“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” Philippians 3:12-16 NKJV.
I will NEVER claim that I have arrived and are perfect in this life, because I am so far from it!
On this side of Glory, there are always new things to learn and more room to grow, because my flesh will never be perfect, not until I have my new body.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, The LORD Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV.
Beloved let me be explicitly clear, with discernment, we are to judge EVERYTHING by The Spirit, and it must be confirmed by The Word of God, (The Bible) and that is our only standard we are to measure ourselves by and live by.
We must ask The Holy Ghost daily to open His Word so that we rightly understand His Purpose for each of us.
The Bible is a spiritual book, not a textbook, written by men who were anointed by God and moved by The Holy Ghost in revelational knowledge to those men, who were graced to write the Holy Scriptures.
That is why it is so especially important to spend quality time alone with God, so that His Spirit will teach us to know the scriptures for ourselves and to lead and guide us into all truth.
I do not mean to be redundant, but God will not leave me alone about this. We must get beyond this truth; “Never will we ever get to a place where we grow beyond our first love relationship ministry to HIM.”
We cannot rely on our personal corporate prayer team, and even those we trust. He longs for us! Individuality! Not even with spouse! He wants you!
The LORD has not left me alone in this. Our total focused personal one-on-one, fellowship time, is Him!
When we get desperate enough in our circumstances and it brings us to our knees, this is the precise time in prayer to get focused into the intimacy of learning how to stop talking and by making up our mind to be still, small, quiet, and listening to Him. (Bringing our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.)
As we come to the end of us and we seek God in our desperation, it is then when our visions, dreams, and purposes are conceived and those in motion that are in danger of being aborted energized!
Do you know that The LORD, The God of Heaven, The King of The Universe and Creator of everything and beyond — wants us to pray and petition Him?
But first, He wants us to make our flesh and our mind to be still and quiet so that when we are truly quiet and still before Him, He can share intimate things, yes, deep things, and secret things with us who are the trustworthy Bride and experience full fellowship with The Author and Finisher of our Faith!
To meet God’s Need is to fulfill that journey everyday, to present our bodies unto Him — holy and blameless, and going way beyond acceptable service going way beyond not only offering acceptable sacrifice which is a “reasonable service.”
I do not know about you, but I am tired of yo-yo Christianity. I want to be full service, full manifestation in that place of intimacy that he can do wonders through me for souls, and I claim this for The Body of Christ.
I asked, “Why LORD, do you want me to keep saying this over and over.”
He told me, “Because most of My People will not do it!”
It is scary, how many people do not have that personal one-on-one time with God. And I do not mean any harm here, but if we are not in intimacy with Christ, who are we intimate with?
Do not get me wrong, I love to pray corporately, but that will never take that intimate time with My Groom.
That is my personal intimate place of fulfillment, which is where He shares secrets only He and I know about, and He impregnates me with Vision and Dreams. For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
No matter where we go in Ministry, our first Ministry is always to Him and never deviate from that place. If I must shut everything down, I will do it.
I can do nothing without Him, and I refuse to minister in the flesh, and Lord forbid, a familiar spirit! If the Spirit is quenched, I will shut everything down in my life and ministry.
Everything comes from that place with him — yes, Prayers, Intercessions and Intimacy. No one can do that for you. You must fall head-over-heels in love with The LORD.
The Holy Bible It is Spiritual Book that must be spiritually discerned. The Bible is our Life Handbook to guide and direct our lives, and that is why we must feast upon it daily.
It is a Spiritual Book that must be spiritually discerned and digested by reason of use. That is why such emphasis is on reading The Bible, praying The Bible, study The Bible, memorize, and live it the best we know how.
As we get a greater spiritual understanding of the Scriptures, they will cause us to be Spiritually enlightened, led, and will guide us into all truth for it is about having a daily moment by moment relationship with Jesus Christ.
You cannot separate The LORD from The Word — for they are one! Never does God, one time, contradict the Scriptures!
“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14 NKJV.
It does not matter how spiritual an experience is, or how real a manifestation is, or how there are bits and pieces of The Word mingled through their messages, (mixture of truth and error) we are to rightly divide the word of truth by reason of use our senses are exercise to discern both good and evil.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will never pass away, and it is of no personal interpretation, so we must ask The Holy Ghost to teach us, for He will lead and guide us into all truth and in all sincerity, we must ask The Holy Ghost if we have believed a lie in darkness, that we ask The LORD to lead us in the way we should go.
We are to measure everything we live, breathe, and do by having an extremely close relationship with The LORD Jesus and not man, or if we lean on man, (1 Kings 18:21) it will pierce our hand and we will begin to lean more on people through our prayer meetings and other assemblies.
There is nothing wrong with assemblies, but we must be so careful to keep God first!
We must learn to lean totally, against that Word and there is nothing wrong with you in questioning things, which is extremely important and that is your right as a child of God and for your protection according to Scripture! You have that right to know; for that is how we learn.
My prayer personally, is that I want to be transparent and candid before The Body of Christ and especially to those I am intricately connected to in ministry.
I have no fear and nothing to hide from, so we should ask when we have questions about things.
I am not saying I am perfect in my flesh and know it all. I know very well that I do not know everything, but in all honesty, integrity, transparency, and loyalty, we must remain with the foundation of God’s Word, because our word is our bond, both in Scripture and it should be with each other. What you see is what you get with me.
We will know when we are not balanced and in God’s order. When this happens to us, it is time to take a break and pull away from the internet and all ministries. Pull away and pay attention to those who matter most to you. God, family, and ministry.
As I close, I want to remind all that “we” must bring our flesh under subjection to the Spirit of God.
And now the ball is in your court! Begin to spend quality private and intimate time with The LORD in your Prayer Closet.
Then once we have properly ministered to The LORD’s needs, then there is the matter of family needs, and then the Ministry to The Body of Christ. That is God’s order.
It matters not how big or small the ministry or mountain may seem in your life; make sure you minister outwardly from that inward flow of The Holy Ghost that we spend in intimacy and fellowship with him.
Ministers make sure as there are those who need care, and for those who want and need Godly Leadership.
People of God, you must realize that there are those who are truly God’s men and women, who truly realize they really love and care for your soul as one that must give an account to God.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey