Do you really want to be in ministry?
Do you think you have a high calling of God on your life?
Do you truly know the way of the cross?
Are we picking up our cross and following Jesus every day?
I can tell you the truth; The degree of our calling and purpose will be the level of preparations as we learn to grow deep and our roots grow deep as the winds blow strong.
During storms, we may lose every piece of fruit and leaf on our tree, but when we are established by God in our root system we will learn to sway with the winds but the storms will have no power in uprooting us from our life source.
To be rooted deeply in Christ takes our yeildedness towards the process of knowing Him and our willingness to face anything and anyone in our determination to follow HIM.
In becoming the vessel fit for the Masters use will cost us everything! It is through the process of life and death to self that processes us through the measurement of trials, tribulations, temptations, loss of all things and sorts, even to sorrow that leads to death itself.
The depth of our heart is unearthed through our experiences. Even though God see’s the end result we must go through the process that proves to “ourselves” and exposes our capacity to be able to carry the weightiness and vastness of the secrets of God.
God doesn’t share His secrets to just anyone. We must be found faithful to HIM and HE knows when we are ready and that happens.
To be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit happens to those who have learned to wait on Him through experience.
To be of corporate use, we must learn to yield to the Holy Spirits training. As we learn the process through Christ, He will prepare us to expand exponentially within by going through the process of death to self, arising in newness of life in Christ.
This isn’t a one-time deal either; the bible tells us to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
When we all fail and miss the mark and sin, there is always forgiveness when we truly recognize our condition and state of existence and repent.
Repentance is learning to turn away from that sin. We learn throughout all our lives how to respond to our Father, and what breaks his heart.
God does not look for robots in doing just what is expected. He wants us to respond to Him as Father and Abba.
We His children must realize our love relationship with Abba is to learn and know the nature and character of Christ.
This relationship and repentance are part of learning to walk in the increased processes of restoration and reconciliation of our continued learning with Him.
Returning to God in repentance is not to return to religious bondage and scary fear nor is it to serve through drudgery and robotics.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” Jeremiah 31:3 KJV.
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent,” Revelations 3:19 KJV.
Thanks be to God that the sacrifice of Christ was done as the final payment for all the sin in the world.
However, there is an action we must apply through repentance. When we fall and sin, we must be truly sorry apply that blood once again to cover our mistakes as we must turn away from sin.
There is always hope and a new beginning as long as we have breath in us, for it is Christ in us the hope of Glory!
As we learn through yielding our entire lives to full capacity, we thus learn what the abundant life is all about! As we learn that overflow isn’t just for us and our experiences, but more importantly, it is for others.
“To the direct degree of His purpose in us, will be the proportion in weightiness we will be made to carry.”
When weight lifters fail and injure themselves they must refrain from training. There is a portion of time necessary to heal and once they return to training these must start back at a lower level to prepare those muscles to handle greater weight again.
It’s a process beloved. If we are determined to carry the weightiness of Christ, we must be trained, seasoned, and patient through the process of healing when we fail, and are injured.
“The LORD will not give you something you are clearly not ready for.”
God will not give us more than we can handle or bear. The LORD knows what we have been built with and when it appears or feels that we are coming apart at our very seams, we must remember the cost of the cross.
Our experience at that moment may feel like the end of our lives, but HE promised us would be with us and that He will not give us more than we can bear.
I am not saying this is easy, as depending on the depth of price and calling, God has you in mind, and in the mind of God your very plan has been in motion since before in your mother’s womb.
God seasons us through the process of time and when there is a greater anointing there are greater seasons of training and the greater opposition.
Do you know before you can truly be a vessel fit for His use you must be crushed like grapes in all your temporal glory to make wine?
Being crushed is being put to death of what we were, to become what HE is; and is something much bigger. The process is hard but it is necessary to make you into that vessel filled with HIS SPIRIT.
If a ministry tells you it is all good with no bad they lie! They may teach you to never confess anything negative, or they may tell you to suppress the truth by continually saying you’re blessed when you are actually in despairing misery in need of help!
These false ministers confess how together they are but it’s a lie! If we could see behind the scenes the hypocrisy and false doctrine we would run! These are the type of ministries that are false, legalistic and led by pride filled bondages.
If you find yourself in one of these types of ministries, it is best to run and get out every and anyway you can, because it will never get any better.
Getting free from this type of abuse will give yourself good mental health and there are plenty of good ministries out there that follow the way of the truth of Christ and His Church.
Pray and find the one you fit in.
Serving Christ is the hardest thing you will ever obtain but the most satisfying and awarding. Truly knowing HIM and finding him in the deep cannot be measured against, for HE IS PERFECTION!
We do measure ourselves against Him, because it isn’t us who live, but CHRIST who lives in us! To really know Him in Spirit and Truth will make us the most influential person in many of our relationships.
Learning to be who we are in Christ is all about knowing HIM in ALL seasons that makes us REAL and well rounded. Our identity is found in Christ, and those who be as Christ have crucified the flesh and the lust thereof.
We cannot produce The Fruit of The Spirit in our own power for we are simply the conduit of his power. The Fruit of The Spirit is produced through seasons.
We are planted, fertilized watered, pruned, cut back, go through seasons of change so we will grow and thrive. Christ’s Zoe’ vine life flows through our branches and it is not our power that does it.
We are to learn how to abide in relationship with Christ so that the power of Christ will be made known. For He must increase and we must decrease.
How can we help others if we pretend perfection? What a lie and A very BIG revelation of false teaching, prophecy and false churches.
Beware of these types of people and be not conformed to their rapt approval in attempting to flatter you and puff you up later to capture you in a web of deceit!
Once they ensnare you, you find yourselves after their attention and supposed acceptance, and you cannot understand why they treat you differently and keep you unsure of your acceptance in everything and unsure how to step.
You quickly become a number to them and one they control. Jezebel works like these, and she still weaves her works today in many ministry and churches.
If you are not as free to leave as you were to come in, you are in a cult!
If condemnation (rather than a healthy disappointment to see you leave) and emotional manipulations are seeking to control you, be glad that you left! It will never get better.
“We are called to be part of the body of Christ. You are free to serve, free to live and free to do right!”
The stronger the control and bondage of false ministers, ministries and churches, the more likely you are to face unpleasant and unhealthy consequences.
Please keep praying and look until you find what gives you good mental and spiritual health and treat people with respect and honor.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey