Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NPA: WHEN HATE IS EMPOWERED



I know many people refer to the liberal news outlets as “fake” news however I think a more appropriate term is “Hate News”. Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week various news outlets present reasons why one group of people should hate another.

I find it interesting that the media will condemn Christian business owners for standing on their faith while ignoring Muslims who do the same. Remember the bakery who did not want to do a same-sex wedding cake? They were considered homophobic. Hobby Lobby was considered anti-woman because of its’ refusal to get insurance that paid for abortions and more recently someone accused them of being racist because of its’ cotton display. We do not see this same judgemental behavior towards Islam, a growing organization which incorporates faight and government.

In countries in which Islam plays a role in the government homosexuals are persecuted, not prosecuted. A woman would not have an abortion in some Islamic countries because she would be killed if she had sex outside of marriage. There are pockets of Islamic communities in America in which Sharia law is enforced and ignored by the government.

It is not to the anti-Christ mindset of the hateful news organizations to point out Islamic terroism, or white on white crime, or black on black crime, or black on white crime.

Repeatedly, many Conservative news outlets share information that proves that Law Enforcement Officers are not racist. Statistically more non-Black people are killed by police than Black. The media does not report this because it does not feed into their narrative of hate.

Many of todays news and information outlets have gone beyond hypocrisy to degnererate. The media will tell the world that a 16 year old is to young to be tried as an adult because he or she does not understand the depths of his actions. Yet, this same media promotes the idea that an 8 year old knows that ‘he’ should live as ‘she’ or ‘she’ should live as a ‘he’. Those who disagree with the ideology presented are declared full of hate; the oppossite is true.

Positive news does not make as much money as sensational news. Blood and gore make money; love, peace and happiness don’t make money. How sad it is to see so many people accept the false teachings of information personalities.

The media takes great pride in slamming President Trump and feels justified in not investigating former President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton.  Telling the world that the President of the United States tweets, a man who does not drink or smoke, is “un-Presidential” but ignored a President who was intimate with a woman (women) who was not his wife while working. The media not only ignored the fact that the Secretary of State and the President allowed men to die a tortuous death they also assited in covering up all pertinent information related to the incident.

The media wants the world to hate the leader of America, President Donald J. Trump, because he wants to put American citizens to be first and not the polticians and other personalities who profit from the ignorance of the people.

Unfortunately,we are in a self-centered era in which people want to feel good regardless of who it hurts. It is easy for young people, who do not know the history of this nation and do not have a biblical foundation, to accept what entertainment, information, and political personalities say. Older individuals use these same outlets to  justify their personal agenda of making more money.  It is this attitude of self that allows gangs and radical religions to strengthen.

The truth is often ugly. Slavery is an ugly truth in American history.  Watergate is a shameful ugly truth in American history. Benghazi is a horrible truth in American history. Child sex trading is anegregious truth in America. Abortion, murder and homosexulaty are sinful truths. We should not deny these truths but we should learn fromt hem and sin no more.

The news is “fake” because it does not tell the entire story. The news is “hate” because in telling part of the story it presents just enough information to make one particular group of people angry at another. The news is bad because it does no good. The news is empowered because polticians use these sources to stir up their voter base.   — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHERE IS GOD?



SONG OF SOLOMON 3:1-3
By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.  The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”




Where is God? We are told to: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) But God is not the one who is lost. The question should be: “Where am I?”



PSALM 139 THE VOICE
1 O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am;
2 You even know the small details like when I take a seat and when I stand up again.   Even when I am far away, You know what I’m thinking.
3 You observe my wanderings and my sleeping, my waking and my dreaming,  and You know everything I do in more detail than even I know.
4 You know what I’m going to say long before I say it.  It is true, Eternal One, that You know everything and everyone.
5 You have surrounded me on every side, behind me and before me,  and You have placed Your hand gently on my shoulder.
6 It is the most amazing feeling to know how deeply You know me, inside and out;  the realization of it is so great that I cannot comprehend it.
7 Can I go anywhere apart from Your Spirit?  Is there anywhere I can go to escape Your watchful presence?
8 If I go up into heaven, You are there.  If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, You are there.
9 If I ride on the wings of morning,  if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean,
10 Even then You will be there to guide me; Your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there.
11 Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me,  the light around me will soon be turned to night,”
12 You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes. For You the night is just as bright as the day.
    Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.
13 For You shaped me, inside and out.  You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath.
14 I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;  Your works are wonderful;  carry this knowledge deep within my soul.
15  You see all things; nothing about me was hidden from You as I took shape in secret,
    carefully crafted in the heart of the earth before I was born from its womb.
16 You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
17 Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them! How grand in scope! How many in number!
18 If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable! Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.
19 I wish You would destroy all the wicked, O God. So keep away from me, those who are thirsty for blood!
20 For they say such horrible things about You, and those who are against You abuse Your good name.
21 Is it not true that I hate all who hate You, Eternal One?  Is it not true that I despise all who come against You?
22 Deep hatred boils within me toward them;  I am Your friend, and they are my enemies.
23 Explore me, O God, and know the real me. Dig deeply and discover who I am.  Put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain.
24 Examine me to see if there is an evil bone in me, and guide me down Your path forever.


In this worship Psalm written by David he reminds the listener: God knows everything there is to know about each and every one of us. God is omni-present and omniscient.

Where do you find God? In church? At a night club? On the streets? At Bible study or at a friends house? WHERE IS GOD?

JAMES 4:8
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

JAMES 4:8 THE EXPANDED
Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, ·clean sin out of your lives [L- cleanse/purify your hands; C- a metaphor for cleaning up your behavior]. ·You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time [L- You double-minded ones], ·make your thinking pure [L- purify your hearts; C- a metaphor for cleaning up your interior life].

NOTE: I am including the New King James and the Expanded translations of this verse for a better study.

God is ever present in the Believer’s life; it is how a person thinks that prevents an awareness of His presence. God is a spirit which means fleshly thougths and ideas are irrelevant.

ISAIAH 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27) which makes us spiritual beings contained in flesh.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-12
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[Isaiah 64:4]
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

When we enter into the new birth we develop an awareness of His presence that increases with maturity. To be “born again” simply means we have expereinced the second birth, a spiritual awakening; the first birth being the external birth out of the womb.

COLOSSIANS 3:10
and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

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

The Shulamite woman in the Songs sought after the king. It was a personal decision; she did not care what people thought.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:3-5
The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”  Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

In pursuit of a personal relationship with God you have to be willing to ignore the opinions of people, including religious status quo, and go after Him.  Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood who had spent all of her money on doctors? (Mark 5:25-34) She risked being stoned to death to seek Jesus. She had to be pretty close to the ground, crawling perhaps, because all she did was touch the hem of His garment. It is also your responsibility to maintain that relationship.

ROMANS 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVE SICK FOR JESUS - SONG OF SOLOMON Chapter 2



SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.







To experience the love of God is incomparable because He is love and without Him love could not exist. When we accept Jesus as the only begotten Son of Creator God and allow Him to be Lord of our life He brings us into the Kingdom of God- the “banqueting house”. Existing in the kingdom becomes the banner in which believers walk in.

JOHN 14:16, 26
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
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.
Love is a value and it is valuable.  Love is the greatest value that can be placed upon anyone. God wraps us in His love.

JOHN 15:9-10 THE VOICE
I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Abide in My love. Follow My example in obeying the Father’s commandments and receiving His love. If you obey My commandments, you will stay in My love.

This is where we should want to be, as clse to Him as possible. We should abide, maintain contact, with our Father in heaven through our Lord Jesus with the help of the Spirit of God.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:5-7
Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

We should be lovesick for Jesus! Our desire for Him should be greater than our desire for food or people.

PSALM 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 
PSALM 16:11
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

It takes time to develop a relationship but God wants one with you.

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 King of kings came to earth. He came that you might have life and more abundantly (John 10:10).

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:8-17
The Shulamite
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; he is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice.
My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”
Her Brothers
Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.
The Shulamite
My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
(To Her Beloved)
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.
It is not enough to go to the alter and recite words. A marriage is more than a white dress and a tuxedo; being born again is more than telling people “I am saved”. It is a never ending commitment that begins from within and manifest in words and deeds.


EPHESIANS 5:25-27 THE VOICE
Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word.  He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemished—completely free from all impurity—holy and innocent before Him.



You have to be passionate for Jesus because He is passionate for you.

Song of Solomon is about God’s commitment to His children; it is both public and private. The question is: What type of relationship do you have with Him?

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4 THE VOICE
He placed me at his banquet table, for everyone to see that his banner over me declares his love.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, November 6, 2017

NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION: WHAT I BELIEVE- DONNA BRAZILE

Liberals have encouraged Black Lives Matter, they supported African-American athletes taking a knee to the National Anthem. Liberals even awarded the family members of criminals who felt mistreated by law enforcement officers. As a result of this ideology they have committed themselves to an ideology that they really do not believe.

Remember: the Democrat party is the party of prejudice people. It is Democrats, the home of liberalism, that founded the Ku-Klux-Klan, voted against the Civil Rights Amendment, and support Planned Parenthood (an organization founded to get rid of Black babies).

Donna Brazile admitted that Hillary Clinton controlled the DNC and rigged the election so that Bernie Sanders would not get the nomination. Many people in Social Media believe that Donna Brazile’s life is now in danger. But what can Liberals or the Clintons do?

As a Black woman, Ms. Brazile represents proof that Liberals support Black people. For any harm to come to her would anger the very people they empowered to be destructive. What would happen if the one who accused Hillary Clinton of trying to steal an election suddenly committed suicide? Or died from a disease that she suddenly had for a long time?

Will Barak Obama support Hillary? I suspect he, as he does often, will remain silent. (Golfing anyone.) I do not believe Hillary has the ability to go silently, and like his predecessor  Bill Clinton will also keep quiet making only a few token comments. Even Chelsea has to keep quiet, I don’t think she knows how to make money. Hilary Clinton is on her own and, I suspect, Russia holds the keys to her future.

What Donna Brazile did was confirm what we already knew. She is selling books and it will be a best seller. Because she is a Black Female speaking out against Hillary would not be an issue had the Liberals not shouted racism so much.

I believe the Democrat party is reaping what they sowed and it is not over yet.    - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE KING'S PERSPECTIVE

SONG OF SOLOMON




SONG OF SOLOMON 2:1
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.





I have heard people declare: “He is the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley but that is not what this verse declares. The woman is speaking and she is saying that she is nothing special, but God sees His children differently.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:2
Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

He sees the church as unique.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When you accept Jesus as Lord and allow Him to be Lord of your life you become a new creature; you are born again. No longer focused on the flesh you are able to live according to the spirit within.

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

God sees you as a lily among thorns. What is important is that you begin to see yourself in the same way.                                   - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WORSHIP

CONTINUED STUDY OF THE BOOK: SONG OF SOLOMON



As I was meditating on Song of Solomon chapter one the word “worship” came to mind. What is worship? It is to exalt; to adore intensely. Scrivener, my writing program- Word for writers,  defines worship as: profound love and adoration. In chapter one of the Songs I see the beginnings of love, adoration and exaltation.





1 JOHN 4:7-13
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 

How can you love someone till death do you part if you don’t know who he really is? Far to many people focus on the sexual aspects of a relationship and fail to develop true intimacy. Your personal relationship with God is the first step towards a life long relationship with someone else.

“If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” How can you love your spouse if you don’t love God?  If you view the Song of Solomon simply as a relationship between a man and a woman it can become a lustful poem. Yes, I think the poem is sexy not sexual. It is personal worship meant to draw the listner closer.

JAMES 4:7-8
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Warning: you will be intimate with God or intimate with the Devil. Though the blessings of God requires a personal knowledge of who He is, Satan does not care if you acknowledge him or not.

Literally Song of Solomon is about the developing relationship between a man and a woman. A godly
relationship is between a man and a woman marriage makes them one. A relationship outside of a god sanctioned marriage is of the Devil.

A typological view of Song of Solomon sees the literal aspects of the Songs but searches deeper within the words. It is a challenge to go deeper into the word of God and learn more.

PSALM 42:7
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 

Yes, it is when you go deeper into Scripture that you develop the foundations of faith.

PSALM 42:7 THE EXPANDED VERSION
·Troubles have come again and again [L- Deep calls to deep], ·sounding like waterfalls [L- at the sound of your torrents; C: waters represent distress; 69:1–2]. Your waves and your breakers ·are crashing all around [L- pass over] me.
The word is not always literal which is why you have to put all things in context.

Song of Solomon is a lesson in getting to know someone personally. It is a lesson in getting to know God intimately.

PSALM 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 

The Songs is about an experience that leads to adoration. It is about falling in love which leads to worship. David said in Psalm 34 “taste and see”; the Shulamite woman spoke of her beloved lying between her breast (S.O.S. 1:13)- you will not “get” this until you experience his presence.

PSALM 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 
To worship Him is more than singing a slow song. Your challenge is to forget about the world around you and what “they” say and allow the Spirit of God to lead you.


SONG OF SOLOMON 1:8-17
The Beloved
If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds’ tents. I have compared you, my love,to my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots. Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with chains of gold.
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will make you ornaments of gold with studs of silver.
The Shulamite
While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance. A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts. My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms in the vineyards of En Gedi.
The Beloved
Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
The Shulamite
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant! Also our bed is green. The beams of our houses are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
God sees the good in you, He sees you as you are not as people say you are. It is the Spirit of God that will help you, guide you. You are, indeed, covered by the blood of Jesus (Revelations 1:5). Father God wants you to come, into His secret place.

PSALM 91:1
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
“Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair!” God does not make mistakes! Man will gladly list your faults but God will tell you how wonderful you are.

PSALM 139:4
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.  

Like the Shulamite woman you must develop an aprreciation for how He sees you. You must see the beauty of Jesus’ disfigured body from the 39 lashes, the holes in His hands and feet from the nails that secured Him to the cross. You absolutely must see how much He loved you and declare: “Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!”  This is worship.

1 JOHN 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us. 
- It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?




The reason you don’t have what you know the Word of God says you could have is because of your unbelief.





LUKE 1:37-38
For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
MATTHEW 13:58
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
MARK 9:24
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

We all have enough faith
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.
I once thought faith and belief were synonymous. My faith is unchangeable knowledge; my belief is how that knowledge applies to me.

  • I know that Jesus heals; will he heal me?
  • I know that God promises to supply all of my needs; will I receive what I need?

It is this doubt that delays the manifestation of God’s promises.

A few years ago I wrote BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME - understanding the foundations of faith. I released the first few chapters as an ebook which is available via Smashwords. I have shared certain parts of it both in public and on my blog.  The full volume will soon be available as a print book on AMAZON. For me BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME is a reminder of why God will answer my prayers. In order not to doubt you have to know what you believe and have faith in your belief.
xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: A MATTER OF THE HEART

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:6-17

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:13
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts.

The image when reading this is a man laying on a womans’ chest. Should I say bare chest? The implication is that of intimacy. The Voice translation cleans up the imagery a bit by extracting “all night”.

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:13 THE VOICE
My love is close to my heart, like a sachet of myrrh tucked between my breasts.

But there is nothing wrong with being intimate with the Lord at night.

PSALM 63:3-6
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. 
PSALM 139:7-8
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 

It is important to know that God is always with you.

Hebrews 13:5 (King James Version)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 


STUDYING NOTE: Of all the books of the Bible I have read I think this is one of the most complex. Most people can see the relationship that is developing between a man and a woman but that does not negate the developing relationship between the Lord and  His church. I believe- chapter one reveals how a believer places God in his or her heart; it is a very personal relationship. When we walk in the spirit we can see the things of the Spirit. By verse 6, in chapter one of the Songs, the reader will see the relationship between Christ and the church.  

*From Thomas Nelson’s The KING JAMES STUDY BIBLE - Full Color Edition; 2017 Comment I read: Song of Solomon 1:8-10.“Solomon begins speaking to the maiden at this point, although some interpreters delay his speech until verse 9 and ascribe verse 8 to the daughters of Jerusalem. Since there is a distinction in the Hebrew verb forms between feminine and masculine, in most cases it is easy to determine the identity of the speaker. However, not all ambiguity is removed as verse 8 attests.” 

This is again a reminder of the nuances of biblical interpretation and the reason we must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us wisdom.


David wrote both Psalm 63 and 139, he was a worshipper. True worship comes out of an intimate knowledge. If you cannot accept the idea and appreicate the fact that God is with you 24 hours a day seven days a week then how do you embrace being married to one person till death do you part? The intimacey we have with God is beyond that of sexual pleasure as it should be with our spouse.

King David, a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22), could not build God’s temple but he was able to gather the supplies. David got the best of the best, supplies, because he understood that God was worthy of the best.

MATTHEW 26:7-8
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 

David was a king, the woman with the alabaster box was a prostitute (Luke 7:36-39) they both experienced intimacy with God.

Song of Solomon 1:13 NIV
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.

Myrrh was both valuable and contains healing property. Today a half an ounce (3 teaspoons) would cost about $5. It has a sweet woodsy smell- definitely a masculine scent.

The church should smell like Jesus. A believer should smell like Jesus. We should be so wrapped up in the Lord that when we are around others they know that we have been in His presence.

LEVITICUS 26:31
And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours. 

The Bible tells us to be salt, light.

Matthew 5:13-16 (King James Version)
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

When we develop an intimate relationship with the God through Jesus with the help of the Spirit we give off a sweet scent.

PHILIPPIANS 4:18
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. 

REVELATION 5:8
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 

There is a direct relationship between your prayers and your scent.

REVELATION 8:3-4
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 

A personal relationship with the Father God is more than just you saying a set of words. It is a matter of the heart. How intense is your love?   - It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NETTIE-ISMS: DEATH BED CONFESSIONS

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A few months ago I debated with a brother in Christ regarding those who make last minute confessions of faith. He believes that this is not valid and I disagreed with him. There was a man who was on a cross next to Jesus who was promised an eternity with Him because of his last minute confession.

HOWEVER, this past month I have been asked to pray for  the salvation of people who were in their last hours. These individuals had been presented the gospel but ignored it. Family members were asking everyone to pray that their loved one would be saved before taking their last breath.

If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth you shall be saved. A bedside mouth confession is not salvation.  Hoping in your heart that God will spare your life is not salvation.



GOING TO THE ALTER AT CHURCH IS NOT SALVATION.

ROMANS 10:10 "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART FIRST!

I remember ministering to a gentleman about our Lord and Savior, our conversations began long before he was bedridden. His confession of faith was the result of hours of ministering which resulted in a change in his heart.

The man on the cross next to Jesus had a change of heart. “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” (Luke 23:41-42 KJV)  He was truly repentant of his behavior, willing to accept the consequences and asked the Lord only for mercy. The thief understood that there was nothing he could do or say that would allow him to spend eternity with God except through Jesus.

Yes, I believe in death bed confessions but only if there was a heart conversion first. 
                                                                                           xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- TAKING CARE OF MYSELF


SONG OF SOLOMON - TAKING CARE OF MYSELF       

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:6
Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept. “But my own vineyard I have not kept.” 




Today I see many people taking the time to adorn themselves. Men get manicures and pedicures just like women.  False hair, weave, is a multi-million (if not billion) dollar industry. Designer clothes are sold at a premium and Mary Kay is still a successful company; she died in 2001. People are very good at maintaining the fence around the vineyard but fail to maintain what helps the fruit grow. Far to many people think they are not worthy of the love of a healthy loving relationship especially the love of God - “Do not look upon me,” because I am not ready.

1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

People judge by appearance but God judges the heart. It is a false assumption to believe that people who wear nice clothes to church have it all together. A manicured lawn is not the sign of a manicured household, chaos could be behind the doors.

JEREMIAH 2:32
Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.

Whatever the reason, many get very busy with things. People plan their time and money to go on a vacation. Friends take time out to celebrate a birth, marriage or birthday. But God has been given 2 hours on Sunday and maybe 10 to 15 minutes during the week, time permitted.

He is not a microwave oven. You cannot spend 30 seconds with God and expect all of your problems to be done.

The Shulamite woman was so busy serving, caring for the family vineyards, that she did not have time to care for herself. The story of Mary and Martha elaborates on this concept. (Luke 10:38-42) Despite the need to feed their house guest Mary chose to feed her soul first, Martha on the other hand thought it was more important to make sure that everyone’s physical needs were met.

LUKE 10:41-42
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

In order to grow a person must feed his or her soul.

Both the Shulamite woman and Martha were busy doing what they thought was necessary work.  Matha went to Jesus and declared: “Look at what I am doing? Mary isn’t helping me to do.” The Shulamite woman turned to her friends and said: “I have not had time to take care of myself and now the king is coming.”

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

We need to develop a Mary mindset, make sitting in the presence of the Lord a priority.

PSALM 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 

NOTE: The KJV uses the term ‘heathen” in Psalm 46:10 whereas the NKJV and other translations use the term “nations” both are acceptable. The implication- non-believers will exalt the Lord. 

If you are to busy to spend an unlimited amount of time with the Lord then you are to busy.

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:6
Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.

Women enter unhealthy relationships because they believe they are not good enough for “Mr Right”. When the right person comes along they make excuses as to why they cannot be in that relationship.

Despite regular church attendance far to many Believers lack spiritual growth and development. How long had the Shulamite woman been working in the vineyards? It was not until she encountered the king that she became concered about her appearance. It is the same with our faith: we do not focus on our spirit until we encounter the King.

Many people say they are a Christian yet they do not know who Jesus is. He is the Son of God, He is God, He is Lord. People know of God but they do not know God.

PHILIPPIANS 3:9-10 THE VOICE
When it counts, I want to be found belonging to Him, not clinging to my own righteousness based on law, but actively relying on the faithfulness of the Anointed One. This is true righteousness, supplied by God, acquired by faith.  I want to know Him inside and out. I want to experience the power of His resurrection and join in His suffering, shaped by His death,

Just as the union of a man and woman in marriage is personal so is that of the Believer and the Lord. It is a personal relationship with Him that is developed over a period of time.

Taking care of yourself begins with taking care of your soul.

JOHN 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 

The first step in taking care of yourself is to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life. To do this you must believe that He is who Scripture says He is. 

There are no majic words, no sacrid actions- it is a matter of faith and belief. Many people have gone to the “alter” at church and said a series of words, was recognized by the body and then went on his or her way without any true understanding. Being dunked in a body of water means nothing if you do not have that personal relationship with the Lord.

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.
 — written by Marsha L F Randolph
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Friday, October 13, 2017

LIVING BETTER: STEWARDSHIP


We are given things and then we want more. The company Apple makes millions, if not billions, of dollars because people want what they do not have despite having more than what they need. Our ancestors cared for what they had, purchased what they needed and did not focus on what they did not have. Successful marketing has created a false belief that a person needs more than what they have or can afford.

A steward is one who takes care of someone or something. Most people are good stewards over a few things and a person or select group of persons but there are things they neglect. I know many people who have cracked the screen of their cell phone, in the many years I have had a cell phone I have never cracked the screen- it is how you care for the phone that makes the difference. Far to many individuals neglect a spouse or a parent yet would do anything for a friend. To know that the screen on your cell phone is fragile but not take the necessary precautions to protect it is a lack of steward ship. To not care for your spouse or ignore your parents even though the Bible tells us to love them is a lack of stewardship.

Why is stewardship important? Because if you cannot care for what you have you will struggle to get more.
  • A person can get more money for an automobile that has been carefully maintained despite it being an older model if it was cared for.
  • A husband and a wife  will have a better matter if they care for one another despite their differences. 
  • A person will be financially ready for an emergency if she has not spent her money on things she wanted but did not need.Things like a new cell phone when the old one still works, or new shoes when there is a closet full.  A person will be financially ready for an emergency if he has not spent his money on things he did not need.

Financially stewardship, how you manage the money you have, means something different in many churches than what I believe God intended; or at least what they present to the congregation. It is more than giving tithes and offerings. (I discuss this at length in my ebook BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED.)


  • In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-29) Jesus taught about what a person does with his or her money. No where does it mention someone giving to the church.
  • Jesus chastises the religious leaders because they have neglected their parents. (Matthew 15:6-9)
  • Jesus even corrected the disciples who thought it was better to make money on some very expensive oil than to use it on Him. (Matthew 26:6-13)


The most important task we have is to be good stewards of our relationships.  Be a good wife to your husband, a good husband to your wife. Be  a parent that raises a child to know and believe the word of God. Be a good child to your parents, honor them. Be a friend. Stewardship is not about having stuff or not having stuff it is about caring for and appreciating what you have.  -- written by Marsha L F Randolph






The words written are based on my personal experience and knowledge and are not presented as advice; I am not a medical professional. The reader is encouraged to do his or her own research. 
Marsha L F Randolph is a recognized LIVING WELL COACH through THE AIM COMPANIES. 
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

NETTIE-ISM- THINK GOOD THOUGHTS

A person should think of himself in a positive way; be the best you that you can be,  don’t think you are better someone else.

ROMANS 12:3
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

Think good thoughts about yourself but don’t think more highly of who you are than you ought to. Everyone is different, you cannot compare yourself with others nor should you compare others to you. Think soberly knowing that God has given each person the same amount of faith but a different gift (1 Corinthians 7:7).       xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph




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Monday, October 9, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #14- UNBECOMING A LEADER

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If Solomon was President today some would say he had to much money and to many women therefore he is a bad leader.

2 Chronicles 1:11-12 (King James Version)
11  And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
12  Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. 
1 Kings 11:3 (King James Version)
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 

Neither the wealth or the women stopped Solomon from being a great leader.

1 Kings 10:23-24 (King James Version)
23  So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
24  And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. 

Unfortunately today, people are easily distracted by the cares of this world (Mark 4:19) and popular opinion.

A leaders' behavior is judged by the one who positioned him in office. Solomon was ordained, appointed, by God and any behavior unbecoming a leader would be judged by God. His, Solomon’s, problem was his wives took his attention away from God.

1 Kings 11:1-2 (King James Version)
1  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
2  Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 

As I listen to people comment on President’ Trumps tweets I am amused. The tweets are a distraction for those who are not focused on getting things done.

Solomon had way to many wives, he really did, but he was still considered wise. The women took his attention away from God yet he still ruled as God had intended.

2 Chronicles 9:29-31 (King James Version)
29  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
30  And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31  And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. 

There is no such thing as a perfect leader. God appoints imperfect men and women to do a specific task despite their flaws. (I should say our flaws because I am an imperfect leader.) Therefore, when we see a leader write 140 charachters about a circumstance many may not like it but if he is still doing what needs to be done the behavior is between him and God. I DON’T CARE ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TWEETS!

To me what is really UNBECOMING A LEADER is:

  • Supporting organizations like PLANNED PARENTHOOD,
  • Endorsing same sex unions- ‘marriages’
  • Endorsing cross dressing, particularly in children
  • Ignoring anti-Christ organizations including Radical Islamic practices such as Sharia Law
  • Dishonoring the men and women who protect and serve this country
  • Disrespecting the leader of this nation (Hebrews 13:7,1 Timothy 2:1-3)


What is unbecoming a leader is not a tweet on Twitter but the hateful rhetoric I hear coming from men and women of influence and the corresponding actions. xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON: AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH



EPHESIANS 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 




Perhaps the reason there are so many divorces is because so many people do not fully understand what love is. Sexual pleasure has replaced relational intimacy. What does it mean to lay down your life for someone? (John 10:15-17, 15:13) It is true that Jesus died for us however he also lived for us. 

JOHN 1:14
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.

The Song of Solomon introduces us to this godly love. The reader is challenged to see the development of an intimate relationship between God and a follower through a the developing realtionship between the man and the woman.

NOTE: My King James Study Bible- Full Color Edition defines Typological interpretation of Scripture as follows: “The early church admitted the literal courtship and marriage but interpret these as only a type of Christ and the church(cf. Eph 5:22-33).”  In other words Song of Solomon can be interpreted literally but it is also representative of the relationship between our Lord Jesus and the church. 

Sexual pleasure does not equate to marital bliss but marital bliss will lead to pleasure (not always sexual). Husbands take the lead in a relationship by being an example of Christ on earth. Wives are a type of church that honors their husband as the church should honor God.

Learn to love God and you can learn to love your spouse.

As I read verses 1:5-17 in Song of Solomon I see the struggle we all have in our faith walk.  Far to many churches are segregated; there are Black churches white churches. churches rich people go to and churches where poor people attend. Some individuals who have a heart to learn more hesitate to attend a particular church because they believe they are not dressed properly.  I know people who do not go to church because they have nothing to put nothing in the offering when it passes by. It is an “I am not good enough” mindset that stops many from having a relationship with our Lord.

Song of Solomon 1:5-6
I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. 
The Shulamite woman spoke to her friends, the daughters of Jerusalem.

NOTE: Putting things in context requires a pause in your reading to explore a particular character, define a word, or research the culture of the time. Your perspective will influence your understanding of what you read. Thus it may be important to know: Who are the daughters of Jerusalem?  In my research I discovered: Scripture does not elaborate on their specific identity, commentators do agree they are unmarried women. Thus for the context of this particular Scripture the daughters of Jerusalem are women that the Shulamite knew, her friends.

The worlds’ standard of beauty requires that a woman take care of herself. Women spend thousands of dollars on clothing, shoes, accessories, manicures, pedicures, make-up and hair care. But not everyone can afford or has the time for these beautification treatments. Such was the testimony of the Shulamite woman.

Personally, I can but as a rule choose not to. My relationship with both my husband and God are such that I can come just as I am. 

Look at advertising today. They are encouraging men to do the same! But God does not care about such superficial things.

“Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me:’ the woman was self concious. Perhaps she was comparing herself to those other women, her friends who did not have to work in the fields and had time to bathe in scented waters. Like this woman, we often focus on superficial things when God is looking at your soul.

DEUTERONOMY 6:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 

Think about this: We compare our church to other churches. Yes we do! People who attend small churches are not as bold as those who attend a mega-church, perhaps they are intimidated. “Look not upon me, don’t look at my small church we cannot do what the big churches do.” This was Gideon’s problem? (Judges 6:15)

The idea that you cannot because of your size reveals a lack of confidence in the word of God. Jesus loves the church not a church.

In my previous post I discussed the “tents of Kedar” and the “curtains of Solomon”. They are both beautiful and superficial. Have you ever heard the chorus in the song “beauty is only skin deep?   A tent has to be built and curtains have to be raised both are outer coverings desigbed to hide what is inside. The dark tent prevents the sun from entering in the shelter, the curtains stop getting to close. How can you receive love if you will not let people come near you? How can you recieve the Son if you are blocking Him?

Many can not give receive love nor can they give it,, they enclosed their hearts to outside influences. Many know of God but do not have a personal relationship with him because they have covered themselves with the traditions of men.

MATTHEW 15:2-6
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 

The key to a successful relationship with your spouse is a successful relationship with God. It is important to separate the words of man from the wisdom of God. This first chapter of the Songs will help you is an introduction to successful relationships on earth and in heaven.  - It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON: I AM BLACK

TENT OF KEDAR


SONG OF SONGS 1:5  
I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 









Was Solomon dating a Black girl? Some translations have changed ‘Black’ to ‘dark’, which makes it easier for people to believe they were of the same race but she was very tanned. The Hebrew word that has been translated is “shāhōr” and it means ‘black’. The girl was Black, so what!

In this day and age of racial divisions it is important that people know that God is not looking at skin pigment, we are. This woman’s reference to her skin pigment will generate a response that will reveal the character of the one she is speaking to.

After revealing her complexion she states she is ‘comely’; does not mean ‘common’ or ‘plain’. Looking at the original language, again, the word in Hebrew is nāweh which is an indication of beauty.

Kedar is the second son of Ishmael, her reference to the “tents of Kedar,” reveals the uniqueness of her beauty, though it is apparently hidden. The tents were made of black goat hair which is another reference to her darkness. According to my research to ‘dwell in the tents of Kedar” is to be separated from God. 

PSALM 120:5
Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 

JEREMIAH 49:28-29 THE VOICE
Here is an oracle from the Eternal concerning Kedar and the nomadic tribes of Arabia known as the kingdoms of Hazor, all defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon
Eternal One: Rise up and attack Kedar. Destroy the tribes of the east. They will take away their tents and their flocks, their curtains, their camels, and all their possessions. They will shout to one another, “Terror is everywhere we turn!”

Conversely she compares herself to “the curtains of Solomon”? Solomon’s curtains were, of course, exquisite. They were unique, probably one of a kind, created in the image he chose. The Shulamite woman was unigue covered by beauty.

The difference between curtains and tents? Tents covered your head but curtains covered your body.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 
EPHESIANS 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Our relationship with Father God is vertical, up and down,  He is our head. Nothing should stop us from being able to go to Him.

HEBREWS 4:13-16
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 
No matter how beautiful the tent may be if it hinders you from seeing, being with, Father God it is irrelevant. Our attitudes are our tents: anger, unforgiveness, resentment, hate, and such. Sweet words, notable achievements even political correctness become a ‘tent of Kedar’ - what the world sees.

Old School Christians understand what it means to go in a prayer closet. It is the place in which you come to Father God just as your are, without pretense. Going in your prayer closet is like moving the curtain out of the way; it is easier to pull back a curtain than it is to pull down a tent. A closet keeps you away from those around you who could adversely affect your relationship with Father God- horizontal relationships. It is difficult to present yourself to God when you have positioned yourself under a dark tent. 

The Sulamite woman contrast herself not by racial identity but  according to her character- dark but comely; tents vs curtains. The Shulamite woman declares: “I am dark, influenced by my environment (see verse 6) but I am still comely, lovely, have a positive attitude; I am positioned under beautiful tent that seperates me from seeing You. I am covered by rich things. ”

SONG OF SONGS 1:6
Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. 
And she says: Do not look at my physical attributes that have been influenced by the world. Don’t judge me because I have not taken care of myself as I should.

This is where we are as Believers; we think and see superficially. Churches become mega-churches because the services are short, fun and without the substance that is necessary to pull down the tents. We look good, sound good and occasionally even act good but Satan and his demonic force are allowed to go to and fro without any opposition in some places.

HEBREWS 2:1-4 THE VOICE
That is why we ought to pay even closer attention to the voice that has been speaking so that we will never drift away from it. For if the words of instruction and inspiration brought by heaven’s messengers were valid, and if we live in a universe where sin and disobedience receive their just rewards, then how will we escape destruction if we ignore this great salvation? We heard it first from our Lord Jesus, then from those who passed on His teaching. 4 God also testifies to this truth by signs and wonders and miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit lighting on those He chooses.
If you read Song of Solomon 1:5-6 and think this is about an interracial relationship I will not disagree with you. The challenge is to spend more than 30 minutes studying, “pay close attention” as it states in Hebrews. “For if the words of instruction and inspiration brought by heaven’s messengers were valid, and if we live in a universe where sin and disobedience receive their just rewards, then how will we escape destruction if we ignore this great salvation?

I submit to you that this Shulamite woman is faced with a great challenge, her desire is to be with the king but her physical beauty is irrelvant. “Don’t look at me because of how I am beautiful”! I have not taken care of me. Note that she is talking to other women.

This post will have to continue….Marsha
- It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON: KISS- ANOINT - DRAW

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2-4
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

KISS ME- ANOINT ME -DRAW ME
As I begin studying the Song of Songs, believed to be written by King Solomon, I am once again reminded of the significance of the words used. Many commentators state that Song of Solomon is a love song between a man and a woman, I cannot disagree with that interpretation; but, I also can see how it can be interpreted as the relationship that Christ has with the church, particularly each individual person. 


AN ALLEGORY

Are the words allegorical? Like the book “Hinds Feet In High Places” by Hannah Hunard. As you read it your brain thinks it is the story of a young deer that overcomes fear, your heart sees the woman. As your heart, your soul, overrides what your brain is interpreting you see how the Lord guides you through the difficulties in your life. 

2 SAMUEL 22:33-34
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places. 

If you read Song of Solomon literally using your brain you will see the obvious but it is also important to look deeper. 

KISS ME

The Shulamite woman wants to “Kiss him with kisses’. This was played out by the “Sinner Woman” who lavished Jesus with an expensive oil and loved him with everything she had. She kissed his feet. 

LUKE 7:38 (King James Version)
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 

To kiss represents the establishment of a relationship. It is the Hebrew word “nāshq”, the Greek word “kataphileō”; it means to fasten, to connect.  A biblical kiss, nāshq or kataphileō, is not a script writers tongue wagging perlude to other things. The Shulamite woman made contact with the Shepherd; the Sinner woman made contact with Jesus; we are to establish a relationship with our Lord and Savior as well as other Believers. 

2 CORINTHIANS 13:12
Greet one another with an holy kiss. 



ANOINT ME
I was taught the anointing represented “yoke destroying, burden removing power”. Many of the believers I grew up with spiritually carry with them, at all times, a bottle of oil- I don’t. I have had oil placed on me and I have poured oil on myself but that was before I studied the word. 

To anoint is to cover it is representative of a particular relationship. Have you ever heard a person say “I am covered by the blood”? What that person is saying is: “When God sees me He sees the blood of Jesus and provides everything I need.” Father God provides everything a person needs based on purpose; these visible gifts are seen by others. There are people who are catalyst for strife, trouble makers, they are covered, anointed, with hate. 

JAMES 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.


When we enter into a relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ we are covered, anointed. There is no specific ointment needed, the Old Covenant speaks of olive oil whereas the woman who anointed Jesus used an expensive oil.  

Christ means anointed, Jesus is the Anointed On; “thy name is as ointment”. Song of Solomon speaks of “good ointments,” plural meaning there is more than one;  James declares every good and perfect gift comrs from Father God. When we enter a personal relationship with Jesus we recieve the covering, anointing, good gifts, from Father God. 

In a healthy realtionship there is mutual giving. I give you what I have, expensive oil, and you give me what You have, good and perfect gifts. As long as we stay within the boundaries of our relationship with Father God we can receive what He is giving.

Psalm 91:1-3
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

When we are covered with oil it is symbolic of our being under the protection of our Father God so that we can carryout whatever he has purposed us to do. When people see your goodnes they are seeing the anointing. 

EXODUS 34:5-7, 29
Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
It is the oil, the anointing that will attract people to you so that you can tell people about the Lord. 

Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.

“Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.”

In verse three we see that virgins are attracted to the anointing. A virgin is one who is not corrupted by physical ideology or behavior. This is pure love.

1 JOHN 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us. 



DRAW ME
JAMES 4:8
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

The anointing attracts and those with pure heart will approach. God will come closer to you as you move closer to Him. Solomon writes: “we will run after Thee”. He continues declaring: “The king has brought me into his chambers”;  In Psalm 91 we see We dwell “in the secret place of the Most High, both indicate an intimate relationship. 


The result of: the kiss, establishing contact; being covered, anointed; and drawing near, approaching Him as he approaches you, is an intimate relationship with God. If wine makes you feel good the love of God will make you feel even better.  “We will remember thy love more than wine.”  
- It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON STUDY  reflects the opinions and property of the author MARSHA L F RANDOLPH. All rights reserved- do not use without permission. All Scriptures quoted are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise stated. Don’t miss weekly faith based post FOLLOW THIS BLOG and receive notifications when a new article is posted.
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