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Motives, Motives, Motives!

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

Biblical Word Study — “Motives”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God wants to Admonish YOU!

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

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

The Curtain Unveiled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like a real old song,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Are Your Motives?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*OJT = On Job Training

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

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

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Liberty in the Midst of Calamity

We must keep our mind on things above, (pray without ceasing) and as we stay spiritual minded we will remain earthly good.

I wonder how many of us have been noticing a lot of weird, so-called ‘accidents’?

Giving an example from my life; I sat my computer down to go to the kitchen and when I got back the cat was sitting on the keyboard and it messed up my article and took me a long time to redo the content.

Then again, I laid the computer down on my table in a different area, when the cat came over and vomited all over it! This is very out of character for her behavior, as I noticed also the cat had started hissing at us!

I got angry as I knew these things were demonically inspired. So I laid hands on the cat and commanded the demon to go! And the cat is back to her normal behavior!

This may seem comical to some, but demons can reside in animals like the swine were filled with legion and stampeded to the ocean and died! (Study Mark 5:13)

“And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.” Mark 5:13.

In my experience, I find that demons are at work fervently, because their time is so short. Their plan is to come at you in force to intimidate you!

And yes, you can sense or feel their presence and it’s not pleasant either. Since the enemy (devil, demons) are trying anyway to come in like a flood, God’s Promise is that when the enemy comes in like a flood, The LORD will lift up a Standard against him! And that Standard is through us!

When a Believer in Christ knows who they are in Him, they are a force to be reckoned with!

There are many other things trying to frustrate the Elect of God, but we have been given mighty Weapons of Warfare to pull-down strongholds, and defensive armor for our protection – it’s The Word of The Living God!

“Is not My Word as Fire, or as a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29.

Here is another weird event that happened.

I went in, like always, to send some funds to a confirmed Mission we support as a Ministry. We have been using Western Union for about a year with no problems.

Suddenly, this time the people were grilling me, asking me why I am sending it, and asking all sorts of questions!

Then they said that I must know the person and have met them to send it! The questions continued and I got angry at the devil, and I asked them what right do they have in interrogating me with what our Ministry does with our money!

Then without anger, I let them know I was a Minister and sending monthly money overseas to support Missions and have been doing it for some time from the same store!

Finally, they called two managers and grilled me again, and as I was praying in tongues under my breath they finally let go and said okay.

I asked if this was going to be a problem again in the future? They indicated not, however, we must always be aware of Satan’s devices.

So, after some time the breakthrough came, and I sent the funds to help with the Mission!

We must be wise as serpents but innocent as doves! (Matthew 10:16) We must know our enemy and his tactics, so that we won’t be caught unaware. We are not to be ignorant of his devices!

I recognized that this demonic attack was attacking our finances for missions, both on our end and the recipient’s end.

We have legal right in God’s eyes, as He says He will rebuke the devourer for our sake. As we are obedient with tithing and offering personally and ministerial too according to Malachi 3:10, so, I knew that I had authority backing me up, because God said he would rebuke the devourer for our sake.

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says The LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10.

Beloved of God, we need to be extremely aware of everything that is around us; beginning at home and then when we are out and about.

We must keep our mind on things above, (pray without ceasing) and as we stay spiritual minded we will remain earthly good.

Frankly, in my experience with people, I don’t think many want to know or realize the times we are living in.

When all news, broadcasts, radio, satellite and all forms of communications are proving worldwide information and that scripture is being fulfilled right before our very eyes!

People are in such fear, dread, and worry that they can’t resolve within themselves what we are to do! That is where you and I come in; where The Soul Winner comes in!

We are so close to that day of fulfillment in scripture, that Christ’s return is eminent, but no man knows the day or hour. However, we shall know the season and it is sooner than we think.

He will come in a day you least expect it!

Watch the news see what is happening in world, especially Israel and America!

See what is happening and press in and stay so close to Jesus in your prayer life and intimacy!

Learning to ‘pray without ceasing’ in The Spirit comes when we discipline ourselves daily to start our day with Him.

Yes, confession of all sin, then not just speaking our wants and desires, but seeking His Desires first.

Take time — not make time, to develop the desire for intimacy and confession of our spiritual needs! As we abide in Him, He will abide in us. He wants a personal relationship with us.

I exhort you, to continue to press into God, for you will be rewarded!

When we learn by habit, through self discipline, to be a true Disciple of Christ, is when everything and every spiritual blessing is available to us!

God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him! (Hebrews 11:6) All fear falls away because you have surrendered to His Life, Death, and Resurrection!

We are to rise and shine, for The Light has come! For The Glory of The LORD has risen upon us! Draw near to God — and He will draw near to you!

Unconfessed sin keeps us bound to that fruit and hinders us, so that we will not go forward. (Proverbs 28:13) Yes, another reason our prayers are not answered is that we have unconfessed sin in our lives.

The Bible says, “but your iniquities have separated you from God; and your sins have hidden His Face from you, so that He will not hear,” (Isaiah 59:2) and if I regard iniquity in my heart, The LORD will not hear (Psalm 55:18).

There is a connection between unconfessed sin and your health and in rite of communion, (1 Corinthians 11:28-30, Psalm 32).

There is so much more scripture to be fulfilled, and once we know we are right with God through our personal relationship with Him, it gives us such Liberty and Freedom in the midst of great chaos, calamity and turmoil!

The LORD has said that He will be greatly glorified by His Elect, His Bride, His Betrothed!

Once you know who you are and have that security residing within you, even in the midst of great turmoil, you will have strength to walk through any situation and circumstance without fear and with great Grace.

I would lie if I didn’t prepare you. You will experience and have feelings of the spiritual environment and spiritual warfare. We do not grow if we have no press (pressure) in our lives.

Even like Stephen, who beheld The Glory of The LORD and gave God Flory in the midst of his death, The LORD will give us Grace to face any fear, terror, and any death experience!

In whatever way, we live, die, or by remaining fixed upon Jesus in this life will be rewarded.

Please read and study The Bible, especially The Book of Acts and make yourselves ready!

We are made from the inside out. Christ in us — The Hope of Glory! What we put inside is what we become….

51 You stiff-necked and stubborn people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are always actively resisting the Holy Spirit. You are doing just as your fathers did. 52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who proclaimed beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53 you who received the law as ordained and delivered to you by angels, and yet you did not obey it!”
Stephen Put to Death
54 Now when they heard this [accusation and understood its implication], they were cut to the heart, and they
began grinding their teeth [in rage] at him. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit and led by Him, gazed into heaven and saw the glory [the great splendor and majesty] of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened up [in welcome] and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 But they shouted with loud voices, and covered their ears and together rushed at him [considering him guilty of blasphemy]. 58 Then they drove him out of the city and began stoning him; and the witnesses placed their outer robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They continued stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive and accept and welcome my spirit!” 60 Then falling on his knees [in worship], he cried out loudly, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them [do not charge them]!” When he had said this, he fell asleep [in death].” Acts 7:51-60 AMP.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Spiritual Parenting

Spiritual parenting and natural parenting as well is as challenging as every other occupation but far more emotionally intense.

Spiritual parenting and natural parenting as well is as challenging as every other occupation but far more emotionally intense.

Eli, Samuel, and David seem to have given their troubled children many privileges but little paternal involvement.

Yet we also know that even the most dedicated parents may face the heartbreak of wayward children. It breaks God’s heart to see the condition of his wayward children and he understands our heart break.

Parenting God’s children is an occupation that requires much prayer, skill, support, and love as any other, if not more.

To be a parent whether our children bring delight, disappointment, or both is to depend on God’s grace and mercy and the hope for redemption beyond what we see during our lifetimes.

Age itself does not make you wise. But do you have access to people who are spiritually mature?

Those who listen with the mind of Christ, who are not afraid to tell you something you’d rather not hear? Especially if the message is, “thus saith The LORD!” (Isaiah 15:23)

What has God said to you?

To rebel against God is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as idolatry. These things open us up to witchcraft, manipulation, and control among other devious motives.

If God speaks to us and we agree to his terms, HE takes it seriously! Are we taking our calling seriously?

Or are we not willing to give up that one thing that keeps us bound to disobedience that opens the door to other spirits making us ineffective?

When Elijah was told to anoint Elisha as prophet in his room, that calling didn’t take away Elisha’s choice to say no.

Elisha surrendered to God and served the prophet Elijah and learned (discipled) from the point when the mantle was given to when Elijah was taken up. Elisha heard from God himself because he served Elijah as unto The LORD.

When God calls us to service in discipleship and beyond, we are to obey God through our spiritual mothers and fathers, i.e. leadership.

Discipleship is an intense time of learning and correcting. It isn’t always fun and easy. In fact, it can be very difficult if we do not continually bring our flesh under subjection to God and refuse to learn our lessons.

Spiritual prayer covering is a benefit given by God. It is a powerful blessing, but a benefit that can be removed by God due to disobedience and rebellion.

To be a good disciple one must learn and respect God given authority over us.

Did God really say what you confessed?

That word “disciple” is key, as it is mainly learned through many disciplines and self-control. We submit to spiritual authority not based on age or qualifications we think we have or they have.

Today, God asks you; “What did I say to you?”

If you made a hasty decision and a mistake, you need to bow out kindly. H owever, if God really said it, and you don’t submit to it, you rebel against Him not the person.

Those you yield to in training have an awesome accountability they owe to God for their office! We don’t serve people blindly. However, we follow them as they follow Christ.

“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17 KJV.

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV.

In leadership, regardless of spiritual maturity, most people feel uncomfortable in situations of conflict, so we tend to avoid facing conflict.

If you have confessed that God said… THEN discipleship will have plenty of conflict against the flesh and the demonic familiar things of our lives.

However, the seasoned spiritual parent must treat those under their care a lot like illnesses. Minor issues can clear up if we pray and overlook some immaturity, however like major illness, things can become festered and will work much deeper and will cause a catastrophe to our spiritual and natural lives!

In closing, spiritual mothers and fathers must treat all with respect.

However, respectful confrontations will and must happen to bring about the discipline that brings true maturity in The LORD.

The benefits are immense when we are truly discipled through mature seasoned spiritual mothers and fathers.

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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Being Repositioned

Truly God is a good God and we His elect have the right to rejoice and enjoy all the benefits of His Goodness and Grace!

Being Repositioned — The Book of Acts — Reformation

Truly God is a good God and we His Elect have the right to rejoice and enjoy all the benefits of His Goodness and Grace!

Even in the midst of chaos in this world and nation, His desire for His Elect is that we live and experience the full benefits He has paid for us to have.

One notable fruit which people crave, is Peace. The majority, find no Peace.

Instead, the backslider and those who outright reject God’s Word, push away from anyone who has the light, or represents His Light in this world.

Loving sin, and hungry for some kind of peace, they stuff and gorge themselves with distractions and delusions of all kinds. These try to fill the empty void within them and choose whatever temporal self-medicating delusions to their own liking.

While New Age promises spirituality, peace, assurance, and acceptance, its deceivableness has gained enormous popularity worldwide.

It boasts of free love and perverted love that goes clearly against God’s pattern in the Word of God. Even the whole creation screams, “There’s a God!”

God authors Divine Order and Godly Passion of husband and wife and to be fruitful and multiply.

Satan perverts everything that is Godly and good and seeks to rule and reign in all walks of life, and especially wants the ultimate; to be worshipped in Churches that are deluded and walk in error.

The only standard we have is The Bible, and if you don’t stand for that, you will believe anything! If there is no divine order there will be chaos!

Christ desires our total devotion and expression in Intimacy and Relationship through prayer, study of the Word of God, and Worship being our Beloved, we are The Betrothed.

In contrast, New Age is very deadly. At least you know where a Satanist stands, they are bold as they shake their fist at God!

In contrast, New Age wants to rock you to permanent deluded sleep with no alarm or care. New Age must be repented of.

The spiritual experiences they promise are delusions and illusions backed by demons of light, with false peace and signs and lying wonders of their own liking,

The true Believer, the Elect of God, we have a written guarantee! The Holy Bible is a done deal and you can’t take anything from it or add anything to it! It is truly wonderful to know you are free indeed!

We are to base all things in life on God’s Holy Word. Those who love His appearing rejoice in Him and want others to find that same wondrous relationship with God as they did. His Elect want their families and others to be saved and set free.

If you feel this in the pit of your stomach, the time is NOW! Now is the day of Salvation if you hear His Voice — do not harden your heart! Experience the conviction! Feel the heat in the pit of your stomach, be convicted and repent and turn away from all sin!

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:18-32 KJV.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on The LORD Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:11-14 KJV.

Now…let’s move on!

Before soul’s can be saved and before true Revival can come, His lovingkindness must break through all spiritual forces in our lives for a space in time, so that we can hear.

When we are under a period of godly conviction, it is hot, heated, intense and heavy! It’s a very serious place to be.

Once The LORD opens a window of conviction you have window of time. You have a free will to choose to follow Him or not. He won’t make you do anything! You choose this day who you will serve!

As for The Elect of God; we have The Holy Bible as our guide in life and it shows us which end is up. In the world everything is totally contrary to God’s Word.

We must literally follow the teachings of the Bible and live them. For the Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us.

And as that Word is being made flesh in us, there will be others that will be curious about us and by our love, OR, they will be repelled by us as Jesus was repelled by the religious spirits of His day. AND by the way, those same evil spirit’s that occupied those religious leaders of that day are still here on earth in many religious churches.

No matter how prim, proper, no matter how high the steeple rises, or as contemporary the focus is, Jesus is not a building of four walls, but a living, God breathing, imparting true life God! His Holy Spirit within HIS true elect are each a living stone that is built into a spiritual house with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone.

Isaiah 28:16 refers Messiah as the Cornerstone. Then Psalm 118:22-23 which refers to the stone rejected by the builders that became the Cornerstone.

Isaiah 8:14, warns that those who reject that stone, meaning, those who reject The WORD of God will stumble over it and be offended by it.

I would be amiss if I didn’t speak that there will be many that will flat out reject, find offense, and stumble over YOU because you belong to Christ Jesus!

We are His true blood bought and covered elect. His Word in us is the hope of glory and is being made flesh in us day by day.

And when they stumble, reject, and persecute us, it is actually Jesus they persecute, and He takes this very seriously! The Fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom!

“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me and when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks..” And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” Acts 26:13-15 KJV.

The time is so short and the hour near spent, and God is opening a window of time in space sounding His trumpet and many are beginning to hear again; some are hearing for the first time and are being surprisingly awakened by divine conviction and His lovingkindness is leading many to true repentance by turning away from their sin.

There is NOW emerging from the sea of humanity those rising up out of the great gray area of compromised lukewarmness and casting away double mindedness and spiritual apathy and complacency.

Many are being awakened, convicted, and truly repenting, turning away from the shock of unrealized sin.

These are those who have been in a very long demonic slumber, and sleep remaining slouthful and lazy in spirit not aware that they are poisoned with compromise to God’s Word. We either or hot or cold.

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16 KJV.

You either love God completely or you don’t.

The cornerstone was first situated on the foundation and then all the other stones align to it; the focus here is to remain aligned to that cornerstone, who is The HOLY WORD of God, Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Peter points us to Isaiah 28:16, to which the Apostle Paul also made reference in Romans 9:33.

Both Peter and Paul saw Isaiah 28:16 as an important messianic statement that promised when Christ came, He would be the cornerstone of God’s now spiritual house, which is made up of believers (see Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; and Ephesians 2:19-22).

Jesus wants us free from the constraints of walls and stone and earthy liturgical traditions and all religious rituals made by man!

All of the various ways through history man has devised their own way to their god. In fact, many have climbed towers only to find them dead ended and futile.

And as God saw the men building the tower of Babble so too He frustrates their plans and disperses them to other places.

We cannot be like God, but actually without God. No man-made religious system can compare to the bridge that Christ made for us on the Cross.

If you hear about liturgical tradition or liturgical reading, you can be sure of one thing… it involves a man-made religious service.

Liturgy was man’s way of reaching and worshipping God in man’s traditions and rituals passed down, without Christ and without God’s sovereign Word.

God’s people must return to Him, with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. We must come back and align ourselves in obedience to God’s written Word.

Judgement begins in The House of God; that means it begins with each person, for we are to be The Temple of God!

There will be no one in heaven that did not choose to be there. The LORD’s Will is that all come to repentance. But sadly, not all will.

God knows what it’s like to have wayward children, and grieves as we do. But God will never take our right to choose or free will away.

Repent and turn away from sin, so that times of refreshing come from the presence of The LORD!

We rejoice in our salvation however, we cannot deny that there are things in this fallen world that indeed are gloom and doom.

If I had hope in this world only I would be most miserable. The prince of this world (Satan) is in fact here and in religious churches.

We must remind ourselves that “we” each individual are The Temple of God, The Church of The Living God.

Buildings cannot contain His Fullness, only His People can. He wants us to partake of His holiness and be different from this world.

For His wayward people? We are coming full circle. The World is going from bad to worse because the prince of this world was cast out and has come with great wrath because he knows he is doomed and he only has a short time left. Jesus Christ said things would get a lot worse. (Read chapters Matthew 24, and 1 Timothy 3)

I would be amiss if I didn’t prepare you and say these things today.

We must remain aligned to God’s Word only, and be balanced in knowing God’s nature and character. He is both Rod and Staff, Grace and Union, Lion and Lamb. And He is a God of Justice and Mercy.

“My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV.

God is bringing His church full circle. We are being repositioned and aligned as it was in the book of Acts!

This was and is, the same pattern of the early Church that walked in The Fear of The LORD, and in the Power and Demonstration of His Spirit, in signs, wonders, and miracles!

And for The LORD’s elect; It’s an amazing time to be alive! Revival is clearly coming and the Elect will be Amazingly ready for His coming, Glory to God! (Study Acts 2, and Joel 2)

The Glory of The LORD shall be revealed all flesh will see it together for the mouth of The LORD has spoken it! He is bringing princes to nothing! Selah, and again. Selah!

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey


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