Breaking Bread for 2.18.20

Scripture

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet has thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

John 14:6, 8-10

Reflection

Until we believe, we cannot truly have faith. Until we have faith, we cannot truly experience what God has planned for us. Until we are true believers in faith, walking and living in faith, we are merely lost sheep awaiting our shepherd. We will go round and round in circles going no where fast— lost in a wilderness. Four days is too long to be wandering through a forest without a sense of direction; consider 40 years—now consider your lifetime. We all have choices.

A friend of mine, Juanda, said the other day that she sees life as a bunch of forks in the road. She said that you can take the routes you choose or the ones God chooses. His way is best and fastest but our impatience will guide us on a different route.

I always call it, snatching the steering wheel from Him.

But God is God, and when He wants us to be somewhere we will get there—even if that means watching us take the wrong route, bumpy route, zigzag route—just to bring us to His route. He will get us there. That should reassure us that even when we realize we took the wrong route, we can turn to God in repentance and ask to be redirected. It should also remind us of the delays, pitfalls, and heartache that comes every single time we snatch that steering wheel from the most capable planner, driver, navigator, and mechanic.

God created the steering wheel, vehicle, the paths, and you. Who are you to tell Him what to do and which route is best? When things break down you end up calling on Him. That proves the point even more. But God believes in offering you choices.

What decision will you choose?

Prayer

Father if there is any doubt in me as to Your realness, Your presence, Your power, Your influence over my life and the world—I want it removed now.

You know my heart Lord. If I believe in Your son then how can I not believe in You? If I believe in You then I must believe that You sent Your son to save us. I must know that Your children did not truly believe, listen and follow You for more than 1,000 years before Christ’s presence— and You sent him to free us of the shackles we placed upon ourselves.

Father, we are still enslaved. We are still not fully committed and vested in Your plan. We are still easily manipulated by the “liar” and I know that I want the mania and chaos in my life to end. I want to taste the sweet fruits provided by You, I want to drink the pure water from You, I want to walk in righteousness and not in sin Father. I want to be healthy and whole, in all ways. Cleanse me Lord. I call to You and Your son to guide me, redirect me, and to help me to reflect You all the days of my life. I’m tired of disobediently trying to do things my way. I’m tired of snatching the wheel from You and finding myself stranded on the side of the road, or lost and not knowing where to go.

I want to be a better student, servant, steward, and ambassador. Help redirect me. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.17.20

Scripture

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:30

Reflection

If you take your last breath this very moment, could you say with the strongest of convictions that you have led your life the way you intended? The way God intended? Have you treated people as well or better than the person you love the most?

Or does your most prized possession garner greater attention, care, and admiration from you?

Do you treat people as your equal, knowing you all have one Creator? Do you treat people as though it is your mission to serve them? Or do you treat people as though you’re superior, better, more entitled, or more special?

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He never had to tell people that he was the son of God in order to get them to follow. He didn’t have to show off or declare his authority over others in order to get them to follow him. He didn’t walk around wearing things that brought him attention, so people would know it was him. He obediently followed the lead of God. He spoke only what God directed him to say.

People followed because they believed what they saw. Through his actions and demonstrations he proved his ability. He didn’t just talk the talk he walked the walk. But he also knew that the only way to build our Father’s Kingdom it would require believers and followers to share his teachings with others, and to help people help themselves.

Jesus healed people and taught his disciples how to heal people. He showed us that we are all capable of following in his footsteps, and capable of healing not only others but ourselves. But it requires us to walk in and through demonstration, to believe fully, have faith in the impossible, and work through our faith to manifest the reality of our future .

We are often times too self-absorbed to realize that this isn’t about us but it is instead about our heavenly Father. Jesus would repeatedly make clear that his walk and purpose was not about him, it was about the One who sent him. Jesus always made it about God, not himself, and in those moments of frustration and fear, he would turn to God for realignment and recentering.

Jesus has shown us how to live our lives and how to treat other people. Jesus has shown us how to deal with conflict and how to deal with circumstances that we don’t particularly like. Jesus showed us how to deal with friends and our foes. He treated all with the utmost respect and love, and served those who would follow or need him first.

Know that you cannot do this alone and that you are never alone, even when you don’t see anyone around. See yourself for who and what you truly are, not what you think you are, or what others see you to be.

Prayer

Father, my purpose is to serve only one God, and Lord, that is You. Show me how to be the best ambassador and steward that I can be, for and in Your Kingdom.

Please provide me with the resources and the skills so that I might use them responsibly.

Just as Your son Jesus said and knew that he could not do it alone, I know that I cannot do this alone. I know that You will always put the right people in my life to show me the way and to show me how to perform the duties You have charged me with.

I thank You now for what You bring to me today and tomorrow. You have high expectations for me Lord and I want to live up to Your expectations. I will not let fear nor man keep me from reaching my goals. In Jesus’ name I pray to You as Your humble servant. Giving You all of the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.14.20

Scripture

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 12:43-44,47,49-50 (KJV)

Reflection

We must put our faith, understanding, and reliance upon God and not man.

Man is flawed by influences of the world, just as we are. We are born perfect and then man interferes and disrupts.

The perfect example of where we ought to be is, Jesus— who had evolved and transformed as God intended. Even in his last days, when he cried out in a moment of fear and doubt, God comforted him with a still calm that let him know that all was well and would be dealt with the right way at the right time. God reassured him that His plan was to be fulfilled and with that realization Jesus leaned unto God’s understanding and thereby demonstrated life after human death, and that we all are spiritual beings working towards a life beyond this level of existence.

Jesus, unlike any other man or woman God directed to save us, was sent before birth— not chosen late in life— so from conception Jesus had an order and mission as the perfect example of God, to save God’s children and to show them the way back ‘home’ to His loving presence.

We too must listen for God’s voice (and His angels that He sends to lead us along our paths) to comfort, protect, and guide us. We’re not to rely on worldly vices such as alcohol, sex, drugs (even prescription), idols, the media, clothing, and money. We must put our faith in something we cannot see but we know we can feel each and every day.

Do you have that faith?

Can you turn to God to heal your pain? Or do you give in to the “liar’s” whispers that tell you to keep popping those pills, or that the bottle of wine or liquor is your best solution to numb the pain? Do you turn to God when you are lonely, or do you hide your head in the bosom of the temptress/tempter who has seduced you and lured you into their bed?

We have choices. You just have to decide if you are following God or the “liar”.

Prayer

Father there is no other that I place before You, that I rely upon first, that I praise or worship, that I lean on, or that I talk to first but You. I hear Your voice directing me daily and You have given me the choice to listen and follow, or to ignore You and do my own thing.

You sent Your son to us to save us from ourselves and from the “liar” who would have us to believe that we can be You and have power and glory equal to or greater than Yours.

I know that forever You will reign over the world and beyond; that there is nothing good that has been created that was not created by You. Every device and application that has been created to help and save mankind, is Your doing. I know that every creature on land, in water, and in the air, was created by You and shared as a blessing for us to care for, lead and steward.

We are Your perfect reflections attempting to regain our sense of self in You Father. We have stumbled, fallen, and now we struggle to reclaim who we are in, of, and through You. We have leaned more on man’s understanding than Yours. We lean more on man’s teachings than Yours and Jesus’. We have relied upon and imitated man more than You.

We desire the things of the flesh more than we do of You. For those things Father I ask for forgiveness. I want to walk always in Your light. In Your name I pray for strength, faith, obedience, focus, peace, and dignity each and every day. Amen.

I love you all. Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.13.20

Scripture

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

Reflection

Prayer should not be a lazy and casual act, nor should it be for show; but rather purposeful— as your dedication to taking this spiritual walk with our Father and His son.

Prayer is another sign of your devotion to God, Jesus, and the Kingdom that you are an ambassador of and for— and that you are helping to build.

When you pray, you’re speaking with God. You’re asking for guidance, asking Him how He wants you to behave, proceed down a path, and how He wants you to speak. He is your lifelong companion, the only companion that you will ever have that is with you 24/7, who sees and hears all, and knows all. He’s the only companion that can read your thoughts and communicate through them. You are never alone—because God is always with you. This should thrill you, elate you, bring you a sense of calm and comfort.

Throughout each day, God is communicating with us. Some of us struggle with discerning His voice above all others. When you are mindful and alert, you begin to see, hear, and know God’s presence. You also development stronger discernment to recognize the trappings of the enemy. That is why we are to devote ourselves to being watchful. Not just with our eyes, but using our hearts and minds.

The enemy never sleeps, but neither does God—who allows the enemy to exist.

We are given choices in life. The more that we authentically and faithfully pray, watch, and give thanks, the more we see God’s light—and the choices become easier to make. What appears to be good may not be right. Something tastes good but it may not be right for us. Someone looks good to us but they may not be right for us. An opportunity may look good but it may not be the right one.

Not everything that appears to be good is from God. Just because God made it doesn’t mean it wasn’t tampered with. You don’t know what the enemy has hijacked and rigged for your failure. Pray to God to help you see what is right so you know the right decisions to make, at the right time.

Start and end your day in a conversation with God. Ask Him what tasks to focus on first. Ask Him how He wants you to be of service. It’s God’s money that we spend, so ask Him how best to spend and invest it.

Take several moments throughout your day to pray, reflect, show thanks and appreciation, and to give back to our heavenly Father. Don’t just use prayer as a time to express a form of conditional love, where you are only asking for something, and only thankful when you receive His blessings. Prayer isn’t one-sided. Like all healthy relationships, it’s built on trust, openness, and giving as much as you receive.

Prayer

Father, every day throughout my day I want to stop and pray to You, to give thanks to You, and to connect with You.

In my prayers, I deepen my understanding of my purpose and Your guidance over me. Through my prayers, my eyes are opened wider, my heart is warmed, my mind thrives, and my ears are more alert.

I am able to discern more because through Your patience and care I have been exposed to Your truths— and the more I believe and walk in obedience, the more I receive. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.12.20

Hi Breaking Bread Family!

Before we start, let me wish my sister a very happy birthday. May God bless her in ways she never imagined!

~Natasha

Scripture

Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

Luke 7:31-35

Reflection

Who gave you the autonomy to serve as judge of others, yet feel insulted and victimized when judged in return?

Know your place and assume it respectfully and humbly. If you don’t want to be judged by people then don’t judge others.

Be more than satisfied with what God provides to you each day. Don’t model what your religious leaders do— follow Jesus’ example, as he is the perfect model of living righteously.

We have numerous examples of religious figures who are just as or more dysfunctional than the most perverse in their congregation, so why would you emulate that fraudulent leader? Instead emulate the man that was declared and proven to be the way-shower. Each day let’s make this our focus. Have an amazing day and week!

Prayer

Father, keep me humble and grounded. Keep me focused on Your mission and my purpose. Let my learned lessons bring me great wisdom. I don’t want to question You, but rather walk where You direct me.

I want my life to model Jesus, not the men and women of the world. Not wanting to be judged, remind me of this so that I refrain from passing judgment on others. Show me how to do right, think right, and speak right Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.11.20

Happy Tuesday, Breaking Bread family!

Let me start by wishing my aunt Ava a very happy birthday. I pray for her abundance of blessings.

Are you ready for today’s message? Great. Let’s dive in!

Scripture

Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Colossians 2:18-19

Reflection

Pray for discernment. Pray that God constantly reveals to you the truth about every situation, every thing, and every person (even yourself). And that you have the wisdom and humility to see, hear, and recognize the reality as He reveals it.

Pray for the strengthened bond to know God’s voice above all others, so that you learn to follow and obey that voice—and not be lured and trapped by others, pretending to be God.

Prayer

Father, open my eyes to see, tune my ears to hear, and focus my mind to process that which You want me to know and understand. Lovingly turn me away from those who serve themselves and seek only to be served, yet do not serve You and the least of Your children. Turn me away from those who pretend to be in service of You.

Father, let me see the unbalanced for what and who they are—disconnected from You. Let me see the difference between those who genuinely walk in Your light and truth, as compared to the fakers.

By knowing this truth, I then can see Your work versus the deeds of the enemy. This allows me to step aside and live my life as You see fit, serve where You direct me, and do so without entertaining the interference of fools.

Let me be clear in my recognition of Your voice, presence, and guidance. That way I can’t be led astray. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You, and only You. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.10.20

Scripture

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:25

Reflection

You are truly whole and complete when you get to the point where you are fearless, doubtless, and fully confident in God’s ability to see you through anything and everything that the future brings, or throws, your way.

Awesome isn’t it?

Think about never fearing losing your wealth, home, car, or anything you worked hard to earn— that God gave you. Wouldn’t that be an amazing feeling and experience?

Most of my adulthood I’ve had levels of anxiety tied to the fear of losing something. Unpaid bills signal something bad is going to happen soon. We’re punished and rewarded through credit scores, that really have no value, but societies like punishment and reward systems.

Societies like boxes, categories, levels, and classes. Societies like division because it makes the fearful and truly insecure feel secure, and those who were actually free begin to feel insecure and enslaved. It’s a transference of energy and beliefs.

Societies force people to get credit cards to be a part of the system, because without being in the system you are penalized and restricted from acquiring the things that you need, want, and that which “normalizes” you. Need financing for a loan? Try doing it without a favorable credit score. Companies now check credit scores to hire people for jobs. In some instances you can’t rent or participate in certain things without a credit card, and a debit card means they will place a hold on the equivalent funds in your bank. You are punished for not being fully invested in the system. This pressure breeds stress, illness, and dis-ease.

It’s all a trap.

A trap that some people are starting to realize they can be free from. They can untangle this web that chokes the life from them. It requires total reliance upon God, to see the solutions, and act upon them.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to laugh at the days ahead, because you know your joy and sustenance comes from God, and those days are only made possible by and through Him? Each day is a blessing that we should fully embrace. Even in pain we should find joy.

Pray for it. Then believe it!

Prayer

Father, thank You for the strength and wisdom that guides me daily. Thank You for encircling me with love. With You, I am clothed in strength and dignity; able to raise my head and walk upright, tall and confident. My belief in You and Your greatness builds my faith in You, and in myself.

Father, help me to see the solutions to today’s issues. Help me to rectify issues of the past that tend to haunt me this day. Free me from the bondage I elected to take part in, and the bondage that I didn’t clearly discern. I want to be free from the trappings of this world. I want to be free to live my life focused on my mission, set by You, and not consumed by class, category, numbers, or boxes.

I am not defined by society’s standards. I am defined by You.

Let me laugh at whatever the future may bring knowing that no matter what, You will be right there guiding and protecting me. Let me find joy in this. Let me find joy in the unknown. Let me be excitedly curious, just as I was as a child.

Father, I pray to be as virtuous as depicted in this proverb. In Your name I pray. Giving You all of the glory, forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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