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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Give God Room!

Our Number One Foundational belief in our salvation is understanding fully that it is impossible to keep in the flesh.

Our Number One Foundational belief in our salvation is understanding fully that it is impossible to keep in the flesh.

That is why Jesus came and took our place for our sin once and for all.  It was impossible to be saved, sealed, and delivered in our power, but the perfect precious Lamb of God took our place.  We cannot add anything to it or take anything away from it.

Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks, if any man hears that knock and opens the door He will come in.

Becoming right with God happens when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Through Christ’s atoning work on that cross He, the perfect Lamb of God, paid the awful terrible price for the salvation of our eternal souls.

When we truly get the revelation of what he did in our place, we cannot help but be grateful, love and serve The LORD!

I am so grateful that he draws us closer.  For who can’t help but believe when they are confronted with God’s perfect love that cast out all fear!  Fear causes torment and our God does not torment.  It is His lovingkindness leads us to repentance.

Being a servant to the people of God for decades, I have seen much.  But this especially I have seen a lot.  I have never seen a person who was a pressured, pushed, fearful, or tormented individual make a true love commitment to Christ.

Fear and torment cannot keep you.  I have NEVER seen a person make a commitment who was fearful, tormented, pressured, and continue on with Christ.

Fear will not save you and fear will not keep you! God’s motive is always love, because when you come to know the lover of your souls you cannot help but repent and fall in love with Him!

When met with Perfect Love, you cannot help but repent and receive his love and His security deep within.  Christ is not religious and He goes wherever the people are.

Always remember to remind yourself and others that we love Him, because He first loved us.  And it is because His lovingkindness always leads us to repentance not fear and torment!

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me,”    Revelations 3:30 KJV.

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us,”    1 John 4:15-19 KJV.

As for me, I have learned through the years how blessed and relieved I was when I learned to remain childlike in innocence.

It wasn’t always that way though!  Those who know me well understand who I am but for the majority, remaining as a child has kept ignorant, innocence and close to Abba, and people have not seen what I pack inside.

It is better to remain incognito and quiet staying in the back until He calls you forward.  Then everyone will know!

This is the key beloved; Let God make room for your gifts!  You don’t need to say it, prove it or try to make it happen.

Let God open doors and let HIM say it!  He wants to take us onward and upward in the Spirit realm and Let God make room for you.

I try to do my best keeping it simple.  So, I fall on the grace and mercy of God.  I am simple, and childlike and that is my rank. I seek no titles. He is my total life. And I want to bring glory to His HOLY Name!

I pray in season He always reveals.

I seriously asked God to keep me innocent and childlike to take what the Holy Spirit shows me, to minister encouragement in all ways.

To move in love and do all things motivated by love for The LORD, to all of us who are in a major struggle.  It is my hope his word has moved you and given you confidence in Jesus name!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Searching Infected or Effective

Becoming harsh, critical and impatient with people is a Major Red-Hot symptom and a true sign that we are becoming spiritually deaf and blind that is rooted in pride.

 

Becoming harsh, critical and impatient with people is a Major Red-Hot symptom and a true sign that we are becoming spiritually deaf and blind that is rooted in pride.

If we become Religious it shall cause us to become ineffective.  The blind lead the blind and they both will fall in a ditch. What did Jesus say about these people?

“But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch,”   Matthew 15:13-14 KJV.

When we lose our compassion for hurting humanity, we can easily become religious on external things that offer nothing eternal.  If we do not take heed to the warnings we cannot help but slide down that slippery slope none of us are exempt.

There are so many who take the turn pike of what seems to be the easy way around.  What happens next is that we avoid the very route of greatest need.

There is such a need to reach Samaria and the uttermost places in the world.

Jesus had a divine appointment by God with a multiple times divorced woman of ill repute!  The Jews called Samaritan’s dogs, and can you imagine what his disciples thought to see him talking to this Samaritan woman?

Although his disciples thought he was veering off course, this direct leading by Jesus opened the door to Samaria with the good news!

Not many could have fathomed the historic statement Jesus made that day!  Who would have known!

But when the woman at the well came that day who would have thought she became the first woman evangelist to her community.  Come and see the man that told me everything I ever done..

There is still such a need to relate to people where they are who desperately need our compassion!  These are they who seek the message of hope to their world.

There are still many Samaritans in our world, yes those who are untouchables of religion.

The religious get further away from effectiveness because these begin to veer off the path of The LORD focusing and going and turning inward instead of focus upward!

The sure way to tell it is a religious order is to watch and listen to their words and watch their actions.

Religion seeks to retain their hold of people instead of the people who seek to serve The LORD.  The religious seek out those who will serve out their demands that they can’t even accomplish.

These many religious orders are motivated by pride and feeding egos and they fall prey to a judgmental, critical organization that only the “perfected” elite can attain.  If you don’t measure up, they demand more and command that you get with the program.

Remember, the good Samaritan no longer looked for the way of avoidance of those hurting humanity and who are half dead. In our walk with Jesus there will be many temptations to get pulled from all sides and if ministry is no longer a loving caring convocation, it’s a farce.

We must remember that regardless of the wounded conditions, we must focus on Jesus and what he would do and where would he go.

We must never get caught up in religions rules and regulations who say get with the program!  These types of people you will come across daily, mark those and watch and see how they fare, as they give no room for God’s Loving Spirit.

“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise,”    Luke 10:29-37 KJV.

“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?  And Jesus answering said, a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise,”    John 4:29-37 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Foundations of Our Faith Series – Pt. 2

Christian believer!  God does NOT put you into cringing, scared to death, insecurity, worry, and fear!

 

Part 2 – Continuation of “Repentance from Dead Works.”

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,”   Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJV.

1:  The first foundational doctrinal truth is the “Repentance from Dead Works.”

Before I start, I would challenge each of you to follow up on what is presented and do a word study on the word “perfect” throughout the Holy Bible.

You will find various meanings for the word “perfect, perfection or perfected.”

Correct meaning and understanding happens only when we are in the context to the entire Holy Scriptures!

Only then can we rightly divide the word of truth and understand its meaning.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,”   2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.

When you read the word “perfect” in this teaching, you need to look up the original meaning in context to all the base point passages of scripture.

While Paul calls us not only to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1 KJV), but also to imitate him (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1 & 2 Thessalonians 3:7).  Paul denies that he is perfect (Philippians 3:12 KJV).

Yet, Paul calls the believers to share the excellence of life that Christ bestows on us, (Colossians 1:28, 3:14 KJV).

Hebrews speaks of the perfection of God’s children, stressing that it is the result of Christ’s death on their behalf.

“By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy,”  (Hebrews 10:14 and cross reference Hebrews 11:40, 12:23 KJV).

A key New Testament verse for understanding perfection in the Christian life, is found in (Corinthians 12:9).

“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made ‘perfect’ in weakness.”

Believers are made perfect if they have received the gift of God’s grace in and through Christ.

Christ came to earth with THE eternal mission of love.  He chose and willingly suffered an unimaginable, horrible death, becoming THE pure spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  He is our peace and has broken down the middle wall that divided us from God.

The 18-inch curtain that separated us from God, was ripped from the top to the bottom when he died.

Thus, making the way open for us to come into the holy of holies by a new and living way through the veil of His flesh! His death opened the way for all those who call Him LORD.

He is the author of our soul salvation and in His ‘perfection,’ he exchanged with us, what we could never do!

By receiving Jesus Christ as Lord, He made us right with God once and for all! When we received Him as Lord and savior we inherited His many benefits.

“Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah,”   Psalms 68:18-19 KJV.

When we understood our hopeless condition and the revelation of our total alienation and sinful life from God, we cried out to God to save us!

That beloved was the most amazing revelation we could imagine or ever understand!
Jesus Christ took our place!

We should have been totally separated from God!  But God!  Beloved of God, there was an exchange that took place at that very moment when you cried out to God!

Jesus Christ finished our payment of sin through the travail of HIS soul, being perfectly spotless, sinless, and totally righteous!

He gave and exchanged his perfect life ‘once and for all’ for all those who have received Him as LORD!

When we received the ‘Gift of Salvation,’ that paid and totally covered all the righteous decrees and demands of the law, once and for all, with His willing sacrifice on Calvary! Beloved, He took our place!

Jesus did for us what we could not do, and all to him we owe!  Through Jesus’ abiding “perfection,” He continues to make the way open for us and he ‘perfected’ that which concerns us!

Beloved, the Law, Religion, and Tradition are not our friends!  These influences will continue to send onslaughts against you.

Why?  Because they are on a serious quest to keep you from freedom and the simplicity in Christ!

The opposite of trusting faith is fear!  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom!  That is where we start; at the beginning!

To receive wisdom, we reverence God!  As Children, we can understand that Abba God loves and teaches us, and only wants what is best for us.

God is the perfect parent!  He is a good Father and He doesn’t make mistakes in our rearing!  God is not like earthly minded imperfect parents.

Satan doesn’t want you to see or know that the highest rank and power in the Kingdom of God, is that of a little child!

All of heaven backs up “A Child of God!” Especially one who knows who they are in Christ!

Satan wants to twist God’s Word and His nature and character to that of an angry parent that you can never please or measure up to!

Satan wants to keep you from developing as a Child of God, so he twists the scriptures and uses all sorts of false religious doctrines, and fear tactics, to misrepresent who God is!

Christian believer!  God does NOT put you into cringing, scared to death, insecurity, worry, and fear!

We are to reverence God and respect, and honor him as our Father!  Faith and fear cannot abide together!  One will cancel out the other!

When we get into trouble, Father God disciplines us for our good that we partakers of His holiness.

What good Father doesn’t discipline his child?  His Love and devotion toward us is always motivated to do what is best for us!

Yes, even when he must correct us, it is always for our good!  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind!

Perfect love cast out all fear for fear hath torment, those who fear have not been made perfect in love.  Being perfected in love is when we understand that God is not against us, He is for us from beginning to end!

Child of God; God’s perfect love toward us liberates us and we finally comprehend that we have life and peace in knowing Abba God’s nature, and character, and His amazing love for us!

Read Hebrews 12:7-13….

“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed,”
   Hebrews 12:7-13.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love,”   1 John:4:16-18 KJV.

Satan wants you to believe the lie.  That God isn’t good, that he doesn’t love you, that he is out to get you, and that you will never be good enough to measure up!

Well part of that is true; You will never measure up to God’s standards in your own strength and power!

Satan doesn’t want you to know about the goodness of God’s liberating power and the simplicity that is in Christ!

Do you remember when you were first saved, and how wonderful, powerful, and liberating it truly was to be free indeed?

If the enemy cannot stop us from receiving salvation, he will come at you to twist the scriptures about every promise Christ has done and provided for us.

The devil will go after us with a Religious spirit to bring us back into bondage and under a yoke of slavery!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,”   Galatians 5:1 KJV.

As I close this portion of teaching, I will leave you with this preview.  There are many religions and denominations in Christendom that teach that you must follow Jesus AND obey the Law.

These two cannot coexist!  It is like a magnetic force that pushes against each other; These cannot come together; It is impossible!

There is an ongoing war of darkness, and their mission is, to spy out our liberty we have in Christ in how he set us free and their motive is to bring us into bondage!

What Jesus Christ accomplished for us is so amazing, and so wondrous!  Many people, including Christians struggle saying it can’t be that easy!

But beloved of God, God meant for it to be so simple that a child can understand!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Foundations of Our Faith

The doctrine of repentance from dead works is absolutely foundational to our faith.  All of us have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

 

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,”   Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJV.

The first foundational doctrinal truth is the “Repentance from Dead Works.”

The doctrine of repentance from dead works is absolutely foundational to our faith.  All of us have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

All of our works in the flesh, past, present, and future can never make us perfect in our flesh and behaviors to have right standing or security with God,  (Romans 3:23).

Regardless of our activity, works, actions, and behavior; we can NEVER attain the ability to measure up to what Christ paid for us on Calvary!

Christ Jesus did it once and for all! How can we think we could be perfect enough in our flesh by making ourselves right with God apart from Christ?

Christ Jesus paid for us in full and we cannot add to that nor can we take anything away from it.

It is HIS Paid free gift to us!  He paid a horrible price for ALL our sins, past, present and future when we accept HIS free gift to us!

The bottom line question is: Can we be perfect enough in our flesh and behaviors to measure up to what Christ perfectly did?

NO!  If we think we can be perfect enough by the law, then we must do ALL the law perfectly,  (Romans 10:5).

You can attempt over and over to live the “perfect life” your best shot!  However, when we try to be perfect in our flesh, it will only lead you to insanity, and burnout!

NO ONE CAN DO IT!  You will be like the runaway train!

Can anyone become perfected by the law in performance in their behaviors?

If so, then Christ’s death was in vain for them.  Our choice beloved is; Do we live by the letter of the law, or by the hearing of faith in Christ?

If we choose to live by the law then the payment of Christ’s sacrifice was in vain for you.

All of our acts of righteousness are as filthy rags in God’s eyes!  The Father has commanded all men everywhere to repent of their wicked ways.

This belief that we are perfect in our flesh is a wicked way!

“And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.  Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?  God forbid.  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain,”   Galatians 2:9-20.

“Now we know that what things so ever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law? of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  Is he the God of the Jews only?  is he not also of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  Do we then make void the law through faith?  God forbid: yea, we establish the law,”   
Romans 3:19-31 KJV.

We cannot master the law, or we would have been the master.  Do we think more of ourselves or above God?  Perfection means maturity!  We would never be perfect in our flesh in this life.

Extreme teaching, is rooted in pride and it opens the door to dabbling with the fallen angels that come as angels of light!

They are very cunning and crafty, very expert in knowing how to present themselves and to twist the word of God.

These fallen angels of hell can manifest as glorious looking creatures, such as angels of light with beauty.  These fallen angels have studied man a long time!  They have studied YOU!

They know if they can’t get you coming, they will get you going!  These fallen angels’ mission is in drawing us further and further away from the truth!

Balance is so important! We must return to our foundations and see where we got off.  When we get off balance and off center, this is the time to pull away from anything and everyone and regroup with God!

When we refocus, and get centered back on God and His Word, He will pull us back into focus, balance, and to be centered!  Then He will cause us to be in sync with His order of things!

We must have our foundation settled because if we build anything on a faulty foundation when the winds blow, everything that isn’t built according to Christ righteousness will be blown away!

Our foundation is always Christ in what He did, not what we did!

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,”   Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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