Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.25.13

For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray that I always seek out Your Light, walk only by Your Light, speak using Your Light, reflect only Your Light, and never give in to darkness for I know it is the absence of You. I pray for discernment to see Your light always and everywhere, and to push past darkness—rebuking it at every turn. I worship and serve only You Father. In Jesus’ name as a believer and follower of Christ, Love, Truth, Mind, and Light. Amen.

Reflection
Guard yourself. Guard what you see, hear, and say. Guard how you react and respond to situations. Guard your mind from what you read and what you listen to on the TV, radio, Internet, etc. Look closely at what you are about to purchase and from whom. What do the words and images really mean? Don’t be quick to follow fads and fashion trends. Clearly discern the images and sounds that are trying to filter into your mind. Know that God’s Mind and Spirit prevails and trumps any other perceived or actual source anywhere. Remember that in Proverbs 21:30 it is boldly stated that there is absolutely nothing out there of any kind that can outdo God.

Remember Matthew 4:10 when Jesus told the enemy, to go away because it is written that we are to worship the Lord our God and serve only Him. Jesus wasn’t going to even entertain the enemy one moment. He wasn’t going to give in to the promises of power, fame, prestige, and wealth. Jesus had one Master, one Father, one King, one Protector, one Lord—our Heavenly Father-Mother God! He told the enemy to get lost.

We cannot give in to temptation. We cannot give power to the enemy who has absolutely none. Every time we give in to the enemy we make it relevant, give it meaning, give it a sense of power, and take the focus off of God. Every time we give time to darkness, to error, to that big lie, we are ignoring God—we are putting God on the back burner. We are telling God to wait, that He is of less importance at that moment. We’re telling him in these moments that we can do “this” without Him, whatever “this” is at that moment—of course, until we need Him. Then we want God’s undivided attention and blessings.

When negative thoughts pop in your head, say, “that’s a lie!” and mean it! Say it with conviction like someone just told you that your mother was part donkey, part giraffe, and part parakeet. It may sound funny reading this, but the reality is that the claim is false; it’s a lie; and you should declare it with Truth and Light in your heart and mind. There will always be clever tricks disguised as lightheartedness, jokes, art, etc.— but they too are dark.

1 John 4:1 tells us to not believe every spirit because there are many false prophets. This reinforces how easily we can be distracted or manipulated if we aren’t walking in the Truth.

Guard yourself and remember these scriptural passages along your journey.

Clothing myself in Love,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3/24/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 3/24/13

Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. Enjoy!

Today’s Subject: Bandwagon Fans
Today’s Scripture selections from are:
John 12:12-16
Deuteronomy 16:16b-17
Matthew 16:13-20
John 15:8,9
Matthew 26:69-74
Luke 14:25-33
Acts 3:11-16

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
Sermon discussed the difference between between being a “R.E.A.L.” fan of Jesus, and being a bandwagon.

I’m a R.E.A.L. Fan of Jesus when:

1. I remember his body of work
2. I express my loyalty in the face of haters
3. I accept the cost of total commitment
4. I live a life of passionate devotion

You can’t do number 4 above without first doing number 3.

– It’s not that we don’t love God. It’s that as just don’t love Him ENOUGH!

– Signs that you are on a bandwagon (using today’s examples):

1. No reflection of God and Christ in/at your workplace
2. Shy away from conversations about why you practice your faith, why you attend church and Bible study regularly, read your Bible, etc.
3. The only Bible you have is the one that sits in the back window of your car collecting dust and getting warped by the sun.
4. How you dress; even at the gym
5. How you speak while playing a sport or some other activity–what language are you using?

-You shouldn’t be concerned with offending people. The nature of Truth itself is offensive. Light offends darkness.

-We’re more like Peter than we think. We can say we can’t believe that Peter would betray Jesus, we can even claim we wouldn’t—but honestly, let’s put things in a modern-day context: Jesus was arrested and was in the primary stages before being crucified. Peter watched him get arrested and out of fear of the same happening to him, he denied knowing and being affiliated with Jesus (unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy Jesus mentioned to the disciples). Peter followed Jesus from a distance and watched as things unfolded. Peter was no different than those of us who say, “shoot I’m not going down for you” or “I’m not about to catch a case for you”.

-Now honestly ask yourself, what would you do if you were Peter? Would you have done the same thing, or worse?

-See it’s not the willingness to die for Jesus that is the problem. People are quick to say they would do that, because it’s so quick and temporary (i.e., eternal life) it’s living for Christ and being Christ-like that is the difficult task.

-Everyone knows that saying you’re a Christian and being a Christian carries heavy weight and expectations. When you make the claim everyone sits back and watches you—they look to see how you walk and talk, in all situations. It’s also the reason why many people don’t claim to be Christian, but rather say “spiritual” because it provides a comfort zone, a buffer, where there’s no expectation to perform. This too is a bandwagon step.

– God creates situations where we have to cooperate with Him.

-You will either follow Jesus from a distance or up close.

-You will either walk the walk 100% or be on the bandwagon.

-Where in your life are you on the bandwagon? Where are you still doubtful of God’s ability to do all and everything for you? Wherever there is fear and doubt, there is the bandwagon that you must eliminate through prayer and practice.

Message and Reminder from Natasha:
Sorry for the delay with today’s message. Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on today’s sermons, Breaking Bread daily posts, or issues impacting the Christian community. Remember there is absolutely no preaching, passing judgment, converting, recruiting, or focus on any specific church or religious leader. Those are the rules. We’re here to share words of love and peace inspired by the Word of the Bible. We’re here to uplift and never tear down. If you can roll with that, then you can roll with me and the Breaking Bread family! Visit the chat room here:

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Have an amazing week family. Remember to focus on getting off that bandwagon, if you’re on it. We all have to face the reality that we are a lot like Peter in more than one aspect of our life. Find out where and work to stomp out that fear—in Jesus’s name!

Love always,

Natasha

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3/18/13 to 3/22/13

Are you ready for the Word? Let’s do this then!

Monday- 3/18/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-18-13/

Tuesday- 3/19/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-19-13/

Wednesday- 3/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-20-13/

Thursday- 3/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-21-13/

Friday- 3/22/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-22-13/

I hope that this week’s messages help you on your journey and spiritual walk, and that whatever you are going through in life that you can find some inspiration each day.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is our Sunday Sermon Share Day. If you hear or take part in an awesome sermon, please share your notes, highlights, scripture, or reflections with the rest of us. I don’t care if it’s a sermon from an online or televised broadcast, please share with us. I intend to do the same.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.22.13

Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:9-11 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for constantly molding me, redirecting me, and causing me to deal with life’s lessons. Please continue to guide me Father. I need the discipline for growth. I need the lessons so that when I learn what I am to do, I gain wisdom in the process. I want peace in my life Lord. These things I humbly pray for. Amen.

Reflection
Without discipline, redirection, setbacks, and “wakeup calls” we would not be chosen to rule over the mammals, creatures, and other walks of life. Embrace obstacles as merely opportunities to shine and reflect God’s light. Embrace the opportunity to seize whatever prize awaits you on the other side. We must submit fully to God in order to receive all that God has in store for us.

Enjoy your Friday family. Tomorrow we’ll do our Saturday Recap.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.21.13

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

Psalms 46:1 HCSB

Pray
Father protect me. Protect my mind, heart, spirit, and soul. Protect me from attacks of all kinds. Guide me away from situations that could cause me harm. Block negative messaging and influences. I thank You for being my rock, shelter, and protector. I love You Father. Amen.

Reflection
We are to live in the world but not be of the world. Protect your mind and soul from worldly and dark influences that could lead you astray. Protect yourself from music, movies, images, pictures, symbols, books, and other sources that are not reflections of God’s light.

Listen to the words of songs you sing. Pay close attention to the images and symbols you wear or place in your home. Be cautious of how and where you spend and invest your money. Do your research. Words are powerful. Thoughts are things, as a friend of mine often says. Our minds are extremely powerful.

Not everyone out there has the best intentions. There are a lot of wolves in sheep clothing. Pray that God always protects you on your journey.

Love always,

Natasha
P.S. Happy birthday to my grandmother—such class and grace, and definitely a soldier for Christ. Another birthday shout out to my dear friend Brandon who would have been 31 years old yesterday. He passed too soon for us, but God’s time is never to be questioned. I know God is using him for something greater now.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.20.13

Yesterday we prayed and reflected upon life’s “storms” and the change that comes each day, whether we want them or not. This morning when I opened my eyes and focused of this beautiful day that God has blessed me to see and participate in, I was pleasantly greeted by a text message from my friend Juanita who shared another great message from Joel and Victoria Osteen.

My daily blogs have my name in the title, but this isn’t the “Natasha Show”, this is an exchange and sharing of God’s Word and Jesus’s walk, as I continue on this arduous journey (and I’m sure yours is no cake-walk). So wherever or whomever it comes from it does not matter to me, as long as it’s loving, positive, inspirational, and brings us even closer to God, I’m going to post it. So hopefully you embrace from time to time messages shared by others, and find that when I share others prayers and reflections, it only enriches your spiritual walk. Look at it as a double dose of God’s Light!

Today I share an amazing message that so aptly ties in to yesterday’s message that I wrote. Enjoy, God bless, and happy birthday to everyone celebrating the day God popped them into the world!

Love always,
Natasha

Message: When God Opens the Floodgates

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.”

Psalm 78:53, NKJV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Nothing can stop the force of mighty rushing water. Three or four feet of water can pick up a car that weighs thousands of pounds and move it all around. You’ve probably seen news reports where whole houses are being swept away during a huge flood or cities in a tidal wave.

In the same way, you may have obstacles that look insurmountable; dreams that look unattainable, but let me encourage you: when God releases a flood of His power, nothing will be able to stop you. That sickness may look big, but when God releases a flood of healing, it doesn’t stand a chance. Your opposition may be stronger, better financed and better equipped; but when God opens up the floodgates, they’ll be no match for you.

You may not have the connections or resources you need, but when God releases a flood of favor, people will come out of the woodwork to help you out. Good breaks, opportunity, the right people will search you out. You need to get ready not for a trickle, not a stream, not a river, but a flood of God’s favor, a tidal wave of God’s goodness, a tsunami of His increase is coming your way!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your mighty power at work in my life. I believe that Your floodgates are open, and a flood of Your goodness is wiping out my enemies and clearing the way for victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.19.13

“…He sends forth [rains], and they overwhelm the land or transform it.”

Job 12:15, AMP

Pray
Father thank You for the change. Whether or not I see and embrace its immediate or long-term need, You know my heart and know that I understand its importance. So once again thank You. Amen.

Reflection
Yesterday out of no where there was a nasty storm that hit parts of Georgia, and in the Metro area we went from drizzle to sprinkle, to a hail storm in less than 10 minutes—all in 78 degree weather.

We were on tornado watch as I saw hail that fell the size of dimes, nickels and quarters outside of my home. I was grateful to be inside and that my car, and home appeared to be okay. I did dread having to go outside again, for anything. I didn’t want to be bombarded by chunks and pieces of hail. Who really wants that?

What I didn’t know was that maybe 30-45 minutes away in Stockbridge, Georgia a contractor I know was under attack by hail that measured at 2+ inches. He sent a picture of approximately 5 pieces of hail and they were huge. This hail dinted his car, caused damage to his roof, knocked a squirrel out of a tree, and knocked trees down. There weren’t any high winds by his home, just lots of rain and hail.

I was fascinated and alarmed by what I thought was large pieces of hail, and this man had hail that looked like golf balls. That sure put things into perspective.

Yesterday’s storm will either overwhelm people and the area, or it will help to transform it and them. But hopefully no matter what, there will always be a chance to learn a lesson about our perspectives on how bad things really are—what you are going through may be nothing in comparison to others.

Just as the metaphoric “storms” we face in life—either they overwhelm and devastate us or they help to transform our lives into something better and stronger. We will all face storms, real and imagined, severe and minor, it is how you respond before, during, and after that matters.

How do you deal with pain, loss, disappointment, betrayal, etc?

How do you deal with change?

How do you deal with life’s storms? I challenge each of us to do what I did last night during a real storm (knowing that I had somewhere to be) —I say dress for the weather, put on rain boots, slap a hat on your head, and get out there—because last night I went to the Philips Arena to see the Dallas Mavericks beat the Atlanta Hawks—and guess what? There was no hail getting there and absolutely no rain coming back. The storm had passed. When I returned home and I walked in the backyard last night with my man and our dog, everything was calm. The storm I witnessed and experienced wasn’t as bad as I thought it was.

Today it’s bright and sunny. The birds are chirping. I hear the water flowing in the creek in the backyard. The darkness and wildness is gone, and peace is restored. Have there been some changes? Yes, indeed. But they are transforming ones.

How can that same approach be applied in the metaphorical “storms”? Instead of burying yourself under the weight of what life throws you, instead of hiding and balled up in fear, step up and out of the mess (being sure not to cause collateral damage of your own), and each day take a step forward and beyond that “storm”.

You have a choice to exist in the grey or you can live in the splendid colors of light. It’s a choice.

Think about it and share your thoughts and experiences.

Love always,

Natasha

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