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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Breaking Bread For 7.14.21

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 as 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 friend not foe.

Which 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, live near—we are to love as we love ourselves. Love them through their faults and ignorance. Love them flaws and all. Love them like you want to be loved, even when you aren’t being 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 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 is 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, 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. The same mouth you 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 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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Breaking Bread For 7.14.20

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

Hurt people hurt people. Let God handle the dirty work. It’s all dirty work, that’s why it feels so burdensome to you. That heavy weight isn’t for you to carry. Talk to God about it and let Him tell You if He’s going to lighten the load so you can carry something more reasonably weighted and leave the rest behind, carry a section at a time, or if He’s going to eliminate the load altogether.

We have a tendency of seeing the load and getting consumed by its weight, that we waste precious moments trying to carry it, deal with it, or complain. We don’t just sit our butts down and have a conversation with God. He already knows about the load. He knew before it manifested. He’s just waiting for you to come chat with Him about the situation.

Here’s an example that many of you can visualize and relate to today’s message:

Imagine walking into a warehouse where you work and there is one or more huge crates sitting there. What would you do and say? How would you react?

Would you immediately begin to fuss and complain?

Would you try to figure out how you’re going to move this heavy load?

Would you say, “I’m not moving that mess” and swiftly walk away?

Or would you go to your manager and ask for clarification, direction and assistance?

Hopefully you chose the latter, seeking out your manager to first determine if the load is meant for you, then to ascertain how the manager intends for you to break down or move the load, and to find out where the manager wants the load moved. You would also be seeking information on time constraints and what resources you would have at your disposal. The manager could tell you that the workload isn’t yours, but thank you for inquiring. If the load is yours, your manager will appreciate that you took the initiative to inquire rather than wait to be directed. Both ways, you sought out the manager for information and clarification.

That is what we’re supposed to do with the loads placed in our lives, whether through our actions or someone else. We need to learn to turn to God. Let Him handle the dirty work. Let Him sort out the details. Let Him delegate tasks to us, so we can focus solely on our work and not His or someone else’s.

In the example of the manager, so many people would see the crates and feel they were being wronged, mistreated, or picked on—and then seek revenge by doing something destructive or through stealing workplace resources, like money, supplies, and inventory. We are paralyzed in time and space when we allow revenge and grudges to become our way of life. There is no real progress in that space. No forward movement in life can occur because our actions have fragmented the plan, and our path has now splintered. We didn’t keep straight on the path, we veered at the fork in the road, and now we are lost and more confused. Had we only sought out God when we saw we were approaching the fork in the road. Instead we take matters in our own hands, and the majority of times when we do, recklessness is waiting around the corner.

We cheat on someone because they cheated on us— that’s recklessness. We abuse someone because we were or are being abused— that’s recklessness. The bullied person who becomes a bully. You already know what I’m going to say—that’s recklessness.

God doesn’t condone our recklessness, no matter how much you want to rationalize your actions.

We have to learn to seek out God before we react to our circumstances. Seek His authority, power, and wisdom.

God touches and changes the hearts of the sexist, rapist, pedophile, abuser, narcissist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, etc. And if a heart doesn’t change, God also handles that. We can only change our hearts and minds, we were not delegated the task of changing other people. That’s God’s job. Stay out of His lane.

Prayer

Father, I pray that You will help me through conflicts and strife, the weight of disappointment and lack that I feel from being unappreciated or underappreciated, the burden of betrayal, the cloud of confusion, and the pain from those who have wronged me. Free me from the anger and disgust caused by my victimization. Please cast my fears away Lord.

I can be blinded by my emotions but I want to be sighted through Your intervention. I can’t control what other people say or do, but I can control myself. I pray that You help me to release my grip on the energy tied to other people’s actions. Free me from the traps of revenge and grudges. Help me to see the Light and weightlessness of letting go and surrendering all of that to You. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.19.18

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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 NIV

Reflection

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Let God handle the dirty work.

Prayer

Father I pray that You will handle my issues for me, take care of my burdens, and deal with those who have wronged me.

Free me from the anger of betrayal; calm my heart, calm my hurt, that feels so exposed and battered; cast my fears away Lord.

In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly and confidently pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.9.16

Scripture 

Leviticus 19:18

Pray

Father turn me away from the darkness that celebrates inflicting pain on others, and the constant self-infliction that comes as a penalty. I do not need revenge, I just need You. I don’t need to hold grudges, I just need You. Help me Lord to let go of the grievances. Help me to love others with the same depth and intensity of love that I have for myself. Fill my heart Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection 

A trigger pulled may lead you to pull one in return. A blade cuts deep, both ways, and you have a choice between letting go and pursuing with the intent of gaining the upper hand on your enemy. Jesus said to turn the other cheek. Modern man says with a smirk, “Jesus didn’t say what to do after that other cheek was slapped”. It was implied, that we’re to keep turning the other cheek–I guess until the person slapping it grows tired and stops. 

I’ve been weak in this area. You slap me and I defend to prevent the next slap, or we’ll just be two slapping fools. But I know what Jesus taught and I know what God expects. 

I always remind people that I’m a Christian-in-Training, a mound of clay that God’s constantly molding. Perfect I am not, except in God’s eyes, as His reflection. But my walk has at times been reckless. Thank goodness He loves and forgives me anyway. 

I used to hold on to grudges for years until my dad opened my eyes to a reality. He said something to the effect of, “while you’re busy holding on to a grudge, the person you’re fixated on doesn’t even remember or care about the issue you’re still harboring resentment over”. I reflected on that for quite some time, and then I gradually began to let go of grudges I had been holding on to, and I reflect on those words now to keep myself from holding on to grudges. 

In love relationships I adopted the saying, “the best revenge is living well”, so I was never the type of person to seek revenge as the scorned lover. If someone doesn’t love me I move on. I’m not about to destroy property, act a fool, and risk jail time or my life trying to get revenge.

The question of crime always comes up when we discuss revenge. If a person commits a crime against you and/or a loved one, when you call for justice, what is the justice that you seek? If a death occurred do you expect death as the penalty for the crime? Will it really bring you peace within? It definitely won’t bring back to life the person who was slain. But somehow we think it evens the field. But if you still don’t have peace, the scoreboard still has you behind by one or more points. 

What would you want if the tables were turned? That’s something to think and pray about, and work towards. 

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Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.14.11

“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

Pray
Father I pray that You will handle my issues for me, take care of my burdens, and deal with those who have wronged me. Free me from the anger of betrayal; cast my fears away Lord. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Let God handle the dirty work.

Love always,

Natasha

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