Sunday, December 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

How do you experience a personal relationship with God? The answer is twofold: One, you have to yield yourself to Him completely; and two, you have to trust Him.

PSALM 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

MATTHEW 26:26-28
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
A personal relationship with God involves redirecting your senses. The ability to see, touch, taste, hear and smell must be utilized to receive what is in the spiritual realm.   When a person is born again it is his spirit that is made alive. The spirit within can become the dominant feature of a Believer but the Believer must want this. When you live according to, walk in, the spirit you don’t seek to satisfy the flesh (Galatians 5:16) thus you are able to taste, experience the blessings of God.

THIS IS MY OPINION: The churches have failed many believers today in not emphasizing the development of the spirit within when one is born again.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
GALATIANS 6:15-17
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 
Just as a baby crawls before he walks so does a Believer. It is not easy reading the Bible for the first time, particularly then King James Version. Each church has its’ own set of rules that may or may not be presented as rules. For example: Is it casual dress or should men wear a suit and women an appropriate length skirt or dress (no cleavage). 

As a Bible Teacher I have encountered quite a few individuals who have taken “New Believer’s Classes” at their church and still do not have a personal relationship with God.    END OF MY OPINION.

SONG OF SOLOMON 5:9
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?

There is a difference between a personal relationship with God than that of a relationship with the gods of this world. Consider the difference between fast food and fine dining. Not everyone experiences fine dining because they would rather spend $20 at McDonald’s every week than save the money to cover the cost of an expensive meal, or even prepare a homecooked one. It is easier to go to Burger King dressed in jeans and a t-shirt than to dress up and go to a place where you have to wait to be seated.
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord there is a period of time in which the Believer is learning who God is. Just as in Song of Solomon the Shulamite had to get to know the king and develop a trusting relationship with him. But, as time goes on a trusting giving relationship should develop.

God expects those who come to Him to know who He is, He sent His Son to teach us what we did not know.

JOHN 1:1, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

If you believe that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and you want a personal relationship with Him then you must believe in your heart that Jesus is who He is, the only begotten Son of Father God, and declare it verbally; and it is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, that helps you develop understanding.  This is the first step to pleasing Him.

HEBREWS 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Many believers have it twisted today; they think a relationship with God is about Him pleasing them. Yes, God will bless us and there are benefits to being part of the Kingdom of God but “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Everyone’s senses respond differently to stimuli thus your relationship with Father God through Christ will be unique. What is important is that you allow Jesus to be Lord of your entire life so that you will live according to His will and not your will. The more you know of Him the more you will yield to Him.
Song of Solomon chapters 5 and 6 (see below) are about the experience of a personal relationship. Allow your senses to: taste and see that the Lord is good; eat His body, drink His blood, be buried with Him (Colossians 2:12) so that the two of you will become one (John 15:4).  - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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SONG OF SOLOMON 5-6
The Beloved
5 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.
(To His Friends)
Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!

The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening
The Shulamite
2 I sleep, but my heart is awake; It is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,my dove, my perfect one; for my head is covered with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe; how can I put it on again? I have washed my feet; how can I defile them?
4 My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen who went about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I am lovesick!

The Daughters of Jerusalem
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?

The Shulamite
10 My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.
11 His head is like the finest gold; His locks are wavy, and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.
15 His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

The Daughters of Jerusalem

1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned aside,
That we may seek him with you?

The Shulamite
2 My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

Praise of the Shulamite’s Beauty
The Beloved
4 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!
5 Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing; every one bears twins, and none is barren among them.
7 Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.
9 My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun,
Awesome as an army with banners?

The Shulamite
11 I went down to the garden of nuts to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 Before I was even aware, my soul had made me as the chariots of my noble people.

The Beloved and His Friends
13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon you!
The Shulamite
What would you see in the Shulamite— as it were, the dance of the two camps?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: DON'T ASK GOD


Don’t ask God for what you don’t think He will give you.  As the saying goes: Believe and receive or doubt and do without.

James 1:5-8
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

                                                                                          xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: HOW GOD SEES YOU


PSALM 139:13-16
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.



I read this from a female perspective yet I am reminded by the Spirit that this applies to men as well. We all must know that God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb and we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.

JEREMIAH 1:4-5
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Many people hesitate to have a personal relationship with the Lord because of their faults but God does not see us the way others see us.  He is our Creator, He knew us before we knew ourselves. God knows our successes as well as our sins; God knows the secret faults we don’t tell anyone. Despite all of our imperfections He still wants a relationship with His children and has done all that He can to facilitate that relationship.

JOHN 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The remainder of Song of Solomon focuses on the personal relationship between the church and the Lord. When we become a new creation in Christ we discover a love like no other, we begin to learn how much God loves us.
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:16
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.
Father God wants to shower His church with blessings. The church's  response to His presence is worship.


Chapter 4 of the Songs, shared below from the Voice translation, addresses how the Lord sees the church; she is beautiful.

- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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SONG OF SOLOMON 4 THE VOICE
Him (to her): You, my love, are beautiful. So beautiful! 
*Because stimulating images come forth when the lovers describe in intimate detail each other’s bodies, Jewish men were discouraged from reading this greatest of songs until the age of 30.
Your eyes are like doves nestled behind your veil. Your hair moves as gracefully as a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Mount Gilead. Your teeth are pearl white like a flock of sheep shorn, fresh up from a wash. Each perfect and paired with another; not one of them is lost.  Your lips are as red as scarlet threads;   your mouth is beautiful.  Your cheeks rosy and round are beneath your veil,   like the halves of a pomegranate.  Your neck is elegant like the tower of David, perfectly fit stone-by-stone. There hang a thousand shields, the shields of mighty men.   Your breasts are like two fawns,  twin gazelles grazing in a meadow of lilies.  As the day breathes its morning breeze and shadows turn and flee, I will go up your myrrh mountain and climb your frankincense hill. You are so beautiful, my love, without blemish.  Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; come with me from Lebanon. Journey with me from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir even the summit of Hermon, from the lions’ dangerous den, from the mountain hideouts of leopards. My heart is your captive, my sister, my bride; you have stolen it with one glance, caught it with a single strand of your necklace.  How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! Your love is more pleasing than the finest wine, and the fragrance of your perfume brings more delight than any spice!  Your lips taste sweet like honey off the comb, my bride; milk and honey are beneath your tongue. The scents of your clothes are like the fresh air of Lebanon.  You are a locked garden, my sister, my bride, open only to me; a spring closed up tight, a sealed fountain.  Your sprouts are an orchard of pomegranates and exotic fruits—   with henna and nard, with nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon— with rows of frankincense trees and myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. My bride, you are a fountain in a garden, a well of life-giving water flowing down from Lebanon.
*What does he mean by “my sister, my bride”? Is this a sudden revelation of an incestuous relationship? No. He is describing how sexual expression can bring two people intimately together, as close as two people can be; the man and woman are now family. This image would have been particularly meaningful in ancient Israelite society, where life was centered on familial relationships and calling someone “brother” or “sister” was a sign of deep intimacy and care. Blood relatives lived together, worked together, traded with each other, and were buried together. By calling the woman “sister,” he is declaring they are now blood relatives. In the covenant relationship called marriage, blood is drawn during consummation, bonding the two parties together as man and wife, as brother and sister, forever.
Him (to the winds): Rise, you north wind; come, you south wind. Breathe on my garden, and let the fragrance of its natural spices fill the air. 
Her: Let my love come into his garden and feast from its choice fruits.

The Voice (VOICE)
The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: IMAGINE

Your imagination is the key to your success not the opinions of well meaning friends and family. If what you imagine does not go against God’s Word then go for it!

GALATIANS 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NETTIE-ISMS: NOTHINGNESS


People will try to bring you into their world of nothingness. They have nothing; they expect nothing; they get nothing. For them “It is what it is.”

1 KINGS 18:43-44
and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”
Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Monday, November 27, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PRAYING FOR SALVATION

COMING SOON
We all have loved ones who do not have a personal relationship with God. If Jesus is not Lord of their lives at the time of their last breath they will not rest in peace when they die, no matter how many people say it, no matter how many candles are lit. Therefore, it is is important that the gift of salvation is accepted on this side of eternity.

It is unfortunate that family and friends do not follow those of us who are born again as we follow Jesus. As brothers and sisters in the Lord we should live a life that reflects His goodness and love and pray.

You may not be the one who can lead that family member or friend to the Lord but your prayers avail much.

JAMES 5:16 King James Version
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

Though not everyone will respond to the call of salvation, it is the will of God that all are saved. As a believer it is important that our behavior does not become a reason why an individual is not a Christian.

We do not pray that the Lord “save” a loved one. Jesus said:

MATTHEW 9:37-38
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. 

Our prayer, therefore, is for laborers; but, we too should labor and bring in the harvest of souls. As followers of Christ we have a responsibility to be communicators of His truths.

ACTS 11:26 THE EXPANDED
and when he found Saul, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year Saul and Barnabas met with the church and taught many people there. In Antioch the ·followers [disciples] were called Christians for the first time [C highlighting that they were followers of Christ, and perhaps that they were no longer viewed as merely a sect within Judaism].

If you are a follower of Christ you are a disciple thus you are to go into the world and teach other people, by your behavior as well as your words about Jesus the Savior.

It is not just friends and family that we should pray for but leaders, neighbors and even our enemies.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 

When you pray for a stranger, a friend or even a loved one remember it is not God who will “save” that person it is a laborer who will present the good news of Jesus to them.   - Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: COMMITTED

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SONG OF SOLOMON 3:6-11
Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders? Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night. Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King made himself a palanquin:he made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple, its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.


Would you recognize the presence of the Lord? Do you recognize His presence in your life? The Bible speaks of the Bride Groom coming (Matthew 25:1-13). Scripture teaches that He will not come as you think He should come.

ZECHARIAH 9:9
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.
MATTHEW 21:5 THE VOICE
Tell this to Zion’s daughter, “Look—your King is approaching, seated humbly on a donkey,a young foal, a beast of burden.”

The King has come and will come again many did not recognize Him before but there will be no denying He is the King of kings when He returns.

REVELATION 21:2-3 THE VOICE
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride on her wedding day, adorned for her husband and for His eyes only. And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.
A Voice: See, the home of God is with His people. He will live among them;
They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them.
In a traditional wedding the groom enters and waits for his bride at the alter. He is waiting for her to come to him. The bride comes down the aisle ready to commit her life to being with the groom. Thus the Believer comes to a waiting God, through Jesus.

All weddings are not in a “church” building and not eveyone makes a commitment to Christ because of an alter call. Commitment to the Lord occurs when a person sees the glory of the Lord.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:6-11 THE VOICE
Young Women of Jerusalem: Who is this coming up from the desert, with billowing clouds of dust and smoke, with a sweet aroma of burning myrrh and frankincense, with fragrant spices fresh from the merchant?
The royal litter carries the groom to the wedding, and upon the litter is the king with his crown.
Look, it is Solomon’s litter, surrounded by 60 strong men, some of the very best soldiers in Israel, all armed swordsmen, battle-hardened heroes, experts at war, marching with swords at their sides, ready to guard the king from the terrors of the night. King Solomon built his own royal carriage        from the trees of Lebanon. He had its posts fashioned from silver, its back made of gold, its seat covered with royal purple, its interior decorated with love by the young women of Jerusalem. O go out, young women of Zion,  and see King Solomon wearing the crown with which his mother has crowned him on his wedding day, on the day his heart overflows with joy.

GOD IS.  There are benefits to being a child of God, committed to Christ. He is does not need government assitance. He is not weak and unable to protect. He is healthy and strong. GOD wants you to partake of His kingdom. If you are in Christ, as HE IS so are you.

1 JOHN 4:17
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

A wedding should not be taken lightly. Do not get caught up in the dress, the food or even the venue. A wedding is a public declaration of your commitment.

Often in today's churches people are not asked to come to the alter, some don’t even want you to raise your hand; the call to follow Jesus is minimized so as not to cause embarrassment. Jesus was not ashamed or embarrassed, he allowed Himself to be beaten, humiliated, tortured and disrespected for you (Isaiah 53:4-6).

MATTHEW 10:33
But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
HEBREWS 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
A commitment to Christ is more than raising your hand, filling out a form or even walking to the alter. When the opportunity arises, like now, for you to present yourself to the King you must be willing to submit fully to His Word.

Those who do not know Him, see Jesus as a man walking around in a dress, teaching life principles and giving motivational speaches. HE is:  Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness; Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our Banner;  Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider; Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord our Healear; Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, the Lord who Sanctifies; He is all this and more. When a person you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord you are saved from an eternity away from Father God. Your blessings here on earth are contingetn on your obedience, commitment, to His word.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:11
Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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