​​BETWEEN MY BREASTS

It’s easy to sometimes take words just as they are. But it seems not to be so for this Book of the Bible Song of Songs. 

 
I used to think that with the level of intimacy this book carries, it should be read by only the married . Lol. But in actual fact, this book is for anyone who wants to know God and to love Him. It actually describes Jesus’ love for us, and our response of love towards Him. 💗
 
***Between my breasts***
 
So I found this portion in Song of Songs 1:13, where the woman (The Shulammite), said this of King Solomon. 
 

“My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts”

 
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Alright! So it’s not strange for you to shake hands with everyone or hug a friend. But to have someone lie or rest between your breasts? That must be intimate! And so you don’t offer that to anyone expect the one you love and are committed to in faithfulness. 
 
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It is said that myrrh has got a very sweet smell which lingers, and is considered one of the best perfumes. And the Shulammite eulogized Solomon as to her a sachet of myrrh resting between her breasts. Meaning Solomon was the best and the sweetest. One she wouldn’t want to do without. One she wanted to share her intimacy with! One whose fragrance of love she’d want around her every time. One to whom she had given her heart: the most intimate part of her being.
 
**Between the breasts**
 
So I asked myself, which structure is the most significant in between the breasts? 
 
The heart! It is the heart! The heart is one intimate part a person would only give to someone he/she loves. 
 
The Shulamite wanted us to understand that she had given to the lover of her soul the most intimate part of her being! This intimate part was found between her breasts: it was her heart.  His fragrance of love rested in and filled her heart. His sweetness, like myrrh filled her heart.
 
In the book of Hosea, you will find a nation which was betrothed to God, yet remained unfaithful. God thus demanded of Israel in Hosea 2:2 “to remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.” God was referring to their hearts which chased after the things of the world rather than after Him! 
 
Who lies between your breasts? Who or what lies in your bosom? Who or what controls your heart? Who or what has the most intimate part of your being?  Who is the King of your heart and the lover of your soul? 

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Sometimes our hearts are not filled with love towards Jesus! Sometimes we profess to be Christians, but we don’t have Him reigning in our hearts! We fill our hearts with adultery and unfaithfulness as we love the world and make the things of the world take control of our hearts, instead of making the sweetness of the Holy Spirit like myrrh rest in our hearts! We love to sing the song “I’m in love with Jesus, and He’s in love with me”, but we don’t allow Jesus to be king of our hearts. We don’t allow the sweetness of His presence to fill us. But rather, we give way to the world and sin to dominate that place of intimacy between our breasts!
 
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Jesus! We want you to be that bundle of myrrh resting in our hearts! 
 
We want You to reign in our hearts with Your love!
 
 So please take away anything that quenches our love for Y
ou and that makes us unfaithful to You! 


 
Take away our desire for things of this world, and let our desire be only for You! 
 
Be the  only King of our hearts: our bundle of myrrh!

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​THE ROOM WHERE I WAS BORN

Hi friends!

I know it has been a very long while: not what I wished for, honestly. I know some of you kept inboxing, wondering why the long silence and if everything was okay with me. Apologies! And thanks again to many who keep sharing their testimonies. It has encouraged me.

I believe that the past year for me, like for many others, was one where I got some prayers answered by God.  But I realised that something was lacking. Like a yearning for more of something. And I got to know what it was: I wanted a hold of Him. I wanted a deeper knowledge and a deeper walk with God again. I don’t know if I have found that yet! I don’t know if I have a full grip of God yet. And the truth is, we never get to that point where we have enough of God, or where we can say that Oh yeah we’ve got a firm grip of Him. He is big! He is large! We can never get to hold Him in full, because He is infinite!  But we can just desire for more of Him as he reveals himself to us! 

And that’s it! I realised that I wasn’t having more of Him. It felt as though He was far away, or maybe I was (Obviously the latter). But like the Shulammite in my favourite love book Song of Songs, I want to look for Him; seek Him, and search for Him until I find him.

I’ve been reading and learning from Song of Songs. It’s a beautiful book on love and intimacy with Christ represented as Solomon, and you and I as the Shulammite. I was reading chapter 3 of Song of Songs some days back, and I’d want to share some verses of it. 

“Asleep on my bed… I dreamt of the one I love; I was looking for him, but couldn’t find him… I went wondering through the city… I looked for the one I love. I looked, but couldn’t find him… The sentries patrolling the city saw me… soon as I left them, I found him. I held him and wouldn’t let him go until I took him to my mother’s house, to the room where I was born.”
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Sometimes we yearn for fellowship and intimacy with Jesus. Sometimes it is as though we are looking for Him, yet we cannot find Him. We try to murmur words of prayer. We try to read the word. Hoping that we’ll find Him. But we don’t feel like we have!  Yet this scripture tells me something: keep searching! Keep seeking! Keep looking for the lover of your soul! You will surely find Him! And when you find Him, hold Him! Don’t let Him go! Throw your hands around Him in love and in worship, and hold Him tight! And go with Him to the room where you were born!




The room where I was born! 

I can imagine a room filled with the joy of a mother as she beholds her new born baby! I can imagine a  baby crying out so loud, with its mother holding it in her arms, putting it to her breast and making it suckle!  I can imagine the intimacy  and the bond that forms! Beautiful, isn’t it? I can imagine a baby crying so much and its mother leaving everything and quickly coming to it to attend to it! I can imagine a baby wanting breast milk so much!

Is that not similar to when you were born? Is that not similar again to when you were ‘born’? (Which birth again, you wonder? Our second birth in Christ, I mean). 

Remember how it felt like when it you started knowing the Lord anew? When you got ‘born again’? Just like how a new born baby knows its Mama. Remember how you always wanted to be close to the Lord? How you always wanted to feel His arms of love wrapped around you?  How you always desired for the milk of His word? How you would always cry out to Him in prayer? How you’d cling onto Him and desire to be with Him? That first love experience! I do remember mine! And I do desire for that and more! Do you? 

If we seek Him, we will find Him. And as we find Him, let’s hold Him close, and desire for that intimacy and closeness again like that of a new birth!

Happy New Year! 

☺💗☺

​A STRANGE FIRE

It was tragic, but Aaron couldn’t shed a tear. Just some hours before that sorrowful sight, he had started working with his two sons in the Lord’s presence! Everything was okay as they went about  slaughtering, sprinkling and smearing! 

Earlier on in the day, a fire had blazed out from the Lord’s presence to consume the offering upon the altar, and Aaron was awed by that sight! “Indeed, the Lord is a great God!” he thought as they all bowed in reverence to Him. And no one was expecting another fire to come down! No! Nobody was! 

He saw his two sons Nadab and Abihu with their censers in the tabernacle, yet Aaron just assumed that they were going about their priestly duties! He was delighted!

But suddenly, another fire blazed out from the Lord’s presence! A much fiery one which caught everyone’s attention! As swift as a sickle it came and  it consumed his two sons before his very eyes! It was horrifying! He was in shock, but he couldn’t weep! For he later got to know why:

“On that same day Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, took their censers, put hot coals and incense in them, and offered strange fire to God… And fire blazed out from God and consumed them…”Leviticus 10:1, 2

STRANGE FIRE! 

Another version puts it this way: “Then Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu made a mistake. They took their censers and put some fire and incense in them. BUT THEY DID NOT USE THE FIRE THAT WAS ON THE ALTAR- THEY TOOK FIRE FROM SOME OTHER PLACE AND BROUGHT IT TO THE LORD.”

Strange Fire! Many people, especially believers are making the same mistake of Nadad and Abihu: offering ‘Strange fire’ onto God. The fire these two young men should have carried in their censers was the fire upon the altar which had come from God from above. But they offered strange fire. They took fire from some other place. 

As I read this passage some weeks ago, I got to understand that our lives or our hearts are like censers. And the only fire which is authorized to be in our ‘censers’ is the fire from the Lord upon the altar: The Holy Spirit! He is the only fire we need in our lives as believers. 

Yet many of us are carrying ‘strange’ fire in our censers. Like the two sons, we put on nice clothes and go to the Lord’s presence as we go to church, worship and pray. We speak in tongues! We cast out demons! We’re the armor bearers of our prophets and pastors! We know how to do the work of the Lord! We bow down and we lift up our two hands onto the heavens in worship! But we are the only ones who know the kind of fire we carry in our ‘censers’. 

What consumes you? Is it the fire of the Holy Spirit,  or some strange fire? 
Many Christians carry ‘strange’ fires like jealousy, evil desires, anger, bitterness and a whole lot  in their ‘censers’, which compete with the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives and gradually quench His power in our lives . 

But of all these, there is this ‘strange’ fire which seems to burn, lick and consume so much: Lust! Like an evil passion or evil desire, lust burns in the hearts of many believers! 

We hear people say that God in the Old Testament always gave instant justice to those who belittled His holiness. That may be true! You can imagine what happened to Aaron’s sons as they offered ‘strange fire’ happening in our days! I’m sure we all would have been consumed by the Lord’s anger since we all have that little spark of strange fire which wants to take over our hearts. But our God is a God of mercy! And by His mercies we are not consumed! 

Yet as Job said, sin, or uncontrolled passion is a fire which consumes to destruction… It is a fire which burns all the way to hell. (Job 31:12).  

We await the second coming of Jesus Christ! We don’t know when it’s going to be! All we know is that it will be soon! But ask yourself, “Should the Lord Jesus appear in this very instant, will he find His Holy Fire burning in my heart? Or he will find a ‘Strange’ and an ‘Unholy’ fire burning and consuming me with earthly passion and lustful desires?” 

Pause to ponder! 
-Dorothy Budu-Arthur