Cursed Blessings

Malachi 2

If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My Name, says the Lord of Hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.‘ Malachi 2:2

The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  So many have thrown out the Old Testament but to do so is to dismiss a major portion of the Bible.  The Word of God says that “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” (2 Tim. 3:16-17), not some but all.

Because the Levites had lost the fear of the Lord, they offered to Him in Sacrifice the “torn, lame and sick” and then complained that the Sacrifices were polluted and contemptible.  This complaining was not out of reverence for God but because a portion of the Sacrifices were for the Levites to provide for them and their families.  The Priests cared nothing about the Lord being insulted but only that they did not receive what they wanted.

I 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

Just as God cursed the blessings promised to the Levites for not keeping the Covenant given to them, so to does He curse the blessings promised to the New Covenant Believer who does not keep their part in the New Covenant.

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

Our part in the New Covenant is faith in Jesus Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Whose death paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe AND Whose death broke the power of sin for those who have freely believed.  Our part is faith.  We fight the good fight of faith.  We fight to not let our faith be moved to another source or another means to receive blessings from God other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

The Old Testament Priests failed to honor the Covenant that had been given them to uphold the Word of God and began complaining about their portion and sustenance given them by backslidden Israel.  The fact of the matter is, backslidden Israel was doing just what the Priest’s had allowed them to do and held God in contempt for the results of their own actions.

But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law; you have corrupted the Covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts.

Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept My Ways, but have been partial in the law.” Malachi 2:8-9

Many a preacher and teacher today have caused many to stumble at the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus which frees us from the Law of Sin and Death (Romans 8:2) because they have corrupted the Covenant given to New Testament Believer’s.  The Covenant given to us IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, yet so many choose to present another gospel and another Jesus because it tickles the ears of those sitting on the pew.  No one is offended because the Cross of Christ is not presented as the source and the means of their blessings as they continue in their good works to “earn” God’s blessing.  Their conscience is soothed for their sincere efforts and what they deem as consecration is in fact ambition.

Are your blessings promised you in the New Covenant in fact cursed because you are sitting under another gospel and another Jesus? God does not change.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever more.  God cursed the blessings promised to the Levites because they no longer honored His Covenant.  He will as well curse the blessings promised to New Covenant Believer’s for their partaking in another gospel and another Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the blessings of those sitting under another gospel or seeking after another Jesus.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

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Wellspring of Life

Proverbs 16 22

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.” Proverbs 16:22

Understanding of the Word of God is a wellspring of life.  Every answer we seek for this life and living is found between Genesis 1:1 and Revelation 22:21.  Sadly, there are many high school graduates who have attended 12 years of school, attended a religious institution every Sunday, yet they have no understanding of the Word of God.  What little they do know of the Word of God, will be easily undermined by the instruction of foolish teachers and professors.

While it is certainly true that Christians pursue secular education for particular fields, unless the person’s heart and mind is rooted in the understanding of the Word of God, they will be easily deceived by the folly of fools which present another way to life.  Even professing Bible Colleges have resorted to humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture and teach as Biblical doctrine the philosophies of man (Matthew 15:8-9).

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.” 1 Corinthians 7:14

According to the Word of God, the children of the lost, those who belong to parents where neither parent is a Believer, will not be taken in the Rapture and will not escape the Great Tribulation period.  To be clear, I did not just say these children were condemned to hell but that they would have to go through the Great Tribulation.  I speak here of young children who the Lord has not yet dealt with their hearts regarding their Salvation.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says 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

It is my personal belief that the Lord my God is going to pour out His Spirit on these young children, the children of this lost generation of whom the Church has failed (and failed greatly I might add); those children who would otherwise be left behind to suffer the Great Tribulation, and that they, while their hearts are tender, will hear, believe and understand the message of the Christ of Christ for Salvation AND the message of the Cross of Christ for daily living for God.  These children will understand how to deny their personal abilities, intellect and talents in order receive the victory of which Jesus afforded us on Calvary’s Cross and they will not only follow but RUN after Jesus.   As they follow Jesus, others will follow them.  As the Spirit of God is poured out on them through simple faith in the Cross of Christ, they will prophesy. I believe what the Bible says!

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

I hear the sound of an abundance of rain.  I see a people rising up with a wellspring of life.  Their faith will not be undermined by the folly of fools but they will stand flat footed, shoulders squared and declare “Thus saith the Lord of Hosts…..”

Lord send the rain!  The harvest is great.

-Donna Clark Warren

Before Destruction

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Pride is the root of self righteousness.  It is the cause of Lucifer’s downfall and Adam and Eve’s lost condition.  The lost are not lost because they reject Jesus.  They reject Jesus because they are lost and it is their pride which keeps the majority of the lost from coming to God.

And I, if I (Jesus) be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32

When the Name of Jesus Christ (Who He is and what HE has done on Calvary’s Cross to save the lost) is lifted up among the people, the conviction of the Holy Spirit arouses our moral consciousness (the Law of God written on our heart) and the convicted sinner either approves the judgment of sin and accepts Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice as their Substitute to save them from the penalty of sin which is death (Romans 6:23) or disproves God’s judgment of sin and rejects Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice.

This work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man is the only way the pride of man is pierced.  The Holy Spirit only works within the parameters of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  There is no other Name under Heaven whereby man can be Saved (Acts 4:12).  Unless Jesus Christ is lifted up and the Holy Spirit draws men unto Him, the pride of man will keep the lost from coming to God.

I heard a lady who rehabilitated squirrels say her tithes went to rehabilitating the squirrels.  As ridiculous at that sounds to many (as it should), she was a professing Christian and was sincere in her statement.  Many others who do various good works, even supporting orphanages, etc., consider their works as tithes.  As good as these things are, and make no mistake, feeding the hungry and supporting orphanages is a wonderful thing to do, HOWEVER, they are not supporting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified going forth to the four corners of the world.

Sadly, the pride of man which keeps man from coming to God through faith in the Cross of Christ for Salvation will also keep the Believer from coming to God through faith in the Cross of Christ in their daily living .   In other words, instead of submitting unto God’s Plan for an abundant life and all the He has in store for the Believer by Grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work, we quickly devise our own methods and place our faith in those methods for victory.   Our actions, the methods we apply for victory in our daily living for God (efforts, intellect, education, talents), may appear right to our own conscience but are in fact at enmity with God (Romans 8:6).

The worldly statutes applied to God’s work in our heart and life, defile and corrupt.  It is the poison in the pot.  The leaven which leavens the whole lump.  It is the vein of pride which produces self righteousness and leads to a haughty spirit.  Just as the lost do not come to the Cross of Christ because they are lost, so to do those who have devised their own methods for daily living for God not come to the Cross of Christ because they have devised their own way.  Their pride is hindering them from submitting to God.  We can’t resist the devil unless we are submitted unto God (James 4:7).  Furthermore, the devil will not flee as long as we can’t resist him…no matter the method we devised.  If it’s not faith in the Cross of Christ, we are not submitted unto God.

Beware of satan’s devices to seduce the pride of man and hinder the humility which can only be found in the Cross of Christ.  For we are HIS workmanship (not our own), created in Christ Jesus unto good works by Grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19

-Donna Clark Warren

Buried with Jesus

Romans 6 4

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.” Romans 6:3-4

As for me, I am crucified with Jesus.  Baptized into His Death, Jesus became my Substitute for sin’s penalty when He willingly gave His Life for mine on Calvary’s Cross. Being buried with Him, my past sins are atoned AND they are entombed; buried and thrown into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again.

With my sins atoned and entombed in the Death of Jesus, my sin nature no longer reigns in my heart. The Holy Spirit dethroned the reigning monarch in my heart.  My sin nature’s dominion is laid waste by the entrance of Grace and I begin to walk in the newness of life.

Grace reveals the true character of my heart, precept upon precept and line upon line, a correction begins to take place. When these corrections, rebukes and instructions occur I am brought to a point of decision. This character of my heart can humble or harden depending on the choice made. Sometimes the choices are easy, while at others they seem impossible. However, the Holy Spirit quickly reminds me that all things are possible with God.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17

With sin no longer having it’s dominion, I can now partake in God’s Divine Nature when I’m at the point of decision. Before being baptized into Jesus’ death and buried with Him, I had no choice…I could not partake in God’s Divine Nature and walk in newness of life. Sin’s dominion would never allow me to partake. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no! The entrance of Grace through my faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ, not only entombed my past sins but broke the power of sin in my life.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

Do I sometimes stumble? Yes. Am I perfect? Absolutely not (No, you’re not allowed to speak with my husband). But the important part is this, sin no longer has dominion over me. When I do stumble, I go back to the same place where I was crucified with Christ, the Cross.  I go back to the same place where my sins are entombed and buried with Christ and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

When I go back to the Cross of Christ, I’m not going to get saved again.  My faith has never faltered from the Cross of Christ for Salvation but perhaps my faith was in my abilities to control a situation which I had no control over. What I should have given to the Lord, I tried to handle myself and made an utter mess out of the entire situation. The entrance of Grace poured out on Calvary’s Cross by the Blood of Jesus, gives me the ability to submit unto God for help or continue on in my own efforts to overcome.  The Cross of Christ is a place I must go daily for the Grace to see me through the day (2 Cor. 12:9).  Denying myself, I pick up God’s Grace (my cross) and follow Jesus DAILY…not just on Sunday morning (Luke 9:23).

There was a time in my life as a born again Believer that I was bound by cigarettes. As much as I hated them, they had me on a short chain. I would ask the Lord to forgive me and daily it seems I would try to quit. What so many fail to realize is that forgiveness is not deliverance. My faith was in the Cross of Christ for forgiveness of my sin but I did not yet understand faith in the Cross of Christ for deliverance of my sin. I did not understand the entrance of Grace through faith in the Death of Christ for my Salvation which atoned and entombed my sin was the same Grace which delivers from the power of sin.

Because my faith was not in the Cross of Christ for deliverance from cigarettes but my own strength, Grace did not give me dominion over my sin nature. With my faith being in my self efforts and self will, I was not giving the Holy Spirit latitude to isolate my sin nature and break the power of sin. I could not partake in God’s Divine Nature in this area of my life, while in other areas I was experiencing victory.

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

Then came the revelation of the “Message of the Cross” and I began to understand how to receive God’s Grace to give me dominion over my sin nature and deliver me from cigarettes…faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus which broke the power of sin, allows the Holy Spirit latitude to do His Work in the hearts of Believers and we walk in the newness of life and the likeness of His Resurrection.

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.” Romans 6:5-6

This is my story. However, there are many, many more.  An army is being raised up who can testify to the message of the Cross of Christ being the power of God unto us who are saved (1 Cor. 1:18). This is our victory afforded each and every Child of God through the Cross of Christ.  The giants are falling.  Don’t take lightly the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Forsake the religious racket with it’s vain philosophies being presented as doctrine and be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).

-Donna Clark Warren

Knowing This

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Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?

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.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection: 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.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:3-7

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Jesus and that we are baptized into His Death through faith that His Death paid sin’s penalty in full for whosoever will believe upon Him as their Lord and Savior, we should from that point forward no longer serve sin.

Knowing this, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, we should not serve sin…for he that is dead is freed from sin.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Instead of fighting with sin, which most religion teaches, the Believer should be fighting for the faith…faith in the Cross of Christ, where our sin was atoned, principalities spoiled and death and hell laid waste.  The power of sin is not broken by the Believer’s fight to overcome sin, for sin has already been defeated, but by the Believer’s fight to maintain faith in the Cross of Christ (the good fight) because knowing this…knowing that our old man is crucified with Christ, baptized into His Death, we know the power of sin is broken and we are freed from sin.

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

The life which we now have by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, freely given to whosoever will believe, comes through the Holy Spirit Who superintends the work of God in the Believer’s heart when our faith is placed solely and exclusively  in Jesus Christ as the Source of life and His Cross as the means by which abundant life is freely given.  Within the parameters of faith in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death which had us bound to serve our sin nature that we were all born with due to the fall of Adam.

Planted together in the likeness of Jesus’ Death, we shall also be in the likeness of His Resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our fight is not with sin, our fight is maintaining proper faith in the Cross of Christ, where sin’s dominion is freely given to whosoever will believe.

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

Our fight is in fact denying ourselves (our efforts, intellect and abilities which are worldly ways and vain philosophies given by man as doctrine), picking up our cross (the blessings afforded us by the Cross of Christ) and following Christ Jesus.   We do not deny our sin. God forbid no. We deny ourselves and place our faith in the redeeming work of Christ Jesus and BELIEVE that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit, even so we too shall walk in the newness of life.  Our faith is not in the power of the Holy Spirit but in the Cross of Christ.  The Holy Spirit will not work within the parameters of faith in Himself and neither will He speak of Himself but will glorify Jesus (John 16:13-14).

Know this.  Know this so that the body of sin might be destroyed and we no longer have to serve sin.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Satan’s Altar

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Sadly there are many who don’t blink an eye at sacrificing their child at the altar of satan.  Day in and day out parents consider their child’s talents, abilities, education, etc.; which of themselves certainly are not wrong, however the gross error is the failure in considering the condition of their child’s eternal soul.  Untold thousands, if not millions, of children are taught to depend upon their flesh (talents, abilities, education, intellect, etc.) to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.  The ways of the world are in fact satan’s altar.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Child sacrifice is alive and well in the world today.  As flesh is fed and pride prospers among many hard working, well meaning and sincere parents, the thoughts of their child’s eternal soul  are never given any consideration.

13 And they brought young children to Him (Jesus), that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13-14

A child is totally dependent upon their parents to raise them in the ways that they should go.  If children are not raised knowing Jesus Christ as their Source and Calvary’s Cross as the means by which they maintain victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, then they are raised depending on their flesh.  That which has been fed all of their lives by Mom and Dad to overcome the world will ultimately fail them.  They will all too soon find as they search for “life” in possessions or activities that one’s life is not in the abundance of the things which they possess but IN Jesus Christ (Luke 12:15).

Looking unto Jesus Christ, even as a child, He will author and finish our faith.  Precept upon precept, line upon line, our faith is built in Him and not our abilities.  As a child, we learn of Who Jesus is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe and then walk in the ways of the Lord.  Our paths are then opened and footsteps ordered.  The Lord has went before us and prepared the answer in which we seek.  His Will and His Purpose are already prepared for our lives but it is our heart, each and every individual, which He contends with in preparation to receive Him as our Lord and Savior AND to follow Him as our Lord and Saviour.  Laying waste our talents, education and intellect daily in order to follow Jesus goes against every carnal mind’s desire to succeed in life but laying it waste we must.

And He (Jesus) 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

Suffer the little children to follow Jesus and forbid them not. If they are not taught to follow Jesus, the world will teach them to follow satan.  Consider in whom or in what they depend upon to succeed in this life.  That which they have been trained, is that which they will follow.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Understanding the Hedge

Hedge“WHEN A MAN’S WAYS PLEASE THE LORD, HE MAKES EVEN HIS ENEMIES TO BE AT PEACE WITH HIM.” Proverbs 16:7

So often we fear man instead of God. I have seen so many Believers struggle with worry and condemnation because past problems. As a Child of God with our faith placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for everything we receive from the Lord, there is a hedge placed round about us and the devil can’t touch one hair on our head unless the Lord allows.

Make no mistake, there are times the Lord allows trials and affliction…just ask Job. However those trial are given to build our faith and cause a deeper dependence on Him.

Looking unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith, He makes even our enemies be at peace us. Stop considering your enemies and start considering your Lord.

“9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Does Job fear God for nought?

10 Have not You made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” Job 1:9-10

-Donna Clark Warren

Christian Psychology

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The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.” Proverbs 15:24

How often have we sat and watched a horrible crime on the news and the media begins to evaluate the offender’s life.  If it is a mass shooting, the shooters life is examined from birth to present and they become a victim of their circumstances.  This is humanistic psychology the world applies in order to find the answer to man’s problem.

Sadly, the modern church has embraced the same method.  The problem, whatever the problem may be, is traced back to a situation (an event, a “soul tie”, family curse, etc.) so that the person has understanding as to why they are like they are.  Now they have an excuse; a reason for their “failure” and their failure is more readily condoned as they struggle to overcome by their own self will, self efforts, distraction methods, intellect, abilities, etc..

Some begin lying to themselves and God regarding their condition.  They will declare and decree lies denying their circumstances.  I remember a Sunday School teacher one Sunday morning who was terribly sick with flu like symptoms.  She sounded awful, felt awful and looked awful (sick) but stood square shouldered and declared she wasn’t claiming that sickness.  The fact of the matter is, it  didn’t matter if she claimed it or not…she was sick and she needed to be crying out to God for healing instead of lying to herself and God about her condition.  That is utter stupidity.

The religious will offer up Scriptural ordinances to overcome a Believer’s failure.  Fasting, the Lord’s Supper or memorizing Scripture are examples given to many to do when faced with failure.  The Believer consecrates themselves to these methods and all too often continue to struggle with their “problem”.

Allow me to be perfectly clear.  The problem is sin.  Man’s problem is sin.

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

The church has embraced this silly psychological method to overcome sin and offered up everything but the Cross of Christ as the answer.  Fasting, communion and memorizing Scripture are as useful as jumping jacks when it comes to overcoming sin. There is ONE answer given by God to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life and that is Jesus Christ Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer…that’s it; there is no other answer. The Holy Spirit does not superintend the work of God to give the Believer victory over sin (Romans 6:14) when our faith is in our fasting, communion, etc. to overcome sin.

As long as the church calls sin by another name and continues to minimize sin’s power over mankind by suggesting our ability to overcome sin by something we can do; the church is rendering the Cross of Christ as insufficient and deeming memorizing Scripture as enough.  In other words, the implication is the Cross of Christ was in vain…it was not needed to overcome sin because we, being the little “gods” that we are, can do this ourselves.  Not so!

Man’s fallen condition is due to Adam’s fall.  The born again Believer who remains bound by sin hates their sin and desperately tries to quit/stop but sin has dominion over them because the modern church offers up “Christian Psychology” as the answer.  This endless cycle of defeat destroys one’s faith in the work of Jesus for Salvation and they too often walk away.  This is the devil’s purpose…to destroy the Believer’s faith.  This is why it is NOT ok to accept or condone the compromise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  This leaven, leavens the lump.  It is another gospel and another Jesus.  It is not this writers purpose to make anyone angry but if this truth offends you, consider the offense.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-15

The way of life IS above to the wise.  Our help comes from above…everything else leads to hell beneath.  God is calling His Children out of the endtime apostate church.  He stands at the door knocking.  Will you let Him in?

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Cor. 6:17

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

The Power of the Tongue

Power-of-the-Tongue-700x400Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:5-6

The tongue is among our members and it defiles our entire body as it wars against the law in our mind to do good but evil remains with 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.” Romans 7:22-23

This member wishes good as we bless and wishes evil as we curse another.  We speak life with this member as we declare the Word of God and then turn around and speak death as we voice our doubt.

Some use this member to perform their witchcraft as they declare and decree incantations or “spells” referred to as “blessing” among the religious and superstitious.  Yes, we should pray blessings over others but in doing so we speak to them the Word of God or pray for them God’s Will.  There is no power in our words to create a blessing or a curse.  The prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16) but the “righteous” have their faith in the Cross of Christ for those blessings and not in the declarations of their speaking of the blessing which is superstition.

Somebody said “Well, bless God my faith IS in the Cross of Christ!”  Ok then, praise the Lord.  However, when you go to cast that spell recognize the fear you have if that spell (prayer) is not declared or decreed in just the right manner.  Superstition provokes fear of a curse if the method of speaking is not decreed correctly.  Let me be clear, the fear of another’s curse upon one’s self renders the Cross of Christ as insufficient against man’s vernacular and is silliness to say the least.  This is the stupidity taught in the word of faith doctrine and has rendered God’s Children powerless against the wiles of satan because whether they realize it or not, their faith is in their vernacular; their words, declarations and decrees become the source and means of their blessings.  This is the corruption of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified presented from the pulpits all too often…the leaven which leavens the whole lump and produces super spiritual, self righteous professing Christians whose heart is far from God.

This member is our tongue and it is a world of iniquity.  If our tongue is not tamed it should be dealt with as all of the other members which war against the law of our mind…our good intentions which fail us daily.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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.” Romans 7:24-25

When our tongue serves the law of sin but our mind the law of God, the power of this sin is broken the same way the power of all sin is broken in the Believer’s life…by faith in the Cross of Christ.  Sin no longer has dominion over the Believer because we are not under law but under Grace (Romans 6:14).  With our faith placed solely and exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in our life and we are freed from the law of sin and death.  It is this same law which is working against the law of God after the inward man which the Holy Spirit frees us from when we our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ for our deliverance.

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

The tongue can be tamed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If your tongue is performing that which is evil (gossip, slander, lies, blasphemy, etc.) repent and turn back to the Cross of Christ for deliverance.  The power of gossip was broken by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:8-10

Man cannot tame the tongue but the Holy Spirit can when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ.  Consider this small member which boasts great things whether they be good or evil.

-Donna Clark Warren

By Grace Through Faith

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If water baptism is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If Baptism in the Holy Spirit is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If your church is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If your denomination is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If your religion is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If buddha is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If mohammed is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

If your measure of proposed “goodness” is your savior, you are not saved and on your way to hell.

Any of these doctrines, although some Scriptural, added to the Cross of Christ for Salvation is not the Jesus of the Bible but another Jesus and another gospel and is accursed(Galatians 1:6-8).  It is satan’s purpose to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and he uses the religious as his mouthpiece.

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

No, there are not multiple ways to Heaven.  It is not ok to nod at the false salvation of others to avoid offending them.   That in and of itself is a religion called “political correctness”.  It is true, only God knows our hearts.  However, if one openly declares they are saved because they are water baptized, then water baptism is their savior.  If another believes they are saved because they are a member of a church or denomination as a child but lives like the devil, the church is their savior.  I truly believe when we get to Heaven we are going to truly be surprised at who is there and who is not.  Just because one is religious does not mean they are saved.

21 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

Prophesying, casting out demons and doing many wonderful works are not conditions of entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  Many profess to know the Lord but does He know you?  Many draw near to God with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8). Even the demons believe that there is one God but they certainly are not saved.

You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19

Jesus said unless a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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.” John 3:14-16

Believing IN Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer, Who was Resurrected from the dead, ascended unto Heaven and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God is not merely a mental acquiesce to Who Jesus is and what He did but, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, when the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is lifted up among the people, HE draws them with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit (John 12:32).  If the sinner chooses to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the Holy Spirit witnesses to his spirit that he is a Child of God (Romans 8:16) and they are born again.  The sinner is called to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and the Believer is called to follow Jesus Christ (Luke 9:23).

Last night as I sat and watched Pastor Carl Brown minister on “Stop, you’re on your way to hell”, I remembered so clearly the drawing of the Holy Spirit the night I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior on the 4th night of a 4 night revival.  Each night prior, I felt the drawing of the Holy Spirit but rejected the call and left the service unsaved because I rejected Jesus Christ.  I believed in Him but willingly chose to deny Him.  Life was indeed hard at the time but isn’t that how life is supposed to be …and then we die.  That was my creed anyway, albeit wrong.

As Brother Brown closed out the service with an altar call for Salvation, my heart was grieved.  Oh Lord, please don’t let them leave without submitting to your Salvation for their eternal soul.  How thankful I am for that preacher, Bro. Stanley Owensby, for being obedient to the Lord that night and not ending the altar call.  How thankful I am for Bro. Bill Clark for walking over to this lost sinner under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and asking if I wanted him to go up with me.

There is a lost and dying world out there who are on their way to hell.  I certainly don’t mean that in a mean spirited way but it is true.  They are caught up and bound up in religiosity but have no idea Who their Savior truly is.  Our flesh returns to dust but our spirit and soul are eternally conscious.

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

-Donna Clark Warren