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BE FAITHFUL TODAY, FOR TOMORROW IS ALMOST UPON YOU--IT IS NEARLY TIME TO TAKE YOU FROM HERE TO THERE!

God Said, "SOME ARE STUCK HERE, NOT ABLE TO GET THERE, BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THE PATH WOULD BE EASY"

 

     "Many of My anointed ones are confused because they were under the impression that serving Me would be easier than what they are now experiencing," says the Lord. "My yoke is easy, but the ministry was never meant to be. The more you rest in Me, the easier the path will be for you. The yoke is My will for you, and it allows you to get through the testing and the tough times, but if you are not properly yoked, all things will seem hard (Matthew 11:28-30). You can tell if you are properly yoked, not by outward circumstances, but by allowing My peace to command the raging waves of turmoil to retreat, allowing a great inner calm (Mark 4:39).

    

     "I never panic. If you are resting in Me, you will never experience fear. Be careful though, occasionally I have even allowed answers to 'self prayers,' because some insisted on their own way, but it will always bring sorrow to your souls, 'And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul' (Psalm 106:15).

 

    Some of My shepherds are oppressed," says the Lord, "wondering why their vineyard is experiencing disruption and being in continual flux. Remember, I never promised your vineyard peace (Isaiah 5:4-5), I promised YOU peace as you labor in that vineyard (2 Thessalonians 3:16). You tend to My sheep and do your best, but remember they have to individually decide whether to obey.

 

    "The tares will grow with the wheat until I come (Matthew 13:30). That is why you must love all the sheep, because sometimes they look like tares but are simply wounded children. Did you know that in the past some thought you were a tare, when you were simply going though a painful time? Don't you wish they would have loved you through the trial? Aren't you glad some did (1 Thessalonians 5:14)? Go, and do likewise, and I will take you from here to there." 

God Said, "SOME ARE STUCK HERE, UNABLE TO GET THERE, BECAUSE THEY CRITICIZE MY ANOINTED ONES"  

     "The Body of My Son is vast and diverse. If you go to one end and listen to a choice servant, then go to the other end and listen to a different servant, you might think they were not attached to the same head, but they are (1 Corinthians 12:14). You see only in part at this time and are not qualified to judge everyone (1 Corinthians 13:12). Yes, I do call some to discipline the sheep and to hold them accountable, but only if they are overseeing them at the time. 

"Never judge from a distance; only I can do that. You started out strong, and your steps were bounding with joy. Then the troubles came, and they not only stayed, but increased. Do not be confused. Did I not warn you that you are sent as 'lambs among wolves' (Luke 10:3)? My yoke is easy, but the path I called you to is not (1 Corinthians 16:9).  

     "Yet, I am the One whose job it is to judge them," says the Lord, "not you (Luke 10:10-16). Some have Pastors, overseers and managers that are unreasonable, mean or simply overbearing. Submit to them as you would to Me (Ephesians 6:5). I will be promoting some of you there' because you have been faithful here. I will change their hearts as you model Mine (John 20:21). You say, 'I can't take it anymore.' You greatly err; you are stronger than you think (Philippians 4:13). Silently obey Me, and I will promote you to 'My there.'" 

God Said, "YOU'VE BEEN HERE WAY TOO LONG, I WANT TO TAKE YOU THERE--GET READY" 

"There ahead of you is your destiny," says the Lord. "The hope, the dream and the fulfillment of My promise--it's simply staring you in the face! Here is where you are now, but how you conduct yourself today has everything to do with where I will take you tomorrow--My there. Extend My grace to others when you least feel like doing so--it will prepare you to go from here to there. Determine that you are serious to get to My there for you (Luke 9:62). You will get there by serving Me in the here and now (1 Corinthians 10:21, James 1:8)

     "Are you serious about the vision you are following? If so, then build in the now (here) for what I have shown you in the future (there). If you are faithful in little, here, I will give you much there (Luke 19:17). Use the compass of praise, private prayer and undaunted searching in My word to guide you and keep you on course (Mark 4:14-20)

"Be faithful today--tomorrow is almost upon you, and it is nearly time to take you from here to there. Look up, it's approaching and you are about to leave here and arrive there--right where I've been waiting for you. Pack up, say goodbye, and prepare to leave here for there. My command is coming for many to move out--out there." 

"Faithful is He that called you, who also will do it" ( 1 Thessalonians 5:24). 

                                                                      Yours in Christ,

                                               Bishop James  E. McKinnon
 

 

 

 

 

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