Breaking Bread For 5.4.20

Scripture

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:7-8,10

Reflection

Yesterday was a doozy for me and maybe it was also for you. But today does not have to be your yesterday if you trust and rely on God to help you see your way through. We should smile when faced with heartache, grief, turmoil, pain, setbacks, and disappointments. We should rejoice in the Lord for being blessed with yet another day to demonstrate His goodness, grace and mercy.

Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions to stay within the status quo of man and the flesh or to follow God. Sometimes we grow content with accepting the ongoing pain of living in the flesh that we don’t even consider the pleasure we receive from living in God’s light.

We must learn to love God above all else including ourselves. We don’t want the pain and friction caused by God molding us, but we don’t realize that we are causing that pain and friction because we simply won’t give up ourselves to Him and let go.

So yes, when we resist, the molding process is more difficult. But ironically, we are more willing to tolerate the enduring pain received in personal and professional relationships. We can quickly make excuses and try to find ways to compromise or totally acquiesce. We are double-minded and not fully loyal to our heavenly Father. We must choose which life we want to lead. We must choose whom we will consistently follow, trust, and obey.

If we don’t surrender to God the molding process only becomes more intense. Everyone wants to be like the disciples who had an easy escape exit, but who wants the responsibility of truly carrying the cross like Jesus? Who wants to walk as Jesus? I’m not talking about having hangers-on and followers who blindly cheerlead and applaud all that you do— that is not and was not Jesus’s path and demonstration.

Remember there were more than 100 disciples before they were narrowed down to the core 12 (with double-mindedness even in some of them). A lot of people fell off over time. Some tagged along but they weren’t fully committed to putting into action their faith. We read of the accounts of their time spent with Jesus, but Jesus’ walk was truly alone—only with God. Not all of his talks and prayers are recorded for us to reflect upon. We have no clue what Jesus really had to endure, the fears he had to overcome, the doubt and frustration that would creep up inside of him. I can say that I only wish I had the strength, courage, faithfulness, and perseverance that he had.

Can you imagine surrendering and giving yourself to the Lord knowing that tomorrow you will not be here with your loved ones? Just like Moses knowing that he would never enter the Promised Land; his mission was to get the children of Israel to a certain point and then Joshua would lead them the rest of the way.

To know when your last day on earth will be must be frightening at the same time it makes you appreciate more of life’s experiences and your mission and purpose along the way. That is why many people say, “live your life each day as though it is your last”. With that I send my love to each of you and pray for your peace and protection, and hope that you also pray for mine.

Prayer

Father, I pray to release my burdens, fears, and doubt. I pray for the unnecessary pain that I have allowed to be placed upon me— because I did not put total faith in you—to be removed.

I know You’re trying to mold me Father. I know You’re trying to direct my path and I keep resisting; following man and the “liar”, and not You Lord. I keep letting the “liar” plant seeds of fear and insecurity in me, and I find myself watering those seeds and watching them grow.

Father I want to let go.

I want to believe what I tell myself daily, that I deserve to be loved fully, to be told the truth always, to be respected completely, and to be protected from harm. I get this every second of the day from You Father, when I can’t count on man to do the same.

Father I want to walk with You, have a pure relationship with You, and only trust and rely on You. I want to give myself to You Lord. I want to serve You and do only as You say. I know the trials and tribulations will come as they always do— but I want to be strengthened in Your Word, Your truth, and Your light that I can handle anything and everything that comes my way.

Give me the strength Father to walk away from relationships that keep my focus off of You and my mission with You. Give me strength, Father, to look in the eyes of those who deceive me, to know the truth, forgive them and then walk away. Give me the strength to accept that my today will not be my tomorrow and that where I am and who I’m with may not be the same in the coming days. Give me the strength Father to believe in myself and to know that even if I’m alone on this earth I am never apart from You.

Father free me from my shackles of double-mindedness and over-analysis. Bless me with the discernment to always know Your voice from any other, and the belief and knowledge that Your answer is always the right one. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.15.14

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ CEB

Pray
Father thank You for this day. Your gift to me that I accept. Thank You for the humbling experiences. Thank You for the passing moments. Thank You for the pain, frustration, misery, guilt, shame, tears, and fear. I thank You for these things because through it all I still have You.

Through it all I am still here, still standing, and still testifying about Your greatness. I thank You for all that I have gone through and am going through because these experiences peel back the false layers of “me” and reveal the true me which is a reflection of You.

I thank You for this pain and for the deep valleys and steep mountains that I have been subjected to, because I know that You are allowing me to take this journey for my own good, to strengthen me, to remind me that You are always here and that You are my All in All. Thank You Father for answering my prayers. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray and give thanks to You. Amen.

Reflection
I opened my Bible today to this chapter and quickly noted that I had used the passage before. I checked, and indeed I had used it in 2011. But I was still moved to share it today because it touched me and in my heart I believed that it would touch others, possibly even you.

I hope it has.

Life has tons of bumps, thorns, valleys, pits, hurdles, borders, mountains, and barriers. To experience them and live through those experiences is a blessing, and only possible because of God. L

Be grateful.

Be grateful for waking up each day even if you want to stay in bed and hide from the world. God wakes you to face the world, face your challenges, face the enemy, and to face yourself. Don’t disrespect Him by pulling the covers over your head. Get up and see what He has in store for you!

I often pray for God’s molding, strength, courage, enlightenment, wisdom, growth, deeper faith, more hope and patience, and perseverance. I honestly don’t think deep and long about what I will have to truly endure in order to receive these gifts. To gain these gifts from God I have to go through the trials and tribulations. I have to feel and experience all of the emotions that come from taking the human approach over the spiritual one. I have to go through the roller coaster ride to see why God’s way was better than mine. I have to experience the good and the bad, the joy and the pain, so that I can realize that all things are made possible by God.

If Jesus, David, Joseph, Samson, Job, and so many others can endure what they went through then why can’t we? Why can’t I? Jesus sacrificed the most, for all of us, yet some of us act as though the world is going to end or like life isn’t worth living because we’re lacking the modern conveniences associated with wealth. Some of us merely exist in a dark ‘cloud’ because a loved one was promoted from this level of existence to a better one. Instead of celebrating and honoring that person’s life and legacy, we live our lives the way they would not want us to live. We dishonor them and our Father. We hurt Him when we do not live right, act right, and humbly accept our blessings.

Humble yourselves and watch how you’re lifted up in every aspect of your life! I’m learning. I’m learning.

Questions of the Day
1. What do you want most in life? List them out 1-10(+)

2. Describe what life would be like if you had all of the things you desire?

3. Who would play a role in helping you get that new life?

4. Did you have all, most, or some of these things before? If so, which ones? How did you feel living this way?

5. What is preventing you from having that life right now?

6. Looking at your life right now in the present, since you don’t have all of the things that you desire, what have you done or not done that has caused you to be where you are right now in life?

7. Of the things you listed in question 1, how many of those things are:
– material?
– spiritual?
– emotional?
– physical, but not material?

8. If your answer (or one of your answers) to question 5 was “money”, what is preventing you from having that money?

9. What do you think God wants you to see, realize, and embrace about your ideal, dream list?

10. What do you think God wants you to see, realize, and embrace about your current life?

11. Comparing your current life with your ideal life, describe a life that you could be comfortable with if not the one you described in questions 1 and 2.

12. What are your thoughts now about your life?

Take a few moments to get in a comfortable seating position. Now close your eyes, breathe slowly (and don’t move any part of your body) as you allow your mind to freely bring in, untangle, clear away, and address everything that’s funneling in, and the issues that you are going through. God is trying to communicate to you through people and circumstances. The most important two questions are:

– Are you listening?
– Are you obediently responding in a favorable way?

Close your eyes and just listen.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below this post. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,
Natasha

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