Latter Rain

Latter RainAnd it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”  Acts 2:17

Since the day of Pentecost and continuing through until the Tribulation, the Lord has been pouring out His Spirit on His Sons and Daughters.

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain.” James 5:7

As many IN the church house stand looking for a revival because the pulpits declare and decree a coming revival (I’m speaking to you NAR, word of faith and grace revolution churches), the Lord is standing OUTSIDE the door knocking (Revelation 3:14-22).

The Word of God does not teach a coming revival in the church but of apostasy behind the many of the pulpits.  The Bible tells us to try the spirits whether they are of God (1 John 4:1).  We are warned of being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:11-14).  Yet so many continue to be deceived and distracted with wisdom of words from the vanities of man’s mind.

36 But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then said He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;

38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38

The harvest is indeed ripe.  Many are sitting in the church pews desperately looking for a revival that will deliver them from their bondage while the Lord Jesus Christ stands at the door knocking waiting and wanting to pour out His Spirit on them.

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 you shall be My Sons and Daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  2 Corinthians 6:16-18.

Come out from among them Brothers and Sisters and He WILL be a Father unto you and you WILL be His Sons and Daughters.  The Lord of the harvest IS sending forth His laborers into the harvest and they are declaring to the church “…Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2).  Judgment begins at the house of God.  He is standing at the door knocking.

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 power of God is in the Cross of Christ, Who He is and what He there did for whosoever will believe.  The Lord is raising up a people to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the church.  They will not be preaching a coming revival, they will be declaring the error of the modern church and pointing them back to the Cross of Christ for the deliverance in which they seek.  The signs and wonders will FOLLOW those who believe.

There are those bound in religion who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ.  They are spiritually naked, sick and imprisoned by the teachings of man.  Will we, “the laborers”, the “Blessed of the Lord”, preach deliverance to the captives?  Will we go to them? Who will go to the church and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”  Isaiah 6:8-10

Whether the hear or not, someone must go tell them.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

The Schoolmaster

Just shall live by faith23 But before faith came, we were kept under the Law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”  Galatians 3:23-24.

The righteousness of the law was not “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.” Lev. 19:11.   The Law contained Righteousness but Righteousness that man could not attain.  It was the indictment of the Law, the “schoolmaster”, that brought the Old Testament Saints to understand their need for a Savior..their coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  For those who properly understood the Mosaic Law, this indictment of the broken Law was a death sentence which pointed the Saint to the need for a sacrifice.  This sacrifice of bulls and goats was the only way to restore fellowship with God.  The blood of bulls and goats could not remove sin from their account but they were a type and shadow of the coming Messiah Who would pay their debt in full.  Again, it pointed them to Christ.

The fact that one does not steal does not make them righteous in the eyes of God.  There are many UNbelievers who do not steal.  What makes one righteous in the eyes of God is the fact that they know, due to their fallen state because of Adam’s original sin, that they are guilty and in need of a Savior.

The Judaizers who insisted on the New Testament Believers continuing in the Law were much like the modern Hebraic Roots Movement who insist on the observance of the ceremonial laws.  They too do not understand it was the indictment of the Law which brought to surface their need for a Savior and that their modern feasts are a mere symbol of their Savior.  They are in fact no more righteous than the unbeliever who does not steal in the eyes of God.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.”  Romans 10:3-4

Until we understand the indictment against us, we will not understand our need for a Savior and continue in our vain attempts to justify ourselves.  Glossing over our condition will not change the reality of our need for Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosever will believe.  Observing sabbaths, feasts, festivals, ceremonies and/or traditions will not change our condition.  Faith…faith in the Living God changes the condition of our heart.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?”  Hebrews 9:13-14

Serve the Living God.  No man, Believer or unbeliever, is justified by the Law in the sight of God.  The just shall live by faith…faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Spiritual Poverty

Eye salve14 And unto the Angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the Creation of God;

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.

16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of My mouth.

17 Because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:14-19

The Laodicean Church is the “Apostate Church”.  They have equated their increase in material goods with spiritual blessings and have need of nothing.  With the cloak of self righteousness, they do not see their spiritual nakedness before God.  Their works are neither hot nor cold but unprofitable and rejected by God.  They appear justified before man because of their religious works but their hearts are far from God.

Too many do not believe there is an Apostate Church.  Let me tell you friend, if you do not see the apostasy in much (not all) of the modern church today…anoint your eyes with eyesalve that you may see.  Forgive me for being blunt but you are IN the apostate church and bringing reproach to God.  If you are indeed a part of this apostate church as I and my husband once were, the tithes you pay are not going to the work of God but against the work of God.  The good works that takes time away from your family are unprofitable in the eyes of God.  The raiment you wear is not righteousness but self righteousness.

I do not say these things to dismiss nor discount one’s love for God by any means. However, there remains a people in this apostate church that are bound by this religious yoke.  They are holding on to a faith that does not break the power of the ruler of this world (satan) all in the name of Jesus.  Their faith in the religious works, tithes and many other Scriptural ordinances is NOT the faith the gives us victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.  Our faith in Jesus Christ, WHO He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s lives (mind you, I’m speaking to Believers here, not unbelievers) is the only faith that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:1-2

In the words of our Lord…be zealous therefore, and repent.  He stands at the door knocking.

-Donna Clark Warren

Charge to the Rich

Treasure17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Being wealthy is not a sin.  Being highminded and trusting in one’s wealth as the source of life and living is the sin.  Some even suppose that Godliness is a source of financial gain and from such the Believer should turn away (1 Timothy 6:5).

The riches we are given by God should be used to help take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  As much as I love the United States the world does not need the US, they need God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; not Buddha, not Mohammed…they need Jesus!

And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”  Matthew 24:14

Treating the symptoms of sin is like putting a band-aid on the Hoover Dam. Such is the case with so many ministries who build schools and orphanages but do nothing to spread the Gospel of Jesus.  Building schools and orphanages is a good thing, please don’t misunderstand.  However, unless there is dominion of sin in the lives of the people, all of those “good works” profit the work of God nothing.

There is only one answer to sin’s dominion and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the sin debt for whosoever will believe AND to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life and living (Romans 6:14). NOTHING man can do will break the power of sin in one’s life except child like faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who gives freely victory over sin. First the church needs to get this and then the church needs to take this Gospel to the World.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

If  “Godliness” is a source of financial gain, you are laying up your treasures on earth. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Trust in the Living God, Who shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Jesus Christ is the Source and Calvary’s Cross the means by which all of our blessings come…not filthy lucre.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Heaven and Earth Shall Pass Away

slide_5215 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the Will of God abides for ever.

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”  1 John 2:15-19

The lusts of the world will pass away with the world: but he that does the Will of God endures forever.  Satan is the head of the world’s systems and those who rely on the systems of the world as their source are not of God.  Those who have turned their back on God’s Divine Law of Grace through faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, are being made manifest.

Even now there are many “little gods”, the pseudochrists, who claim to be of Christ, yet deny the power of God through their unbelief.  Their source is of the world (self efforts, self will and humanistic psychology) and not faith in the redeeming work of the Son of God – Jesus Christ.

Hear me friends, they are being made manifest to us.  Those who have followed the world into false doctrines and precepts of man are being made manifest. They who boldly declare from the pulpit that they are little gods are being revealed to the congregation that they were not all of us.

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?” 1 Peter 4:17

There are some who need to awaken from their slumber and decide this day in whom they will follow.  Only they who do the Will of God will abide forever.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

God’s Will is for none to perish but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  To those who are perishing, the preaching of the Cross of Christ is foolishness but to those of us who are saved it is the Power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18 ).

The Lord is sending out His messengers declaring the Cross of Christ for Salvation and Sanctification.  Recognize how you, whoever you may be, receive this Gospel Truth.  This is not a “new extra biblical revelation” it is the same Gospel that the Apostle Paul declared through out his 14 epistles.  Don’t dismiss the messengers the Lord is sending to you.  Discern the messengers. Test the spirits. Study to show thyself approved. Know that you know that you know in Whom you have believed.  God will show you great and wonderful things if you will follow in His Will and His Ways. The Lord has chartered the path for each of us to follow.  Seek and ye shall find.  Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life…no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

-Donna Clark Warren

Another Gospel

Galatians 1-6 You Are Leaving The Gospel Of Grace sageI marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.

But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:6-8

Many religious organizations today preach, teach and declare another gospel.  This gospel is known as universalism and its moral authority is political correctness.  It condones that which God has declared evil. Their message of grace is an unconditional acceptance of sin. This grace is not of God but of man.  Just to be clear, man does not determine what is sinful. God alone has declared and judged sin as sin and the penalty of sin is eternal death.  Whether we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour determines who will pay our sin debt.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.

God has made clear His Ways in His Word, whether we believe and then follow the Lord Jesus Christ is up to us.  However, before we can follow the Lord, we must deny ourselves (Luke 9:23), which the gospel of universalism/political correctness will not allow denial of self.  They in fact would call self denial evil.

The answer to what the politically correct universalist declares as sin is found in humanistic psychology with another Jesus as an example of victorious living.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is completely removed as they look to self for victory through the precepts of man.  With their mouths they worship God but their hearts are far removed from Him.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men:”  Isaiah 29:13.

As a Child of God, the Lord has charted our course, not us.  It is up to us to seek Him and to follow Him…but we first must deny ourselves.  Our self efforts and self will to overcome, condone and except that which God has declared sinful is not the way of God but the precepts of man.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.

We either believe Matthew 7:13-14 to be true or we believe it to be a lie.  Enter ye in at the strait gate.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Depart From Me

Depart from me21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in Heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

Self righteousness justifies self.  Any message that does not require denial of self and allows room for “self improvement” is iniquity.  Until we deny ourselves, our self efforts and self will, we cannot accept what Jesus has done on Calvary’s Cross for victory over the power of sin. It is not possible to overcome sin in our own efforts and have faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the same time.  We are practicing iniquity.

For by Grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

The criteria for Salvation and Sanctification is not prophesying in the name of Jesus. Casting out devils is not the criteria for Salvation and Sanctification.  Doing many wonderful works in the name of Jesus does not justify one’s self.  Anything we or anyone else does to justify ourselves or another is iniquity and will always fall out to self righteousness.

You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”  James 2:19-20

Many believe in God but have not accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  They don’t believe in their heart that the work Jesus Christ has done on the Cross saves them from eternal damnation.  You will know them by their fruit because their works are dead…their works are iniquity in the eyes of God.  It is not that they (the workers of iniquity) don’t “work” but their work is unprofitable (dead) because their faith is dead. Proper faith will produce proper work.

33 And He (Jesus) answered them, saying, Who is My mother, or My brethren?

34 And He looked round about on them which sat about Him, and said, Behold My mother and My brethren!

35 For whosoever shall do the Will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother.” Mark 3:31-35

Not everyone who proclaims to be a Christian is a Brother and Sister in the Lord. Beware of those who work iniquity.

-Donna Clark Warren

Power of God

The-Power-of-God-cover-photo17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 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 1:17-18

The Word of God is effectual.  It WILL produce It’s intended effect when It is not diluted into a translation of man’s thought.  God’s Word will either harden or soften the heart, depending on how it is received.  To those who are perishing, the message of the Cross is foolishness.  It is rudimentary to those who believe there is more to Biblical Christianity than the preaching of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

However, to those who are saved, the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the power of God…the keeping power.  The power that takes us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), here a little and there a little.  Precept upon precept, line upon line the Word of God begins to affect our every day life and living for Christ.  Old things really do pass away and all things becomes new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As we begin to work out our Salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) we SEE the dominion of sin in our own lives broken by the power of God (Romans 6:14) as bondages begin to fall away.  The promises we hear about in the Word of God start to take effect.  We are set at liberty.  We are healed.  The power of sin in our own lives is broken by what Jesus Christ did on Calvary’s Cross 2000 years ago. We are free indeed!

Not only do we no longer want to sin but we realize we don’t have to sin.  We don’t have to believe every lie of the devil.  We don’t have to lie, steal, cheat or manipulate a “blessing” because our Lord is alive and He is sitting at the Right Hand of God the Father searching to and fro for a heart that is perfect toward Him to show Himself strong (2 Chronicles 16:9).  As Children, we begin looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and His Word (in context and rightly divided) is effective in our hearts and lives. We become a new creature in Jesus Christ.

For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

Sometimes the Word of God is an offense to our thoughts and intents of our heart. Recognize the way we receive His Word.  Don’t reject it because it offends.  Discern the offense and choose accordingly.  If you believe the message of the Cross is foolishness for a “mature” Christian, make no mistake –  you are perishing.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Flattering Lips

discernmentHe that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flatters with the tongue.”  Proverbs 28:23

Flattery is a method in which the flatterer makes their impression.  It is not for the good of the one receiving the flattering but for the one giving the flatter.  Flattery is a type of “currency”, if you will, in which the one flattering, not the one receiving the flatter but giving the flatter, is benefited.  They make the impression they were aiming to make.

However, they that rebuke shall find more favor because the rebuke is for the benefit of the one being rebuked.  An “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (Proverbs 27:5)

23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

24 He that says unto the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.” Proverbs 24:23-25

Recognize who receives the benefit when one flatters and one rebukes.

-Donna Clark Warren

Respect of Persons

Righteous judgmentMy brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool:

Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” James 2:1-4.

One who esteems one above another based on appearance is at the same time being bought by the appearance they prefer.  We must recognize what is vying for our affections and judge righteously according to the Word of God, not according to appearance.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”  John 7:24.

You will know them (false teachers) by their fruit and not their appearance. Every good tree brings forth good fruit but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. (Matthew 7:16-20).

Judge righteously.  Don’t be bought by the appearance of others.  The devil himself comes as an angel of light but he is still the devil.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

Consider how your affection has been purchased.  Was it according to righteous judgment or political correctness?  One is of the world and the other of God. Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren