CHANGE IS NECESSARY

I write everyday! Much of my writing is on Facebook and that is not a bad thing; I post with a purpose. In addition I have my blog ‘NETTIEOLOGY‘ and I review books at BEYOND THE BOOKSTORE. Yes I am psuedo-editing my novel manuscript (I hate editing!) from NaNoWriMo 2016 and I have the idea for the next novel which will be ready for NaNoWriMo 2017; while writing 2 ebooks to be published via Smashwords. But all of this will continue while I add more changes.  (Did I mention my YouTube channel?)

In order to improve what I do I must make adjustments from time to time, a.k.a. change, and so I am exploring the possibility of going back to school. Perhaps this is a bit premature (nothing is paid for yet) but I have enrolled in Liberty University to obtain an Associates in Religion. I have completed the registration process and have unofficially been accepted.

The courses I will be taking I have completed via a “Free” program online and I have obtained a Certificate of Completion. Taking classes from an accredited school will solidify my “street creds” so to speak, saying I graduated from Liberty University gives me bonus points (LOL). In reality God has already  called and positioned  me as a Teacher and a Scribe with prophetic gifts .  I am doing now what I will be doing when I get my degree, I suspect the added paperwork will open doors that I have yet to see.

I still have to come up with the money.

But this post is all about change and the question is: How will being a student change my life? It will not.

The change is in the obedience.  A week ago I had no desire to go back to school, two months ago I had no desire to go back to Yahovah Eloheem Ministries; a year ago I would have told you I was not going to be babysitting a one year old; yet, here I am today caring for a toddler, back at the church I was a part of 10 years ago and enrolled in a college. Every step I have taken since October of 2016 has been ordered by the Lord and I finally learned how to yield to His will and go.

A person who is not willing to learn is not willing to grow. 

I have learned a lot from other churches, mostly what God does not want us to do. Now it is time to learn how to be a leader in the house of God without compromising His truths. My transition has not been easy and not always enjoyable only because I resisted change. But to improve life we must all change and this is what I am doing at the age of 57.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

This is where I began and now I begin again.

 

THURSDAY MAY 4, 2017 – NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Today is NATIONAL PRAYER DAY and many Christians will pray out of tradition, obligation or because everyone else is doing it. Praying is a serious action and should not be taken lightly. It does not have to take hours but it should be done with the belief that God hears what is being said.

Pray for the peace of this nation, pray for law and order to be restored, pray for the healing of hearts minds and souls and pray that you will be an asset to the Kingdom of God and not a hindrance. 

Not everyone knows how to pray.

When I began writing the book it was called “DON’T PRAY FOR ME” because there are so many people out there who don’t know how to pray.  Many people can pray long and loud but cannot pray effective. If you don’t know what to pray DON’T PRAY!

I believe my prayers are effective when I pray according to 1) the word of God and 2) the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I believe some people, not all, pray but think the bank, the doctors, their friends, their family, their enemies, and others can stop God from answering a prayer.

People do not believe everything in the Bible, I do not want a person who doubts God’s word, or thinks it is out dated, to pray for me. HOWEVER, the Spirit of God said people would not purchase my book if I called it: Don’t Pray For Me.

I wrote an eBook called BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME, it is not about what to pray or how to pray but understanding the elements of prayer. Things like appreciating God as the ultimate FATHER. I expound upon the principles of salvation and other basic things that were mentioned in church but not elaborated upon. 

I also wrote a companion PRAYER GUIDE– it is a list of things that we should pray for. The guide is not meant to be used daily  nor should you try to cover everything on the list in one setting. What is important is that you pray.

 

I CAN’T BE STOPPED by M L Floyd

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Satan cannot stop what God has started unless you let him; he will try to stop you. Jesus said:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10 NKJV

Many people do not recognize when they are being attacked because they are focused on what people may or may not be doing. But the thief, Satan, comes to stop you from fulfilling your goals (kill), take away your peace and joy (steal), and sabotage your relationships (destroy). Directly with attacks on your finances, health, emotional well being or indirectly by attacking your loved ones if it means stopping you from moving forward he will do it.

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

The bad stuff is not from God, it is Satan doing his best to stop you from reaching the blessings God has for you. However, if you don’t quit you will have what God has assigned to you. Yes, it is hard particularly when you are in the middle of a health or financial crisis.

As Christians we must remember to keep our eyes on Jesus. We must know and subsequently remember God’s words and His promises. It is because of Jesus that Satan cannot stop you.

“Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV

ARE YOU A TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN? by M L Floyd

I can’t remember the last time I wore stockings to church but I can tell you I have never, in my adult life, wore a hat. The idea of wearing jeans to church is very appalling to some people and seeing me sitting on the front row of a Sunday service in yoga pants would be offensive! Forget about being non-denominational I am non-traditional. (For the record: I prefer wearing ankle length skirts but I do wear pants from time to time.)
Of course, there is no such thing as the perfect church on earth. Being non-denominational does not mean you get everything right.

As Believers we should grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. This means traditions that delay or deny growth should be eliminated. Far to many Christians get into debates about the method in which church is carried out and ignore the message that is being delivered.

There are songs that have been sung in churches for years that are not biblically correct. The words in these songs speak of children of God who are struggling, sick, and down trodden with hope of only enduring. Consider the words of “One Day At A Time,” a very popular song: we are not “only human” we are created in the image of God filled with His spirit empowered to live a victorious life. Many written today celebrate who God is, acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit and appreciate Jesus our Saviour and Son of God that agree with Scripture. Some reject these songs not because of the validity of the words but because of the instruments used.

There are a growing number of churches in which the Pastor presents a message by talking through a message as oppose to raising and lowering his voice to tug at a persons emotions. Far to many people are accustomed to the traditional loud preaching style in which a portion of a Bible verse is focused on for the entire sermon. Christians comment on the style of the messenger ignoring the content of the message.

There are traditional churches that are incorporating some of the newer methods of presenting the gospel to its’ people; it is being met with opposition by some. There are non-traditional churches who have gotten so far away from the integrity of church structure that the message of the cross has been weakened.

When I visit a church for the first time there is a mental checklist I have to go through: Can I wear pants; if I wear a skirt should I wear stockings (I do not own a pair so I would have to go purchase); what are the rules regarding where I can sit (I like to sit up front because people in the back are usually talking); if they have coffee before service can I take it inside the auditorium / sanctuary (what type of church will determine what the meeting room is called); does the Pastor want me to address him formally or casually? I have to prepare myself for preaching services because I really do not like a lot of yelling. I have to prepare myself for large choirs, particularly those who do not practice pronouncing words properly. And I have to prepare myself for the offerings, which in some churches can be more than one. None of the issues have anything to do with the actual gospel.

So what type of Christian are you?

WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER by M L Floyd

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6

You cannot force God’s hand by passing laws about marriage. God is very specific regarding what He defines as a marriage covenant. Our Creator made us so that a man will fit into a woman perfectly; a woman cannot fit into a woman nor can a man fit properly in a man. Confirmation of God’s plan is the ability to procreate. Man’s law cannot disallow God’s law no matter what penalties they associate with it.

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We are living in a time in which Satan, who knows his days are numbered, is taking as many people with him on earth as he did in heaven with the angels. He, the devil, struggles to create his kingdom on earth as it is in hell. Many people have accepted his reasoning because of how it makes them feel.

“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.” 1 John 2:16 NKJV

Justified by a demonic influenced government same sex “marriages” are being presented as normal so that practicing homosexuals can go about a lifestyle that Scripture clearly proves cannot be consummated. As believers we can do very little about laws passed by man. What God expects us to do is submit to those laws unless they violate His covenant with us. The fact that people are flesh driven; materialistic and opinionated should not be a surprise. These are indeed the ending of times.

COMPROMISE by M L Floyd

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Are you a compromising Christian? There are those who negotiate their Christianity by balancing their “not-so-good” traits with more “good” behaviors. For example:
Not using profanity no matter what the circumstances. When you compare your language with others living a similar lifestyle you believe God will disregard the lies you tell. This is a compromise.
Or perhaps you allow your coworkers to do things their way even though your way is better. When you think about how magnanimous you are at work you believe God will definitely disregard your use of company supplies for personal use and / or you carry out personal business during work hours. This is a compromise.
Perhaps you take great pride in not judging the lives of people even if the Bible says it is not God’s way. You do not discuss homosexuality with friends and family even though you believe the Bible says it is wrong. You do not discourage someone from having an abortion even though you know that God honors life in the womb. You do not speak out against spousal abuse because it is not your place to judge. You choose not to study your Bible, you choose not to attend a place where God’s word is taught, you refuse to tithe or give of your time, your not even sure that Scripture is applicable to todays’ lifestyles.

Because you are a “good” person you believe God will let you into heaven and he will bless you.

“Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!” Galatians 6:7 The Living Bible

Of course most people do not think they are “ignoring” God, they are just listening to what the experts are saying and evaluating the information. Many modern day Christians merge expert opinion with the Bible and extract what is comfortable; in other words they compromise.

“Absolutely not! If every person on the planet were a liar and thief, God would still be true. It stands written: Whenever You speak, You are in the right. When You come to judge, You will prevail.” Romans 3:4 The Voice

Compromising Christians are those who take man’s word and place it above God’s Word. Today there is a war between those who choose to stand on Scripture and those who choose to compromise it; which side are you on?

EARLY MORNIN’ RAMBLIN’s

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RAMBLING #1 God’s Correction

The Bible says: Whom the Lord chastens He loves. I remember back in my “I’m really really really Christian” days I and my sisters in Christ would brag about how “God” was straightening us out! We thought God would take us to the shed and get us! We even prayed that God would go “get” so-and-so! But then I learned that God’s love was not like man’s love and so I had to rethink Hebrews 12:6: “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” (NKJV)

The Voice translation is a bit more palatable: “For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He corrects each one He takes as His own.” (Hebrews 12:6 The Voice) I can understand discipline better than chastening and correcting better than scourging! Father God is not an abuser He is love. He will allow us to suffer the consequences of our actions and teach us the right way through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). Good thing I am a follower of Christ and not a follower of the church.
RAMBLING #2 MOTIVATION

I changed churches not because it was not a wonderful place- it is, I just needed, really really really needed, a deeper study of God’s word. I have been going through some serious stuff and 10 in 10 was not going to cut it FOR ME. (Notice I said for me.) I use to be a regular participant in Les Browns Monday evening motivational calls it was encouraging but…. My Facebook friends post very encouraging phrases, Bible verses and quotes and I really like them; they are like temporary boost. I record Joel Olsteen on Sunday mornings, his messages are laced with biblical truths and very encouraging. I have not watched the past three Sunday messages- I just don’t have time for jokes. (I love your jokes Joel!) The question is: How motivating is all of this?
Motivational words, messages, can be like a cup of coffee, something to jump start your day but it will not sustain you.
I still listen to Andrew Wommack Ministries, I can listen to the same message over and over and over and over again and still learn something. Last night I attended Vision 101 which would be the equivalent of the New Members class in most churches. I was reminded of the importance of vision: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

The problem with motivational messages: you have to be motivated to do something. If your life is a mess you need to ask: Are you being motivated to stay in your mess? Les Brown is very good at encouraging people to keep going despite the circumstances BUT his messages are based on people knowing where they are going. Many people think they have a vision but they are perishing.
“Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness. Proverbs 29:18 The Voice
You can sit in a church Sunday after Sunday, attend Bible study classes, listen to all the motivational speakers you want it will not help if you are not headed in the direction God wants you to go in.

RAMBLING #3 MOVING ON

Moving on is easier said than done especially if there is emotion invested. It is hard to leave a job that you have been working at for years if you loved what you do. It is exciting yet sad when you move out of your childhood home into your own home for the first time. Divorce, death and other life events can force change. But there are other times when you need to move on but you feel it is optional.

I often tell a woman who is mistreated / abused by her husband that she can love him from afar. If you are married to a man who hurts you (emotionally or physically) then he has it backwards. He is supposed to love you “…just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”( Ephesians 5:25 NKJV). Jesus loved us before we were born, while we are here on this earth and He will continue to love us- He does not have a bad day. You have got to move on- hard as it is to make that first step you can.

At some point a child is suppose to grow up and get out, unfortunately, children have become a part of many parents life plan. We are suppose to raise (train) our children in the way that he (or she) should go (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)- the operative word being “GO.” Far to many parents have dedicated their lives to their children and do not encourage their children to leave the nest. To be a responsible adult you have to have responsibility.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Sometimes you can rebuild but you have to know if where you are now is where you need to stay. Other times you have to know when enough is enough.

God is not punishing you so don’t stay in a mess. Motivational speeches are good but when you are doing what God called you to do there is no need to listen to those early morning calls.
Develop a vision for your life, know what God wants you to do and do it. This will mean that you have to move on but it is OK. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NKJV) RAMBLINGS COMPLETE!