Breaking Bread for 2.26.20

Scripture

to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Acts 26:18

Reflection

Pray for discernment to always recognize God’s ways, presence, and voice in your life.

One way to tell the difference between God and the enemy, is that God never guides you to a place to be harmed. That is the work of the enemy.

Even sugar-coated, the enemy’s plan is never to benefit you. If the vision is self-consuming, self-absorbed, and truly only about you and your personal gain, and only your pleasure, then that can’t be God’s influence upon you.

Let me put things bluntly so that we’re on the same page…

Cheating on your significant other or spouse emotionally, mentally, or sexually is not of God. That is satan. Marrying for money, prestige, influence, and/or power is not of God. That is satan. Cheating on your taxes to get a larger return, or to prevent having to pay, is not of God. That is satan. Providing false testimony and bearing false witness is not of God. That is satan.

Verbally, mentally, emotionally, sexually, and/or physically abusing someone is not of God. That is satan. Knowingly living beyond your means, buying things you know you can’t afford now or years later, is not of God. That is satan. Not paying employees fair wages and providing a dignified benefits package is not of God. That is satan.

Laziness is not of God. That is satan. Whining and complaining is not of God. That is satan. Living in fear and pain is not of God. That is satan! That is the enemy working against you so that you can turn from God.

I prefer to not give the enemy a name, for to give it a name gives it a sense of purpose and power. So calling it “it” or the “enemy” rebukes any influence that it would claim to have in my life. In the examples above I used the name “satan” (lowercase) to help you connect on a more sensitive and passionate level with the intensity and desperation that “it” has to mentally sway and get you to destroy yourself (for it lacks the power to do so).

Understand that it is all mental, not physical. The attack is mental. The attack is through your thoughts. Even if something manifests physically, it began and festers mentally.

Whether thoughts of lust, anger, revenge, or fear, it is all coming to and attacking your mind. Which if not protected, can be penetrated.

No different allowing someone to hypnotize you. You leave your mind totally exposed to be manipulated. That is what “it” does. Those thoughts can turn a healthy person into a person consumed by fear of sickness, and eventually consumed by illness. You can be consumed by a fear of death, and eventually you physically die (probably much sooner than what was on the schedule).

We must fight to protect and nurture our mind so that it is always aligned with God’s Mind.

Protecting Our Mind

When we have thoughts of lust for someone not our spouse or significant other (or if you’re single—lust for someone you know you shouldn’t deal with), you must rebuke those thoughts and understand you are being attacked and tested.

When we have thoughts to curse like a crazed animal at someone, we must realize immediately that our mind is under attack, for God would never place that energy in our hearts or suggest it through our minds. The same is true when we think of physically or emotionally hurting someone—we are being attacked by a dark presence that wants to be our master. When we give in we are like the enemy’s puppets.

That initial hesitation to not do something is God touching you and reminding you that you have the power to say no to “it”, and instead walk upright with Jesus. God gives us all the choice to choose eternal life with Him or limited existence in pain with “it”. Each second of the day we must make decisions about whether to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that we can be with God— or we can follow “it” who we know is our enemy, and in making that choice we will merely exist—and do so in misery and despair.

What choice will you make?

Sharing With Others

Have you shared your walk with others? Not just with believers, but also with non-believers and conditional believers? In case you’re wondering the difference between the two, conditional believers are those who believe when it serves their needs.

Have you shared these messages that I post with others?

Have you subscribed to this blog so that you have access to more than 11 years of messages on various topics and issues that affect us all?

Or do you pop in and out whenever the mood hits you?

Ask yourself why you don’t want the full access, and why you don’t want to open your inbox to God’s Word? Would you rather see this Breaking Bread message or an email about some juicy gossip someone just had to share with you? Would you rather invest a moment praising and praying to God, or read spam, that’s taking up good space in your inbox?

Take the first step towards committing to your personal fight against the enemy. Fill your mind and space with God’s light and push out the darkness—moment by moment, each and every day.

Prayer

Father, I pray for those who are blinded by pain, fear, and rage. I pray for those who are so consumed with what’s going wrong with and in their lives that they can’t seem to appreciate all that is great and wondrous in their lives. I pray that You strengthen them that they might be strong enough to fight the grip of the enemy, so that they can begin to forgive themselves and forgive others.

Father, fill me with the strength and vision to see past trespasses against me, so that I can spend my time sharing Your loving light with those who need it most. Father, I appreciate all that You have done for me and all that You provide. I pray that Your children grow to see their cup overflowing and never empty or less than ideal. I pray for this wisdom also, even in days that appear cloudy, let me always remember that after those days the clouds always part, to allow the sun to shine brightly.

Your son Jesus shared and shares so much, he gave and sacrificed the greatest of things to prove to us the nothingness of pain, fear, sickness, disease, and death. This existence isn’t our end, but merely our beginning; we should all be striving for what’s next to come in Your Kingdom. So mold us Father so that we can be best prepared for eternal life beyond this limited existence.

Help us to become better followers, servants, stewards, and ambassadors Father. In Your name and in Jesus’ name I humbly and joyfully pray. Amen.

Make it an awesome day, for you and for others. Reflect God’s light wherever you are!

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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