Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.25.18

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Scripture

Galatians 1:10

Reflection

God told us to obey Him and honor our father and mother. Notice that He didn’t tell us to even obey them, but to honor them. At the beginning and end of each day what matters most to our Heavenly Father is our obedience to Him. You don’t read in the Bible where we’re supposed to be obedient to anyone else.

Someone may snatch and twist a verse where there’s talk of slaves and their masters, don’t distort that to align it with man-based laws that support the enslavement of men, women, and children like chattel.

God never intended for His children to serve, worship, and obey anyone or anything but Him. Our decisions are to be motivated by our desire to please Him, not man.

We have allowed the ‘world’ to influence our decisions, dictate to us what and whom is attractive, intelligent, gifted, and successful. We have allowed the ‘world’ to pimp us out where we even jump at the chance to sell ourselves to the highest bidder. Don’t believe me? Watch reality television shows.

Are we seeking approval and acceptance from man, from the world, from the “in crowd”, from society, or so-called friends? Or are we focused and passionate about seeking and gaining approval from our Creator?

You can’t serve man and God. Don’t confuse this statement with being a servant leader and being of service to the least of God’s children. Giving of your time and resources to help uplift the poor, voiceless, powerless, underrepresented, and hopeless–is what God intends. Pimping yourself out to the world’s power-hungry and greedy, is not.

He has given us a choice.

Prayer

Father I pray to keep my eyes on You, being not concerned with the world and what others think and say about me, or even what they do to me directly or indirectly. For I know that You are omnipresent, omnipotent supreme.

I know that You are all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and that nothing and no one can destroy You or separate me from You. I was made in Your image and likeness and You never make mistakes.

I humbly accept my role in this journey, the responsibilities that You have placed before me, and my duties as a steward of this great planet that You created. I seek only Your approval Father.

Please forgive me when I forget and align myself with the expectations of Your creations, as though their opinion matters. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

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. In what ways have you been struggling with trying to serve two masters? How has this struggle impacted your life?

4. In what ways can you see yourself realigning your focus and actions to be released from the stronghold that keeps you handcuffed and tormented?

5. If you can’t see how you can realign yourself, what prayer will you say today and moving forward to convey to God your desire to be free from bondage?

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

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.9.16

Scripture


Galatians 1:10

Pray

Father I pray to keep my eyes on You, being not concerned with the world and what others think and say about me, or even what they do to me directly or indirectly. For I know that You are omnipresent, omnipotent supreme. I know that You are all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and that nothing and no one can destroy You or separate me from You. I was made in Your image and likeness and You never make mistakes. I humbly accept my role in this journey, the responsibilities that You have placed before me, and my duties as a steward of this great planet that You created. I seek only Your approval Father. Please forgive me when I forget and align myself with the expectations of Your creations, as though their opinion matters. 

Reflection

God told us to obey Him and honor our father and mother. Notice that He didn’t tell us to even obey them, but to honor them. At the beginning and end of each day what matters most to our Heavenly Father is our obedience to Him. You don’t read in the Bible where we’re supposed to be obedient to anyone else. 

Someone may snatch and twist a verse where there’s talk of slaves and their masters, don’t distort that to align it with man-based laws that support the enslavement of men, women, and children like chattel. 

God never intended for His children to serve, worship, and obey anyone or anything but Him. Our decisions are to be motivated by our desire to please Him, not man. 

We have allowed the ‘world’ to influence our decisions, dictate to us what and whom is attractive, intelligent, gifted, and successful. We have allowed the ‘world’ to pimp us out where we even jump at the chance to sell ourselves to the highest bidder. Don’t believe me? Watch reality television shows. 

Are we seeking approval and acceptance from man, from the world, from the “in crowd”, from society, or so-called friends? Or are we focused and passionate about seeking and gaining approval from our Creator? You can’t serve man and God. Don’t confuse this statement with being a servant leader and being of service to the least of God’s children. Giving of your time and resources to help uplift the poor, voiceless, powerless, underrepresented, and hopeless–is what God intends. Pimping yourself out to the world’s power-hungry and greedy, is not.

He has given us a choice.

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?

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 2013-2016. 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 6.13.12

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10 NIV

Pray
Father I have spent so many years trying to live by man’s standards and rules, attempting to gain human approval and please others—but I have not put in that same amount of time and energy in winning Your approval and in seeking to please You. I cannot serve two masters; and if I’m more focused on making humans satisfied, then I can’t be giving my all to You. If I’m more concerned with being accepted by human standards, and not Yours—then I have failed.

Only You truly know me. Only You know what’s best for me. What You may not want someone else to do, You may have planned for me instead–or vice versa.
But how will I ever know if I don’t surrender all to You and pray to You to show me? You know I’m not perfect, even as a perfect reflection of You–I have human flaws that are disrupting the chemistry of the clay You have created in and through me. My human imperfections make it more difficult at times, but only You can mold and change me. I commit my life to serving Christ, building Your Kingdom, and seeking Your acceptance. Human laws and norms will never outweigh or out-rule Yours Father. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Society says this and that, but what does Jesus and God say?

Paul spoke the words in Galatians that I share today. He wasn’t concerned with what humans had to say about what his savior Jesus Christ taught, and what his Father commanded. He wasn’t concerned with being popular or liked. Paul was only focused on obeying God and seeking His favor. He only wanted to do right by God.

He told the people that they better get their lives together, and stop being concerned with what the Joneses were doing and saying, or not. Paul told the people that the first and most important law is God’s. If you follow God’s laws then it’s impossible to break man’s laws.

We have laws in our courts in the U.S. that are based on the ten commandments.

Think about it: don’t kill, lie, steal, commit adultery, or commit elder abuse (dishonor parents). Now let’s go a step farther–most federal, state, and local offices are closed on Sunday (Sabbath). Even putting no other gods before God is subtly answered in the court system—when you are being sworn in you are sworn on your oath to God (not gods), and in some courts and government ceremonies they still make you place your hand on the Bible when being sworn in. Our pledge of allegiance is an oath of a nation serving and honoring God, while protecting this country–His children.

Now the law on coveting may not be as visible or recognized in man’s laws, but the definition of “covet” is to yearn for something desperately–well maybe we can say that harassment and stalking laws are beginning to address this. The only two laws not covered by human law are making graven images, or using God’s name in vain. It’s considered a social taboo to use His name as a curse word–but there aren’t any punishable laws executed by humans.

So these are God’s ten laws which are also covered in human laws (except two). If we follow them then we have no concern about adhering to or seeking approval from man. Our mission is to please, serve and obey God. Can I get an Amen? Have an amazing Wednesday!

Natasha

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