Course Changes and Corrections From the Heart of the Father!

Before I finished this word, I could feel the heart of the Master and His reassurance that He was going to settle the matter.

Before I finished this word, I could feel the heart of the Master and His reassurance that He was going to settle the matter.

While in prayer, I had a vision of a long, black, old-time train going so fast, and then I heard the words “runaway train.”

I could see the train gradually gaining momentum, seemingly going down a steep railroad.  I noticed the people within the cars didn’t have any idea what was happening.

They had no idea what waited them up ahead.  I saw how the engineer was trying to slow down the train, to no avail.  The whistle blew and over a large trestle the engineer tried to warn the people, but it was too late.

The speed of the train continued to increase and then the train jumped the track.  I watched as the engine and the rest of the cars jumped track and fell to the bottom of the ravine and caught fire.  The sight of it was sheer terror, as I could still see some of the people, as it seemed to crash in slow motion.

Some revival circles and five-fold ministry movements are just like that runaway train and will crash!  They have no idea how to slow down and stop!

Nothing can continue at such a hectic state for long, as people we faint, fall out and could walk away!  It is so important that you know the way you go.  It is important that all five-fold offices are accountable and responsible to others, not just YES men.

These are questions we must ask our leaders.  Yes, are they servant leaders?

Also ask what their doctrine is or statement of faith is.  That should not be an issue.  However if they won’t provide information, I would leave, before you join something you may need to stay away from.

To slow that train down (stop disaster) and for it not to crash and burn, we must have leaders who are balanced and will allow correction to come from those whom God sends.

Usually it is a leader.  A lot of times the leader has been through it before.  These are changing times and days!

I have no clue how the LORD will bring correction to enable course changes and course corrections through the leadership of the Apostle and Prophet, but He must send in someone who can bring correction.

I believe the LORD wants us to have a shepherd’s heart for His beloved sheep and lambs.  These have no idea, only that they must follow the shepherd, (Psalm 25)  I do not care how old we get, I believe we all need a pastor at home or online.  Jesus laid his life down for His beloved sheep and lambs.

In prayer I also saw a speed boat like one that you ski behind.  I saw a person learning to ski and they learned the art of riding the waves behind the boat.

There were many obstacles to learning to become proficient at skiing, but I sensed this was only children’s play compared to what was coming.

The LORD is preparing those who will learn to ride the waves in a simpler fashion.  These shall learn to ride the waves in the sea for the souls of man.  Especially the tidal waves that are coming.  “For those prepared by My hand shall learn to ride the crest instead of going under.”  I knew this was training for more things ahead.

In prayer I also saw a high lighthouse.  It was painted white and I would know it if I saw it.

In the vision I saw the lighthouse standing secure and brightly lighting up the sky as it spun around.  I could see the waves crashing about on the rocks below.  As the storm progressed, inland was being pelted and there was storm surge that flooded the normally dry areas.

It was so stormy and windy and I could see ships lights out there, but the horrible storm had some headed straight for rocks and shipwreck.

In the vision I saw how that lone, deeply founded lighthouse never moved, no matter how the winds came.  It turned out that even hurricane force winds had no effect with the lighthouse.

The lighthouse continued to shine and the person tried all night to get radio contact to help guide these ships away from the rocks and into the harbor.

Although the works were done to help the ships, some of them hit ground and broke up with loss of life.  Others tried to move on to see if things would be more favorable.  Of course the lighthouse gave them the coordinates on radio and prayed for them.

That lighthouse in this specific prophetic vision, represented the actions and messages of the lone prophet (these kept the oil and lamps going day in and day out).  These remained all night while interceding for those ships (ships meaning ministries being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men).

If the ships would have taken the other course set by radio (The prophets warning) this may have helped divert them to get further out to sea, to go north and try to outrun the winds and waves.

There was great loss of ships and life during this storm.  However, there were those who made it in by the grace of God.

These were clearly praying and listening to the sound of the warnings.  The lighthouse (prophet) stood and it was clearly known as the landmark in that area for many mariners to watch and pray for. (These prophets will be known as places of stability, authority and life).

These shall stand in the midst of any storm and will be known to bring great light to the situations, regions, and will be known by many others also.

The lighthouse, the ski boat and the train all represent ministry.

Course changes and course corrections must come!

Apostles and prophets MUST learn to work with each other.  There is an unsettled feeling as change always isn’t easy.

The flesh will fight against change and the unknown, when the prophet sees what is happening now and future while the apostles see structure.

Everyone seemingly is flying by the seat of their pants as God clicks people together like linking them piece by piece of a puzzle, following and trusting what God is doing.

Apostles and Prophets are needed to make known the complete functioning of the voice and the structure of HIS kingdom on HIS earth.  There are course changes that must be seen through prophets, when Apostles are looking at things structurally.

During this time-frame and beyond, the apostle must learn and work together with the prophet.

There are extremes of revival that open the door to religious spirits and Jezebel spirits.  We must remain centered and not be extreme either way.

I can feel the unsettledness and there are blind spots to each office.  That is why we have got to learn how to work and harmonize together.

Thus says the LORD Almighty,  “I know I can trust you to carry My Glory, for you have been tested and chosen to do so.

I have and will make you known to all of them.  For those who dare speak or harm those who are my childlike vessels and who carry My glory.

I shall raise them up in your presence and My glory shall be seen in their face.  Having childlike humility these childlike warriors will be so trusting of My Glory.

Their purpose in all this is to depend on their relationship with me and they will simply respond, YES!

When they see My purpose, these shall not be concerned about anything, as they simply know and trust that all is ready and such innocence is in their eyes.

I know this has happened and still will.  Stop looking to man instead of Me.  You are wanting to fit so much and because things didn’t happen the way they should have.  It caused you to deny what I taught you.

Some things were taught years ago and you reverted.  You have compromised and run with heart wide open to get into another flow, when it goes totally against My will for you.

Okay, go ahead, keep running, keep going and you will see that what I say is right.  Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?  I AM the good shepherd and also the Commander of My armies.

In My anger I must say to those who are elitists with untouchable pride, what you see will wear you out ~ elite syndrome.

In pride they tell you if what you see wears you out, you were not strong enough to be there.  So much to live up to, and when you can’t, they will let you leave and won’t even check on you.

There is so much to live up to and when they find they cannot, they fall out, AND with offense.  Pride and arrogance cannot stand in the midst of My presence; however, you must realize what will come is a bad spirit with a anointing of Jezebel.  You shall feel an apparent anointing; that is why it is so confusing to many.

Don’t you understand?  To go further in Me is to go lower in you!

Religion, tradition, making people feel like they can’t keep up with you, is bondage.  In My Kingdom there must be a balanced view.

My people, legalism will not keep souls bound, for they shall fly away even with a broken wing.

How can people possibly imagine My goodness and kindness, when they see you not keeping up in your own unbalanced, legalistic leadership style?

Within all up-and-coming ministries, there must always remain balance and order.  Time for regrouping, family time, and rest.  People fall out because they can’t do it.  Plain and simple.  Faith stretches and gives you time to stretch with it by My grace.

So many keep going in their own effort measuring self to be part of the organization which was never my intent says the LORD.  For those who are great among you shall be your servant.

People must have balance as those who spin and keep going with no reprieve will begin to fall out of the order of things.  Which it isn’t my order but yours!  People cannot continue to live in a lie because if their is no balance and order they will burn out and fall out.

When we sense so much confusion and disorder we need to stop and get quiet and pray, resting in him and ask him to bring peace and order. Question your leadership! Find out if they are servant leaders, ask what they believe and if you see pride, personally I would run!

You need to ask the Spirit of Grace about questions you have and see.  I don’t care how much of anointing is there in that place.  There is a false anointing (it confuses the LORD’s beloved) it seems real and it “feels” like it is right.  You must not go by feelings. You must go by Gods word. It all must line up to God’s Word.

These leaders in error are looking to bait and hook you and get you to swallow their agenda, or to snag by some so they can exercise their authority but only because they are snagged.

I heard from the LORD to pray concerning chaos, turmoil.  No balance, tossed by the sea, I saw a spinning top of those who don’t know how to stop and lack of humility.

Test the spirits.  We must test the spirits to see if they are from God.  We have a responsibility to do this.

The manifested presence?  How are we to rightly divide the word and measure ourselves against the Word of God.  Feelings are deceitful.  The soulish realm is where the enemy operates.

People use feelings as fact when it is not! Heaven and earth will pass away but my word will never pass away.  Look for the fruit of the Spirit in action and look for integrity, humility especially look for the shepherd’s heart.

These types of situations and learning experiences may knock the wind out of us for a little bit.  However, I am certain they have no more power in Jesus’ name.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Do You Recognize You?

We all need His blood everyday and every moment.  There is power in the name and blood of Jesus!

 

Many have no idea about the spiritual heart,  as it gets pumped by all the same blood.  By these things I mean, this spiritual blood flows through our spiritual veins; the life source we all have in common.

However, in His blood, each believer experiences His body, according to HIS purpose.

We all need His blood everyday and every moment.  There is power in the name and blood of Jesus!

In the body of Christ there are many organs hidden from view.  However, we have no idea how strong and vital these are to the plan of God.  You really don’t see what you carry inside of you.

Many are in this place with the LORD.  His light permeates every part of our spiritual and physical body.  Yes, there are fixed DNA, and it is inevitable (according to the times and seasons), when it is time to grow up and grow out.  It is no different in the body of Christ.

As human beings, by nature, we want to fit in with others.  The sense of belonging to something, is so strong.  However beloved, our master is jealous over us with us with a Godly jealousy.

Oh to have that knowing daily; that He wishes and wants our attention first.  No matter what happens in our lives, He will give us instruction and fill our empty cup with more of his Word.

“Would to God ye could bear with me a little in [my] folly: and indeed bear with me.  For I AM jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ,”   2 Corinthians 11-1-3 KJV.

Sometimes that means we walk alone with the LORD and away from people.  Our first love relationship in worship, the word and the highest place of all, is intimacy!

As we press in purpose, prayer, worship and word, we are to quiet ourselves to His purposes and allow the LORD to prepare us and he will be our plan.

Sometimes in our sense of belonging, we find relationships that don’t work, no matter how hard we try.

Spending time with the LORD in correction will sometimes feel harsh, but God knows the fullness of it all.   Sometimes it means walking away from people.

We cannot neglect God and except to walk with him.  God is jealous over us and He wants us to keep him first.

We feel the gentle tug on our heart, desiring and wanting His presence.  Our desire is in knowing Him and bringing glory to His name and to please Him.  The depth of requirement isn’t all the same for all people.

There are many who are called but few are chosen for specific purpose.  These specific ones had to choose to accept it.  God does not take your choice away from you.  The LORD knows who fit in His particular plan.

He holds us dearly and He brings those who have divine connection with us.

Beloved, do not be hurt or offended when you seemingly lose a friend or a loved one.  In this army of God, you never know how long it will be until your change of assignment.

Beloved, no one knows what the future brings, but we walk by faith, knowing He has the all things in sync with the universe with His master plan for each one of us.  Amen?

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Too Big for Our Own Britches

When we were children, we needed parental discipline to correct our course.

 

When we were children, we needed parental discipline to correct our course.

Spiritually beloved, we ALSO need God’s discipline and intervention when we get too big for our own britches!

God has to change our course and intervene changing our direction, minds, AND behinds if need be!

It proves HIS love for us!

I don’t have all the answers but I know who does!

The Lord shall provide us with stability and assurance that we belong to HIM!

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not.
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” 
  Hebrews 12:6-9.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Jumping Through Hoops

We must please God and not men.  God will always be first. Pride, legalism and demanding perfection comes from fleshly mindsets.

 

While I was in prayer I saw adolescent children outside playing jump rope.

One of the girls started jumping, and did so for some time and another girl joined her and then another.  Soon two girls were holding two end parts to two ropes and then they started to swing the ropes so that a person could jump in and keep within the various distances from each rope.

Soon there were teams of girls making it very difficult.  The girls that jumped could only do it for a short time as it became harder and they lost the fun or joy of it.  The leaders then, whisked them away without giving them any explanation or time to rest.

Yes the girls started off as children having exercise and fun and it turned from fun to disappointment.  These could not keep up with the goals being set in motion. As the team grew, those who became captains within the team began to add rules and constraints that kept the team in turmoil.

The tag team eventually couldn’t keep up with the demands either.  Many of them began to fall out.  The captains and powers that be, were intolerant of those who couldn’t meet the requirements.  It was no longer fun and something they did for the joy it brought.

I heard the phrase, “Jump through hoops” and God said, “Guard against, pride, being driven, legalism and blind submission.”

In Dictionary.com, the verb phrase “jump through hoops” means:

  1. To serve, obey, or accommodate someone without question, especially in a harried, frantic way: You had to jump through hoops to please that guy.
  2. To exert oneself mightily; strain: I had to jump through hoops to get you that job.

We must please God and not men.  God will always be first. Pride, legalism and demanding perfection comes from fleshly mindsets.

It happens subtly and in innocence.  First we start off trusting God but through the works of the flesh we evolve into depending on ourselves and others;  as we compare ourselves to others.

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise,”   2 Corinthians.10:12 KJV.

If there were a way to be perfect we would not need to rely on the sacrifice of God’s dear son;  who is Christ son of the living God, and he finished the work once and for all!

If people would be honest they would admit that they can no longer keep up that pace of being driven.

Many will fall aside unable to keep up while the others judge, condemn and despise the fallen in their heart. Pride keeps a person from mentioning of it.  These don’t want the others to think they are not in step with the leaders agenda.

Being performance driven also causes disillusionment and a fall.  However, in reality, it is actually very good news for that believer when the revelation comes!

When a person comes to the end of self by running out of their own power, they become open to God’s power and purpose through the righteousness that only comes through faith in Christ alone.

These surrender!  These come face to face with the truth and revelation of God’s amazing Grace!

It is actually good news for our fallen comrade!  We meet them where they are. It is then that good Samaritans show up to pour in the oil and the wine (as the religious cross the road to avoid them).

God sends you a personal good Samaritan!  God sent you an outcast too, to teach you and to minister God’s amazing grace!  Wow huh?  His grace is so amazing!  Considered by the Jews to be outcast and half breeds, God sends you help from those who understand what it means to be rejected and hated.

Never forget where you came from or how you started.  Your testimony will reach so many who need to see your works in action by meeting their greatest need, just as they are, you go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in.

“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in the oil and wine and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was a neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise,”   Luke 10:30-37 KJV.

Those who have been through life’s most hard, desperate and stinging experiences are the choicest counselors that God can use.

Being spiritually wore out also opens the door to so much confusion and disorder.  And what is worse, as you fall by the wayside, those you thought were for you now pass you up on the other side and say see ya!

NEVER put any confidence in man, even if it is in a friend.  God is to remain first in our lives.  As you watch others go upstream passing you by, say a prayer for them because these will eventually be tested and suffer burnout.

We cannot burn the candle at both ends.  We are created to host the presence of God on the throne of our hearts.  We yield our bodies unto Him and his word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Hypocrisy knows no bounds and it is alive and well with those who trust in themselves.  Then as the course goes, being driven brings disillusionment and a fall.

It is sad though.  I have seen how the person hides the situation from others to attempt to keep up appearances, but they never ultimately will.

Being driven happens when we trust in our own self righteousness.  The strong man is pride.  It says “we must perform to be accepted by man’s standards.”  We become self righteous and when we neglect the righteousness that only comes from Christ there is no more sacrifice for sins.

We are to be forever centered on Christ’s finished work on Calvary.  God graces us to fullfil his work in the earth, but not all are graced to do it your way.  We each carry within us DNA spiritually and physically.

To be self righteous is to do works to make oneself seemingly righteousness without relying on the one who made us righteous who is Christ the redeemer!

To have balance and order in God, brings peace, hope and joy.  We are to serve the LORD with gladness!

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world,”   Hebrews 4:1-3 KJV.

Can we keep going at that level?

Were striving, being driven and performance driven, Why?

All of these issues wear you down to create burn out.  When we are preaching and practicing a performance based religion, people will begin to fall out or pretend they are doing what is being said but they really know the truth about themselves.

These give lip service but they know the truth.  These want to fit so bad they accept religious abuse.

My prayer for myself and others is that God will bring us to the end of self (righteous) and that HE will remove us from any abusive, religious bondage.

All works that are not done through God’s grace will eventually produce burnout. It will wear you out physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The 23rd Psalm shows us the picture of how our Chief Shepherd cares for his flock.  God is very concerned with his precious sheep and lambs.  Look at a sheep and lambs.

Can you imagine them being driven?  Cattle are driven.  Jesus is our chief shepherd he laid down his life for His sheep.

Sheep are gently led by the Shepherd and if one has strayed, the shepherd leaves the ninety nine and find the one to restore back to the fold. In the night seasons, the Shepherd will lead his flock to a sheep fold.

It is a rock enclosure where there is one entrance and the Chief Shepherd makes sure all of the sheep and lambs are in there.  Once the sheep and lambs are in the fold and cared for, the shepherd lays down his life at the entrance and guards the flock that no wild beast can gain access.

Sheep and lambs cannot be driven.  A godly shepherd is one who personally leads the flock to lush green pastures, still waters yes, and even makes them lay down, restoring their soul not driving them to insanity!

I thank God for his example to us of how true shepherds are.  Sheep are gently led, cattle are driven.

Many have no idea what’s it like to receive true encouragement from the LORD and his people.  Be careful who you receive from for all are not for you.

There is such aggression in the body, and it is all about who’s who and what is what, and who you know.

Instead, the gentle lead of the shepherd knows your name. It’s not about whose ordination and who you know. It’s about how he knows you!

When Christ is saying come away with me beloved, I want to hold you and comfort you. Man can minister to a certain point, but we must teach others that we each must have a deep relationship with the LORD in our own lives.

It is nice to have positive validation from those who know your life and the condition of our lives.  Our greatest ally is one who understands the life you live, sees the positive and negative parts of our own existence but choose to love, pray and accept our full self.

Beloved, that is unconditional love and the love I desire to give.

There is spiritual abuse in the body.  This affects our total being, and God doesn’t want us to accept that and it should not be tolerated.

In closing, anytime there is a course of corruption, God must bring a change in motion.  For those of you who have been analyzed by others; realize that rebellion and Jezebel spirits will try to revert to analyzing you because they know who you are and will try to intimidate you to shut up.

These spirits love to use Christian brothers and sisters to shake your faith and accuse you of all sorts of things in the name of Jesus.  You need to politely let them know that you are not in agreement with their words and do not receive them.

Saints, if you get addressed with such spirits, let them know they have no authority over you and that you are the beloved of God, in Jesus name.

Realize this!  The enemy knows who you are, and is desperately trying to shut you down.

May God shake us so much to change our motion to devotion to Christ the Messiah!  Forgive them, release them and let them go!  Amen?

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Camp Fire vs Flames of Fire

What a Vein of Gold! God, we have loved your nuggets of Gold. Now we shall mine for deeper gold that is founded and mined in the dimensions.

 

What a Vein of Gold!  God, we have loved your nuggets of Gold.  Now we shall mine for deeper gold that is founded and mined in the dimensions.

Also to those who have been seasoned for such a time and place; not superficial strip mines, but this elevation is going deeper into the depths of God’s heart, spirit and mind, for HE has reserved His secrets to those who have been been made ready for this unfathomable presence, purpose and plan.

He himself has groomed them, as HE has prepared them for decades!

They will show up a seeming mess, but soon a message!  What things have been hidden, shall be opened and those I have known, as those who walk with God.

John the Baptist’s message was repentance!  There will be those who will wonder “where in the world have they come from!”

Those who have been prepared, shall walk and minister from a totally new dimension of grace!  They shall carry heavy weighty mantels, yet they will be full of light, peace, and they shall be full of laughter, as JOY overtakes them, even in persecution!

For the measure of grace comes with such dynamic revelations and they have totally yoked up with God.

In this time, God had predestined the sons of Issachar, knowing the signs of the times and seasons.

“There are those who shall be like one who watches the barometer that predict storms!  There are those who are watching the time of season.

These shall be greatly blessed as they will willingly open their area of influence to others as people are hungry and can sense what season this is.

These shall be so blessed with all things.  These beloved shall be blessed with the prophets blessing.

Even the birds of the air know the signs of the times, but My people do don’t.

I AM calling for repentance so that MY people can rightly be placed and revived. This transition will continue as I speak to the nations.

Fear not! abide in ME as I shall release MY word of repentance and glory as these build the structure for the great NETWORK!

No one can touch this or stop it beloved.  Unless these quit and follow the LORD no more.

BE silent before ME says the LORD!  I have caused your enemies to be at peace with you.  My grace has given you favor and these shall release many who are coming back to life again.  These shall build and tear down obstacles.”

Such revival comes beloved, as repentance precedes revival and revival precedes glory and glory shall open heaven to give demonstration of heaven on earth!

Through repentance the Holy Ghost releases those who are bound and these cannot help but come to God!  It is because of His great love!  HIS loving kindness leads up to repentance.

Because of the fiery one’s emerging, they begin to manifest in the glory and everything is wide open!

When the glory manifests it exposes everything in that place for they cannot do anything except run in terror!  It opens the eyes of the lost and backslider and they shall run to the altar.  Be prepared for harvest beloved!

For the LORD’s chosen, it shall be like nothing ever seen or understood before!  For those who are one foot in and the other out, you shall understand a final choice must be made.

Beloved it is time to completely get into the fire!  It is time to leave your place around the fire so that you become flames of fire!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Promotion, Demotion or Locomotion

This information is age appropriate and presented to those who think they are ready for leadership.

 

This information is age appropriate and presented to those who think they are ready for leadership.

Some who think they are ready, are all over the internet and in cyberspace too.  I will not focus on them right now, but if you feel you are God’s apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher or evangelist, please read this.  It will save you heartache and years, if you will heed it now.

All gifts must be nurtured, surrendered and prepared by a willingness to surrender to the process of discipleship and service.

Once the foundation is laid in discipleship, the next step that comes is to prepare God’s people for works of service.  For those with leadership callings, especially in the five fold ministry, you must be groomed by a mentor or coach,  (Ephesians 4).

This takes time as you serve the LORD and learn by a coach or mentor.  Whoever is placed over your life to train you, at times can feel uncomfortable.  This is a must for upcoming leaders.

There are some who have had several mentors in their lives at pivotal times of preparation.  This was added, due to the elevation the LORD is taking them in.

In frustration, you may feel like you are starting over!  The reality is yes, you really you are!

However you are on a different level.  Everything you have learned is part of your soul and will always be there.  The Holy Spirit will pull on those reserves as necessary for it is part of your journey which benefits others.

You may be a pastor and God wants you to become a prophet.  Yes, for some it is like starting over.  However, according to the elevation God has in store for you, Jesus must prepare you through works of service.  It’s a promotion beloved!  Not a demotion!

We are first the sons of God and servants to the body of Christ.  Christ came and served.  He taught, healed, trained and positioned the disciples.  He demonstrated with his life and death the true understanding of leadership.  He knew he had to prepare them for what was coming.

We all are constantly pressing and changing according to the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus!  God may take a full time minister and sit them down in another place to learn more.  Yes there are times we need more perspective in the LORD and through our mentor or coach.

Everything you have learned is good, all the past experiences are great and they will be used later in ministry whether they are good or bad experiences, we all learn this way.  We all must learn at the master’s feet.

You cannot expect to know things if you are not properly trained.  Make a covenant with your mentor or coach to prepare you.  If you cannot submit to God in this, you never will be able to properly reproduce the good you have in you.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as idolatry.  Once you know you hear from God about a mentor or coach, plug in and don’t let go.  Stay the course no matter how long.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king,”   1 Samuel 15:23 KJV.

God is in charge with this, and it all depends on you.  You can make it easier or harder on yourself.  Personally I was mentored three years before I started a church.  Before that, I was under two other ministries in preparation as lay minister.

All along the way, life teaches us and so does God.  I tell you this because it is true in my life.  I love my mentor and those who trained me and glad they corrected me.  I learned so much by surrendering to God in this; saving many years of heartache and disappointment.

This is a very rewarding time as well as a tough time.  It hurts so GOOD!  Yes, God will use your mentor or coach to hone in your skills, gifting and application while using correction as needed.

“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth; and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.  And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?”   1 Kings 19:19-20 KJV.

Did you know Elisha had a choice, he chose to be chosen.  Elijah wanted him to be sure he knew what he was getting into.

Some of you cannot take correction from a Godly man or woman of God.  If you say God is in your thoughts and words and you are ready for the ministry, please be informed that WE ALL must be accountable and responsible to our leadership; whether we are online ministry or on the streets, we NEVER outgrow our need for accountability.  It last for life.

To be responsible, we all must be accountable to those we trust.  Until we learn this, “our ministry” will be limited to the size of our experience in God.

YES, I have leaders to whom I am accountable.  Being mentored by your leader is to prepare you for much more after discipleship.  Before you can ever take the reins and lead God’s people, God will teach you how to follow first.  We must learn lessons of humility, accountability and responsibility.

We ALL are part of the body of Christ, but we all need to remain open for correction and guidance through our leaders.  Before you lead you must learn to follow.  Discipleship is a necessary ingredient before we are ever ready for ministry.

Discipleship is only the beginning.  Depending on the type of call to ministry will determine what type of preparation you will need.  For some it has taken many years.

Do you feel called to the prophetic or apostolic office’s?  Who are you accountable to?  Who did you learn from?  Some call it being coached, I call it mentored.  Begin to ask people where they are submitted and who are they accountable to?

When will we surrender to His will?

Rebellion in not submitting to God’s will, will hinder your growth.  You may see limited success at first but you will always end up at the same dry place around the mountain again.  Let us start again and wait on the Lord.  Pray for his counsel to help you find a mentor or coach.  Know those who labor among us.  Pray for God to send you a seasoned mentor or coach.

When will you surrender to His will?

This important and wise counsel should be heeded.  Really listen and meditate before the LORD.  This is what His Spirit is saying to the churches.  Find your place and do not leave it until the LORD has released you.  It is worth it and you will be elevated when God sees you’re ready!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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