Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.30.13

Note: I returned from South Africa today. A great trip indeed. My apologies for not posting Saturday and Sunday. I was on safari and had no Internet access. I will backdate those posts this week. Until then are you ready for today’s message? Then let’s do this.

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do since this man does many signs? If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation.” So from that day on they plotted to kill Him.

John 11:47, 48, 53 HCSB

Pray
Father please don’t let my fear get in the way of my blessings. I never want fear to stand between me and Christ. May I push past the flesh to fully embrace the Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
The chief priests and Pharisees were so fearful of losing position, perceived power and influence that the only solution they could fathom was to kill Jesus. They knew he was the Messiah, but they couldn’t fathom losing their power over the townspeople—that fear caused a domino effect that has continued to impact lives even today.

Don’t let fear take ahold of you. Don’t make decisions based on fear. Walk in courage. Pray for courage.

Love always,
Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.25.13

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on My own, but He sent Me. Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word. You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth,why don’t you believe Me? The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.”

John 8:42-47 HCSB

Pray
Father may I always know the Truth and rebuke the enemy who tries to convince me that lies are my reality. I don’t need to physically see Jesus to walk with him. I don’t want to be lost. I don’t want to walk aimlessly because of my fear, pride or arrogance. I want to do right by You Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
If we are not with God and Jesus then who’s followers are we? Painfully the answer is the enemy. If we are not with the Light then we can only be in darkness. I don’t know about you but I prefer the Light.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.24.13

Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’ ? ”

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? ”

Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it? ” Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.)

He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? ”

John 6:41, 42, 51, 52, 60-67 HCSB

Pray
Let me never forget or repeat the sins before me; let me never forget the healings and teachings of my savior Jesus Christ; let me never forget the Word so that I might always apply it to my life, and share it with others. May I always be connected and protected to You and Your son, for all the days of my life—and beyond. Amen.

Reflection
His family did not believe, his disciples did not believe, so it was no surprise that the townspeople did not fully believe in Jesus Christ. What they saw, heard, felt, and experienced were not enough to believe. Sound familiar?

We spend our days wishy washy as conditional believers, believing when we receive immediate gratification, and doubting when things don’t happen when we want them.

Jesus spoke in parables because he knew that humans could not truly grasp the spiritual words and context, and this was apparent when they always took literally the words he spoke but never considered the spiritual context he intended. We must get beyond our limited human thinking and evolve to a spiritual understanding, appreciation, and application. We must get beyond religious constraints and live freely in a spiritual realm where we can walk without shackles.

Stop doubting. Start believing. Let’s be free.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.24.13

Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’ ? ”

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? ”

Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it? ” Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.)

He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? ”

John 6:41, 42, 51, 52, 60-67 HCSB

Pray
Let me never forget or repeat the sins before me; let me never forget the healings and teachings of my savior Jesus Christ; let me never forget the Word so that I might always apply it to my life, and share it with others. May I always be connected and protected to You and Your son, for all the days of my life—and beyond. Amen.

Reflection
His family did not believe, his disciples did not believe, so it was no surprise that the townspeople did not fully believe in Jesus Christ. What they saw, heard, felt, and experienced were not enough to believe. Sound familiar?

We spend our days wishy washy as conditional believers, believing when we receive immediate gratification, and doubting when things don’t happen when we want them.

Jesus spoke in parables because he knew that humans could not truly grasp the spiritual words and context, and this was apparent when they always took literally the words he spoke but never considered the spiritual context he intended. We must get beyond our limited human thinking and evolve to a spiritual understanding, appreciation, and application. We must get beyond religious constraints and live freely in a spiritual realm where we can walk without shackles.

Stop doubting. Start believing. Let’s be free.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.13

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 HCSB

Pray
I pray for peace within. I pray to change through growth but to remain the same person as Your child and servant. May I grow to be the person who is always regarded as loving, fair, honorable, and dignified, and if anyone were to say other—may others never believe this claim. Father that is the person I work to be, always reflecting Your light, and always being an example of Christ that You and Your son would expect of me. I work hard to be more disciplined, courageous, and determined. Strengthen me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
No matter who met Jesus he was always the same–Love and Light–and we can rely on this today, tomorrow, and forever. Is this not an amazing thing to consider and to know?

Who else besides Jesus and God can we rely upon to consistently be the same, in a positive way, today as they were years ago, or even years from now? We expect a difference in humans. We expect a difference in each other. We expect a difference in ourselves.

But let us be encouraged to know that just as Jesus was so can we be. Be devoted, dedicated, honorable, and unmovable students of Christ. Carry your yoke and expect only that you will always be cared for. This is something I pray my growth will bring to me. I pray to one day walk without fear moving me one way or the other—just walking as commanded.

Happy Tuesday family. I hope that your day is being embraced as a blessing. I’m alive, healthy, functioning, and loved, so a blessing it is indeed for me. Enjoy the rest of your day and may it be productive and rewarding!

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.13

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 HCSB

Pray
I pray for peace within. I pray to change through growth but to remain the same person as Your child and servant. May I grow to be the person who is always regarded as loving, fair, honorable, and dignified, and if anyone were to say other—may others never believe this claim. Father that is the person I work to be, always reflecting Your light, and always being an example of Christ that You and Your son would expect of me. I work hard to be more disciplined, courageous, and determined. Strengthen me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
No matter who met Jesus he was always the same–Love and Light–and we can rely on this today, tomorrow, and forever. Is this not an amazing thing to consider and to know?

Who else besides Jesus and God can we rely upon to consistently be the same, in a positive way, today as they were years ago, or even years from now? We expect a difference in humans. We expect a difference in each other. We expect a difference in ourselves.

But let us be encouraged to know that just as Jesus was so can we be. Be devoted, dedicated, honorable, and unmovable students of Christ. Carry your yoke and expect only that you will always be cared for. This is something I pray my growth will bring to me. I pray to one day walk without fear moving me one way or the other—just walking as commanded.

Happy Tuesday family. I hope that your day is being embraced as a blessing. I’m alive, healthy, functioning, and loved, so a blessing it is indeed for me. Enjoy the rest of your day and may it be productive and rewarding!

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.22.13

We must always thank God for you, brothers. This is right, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for increased faith, hope, and love within myself and for my fellow brothers and sisters. May those who don’t know You begin to have a relationship with You. May those who don’t believe have their eyes and hearts opened to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Although we see and hear examples of hate fueled by fear and insecurity, we can also recall many more examples of love, compassion, and healing. Stay prayed up not just for those you know and love, but for those you don’t know. Watch your thoughts and words because you can’t take them back. Protect your mind.

Pray for protection of innocence in our youth. May their spirit not be tarnished by negative environments or circumstances. Pray for peace, love, healing, and dignity for all.

Love from South Africa,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4/21/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 4/21/13

<Today's Subject is: Atonement

Today’s Scripture selections from are:
I Corinthians 3:23
John 13:31 (start reading at Jesus);
John 13:34,35;
John 14:22-24;
John 15:7-10,17;
I John 4:10
I John 2:1–3;
1 John 4:8 (start reading at “God is”);
1 John 4:9, 14–17, 19

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:

We belong to Christ who belongs to God, so we too belong to God.

Jesus told his disciples to love each other as he loved them. Through this love it would be clear that they were his disciples. Jesus expects the same of us, to love each other as he loved us.

Judas (not Judas Iscariot) questioned how Jesus would reveal himself to them but not the world. Jesus said that the words he spoke were the Father’s and not his, and that only those who believed, loved him, and kept his word would be received by him.

God is Love and God sent His son to show us the way to Him, to be our advocate and to ask for forgiveness for our sins.

If we acknowledge God and His son, and that God sent His son then we must obey His commandments, and the commandments of Jesus.

God sent Jesus to be the savior of the world. Jesus is our savior. He will save us from ourselves and the enemy.

Message and Reminder from Natasha:
In case you didn’t notice I have made it easier to view and share the daily messages posted. If you aren’t subscribed to my blog you can simply visit breakingbreadwithnatasha.com and have immediate access to the daily messages.

As I say every Sunday, be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship here on my blog. 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.

Love always from South Africa,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4/15/13 to 4/19/13

I hope you had an amazing week, I did—blessed to see another day and excited about being in South Africa!

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

Monday- 4/15/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-15-13/

Tuesday- 4/16/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-16-13/

Wednesday- 4/17/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-17-13/

Thursday- 4/18/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-18-13/

Friday- 4/19/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-19-13/

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. Oh and by the way, I have made visiting and sharing my blog even easier, simply go to breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love from South Africa!

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.19.13

Today I leave for South Africa, so I end this week with another powerful message from Joel and Victoria Osteen. Have an amazing weekend family!

Love,
Natasha

Lifting the Fog of Fear

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”

Exodus 13:21, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Fear is exaggerated. It can be overwhelming. It always takes you to the worst-case scenario. Fear is like a fog. It will always cloud the truth. It tries to make you stumble. It tries to block your vision and keep you from seeing the good plan God has on the road up ahead.

So how do you lift the fog of fear? In the Bible, God led the Israelites toward their Promised Land with a cloud by day and a cloud of fire by night. It was the cloud of His glory. The cloud of His glory is where you’ll find joy, strength, peace, love and protection. It’s where you’ll find vision and direction. It will keep you on God’s path. Scripture tells us today that when we worship, He inhabits the praises of His people. He brings His glory into our midst. When God shows up, the enemy has to flee. When the cloud of His glory is present, it burns up the fog of fear.

Today, if you feel like you’re in a fog of fear, stop and get into the cloud of His glory. Put on some worship music and turn your heart toward the Father. When you praise Him, He shows up and lifts the fog of fear so you can clearly see the good plan He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for Your presence which drives fear out of my life. I praise You today because You are good and worthy. I magnify You and receive Your grace and strength today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Now wouldn’t you agree that today’s message was powerful and one that we should all pray about and apply in our lives? Fear is a punk and we need to learn to start standing up to it, and stop being bullied.

Love,
Natasha

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