Message From Natasha: Wow, it’s been a long time since I last connected with all of you. Happy New Year! The past two months have been beyond interesting for me. Highs and lows, and I’m grateful for all of it. I won’t dwell on what didn’t go well nor will I be intoxicated by the moments of bliss. I’m simply focused on getting up each day and doing the work God has called me to do. I will let you know that Seek Him Volume 2 is in its final stages of being wrapped up. Those of you who have been trekking with me in Seek Him Volume 1, you know that we are almost done with that book. Soon that four months will come and go, and we will need to journey into the next four months that Volume 2 provides. I hope that like me, you too are excited for this continued journey. Let’s not falter, waver, slow down, or give up. Let’s push our spiritual comfort zones to the max! Are you up for this challenge? I sure hope so. With that, let’s look at today’s Breaking Bread message.
Everyone who believes that Yeshua is the Messiah is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the one born of Him. We know that we love God’s children by this—when we love God and obey His commandments. For this is the love of God—that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For everyone born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is this—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world, if not the one who believes that Yeshua is Ben-Elohim?
1 John 5:1-5 TLV
In case you don’t know or don’t want to take the time to research online, let me translate the Hebrew words shared in the TLV version above. Yeshua is the Hebrew name of our savior, we call him Jesus. Read my books Seek Him, Volume 1 and Seek Him: Workbook 1, where I share how the name Yeshua became Jesus in English. The word “Ben” means man and “Elohim” means God. So the phrase “Ben Elohim” means Man of God.
The enemy would have us to believe that we don’t really need to follow God’s commandments, that nothing will come from our choice. When you were a child, what happened when you disobeyed your parents? You were punished. What happens when we disobey God? Things don’t go as planned, things fall apart, marriages fall apart, families fall apart, and much more. We risk hurting God’s heart and destroying our relationship with Him. The enemy knows it and bets against you not realizing this. The enemy hopes you never find out.
The enemy would have us believe that God is not with us, that He has abandoned us, that His son is not our shepherd, and that our safest bet would be to not follow God’s commandments— but instead follow the enemy into darkness. The enemy would have you to believe that your success is your doing but your failure is God’s doing (directly or indirectly). The enemy wants you to believe that your healing is from man (medicine doctors) not God, and God is to blame for sickness and death. The enemy wants you to believe that you are solely flesh and that your life here is to try to earn a place in heaven, or fail and end up in hell. The enemy wants you to believe that the world can’t be changed, can’t be overcome, that the evil is too great even for God. The enemy doesn’t need you to outwardly worship him, just worship the things of the world, and don’t worship God.
What do you believe? Who do you believe? Who do you follow? Who or what do you worship? How do you demonstrate your belief and allegiance to who/what you worship?
I believe in and follow the Father and the Son. I believe that just as Jesus was made of God (Spirit) and of man (through Mary), we too are made of God (Spirit) and man (our human parents). God blessed us with something that even the angels don’t have, a soul. We are born of God and in changing our ways, letting our old ways (our old man) die, we are born again in and of God. Will you continue walking in your old ways, as the old man? Or will you you shed that oldness and embrace the newness that God has been waiting to bless you with. Will you keep dragging around dead weight or stand tall in God’s glory? Our faith in God overcomes the world. Faith, in Hebrew, is translated as “support”. Your support in God overcomes the world. How will you show your support (faith) in God’s plan for your life? How will you show your support (faith) in God’s plan for His followers, and for redeeming the world?
Father I believe in You and I believe in Jesus, as Your son. I believe that the only way to strengthen my relationship with You is by obeying You and Your commandments. I know that I must also build a stronger relationship with Jesus, learning through his example, and applying what I learn each day. I support You and Your plans. I can show you my support through my patience, discipline, care, attention to detail, love, compassion, mercy, and grace. I carry this knowledge that You have shared with me in my heart and mind, and promise to work daily to be a better servant and ambassador of Your Kingdom, a better follower of Christ, and a better person. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
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