PEACE BEYOND ALL UNDERSTANDING

For those who are Saved, resting in the finished work of Christ Jesus is a peace beyond all understanding. This resting is a display of faith; of knowing that you know that you know in Whom you have believed and are fully persuaded that He is able to keep hat which we have committed unto Him.
 
This resting is not a license to sin. No, not at all. So many of the self righteous and religious accuse we who daily believe in the Cross of Christ for the answer to our dilemma of condoning sin…to which I say that by your accusations, it is evident that you do not understand the Grace of God. It IS sufficient. It DOES give you dominion over sin when our faith is properly placed in the Cross of Christ.
 
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
 
Actually, you who accuse us of such are the very ones who seeing, see not and neither do you understand.
 
“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matt. 13:13
 
Resting in the finished work of Christ Jesus, we no longer have to sin. Sin’s Dominion has been dethroned by the Holy Spirit Who is progressively circumcising our heart and superintending the work of God in our hearts.
 
Are we perfect? Of course not…and neither are you. When we do stumble, the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit, we are grieved and we repent.
 
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
 
I’m not telling you it’s ok to sin. I’m telling you that you don’t have to sin but the only way to do the not to do is to rest in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
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ALL IN ALL

“22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.” Luke 16:25

For the children of the world and many carnal Christians, their ‘all’ lies in their hand. That which they currently possess or are striving to possess, their ‘good things’ is their all. Sadly, they have no hope.

“14 Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:14-18

The Child of God, we who look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our ‘All’ is eternal and is not yet seen. Our ‘All’ has gone before us and has prepared a place for us and it is there where our treasures are laid up.

While we look at the world and their current possessions, we must realize that IS their ‘all’. Their best life is in fact now. Their ‘all’ is in their hands. This should break the heart of the born again Believer and not exalt their religious pride. We too were once without hope. Our ‘all’ was once our current possessions or the possessions we were striving night and day to gain.

“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.” Matt. 16:19-21

Where is your ‘All’? Do you currently possess your all? Are you striving to possess your all? …or does your All possess you? Are you IN Him and He IN you?

“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.” Galatians 2:19

-Donna Clark Warren

BE YE SEPARATE

“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has Righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?
 
15 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel?
 
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for ye 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.” 2 Cor. 6:14-16
 
The purpose of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. The Child of God must be very careful concerning the world and it’s wicked ways. The modern church has embraced this wickedness and has called it ‘good’. Satan has seduced many Believers into believing a compromised and corrupt gospel. It is another gospel and another Jesus and it is accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). The Cross of Christ has become of no effect in their hearts and their lives. The precepts of God are forsaken for the ways of the world in order to overcome the world.
 
“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
 
Daily the Child of God must determine in their heart who they are going to serve. Jesus Christ is the Source and the Cross the means by which the Grace of God flows in OUR heart…yes, our heart needs God’s Grace daily to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. God’s Grace is the answer to every dilemma and the ONLY way we receive God’s Grace is by daily denying ourselves and fighting that good fight of faith in Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done, and placing our faith in Him and Him alone. Such is the power of God for us who are Saved. Abiding in the finished work of Jesus. Standing and seeing the Salvation of the Lord and we begin to see that mustard seed of faith grow into a tree of righteousness because God gave the increase. HE authored and HE finished our faith because we believed and He accounted it unto us as righteousness.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else among you. Come out from among them.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

Spiritual Adultery

The Lord said moreover unto me; Son of man, will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations; That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.” Ezekiel 23:36-37
 
The idols of today in Christianity do not only consist of wooden statutes of Saints and Angels but cannot be seen nor touched. The idols of today which, sad to say, the majority of Christians fornicate with on a daily basis is their selves. Our self will, abilities, talents, intellect, etc. all serve to offer us ‘our best life now’. Walk in most church buildings today and the gospel of self is proclaimed. It is cloaked in Scripture and therefore the majority of Christians equate it with Biblical doctrine. Not so.
 
Committing spiritual adultery is an abomination to God. Married to Christ at Salvation, baptized into His Death and created a new creature; we are raised up dead to the sin nature of which we were all born due to Adam’s fall (Romans 6:3-5). Alive unto God, we now have the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature He bestowed within us when we first believed. Our flesh, the mortal coil of which we dwell, remains bent toward the sin nature which reigned in our hearts and lives until our Salvation. Our flesh wants to follow our self will and our abilities to overcome the dilemma of which we face. It wants to commandeer the situation by devising our own plan and not by Grace through faith. Trusting in these schemes of the flesh and not the Grace of God to provide all that we need according to His riches in glory BY Christ Jesus is adultery…spiritual adultery and is an abomination to God.
 
Jesus Christ is the Source and the Cross is the means by which we receive everything from God. Looking unto ourselves to author and finish our faith, our faith will be grounded in our abilities. We will be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine as the sand begins to wash away because we have rendered the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
There are many who claim to believe and truly want to believe God but they have been deceived by the gospel of self. Their dependence on their abilities has taken its toll. Their yoke is heavy but they are told it is the cross they must bear. Again, not so.
 
“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 which they bear is not the cross Christ Jesus afforded them. At Calvary’s Cross, God’s Grace flows uninterrupted; it is sufficient. At Calvary’s Cross, the blessings of God are yes and amen according to HIS Will and not our own. In spite of the unpleasing circumstances; the trials and tribulations which come our way, we know in Whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that of which we have committed unto Him.
 
The problem with the gospel of self is it does not deny self but embraces self and therefore hinders the Believer from picking up the cross which CHRIST afforded them leaving them unable to follow Him.
 
Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE ARMOR OF GOD

“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
 
11 Put on the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
 
We do not have to get up every morning, stand in the mirror and pretend we are putting on the Armor of God.
 
“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
 
However, we do have to get up every morning and deny ourselves; our efforts, will and abilities in order to pick up the blessings afforded us by Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross and follow Him. This is a daily experience for those who are determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is not a routine in front of the mirror or a mental nod of acknowledgment but a fight…a fight of faith.
 
“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 Tim. 6:12
 
Because they are superstitious, the devil has convinced many that if they fail to put on their “armor” that they will be overcome by evil. It is God’s Armor, not our own. When we place our faith solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living, we are IN Christ Jesus; covered by HIS BLOOD and we walk in the Armor of God with the Holy Spirit superintending the work of God; ordering our footsteps as we follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
“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.” Galatians 2:20
 
You see, in Christ Jesus…with our faith placed in Who HE is and what HE has done (the good fight of faith), our loins are wrapped in the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; we are imputed HIS Righteousness. The peace beyond all understanding orders our footsteps and our faith in the Cross of Christ is the shield which quenches the fiery darts of the enemy and affords us the Grace of God to flow uninterrupted…His Grace truly is sufficient.
 
In Christ Jesus we are Redeemed; bought with a price and the Spirit of God bears witness to the Word of God and we are able to STAND steadfast in Jesus; not looking to or fro and we SEE the Salvation of the Lord in our lives. We’ve heard the Gospel and we have believed. As we continue hearing and continue believing; we begin to see and understand in Whom we have believed. We may not be theologians but we know that we know that we know that we no longer live but Christ lives in us and the life which we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God…Jesus Christ and we are determined to know nothing else. Another’s voice we will not recognize nor will we follow.
 
Fight the good fight. Lay hold on eternal life. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

TILLING THE GROUND OF DEAD WORKS

“1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?

7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin (a sin offering) lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” Genesis 4:1-8

Persecution against the Saints of God has and will always come from apostate religion. If the preacher is not preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the answer to man’s dilemma and have embraced the commandments of men as biblical doctrine, they are apostate and will persecute those who choose to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

“6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another gospel:

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

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.” Galatians 1:8-9

The Atoning Work of Christ Jesus on Calvary’s Cross was and is the only Sacrifice God will accept. The works of our hands; our talents, intellect, abilities, etc. will always be rejected by God…no matter the sincerity behind the offering. Religion points us to ourselves, who we are and what we have done for the Lord. Grace points us to Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.

When our faith begins to waver to and fro with every wind of doctrine, the Cross of Christ becomes of no effect and the Grace of God is interrupted at which point many will make the mistake of engaging their willpower and ‘staying the course’ of which they have chosen…not matter the difficulties. Instead of liberty, they are bound. Their yoke is hard and their burden heavy, yet their religion motivates them weekly to stay the course.

“6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?

7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin (a sin offering) lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.” Genesis 4:6-7

Friend, there remains a sin offering at the door knocking. If any man hears His Voice and opens the door, He will come.

“20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne.

22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22

There remains a Sin Offering at the door. How long will you continue tilling the ground of dead works? Come out from among them and be ye separate. There is joy unspeakable in the Cross of Christ; peace beyond all understanding. The answer to life and living is in the Cross of Christ Jesus…be determined to know nothing else.

-Donna Clark Warren

EFFECTUAL PRAYER

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
 
Being quick to confess any fault if necessary, we must pray for one another. The root of bitterness and pride will grow deep and often hinder any confession of fault by the offender. To be sure, no – we’re not to confess our sins one to another for forgiveness of sins. We confess our sins to the Lord and He is faithful and just to forgive us.
 
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
 
For fervent prayers to avail much, they must be mixed with the intercessory Work of Jesus. Aligning with heathen religions and ‘praying’ WITH them is grossly wrong. Please note, I said ‘with’ them and not ‘for’ them. We should certainly pray for them to come to the Saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ but should never pray with them in agreement. Even if the heathen’s prayer seems right and good, simply put, it is not mixed with the intercessory work of Christ Jesus and therefore ineffective.
 
Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
 
There is no other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be Saved (Acts 4:12). It is HIS People Who are called by His Name that need to humble ourselves and PRAY. It is HIS People that need to turn from our wicked ways; the way of Balaam which has tickled our ears and swept us to and fro, and confess OUR sins so that our land might be healed.
 
If My People, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
 
Judgment begins at the House of God (1 Peter 4:17). This is not tiddly winks but it is the souls of men and women being led into a ditch by false apostles and deceitful workers who have transformed themselves into the apostles of Christ.
 
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 Cor. 11:13-15
 
Until the church confesses THEIR sin of spiritual adultery and seeking the ways of the world for victorious Christian living, their prayers are ineffective. Using the Name of Jesus as a magic charm to induce the spirit world of righteousness into action is NOT mixing prayer with the intercessory work of Christ Jesus but is in reality dismissing the intercessory work of Jesus and replacing It with one’s own incantation (aka prayer). God forbid no!
 
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
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be DETERMINED to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

IN Christ Jesus

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
40 days of purpose will not make you free from the Law of Sin and Death. Wearing yamachas and prayer shawls will not make you free from the Law of Sin and Death. Being water baptized, taking communion, going to church on Sunday morning or any other Scriptural ordinance will make you free from the Law of Sin and Death.
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
God’s Grace through our faith IN Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life, is the only power that can isolate our sin nature. All who are born are born with a sin nature due to Adam’s Fall. This sin nature has bent our flesh toward’s sin and it rules and reigns in the unbeliever’s heart.
At Salvation, the believing sinner’s faith is placed in Christ Jesus for Salvation. Coming to the understanding that we are a sinner in need of a Saviour after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we either choose to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour or we reject Him as our Lord and Saviour. For those who choose to accept, the Holy Spirit immediately comes to reside in the heart and lives of the Believer and makes us free from the Law of Sin and Death. It is the Holy Spirit alone Who has the power to isolate our sin nature and freeing us from the Law of Sin and Death. This is His ministry; His work to circumcise the heart of the Believer and write the laws of God on our heart causing us to want to do those things which are Holy and Righteous.
However, immediately after our Salvation, religion steps in and begins telling us all of the ‘things’ we must do to be ‘holy and righteous’. To be sure, the ONLY thing the Believer can do to be Holy and Righteous is believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holiness and Righteousness is imputed unto us.
Once we begin partaking in all of the various commandments of men being taught as biblical doctrine to the new Believer, we remove ourselves from Grace and put ourselves back under law. There, we are no longer free from the Law of Sin and Death because we are no longer in Christ Jesus for daily living for God. Are we Saved? Yes! Are we living a victorious Christian life with sin’s dominion laid waste by God’s Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ? NO!
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
 
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
 
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:21-24
These laws, any law given to live a victorious Christian life, makes the Cross of Christ of no effect and that is exactly what the majority of the church world is doing. By removing our faith from the Cross of Christ to the methods of man, we prohibit the Holy Spirit from isolating our sin nature which is the ONLY way we are free from the Law of Sin and Death. What the church attempts to do is usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit and instruct the Believer on how to do these things on their own accord using their self will, talents, intellect, abilities, etc. It is foolishness that the church has accepted whole heartedly. If victory over sin could be found in the methods of man, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid No!
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
It is God’s Grace that frees us from the dominion of sin…not methods of man. Freedom from the Law of Sin and Death is found only in Christ Jesus by faith in HIS victory…not our own.
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. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren

MATTER OF FACT

“3 Know ye 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
 
We are justified by faith through Grace, not works (Eph. 2:8-9). The Baptism into the Body of Christ is the only baptism necessary to be born again. That is not a matter of interpretation…that is a matter of fact.
 
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5
 
Unless a man be born of water (natural child birth and not water baptism) and of the Spirit, ‘Born Again’, he will not see the Kingdom of God. Again, this is not a matter of interpretation but it is a matter of fact.
 
Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
 
If one adds anything to the finished work of Christ Jesus for Salvation, that ordinance of which they have added has become their savior. Church membership, water baptism, speaking in tongues or whatever it may be, if their faith has been directed into anything other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified, they are lost and on their way to a devil’s hell.
 
One cannot have faith in two things; it’s impossible. I either have faith that the chair will hold me or I don’t. If by putting a brace under that chair, I am then sure the chair will hold me, then my faith is in that brace and not the chair for support. The same thing goes for adding to the Cross of Christ for Salvation AND for Sanctification. When we, I’m talking to Believer’s now, add to the Cross of Christ our man made methods for victory over sin, our faith is in those methods and the Cross of Christ has become of no effect..we have fallen from Grace.
 
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from Grace.” Galatians 5:4
 
Those man made philosophies which are being taught as biblical doctrine have corrupted the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and have made It of no effect.
 
Beware of false doctrines which attempt to add to the finished work of Christ Jesus for Salvation and for daily living for God. Be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
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.” 1 Cor. 1:17
 
-Donna Clark Warren

Peculiar

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
 
Wisdom of the world is evil even when it seems right. The good works born of earthly wisdom are wicked because of the fruit it bears in one’s own heart; namely pride and self righteousness. The religious do many wonderful works without ever realizing they are not a requirement of Salvation.
 
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 721-23
 
Religion keeps us busy in those many wonderful works, civic event which bring glory to the local church and not God. Because their faith is dead, the works of the religious is dead as well. Their labor and toil in the world will profit them nothing in the Kingdom of God. Harsh but true.
 
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
 
The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life affords whosoever will believe life and life more abundantly. This faith in the Cross of Christ gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the work of God in our hearts. Faith no longer being dead because of the object of which it is placed, the Cross of Christ Jesus, the good works of which we do produce fruit unto God and is profitable for the Kingdom of God. This fruit is not something mankind can produce by doing many wonderful works. No matter the earthly wisdom and intellect of the individual, unless it’s birthed by the Spirit of God through faith in the Cross of Christ it is dead works which work death in the heart of the Believer.
 
“…Gather Me the people together, and I will make them hear My Words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10
 
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Lift Jesus Christ and Him crucified up and the Spirit of God will draw the people that they may learn to fear the Lord and understand their condition without His Saving Grace that they might be Saved.
 
This fear is not a fear of dread but a reverence and understanding of WHO Jesus Christ is and WHAT He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe. It is this fear of the Lord that allows our faith to be authored and finished by Christ Jesus. It is the saving knowledge that our life is now built upon a solid foundation. Seeing His Hand; His Salvation, working in our lives daily, fearing life without Him yet seeing our life in Him, by Him and through Him…a life much more abundant than any earthly wisdom can afford or imagine. Through every trial and tribulation, He shows us He is with us although sometimes we don’t see it until we look back into that fiery furnace and see that fourth man in our midst. Because we have believed, He once again helps our unbelief. Precept upon precept and line upon line, we know in Whom we have believed and are determined to know nothing else among you. We are indeed peculiar.
-Donna Clark Warren