Breaking Bread For 7.28.22

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Scripture

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Galatians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

If you catch someone in the act of doing wrong, or you’re made aware of the offense after the fact, the best way to help them is in the Spirit of gentleness—the same way God approaches us when we’re at fault. God doesn’t shame us; that’s our amassed guilt consuming us. The second part of this request by Paul comes with a warning to be careful not to be tempted by the same sin the person got caught up with. Don’t get caught up in the same thing they got caught up in.

Sometimes our gentleness, when not reinforced properly, can lead us to enable toxic behavior. It can lead us to behave the exact same way. We can start rationalizing the why and how of a situation. Remember to rationalize is to tell ourselves rational lies.

Paul wrote this letter to the churches in Galatia. If you recall, Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples that served while Jesus was alive in human form. Paul had been a die-hard persecutor of those who followed Jesus. Paul was so deep in his studies and practice of Judaism that he became a religious zealot. He was a religious extremist. He had far-surpassed the extremes of others [Galatians 1:14]. He believed that Jesus and those who followed him were committing sins against God and the traditions of generations past.

Paul was trying to destroy everything Jesus created. He was trying to destroy what would be called the church of God. All he knew was the Judaism he knew. He only knew what he was taught by his family and religious teachers. He couldn’t conceive that the Jewish guy named Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah the Jewish people had been praying for and begging God for hundreds of years. Paul believed Jesus and his followers to be blasphemers and agents of Satan. In Paul’s loyalty to a self-appointed mission to right the perceived wrongs, he didn’t know that the people he was attacking were the people called by God to right the wrongs of Paul and others behaving like him.

But how did God and Jesus deal with Paul? Did God torture him? Did He send Paul to a fiery pit? Did He torment him with plagues? No. God approached Paul with grace and gentleness. God revealed Jesus in Paul. Paul was visited by Jesus in a revelation. Jesus didn’t ridicule and shame Paul. He instead revealed the Truth and called on Paul to lead a new charge that was truly focused on God’s mission and plans.

What did the people in various towns (that were members of the churches of Judea) say and do when they heard that the persecutor they had heard about was now a preacher of the faith he tried to destroy? They didn’t turn into an angry mob and attack him. They didn’t throw him in jail or nail him to a cross. They didn’t spread propaganda about him throughout the towns. Nope. They saw a changed heart, and they praised God [Gal. 1:23-24]. If a religious zealot’s heart and mind could change for the better, then you know the credit belongs to God.

We’re called to reflect the qualities of God and direct that loving energy towards others, especially those who have done wrong and caused harm. Paul shares in his letters that if God can change his heart and life, then God can change anyone’s heart. Paul was on the far end of extremism, and God brought him back to the center. God rooted Paul in the proper soil. Paul didn’t realize that he and others had perverted Judaism and were making it into something God never wanted. They didn’t have discernment. Their judgment was clouded. God would now use Paul and others to try to correct those wrongs. Paul devoted his life to doing that.

Think about today’s Christian church and those who call themselves Christian. Think about the revisionists who want to mistranslate and reinterpret the Bible, and the history of that era, to align with their agenda. Think about the extremists who have no qualms about persecuting and killing others and claiming to do so in the Name of Jesus. Pray that God touches their hearts and they yield to His ways. Pray that your heart is willing to reach out in the Spirit of gentleness. Pray for discernment and strength to not succumb to the sins of others you’re trying to reach. Make sure that while standing up against hate and ignorance, you don’t get consumed and controlled by that energy.

Prayer

Thank You Father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me. I understand that in order to receive fully I must give fully. I pray for a heart that forgives quickly and that the Spirit of gentleness pours out of me to bless others. I ask to be forgiven by others as quickly. I pray that I willingly embrace the reformed Paul’s of this world as easily as the churches of Judea embraced him when he went to Syria and Cilicia. I pray for discernment and strength to not fall for the temptations I stand against.

Father, I thank You for life, and another day to Praise and Worship You. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and thank You for answered prayers. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.28.21

Scripture

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Galatians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

If you catch someone in the act of doing wrong, or you’re made aware of the offense after the fact, the best way to help them is in the Spirit of gentleness—the same way God approaches us when we’re at fault. God doesn’t shame us, that’s our amassed guilt consuming us. The second part of this request by Paul comes with a warning to be careful not to be tempted by the same sin that the person got caught up with. Sometimes our gentleness, when not reinforced properly, can lead us to enable a toxic behavior. It can lead us to behaving the exact same way. We can start rationalizing the why and how of a situation. Remember to rationalize is to tell ourselves rational-lies.

Paul wrote this letter to the churches in Galatia. If you recall, Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples that served while Jesus was alive in human form. Paul had been a die-hard persecutor of those who followed Jesus. Paul was so deep in his studies and practice of Judaism that he became a religious zealot. He was a religious extremist. He had far-surpassed the extremes of others [Galatians 1:14]. He believed that Jesus and those who followed him were committing sins against God and the traditions of generations-past.

Paul was trying to destroy everything Jesus created. He was trying to destroy what would be called the church of God. All he knew was the Judaism he knew. He only knew what he was taught by his family and religious teachers. He couldn’t conceive that the Jewish guy named Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah the Jewish people had been praying and begging God for for hundreds of years. Paul believed Jesus and his followers to be blasphemers and agents of Satan. In Paul’s loyalty to a self-appointed mission to right the perceived wrongs, he didn’t know that the people he was attacking were the people called by God to right the wrongs of Paul and others behaving like him.

But how did God and Jesus deal with Paul? Did God torture him? Did He send Paul to a fiery pit? Did He torment him with plagues? No. God approached Paul with grace and gentleness. God revealed Jesus in Paul. Paul was visited by Jesus in a revelation. Jesus didn’t ridicule and shame Paul. He instead revealed the Truth and called on Paul to lead a new charge that was truly focused on God’s mission and plans.

What did the people in various towns (that were members of the churches of Judea) say and do when they heard that the persecutor they had heard about was now a preacher of the faith he tried to destroy? They didn’t turn into an angry mob and attack him. They didn’t throw him in jail or nail him to a cross. They didn’t spread propaganda about him throughout the towns. Nope. They saw a changed heart and they praised God [Gal. 1:23-24]. If a religious zealot’s heart and mind could change for the better, then you know the credit belongs to God.

We’re called to reflect the qualities of God and direct that loving energy towards others, even and especially those who have done wrong and caused harm. Paul shares in his letters that if God can change his heart and life then God can change anyone’s heart. Paul was on the far-end of extremism and God brought him back to center. God rooted Paul in the proper soil. Paul didn’t realize that he and others had perverted Judaism and were making it into something God never wanted. They didn’t have discernment. Their judgment was clouded. God would now use Paul and others to try to make right those wrongs. Paul devoted his life to doing that.

Think about today’s Christian church and those who call themselves Christian. Think about the revisionists who want to mistranslate and reinterpret the Bible, and the history of that era, to align to their agenda. Think about the extremists who have no qualms about persecuting and killing others, and claiming to do so in the Name of Jesus. Pray that God touches their hearts and they yield to His ways. Pray that your heart is willing to reach out in the Spirit of gentleness. Pray for discernment and strength to not give in to the sins of others you’re trying to reach. Make sure that while you’re standing up against hate and ignorance that you too don’t get consumed and controlled by that energy.

Prayer

Thank You Father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me. I understand that in order to receive fully I must give fully. I pray for a heart that forgives quickly and that the Spirit of gentleness pours out of me to bless others. I ask to be forgiven by others as quickly. I pray that I willingly embrace the reformed Paul’s of this world as easily as the churches of Judea embraced him when he went to Syria and Cilicia. I pray for discernment and strength to not fall for the temptations I stand against.

Father, I thank You for life, and another day to Praise and Worship You. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and thank You for answered prayers. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.20

Scripture

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

—Galatians 6:1 NLT

Reflection

Pray for those who can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you.

Pray for yourself; that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you. Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders— removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace—and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must be a blessing. To be forgiven I must forgive. I have to stop carrying around the weight of offenses against me, and of those I committed. Guilt, shame, sorrow, anger, and vengeance, are useless weights to carry. They serve no purpose and build nothing of substance. They don’t honor and glorify You. I seek instead resolve and peace.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family, and good friendships that surround me. I know that in order to receive I must willingly give. As You pour into me help me to pour into others, while I also empty out all that which is not of You.

Father I thank You for life, and another day to praise, glorify, and worship you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.27.18

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Scripture

Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too.

Galatians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Reflection

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Pray for those who can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you.

Pray for yourself, that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you.

Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, jealousy, envy, and fear removed from your shoulders; removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them.

Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace—- and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God.

You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live.

What do you want for your life?

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must forgive those whom have trespassed against me.

Thank You Father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me. I know that in order to receive I must be a giver.

May I pour into others what You have poured into me; may I give to others what I receive from You—even to those who seem undeserving, please touch my heart to give anyway.

Thank You for life, and another day to praise and worship You Father. In Jesus’ name I let go and turn to You. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.27.11

Brothers even if a man is caught in some fault you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness

Galatians 6:1

Pray
Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must forgive those whom have trespassed against me.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me, but in order to receive I must be a giver. Thank You for life, and another day to Praise and Worship you Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Reflection
Pray for those whom can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you. Pray for yourself that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you.

Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders; removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace….and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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