Breaking Bread For 11.22.21

Scripture

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.

Jeremiah 9:5

Reflection

Let’s look at this verse in chunks. We have friends deceiving each other, which means they aren’t genuine friends. No one speaks the truth, which means even other people aren’t coming forward and squashing the deception. They have taught their tongues to lie, which means that before only the truth was spoken, and now through practice and repetition, they have the art and science of lies mastered.

And here’s the last part, they’re worn out from all of the sinning they’re doing. I mean, it is exhausting to invest time and energy in toxic practices. It’s draining having to lie and recall the details of your lie; stealing or cheating and hoping not to get caught; it’s depleting to not rest because you’re surrounded by chaos and confusion. Existing in that space means you’re always on the brink of disaster.

There’s absolutely no peace in sin. There’s no peace when we go against God and go up against the natural order. When we’re doing and saying things that contradict who we are and Who created us, we drain our energy from within. It’s like slapping and punching yourself in the face, just madness and painful.

We don’t want to carry the guilt of being found out, caught, and punished. Yet ironically, we unknowingly punish ourselves by carrying around shame. We don’t realize that we are killing our selves. That trapped energy is cooking us from within.

We try to mask and overshadow things by either being more reckless, living up to the negative rumors about us, or by trying to overcompensate with good, hoping that people will be more impressed with the positive things we do. Either direction is a facade. They’re both attempts to avoid dealing with our mess. We must bring it all to God. Turn over our foolishness to Him. Repent, atone, accept His forgiveness, forgive ourselves, and don’t engage in the sin or reckless act again.

It’s either that or watch everything be destroyed by our recklessness. The choice is ours.

Prayer

Father, hold my tongue if it begins to utter anything that goes against You. Make me stop before I speak ill towards anyone. Cleanse my mind of reckless thoughts, provide me with the discernment and clarity to identify the toxic from the healthy. Let Your Light serve as my source of guidance and energy; always revealing and constantly recharging me. Heal me Father. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.24.20

Scripture

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.

Jeremiah 9:5

Reflection

It is the insecure and fearful who lie, cheat and steal. When we do these things we have to see the ways we are weak-hearted and weak-minded. We make the decision to lie, cheat, and steal. No one else is to blame. We choose.

We waste our energy trying to remember our lies and trying to cover up our deception. We try to convince ourselves that our sin is not great, that God is not offended, and that even if we cause someone harm, it’s not as bad as it appears. We try to rationalize and justify our offenses and the collateral damage we cause.

Over time, without a changed heart, without atonement and reconciliation, we wither away, pretending to be someone other than who we are. In shame, we hide from being who we were made to be. We are the prime candidate for full conversion by the enemy, because the less worth and value we begin to see in ourselves, the less hope we have in God forgiving and loving us.

The more we fall down that slope, the faster we fall into the enemy’s trap. We begin to believe the lies the enemy tell us. We begin to embrace the darkness, drawing farther away from the Light.

It takes a strong and brave person to see and embrace the Light within that makes them amazing and special. It takes hope and faith to keep your eyes and heart on the Light that leads you out of darkness. It takes hope, faith, and action to be moved from that darkness and remain in the Light.

God blessed us with the Holy Spirit for a reason. Study and embed in your mind what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, it’s purpose and value, and why we should daily engage with and tap into that source of God. [John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:13]. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19, to see what the Apostle Paul wrote about the Holy Spirit. Then actively engage and rely upon the Holy Spirit, as God planned and intends. God makes no mistakes, nothing slips past Him, all is done for a reason.

Let us find and embrace our strength and push past our fears and weaknesses. When we are too afraid, let us call on the Holy Spirit to remind us of our truth. Let us find and embrace God’s Truth so we may embrace our truth, and live the lives we were called to experience. We are on this plane of existence for a limited time to have a fulfilled culmination of experiences. We’re to strive each day to be like Jesus, to resist temptation, and to love strangers and those we know as Jesus taught and demonstrated.

The more we lie, cheat, and steal, the more perverted our heart and mind becomes—and we begin to transform from our original design. Every day we must reconcile the day before. Every moment should reconcile the last. Remedy the harm as best as possible. Aim and commit to do no more harm. Each day we’re choosing which team we support, team God or team Satan. At the end of this war, there is no “team Undeclared’. You’re either on one of these two teams. Right now you may not know. You may be confused, so for you it’s safer to say you’re on team Undeclared. Just know that the other two teams want you.

Let’s be clear, you don’t have to be mean or evil-spirited to be on team Satan. You just have to believe there is no God and Jesus is a myth. Disbelief is all the enemy needs to have you on its team.

So, now that we have clarity, which team are you choosing today?

Prayer

Father, hold my tongue if it utters anything that goes against You and Your Truth. Make me stop before I speak ill will towards anyone. Remind me that they are Your child. Cleanse my mind of wrong and evil thoughts. Infuse Your Truth. Heal me, Father. If it’s not of You, I don’t want it in me or near me. I don’t want to possess it or be possessed by it.

Let Your Light serve as my source of energy, always recharging and restoring me, and always guiding and protecting me.

Help me to learn, call on, and rely upon the Holy Spirit. Help me to see the purpose and value of this blessing you have given me. I never want to be disconnected from You. I pray for discernment, clarity, courage, wisdom, strength, grace, and mercy. In Your name I pray and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.22.11

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. 

Jeremiah 9:5

Pray
Father hold my tongue if it utters anything that goes against You. Make me stop before I speak ill will towards anyone. Cleanse my mind of wrong thoughts. Let Your light serve as my source of energy; always recharging me. Heal me father. In Your name I pray. Amen. 

Reflection
It is the insecure and fearful who lie, cheat and steal. They are weak and weak-minded. They waste their energy trying to remember their lies and trying to cover up their deception. They wither away pretending to be someone other than who they are, and they hide from being who they were made to be. It takes a strong and brave person to see and embrace the light that makes them amazing and special. Let us find and embrace our strength and push past our fears and weaknesses. 

Love,

Natasha 

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