SERVANT OF CHRIST

Spiritual death follows anyone who takes the Word of God lightly. Regrettably, the modern church takes the Word of God lightly as they preach, teach and believe in another Jesus; a Jesus who Saves the unbelieving sinner in their sin because they recited a prayer and joined their church. They will quickly recognize the heresy of the Roman Catholic’s idols but the mote in their eyes blinds them to their unseen idol of humanistic psychology because it’s cloaked in Scripture and presented as truth. In reality it is commandments of man being presented as Scriptural doctrine.
 
“8 This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.
 
9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
 
The Jesus who is taught in the modern church does not create a new creature but in vain attempts to rehabilitate the old. It seems “good” to the carnal mind as it attempts to do that which is right, yet it leads to death…spiritual death. Sin’s dominion reigns in the heart of the people because they have been learning and practicing the precepts of the world and not God.
 
“8 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.
 
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
 
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus is the only answer given to man to break the power of sin. The only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight is the fight of faith..faith in the finished work of Jesus. The Cross was either sufficient or it was not sufficient to break the power of sin in our hearts and lives. If we believe in our hearts and profess with our mouths that Jesus Christ and Him crucified was sufficient to Save the sinner and Sanctify the Saint, than it is indeed sufficient and we fight daily to maintain our faith in Who Jesus is and what HE did for whosoever will believe.
 
On the other hand, if we do not believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient to Save the believing sinner nor Sanctify the Saint, that does not mean the Cross of Christ is insufficient. No, not at all. It means that we have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in our lives. We have gone the way of Baal and follow after idols just as the Israelites of old. The mote in our eye blinds us from the faith we have placed in our creeds and declarations. The witchcraft is another gospel yet because it is trying to manipulate the righteous spirit world, we deem it good. Not so.
 
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:23
 
At Salvation, when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ, we are buried with Jesus, baptized into His Death and dead to the sin nature which has ruled and reigned in our heart (Romans 6:3-5). We are now a new creature in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit Who quickened Jesus from the dead, quickens our mortal soul unto holiness and righteousness…not worldliness. As we look unto Jesus, He authors our faith and HE gives the increase. The seed planted in our hearts begins to flourish as the branches are pruned. This “creature” in which we have become understands that we are just passing through this pilgrim land. We know that we know that we know that our Lord has gone before us…He has prepared a place for us.
 
As the world waxes worse, we know in Whom we have believed. Another gospel and another Jesus will not satisfy the thirst in our souls. We have tasted and we have seen the sufficiency of the Cross of Christ and we are determined to know nothing else among you. Where He goes, we will go because we know His voice. We are His and He is ours. He does not love us because we were first cleansed. No. He cleansed us because He loves us. We are not perfect but He is and His perfect love drives away all fear.
 
“1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus).
 
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
 
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-3
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

WAIT UPON THE LORD

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
 
In the waiting there is rest. There is the Grace of God which is sufficient in the waiting as His power rests upon us. Looking unto Christ Jesus; He Who Redeemed us who believe, the power of the Holy Spirit rests upon us and we shall run and not be weary…our strength is renewed.
 
These promises of God are all conditional on our faith being placed in HIS plan and not our own. Too many wrest in the waiting instead of resting. Our flesh quickens us to do something when the only thing we are supposed to do is fight the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ to supply all that we need according to His riches in Glory. Until we deny ourselves; our abilities, talents, intellect, etc., we are unable to pick up our cross and follow Jesus.
 
“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
 
Wait upon the Lord today. Rest in His finished work on Calvary’s Cross. Give the Holy Spirit latitude to work in your heart and life by surrendering in all to Jesus’ finished work and not your own. He is able and He is willing to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. You WILL walk and not faint as His strength is made perfect in your weakness and He is glorified.
 
Be determined. Look not to the left or to the right. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord as HIS power and HIS might move upon the waters to still the raging sea in the storm.
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus afforded whosoever will believe peace beyond all understanding and joy unspeakable. It IS sufficient. Wait upon the Lord. Rest in the Lord. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

DEAD INDEED

“11 Likewise reckon you 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 6:11-12
 
The Holy Spirit did not come on the Day of Pentecost to “improve” our sin nature nor did He come to do away with it’s evil. No, not at all.
 
The Holy Spirit came to isolate our sin nature so that we may be alive unto God THROUGH Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. His eyes search the earth to and fro looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him that He may show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
 
It is the power of the Holy Spirit Who dethrones our sin nature when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour…not our self will. Humanistic psychology draped in Scripture will not empower our self will to overcome the reigning monarch of our heart, the sin nature. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
In reality, those professing Christians who believe psychology is the answer has made the Cross of Christ of no effect. Try as they will to not obey the lusts of the flesh, their sin nature is not isolated and they are unable to live unto God.
 
Why? Because their faith placed in any other method other than the Cross of Christ Jesus has interrupted the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart. The fruit being birthed is fruit unto death…not God. Their spiritual adultery to overcome the power of sin has led to spiritual defeat. Bound in Egypt, their taskmaster demands righteousness but does not have the power to allow righteousness. Much like the false prophets of Baal, they run about starting the fires under the altar declaring and decreeing a lie both to themselves and unto God as their sin nature rules, reigns and mocks God. Seeing, they see not. Hearing, they hear not and neither do they understand.
 
“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.” John 16:13
 
The Holy Spirit will not superintend the work of psychology in our heart. He is not commissioned to isolate out sin nature when we are looking unto other methods for power over sin. When John 16:13 was written, the Crucifixion had not yet happened but was “to come”. The Holy Spirit will show us; He will reveal unto us the power of God when our hearts are perfect toward Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Knowing it is JESUS, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin in our lives and affording us the ability to live unto God, the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work in our heart as our sin nature is utterly isolated by His power and not our own and we truly can reckon ourselves alive unto God.
 
As our faith is in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit will show us He Who has come. He will reveal to us why He has come and we will be a witness to the power of His might as old things pass away and all things become new. We truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our evil sin nature still remains in us and the flesh of which we dwell is bent toward obedience unto our sin nature…but it shall not have dominion over us as the Grace of God flows uninterrupted into our heart and lives and we continue looking unto Him in Whom we have believed – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

GODLY SORROW

“10 For Godly sorrow works repentance to Salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world work death.
 
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a Godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:10-11
 
Godly sorrow works repentance in the heart of man. It is the conviction of the Holy Spirit that which carefully shapes the condition of the heart if we so allow.
 
Condemnation of the world works sorrow as well but it is sorrow unto death. The shaping that occurs from this sorrow deadens as it hardens.
 
We who have believed upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are not effected by the condemnation of the world. Our treasures are laid up in Heaven. They were bought with a price…a high price. The Blood of Jesus has redeemed whosoever will believe from worldly sorrow which wrought death in our heart.
 
Alive unto God, the Spirit of God quickens our mortal bodies to live unto Him when we fail and we repent. Our hearts have seen the Salvation of the Lord and we once again deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Not ashamed of this Gospel, we know that we know that we know in Whom we have believed and we are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him (1 Timothy 1:12).
 
Don’t be ashamed of Godly sorrow…be thankful, for it is working repentance in a heart that has been bent toward the sin nature to obey the lusts of the flesh.
-Donna Clark Warren

PRESSING TOWARD THE MARK

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
 
All have a high calling of God but not all seek to find it IN Christ Jesus. Once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, religion will present the questionnaires to help us “determine” our calling. At that point we are no longer pressing toward the mark for the prize “IN Christ” but “IN Psychology” and in reality have made the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
Having gone down the wrong path, the fruit has not yet developed…but it will. Sin is not stagnant and that wrong path, although it seems right and is taken by sincere Believers, is sinful. If we’re not pressing toward the mark by faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus, fighting that good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then we are being pushed AWAY from faith in the Cross of Christ. Buried with Jesus when we were Saved, we are IN Him; in His Death (Romans 6:3-5). To be sure, it is HIS Death that broke the power of sin for the Believer.
 
Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross. He was and is the Sacrificial Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world for whosoever will believe. It is at Calvary that Jesus Christ defeated sin and death. Knowing this, knowing Who Jesus is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His glorious Resurrection. We know in Whom we have believed because He lives in us and we in Him as we choose daily to deny ourselves and follow Him. The Spirit which quickened Christ from the dead has quickened our mortal bodies and we have been made spiritually alive unto God (Romans 8:11)…we have been Born Again; a new creature in Christ Jesus. It is too late to offer us philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind as the answer to which we seek. We have seen and we know the power of God and it is IN Christ Jesus… Who He is and what HE has done.
 
Simply stated, we are determined to know nothing else among you because there is nothing else among you that can change the heart of man except faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is why we lift Him up. This is why we point you to the Cross of Christ. There is a witness in our spirit of the power of God. We have been changed. We’re not who we used to be. We have not apprehended but we continue pressing on IN Christ Jesus. At times it may not be pretty as we are travailing through the storms. At times we may even get our eyes on the storm but it is during those times that the big waves come and knocks us square into the Rock of our Salvation.
 
“20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
 
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
 
Do not frustrate the Grace of God…walk in the Grace of God; press toward the mark of the high calling of God IN Christ Jesus; no one comes to the Father but by Him.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

JUDGE THE FRUIT

“15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
 
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16
 
False prophets are known by their fruit. Do they gatherer adulterers and fornicators? Do they give the people a license to sin? Do they offer idols? Those self help methods cloaked in Scripture causing the congregation to put themselves on the pedestal of idolatry. Even the church itself can become an idol and will serve to support the false teacher promoting their false gospel.
 
Witchcraft – yes, witchcraft is rampant in the modern church however, because it’s incantations seek to manipulate the righteous spirit world instead of the evil, people don’t recognize it as witchcraft.
 
Murderers who may not physically murder another but won’t think twice about the murder of another’s character.
 
“19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
 
The Fruit of the Spirit is not taught but produced. It is produced by the Spirit of God working in our hearts to produce fruit unto God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit discerns the intents of the heart and cuts asunder that which is not pleasing unto God…that which is not of faith in Jesus as the Source and His Cross as the means by which we receive from God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The Word of God, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 points to the Cross of Christ Jesus. The Word of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness and It will do what It is intended to do when rightly divided.
 
“17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
 
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 
19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:17-20
 
As we who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ look unto Him, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin in our lives, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…produce fruit unto God so that Jesus Christ may be glorified. God’s Plan of Sanctification works just as well as His Plan of Salvation because it is the SAME PLAN – Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
 
When the Cross of Christ is lifted up among the people, He will draw all men unto Him…the sinner and the Saints are both drawn unto holiness and righteousness; the sinner for Salvation and the Saint for Sanctification.
 
“22 But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23
 
Judge the fruit before aligning with a ministry. Who is being lifted up and what are they being drawn to? If it’s not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it is fruit unto death.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

WARN THEM

“20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at your hand.
 
21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also you have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 3:20-21
 
There are a lot of folks who have turned a blind eye to the righteous who have turned from their righteousness and commit iniquity. Too many have died spiritually because no one stood up against false doctrine and allowed it to sweep away their Brothers and Sisters into a sea of iniquity. With no dumb donkey to warn them of their madness, they are following the ways of Balaam as the modern Church stands on the sidelines scared of offending them. Blood is on your hands. Repent.
 
Allow me to be perfectly clear, if it happens to be my family and friends who turn from their righteousness or even my family and friends who are in fact counted among the wicked because they do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour that you are afraid of offending, by all means…WARN THEM in love and if they are offended, that is between them and God. Don’t turn a blind eye to sin. Do not compromise with sin. Do not give one inch to the precepts of the devil.
 
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.” Jude 1:3
 
Contend for the faith. Warn them. If it is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the Source and the means by which we receive from God, it is another Jesus and another gospel and it is accursed. This faith of which we have in the Cross of Christ is the only faith God will honor. There is no other way, no other truth and no other life. Don’t wait on a dumb donkey to warn the righteous of their unrighteousness.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE SABBATH

The Sabbath was a day of rest in the Old Testament and not a day of worship as many believe. The Old Testament Sabbath was a picture of the type of rest afforded the New Covenant Believer by Jesus Christ.
 
When we who believe upon Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross as the means by which we receive from God and purposefully choose to fight THAT good fight of faith DAILY and deny ourselves; our abilities, talents, intellect, etc., we are then able to pick up our cross (the blessings Jesus afforded us at Calvary) and follow Him. Then and only then are we able to enter into HIS rest.
 
“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
 
The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for our Lord but for those who believe, Calvary is a place of great blessing. It is in fact the only place we can commune with God. Faith in our doings, no matter how religious or Scriptural they are, is not faith that God can honor.
 
Will he bless us? Certainly. Look at Israel in the wilderness…yet they were out of God’s Will and perished.
 
As a matter of fact, when our faith is in those things which are indeed Scriptural for victory over sin (what GOD has declared sinful, not man), our “faith” is not actually faith but ambition. It is a vain attempt at victory and in no way restful to our soul.
 
The only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight is the fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is there that we take His Yoke and learn of Him. It is there that Mary sat as Martha worked. It is there, at the Cross of Christ, the we find rest unto our souls.
“28 Come unto Me, all you 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.” Matthew 11:28-29
 
-Donna Clark Warren

ABIDING IN HIM

“4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in Me.
 
5 I am the Vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.
 
6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:4-6
 
Developing in the Lord requires continuing in the Lord…continuing in HIS Prescribed Order of Victory of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting or 12 steps may indeed cast forth a branch but it is a branch that is withered and will be cast down.
 
“3 Know you not, that so many of us as were Baptized into Jesus Christ were Baptized into His 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:” Romans 6:3-5
 
At Salvation we are planted with Jesus; planted in His Death…planted there where the penalty of sin was paid for the believing sinner and where the power of sin was broken for the believing Saint. Being planted with Jesus in His Death, we must REMAIN planted with Him if we also wish to be in the likeness of His Resurrection. Venturing off into the various methods offered by the religious cause the branch to wither.
 
Sadly, there are many withered branches. Those who are spiritually defeated. Even more sadly, there are even more of those who can’t wait to gather them and would cast them into the fire themselves if so allowed. Little do they know, they too are a rotten stick whose fruit stinks of self righteousness.
 
“21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
 
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
 
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:21-23
 
Instead of reaching UP to pull that withered branch down into the fire, why don’t we pull them out of the fire with fear and trembling.
 
The Cross of Christ is and was for whosoever will believe. It is at Calvary, that Jesus Christ paid the price for victory over sin. Point them to the Author and Finisher of their faith as we too continue looking unto and maintain our faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus…abiding there in bringing forth fruit unto GOD as only HE can produce.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

CONTENDING

Sadly, there are too many Christians who do not take the Word of God seriously and bear the iniquity of the heathen. Not contending for the faith of which they have been given, their moral compass is guided by emotions because the Word of God is not taken seriously.
 
This heresy of the modern church to not correct and in fact condone sin has allowed the devil himself to infiltrate and overtake those who should have been corrected according to the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to drive them to a point of decision to follow the Lord or follow the world.
 
Rest assured, when those who do not make Heaven their home and arrive at their final destination in a devil’s hell, they will not remember the words of their enemies spewing hate at them…those religious vipers who seemingly want to send them to hell themselves. No, not at all. They will remember those who professed to love them, knew the truth and did not tell them. For all of eternity, they will wonder why we didn’t tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They will wonder why we didn’t tell them their lifestyle is sinful.
 
I don’t mean beat them over the head with our religious sticks every time we see them but instead draw the line clearly and precisely on what the Bible says and do not be ashamed of the side of which you choose to stand, if in fact you choose the Word of God. The Word of God will not come back void. It will do what It says It will do when delivered as It is supposed to be delivered.
 
This of which I write is meant to correct as well; to warn all who have been sitting on the fence allowing the devil to play in what the Lord has given you. There are consequences for disregarding the Word of God…ESPECIALLY as a Believer.
 
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
The devil plays for keeps. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. We can’t fix the broken. We can’t set a liberty the bound. We can’t heal the sick…but we know the One Who can. We know Who He is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe. We know that He has broken the power of sin for those who choose to believe. Contend for the faith in which we have been given…faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
Be still and know that He is God and that He will do what He said He will do…work all things together for good for those who love the Lord.
 
“3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.
 
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having Saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Jude 1:3-5
 
-Donna Clark Warren