I have a confession: I have been struggling with my post lately because I feel like everything I write is not “happy”. My intent is not to make people feel condemned but to encourage readers to study Scripture.
Unfortunately, I am competing with a trend of blogs, live social media feeds and churches that preach positive motivational words using Bible verses. These “happy” messages remain incomplete in that they fail to share how many do not experience the “good,” God’s blessings, because of words spoken and deeds done. (I discuss this in my book BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED.)
MATTHEW 4:23 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Jesus went everywhere in Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the ·Good News about [Gospel of] the kingdom, and healing ·all [or every kind of] the people’s diseases and sicknesses.
The word “gospel” means good news and there are lots of churches that speak about the good news found in Scripture. By focusing on the words of our Lord found in the New Covenant and skimming over the consequences of disobedience found in the Old Covenant hearers are only getting half a message.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
“If” you are a hearer of the word and a doer then you will be blessed. As You study Scripture note the number of “ifs” that are used as qualifiers.
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
There are over 1,000 Scripture references which contain the word “if”; pay attention to these qualifiers. It is important to understand, Believer, that just giving your tithes and offerings will not guarantee your bills will be paid. You must know that just because a person prayed for you does not mean you will be healed. Leaving the church happy does not guarantee a happy week.
God said “if” you submit to His way of doing things then you will have.
The areas you are lacking in is a direct reflection of something you do not know. The purpose of my writing is not to discourage you but tho fill in the blanks. You cannot experience the blessings of God believing the doctrines of man.
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.
What you do not know will block the full manifestation of the very thing you are asking God for.
Sitting in “happy” churches week after week does not guarantee you will spend eternity in heaven.
Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
You need to get rid of that Christian Checklist:
- Attend Church- check
- Gave ten percent - check
- Gave an offering - check
- Volunteered one Sunday a month - check
- Prayed for a co-worker - Bonus Check!
Though it is true faith without works is dead it is equally true that because of your faith you will behave a certain way.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
More than that your words will reveal what you believe.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
MATTHEW 12:37Far to many of today’s churches have provided desert for Believers when they needed the vegetables. Sunday after Sunday people are being fed empty calories and their lives reveal this truth.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The word of God is good, in fact it is very good to all who use it to live. However, there are those who pervert the word, manipulate it, to accommodate an ideology.
1 TIMOTHY 1:3-4
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
I believe that many of today’s church leaders started their ministry with good intentions but the cares of this world (Mark 4:19)- empty seats and church bills- caused them to deviate from the word. AND NOT EVERYONE WAS CALLED BY GOD!
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
Those whom God has called into positions of leadership are required to equip the people not motivate them. The house of God is filled with individuals being tossed to and fro not knowing which doctrine is accurate making it easy for the people to live as they want to.
This is why it is important for you to read the Word of God for yourself.
I know that the word of God is filled with all kinds of good news. I firmly believe Father God wants you healed from the top of your head to the souls of your feet. I firmly believe Father God wants you to prosper financially so that all of your needs are met.
DEUTERONOMY 28:2 (King James Version)
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
I wrote “BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME Part I- Understanding the Elements of Prayer” because I have heard, and continue to hear, people pray insecure prayer. Despite years of being in the church they don’t know what Father God is going to do for them. Many of the things people are asking Father God for He was given to them before they were even born.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ I do not try to write new doctrine. I am not presenting a gloom and doom message. I want You to fully appreciate how much Father God loves you. I cannot stress enough how important it is for You to read your Bible and discover God’s love for yourself.
AMEN. Written by Marsha L F Randolph
HEBREWS 4:16 King James Version
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
A MATTER OF FAITH 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.
Please check out and subscribe to my YouTube Channel MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT at NETTIE FR
BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED
available in all eBook format via Smashwords
Even if you believe you are financially stable this is an
BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME
available in all eBook formats via Smashwords
Some people think they are praying to God and are not.
Before you let people pray for you or you pray for someone
understand the elements involved in praying.