The Divine Curtain Call!

It takes faith, hope and discipline to pick up our cross and follow in Christ’s steps. 

 

Sometimes the inability and limitations of our humanity fail to properly express the fullness that we are so eagerly hungry, thirsty, and filled with hope.

These seasons come much like an event on the stage of life where once the scene ends the curtain closes.  However, what remains is hidden and skillfully being crafted by God for the set time of His favor.

Yes, there are those whom God takes of this world to showcase His glorious grace as He plans from the beginning of time to mold and squeeze the divine skin of wine revealing within the fresh new message in a modern-day role revealing the truth of the greatest story of old.

The Ancient of Days never delays even though we may feel wasted and cast aside, there are always prophetic plans in motion that God has devised.

For isn’t it said, that even going through the valley of Baca, He makes a well springing up and He brings rain that fills the pools of life again?

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God,”   Psalm 84:5-7 KJV.

It is through the times when things are veiled, dark and hidden that our resolve is deeply tested.

Our faith is tested when we are holding on to this hope that we cannot see.  Believing in hope and through that hope we are not ashamed! It is through this season that we find out what we believe within our total being.

God already knows what we believe, but He wants us to see what we really believe.  It is during these times of testing that conflicting mindsets surface when we are pressed and we wonder why it is so seemingly dark, dead and dry.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.And patience, experience; and experience, hope,”    Romans 5:3-5 KJV.

For who has hope for a tree that has been hewn down?

Why would confusing, doubleminded times come?

God doesn’t do anything without a dynamic purpose in His mind.  You are His creation and His design as the master builder builds you so you will be defined as you are prepared to step into your destiny divine.

God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.  He hasn’t changed His mind towards you.  He loves you and nothing changes that fact.

It is during these times that doubts surface when pressure reveals the reality of our own belief system.

When we face what we really are, then we can find the revelation of finished work of Christ and the rest of faith in His ability to be kept by the power of God.

It is in this place that The LORD lays out His plan and defines the next scene of our life.  God wants to take our worry and give us a real-life story!

That’s what it’s all about!  The Church and the world need to hear the message of redemption by hearing the individual message of our own story.

We are the living, walking testament of God, as epistles seen and read by all men.

Though the times of the drawn curtain seem dark, and not much seems to be happening, this is the most critical, revealing evidence of our belief of faith! Move forward in faith, hope and love and do not deviate!

Much has been hidden, yet behind the scenes things are being remodeled; the set is coming together, the curtain is beginning to open for the next scene of events!

Soon you will again see what was waged against you and now becomes the source of our growth in faith and fortitude.

However, it is what goes on behind the scenes of your life that is measured by God.  Like that drawn curtain; many cannot see their worth, value and destiny that God has waiting for them!

God’s plan and measure is to come up higher by beginning to understand what Christ did so that we are able to function steadfast in understanding the new level of grace and mercy towards ourselves and others!

There are many levels in the kingdom of God and it takes those hidden times behind the curtain to learn to be led by faith without seeing a thing happening.

It takes faith, hope and discipline to pick up our cross and follow in Christ’s steps.

As we learn these things we will be prepared vessels fit for our Masters use as he uses our story to help win the lost and to build up the body of Christ.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Falsity Exposed!

Do you really want to be in ministry? Do you think you have a high calling of God on your life?

Do you really want to be in ministry?

Do you think you have a high calling of God on your life?

Do you truly know the way of the cross?

Are we picking up our cross and following Jesus every day?

I can tell you the truth; The degree of our calling and purpose will be the level of preparations as we learn to grow deep and our roots grow deep as the winds blow strong.

During storms, we may lose every piece of fruit and leaf on our tree, but when we are established by God in our root system we will learn to sway with the winds but the storms will have no power in uprooting us from our life source.

To be rooted deeply in Christ takes our yeildedness towards the process of knowing Him and our willingness to face anything and anyone in our determination to follow HIM.

In becoming the vessel fit for the Masters use will cost us everything!  It is through the process of life and death to self that processes us through the measurement of trials, tribulations, temptations, loss of all things and sorts, even to sorrow that leads to death itself.

The depth of our heart is unearthed through our experiences.  Even though God see’s the end result we must go through the process that proves to “ourselves” and exposes our capacity to be able to carry the weightiness and vastness of the secrets of God.

God doesn’t share His secrets to just anyone.  We must be found faithful to HIM and HE knows when we are ready and that happens.

To be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit happens to those who have learned to wait on Him through experience.

To be of corporate use, we must learn to yield to the Holy Spirits training.  As we learn the process through Christ, He will prepare us to expand exponentially within by going through the process of death to self, arising in newness of life in Christ.

This isn’t a one-time deal either; the bible tells us to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.

When we all fail and miss the mark and sin, there is always forgiveness when we truly recognize our condition and state of existence and repent.

Repentance is learning to turn away from that sin.  We learn throughout all our lives how to respond to our Father, and what breaks his heart.

God does not look for robots in doing just what is expected.  He wants us to respond to Him as Father and Abba.

We His children must realize our love relationship with Abba is to learn and know the nature and character of Christ.

This relationship and repentance are part of learning to walk in the increased processes of restoration and reconciliation of our continued learning with Him.

Returning to God in repentance is not to return to religious bondage and scary fear nor is it to serve through drudgery and robotics.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,”    2 Timothy 1:7 KJV.

“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,”   Jeremiah 31:3 KJV.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent,”   Revelations 3:19 KJV.

Thanks be to God that the sacrifice of Christ was done as the final payment for all the sin in the world.

However, there is an action we must apply through repentance.  When we fall and sin, we must be truly sorry apply that blood once again to cover our mistakes as we must turn away from sin.

There is always hope and a new beginning as long as we have breath in us, for it is Christ in us the hope of Glory!

As we learn through yielding our entire lives to full capacity, we thus learn what the abundant life is all about!  As we learn that overflow isn’t just for us and our experiences, but more importantly, it is for others.

“To the direct degree of His purpose in us, will be the proportion in weightiness we will be made to carry.”

When weight lifters fail and injure themselves they must refrain from training.  There is a portion of time necessary to heal and once they return to training these must start back at a lower level to prepare those muscles to handle greater weight again.

It’s a process beloved. If we are determined to carry the weightiness of Christ, we must be trained, seasoned, and patient through the process of healing when we fail, and are injured.

“The LORD will not give you something you are clearly not ready for.”

God will not give us more than we can handle or bear.  The LORD knows what we have been built with and when it appears or feels that we are coming apart at our very seams, we must remember the cost of the cross.

Our experience at that moment may feel like the end of our lives, but HE promised us would be with us and that He will not give us more than we can bear.

I am not saying this is easy, as depending on the depth of price and calling, God has you in mind, and in the mind of God your very plan has been in motion since before in your mother’s womb.

God seasons us through the process of time and when there is a greater anointing there are greater seasons of training and the greater opposition.

Do you know before you can truly be a vessel fit for His use you must be crushed like grapes in all your temporal glory to make wine?

Being crushed is being put to death of what we were, to become what HE is; and is something much bigger.  The process is hard but it is necessary to make you into that vessel filled with HIS SPIRIT.

If a ministry tells you it is all good with no bad they lie!  They may teach you to never confess anything negative, or they may tell you to suppress the truth by continually saying you’re blessed when you are actually in despairing misery in need of help!

These false ministers confess how together they are but it’s a lie!  If we could see behind the scenes the hypocrisy and false doctrine we would run!  These are the type of ministries that are false, legalistic and led by pride filled bondages.

If you find yourself in one of these types of ministries, it is best to run and get out every and anyway you can, because it will never get any better.

Getting free from this type of abuse will give yourself good mental health and there are plenty of good ministries out there that follow the way of the truth of Christ and His Church.

Pray and find the one you fit in.

Serving Christ is the hardest thing you will ever obtain but the most satisfying and awarding.  Truly knowing HIM and finding him in the deep cannot be measured against, for HE IS PERFECTION!

We do measure ourselves against Him, because it isn’t us who live, but CHRIST who lives in us!  To really know Him in Spirit and Truth will make us the most influential person in many of our relationships.

Learning to be who we are in Christ is all about knowing HIM in ALL seasons that makes us REAL and well rounded.  Our identity is found in Christ, and those who be as Christ have crucified the flesh and the lust thereof.

We cannot produce The Fruit of The Spirit in our own power for we are simply the conduit of his power.  The Fruit of The Spirit is produced through seasons.

We are planted, fertilized watered, pruned, cut back, go through seasons of change so we will grow and thrive.  Christ’s Zoe’ vine life flows through our branches and it is not our power that does it.

We are to learn how to abide in relationship with Christ so that the power of Christ will be made known.  For He must increase and we must decrease.

How can we help others if we pretend perfection?  What a lie and A very BIG revelation of false teaching, prophecy and false churches.

Beware of these types of people and be not conformed to their rapt approval in attempting to flatter you and puff you up later to capture you in a web of deceit!

Once they ensnare you, you find yourselves after their attention and supposed acceptance, and you cannot understand why they treat you differently and keep you unsure of your acceptance in everything and unsure how to step.

You quickly become a number to them and one they control. Jezebel works like these, and she still weaves her works today in many ministry and churches.

If you are not as free to leave as you were to come in, you are in a cult!

If condemnation (rather than a healthy disappointment to see you leave) and emotional manipulations are seeking to control you, be glad that you left!   It will never get better.

“We are called to be part of the body of Christ.  You are free to serve, free to live and free to do right!”

The stronger the control and bondage of false ministers, ministries and churches, the more likely you are to face unpleasant and unhealthy consequences.

Please keep praying and look until you find what gives you good mental and spiritual health and treat people with respect and honor.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Reinvent Your Life!

Do you feel totally exhausted, extremely agitated and frustrated to the point of total mental, physical and spiritual failure?

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life”   Proverbs 13:12 KJV.

Do you feel totally exhausted, extremely agitated and frustrated to the point of total mental, physical and spiritual failure?

Does it feel so different than you have ever experienced?

Are you facing another trip around the mountain in the spiritual desert?

Are the frustrations in your ministry, job, home, family or any other life situation beyond anything you have ever felt?

There is a reason!

God in His Mercy is allowing such pressure to bring us to the breaking point.  He is very serious about His Love and deep concern and purpose for us!

He will not allow you to press through into the next stage until His work in us has been completed in this current one.

The pressure has frustrated you for a very long time, not realizing the source has kept you chained to things you do not comprehend.

These things are being made manifest and suddenly you are getting glimpses of things you thought were dealt with long ago.

Things that have kept you stuck to past failures and loss.  You haven’t understood the deep grief, sorrow and mourning of soul.

However, the pressure is bringing deep rooted issues to the surface.

You have not understood what to do as you are desperate and feel like you are going down, drowning to the point of death, grasping at anything or anyone that you feel could help you.

This great disappointment has surfaced in areas that have cost you with family, friends and opportunities.

As you see the glimpses surfacing, it brings great mental pain and anguish like you felt so long ago when the events initially happened.

What’s worse, is you are not able to rectify the situations of those who were deeply hurt and are no longer there.

You have been haunted by deeply embedded mistakes.  What had stressed you manifested physically and became stress to others.

Realizing the facts, caused deep remorse.  It caused you to back away because you do not want to damage others.  We become jaded from life and with those who truly want to help us because of preexisting conditions.

You have carried a deep-seated root in your heart unrealized.  You knew something was wrong but never fully comprehended it till now.  To even think of trusting and surrendering to another causes great shaking anxiety.

Due to the past wounds, you fear and will not trust those who are in authority.  It is causing you to be afraid to look at yourself and what you think God is saying to you.

You think authority figures will be like all the others.  Yet in all the fear and confusion, deep down you really want to begin again, for your destiny cries deeply within!

Even in such vexation of heart and mind, the vestiges of pride surface.  You don’t want to admit you need help.

Humility and obedience open the door; Faith drives all fear away, for faith worketh by love.  Reach out for help, He is standing at the very door.

Your heart has carried great disappointment, sadness and disillusionment, in feeling like you have been disqualified due to loss of time and hope.  The LORD is here to establish and heal you beloved; Trust Him today.

It is God’s will and desire to deliver and heal you today.  In the depths of your very soul make a move towards what you believe he is saying.

Trust Him and stop worrying about what people think about you.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to whom God shows you.

God has not stripped you of your rank, He wants us stripped of every weight that so easily besets us.

He may have removed your authority over others for a season, but he never removes His Gift.  It is His Love that desires you to be free.  He has come to set the captive free.

Are you giving place to things that you thought were long gone, past and settled?

Are you giving place to thoughts of past issues about people and even negative thoughts about yourself?

Beloved, hear me!

By doing this, you are inviting the accuser of the brethren back in to wreak havoc!  You will chase the wind and reap the whirlwind.  You must let go and let God!

Have you felt the condemnation of self-hatred and unforgiveness in your own heart? Sometimes forgiving ourselves is the hardest lesson we will ever learn. Forgive yourself beloved.

If you have done your best, and they can’t receive your forgiveness, it’s best to forgive them, release them and let them go!

Like the caterpillar shrouds itself in a cocoon in seemingly death of what it was, the process must be complete before newness can come.

Take a step of faith, step out of the boat and test the waters.  Show God and everyone that you are going for the mother-load!  You are headed for destiny or bust!

Throw fear aside and prepare to enter into who you really are!  You have come to the crevice of exhausting all possibilities.  Take that leap of faith!

There are no more options for expansion you have gone as far as you can go on this level, and what worked before will not work where you are going.  You are no longer that same person!

Let go and enter into who you really are!  You cannot be happy being someone you’re not.

Life is full of challenges and each of us choose how we live it.  We must choose how to find our niche in life. no matter how many mistakes or how old we are.  Your age has nothing to do with it. It takes simple obedience.

We have God given gifts to pursue in our lives as we pursue HIM.  New things require a new beginning.

Some giftings are ministry related and some are secular, however the gifts and callings of God are without repentance; The LORD does not take them away.

As we learn God’s principles to pursue and plan, we find out with excitement, that our whole life can be reinvented!

God is all about reinventing our lives!  For example, the emergence of the butterfly from a shrouded tomb, speaks of the marvels of His way to reinvent purpose into His greatest of creation; MAN! Oh how He loves us beloved!

We are His greatest prize!  Oh beloved!  Let Him love on you today!

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Greater Awareness We Carry

In all our learning, we must find a great correlation that balances our lives.

In all our learning, we must find a great correlation that balances our lives.

As I get older, I may sound redundant at times, but I assure you, I need to hear things over, over, and over.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

The LORD has had me at times focus on just this one truth and it was, WE must be aware of our surroundings and learn to study to be quiet, listen, deeply focus and discern our own words before we ever release them to others!

We must have mastered us and then prayerfully listen to what comes out of our own mouth for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Look at the manifestations and how we react.  It is not just the outward actions but what is the inward.

There are not only the natural personality manifestations but there are those that come from a deeper level of the heart; that are deep seated and rooted.

Often deliverance happens in layers upon layers like an onion has layers.  God knows we must gradually peel back the pain and adapt to our changing lives.

By faith we walk out God’s word. It is a process of His presence at work in us for he watches over his word to perform it.  May we keep ourselves interdependent on The LORD.

May we keep a watch before our mouth and a guard before our lips.  We don’t always know the ramifications of influence we carry nor understand totally the living results of our choices we make and have in our lives.

We walk by faith and not by sight.  Death and life are in the “POWER” of the tongue.

Our words and our tongue will speak or write a continuous image as we reflect ourselves to others. We must learn to communicate according to what

The LORD sees. We are to base all communication against the Holy Bible.  We must learn and remember how he sees us and cares for us by basing our every thought, word and action by aligning ourselves to the Word of God!

The path of the righteous
shining brighter and brighter
There is no place he would not go
For He is there at all times
He wants us to really know

He wants us to realize the victory true
Of our immeasurable faith
And the valuable cost of you

In the face of our relationship
It is never divided for a moment
He has never turned away you or me
For He is everywhere we be
We must see, hear and be who
Christ is our victory!

Out of the abundance of
Our heart our mouth speaks
Help us oh Lord to rise above
the clamor of negativity
So our words will be swords
To all our enemy…..Selah

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh,”   Luke 6:45 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Stop! I Want to Get Off!

Religion makes complicated the understanding of the reality of the purposes of God.  Religion makes conformity instead of the identity that we find in Christ.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me,”   1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV.

Religion makes complicated the understanding of the reality of the purposes of God.  Religion makes conformity instead of the identity that we find in Christ.

We are transformed by the Holy Spirit whom we represent.  Once we get the revelation and realize our hopeless condition of dependence on conditional works, then we can no longer accept nor offer the cheap brand of mindless “Merry Go Round” religion by behavior modification and performance.

We must demand with ALL authority in Jesus name to get off the cycle of defeat that takes us round the mountain so many times!

How much more must we be convinced?

We must make a mindful decision and chose to speak to this mountain and mean it and don’t ever go back.

It is time to cross over beloved!

Make up your mind with authority and say stop this thing I am getting off NOW, in Jesus name!

Whatever we look intently into determines what we will reflect.  Remember that this life is about knowing Christ and reflecting him.

It is relational not religious.  Our lives are an altar to God.  What do we offer?
 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Prescription for Weariness

Cast not away your confidence for you have a great reward!

Seasons come and go and nature constantly reminds us of the ranges of change that happens daily in this big world we live on.

We are no different as changes come in many ways throughout our lives.  We are never always in full throttle or in over drive neither are we always balanced, centered, and focused.

Life is like that and as long as we live as human beings this side of heaven, the sun comes up and the sun goes down and God is faithful with ALL His creation!  We are experiencing all the thrills and spills of life as they come our way.

There are times where we pull away from God due to the various range of circumstances we find ourselves in.  We really don’t want or mean to pull away but circumstances happen and we are not always our best when they come our way.

It doesn’t mean that we really want or try to pull away from God, but our expectations and circumstances all come into play.

Yes, life is life but we also have resistance that is inspired by the kingdom of hell itself.  We are to have wisdom and be transparent with the beloved of God but wise concerning evil.

Cast not away your confidence for you have a great reward.  But make sure when you open up do not cast your precious pearls before swine.  Keep your peace within and go with that peace and assurance from God.

The rest of who we open up to is so important.  It is important to know those who labor among you and keep your mind in sync with God.  We will deal with things as they present themselves.  Take 3 seconds and think how to respond with God’s wisdom.

“Gracious is The LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  The LORD preserved the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for The LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee,”    Psalm 116:5-7 KJV .

Our constant source of all life comes through God.  HE is faithful even if we aren’t at the various moments in time.  If we would be honest, instead of being “perfectly religious”, we would make such headway towards the destiny he has called us to.

His desire is that we win the lost and disciple the new converts and do whatever our gift is to the body of Christ.

We believers all need to grow up in Christ for we ALL share at being real with trustworthy.  There is nothing to be ashamed of when we are hidden in Christ, we are covered with His robe of righteousness.

Christ made the total way for our salvation and it cannot be added to by you or your works. He did it all and that is why we are to surrender to the power of God’s gift.  We must be wise and be innocent concerning evil.  Transparency and honesty are powerful weapons in our arsenals.

“But The LORD is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil,”    Thessalonians 3:3 KJV.

“The law of The LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of The LORD is sure, making wise the simple,”  Psalm 19:7 KJV.

“The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me,”    Psalm 116:6 KJV.

Oh, how I greatly appreciate the prayers of the saints!  I am learning so much more about the power we gain at being still and knowing He is God!

All I could do was rest and soak in being quiet and worship.  I couldn’t believe how weak I had gotten in warfare.  I was hit from every angle at the same time.

I feel like I have been spinning and kicking like the martial arts, It has been nonstop.  So, I became tired and exhausted.  But faithful prayer warriors fought for me!

We all get tired and exhausted, but what I learned in all this, is to regress, to be still and know He is God.  So now I am soaking and listening more.

Retreat is a necessary important part of war before we can ever advance.  We all need R & R (restoration and recovery.)

So, when you are exhausted and tired and cannot get your strength back, it is a good clue that you need to back away for some time.

You will feel vulnerable when you are exhausted and tired from war.  It’s the time to back away for refreshment.

I saw myself as a dried out old sponge and suddenly I was dipped into living water (The Word) and I soaked it up quickly.  I feel many of you are now sharing the same feelings as I too am.

It’s time to be still and know He is God and soak, soak and soak in His presence!  Soon you will be full again to conquer and overcome in wiping away every threat what needs to go with that pure water of the word of God!

You are not a human doing, you are a human being, and that what makes us one beloved of God!

Just Be, beloved!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Religious or Relational

Religion makes people intolerant and mean — with nasty faces and judgmental, critical attitudes.

Religion makes people intolerant and mean — with nasty faces and judgmental, critical attitudes.

Yes, these are so miserable they want everyone to be as miserable as they are.  These religious forget where they came from and turn into unhappy miserable people.

The religious spirit expects everyone to buck up and get with their program!

Now Jesus was not religious and He went to where the people were.  Jesus had a divine appointment set in motion by God.

Jesus only did what he saw His Father do and say.  He purposely went down to Samaria, to encounter face-to-face a woman whom the Jews hated, and called all Samaritans, half breeds and dogs.

The Samaritan woman went to the well and Jesus interacted with her, not condemning her, but speaking into her life.  Jesus made it so simple for her that a child could understand.

4 But He needed to go through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”  For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

The Whitened Harvest
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him,” 
 John 4:4-30 NKJV.

This woman was married many times and a sinner, but after that encounter with Jesus she was told clearly that He was HER Messiah!

Oh, the goodness and mercy of God!  That day she became the first woman evangelist taking the message from Messiah to all her people in Samaria.

Jesus didn’t condemn her for her many marriages but what He did was, He revealed himself to her to such a degree that it changed her whole life and destiny by giving hope to her people.

Have we have forgotten where we came from?

Religious faces, thoughts, words and all religious behavior are intolerant and mean spirited because they cannot be good enough in their own mind.

So, if they can’t do good enough, then that is their thought for everyone else.  Religious deception causes intolerance towards everyone and everything that isn’t lining up with their view.

God expects us to reach out to people to let them know there’s a kingdom, but not of this world!

The religious forget there’s a world out there and create boxes to house their beliefs regardless of how erroneously they are.  These boxes become into entrenched into salt and too much salt in one place is too salty.

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found,’”   
Luke 15:25-32 KJV.

The burnt-out religious brother wasn’t happy that his brother was found, favored and forgiven after squandering all his inheritance.

The brother who was so religious and jealous, did not realize the most important piece of this event was that his brother was lost and now he is found!

It was a call to celebrate his return.  The father’s love watched from a long way off, hoping for the return of the wayward son!

The father was so happy about his son who came home, that he lavished him with hugs and kisses, giving him a robe to cover his condition, sandals on his feet giving him new shoes and steps ordered by his father and a ring on his finger, a sign of the fathers authority over all his house!

The jealous older brother was upset as to why the father was celebrating him, and yet he had never given him permission to have a party with his friends.

The father told the jealous brother that he could have had a party anytime with all the fixings and his friends.

The other brother was upset at his brother’s homecoming, thinking he didn’t deserve it.  The older brother did not understand that his place in his fathers house was certain and all that the father had, was his too.

Not understanding the father’s love, grace and mercy, kept him prideful in all his abilities and works, as he felt entitled to much more.

When we get so deep into religion, our pride causes us to forget our own relationship with God and each other.  We forget where we came from!

Sometimes an ordained retreat and down times in our lives are where God leads us and refreshes us in a different way; especially when we are tired and burnt out!

When we get this way, we will notice it seems like everything is making us irritable, drying up and that we are being pulled away from all normality.

There will be times when God is actually leading us to a place to rest, regroup, get reconnected, reestablished, and hear from God.

We are not to be feeding off each other, battling against each other in this condition.  It would be like piranhas going after flesh after flesh.

Religion is what makes complicated the love, understanding and the reality and purposes of God.  We must make room for the Holy Spirit to work on our hearts.

As we are transformed by the Holy Spirit, others will then take notice and want the God we represent.  Once we realize our condition, then we can no longer offer the cheap brand of mindless Merry-Go-Round religion-based performances, or some sideshow acts of pretenders majoring on clown-like behavior, captivating and mesmerizing, with donned mask and paint to alter their true selves.

We must make up our mind, decide, and demand to get off that Merry-Go-Round.

There will be many sized spiritual waves and crashes, and it will shift as a larger wave will descend, but what is left standing once the wave has crashed, was founded on a good foundation.

As the wave runs its course by going into every square inch, it claims everything that wasn’t connected deep on the foundation, and that is released, as it recedes out to sea.

We need to do our ministry.  It is fine to have meetings and enjoy The LORD and each other, but where are the soul winners and the maker of disciples?

The Church has been guilty, for not having any place for these.

So many Church goers are religious, putting in their one hour per week, before then promptly go back to the worldly mindsets.

There is no room for change, no tolerance, and what they fail to see is that all throughout history, when God brings change, some receive it and move with God.

However, there are those who refuse change and when the Spirit of God moves on, many of the people do not move with God.  Thus enters another denomination and they turn what was a place where God once moved, into a shrine of death.

Then in God’s mercy, He sends reformers and prophets, and these shrines begin to kick out the very ones who were needed to bring reformation.

Truly does the passage say, they become white washed walls full of dead men’s bones.

I am done chasing fleeting feelings and experiences.

My soul follows hard after God regardless of who stays or goes.  I belong to HIM and as He moves.  By HIS Grace I will follow.

I hope many of you who read this agree that it is time to stand against religious spirits.

I want to see God move in this end-time harvest, don’t you?

Have we forgotten where we came from?

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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