Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.19.15

Scripture
 
“let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead — by Him this man is standing here before you healthy. This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.””
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Acts‬ ‭4:10-12‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
 
Pray
Father thank You for today and for every day. Thank You for the gifts and blessings that I do not deserve, but Your grace and mercy make them so. Thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ, to stand as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for allowing His walk to be an example for me to follow. Thank You for giving me choices, knowing that there are times when I choose incorrectly–but You love me still. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name I send You praises and humbly pray for grace and mercy today and beyond. Amen. 
 
Reflection 
Peter and John were bold in their convictions that salvation can only come through Jesus, and that people can either align with and embrace this thinking and belief system, or be left out in the cold—basically. The people took part (in whole or in part) in Jesus’ public shaming and crucifixion, and now his resurrection was proof that he is the same man that prophesies declared. 
 
Peter and John were clear in their minds that the people could keep playing the game of “what if” and “are you sure?” but they (the people) would be left empty by their own efforts. 
 
Humans are naturally skeptical and sometimes cynical; it’s the crazy generational side effects from eating that tainted apple in the garden. Consider that leading up to Jesus, people doubted Moses and so many other servant leaders that God called to do His work. So it should be of no surprise that people would doubt Jesus. I mean, he never came out and said, “Yes. I’m the Messiah”. Jesus always tried to keep things under wraps because he knew that the skepticism would rapidly increase to cynicism, and then outright rage. He just kept praying, fasting, and healing—doing so in God’s name—and telling others to tell of how God healed them, not him. 
 
But just like our amazement of the magician, we run and tell others so that they can be amazed, never considering the bad seed who in jealousy becomes fixated on dispelling the magician’s gifts. 
 
Now please please please, don’t conclude from this example that I’m comparing Jesus to a magician. What I’m saying is that even when good is present, there are always one or more people around who want to dig to find the darkness in the light. 
 
So there will always be someone who says that the Bible is written by man, man’s tales and accounts that have been romanticized and skewed by mysticism—and Jesus is no one’s savior, he was just a magician with some great tricks, and he fooled a lot of people into believing that he was more than that. 
 
God gives them the free will to think and say this. Only time will tell if these naysayers will continue to take this position, or not. All we can do is pray for them and continue doing our part to be the best representation of the Bible and Christ as we can be. 
 
 
 
 
Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
 
 
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.
 
 
 

 

Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
 
 
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 10.23.14

…you and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone! Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.”

Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭4‬:‭10-12‬ CEB

Pray
Father You know my heart. I pray for discernment, strength, courage, and vision. I pray that I learn to immediately and consistently seek You in all things, and practice Your Son’s ways to navigate through life. In His name I pray to You, my source of all things good and great. Amen.

Reflection
I truly do want to be saved. There’s a part of me that is weak and gives in to the enemy’s tempting ways. When pressured I don’t aggressively and consistently seek out God, and turn to our Savior’s lessons to navigate my way out of circumstances. The Bible says that Jesus is the way to God.

This life is not about us, it’s about God. How are we living our lives, according to His expectations or ours?

Questions of the Day
1. How do you see your relationship with Jesus? God?
2. Do you see yourself as having two distinct relationships, one with God and one with Jesus, or one relationship where they both come together in your mind?
3. How do you view the Bible’s telling of Jesus, his life, healings, lessons, and commands?
4. How do you view Jesus? Do you view him as a man specially touched and called on by God? Do you view him as Savior? Messiah? God?
5. What do you think stops you from committing yourself 100% to God and Jesus?
6. What would you like to see change in your relationship with God and Jesus?

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.