Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.31.15

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 5.31.15

It’s been a long time since I shared a Sunday sermon. Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a great message. Enjoy!

Current Series – RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH

Week 2 – “God’s Rx For Our Health”

Dr. Bryan E. Crute, Founder/Senior Pastor

“You made my body, Lord: now give me sense to heed your laws.” Psalm 119:73 (TLB)

The 5 essentials of better health are…
1. Faith
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

The Bible says that faith comes from hearing, the Word of God, and it requires us to act upon it. It’s important to study the Word of God because it helps you to counteract and offset the fears that we have within, the fears that the enemy feeds off of, and it helps to build up our faith—so God can transform us the way that He wants to.

Read Psalms 91

2. Food
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice of food or with the wine which he drank…” Daniel 1:8 (NASB)

RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you not know what is nutritious for you or is it that you just don’t make the best food choices?
Do you keep making excuses or tell yourself “I did well this week so I’m going to treat myself today” and then find yourself down-sliding week after week thereafter?

3. Fitness
And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” Romans 12:1 (TLB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Healthy fitness is a lifestyle. It’s based on consistency. We work and try to balance life, work, and family—and it can be very difficult to work out, but when you’re committed and consistent it will always pay off. It’s a lifestyle choice that you make. 
You have to make a mental choice and be consistent. There are some people who are a “5” and are self-motivators, it’s rare to find a person who is a “5” who isn’t self-motivated. They make up their mind and just do it. They don’t make excuses based on age, work, etc. 
You have to be proactive and the reason your workouts hurt is because you aren’t properly fueled with God’s medications of fruit and vegetables, and not the poisons of fast food.
Dr. Kay, resident MD for the church says, most people aren’t designed to be on our own and self-motivated, they work better in groups. Self-motivators prioritize food and fitness to be #1 priority, but if you aren’t then you need to stay close to a self-motivator who can encourage you to redirect your priorities to become healthier and fitter.

4. Focus
“Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ICB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

In the area of mental health (not mental illness) how is it that you rate below a 4? Considering strategies that can help reel you in and help you focus. What’s the deal with ADD and ADHD, and doctors prescribing medicine to help force-focus people. 
Dr. Kay says that, not to knock traditional medicine, as she is now a holistic practitioner now, she sees individuals as individuals and believes that not everyone learns and processes information the say, and that it may not necessarily be attention deficit, but rather looking at one’s environment, eating habits, and how you process information. Your brain is a muscle and what you do today will impact it for many tomorrow’s. Eating healthy food and natural supplements (like fish oils) to help your brain, heart, and body.

5. Friends
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you have anyone in your life that you can help and who can help you? If not, ask yourself why? Did you purge your “friends” list because they were toxic? Are you now afraid to open yourself up to allowing new potential friends to enter?
Were you the person who was toxic and your friends just couldn’t tolerate your behavior and toxicity any longer? What can you do to become healthy again so that you can align with new, healthy friend again?
Friends are your network, circle of relationships, sometimes like-minded. Friends are your companions.
The greatest value of joining life circle groups in houses of faith, is the sense of community, with people walking the same journey–understanding what you’re going through, and there’s a mutual alignment as all members work together to lift themselves and each other up.

Copyright 2015. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.17.14

For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.

Romans 1:21 HCSB

Pray
I know that I don’t always praise You Father. I know that when life drags me through the mud, I’m not praising You. I know that when a loved one passes, I’m not praising You. Father I want to praise You during good times and bad times, through sunshine and storms. Touch my heart so that I praise You always. Touch my heart Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Yesterday I shared a message about rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks each and every day, in and through every situation. We must constantly pray for this change to take place within our hearts so that it becomes our reality, our every day, our life.

We must pray for our spiritual weaknesses to become our strengths. Only God can make that happen, and only after our commitment to the process. Pray that He touches your heart so that you can benefit fully from His blessings, and so others may benefit from their interaction with you.

Questions of the Day
1.What is your biggest obstacle blocking you from praising God and showing gratitude in every situation?

2. How confident are you in your ability to let go and trust God in everything?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.4.13

For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful.

Romans 1:20, 21, 23, 24, 28-31 HCSB

Pray
Father please forgive me for all of the things that I have personally done to myself, to others, and against Your command. Please forgive my brothers and sisters who know right from wrong, but still choose the latter. Please forgive those who are scared and confused, and out of fear behave inappropriately, or just give up on life. Father forgive us for not having enough faith in You. Forgive us for not trusting You to protect us, carry us, and deliver us from darkness. I humbly pray not just for myself but for all of Your children. Heal us Father. Amen.

Reflection
We have faith and believe that today the clock will strike 10pm. We believe that tomorrow will come. We believe that our plans for this weekend will go undisturbed. We believe these things (that could easily not take place) yet we struggle with believing in God’s power and ability because we can’t see Him or physically touch Him. Time, days, events, and tangible items are only possible because of Him, because He gives them to us. People could see and touch Jesus, His son, yet look what they did to him. People could see and touch disciples that were followers of Jesus (while he walked the Earth in human form and after he ascended) yet look what people did to them.

We continue to disobey God and sin because some of us naively believe that we have plenty of time to make things right, or we believe that heaven and hell do not exist (or only here on Earth). Some of us sin because we think that if we just pray and ask for forgiveness that our sin is forgiven, and now we can go on living—and sinning—some folks repeating the same sin.

I pray that as I mature and become wiser on my spiritual journey, that I also leave behind the immaturity, fearfulness, ignorance, pride, and selfishness that caused me so much pain over the years. I pray that as God opens my eyes to the possibilities that I embrace each day as a gift, each opportunity as though it’s my last, and each person He sends my way like a beloved family member. I pray for the discernment to see the world’s trappings and the enemy’s plans, so that I might steer clear and remain focused on my walk and mission.

I pray for the best for each of you. You are my brothers and sisters, whether you are believers and followers, or not. I love you all. Have a happy 4th of July family!

Love always,

Natasha

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