All posts by Carlo Merrick

Saved by the power of God. Huband, father and preacher. Living to reveal the heart of God to the world.

Romans 9

So many people have heard parts of Romans 9 only or heard a reformed theology teaching on it that ignored the context. This simply means they heard a message that Gods controls everything and everyone and you can’t ask questions about it.

The highlight verse for this is :

‭Romans 9:20 ESV‬

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

So why I think this is funny, if this scripture means God controls everyone, then it means He determined that the person who is asking “why” would ask why, so it is like God has a puppet in His hand and it playes out like this :

God : I have made you my puppet.

Puppet : Why have you made me a puppet?

God : how dare you ask me that!

See how funny this is. 🤣

That is why you need to read the context and not just lend your sensemaking to your favourite reformed preacher.

Tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Ever think what the purpose of this tree was? I mean why put it there in the garden? The bible says God does not tempt anyone, so God did not put the tree there as a temptation.🤔

God told them not to eat from that tree.

“The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:16-17)

With some temptation from the serpent(the devil) we know where it went.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6)

But then they received knowledge after eating.

“Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil.’” (Genesis 3:22b-24)

Note that they didn’t receive knowledge that was not of God, since God has the same knowing of what is good and evil, I mean He created the tree. The tree itself was not evil, it was the temptation that came with the lie that they trusted in that was evil.

“But they were already like God” you might think, yes, but not in knowledge. They were made in His image, in innocence and purity.

But see also where knowledge of good and evil pops up in the bible.

“And your servant thought, ‘The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,’ for my lord the king is like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The Lord your God be with you!” (2 Samuel 14:17)

“He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.” (Isaiah 7:15)

Many preachers today try to steer their message to a place so that people should live free from the knowledge of good and evil. But it seems to contradict the other verses in the word that seem to encourage that knowledge.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14) 💪

I believe God put that tree in the garden so that men & women could learn instead of partake. They ate from the tree while not being mature, so in that state its consequence was death. There is wisdom in knowing who we are and at the same time knowing who we are not.

But the serpent(devil) tempts men and women to know evil before they can stand against it with truth within themselves. The lair will always start the temptation with something personal, about you, what you haven’t attained, how you fall short and how to fix it yourself.

God invites you to stand on His word, drink from the living water He put inside you, eat from the tree of life(Jesus) and grow in Him. Let Him show you and train you to know the difference between good and evil, you don’t need to partake in everything before you know if it is evil or not. Trust Him enough to show you, what He attained for you is enough, that we can personally identify with.

He is not here to tempt you, instead He wants to walk with you in the kingdom. Partaking means trust.

Your pet is not a substitute for people regarding Gods love

Your love for pets is no substitute for loving people.

You might be choosing pets over people because you have let what people do or don’t do determine the love you carry.

Don’t love with your own strength. Love with the same love that the Son of love does. He so loved the world that He gave.

He made the decision, He counted the cost and He thought it was worth it, it was never about the people deserving love by what they did or didn’t do.

Count the cost then love. If the cost is too hight to love anyone, then you need to receive the love of God, know that you can’t deserve it, come and take freely.

Of course, take as good care as you can of animals, they are part of creation, but they are no substitute for the love God through your life to the ones made in His image.

Not about the land.

The New Covenant is not to inherit land. It is to get eternal inheritance.

‭Hebrews 9:14-15

how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Eternal inheritance is about being close with God, in love, clean, justified and glorified. If we want to chase the old covenant promises, then we need to ignore the following:

‭Hebrews 8:7-13

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

First, Israel should know the old covenant is being done away with and new one made through Christ since they were the ones the old covenant was made with. Then through Christ all are included as He calls all from every nation as the new covanent is made through Him.

If we hold to an old covenant while we believe Christ, we try hold the unfulfilled and the fulfilled simultaneously. We try use the perspective of those who were looking for a heavenly country while we are in it since the kingdom has come.

Let us move on to better things?

‭Hebrews 9:23-24

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

Being ok and shame free.

When we focus on what not to do and disqualifying people for not doing what is right, we are not helping people be authentic. Even scripture gives us the concept to be hot or cold, worst thing is to be lukewarm.

Lukewarm is the place of lying to yourself and others about the state of being you are in.

Also when we try “do” right, speak right, dress right, eat right out of a place of lack within ourselves then we are operating via shame. This is not a life giving or transforming force. But instead it is a tormenting state where you have to suffer in order to appear to be ok. If you want to be more or be better, it shows that you have had at least a glimpse of Gods idea for you, since you are made in His image.

Start with being ok now. Whether you are spiritually cold or hot. Be ok, you are enough. If you can let God love you, you will turn hot, because He can warm you with His love. From this place, doing the “right” things is part of who you are, not dead works to try quiet the shame of falling short.

We all fell short, but then Jesus came. Feeling all the shortcomings of man within His body. He understands, it’s ok. Hebrews tells us we have a High priest that sympathises with us in our shortcomings.

He is our reason to heal. Forget the people’s opinions who just tells you to what you are not. Be ok with you, because Jesus saw the present you and died for you. Also what He died for has released the potential for you to walk in more than you ever have before.

Be ok and heal.

We tend to say : I need to get back on the straight and narrow. In another way we are saying we need to get our act together. God doesn’t desire for you to “act” like you love Him or act like you are a saint. The straight and narrow is Jesus! Not the things you say and do or don’t. It is from a place of being with Him that you do His works.

It is from a place of healing that do the works, it is a priviledge. Religion has put a veil of shame over doing godly works or the lack thereof. He knocks at your door, if you let Consuming Fire Himself in, you will burn with Him.😁🙌🔥 See less

Healing of the soul

I have preached & taught on our identity in Christ for a few years now, how it includes not just healing and prophecy, but the being, as in your perspective of yourself and of God. Walking in the supernatural, so it includes the way we live when we are all by ourselves and how we love others.

Yet recently I discovered how I missed things within myself that was not healed.

I read a secular book from a psychologist on some things I never heard the church talk about. I realised in our religious mindsets we were wired to profess healing and new life while ignoring anything that might resemble the opposite. When I say ignore, I mean we train our self to act like is not there.

But what if we admit that there are some things inside us that might still be broken? Does it mean Christ failed in healing us? No ways. Through Christ we are/were healed. Isaiah 53:5, 1 Pet 2:24

It means we have the Source Himself to withdraw from. Many physical healings I have seen through my own ministry happened when I made people aware of their pain, rather than being ok with just hearing the religiously saying “I believe I am healed” to me and then I walk away.

When they admit their pain or sickness in their body, I saw God heal them right there as I shared Gods heart with them! Then they can be real about their healing as well, which was awesome.

Back to the soul. If we can take ownership of what is broken, then Christ can come heal. If our confidence is truly in Him always being the healer, then we can go to Him confidently with our broken pieces.

I want to add, not all ministries that focus on the soul getting free actually helps. Shortly after I read the book and started trusting God for healing, a person in ministry gave me a prophetic word regarding this broken piece in me and how God is turning it around, in so doing showing me the Healers plan. This was helpful. Another ministry person called out the broken piece in me and blamed a spirit for the trauma, then prayed for deliverance. This was not helpful, since it only highlighted the issue and the need for this persons ministry in order to be free. There was no ownership encouraged for what I needed healing from, instead it was just some other spirit or the devils fault who caused the brokenness(which means it can happen again).

I’m thankful that I was already walking out healing with God, so I knew what to do with the negative info about me.

Lastly, taking ownership has been great since I could tell my wife(who needs to live with me and everything I come with) that I found the issue and solution to things that has had a negative impact on her for 14 years.

Taking ownership is powerful, Christ was our example. He took ownership of our sin(because He had none) so there could be healing to receive His righteousness.

We don’t always realise, when we as Gods representatives don’t take ownership of the broken things in us, then the people around us who experience the outflow of what is in us will think it is God doing it to them through you. That is not representing Him well.

Take ownership, so God can give you your own freedom & healing.

 Your family will praise God with you.

Teach your kids to fail.

Reading that first statement might have made you twitch. Here’s the next one :

Christ taught me to fail successfully.

Read this passage with me.

For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
John 10:17‭-‬18 ESV

Christ says the Father loves Him because He lays down His life. We know how unfair the events were that lead up to the point of the crucifiction.Also worth noting is that Christ knew He has the power to lay it down(think about that) and also the power to take it back up.

Many of us have only received a gospel where we win, get breakthroughs and blessings. We teach our kids the same, there is no losing, saying something is hard or even uttering anything negative is a big no no. The problem with this is that we don’t learn how to actually deal with situations and circumstances that are hard or even unfair at times via the faith God works through us.

Where should the focus be? God, right? Yes, not on our victory. Because it is His victory, His blessing, His finished works working through us.

If we focus on OUR victory we are trying to achieve, selfishness and the flesh can take control there and by partnering with that, we will manipulate and trample other people around us for the sake of our victory.

Teaching our kids what they carry is far more powerful through love than cheering them on to feel affirmed only because the got what they wanted or attained what you as parent wanted for them. You know why so many parents refuse to have their kids lose at something? Because the parents don’t really know who they are. You have to know Who you carry before you realize you have the power to lay yourself down.

Maybe some child suicides could be prevented if kids knew how to lose successfully. Because then they will know, it is not about just getting what they want, but that their life and destiny is much bigger than what they are facing right now.

The ultimate is when God gets what He wants, because His nature is love. He wants to pick us up and comfort us, heal us, free us and give us hope. But we have to partner with Him to receive that.

We have His incorruptible seed in us if we have received Him, therefore we have the ability to overcome. So we will through His strength. But if we have learned to lose successfully, then winning also loses the buzz we get. Instead our heart will be filled with thankfulness for the faithfulness of God through our life.

Losing successfully is knowing inside you, you have the ability through Christ to do anything but using the ability to serve, lay ourselves down for the sake of love, still fully knowing He will lift our heads, comfort and promote.

It’s about His agenda. If we seek to accomplish our own in His name then we will wrap religious language around our agenda and manipulate people into our mission(the thing some of us need healing from since others have done this to us).

You can win, have breakthroughs and be blessed, but only because you already are in Christ. The kingdom is within you, don’t seek it out there, don’t just seek it with outer observance. This will make seeking the kingdom first make more sense before all these things will be added unto you.

It is how the kingdom works –
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25 ESV

Church with trauma.

Have you ever wondered why many Christians ignore natural consequences or limitations as much and as long as they can while they sit and wait?

Usually declaring God or His grace as the solution?We don’t realise that it is a trauma response to we are having to laws. I’m not just talking about Old testament laws here, although many people might use them in this context anyways, but the law I speak of is the law of limitation or consequence.

Christians have been fighting laws for a while now, and to the point where universalism even gets embraced(since it would be a limitation that all people can’t be saved, so we put in on God to save everyone automatically).

We avoid taking responsibility for our life because we feel like it is punishment instead of a privilege. If we take responsibility then we have to deal with the fact that we might fail and others around us might fail as well. This especially is the reason why so many have been disappointed and hurt as believers, because they thought God is just going to give them a new car, house, friends and a joyful life while they do nothing.

Praying and doing nothing = prayer without faith . The book of James says the “faith without works is dead. Prayer is powerful, especially in the heart and mouth of one who lives out what he/she prays. God does supply, provide, strengthen, heals and restores. But not at the cost of what He has called you to.

For example : If anyone gives me a ferrari now, I would not be able to get new tires or service the car. So God is inviting me to become the person who can own a ferrari, which means I am then able to maintain it. That all being said, do I believe God can miraculously give us what we pray for? Yes, but…It would be an invitation to become what He has called you to be, not just get what you need or want.

Ultimately God wants you to let Him heal you inside, enable you to take responsibility for what He has called you for(law of freedom), instead of just trying to not miss it for fear of punishment(law of sin and death).God didn’t come to just save you from the world, but to be with you(Him in you and you in Him).

He is our Source of life, so then FROM Him we grow and bring the kingdom through our life lived, but we still have to live it!In James chapter 1 it talks about a man looking in the mirror seeing his natural face(own ability), then walks away and forgets what he looked like, but then it says that the man who looks into the law of freedom and perseveres will be blessed in all his doing.

It means You have a new perspective on doing(working). You don’t just “have to do” things based on the law of sin and death, but you “do” things based on the law that says you are free. You have the privilege of changing your perspective today. Invite the Holy Spirit to show you the things that scare you, so He can fill those areas as you face each fear with Him.

It is time to be brave in heart, going places you might have been avoiding in your heart. It will be worth going with Him, because He wants you to be blessed in all your doing.I have seen people tell me “they are fine, they already believe” when I wanted to pray for their healing, then after pressing them on what they are really experiencing they told me they still have pain. So I then laid hands and as the pain left, they would be surprised and even asked how I did it.

This shows me we have made up religious language to cover our fear and trauma of failing.We make it about getting healed or not, but God wants to deal with why we are saying things to cover our unbelieving heart. He wants us to believe Him, see with a new perspective and also be real with what we are facing in order to actually deal with it so that true healing, salvation and provision can come.