How can we think to judge people and situations when we haven’t had the instruction by The Holy Spirit in the Word of God?
Why do we follow people blindly? Not everyone is for you beloved and we must learn who we are to follow.
First, we follow God, secondly corporate Leadership in the church “IF” they are following Christ. “Follow me as I follow Christ…..”
It takes time to know a person and a ministry. Do we blindly spar with someone who we don’t know? Isn’t it stated that iron sharpens iron?
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend,” Proverbs 27:17 KJV.
Before I can trust to spar with someone, I must know them.
The Bible says that we must know those who labor among us especially in ministry we must learn to depend on God and judge by the fruits.
God wants us and His leaders to be as living epistles seen and read of all men.
There are those in The Body who preach and dump bondage on new believers and or weaker believers who don’t understand their heritage, much like the prodigal son, who didn’t understand what he had.
The message of The Cross was and is the final payment for sin and you cannot work to keep it.
You are ‘kept’ by the power of The Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:5). And it is totally and finally received by faith according to your salvation in Christ. You cannot add to it or take away from it because it is final.
Once and for all Jesus paid the price for our souls and he was and is our perfect sacrifice and no longer do you appear every year to offer sacrifice for sin. No, it is finished. Jesus sat down at the right hand of God!
If you’re feeling like you can’t measure up, or your good enough, continue reading!
There are many religious spirits at work to steal your joy and peace. Yes, it is 2020 and the same message applies.
Jesus spent a lot of time confronting the religious of his day who were legalists that carry with them messages of doom and gloom.
What these religious people don’t realize is they get stuck and remain in that time warp and are never able to go deeper in The LORD.
It is much like Israel remaining stuck in the desert for 40 years then the next generation took the baton as Joshua and Caleb led the next generation into the promised land.
There is a time for chastisement from our Father in Heaven. But as a good and perfect Father he doesn’t continually chastise or use a rod on his child continually.
That would be abuse. And it would always make us wonder if we can ever be good enough to be a Christian!
The devil comes along and adds condemnation and guilt over the sin you already repented of. So, you continue to repent over and over for the same sin, not understanding you are forgiven from that particular chastisement.
Now move forward and tell the devil to go! God is a perfect, a good, GOOD Father. He doesn’t hang things over us making us guess or wonder why. God is a good God and He is our Abba, he is not abusive.
There are so many who don’t understand this truth and they feel they can’t be free due to the feelings of condemnation, guilt, and shame. Father God knows us and when we are chastised it is for our benefit to become like Him.
Religious doom and gloom are always trying to pronounce judgment and chastisement to the believers.
With God, it is always motivated by the great love he has for us. We are not partakers of religion, for we are sons. (Study Galatians)
The unsaved world is already under judgment already. God’s children seen by religious judgment press that you are under judgment and chastisement.
Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT remain broke down on the side of the road because of doom and gloom put discouragement on you.
When God chastises it is for our benefit and because of his love for us. As a perfect father God hears your heart once you have repented and you are forgiven regardless of what you ‘FEEL’ like.
Satan always works to convince you that you will never be able to please The LORD and that you can never be free.
It’s a lie! However, you will feel the effects of the condemnation in your flesh, that is when faith comes into play.
You aren’t led by what you feel, see, or hear, you live and are led by the Word of God! Set your mind to believe what God has done for you!
That’s the only standard we measure ourselves by. Remember you don’t live by how you feel, you live by what The Word says.
We must learn to live by God’s standard. God doesn’t condemn and keep chastising you when you have already asked for forgiveness and you have turned away from the sin!
Our good great Father doesn’t rehash your failure over and over keeping you under a heavyweight of doom and gloom!
We face The LORD as he confronts us, and once we repent it is done and that is it. You’re forgiven and it is a short work so that you can get back up to move on with God and not wallow in it.
As a woman, I chastised and discipline my children and once they were punished that was it. It was over!
Now if I can chastise and correct my child and it is over then why can’t we see how important it is to edify and build up the children of God?
Religion is all about pointing to all weakness and keeping the people of God under their restraint.
The religious make you feel that there is no hope for their future and many times believers just walk away from the ministry because they feel they’re not good enough.
I have seen religious spirits do much damage to new or immature believers because of holding perfection over the believers’ heads.
What is amazing though the religious are hypocrites as they are doing the same thing, they just keep it hidden from view.
Religious hypocrites are spinning away. They are like being on a hamster’s wheel and soon many doom, gloom, and religious people will burn out!
Why? Because you spin your wheel and get nowhere except the same grind every day. Who wants to serve a God that keeps us on a hamster’s wheel going nowhere?
Many ministers get to this place as they feel they have no one they can talk to, and they quit! They turn away being spiritually exhausted, bitter, and burned out in Christian ministry.
Jesus did so much more than we know, and he sat down and finished it! Abba God wants you to know once you repent and turn away from the sin that you are free to develop into what he has for you!
Satan will try everything to stop you, if he can’t keep you from receiving Christ, he will do his best to try and keep you ineffective and stuck where your growth is stunted.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and who are over you in The LORD and admonish you,” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-12 KJV.
Lives without prophetic discernment are stunted. We need all the parts of the body to function. God wants you to have restoration of ALL things and times of refreshing that will come from the presence of The LORD.
God is perfect and wants you to understand, you’re His child and yes, He will chastise us and correct us.
But that is a short period and once received correction and repented of, it is gone like vanished into the sea! As far as the east is from the west he remembers our transgressions no more. (Study Isaiah 44-22).
There are many of you I sense are struggling with this truth because of the condemnation, shame, and guilt.
Believe me, those people who are religious can only teach you what they know, and even they don’t realize yet that they are led astray by false doctrine, we preach from our experience.
To add rules and regulations and to always hover over people and they lose their joy of salvation and soon the religious dump cold water on your flame, (Hebrews 12:8)
Jesus wants you to be free and have security, joy, peace, comfort, and excitement to the new birth, but He also wants you to be free to love, free to serve, free to live, and free to obey!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey