The enemy has come to accuse you of rebellion to make you afraid.
This has come to provoke you to stop the building and to keep you vexed and alarmed causing your focus to be upon self with insecurity and fear.
But I hear The LORD say, “Keep your eyes upon Me and don’t be weakened, for you are sealing the breeches through your work and you are making sheepfolds that shall keep My Sheep protected.
The enemy has brought evil reports, intimidation, and distractions to steal your focus. Their attempt is to curse you and your labor in building The Kingdom of God.
Come away, come away My beloved, let us take the foxes, the little foxes that have come to destroy the vine and I AM not talking about the furry kind.
These are deceivers who say they love Me and you yet they are false deceivers attempting to spoil you.
Do not fear, for I know your going in and coming out, regardless of how it feels, press through and you shall fully know them by their fruits.
Those who have need to know and proof, soon all will know this is the work of God. Many have been stretched out too thin and others who seek to gain from you and glean, are users hoping what you have will rub off on them.
You know who you are and you know your life, don’t let their opinions pull you away from your steadfast love and determination. Trust Me and pull away from those who have caused you to be spread too thin.
Cast out the users, those who only seek to gain from using you. Shake it off!
You are on full momentum toward the prize of the high calling in Christ, the enemy will come to criticize introducing a new reason to be offended.
But realize it is all about gaining control and manipulation. Progress into My Purpose taking new ground will always bring those who believe, however there will also be those who come with twisted motives to confuse and criticize using the scriptures to defend their stance.
Give no place even for a moment even if they mope in rejection seeking to stay. Stand for the truth and keep your focus on Me and they will leave,” says The LORD.
Seek and study the heart of God and give yourself wholly to His Will. God’s Heart is always to impact generations for The Gospel. Fear no man but let the fear of The LORD always be preeminent, for this is wisdom.
That seed God placed in you will grow and will need cultivation once it breaks ground. That is when the tender shoot comes forth and is most vulnerable.
Guard your heart for out of it come the issues of life. Guard so that nothing will stomp your ground. Be wise, these deceitful elements know what they are doing, and they are without innocence.
In jealousy they watch for any opening to place their agenda above yours causing confusion. They make it sound as right causes however just because there is a need doesn’t mean you fill it.
The poor you will always have among you, but keeping God first takes spiritual fortitude and learning to say NO!
Concerning distractions and hindrances; just because it’s a duck, acts like a duck, walks like a duck doesn’t mean it’s a duck. There are decoys and they look just like a duck until you see them up close.
It is the same way with the wheat and the tares, you can’t tell them apart until right before the harvest, for the weight of the wheat kernels cause them to bow over and the tares stay up.
God tells us not to uproot the tares lest we uproot the wheat also.
It is time consuming and negative to fight against denominations or various teachings that always major on what is wrong with them.
However, in witnessing this thing, I have found these become so negative and they forget to rightly see all that is wrong with themselves!
Ask yourself when you witness these things in others; What is the heart of the Father?
God desires souls to be saved but when we are given to judging over God’s people and fault finding in what we see as false teaching and judgmentalism we will reap what we sow.
When we focus on all that is wrong with others we lose godly perspective and fail to see ourselves.
Promoting the bad and leaving off promoting the gospel message won’t save souls, it actually causes a religious spirit to take over like they did when Jesus walked the earth. Religious spirits major on the minor and leave the cross out of the mix.
When it is God’s time at the harvest the angels will do the separating. I have never been in a perfect Church or Ministry and I imagine you can say the same. No one is getting away with nothing!
God knows it all. Can we say we are perfect?
Then why do we demand perfection in others?
I chose to focus on the message of the gospel and I let the Holy Spirit do the convicting and changing.
It is so easy to become a Religious Pharisee when we become negative and turn away our message from the cross into a list of do’s and don’ts.
Religious spirits becoming rigid, prideful, arrogant who make it their mission to tell people they are going to hell! When a person doesn’t follow their agenda of rules and regulations it makes you self-conscious instead of God conscious. Who can be perfect enough to measure self to a religious Pharisee?
I chose to address the positive providing hope to a sin sick world. Jesus wept over Jerusalem for the condition of the temple how the religious turned the people away.
None of us are perfect, yet with religious spirits you can never be good enough. None of us are good enough that is why Jesus came as the son of Man, to live as a perfect man on purpose. He gave His life as our perfect sacrifice so that we would receive Him as Lord.
In our flesh we will never be perfect enough! When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive his perfect sacrifice and become His righteousness.
We are then covered by Jesus. God doesn’t see us because we are covered by His righteousness. He made us right.
You see at one moment in time Christ hung on that tree and forever changed our destiny! We are now accepted in the beloved because at one moment Christ did it all! Amazing huh?
Just like it was back then, the people left the city to find Jesus; as many do today . People are hungry for the truth but many find themselves measured and judged by a false belief system.
Many have been rejected from the pulpit and cast out from various churches and denominations due to religious bondage.
But do you see? This is the good news! They left religion and seek out the real message of truth.
God is concerned for all the lost sheep with no shepherd. May we all begin to measure our own heart and ways and give no more heed or room to religious spirits!
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them,” Matthew 13:15 KJV .
“26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ” Matthew 13:26-30 NKJV.
“13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ 17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ 19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate,” Matthew 23:13-38 NKJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey
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