Breaking Bread For 8.18.21

Scripture

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.”

Proverbs 22:4 NLT

Reflection

In Judaism, the “fear of God (LORD)”, means the awe, respect, or submission to Him. Whenever God or a deity was mentioned in this way, this is what the people were expressing. It was a positive not a negative. That is what it meant and means in the Bible. Over time, and as some people declared themselves to be monotheists, “fear” was also translated to mean horror. Christians, for instance, express awe, reverence, and respect as fear, and then there is the fear of punishment, hell, and damnation. Depending on the lens you look through determines your interpretation.

So when you read the Bible verse above, do you read, humility is the fear (respect) of the Lord? Or do you read it as fearing punishment by God, you opt for humility? Are you complying and submitting out of honor and respect? Or to avoid punishment?

Humility is a modest or low view of your own importance. That’s not to be confused with self-deprecation or low self-esteem. God doesn’t want you to think low of yourself. He made you. You are loved and protected by Him. He made you perfect in His sight. You aren’t worthless, you aren’t someone’s footstool, you don’t deserve mistreatment and slavery. That isn’t what humility is about. Humility prevents others from treating you as though you’re less than.

Humility also means you don’t treat people as though they’re less than. There is no humility in elitism, classism, racism, sexism, etc. Your perceived power over others indicates you believe yourself to be of greater importance. That is not modesty. That is not humility. Are you serving or expecting to be served? There’s just one of your tests.

Humility requires us to be less of an extrovert, not being the center of attention, not trying to get credit for everything you take part in, not trying to get social media likes and followers, and choosing instead to be modest. It’s elevating someone else above us, because our ego is in check, and we are centered in God. Humility steers us away from “big-head syndrome” which pops up when we take on fancy titles, acquire expensive things, and gain popularity.

So back to the Bible verse—if humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not submitting our hearts and mind to living this way? Are you ready to surrender? Or is your ego struggling with a sense of importance or a desire for fame?

Look closely at many of the famous people from the past who craved the fame—how many of them walked in honor, with untainted wealth, and lived long and healthy lives? Many of them didn’t. So many of them faced scandals, died tragically, and struggled with reality and more.

Look at today’s celebrities and their struggles. Their demons make regular appearances, ensuring that the celebrities face will be plastered all over the news, social media, and magazines. Look at everything they sacrifice and trade for fame, to be the center of attention. Have you noticed that the ones who choose a life of modesty and humility are also rarely in the tabloids? You don’t hear of them being caught up in a scandal. It’s like they understand the trappings and they choose a different path. You hear more about their benevolence than any antics.

I always cringe when I hear or read someone say they want to be famous. It’s a trap. It’s temptation of the flesh. The riches, honor, and life they desire can only come from living a life of humility. Being more than okay behind the camera, but elevating and giving credit to others when you are in front of the camera. Humility is “we” not “I”. Humility is honoring those who made it possible for you to be where you are. It’s understanding and declaring that you aren’t self-made—someone helped you along the way. It’s paying forward the gifts given to you. That’s the life I want to consistently live, how about you?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should be in awe of or submit to but You. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You. I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You because I know it hurts You, and my heart hurts to think of that. I fear losing Your favor, because I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking. I know you didn’t create me to be a footstool or to treat others as though they are footstools.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper. I want to feel Your touch, even if it’s like a light breeze. I want blandness to taste rich. I want the slightest scent to be delightfully overwhelming. I want to be aligned with you fully and always. This can only happen with You and through following Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.20.20

Scripture

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

Reflection

Humility is defined as modesty, or a low view of one’s own importance. You realize you are one piece to a bigger picture. You don’t see yourself as the picture. Modesty is defined as being unassuming or moderate about how you estimate your abilities. So you aren’t one to brag about your perceived or actual greatness.

In the Biblical context, considering the culture of the Hebrews, fear meant to be in awe of, to respect, to submit to. Even looking at from the context of how many people define fear as an unpleasant emotion that surfaces when we think something bad is going to happen, what we do when we fear something or someone, is we let go of our understanding of truth or the known and we submit to the unknown. But let’s not confuse that with the respectful fear as articulated in the Bible.

Fearing God means to respect, be in awe of, and submit to Him. Understanding and acknowledging that we are a piece of His puzzle, and we are to bring glory to Him, it demonstrates our respect for Him. Doing so, fully committed and undeterred, brings riches, honor, and life as defined and made possible by God.

If humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not surrendering? What do we think we have to sacrifice? What is it that we are afraid of losing or gaining? Do we think we aren’t worthy?

Do we not surrender because we aren’t humble and modest?

Do we struggle with the truth that we are one piece of a puzzle that makes up a bigger puzzle that is part of an even bigger puzzle, and so on?

Are we too busy analyzing what riches, honor, and life truly mean, and whether it’s a different context than we’re thinking about?

Have you surrendered? Are you living life fully, joyfully, and abundantly? If not, why?

Are you ready to truly surrender?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should fear but You. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You. I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything. I am merely a piece to Your puzzle.

I am afraid of not pleasing You. I am afraid of losing Your favor. I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be as an example for Your children— my brothers and sisters who have not yet embraced Christ, and those who have perverted their relationship with Christ.

Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking. Father, show me how to best be receptive to You. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper. I want to feel Your touch, even if it’s like a light breeze. I want even the most bland of food and drink to taste so rich and satisfying that I never have room to complain because I am full. I want to smell the slightest scent and be delightfully overwhelmed with the aroma.

This can only happen with You Lord and through Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. Show me how. I surrender. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.20.19

Scripture

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

Reflection

If humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not surrendering? Are you ready to surrender?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should fear but You, and I say that respectfully. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You.

I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You. I fear losing Your favor. I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be as an example for Your children—my brothers and sisters in Christ. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper.

This can only happen with You Lord and through Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. Show me how. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.18.11

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

Pray
Father there is nothing or no one I should fear but You respectfully. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You. I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You. I fear losing Your favor. I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be as an example for Your children- my brothers and sisters in Christ. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking. Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper. I want to feel Your touch, even if it’s like a light breeze. I want even the most bland of food and drink to taste so rich and satisfying that I never have room to complain because I am full. I want to smell the slightest scent and be delightfully overwhelmed with the aroma.

This can only happen with You Lord and through Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. Show me how. I love you. Amen.

Reflection
If humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not surrendering? Are you ready to surrender?

Love always,

Natasha

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