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I serve Christ in many different ways. I love Him for who he is and what He has done for me. I would try to give other people the opportunity to find Him for themselves. Bring all things under submission to Him who fills all things and to who all things belong.

Song of Songs 1:8

“If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.”

The woman now gets some advice from her friends. They tell her to be more bold and more forward about carrying out her daily duties and not worrying about how it will look to other people. They tell her she is beautiful, and she knows it. She must be confident in her beauty, not just the outward sign of dark skin, but the inner beauty of service and overcoming in the face of oppression. She is beautiful in all respects, and must know that her truly Beloved will see her and recognise that she is the one for him.

We also must know that the beauty we possess in Christ is the beauty He requires of us and the beauty that will draw Him to us and us to Him. We must not be apologetic about how we serve or how we worship of show our love for our one true love. The beauty we possess is complete, because it is complete in Him. We reflect the beauty of His person and His character, and no one can take this away from us. We see it. We recognise it and are confident in the work that the Beloved One is doing in our lives. We will not be intimidated to change or excuse ourselves or apologise for being too like Him.

The woman must graze her sheep and young goats, by the tents of the shepherds. She will be accepted by them, Even they are also about he business of the Beloved. They recognise her and will give her sustenance and support. She will not be left destitute, though many would make her so.

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light .” …

Matthew 11: 25-29

All things are provided for the bride of the Lord. He will ensure they have rest and the necessities of life. He will provide all things and make all things right for them.

The woman need not fear, because her Beloved has influences and effects far beyond her remit. The Beloved One provides all that the woman will need and she need never fear, or wonder how she will cope with her situation. The people around her will provide and God softened the hearts of people, to help His own. So we need never fear either, for the table is spread before us at all times.

Song of Songs 1:7

“Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?”

Oh, to openly associate with the Beloved and to be accepted as His equal and partner. The woman seeks to share in his life and be familiar with his ways and deeds. We seek our Beloved and long to be like Him.

We want to know His ways and to be familiar with how He does things. We want to share in His work and find out how it is that He does what He does. So also the truly Beloved seeks her love, and wants to be with him and be familiar with him and not be a stranger to him. She wants to know where he rests in the middle of the day so she can visit him and she can spend time with him in the middle of the day as well as at the end of the day. She wishes to be involved in all parts of his life. She does not want to be a woman who a veil over her face and so, does not take part in what he does. She doesn’t want to be a stranger to his life, and the activities he takes part in, and have to hide her self away from all those around him. She wants to belong. Belonging is driving her to be a seeker of her beloved. She seeks him morning, day and evening. She will never give up her search because he is a prize worth searching for.

We also search after Him who we love. We seek a Saviour and a friend and a lover. We seek someone he will keep us, someone who will be with us forever and never let us down. We seek him morning and in the day and in the evening, and we will never give up our search. We search in the place we know that we will find him, in the Holy Scriptures, for they reveal Him to us and give us a for taste of what is ahead, on that great wedding day, of the Lamb. 

So let us not be put off by the things in this life, let us not be disappointed by the things that trouble us, and let us not let pain or disappointment, hamper our way to the heavenly kingdom where we will find our truly Beloved. He will walk with us every day and He will never leave us or for sake us. We will be truly blessed because we will find him because we search for him with all of our hearts.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Jeremiah 29: 12-14

Song of Songs 1:6

“Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.”

The dark skin is as a result of hard and harsh labour. Instead of being sheltered from work and the beating rays of the midday sun, the Woman has had to labour hard for the sake of other family members.

The men have put her to work and she has no time to looks after herself or what is rightly hers. She makes sacrifices for the sake of others and it means she has little reward for herself. He skin is dark because of the long hours of toil under the hot sun. Her hair is short to make it easy to manage.

The Beloved sees and knows. He knows her situation and all her strength of character that drives her to serve the unworthy.

The Woman has endured anger not deserved and bitterness not asked for. She has fulfilled all her vows to the detriment of herself but she has gained the Prize…

The true love of the Beloved.

She will never loose out and will be adored forever.

“I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:1-5

Song of Songs 1:2

V2

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.”

Straight in with romantic and sexual passion. True desires asks for the deep intimacy that brings lips together and is so pure and fulfilling. The woman desires the man to kiss her on the mouth. She is overcome with love and the devotion that comes from a heart given freely. She desires Him because He desires her. This is mutual love and desire to be together at all times. It is not normal to want intimacy and yet be happy apart.

The Woman appeals to the Lord. She asks the Lord that He will let her true love kiss her on the mouth. This is the sacred place, the place of fellowship and privilege. To know the Lord and be guided by Him, is the greatest of situations. He will guide His people continually.

The kisses she seeks are from His mouth. The reciprocation of true and heartfelt desire. This is the place of communion and the marriage of true love. Not every kiss is such a kiss but is reserved for truth and justice and fellowship.

These kisses are true and the sweetest of the wine of communion. The old testament echoes the instigation of the Love Feast of the broken bread and the wine that speak of the remembrance of the love of Christ. Communion with Him in His sufferings and the enjoyment of forgiveness and the peace of God. The kisses of love are sweeter than any wine, and the kisses of Christ are sweet to them taste of the believer.

To be in that close place with Christ is the desire of every Christian soul. To be in the closeness of that place and to feel the touch of his face upon ours, and to know the kiss of his lips on ours, is the closest place to be. This is where we grow. This is where we become strong in the Lord and we become like him and love and sacred passion. Oh that our kisses with Christ would be like sweet wine, that we would meet with Him in His true communion and experience that closeness every time we come into His presence.

Freedom is a wingèd bird…

Freedom is a wingèd bird

It flies up and through and no one can stop it

The ascent is glorious and by provoked Liberty…

No one can stop the soaring. It lifts our spirits above the usual and transforms our outlook to something above and beyond. It is a bird that cannot to tied down.

Anything that tries to bring it down is a threat and an enemy. The negative, critical and blaming spirit that tries to stop the flight of imagination and dream and vision.

Put all these to flight. Lift up our minds to the beyond and the endless possibilities that are today. Fly….

What is treasure?


What is treasure?

Isaiah 33:5-6

“The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

In these times we need this treasure of the Lord, as at no other time in our history. We call out to Him. We depend on His justice and righteousness, and the fact that He is real is our foundation stone in all things.

He will save us and give us wisdom to survive.

As we fear Him, so He is lifted up and honoured in our lives and communities, and we are safe from harm, covered by the blood of Christ. This is our true treasure.

Song of Songs 1:1

V1

Introduction to the Song of Songs

Songs songs is a unique document it is one of the Megillot scrolls, found in the last section the old testament is of the Hebrew Bible and is it part of Proverbs Ecclesiastes and other wisdom books. The picture in this writing, is regarded as a romance a story between God and Israelite people; between God and those who truly believe in him; as well between the Lord Jesus and his church. It also shows the love between believers in their relationship with each other, and together as a church body in Christ,  and also believers in the individual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was read after the night of the Passover, and was a blessing of love to all who heard the words of this amazing book. It is romance. It is romance on the big scale between God and the people that he loves. It also is romance on the smaller scale between gods people and each other. It is also remains on a huge scale between the people Who love the Lord Jesus Christ and their individual relationship with him.

This book has much to offer us but unfortunately it’s often ignored. Is regarded just an informal worldly point of you as a book about romance, and the love between a man and a woman. But this is to ignore the deep meaning of the book, and the love God has for his people it surpasses romantic love and yet for fills up and validates its power and eternal bonds that is holds for those who love in this way. 

The body of Holy Scripture is deep and eternal. We cannot reduce it to one aspect of life or narrowly interpret it according to culture, tradition or education. It is the unchanging and challenging word of God.

God is not afraid to use different genres to get his message across. He’s not afraid of love or sex, because he invented them in the first place. His message of salvation and love for the human race is portrayed for us here as a story of sexual love. It does not have a story pattern as such it does not seem to have I straightforward structure but is the conversations between the man and the woman- tween the two lovers we love each other with all of their hearts. Expressing the love in terms of passion; in terms of sexual desire; and in terms of lifelong devotion- eternal devotion to each other. We can find this in this life but we may not. But even so we find it, for all of us in Christ, adoring him i’m loving him all our lives long. He is the Lover, He is the lover of our souls and provides for us and  rescues us from this present evil age.

The two lovers rejoice in each others company and rejoice to spend sexual time together and touch and enjoy the closeness of the bodies prepared for them. Their songs reflect this, songs above all love songs, is a series of songs that makes this God- authored Song above all.

This book is a turn on. It will awaken desire and cause us to want to enter in. We can access that in the physical, and also the spiritual, emotional and intellectual. It tends not to be read, or read openly, because of the sexual content. We become prudish very quickly and separate sex from life and become judges with filthy hearts.

In modern Judaism, the song is read at the end of Passover, and the beginning of the release from the slavery in Egypt. It is the ultimate love letter from God to His people, and they relish the love He pours out to them. The Israelites read it every year, it was so important to them. We do not appear quite so interested and we fail to see beyond the obvious and miss the deeper message that God would have us see.

There is a structure of sorts, but not like any other Bible book.

• Introduction (1:1–6)

• Dialogue between the lovers (1:7–2:7)

• The woman recalls a visit from her lover (2:8–17)

• The woman addresses the daughters of Zion (3:1–5)

• Sighting a royal wedding procession (3:6–11)

• The man describes his lover’s beauty (4:1–5:1)

• The woman addresses the daughters of Jerusalem (5:2–6:4)

• The man describes his lover, who visits him (6:5–12)

• Observers describe the woman’s beauty (6:13–8:4)

• Appendix (8:5–14)

Let us look into this book and examine the layers of depths, the language and the sentiment expressed here in this Song over all other songs.

Scripture with song

Isaiah 32

V1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness…

Jesus shall reign where e’re the sun, does his successive journeys run. His kingdom stretch from shore to shore, ‘till moons shall wax and wain no more.

V2 “A man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the storm, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade of a large rock in a weary land…”

The Lord’s our rock in Him we hide. A shelter in the time of storm. He

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord…

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you

I want to see you

V4 “The heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.”

Speak O Lord as I come to you

To receive the food of Thy holy Word

When this poor lisping stammering tongue

Lies silent in the grave…

V5 “A fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel be highly respected.”

Our Father

Who dwells in heaven

May your name be regarded

Your kingdom will come in my heart today

I will do Your bidding

In London or wherever you lead me

Please may I have what I need

Because you freely give

I love you because you loved me first

And all power and glory is mine because of you..🔥

May the fetters fall today 💛

Renewal

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Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment.

Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—with the first of them and with the last—I am he.”  Isaiah 41: 1+4

The Lord calls His people to be silent and the nations to renew their strength.. God lets us speak in His presence, but we are not allowed to speak in “church”

God is calling out His people. He is with the first of them, and with the last. None will fail or fall and all will be part of that kingdom…

I bless the Lord for His inclusiveness and His love towards those who love Him. All those who wrest control to themselves, will have to answer for their lack of inclusion of Christian people who are true to God, specifically, women as a group. The day of the “one-man-band” is over. Christian people must pick themselves up and exercise the gifts and abilities God has given to them, and do the things God asks them to do.

The day of the social club church is over. The day of the celebrity church is finished and all pride and self-seeking will be swept away and never remembered. All the big names will cease and the Spirit of God will decide.

Come let us talk together that your sins might be blotted out..”

God will not tolerate sin and self in His true church, so we need to seek Him and hold on to Him in these days. He is there with every succeeding generation and is calling people into the kingdom. God will do this through time and to the last generation on earth. There will always be God’s people on earth and when every child of that kingdom is gathered in, then the reason for our planets existence will be finished. God will end the misery of sin and death, and all who love Him will see the kingdom come, forever.

Let us listen to The Lord,

Exalted

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Isaiah 33:5-6,15-16

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure….

“Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil— they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.”

The message is very clear. It does not need much explaining. God Himself is the store of salvation for our times, and all times. God always reigns supreme and as we fear Him and honour Him, He becomes the key to the treasure. Obviously this is not earthly treasure of money and riches, but a treasure that will last forever. Spiritual or eternal life, righteousness of character, and a perfection that comes only from God.

Who will get this? Those who are righteous, and reject all evil in all its forms, and they will be kept by God and will live on the heights of blessing from God. Their daily bread will be supplied, and their daily spiritual food will also be given to them. Their hearts are towards the Lord, and He will supply all needs, according to His purposes. He requires good use of the gifts He gives and He will require holiness of heart and goodness of motivation.

Many recognise this, but do not want to make the necessary sacrifices to gain that spiritual walk, and personal closeness with God. If we walk with God, we are walking and listening closely to Him and practice instant repentance in our daily lives. We will not let anything come between ourselves and our Saviour Jesus. Our relationship with Him will be our primary concern, and we will let go of every sin, so that our holy walk will remain and thrive. This is what God looks for in the lives of all His people.

We are not holy without the Lord and we will not become holy without the filling of our lives with the Holy Spirit. He will not inhabit our lives, or teach or give power to someone who is not seeking holiness. As we seek this rare jewel, God will lift us up to His service and we will exalt the Lord, in every way. His praise will become glorious, and our days will be filled with love and joy. This is the treasure of the people of God, forever.