Sunday, December 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Daughters of Jerusalem

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: DON'T ASK GOD


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

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

                                                                                          xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: HOW GOD SEES YOU


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



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

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

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

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


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

- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: IMAGINE

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

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

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NETTIE-ISMS: NOTHINGNESS


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

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

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Monday, November 27, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PRAYING FOR SALVATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: COMMITTED

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
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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. 
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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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