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Hope Deferred Makes The Heart Sick

Do you feel totally exhausted, extremely agitated and frustrated to the point of total mental, physical and spiritual failure?

Do you feel totally exhausted, extremely agitated and frustrated to the point of total mental, physical and spiritual failure?

Does it feel so much different than you have ever experienced?

Are you facing another trip around the mountain in the desert?

Are the frustrations in your ministry, job, home, family or any other life situation beyond anything you have ever felt?

There is a reason!

God in his mercy is allowing such pressure to bring us to the breaking point.  He is very serious about his love and deep concern and purpose for us!

He will not allow you to press through into the next stage until His work in us has been completed in this one.

The pressure has frustrated you for a very long time, not realizing the source has kept you chained to things you do not comprehend.

These things are being made manifest and suddenly you are getting glimpses of things you thought were dealt long ago.

Things that have kept you stuck to past failures and loss.  You haven’t understood the deep grief, sorrow and mourning of soul.

However, the pressure is bringing deep rooted issues to the surface.  You have not understood what to do as you are desperate and feel like you are going down, drowning to the point of death, grasping at anything or anyone that you feel can help you.

This great disappointment has surfaced in areas that have cost you family, friends and opportunities.

As you see the glimpses surfacing, it brings great mental pain and anguish like you felt so long ago when the events initially happened.

What’s worse is you are not able to rectify the situations of those who were deeply hurt and are no longer there.

You have been haunted by deeply embedded mistakes.  What had stressed you manifested physically and became stress to others.

Realizing the facts, caused deep remorse.  It caused you to back away because you do not want to damage others.

We become jaded to life and to those who truly want to help us because of preexisting conditions.

You have carried a deep seated root in your heart unrealized.  You knew something was wrong but never fully comprehended till now.

To even think of trusting and surrendering to another causes great shaking.

Due to the past wounds, you fear those who are in authority and it is scaring you to look at what you think God is saying to you.

You think these will will be like all the other’s.  Yet in all the fear and confusion, deep down you really want to begin again, for your destiny cries deeply within!

Even in such vexation of heart and mind, the vestiges of pride surface.  You don’t want to admit you need help.

Humility and obedience open the door; faith drives it all fear away, for faith worketh by love.  Reach out for help, he is standing at the very door.

Your heart has carried great disappointment, sadness and disillusionment, feeling like you have been disqualified due to loss of time and hope.

He is here to establish and heal you beloved; trust Him today.

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life,”   Proverbs 13:12 KJV.

It is God’s will and desire to deliver and heal you today.  In the depths of your very soul make a move towards what you believe He is saying.

Trust Him and stop worrying about what people think about you.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to whom God shows you.

God has not stripped you of your rank, He wants us stripped of every weight that so easily besets us.

He may have removed your authority of that rank for a season, but He never removes His gift.  It is his love that desires you to be free.  He has come to set the captive free.

If you continue to think of the past about people and what you were, you will chase the wind and reap the whirlwind.  Let go and let God!

Like the caterpillar shrouds itself in a cocoon in seemingly death of what it was, the process must be complete before newness can come.

Take a step of faith, step out of the boat and test the waters.  Show God and everyone that you are going for the motherload!  You are headed for destiny or bust!

Throw fear aside and prepare to enter into who you really are!  You have come to a place of exhausting all possibilities.  There are no more options for expansion and you are no longer that same person nor are the others the same.

Let go and enter into who you really are.  You cannot be happy being someone you’re not.

Life is life and each of us choose how to live it.  We must choose how to find our niche in life no matter how many mistake and how old we are.

Age has nothing to do with it, it is obedience.

We have God given gifts to pursue in our lives as we pursue HIM.  New things requires a new beginning of a new beginning.

Some giftings are ministry some are secular, but regardless, the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.

As we learn these principles to pursue his plan, we find out with excitement, that our whole life can be reinvented!

Even like the emergence of the butterfly from a shrouded tomb.  Even if we did one thing all our lives, God has another work for you!

Never forget HE has the final say and we are to set our face as flint to seek Him always, for He is our first gift, our first ministry and our first Love.

Let Him love you today!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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True Relationship: A Revealed Look at Ruthless Religion

Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a relationship with Christ. Religion is a return to bondage.

The ways of this world have totally got things backwards in view of success.

When we are of the world, success is measured in how high we climb the ladder of success to become the best in our field.

Sadly, the majority of Christendom have incorporated those same pursuits in the church which is so directly opposed to the walk of faith in Christ according to his holy Word.

The Apostle Paul who was a highly educated man, was considered a Pharisee of Pharisees.  In religious mindset and circles, he had plenty to boast about.

On his way to persecute the church he had an encounter with Christ that forever changed his life and way of thinking . He even called his former success dung for the supremacy of knowing Christ in the surpassing greatness of his power!

“Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead,”   Philippians 3:5-11 KJV

In Christ, success is measured by how yielded and surrendered we are to death to our former way of life.  Living and reflecting the glory of HIS will and purpose is the intent regardless of the platform we are part of.

Each death experience, each trial, tribulation and stretching releases and squeezes out more drops of this precious commodity of humility.  We will never mature beyond the point of humility.

Jesus used the example of a little child when he told the disciples who the greatest in the kingdom would be.  Maturity is seemingly reversed; becoming like a little child is the highest rank in God’s Kingdom for what is as humble as a little child?

“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”   Matthew 18:1-4.

“The higher we go in God, less is more, and more is God.”

It is all about dying to ambitions and walking the road less traveled.  As we walk and search the way less traveled, we will silently learn lessons by life, day by day. How can one learn in silence?

You must acquire an ongoing degree of study to be quiet.  We become silent and put to death our dying gasps in defense of who or what we were, so we may be transformed in newness of life.

We are to continually yield ourselves to death in knowing that new life begins when we let the old end.

The beauty of God’s perfect matchless grace is that we can always begin again in Jesus, it is never too late.

In this life, we are to continually put to death the deeds of the flesh so we may truly live.

As we advance into greater depths of Spirit, we become a well spring of life reflecting the glory of the Lord in ripple effects as it radiates from our being.

Learning to lay it all down is a lifelong exchange, leaving the limitations and shaking off the old skin so it becomes new.  We leave the world of existence, to abundance and fulfillment in life.

When we become silent, we begin to hear things we had no idea were there; the doves cooing early in the morning, the wind blowing against the leaves, the cool breeze against our skin even the sound of our very own breath when we breathe all coming together like a symphony; It is in this silence that we truly find the still small voice.

The more advanced we are, the greater level of humility we must carry. It is not ambitions and works that give us status in the Kingdom, it’s about his purpose.

He wants us.  He wants fellowship with us.  His greatest joy is finding us walking in the garden in the cool of the day.

Do we think that through elevations we obtain some sort of untouchable status?

Jesus went to those who were considered untouchable, social outcasts and his main confrontations came from religious spirits to whom he gave his strongest rebukes.

What about the parable of the good Samaritan and those who passed by the wounded man; even walking on the other side?  These religious, who thought they were successful in their religiosity had no compassion and lacked such humility.

To be religious and humble is an oxymoron.  Religion tolerates no weakness in others; no wounding or infirm soul.  Only in their hypocrisy they continue to go into such hardness that requires others to go also.

Religion and pride dictates and the social caste system of things, making such a narrow view of those who are not perfected enough in their own little world.

Very few can maintain such expectations, only a very hardened few.  So many that try, fall out of view, not able to be good enough to the very religion they thought they were part of, or even born into.

So many falling through the cracks, thinking they are not good enough to satisfy such antics.

The religious and prideful don’t care about people or their purpose, they only want people to care and take care of them, it is all about their ambition and tradition!

Climbing the ladder of religion has no end and there is never enough, or good enough.

Through the dizziness of their own pride filled glory, they surround themselves with yes men.  It’s all about their advancement of self promotion and ambition; Not in humble submission to Christ.

Religion and ambition is all about who has the high seat and those who single out those who are those most made in their image.

We are made in Christ’s image, not in the image of religion with its pinnacle of power and position.

Their goal is how many people can be won to their nightmare; to be proselytes molding more to their image, leading more to hell.  These religious have absolutely no compassion for those who are weak and the infirm.

Christianity is not a religion.

Christianity is a relationship with Christ.

Religion is a return to bondage and it seeks to gain your support and trust, promising you a grand future with a front row seat with the selective few elite.

The dazed and bewildered among them are like lost sheep seeking a shepherd but instead, finding dictators of charisma and sideshows of mockery, using the precious name of Jesus and twisting his grace to manipulate and control the minds of the weak and feeble and spiritually sick.

These spiritual dictators are mixing a poison of soul, to keep one spiritually sick and tied to chains of their own gain and crown.

Christ has made us free from religion and tradition, but beloved there are many among us that are attempting to mix religion and Christianity together and it won’t mix.

It only presses the legalist further up their slimy ladder promising great grandeur, and condemns those who won’t get with the program.

These that have the Christian beliefs with this religious mixture seeks to corrupt the pure simplicity in Christ; that HIS sacrifice was once and for all.

Pray beloved, for this spirit is alive among the flock, taking many out of God’s good graces, leading them to dark places and prisons of their own making.

Pray beloved, for those who are held captive.  Those who have been dazzled, dizzy and trampled on.

For those whom God loves, he is the good shepherd and has laid down his life for the flock.

The LORD is going after those who are bewildered and bewitched, sending in those who will set HIS captives free!

God is coming after you!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Case of the Mentor and Protege

There are so many levels in growth in Christian’s lives. In our ignorance and immaturity we do all sorts of things because we want our vision to live NOW!

There are so many levels in growth in Christian’s lives. 

There will be those who feel the call of God on their lives and attempt to make that happen before they are prepared by God.  They have zeal, but don’t have the knowledge necessary to fulfill God’s will.

In our ignorance and immaturity we do all sorts of things because we want our vision to live NOW!

“…..Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil,”   1 Timothy 3:6-7 KJV.

Discipleship and leadership is a learned, walked out process of testings and trainings through times of preparation.  Only God knows where we are in his purpose and when and if we are ready.

There are those who assume a place of leadership or title that only God can give.  We can desire and try to make our vision live before God.

However, many of us know, we end up raising a lot of Ishmaels, due to our impatience and lack of faith.  These Ishmaels end up persecuting the ministry of promise.

We want our Ishmaels to live before God!  Why do we get jealous of others when we see others ministry flourish?

God gave us the only promise that comes to the child of promise; our purpose.  There are a lot of things in our lives that were created by the flesh, and we hoped they would live!

However, we must die to our self will and give up our Ishmaels.  We hold on to our hopes that God will make Ishmael live! Sadly it won’t work that way.

Many tears have spilt over the loss of what we held dear in hopes God would bless it.  We must leave our Ishmaels and move on to the promise of God.

You cannot yoke an ox and ass together; the ox will strain to pull forward, and the ass will resist and sit; you will go nowhere.  Be not unequally yoked in relationships and be yoked to Christ, for his yoke is easy his burden is light.

There are many tears spent over our relational Ishmaels; they just wouldn’t work.  There are relationships of all kinds.

When we are sold out to God, we must listen to God for our friendships too.  When God moves us on, we listen to Him and no turning back.

When one walks in leadership, these are not able to have regular (hangout) type relationships with people.  Often leaders will have other leaders in different places where they can have fellowship and counsel for their specific needs.

For the leadership to be successful with the flock, the leader must not be too familiar with you.  The leader prays for you and is used as the LORD leads them, as one who must give account to God on your behalf.

Familiarity breeds contempt.  Esteem your leaders and thank them for their sacrifices on your behalf and pray for them.

When a person comes to me who desires my leadership or they want a mentor, I explain very plainly how things will be.  I make it very clear right away and I don’t mince words.

I have learned to not put things off, but to deal with it right away.  If I don’t address this, it makes it very hard.

I have learned by experience to be point blank honest.  This is best for both, and I have learned it’s best to share the expectations.

If these want a mentor and it’s God’s will for them, they won’t stop, leave, no matter what.  This person must know what this choice entails.

Elijah, a prophet of God, when he came by and saw the man Elisha plowing with yokes of oxen, he remembered what God told him about anointing Elisha as groom to himself.

Even after hearing about Elisha, Elijah tested the hook and sinker.  He threw his mantle over him, and Elisha left the oxen and ran after Elijah.

Elisha wanted to say goodbye and kiss his parents and then he would follow him.  Elijah made sure Elisha had every opportunity to choose.

Elijah’s sarcastic remark, “Go back, for what have I done to you?”  Elisha was prepared for such a time and he never flinched.

Even with the hint of Elijah’s sarcastic question to try and shake his faith to doubt, it never moved him.  He gave it all up to the service of the LORD.

Elisha’s epiphany met him face to face that day.  This Elisha, a person chosen by God being groomed for the prophetic ministry.  These things still happen today.

“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.  And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee.  And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?”   1 Kings 19:19-20 KJV.

To be mentored, you are serving the mentor as unto Jesus Christ.  Training and mentoring requires surrender of your will to God’s.

God uses His mentor to care, teach, correct, discipline and train in every lesson that brings one to servanthood.  We graduate to becoming a servant.  The one who trains is accountable to obey God for that person.

How can we possibly think another will follow when you have never followed?

I purposely bring up correction to those who seek a mentor, and I do not compromise my stance as a mentor or spiritual mom.

In this nation I find it true with many I meet; that people are afraid to be corrected or disciplined.

God loves us and He only wants his best for us!  Many see God’s methods of training, correction and discipline by leadership or mentor as harsh.

True discipline is love and care that brings stability into the life of the protege.  It is a blessing and testing for holding true positions of leadership.

If the LORD never disciplined us, we wouldn’t be His disciples or His children.  Being afraid of true godly discipline, is not to be feared, but revered.

If you have an issue where you were abused by authority, healing can come under a true mentor.  If having discipline makes you afraid and you don’t believe it is necessary, then you and I need to read scripture and pray.

If God never taught, disciplined or showed us what’s involved in ministry, He would be negligent in His care for us.

Caring for a child is necessary so they are safe, fed, comforted, loved and also corrected.  Yes correction is love too.

Elijah gave Elisha every opportunity to turn back, just as I do.  When I feel that wrong motives are in action, I purposely do not let anyone latch on to me.

My job is to obey God no matter how people respond. As for hanging out, God won’t let me do that either, unless it is for His purpose.

Once people tell me they heard God tell them to come under my training, I purposely do not waste any time.  I begin to share with them what will happen.

I begin asking if they are willing to be corrected pretty quick.  Nearly all run away and cannot follow through with their words.

A person who is serious, has received a word from God and that is what settles the matter of them staying.  It is not for me, it is for HIM.  This revelation saves my time and theirs.

When God truly sends a protege, they come on their own and no one will be able to shake them loose, for they heard from God.

These are there until God says it is done!  They will be there through the corrections, the blessings, the training and the rewards of benefits.

When being trained under a blessed leader, that blessing will transfer to them as they continue until finished.  These shall carry within them the rewards and benefits for their future and for those they will train.

Elijah walked alone a lot.  He understood the cost of peoples lives and how serious it is.

By the way, it is not smart to try and walk with a prophet while having wrong motives.  This type of motive is made manifest and there will be no sort of manipulative or controlling benefit.  False motives are exposed by the light.

There are those, when they see the gifts in action, a powerful word, a miracle or testimony; they may not understand what they are witnessing, but it can inspire them to seek God.

Then there are those who become so hungry for God and want to experience Him.

Then there are others; these are those who come deceptively, who are attracted to that anointing that rest on you.

Motives are made manifest through those that come and seem sincere, until it comes to whom or what is the focus.  Like Simon the sorcerer, they are seeking to grasp that gift for personal gain.

“And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.  But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.  For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.  Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me,”   Acts 8:18-24 KJV.

Only God knows the true motives.  I see this quite often with people who had some sort of ministry experience years ago.

These don’t realize fully, but they are trying to relive past experiences and memories, hoping to bring them into the mix now.

They want to recapture those years when God was moving so big in their lives, but time has moved on.  We must move when the Glory cloud moves.

I counsel these to put to death the past ministry and seek Him NOW for what He wants.   Some so live and identify with the past glory days, that they stubbornly hold on to the past when God wants to take them into their future.

They seem to want to learn from the man or woman of God and seemingly may be humble for awhile, but the truth will manifest.

These see themselves and measure themselves against you.  They make a point to tell you of all the works they have done that gives them the right to be in your status and rank.

They begin to rise up thinking they are more mature and totally disregard the person you are and what authority you carry; In this they disrespect God.

They measure themselves against you and the words spoken.  They cannot understand internally why you are moving with God and they are not.

So they carry seeds of envy and jealousy that begins to motivate the conversation.  Once they gain access to you, they will want to keep access to you.

They will seek to ride on your anointing and in their mind, they begin to think it is their anointing.  You must understand that they will try and turn the conversation over to them and it becomes a very dangerous place they are in with manipulation and control.

Jezebel has left many littered along life’s highway this way.

These love the anointing you flow in and they try to bask themselves in it as much as possible.  In the light of the anointing they like to stick around until they can gain some sort of advantage from the prophets anointing.

If they can’t have it, no one can, so like King Saul went after David to destroy him, these people react the same way.  They will seek to divide and conquer.  They will try to assassinate your character.

These people go “oooh…. ahhh…., we just love that anointing,” and they act like they want to be with you in support.

Then suddenly the tables turn to them and they compare themselves to you, and self promote, meaning that they don’t need you, since they got what they came for.  Not realizing what they have is a Jezebel spirit.

If you allow these type of people to come and suck on the anointing they will deplete you and all for their own selfish purposes.  Then they cannot figure out why it doesn’t work with them.  Do not ignore these types of behaviors, they are dangerous to the soul!

Keep healthy boundaries and do not deviate from them.  These type of people will continue to cross over into your space and try to take over your time.

Prostituting the anointing is a serious thing!  It means they will manipulate, pay, use, misuse or steal to gain some sort of privilege, prestige of knowing your name and personally knowing who you are.

They try to daily keep your attention using all sorts of ministry purposes and to somehow make you feel obligated to help them.  Always keep God first and his time foremost.  Let no person invade that time with the LORD.

As they gain access to you and you begin to believe them, they drop names, titles and previous works they have done, to change the focus off of you and onto themselves.

The mission is to destroy the true prophets message.  It is the time for you to PULL back and refocus on the LORD!  Give no more access to them.

If they think you have figured out their scheme, they will send you manipulative messages that are sent to be poison for the mind.

The person will become fearful of losing your time and access and become desperate, not understanding why they feel that way.  To bait and switch tactics, they will rely on you to feel sorry for them!

There goal is to get you to doubt that you didn’t hear correctly from God.  All the while this is happening, that spirit is gaining more access time with the prophet AND if the prophet doesn’t pull back to refocus on God, that demonic spirit will bombard the true prophet to shake his or her faith and it breaks down defenses to gain access to the mind.

Once the mind is compromised it gains control.  Your mind is not yours anymore.  Truly our battlefield is in our mind.

In these last days and moments, satan is pulling out all the stops and is targeting leadership and especially prophets to bring about spiritual blindness.

Evil spirits are at work to a greater degree deluding as many people as possible.  These spirits are not just doing thing haphazardly but they have been planning to take out as many as possible.

If they cannot take them out they will hold onto as many as possible that are in bondage and spiritual darkness.

Beware and pray concerning these tactics.  If you are part of the flock, pray for your leaders.

Watch and pray.  I hold the ministry of the intercessor/ warrior to the highest regards and most important gift sent into my life.  Nothing is won or advanced without them.

It is my hope and prayer that this information will equip you to a greater degree and spark that fire again to do war.  We all have a job to do and we need to get it done!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Some Symptoms Of False Humility

When you ask a person or Christian “What is false humility?”  many come up with an example or two.

I asked a question the other day and the LORD moved me to study this deeper.

When you ask a person or Christian “What is false humility?”  many come up with an example or two.

A person who is humble is in it for the long haul, not short term self interests.  Humility is often associated or seen as low self esteem, but in reality, it is the arrogant who are distorted.

It is easy to fake interest in another individual’s existence, especially it there is something in it for us,  i.e. recognition, status or some sort of benefit.

Another example of false humility are the pretenders who try to be something they are not and in reality are self deceived.  They will pretend to be generous, but in reality, they are self centered.

Sometimes people don’t even realize their behaviors are that way; even well meaning and seasoned people do not understand this problem.

Proud and arrogant people are exaggerated in their own viewpoint.  They seek to have the consideration and credit for everything.

Yes, if we remain in real repentance, it will keep us accountable, keeping us honest and open, as; “living epistles seen and read of all men”  Being real and up front is a good thing, and it keeps us humble.

“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: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart,”   2 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV.

The devil likes to twist words, and we all have different backgrounds and with some it is harder than others.

We each live life and God uses everything we go through.  The enemy will try to get to us coming or going.

Satan wants to stomp us down where we feel useless and unwanted.  Then we start feeling good about ourselves and he throws in a wrench to shake our confidence in Christ.

However, he tries to push us further from confidence into pride.  Pride is his goal, why?

That was the same sin that God through him out of heaven for.

If the devil can get us to believe we have pride instead of confidence, it will shut us up, because we love Jesus and in our heart of hearts we know we don’t want to do nothing to offend our Jesus.

So we go through various stages of deliverance in our walk, and each one God leads us through is designed to free us more and more.

Yes, in sacrificing our Ishmaels, how many times have our own self interests kept us from victory over the years?  How many times have we got ahead of God?

Yes, when we have rough backgrounds in the particular area of being put down and disqualified, with self hate, and self criticisms.  If the enemy can’t get us coming he gets us going.

Developing confidence is a long, love lesson from Jesus.  We all want love.  As we understand and learn God’s kind of love, being accepted is what we crave and desire.

Our needs are only met by our Jesus and he fills those areas with himself.

If we begin to think that we are better than other people, we become less worthy and we lose what qualities we earn through trial and testing that makes us more valuable to the cause of Christ.

The more advanced we go in Christ we, the humble maintain their agenda to be His feet into His will and His glory!

Humility is also putting others first.  It resists the temptation to act or intend to view one’s own power, position, or reputation.

Fake humility seeks to gain approval and won’t give up; It pretends.

I read of a man that learned how to profit from his mistakes.  Throughout his career he was willing to learn from his mistakes.

He was a man of great ambitions, however he was a man of humility, and because of this, he was able to see with greater moral clarity.  Regardless of his decisions, he owned up to mistakes.

Real humility builds up; false humility tears down.

We are to look into the mirror of God’s word as a humble leader, we search out of the reflection from the mirror of God’s word.

The more accountability and responsibility a person has, the more humility is required.

If a person comes to me, and they say “God told them to do this thing for you.”  I say okay, if God told them to do it, they depend on God and they are doing it for God and not man, right?

The rewards must come from God right?  If your agenda and motive are wrong, your focus will be on man and it will always disappoint.  These types of actions won’t last if they are doing it for some sort of reward.

For example; If someone is doing something for me, the motive is made manifest by God.

If the motive is false humility, you are trying to gain advantage, access or attain a position for some sort of personal benefit, and not God.

Manipulation and control are very devious ways to gain access for advancement of their own purpose.  Manipulation and control have no place in a true selfless act.

People who carry and seek an agenda, try to manipulate the one served.  These are actually there to serve their own benefit, attention, recognition, purpose and AGENDA.

I tell people, if God told you to do it, don’t expect me to ask.  If God told you to do it, that is between you and him regardless of my position in the situation!  Don’t expect me to run you down and ask anything, because you are doing it for HIM, not me.

I am only a servant as we all are, and we work for him regardless of the job he gives us to do.

We are accountable to HIM!  May we all check our hearts and motives and respond accordingly.  No more false humility, Amen?

“That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.  “For his letters,” say they, “are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”
Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,”
   3 Corinthians 10:9-15 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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A Closer Look, ‘His Grace Is Sufficient’

Only God can remake and redeem a shattered heart. It is just like a precious crystal vase when dropped, breaks into many pieces. 

Only God can remake and redeem a shattered heart.

It is just like a precious crystal vase when dropped, breaks into many pieces.  There are so many deeper depths, of this truth.

Being shattered comes with so many slivers that you cannot see.  We may be in this place today, but it seems hopeless.  It has been such a long time, and other attempts, futile.

However, once we resign to God’s will and look deeper, one can only fathom the dynamics of such a undertaking.

For unless we have walked through such times ourselves, how do we have substance in our walk of faith?  God wants to bring substance to our faith; our testimony.

Life comes with many lessons, and by growth, we are exercised to believe God’s word.

When we hear of others who were openly broken or shattered then miraculously healed; We ask ourselves and God, “What about me?  What is wrong with me?”

His grace is sufficient.

There are those that seem impossible to be healed.

His grace is sufficient.

We know and realize that no man can fix us, instead, we must trust God.

It may be years of built up residue, but those slivers are still sharp as ever.  His grace is sufficient.

After going through so many prayer lines and prayer requests, inside we resign these things over to God.

We move on and throw the easily seen pieces away.  Then with what strength we have, we sweep out the unseen, whisking away all that we see outwardly.

His Grace is sufficient.

A shattered heart may seem like an impossible wound, but in God, all things are possible. His grace is sufficient.

Beloved, you are not rejected, you are accepted.  Continue walking on beloved, because it is through life experiences, that God qualifies us to be His choice counselor’s that He can use.

We walk on, trusting His purpose in each step.  Knowing he is our redeemer and has the power and purpose to do all things.

We give Him praise, In Jesus’ name!

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong,”   2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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The Timing Of The Corporate Center

My thoughts beloved; I am NOT my own. I have been bought with an expensive, costly price. Jesus is Lord of my life always!  I was taught that my righteousness is like filthy rags.

My thoughts beloved; I am NOT my own.  I have been bought with an expensive, costly price.

Jesus is Lord of my life always!  I was taught that my righteousness is like filthy rags.

When I received the Lord, I said NO to demonic chatter!

There are those religious spirits who feel they must control us and act as our sheriff or umpire, calling us out!  I had to learn and realize that I am part of a bigger picture.  It is not me, myself and I.  NO!  It is Christ in me, the hope of glory!.

When we think we are ALL we need, we are tipping closer toward calamity.  We cannot live the life of the flesh and religion and be free; It is impossible, beloved!

The chasm has widened and there are no more gray areas!  The time is come for all people to return to their first love.

Hear this beloved!  The chasm has widened and no longer able to live with one foot in and the other foot out.

We must know the times we are in.  Know your enemy!

All religion, in all forms, is a return to bondage.  You started off good, then what happened to take that joy away?

An evangelist promised that if you came forward, you would be saved and cleansed of all sin.  What happened?  Why isn’t it joyful like it was when we received Christ?  What happened?

Well sounding and well meaning demonic inspired people found you and they began working on your mind to get you to doubt and not believe the truth.

Oh so sorry to have to say that!  However it is necessary to know your enemy!

That is the most important thing to know in warfare; know your enemy!  These types of spirits work through well meaning people.

The enemy is often far more serious about attendance at Church, rather than true believers are!

Picture this, a huge 10,000 seat Church filled with people and God opens your eyes and you see a small group of true believers in the center of that place.  It is shocking when he opens your eyes!

Many so called Christians are nothing but religious spirits!  They are staunch, miserable people!  Just listen to what they say.

They don’t teach you the freedom we have in Christ!  These spirits know who you are, even though the people don’t.

Beloved of God, we must be equipped with the gift of discerning of spirits.  We must come into the corporate anointing; the gathering of those of one heart, one mind and one accord.  Don’t you hear the sound to be ready?

Being part of a corporate body provides safety and many wonderful benefits beloved!  God has a place for you to plug into; even if it is on-line.

Social media gatherings and the Five Fold Ministry are just as inspired by God as big name Church groups!  Know who you are and don’t be shaken.

There are groups of people who are demonically inspired religious people!  Most times these don’t know why they act ugly to you.

Then there are true demoniacs who know what they are doing.  I guarantee beloved, that what is in them doesn’t want you to get free and appear on the scene with the anointing of Truth!  You can learn a lot by listening in silence.

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,”   1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV.

Self righteousness and pride seek to divide.  When we seek to preserve our flesh instead of dying to the flesh, it leads us further down the slope of religious deception and heeding the voices of devils.

When we come to Christ, we enter His Kingdom.  We are one in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

We are no longer alone, but we have become part of the body of Christ.

We are part of an amazing plan that God knows about, and we are no longer just an individual, but part of the amazing bigger picture of union with His Body.

The LORD desires us to be one with HIM!  His corporate body are mutually dependent and accountable, one to the other.

Each gift is so needed to function in harmony.  How can I say I don’t need a prophet or apostle?  Would you actually say to your eyes that you don’t need them?

Religious people/ spirits strive and divide!  They seemingly flourish so to speak, because of popular doctrines which they push like drug dealers.

These people don’t want to hear the truth.  These people feed among half truths and promote chaos and drama wherever they go.

Their goal is to shake you and seek to devour you!  Give no more place to the devil.  Remain among those who are one heart, one mind and one accord.

Those who rebel and seek to destroy a precious soul, fight against God.  These impostors go about making their own little Prophet’s Corner, or Apostle’s Cafe and say “Come on and have a heyday!”

They are those who say or live with the attitude that says; I am my own prophet, my own savior, and my own deliverer!

They are clearly self deluded and anchored in pride.  A twisting spirit is in their mouths, just like a Leviathan, swinging its tail, seeking to twist your words and beliefs.  It is his last ditch effort to roll you over and over, so you are confused.

Give no more place or room for the lies and attempts at twisting words.  Don’t listen to them, or give any place to the devil.

Don’t let him steal your peace or rob you of harmony in the body of Christ.  The Word of God is near thee, even in your heart and mouth, in the words you speak.

As I close this portion of teaching, I would advise to find your place and plug into it.

I would also say that we are not a island to ourselves.  We fit somewhere!

I am not my own and I don’t belong to me.  I die, so HE lives big in me and I receive His righteousness.

The middle man was cut out for us over two thousand years ago.  His name is Jesus!

He took our place and gave gifts to man.  The remnant is learning we all are part of a bigger picture!

We are transitioning and coming into alignment into the corporate body.  Don’t be late!

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent,”   Acts 17:30 KJV.

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not,”   Revelation 2:21 KJV.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent,”   Revelation 3:19 KJV.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Confederacy, Union and ‘As One’!

God has a design for our life and knows every step we must take. Our hearts and motives are laid bare before God.

God has a design for our life and knows every step we must take.  Our hearts and motives are laid bare before God.

There are things we hide behind that we don’t even realize.  When things seem so strange and I cannot pinpoint it; I get confused, it usually signals that I am getting exhausted.

Because of exhaustion and not having time to build up my own reserves, I become susceptible to enemy attacks.

Unknown or forgotten motives of our heart can sometime be pricked because of our hidden issues, especially when we have no idea that we harbor any measure of grudge, unforgiveness, things we thought were resolved.

We may need to seek greater resolutions with our brothers and sisters for healing. Forgiveness doesn’t mean we have to agree with their point of view or walk with them.

We can have times when we thought a wound was healed, and we are shocked that we didn’t realize that scar can be aggravated and inflamed.

Even from thinking it was long ago resolved, then the shock and reality of what we are feeling now!  Having to face it now after all these years?

There are levels of healing we go through when God knows we are ready for them.

God knows our heart and motives, even if we do not.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.

I may not understand why I react a certain way, or why I feel so bound, but I have learned that God’s Word is not bound.  God knows where we are on His timeline.  Trust Him beloved.

God brings hidden things to the surface because He wants resolution and healing so we can move forward into His perfect will.

When we come across this type of thing, God wants to take us deeper in healing and placement in the body making us one heart, mind and one accord.  For when we love each other, we love God.

At times we have hidden our hearts.  Wounds have a way of joining in with others who agree with our wounds.  This is only step one in woundedness.

When step two in woundedness happens, that causes us to separate further with division opening us up to step three; religion.  I am not saying it is always the case.

When we respond to what takes us away from God’s will and His people, it is not God’s way.  We are to pray with a pure heart with pure motives.

Do we always handle things that way?  Is it perfect?  NO!  Are we to strive for the mastery?  Yes!   He wants His body to be one.

Yes, we move on the path for our feet and do our best to forgive and let them go.

I know everyone doesn’t fit together.  I am talking about those of us who are tender hearted and pricked in the heart about lost relationships.

Our part of our healing is to pray, forgive them, loose them and let them go, with our blessing.

I humbly submit this exhortation of our Lord Jesus, to those who hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  I don’t know what all has happened with people.

God keeps me from becoming too close to any group or any individual.  He will not let me read other prophecies or words unless He specifically leads me to them.

As for me, He wants what I say to be pure and not be motivated or influenced by man.  It is rare that I read many words from others.  Seriously, only after I post a word does He allow me to read the responses and confirmations that come my way.

Being loyal is first to God, then to stand with our beloved brethren and to try our best to help bring healing.

Division comes, and we must guard against it.  However, it is often one way the gospel is pushed out into other places regardless of how it happened.  Paul and Barnabas parted ways due to a sharp disagreement.

And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.  And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches,”   Acts 15:39-41.

We learn and grow and then we outgrow our placement and move on.  Not all will remain with you.

God moves people where He wants them.  We are not to attach ourselves to man, but be connected with each other and respect one another and each of our boundaries.

We must guard against those who seek to attach to someone, when it isn’t with the right motive.  This behavior is typical for someone who recognizes the gifts which they also want

If not taught properly, this focus (on gifts of another) can become a form of idolatry and invite Jezebel in.  We are free and we each are individuals who have our place.  We seek Him for that place, and yes, we respect leaders.

Our enemy is satan and our enemies are demons, and they use people.  We need to remember that when we shoot a arrow, that it is aimed rightly and it hits the demon and not the person.

There is a civil war raging within the church.  Let us remember freedom is never free, it cost many lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

As intercessors and prayer warriors, we understand the battle and we must become sharp and aim at the right targets.

Even seasoned intercessors or warriors can become burned out.  We get tired, worn out, intolerant, judgmental, become religious or legalistic, because we move further away from dependence on God alone.

Then we slip on the slippery slope being susceptible to the voice of the enemy.  What we then begin doing is relying on fumes, instead of being energized by the Holy Spirit.

Once this happens, the works of the flesh will take us further away from dependence on God alone.  When you get to this place, THEN is the time to pull away from everything, everyone and press into the LORD.

Retreat is God’s method of order, beloved!  Learn when to pull away; watch for signs.

In this hour, as we yield, abiding in the LORD’s presence, we must be so sharp with God’s Word as to be able to rightly divide the word of truth and to use the Word of God as our weapon against our demonic enemy; not against our brother.

Harvest is upon us and people get saved and free!  However, immediately, well meaning people then try to put us under their specific type of bondage.

Confederacy and Unity

A confederacy is a political union.  For example; a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose.  © vocabulary.com.

The southern confederacy held bids and catered to the shareholders on their plantations that were worked by the purchase of slaves.  In American history, this was the stench of our nation’s history; the slave trade in our nation.

These southern state soldiers were also referred to Rebels.

Are we free or are we enslaved with a yoke of slavery?

We must learn how to be free ourselves, for then we can set the captives free.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as idolatry,”   1 Samuel 15:23.

As Christians, we fight for the freedom of our brethren and those who need to be saved, and bring them into UNION; the unity of the faith, in Jesus’ Name!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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