Sunday, May 20, 2018

FAITH MATTERS: DISCIPLESHIP




Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. 
MATTHEW 28:19-20




Today more people are becoming Muslim or atheist despite the increased number of mega-churches. There are so many Christian churches out there in the world, the earth should be filled with disciples by now; particularly since many churches have numerous leaders: Pastors, Associate Pastor, Evangelist, Bishops, Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Prophets, Prophetess, Popes, Apostles and other entitled individuals who oversee the people. Where are the disciples?

To disciple is to teach; a disciple is one who follows a particular teaching, Christians should be followers of the Word. Jesus instructed His leaders to go and teach those who do not know Him about Him solidifying the knowledge through baptism. Baptism is a physical testimony of an internal transformation.

Today we have people following church leaders, church doctrines, political ideology, and even personal feelings. People attend church regularly, give tithes and offering, participate in or support missions trips, and other such things while questioning the validity of the Bible.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16
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.

All Scripture is all Scripture from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

Far to many people who consider themselves Christian do not believe the Bible is the infallible word of God. The state of man not just in America but around the world is evidence of the validity of Scripture.

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Christians are perishing, they have a form of godliness but deny its’ power (2 Timothy 3:5). The indoctrination of Satanic ideology is so covert that many churches have allowed his values to influence their preaching. Why else would Christians believe that homosexuality is OK or that having abortion is a viable choice. Even eternity in heaven or hell is not a motivating factor for many who call themselves Christian because the pulpit has chosen to focus on getting blessed today.

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
A disciple's priority is God first. Grace and giving tithes are the basis of many church sermons: God’s grace will get you through the hard times and give and God will give back to you. Discipleship is the presentation of God’s word as it is written not as it is interpreted. The message of grace is presented to a people group who do not have a strong understanding of God’s precepts and principles, the law.

EPHESIANS 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
The key to saving grace is Jesus. If you do not have faith in the Word (John 1:1, 14) you cannot partake of His grace. There is absolutely nothing you can do to receive from God if you do not believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10) What are you being saved from? An eternity in hell.

Part of being a disciple, follower of Yeshua Hamashiach, is submitting to the precepts and principles found in Scripture, many refer to them as the laws. That which Jesus the Messiah did not fulfill are still in effect.

MATTHEW 5:17-18
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Everyone’s walk with the Lord is different. We are unique people with different ways of seeing the world. Whatever the denomination, whatever the day you meet to worship and whatever you eat or don’t eat it is not important. What is important is who you are following.

Are you are disciple of Christ, a follower of the anointing? Or do you believe that government dictates your life choices? Faith is a personal thing, it is your responsibility to study Scripture and determine what you believe.

JOSHUA 24:15
1And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
                                                                                                     written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NETTIE-ISM: READING

“The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” Thomas Sowell

You cannot get off the plantation unless you educate yourself; slave masters never encourage their slaves to read, nor does the Liberal Left a.k.a Democrat Party. Most loyal Democrats have a  limited knowledge of the basis of the ideology which forms any organization, which is why they are not only loyal to their political party but their church as well.

Calling someone ignorant is very offensive and puts a person on the defensive. It is, however, ignorance that aids in the continuation of Black people hating Republicans and their anger towards Black Conservatives.

I am often accused of parroting the words of non-Democrat news sources by individuals who are repeating verbatim what liberal news outlets have repeatedly said for months. I have yet to hear these individuals correct themselves once the information they have received has been proved incorrect.

I agree with Thomas Sowell: “Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” Most propaganda is presented so that your emotions are riled and your brain remains dormant. A book will not tell you how to feel, it will help you think (at least good books do).

Written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: MOTHER'S DAY



I am torn today because I do not encourage my family to do anything for me on this day, Mother’s Day. All over the country and the world people honor mother’s on a particular day. What if Mother’s Day is the same days as your mother’s birthday? Does she get twice as many gifts? I would suggest, if you are going to honor your mother on a particular day every year, don’t let Hallmark determine when the day is. My day is my birthday.



MATTHEW 15:2-6
“Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

Mother’s Day is a tradition created by man. Many people may not actively ‘curse’ their mother, though some do, but they selectively choose when they will bless them. A parent’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and maybe Christmas children do something special for their parents.

Nailed to the cross in agonizing pain Jesus honored his mother.

JOHN 19:25-26 THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE
Nearby Yeshua’s execution stake stood his mother, his mother’s sister Miryam the wife of K’lofah, and Miryam from Magdala. When Yeshua saw his mother and the talmid whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Mother, this is your son.”


Jesus honored His mother at an inconvenient time. I recall when I worked in the nursing home, women who did not receive visits any other day would have a host of people visit on Mother’s Day. How sad, I think, to have only that one day in which your children actually give you any attention.

EXODUS 20:12 King James Version
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 

Honoring your parents is not a suggestion from God, it is a commandment, for get about the promise attached. Setting one day aside in the year to acknowledge a parent does not qualify a person for a long life.

PROVERBS 30:11 New International Version
“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

Honoring your parents is a daily activity. As an adult child it means taking the time to call from time to time in the midst of your busy day, visit, particularly if they are elderly, as often as possible and teaching your children to appreciate their grandparents.

Unfortunately, there is a growing perversion of motherhood that pushes the ideology that men can be mothers and women can be fathers. This secular society has reached a point in which fatherhood is cursed and mothers are not blessed (Proverbs 30:11) and showing respect to fathers and mothers is becoming optional (Exodus 30:12). What was a secular holiday to begin with is becoming a satanic ritual. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

What would happen if Mother’s Day was on a Tuesday?????

MATTHEW 15:3-6 THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE
He answered, “Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If anyone says to his father or mother, “I have promised to give to God what I might have used to help you,” then he is rid of his duty to honor his father or mother.’ Thus by your tradition you make null and void the word of God!

My children and a few other’s will wish Happy Mother’s Day and I will graciously say “Thank you”; I will respond in kind to mothers who say Happy Mother’s Day to me. I do not expect gifts, dinner, flowers or any such thing from my family  because they bless me through out the year. Why should any mother have to wait until May to get flowers, be taken out to dinner and treated like a queen? Honor your mother and father often without consideration to man made traditions.   
                                                                                                 Written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Sunday, May 6, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: MY SALVATION

If you ·declare [confess] with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. [L- For] We believe with our hearts, and so we ·are made right with God [are justified; receive righteousness]. And we ·declare [confess] with our mouths, ·and so we are saved [leading to salvation]                                                                      ROMANS 10:9-10 THE EXPANDED BIBLE

I am convinced, many people do not understand the significance of “believe in your heart”. In the minds of many they were saved when they: raised their hands in church while all heads were bowed; came to the alter and repeated a specific prayer; emailed, mailed responded to some type of written communication and said “yes I believe”; or spoke with someone at their door and said a prayer.  In their hearts many believe their salvation was guaranteed when they were baptized.  Salvation is a two part process: 1) you believe in your soul and 2) you declare what you believe not what someone told you.

When you believe in your heart you accept what is presented as truth.

ROMANS 3:3-4
For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

Recently I was speaking with a neighbor. He had a form of faith, like many, he created in his mind a relationship with God that did not include the Bible, his wife also believes there is a God. My neighbor was offended when I declared the Bible was the infallible word of God and I believed in it 100 percent.

How can you be saved if you do not believe in Scripture? It is God’s word that reveals what we are saved from.

The book of Romans reveals the need for a Savior. Scripture, the 66 books referred to as the Bible, lays out establishment of humanity and the deeds that lead to the destruction of peace on earth. Romans 3:3-4 tells us that God is God no matter what man’s beliefs are- “let God be true but every man a liar.

My neighbor had a problem with me putting God’s word over his opinion. Doctors have a problem with a person putting God’s word over their diagnosis. Politicians have a problem with followers of Christ putting Scripture over their words.

When you believe in your heart you really do not care what other people think.

JAMES 1:5-6
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.

I am not saying: If you have doubt you are not saved. Many Christians are not sure about the word from time to time but we still believe and choose to err on the side of faith.

EPHESIANS 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

There are those who allow their flesh to dictate how they live. Emotions that support the flesh can convince the heart to accept certain ideas as true. Scripture refers to fleshly thinking as being carnal minded. (Romans 8:6) Scripture teaches those who follow Christ, the just, live by faith not feelings.

HEBREWS 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I believe God’s word. Yes, I listened to the words of man. Yes, I responded to an alter call; I also responded to a radio message, a television message and a book that had a prayer at the end. Was I saved at the age of 9 when I first confessed my faith or 30 when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. I believe I was saved when I began seeking the Lord, age 9.

The question is: Are you saved?

ROMANS 10:9-10 THE VOICE
So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved! Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation.
“Belief begins in the heart.”  Faith is a journey which can be influenced by many. Faith is personal therefore you must control the information that is received. Not everyone who shares the gospel knows what they are talking about.

I ENCOURAGE THE READER TO RESEARCH THE WORDS I WRITE.

What does your heart tell you? Here are some of the things people have told me over the years…

  • The Bible was written by man and man therefor I cannot believe in it %100.
  • The Bible was written over 2,000 years ago it does not apply to today.
  • The Bible was written by the White man, it is not for Black people.
  • I believe the Bible but….there are numerous exceptions to what Scripture teaches including:
               Homosexuality- there are those who believe homosexuality is not a sin 
               Abortion - there are those who believe that abortion is acceptable 
               Polygamy- there are those who practice or believe polygamy is acceptable

This list reflects some of the things individuals who call themselves Christian believe in their hearts. How can you be saved if you doubt Scripture?

When a person declares “Jesus is Lord” he (or she) is saying:
God, Son of God, came to earth in the form of a man, son of man,, to restore man’s relationship with Himself. He entered the earth through the womb of Mary, a virgin. He lived under the guidance of Mary and Joseph until such time as He began to fulfill His purpose (see John 10:10). Jesus, Yeshua(Hebrew):  lived, taught, healed and delivered those who were in bondage to Satan, while teaching all who would listen. He “was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NIV) After being beaten with 39 stripes, forced to carry the post which He would be eventually nailed to. Yeshua carried the cross part of the way and the remainder of the trip up hill it was carried by Simon, the Cyrene, to Golgatha. The shape of the post was what we refer to as a cross. He, Jesus, was nailed to the cross to die a slow tortuous death.  He lived this earth without sin because He was to be the perfect sacrifice for the transgressions of mankind. Yeshua spent 3 nights and 3 days in hell and then arose from the dead, He conquered death. Arising from the death and ministering to His disciples on earth, the Son of God ascended back to heaven; He has returned to eternity and will come again. This is what I mean when I say: Jesus is Lord.

Not everyone believes in the deity of Jesus, not everyone who says they are saved is actually a follower of Yeshua Hamashia, the Anointed One. For many the natural thinking of man blocks the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.  Are you a Believer?       Written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: AFTER STUFF HAPPENS


1 KINGS 19:4-7
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”

For months my computer warned me that I had “corrupt” files but it was working so I kept going and then it happened- it stopped working. I prayed, I placed my hands on it and pleaded with God but nothing happened. As a writer this is a problem, the fact that I was in the middle of several writing projects which included a series on this blog was mentioned a few times in my conversations with the Lord. However, I know that stuff happens and when stuff happens and we should all be ready for it when it does; my solution, use my husbands computer to post blogs and write with pen and paper. Now my computer is fixed!

My computer is, in the words of the repair guy “better than ever” and able to go on for years. BUT it is not the same. Things cannot be and will not be the same after something “happens”.

It is difficult to be cheerful when you are doing the right thing and stuff happens. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah the great Prophet had experienced great victories for the Lord but Jezebel was determined to get him too, she had killed a lot of the other prophets. Constant negativity from people, particularly those you know, can wear you down. The Prophet who had performed such mighty works in the past was tired of fighting and left. God sent an angel to encourage him because he had work to do.

Despite stuff happening there is stuff to do.

GENESIS 16:6-9
So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.
Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
The Angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.”
When you read the story of Hagar and you reach this point you might say to yourself: “Say what!” Sarai tells her husband Abram to sleep with her maid so that he can get her pregnant (surrogates is not a new concept) and when the maid gets pregnant Sarai becomes jealous and treats Hagar like crap. That is stuff happening continuously.

Hagar could take it no more and left. Father God sends an angel to Hagar who tells her she has to go back and be ‘nice’. “ “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.”” God said: Go back to your stuff and deal with it! Say what????

Hagar obeys God and returns because now she sees a bigger picture. What happened to you in the past does not define your future.

GENESIS 16:10
Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.”

We all know that Ishmael, Hagar’s son, was not the child of the promise: Sarai, who becomes Sarah, gives birth to Isaac the legitimate seed of Abraham (formerly Abram). But God does not count your origins against you and will bless you despite- what you do with your blessings is your choice. (Life and death / blessings and curses Deuteronomy 30:19) Hagar eventually was kicked out of the camp but God was still with her and her much older son.

GENESIS 21:14-18
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. 16 Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.
And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”

No matter what you are going through it is important to know that God is with you. Things are not going to be just like they were before all the stuff happened because you are not the same. You learned something.

Hagar was no longer a maid subject to the whims of Sarah. Elijah was still a prophet but he reached a point in which he no longer wanted to serve thus he passed his mantel on to Elisha (2 Kings 2:1-13)The common denominator in both these situations is: God’s will being done. Hagar yielded herself to God’s word given to her by the Angel of the Lord; Elijah reached a point in which he just did not want to serve and God brought him home.

I firmly believe: No matter what kind of stuff that happens in a person’s life as long as he or she is yielded to the word and will of God He will give you the strength to carry on (1 Kings 19:4:7) and a vision to motivate you to endure (Genesis 16:10).

We have to be rooted in God’s word because stuff is going to happen. As a person I know prepares to attend the funeral of a family member who died from cancer it seems trivial to refer to this event as “stuff” particularly when the family has a history of people dying from cancer. But, if you are rooted in God’s word you know that Jesus endured 39 stripes so that we would be healed; just because everyone around you is dying from cancer does not mean you will die from it. (Many of the prophets were dying at the hands of Jezebel but there were many who lived.) Jesus told us Satan was going to try and kill us but He came so that we would have life (John 10:10). 

Perhaps I should say “Life” happens. I still would have had to allow the repair guy to come and fix my computer and he would have done the same thing only sooner. The change was necessary and as long as we live there will be changes. When things happen no matter how big or small change follows how you handle the change is what is important.

God’s blessings are not altered by the stuff that happens to you but you can alter the blessings by not yielding to His word.  Stuff happens. ——— written by Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE LAW vs. GRACE




Jesus said: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (MATTHEW 5:17). I hear people declare some churches are “legalistic” and their practices are under the law though we are under grace.

Two things happened this year that gave me pause, the first was my having the opportunity to own a prayer shawl. The other was my participation in a Messianic Passover Haggadah. The prayer shawl and the Haggadah are associated with Judaism and thus to many Christians being under the law. After doing some research I am comfortable with owning a prayer shawl and participating in Passover Haggadah.

Am I turning into a legalistic Christian and ignoring the grace of God? Jesus said He did not come to destroy the law. Why would I need grace if I can ignore the law?

This is what I believe: Jesus did not cancel the law.

HEBREWS 10:1-13
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— in the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law),  then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

Our Lord, the Son of God, is the perfect sacrifice and offering for all of our sins therefore we no longer need to present burnt offerings and such for our sins. But we still sin! How do we know that our behavior is sinful? God’s precepts tell us so.

I have often heard people refer to the Bible as an acronym: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. The Hebrew word for law is ‘torah’ which means precept or statute. The Greek word for law is ‘nomos’ which within is meaning is “prescriptive usage” (Strong's 3551).  The law reflects our guidelines for living which includes: precepts, statutes, and / or guidelines.  

ROMANS 5:10-13
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—  (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Without these guidelines, aka laws, we would not know we were displeasing Father God. Because of these laws, precepts for living, we know how imperfect we are. It is the grace of God that allows us to receive His blessings.

EPHESIANS 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.


It is tradition, that has been teaching us to focus on the grace of God more than the laws of God.

MARK 7:13
making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”


It is important that you study Scripture for yourself and evaluate the origins of your church’s doctrine. I would submit to you that the reason there is so much transgression in God’s word today is because so many people disregard the precepts, statues, guidelines, laws that are found in the first 5 books of Bible; they are not Moses’ laws they are laws God gave to the people. Jesus said: ““Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. “ (NIV)   
                                          — written by Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHEN STUFF HAPPENS

It has been a month since my last post because stuff has been happening, including the demise of my computer. In that time I have been writing the old fashioned way, with paper and pen. What I have gone through and what I am going through is not tragic but it is humbling; I am reminded that the world will continue without my opinion. It is never about me it is always about God's Word.

JOHN 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


This is the lesson Jesus taught the 11, He may not be physically present but He is always with us. As long as we have the word of God, not man, we can overcome whatever may come our way.

JOHN 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.


It is not I, nor your church leader who will teach you all things but the Spirit of God. If you are not learning what the Word of God says you will be lost when stuff happens.

I have walked this earth with the help of the Lord long enough to not panic when stuff happens. I was more disappointed than upset when I could not write my weekly post, upload my book BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME, or edit the novel I am working on. I have learned that if their is a drought in the land you have to move to where your provisions are. (see 1 Kings 17) That is what I am doing.

What type of stuff is going on in your life?  How are you moving forward despite it?

Far to often we depend on man and not God. We allow man to put his own spin / interpretation on what God said instead of what the Spirit of God is speaking directly into a person's life.

2 PETER 1:20
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

There really is no new revelation of God's word only better understanding.

I used the time, as I dealt with the loss of a friend, my computer crashing and other life problems by LISTENING to Father God. Today I felt free to share a Sunday post. Next week I will resume my regular posting though I still don't have a computer, I am writing on a borrowed "ax" (2 Kings 6:1-7) and it must be returned to its' rightful owner.

When stuff happens it is important to remember that God knows what is needed and will supply it. He will not give you what you think you need or what people say you have to have.

PHILIPPIANS 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


--- written by Marsha L F Randolph