Breaking Bread For 7.30.22

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Scripture

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

1 John 5:11-12 NIV

Reflection

Some people live their entire lives in limbo and chaos, unsure of what to believe and stand for. Some people don’t make a decision until on their deathbed. Some never make a decision at all. Either you believe, or you don’t.

Either you believe in eternal life through God and Jesus Christ, or you don’t. You either believe that God is the only God that can create, remove, re-imagine, heal, complete, birth, and protect—or you don’t. 

When I was very young, my parents instilled in me the importance of my relationship with my Father and His Son. My dad used to be a Sunday School teacher and leader within our church, and I enjoyed taking part in Bible study with him. He was a believer and follower. Yes, he was human and had faults—but his heart was warm, and his intentions were good. Sometimes his transparency and vulnerability allowed others to take advantage of him and our family. Still, my dad never stopped believing in God’s power and Jesus’s footsteps to make things right.

We have a choice to either accept and embrace God’s Truth or the enemy’s lie.

I believe that my dad’s belief in and strong understanding of God and Jesus not only blessed him with eternal life but also the opportunity to still be a blessing to others even today. His loving presence is still felt by all those who knew, respected, appreciated and loved him.

I believe life does not end when I take my last human breath. I know I am a spiritual being here in human form, experiencing life in a different way so that I can be prepared and learn to appreciate my planned life to the next level. 

Our life here on Earth is about lessons, love, embracing and expressing God, our humbleness in our blessings, taking care of the least of God’s children, making decisions, learning from our experiences, touching lives, utilizing our talents and strengths, being receptive and open to others, connecting the dots between the old and wise and the young and wise, and turning knowledge into wisdom that can be passed down generationally. It’s about seeking and knowing the Truth and being free in this Truth. 

God is Father. Jesus is Son.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for the light I see and feel. Thank You for my beating heart and other healthy organs. Thank You for my family and friends, and for my spiritual family around the world.

Most importantly, thank You for Your Son Jesus who has been a constant reminder of the way to You. I know that Jesus is the wayshower and Your Truth.

I pray for those who have gone to the next level of existence knowing Jesus as their Savior, and You as their Father-Mother. I pray for Your grace to cover those who transitioned and didn’t believe in You. I pray for those still here on earth living each day confused. I pray that they turn to You and Jesus, and embrace Your blessings with gratitude and humbleness.

I know Who’s child I am. I know Who my leader is. I praise You and Jesus each and every day. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.14.22

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Scripture

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the lord.”

Leviticus 19:18

Reflection

Some could argue that the person we seek revenge against or are holding a grudge against is not “my people” because they aren’t the same family line, ethnicity, or religion. But remember what God told the Israelites early on, anyone that lived amongst them was to be accepted and treated like a neighbor. The same was true anytime they traveled to a land inhabited by someone else; when God said that the people were neighbors, that is how they were to treat them—as friends, not foes.

Interestingly enough, what’s the rest of the sentence say in verse 18? “…but love your neighbor as yourself,” which means that those we engage with, interact with, and live near—we are to love as we love ourselves. Love them through their faults and ignorance. Love their flaws and all. Love them like you want to be loved, even when you aren’t loving.

How does the verse wrap up? “I am the Lord.” That is making it clear, God’s the LORD, not you. He is the Ruler, the Judge, the Determiner, the Terminator, the beginning, and the end. He makes light and dark. He allows the enemy to exist. That’s how powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present He is. God is not clueless. He doesn’t sleep or take vacations.

God sees them just as He sees you. Don’t think He doesn’t. Don’t think that you have to be His eyes and ears. You aren’t His consigliere. This isn’t The Godfather, folks! Stop trying so hard to be hard. Stop trying to be a gangster. You’re not. You’re soft, and circumstances prove it every time you break down, let down your shield, and do stupid stuff. There’s strength in self-control. There’s strength in the ability to control your mind in a way that it doesn’t control you, that your emotions don’t rule you, and that your feelings are not the most important factor determining your actions.

It’s easy to get caught up nowadays with the tests that roll out daily on social media. It’s easy to fall for the bait of salaciousness, vileness, and ignorance. But while we’re outraged by the commentary and propaganda, how are we engaging? Are we stepping over the mess or splashing around in it, soaking up the toxic sludge?

While you’re obsessed about what someone said and did to you or someone else and wondering if God paid attention and is paying attention, please know that He’s looking at your heart, too, not just theirs. So if you let down your shield and stoop to get ugly and ratchet with someone else, God sees and hears all. With the same mouth that you use to praise Him, you curse others. We all need to work on that. I know I can admit that my mouth can cut with wickedness, and that’s because I let my shield down, and rather than operate out of strength, I act out of weakness. I let pain speak for me when I should be stepping back to let God’s Light shine through.

There is a greater expectation and standard for those who call themselves a title, and that title is affiliated with God. If you call yourself His servant, ambassador, prophet, or whatever—the bar is set high for you. Even stating, “I am a child of God” declares that you know who you are, you are declaring allegiance to Him, yet the questions that come next include:

  • How are you living your life?
  • How are you speaking and behaving each day?
  • Are you representing God or yourself?
  • Are you representing God or the gods you have substituted for Him?
  • Are you representing Him or His opponent, the enemy we call Satan, Lucifer, the Devil?

A lot of us have things twisted. God is the Untangler. We better get it together. Especially those of us walking around claiming titles of importance. With the title comes great responsibility. You can’t say you didn’t know. It was outlined in bold. No fine print. If you’re going to claim it, then be it. Stop the double-talk. Stop the two-faced behavior. Stop the hypocrisy. Stop trying to blur the lines to make things convenient for you. You accepted and took on a title. Be accountable. But make sure you also stay in your lane. Leave God’s matters in God’s Hands. You can barely handle what’s before you; why do you keep trying to take on matters that only He can reconcile?

Keep your shield up, your eyes and heart locked on God, and steady those emotions.

Let God handle the dirty work!

Prayer

Father, I pray for the discernment to see and know the traps of the world, and the clarity and wisdom to walk around or over them. Every day I claim a title, a place of importance, declaring a special relationship with You, but how I live my life says everything there is to know about how I view and treat You in our relationship.

If I don’t obey You then where does my allegiance lie? If I can’t control my emotions then how can I be trusted with sensitive matters where self-control is needed? If I can’t handle little then there’s no way I can handle much.

I pray for awareness to see the information that is being relayed in moments of fear, frustration, pain, and anger. Help me to distinguish between my receptors and feelings, and Your words and commands. Help me to be present in my mind so that I may be better in tuned with Yours. I don’t want to keep being a hypocrite, Father. Mold that mess out of me. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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