The Religious Legalist

I have prayed and questioned God today as pertaining to my former religious life that is buried and in the grave.

I have prayed and questioned God today as pertaining to my former religious life that is buried and in the grave.

It is buried true, but there on that tomb is a testimony that The LORD wants me to share.  He wills that I share portions of my former life in hopes to help others who may be in similar places.

God did tell me a long time ago, that He would take everything in my life and turn it around for good and He would use my testimony to help others.

As you read the absolute naked portions of my former life, please don’t judge me, but pray for me and others who read this, who are or were like I was.

Pray that The LORD gives you compassion to wounded souls like I was.

Important!  Balance!  

This isn’t a message for people who only want to get by or pretend.  This message is for people who want to be everything God wants, but they go to the extreme and burn-out in their abilities, becoming religious.

This message isn’t about people who only want fire insurance from hell, or those who only want to do the bare minimum to get by.

I wondered how many of us have ever felt like we’re running in circles chasing our own tail?

How many of us spend enormous amounts of time, effort, and energy doing something for God, but we end up achieving nothing?

How many of us think we are entitled to so much more, but we end up wondering why we cannot get beyond whatever this is?

This process perplexed me and made me feel so vulnerable and weak and I didn’t understand why it kept happening.

This topic troubled me for a number of years, because I had wrong thinking and a wrong belief system.

It wasn’t until the many years of circling around that same mountain, defeated, that I got serious with God as to why this kept happening to me!

I wanted to know what I was doing wrong, and I really did want to know what I was believing, even if it cost me positions and relationships.

I was so upset and desperate that it was at this point when He began showing me the error of my belief system.

Being a go-getter for God and extremely disciplined, I went hard after God to the max for years, even when I ran off on my own accord for God!

However, I couldn’t understand why I ended up in the same place each year!  I kept burning out and it affected me spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

I would hear people say, “I would rather burn-out for God than to just exist in obscurity.”  Which was totally pride.  And in loving people, we want to be totally admired and envied; we want people to love us and think we are great.

Being amongst the legalist extreme in religion, was more regarded than those who pretend and seem to just get by in their faith; even while we’re saying, we are having so much fun!

God never intended that we be fulfilled in life without Him, but He gave us a free will and free choice.

In legalism, we want to affect the world around us, when in actuality we are really driving those we love mad!   I heard these things, “Why don’t you just enjoy your life?”

When I really thought about that, I was perplexed as I didn’t know how to enjoy my life as a legalist, because I had a reputation to keep up and I gave up my life to be this person!

And there were so many laws and demands to remain usable in that twisted world of religion.

I wanted to be a gospel peace maker among the numbers of brethren and especially among denominations.  I preached unity and for people to get along with their differences.

I had a type A personality and based everything and the way I lived on how perfectly I could remain.

I thought at the time that I understood that Christ saved me and delivered me, but inside I saw myself as not good enough, so I had to keep up the standard of all those around me and do all the things required of me.

Even though I loved God, I didn’t really understand the basis of my salvation, and thought I had to keep up, then when I would burn-out, I would see God as a task master and unattainable unless I remain strong in my own power, because he only wanted the best and strongest, like Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.

And to add to the mix, I expected others to seek God with the same fervor I had and I had a very judgmental spirit.

I was able to pull order out of disorder in all sorts of situations in religion.  I was in control and I was needed — at least at the time.  I did what needed to be done, but I was in a race with myself and I was miserable and I could feel each time like I was coming apart.

What is a type A personality?
Definition and meaning:  “Type A personality:  A temperament characterized by excessive ambition, aggression, competitiveness, drive, impatience, need for control, focus on quantity over quality and unrealistic sense of urgency.  It is commonly associated with risk of coronary disease and other stress-related ailments.”    © businessdictionary.com

When I would burn-out physically, I was so full of anxiety and fear because I felt I wasn’t strong enough to prevail.  I felt so weak and out of it that I would not make it to Heaven, because I was not strong enough and didn’t have what it would take.

So many issues stemmed from that including a strong spirit of pride, arrogance, and judgmentalism I had.  Any time I was weak, I condemned myself and beat myself down with self-hatred and self-loathing.

It would take me weeks to recover and I would hear things like grace and mercy and for a time I would believe it, that God accepted me as I was…… but once I was strong again, I would blow it off and go back to my flawed belief system.

Although I believed in the grace and mercy of God, I thought it was predicated on my behavior modification and lifestyle.  I would begin to get a glimpse of the nature and character of God in those down times, but once I was strong again, I embraced my former belief system based on fear.

I have never seen anyone who was strong-armed to the altar through fear or torment, who has remained.

Fear doesn’t save people, love does.  Love keeps us for we are kept by the power of God!

It is through God’s lovingkindness that He leads us to repentance.  God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power love, and a sound mind and perfect love cast out all fear for fear has torment.

I came to a place of sudden loss of three major happenings in my life all in the same time frame.  I found myself suddenly, when whatever it was within me that gave me strength was depleted and gone!

Suddenly I broke down!  Something within me broke and whatever it was that kept me strong, was suddenly gone and no matter how much I fasted and prayed, I could not get over this.

Something within me broke and I found I had no control over my life anymore.  I had never felt so vulnerable.  I asked for prayer from the Church and people fasted and prayed for me — all to no avail.

I felt I was blinded and did not know my way, led only about by people who then started hating on me, because I wasn’t the strong Sherry they knew.

Then I learned the Church I served in blasted me from the pulpit and told the others to stay away from me, because I was a false prophet!  I was one of their ministers and had been under their authority for three years, totally involved in all portions of that ministry!

The Church and every friend I thought I had, judged me and abandoned me.  I was left alone with no hope.

It felt like they took a sharp knife and stabbed me in the heart and twisted it.  Something broke and was never the same again.

Like having a broken arm without getting it set in alignment, and it has never been the same and that person who was so strong, was no longer was there.

Part of me died never recovered.  I was beyond exhaustion; total exhaustion and I cried all the time —  but little did I know I was on my way to freedom!

In my pursuit of God after these experiences, I learned I had a fear of God that wasn’t according to knowledge, and it caused me to see everything through legalism and religion.

You see, their belief was I needed to be strong and keep on going, or I would not make it into heaven.

Everything was based on performance not the grace and mercy of God and His finished work.  I saw God as an angry God towards humanity, and especially towards me!

After this experience, I could not pray and I felt like I had gone beyond the grace and mercy of God.  I was existing, hurt, wounded, and heading for certain death — I thought.

But oh, The Blood of Jesus!  Oh, the grace and mercy of God!  God was answering my prayers that I wondered about as why I was continually going around in circles.

As you continue to freedom in Christ, don’t let man limit you, because they can’t keep you under their control.

It happens more than you know.  I have had people abandon me just because I wasn’t allowed by God to conform to their agenda.

When you are released, you will be shocked at how much you were under control and the weight will fly off of you!  You will feel it release!

I want you to know straight up, that my desire is to never offend, but I would much rather offend man than God.

People will try to strong-arm us to intimidate, force, control, and to keep us bound to their experience when God has so much more for you.  You don’t need to apologize for being obedient to God!

God sets you free and who knows what He has planned for you! 

You will be free, and may even have a major change into a different career field of ministry!  It’s not over, you have just begun!

It isn’t a demotion, but a promotion into what is needed for each of us to function within The Body of Christ.  What you have attained thus far in God isn’t taken away, for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,”   Romans 11:29 KJV.

This topic isn’t about people who just want to get by, or about people who pretend to be believers but who bear no fruit of the Spirit.

This topic is for the people who love God, but have been captives of legalism and religion, like me.

I was extreme with God and had never understood God’s grace or mercy, or Christ and His finished work on the cross.

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment,”   James 2:13 KJV.

If you don’t know who you are, then people will tell you who you are and you will be whom they want you to be, instead of whom God wants you to be.

We must remember, those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise.  So look into the mirror of God’s Word and be whom He wants you to be.

Religion is a return to bondage, for your righteousness is self-motivated by your behaviors.

Religion focuses on the flesh of man.  Christianity focuses on the flesh of the finished work of Christ.

Legalism causes our heart to be hard.  A legalist wants everyone to do it their way, or you are not good enough or they label you as not being a Christian.

It makes the religious group mad when you are not doing what they want, and follow all their rules, especially if God is still blessing you!

A legalist is very intolerant of anyone who doesn’t measure up to his or her standards.

More next time……..

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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If I Hold My Peace

A meeting on the Taming of the Tongue made a great impact on me and I immediately could see myself in those words taught.

Back in the 1980s, I and my family had attended several Churches for a number of years.

Being in the military, we moved quite often, so this particular Church I speak of I was there over three years.

I had served three Churches prior to being licensed and ordained into the ministry.  The third Church I and my family attended was a very pivotal Church in my growth and releasing me into the leadership in that particular Church.

I attended as many meetings as I could and usually was involved five days a week in various groups and was used in prayer meetings, women’s meetings, teaching, prophesying, and putting it strongly, I was involved!

I was so hungry for God and hungry to learn all I could absorb.  I remember being in a ladies’ meeting on Wednesday and the subject that was taught was, The Taming of the Tongue.

That meeting made a great impact on me and I immediately could see myself in those words so I decided that a fast was in order.

In my desperation to get control of my tongue, I started a fast for as long as it would take.  I know this may sound funny to some, but in taking control of my tongue I put duct tape on my mouth and kept it there until after five p.m. when my husband got home.

However, I continued fasting, keeping my tongue under control for two whole weeks.  I only spoke after five p.m. if absolutely necessary and of course in taking care and guiding my small children.

I had so many phone calls I could not answer, and my husband at the time was continuing to berate me and harass me continually about anything and everything, but in all of this, I refrained from retaliation and took it in silence.

In prayer, I asked God to help me.  I was so serious about learning how to hold my peace so I continued, but it wasn’t easy at all.  It was so hard!  I felt so abused and beaten down inside, and weary with all the accusations and harassment of my husband.

The second Sunday in the two weeks fast I, my husband, and three children were getting ready for Church when all hell was in my house.

My husband ranted and raved like a possessed man against me.  I held my tongue and peace.  On our way to Church, I held on to God with all my heart and refrained from reacting to his curses, abuse, and harassment.

When we finally arrived, we took our seats and I was so beaten down that I couldn’t even praise The LORD.  I sat before The LORD and just wept.

On our way home, he was still harassing me and belittling me, making me feel so bad and all I could do was cry and talk to God to help me.

Once we got home and I changed clothes, I went to prepare our lunch while he continued to provoke me.

But on this day I could feel anger building up inside me.  I couldn’t worship God at Church nor have peace in my home and I felt like my nerves and reserves were swiftly going away.

Well, he said all sorts of ugly things and criticized what I fixed for lunch and then I lost it!  It was like I was a cornered animal that lashes out.

I thrashed out big time, calling him all sorts of names and words I won’t say.  I promptly left for my bedroom, but as I went I knew I had sinned, as the scripture came to my mind, “let not the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil.”

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil,”   Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV.

Well, as I laid on my bed upset, I knew where that scripture was, so I turned to another part of the Bible to avoid it, because I didn’t want to hear that scripture, nor read it.

But then my eyes landed on another passage of scripture as I laid upon my bed crying.

“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah,”   Psalm 4:4 KJV.

As I laid there not wanting to hear it, I asked God why is was that I had to be strong, while he gets away with everything!   It was all about my rights!

But what we need is God’s rights and His right way!

All I could hear was that I needed to go to him and ask for forgiveness and do it that night.  Well, I rebelled and I hung on to that anger I had towards him that night.

When I woke up on Monday morning for prayer at 5 a.m., I began to pray and The Holy Spirit immediately told me, “I will not talk to you until you ask for his forgiveness.”

I always hunger to hear God’s voice and I had to hear now.  So there was no option, I had to obey because I had to hear The LORD!

As my husband was getting ready for work, he was stomping through the house in a demonic fury.  When he stomped into the kitchen I could feel his anger, but I yielded to The Holy Spirit and said to him, “I am sorry for all I said.”

Then he promptly told me, “You should be!”  I gritted my teeth not to speak and said to The LORD, okay I did what you said, now it’s your turn.

As my husband stomped through the house in anger and prepared to leave for work, The Holy Spirit told me, “His truck won’t start, and your car won’t start either.”

I sat on the couch and listened as he walked out the door.  Sure enough, his truck would not start, then he left the truck and attempted to take my car and it wouldn’t start either.

As he walked back in the house, he looked bewildered and told me his truck would not start either, neither would my car.  I told him I know.  In shock he said how did you know?

I told him what The Holy Spirit said and that he needed to deal with these issues and repent before God.  In shock, he sat down across from me in a chair and closed his eyes.

While he was silent and I sat and prayed, the anointing came strong on my left hand — like lightning — and The Holy Spirit said, “Tell your husband to stand up in the middle of the room, put his hands up in surrender to Me — then you are to put this hand on his head.”

This was a hard thing to say, because of his strong pride and I resisted for some moments.

I had to obey because The Holy Spirit was so strong on me.  I told him what The Holy Spirit said and shockingly, he willingly and immediately stood up in the middle of the room and he put his arms up and stood there with his eyes closed.

Then I got up and laid my hand on his head and immediately he fell backward and was out on the living room floor!

He was out for a long time.  When he finally was able to get up, the devil was defeated and there was peace between us and his attitude totally changed.

What a revelation that was to me and that experience has forever branded my heart!

It is so true, we must forgive speedily so that God can work for us.  Many times, we don’t realize how we hinder our own prayers by getting in God’s way and we cancel out our words and curse our own lives because we fight our own battles.

I learned a valuable lesson when I hold my peace and let The LORD fight my battles, victory shall be won.

We must learn to get out of the way.

I heard something I never ever heard before, The Holy Spirit said, “Unless you forgive him, release him and let him go, I cannot work in your situations for your good.  And because you fight your own battles, it ties my hands to fight for you.”

Well, at times I am reminded of this experience at how The LORD “vindicated” me when I chose to do it God’s way.

It will work for you too if you work it, and God will turn everything around for your good because you love God and are called according to his purpose.  Amen?  Amen!

“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh,”
   James 3:3-12 KJV.

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain,”   James 1:26 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Recovery From a Shattered Heart

Remember, God is the only one who can vindicate, validates and approves.  Remember Joseph!

I was saved when I was 7 years old and baptized.

However, as I grew up, I lived a very bad life as a teen and then once I came fully to God in 1981 as an adult, I began to change.

I was raised pretty much Baptist, but didn’t find the depths I craved in God till 1983, when I got baptized by fire in the Holy Spirit and I was radically changed.

I had got connected with a friend whom I met at the base Chapel, and she would tell me things that happened in her life as a child.

I would just sit and listen in amazement, as she would share with me things God would do in this life NOW!

I didn’t know God could be so real.  Her parents are deliverance ministers in the Church of God; the one based in Cleveland TN.

Anyway, she introduced me to the Holy Spirit/ Ghost baptism, and to make a very long experience short, God literally showed up in my house on the third night when I fasted and prayed for the very first time, and oh my good God, did HE show up!

I had no idea about any of this!  I was so innocent and had no idea why a puffy white cloud showed up in my home and the presence of that weight of His glory, oh my!

Neither did I know what price it would cost.

I experienced the Shekinah and had no idea what it was, it just scared me, but WOW, did God baptize me with fire!

Of course, later, The LORD taught me about the Glory of The LORD when His visible presence would come in the form as a cloud in the Bible.

It wasn’t long after that when I was in prayer and The LORD told me he called me as a minister.  I saw that and told him, “I can’t do that! I’m a woman!

Well, not long after my radical experience, my husband became a very heavy weapon against me and was used by the enemy.  But true to form, God always turns everything towards our good.

All of those years in the refining fire I continued to say, I could never be a minister.

My marriage of 25 years to a pastor was made final in 2006, but the effects of that marriage were very hard and long lasting.

However, what was worst, was in pouring out my life to people in the Church whom I thought were my friends, who loved me, and believed in me.

I shared everything with them.  They knew me and I never imagined such betrayal could happen.

All of the times of bearing my soul were turned against me and in my rejection, bitterness took a hold of my soul.

Bitterness defiled me and I pulled away like a wounded animal.  I was trying to survive and when anyone who got too close, I would lash out!

No one understood.  Yes, they would use the scriptures and yes, the scriptures are right — but I was in no place to receive them, for my wounds were so raw, nothing soothed them.  So I resorted to isolation.

We must learn to ask God for a word fit for use and in the proper season…..

God knew all of this and He had not left me.  He was waiting on me all through the whole scenario.

Like Job’s friends’ had good basic instructions, with good intentions, but had no experience in that kind of suffering regardless of the weight they carried, sometimes people just need to learn to shut up and refrain from speaking or playing God, when they have no idea what you go through.

While we learn to sit in silence with death, trauma and suffering, it can become such a ministry experience.

When we identify with someone by just being there in action, only using words if necessary, can do so much more.

Job’s friends were wrong in attempting to correct him with open wounds.  They did not represent God in the matter.  (Read the Book of Job.)

Yes, satan set me up big time, and I don’t deny that I am not religious, pretending that I am some sort of perfect person.  I am not lying about it, and I believe what the Bible teaches about suffering, especially the sufferings of Jesus Christ and of Paul!

Yes, I had a truck wreck and had physical wounds, very deep emotional wounds, and very deep marital wounds, and very, very deep and critical ministry wounds.

It was during this short period of time where everything hit me all at once and it had caused me to be mortally wounded.  I couldn’t function, my whole life had been hurled into the air and when it landed, caused zillions of slivers of crystal everywhere.

I did my best to hide it and the best I could do was to sweep up the pieces of my shattered heart and put the dust and pieces in a little sack around my neck, because I had no idea what to do with it and it was the only place I could wear it.

Some wear it on a sleeve, I wore mine around my neck.

“And they that heard it said, who then can be saved?  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting,”   Luke 18:26-30 KJV.

In my rejections, the wounds were gaping so deep that my heart was shattered into zillions of what were fine crystal glass fragments and though some had tried to minister to me, there was no one who could minister, because just as that crystal vase breaks and if we try to fix it, we end up getting cut from doing it.

God is the only one who can heal a shattered heart.  Yielding from that depth of shattering experience was so hard and so vast and it is so out of human control to master it.

For my traumas, sufferings, and death, I was so shattered that God had to heal me from the inside out.

So actually, pulling away was a good thing for me, because I had finally found in silence what would be my cure.

Yes, I found my cure, but The LORD was the only one who made it possible, and it took time.

When we look at our humanity, we can become overwhelmed and many times it is impossible to understand.

However, with God all things are possible.  Forgiveness, bitterness, grudges, and the ability it has in keeping us bound to old wounds must be yielded to the Master of our Journey.

I came to a place in my life where I assumed it was mastered, but I found out with shock is was not.

When I faced my own bitterness, unforgiveness’, my own self-hatred and the actions it caused to myself, it was a long rocky road.

I had to learn walking it out; day in and day out.  Sometimes it was a faint whisper, moment by moment in pleading with God…..

I learned that I had a very hard image of me and when me fights me, we cancel each other out.  I believe there are a lot of you out there like that.  You struggle with forgiving you.

I am convinced there are so many walking wounded all around us.

We must learn to minister from the position of death.  We die so He lives.  It is when we finally experience death to all our life experiences, then we are transformed to live in newness of life.

It is then that we transformed like a caterpillar to butterfly.  We are totally changed in a brand-new way!

I will continue learning as I grow.  Learning to pull away quickly, to regress then to progress.

I am daily learning to forgive, release them and let them go but realizing in many instances it is much harder is to forgive me, release me and let me go!

I am also seeing how The LORD is changing my desires and physical things as he is stream lining me as I am getting smaller in all sorts of ways.  Not having things that hold us down is important to The LORD.  I am certain he knows what is doing because I sure don’t!

I have learned to relish my silence and peace.  I am learning so many things I cannot describe that he has and is doing in me.  I desire HIM and I seek no honor or glory.

People online have experienced a little of who I am in God, but I find so much emphasis is on titles, instead of the death those titles bring.  I shy away from those.

I pray God keeps me humble, broken and lowly of heart, for I only desire his heart.  Yes, years ago God said this and that, but now, I decrease. If he wants to title something, that’s His business.

He is very able to do so.  However, I have learned so much in silence and in waiting to let God make room for my gift.

To fully know, we don’t try to figure it out.  We must just know, if He turns on the button, He can do whatever he desires to do with us.

Shy away from people’s admiration and quickly walk away from flattery.  Ruin is on the lips of the flatterer.

We must yield to time and training in silence; be still and know, and to study to be quiet and work with our own hands, these will create great strides in our lives.

However, how many decades do we want to wander and flounder?  As we wander through the wilderness, are we hoping to find another spring or cave experience with God?  Have we despaired of life itself?

Remember, God is the only one who can vindicate, validates and approves.  Remember Joseph!

What hit me in Alaska when I pastored my 2nd Church with my husband?  I was involved in a truck wreck, in separation and divorce, and in my mental state, as I fell so deeply into depression, I couldn’t pull myself out of it.

Prior to that happening, I was prideful that I was in control in my life, and you see, I had to maintain the image of a ‘together person’ in Church, when I couldn’t, and the ones I thought would never forsake me, did.

These were the very ones who broke bread together and were supposed to help those who have been wounded, or given up on.  But suddenly within a 3-month stint, I found myself hospitalized with a total breakdown.

I could not stop crying.  I cried so long I didn’t know how to shut it off.  You see, when my X walked away from God, it wasn’t just a separation in a relationship, it was also from the people of that ministry, to whom I was so close.

I felt this morning that “the vein” was going to burst, and it has to burst.  I won’t say much, because you my dear, may have been treated badly, even seriously!

God is the judge and HE will hold them accountable for every word and curse they spoke about your life.  However, you must know that when one part is bursting at the seams, it affects us all.

There will come a day, maybe today, when God will vindicate you publicly, and by that time you will have already been healed and well-seasoned from it all, that you will minister with such grace, mercy and compassion, for the depth of your experience makes you a deep pool, your well within you springing up to life as an artesian well!

God is going to thrust you into a new plane, to reach those who are unreachable, those whom no one wants…

I keep hearing this nursery rhyme, “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe..”  I see greatness coming up from a small place, which will yield great results in the Kingdom and benefits in boundaries, stream lining your life and ministry.

I’m not saying that “old woman” is a bad thing, but a Church of experience, who has realigned the fit of the old, but abounding it to so many new.

Children are a blessing from The LORD and you will see many Spiritual children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren!

We leave a heritage to our offspring!  No matter what the limitations of the shoe may seem, God said you will have what you and they need!

Then they too will grow out of, and go out seeking their own shoe for the fit of the Master!  The steps of the good man are ordered of The LORD!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Atrocities and Cultural Wars to Freedom

I have been alarmed prophetically, as the sounds of whirlwinds are fanning the flames within and burning me till there is none of me left!

I have been alarmed prophetically, as the sounds of whirlwinds are fanning the flames within and burning me till there is none of me left!

I see the swirling about, as our nation is fighting against herself from within!

A life and death Spiritual Civil War has ensued us and the warfare is rising to the occasion.

Satan wants division in our ranks through whatever means available, so that he can post pone timing.  He has run out of tricks, for the people can see right through him.

He is running in terror as his plans from decades past is coming undone!

The enemy’s plans have been scattered to the winds!  He is not omnipresent, so his plans are few and far between!  The entire demonic regiment is falling apart!

God has stirred up the prophets and prayer warriors and these will not relent!

They are like soldiers running through a troop and leap over the walls!

The enemy is falling back from territory he held for decades!  So now he is desperate to do anything to hinder or stop the Kingdom invasions!

In this great land of America, the devil tried character assignation and promotes his agenda to bring railing accusations against all of those whom God has sent!

To bring lasting change and healing to this great nation of America, we must not give up or let up in prayer and warfare!

The enemy thought he had the winning hand, but The LORD called him on it.

The devil laid out what was his winning hand that he planned for over six decades.  But in one moment, God laid out his wild card and out came Trump, and The LORD triumphed over him!

Many are sensing this warfare, especially those of us who are sensitive to what is happening.

Are we on The LORD’s side?

All of us must choose what side we are on. There is no gray area anymore!

The LORD has set us free from the law of sin and death.  It is in UNION that we find our freedom and liberty.  For in whom the son has set free is free indeed!

This war and battle is for the “Soul of This Nation.”  The battle is critical and we fight for freedom and it is just as real when our nation fought in the Civil War for this nation.

The Spiritual Warfare rages and it is crucial that we be found on God’s side of the War.

These Mid-Term Elections are critical!  I am seriously clear minded about this!  This conviction I have, was given to me by God!

This stance isn’t about Civil Rights, Racism, Bigotry, or many other Prejudices!

I am not saying there aren’t any major issues that need to be addressed in our nation.

With that said, God said in season these issues will be addressed and I will heal them!

There are many bigger issues at hand!  But prophetically we must look at the “bigger picture”.  What do we stand for, and whose side are we on?

I avoided politics, because I didn’t want to offend.  I still don’t want to offend!

I have prayed about my stance with President Trump, over and over.

I knew when I stepped up to the plate, that The Blacks, African Americans, and People of Color would be offended by me.

It was never my intent to offend, but I anticipated this and knew that when I declared my vote for Trump that many would desert from me.

However, it is better to trust God than man!  If everyone leaves, I will remain his in obedience.

I know there are many who will disagree, but God told me he wanted to bring awareness to His People, yes everyone, especially those who really don’t know me except from reading the words God gives me.

My Mother, Apostle, and Mentor in The LORD, is a Beautiful, Black, Woman of Color and she is also Jewish!  I was licensed and ordained through her ministry in February 1990.

ALL of those I ministered with during the years were ALL predominately Black, African American or people of Color.

For those who know me well, they have understood me for years!  I am so sorry that you didn’t know that about me.  I don’t even have a minuscule amount of prejudice in my whole body!

Those whom have known me on-line or off-line; those who have tested the words God gave me, how can you possibly think I was racist and that I am voting for a racist?

I am a woman of God and I love all of God’s people!

The LORD had me again, provoke a reaction to action!  Often The LORD will use a prophet to provoke a message to get to the heart issues.

When these react to that message, it brings with it a call to action!  God is all about getting to the heart of the matter to show us that we need Repentance.

God is very serious beloved!  God desires to bring health and healing to our own heart through Repentance.

He calls us for Repentance first.  Then He desires our families and then Repentance for the Nation!  And Ultimately to ALL the various Races of Peoples of the Earth.

Some “ONE” must stand in the gap for our family and nations!  Why can’t it be us?

We need National Repentance!

How can we have Repentance in our nation when we aren’t right with God about us?

God is getting down to the roots that are buried deep within us and getting down to the nitty gritty of the matter!

God’s desire is to free us from being held captive and hostage!

God has known of the issues that are there.  However, in this place in time right now, we were kept for such a time as this!

You have the potential within you, and the time is at hand!  We need to get serious with God about what is happening right now in our lives!!  This is God’s time line!

The LORD wants to heal our land of all the past suffering, and all of the Social Injustices done in our land and done to our people in America!

I especially identify with those injustices done to my Beloved Black, African American, and the People of Color; those to whom are my Sisters and Brothers in Christ!  I understand beloved of God!

“We” the Church of God in America, must come to identify with these, the beloved of God.

“WE” the nation of America must come together and Repent!

“WE” must turn away from our sin of racism, hatred, and bitterness and we must forgive, so the generational curses will be put to death once and for all through us!

This beloved, is for us and for our families and for our nation! It takes just one person to start the “Fire ball rolling.”

We are a worldwide Church of the Living God!  The LORD told me this issue must be addressed NOW, because the Times are so serious!

The time of The LORD’s favor is NOW!!!  Please Do NOT harden your heart!!

Don’t miss God in this!  He is very serious about bringing HIS church together as one!

We cannot stop all racism but “we” can start with us now!

Today, can be a new day beloved! We must repent of all the hatred, malice, racism and all of the bigotry that has been passed down to us from our blood line!

There are generational curses WE” must repent for in the church, through our family and us!

God cannot send revival, until we first repent for the sins of our fathers! We must turn back to God!

Revival begins with us first, then “we” as a family and nation can be reached for God!

God has the process to bring change; but we must repent personally, and repent as the body of Christ!

Do you want to see lasting change?  We must repent so God can send revival and heal our land and Nation!

We have the answer for ALL the world! His name is Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Jewish carpenter who walked the earth as the Son of Man who sold himself to pay for ALL our sins so HE could bring us together the way it should have been.

The church has many issues, but it has to begin with us and loving God’s people everywhere!

We cannot stop all racism, but we do have the ability to vote so our voice will be heard!

I am compelled with this message for the sake of this great nation!

The reason that God has moved on me politically is because he wants me to cry a loud to plead with this nation and plead to spare this nation!

God has shown me that this entire Mid-Term elections, are being fought by the Christians and the devil himself, through prayer and travail of our soul!

WHY???  Because this is for the survival of the “SOUL OF THIS NATION!!!”

We will either survive or we will die as a Christian nation on this election!

It is crucial that you seek God with your whole heart and repent!  We are in a fight for our Godly rights to live in this nation!

“Hear the word of The LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let The LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of The LORD that rendered recompense to his enemies.  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  For shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children,”   Isaiah 66:5-8 KJV.

America worldwide, are one of the newest nations!  Will we kill this relatively new baby of America?

Can this child be “reborn at once?”

Can this nation be reborn in a day?

Can this nation be born again?

For as soon as Zion travails she brings forth her children.

I received Revelation from God about President Trump, and I now support President Trump.

I stand for ALL our rights as Christians, giving us the freedom of religion, and everything that God is and has for us.

Our nation has been great because of The LORD, but our liberties have slowly been undermined.

There is a High Stakes Race unlike anything we have ever seen or will see again in the future!

We God-Fearing Americans face losing all the freedoms we enjoy as Christians.

People of God, I am looking prophetically at the enemy of God; Satan who has been undermining the foundation of this nation by at least six decades.  This nation was founded and built on God’s word.

What does this race mean to me?

The mid-term elections are the finishing line of the race to vote, secure, and keep our nation founded by God’s Word and built on freedom of religion!

But my decision in this race is all about protecting “the Soul of this Nation.”  This baby must be reborn and live to declare the works of God!

My convictions have everything to do with our freedom of religion and the foundation as one Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

What about rights?

I want you to see this prophetically; Look at the unborn children.  These whom their mother has the right to murder her own baby?

This nation has been held in the balance and found wanting.  Will we vote to maintain that this nation founded on God’s Word and securing liberty for all of us?

Or will we continue to murder innocents after the god Molech in the Bible?

Molech was an Ammonite god who demanded child sacrifice. The people would offer their firstborn by burning the child on a metal idol.

They believed that the Ammonite god would ensure financial prosperity. The children of God were strictly forbidden to this form of worship.  (Jeremiah 32:35, 2 Kings 223:10, Leviticus 18:21 KJV)

The Ammonites didn’t believe in the sanctity of life.  And in America today, the god Molech is alive and well!

We frown on the biblical example of child sacrifice that is spoken of in the Bible, but the abortion industry today is sacrificing babies for the idol of financial greed.

We are no different than what the people were doing in the Bible.  We have such moral depravity that if it wasn’t for God’s patience, grace and mercy we would have already been destroyed.

We could have fared as Sodom and Gomorrah but God is giving this nation another chance!

We cannot afford to miss this chance!  We must do our best to help people to wake up!

God-Fearing people wake up!  And stand up for the nation to return to The LORD!

What statement does our nation represent with those who want to take God out of everything?

Do you realize if we push God out and to erase our history as a God-fearing nation, don’t you see and realize what could happen to America?

We have offended God and he is angry about the blood of innocents that cries from the ground!

God has created us and blessed us as a nation!

But by our actions and beliefs do we say we don’t need him anymore?

How can we dare offend God?

We need to move away from the few who are causing such a ruckus in our regions and nation and become an activist for God and His Holy declarations and decrees!

Do we hold to our political leanings when they allow such atrocities?

The bottom line is; Do you want America to remain free and remain a God-fearing nation?

This election will determine our future and the future of our God-fearing nation.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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