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“The Limbo Zone” Sherry Edwards Mackey


We all must learn how to let go of anything that is keeping us bound from moving to our future when we are in limbo in the midst of two places. 

LIMBO Definition “noun, plural lim·bos. a place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are regarded as being relegated when casting aside, forgotten, past, or out of date: My youthful hopes are in the limbo of lost dreams. an intermediate, transitional, or midway state or place.”

We must learn to trust God while in limbo, for faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.  When we are blinded and seem to have lost our way, every circle we make in our sheer determination continues to bring us right back to the same exact place.  Why?  God is trying to elevate our thinking and understanding in faith so that we can finally grasp the lesson needed to move forward into the unknown.

We can only proceed after the Lord is finished with our lessons in that dry, frustrating, and confusing state.  Limbo is that place of being where we are tested and tried.  Limbo is the place where we learn from the places of our past and try to measure them up with past victories. 

Destiny demands obedience to the plan in the Masters Hand.  Destiny is not the plan of cookie-cutter ministers or ministries that think if they follow a certain pattern that they will have their own copycat movement.  It is so important that we ALONE have our own prayer life and listen and line up with what the Lord is saying measured against God’s WORD Period. Our pattern is Christ and when we gather together that we all speak the same thing.

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Success in God is not necessarily success in earthly and worldly mindsets.  Success is when we face our future having nothing to see or sense is how we learn to properly glean in all situations especially hard ones.  It is those whose lessons go beyond the veil of the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies as we practice prayer, meditation, and intimacy without feeling or sensing anything in the zone of limbo. 

God makes sure we won’t go forward until we have advanced learning in the land of limbo.  Even in limbo, we strive in service becoming a place of refreshing pools seeking to give refreshment to others as we have learned to advance our faith in service.  The lessons learned remain and we walk in what we have obtained in faith. God knows our destiny is tied to our faith and he knows what must happen before we can advance in elevation, much like the Israelites had the destiny of the land of milk and honey.  

Don’t think the unknown or future will be the same or familiar. You may start out with people that you are comfortable with, or a place or belief in what you think will be your purpose. You started out with fifty people and advanced, but what if your future changes dramatically? Would you be faithful to one? Wouldn’t this seem like a demolition instead of a promotion? However, in the mind and purposes of God what is success and promotion may be vastly different than what the world says. We must remember God is vast and what the world says is successful may not be a success for you! 

Psalms 84:5-7 KJV Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, everyone of them in Zion appeareth before God.

God is very serious with us and may the Lord help us so that we only make it to our destiny and not to abide in the Zone for our final days. We must be equipped to be able to carry greater, weighty purposes.  We should thank God for keeping us back if we fail to pass the tests. There is nothing so disheartening to our soul is to have started out right then doing it our way and end up in the same place year after year. 

The Israelites saw and experienced personally the power and miraculous parting of the Red Sea. How can we fathom that a people who experienced such amazing events in a short period would murmur over manna, flesh to eat, and complain over the water?  They continued to look to the past when things were seemingly desolate and not familiar.  

The Israelites hadn’t gone this way before yet saw the miracles and experienced the power of God. It is hard to comprehend that such a people murmured wanting to go back to Egypt for their three-square meals and in the process totally offend God!  When the zone doesn’t look back to what was because it is not there anymore. What worked in the past is gone. What is ahead of us may not be familiar to us because God is doing a new thing!  Had it not been for the grace of God we would be guilty of the same thing!  

We tend to lean back because we cannot see the way to go like the past is what is familiar. It currently may seem like your vision is dead and dry and everything around supports that view. The Israelites remembered the leeks and onions as they murmured to God and failed to remember the parting of the Red Sea. 

God’s Destiny of the Israelites promised them the land of milk in honey. However, the Lord had another route for the murmurers to go into the Zone of the wilderness.  

We too look behind remembering how things for our needs of sustenance was met there and we forget how God provides for our every need and care.  What was behind is dead, as we burned bridges behind us that we had to cross, but now we cannot see clearly the route to take because it is a walk of faith.  The Israelites faced a place called limbo because they wanted to return to Egypt when they were hungry and thirsty. Didn't we have enough food and drink in Egypt? 

Is your destiny like theirs? Are these the new places calling you out as pioneers to take us into lands and places of destiny in which we have never seen. We must not compare everything that worked in the past to be the same. 

God wants to break off everything, every distraction, every hinderance, person, place, or thing that has us stuck in limbo. What is hard about limbo?  We only have limited knowledge that we lived before and we are not that person anymore.  We feel stuck but beloved let us not get weary in well-doing or faint in our minds for soon, if we believe, God will open that new place and you shall enter by His goodness and grace!

Study Numbers chapter 11

In HIS Grace and Mercy,

Sherry Edwards Mackey

shemac75@gmail.com

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