Breaking Bread for 3.12.21

Today’s message comes from Day 32 in my book, Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone.

Day 32: Forgiveness

“For if you will forgive men their offences, your Heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.”

-St Matthew 6:14-15 DRC1752

Carrying around the anger and resentment from what someone did to you will only make their issues your own. That is dead weight that you don’t need in your life. That is time you are wasting fixated on them. If you really thought about it, they most likely are so far removed from that situation, that it is no longer of concern to them. Some may not even remember the incident or simply don’t care. If we say that God takes care of our battles, then why don’t we release them to Him and allow Him to handle our grievances?

We must let go and free ourselves from that darkness. We must forgive and move on. Honestly, can you expect something you’re not willing to give in return? Can you expect forgiveness from God when you’re holding grudges, causing havoc, and seeking revenge? Let the healing begin, starting today. First, you must forgive yourself for carrying around this added burden. Then you must take the next step to begin forgiving those who hurt you. It’s a new day. You are blessed to be living, breathing, blinking, and thinking. Enjoy your day and your abundance of blessings.

Prayer

Father, I pray for Your forgiveness. I am working at freeing myself by forgiving others who have sinned against me. I no longer want to carry around the dead weight from a cold heart and a closed mind. I know that I can’t ask for and expect forgiveness from You if I can’t find it in my heart to forgive Your children.

I also know that I’m not free from blame. I’ve harmed someone either through my words or actions, or both. I’ve harmed myself by the words that I speak about myself and by not taking care of my body as I should. I need to forgive myself for the harm that I’ve caused others and myself. I want to be free of the guilt, insecurity, and shame that I carry. Show me how to forgive as You do. In Your name—the great I Am—I humbly pray. Amen.

To read the rest of the Day 32 message and to take part in the the corresponding workbook activity (that is found in Seek Him: Workbook 1), be sure to purchase the books through a local or online retailer. I thank you for your loving support!

~Natasha

Copyright 2020. Natasha L. Foreman. D.O.M.E. Life Publishing. Imprint of Foreman & Associates, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The image used for this blog post was not part of the original published work. It was modified specifically for this blog post. Scripture quotation marked DRC1752 is taken from the Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision, public domain.

Breaking Bread for 2.20.20

Scripture

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Reflection

We must stop carrying around anger, resentment, bitterness, sadness, jealousy and envy. We must let go and turn our cares and troubles over to our heavenly Father. Drop those heavy bags that keep weighing you down. You’re not supposed to be carrying them. They are property of the enemy. You chose to pick them up and be subjected to the pain. Now choose to put them down.

We must learn and begin to forgive ourselves and others. We must identify the lack in our lives that we continue to let control and dictate to us, because it’s not God that tells us to walk around angry, resentful, bitter, sad, jealous, and envious. That’s not God. Those are the ingredients and innerworkings of the enemy, who wants us to feel just as it does.

In 2011, I heard an incredible sermon by Ambassador Andrew Young that he gave at Union Institutional Baptist Church. If you don’t know, he was a pastor before he became a politician, and he continues serving in that role. In his sermon he spoke about forgiveness and it struck a chord with me because I had been contemplating a situation for awhile, and a few days before this church service the intensity increased exponentially—and I was trying to decide how best to handle it.

Ambassador Young said we have to forgive in order to receive forgiveness. That reminded me of something that my father always told me that I have since repeated plenty of times, “That person you’re mad at probably doesn’t even know you’re mad at them or why…they are too busy dealing with their own issues”. My dad was teaching me the value of letting go and to stop carrying useless grudges.

We are carrying around extra weight on our shoulders and backs that we don’t need to carry. This added weight causes stress and our bodies react negatively to too much stress. That day I took that step to forgive someone who had wronged me, but may not have even realized that I knew or how much it truly affected me. I also forgave myself for carrying around that pain, anger, and resentment. It was freeing to let go of that weight. I felt myself being realigned. I always do when I let go of dead weight.

Today, I assess the useless bags of weight that I’m carrying and I’m asking myself why I continue to carry around something that isn’t God’s, has no use to me, and makes me feel miserable. Which bags am I ready to drop and walk away from, starting today? I would much rather embrace faith than fear, acceptance than resentment, joy than anger or sadness, self-worth and contentment instead of envy and jealousy.

What about you? What useless bags are weighing you down and making you miserable? When will you grow sick and tired of carrying those stupid bags? Assess each bag. Which ones are you ready to drop today? Your spirit, soul, body, and mind will appreciate it!

This is a daily decision, because I can guarantee you that each day the enemy has another useless bag waiting for you to pick up. Don’t drop off one to pick up another. Don’t pick back up one you already dropped off. God’s trying to get us to see that He is all we need to make life right. He wants you to see how worthless those bags are and why you need to drop them off and never carry them or any others ever again. You can be free from their burden. It’s your choice.

Prayer

Father, today I must let go and forgive those who have sinned against me. I cannot ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. I can’t ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive myself. I have to accept the fact that You will always settle my grievances, You will always right the wrongs done against me, and You will always bring light into dark places and spaces.

I pray that You help me to release these useless bags of the enemy that I foolishly carry around each day, month, and year. I’ve chosen to subject myself to this pain, yet I’m blaming someone else for my feelings and decisions. Help me Father. Help me to release each and every bag.

Give me the strength and wisdom to see and embrace the freedom that comes from letting go. I know that just as it was my choice to pick up these bags it is my choice to drop them off. But you know I’m operating out of lack. My lack of trustworthiness is why I don’t trust the process. It’s why I don’t trust You. Because if I did, I wouldn’t be carrying around this weight.

Help me Father. I want to be realigned. I want to be right where You want me to be—and bag-free. I thank You Father for all that You have done, are doing, and will do. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Let’s let go of the bags people!

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.7.18

Scripture

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Reflection

Carrying around the anger and resentment from what someone did to you will only make their issues your own. That is dead weight that you don’t need in your life. That is time you are wasting fixated on them, when if you really thought about it—they most likely are so far-removed from that situation that it is no longer of concern to them; some may not even remember the incident or simply don’t care.

If we say that God takes care of our battles, then why don’t we release these trespasses to Him and allow Him to handle our grievances?

We must let go and free ourselves from that darkness. We must forgive and move on. Honestly, can you expect something you’re not willing to give in return? Can you expect forgiveness from our Father although you’re still holding grudges, causing havoc, and seeking revenge upon one of His children? Let the healing begin starting today, by first forgiving those who hurt you.

It’s a new day and you are blessed to be reading this, to be living, breathing, blinking and thinking. Enjoy your day and your blessings.

Prayer

Father I pray for Your forgiveness. I have worked at freeing myself to forgive others who have sinned against me so that I no longer carry around the dead weight from a cold heart and closed mind. I know that I can’t ask for and expect forgiveness from You if I can’t find it in my heart to forgive Your children. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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