The Wheel of Religion or The Will of Relationship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion verses Relationship is a very different stance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Comprehension of Peace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where does our Assurance come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encourage or pray with someone today!

Encourage yourself in The LORD!

Realize you are a majority!

There are more with you than with them!

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

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

Release your peace upon them!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Jesus’ Name!
 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Whose Report Will We Believe?

And you were feeling like your prayers weren’t even reaching the ceiling?

This past week has felt spiritually silent for many of you and it has felt deafening as you sought The LORD in prayer, yet having such a feeling of disarray in your life.

And you were feeling like your prayers weren’t even reaching the ceiling?

It seemed so spiritually foggy and dead as the intimidating forces of darkness have caused your life to be full of distractions and hindrances that had to be resolved and dealt with. The enemy has been trying to wear you out!

Don’t rely on the past or even yesterday’s dose of The Holy Ghost! How will we react if we are faced like the Israelites were when they faced the Red Sea thinking and murmuring to Moses and blaming him, but they were really offending God!

They murmured in unbelief and doubt and believed that God had forsaken them and that they thought they were on course to be slaughtered by the Egyptians!

In seeing the Egyptians advancing towards the Israelites, the people cried out in fear, doubt, and unbelief towards Moses, and the doubt quickly spread even after seeing such miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt!

How quickly did the Israelites migrate to unbelief even after divine protection covered them! In Goshen, the Israelites were covered and protected miraculously while Egypt was under the judgment of God.

How many of us backslide just a bit when we are left to our own devices and ways of thinking instead of knowing the mind of Christ and standing on that!

You know that when we hear certain things, for instance, like warnings over the TV and town alarms sounding that tornadoes are imminent, these things spark fear and terror.

Just remember what happened on 9-11 and how the nation responded in fear and terror from that event and the lesson that was hopefully learned by many.

However, after 9-11, Churches were filled up with people, but when things calmed back down, people left the Churches and went back to their unchanged, unregenerate lives.

Coming to Christ is a major life change and challenge! There is no more gray area to be idle in.

Christ causes a change that compels us not to live the way we use to. When we accept and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, his Holy Spirit comes inside of us.

When we are converted to Jesus, we are changed! We are to respond to Him first. He is our first and last, he is our first love, not our second or third love.

Many can come to a Church Building or a meeting to meet others but if they are only motivated by the negative or false reporting, it won’t last. Love is what motivates The LORD.

It is through His loving kindness that he leads men to repentance. How can we reject such love! (Study the doctrine of the Nicolaitans in Revelations 2:14-15)

Whose Report will we believe?

True believers in Christ base their lives on God’s Word!

That is why when we come to The LORD we must read and study our Bibles. It isn’t just any book, it is a Holy Book that must be spiritually discerned.

You cannot read The Bible like a textbook, you must pray that The Holy Spirit leads and guides you into all Truth!

One major role of The Holy Spirit is that He is our teacher. We must believe The Report of The LORD!

“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV.

“But strong meat belong to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” Hebrews 5:14 KJV.

Can a warning sound ring and people not tune in?

If you were on a walk and you came upon a lion would you fear if it roared at you?

Publishers publish words but you must learn the agenda and what basis of truth they believe and speak.

What sound do they make to you? Is there a sound of life? Are you tuned in to the same frequency of The Holy Ghost? Or does the sound speak of fear?

Fake news media has an agenda of propaganda to destroy your morale so you will give up by using intimidation, fear, and doubt!

Hear this! Be not deceived; we are at WAR and there is a very important word to receive during wartime. It is called “Know Your Enemy!”

One of the enemy’s titles is called “the prince of the power of the air.” Satan knows the power of the airwaves and wants the power of the press!

He wants to take you! God’s epistle, that is seen and read of all men will press you and hinder you so that you will get pressed down and worn out from all battles and conflict propaganda!

His agenda is always negative. He wants to publish fear, dread, and doubt-based content to as many people as possible, especially in this day and age.

Satan is brainwashing the masses through the secular, socialistic left-wing media propaganda so that the people will give their minds over to believe the lie.

He wants to demoralize you causing you to lose all confidence and hope. Hope deferred makes a heartsick.

“Shall the trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and The LORD hath not done it? Surely The LORD GOD will do nothing but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The LORD GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? Publish in the palaces at Ashdod and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof. For they know not to do right, saith The LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. Therefore, thus saith The LORD GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and the palaces shall be spoiled,” Amos 3:6-11 KJV.

Has it been an uneasy and fear felt week? Have you murmured and doubted God and laid down your weapons and amour? Have you laid down your resolve in standing with God and His promises?

Have you given in to the mass hysteria and mockery of the socialistic agenda that is provoking many to doubt and fear? What are you giving yourselves to? What is filling your mind, soul, ears, and mouth?

These are the gates to our bodies. Are you getting your information from fake news media and relying on publications that are not found in agreement with God’s word!

Fake news media makes a mockery of those who stand for God’s Word, His promises, and His prophets.

Baal worship may be an ancient form of idolatry but I assure you in the land of America we have Baal worship and it is alive and well in the nation!

The prophets of Baal are spewing out their garbage in the airwaves and in the press and it is no wonder because Satan is called the prince of the power of the air.

God’s Word has also said that “Surely The LORD will do nothing but…” He will show His secret to His servants the prophets!

Has God changed His mind? What has changed in our forward thrust? Why are we bewildered, stumbling, and faint? We must find out what God is saying to His prophets?!

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,” Ephesians 2:2 KJV.

While I was writing this, I saw a vision of a hammer, and immediately I heard, “Is not My Word as a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces? Is not My Word like a hammer that builds and repairs?”

Will we only believe when things seem right? Will we believe when everything seems hopeless and people want to stone us for our message and snuff us out?

Has he not said that he set us over kingdoms to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, to build, and to plant? If we only believe in a green tree, what shall happen in the dry?

If we have believed the lie and it really looks bad, and it may be very bad! This happened to David! But what did David do when it looked really, really bad at Ziklag?

He had to suck it up, shake it off, and encourage himself in The LORD setting his sights back on seeking The LORD for his answers.

We must encourage ourselves in The LORD and pick ourselves back up and believe what God has said! Has he changed his mind? Let us not be weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not.

Remember, there are many battles in a war! One battle doesn’t define you! Setbacks are actually setups to propel us forward!

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in The LORD his God. And David enquired at The LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And he (God) answered him; Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all,” 1 Samuel 30:6,8 KJV. (Study 1 Samuel 30)

Whose Report will we believe?

There are so many radical left-wing prophets of Baal out there who report and spin their lies and deceit like a spider spins its web!

It may look and sound like they are true, but whose report is speaking? We can only know God’s Will by His Word and His Holy Prophets.

The sons of Issachar understood the signs of the times they were in and knew what Israel ought to do, (1 Chronicles 12:32).

I predict that there will be greater upheavals than these! Through the many battles in the war of all ages, many will get stronger and lead others.

There will be greater cohesion as the body will remain connected due to the pressure as isolation brings self-destruction. This is not the time to sit out and not pray!

The devil shall continue his temper tantrums since he knows his time is short and he won’t win, but he will try to take as many out that he can to get them caught up into webs of deception!

It is like a spider that spins its web of deceit; hungering and working to snag as many of God’s people as possible! Her agenda is to capture and bite as many unsuspecting souls as possible through deception in her web.

Then she spins them in the spider’s shroud and advances towards them on her time clock to suck them dry at any time she chooses.

The progression is like when a person lets their mind wander and soon they are captivated and captured by a web of deceit!

An illustration is like a black widow. It is interesting that the black widow kills her mate and devours them after mating and she has a red hourglass on her belly that speaks of timing. And what destroys the web of deceit? The Fire of God!

Are you getting the news in your prayer closet with the Word? Or in turning to the leftist news media agenda where there is mocking, and like a slippery snake, it looks like our situation is bleak?

In the nation, if you rely on radical left socialist media spewing out her intimidation, threats, and radical left propaganda you will be bound to the web of deceit and deception.

Let’s get back to trusting God and returning to our first love. Something I’ve noticed, that when things get strange we get quiet and put other things first in our lives.

Then we will start murmuring and complaining, then we open the door through fear, unbelief, and doubt to the enemy. We don’t want to pay the price so we only do so much to get by.

Have we become lazy in our first love relationship when God is silent? Are we so ever driven to find solace somewhere else and turn to the enemy’s plots and schemes doubting everything God has said and promised?

If we have been guilty of the same sin when the Israelites murmured and complained at Moses, or more appropriately, murmuring to God, we are guilty of doubt, unbelief, and fear. We must repent!

Be not overwhelmed by numbers of people and negative propaganda that seems to be winning. With the negative propaganda, there are rumors but we must not allow our heart to faint and become weary.

“And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumor that shall be heard in the land; a rumor shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumor, and violence in the land ruler against ruler,” Jeremiah 51:46 KJV.

We are supposed to be the temple of God! There are gates into our temple! Our body is to be a “Living” sacrifice unto God!

The temple of The Holy Spirit must be holy and acceptable unto God which is our “reasonable service.” Body of Christ are we doing anything reasonable for God as service to HIM?

I want to get beyond reasonable service in my devotion to The LORD.

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of The Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV.

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are,” 1 Corinthians 3:17 KJV.

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by The Holy Ghost,” 2 Peter 1:21 KJV.

Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither be afraid and faint in your mind. The enemy desires you to go into hiding due to the agitation and great upheavals that quake and shake.

We are in a washing cycle and soon we shall spin out all the dirt and be pressed out.

In closing, how and what do we base our foundation and agenda on?

Make God’s Word foundational where you will hear his voice and be led by His Spirit. With God, a minority is a majority.

And YES, there is a pain in transitioning. Don’t give in to fear and doubt in this dark period stay vigilant in prayer and believe the report of The LORD!

“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from The LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, The LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon The LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint,” Isaiah 40:27-31 KJV.

“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come,” 1 Corinthians 10:10 KJV.

“And ye murmured in your tents and said, because The LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us,” Deuteronomy 1:27 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Uncovering The Enemy’s Propaganda

I cannot stop warning anyone who loves The LORD, to avoid Liberal News Propaganda!

I cannot stop warning anyone who loves The LORD, to avoid Liberal News Propaganda!

These are being used like modern-day prophets of Baal, who spread deceit, deception, corruption, and lies.

Their media is to demoralize you and to spread the lies that say evil is good and good is evil.

Their desire is to control your mind and cause you to fear, having doubt, and unbelief.

Baal worship means a plurality of gods. For example, there is Baal of weather, Baal of fertility, and others like Baal Zebub meaning The LORD of flies, etc. (See Baal in Wikipedia also 2 Kings 1.)

“But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal,” Romans 11:4 KJV.

Most importantly, we must get our news “FIRST” in our Payer Closet and in God’s Word, then carefully listen or read other articles The Holy Spirit leads us to.

The Spirit of Truth will lead and guide us into all Truth! But we must put God first.

Personally, God will not allow me to listen or watch much news or read other Prophetic Words unless He specifically leads me to.

Often after I publish a Word, others send me Words or videos that bring confirmation to me, that bless me and encourage me.

There is so much propaganda online and on television and in all news media, but God’s truth shall be revealed!

We must discern propaganda, so that we won’t be discouraged and slack off in prayer and fasting.

Elijah was sent and had to confront the Baal worship in Ahab and Jezebel’s reign to prove to the children of Israel who was the REAL God!

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if The LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word,” 1 Kings 18:21 KJV.

What are the enemy’s tactics in propaganda?

In spiritual and natural warfare, propaganda seeks to demoralize morale. They’re aimed to break down our will to fight.

They want you to believe they are successful, so that you will lower your will to resist them by making you think you are losing and you might as well quit!

Let us be wise as serpents and innocent as doves!

Let us proceed to take the land piece by piece in our Prayer Closet, as we decree, declare, and establish the will of God in the earth!

With God’s Will in our heart and His swift Sword in our mouth, we shall conquer our foes!

Know who you are in Christ and be not fooled into thinking your part isn’t of value in the grand scheme of things! God has always had a Plan but it is up to us to search Him out!

Repent of the doubt, unbelief, and fear! SHAKE IT OFF!

Get your focus back on God in prayer and be not moved from your steadfastness in Christ!

Take and tell all propaganda to go!

Command it to be sent back to the abyss where it came from! That wide gulf of difference between our voice and the liberal news media will give a resounding, clear, and profound sound of the Trump of God!

It ain’t over beloved! SHAKE IT OFF!

Keep praying and keep believing by speaking His will into all the earth, in Jesus’ Name!
 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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