The War and World of Words

Let us not assassinate our brother! Don’t get involved in the devils agenda’s; Unless you are going to confront it, bring closure and settle the matter

When we speak against our brother, we speak against ourselves!  When we are in a “group,” gossip and slander are mixed with words that kill, steal and destroy.

It matters not who should say something, even if you are silent.  We are known by the company we keep and the words we speak.  Don’t engage in a battle you can never win!

If you have the spiritual maturity, and carry weight and know better, we are accountable before God.  We must understand and beware of what we allow ourselves to listen to, and what situations we put ourselves in, speak and chat about.

Whatever means of communication we use, remember the enemy will line up to the content, long enough to make us think we are hearing the real deal!  The Word of God is always the real deal!  Line up to that!

Once that happens, we have opened the door against ourselves and others that may not understand!  The one with the maturity, ends up lining up with the deception, then once that happens, we speak words that we have no business speaking.  When we curse with our words we are doing the devils business and he sits up watching this horrid civil war with glee!

Learn to look at the root cause in a brother and in this war of words.  Realize that person really didn’t mean what they said!  Know a brother by his or her consistency as a follower of Christ.

Know them by their words and fruits; Fruits of the Spirit, and fleshly fruits.  It takes time to know a persons consistency in Christ.  As we grow in maturity we begin to see various levels.  We can recognize levels we once walked in.

Before honor comes humility.  All Honor belongs to Him who sits on the throne! He is able to abase those that are haughty, and pride comes before a fall.

  1. Our growth to child-likeness, is our end result with God!
  2. We will cast our crowns at his feet one day.
  3. We grow to places of service through humility. He must increase and we decrease!
  4. Innocence through humility! I ask God to Keep me innocent so I remain humble.

This walk is the opposite to our secular lives.  Everyone says to be an over achiever, climb the ladder of success no matter how many heads you step or stomp on!  The kingdom of God is opposite.  It is ALL about Him!

The growth we achieve through this natural world is nothing, compared to our inheritance which is stored up in heaven.  We came into this world with nothing, and we will exit with nothing.  That inheritance is eternally stored up as HE lives through us!

The object is to host the LORD on the throne of our heart.  What an honor we have!  To host the King of Kings and LORD of LORDs on our very own heart!

To HIM who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb, be blessings, glory, honor and power forever!

As we abide in the Word of God, by reason of use, our senses are exercised to discern good and evil.  Beloved of God, we can learn a lot by watching, being silent and listening!  There is wisdom in silence as we listen for His still, small voice.

God must be able to trust us before he releases us to minister to others.  We will die a thousand deaths.  We are supposed to die daily to our flesh.  Picking up our cross and following HIM everyday. As a friend shared with me, “we are dead men walking.”  Dying to self does not appeal to the flesh of man.  However we learn, grow and know it is part of Gods plan for us.

We ALL fall and mess up.  Don’t cut off a brother unless the LORD moves you away from them.  It does not mean something is wrong with you or with them!  He moves us to where we will fit the best.  Some friends don’t last in your life.

YES, Satan sets us up for a fall.  Many times our adversary just goes along with the program until he gains our authority.  Yes!  The enemy gains ground in our lives when we let him.  He wants us to give our authority to his agenda.  So who has the power?

The devil is no dummy, he has had centuries of people to practice on.  Once he does the deed, and we fall for it then WE release the poison through our words.  WE must repent as quickly as we can once we realize what we have done. Then we cast him out of the entire situation.

Initiate closure and peace to all, no matter who was used by the enemy.  All of us at one time or another can be used by the devil.  Show mercy and kindness, and soon others will show it to you when you fall into the trappings of Satan.  Look at the example of Peter, when Jesus recognized Satan voice in the disciple.  Jesus did not throw Peter away, He rebuked the devil!

WE ARE IN THE WAR AND WORLD OF WORDS!

Study the bible about words.  Study what God thinks about gossip, slander, tongue and mouth.  There are many other topics that can be used to fuel a Spiritual Civil War among us.

Let us not assassinate our brother!  Don’t get involved in the devils agenda’s; Unless you are going to confront it, bring closure and settle the matter.  Amen?

As God takes you further into ministry there will be fewer people on your path.  He increases and we decrease.  Not everyone can just hang out as you mature in the LORD.  Why?  God takes his special vessels and places them where He can trust them to be. He has tested them over and over again before he releases them.

Please don’t be offended that they cannot be where you are.  If truly known, they wish at times, could hang out.  There is a plan they were presented with by God and they accepted it.  Depending on the task of Gods plans, it can be a most lonesome path especially when you love people and are extroverted.

Yet these love the LORD so much, they have laid down their lives for him eternally.

We must offer up ourselves as living sacrifice’s to the LORD.  We learn to lay our lives down on the altar and remain there abiding in the presence of God.  We have learned by experience to ask that our tongue and mouth be filled with coals of fire.

Do you think everyone can abide there?  There are many levels in the kingdom and each just as important with different responsibilities.  Not everyone can go where you go.

God may require something from you that others can do freely, but you cannot.  Measure yourselves against the Word of God.  Stand against the wall as a plumbline, he will make you line up to his will.

Jesus wants our attention and he is jealous over us.  He wants to be our best friend regardless of the cost.  Oh to know Him as he is known, to experience Him in this life as He is!  Amen?  Amen!

HE IS OUR EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey

God’s Word for Inertia

Holiness is a foreign word to them and they are so far removed from the scriptures they believe in. They trust the preacher to tell them the scriptures and have no study to back them up at home.

While I prayed I heard the word “Inertia” and I had no idea what it meant.  I looked it up.

Inertia means: 1: Property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.
2: Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change: idleness, lazy, with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness, slothfulness.  A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.  © thefreedictionary.com

The LORD revealed some things through this word definition that is effective now concerning the Church and the timing we are in.  I believe we need to know and understand where we fit in our stance with eternity.

There is a very real resistance to moving forward with God today in the churches.  The people are idle (even in spirit filled churches) with no regard to changing and becoming Christ like.  Many have no concept of the cost of discipleship and teaching about suffering for our stance in Christ.

These are sluggish, slothful, and don’t want things to change.  To these who don’t want to rock the boat; they substitute programs, wanting instead a social, status gathering or club, in which Christ has no part in.  These also are using the church for merchandising.  These have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof, from such we are warned to turn away.

I see nothing in scripture that calls for such programs or teachings that encourage others to do nothing and remain unchanged.  I found that Jesus entered the temple and turned over the money changers tables in anger, stating My house is a house of prayer and you have made it a den of thieves,   Matthew 21:13.

Holiness is a foreign word to them and they are so far removed from the scriptures they believe in.  They trust the preacher to tell them the scriptures and have no study to back them up at home.

Start talking about holiness and watch the people start calling you a legalist or worse, a false prophet.  However, when asked about scripture, many have no idea what they believe or where to find it.

There is a tendency to go with the “herd mentality” and many in this system who are truly saved get stuck in a miry pit or run over.  It takes the LORD’s people to pray and remove them from the pit of destruction through intercession.  Shepherds gently lead their flocks, but herds are driven.

The Church has an existing state of rest or motion that will continue on it’s path of destruction unless that state is changed by an external force; meaning God must change it!

If the church continues on the same path (of rest and uniform motion) It will take a move of God to change the path of destruction.  God will help those that are wayward find their way back, but for many the strict, sacred and undefiled words of the Holy Bible are not applicable anymore.

There are others with lots of zeal who are sincere but sincerely wrong.  These think they are doing Gods will and going along a straight road to destruction and can’t see the peril their in.  Discipleship is so important! It will take prayer and God to changed their directions.

Zeal without knowledge is just as bad, as they believe their salvation is based strictly on their works.  Both states are wrong.  You can’t win by going with the program of religion and traditions; It will take you down and you will wonder why it happened or worse you turn away from God.

Following Christ isn’t easy, but his love for us is eternal and that never fails.  He is our exceeding great reward!

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge,  (Romans 10:1-2 KJV).

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,”   2 Timothy 2:3-8 KJV.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye hold in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy, for I AM holy,”  1 Peter 1:13-16 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey

A Look at the Word Exhortation

Exhort: To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed or to any laudable conduct or course of action. To advise; to warn; to caution.

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.  For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, andcomfort,”   1 Corinthians 14:1-3 KJV,  (Emphasis added).

There is much confusion with this topic and I see and hear those who do not understand the role of prophecy in the church.

In the King James Bible Dictionary:

Edification:  To give courage to; to give or increase confidence of success; to inspire with courage, spirit, or strength of mind; to embolden; to animate; to incite; to inspirit. To encourage.
i.e. To encourage or encouragement, the act of giving courage, or confidence of success; Incitement to action or to practice; incentive.“But charge Joshua, and encourage him….,”   Deuteronomy 3:28.Comfort:  To strengthen; to invigorate; to cheer or enliven.“Comfort ye your hearts….,”   Genesis 18:5.

To strengthen the mind when depressed or enfeebled; to console; to give new vigor to the spirits; to cheer, or relieve from depression, or trouble.

“His friends came to mourn with him and to comfort him….”   Job 2:11.

Exhort:  To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed or to any laudable conduct or course of action. To advise; to warn; to caution. To incite or stimulate to exertion.

“I exhort you to be of good cheer…..,”   Acts 27:22.

“Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters…..,” Titus 2:9.

Exhortation: To deliver exhortation; to use words, warnings, caution to incite to good deeds,  (Acts 2:40).

I find that many believer’s refuse to believe in prophecy or prophets, due to misuse and false prophets.  There is misuse through immaturity, ignorance and pride also.  There needs to be teaching on this subject.

To only know the kindness of God and not the severity of God is to deceive ourselves.  You are obligated to study the Word of God so you can know for yourselves.

It is dangerous to believe in all ministers and not find out the truth for yourself.  The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:12, “to know those that labor among yourselves.”  Also we are to study to show ourselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our LORD Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the LORD, and admonish you; and be at peace among yourselves.  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake,”  1 Thessalonians 5:9-13 KJV.

Why is exhortation, warning?

The Holy Spirit is warning his Church and the world of Jesus imminent return.

The Kingdom of God is among us and like salt, when salt has lost it’s savor it is good for nothing.  Would you rather not be advised, cautioned or warned?

When the LORD comes and open His door to the marriage supper of the Lamb and HE closes the door, It will not be opened again.

“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in,”   Genesis 7:16 KJV.

Just like it was when Noah built the ark.  People were not paying any attention to the signs of the times; Yes, the LORD closed the ark.  HE will close the door once again when He has gathered all his wise virgins.

Don’t stay at the end of the lines; quit having a divided heart with one foot in and one foot out.  The chasm will widen and there will be nothing left to stand on in the middle ground.  You will either be in or out.

This dispensation is coming to a close and once the doors are shut, the Holy Spirit of Grace will be taken out of the earth with HIS beloved remnant.  People will face the full brunt of this earth in tribulation when the anti Christ takes over.  BUT GOD!

“And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them nor follow them, for as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.  But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.  And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all,”   Luke 17:23-27 KJV.

Beloved of God, we are in birth pains, but things are coming quickly to a close.  Those that remain bound to this earth, who rejected Jesus and his word, will find they were left.  There will be two in bed, one taken, the other left.  Two working in a field, one taken the other left.  There will be much confusion.

In those days there will be those that rejected and never committed to Christ.  And those that are backslider’s or ministers who were not right in relationship with Christ.  These will be shocked.  These who taught partial truths, will repent and turn to truth during these days and begin to teach and preach the truth during the tribulation.

During this time, there will be many martyrs for the name of Christ and they will willingly die for the truth that they can no longer reject.  They will die for their faith.  The Jews and those left will be saved but through much tribulation.

No man knows the day or hour of HIS return but we will know the season as we remain abiding in HIM.  It will be when they hear, Peace and Safety then sudden destruction will come.

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the LORD so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober,”     1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 KJV.

Is this a hard message?

Would it be better if God didn’t tell his prophets; warning of the times we are in?

Do you realize they are held accountable for those souls they are to exhort, to advise, warn and caution?

God is sounding his alarm and you can watch the news and see the pages of the Bible happening before our eyes.  The sand in the hour glass is moving quickly and the time to play church is over.  Fake and fluff won’t be able to stand anymore.  There will be a clearer distinction between the true beloved church of the living God, and those who are dry, dead, fake, deceitful religion.

God exhorts us to hear what HIS Spirit is saying to the churches.  The ministry fields are white ready for harvest.

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him,”   Ephesians 1:4-10.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey

The Test of Silence

Those who know they have been called by God to leadership will go through death experiences on many levels

Learning to be silent in the midst of great opposition is an acquired trait.  Many times we are not confident in silence.  We get antsy and nervous when we should be silent and and still waiting on God to show us and to wait on his lead.

What’s our heart motive’s?  Are we “having” to do something or “wanting” to do something.  He has plainly given us free will to choose.  To choose Him or not.  He is not some legalistic God that is standing over you demanding that you love him.  It is HIS loving kindness that leads us to repentance.

We are made in Gods image.  He created us for His pleasure; He created us for fellowship with HIM.  Think about that. He wants to have a love walk with us! Isn’t that amazing!

He has many created beings to fellowship with, but He wants to fellowship with someone that chooses to love Him.  He longs for a relationship with us, but He won’t make us do it.

He will not make us love Him.  The creator of the universe desires our attention.  Oh, He wants us to love Him the way He loves us!  Oh! To be so in love with Him that we take time, not make time for Him.  This whole Christian walk is about knowing our Loving God.

Are we doing things out of obligation, instead of our love walk with HIM?  I want to be motivated by My first Love.  Who is HIM!!  I am not the Holy Spirit, nor can I make things happen. Either God does it or it won’t be done.

If God decrees that we will ultimately hold greater leadership positions, He will take us often to the back side of a desert scenario; to prepare us in humility.  All Christians go through learning to love and grow in grace, I am not talking on this level.

Those who know they have been called by God to leadership will go through death experiences on many levels.  What God requires for one doesn’t necessarily mean He requires it for all.  This depends on what type of death to self we go through.  Whatever level of leadership or office, God always requires death to self in many areas; especially to develop humility.

Not everyone can hold offices of leadership because they involve great humiliations.  For those that shall be great among you shall be servants.

“But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.  And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.  But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise LORDship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.  But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all,”   Mark 10:40-44 KJV.

In my experience and study, it seems by the time we are humble, and resolved that our best days were behind us, then God comes in and says you’re ready!  What a paradox!  I like to say it like this.  It’s like the old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be!  So you are resolved, to go out to the pasture of failure, the rest of your life.

It is in such cases, when silence and humility are primed, then the LORD tells us to go back!  You are ready!  He brings us back full circle to confront what we thought we were supposed to do at the beginning.

However He knew the process from the pit to the palace.  We must grow into the place that God leads us to.  You see, God matures us to handle his authority, especially governing authority on all levels.  Godly authority is opposite to worldly authority.

Look at Moses.  He thought he was ready to lead Gods people.  A prince of Egypt with power.  Moses took notice that he was a Hebrew and thought he was their Savior.

Moses had to be refined and defined on the back side of the desert.  Moses had resolved that his former life was gone and the thoughts of His Hebrew brethren were just a memory gone by.

Help us LORD to never forget where we came from.

Those who will be great influences in life, will die many deaths before they are ready for leadership in the LORD.  By the time they get there, they usually don’t want to do it anymore, because they finally see the cost involved.

Another important thing to take notice of; the greater the authority in leadership, causes the circle of confidants to get smaller.  Not all can walk where you walk, and do what you do.

Leaders minister out of over flow.

The ten virgins speak of overflow.  The five who were ready had enough oil in their lamps and had more to take with them.  God wants us to learn to minister out of over flow.

We must spend time with the LORD in worship, prayer and the word of God.  Being filled with the Spirit is not a one time deal.  We need to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.  Leadership requires continued fellowship with the LORD so we are filled to overflow with HIM.

We each have within us the ability to come to the Holy of Holies each and everyday.  No longer do we rely on priest, prophet or anyone else.  Part of the atoning work of the Lamb Christ Jesus is that He paid our price in full! Now we all, can come boldly into His throne room of grace to receive mercy and find help in time of need.

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,”   Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV.

We must learn to protect the gift of the King.  Being stewards of great gifts requires faithfulness.  We cannot allow anyone to keep us from defending those Kingly treasures!  Guarding and stewarding the gift is your responsibility.

Only God can tell us who we are and what we have.  There will be those who try to latch on to the person to get to the treasure.  Guard your heart for out of it come the issues of life.

The Word says, that a double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways.  When Moses was young he was very unstable in the ways of God.

When Moses tried to make his ministry happen, he made a blunder!  Yes it seemed like Moses would think he was their savior.  He was bold, proud, arrogant and killed a man.

Moses thought he was ready, and looking at the situation, it could look that way, however, Moses was full of himself.  God judges the heart.  Moses ran and remained hidden forty years.

And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, and in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel,”   Deuteronomy 34:10-12 JKV.

Moses became a man whom God knew face to face.  Isn’t this our desire?  We know God face to face as we worship Him, seek Him and know His Word.  Being filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit should be our goal. He so desires us to be filled more and more.

There are many different field’s and fold’s of ministries.  We are to be careful not to go into another mans field of ministry, unless invited.  We want to be effective, not infected.  We must never minister out of our wounds.  God is greater than our own heart and knows all things.

We want to leave behind us a Spiritual Legacy with God and his people. This is the path. Seeking Him until we find Him! To fall deeper in love with Jesus as we develop our relationship with Him.

God will make room for His gifts.  Just realize, this is a test of silence for you!  He wants you to be confident in silence.  Seeking titles and speaking titles, always speak of immaturity.  Let God be God and let Him make room for your gifts.  Only He can prepare you for what’s ahead.

You don’t seek out ministers, you don’t promote yourself.  God does that.  Promotion comes from the LORD and everyone will know it.

Spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  Do we have a low battery Spiritually?  We need to hook into Gods Spirit and be charged up and filled as we seek HIM with our whole hearts.  Amen?

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In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey