NEVERTHELESS, COME

It is the Cross of Christ which gives the Holy Spirit legal means to Sanctify the Saint. The Holy Spirit will not effect this Sanctification process if we look to other means, no matter how ‘good and holy’ they may seem.
 
“2 You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not.
 
3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.
 
4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
 
5 Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?
 
6 But He gives more Grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives Grace unto the humble.
 
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:2-7
 
Currently there are a whole lot of church folks asking but they’re asking amiss. These adulterers and adulteresses are at enmity with God because they are friends with the world. The humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture is the world’s vain attempt to sanctify fallen man. This rehabilitation process consists of 40 days, 12 steps and/or 100 ways to complete. At the end of such, man is still fallen and we are still broken. We lusted and we had not. We kill that which hinders, yet we still desire to have but cannot obtain. We fight and war to have but we have not because we ask not and then when we do ask, we ask amiss so that our pride and self righteousness may be fed.
 
Our friendship with the world and it’s wicked ways has caused us to be opposed to God. Our intents are sincere but our actions are wicked. Shemitah’s, harbingers, blood moons, prayer shawls, yamichas and such have led us down a path of destruction. They have hindered the Holy Spirit from effecting sanctification in our hearts and presented worldly precepts. With our hearts depending on these wicked ways, we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to remove those things which are not pleasing unto God and place in our hearts God’s desires. The Sanctification process is interrupted. Being married to Christ, we are fornicating with the world when this happens and the Holy Spirit lusts to envy. He is jealous over those wicked desires we have turned over to the world for deliverance.
 
“13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.
 
14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:13-14
 
We must understand that the Holy Spirit will never speak of Himself but will show us the Cross of Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done. When John 16:13 was written the crucifixion of Jesus had no yet occurred; it was still to come. Just because we have a mental knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified doesn’t mean we have graduated. There is a Sanctification process that occurs as the Holy Spirit CONTINUES to draw the Saint closer to holiness and righteousness. As we draw nearer to the Lord, the wickedness of our own hearts is revealed and expelled from it’s throne.
 
Jesus Christ is the Word and therefore the Word of God is alive. It is never changing and is inexhaustible. As we read the Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelations 22:21, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This revelation of Who Jesus is and what He has done is the Rock of which the Church is built…and to be sure, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
 
“15 He (JESUS) said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
 
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
 
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
 
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
 
Precept upon precept and line upon line, that mustard seed of faith is given the increase as we as children, learn to depend upon Jesus Christ to author and finish our faith. One day soon and very soon our faith will indeed become sight as we behold the Face of our Lord Jesus Christ but until that time comes we must continue to occupy. The invitation remains to come. The Holy Spirit wants to effect Sanctification upon the Believer but we too must come daily to Calvary’s Cross. We must come daily to deny ourselves and trust in the Lord. Whosoever will believe is Salvation for the believing sinner and Sanctification for the believing Saint. Nevertheless, come.
 
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
 
-Donna Clark Warren

MORAL CONDUCT

Our moral conduct is determined by the condition of our heart. The lost are not alive unto God through the Spirit but are dead unto Christ. They are not lost because they reject Jesus but reject Jesus because they are lost. The ‘good’ things they do are not from a root of righteousness but a root of self righteousness and pride.
 
“10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God.
 
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:10-12
 
The unredeemed are NOT dead unto sin and spiritually alive unto God because Jesus Christ is not their Lord. They may have indeed heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but they have not accepted Jesus’ finished work on Calvary’s Cross as their Sacrifice for sin. If the truth be told, in their hearts they believe that if they do enough good works they can balance the scales of good and evil and make their way to Heaven. Not so. The devil’s hell is their eternal destination if they don’t give their heart to God and allow the finished work of Christ Jesus to afford them the power to be Redeemed, Born Again and alive unto God.
 
The darkness in the depth of their soul is what determines their moral conduct and their is no psychology in the world that can fill that void EXCEPT Jesus Christ. When the believing sinner comes to Christ and accepts Him as their Lord and Saviour, they do not instantly become a theologian but they are Born Again. The Holy Spirit isolates the sin nature which has ruled and reigned in their heart and He takes up residence. As we look unto the finished work of Jesus Christ for all that we need for life and living, we are alive unto God and the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our heart. Our moral conduct is still determined by the condition of our heart but our heart has now been circumcised. Old things pass away and all things become new. Those evil things that were once our desire has been removed and we are given the ability to choose in whom we are going to serve.
 
“13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
 
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:13-14
 
Yes, the Born Again Believer still has to choose daily in whom they are going to serve. Alive unto God, we have the ability to serve God through Christ Jesus our Lord. We are under Grace, the Government of Grace, when our faith is placed in the finished work of Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit is then given latitude to do His mighty work in our heart. Submitted unto God’s Plan of Sanctification, which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we are able to resist the devil (James 4:7). We cannot follow Jesus until we deny ourselves. Our flesh is still bent toward the sin nature which ruled and reigned for so long. It wants to choose laws to overcome sin because then the sin nature would be quickened. These laws would place us back under the Government of Law and would make the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:2
 
If we are not living daily IN Christ Jesus through faith in His finished work to break the power of sin in us and for us but choose instead to serve man made laws, we are under the Government of Law and Grace does not have dominion over us but sin. This is a choice we have made and allowed. It is not that the Holy Spirit can’t, God forbid – He is God and God can do anything He wants, but that we don’t give Him the legal right to rule in our hearts when we look unto anything other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Our moral conduct is not determined by our intellect but it is actually the result of the condition of their heart. You will know them by their fruit. Examine their fruit.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

WALK IN THE SPIRIT

The “flesh” is our human nature. It is our personal ability, talents, intellect, motivation, etc. It is our flesh that the false teachers and preachers appeal to; they tickle our ears with great swelling words in order to turn us away from the Cross of Christ for daily living for God and to fables. These fables being cloaked in Scripture deceive the very elect. They are presented as Biblical doctrine when they are nothing more than philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind.
 
As previously stated, all of this is done to appeal to the lusts of our flesh; our abilities, talents, motivation, etc. Regrettably this is the gospel so many of the modern churches proclaim. Their good works and swelling words are as the harlot on the corner of Proverbs 7 who with her much fair speech causes the simple to yield and they go after her straight away.
 
“24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
 
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
 
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
 
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” Proverbs 7:24-27
 
I encourage you to read the entirety of Proverbs 7 with the knowledge of the harlot being false doctrine.
 
When the Believer walks after the flesh, which the majority do, we place ourselves back under the Government of Law. We are under the Dispensation of Grace but that does not mean that we are under the Law of Grace. Only those who are Born Again have the ability to live under the Law of Grace and to be sure, it is the precious Blood of Christ Jesus Who afforded us this right. There is absolutely no other Way to God except through the Blood of Christ and His Blood exclusively.
 
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
 
The Believer is called to walk after the Spirit, not the flesh. We are to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23); not indulge ourselves in the gospel of ‘you’. The motivation given from the pulpits across the nation have no power to change the heart of man. They have no power to circumcise the heart; to cut asunder and discern the thoughts of the heart. The swelling words which leaven fall to the ground against the weight of the sin which so easily besets us.
 
Until we deny ourselves, we cannot follow Jesus and walk after the Spirit. Until we choose this day in Whom we believe; in Whom we trust to take us through this storm, and deny ourselves, we will continue walking after the flesh. At Calvary, Jesus Christ broke the power of sin. Death, hell and the grave have been overcome by the power of God – Jesus Christ. As for me and my house, we have decided this day to believe the Word of the Lord. He has not forsaken us nor will He ever leave us. His Name is our strong tower and we run to it. We know that we know that we know that He is going to lead us home. Though none may go with me, as for me and my house – we have decided to follow Jesus.
 
-Donna Warren

It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to rid us from all sin. The sin nature of which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall should not have dominion over the Born Again Believer.
 
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
 
It is the Cross of Christ which gave the Holy Spirit legal means to do all that He does within our lives. At Salvation we are baptized into Jesus’ Death and dead to our sin nature. It is our will to believe in the atoning work of Jesus Christ that gives the Holy Spirit the right to come into our heart and isolate our sin nature which gives us the ability to believe. If we do not will (want) to believe, the Holy Spirit does not isolate our sin nature and it remains on the throne of our heart producing fruit unto death.
 
4 Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
 
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
 
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:4-6
 
Being buried with Christ in the Baptism into His Death, we are dead to the law. It is the law which quickens our sin nature but it is the Holy Spirit which quickens the Divine Nature given unto us when we are Born Again and continues calling us unto Holiness and Righteousness.
 
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
 
When we are in the flesh, the motions of our sin which were by the law, dominates our members and brings fruit unto death. When we are in Christ, we can serve in the newness of the Holy Spirit.
 
The problem is that once we are Born Again by faith in the Cross of Christ unto Salvation, we then resort to faith in a law (any law) to live a holy life and by doing such we hinder the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our heart. The Holy Spirit is not producing fruit unto God but the letter of the law is producing fruit unto death. The sin nature which was once isolated because of our faith in Christ, has now been loosed from the power of the Holy Spirit and begins it’s work unto death. The Holy Spirit does not have the legal means to isolate our sin nature when our faith is in the letter of some law to live a holy life. Although He lusts to envy and to expel that which is causing us to stumble, it is our faith in these other means that hinders His Work. We make the Cross of Christ of no effect when our faith is in these vain philosophies presented as Biblical doctrine to live a victorious Christian life.
 
For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:2
 
It is a legal right that we must give the Holy Spirit latitude to perform His work in our lives. The key is faith in the Cross of Christ for all that we receive from God. Faith in Who Christ is and what He did to break the power of sin will open the doors of Heaven. Blessing upon blessing will pour out; they will chase us down…even in the most difficult of circumstances.
 
Examine your faith for holy living. Is it in our will power, our abilities, talent or intellect? Or is it in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
 
-Donna Clark Warren

MORAL REJECTION

The rejection of the Cross of Christ for daily living for God is not based on theological reasons but moral reasons. It is the pride in the heart of man and disobedience to the Lord in some manner that divides. Something that we do or maybe a loved one does which we condone that the Cross of Christ would call us to separate from and repent of is the reason for the rejection of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living for God.
 
The time, money and effort spent in vain, religious practices to live a holy life unto God would be revealed as dung if we turned from them and looked to the atoning work of Jesus Christ for the answer and our foolish pride will not allow such ‘disaster’.
 
Our loved ones who are living in sin; those are who are lost and don’t know the God of the Bible, we would have to admit their condition and cry out to God for His mercy instead of comforting ourselves with the lie of their false Salvation.
 
The time of playing church is over. It is time for all to realize that the mental nod to the Cross of Christ for daily living for the Lord is not faith in His atoning work but rejection based on our moral reasoning. If the Bible calls it sin, it’s sin. Fornication is sin. Homosexuality is sin. Adultery is sin.
 
Let us stop turning a blind eye to sin and comforting ourselves by denying that God has called it sin and admit, confess and submit to the reality that God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty of that sin AND break the power of that sin. This is the moral reasoning behind the rejection of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Cross of Christ shines a light on sin and expels it’s power of we believe in the power of God, Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is there that sin was nailed to the cross. It was there that the devil and his minions were utterly and totally defeated by the atoning work of Christ Jesus.
 
We either believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living for God or we don’t. If we don’t, we are foolish and perishing. The gospel of another Jesus has been presented to the church in the form of 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, shemitahs, harbingers, prayer shawls, blood moons and the list goes on and on. All of this is foolishness. It is dung and we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ should repent and count it as such.
 
“16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the Living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My People.
 
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
 
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
 
-Donna Clark Warren

RELIGIOUS LAWS

Religious laws do not keep one from sin. They have no ability to make the sin nature of which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall dormant. As well intended and sincere as we may be, those vain philosophies have no power to isolate us from the sin nature that dwells in us.
 
“22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
 
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
 
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:22-24
 
There is but One Who can isolate the sin nature which dwells in each of us causing us to transgress and He is the Holy Spirit. At Salvation, when we are Born Again; born of the Spirit, we are baptized into Jesus’ death.
 
“4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:
 
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
 
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:4-7
 
Why does the Holy Spirit baptize us into Jesus Death? Because it is there, at Calvary’s Cross that the penalty of sin was paid and the power of sin broken. At Calvary, Jesus Christ afforded whosoever wills to believe, the power to believe and it is all done so by the believing sinner placing his or her faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
As our faith is placed in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to baptize us into His Death where we are dead to the sin nature which ruled and reigned in our hearts for so long. With our sin nature dethroned by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to live unto God. Sin no longer has dominion because we are under Grace and not law.
 
…then we stumble. Immediately we place some type of well intended rule to keep us from stumbling again. With this rule in place to keep us from sinning, we fail to give the Holy Spirit latitude to isolate that sin nature which is still alive and dwelling inside of us. The sin nature is not dead but we are dead to it as long as our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for dominion over sin. The rules and regulations will not do and in fact make the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
When we stumble, we repent and seek the Lord for deliverance because we know that we know that we know that at Calvary the power of that sin was broken. Our faith is in Jesus’ finished work…not our will power.
 
Victorious Christian living is afforded Believers through the Cross of Christ…not religious laws which keep us bound. There is liberty at Calvary. Freedom from the power of sin. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to isolate our sin nature and produce fruit unto God but we don’t give Him any room to plow when our faith is placed in religious rites.
 
The Holy Spirit lusts to envy. He is jealous over the things in our lives we give to vain philosophies for the victory He is commissioned to give. To be sure, those vain philosophies do not and cannot give us the victory of which we seek.
 
The Cross of Christ is the answer to man’s dilemma. Soon and very soon our faith is going to become sight and we will see our Lord and Saviour. Until then, we occupy – we occupy until He comes or calls us home. Until then, we are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

GROW IN GRACE

“14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
 
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is Salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
 
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
 
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
 
18 But grow in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:14-18
 
The long-suffering of our Lord is Salvation for whosoever will believe. His finished work on Calvary’s Cross is not foolishness but is the power of God. For the believing sinner, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin at Calvary. For the Saint, He broke the power of sin. The Blood of Christ did not loose it’s power once we were Born Again that we must resort to the foolishness of man to overcome the sin which so easily besets us. No, not at all.
 
It is our faith that has failed us…our faith in Jesus as the Source and His Cross as the means. Not fighting the good fight of faith, the ONLY fight the Believer has been commissioned to fight, we have been swept away with diverse doctrines.
 
Not understanding those things which are hard, many with itchy ears have heaped unto themselves false teachers and preachers who have twisted the Word of God to their own destruction. Sadly, they have been led away with the error of the wicked from their own steadfastness (vs. 16-17).
 
“28 Come unto Me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 
29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
 
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
 
Grow in Grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; in WHO He is and WHAT He has done and you will find rest unto your weary souls. As the church buildings close across our nation and across our world, both the righteous and the unrighteous, the Bread of Life is still ours for the taking. He wants to come in and sup with you and you with Him.
 
“1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
 
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.” Psalms 46:1-4
 
The River is still flowing. His Yoke is still easy. Learn of Him. Grow in the Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be diligent that you may be found in Him without spot or wrinkle…be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE

The Lord demands that our faith be placed unequivocally in the Cross of Christ in order for the Holy Spirit to operate on His behalf in our lives. Satan minds not if every channel on our television set preaches another gospel and another Jesus. All of these things which sound good to the carnal mind and tickles the carnal ear are aided and abetted by satan in order to deceive. Truth will actually be preached in order to bring in the lie and have others believe. Deceive is what the devil does and if we don’t think we can be deceived…well, we’re deceived. I’m sure Eve didn’t think she could be deceived either.
 
“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:2
 
With our faith placed solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ and Him crucified; in Who HE is and what HE did at Calvary to pay the penalty of sin (death) for the believing sinner AND break the power of sin for the Saint; the Holy Spirit has the latitude to do a mighty work in our hearts. All of the promises of God are yes and amen according to His Will as we submit ourselves daily unto God and abide in His Way.
 
God’s Way for man to be Saved is the Cross of Christ.
 
God’s Way for man to be Sanctified is the Cross of Christ.
 
Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith, and see the Salvation of the Lord; see His glorious light. There IS life and life more abundantly but it is only found when our faith is placed in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living for God and not just for Salvation. Salvation is a wonderful thing. It is the greatest miracle the Lord has ever performed for whosoever will believe. Being Born Again by the Spirit of God affords us all of the promises of God…but these promises are conditional; they are conditional on our faith being placed in the finished work of Christ Jesus – be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Warren

HAPPY IS THE MAN

“13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.
 
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
 
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her.
 
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
 
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
 
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.” Proverbs 3:13-18
 
Knowledge of the Word of God is more precious than silver and gold. Not an intellectual knowledge but an understanding. There is no graduating class this side of glory. No one knows nor understands everything about the Word. The Word of God is alive and is therefore ever evolving but it NEVER changes. The understanding of the Word of God comes from revelation knowledge given by the Holy Spirit and will always point to the Cross of Christ for the answer.
 
All that we need is afforded us through the finished work of Christ Jesus. Every answer to man’s dilemma is found in Calvary’s Cross. Faith placed exclusively in His finished work gives the Holy Spirit latitude to perform miracles in our lives. These miracles will follow those who believe.
 
This understanding of the Word of God is available to whosever will believe. The Expositor’s Study Bible by Jimmy Swaggart has been such a blessing to me. The Lord is using Bro. Swaggart in a mighty way in these last of the last days to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified back to the dying church and a lost world.
 
Please allow me to be blunt but clear. If the preaching of the Cross of Christ for daily living is foolishness to you, you are perishing. This is not because I said so but the Word of God says so:
 
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
 
The days of playing church are coming to an quick end. The only thing sharper than the two edged sword of false religion is the Word of God. The wheat and the tares are being divided. The Word of God is dividing asunder the thoughts and the intents of the heart. It is high time for those who don’t understand that they don’t understand to come out from among the religious and seek ye first the Kingdom of God. There is length of days in the knowledge of the Word of God. The very thing that so many spend the majority of their days seeking, namely gold and silver, is found in the Word of God.
 
“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
 
Seek Him while He may be found. Wisdom of the Word of God is the Tree of Life to those who lay hold upon her. Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Warren
 
 

REJOICE IN THE LORD

“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant Mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in Heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto Salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, you love; in Whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the Salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9

Joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is external. It is affected by external circumstances. The world experiences happiness.

Actually, on a side note, the “happiness” witnessed at the secular music concerts is the same “happiness” felt at the modern “Christian” concerts. Just as in days of old, many profess Christianity but their hearts are far from God.

Joy however is internal. It is a Fruit of the Spirit that the world cannot possess. There is no law that can produce joy. It is unspeakable. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in our heart and lives but we only give Him the latitude to do so when our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ. The Holy Spirit will never point to Himself but always to Who Jesus is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe. He (the Holy Spirit) will reveal to the Born Again Believer Jesus Christ and it is upon that revelation that the Church is built.

“15 He (Jesus) said unto them, But whom say you that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.

18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock (the revelation of Who Jesus is) I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18

As the Holy Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are a Child of God, we rejoice with joy unspeakable. The trials and tribulations of our faith are found unto praise and honor even though we see Him not in the present moment, yet we know in Whom we have believed and He is faithful and true to work all things for our good according to His Will and His Ways and not our own. We are sold out; bought with a price. We can’t help but rejoice with a joy unspeakable no matter the circumstances. The trial that we’re going through will bring us closer to the Lord and is not meant for our harm. His Arm is not shortened. His strength is manifest in our weakness…not our willpower.

The Lord is near. Rejoice.

-Donna Clark Warren