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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Adversity + Intensity = Acceleration

The LORD says: “The enemy has kept this region in darkness but a great light shall shine like the mushroom denotation of a nuclear weapon!”

 

It has amazed me how desperate the enemy is in all out attacks!

He realizes he should have never roused me, and NOW will learn he should have left me alone!

You have to get mad at the devil, and not just mad!  You got to tell him like it is!  We had so many attacks and evidence of the warfare the past months and it was getting more intense and bazaar.

After many attacks, I got fed up!  I got mad at the devil when I saw my husband laying halfway on the road and in a ditch after a truck accident.  It did not matter, I got mad and I told the devil enough is enough! It did not matter that it was in front of police, EMTs and all who were there.

The man who brought Jeff home, as he was driving down our drive-way, instead of steering it down to our home, he lost control of the truck went through a fence and they said it was like being on ice, but no ice was there.

The truck had no brakes, couldn’t stop it or steer it.  IF that truck had been a yard or so closer it would have hit our propane tank and gone into the house where I was.

IMPORTANT:  That happened just beyond our property.  This is not the time to be on the edge of your boundaries.  If you are on boundaries, you better be hunkered down in alert status and able to discern what is going on to do warfare.

To see the truck and how everything happened was so twisted!  Yet we were being pressed into action with the devil.

The tables turned and I got very angry!  We must know who we are in Christ!  We are not weak beggarly soldiers!

The enemy tries to intimidate us make us feel less than who Christ died to make us free.  He wants you to talk yourself out of who you are!  When we doubt and fear we give place to the enemy.  The only authority the devil has in our lives is what we give him!

It is our mind that needs to shift from fear to acceleration, leaving the enemy in the dust!

I have never seen such bazaar attacks in all realms like the way they are now.  You know and can sense the devil’s desperation of losing ground.

These enemies, some of which have been assigned to you, have had orders from satan himself to hold and maintain the ground he gained!  However, with each attack, each blow and bomb he tries to detonate, he is losing the ground and the tables are turning around!!  He is losing because he cannot stop you!!  He is throwing everything he has at you at once!

IMPORTANT:  I have felt with each attack a surge in the spirit realm, God is sending in high ranking warrior angels!

As we see things happening in the natural, there is a great battle in the spirit realm.  These ranking warrior angels are sent to the heirs of salvation, fighting to make the way clear so that we may run with the message we carry!

I saw myself in a vision.  I was wearing a karate outfit and I was spinning in all sorts of ways, kicking, punching and slinging vipers in all directions.  I could see their fangs and poison was coming out of their fangs, yet the vipers could not make contact with the flesh.  There was no place for the devil!

I saw that cartoon character Riley Coyote and Roadrunner.  No matter what that old coyote did to catch Roadrunner, he never could master it.  Roadrunner would approach the traps and the bird would sick his tongue out and Beep beep and shift out of that trap in the making.  Nothing could trap that road runner.

We are much like that scenario when we run the race set before us.

God is going to shift you into low gear and rev you up and release you into thrust!  All that will be left are skid marks! It is time beloved, the rockets are nothing against MY Weapons of Warfare.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway,”   1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Where I now reside, there is a stigma in the Appalachian mountains.  People think we are ignorant and stupid.  They call us barefoot, pregnant, ridge runners and moonshiner’s.

“The enemy has kept this region in darkness but a great light shall shine like the mushroom denotation of a nuclear weapon!

I will break through the decades of bondage to religion and tradition in that region.  True revival shall come and I AM waking up My beloved that have been asleep and on the verge of being quenched.  I AM at the very door.

Oh Appalachia, oh Appalachia! Hear ME!  Yeah, you will be called ridge runners, and moonshiners for you shall shine like the moon and you shall run each ridge, hollow, each stream, each brook nothing shall stop MY beloved barefoot and pregnant ridge runners says your LORD!

It’s Harvest time!”

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Experiencing the Shekinah Glory!

I don’t share this very much, however I was told and strongly led today by God to share this portion of my own testimony. I pray it blesses you!

I don’t share this very much, however I was told and strongly led today by God to share this portion of my own testimony.  I pray it blesses you!

During 1984, The LORD led me to a week day Bible Study at the base Military Chapel, led by one of the ministers wives.  There was a lady in ministry holding a three day conference on prayer.  The woman name was Evelyn Christenson.

A group of the women from the Bible Study decided to go.  I knew it was a non denominational gathering, and some of the people at the conference during praise, would lift their arms and hands in worship.  As I watched, some of those in our group were scoffing at those who expressed their emotion to the LORD, as they held up their arms to Him.  Those who scoffed, were out of line, in my thinking.  Who were they to judge someone else’s expression of worship?

During that conference, I learned about prayer.  I swallowed it all.  After that conference, I began to incorporate prayer into my daily routine.  I began to get up at 5:00 a.m. to pray and use the things I learned from the conference.  I began to sense the LORD and I became ravenous for the study of the Word.  Not long after this I met Rhonda.

Rhonda quickly became my friend and we would talk for hours about the LORD.  She would tell me stories about her mom and dad.  Rhonda’s parents were involved with the Assembly of God Church and called to be deliverance ministers.

Rhonda would tell me things that went on in their home as a child.  The conversations were fascinating, because I really didn’t think people dealt with demons in this day, nor did I know God was moving like she said.  You know, I still believed that old doctrine that I learned as a Baptist.

Rhonda and her family attended Military Chapel services with us, and on Sunday nights, they would go to a little Christian Servicemen’s Center downtown.  It was a mission set up by the Church of God out of Cleveland, Tennessee.  Rhonda would play the piano for the services and she was helping to get the ministry off the ground.

She would always talk to me about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.  One Sunday she invited us to the Christian Servicemen’s Centers service.  As we went in, I noticed the shouting and hand clapping.  I thought cool, these folks are alive.

As the service progressed and the minister offered altar call, a woman came up to the front for prayer.  The minister laid his hand on her head, and she fell down on the hard concrete floor.  I had never been exposed to this before.

As I watched this, I wondered why she fell and why no one was trying to help her up!  She just laid there and then people started speaking in words I could not understand.  The way it sounded, made me feel like I was in India, with a southern accent.

Needless to say, I freaked!  We left and I was stunned at what I witnessed.  Rhonda called me to check on me, but I was still freaked out.

Rhonda shared with me, “Sherry, I can’t make you believe what happened and what you witnessed, but ask God if it is real.  Also, ask God if it is His will for you to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to show you the truth.  I also asked Him to manifest Himself to do whatever HE wants for me.”  Rhonda also suggested to fast a meal to seek the truth in Gods Word and to see what He says.

I thought about what she said a long time, and I got very serious about seeking Him, because I found scriptures that backed up everything she told me.  I determined to devote all of my free time to seeking God.

I had never fasted before for Spiritual reasons, but decided to do so since I found scriptural backing for that too.  I fasted two meals a day and devoted my time for seeking the truth about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.  I read everything I could get my hands about the Baptism of Holy Ghost both in the Bible and some books I had received.

I started a three day fast.  On the first day I kept learning.  My prayer was, “LORD if this is for me, then manifest yourself to me because I want this if it’s your will.”

The second day came and I was feeling the hunger pains, but determined to get an answer, I kept pressing in.

The third day I was able to get the children down early for the night, and by this time, I was learning a lot about the Spirit and couldn’t get enough.  I was hungry for more.  Then the third night came.

I was in our living room laying on the couch, reading the Word and a book about the Baptism of the Spirit.  It was late at night, but I couldn’t sleep.  As I laid there on the couch, I felt a presence enter that room and I had never felt it before, and the only way I can describe it, was that it felt like a major storm was in my house.  I felt that inside my locked door house!

That presence entered every place in that house.  I got up turned on every light in the house and decided I would go to bed and read.  I knew something was in that room but with my limited experience and understanding, I didn’t comprehend yet!  I was hoping that what I felt was just my imagination.

I must say this here;  there was no storm outside that evening or any bad weather, only it was hot.

As I laid there, that presence came into my bedroom like rolling thunder.  I could feel it in the atmosphere!  However, I didn’t realize It was the awesome presence of GOD!

I kept my nose in the book about how to be baptized in the Holy Ghost.  Next thing I know, I hear with my ears a thunderous voice speak to me saying, “IT”S TIME!”

I sat straight up in bed and said “Time for What!”  I looked up and there was a white puffy cloud in my room!  It was visible to my eyes!  I did not know what the cloud was, or what it meant, so I freaked out.

I wondered what was happening to me and I called Rhonda and begged her to come over.  I told her over the phone what was happening and she was excited and said God wants to Baptize you in His Holy Ghost Fire and she said she would come.

The only way I can describe this presence, was that it felt like a massive thunder storm had come into my house!  You know, the awesome feel you get when a storm approaches?  That was in my house!

As I waited, freaked out, I prayed and my heart was pounding!  I kept my eyes closed and prayed then when the knock on the door came the visible cloud disappeared, but the presence did not leave.

When Rhonda came, she brought the associate pastors wife.  As soon as they walked into the property and house, they both said that the LORD was in this place.  I told them what happened and we all began to praise the LORD.

I had never lifted my arms to God before but as we praised God,  I lifted my arms for the very first time in praise and worship.  It felt like an electrical jolt touch my fingers.  It didn’t hurt, but it was like everything electrical could ever be and jolted me and it began to inch down my arms, and I started jerking like I was holding a live wire!

I was a bit scared even with the ladies there, and I asked God to please let me be totally filled like that Sunday night in that Christian Serviceman’s church where I had been invited to by Rhonda.  All of this was brand new to me.  I didn’t know God could be so real.  As I requested, the electrical surges began to subside and I was stunned.

The ladies stayed till early morning.  I didn’t want them to leave when they did.  I could sense the presence and it didn’t leave my house!  I could not sleep, eat or drink anything for three days after that.  I determined to receive whatever it was that God wanted me to have.  I did not know at that time what the cloud meant.

Later I found out it was the Shekinah Glory of God!  Watch how you pray!  I prayed for Him to manifest Himself to me……… and He did!

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD,”  1 Kings 8:10-11.

I knew that when I went to that Mission Church that Sunday night, I was going to receive the whole Baptism.  When I walked in the church, I went to the second row.  When the music started, I raised my hands like before at home and told God I wanted everything He had for me.

As I was praising God, that same presence was over my head and I felt my head and body leaning backwards, it was very hard for me to stand.  The effort was unbearable I finally leaned back in my chair.

The electrical current I felt before, slowly increased its way into my arms, this time, all the way to my toes.  I stood there shaking and jerking under the power of God.

I was so overwhelmed and overcome by the revelation of His power, that I was in shock.  The Pastor’s wife said she saw an aura of light around me that came out quite a distance from my body.  Whatever happened to me that day, ignited a fire that refused to be put out.  I believe I was Baptized by fire.

“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire,”   Luke 3:16.

Everything changed after that!  My husband thought I was nuts.  The Bible Study I went to in the morning was just handed over to me to conduct.  The Pastor’s wife urged me to lead it.  I don’t think she knew what she was asking for.  The Military Chapel services are very subdued, and here I come, a live wire.  Needless to say, the Bible study got fired up.  Women got saved, healed and filled.  I thought wow, this Holy Ghost thing is powerful.

Next, then the Pastor comes to me and tells me I can’t talk about controversial things.  At the time I didn’t know what controversial things were.  I pointed out to him that everything I did or said was in the Bible, but that didn’t seem to matter to him.

I went through a hard lesson with him and didn’t come through very godly.  My zeal was without knowledge and I got hurt.  Being new to this Holy Ghost stuff, I had a lot to learn.  So I was fired from that Bible study.  The women protested and wanted me back, but he said no.  So I went to the other church on Sunday nights at the Christian Servicemen’s Mission.

I cried a lot, because I couldn’t understand why, when people are changing, why would they want to hinder them from receiving and why would they want to stop the flow?

During this time, I had angelic visitations.  I saw one at the foot of my bed, standing over looking at me with a concerned look.  There was so much peace and love radiating from the angel, that my sadness was overcome.  I knew that God had sent angels to comfort me.

During this time, I asked the LORD why this happened and what was His purpose that He had for me.  One day in prayer, the LORD spoke “Prophet” to me.

I didn’t know what that was, nor what it meant.  I really didn’t think much about it for awhile.  But the LORD kept showing me scriptures about it.  I kept arguing, “I can’t do that!  I’m a woman!”  In the Baptist church, they don’t believe in women in ministry except for missionaries in other countries.

I continued praying and learning more in the Bible but it wasn’t until I began to see events before they happened that I got some clue what God meant.

One day Rhonda called me and shared a vision she received which pertained to me.  In the vision she saw a huge iceberg.  The LORD revealed the size of it above and beneath the water.  Rhonda said, “The LORD said you haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg in the ministry He is calling you to.”

I continued to pray, seeking God early and incorporated fasting into my spiritual life.

Those times were so awesome.  I often think of them and how God manifested himself to me when I had NO idea what Holy Ghost power was nor did I know about the Shekinah Glory Cloud.

It was a major life event and changer and since then that presence has manifested in my life at various times.  However, I do sense He will be manifesting much more and in a greater degree in these end times.

With the lie of new age and cults, people are seeking supernatural power, and oh, the Church of Living God!

LISTEN!  He HAS the true power if we just seek Him with our whole hearts!

There are souls for His Kingdom in our reach and those who want and need to be discipled, and to be shepherded, equipped and released.

We need true REVIVAL!  Many of our fires have grown dim, and so many lost souls and those who need that TRUE POWER OF GOD!

God wants us to live in His presence and help others to know His presence so others can know the true move of God. God always backs up his WORD and that WORD is our final authority!

As I close this portion of my testimony about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, there may be those who read this and it sparks the desire for more of God.  As you are reading this there are those who want everything God has for you.  Yes, seek Him with all your heart and ask Him for everything He has for you.  However, don’t be surprised when He shows up in a powerful way!
 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Formation of Catch of the Day

By land or by sea, we are to be catchers of men aren’t we. For Jesus Christ came to set the captive free. He also came to destroy the works of the devil.

By land or by sea, we are to be catchers of men aren’t we.  For Jesus Christ came to set the captive free.

He also came to destroy the works of the devil.  Many cannot come to Christ until the devil is mastered and his works are destroyed.

“And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.  And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.  And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,  “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men,””   Luke 5:3-10 KJV”

Vision:

I saw myself in a big boat out in the deep and I had a large rod and reel.  I cast out all sorts of bait and once I felt a tug, I knew this one would be a big catch!  It took a long time to wear out the large fish, but once I did, I was able to bring the large catch to the boat.

The fish looked nothing like anything I ever seen.  One of its characteristics was that it was very swollen, like pregnant, however it looked beyond pregnant.

Once this heavy fish was raised up to weigh and cut open, suddenly fish came out of the opening of the big fish, and they hit the floor!  The fish were alive!  There were all sorts and sizes that came out of the big fish.  These fish that came out were many different types of fish.  We were amazed at the size of the original fish caught, and what was kept hidden within.

Just imagine, to see so many various types of fish that represented saints.  It kinda reminded me of Jonah when he was in the midst of the great fish alive.  Can you imagine being pregnant with so many souls?  This vision still boggles my mind.

Have you ever felt like you were bait that God was using to catch fish (the saints)?

Have you ever felt “like bait” to catch demonic spirits and deal with them by the blood of Jesus name?

We have been given all power and all authority over all the power of the enemy.  Whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven.  We possess that power in Jesus name!

All through my spiritual life there have been times that God uses me as bait.  One time was this:

I was at a women’s conference to speak and so much happened that was amazingly wonderful!  We all were filled and enjoying the blessings of God.

Towards the end of the meeting, there were other speakers who prophesied over me and I ended up laying on the floor.  I was basking in the intoxicating presence of God on the floor; letting the Lord minister to me.

Suddenly, a woman who I did not know, nor had any idea what she was doing, came to me.  While I was in the intoxicating presence of the Holy Spirit on the floor, she bent down to my head and begin to speak curses and not in accordance to God’s Word.

This woman laid hands on me and I immediately knew what she said was saying was not of God.  No one stopped her touching me on the floor and we all learned a lot from that experience.  Especially me!

I remained on the floor, but did not receive anything she said.  For some reason, I knew it wasn’t over between her and I.  I assumed it would be taken care of between her and I during the end of the conference but it never happened.

I finally came to the conclusion that what I have with God, pulls in fish (souls) and it also draws demons out of people, to try and dispute what God had said.  I pretty much put that whole encounter on a shelf after that.  I had a knowing deep within that somewhere down the line I would have dealings with her again.

I was involved with three ministries in outreach and those who could, were invited to come and fast and pray for the city and also in preparation for a seven day tent revival that would be in another state.

For the fasting and prayer, we met in a old civil war historic facility.  The fast and prayer went on the full thirty days in preparation for revival.

One day while praying, I kept seeing a rod and reel with line and hook and I saw bait.  Then God began to tell me HE was going to send me as bait to draw the devil out of various situation’s.  Well, I was not in the best frame of mind after that.  I argued, thinking it was something the devil authored or something my own mind authored.

I shared it with several others that were with me who thought it was comical, but I couldn’t shake it.  I kept seeing myself like a worm, and instead of being hooked to the hook I just held on to the hook and sat there.

It seemed comical to others who knew, but it wasn’t comical to me! I saw my face on the worm and I prayed and prayed that it wouldn’t go away.  God even gave me scripture in Isaiah 41:14 KJV,

“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

The same day, my overseer came to see me and she shared with me that I needed to be prepared to go into another city the next day.  I would be going in her place to another women’s meeting.  As soon as she said it out of her mouth, I knew this was confirmation on the worm.

Oh my LORD!  I begged him not to allow this.  I spoke with my overseer many times that day and told her what the LORD revealed, but it didn’t change her mind.  I had to go in obedience to the LORD and His authority in my life.

I knew I was ready, but nervous due to knowing “I was like a worm on a hook.  BAIT!”  I knew I was being set up by God.

So off we went the next day, I myself and four others went with me to this women’s meeting.

Well, the main speaker wanted me to help handle the music up front where I did not want to be!  Being bait, I was thinking, I should sit in the back, but the person in charge told me to be up front.  All I could do was sit quietly and pray.

While we were in worship, I saw a couple more women come in, and I say this before God; one of them looked like a cobra.  Her headdress was in the shape of a cobra when they fan out.  Not only that, all the colors and markings spoke snake to me.

I told myself, oh NO!  Also what was worse, she was the exact woman who laid hands on me many months before, in that last conference.

Well, after worship, the woman of God ministered and I just stayed as quiet and prayerful as possible.  I thought after awhile, I was going to get out of being bait because it appeared the meeting was nearly over.

Then while everyone was praying, the woman of God came over to me and took me by my hand and walked me slowly around the front.  In my mind, I said, “This is it, I know it!”

The woman of God said all sorts of nice things about my ministry, but she knew another woman had a word for me.  Another woman did get up and prophesied a confirmed word and blessed me.  In my mind, I was saying here we go….

Then the woman of God continued walking me around by hand.  All of the sudden that cobra woman, started speaking ungodly words of poison and before I even thought to do anything, I WAS THERE!

I was in her face with my index finger pointing to her face telling her, “Touch not God’s anointed do his prophets no harm!”  I was so shocked that I moved so quick.  My head had to catch up with my Spirit!  While in front of the woman, she fell back immediately, shaking violently at the Word of the LORD!

The main speaker and woman of God told me, she said, “Sherry when you said and did that, I saw a legion of demons fall on their face at once.”

The part that really shocked me was, when I was standing with the woman of God who had my hand; suddenly I was in the cobra’s face!  So lightening fast!  It was like, I was there before I thought it.  A bit hard to explain, but I knew My body and Spirit were there before my thoughts were.

Well, I was just glad all was over for me.  I got everything ready to go and we left.  I understood later others tried to minister to the woman with the cobra headdress.  I knew my job was over, thank God!  Being bait for God can be a bit scary, but HE always shows up!

Does God still use me for bait?  Yes, at times.  He also uses me to catch souls on land and sea for the kingdom.  I know for a fact, if the HOLY SPIRIT does use me as bait again, HE will certainly harvest His “Catch Of The Day!  Amen?  So be it Lord!

“Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.  Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee.  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee,’ saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.  Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.  Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel,”   Isaiah 41:11-16 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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