The Final Awakening — God’s Divine Timeline

We have entered into a season that is propelling The Church forward into the deep.

We have entered into a season that is propelling The Church forward into the deep.

The religious demonic strange fire that once occupied many religious Churches and kept The Church in cycles of defeat will literally become the stepping stones of overcoming deliverance with prevailing prayer, and we shall see it happen with our own eyes.

The LORD is coming back soon for a Church without spot, wrinkle, or any blemish and there is A Corporate Move of God worldwide that is quickening many.

Many prayers continue to echo in heaven that have not been forgotten!

You Have Not Been Forgotten!

There are many outside the gate, who have thought they have walked away from God because they left religious intuitions.

These children had an authentic conversion experience — but thought because they left the denomination or organization through hurt, disillusionment or were rejected — thought that God must have rejected them.

The LORD is actively pursuing the backslider and wooing them again with the same loving kindness they experienced in the beginning!

This is truly a season of new beginnings with many.

The Chief Shepherd of our souls seeks and saves those who are lost! Out of these souls who were considered outcast, rejects, and non-conformist due to false prophets, religious error, doctrines of devils, and religious rejection were responsible for the deep wounds on their souls.

These precious ones were driven to self-medicate their wounds with the cares of this life, the things of this world and, the pleasure of sin for a season.

Also due to rejection, they assumed there was no hope and they gave in and settled into whatever form of self-medicating bondage they chose and just gave in.

The place inside the wounded soul irrationally, has been squeezed out of all of the pleasures of sin for a season and what’s left has been exhausted of all the content within.

They are no longer fulfilled by their choices. They live life in limbo with no direction and end up hitting dead ends wherever they go.

All that is left is total abandonment to the misery of choices made long ago. They go from one thing to another seeking fulfillment in that emptiness that only God can fill.

However, in this season of propelling us forward, first God is sending a Divine Wake Up Call! God is sending Revival!

Revival is not some three or five-day meetings! Revival is a divine sound or alarm from Heaven to wake up The Church!

Did you know that in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins that they ALL fell asleep? And at the midnight cry the announcement came that our bridegroom is coming. (Matthew 25:5)

Well Church, we are at that time and it is time to get ready and remain ready!

Revival is not good inspired meetings that begin with a boom and end up having empty results with no lasting change.

True Revival brings lasting change! Judgment must first begin with The House of God!

God is sounding His Trumpet to wake up The Church! We are The Temple of God and we must hear the sound to awaken and be ready for The Holy Spirit to convict us, judge ourselves, and repent of everything that has separated us from His Presence! We must return to our first love!

The Prophetic Anointing in particular, is crying out all over the world to wake up and repent and get right with God!

God sends conviction of sin that brings true Repentance, that causes a radical change in our direction and alignment with God’s Will — which is His Word!

We must wake up and repent so that truly times of refreshing come from the presence of The LORD.

“So repent [change your inner self — your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God — seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of The LORD [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day.” Acts 3:19 AMP.

In the story of The Prodigal Son, he came to the end of his circumstances. He was as low as low could go. He used up all his inheritance and ended up dwelling with pigs.

Then suddenly he experienced an epiphany! He came to the end of himself and woke up (revived) and suddenly concluded that he remembered his father house! In his mind he thought he could return to be a servant in his father’s house. The son did not realize who he was!

This was a broken, humiliated, son; a man who did not know who he was! But he had a limited understanding of who he was in his father’s house and he decided to make the journey as he exhausted all his resources living a sin-filled life.

And from afar off, his father saw him and ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him, even though he smelled of swine.

The son, in his brokenness, repented and told the father that he wasn’t worthy to be called his son. And the most beautiful thing happened that even in his condition, the smell and sin, the father never accused him!

The father told the servants to quickly bring him the best robe with sandals for his feet. The father covered his outward condition, (he clothed him with righteousness) and then gave him a signet ring of authority over his whole house!

The beauty of the father reveals to us God’s Lovingkindness, Mercy, and Restoration by clothing him fully signifying that the son is enveloped by The Father and giving him all Authority in Heaven and on earth.

And it didn’t stop there. The father commanded a celebration of the return of his son as He celebrates and welcomes us back into the fold!

“I will greatly rejoice in The LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 KJV.

Revival is here and it is a divine set up strategy by God!

There will be many who shall return to the Author and Finisher of our faith! He is shaking us while we are in the fire of our own choices — and God is getting us to the root of the matter, so that what was our history, is forever changed.

There are many family spearheads who have been chosen to break through the generational curses, and commanding the devil, “The buck stops here! You will not go any further in our bloodlines in Jesus’ Name!’

This herald of the trumpet to wake up and revive is truly upon us, beloved of God, and it will cause many back-sliders to come home to The Father, Who has patiently waited for such a time as this!

There is nothing else to turn back to! Keep your hand on the plow and remain ready, for we look not on what was, we look forward to what is!

“But when he [finally] came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough food, while I am dying here of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] treat me like one of your hired men.” So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe [for the guest of honor] and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand, and sandals for his feet. And bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let us [invite everyone and] feast and celebrate; for this son of mine was [as good as] dead and is alive again; he was lost and has been found.’ So, they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:17-24 AMP.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Against the Grain and Currents

I want you to know that I have never seen or felt such resistance in just gathering together for Prayer for one hour!

Those who truly know me by The Holy Spirit will bear witness to this.

I want you to know that I have never seen or felt such resistance in just gathering together for Prayer for one hour!

I have never to this degree had such an absolute knowing inside me of a greater awareness of The LORD’s season upon us NOW!

Without looking to various modern Church methods, any Church buildings, conference centers, traditions handed down, the denominations and the many various sects of Christendom gathering aside, The Holy Spirit, had from the beginning, cut me against the patterns of man.

A cutting against the grain, a determination as it were, like programed into a fish going upstream against the current would spawn to cause survival from their struggle in life.

Who would have known that going against the grain or going up stream against the current of troubles would become a catalyst and an event for change?

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Saved at a young age but unlearned, it wasn’t until Divine conviction hit my heart on the top floor in my apartment in Italy.

I can attest with evidence that true Supernatural Repentance came upon me and I wept what seemed like buckets of tears all day and night from every sin and iniquity that ever transpired. I knew I was clean and I knew I now had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

However, being new and unlearned in Bible knowledge, it wasn’t until 1984 when I was baptized in The Holy Spirit and Fire!

During this same season, I was found speaking in unknown tongues as The Spirit gave the utterance. (*Acts 2:1-4)

There were a lot of things that I didn’t know. But that did not stop The LORD in unfolding the current events that were happening in my life.

I had NO idea what the Shekinah Glory was, neither did I understand what was happening to me with this amazing felt electrical Fire in my body and literally seeing The Glory Cloud in my bedroom!

Imagine seeing a puffy white cloud in your room and not knowing what it was! (*Exodus 40:34)

From then on, I devoured The Word of God (The Bible) hungry for the scriptures, especially about The Holy Spirit and the Fire Baptism! (*Matthew 3:11)

It was during this time that I began to fast and pray often. As I studied, I saw many other people in The Word of God had prayed and fasted for various reasons.

I noticed when I combined Prayer with Fasting that it caused me to become extremely sensitive to The Holy Spirit and The Word of God became really illuminated to me.

The LORD strongly impressed upon me that He wanted to teach me personally. At the time, other people I knew went on to Bible college. The LORD made it clear that He didn’t want me to be trained by any institution.

When I was tempted to compare myself to others, I even tried several times to go to school and he would frustrate my plans every time.

As I went deeper into Prayer and Fasting’s, The LORD began to teach me things I had not heard anywhere else.

Sometime later, I would hear or read of it or see it myself on Christian Television. (Read *Galatians 1-2 about Paul’s calling)

God consistently, all these years, has kept me back away from anything mainstream, till current. Even among rejects, I was the bigger reject.

Even in my calling, The LORD spoke it to me in my prayer closet AND I had no understanding of what it was! However, I responded to it and said, “I can’t do that, I’m a woman!”

Later, He began to show me and teach me about my calling and portions of my destiny.

I was always amazed at everything He said and did, because He was/ is my everything! It did NOT matter how small or insignificant it was, I was always captivated, like a little child in amazement with Him! And in many ways, I am still very childlike and I can now see His Wisdom in keeping me this way.

All of these things that happened to me were without man teaching me.

Look not to man to conform or to a ministry organization. Look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your Faith.

Don’t heap up many teachers, and preachers without having your own personal time with The LORD, for He is a jealous God!

He will provoke us to react, then to action and if you find things come to the surface that aren’t from The LORD, repent of them, turn away from them, and move forward.

True repentance is turning away from the sin. If you are young and you are from a traditional Church, or a modern type of assembly please begin to seek The LORD yourself while He may be found!

Realize the more you try to fit in, the less you fit anywhere. It wasn’t because of sin or your lack of lack of prayer and fasting, He wants you intimately for himself first!

Later, I did serve in three local churches before I met a very special person in my life. It was through these local experiences in three churches that I learned to interact with His people and those not His people!

I was licensed and ordained February 1, 1990 through Dunamis Power Ministries, Founder/ Overseer Durussia O. Jenkins and Prophet David Gardiner of San Antonio Texas witnessed by and laid hands and released us into full time ministry. After that ordination we started our first church service in our house that 1st Friday 1990 in February in San Antonio Texas.

God had given me the name and the logo in a vision while in my prayer closet. I drew the logo. It was a rainbow with a dove having an olive branch in its beak landing on the name New Beginning Christian Ministries.

The foundational scripture for the ministry was, Philippians 3:13-14,

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Wow, OJT (On the Job, Training) was amazing! Pastoring two Churches was a learning experience and it was such a special bunch of people whom I loved dearly.

God really knitted our hearts together closely and to this day, I don’t recall a group of people being so connected! It was so much like a literal family and full of Love and The Spirit of God!

The first Church was my training ground for more to come. I remember one day when The LORD asked me something that I will never forget. “Would you be faithful with one?”

I did not understand this till three years later…..

While in San Antonio, out of the blue I received a call from John Osteen’s Church about an Apostle to India, who said he had to come to see me and the ministry.

I never met him or heard of him! Well, I was pretty intimidated! He contacted me, and hearing that he had just ministered in John Osteen’s Church and wanted to come to our House Church, I was so perplexed!

Well, after two phone calls — and me explaining and apologizing — I finally agreed but I told him we were a small House Church.

We wanted to take the man of God out to a nice restaurant, but we didn’t have a lot of money. So, on quick notice, the Church members and I got together and put together 3 tables of fruits, cheeses, veggie dips, finger sandwiches and other foods and deserts.

When he arrived in his beautiful native garb, his eyes were wide open and he said, “What’s this?! A Feast!”

I had felt bad because I wanted to do so much more to feed him and his team. I felt ashamed we couldn’t do more, but he let us know how they trust God for rice and vegetables each week in India, and sometimes they would have chicken, but he was literally shocked to see our tables!

He took me aside and told me in India, almost all Churches are in homes and what we prepared for him was truly a feast in his country!

When he arrived, he was so unassuming and gracious and we thanked him for coming. I had no idea but he was told by God to meet me! He said a number of things that have stuck with me all throughout my ministry life; so much was said and done in 1993 in San Antonio at the little House Church.

The next day we organized a meeting and he ministered from the scriptures and testified about the miracles that happened in his country India and the miracles that were performed!

He ministered on laying foundations and building The Kingdom of God. Towards the close of the message, he called my then husband and I to the front and he began to pray and prophesy over us, then suddenly he stopped and took his hands completely off my then husband and I and Dr. PG Vargis crisscrossed his arms and them, put his right hand on me and left hand on my then husband, then he released the apostolic anointing.

This Apostle of the Faith, a mighty foundation layer, Dr. PG Vargis of the Indian Evangelical Ministry Team came to our little House Church and called it a feast, imparting apostolic faith and anointing all the way from India to Texas!

Talk about humbling. To bring an Apostle from India to our modest home to speak life and minister the message and anointing. Only God would do such a thing and he sure did!

At the time, I didn’t want to believe my marriage was going down but it had given me plenty of signs through the years from the time I was filled with The Holy Spirit.

There was a lot that happened in that marriage and as The LORD leads, he will have me share. However, in the end, my ex-husband told me he never felt it was his place to be the pastor or minister, and he did it all for me. At that time, I didn’t think I could minister at all unless I had a husband over me.

This was a very hard lesson, because many years back, I prayed for God to show me my husband. If this man was my husband I was determined in persistence to ask!

And he asked me to marry him and when I got home, I asked God again, and it was audible to me, and I heard, “NO!”

However, I went against that NO and married him anyway, and let me make this clear, I am thankful for my step son, my first-born son, and my daughter, and I dedicated all three to God for his purpose.

From the time of their birth till 2000 they were in the Church and I taught them The Eord and my daughter would travel with me sometimes and she was anointed from a young age to sing and play guitar and she had such compassion for people!

My children were not a mistake and they came from a righteous bloodline! God takes everything that Satan meant for evil and turns it all around for good! The LORD watches over his word to perform it and though sown in tears I will reap in great joy!

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 KJV.

I chose this man and I lived the consequences of this choice! “Like Abraham and Ishmael, Abraham said, Let Ishmael live before you! (*Genesis 17:18-19) I wanted this man to be someone he wasn’t and, in the end, he admitted it.

He finally admitted that he only did it because of me, and his heart wasn’t into it. I had hoped I was wrong all those years, I loved him but it did not work for many reasons.

I tried everything I could to make the marriage work and I really did not want to see my marriage fail, but all the signs were there and there were so many tears and heartache for all involved.

I tried to make my Ishmael live! However, after 3 separations, and great painful heartache, the divorce was final. That was a marriage of twenty-five years. I still at times grieve over the loss and those decisions.

At that time, I went through horrible roller coaster of emotions as a minister and I had to close the Church down in 2000. Everyone I thought would be there left, and I was alone.

It was a very trying time emotionally, spiritually, and physically and it took very long time to mend. But in the end, God was right and it was proven to me.

I had wondered if God would ever allow me to share any of my heartache. I guess now He is having me share bits and pieces of it to help others and those who read this.

Yes, personal things are often just suppressed and internalized, and boiled to the top. But the trials of the enemy, trials in The Church, and trials we orchestrate from choices we make, when we become transparent as led of The LORD, our lives will speak volumes!

We have the potential to help benefit others who are suffering the same peril and we know how to minister to them.

Understand this, I only shared portions as led by the Spirit of The LORD, but we all have a story and none of us are perfect.

All of us fail and make mistakes. We learn and grow by them. Some mistakes we make take a long time to heal. But God knows when we are ready for more!

Let me say this, just because your reputation was tarnished, know that there are those who know you by The Spirit, and they will stand up for you and always will!

People will be people and they talk and they really have no idea why they hate you or talk against you!

Spurred on through jealousy, envy, and especially religious spirits, these people are deluded by the enemy, and Satan thinks he can tarnish you and shut you down forever!

He only has the power we give him, and who cares about reputation anyway? Are we dead to this world?

Dead men don’t react or respond, they are dead! When we step out of being hid in Christ, we resurrect our old nature and give it power!

Have we put to death the deeds of the flesh? As long as you know God is happy with you, who cares what others think?

I would rather have God on my side — leaving my reputation in His hand! Those of us who are hidden in Christ and love The LORD, must concern ourselves with backsliders and souls for The Kingdom!

If you are a God-fearing believer in Jesus Christ, your life is an open book a living epistle seen and read of all men.

Hey — we are supposed to be dead and the life we now live we choose to serve and please HIM! If someone is ragging on you and trying to discredit you, STOP!!

Where are you right now? Tell the devil “I know who I am, and my life is hid in Christ!”

When you know your dead and alive to God, who cares what they say to try and tarnish you! Who cares what they think!

You have God on your side and who can be against you! Who can disqualify you? If God be for us who can be against us?

If someone comes close enough to us, we have a rag in hand and give it to them and let them know you shine up really good!

For those you KNOW well, know your character and nature; especially honesty and integrity. Let them know you have stood up for them and always will.

People will talk and especially so-called Religious spirit Christians, they hate you and don’t know why, they are jealous, and envious of things they could have if they only sought The LORD.

God is no respecter of persons, if he can do it for us he can do it for YOU! You know you love The LORD with ALL your heart, soul, and mind!

Sure, we may not know how we are perceived, but we cannot run and put out every fire of rumor, gossip or slander etc.

Be free indeed, your life is hid in Christ and if you are dead to this world, what reputation can ruin us when we are in Christ with His reputation?

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 KJV.

We are living in a time when hell is bellowing out everything in its arsenal against the true people of God. Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, is of God.

The proof is in the pudding! Where’s the fruits of The Holy Spirit?

There are many religious spirits in Churches today that are so far removed from The Truth of Scripture! It is scary to me that people do not read and study God’s Word for themselves, asking The Holy Spirit to teach and guide them into all truth!

We must align ourselves to the only standard there is; our standard is God’s Word!

Those who know me well, know I am straight up and I call it as I see it! If it isn’t of God I reject it, because I KNOW The Word of God!

God’s Word is our plumb line, and we measure our Spiritual house against that Standard! The Bible! The Word made flesh and dwelt among us!

We are living in perilous times. The LORD has been showing me the separation that is taking place NOW! And there are so many who are not ready! The hearts are being revealed and the depth of their confession exposed!

During this separation there’s coming a great falling away!

What we are going through is nothing compared to what will happen to those who pretend, deceive, and are filled with strong delusion so that they believe the lie!

Just like it was in the temple in Jesus’ days on earth, he confronted the hypocrites, the proud, and the religious leaders and he called them what they were, and He was straight up!

He didn’t mince words, He clearly exposed the religious leaders! He called them vipers, hypocrites, full of dead man’s bones who killed the prophets!

We are living in times like Jesus did. Keep your eyes fixed on The LORD and realize you are not alone.

During this separation, you will begin to see people stepping out of the shadows coming forth counting the cost of Christ among us.

The true believers will be drawn together more and more because of the tribulation and pressure of this separation! It costs us our lives to believe The Bible as God’s Will for us and our only standard we live and die by.

Don’t expect everyone to receive you or accept you! If you’re rejected by the religious, you’re in good company!

God is going to bring His true People into union and we will know each other by The Spirit, our Love, and Agreement.

Ask God to keep you close to His heart. I am seriously separated unto The LORD and His will in my life!

There is so much spiritual blindness now and it is epidemic proportions! Jesus will not interfere with our free will or free choice, and He can’t lie. So, we choose….

No man knows the day or hour of His return, but we will know the season. The time is short and He is giving many a short period to choose.

We are praying and I mean seriously praying — that The LORD will comfort your heart and mind, and that your eyes are wide open and your heart is totally separate from this world! You will see The Truth and that Truth makes you free!

Draw me deeper away from the lie and help us to listen only to His Holy Spirit. The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, as it must become flesh in our lives.

Know the scriptures yourselves, without any influence other than the true influence of The Holy Spirit and Scripture. Cast not away your confidence which hath great recompense of reward. (*Hebrews 10:35)

I pray The LORD comforts your hearts and minds and that you walk with your eyes wide open and your heart totally separated from this world and conformed unto the nature and character of Jesus! When you see the truth, it WILL set you free!

“But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres [the court magicians of Egypt] opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, unqualified and worthless [as teachers] in regard to the faith. But they will not get very far, for their meaningless nonsense and ignorance will become obvious to everyone, as was that of Jannes and Jambres. Now you have diligently followed [my example, that is] my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, persecutions, and sufferings–such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, but The LORD rescued me from them all! Indeed, all who delight in pursuing righteousness and are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be hunted and persecuted [because of their faith]. But evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced [holding tightly to the truths], knowing from whom you learned them, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus [surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness]. All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately–behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1-17 AMP.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Wheel of Religion or The Will of Relationship

Jesus confronted a very dangerous spirit in His day and in scathing rebuke He addressed them when they manifested.

When Jesus walked the earth, He confronted a very dangerous spirit in His day and in scathing rebuke He addressed them when they manifested.

And He wants us to know how rampant the ‘spirit of religion’ is within churches today.

It’s not wrong to want to be involved socially with people in Church events and services. However, GOD clearly wants us to realize and recognize the true motive of our own heart as to why we are involved.

We must ask ourselves; while in church events and services, and the who’s-who socially are, are we really doing it for keeping up appearances?

Actually, are we getting to the nitty-gritty of our heart motives in wanting to have good standing in the community, rather than having God’s good standing in us?

There are many lures that come to feed these needs, that only bring us into bondage to man’s opinion of us!

Man’s approval and opinion of us has nothing to do with the true pursuit of The LORD Jesus and His Opinion of us!

Man’s opinion is flawed and carries no weight in the things of God. We can never do enough, be in Church meetings enough, congregate enough, and through our opinion of self and our accomplishments we think we earn points by seeking out our own personal padded pew that our ancestor bought years ago on the first row!

This is quite contrary to God’s Word! Through our ‘personal relationship’ with The LORD, we are to be led to let GOD make room for us and our gifts.

Religion verses Relationship is a very different stance.

Religion is a return to bondage and we can never ever do enough to please the demands. If we are seeking or wanting a religious reputation in our spiritual life, it doesn’t come from endless Sunday school lessons, services, activities, or the people we think we must know to climb the latter of success in man’s eye.

We must do it God’s Way, where His Opinion and approval of you will always be the reputation that matters.

You will never be able to keep up with the demands of obedience to please a religious spirit.

If the motive of our heart is to please men we will never be able to do enough and we will burn out from its endless demands on us.

In Christ it is not so. If we don’t have a true Relationship with Christ in daily worship, prayer, and His Word, all we are doing is living an exhaustive religious hamster’s wheel life. We keep spinning but it is getting us nowhere.

What Christ did for us on that Cross liberated us from the never-ending lists of cheap demands that the spirit of religion keeps us focused on.

Measuring ourselves against man’s appearance, abilities, and settling for the religious lists of do or don’ts is a cheap replica of a very real life with Christ himself, who wants to be our first love!

Christ wasn’t a cheap sacrifice, the price that He paid covered your total life. The spirit of religion was then and still is a cheap counterfeit.

Do you want to represent Christ and be credible with integrity?

We must never settle for man’s approval and acceptance when it is impossible to please man’s demands!

If we somehow have lost the intimacy we once had with Christ, and we traded it for a cheap list of do’s and don’ts to gain the approval of man, we must get off that hamsters’ wheel of religion, repent of our sin and return to our first love, who is Christ in us the hope of glory!

Beloved, it all begins and ends with a true love relationship with Christ in our prayer closet, in intimacy with worship and study of the Word of God!

Our life long fulfillment comes from that place. Everything in life and our destiny will come from that place. Rules without relationship equals rebellion.

Many have the rules of religion without knowing the relationship with the Son of God! The fear of The LORD is the beginning of Wisdom, and we can have this wisdom in Christ.

Jesus Christ’s harshest rebukes were to the Religious spirits of His day and beloved, the same is true today.

Ask yourself today; does my life on earth begin and end with my personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Or am I exhausted from the demands of a religious world that is devoid of the Spirit of Liberty and Peace?

The fear of man and man’s opinion brings a snare! Why? If we measure ourselves among ourselves it’s not wise because we can only find our fit when we behold the image of that man, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS as he decrees us to be.

As we behold HIM, we will reflect His image to this world! Amen?

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13 KJV.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,” Matthew 23:29 KJV.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matthew 23:15 KJV.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” Matthew 23:25 KJV.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27 KJV.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.” Luke 11:44 KJV.

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in The LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 KJV

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 KJV/

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Comprehension of Peace

We live insecure lives; wandering and wondering in this life in Christ is a significant reality in our everyday lives.

You may have wanted to reach out to others, friends and loved ones but you have been discouraged due to the criticism of others and even your own negative thoughts of yourself.

Maybe some of you think you may have gone off the deep end, and in essence, maybe you have. Deep does call out to deeper still…. (Psalms 42:7).

I truly understand The LORD knows my heart but sometimes I think we all struggle because we don’t know OUR own heart.

We live insecure lives; wandering and wondering in this life in Christ is a significant reality in our everyday lives.

The revelation of this reality is Christ in us The Hope of Glory! Once comprehended, finally grasp its meaning, it opens us up to a peace like a river we have never understood or even fathomed before!

While it isn’t just the quoting of scripture or teaching about peace we seek or what we believe by faith; but this is the final grasp of comprehension within the reality of His peace (which is Christ in us!)

This peace that passes ALL HUMAN Understanding that shall truly guard our heart and mind in Christ Jesus!

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” Colossians 1:27 KJV.

The Holy Spirit descended like a dove and came upon Jesus when he was Baptized in the river that day by John the Baptist.

Jesus is the anointed one that came as the Prince of Peace and I am not just speaking of peace in an elementary sense.

There is a revelation in us that manifests the Comprehension of Peace that comes when we finally grasp the meaning of who He is, within our tangible lives.

“Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth: and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.” Genesis 8:11 KJV.

I am not talking of the peace we have at times in life when we feel and think we have earned his peace through our self-efforts like the amount of prayers we pray or when we fast, study, or gain other self-assurances etc.

Self has nothing to do with this marvelous grace and peace filled life! We cannot earn a thing when HE did everything!

Where does our Assurance come from?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

Portions of Hymn “Blessed Assurance” lyrics © Fanny Crosby.

I have found Him in places I never fathomed he would go; His peace and assurance are incredible!

To try and describe would be futile because the peace I speak of is unwarranted, because man has no power to give it or take it away. When they try to take your peace, their criticism of you is unwarranted.

They don’t have the authority to criticize you! Their words have no power over you therefore let no man take your peace!

“When I rise no thought to plague me, no complaint I thought to see, but peace I find to be?

What can you do when everything you thought, is done and you stand naked before the Son?”

God wants us to be His Peace makers. As He was in this world so shall we be. To be peace makers, we must also be peace watchers.

As we search for every wound and rip or tear in people, our friends, and family alike we must understand such a ministry is needed as Jesus uncovers those rips and tears that affect the flesh and leave hurt on many a soul!

“And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.” Matthew 10:12-13 KJV.

Encourage or pray with someone today!

Encourage yourself in The LORD!

Realize you are a majority!

There are more with you than with them!

There are places for you today prepared by God so rich and filled with his peace and presence!

Some may be so busy but as we take time daily to pray, realize that you carry within your peace, gifts, talents, and words to encourage, and when that heavenly wealth comes upon you, release it and your relationships will be rich.

Release your peace upon them!

When you come among anyone or any house, release your peace to open the door, for every place your feet take you, so shall you go! These spiritual doors have been given unto you to possess in the Spirit.

Be encouraged this is a new season and a very different season it be!

Many are still shell shocked from the year we lived, but I say realize your season is over and the struggling with depression and anxiety and other stressors give them over to The LORD!

You’re not a burden, you are God’s child and He has YOU! We are growing into His image and likeness!

Have a great day regardless, because you are in HIM and HE is in you! Your worth is such that he completely identified with you and he became you and you became him!

You are covered! All of the hard life issues are designed for growth and to share our message of Christ in you to others.

You have much to share! Don’t sell yourself short! You are very vital to God for His plan to seek and save the lost!

He knows your heart and who cares what others think or say. You have the King of the Total Universe in you! He has this! Be who you are in him and be settled within.

Realize he is with you everywhere and look for opportunities to share a word of encouragement to uplift them in your peace.

It is a blessing and honor to share and encourage people! Take time and make time for others,

In Jesus’ Name!
 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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