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

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Monday, September 25, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: #13 A MATTER OF FAITH- ACTS 7:6

I have been to grieved to post my usual Sunday post. Despite have written over 2,000 words nothing seemed write. I paused and in my stillness I heard the voice of the people. My political opinion is based on my reading of Scripture. The following is unedited thus it is my opinion as it flowed from my heart... 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO AGREE BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE DISAGREEABLE.


ACTS 7:6
But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.

When things happen I go to the Bible it is just that simple. Some things are easier to understand other things require my researching and much prayer. There are things that become obvious simply because the opinion is so extreme that I know it is an attack from the devil. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun and this is true.

ECCLESIASTES 1:9-11
That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”?  It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things,  nor will there be any  remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.

These words are repeated often because no one remembers what happened. AND unfortunately many choose not to read a book where the past is written.




I have two opinions based on what is currently going on in the United States of America.





The Hatred of President Trump. Like EVERY PERSON God has called, Donald Trump has flaws. Let me repeat what many of you have heard often: David committed adultery and murder, Solomon had 600 legitimate wives and a host of concubines, Moses committed murder, Elijah did not do everything God told him to do, Thomas doubted, Peter denide Jesus not once but three times, and if you read Scripture you will find more imperfections including the fact that Jesus has a prostitute listed in his lineage-Rahab. But people are upset because Donald Trump tweets!

MATTHEW 12:24-30
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

Satan does not attack his own. Satan attacks those who have a god given purpose. The amount of nit picking, complaints and other attacks against the President that ran on the idea of Making America Great AGAIN is understandable if you believe their is a heaven to seek and a hell to avoid.  Jesus said to the Children of God:

JOHN 15:18
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

There are a lot of Trump haters but the hate should not be coming from Christians because it is written:

1 Corinthians 13:3, 13
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

But those speaking in anger, self-righteousness and or out of ignorance disregard these words; I speak about Christians. John reiterates the imporance of love but with an even more powerful message.


1 John 4:7-16
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this 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 also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

You cannot hate and love at the same time. You may not agree with everything, or anything, President Trump does and says but their are unintended consequences to the lack of love being demonstrated by those who confess Jesus as their Lord.

And so, now I can address the protest. I cannot remember a time when Black people were not looking for justice from white people. They expected White people to give them what God has already given them. Now I know those who don’t believe will not understand this but I suspectmost religions encourage their followers to trust their god.  Again it is written:

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

So why are Black people angry? Becuase they do not understand Acts 7:6. If they studied Exodus, if the Pastors would preach a message other than the getting something for nothing message, they would know the children of Israel endured slavery for 400 years. In addition, they spent another 40 years walking in circles because they kept complaining. Black people were enslaved less than 400 years but have been walking in circles for more than 40 years because they want to look back and they want to put their lives in the control of man.

HEBREWS 12:1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

One of the major problems I am having right now is the fact that grown folks are leading young folks down the path towards more bnadage.

ISAIAH 54:13
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Does it look like our children have peace? OF COURSE NOT! Because what the adults have been doing has not been working- it  has made them financially rich but spiritually poor.

MATTHEW 16:26
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

I listen to the words of people around me. I watch the news (not a lot but enough) and I hear the Spirit of God saying:

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.

What we see today is people foloowing the loudest voice.  Many of the athletes, entertainers and politicians lack the humility needed to speak publicly on the things that concern this world. Unfortunately, church leaders have bills to pay and many have made a decision not to share the full gospel.

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

Men and women of the world need to know that God will be exalted among ALL the nations and in the ENTIRE earth.  —Marsha L F  Randolph


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #12

THANK GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY! 

I have been blessed with knowing a great number of wise women who have now graduated from earth to eternity. One of those women was “Auntie Maude” who would often be heard saying: “Thank God for another day.” Now I say that. 

TITUS 2:3
 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2-4



SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.




Has God ever kissed you?  Remember when Judas kissed Jesus?

MARK 14:44
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 

Judas kissed the Son of God not with love but for self indulgent reasons.  There are many false kisses manifesting in the world today.

We know that God is love (1 John 4) and those who love, truly love, do not soil love with worldly ideologies.

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:3
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

There is much to say about ointments:  “…thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5b) But what does that mean? What does it mean to be anointed?  Solomon goes on to say: “thy name is as ointment poured forth”.

By definition a virgin is pure, uncorrupted by fleshly desires.  I think, there is more to this kiss than just foreplay. (Forgive me if that offended you.)

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:4
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.

Now we are getting a bit more intense! I have been using the King James Bible however my New King James as well as other translations seperate the words based on who is speaking.

It is the woman, the Shulamite, that request: “Draw me.” And “The king hath brought me into his chambers.”  (Did you notice it is “chambers” and not chamber?)

There is much to learn about God’s love and even love between a man and a woman in just these 3 verses.  Reading the Bible in a year is great and if your goal is to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation go for it. The challenge is to study Scripture and learn from it.  I am concluding for now because I want to meditate on a few things and I hope you do too!    - It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, September 18, 2017

BACK2BASICS: WHAT I LEARNED FROM IRMA

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As a Hybrid-Prepper I have to give myself a “C” post hurricane Irma. My family and I successfully ‘bugged-out’ and returned home. We left home earlier than orignianlly plan but prior to leaving the home was properly stocked with dry and canned goods and we had enough cash on hand. Upon returning home we were able to live the few days without electricity eating and drinking as we had before the storm- with a few adjustments. Yes, I had to take one cold shower. It was good that we were able to stay away so long because three days after we returned home the power (and internet) was completely resotred. But I did learn a few things.

Adversity reveals the true nature of a persons’ character. Sure you may know that a family member or friend is selfish but trials reveal how selfish. Those of us who have gone through a major event such as a hurricane, or even a major illness or death, may have seen the un-Christlike behavior of some Christians.

I was very proud of my 10 year old grandson who did more physical work than I did. But, I was surprised and dissapointed in many of the adult children who could not contribute, or just did not, with labor -putting up shutters- or helping to fray the cost of traveling, eating on the road or the hotel expenses.

Not everyone can deal with high level stressors. When you have to evacuate, ‘bug-out.’ you must know who is your weakest link.  There will be no surprises on the road if you do not ignore those little things you see now in your children, your friends, your family and or your spouse. You have to know the strengths and weakness of those in your group not so that you can abandon them but so you will have a plan to compensate for their shortcomings at the appropriate time.

During a crisis getting the support you need becomes difficult when your personal resources (friends and family) base their understanding of what is happening on the news. Promised pleges can be nullified once the media declared the crisis is over. Those who do not live in the effected area see images on televisin of homes not touched by the hurricane, homes with minimal damage or they see distruction where they know they have no friends or family living.

FOR THE RECORD: We are actually doing OK. (Thanks family!)

The reason you see tarp on roofs is because it takes weeks, if not months, before the insurance claims can be processed. FEMA is available to help people get food stamps and other government aids, as well as loans and for some grants. Many people, my household included, will have to wait for the insurance company to authorize the repairs. (The claims adjuster has not yet called to make an appointment to asses the damage. Claim filed 4 days ago.)  I suspect that much of the property damage the insurance company will consider “cosmetic” and not pay for it. But by law, because I have a pool, I need a fence; I don’t have $8,000 to build a new one. (No I don’t expect others to pay for it.)

There are out of pocket expenses that even when evacuation is planned cannot be determined until an event happens. Neither FEMA nor the Insurance company will put back the hundreds of dollars worth of frozen meat that went bad because the power outage, not to mention everything that was in the refrigerator. Rebuilding cost, some people cannot afford the insurance deductible. Think about the people who have to decide if they are going to make the mandatory health insurance payment or begin the process of repairing the storm damage. Life post hurricane Irma is more complicated than outsiders think.

Because we don’t know the day or the hour that an event will happen we will not be 100% ready- ever. I DON’T CARE HOW GREAT A PREPPER YOU ARE.  Most preppers focus on stocking up and bugging out, in addition to defending what they have. An important part of a Preppers plan should be restoration, at least if you are like me and are a Hybrid Prepper, you should be.

I am blessed with family that can, will and did help when I asked.

Why did I give myself a “C”? Because I did not plan restoration very well. I did not take into account that when I evacuated I would bring my 2 daughters and two of my grandchildren with me. My adult daughters paid their own way during the evacuation BUT they spent their bill money to do so. They are at an age in which they are building their finances, which includes becoming debt free, so their limited funds is understandable.

We made the decision to leave our home and were able to stay in a hotel for five nights, when we returned home the power was off but only for a few days. For me, as a Hybrid Prepper, this was a trial run. I pray we will nothave to go through this again but if we do my family is ready.

Finally as a Believer throughout this entire ordeal I did not stop seeking His face. I learned: Father God does not leave us or forsake us; in the midst of the storm He is with us. Therefore I know He will supply all that my family needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus as we begin the restoration process.      —Marsha L F Randolph



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A MATTER OF FAITH: SONG OF SOLOMON STUDY INTRODUCTION

Song of Solomon makes you think about love, not just any love but an intimate type of love, that is what makes it so sexy. Can the Bible be sexy? Yes, sexy is the attitude used to attract someone. Unfortunately, many people have made being sexy to a type of perversion not sanctioned by God.

PROVERBS 5:19 (King James Version)
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

The imagery is not unsexy for sure.  But this book, SONG OF SOLOMON, is not about what the world thinks of intamcy thus there is no need to run to Victoria’s secret to dress for the occasion. We will be looking at God’s love for us and prayerfully taking our love for him deeper.

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This book is believed to be written by Solomon around 965 BC. Why is this important?  In determining the context in which something is written the more one knows about the author and the circumstances in which the words were presented the more accurate the interpretation. Knowing that Solomon is the author, a man who was known for his skill in writing songs and his apparent love of women, the passion found within the book is easily seen, I doubt if Jeremiah would right something this sexy.

This book is also refered to as “The Song of Songs” (derived from the Hebrew ”the most excellent of song”)or “Canticles”. I had never heard it referred to as canticles which means ‘songs,’ a Latin term.

How do we read this book? I knew of 2 ways before beginning this study: as a story of the relationship between a man and a woman or between Christ and His followers. Apparently there are more than five interpretations my Bible examines five.
Allegorical- In order to accept this interpretation you must not take the words literrally. What is written represents another concept.
Typological -This is what those who believe the words represent Christ and the church, Israel.
Anthology of love songs - It is what it is; a collection of songs, love songs.
Three-character intepretation- In this interpretation Solomon is not seen as a positive influence. He, Solomon is trying to pull the maiden away from the shepherd.
Literal love story - The story between Solomon and the unknown maiden.

It is not our responsibility to determine who is right or wrong. It is important to trust the Spirit of God to reveal what it is you need to know.      — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: BEFORE I BEGIN

In July of this year, 2017, I began 30 days of praying, not fasting, this is what I felt lead by the Spirit of God to do. I did not know what to pray or why it was necessary to journal my prayers for 30 days. In hindsight I know that it was all a part of God’s plan for my life according to my purpose.

ROMANS 8:28-29
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

I discovered, in my faith journey, that I knew how to walk in the spirit.

ROMANS 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

My prayers were private but purposeful. I did not have a need to pray for family specifically and I did not know what the Lord wanted me to interceed for. But, as the days progressed I saw things, in the spirit, and I prayed for and against what I saw.

Next the Lord had me share good news on Facebook for 30 days. Interestingly enough I was also  doing a Bible Study from Philippians 4:8-9 which lasted 6 weeks. Positing positive news the Bible is not hard if you use the Bible as your reference. However, I discovered just because a media story presented itself as good it was not necessarily positive; what the world says is good is not always good.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:18-20 King James Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 

Many of the headlines were good but the actual words within the article revealed an agenda that did not agree with God’s word. There are lots of Christian sites that promote positive stories of faith however I was looking for positive stories of living in this world. I did resort to sharing Scripture, particularly towards the end when the fires inthe west and Hurricane Harvey and Irma impacted the country. There is no better news than the gospel which is why Philippians was an important study.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

With God nothing happens by accident or coincidence thus: praying, posting and studying Philippians were all necessary for me and those who read what was publicly shared. Prayer adjusted my vision; post opened the lines of communication as the Lord directed me and I released to the people; and for those who read the Bible study, it prepared their hearts for what is to be next.

I will begin a study on the Song of Solomon. I think Song of Solomon is the sexiest book in the Bible. I know of 2 thoughts regarding how to interpret the writings: It is a relationship between a man and a woman and it discusses the intimate relationship the Lord has with the Believer. Since I have already started my study I can tell you that there is more to the book.

This is a Bible Study, what is different is the simul-post I will be doing between Facebook and my blog. This may not be new to others who share the gospel but it is new for me.  I will be using Thomas Nelson’s THE KING JAMES STUDY BIBLE - Full Color Edition, 2017, as my primary Bible. I may from time to time use the NKJV, the VOICE, the NIV or the EXPANDED Bible as reference. I am anticipating this will be a long study, about 3 months.

I am encouraging comments on both Facebook and on the blog I ask that your words be respectful. PLEASE do not post your own Bible study, comments of 500 words or more. If you have that much to say create your own blog or write it on your own Facebook feed.

ROMANS 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
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A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT



PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.




Despite the wars and rumors of wars, even though there are fires, hurricanes and earthquakes, it is important that Believers give a greater portion of their thought to the Word of God. Let me say it another way: Believers must give more thought, now, to the things of God than that which is in the world.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Disregard the comments about Negative News (often referred to as ‘Fake News’) remeber the good news of Jesus.

ACTS 14:7 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
They ·announced the Good News [preached the Gospel] there, too.

Philippians 4:8-9 is not teaching believers to ignore what is happening but to focus on God’s will.

ISAIAH 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

The things of this world will become a distraction if you let it. But, we know beause it is written in 1 John 2:16 that the things of this world will fall into three catagories: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride in stuff; none of these things should concern a believer.

MATTHEW 6:31-34 THE VOICE
So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

Again the word of God tell us not to worry or be concerned with the same things as the people in this world are focused on. We are to: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”


ISAIAH 26:3  THE EXPANDED BIBLE
You, Lord, ·give [preserve/keep in] ·true peace [complete peace; L- peace, peace]·to those who depend on you [T- whose mind is stayed on you; L- whose purpose is firm], because they trust you.
Christianity is a lifestyle not just a response to emergencies. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) Father God does not expect Christians to follow the media or respond as the world does. God knows what is going on in the world and has made provisions for us to live in peace despite what is happening. The Expanded Bible version of Isaiah 26:3 declares that we have peace if we trust Father God.

The question is: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT? What are you dedicating the majority of your time to?  Finally my brothers and sisiters I share this word with you:

PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
                                                                     — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: GOOD REPORTS

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.




As I go into a study of  a “good report”  as part of a study on Philippians 4, I am coming to the end of a personal challenge: for 30 days I am to post positive news on Facebook. On day #17 I began posting God’s Word; there is no better report than Scripture.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we should not be impressed with titles, social or financial status, nor works of faith. He list his very impressive credentials in Philippians chapter three. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” (verse 8 King James translation).  Because of his personal encounter with the Lord he discovered how irrelevant his social status was.

PHILIPPIANS 3:4-8 The Voice
If any try to throw around their pedigrees to you, remember my résumé—which is more impressive than theirs. I was circumcised on the eighth day—as the law prescribes—born of the nation of Israel, descended from the tribe of Benjamin. I am a Hebrew born of Hebrews; I have observed the law according to the strict piety of the Pharisees, separate from those embracing a less rigorous kind of Judaism.  Zealous? Yes. I ruthlessly pursued and persecuted the church. And when it comes to the righteousness required by the law, my record is spotless.
But whatever I used to count as my greatest accomplishments, I’ve written them off as a loss because of the Anointed One. And more so, I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him.

Many people have forgotten what is important. There is a lot of anger and frustration in the world today, even among Christians. Philippians 3:4-8 teaches how irrelevant  the things the world believes to be importantare. True peace and joy comes from trusting what is written in Scripture. Unfortunately, we have taken our eyes off of the Word of God and focused on the things of this world.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

By today’s standard God’s word is not a ‘good report’ but a list of do’s and don’ts that hinder success. Confusion in the church theology makes it difficult to fellowship with like believers. Divisions among the various denominations and the different doctrines of what to believe and not believe can make it hard for a person who wants to live accourding what is written in the Bible but does not know how. Pressure from various government entities lead many who are weak in the faith to compromise God’s word.

Meditate on the good report of the gospel. When others quote an athletes statistics you should be able to quote Bible verses. While others pursue the latest fashions you should meditate on the Word so that you will be clothed in righteousness. As the world becomes angry, frustrated and lash out in violence you will be able to smile because you have peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Bible does not tell us to ignore what is going on in the world. We are instructed to give more thought to “whatever things are of good report.”  What do you think about the most?  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

MISSED THE OTHER POST ON PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
8/13/2017  LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS 
8/20/2017 NOBILITY
8/27/2013 WHATEVER IS JUST
9/3/2017 WHATEVER IS PURE AND LOVELY
This study will conclude next week!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHATEVER IS PURE AND LOVELY

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Your thoughts, what you meditate on, should be filled with whatever things are pure and lovely. The Word of God is good, salvation through Jesus the Son of God is pure and lovely. No matter what is going on in the world there is the assurance of help to those who have placed their trust in Jesus.

PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

The airewaves are filled with vile information. Programs that celebrate images that are offensive which can influence the soul. Many people think that it is important to be aware of what is going on in this world so as to live a better Christian life.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

What is worldly is not godly; what is godly is not worldly. Knowing all the players working in the NFL may be a good thing to know if you are a sports writer or announcer however if you are sick the informatin will not help you. Pointing out the transgressions of a political party may be entertaining and justify your being loyal to the opposing party but God is not politically influenced thus your blessings are not party based.

MATTHEW 6:25-34
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Around about the time I began discussing Philippians 4 verses 8-9 I also started a 30 quest for positive news. I believed then and still do that false teachings are presented as true. There are people who participate in anti-Christ behaviors but church leaders exalt them as noble individuals. Both print and television news outlets declare what would is biblically just as unjust. As I sifted through various articles I discovered what seemed to be good news was actually not; the world’s good news does not agree with the gospel.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9 The Voice
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.  Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you.

The word of God is crystal clear- pure. We nullify God’s word by our own words of doubt and unbelief. We soil the truth by infusing man’s ideology into what really is honorable, right, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy. We should know God’s word more than we know anything else.

When we think about, meditate on, problems and not God’s word we are giving that which is not from God priority. Matthew 6:33 states we are to:  “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” we are not to seek first man’s opinion.

Bad news travels fast because people like hearing how bad other people are doing. Newspapers, magazines and television news make money telling bad news. Even blog post and video post that have inflammatory headlines will get the attention of more people than a positive one.

What I did not discuss is how bad news adversley affects your health. There is a reason why the Apostle tells Believers to meditate on, think about, these things. I have shared Philippians 4:8-9 using the King James, the Voice and (see below) the Expanded translations because it is important for each person to evaluate what he or she is thinking about.


PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
[L- Finally; In conclusion; or Now then] Brothers and sisters, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] things that are true and honorable and ·right [just] and pure and ·beautiful [lovely] and ·respected [commendable]. If there is anything that is ·good [morally excellent] and worthy of praise, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] these things. Do what you learned and received and heard ·from [L- in] me, and what you saw ·me do [L- in me]. And the God ·who gives [L- of] peace will be with you. 
---written by Marsha L F Randolph


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