Breaking Bread For 12.6.19

Scripture

(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

1 Timothy 3:5

Reflection

If you can’t take care of your home, your family, and yourself, then how can you tell other people how to run their lives? There’s a huge difference between praying with and for each other, and prophesying to and against others. A preacher, pastor, bishop, minister, priest, nun, or monk is not closer with and doesn’t have an advantage over you when it comes to God. The same measurements He uses with you He uses with them. Some of them were called to serve and some of them chose to serve. The same is true of our everyday community leaders.

They all are still spiritual beings having human experiences just like you, so guess what? They are still exposed to some of the same temptations as you and are attacked by the “liar” just like you. They sometimes have to work harder to do right because they have a congregation or community of people that they serve that they must be held accountable to in addition to God and their family. So with that added responsibility shouldn’t they also have their personal lives in order just as they expect and preach to you? They cannot ask and expect of you what they don’t accomplish and maintain themselves. They are not granted a pass by God because they wear a special-made robe and other clothing. They are not granted a pass by God because of a fancy title that leads or follows their name.

We all must take care of our family life and maintain the level of goodness, love, joy, fidelity, honor, light, peace, and harmony that God expects. We must do this and keep this in our lives before telling others how to take care of their own lives and family. Stop giving advice you won’t take. Stop telling people what they should be doing if you won’t do it yourself. Stop claiming to have an insight when your own vision is blurred or blinded. Stop being hard-lined about issues you haven’t even resolved in your own life.

Pray for those people who judge others. Pray for the hypocrites.

Pray for those people who judge drug and alcohol addicts, adulterers, homosexuals, pornographers, and adult sex workers yet they also indulge and engage in supporting these acts and professions. Pray for those people who call the adult sex industry smut, yet they have a collection of pornography in their homes and/or offices, or get caught with a prostitute or “escort”. Pray for the ones who say homosexuals are going to hell, and then they get caught engaging in illicit “relations” with the opposite sex. Pray for the ones who go on and on badmouthing adulterers while claiming fidelity in their own relationships, yet they later get caught cheating on their spouse. Pray for those who seek the death penalty, except when it affects them and their loved ones.

Pray for all of them. If this is also you, then pray for yourself.

Because maybe it is better for these people to be silent than stand on a soapbox declaring one thing, yet living secretly another way. These same people who rant and rave about the sins of the world, and then get caught committing these same sins, don’t realize the negative impact they cause to their families, the congregation and community that supported and followed them. How can their families and community trust their own decisions in life, trust their relationship with Jesus and God, if the man or woman that was supposedly called to serve them has been a double-agent for the “liar”?

If you want to turn people towards Jesus you must be more like him. If you want to turn people away from Jesus then make your own rules and then caught breaking God’s.

If you can’t lead righteously then don’t jump to the front of the pack trying to lead the people to the promised land.

Let us all work to take care of ourselves, our family, and our homes so that if we are ever in a position to give our opinion or advice, we can do so with a clean heart and no skeletons in our closets.

Prayer

Father, thank You for today and yesterday, and I humbly give thanks in advance for the tomorrow I hope to see. Father as Your servant I strive each day to overcome temptation, to only say loving things, and to be loving in action towards others. Father, there are some servants in Your church who have taken the role of judges and messiahs over Your children. They have decided to tell Your congregation what to do, and when and how to do it, yet they don’t practice in their own lives these very commands. Father some of Your children demand of others what they aren’t willing to do or say. Father some of Your children call things abominations, yet they have been caught engaging with and indulging in these same abominations.

Lord, I pray that You forgive them as You forgive me. Lord forgive us for what we do, what we don’t know, and for those things, we turn a blind eye towards. Father forgive us for our sinful ways, for cursing, manipulating, lying and cheating, and for betraying one another. Father forgive us for those moments we follow the “liar” instead of walking alongside Your son Jesus on the path You have created. Father forgive us for not trusting in You enough to believe that You will always provide, make a way out of no way, and deliver to us the things and people we need and are to have in our lives.

Father steer those of us who are off Your path back on a straight course towards righteousness and salvation. Realign our minds and hearts with Yours Father. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.5.19

Scripture

They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

Luke 4:32

Reflection

God isn’t mediocre and doesn’t work in or accept mediocrity, and His son was and is no exception. So why are we amazed yet not committed to following the teachings of Jesus, so that we might be closer to God? Jesus is the ultimate example that this is not a spiritual experience that we are living as humans, but rather a human experience we are living as spiritual beings.

Our next level of existence will be the return to our spiritual bodies and shedding this human shell. To get the most from our experience we must gain wisdom and knowledge through the Bible, Jesus, and other great servant leaders of our Heavenly Father-Mother. Are you ready for your next level of growth? Then pray on it and live boldly today and each day. When you prepare yourself for bed tonight, pray for God to pour into you and use you as He sees fit. Then fix your mind upon awakening tomorrow morning with an improved outlook. God bless each of you!

Prayer

Father thank You for Your son, Jesus. As Your son, Your reflection, Your way-shower for Your children; he is the shepherd and I am honored to be one of his sheep. Thank You, Father, for making sure the way to You is always illuminated and accessible.

 

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.4.19

Scripture

The Lord came to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised.

Genesis 21:1 HCSB

Reflection

Sarah never thought that she would have a child, and even doubted God when He told her that even in old age He would bless her with one. It just goes to show why we should never doubt God, His power, His presence, or His ability. Trust. Believe. Receive.

Prayer

Father, I know in my heart that all that You intend for me to have will be mine. I pray for obedience, patience, and understanding. Cast away my fears. Lovingly I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.3.19

Scripture

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Matthew 4:1-3 HCSB

Reflection

Don’t ever let the enemy convince you that you need to prove anything. Rebuke it and keep moving.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the strength, discernment, courage, and faith to see the enemy for what it is and to not be deceived, encouraged, enticed, lured, trapped, or manipulated into following it or falling into its ways. Let me rebuke it each time my attention is caught. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.25.19

Scripture

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17 NIV

Reflection

There is nothing in life that we receive in joy that does not come from our heavenly Father. Little or big, it does not matter, as they all come from Him.

I just read an excerpt from a Bible plan created by Joyce Meyers, and she speaks of a time when in prayer she mumbled to God a question asking Him why she no longer received the blessings of years past that would wow and stun her. God replied that He never stopped blessing her, she had merely grown accustomed to the blessing and was no longer shocked and amazed.

How many of us take for granted our blessings simply because they’re always present and accounted for each day?

The clothes that you wear, the food that you eat, the transportation that you use to get you from points A to E, the air that you breathe, the functioning of your body, the processing of your mind, your laughter and your tears, the joy within—all of these things and so much more that we take for granted. Every day God makes these things possible.

We should be wowed each day. We should be grateful and thanking God each day for these gifts. We did not earn them. We are not entitled to them. It is always and only because of Him.

Be grateful and praise His Holy name. Give thanks today, right now and throughout your day, and each day.

Prayer

Father, thank You for every gift given to me and delivered through me. Thank You for every opportunity presented, every opportunity seized, and every opportunity that results in my ability to bless others.

You are my constant. You are always here. I can always count on You. You are my ever-present source of strength, courage, hope, love, peace, and joy. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.22.19

Scripture

raising my voice in thanksgiving and telling about Your wonderful works.

Psalms 26:7 HCSB

Reflection

Stop what you are doing this very second and just give thanks to God for everything you are, everything you’re not, everything you have, and everything He has spared you from.

Now share your blessings with others by being a blessing. Show your thanks. Let us look to the giving of thanks and celebrations noted in the Bible, and from that, give glory and praise to God. Don’t ever be ashamed to celebrate your life in His name. Have a splendid and joy-filled day!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day, another day of life. Thank You for my family, friends, and associates. Thank You for the stranger who will one day become a friend. Thank You for the opportunities to be a blessing to others, to build upon and share my gifts, and to learn from countless experiences and people. Thank You for my daily bread and for the strength to carry on each day. Thank You for my savior Jesus Christ, the redeemer of all and my path to You. I love You Lord. Amen

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.21.19

Scripture

Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,’ and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him ⌊nothing⌋. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty.

Deuteronomy 15:9 HCSB

Reflection

Although there is a debt system in place within the U.S. that is to forgive debts by year seven, many debt collectors find creative ways to circumvent this rule, which keeps debtors on the line an additional seven years—a cycle many people can’t seem to free themselves from.

Now let’s switch things up…

Do you forgive personal debts owed to you or do you dwell on what was owed to you? Do you turn into a cyber and street stalker, harassing people for the money they owe you? The Bible says that at year seven we are to squash all debts, forgive our debtors as we would want to be forgiven. Why don’t you strongly consider forgiving debts owed to you in less that seven years? Would it not be in your favor if someone quickly forgave the debt you owed?

Someone close to me always says, “if you are going to loan money then give it freely without expectation of repayment“. This mindset frees you of the weight of wondering if you will be repaid. I also recall a saying that explains our debt and slow repayment cycle, “if you find that people are slow to pay you money, it’s most likely because you are slow to pay people“. Do you pay your bills on time each month, or do you pay late? What you put in the atmosphere is what comes back to you. So when you wait and wait and wait for someone to pay you for work performed, or a loan due, think about the cycle you first started—and most likely continue churning. If it doesn’t feel good being on the receiving end, then begin to change your ways.

Prayer

Father, forgive me of my debts and touch the heart of my debtors, that they too will forgive my debts. I pray that all debts owed to me are forgiven by me, so that no one is burdened. Let the cycle end at the time You command—to never exceed seven years. If you would be merciful to release me from the burden of debts before the seven years, I would be most appreciative. Let there be no bad feelings between myself and debtors and those I am indebted to. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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