If I Hold My Peace

A meeting on the Taming of the Tongue made a great impact on me and I immediately could see myself in those words taught.

Back in the 1980s, I and my family had attended several Churches for a number of years.

Being in the military, we moved quite often, so this particular Church I speak of I was there over three years.

I had served three Churches prior to being licensed and ordained into the ministry.  The third Church I and my family attended was a very pivotal Church in my growth and releasing me into the leadership in that particular Church.

I attended as many meetings as I could and usually was involved five days a week in various groups and was used in prayer meetings, women’s meetings, teaching, prophesying, and putting it strongly, I was involved!

I was so hungry for God and hungry to learn all I could absorb.  I remember being in a ladies’ meeting on Wednesday and the subject that was taught was, The Taming of the Tongue.

That meeting made a great impact on me and I immediately could see myself in those words so I decided that a fast was in order.

In my desperation to get control of my tongue, I started a fast for as long as it would take.  I know this may sound funny to some, but in taking control of my tongue I put duct tape on my mouth and kept it there until after five p.m. when my husband got home.

However, I continued fasting, keeping my tongue under control for two whole weeks.  I only spoke after five p.m. if absolutely necessary and of course in taking care and guiding my small children.

I had so many phone calls I could not answer, and my husband at the time was continuing to berate me and harass me continually about anything and everything, but in all of this, I refrained from retaliation and took it in silence.

In prayer, I asked God to help me.  I was so serious about learning how to hold my peace so I continued, but it wasn’t easy at all.  It was so hard!  I felt so abused and beaten down inside, and weary with all the accusations and harassment of my husband.

The second Sunday in the two weeks fast I, my husband, and three children were getting ready for Church when all hell was in my house.

My husband ranted and raved like a possessed man against me.  I held my tongue and peace.  On our way to Church, I held on to God with all my heart and refrained from reacting to his curses, abuse, and harassment.

When we finally arrived, we took our seats and I was so beaten down that I couldn’t even praise The LORD.  I sat before The LORD and just wept.

On our way home, he was still harassing me and belittling me, making me feel so bad and all I could do was cry and talk to God to help me.

Once we got home and I changed clothes, I went to prepare our lunch while he continued to provoke me.

But on this day I could feel anger building up inside me.  I couldn’t worship God at Church nor have peace in my home and I felt like my nerves and reserves were swiftly going away.

Well, he said all sorts of ugly things and criticized what I fixed for lunch and then I lost it!  It was like I was a cornered animal that lashes out.

I thrashed out big time, calling him all sorts of names and words I won’t say.  I promptly left for my bedroom, but as I went I knew I had sinned, as the scripture came to my mind, “let not the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil.”

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil,”   Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV.

Well, as I laid on my bed upset, I knew where that scripture was, so I turned to another part of the Bible to avoid it, because I didn’t want to hear that scripture, nor read it.

But then my eyes landed on another passage of scripture as I laid upon my bed crying.

“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah,”   Psalm 4:4 KJV.

As I laid there not wanting to hear it, I asked God why is was that I had to be strong, while he gets away with everything!   It was all about my rights!

But what we need is God’s rights and His right way!

All I could hear was that I needed to go to him and ask for forgiveness and do it that night.  Well, I rebelled and I hung on to that anger I had towards him that night.

When I woke up on Monday morning for prayer at 5 a.m., I began to pray and The Holy Spirit immediately told me, “I will not talk to you until you ask for his forgiveness.”

I always hunger to hear God’s voice and I had to hear now.  So there was no option, I had to obey because I had to hear The LORD!

As my husband was getting ready for work, he was stomping through the house in a demonic fury.  When he stomped into the kitchen I could feel his anger, but I yielded to The Holy Spirit and said to him, “I am sorry for all I said.”

Then he promptly told me, “You should be!”  I gritted my teeth not to speak and said to The LORD, okay I did what you said, now it’s your turn.

As my husband stomped through the house in anger and prepared to leave for work, The Holy Spirit told me, “His truck won’t start, and your car won’t start either.”

I sat on the couch and listened as he walked out the door.  Sure enough, his truck would not start, then he left the truck and attempted to take my car and it wouldn’t start either.

As he walked back in the house, he looked bewildered and told me his truck would not start either, neither would my car.  I told him I know.  In shock he said how did you know?

I told him what The Holy Spirit said and that he needed to deal with these issues and repent before God.  In shock, he sat down across from me in a chair and closed his eyes.

While he was silent and I sat and prayed, the anointing came strong on my left hand — like lightning — and The Holy Spirit said, “Tell your husband to stand up in the middle of the room, put his hands up in surrender to Me — then you are to put this hand on his head.”

This was a hard thing to say, because of his strong pride and I resisted for some moments.

I had to obey because The Holy Spirit was so strong on me.  I told him what The Holy Spirit said and shockingly, he willingly and immediately stood up in the middle of the room and he put his arms up and stood there with his eyes closed.

Then I got up and laid my hand on his head and immediately he fell backward and was out on the living room floor!

He was out for a long time.  When he finally was able to get up, the devil was defeated and there was peace between us and his attitude totally changed.

What a revelation that was to me and that experience has forever branded my heart!

It is so true, we must forgive speedily so that God can work for us.  Many times, we don’t realize how we hinder our own prayers by getting in God’s way and we cancel out our words and curse our own lives because we fight our own battles.

I learned a valuable lesson when I hold my peace and let The LORD fight my battles, victory shall be won.

We must learn to get out of the way.

I heard something I never ever heard before, The Holy Spirit said, “Unless you forgive him, release him and let him go, I cannot work in your situations for your good.  And because you fight your own battles, it ties my hands to fight for you.”

Well, at times I am reminded of this experience at how The LORD “vindicated” me when I chose to do it God’s way.

It will work for you too if you work it, and God will turn everything around for your good because you love God and are called according to his purpose.  Amen?  Amen!

“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh,”
   James 3:3-12 KJV.

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain,”   James 1:26 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Tried by the Word

We have found opposition has actually pushed us closer to The LORD in desperation, in intimacy, and in fiery fervency!

We are learning and becoming strong against the enemy, because of the weights of resistance!

We have found opposition has actually pushed us closer to The LORD in desperation, in intimacy, and in fiery fervency!

Satan plots and schemes after a person whose destiny is a major challenge to his agenda.  Beloved, remember God is aware of all of it and allows it.

Satan goes after those that are a threat to his agenda.  He goes after those who shall make a difference in this world for The Kingdom of God.

Your greatest moments in God will come on the heels of greatest tests and trials.

You are not alone and God is aware of all things happening in your life!  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!

Satan does anything and everything to keep you from your close walk with God in intimacy and prayer.  He sends distractions and hindrances, even necessary things you have to do.

We must learn to take time not make time with God.  Taking time is to aggressively go after where our loyalty lies in God.

When we make time, many issues arise that must be dealt with, but taking that time is stating to God and others that you have had enough!

Enough is enough we are taking back our time and dominion!  I can see through these great trials how The LORD is opening our understanding to deeper and greater heights.

I heard this, that The LORD doesn’t want His People to be afraid or dismayed, even through all their distractions and unplanned and necessary events.

The LORD is still on His throne and he is watching you through it all beloved. He also has many angels watching over you and they are helping you.

The LORD wants you to know that HE is with you even through the many distractions and events divinely inspired by the enemy to keep you offline, off base, and to make you feel so vulnerable since you had to attend those various events in this life.

Before the promise and vision of your destiny shall manifest, you shall be severally tested depending on the weight of authority you shall carry.

When He raises you up to walk in places of leadership in the body you shall not be prideful or full of selfish ambitions but through these events of suffering, you shall be humble, broken, and lowly of heart.

The word of destiny over your life has tried you preparing you to carry greater humility in leading the way.  It was all to prepare you to walk in the responsibility over The LORD’s substance and to walk in his character.

Once the time comes, you shall be released and free to serve The LORD as His ambassador.  He will cause you to triumph over the enemy and lead you to help His people and the nation that bound you with fetters.

You shall see the favor of The LORD as you are released in his strength with great humility as all your suffering was preparing you for position.

Just as Joseph went for years to carry a nation within His belly, he had to suffer.  God’s wisdom made him great and qualified him to rule and reign over all his house.

It is the same for you; Your suffering has prepared you and God’s wisdom shall make you great and you shall see before you an open door, focus above and keep your heart pure and stayed on God he will reward them that diligently seek him.

“Seek The LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore,”   Psalms 105:4 KJV.

“Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.  He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of The LORD tried him.  The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: to bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom,”   Psalm 105:16-22 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Going Around in Circles – Pt.2

I have wondered how many of us have ever felt like we’re running in circles, like a cat or dog chasing its own tail?

 See also Part 1

 

I have wondered how many of us have ever felt like we’re running in circles, like a cat or dog chasing its own tail?

Another illustration comes to mind; how many of us run “like” the hamsters’ wheel while in the cage; bound to its circumstances and limitations going nowhere.

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

In prayer, I saw myself looking out of a car window in a relatively fast-moving vehicle.  In this vision, I was focusing on the right-side window.

I knew there were trees, sky, and colors, but my focus through the window was a blur to me.  I knew that many things were happening all at the same time as a person perceived their space differently compared to mine.

As the other passengers and the driver of the vehicle were looking ahead and talking and laughing although I couldn’t make out their words.  But in short, there were so many situations happening all at the same time in that vehicle.

I had a greater awareness of the Spirit and my surroundings that I had never realized.

The vehicle in this vision represents a ministry, the other passengers were talking and enjoying time together as we were moving in the midst of many things in our busy lives.

Sometimes we fail to comprehend that when we are too close to something we are involved in; it is like the old saying, we are too close to the forest to see the trees.”

Sometimes we need to stand back and reflect on our thoughts and actions and why we do what we do.

How much more does The LORD have in store for us!  In His desire, he delights when His children wonder in amazement and remain star eyed in innocence as our whole being clings to our childlike delights with our Creator, Abba.

Learning and having a greater awareness of His presence is a joy unspeakable and full of glory, were but hard to be uttered.

Abba God takes great delight in enjoying His children and lingers in their pure love for Him realizing that they chose Him not by coercion or fear but by their own free choice and will!

Love conquers, love breaks down walls, love shatters the wounds to get to the heart of a child within each of us.  Abba will move heaven, earth, and hell out of the way for His beloved children. His desire is that we come to know His amazing love as He is known.

God is love and everyone that truly loves is born of God and knows God.  In our limited understanding and existence, it is hard to fathom why the creator of the universe and beyond, would want to be bothered with such wayward children.

When we come to understand the simplicity of His love and how He made and designed us individually in His image, it is truly amazing.

Father God so desired that we would choose to know His love and to know the secret of simplicity in His sight.  When we know we are loved by the ultimate, Abba Father, there’s no need for competition, no need to vie for His attention, thinking that one gets more attention than the other.

There is no jealousy, envy, strife, contention, or division; for we all can access him as His children at any time.

In His eye and hand, we are secure. In knowing that He created us for His pleasure and purpose, we have a divine family!

He lovingly makes us understand that we are not misfits anymore!  No one else can fit the place He has for us, but us!  His plan was Love; simple as that.

The simplicity of Christ was twisted by that twisted spirit Satan that fueled the thoughts that we serve a God that deceives us and works us like a taskmaster and that we can never please. With our offering as children, we are simple.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ,”   2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV.

There are no measurements to a child for we are forever amazed and humbled to wonderment as to why such majesty would want to know me?  And you?

He didn’t want or desire beings that had to perform for acceptance, nor were we perfected to amuse him.  He isn’t impressed with the wisdom of this age when He is the ancient of days!

For unless we become as children we will not enter The Kingdom of Heaven.

However, we are learning to lean on Jesus more.  Learning to depend as a little child would with Jesus.  This positioning causes us to become strong against the enemy because of the weightiness of His Glory of resistance!

It is not we who live, but Christ in us the hope of Glory!

We have found opposition has actually pushed us closer to The LORD in intimacy and fiery fervency!

We are the temples of The LORD our God and He fills us ‘the temple’ with His glory so that the fullness of His presence resonates.

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

So, we will be one as He and the Father are one.  The goal of unity in the church is an awesome feat!

However, we all in the body of Christ must find our place and purpose so we all can function within the fullness of the Godhead bodily, with His goodness and favor.

Everyone has a purpose!  But we each must find our own path and way to obedience to the faith and by picking up our cross and following Him.

Oh, how HE loves us beloved of God!

“And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus The LORD, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power,”   Colossians 2:4-10 KJV.

See also Part 1

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Will You Go Around in Circles?

I have wondered how many of us have ever felt like we’re running in circles, like a cat or dog chasing its own tail?

Part 1

 

Since early this morning, I kept hearing a song in my head from way back in 1972 when I was twelve years old.

The part of the lyrics I heard was, “Will you go around in circles?  Will you fly high like a bird up in the sky?”   (See “Will it go round in circles” Lyrics and song by Billy Preston)

I find in my own experience that when God is trying to make a point to me, He gets my attention often with music.

Music can tend to help us remember things; at least for me anyway.

As I heard those lyrics go over and over in my mind, suddenly in the Spirit I saw an Eagle, rising up and free from the circle of the earth restrictions and it was mounting up higher than I have ever had seen or fathomed!

I beheld circles of obstacles that many of God’s people were bound to. I could see the frustration, hindrances, and the tortured minds having gone in circles for so long and never able to get free!

On the earth, this Eagle finally broke free and mounted up so effortlessly!  Then the eagle soared moving with the wind currents as it flowed in the varied atmospheric pressures.

As I beheld this vision, I heard,  “Beloved, even the very winds obey and will come to your aid and rescue you as they obey Me, says The LORD.”

Study Isaiah 40 beloved!

“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in,”   Isaiah 40:22 KJV.

No one on ground level could see what was up ahead, as there were so many distractions and unplanned events that were waged and planned by the enemy’s conspiracy to distract and hinder the Army of God.

From those higher places above, the Eagle carried super-smart ability to pinpoint and make out the name of specific targets in many places.

The eagle could see the distance involved on all fronts.  The specifics were discerned by the eagles trained eye and its ability to see the strategy that had been set in motion by the enemy!

The LORD wants to encourage you beloved!  Although we cannot see everything or hear, or feel anything, God still has a plan for each of us.

When things continue to come in up like a flood, God has proven to us that HE will raise up a standard against the enemy!

Beloved, we are that standard God is raising up!  You are part of HIS end-time plan and your Spiritual DNA and path are already laid out for your life!

For some, you have wondered why it has taken so long and issues so frequent that have weakened you.

Many of you have questioned as to why you must go through such adversity.  Some of you have questioned the validity of your very own salvation.

Our part and our responsibility through all this adversity are to remember who we are in Christ and to keep our heart and mind stayed on The LORD.  We were created for such a time as this, and we have what it takes in this end-time Army!

We must learn to pray in the Spirit everywhere we go taking dominion over each locale we go through.

Yes, you have jobs, responsibilities, along with many hindrances, and distractions, but beloved, God has factored in all these things!

God isn’t a taskmaster!  He doesn’t reveal things for you to do without giving you the time and equipment.

You will not or have not missed a beat in your due season!  Be encouraged beloved of God!

See also:  “Going Around in Circles – Pt.2”

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Deep to Deeper Still

I saw a tall old-fashioned oil derrick and drill at work.  Plans had been made as to where they thought they would strike oil.

I saw a tall old-fashioned oil derrick and drill at work.  Plans had been made as to where they thought they would strike oil.

Then in this vision, I saw as they diligently drilled, suddenly a blowout gusher of oil broke through and a wild well emerged, the oil shooting high into the sky!

Spiritually, many of us are like that drilling process — we are seeking God with all our heart and we feel like we should keep drilling and pressing in so strongly.

But it seems like we keep hitting an empty well or wall!  Or it just seems too deep, and we get discouraged and just want to be content with the little experience, when God wants us to have everything He has for us!

However, we must understand that The LORD knows what He made us to be, and knows how we need to be equipped.

No matter how old we are in The LORD, we will always need to go deeper still.  In God, there is no retirement, there are always new realms and horizons to amaze us!

As we continue to drill in prayer and press towards God, He delights in our desperation and desire for He is our betrothed.

His desire is towards us, and He loves us when we desire Him.

“Blessed are they which hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled,”   Matthew 5:6.

Because you feel a strike is imminent, it also opens doors for us to experience more of His mighty power and His wonders to perform!

The LORD desires our time and our hunger towards Him, and He will reward those who diligently seek Him.

Sometimes we must return to our first love, because the cares of this life have kept us bound to circumstance and situations, (Revelation 2:4).

Our first Holy Spirit baptism was awesome, but now you are craving The LORD so much more!

God knows you need to be equipped and dripping in oil so you can ignite into flames of fire!

When we become desperate we drive our focus totally on The LORD for we need a deeper well of experience and a deeper desire to be immersed totally in the oil of the Holy Ghost!

Oil is the precursor of Fire!  He makes His angels spirits and His ministers flames of fire,  (Hebrews 1:7)

Deep will always call us to deeper still.  Selah…

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Pull Back, Back Up!

Up and coming leaders, listen!  The Fruit of The Spirit is not an option.  Having a godly character is the witness of The Spirit of an individual.

Spiritual Maturity and jealousy cannot mix!

Up and coming leaders, listen!  The Fruit of The Spirit is not an option.  Having a godly character is the witness of The Spirit of an individual.

Having to stand strong on a point when everyone calls you goody two shoes or false, takes clear resolve.  But these who lack maturity don’t understand at all.

It is the mature whom God draws the reins back that remain separate and not become one of the boys or the popular groups that want you to agree with everything they say.  “Come aside and be ye separate,” says The LORD.

King Jehoshaphat although he was a good King, got into trouble by making Alliances with wicked Kings.  But God in His mercy kept him safe, but his alignment to other wicked kings made him guilty as they were and cost him consequences to his decisions,  (2 Chronicles 18).

King Jehoshaphat was trying to be good, accepting and he assumed, causing to lose ground, costly events, and lost lives.  It is very important who we ally with and what we stay clear of.

Although King Jehoshaphat was personally loyal to his faith and purity of life and motive, his greatest failures lay in the precise areas of his greatest success; International relations and religious reformations.

He could not root out the unlawful. His diplomacy by alliance into intermarriage with the house of Ahab and Jezebel brought all his gains to ruin within a few years of his death.

The poisonous effect of that union became an arrangement that was very expensive to Judah; the king supported with treasure and manpower to fund Ahab’s wars.

The king assisted in at least two fruitless campaigns with the kings of Israel.  He suffered personal physical peril and spiritual loss to himself and his kingdom.

“Hear the word of The LORD!  Corrupt alliances by deceit come to prostitute and ride on your anointing.

To prostitute your oil and wine they gain victory and prestige.  Their numbers are great, they love a crowd.  They corrupt your goodness by flattery.  They take advantage of their own personal gain.

As I live,” says God, “I tell you the truth, I wouldn’t even look the way of these corrupt flatterers, but because I honor your life, I will speak and warn you!”

We are known by the company we keep.  Birds of a feather DO flock together.  What we come under can be a big problem, but thank God in his mercy he leads us.

Get a grip!  Most will judge you for standing back and waiting on clarity.

God must pull back prophets to back up prophets.

These prophets speak the mind of God to make decisions between God and the people.  These cannot be conformed or led away from The LORD’s heart.  They were sent in by God to announce God’s will and to confront evil.

Those who intimidate you will continue to provoke you to do it their way. I t takes a solid person to remain on task in not becoming one of the popular people as we all like to be accepted but we cannot go after that or we will face some very hard consequences.

Spirits of religion, controlling, manipulation, jealousy, strife, contention breed every evil work!

Pride will cause people to provoke you to lead you off the right path with God.  Their motives are veiled, not clear as many are not operating in the right Spirit.

Jealousy is usually the open door, and jealousy is as cruel as the grave!  Their veiled motives are to win you over to their side, but The LORD will separate those of His that search him out.

Like John the Baptist, Elijah, Micaiah, and other prophets did in the Bible, God will back up his prophets.

In many instances the church is not ready for these types of prophets that are coming on the scene, but ready or not they are coming!

Study 2 Chronicles 18 and Revelation 2.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Process of Destiny

Your brothers will accuse you of all sorts of things and especially selfish ambitions.  But when they see the success, they change their allegiance!

While hidden away protecting and tending to a few sheep in his Father’s care, David was told to take some food to his three oldest brothers who were enlisted in King Saul’s army.

As he went to serve his brothers, approaching into full view, seeing, and hearing the situation and witnessing the fear, intimidation, and control that a Philistine giant had, as he was taunting and defying Israel, David was shocked and angry at the display that put the army of God in fear!

King Saul cowered beneath the situation and offered a great purse of riches and the King’s own daughter to the one who would stand up against this foe and destroy him.

This young man, David, who was anointed by God through the prophet Samuel, kept the sheep of His father, being the youngest of his father’s sons.

He walked up to the front line in shock! He was sent to bring sustenance for his brothers, not realizing he was divinely stepping onto a stage prepared by God for such a time as this.  Not even realizing, he walked right into destiny!

As David cared for his father’s sheep as a shepherd, he was unaware of how prophetically significant and aligned he was!

God seasoned David as a shepherd who protected his father’s sheep from the lion and the bear.

David’s destiny began at home and his training led David to have absolute faith and confidence in God’s protection through life experiences.  Little did he know that God had prepared him in advance to have absolute confidence in His God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

On the front line of destiny, the cast was all set, all coming into alignment concerning this uncircumcised Philistine who defied the army of the living God!

Sudden reality flashed before David’s face, visually reminding himself that by The LORD’s hand he slew a lion and a bear while protecting his father’s sheep!

He looked with the eyes of faith at Israel’s army in unbelief!  Surely his thoughts said, “This can’t be so!!!”

This taunting giant intimidated the entire army of God through fear by paralyzing the troops, who were shaking in their boots!

Prophetically , God sent a son of destiny who would be known to rule as a man after God’s own heart!

Being a young man after God’s own heart, no one could fathom the rank or dream of that role that David would have.

For The LORD looks at the heart, not the size, or the weighty armor or giftings for God alone searches the earth for a man who will believe to dream!

It’s those whose faith determines their outcome.  In the mind of David, he already had faced a lion and a bear and trusted the familiar method by which he had overcome those predators.

“For the eyes of The LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him,”   2 Chronicles 16:9a KJV.

We exercise and flex our spiritual muscles when we have faith in God’s word.  Knowing God’s Word makes us strong in faith and gives us the sensitivity to exercise and to discern situations.

We are not able to pursue, overtake our enemies, and recover everything stolen from us without a strong faith.

The LORD wonders that when he comes if he shall find faith in the earth.  For men look at the outward, but God looks at the heart.

David denied the King’s armor and opted for his well-trusted sling with five smooth stones.  This method combined with great faith and experiences in God’s promises made him able to spare the sheep from predators by winning the victory and the security of the sheep.

Here we see a young man with no fear or formal military training or service take his trusted sling, releasing a stone to incapacitate the giant, before taking the enemy’s own sword, and cutting off Goliath’s head with his own sword!

The enemy’s giants, who come to bring us fear, intimidation and who taunt us, should provoke our hearts!  These times of intense pressure can become a catalyst to press us to react, then to act, by using the Word as our weapon of warfare which is the sword of The Spirit.

It matters not how old we are in God either.  The Word works for those who work it.  We can actually reverse the enemies’ curse so that the enemy falls in his own pit.  He who digs a pit for the righteous, himself shall fall into it!

Beloved, now is the time to use what you have!  Your confidence and faith in God were developed through your seasoning process, by making you who you are! Just be who you are and cut off the head of your giants!

Just like that Philistine champion, once that obstacle was breached, broken, and their works destroyed the enemy who had put all their confidence in will run in terror!

We shall all face obstacles before we possess new land and levels.  All of us who pick up our cross and follow Christ will face giants in our growth to see how we respond.

Don’t be surprised when you make up your mind, deciding to face the giants, that your brothers will be happy with you.

Au contraire!  They will become angry, pride-filled, jealous, and when you are blessed and successful these shall seek your favor wanting to be a part of the blessings when things are successful with you.

These will judge and accuse you of wrong motives, pride, and leaving your low position as they weigh themselves against you by trying to keep you beneath them.

We should be happy when our brother is elevated by God to greater heights, because it means greater service and servant-hood for building The Kingdom.

These don’t want you to rise and they are not happy when you are elevated.  They measure themselves and compare themselves against you!  Their character is not developed through trial in the fruits of the spirit and they look at the situation from a totally worldly standpoint.

Just watch what comes out of the woodwork when you are successful!  It will seem to them that you are a goody-two-shoes and snob thinking you are trying to be better than everyone else.  Every upcoming leader will face this.

Your brothers will accuse you of all sorts of things and especially selfish ambitions.  But when they see the success, they change their allegiance.  Success draws out all sorts of evil spirits and people who want to prostitute and ride on your blessings and anointing.

These opportunists seek favor wanting to be a part of your benefits without the price when things seem successful.  However, watch who remains when a trial comes!

David, the man after God’s own heart who was anointed by Samuel as a youth ran from demonized King Saul.  Saul knew the prophecy about David yet knowing that the anointing had left him caused him to go mad and so he pursued David relentlessly wanting to kill him.

Yet those who were in debt, distress, and discontented found David in the stronghold and joined in with him and he encouraged those who joined telling them not to fear but abide with him as a safeguard as David led them.

Finally, David would not touch God’s anointed King even though the opportunity seemed right at the time as the anointing departed from King Saul.  David chose to do it God’s way and wait for The LORD to raise him up!

David knew the power of fulfillment with the prophecy.  When God anoints, appoints and establishes, everyone will know it.

“I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.  And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.  I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.  By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land,”   Exodus 23:27-30 KJV.

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee,”   1 Timothy 4:12-16 KJV.

“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil,”   Hebrews 5:11-14 KJV.

“Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

And The LORD said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”   Luke 18:2-8 KJV.

READ and Study 1 Samuel 17-22.

 

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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