me, that would help me to drive down fear, I ran across this passage. When I checked my notes and discovered I had shared this before, I at first decided to move on and find another passage. Then I saw the date. 

What’s the likelihood that exactly one year from the date of my post that I would select the exact same passage, dealing with the exact same issues?

Except this time, this year, something in me is different; there is growth, maturity, resolve, and a determination to finally embrace my truth–God’s Truth–for me–for all of us.  That truth is, that we have nothing to fear. We shouldn’t even fear the concept of fear, or being consumed by it.

Some things we overcome immediately or in a short period of time, some things require longer amounts of time as we struggle to face reality that no matter how much we claim to be control freaks we have absolutely no control over God. Then for some of us it takes a lifetime to get to the point where we finally face and rebuke what we feared most. Others leave this realm consumed by fear. 

Now I can tell this reflection may get deep and lengthy so please keep walking with me as we work this out together. 

I’ve always feared being hurt, betrayed, losing a loved one, failure, and at times success (now how’s that for a twist?). For as long as I can recall I’ve feared death, never getting married and having children, obesity, and quite possibly even poverty (but not that much).

What do you fear? What did you used to fear that you eventually overcame?

What I’ve come to fully realize is that as long as I fear these things they will always and most certainly manifest in my life. But also, that some things just happen. Someone will hurt and betray me, I will fail at some things and succeed at others, and I will lose loved ones either in failed relationships or in death. So why fear these things? 

So I check off those boxes.

While at the same time, I’ve never been obese, so why wouldn’t I think that with continued exercise and healthy living that I wouldn’t remain in a healthy weight range? So why fear obesity? 

So I check that box off.

 God has always blessed me financially with what I needed most when I needed it most. He’s blessed me with family and friends who would never let me go without or live on the streets. He’s blessed me to live comfortably even in uncomfortable times, so why fear poverty?

Box checked. 

As far as children go, there are plenty of options that God will present when the time is right. Now the marriage thing, well, that’s definitely something to leave for God to work out. We see what happens when we try to force things to be magical, there’s usually more fizz than pizzazz. I’ve visualized my future and it’s bright and filled with an abundance of love.

Check the box. 

I’ve finally opened my eyes to see (not just recite in desperation) that God has the perfect idea, plan, place, and time for all things that will take place in my life. The same is true for yours!

Physical death is real in that we leave these shells we call bodies, but we continue to live in another level of existence. Even if you would rather consider an eternal rest as your final point, isn’t there life in resting? So do we fear not being here, or leaving before we’re ready? 

My fear was leaving before I was ready. I’m one of those who want to live well-past the age of 100 so that I might watch,  mentor, teach and learn from many generations to come. Who says that can’t still happen? But if it doesn’t, there’s nothing I can do about that. For just in life I have no genuine power to control when I enter or leave this world. So I decided some time ago that I must let this fear go, cast it away, and relish in every second that God blesses me. This is true for all of our fears.

We must embrace what God has in store for us. Think of all the experiences and adventures ahead of you. We must ask God to fill our cups so that they run over, so that we have more to bless others with. Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen, and as long as you stay out of the way, you will have more blessings than you could ever imagine. 

Thank you for breaking bread with me today, and for walking with me as we addressed some of the fears that haunt and cripple millions of people each day. 

Today cast another fear into the nothingness pit!

Love always,

Natasha 

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