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The Torch of a New Day

This has been a very severe season of testing and trying and the objects of the test and trial were being tested too.

This has been a very severe season of testing and trying and the objects of the test and trial were being tested too.

Dying to the flesh is not fun, it is hard!

However, it is the only way that we are made strong that we may rise to newness of life!

It is during these times that we find out new things about ourselves that we can really see what we are capable of, shockingly so!

Satan knows our weakness and he is trying us in all forms, as his desperation is evident to stop us any way he can.

He knows we are understanding more of who we are in Christ and he plans in advance to take us out.  He devises plans in advance for months even years for one moment in time!

The believer who knows who they are in Christ are tested and if we weaken in any small way, and sin, it opens up a crack in our armor and when that happens, the enemy bombards us in that area with all he can muster up because he knows that this is the only way he can get legal authority to attack us when we open that door and sin.

But once we know where we failed we must quickly repent and close that door quickly and tell the devil to go!

So, all of those many plans the devil spent on you are broken in a moment!  Tell the devil to go!  And give the devil no more place in your life!

It is when things seem like your alone and nothing is working right or no one understands, this is when we are tested and tried the most.

We must know even in the darkness when things are foggy to be happy alone with Jesus in following His way.  If we don’t, we can begin to look for other things to partake of and get into big trouble!

Do not let the devil bait you!  The enemy knows your weakness and he will use bait that is especially something you are weak to and he will hook you!

The enemy is an assassin and he is out to suddenly aim at your character to discredit you and ruin your name and life.

Have you noticed major change?  And it appears many of your friends are gone and you are all alone?  That is when the enemy tries and attacks us!

As I was praying, I heard the song from the 1970s by Johnny Nash called “I can see clearly.”

Lyrics  ©Johnny Nash,

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way, gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day, I think I can make it now the pain is gone all of the bad feelings have disappeared, here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day. Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies, look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies.”

The LORD wants you to know you came through, you broke through the test and you overcame the trial of your character and he is proud of you!  You said it is written!  Glory to God!

You are emerging from the dark clouds and you are stronger, you are wiser.  You are emerging and you are being shown that you are real.  I can see many emerging from the dark clouds and moving straight ahead towards the bright sunshine.

This is where things are changing as you have passed from death to life and you are growing through these experiences and choose life!

I see you are carrying a torch-lit up for others who are weak to follow the light of God’s anointing who also emerge but are tattered and torn, but these too will see the torch of God’s anointing and be healed and restored from the trial they suffered through.

This has been cycles and seasons of trial, tests, and the things you lost will come around again in time.

You walk in what you have attained!  There have been cycles and patterns for you not to pattern after anymore, “for when a man’s way pleases The LORD he will make even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

You use to pray and you struggled to ask God why can’t I pray, why do I struggle to pray?

God wants you to know at the very thought of prayer and attempts to pray in the darkness, every word was heard.

Though you felt alone and that God did not hear, you were being tested to not trust in your surroundings, but you pray anyway and The LORD your God was testing you for prayer isn’t a feeling, it’s a fact that is spoken or thought towards God.

For thus says The LORD, “I look for one who doesn’t take My presence for granted.  Your personal responsibility is to have clean hands and a pure heart.

I see the wounds of war with scars all over my body, these things are not hidden but in full view. 

These are battle wounds and they speak of history for others to follow behind you too that will learn from your victories and defeats.

The deep places you desired have a heavy price.  These things you have wanted to see are happening.

You have been jealous of other’s relationships when everything I have is yours.  Why do you seek after another’s gift or destiny?

Faithful brother, do not get angry at your prodigal brother who returned with great happiness to My House.

Everything I have is available to you but these who return were lost but they found their way by the torch that opens the way.”

“And he said, A certain man had two sons:  and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found,”
   Luke 15:11-22.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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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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It is Written!

Jesus was tempted in all points like we are, but He was perfect and when He was tempted, He resounded, “IT IS WRITTEN….”  

As I prayed, I saw in the spirit an oil derrick and it was being drilled.  Suddenly I saw a gusher breakthrough and it went so high in the sky!

Many of you are like that; like being in that drilling process.  You are seeking God and it feels like you are drilling and pressing in so hard!

But it has been so long and issues so frequent that you have questioned as to why you must go through such adversity.  Some of you have questioned your very salvation.

Many of you have had such opposition that you began to question the validity of your experience with The LORD and have doubted.

Many have said that the battle is over. (Indeed, partially true)  Yes, The LORD Jesus Christ once and for all settled our eternal salvation, but there are false doctrines out there which say we have no battles to contend in this life as a Christian!

We must put on our Armor and carry our Weapon, which is the Word of God!  We must develop through knowing God’s Word —  for the Word of God is our powerful weapon!

This weapon is like a two-edged sword and we must focus on God and focus our mind on where the real battles lie and which weapon, which scripture we must counter-attack with.

Jesus was tempted in all points like we are, but He was perfect and when He was tempted, He resounded, “IT IS WRITTEN….”   (Matthew 4)

The battle is The LORD’s and He goes before us making every crooked path straight!  There are many battles we face in our lives and if the battles were over, why do we need armor and the sword of the Spirit?

Fight against false doctrines and give them no place in your life! (Ephesians 6).  Of course the enemy doesn’t want you to know you have the power to break his strongholds, plots, and schemes!

However, we are learning and becoming strong against the enemy, because of the weight of the resistance we face!  [Resistance builds muscles!]

We are being trained so that our spiritual muscles grows and we become strong and great contenders against the enemy’s plans.

When we resist the demonic winds and fire, we are finding that opposition has actually pushed us closer to The LORD in intimacy and fiery fervency!

Satan does not go after people who are NOT a threat to his agendas.  He goes after those who shall make a difference in this world for God.  Your greatest moments in God come on the heels of great tests and trials.

The LORD will be glorified greatly with HIS end-time Army!  His Army runs through a troop and leaps over walls defeating the plans of darkness!

You shall leap supernaturally over the enemy’s hurdles, as you are above and not beneath, the head and not the tail!

You shall be amazed at how God will manifest himself in your lives.  Nothing is higher than God.

When we come into alignment with Him, all things are possible to them that believe!  When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will use YOU to leap over every conspiracy and plan of darkness!

You are not alone and God is aware of all things in your lives!  Remember, you are that STANDARD against the enemy that God is raising up.

This is your destiny coming to pass beloved!  Just your presence intimidates the devil and his demons as they run in terror when you carry God’s presence!

We must continue to learn who we are in Christ and develop by getting that Word of God within, so we learn to take dominion and a stand wherever our feet take us!

I can see how The LORD is opening our understanding to deeper and greater heights.

I heard this, that The LORD wanted his beloved not to be afraid or dismayed, and that even in all their distractions and unplanned events, The LORD is still on His Throne and He has so many angels watching over you and they are helping you even though you may not feel it or see it.

The LORD wants you to know that HE is with you, even in distractions and events inspired by the enemy to keep you offline, off base, and to make you think you are vulnerable and have lost it!

You have been lassoed and you had to attend those events, but you longed for the Courts of God.

There are others who have lost important relationships, but you cannot control or change another person.

Forgive them!  Release them!  And then let them go.

The LORD knows you had no control over those unplanned events.  Forgive yourself beloved.  Trust The LORD and realize He is for you not against you.

Remember those who left you because of the cause of Christ, that they could not continue with you, because you have The Heart for The Father.

Be encouraged beloved…..

“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!  it had been good for that man if he had not been born,”   Matthew 26:24 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Your Power of Attorney

No matter what and where our destiny lies, God has calculated a plan for us that is affirmed and confirmed by The Will and Word of God!

No matter what and where our destiny lies in The Kingdom, God has calculated an ultimate plan for us that is affirmed and confirmed by The Will and Word of God!

However, it is only conformed into us when we take the third piece of the pie that makes us the whole.

The Holy Spirit is hovering over the land looking for those who receive Jesus as LORD and He comes and abides in us.

When we are in agreement with The Holy Spirit and filled with Him, it is Christ in us the hope of glory!  The enemy cannot stop a believer who knows who they are in Christ!

The enemy’s top calculated plans of events are being revealed.  Even now, as we seek The LORD, we find Him when we seek Him with our whole hearts.

To be on top of the many things that are thrown at us daily, it is mandatory that we must learn to make time and take time, to become still, small, and quiet in our prayer time.

I relish my quiet time in silence.  When I take a hold of me and quiet myself from all the noise, distractions, and the many hindrances that the world pulls at me, I can finally hear Him!

In this day and age of massive amounts of communications, distractions, and temptations, it takes strength of fortitude, and discipline to grab on to your day to be able to hear that still, small voice, and know He is God!

We find Him as we seek Him with our whole heart — and He is not far from those who diligently seek him.

” ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith The LORD, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart,’ ”   Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV.

As the enemy’s plans of events are being revealed; we can know them like marks shown on a map.

It is said that The LORD’s mind is on you for good, but the enemy’s mind is on you to ultimately destroy you anyway he can.  But greater is He Who is in us, than he that is in the world!

There are many plans added by our enemy to keep us too busy so we don’t have time for God.  And these plans may be good ones with well-meaning individuals, but just because there is a need, doesn’t mean we must fill it.

We must keep God first, even when it comes to ministry related business.

God has secret plans and doesn’t give us much information to go on, but expects us to grow and to have faith and trust in God.  With each addition though, we can see perfectly where this conflict strategic goal is!

By Faith, as we align ourselves with The LORD’s will, He will be with us and for us in the earth.  I describe these as marks shown on a map — revealing the areas of turmoil.

For wherever you see and experience turmoil, the enemy is always behind the scenes trying to cause territory to be stolen and for some he does it legally because we forget who we are in Christ.

“The law of The LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of The LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of The LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of The LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes,”   Psalms 19:7-8 KJV.

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness as He fasted and prayed and part of the temptation He endured was when Satan presented the entire kingdoms of the world which he would give, if Jesus would fall down and worship him.

Legally, Satan possesses the ground in this world.  But Jesus, the Son of Man, knew who He was, and His identity was focused and understood according to His purpose on earth — yet He was a son and He learned obedience by the things He suffered.

Jesus, the son of man, knew Satan had legal rights to the kingdoms of this world because of Adam’s failure.

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship The LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve’,”   Matthew 4: 8-10 KJV.

Satan tries so very hard to keep us ignorant and from ever learning the truth:  Jesus Christ imparted All power and all authority to the Church.

We have that power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, abides in the believer.

Satan doesn’t want us to know or develop faith in the written Word of God, nor does he want us to pray and develop a relationship with The LORD.

He knows that if we develop that God-given power, we will be unstoppable and he will lose major territory and souls.

Now the enemy isn’t going down easy, so it is in the battles that stretch our faith in God’s Word.

The enemy bombards us with doubt and unbelief to keep us from our inheritance in Christ.  We have this power in earthen vessels with God in our prayer life and also, we learn decrees and declarations by the spoken Word.  The Word is forever settled in heaven.

In this present darkness, a light is shining and it is God’s destiny arising in His Remnant, who carry the legal Power of Attorney given to us by our LORD Jesus Christ who is our advocate, the one who stands in-between accusations the devil tries to serve against us, to keep us bound by lies.

Jesus gave us Power of Attorney to decree.  That gives us the powers and the rights that Jesus has, to act on His Behalf in our ever-increasing territory and in all the world, including harvesting souls for The Kingdom and the financial matters that accomplish it.  God finances His Ministries!

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world,”   Matthew 28:18-20 KJV.

Amen.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Unveiling the Spirit of Religion

When Jesus walked the earth, his greatest rebukes were given to the religious leaders and religious system of His day.

I am so grateful to The LORD for walking in my life through the Holy Spirit and being my teacher as I walk through life.

He is so faithful, kind, and patient with me and I am so grateful of how he is revealing the spirit of religion.

Religion is a return to bondage.  Religion is a very dangerous spirit especially to the new convert and others who get sucked up into its core belief system based on our works and not the finished work of Christ.

When Jesus walked the earth, his greatest rebukes were given to the religious leaders and religious system of His day.

Like Jesus, we must stand against the spirit of religion as it desires to defeat us in our walk, bringing us into religious bondage and in many true conversion experiences’ that are based on God’s love through Christ once and for all sacrifice.

The spirit of religion comes to new converts by binding them up in chains by deceitful lies.  The basis of religion is that we must perform to keep what Jesus has already kept.

The true Christian is kept by the power of God.  I imagine many of you, have experienced such heresy and found the truth concerning this as I have.

2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time,”   1 Peter 1:2-5 KJV.

I finally left those types of Churches many years ago.  Yes, I lost a lot of friends years back that I dearly loved, as I imagine many of you have too.

When I took this stand for Christ alone being the beginning and the end of my salvation, I found out religion or religious spirits became provoked.

I noticed these types of people are miserable, they have no joy and you can see it on their faces.  If truly known, they live a double-minded standard of hypocrisy and they really don’t want to be miserable but they truly believe they must be miserable and burn out for The LORD.

That sounds really good to the flesh, “to burn out for God” but the problem is just that.  The flesh cannot inherit The Kingdom of God.

In my journey, I have found that because of the stand I take, I would rather have a few real Christian friends instead of many religious ones.  “Beloved we need to learn how to ‘discern’ The LORD’s body.”

Religious spirits through people are so sad to watch.  Many are mean and totally intolerant.

These demands the people to play the game, “can you top this?”  Thus, making the liberating salvation that makes us free into a competition.

Many cover their faces with masks.  They are two-faced and double-minded, causing instability in all their ways.

The religious make themselves feel perfect and demand others to be like them so they climb up and over man’s religious acrobatic successes!

They climb over anyone and step on any head that is in their way towards that pinnacle of religious success.  However, once reached they find there is nothing there. It is through this process that many do indeed burn out and fall a long way down landing at the bottom only able to look up.

That sounds bad, but beloved when we finally figure out our salvation is not measured by our success in religious terms can be a major turning point in our lives!

It’s a journey for the religious to come out of that condition.  Even Moses went from self on the throne while he assumed he was their savior at the beginning, and you know the rest of the story.

He was refined, defined, and in-line with God once he was broken and had no pride left.  Moses was the meekest man that ever lived.

Just think about what that mantel cost him.  To go from murdering an Egyptian to the leadership of the people of God in meekness took years of preparation in the desert, but God prepared him.

True ministry doesn’t appeal to the flesh of man, but to the death of picking up our cross and following Christ.

What are our motivations, do we want to see our name in lights?  Beloved, it is all about laying down our lives to serve.

Compare this to the Hollywood Christians who have tremendous egos to measure themselves by themselves.

Also, they have been driven by popularity making leadership appear as the worldly way that is measured by competition and the carnally-minded expressions that seek notoriety.

There are more than we see and know who seek to be famous!  Without the proper training and being built up in humility to serve the body of Christ we build on a faulty foundation.

All rank in the kingdom is based on love and service with most evident, humility.  The evidence of brokenness makes us tender as we truly lay down our lives and we are marked by humility.

Those who follow after such evidence must be mindful to guard our heart, for out of the heart the mouth will speak.  There will be evidence beloved.

The wrong mindset seeks to be honored and promoted without being purged of pride and whose motives are concocted by seeking great things for self and as a novice must not be given leadership over others.  Many other fruits of character will be made manifest and tested.

This is happening with a lot of people who are called into ministry.  We are NOT supposed to be of this world and promoted by exterior methods and measurements.

Large portions of today’s ministries are filled and fueled by religious spirits and pride!  This is rampant in this day and age.

Religion keeps us bound to false agendas and experiences instead of our own God-filled experiences and God’s purpose in us.

“Thus saith The LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch; Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for The LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.  And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith The LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest,”   Jeremiah 45 2-5 KJV.

We must learn to abide in Spiritual Goshen, we must learn Kingdom Relationships and Principals for our futures.

There has been a place of protection for His people in the midst of judgment and at first, it seems like things are getting worse by having to do more work with fewer provisions.  This is the Church’s finest hour!  (Study Exodus)

We have cried out to see God move, we have cried out for revival and to have more supernatural experiences.  What will we do when that happens?

It seems to me that a great part of the Church are addicted not only to drugs, alcohol, sex, food, and many more addictions, etc. but something more sinister, the Church has an addiction to being amused.

In the height of Roman rule, they were notorious for being amused as it was part of their culture.

The passion of the Roman culture for entertainment was enormous.  During the reign of Claudius, 93 days each year were expressly devoted to games and spectacles, by the end of the second century, the number had risen to 135.

The Roman coliseum was an arena of butchery.  It was in this coliseum that many of our brothers and sisters were given to the lions and other forms of torture.

The brutalizing effect of the arena on Roman society was hard to comprehend. How could so many people of “culture” fail to condemn this practice? Just think of what it was like then to be a Christian. In America, we are so spoiled. Just think of being a Christian then.

We have an amusement park atmosphere within many religious houses, especially in America.  I have been seeing over a period of months, visions of Carousel, and Ferris Wheel, Tilt-a-whirl, and I been hearing the type of amusement park music.

Do we want to see souls saved and people delivered, made disciples and launched into their own ministry?

Are our lives truly motivated by the love of God or for selfish motives and ambitions?  Truly, none of us know our own hearts.  We must ask and pray that God deals with our hearts.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I The LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings,”   Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV.

It seems like people want “Holly-Wood Christianity” with all the Church house celebrities in whom the notoriety goes to their head and Jesus is not glorified.  Holly-Wood has nothing holy about it!

Yes beloved, it is time to connect and make a chain in the land, but we must also move with the glory cloud to link up and sow into the “NET” Works as you have sown in local Church houses, the cyber Church is a valuable cutting edge “NET” to reap in the souls and to keep those who fail and fall by keeping them from falling through the net.

Truly, our connections are linking with international worldwide results.  In being part of God’s last harvest before he returns we must support the great “NET-Work Worldwide!

Never in a time in history has it been said that in seconds we can be in Israel while in America.

Truly the Great Net is a huge governing tool, for witnessing, and teaching disciples is a medium in the airwaves.  We overtake the prince of the power of the air, we take back our communications.

Satan is in a mad dash to corrupt the minds of the simple for we shall see the earth shake, quake, and rattle, however, this will lead us, ‘the remnant’ quickly to find each other.

Spiritual Goshen is a place where we can abide with other Spiritual minded folks.  When judgments fall upon the earth, we are safe in the arms of The LORD.

We are a Kingdom Triumphant and we must fight for Earth to give up all the benefits to God’s kingdom.  The wealth of the sinner has been laid up for the just!

Being religious has evidence.  It is so sad what people go through to ‘make themselves’ think they are fit for the master’s use.

It’s a journey for the religious to come out of that condition.  Even Moses went from self on the throne while he assumed he was the Israelite’s savior at the beginning, and you know the rest of the story.

He was refined, defined, and on-line with God once he was broken and had no pride left.  Moses was the meekest man that ever lived.

Just think about what that mantel cost him.  To go from murder to the leadership in meekness took years of preparation in the desert, but God prepared him.

True ministry doesn’t appeal to the flesh of man, but to the death of picking up our cross and following Christ.  What are our motivations?

Do we want to see our name in lights?  Beloved it is all about laying our life down to serve.

Compare this to the Hollywood Christians who have tremendous egos to measure themselves by themselves.

Also, they have been driven by popularity making leadership appear worldly.  Religion is measured by competition and the carnally-minded expressions that seek notoriety seeking to be famous without the proper training and being built up in humility to serve the body of Christ.

In closing, all rank in the kingdom is based on service with evident humility.  Those who follow after such evidence must be mindful to guard our heart, for out of it come the issues of life.

There will be evidence beloved!  Religious mindsets seek to be honored and promoted without being purged of pride, and many other fruits of character will be made manifest and tested.

This is happening with a lot of people in ministry today.  We are not supposed to be of this world and promoted by a large portion of today’s ministries.

The evidence of brokenness makes us tender as we truly lay down our lives and pick up our cross and follow Jesus!  In this, we are marked by humility, In Jesus’ name!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Legacy Shift

The collected fruits of character that were of the old Legacy, will not be at all like the new, but shall yield much more fruit for The Kingdom of God!

I see a Legacy Shift and Changing of what was, to what is.

The collected fruits of character that were of the old Legacy, will not be at all like the new, but shall yield much more fruit for The Kingdom of God!

However, the enemy will attempt to torment those who are transitioning because of the old and will seek to keep those in torment of new directions, thinking the old was better due to seemingly loss of friends, and past advances that were comfortable to remain in.

During this Legacy Shift, you will have a tremendous sense you are in a very real new place unlike other times before.

It is important to keep your eyes up to Jesus, for you have never gone this way before.

As you listen to His voice, very soon it will cancel out all other voices and there will be so many new things:  new people, new avenues, new outreach for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You will find that the circumstances of the Shift will change from what was older to what will be much better for you and The Kingdom.  Because this is a point in divine time for those who have been prepared by God to Shift into a totally new thing.

“Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it?  I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.  They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them,”   Isaiah 48:6-7 KJV.

A Legacy Shift is a major change of state of existence that happens in heavenly places by Christ Jesus.

It isn’t just a story of some one’s life, it’s about totally brand-new things they will do, new places they go, and new goals they will accomplish for The Kingdom of God in this world.

A Legacy Shift is a brand-new chapter or rather a book that has reinvented a person’s life for the gospel.

It will be the story that a person leaves behind to be remembered and memorialized in the libraries of heaven.

Your Legacy Shift announces there are new pathways to your life that will guide you into new decisions and directions leaving a greater witness to the cause of Christ in your life and in the world.

 

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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