Sunday, January 14, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: USING YOUR GIFTS

Why are Christians suffering from not enough? Despite messages from the pulpit about: stewardship, being blessed to be a blessing and giving to avoid being cursed with a curse, Christians are living from pay check to paycheck. (Side note: read my eBook: “BROKE-en AND NOT A$HAMED” in which I share my opinion on giving from a Biblical perspective.)

God has given each of us talents, gifts, that when used as He designed are profitable; many use their gifts incorrectly. It is clear to me that drug dealers and individuals who illegally sell copyright products such as DVDs and clothing, have such gifts as: sells, marketing, administration and other sells related talent but they pervert it. Some people take advantage of their gifts and keep the profit to themselves. Not everyone will live in a mansion and drive a luxury car but those who do things God’s way will have all of their needs met lacking nothing.

There is no such thing as an overnight success. It takes time for talent to mature, this is the principle of seedtime and harvest time (Genesis 8:22). We must all learn how to use our God given talent His way.

MATTHEW 25:26-28
“‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.”

Take heed! Your gift is your gift however you will not be able to use it in the Kingdom of God. Why? Because, you did not trust Him to guide you.

PROVERBS 3:5-6 THE EXPANDED
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t ·depend [rely] on your own understanding. ·Remember the Lord [L- Know him] ·in all you do [L- on all your paths],    and he will ·give you success [L- keep your roads straight].


Matthew 25:14-20 (see below) teaches Kingdom principles regarding God given talents.
It is important to understand that God’s definition of prosperity is not the same as man’s. We are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2) not to build bigger homes and churches.

Before we were formed in the womb God knew of us and what we were to be (Jeremiah 1:5). He gave us gifts, talents,, according to what He knew would be our ability. Jesus said:

MATTHEW 16:19
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
LUKE 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
MATTHEW 17:20
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

These are basic talents that all Believers have and far to many are not operating in. People like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Reverend Billy Graham, Reverend Franklin Graham and Andrew and Jamie Wommack are operating in these gifts which has given birth to other talents thus they prosper spiritually and financially.

Look at the entertainment world. These people struggle to remain relevant, have troubling relationships and have to pay people to keep quiet about their indiscretions. They do not have peace; they do not have joy; they do not have the love of God in their hearts. What they have will be taken away.

PROVERBS 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

The parable of the talents discusses 3 individuals. Each person had exactly what God knew he could handle. The reason why the person with one talent was living pay check to pay check is because, according to the master- he was lazy (see verse 26). The man was full of excuses! The bottom line is- he did not try. 

MATTHEW 25:
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

In my ebook BROKE-EN AND NOT A$HAMED I discuss my opinion, based on Scripture and experience, on tithing. In my ebook YOU’RE NOT READY I discuss preparing for any type of emergency. MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH was my first ebook and is an equally important study, it is semi-autobiographical in that it was inspired by my becoming a writer.

As with all of my writings, I am not trying to tell you how to think or what to believe. My goal is to challenge you, the reader, to look at Scripture again and take the words personally.  If you are struggling financially perhaps it is because of that one talent you have been holding onto- LET IT GO!                                                                                   - - written by Marsha L F Randolph



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MATTHEW 25:14-30
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NETTIE-ISM: HE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU!


The Apostle Paul warns the individual Believer to be careful. Scripture is to be taken personally, it is to be read, prayed about and received as if Father God is speaking directly to “you”.  There are Believers who think they are to smart to be tricked, they don’t take Colossians 2:8 personally.  





COLOSSIANS 2:8 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Be sure [Be careful; Watch; See] that no one ·leads you away [takes you captive; captivates you] with ·false [deceptive] and ·empty [worthless] teaching that is ·only human [L- according to human traditions], which comes from the ·ruling spirits [elemental spiritual forces (demons); or elementary teachings] of this world, and not from Christ
                                         xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, January 8, 2018

NETTIE-ISM : A THOUGHT TO BE POSTED ON FACEBOOK

A FACEBOOK POST

FOR THE RECORD: I don’t believe things will happen as fast as many want. It takes time to build a solid case against ceartain people that will not cause a mass civil disturbance. Wisdom, not mental instability, directs the path of President Trump.
The demonic spirit of anti-Trump a stronghold that plagues Liberals, Democrats who do not see themselves as liberal, and various individuals who label themselves as “Christian” would create chaos if justice moved swiftly. Remember in the book of Job how God knew what Satan was up to? Job was attacked viciously but in the end Job was the victor. Jesus was attacked 3 times in the garden but He too overcame. In the end God always wins.
What will happen in the upcoming months: the media will loose it’s remaining credibility and people will start experiencing the benefits of more of their own money in their pockets. You feel better when you can buy your own fish and not have to depend on the government.
Don’t focus on the tweets, the Fake News awards or any of these other “marketing” distractions. The case is being developed against the crooks and when the charges come it will all make sense.
What pro-Trumpers should be looking at: What is Dr. Carson up to? What is Betsy Devos up to? Housing and education are two very important things illegals want. Things are happening that we are not paying attention to because we are focused on tweets!         xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: SEEK FIRST





MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.




More important than a new year is a new day, let’s not waste the opportunity. Jesus tells us in the book of Matthew to seek the kingdom of God first, this means that a His agenda should be our agenda.

I am not talking about reading 3-5 chapters in a book of the Bible today or praying firt thing in the morning.

MATTHEW 6:33 THE EXPANDED
·Seek first [Be concerned above all else with] God’s kingdom and ·what God wants [L- his righteousness]. Then all ·your other needs will be met as well [L- these things will be given to you].


Much has been written about the kingdom of God and much has been said.  It is not a physical place but a spiritual one that involves a lifestyle, Christians are citizens of God’s kingdom. The kingdom of God is not one of works but of trust, as citizens of His kingdom our behavior should reflect it.

Our concern is not about what people think but what He wants. Regardless as to what man says or who says it, our daily objective is: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). The closer we get to the return of our Lord the more difficult this is.

When we live based on the world’s standards we are not trusting God. Even our family, parents included, can attempt to influence us to live against the will of God. Educators on all levels have been presenting information to students that goes against God’s word. Anti-Christ information that is being presented daily to all.

PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

But how do you trust God when there are so many churches presenting information that seems to be contradictory? By examining the essence of the speaker. The individual: parent, teacher, friend or church leader, is speaking from the flesh or the spirit.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Even I, from time to time, am plagued by my flesh- particularly on Social Media. Injustice angers me and I want to speak out but we are warned to not sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26). As a born again soul I have to choose, daily, to walk in the Spirit. God’s kingdom is a spiritual kingdom thus we must allow our flesh to be subject to our spirit and not the other way around.

It is my responsibility to guard my heart (Proverbs 4:23) and in doing so I must be aware of what I hear and see. I must reject information that does not agree with God’s word no matter who is speaking.

EPHESIANS 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

NO! I do not believe people are demon possesed as some speak of. I do think we can all be influenced by anti-Christ ideology if accept false information. Satan is not omnipresent, let me say this again, Satan cannot be everywhere at the same time. There is a limited number of demons therefore they cannot be everywhere nor can they posses everyone.

Jesus said tradition make God’s word ineffective (Mark 7:13). Traditions can become a  stronghold on a church which morphs into traditions that go against the teachings of God. Spiritual strongholds must be challenged.

1 JOHN 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Does the length of a woman’s dress make her more or less Christian? Is a man in a suit and tie holier than one in jeans and a t-shirt. It is surprising as to the number of people who focus on such and churches that have dress codes.

Individual knowledge of what is written will determine when, if ever, a prayer is answered.  Yes, it is important to have a place where you can fellowship with like believers. Your faith journey begins and ends with what you know, Jesus has to be your priority.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:2
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 
— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018

A MATTER OF FAITH
We begin as imperfect beings made perfect by the love filled blood of Jesus the Son of God. We are not, in the eyes of our Lord: Millennials, Generation Xers, products of the 60’s, homophobic, sexist, racist, or any label man wants to attach to the human body. If you are a follower of Christ, a Christian: stop defining yourself based on the ideology of another; do not justify your actions because of who they say you are.

HEBREWS 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Think about it: God sees you as perfect! He sees you without spot or wrinkle, because of Jesus. When man looks at a person he sees flaws. Man sees: Millenials, Generation Xers, products of the 60’s, homophobic, sexist, racist, and so forth. God sees Himself.

GENSIS 1:27
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

It is true we live in flawed bodies which is why we are told to walk according to our born again spirit.

GALATIANS 5:16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 

I too have fallen victim to the identity philosophies of the world. We all must vehemently reject the opinions of man and embrace the truth. God’s word is the truth (John 17:17) and He says we are awesome.

PSALM 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 

As a follower of Christ it is important to see yourself as God sees you. Man looks at the physical appearances and declares who is ugly and who is beautiful.  Man examines personal beliefs and determines what is  acceptable or unacceptable based on agendas; for example- a person who believes homosexualtiy is a sin based on Scripture is classified as homophobic. When Scripture tells us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48) it is telling us to be all that God has called us to be regardless of man’s opinion. Biblical perfection, by definition, is that of completeness, having recieved everything needed from God.


Every year on January first people make resolutions; a promise to self to do. Such resolutions as: reading the Bible in a year, finding and attending church regularly, exercising, loosing weight or some other behavior that the individual believes is necessary for a better life. The difficulties arise when people make these promises without understanding what it takes to carry out these actions.

Don’t make New Years resolutions.
HEBREWS 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

We are made perfect in Christ. We are completed, made perfect, via our relationship with our Lord and Savior. Therefore, it is important to know what it is He has done, we do this by studying the Word.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Today there is a lot of confusion in the world which has lead to a lot of anger, distrust and even hatred. Believers are not to be conformed to this world but are to change the way they think of themselves (Romans 12:2).  We are to develop the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)and be “determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)  This is what should be resolved in your heart and mind this day, regardless of the day reading it. 

Humanities identity is found within the pages of Scripture not the six o’clock news.  Everything a person needs to know and what he or she should do is in God’s word. Be it resolved: From this day forward you will remember that you are a child of God and live accordingly; and all those things will be given to you.

ACTS 17:28
for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

BACK2BASICS: BACK TO BASICS!

I remember when I first caught “the fire” of faith. I was so into the word of God that nothing else really mattered; the cares of the world caused me to quench the fire within. Though my decreased focus on the word and increased focus on the world has made people I know content it has resulted in me struggling for peace and joy. I cannot live with a light hidden in a closet.


JOHN 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

Once upon a time I justified my prayer request by writing down the coresponding Scripture. Then I decided I knew the word well enough that it was not necessary for me to write it down. I was developing a confidence in my completed works as if I did not need to continue doing and growing.  No more.


HABAKKUK 2:2
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 


I must remember my original instructions “write” it is not just others who are empowered who read it but I too benefit from what I write. It is more effective when you commit the word to pen and paper and place those words in a visible place. This action facilitates your giving God’s word a more prominent position in your mind than the words of people.

I am going back to a simpler more effective faith lifestyle. I am giving up the bells and whistles- the big screens, the well rehearsed bands, the in and out message with coffee and donuts all in a room with thousands of others. I am going back to my King James version of the Bible; yes, I will still use other translations.

In otherwords I am not trying to make my life easier through technology; I am making my life simpler by not trying to incorporate technology into everything I do.  This idea takes longer but I believe it is more rewarding.  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: YOUR GIFT(S)

What are you doing with your gift? Did you kick the gift out after 18 years? Did you neglect your gift for the first five? Did you dress your gift up as if the gift was an adult? Or did you abort your gift before you knew if the gift was male or female? Children are a gift from God.


LUKE 1:42
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!


PSALM 127:3 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Children are ·a gift [an inheritance] from the Lord;  ·babies [L- the fruit of the womb] are a reward.


PROVERBS 17:6 King James Version
 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.


LUKE 18:16
But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph
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