Flames, Washington, and the Cherry Tree

“I shall display My Splendor in 2020,” says The LORD of Hosts. “It is in the purification of My People that these shall learn of My true fire!”

I shall come with cleansing, refining, a demonstrating fire, with those who have learned the way of fire and they shall walk in the midst of the fire and shall not be burned!

“What tarnish that is among them shall flee away in the fire!  For this is about My Prophets and My Leaders who speak My Decrees and establish My Statutes and agenda!

“I shall display My Splendor in 2020,” says The LORD of Hosts.

“It is in the purification of My People that these shall learn of My true fire!  Fires shall burn and consume all of that which is dead, twice plucked up by the roots.

“They lie and deceive to split My Agenda in Washington like the time of the cherry tree.  As sure as I speak and not delay, their dilemma will be found on their own head and their undoing and all the promises they made to the people shall be found wane and wanting.

“My axe shall split the party they hold dear.  Instead of seeking Me, they sought evil decrees and lies that benefit their own devices.  To murder the unborn, to kill the innocents, to raise up the idol of Moloch and attempt to rub it in My Face!

“My beloved, I have heard your prayers and I AM establishing that this nation shall once again render “In GOD We Trust.”

“I indeed shall raise My axe to be laid at the root to see what has borne evil fruit.  I shall stir up an eastern whirlwind to fan the flames!

“For in the place of My power, I shall rebuke with the very flames of My fire,” says The LORD of Hosts.

“My fire and sword shall plead with all flesh!  For in the midst of the fire and raging storms you shall press and know that I AM LORD!

“There too shall be strange fire to mimic My anointed ones.  These shall use an accelerant to pour out and cause strange fire to deceive and demand that My people follow them.

“What has light to do with darkness?  You shall fully know them by My Fruits.  For My fire shall burn away anything not pure while strange fire deceives declaring enmity to what is your God-given plan!

“Do you not know that My Fire of Revelation burns up deception?

“My beloved continue pressing into Me as many are becoming flames of fire.  Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that comes upon you to try you and prepare you!  Give yourselves to Me,” says The LORD, “and walk about as flames of fire and in your midst, walking among the candlesticks.

“Hear the word of The LORD.  There shall be a trembling and a shaking in the house and senate and a remembrance of My promises that I AM bringing full circle.

“These that say let The LORD be glorified shall be your joy and the others shall be greatly ashamed.

“As a woman comes to her time of delivery, and in her pains she resists the process, however, in her liberty, as her pains grow strong she learns she must go with the waves and winds, for it is only then will she be crowned and the establishment of the man child shall rule and reign, bringing great glory and honor to My Name” says The LORD of Hosts!

“For, behold, The LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by his sword will The LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of The LORD shall be many,”   Isaiah 66:15-16 KJV.

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, The LORD cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. and of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh,”   Jude 1:10-23 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Torch of a New Day

This has been a very severe season of testing and trying and the objects of the test and trial were being tested too.

This has been a very severe season of testing and trying and the objects of the test and trial were being tested too.

Dying to the flesh is not fun, it is hard!

However, it is the only way that we are made strong that we may rise to newness of life!

It is during these times that we find out new things about ourselves that we can really see what we are capable of, shockingly so!

Satan knows our weakness and he is trying us in all forms, as his desperation is evident to stop us any way he can.

He knows we are understanding more of who we are in Christ and he plans in advance to take us out.  He devises plans in advance for months even years for one moment in time!

The believer who knows who they are in Christ are tested and if we weaken in any small way, and sin, it opens up a crack in our armor and when that happens, the enemy bombards us in that area with all he can muster up because he knows that this is the only way he can get legal authority to attack us when we open that door and sin.

But once we know where we failed we must quickly repent and close that door quickly and tell the devil to go!

So, all of those many plans the devil spent on you are broken in a moment!  Tell the devil to go!  And give the devil no more place in your life!

It is when things seem like your alone and nothing is working right or no one understands, this is when we are tested and tried the most.

We must know even in the darkness when things are foggy to be happy alone with Jesus in following His way.  If we don’t, we can begin to look for other things to partake of and get into big trouble!

Do not let the devil bait you!  The enemy knows your weakness and he will use bait that is especially something you are weak to and he will hook you!

The enemy is an assassin and he is out to suddenly aim at your character to discredit you and ruin your name and life.

Have you noticed major change?  And it appears many of your friends are gone and you are all alone?  That is when the enemy tries and attacks us!

As I was praying, I heard the song from the 1970s by Johnny Nash called “I can see clearly.”

Lyrics  ©Johnny Nash,

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way, gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day, I think I can make it now the pain is gone all of the bad feelings have disappeared, here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day. Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies, look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies.”

The LORD wants you to know you came through, you broke through the test and you overcame the trial of your character and he is proud of you!  You said it is written!  Glory to God!

You are emerging from the dark clouds and you are stronger, you are wiser.  You are emerging and you are being shown that you are real.  I can see many emerging from the dark clouds and moving straight ahead towards the bright sunshine.

This is where things are changing as you have passed from death to life and you are growing through these experiences and choose life!

I see you are carrying a torch-lit up for others who are weak to follow the light of God’s anointing who also emerge but are tattered and torn, but these too will see the torch of God’s anointing and be healed and restored from the trial they suffered through.

This has been cycles and seasons of trial, tests, and the things you lost will come around again in time.

You walk in what you have attained!  There have been cycles and patterns for you not to pattern after anymore, “for when a man’s way pleases The LORD he will make even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

You use to pray and you struggled to ask God why can’t I pray, why do I struggle to pray?

God wants you to know at the very thought of prayer and attempts to pray in the darkness, every word was heard.

Though you felt alone and that God did not hear, you were being tested to not trust in your surroundings, but you pray anyway and The LORD your God was testing you for prayer isn’t a feeling, it’s a fact that is spoken or thought towards God.

For thus says The LORD, “I look for one who doesn’t take My presence for granted.  Your personal responsibility is to have clean hands and a pure heart.

I see the wounds of war with scars all over my body, these things are not hidden but in full view. 

These are battle wounds and they speak of history for others to follow behind you too that will learn from your victories and defeats.

The deep places you desired have a heavy price.  These things you have wanted to see are happening.

You have been jealous of other’s relationships when everything I have is yours.  Why do you seek after another’s gift or destiny?

Faithful brother, do not get angry at your prodigal brother who returned with great happiness to My House.

Everything I have is available to you but these who return were lost but they found their way by the torch that opens the way.”

“And he said, A certain man had two sons:  and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found,”
   Luke 15:11-22.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Religious Legalist

I have prayed and questioned God today as pertaining to my former religious life that is buried and in the grave.

I have prayed and questioned God today as pertaining to my former religious life that is buried and in the grave.

It is buried true, but there on that tomb is a testimony that The LORD wants me to share.  He wills that I share portions of my former life in hopes to help others who may be in similar places.

God did tell me a long time ago, that He would take everything in my life and turn it around for good and He would use my testimony to help others.

As you read the absolute naked portions of my former life, please don’t judge me, but pray for me and others who read this, who are or were like I was.

Pray that The LORD gives you compassion to wounded souls like I was.

Important!  Balance!  

This isn’t a message for people who only want to get by or pretend.  This message is for people who want to be everything God wants, but they go to the extreme and burn-out in their abilities, becoming religious.

This message isn’t about people who only want fire insurance from hell, or those who only want to do the bare minimum to get by.

I wondered how many of us have ever felt like we’re running in circles chasing our own tail?

How many of us spend enormous amounts of time, effort, and energy doing something for God, but we end up achieving nothing?

How many of us think we are entitled to so much more, but we end up wondering why we cannot get beyond whatever this is?

This process perplexed me and made me feel so vulnerable and weak and I didn’t understand why it kept happening.

This topic troubled me for a number of years, because I had wrong thinking and a wrong belief system.

It wasn’t until the many years of circling around that same mountain, defeated, that I got serious with God as to why this kept happening to me!

I wanted to know what I was doing wrong, and I really did want to know what I was believing, even if it cost me positions and relationships.

I was so upset and desperate that it was at this point when He began showing me the error of my belief system.

Being a go-getter for God and extremely disciplined, I went hard after God to the max for years, even when I ran off on my own accord for God!

However, I couldn’t understand why I ended up in the same place each year!  I kept burning out and it affected me spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

I would hear people say, “I would rather burn-out for God than to just exist in obscurity.”  Which was totally pride.  And in loving people, we want to be totally admired and envied; we want people to love us and think we are great.

Being amongst the legalist extreme in religion, was more regarded than those who pretend and seem to just get by in their faith; even while we’re saying, we are having so much fun!

God never intended that we be fulfilled in life without Him, but He gave us a free will and free choice.

In legalism, we want to affect the world around us, when in actuality we are really driving those we love mad!   I heard these things, “Why don’t you just enjoy your life?”

When I really thought about that, I was perplexed as I didn’t know how to enjoy my life as a legalist, because I had a reputation to keep up and I gave up my life to be this person!

And there were so many laws and demands to remain usable in that twisted world of religion.

I wanted to be a gospel peace maker among the numbers of brethren and especially among denominations.  I preached unity and for people to get along with their differences.

I had a type A personality and based everything and the way I lived on how perfectly I could remain.

I thought at the time that I understood that Christ saved me and delivered me, but inside I saw myself as not good enough, so I had to keep up the standard of all those around me and do all the things required of me.

Even though I loved God, I didn’t really understand the basis of my salvation, and thought I had to keep up, then when I would burn-out, I would see God as a task master and unattainable unless I remain strong in my own power, because he only wanted the best and strongest, like Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.

And to add to the mix, I expected others to seek God with the same fervor I had and I had a very judgmental spirit.

I was able to pull order out of disorder in all sorts of situations in religion.  I was in control and I was needed — at least at the time.  I did what needed to be done, but I was in a race with myself and I was miserable and I could feel each time like I was coming apart.

What is a type A personality?
Definition and meaning:  “Type A personality:  A temperament characterized by excessive ambition, aggression, competitiveness, drive, impatience, need for control, focus on quantity over quality and unrealistic sense of urgency.  It is commonly associated with risk of coronary disease and other stress-related ailments.”    © businessdictionary.com

When I would burn-out physically, I was so full of anxiety and fear because I felt I wasn’t strong enough to prevail.  I felt so weak and out of it that I would not make it to Heaven, because I was not strong enough and didn’t have what it would take.

So many issues stemmed from that including a strong spirit of pride, arrogance, and judgmentalism I had.  Any time I was weak, I condemned myself and beat myself down with self-hatred and self-loathing.

It would take me weeks to recover and I would hear things like grace and mercy and for a time I would believe it, that God accepted me as I was…… but once I was strong again, I would blow it off and go back to my flawed belief system.

Although I believed in the grace and mercy of God, I thought it was predicated on my behavior modification and lifestyle.  I would begin to get a glimpse of the nature and character of God in those down times, but once I was strong again, I embraced my former belief system based on fear.

I have never seen anyone who was strong-armed to the altar through fear or torment, who has remained.

Fear doesn’t save people, love does.  Love keeps us for we are kept by the power of God!

It is through God’s lovingkindness that He leads us to repentance.  God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power love, and a sound mind and perfect love cast out all fear for fear has torment.

I came to a place of sudden loss of three major happenings in my life all in the same time frame.  I found myself suddenly, when whatever it was within me that gave me strength was depleted and gone!

Suddenly I broke down!  Something within me broke and whatever it was that kept me strong, was suddenly gone and no matter how much I fasted and prayed, I could not get over this.

Something within me broke and I found I had no control over my life anymore.  I had never felt so vulnerable.  I asked for prayer from the Church and people fasted and prayed for me — all to no avail.

I felt I was blinded and did not know my way, led only about by people who then started hating on me, because I wasn’t the strong Sherry they knew.

Then I learned the Church I served in blasted me from the pulpit and told the others to stay away from me, because I was a false prophet!  I was one of their ministers and had been under their authority for three years, totally involved in all portions of that ministry!

The Church and every friend I thought I had, judged me and abandoned me.  I was left alone with no hope.

It felt like they took a sharp knife and stabbed me in the heart and twisted it.  Something broke and was never the same again.

Like having a broken arm without getting it set in alignment, and it has never been the same and that person who was so strong, was no longer was there.

Part of me died never recovered.  I was beyond exhaustion; total exhaustion and I cried all the time —  but little did I know I was on my way to freedom!

In my pursuit of God after these experiences, I learned I had a fear of God that wasn’t according to knowledge, and it caused me to see everything through legalism and religion.

You see, their belief was I needed to be strong and keep on going, or I would not make it into heaven.

Everything was based on performance not the grace and mercy of God and His finished work.  I saw God as an angry God towards humanity, and especially towards me!

After this experience, I could not pray and I felt like I had gone beyond the grace and mercy of God.  I was existing, hurt, wounded, and heading for certain death — I thought.

But oh, The Blood of Jesus!  Oh, the grace and mercy of God!  God was answering my prayers that I wondered about as why I was continually going around in circles.

As you continue to freedom in Christ, don’t let man limit you, because they can’t keep you under their control.

It happens more than you know.  I have had people abandon me just because I wasn’t allowed by God to conform to their agenda.

When you are released, you will be shocked at how much you were under control and the weight will fly off of you!  You will feel it release!

I want you to know straight up, that my desire is to never offend, but I would much rather offend man than God.

People will try to strong-arm us to intimidate, force, control, and to keep us bound to their experience when God has so much more for you.  You don’t need to apologize for being obedient to God!

God sets you free and who knows what He has planned for you! 

You will be free, and may even have a major change into a different career field of ministry!  It’s not over, you have just begun!

It isn’t a demotion, but a promotion into what is needed for each of us to function within The Body of Christ.  What you have attained thus far in God isn’t taken away, for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,”   Romans 11:29 KJV.

This topic isn’t about people who just want to get by, or about people who pretend to be believers but who bear no fruit of the Spirit.

This topic is for the people who love God, but have been captives of legalism and religion, like me.

I was extreme with God and had never understood God’s grace or mercy, or Christ and His finished work on the cross.

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment,”   James 2:13 KJV.

If you don’t know who you are, then people will tell you who you are and you will be whom they want you to be, instead of whom God wants you to be.

We must remember, those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise.  So look into the mirror of God’s Word and be whom He wants you to be.

Religion is a return to bondage, for your righteousness is self-motivated by your behaviors.

Religion focuses on the flesh of man.  Christianity focuses on the flesh of the finished work of Christ.

Legalism causes our heart to be hard.  A legalist wants everyone to do it their way, or you are not good enough or they label you as not being a Christian.

It makes the religious group mad when you are not doing what they want, and follow all their rules, especially if God is still blessing you!

A legalist is very intolerant of anyone who doesn’t measure up to his or her standards.

More next time……..

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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It is Written!

Jesus was tempted in all points like we are, but He was perfect and when He was tempted, He resounded, “IT IS WRITTEN….”  

As I prayed, I saw in the spirit an oil derrick and it was being drilled.  Suddenly I saw a gusher breakthrough and it went so high in the sky!

Many of you are like that; like being in that drilling process.  You are seeking God and it feels like you are drilling and pressing in so hard!

But it has been so long and issues so frequent that you have questioned as to why you must go through such adversity.  Some of you have questioned your very salvation.

Many of you have had such opposition that you began to question the validity of your experience with The LORD and have doubted.

Many have said that the battle is over. (Indeed, partially true)  Yes, The LORD Jesus Christ once and for all settled our eternal salvation, but there are false doctrines out there which say we have no battles to contend in this life as a Christian!

We must put on our Armor and carry our Weapon, which is the Word of God!  We must develop through knowing God’s Word —  for the Word of God is our powerful weapon!

This weapon is like a two-edged sword and we must focus on God and focus our mind on where the real battles lie and which weapon, which scripture we must counter-attack with.

Jesus was tempted in all points like we are, but He was perfect and when He was tempted, He resounded, “IT IS WRITTEN….”   (Matthew 4)

The battle is The LORD’s and He goes before us making every crooked path straight!  There are many battles we face in our lives and if the battles were over, why do we need armor and the sword of the Spirit?

Fight against false doctrines and give them no place in your life! (Ephesians 6).  Of course the enemy doesn’t want you to know you have the power to break his strongholds, plots, and schemes!

However, we are learning and becoming strong against the enemy, because of the weight of the resistance we face!  [Resistance builds muscles!]

We are being trained so that our spiritual muscles grows and we become strong and great contenders against the enemy’s plans.

When we resist the demonic winds and fire, we are finding that opposition has actually pushed us closer to The LORD in intimacy and fiery fervency!

Satan does not go after people who are NOT a threat to his agendas.  He goes after those who shall make a difference in this world for God.  Your greatest moments in God come on the heels of great tests and trials.

The LORD will be glorified greatly with HIS end-time Army!  His Army runs through a troop and leaps over walls defeating the plans of darkness!

You shall leap supernaturally over the enemy’s hurdles, as you are above and not beneath, the head and not the tail!

You shall be amazed at how God will manifest himself in your lives.  Nothing is higher than God.

When we come into alignment with Him, all things are possible to them that believe!  When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will use YOU to leap over every conspiracy and plan of darkness!

You are not alone and God is aware of all things in your lives!  Remember, you are that STANDARD against the enemy that God is raising up.

This is your destiny coming to pass beloved!  Just your presence intimidates the devil and his demons as they run in terror when you carry God’s presence!

We must continue to learn who we are in Christ and develop by getting that Word of God within, so we learn to take dominion and a stand wherever our feet take us!

I can see how The LORD is opening our understanding to deeper and greater heights.

I heard this, that The LORD wanted his beloved not to be afraid or dismayed, and that even in all their distractions and unplanned events, The LORD is still on His Throne and He has so many angels watching over you and they are helping you even though you may not feel it or see it.

The LORD wants you to know that HE is with you, even in distractions and events inspired by the enemy to keep you offline, off base, and to make you think you are vulnerable and have lost it!

You have been lassoed and you had to attend those events, but you longed for the Courts of God.

There are others who have lost important relationships, but you cannot control or change another person.

Forgive them!  Release them!  And then let them go.

The LORD knows you had no control over those unplanned events.  Forgive yourself beloved.  Trust The LORD and realize He is for you not against you.

Remember those who left you because of the cause of Christ, that they could not continue with you, because you have The Heart for The Father.

Be encouraged beloved…..

“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!  it had been good for that man if he had not been born,”   Matthew 26:24 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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