Making Sense of The Struggle — Part 2

The Son of Man came to the earth, not only as our sacrifice for all sin, but to show us how life is done.

See also, Making Sense of The Struggle — Part 1

The Son of Man came to the earth, not only as our sacrifice for all sin, but to show us how life is done.

For example, He taught us how to Pray, and He lived His life and obeyed.  He always did what His Father said, even when it had a huge price tag attached and the ultimate struggle He had to face.

Nothing in this life worth living comes from mediocrity.  None of the lessons one learns from growing in Christ, and in following his life, and ministry is futility.

Definition for Struggle: Make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction. “Before she could struggle, he lifted her up” Similar: fight, grapple, wrestle, scuffle, brawl, spar. (©Oxford dictionary)

From the beginning of time, there has always been a struggle.  Just like a mother struggles to bring forth a child into this world.  Anything good in life must come through a struggle.

Struggles are not easy, but once broken through brings strength to us and life.  Are you in a struggle today?

You have the goods, and you must understand that God allows the things of life to happen for His reasons, and our maturity.

From my own experience in the delivery room, I came to a place during transition labor that I seriously got up and said I do not want to do this anymore, as I tore the gown off my husband!

I literally wanted to get off the table and run!  I did not want to push through the struggle anymore!

If I had left that room, it would have been bad for the child and me.  Anything in your life that is good, you must realize somebody went through the struggle to bring that into existence.

For anything good to come in this life, whether it is spiritual, physical, relational, financial etc. is a struggle!

“Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says The LORD. Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.”   Isaiah 66:9 NKJV.

My answer in having that child was not to run but to push through the pain and press through the struggle!  There are blessings from The LORD awaiting us as we press and endure the struggle.

From the moment of birth till the moment of death, we will struggle.  However, there is a choice we must make; to go through and ride the struggle and pain until there is a breakthrough.

Many people have been left behind, because they chose to resist the struggle and they remained in it.

The Struggle of our time must be won by taking the proverbial bull by the horns boldly, engaging it and saying, “I am going to do this!”

The Bible says woe be unto those were at ease in Zion. (Amos 6:1)

We are stewards over our bodies, and I don’t believe we retire from serving God.

Life is a struggle all the way to the end.  It is a struggle to wake up in the morning sometimes, just like it takes effort to strive for excellence in our lives.

The LORD has called us to live a life of excellence and represent Him and His Kingdom in this life.  We are ambassadors of Heaven and represent His Kingdom.

Thy Kingdom come they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

You have heard the adage, if you don’t use it, you lose it. In my experience that is the truth.

God has not called us to just exist.  Even if we are disabled or in a chair, we can still be the best that we can be within those limitations.  The struggles in this life can make us or break us.

We must make up our mind, and properly determine our limitations, and do our best and press through to the promises!

If you cannot walk, get a cart to wheel you where you want to go.  If you remain fixed in your mind and remain in a chair watching television and going nowhere, you will be miserable.

We must resist resigning just to exist.  We never retire from Prayer or The Word.  No matter how old or what circumstances we find ourselves in, God has called us to be the best we can be in whatever condition we find ourselves in!

The LORD Jesus has called us into an exciting life of service with him, no matter how old we get.

In my personal experience, as long as I draw breath, I will not grow old gracefully!  I will fight every step of the way, through prayer with the help of The LORD.

Regardless of our limits, God will work with us where we are, and He knows where we are and our condition.

We can give in to depression or we can move with His Glory Cloud!  God’s Will for us is to thrive in whatever condition we find ourselves in.

We are stewards over our bodies, and I don’t believe we retire from serving God.  Because life is a struggle all the way to the end.

It is a struggle to wake up in the morning sometimes, just like it takes effort to strive for excellence in our lives.

Is your struggle more than you want to admit? If we do not adhere to the natural laws of God, we will suffer prematurely.

You are never too old for a New Beginning, and sure it will be painful to start, but you will gain strength and stamina if you press through the pain.

Suffering for the sake of Christ is painful.  However, if you choose to exist, he will leave you to your choices and the results of those choices.

God knows our heart and he will not make us do anything.  It must come from within our own heart to change.  We can sit in our easy chair watching television, eat, or sleep and go nowhere.

If you exercise, or go to the gym, and you use weights, your motive is to get healthy.  If there is no pain, there is no gain.

In other words, if you don’t face the struggle in your flesh, you will not get the gains you need to strengthen your body and soul.  Bringing your body under subjection to the Spirit is an act of discipline and an act of struggle.

God has made the way for us to be the best we can be at any age.

We were created to live life fully and to thrive.  Anything in this life worth living is a struggle to obtain.

We look at people at face value and wonder how they are so blessed, and we measure ourselves against each other when the Scriptures tell us not to do that. (1 Corinthians 10:12)  But honestly, we have no clue what those people went through to get to where they are.

God holds us accountable for what we have, not what we don’t have!  God holds us accountable for what we attain in His Word!

We are living in exciting times, and God has preserved us for such a time.

The true Church of The Living God will experience great struggles, pressure, and persecution.

Regardless of what we are faced with, we must remember that Jesus said, “If they persecute Me, they will persecute you.”

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.”    John 15:18-24 NKJV.

See also, Making Sense of The Struggle — Part 1

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Seriousness of Words, Vows and Business

God has been reminding me and teaching me a lot lately concerning the power of the words.

“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 NKJV

God has been reminding me and teaching me a lot lately concerning the power of the words.

Words originate out of the abundance of our heart and mind and then the power of the words that are spoken, are crafted by using the tongue.

The tongue is a world of iniquity in our members and is a constant fleshly pursuit to conquer, or it will conquer you!

The actions and effects of words can cause lasting change for a lifetime and choices we speak eternally!

God’s Words are forever settled in heaven and on earth. Words are very powerful and are active seeds and once spoken into our atmosphere can cause change, both blessings and cursings.

As The Army of The LORD advances and takes the land, we must acquire and continue to learn the vocabulary of Heaven.

I often hear this verse of The Bible;

“Study to be quiet and do your own business, and to work with your own hands.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11.

Learning to become quiet and taking time to really think about how we conduct our lives, will guide us through tough times.

For it is through our conversations, oaths, vows and business dealings with others that we must display our integrity and master these things to become a further fruitful work of maturity in The Kingdom of God, to press on and upward!

Whether we believe it or not, people are watching us and how we deal with each other and how we deal with the lost, and how we conduct our business in this world like paying what we owe.

Financial mismanagement is rampant in the organized religious Church. When we do not pay our bills or pay what we owe, we are actually stealing! (Exodus 20)

People are watching us in all our business dealings. I have seen and witnessed such financial mismanagement and lying, exaggerating, stealing, not paying bills that it made me literally sick to my stomach.

I have witnessed such mismanagement in so-called Churches that is pure fraud. I have seen examples of minister’s stealing money from a prophet who was supposed to get that offering.

If we make a contract with someone or some business to buy a thing over time, we are supposed to pay them, as we are supposed to do all things as unto The LORD.

I know a woman who takes her whole paycheck and gives it to a Woman’s Ministry and chooses not to pay her bills.

I have seen that same family go from house to house after foreclosure. That minister will be held accountable for not correcting the woman for not paying her bills — and stealing.

These are supposedly Christians. We need to take a close look at those ministers, to see what they are.

In my past, I have learned not to do business with many so-called Christians, for they are the worst kind to do business with! Does this resonate with you?

I also have witnessed stealing words from other prophets and stealing other prophets’ experiences and claiming those experiences as theirs.

“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says The LORD, “who steal My words everyone from his neighbor. Behold, I am against the prophets,” says The LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says The LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore, they shall not profit this people at all,” says The LORD. Jeremiah 23:30-32 KJV.

Stick To Your Word; Back It Up With Your Life!

Integrity, Honesty and Loyalty,are outstanding and upstanding character traits!

Having work ethics, sound judgment, dependability, paying what you owe and doing the right thing through our words, actions and beliefs is uncompromising!

It is not what you do in public that measures you, it is what you do especially when no one is watching. That is where the rubber meets the road!

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19 NKJV.

Anyone having been in The Kingdom of God for very long, knows the importance of our words and how weighty they are, both in the positive and the negative.

The Bible talks about not being quick with our words, not using our mouth like a garbage can.

Searching the scriptures reveals the source of all life, and in the earliest stages of all life is the tongue and the power it uses to form the words that come out from our own heart past our lips is what creates good and evil. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)

There was a woman in San Antonio Texas in the 80’s whom I met at a Church, and we knew each other the entire seven years that I lived there.

During that time, I got to know her very well and maybe you can identify with her life. She started coming over to our home and began taking advantage of our generosity, and she would always control all the conversations.

I asked God if he wanted me involved with this woman and his answer was, “Yes!”

As I prayed for her, The LORD began to show me things, then suddenly, she started regressing and staying away.

That did not surprise me, because I knew I was dealing with demonic forces that had been within her for a long time.

NB: I cannot, nor can you, help anyone if they think they know everything.

I can only do what The LORD says, and once I have done everything He says, my job is over.

I am not responsible if the person rebels. The LORD removes me from that situation.

Then there were times he brought me back into her life, when she was willing and obedient to hear from The LORD.

We had services in our house and every month we would celebrate whoever had a birthday. The Church would celebrate birthdays one Friday of each month.

I remember her coming in that night and she was non stop talking even through the service. There were three people who had a birthday, and she was one of them.

The ministry had gotten a cake and she happened to be in a good mood and came in for service after being away for some time. After service, everyone came in and we cut the cake and shared it with the entire ministry.

She bluntly came in running her mouth and said she had to go, then shockingly she proceeded to take the entire cake home with her!

I said, “Wait a minute that cake is for everyone that has a birthday.” She did not take the cake home.

I know this was an extreme example but isn’t this like most of the so-called Church? This woman had some really big issues with the love of money (everyone else’s money), entitlements, and proper social interactions.

I continued to pray as to why God wanted me in her life as she seemed bent on trying to discredit, slander me, and curse me but The LORD would not release me.

I once again would forgive asking others to forgive as well and remain patient with her.

The LORD taught me so much about his never-ending Grace and Mercy through her love-hate relationship with me. He would lead me at times, when I was the last person she wanted to see me, lead in with a smile of compassion and kindness, while I remained silent.

She continued to spin and spin with words until she finally sat down to listen. Yet God, in His Mercy would speak to her need and He never missed it.

God puts up with a lot in our lives, but He never releases us from His Care. Isn’t it comforting to know that no matter how messed up our lives are, that we are never too far from His loving kindness that leads us to repentance?

There are people just like her in The Body who need deliverance. Those who don’t know what to do with their own wrecked life.

She took liberties and would just show up at my house at any time without calling, asking, or doing what’s normal for people to do to be polite.

Her son was my son’s age, and they would play. I remember she would always talk, and she would always gossip, slander, and blame everyone else for her problems.

It was hard to get a word in edgewise with her. However, I learned a whole lot about her by listening to every word and watching her actions.

God continued to have me pray, fast, and minister to her, even when she would get angry with me and go away.

The LORD never cut off the relationship until we left the state. I look back on that time and think how wonderful it was that The LORD taught me so much through her.

I did not rejoice in what she went through, but I thanked God for teaching me through her life. For her, it was a love-hate relationship that we had, because she had deep rooted issues that dealt with abuse. She suffered physical, emotional, and horrible spiritual abuse.

She was molested by her father, who was a Baptist Minister, and she had horrible trust issues with spiritual leaders.

It took time getting to know her, but I saw the woman and I also saw the child that never was healed from all that happened.

I remained faithful to what God said, and I tried through the years to help her understand the importance of words and how curses must be broken, especially generational curses.

But on top of all of that, having her own biological father, who was the minister in the Church, sexually abuse her over and over, she could not get beyond that point.

I knew it was horrible and I do not know what I would do in that situation. Yet, through it all, I saw the Grace and Mercy of God in how He approached her, because her mind at many times was driven to insanity.

To imagine one’s own father doing such a thing would be very hard to process. Yet, to be honest, I do not know who could process and be healed of such a thing, unless The LORD himself performed a sovereign work of healing from the inside out.

I was able to minister to her while I was there, and she did get some deliverance ,and I trusted that The LORD would continue, since we had orders in the military to leave the state.

But true to form, she got very angry with me for having to leave. But these traumatized precious ones are the type of people that need the true Church, with the true liberating Power of Deliverance!

The religious Church world and Babylon System are not ready for people like this. People in organized religion expect people to come to the Church who are already refined and defined in life.

But that is not how it is! And there are a lot of people who are self-medicating in various ways to cope, because of trauma that they suffered.

Many suffer in silence, thinking they are too messed up to be helped. However, in the eyes of The LORD, this treatment of people is the worst.

In fact, religious or spiritual abuse in my opinion is the very worst. When will the true Church arise and shine? When will we become the hospital? A place of healing and restoration?

As we mature in The LORD, He expects us to be holy in every appearance. Not only the way we present ourselves, but in our mannerisms.

It is The Will of God to be Holy with every word, and in all our conversations dealing with mankind and business. For The Bible says “be holy — for I AM Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44)

I know that holiness is right, and that especially applies to the way we communicate with people. I will warn you of this, that there are those who run to and fro, who major on titles and lofty positions saying, “I am prophet this…” and “I am Apostle that….”

Oh, and let me not forget, that they demand that you call them these titles too! Like “Bishop this’…” and “Scribe that…” They purchased lofty titles; they promoted themselves to high levels of religious prominence, even in some spirit-filled organizations.

They are even found among nondenominational spirit-filled assemblies and found on Christian Television having multitudes of videos without end. Those who promote themselves, do not realize that every word they speak or write — is being judged.

These pride-filled, head-stomping, title-seeking, ladder-climbing, jumping deceivers will find out there is nothing spirit filled at the top of man’s pursuits, only evil spirits.

Serving Christ is nothing like a political campaign to win the lofty towers and castle walls. Obtaining positions in religious organizations and businesses is a dog-eat-dog world. This is not the Church of the living God, and what Christ began!

Being an apostle, prophet, or any leader in the Church, is a life of loving servitude. As we mature, we must find the way of laying down our life the way Jesus laid down his life for his friends. It is a spirit-fed spirit-led life of surrender to the Cross, as we pick it up daily.

I remember a long time ago when I thought I knew everything and had so much to give! I will never forget what happened to me!

I came into a meeting and I brought my concordance, and I brought my books thinking, I have got all the help I would need for these poor dear people who needed me!

So, I walked into this group with my inflated pride and as I walked in, I heard The Holy Spirit say, “Sit down and learn! You don’t know as much as you think you know!”

Well, that was my New Beginning of Learning what it meant to be truly promoted in The Kingdom. The last is first and to be first is last.

Learning through the years, the humbling trials and tribulations to process the fruit of the vine of being prepared as His divinely processed vessel. Cheers! (Acts 2)

If it were me dear reader, I would have you spared from such things, but I am not God, and He knows best.

But actually, it depends on you to a certain degree, in how long it takes for a horse or mule that must be bit, bridled, and broken.

To live a life of brokenness, is to depend on The LORD and pray, “God, how is my heart before You today? Are you still my top priority and in the place where you should be?”

Then seek to love Him first and foremost, and then all the other things will fall into their proper place. (Matthew 6:33)

Not so long ago, it was an honorable thing to agree about a thing and shake hands. Shaking hands was as good as your word or bond.

God has been showing me how vital it is to be honest and speak rightly about all things. Once we speak our words, we must own our words and what those words produce. The results of our circumstances are greatly dependent on what our confession is.

You say what you mean and mean what you say, study to be quiet and weigh every word before you speak.

Also learn to become a listener and learn to possess your soul and do not blurt out everything before you can speak and back it up.

The words that we speak originate out of our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Study to be quiet and you can learn a lot about a person by listening to their words and conversations. Our words are our bond even when it is difficult or inconvenient.

Words of an oath are so important, because there are spiritual forces that have witnessed what we said under oath. For example, when a person comes into a marriage and exchanges vows is what places authority on their covenant together.

Whatever oath, covenant, and words we speak, speaks volumes like an open book.

I would be amiss if I did not say this; If oaths are broken, it attracts the demonic and causes an open invitation for curses that follow the violator.

I am not saying that this sin and situation cannot be repented of, but we must take ownership of our condition and the words and oaths and the effects of what they have done in our lives.

Until we admit our sin and take ownership of our condition, we can never be set free. Once we confess our sin and take the ownership of blame, then true repentance can come bringing with it lasting change and deliverance.

May we all open our hearts so that we learn the lessons to become victorious in our lives in all respects, in Jesus’ Name!

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to The LORD the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:33-37 KJV.

We have a greater level of personal responsibility and accountability to make sure we are living in alignment with the words of The LORD.

We are being held to a higher standard and those who read these words are witnessing this!

Our words, promises, covenants, oaths, and vows we made to God when we received Jesus Christ as Lord! AND a personal responsibility to guard our heart, put a watch before our tongue and mouth, keep our vows to God and man especially in marriage, and in all our business’s dealings with the world and the Church.

We must remember to live our lives above reproach!

Let your yes be yes and your no, be no!

Realize that what we do in secret is openly displayed, nothing is hidden from God, and we must remember to do ALL things as unto The LORD and serve and prefer one another in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and LORD!

Glory Hallelujah! To Him who sits on The Throne and unto The Lamb.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Eternal Foundation

I will NEVER claim that I have arrived and are perfect in this life, because I am so far from it!

“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


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The Balance Is In The LORD’s Hand!

There is a sounding out of the Trumpet…. to Fall In! For this is a time in history like none other.

Fall In!

There is a sounding out of the Trumpet…. to Fall In!

For this is a time in history like none other. There is nothing to measure it against except The Word of God.

For God’s Word is forever settled in Heaven. It was and is and forever will be, the same.

This is also the time of transitioning, and those of The Remnant are sensing and feeling a lot of things they cannot quite put their finger on, but soon clarity will come.

However, the manifestations of insanity, chaos, lawlessness, and disorder are all around and among those who cannot see, yet can sense something major is about to happen.

Those who hold to what was normal, are desperately hoping to hang on to what is perishing. Remember Lot’s wife, because her heart was rooted in Sodom, not in God.

So many fantasize even in The Church, that things will go back to normal. But there is nothing normal, nor will it ever go back to what was normal.

We cannot go back to something that is dead. Dead dry religious formality and traditions of men are shrines of a time gone by filled with dead men’s bones. When The Glory of God moved, many did not move with Him.

Those of us who hear and see, must remember that those who have a form of godliness, but deny the power, we must turn away.

Many denominations — and even some spirit filled organizations — started out right, but ended up wrong, by not moving on with The Glory Cloud. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

We never arrive to a point in ministry where we ever lay down the foundational truth of relationship and intimacy with Christ through prayer and fasting.

Christ is the head of The Church, not the pastor, not the organization, and it is all about getting back to the foundation of what The Church is built on, and that is a relationship with Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV.

Christ’s Body

As Christ’s Body, we are supposed to be corporately and mutually submitted, one to the other, in The Fear of God.

We are accountable and responsible one to the other, and we are to prefer one another. And as we minister to one another, we minister to our self, as Christ’s Body.

We must learn to live in the new normal everyday, moving forward with Christ, keeping our hands on the plow and our focus straight ahead.

You have been created for such a time, and in the midst of turmoil, you will learn to live and thrive during all the pressures and upheavals. The more the pressure and afflictions, the more The Church will multiply and grow. (Exodus 1:9-11)

Many wonder what is happening. Everything in our lives as we have known it, has been tossed into the air, and there is a lot of dusty fog, disorder, and seemingly confusion.

But hang on tight — because soon the dust will settle, it will clear, and you will suddenly see where you are and how each part fits around you. You will be pleasantly surprised with whom you are surrounded by, and you will see God’s Wisdom.

The sound of the trumpet is for us to hear and unite us, to prepare us for what is coming. We must come into a much deeper realm for the times ahead.

“I hear the sound that no eye has seen, no ear has heard the things I have prepared for you! But I shall reveal it to you by My Spirit.”

The LORD is releasing great conviction, so that we will see the error of our ways and repent.

It begins with each of us, then The Church and then the Nation, in true repentance. The LORD wants to invest His Power in us, but it shall require a greater level of death to self, and a call to remain fixed on the commander of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)

Transparency

Transparency is a major part of the new normal. The only way to live is in the fire of refinement. (Hebrews 1:7 & Psalms 104:4)

When we are transparent, we are like a fine crystal glass that is forged in the fire that can be seen through.

When we die to self, no part of our life can keep the light of The LORD from being seen. Being as a costly and rare crystal glass is pure, clean, without any spot that would taint the glass.

The LORD wants to pour into us, and He wants us to live this way and continuously let him fill our pure, clean, without spot vessel with the light of His Glory so that it overflows.

Once it overflows then we minister to others from that overflow. It is liberating to be transparent for there is nothing to hide.

However, we must be careful with whom we confide in and connect to. Those who are accountable and responsible must be trustworthy and proven to you.

God wants us to walk in humility, lowliness of mind, and meekness, and in our presentation, we are characterized by our manner.

How do we present ourselves? Our outward expression must project the fruits of The Spirit of God. Recognizing offices and gifts in others, is not something that is spoken, but something that is caught and recognized.

Trust and Humility

In absolute trust and humility, we must take the lowest seat without any outward or inward manipulation in trying to gain a position through the flesh or gain a title and position by control which borders on the activity of a Jezebel spirit and witchcraft.

God is the only One who promotes, and leaders in The Church will recognize the difference between the flesh and the demonic desire for position. Satan and his demons all seek positions of authority.

Humility, is the main mark in leadership in our circumstances with no self-promotion, or selfish ambition, you cannot talk or weasel your way into promotion, for promotion comes from The LORD.

We must trust God and let God make room for our gifts, no matter how long it takes.

When God promotes you, everyone will know it — especially those who know you personally — because it will be very evident!

But let me be explicitly clear, let no doubt tell you to be silent when you recognize that office in others, but we must respect each other and honor the office and gifting.

In your personal life and ministerial life, we all must prefer one another in Love and walking in a manner that proves to those who critically appraise our words, that we are not building our own kingdom or organization, but we are all working for the same man, the Son of Man who is Jesus Christ and He is The Head of The Church.

“Do not be concerned with man and men’s opinions or criticisms! Your life has nothing to do with man’s opinions or their judgmental and critical spirit, but it has everything to do with My Truth, and My Will,” says The LORD.

“When you are cursed and accused, do not try to prove your life or your innocence, do not concern yourself with reputation!

As you learn to live, move, and have your being in this new way — which is My ancient way — I back up My Word and perform it through My Servants!

Abide as that delicate crystal vase, for they will be ashamed concerning you. Let them be ashamed and confounded by those who seek to curse you or destroy you!

They shall be driven back and put to shame that want evil to happen to you! Forgive them, release them and let them go!

Again, do not prove yourself or your innocence or try to make yourself known to others, for what has fire to do with water?

My signet of approval is stamped upon your forehead! Stand strong in humility and give place to My Hand,” says The LORD!

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV.

Let the power of God make room and confirm your ministry while you remain patient, humble, and quiet. You don’t need to announce or prove yourselves, but give God place, to make room for your gift.

There must be mutual accountability and responsibility one to another in The Fear of The LORD. We must remain approachable and respectful, yet not allow a flattering mouth to work ruin.

Balance and Rest

In a Vision, I saw a scale and it was out of balance. God was showing me that we all must be balanced in all areas including, ministry, taking time for family, and to rest because our bodies are not glorified, and we have limitations.

It is exhilarating to be in The Fire and The Glory! I love to remain in it, but if I get out of balance with my time — and especially not taking care of my body and resting — I usually end up getting sick or have nagging pain issues that do not lift until

I get quiet before The LORD. I will wait upon The LORD, so that he ministers and corrects me that brings me to Repentance and Peace. I know this about myself — because I am addicted to The LORD and His presence.

For example, as a Shepherd/ Pastor, my heart was always there for the needs and care of the people, but in my own personal life, I got into trouble.

I got really caught up in ministry, prayer meetings, and people’s needs so that I did not realize that I was “out of balance”.

I got so tired, but kept going, because I love The LORD and the people, but I would end up getting sick and then I had to rest.

God was trying to speak to me about His Divine Order and Balance in all things. However, I thought because of the gift and anointing that I would keep going. I became addicted to ministry and was very out of balance….. and I slipped out of God’s Divine Order.

The gift and anointing were there when we came together, because the gift or office was for The Body, not for me.

God continued to use me for the sake of His Sheep, but I became physically and emotionally depleted and drained from all the people sucking on the gift and my time.

God was trying to get me to listen, but then He stopped talking to me!

When that happened to me, I finally got quiet and still before The LORD and I sought Jim alone and He finally told me, “I will not talk to you — until you obey what I said!”

That was a shock and grievous to me!

Yes, He had been telling me over time about balance and rest, but I would not listen.

I was so grieved, and I repented and finally got into balance, but I had to pull away from everyone and everything — outside my immediate family.

I went back to my Prayer Closet, and found my first love relationship with my Groom. Once I began to seek Him in that place He told me, “You never get to a place in ministry where you neglect Me and our personal one-on-one time together.

You cannot invite people to come into your intimate time with me, for that is where your strength lies, and it is where I impregnate you with Vision and share secrets with you.

No one can come in that place between us, for I AM a jealous God.”

I left a message with the people that I was going to be on a Consecration with The LORD and that I was not available.

I also told them I did not know how long I would be on the Consecration, because it was true. The people did not like it, but I obeyed God.

There were other people in the ministry who were in leadership to help, and I shared with them what The LORD has said, but I told them, under no circumstances were they to depend on man, but depend on The LORD.

We Must Point People to Jesus — Not Man!

So, now I am very aware of balance in my own life.

When I am out of balance I back up and seek God, and let Him deal with me, because I can do nothing without Him!

I could not keep giving, when I was neglecting The LORD’s time and mine. There are always needs, but it does not automatically mean we are to meet all those needs.

To be hasty — is to miss the way. When the people would suck the life out of me, I was spread myself so thin I couldn’t even butter toast, and it took its toll on my health and physical body.

When we are running on a deficit, having spent virtue being pulled out of us, we must take time to seek The LORD in private and be refilled by The Holy Spirit.

We must study to be quiet and work with our own hands.

I will not run on by the flesh, or with sheer determination anymore.

LORD, bring balance and order into our lives so that we will be led by The Holy Ghost.

God has been very serious with me about this issue, and it can become very dangerous, because Jezebel spirits come in with witchery and religious soulish prayers, seeking to gain that place of authority for personal gain.

LORD, bring balance and order into our lives so that we are led by your precious Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ name!

Scriptures

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! “ 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

“And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.” Exodus 1:9-11.

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2.

“Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire” Hebrews 1:7.

“Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.” Psalm 104:4.

“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” Revelations 2:2-6 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” Matthew 7:21-22.

“You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. Mercy and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness, they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to The LORD, and our king to the Holy One of Israel. Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one and said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed him, with whom My hand shall be established; also, My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him. But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.” Psalm 89:13-29 NKJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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