O’ WRETCHED MAN

“18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
 
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
 
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.
 
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 
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 7:18-24
 
O how long must we stay here? How long must we dwell in Romans 7? The wretched man that we are delights in the Law of God. Our minds seek to do that which is good and right according to the Word of God but in our members we see another law at work bringing us into the dominion of sin. That which we would not do, we do. The will to do that which is right is with us but how to perform is not…and their lies the problem. HOW? We know what to do but don’t know how to do? Our good intentions, sincerity and zeal cannot overcome the law in our members bringing us into captivity of the sin nature.
 
“25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
 
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 
2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 7:25 – 8:2
 
YES! Take me to Romans 8:2 O’Lord!
 
These vain philosophies presented to the people for victory over sin have stunted many Believer’s growth in the Lord. They continue fighting with all sincerity and zealousness a fight that they were never called to fight. These philosophies seem good and right. They appeal to the flesh and cause our members to war against the Law of God in our mind. We are a house divided. We are Saved. We are Baptized into Jesus’ Death and raised a new creature in Christ Jesus. The Law of Sin and Death to which we were espoused to before our Salvation, we are dead to. This Law of Sin and Death is not dead but we are dead to it and espoused to another, namely Jesus Christ, through the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
 
The Holy Spirit alone is the One Who can make us free from the Law of Sin and Death and when we are Saved that is just what He does. He (the Holy Spirit) will only perform the work of God in our heart when our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ. After Salvation when our faith is moved to those vain philosophies to fight a fight we are not commissioned to fight for victory over sin, we turn back to the Law of Sin and Death and make the Cross of Christ of no effect in our life. We dwell in Romans 7 for far too long because we usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit to free us from the Law of Sin and Death. We commit spiritual adultery when we turn back to the old ways and depend upon our flesh to overcome sin.
 
There is but one way to have victory over the sin that so easily besets us and that is by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Without such faith, the Cross of Christ is of no effect. We are warring with ourselves.
 
The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the fight of faith in the Cross of Christ. It is then and only then that we give the Holy Spirit latitude to free us from the Law of Sin and Death because of the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus, buried with Him, baptized into His Death, surrendered to His Will and His Ways because we can’t but He can.
 
Choose this day in whom you are going to serve.
 
“23 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.
 
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24
 
-Donna Clark Warren

KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MIND

“4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
 
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
 
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
 
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
 
For the Child of God our rejoicing in the Lord is not a fake it until you make it event. No, no. Our prayer and supplication is not an outward religious display for others to hear but a worship in spirit and in truth of who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.
 
Our rejoicing in the Lord is a sincere thanksgiving unto Jesus Christ because we are unashamed and fully persuaded that He and He alone is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him against the day.
 
When the storms rage, we look unto Him and the peace which surpasses all understanding keeps our hearts and our minds from vain imaginations and religious philosophies.
 
For the Born Again Believer, His praise will forever be on our lips. We are just passing through this pilgrim land…this world is not our home. It will pass away but we will forever be with the Lord. The only thing we can take with us is our faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus and the souls of our Brethren.
 
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that hear say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
 
There is a great harvest in these last of the last days. Go and tell them to come…come and take the water of life freely. Rejoice in the Lord. Be a witness in the storm. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

FINDING REST

Faith in the atoning Work of Christ Jesus is the only faith that God will recognize. This type of faith is to be contended for. It is to be fought for. As a matter of fact, it is the ONLY fight the Believer is commissioned to fight.
 
Faith in the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, affords WHOSOEVER will believe God’s Divine Grace. Grace that IS sufficient. Grace that expels the evil desires of our heart and places in them God’s desires; His Will.
 
When this precious faith in the atoning Work of Jesus is ever so slightly moved into any other method for victory over sin, our faith is corrupted and is morphed into another Jesus and another gospel for victorious Christian living. This my friend is a lie. Even cloaked in Scripture, the best of intentions can and will be met with no sacrifice for sin – just ask Cain.
 
May I remind you, the devil himself knows the Bible better than most Christians. Satan attempted to twist Psalms 91:11-1 while speaking to Jesus in Matthew 4:6 but Jesus knowing the Word and being the Word, knew better. Sadly, many Believer’s today do not know nor understand the Word of God but simply know what the preacher said the Word said and liked it because is was puffed up, sugar coated and tasted good to their fleshly senses.
 
The Cross of Christ becomes of no effect in the Believer’s life when our faith is moved into another object. Our self will, intellect, abilities, talents, etc., will not afford us victorious Christian living no matter how holy, righteous and “right” they may seem.
 
God does not recognize any other type of faith other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This fight we MUST fight. This faith we MUST contend for. This faith we must exhort.
 
“28 Come unto Me, all ye that 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
 
There are too many Christians who are fighting a fight they are not commissioned to fight. This fight is heavy laden. Their souls are weary. The harvest is great. We must keep our lamps full…and exhort those who are too busy trimming their wicks to fill their lamps as well. Yes, they are foolish but still they are precious in the eyes of the Lord.
 
Have faith in the Cross of Christ. Allow Him to use YOU, yes YOU, for His Glory to bring others to Christ. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

STANDING AT THE DOOR

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
 
As Jesus Himself is knocking on the door of the hearts of the people around this world who are among the Endtime Apostate Laodicean church, there stands behind him many a professing self righteous “Cross preachers and teachers” who have no regard for the eternal souls of the people in the church…those whose heart the Lord is speaking to, but instead are focused merely on the false preacher or teacher of whom they sit under. As the people hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches, they see with their eyes the hatefulness of those who are called by His Name.
 
This must stop. As a Believer, everything we do or say will lead people to the Lord or away from the Lord. It is the spirit behind the message, behind the ones who are standing at the door banging it down and stand ready to come tear it down if those on the other side don’t come out from among them, that is not of God. Give them the Truth. Tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified not only paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner but It also broke the power of sin for the believing Saint. Lay that straight stick down beside their crooked stick and let them see…let the Lord reveal this great Truth to them and they WILL come out from among them. Otherwise they will cower down behind the doors of the Apostate church scared of what they see on the other side…even though the Lord Himself is ministering to their spirit.
 
Too often the religious try to usurp the work of the Holy Spirit. In our zealousness we hinder the work of God. Many continue to learn the Message of the Cross once they come to the understanding and apply it to their life and living. Still others try to force it on others and apply it to everyone else’s life and living while they themselves have made the Cross of Christ a law. As always, you will know them by their fruit. Discern their fruit. The Sadducees thought they were of God too.
 
The first sign of needing to submit unto the Cross of Christ is when we think we have arrived. As soon as we think such nonsense, the Lord will call us deeper…follow Him.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

CONSUMING FIRE

Sin will take you further than you want to go, at a higher price than you can afford to pay. As a nation, the USA has become as Sodom and Gomhorrah. The fruit of death rots on our city streets as sin’s dominion reigns in the heart of man.
 
Such fruit was not birthed accidentally. It was allowed to grow. It was even nurtured in our schools and watered by our seeker sensitive churches. Our best life now is playing out before our eyes.
 
As a church we must repent of our wicked ways. We must turn from the worldly precepts and seek the Face of God for His Wisdom. Sincerity and good intentions have fueled the fire of sin as they invoked man made methods and laws for victory over sin. It was not by Grace through faith that expelled sin’s reign in our heart but vain philosophies through works that exhorted our best life now. This gospel corrupted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and made it of no effect in our hearts. Out of our mouths comes the abundance of the heart.
 
Until we as a church repent of OUR wicked ways, we certainly can’t expect the world to repent. It is we who have allowed the worldly ways to prosper as we sat quietly and did not contend for the faith all in the name of “unity”. The church it’s self has provided fertile ground for a root of bitterness to spring up because we have turned our back on the Cross of Christ for daily living for God. Until we, we who are called by HIS Name, find the place of repentance in our heart; our land will not be healed.
 
Judgment begins with us. Repentance begins with us…with those who are called by the Name of Jesus. Until we know the price paid for sin’s dominion by Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross we will continue going further and further than we want to go. We may be yelling, screaming and crying all of the way but until our chastisement is met with repentance, the Grace of God is and will remain frustrated…it will be of no effect in OUR hearts. Then and only then, when we find that place of repentant and OUR hearts are changed, will we find that unshakable ground…that strong foundation and we will see the Glory of the Lord manifest before our eyes.
 
Our God is indeed a consuming fire. All that is not faith in the Cross of Christ will be consumed. We must return to our first love. We must be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
“28 Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have Grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear:
 
29 For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
 
-Donna Clark Warren

GREATER IS HE

“4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
 
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.
 
6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:4-6
 
There are many things in this world that are greater than we are. The devil himself is stronger than us. Our willpower cannot overcome the powers of darkness. Our God-given talents and intellect can defeat the wickedness of the worldly ways. We can quote all of the Scripture at the devil we want, and it will not stop the power of satan. I remind you, the devil knows the Scriptures better than most Christians.
 
There is ONE Who is Greater and there is NOTHING greater than HE in this world and that is the Spirit of the Lord. If the Spirit of the Lord is not working on our behalf, we are headed for destruction. Our foe is not defeated.
 
It is the Holy Spirit alone Who superintends the Work of God in our lives. As we vainly attempt to manipulate the righteous spirit world with our religious incantations, it is “WE”, not “HE Who is within us” who is engaging in a battle with the enemy of our soul.
 
Understand this, there is no further “battle” needed for victory over sin. The battle has been won. The enemy is indeed a defeated foe. When Jesus Christ gave up the Ghost at Calvary and uttered the words “It is Finished”, the penalty of sin was and is and will forever be paid for whosoever will believe AND the power of sin utterly broken. Jesus Christ made a show openly of every demon in hell; HE spoiled EVERY evil plan of every wicked principality and power at the Cross. It’s just that simple.
 
Sadly though many are taught that they must engage in this battle of victory over sin. No, not at all. As a Believer, the only fight we are called to fight is the good fight of faith. That’s it. Nothing more. With our faith properly placed in the Cross of Christ and not in our part of this man made method for victory over sin, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to perform HIS Ministry in our lives. As previously stated, it is HE (the Holy Spirit) Who is greater and can utterly expel those evil desires in the heart of man…yes, even us sanctified, Born Again folks whose heart will so easily and readily deceive us if we don’t rightfully discern the Word of God.
 
There is a fight to be won and the Holy Spirit lusts to envy; He is jealous over those things we give over to other methods for this victory. I’m speaking here to Believers whose faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for our Salvation. It is that SAME faith, faith in the Finished Word of Christ Jesus, that engages the Holy Spirit to do His mighty work in our lives. It is then that He is able to produce fruit unto God. Not when we talk about it. Not when we think about it. But when we do it…purposefully place our faith in the Cross of Christ by denying ourselves, picking up all that He afforded us at Calvary and following Him. Then is enemy defeated. Then is the battle won. Then and only then will God be glorified.
 
The world does not understand the things of the Spirit of God. It is foolishness to them. Sadly, many carnally minded Christians also believe the Cross of Christ for daily living for God is foolishness and they too are perishing. Bound to worldly ways, the world is overtaking them one precept at a time. One line at a time, satan is making his play in their hearts. Surely in vain the net is spread in front of them and they will soon be captured if they do not turn from their wicked ways and fight that good fight of faith.
 
Fight the good fight of faith. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE TIME HAS COME

Man and/or mama-appointed leadership in the church has led the church astray into nefarious forms of religious rites. Social justice and political correctness cloaked in Scripture is the gospel presented to make the world a “better place”. It is another gospel and another Jesus and it’s road leads to destruction.
 
Judgement begins at the House of the Lord. As the church goes, so goes the nation. As God’s People, WE MUST turn from our wicked ways; forsake these religious rites given for victorious Christian living and return to our First Love – Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is the answer.
 
At Calvary, Jesus Christ paid the price for the believing sinner’s Redemption AND HE alone has the power to possess the Believer and utterly expel all manner of wicked desires. This dominion over sin is not ours to ‘gain’ by and through self will, intellect, ability or religious rites but rather ours to MAINTAIN by the same faith that brought us into the Kingdom of God…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Our First Love remains at the door knocking. Come out from among the apostate church and be ye separate. The Blood of Christ still Saves; He still delivers. There remains a Sacrifice for sin if we will simple choose HIM – Jesus Christ.
 
“16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
 
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?
 
18 And if the righteous scarcely be Saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
 
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the Will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:16-19
 
-Donna Clark Warren

CONFOUNDING THE WISE

“26 For you see your calling, Brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
 
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
 
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
 
29 That no flesh should glory in His Presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
 
Now (nor ever for that matter) is the time for any Born Again Believer to depend on self. If we walk after the flesh, the righteousness of the Law will not be fulfilled in us but rather we will be condemned by the Law.
 
Our faith is objective, based on a fact, not subjective where it is based on personal opinion. There are a multitude of professing “Christian” religions whose faith is subjective. I believe this, you believe that and it’s all based on personal opinion but not matter the case according to their religious rites we are all Saved. NOT SO!
 
While on the other hand, other religions will exclude all of the “whosoevers” because according to their subjections, another has not passed their specific litmus test for Salvation (Water baptism, church membership, speaking in tongues, etc.). Again, NOT SO!
 
Subjective faith is the unity which the world is seeking. Whether your religion may be political correctness, social justice, islam or Christianity, the world wants us all to unite under a form of subjective faith. According to them we all serve the same god but have different methods of reaching Him. It’s all just a matter of opinion and if you disagree, then you are the “bad guy” for refusing to unite under such a banner.
 
This unity appeals to the flesh. It gives you the warm and fuzzies for making “peace” when in reality for all who turn their back on Jehovah God, they are at war with Him and wherever we may go, the Hand of God is against us. We may be at “peace” with the enemy but the Hand of God is working against us and not for us. To be sure, this is not God’s Will but our choice when we choose to go against God’s Plan of our Salvation and daily living for God.
 
The Believer’s faith is objective. Our faith is based on a reality; a fact that can never be changed. The Object of our faith is Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God. This is not just some form of religion or doctrine but God’s only begotten Son, God manifest in the flesh, Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner AND break the power of sin for the believing Saint. Then and only then is the righteousness of the Law fulfilled in us. Only then will God’s Divine Grace expel the lawlessness that so easily abounds in our flesh and take His rightful place on the throne of our heart. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to do these things when our faith is in an invention of man’s mind.
 
The Believer’s faith is objective but if it’s in the wrong object, there remains no sacrifice for our sins.
 
“26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more Sacrifice for sins,
 
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27
 
When the object of our faith turns from the Cross of Christ and to another object, there is therefore a condemnation…a fearful looking for of judgment because we are walking after the flesh and not the Spirit by Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ.
 
We must as a Born Again Believer dismiss any and all notions of some sort of “subjective faith”. There is no unity is subjective faith but a delusion…a strong delusion. Our faith is objective; it is based on a reality…our faith is based on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

LIFE AND GODLINESS

The world has not become more “Christian” because the seeker sensitive/social justice church has made league with them but rather the church has become more worldly. No longer can the separation be seen between the “Christian” and the world. Joining the world to overcome the world has left too many Christians spiritually defeated and their faith is in danger of destruction.
“3 According as His Divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue:
 
4 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 1:3-4
The Lord has given unto us all things pertaining to life and godliness. No where in the Word of God does the Lord tell us to join the world to overcome the world. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Forsake the vain philosophies cloaked in Scripture and presented by man as biblical doctrine and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ for all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God…not the vanities from the minds of man. Jesus Christ afforded us this Divine Nature when He gave up the Ghost on Calvary yet religion strives daily to hinder us from partaking and it (religion) has worked.
Believe upon the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin in your life. Believe upon Him for victorious Christian living so that others may see and come out from among them as well. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to circumcise our heart and remove those things which are not pleasing unto God but we usurp that ministry when we go the ways of the world for victory. There is no peace beyond understanding; there is no joy unspeakable when we do not partake in God’s Divine Nature.
Choose this day in whom you are going to serve. He stands at the door knocking wanting you to partake in Him…wanting you to taste and see that He is good.
“4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
 
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
 
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
 
7 The Angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them.
 
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.
 
9O fear the Lord, ye His Saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.” Psalms 34:4-9
-Donna Clark Warren

DIVINE GRACE

It is the Divine Grace of God that flows uninterrupted in the Believer’s life that changes us from glory to glory into the image of God by faith in the Cross of Christ alone. This is the Fruit of the Spirit that brings glory to God. We can’t manifest this ourselves but it is a spiritual work done by the Holy Spirit when we look unto Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Holy Spirit circumcises our hearts and removes those things which are not pleasing to God.
 
Too many of us unknowingly try to perform the ministry of the Holy Spirit by doing these things ourselves. When we stop applying vain philosophies in a sincere effort to gain these spiritual victories and instead apply faith the size of a mustard seed into Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross as the means by which we receive the power of the Holy Spirit to break the chains of sin, we will see victory as the Holy Spirit does what He is commissioned to do.
 
Our faith is placed in the Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done and the Holy Spirit will go to work making those crooked paths straight.
 
Look unto Jesus. Those who believe do not follow the signs and wonders but signs and wonders will follow us.
 
“17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
 
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
 
-Donna Clark Warren