There’s a Time to Let Go!

Those who love The LORD with all their heart, have counted the cost, having picked up their cross to follow Him!

Those who love The LORD with all their heart, have counted the cost, having picked up their cross to follow Him.

The chasm has become much deeper and further apart yet one can see with greater clarity from a far distance those whom you labored over, investing your love, determination and time; choking back the tears and grief at the revelation of seeing the cost of their unbelief.

Troubled by the thoughts as to why a person who met perfect love, could possibly turn away knowingly and willingly in such a final stroke, as one who would sign a final testament note.

To finally comprehend and see the overwhelming revelation of their understanding, that God won’t go against free will and free choice.

He gives the right to choose to each of us.  Each one will stand before God facing the ramifications of influence and their rights and choices they made.

He is a God of Justice, Mercy, and Judgment and as a just God, He is slow to anger and rich in mercy.

However, no man, no matter how eloquent, no matter how compassionate, no matter how desperately determined to stand in the gap for others can only go so far.  God won’t violate freedom of choice.

“Behold therefore the kindness and severity of God,”   Romans 11:22 KJV.

Those who are mature, know how to weigh things in the balance of God’s Word.  For we know Him both as Lion and the Lamb, Grace and Union, Thy Rod and Thy Staff.

“So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock.  Then I took two staffs and one “Grace” or Favor and the other “Union”, and I pastured the flock,”   Zechariah 11:7 NIV.

Free will and free choice trumps all interventions.  God will not intervene once that choice is made.

God gave us the gift of free will and free choice and God will not interfere by standing in the way of those God given choices.

If God will not take away free will and free choice, who are we to think we can make them choose?

Rizpah stood in the gap for her dead sons and desperately kept the buzzards away, but her sons were still dead.  There is a time to let go,  (2 Samuel 21:10)

“And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before The LORD.  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?  Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”  Genesis 18:22-25 KJV.

Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?

Job offered burnt offerings for each of his children to be sure that if his children violated, sinned, or cursed God in their hearts, that Job was motivated by fear by getting involved in making sure his adult children had been covered by sacrificing.  Job said, “The thing I greatly feared came upon me.”

There is a time to let go.  It isn’t easy, but we love dearly and have agonized over those who have clearly turned away from God, and it is hard, and often a process to totally release them into the hands of God.

A lot of times we get in the way of the hand of God seeking to work on those we love, and as long as we fight our battles, God cannot.

We cannot be responsible for others even those in our own lives and family that we labor over intensely.

Yes, we pray and labor intensely seeking God to forgive them, but there comes a time that it must come from within and it must be their decision.

It is agonizing to slowly watch those we have closely known, to choose to follow the wide way that leads to destruction.  There is a time to let go.

“And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually,”   Job 1:5 KJV.

“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came,”   Job 3:25-26 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Gone With the Wind!

There is a process that must happen when the season and set time is fulfilled.

There is a process that must happen when the season and set time is fulfilled.

It happens that the restraints of our lives that had grown up all intertwined within, must come to the threshing floor.

The chaff and wheat must be winnowed as one.  For it is during this process of refinement that the transformations and the lessons are revealed.

The chaff is only the byproduct that is to be released once the maturation comes of time and season.

The process of changing begins with the chaff and its outward appearance.  Through the winnowing and being tossed up over and over with circumstances and you may feel completely out of control, but it is in this raw process that the releasing of the husk and all the byproducts are finally separate so that
the true grain may appear.

The stubborn chaff being tossed up into the air over and over is also felt by the true grain.  For in the time of separation what was intertwined must be a combined effort to separate and release what isn’t seemly and what is worthless.

The winnowing process separates the grain, stalk, and husk.  To winnow the grain, the pieces of the crop just threshed are thrown it up into the air.  The wind blew the light pieces of chaff while the grain, which was heavier, fell almost straight back down.

As the winnowing continues, the chaff blows and the wind sweeps it away to never been seen again.

By being the weightiness of the kernel of wheat we are thrown up in the process but the true grain will fall to the ground of the threshing floor.

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail”   Luke 22:31-32.

The illustration was clear.  Just as wheat is winnowed and sifted in a sieve, Satan demanded to be able to pressure Peter until things surfaced in his life.

Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail and that no chaff would remain, as the true grain of Peter was revealed.

May we remember also that The LORD has prayed for us too, and that this process must happen for the revealing of the true grain, the true believer and those things that are unnecessary in our lives.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Being Taken for Granted?

There is nothing in my life that is more crucial and delightful than to please The LORD by obeying HIS WORD!

Beloved, oh how I love The LORD Jesus!  Oh, to sing and dance!  To study and seek HIS Face in prayer!

There is nothing in my life that is more crucial and delightful than to please The LORD by obeying HIS WORD!

The more I deny myself and remove myself from the cares of this life the more I want to please The LORD!  I love and care for The LORD and HIS beloved Sheep!

We have a personal responsibility with The LORD and we are held accountable for what we know is true.  When we sin and love the things of this world that grieve His heart, we will be accountable.

There is a great danger when we gradually move ourselves away from our personal communication (prayer) and our obedience to The LORD’s Will, which is HIS WORD!

We are babes for a season but after that we are to be trained up as children are to their parents and to listen and obey.  If we as children didn’t obey our parents we were disciplined.  That discipline proves the Love of the Father to His children!

The process of becoming lazy and not developing our own relationship with The LORD, can open us up to deception, error, and extreme teaching.

We must learn to develop a dependence on God’s Word as we develop in our prayer life and steady diet of the WORD of God.  It is the easy route to depend on others experiences and teachings instead of God’s.

There are many wonderful leaders and teachers out there that the WORD of God is the final authority of their belief system.  These leaders are accountable to God for those whom they must give an account.

In the same way, God knows where we are spiritually and knows when we become lax and rebel.

It is a very dangerous thing to fall into the hands of the living God especially for those who are leading God’s sheep astray!  There is a process that is dangerous and it causes us to become dull of hearing and we can become blind not being able to see the truth.

We must have such a love for The LORD Jesus Christ that goes so much deeper than any other love we have in this life, regardless if it is a person, place or thing! God is a jealous God!

Oh Glory!  To read the Bible and hear Him speak to me through those pages is the ultimate for me!  Oh, how I love God’s Word and His commands!

I know that when He corrects me, it proves His love for me!

I want God to teach me and to show me His ways and teach me His paths so that I will walk in truth!

I obey God’s words because I love HIM and my nature has been changed to where I don’t desire the things of this world that grieve His Heart.  I don’t want God to be unhappy with me!

I was given a prophetic lesson this past week.  I was feeling taken advantage of by someone that I won’t mention, and as I related this to the person of how it hurt me, God entered my thoughts and reminded me of how I take HIM for granted, when I don’t give him the attention he desires and deserves.

I am so thankful that I can know God this way and experience a close walk with Him that gives me His Peace.

This whole thing about Jesus Christ from the beginning of time till now, it is about having a real love walk, relationship with the lover of our souls.

How many of us have taken The LORD for granted?  Oh!  All I could do was weep when I heard The LORD say that I had taken Him for granted!

But regardless of the tears and pain it caused, it drove me to sorrow and to repentance, by turning my heart “deeply” back to him!

Return to The LORD with all your heart!  In fasting, weeping and mourning and rend your heart and not your garment.

We repent by turning away from what displeases God.  How do we know what displeases God?

We learn by knowing Him through prayer and by knowing and living the Word of God!  The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.

Just as Jesus was the Word made flesh, The LORD wants our lives to reflect His nature and character and to be measured by His Word as our plumb line to HIS whole house, which is the body of Christ.

The LORD is jealous over us, and He is very serious about that fact.  We cannot separate The LORD Jesus from the HOLY BIBLE, as they are one and in agreement.

If you do things and practice things that are not in agreement with the Word of God, it is suspect to error.

God’s Word is our only standard for Truth!  His Word is what we base all things on!

I don’t care what type of spiritual experiences and feelings you have had, if it isn’t found in God’s Word, it is suspect, and the enemy is very clever and spiritual and wants to lead you away from the truth of God’s Word.

Feelings and experiences in God can be awesome — but if our experiences aren’t found in God’s Word, we need to repent and move away from error and return to the Truth!  The BIBLE!

Deception is just that!  Deception is the gradual process of experiences, feelings, and extreme teaching that are soaked into our soul to blind us to the truth and to bring us into error.

Jesus warned us about false prophets and false teachings!  Their methods are inspired by Hell to draw us away from the Truth of God’s Word.

Deception is found and practiced in many Christian named circles and in the names of various denominations and groups.

These various groups base and use all sorts of pseudo spiritual experiences, feelings, music, expressions, extreme teachings, and error of all sorts.

The Bible is the only sure way we can be secure of anything and everything that is out there regardless of their claims.

If we cannot trust God’s Word to keep us on track, we open ourselves to all sorts of bogus claims that put God’s name on any and everything out there.

It doesn’t matter how spiritual the “feeling is” my question was, is it found in the Word of God?

Do you have people in your lives that take you for granted?

I encourage you to search your heart and see where, what, and whom our love is centered on.

Have we taken The LORD for granted?  Look to God and turn away in repentance from taking him for granted.

We must repent of our love for things of this world instead of HIM; the creature instead of the creator.  He longs for our time in prayer and intimacy.  To love HIM is to obey Him.

Jesus is the WORD and the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us!  Oh, how wonderful it is to be used to prophecy encouragement and change, but beloved, there are so many out there who want to do what God says is wrong and call it good!

I love, love, love to encourage people, but when God leads me to confront sin, it is hard on my flesh and sometimes it is hard that I have to face you, but I love God and love you enough to stand against the sin!

I know HE wants us to hear him clearly and that takes prayer, the study of the Word of God and Worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth!  Those of you who know me well, know I love people but know I love God more.

Oh beloved, to know The LORD is so wonderful and once we truly seek, find and know him, He changes our lives being conformed into His image!

Beloved of God, we are so loved and we are in a serious time like none other, and we must remain at the door like the wise virgins, not as the foolish ones who weren’t ready to go in.

This time is unlike no other time in known history and it is very critical time, and we must pray for the ones who are deceived!

It is for God’s great love and mercy for us that he sends us warnings to get us ready.  There we be no one with Jesus that did not choose to be there.

It is your choice…. but as for me and my house?  I will serve The LORD!

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all The LORD delivered me.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,”   2 Timothy 3:1-17.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Spontaneous Prophecy

For The Glory of The LORD shall be revealed.  All flesh shall see it together for the mouth of The LORD hath spoken it.

Wow!  What a continuation and confirmation in clarity as You are forming letters into code, expressing revelation that can only be seen, told or caught, describing at best only in human terms, but natural and divine doth dwell within the high stakes race to the finish line.

For The Glory of The LORD shall be revealed.  All flesh shall see it together for the mouth of The LORD hath spoken it.

We shall be known as we are known by The LORD.  For limitations are in minuscule seconds now compared to former time and space, for God’s beloved having been hit from every angle imaginable are being pressed into a higher state of mind and spirit without limiting gates.

So, this corruptible life continues refining in unending pressing towards the goal of our high calling.

By keeping this mortal life at bay, we strive for the mastery as this world holds no other key.

The more we are pressed, we rise in victory giving great glory to the Master who conducts the greatest symphony of all time, calling for the invitation of the marriage supper of the Lamb.

The Church triumphant shall rise and shine for her light has come and the glory of The LORD has risen upon her!

For those who are caught up in this season and dimension can only identify and be expressed as a leap of destiny within this final quest.

Not all can understand the delectable light shining bright bringing an unveiling of things into His marvelous light.

These have held from times and times ago for such a day that we could have never known!  As immeasurable quaking and shaking continue, not simply a shaking as many have spoken in cliché for we are being positioned for a divine explosion sitting on the powder keg apex in time.

Such epic transformations and proportions that those of this world could never understand or know.

For there has been a true line drawn in the spiritual sand and many are falling clearly away as stated in shocking terminology, rejecting the only way for their soul’s redemption yet in hardened state they turn away.

As Samuel was rebuked for grieving too long for King Saul, so too we must not linger long with those who made their free will final call.

Even as Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, she belonged to another by her decision.  By their fruits you shall fully know them.

As for God’s elect, these are being cycled continually being set free of many strings and chains.  For it is God Almighty getting ready to showcase an amazing display of His final curtain call.

To those whom have been amazingly tried, tested and found true whom the world cannot fathom, these are God Almighty’s witnesses, reserved for these monumental events!

Regardless of the bait and traps set, onward we go and upward with no thought for tomorrow for we counted it all for the call.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Divine Curtain Call!

It takes faith, hope and discipline to pick up our cross and follow in Christ’s steps. 

 

Sometimes the inability and limitations of our humanity fail to properly express the fullness that we are so eagerly hungry, thirsty, and filled with hope.

These seasons come much like an event on the stage of life where once the scene ends the curtain closes.  However, what remains is hidden and skillfully being crafted by God for the set time of His favor.

Yes, there are those whom God takes of this world to showcase His glorious grace as He plans from the beginning of time to mold and squeeze the divine skin of wine revealing within the fresh new message in a modern-day role revealing the truth of the greatest story of old.

The Ancient of Days never delays even though we may feel wasted and cast aside, there are always prophetic plans in motion that God has devised.

For isn’t it said, that even going through the valley of Baca, He makes a well springing up and He brings rain that fills the pools of life again?

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God,”   Psalm 84:5-7 KJV.

It is through the times when things are veiled, dark and hidden that our resolve is deeply tested.

Our faith is tested when we are holding on to this hope that we cannot see.  Believing in hope and through that hope we are not ashamed! It is through this season that we find out what we believe within our total being.

God already knows what we believe, but He wants us to see what we really believe.  It is during these times of testing that conflicting mindsets surface when we are pressed and we wonder why it is so seemingly dark, dead and dry.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.And patience, experience; and experience, hope,”    Romans 5:3-5 KJV.

For who has hope for a tree that has been hewn down?

Why would confusing, doubleminded times come?

God doesn’t do anything without a dynamic purpose in His mind.  You are His creation and His design as the master builder builds you so you will be defined as you are prepared to step into your destiny divine.

God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.  He hasn’t changed His mind towards you.  He loves you and nothing changes that fact.

It is during these times that doubts surface when pressure reveals the reality of our own belief system.

When we face what we really are, then we can find the revelation of finished work of Christ and the rest of faith in His ability to be kept by the power of God.

It is in this place that The LORD lays out His plan and defines the next scene of our life.  God wants to take our worry and give us a real-life story!

That’s what it’s all about!  The Church and the world need to hear the message of redemption by hearing the individual message of our own story.

We are the living, walking testament of God, as epistles seen and read by all men.

Though the times of the drawn curtain seem dark, and not much seems to be happening, this is the most critical, revealing evidence of our belief of faith! Move forward in faith, hope and love and do not deviate!

Much has been hidden, yet behind the scenes things are being remodeled; the set is coming together, the curtain is beginning to open for the next scene of events!

Soon you will again see what was waged against you and now becomes the source of our growth in faith and fortitude.

However, it is what goes on behind the scenes of your life that is measured by God.  Like that drawn curtain; many cannot see their worth, value and destiny that God has waiting for them!

God’s plan and measure is to come up higher by beginning to understand what Christ did so that we are able to function steadfast in understanding the new level of grace and mercy towards ourselves and others!

There are many levels in the kingdom of God and it takes those hidden times behind the curtain to learn to be led by faith without seeing a thing happening.

It takes faith, hope and discipline to pick up our cross and follow in Christ’s steps.

As we learn these things we will be prepared vessels fit for our Masters use as he uses our story to help win the lost and to build up the body of Christ.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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