Motives, Motives, Motives!

I have discerned some very serious issues that need to be corrected in The Body of Christ today.

Biblical Word Study — “Motives”

I have discerned some very serious issues that need to be corrected in The Body.

The LORD led me to reveal some various ways that these issues surface in The Body of Christ.

Motives : The Bible has a lot to say about our motives. We can have good motives, or bad motives.

A motive is an underlying reason for any action. These motives are given place in our thoughts and are communicated then once communicated, activated.

This can happen physically, spiritually, and emotionally, as these can be written or spoken words; however, they reside and all begin in the battlefield of our mind.

Since motives can be good or bad, we must realize that we must discern properly there origin before we speak them, once they are out there, they are really out there!

“All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], but The LORD weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth).” Proverbs 16:2 AMP.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 AMP.

“Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but The LORD weighs and examines the hearts [of people and their motives].” Proverbs 21:2 AMP

“Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us]” 1 Corinthians 16:14 AMP.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 AMP.

God wants to Admonish YOU!

Admonish : To teach, warn or notify of a fault; to reprove with mildness (According to KJV Dictionary)

Compete : Contend, contest, to strive, to outdo, or excel. Compete implies having a sense of rivalry and of striving to do one’s best as well as to outdo another to compete for a prize . To Contend suggests opposition or disputing, as well as rivalry. (Dictionary.com)

The Curtain Unveiled

Competition is a vice. It’s something that the cares of this life embrace; It’s selfish and degenerating.

It’s like a dog eat dog world, or I must top him before he tops me. Or it’s stepping and stomping over people in grinding their mark in dung heaps to attain a lofty place, by trampling their goals, dreams, and visions to death; and treating them like they are worthless trash, having no regard or care for what it does to them.

Or the granddaddy of them all, the ultimate! …I’m In Charge! I am selfish and self-absorbed and full of Pride and I get there by any means necessary!

Even witchery and manipulative silence, degrading the undercurrents of the soul! It doesn’t matter what cost are involved — because, I’m in control! I will allow nothing to top me, for I control the throne of my life!

Boastfully then, how do you expect to conquer me when I am already there! (Church?)

You can’t play King of the Mountain when I own the mountain!

Pride, stubbornness and idolatry are the foundations of my throne! And Self can conquer with no humility or care; for Self, rejected them, before they rejected me! Don’t you see? it’s all about ME!

Competition has no place in the life of a blood bought child of the living God.

A person who seeks to ‘compete’ against a man or woman in The Kingdom of God has not learned humility, brokenness, or servanthood.

All these are lessons we must learn first before we ever lead or do anything in ministry. We must conquer Self!

I remember a very vivid event that happened to me in 1984 after I was baptized in The Holy Ghost by Fire!

The Spirit of God consumed me and I was like a Fire storm spewing all over. After I moved to San Antonio, Texas, I had this Fire and sought God for where He wanted me to plant myself in a Church.

After fasting and praying for three days, I suddenly heard a phone call. To my amazement, it came from a woman who introduced herself letting me know she lived close by and wanted to invite us to Church.

When she said the name of the Church I marveled as it was the one I thought we were to attend.

She further spoke letting me know when the Services were and women’s Meetings and such. She was one of the pastors’ wives a the Church.

Well after that, I was beside myself and just knew I had so much to share and say about my conversion and Baptism of Fire!

So, I planned to attend a fairly large Wednesday women’s group. I packed up my briefcase with Bibles and my Concordance and I just knew I had to help these poor people know what happened to me and get them straight!

Here I came into a meeting with all my materials and I moved around towards the middle of the meeting. As I was about to say something, The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Sit down and learn! You don’t know as much as you think you do!”

After that rebuke from The Holy Spirit it took me three days to get over that rebuke!

But guess what? I got over the rebuke and repented and began to learn the lessons that I thank God for to this day! I learned by experience, what humility and brokenness were.

And to this day I continue learning over and over, and I learn with eagerness. In secret, The LORD Jesus and I developed a very deep, deep, personal, intimate relationship with The LORD.

I served in Women’s Ministry and was groomed by the Founding Pastor’s wife whom I love dearly. I was called on to teach a lot.

Also, it was there that a vision given to me a few years back, began to unfold. I touched the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

And what God told me years back in private began to surface. I still struggled with God’s choosing, because I am a woman, and it took years for me to fully accept His choosing and office.

When the Gift of Prophecy began to manifest in Services (1 Corinthians12:10) she recognized it and helped and encouraged me to yield to the Anointing.

Then not long after that, The LORD moved on me extremely strong to prophesy to the congregation! I was scared, but I feared God more than man, but it was so strong but intimidating with over 3,000 members!

But I yielded to The Holy Spirit as it rose up from my belly into my throat and mouth and I quaked and shake like I was holding a live electrical wire! (I still feel HOT fire and like electricity today often).

To my amazement it was received and confirmed as I shook when I fell back!

All I could say was, “WOW God! This *OJT is something else!”

This was a ministry of over 3,000 members and I learned to serve in many ways, especially in conjunction with menial tasks. Like cleaning toilets, kitchen *KP duty and other needs that were met. I was learning humility in menial tasks.

I learned to submit to authority as unto The LORD. I did each task equally as important; from the toilet to the pulpit! In all that I did, I did it all as unto The LORD as service to Him.

Coming under Authority was truly a blessing of servanthood and a true blessing to have that coverage. I learned and I followed the lead as I was led.

I learned that God is a God of order in every capacity. As I served, the desire to learn more increased along with deeper prayer and fasting, and greater humility and submission. I learned how God promoted people into greater service of authority and divine order.

I was groomed in teaching ministry to women, home ministry, led prayer teams, citywide street evangelism outreach ministry, prayer rallies, conferences, and then I served the eight sets of pastors as the liaison by keeping up with all new converts and new members that were assigned to their various zip codes. I learned so much and was planted there for three years.

I was so grateful and humbled that God taught me so much, but little did I know at that time how that foundation of service, humility, and brokenness would carry me through every part and pain of my life, 37 years later today.

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, are comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV.

Competition biblically, isn’t good behavior, as it pertains to gifts, talents, ability, and or position.

When we have one heart, one mind, and one accord makes for a powerful weapon against division and disunity.

Another aspect of competition is to see ourselves as independent one from another and independent from the will and mind of God. (Study 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (below))

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 AMP.

Division and competition in The Body of believers are a stench in God’s nostrils. He sees competition as motivated by self and pride blinding his body.

When there is unity there will be power. Jesus prayed that all might be one, as the Father and He are one.

“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” John 17:21 KJV.

When Christ’s love is in action, we have a common mission. The independent competitive spirit is broken. Satan’s accusations are silenced.

Our love for each other is manifest, and the lost will see our love in action and it will be overwhelming! For with HIS lovingkindness HE leads us to repentance!

How can they not fall head over heels in love with Jesus when HE is unveiled and made manifest in us! It is Christ in us the hope of glory! HIS Kingdom come, HIS will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

When you focus on serving others, your need will often be met through God’s Law of Serving, Sowing and Reaping. (2 Corinthians 9:6-9)

When God calls me to give and serve with my time, finances, and other resources, God always measures resources back from all different sources.

We don’t serve others to get, we serve in obedience to give unto The LORD. However, when you do serve others, there is a Kingdom Principle that works on your behalf as fruit of your service.

Like a real old song,

“You cant beat Gods giving, no matter how you try.
And just as sure as you are living
and the Lord is in heaven on high.
The more you give, the more He give to you,
but keep on giving because its really true
that you cant beat Gods giving, no matter how you try.”
(Written by Doris Akers)

Have you given heed to being an independent spirit within The Body of Christ?

God is calling us to a higher Kingdom Purpose that has no competition. He instructs us to serve others. When He leads us to serve we must realize, we are literally serving Him!

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility]. ” Philippians 2:3-5 AMP.

Are you seeking to help break down walls of competition among other Christians? Do you want to break the competitive spirit in you and your ministry? Begin to do something for others which you get no benefit.

Do ALL things as unto The LORD! That means no matter what you do, do it as if Jesus Christ Himself is standing in front of you in the flesh! That will help to break down a competitive independent spirit.

God will test you. He will ask you to do something, it may provide provision, benefit, or not. You may think you received less than you deserve, but whatever He asked of you, should always be done in obedience to The LORD.

What Are Your Motives?

If you start measuring yourself against others in The Body, you will try to form control and manipulate that measurement, thus falling into sin.

When we fail to trust God for the outcome of our destiny, it is pride. Satan’s mission is to destroy your effectiveness by creating disunity and competition among His body. ( 2 Corinthians 10:12 )

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Psalm 133:1 KJV.

We must let God make room for our Gifts instead of us pushing, driving, or plowing ourselves in.

“A man’s gift (given in love or courtesy) makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 AMP.

It is the Gift within you that God himself keeps the key to bring your success!

Learn to serve, learn to be content in the back, and learn to be quiet and work with your own hands, learn to bow out of flattery quickly.

Learn to be patient allowing God to reveal you in His time. We can’t make anything happen so give room for God to make your place sure.

When God promotes everyone will know it! God has the only handbook that comes with your gift! Let God reveal your gift in His season and timing.

“But when you are invited, go and sit down [to eat] at the last place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; and then you will be honored in the presence of all who are at the table with you.” Luke 14:10 AMP.

If you are frustrated and discouraged feeling like a fish floundering in shallow water gasping for air, being almost beached, there’s an answer.

Repent and swim, swim and swim back into the deeper places with God! Stay true to The LORD for the rest of your life and find a fellowship and gain strength from one another.

If you are trying to climb a religious tower to fit in, there’s an answer. You will never fit in. Religion is a return to bondage, return to the lover of your soul and don’t settle for religious spirits lists of do and don’ts.

They have a form of Church but have not the power. From such turn away. Make the Word of God your only standard to live by and reject all others.

The Holy Bible is our map, our guide, it is our handbook for life and knowing it will keep you safe. Make the Word of God your standard, may the Word become flesh in you!

You were made to house the presence of God in your inner man, and nothing else will satisfy your needs. But you must ask him to rule and reign in you as you obey and as he sits on the throne of your heart

If you are climbing a so-called latter of success and trying very hard to please the elite ministries or ministers, there’s a answer.

Flee the hirelings, they come with a false anointing. To know God’s Anointing is to know His Word and know Him intimately in Prayer.

Let no man deceive you, if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word, run, run, run and don’t look back!

If you are trying to be around and rub shoulders with supposed anointed ones, in hopes it will rub off on you, there is an answer.

There are NO short cuts to God ordained Ministry. There are no short cuts to maturity, and especially no short cuts to Ministry.

There is a danger in these type of Ministries and there is a lot of hype. Instant this, and instant that! That isn’t God’s way!

I will tell you what will accommodate you though: Demon’s may rub off on you, and get over you and get in you!

Moses was a meek, gentle, loving, lowly of heart, man of God. It took God 40 years to prepare Moses in the wilderness before He sent him to his destiny.

Before The LORD sends us, He will season us well. The LORD will make 100% sure we are ready, due to the hefty price tag attached to our lives for the souls of men.

Leaders must give a hefty account of everyone whom Christ puts into our care and we are accountable for their souls, and every word we speak.

Study to show yourselves approved unto God — a workman who needs not to be ashamed rightly divides the word of truth, (2 Timothy 2:15 * Study the whole chapter).

*Spiritual Strategy for Growth: Biblical Word Study “Motives”

*OJT = On Job Training

*KP Duty = KP duty means “kitchen police” or “kitchen patrol” work under the kitchen staff .

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. 16 Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Against the Grain and Currents

I want you to know that I have never seen or felt such resistance in just gathering together for Prayer for one hour!

Those who truly know me by The Holy Spirit will bear witness to this.

I want you to know that I have never seen or felt such resistance in just gathering together for Prayer for one hour!

I have never to this degree had such an absolute knowing inside me of a greater awareness of The LORD’s season upon us NOW!

Without looking to various modern Church methods, any Church buildings, conference centers, traditions handed down, the denominations and the many various sects of Christendom gathering aside, The Holy Spirit, had from the beginning, cut me against the patterns of man.

A cutting against the grain, a determination as it were, like programed into a fish going upstream against the current would spawn to cause survival from their struggle in life.

Who would have known that going against the grain or going up stream against the current of troubles would become a catalyst and an event for change?

Current Events

Saved at a young age but unlearned, it wasn’t until Divine conviction hit my heart on the top floor in my apartment in Italy.

I can attest with evidence that true Supernatural Repentance came upon me and I wept what seemed like buckets of tears all day and night from every sin and iniquity that ever transpired. I knew I was clean and I knew I now had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

However, being new and unlearned in Bible knowledge, it wasn’t until 1984 when I was baptized in The Holy Spirit and Fire!

During this same season, I was found speaking in unknown tongues as The Spirit gave the utterance. (*Acts 2:1-4)

There were a lot of things that I didn’t know. But that did not stop The LORD in unfolding the current events that were happening in my life.

I had NO idea what the Shekinah Glory was, neither did I understand what was happening to me with this amazing felt electrical Fire in my body and literally seeing The Glory Cloud in my bedroom!

Imagine seeing a puffy white cloud in your room and not knowing what it was! (*Exodus 40:34)

From then on, I devoured The Word of God (The Bible) hungry for the scriptures, especially about The Holy Spirit and the Fire Baptism! (*Matthew 3:11)

It was during this time that I began to fast and pray often. As I studied, I saw many other people in The Word of God had prayed and fasted for various reasons.

I noticed when I combined Prayer with Fasting that it caused me to become extremely sensitive to The Holy Spirit and The Word of God became really illuminated to me.

The LORD strongly impressed upon me that He wanted to teach me personally. At the time, other people I knew went on to Bible college. The LORD made it clear that He didn’t want me to be trained by any institution.

When I was tempted to compare myself to others, I even tried several times to go to school and he would frustrate my plans every time.

As I went deeper into Prayer and Fasting’s, The LORD began to teach me things I had not heard anywhere else.

Sometime later, I would hear or read of it or see it myself on Christian Television. (Read *Galatians 1-2 about Paul’s calling)

God consistently, all these years, has kept me back away from anything mainstream, till current. Even among rejects, I was the bigger reject.

Even in my calling, The LORD spoke it to me in my prayer closet AND I had no understanding of what it was! However, I responded to it and said, “I can’t do that, I’m a woman!”

Later, He began to show me and teach me about my calling and portions of my destiny.

I was always amazed at everything He said and did, because He was/ is my everything! It did NOT matter how small or insignificant it was, I was always captivated, like a little child in amazement with Him! And in many ways, I am still very childlike and I can now see His Wisdom in keeping me this way.

All of these things that happened to me were without man teaching me.

Look not to man to conform or to a ministry organization. Look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your Faith.

Don’t heap up many teachers, and preachers without having your own personal time with The LORD, for He is a jealous God!

He will provoke us to react, then to action and if you find things come to the surface that aren’t from The LORD, repent of them, turn away from them, and move forward.

True repentance is turning away from the sin. If you are young and you are from a traditional Church, or a modern type of assembly please begin to seek The LORD yourself while He may be found!

Realize the more you try to fit in, the less you fit anywhere. It wasn’t because of sin or your lack of lack of prayer and fasting, He wants you intimately for himself first!

Later, I did serve in three local churches before I met a very special person in my life. It was through these local experiences in three churches that I learned to interact with His people and those not His people!

I was licensed and ordained February 1, 1990 through Dunamis Power Ministries, Founder/ Overseer Durussia O. Jenkins and Prophet David Gardiner of San Antonio Texas witnessed by and laid hands and released us into full time ministry. After that ordination we started our first church service in our house that 1st Friday 1990 in February in San Antonio Texas.

God had given me the name and the logo in a vision while in my prayer closet. I drew the logo. It was a rainbow with a dove having an olive branch in its beak landing on the name New Beginning Christian Ministries.

The foundational scripture for the ministry was, Philippians 3:13-14,

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Wow, OJT (On the Job, Training) was amazing! Pastoring two Churches was a learning experience and it was such a special bunch of people whom I loved dearly.

God really knitted our hearts together closely and to this day, I don’t recall a group of people being so connected! It was so much like a literal family and full of Love and The Spirit of God!

The first Church was my training ground for more to come. I remember one day when The LORD asked me something that I will never forget. “Would you be faithful with one?”

I did not understand this till three years later…..

While in San Antonio, out of the blue I received a call from John Osteen’s Church about an Apostle to India, who said he had to come to see me and the ministry.

I never met him or heard of him! Well, I was pretty intimidated! He contacted me, and hearing that he had just ministered in John Osteen’s Church and wanted to come to our House Church, I was so perplexed!

Well, after two phone calls — and me explaining and apologizing — I finally agreed but I told him we were a small House Church.

We wanted to take the man of God out to a nice restaurant, but we didn’t have a lot of money. So, on quick notice, the Church members and I got together and put together 3 tables of fruits, cheeses, veggie dips, finger sandwiches and other foods and deserts.

When he arrived in his beautiful native garb, his eyes were wide open and he said, “What’s this?! A Feast!”

I had felt bad because I wanted to do so much more to feed him and his team. I felt ashamed we couldn’t do more, but he let us know how they trust God for rice and vegetables each week in India, and sometimes they would have chicken, but he was literally shocked to see our tables!

He took me aside and told me in India, almost all Churches are in homes and what we prepared for him was truly a feast in his country!

When he arrived, he was so unassuming and gracious and we thanked him for coming. I had no idea but he was told by God to meet me! He said a number of things that have stuck with me all throughout my ministry life; so much was said and done in 1993 in San Antonio at the little House Church.

The next day we organized a meeting and he ministered from the scriptures and testified about the miracles that happened in his country India and the miracles that were performed!

He ministered on laying foundations and building The Kingdom of God. Towards the close of the message, he called my then husband and I to the front and he began to pray and prophesy over us, then suddenly he stopped and took his hands completely off my then husband and I and Dr. PG Vargis crisscrossed his arms and them, put his right hand on me and left hand on my then husband, then he released the apostolic anointing.

This Apostle of the Faith, a mighty foundation layer, Dr. PG Vargis of the Indian Evangelical Ministry Team came to our little House Church and called it a feast, imparting apostolic faith and anointing all the way from India to Texas!

Talk about humbling. To bring an Apostle from India to our modest home to speak life and minister the message and anointing. Only God would do such a thing and he sure did!

At the time, I didn’t want to believe my marriage was going down but it had given me plenty of signs through the years from the time I was filled with The Holy Spirit.

There was a lot that happened in that marriage and as The LORD leads, he will have me share. However, in the end, my ex-husband told me he never felt it was his place to be the pastor or minister, and he did it all for me. At that time, I didn’t think I could minister at all unless I had a husband over me.

This was a very hard lesson, because many years back, I prayed for God to show me my husband. If this man was my husband I was determined in persistence to ask!

And he asked me to marry him and when I got home, I asked God again, and it was audible to me, and I heard, “NO!”

However, I went against that NO and married him anyway, and let me make this clear, I am thankful for my step son, my first-born son, and my daughter, and I dedicated all three to God for his purpose.

From the time of their birth till 2000 they were in the Church and I taught them The Eord and my daughter would travel with me sometimes and she was anointed from a young age to sing and play guitar and she had such compassion for people!

My children were not a mistake and they came from a righteous bloodline! God takes everything that Satan meant for evil and turns it all around for good! The LORD watches over his word to perform it and though sown in tears I will reap in great joy!

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 KJV.

I chose this man and I lived the consequences of this choice! “Like Abraham and Ishmael, Abraham said, Let Ishmael live before you! (*Genesis 17:18-19) I wanted this man to be someone he wasn’t and, in the end, he admitted it.

He finally admitted that he only did it because of me, and his heart wasn’t into it. I had hoped I was wrong all those years, I loved him but it did not work for many reasons.

I tried everything I could to make the marriage work and I really did not want to see my marriage fail, but all the signs were there and there were so many tears and heartache for all involved.

I tried to make my Ishmael live! However, after 3 separations, and great painful heartache, the divorce was final. That was a marriage of twenty-five years. I still at times grieve over the loss and those decisions.

At that time, I went through horrible roller coaster of emotions as a minister and I had to close the Church down in 2000. Everyone I thought would be there left, and I was alone.

It was a very trying time emotionally, spiritually, and physically and it took very long time to mend. But in the end, God was right and it was proven to me.

I had wondered if God would ever allow me to share any of my heartache. I guess now He is having me share bits and pieces of it to help others and those who read this.

Yes, personal things are often just suppressed and internalized, and boiled to the top. But the trials of the enemy, trials in The Church, and trials we orchestrate from choices we make, when we become transparent as led of The LORD, our lives will speak volumes!

We have the potential to help benefit others who are suffering the same peril and we know how to minister to them.

Understand this, I only shared portions as led by the Spirit of The LORD, but we all have a story and none of us are perfect.

All of us fail and make mistakes. We learn and grow by them. Some mistakes we make take a long time to heal. But God knows when we are ready for more!

Let me say this, just because your reputation was tarnished, know that there are those who know you by The Spirit, and they will stand up for you and always will!

People will be people and they talk and they really have no idea why they hate you or talk against you!

Spurred on through jealousy, envy, and especially religious spirits, these people are deluded by the enemy, and Satan thinks he can tarnish you and shut you down forever!

He only has the power we give him, and who cares about reputation anyway? Are we dead to this world?

Dead men don’t react or respond, they are dead! When we step out of being hid in Christ, we resurrect our old nature and give it power!

Have we put to death the deeds of the flesh? As long as you know God is happy with you, who cares what others think?

I would rather have God on my side — leaving my reputation in His hand! Those of us who are hidden in Christ and love The LORD, must concern ourselves with backsliders and souls for The Kingdom!

If you are a God-fearing believer in Jesus Christ, your life is an open book a living epistle seen and read of all men.

Hey — we are supposed to be dead and the life we now live we choose to serve and please HIM! If someone is ragging on you and trying to discredit you, STOP!!

Where are you right now? Tell the devil “I know who I am, and my life is hid in Christ!”

When you know your dead and alive to God, who cares what they say to try and tarnish you! Who cares what they think!

You have God on your side and who can be against you! Who can disqualify you? If God be for us who can be against us?

If someone comes close enough to us, we have a rag in hand and give it to them and let them know you shine up really good!

For those you KNOW well, know your character and nature; especially honesty and integrity. Let them know you have stood up for them and always will.

People will talk and especially so-called Religious spirit Christians, they hate you and don’t know why, they are jealous, and envious of things they could have if they only sought The LORD.

God is no respecter of persons, if he can do it for us he can do it for YOU! You know you love The LORD with ALL your heart, soul, and mind!

Sure, we may not know how we are perceived, but we cannot run and put out every fire of rumor, gossip or slander etc.

Be free indeed, your life is hid in Christ and if you are dead to this world, what reputation can ruin us when we are in Christ with His reputation?

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 KJV.

We are living in a time when hell is bellowing out everything in its arsenal against the true people of God. Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, is of God.

The proof is in the pudding! Where’s the fruits of The Holy Spirit?

There are many religious spirits in Churches today that are so far removed from The Truth of Scripture! It is scary to me that people do not read and study God’s Word for themselves, asking The Holy Spirit to teach and guide them into all truth!

We must align ourselves to the only standard there is; our standard is God’s Word!

Those who know me well, know I am straight up and I call it as I see it! If it isn’t of God I reject it, because I KNOW The Word of God!

God’s Word is our plumb line, and we measure our Spiritual house against that Standard! The Bible! The Word made flesh and dwelt among us!

We are living in perilous times. The LORD has been showing me the separation that is taking place NOW! And there are so many who are not ready! The hearts are being revealed and the depth of their confession exposed!

During this separation there’s coming a great falling away!

What we are going through is nothing compared to what will happen to those who pretend, deceive, and are filled with strong delusion so that they believe the lie!

Just like it was in the temple in Jesus’ days on earth, he confronted the hypocrites, the proud, and the religious leaders and he called them what they were, and He was straight up!

He didn’t mince words, He clearly exposed the religious leaders! He called them vipers, hypocrites, full of dead man’s bones who killed the prophets!

We are living in times like Jesus did. Keep your eyes fixed on The LORD and realize you are not alone.

During this separation, you will begin to see people stepping out of the shadows coming forth counting the cost of Christ among us.

The true believers will be drawn together more and more because of the tribulation and pressure of this separation! It costs us our lives to believe The Bible as God’s Will for us and our only standard we live and die by.

Don’t expect everyone to receive you or accept you! If you’re rejected by the religious, you’re in good company!

God is going to bring His true People into union and we will know each other by The Spirit, our Love, and Agreement.

Ask God to keep you close to His heart. I am seriously separated unto The LORD and His will in my life!

There is so much spiritual blindness now and it is epidemic proportions! Jesus will not interfere with our free will or free choice, and He can’t lie. So, we choose….

No man knows the day or hour of His return, but we will know the season. The time is short and He is giving many a short period to choose.

We are praying and I mean seriously praying — that The LORD will comfort your heart and mind, and that your eyes are wide open and your heart is totally separate from this world! You will see The Truth and that Truth makes you free!

Draw me deeper away from the lie and help us to listen only to His Holy Spirit. The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, as it must become flesh in our lives.

Know the scriptures yourselves, without any influence other than the true influence of The Holy Spirit and Scripture. Cast not away your confidence which hath great recompense of reward. (*Hebrews 10:35)

I pray The LORD comforts your hearts and minds and that you walk with your eyes wide open and your heart totally separated from this world and conformed unto the nature and character of Jesus! When you see the truth, it WILL set you free!

“But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres [the court magicians of Egypt] opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, unqualified and worthless [as teachers] in regard to the faith. But they will not get very far, for their meaningless nonsense and ignorance will become obvious to everyone, as was that of Jannes and Jambres. Now you have diligently followed [my example, that is] my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, persecutions, and sufferings–such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, but The LORD rescued me from them all! Indeed, all who delight in pursuing righteousness and are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be hunted and persecuted [because of their faith]. But evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced [holding tightly to the truths], knowing from whom you learned them, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus [surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness]. All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately–behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1-17 AMP.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Racism Mindsets

We are the products of our environments; what’ been handed down in history, society and family, reflects in our world.

Racism Mindsets Part 1

We are the products of our environments; what has been handed down through our generations in history, society and family reflects in our world.

Many families have no idea where their ideology comes from. And in particular, this nation is deeply divided by racism.

However, before we can speak to a nation, we must speak to ourselves and rightly judge our own heart and repent of sin.

However, it doesn’t end there; we must realize that God wants to address the racism that is in the Church.

We must learn from our history and lineage the lessons so that bloodline curses won’t repeat themselves in us, our families, or in the generations that follow.

The generational curses of racism are evident in our nation and fighting these issues that divide us is an ongoing battle and it may seem hopeless!

We live in a fallen world where Satan’s seat is. The enemy has dominion, because of the fall of Adam but God, through the shed blood of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ has given His Church Dominion and all Authority to rule and reign in this life!

If we have repented of sin and received Jesus Christ in our hearts his desire remains the same! He wants us to take dominion in our families, our towns, our regions, states, and beyond!

However, it begins in us!

Do you want lasting change? Begin to search within your own heart. In this world, you shall have trouble and lasting change only goes so far.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33 KJV.

I understand that racism brings frustration, rage, anger, hopelessness, fear, and other negative effects.

However, nationally The LORD has made it plain that this issue can only go so far in resolving change. What is our answer? What is the solution?

The Church is supposed to be the living representation of Christ in our “world” and nation. But it begins with us.

What comes out of our mouth? What do we represent in our family? What is the foundation of our witness? We testify our beliefs by how we speak and how we live!

“Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men,” 2 Corinthians 3:1-2 KJV.

The LORD has said that lasting national change must begin within the church. Beloved of God, we are like the salt that seasons; however, when you use a lot of salt it also preserves! God wants to season our lives and our messages to join in with the body of Christ to do a preserving work of grace in a sin-sick world.

When the salt has lost its savor, it is worthless. In contrast, the ‘Dead Sea’ may seem worthless. However, it has the most nutrient-dense level of minerals and the saltiest body of water in the world.

Though it is called ‘dead’, it brings life, health, and healing to those who have various ailments like skin and joints issues, and it improves circulation, reduces inflammation, helps arthritis and joint pain.

It also aids in recovery from surgery. Even those with certain heart conditions find relief and reprieve.

So, in this illustration dead things heal. As we die daily putting to death the deeds of our flesh we truly live! When we die to our way of thinking, die to our desires, and put on Christ’s desires, we do a preserving and healing work uniting the body of Christ by having the mind of Christ.

This happens first in us, our family, and then influence’s our world!

As this must begin in us and we are parts of the body of Christ; we come to the realization that The LORD’s body is made up of all races, creed, tribes, and tongues.

And The LORD is empowering his people to preach the everlasting gospel to those who dwell on the earth. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, we go into all the world, person by person.

Before a nation or culture can change it must happen within the blood-bought Church of the Living God. The Church is to be that salt, to bring a preserving work in our lives

Peace can only be achieved through our relationship with The LORD Jesus! Jesus is our Prince of peace and the government is upon his shoulders.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government Shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of The LORD of hosts will perform this,” Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV.

I felt compelled to share portions of my life or testimony so that you can understand my message better.

I was born on August 29, 1960, at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo Japan. Both my parents are veterans and served their country honorably.

I am the oldest of three siblings and we moved a lot and I learned how to adapt very quickly. Actually, my parents and all my siblings all served their country including me.

We moved a lot and experienced many things. You may think moving as much as I did would have hindered me in many ways but I found that there are a lot of advantages being raised globally.

I got to meet and mix with various races, cultures and it was a life that had many advantages, and besides, I really enjoyed it. My years in my parent’s care, taught me discipline, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and love for my country.

Some people never leave their home town, but not me, I had to see what was going on in the world and I couldn’t possibly imagine myself stuck in one place forever.

My dad was raised as a Baptist and my mother was raised Lutheran. Through the years in the military mom always kept me in church no matter where we went and I got to cross over into many Christian denominations to see what they were about and their traditions, I even got to experience a few Jewish services.

As we moved and I witnessed varied cultures, I was able to see the diversity in the kingdom of God as a child.

Mom had a relationship with God that made an impact on my life and was pivotal to my salvation experience. My dad and mom retired not too far from where the Cane Ridge Revival took place in Kentucky in 1801.

I received The LORD when I was in the Baptist church. I was seven years old and baptized soon after. While we were in the military we moved so often that I was in thirteen schools in eleven years.

There were things I learned as a child that forever changed me. For instance, when we moved I met wonderful people, however as a child when I was the new kid on the block I wasn’t readily accepted by the clubs and cliques children have.

But the children who always accepted me were the black kids, and all my friends were black and that continued into my adult years. The black kids were kind to me and always accepted me.

To this day I have a deep love for the black community and even my ordination and licensing was through a wonderful half black half Jewish Woman of God whom I love dearly.

Throughout all the years of experiencing diverse cultures, I had gained the ability to cross-denominational and cultural lines.

Truly, as God has led me all these years, I can truly worship God in any Christian ministry that loves The LORD. That advantage has awarded me over and over again having relationships with black women as we traveled and ministered in the 1980s, into the 1990s, and beyond.

The LORD currently has me in one location for a number of years and has had me writing since 1998.

Racism is NOT something I did or had; it was never in my DNA.

I loved all of God’s people and especially the black community and I always felt like I was home. God has raised me up this way and often I find it frustrating as I identify so often with the black or African American Culture and what they went through and what they go through; I take it personally.

More to come………….

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Awakening on Social Media

The Fear of The LORD is the beginning of Wisdom, and in these last days, the coming harvest will emerge.

The Fear of The LORD is the beginning of Wisdom, and in these last days, the coming Harvest will emerge and we will have much to do as we will live, speak, and walk out God’s Wisdom!

We are to be living epistles or letters seen and read of all men. Much is happening and it all has to do with awakening! Awakening, Revival, and the Harvest are coming!

There will be so many souls that will need spiritual help, and we need to be ready, for no amount of organized Church buildings will be able to house the souls that respond during this major end-time event.

The use of the internet, or ‘social media’ will help immensely, educating many, and will provide many ministry services even to those in out of reach places; all they need is a signal from a satellite.

Who would have ever thought that you could watch television on a little screen held in your hand or displayed on your wrist, just thirty years ago?

I remember the day The LORD told me to create a web page and that I would write His Prophetic Words when I didn’t even know how to get on a computer or surf the web!

You may wonder why God would ask me to do something I had never done. Not only did The LORD speak to me to create a web page, but he also gave me a time frame in which it would be done.

He told me May 31, 1998 — Feast of Pentecost — to begin, and that the web page would be done by the end of June!

This was quite a feat since I had no idea how to work a computer.

I had no idea what to do, so I prayed and sat down and asked my son to show me how to get on-line and to surf the web.

I took off exploring, learning all I could and I was amazed how much information and prophetic words and teachings were out there.

I don’t know how I did what I did, but I always ended up landing on various prophetic pages and would read for hours. As I read prophecy, I felt like I was reading coded orders of what he was telling me to do!

During a Church Service on a Friday night, I had visions of an ink well, a writer’s quill, then a fountain pen and notebook, then I saw a computer keyboard.

The LORD asked me, “Daughter, what do these things have in common?” I said, “Writing LORD!” Then He said, “You’re right, and you shall write all I give to you.”

The different symbols in the vision all signified means of writing and the advances in communications.

There were several that had Godly visions and dreams during this pivotal time frame. One said she had a dream and stated that she saw a room filled with people and a lot of clamor. She heard lots of voices speaking negatively against what God was saying to me.

But she related that none of the distractions were hindering what I had to do. She said that I was confident as I opened the door God told me to go through.

As I walked through the door, it appeared to be outside. It was a beautiful spring day and on the ground was a huge white sheet that went as far as the eye could see.

The edges of the page were emerald green and the sheet was pure white. A woman I know related that two people I know walked out on the white sheet, then she said I prophesied, “Your mouth, your hands, and feet.”

Then immediately these two people fell down on the white page and the power of God was all over them. Then she said I walked out on the white sheet and I too fell on the white page under the power of God.

That was the end of her dream. The LORD gave me the interpretation the next morning.

The pure white sheets represent a web page, the pure white, symbolic of the purity of the words and the means by which they are written.

The emerald green border symbolic of a new beginning. The size of the page as far as the eye can see, represents the ramifications of influence and international scope, for there seemed to be no end, like looking at the horizon.

The prophecy, “Your mouth, your hands, and feet,” means that the spoken, written, walked out word of God shall multiply beyond our traditional methods. We will literally walk out the living Word of God, for we stand on His Word!

Social media and all of cyberspace belong to The Kingdom of God and we are to possess it by force.

Possessing the land — includes the internet.

The ramification of influence is in every nation, tribe, and tongue, also in isolated lands and areas! We shall go into all the world, “including cyberspace,” with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

I almost forgot! The web page was up and running by June 24, 1998, to the Glory of God the Father!

More to Come……………

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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