An Appointed Time

appointed19 And I (the rich fool) will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, you fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided? 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:19-21

No man knows the day or the hour we are appointed to die.  When the moment comes and the Lord Jesus  requires of us our soul, we will hear one of two things; “Well done, thou good and faithful servant;” (Matt. 25:21) or “depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:23).

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ” Hebrews 9:27

This is reality whether we choose to believe it or not.  Man freely chooses Heaven or hell.  There is but one path that leads to Heaven; it is narrow and few find it.

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

Few may find it; yet it is simple and easy…it will bring rest unto your soul.

28 Come unto Me (Jesus), all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My Yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

There is life and life more abundantly down that narrow path but it is only found this side of Heaven.  When our appointed time to die comes and our soul is required, the path we have freely chosen to take will determine our eternal and conscious destination.  This is reality, whether we choose to believe it or not.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17.

God has made a way to find that narrow path and His Name is Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe upon Him; Who He is and what He has done.  Knowing this; knowing WHO Jesus is, we have no doubt as to His Resurrection.  Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, rose again 3 days later and made an open show out of every demon in hell (Col. 2:14-15).  Yes, the same demons that tempt and torture you today, the ones who whisper lies in your ear – they were there the day death and hell were defeated.  They know and believe there is but one God and tremble (James 2:19) but they whisper lies to kill, steal and destroy God’s highest creation, namely you and me.

(For He said, I have heard You in a time accepted, and in the day of Salvation have I succoured You: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation.)” 2 Cor. 6:2

Today is the day of Salvation.

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

Choose the narrow path; choose Jesus Christ…His Yoke is easy.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

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Redeeming the Time

Redeeming-The-TimeMy soul, wait you only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation: he is my Defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my Salvation and my glory: the Rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”  Psalms 62:5-8

Knowing in Whom we have believed, Jesus Christ – the only begotten Son of God, and what He came to do on Calvary’s Cross to take away the sins of the world for whosoever will believe, our soul waits upon Him…our soul shall not be moved.

Understanding the Atonement allows us to also believe our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, has the power to possess that which He has redeemed.  When we purchase something, we must also have the power to possess that which we have purchased.  A ten year old child may be able to financially purchase a car but they do not have the power to possess that car in which they have purchased.  Again, given this simple explanation, we must understand that our Redeemer has the power to possess that which He has redeemed, namely “us”….whosoever believes. If we do not properly understand the Atonement, we cannot properly understand the power of God to possess that which He has redeemed.

For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

When we get a hold of this Truth, the power of the Atonement that redeems the Believer to God is also the legal right of God to possess that which He has redeemed, we will stop trying to redeem ourselves and begin to walk upright in His Will and His statutes.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit when our faith is properly placed in Jesus Christ and His atoning work is what gives us the ability to willingly submit unto God. There will be a strength, joy and peace in our soul because we know in Whom we have believed.  When the world starts to tremble  and the circumstances unbearable, the Lord our God is our defense…He is our refuge.  We look unto Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith and hold on to His nail scarred Hand.

While studying the great book of Revelations, you will find visions John the Revelator was given in different chapters yet they occurred at the same time.  For instance Chapters 13 and 14 actually take place at the same time.  Chapter 13 is explaining that which is taken place on earth and Chapter 14 proclaims that which is taken place in Heaven, yet again they are occurring at the same time.  Chapter 13 tells of the beast who is murderous, false and his idolatrous followers.  While Chapter 14 speaks of the Lamb of God Who is true, gentle and precious.

As a Believer, our reality isn’t of this earth; we are just sojourners passing through.  The trials and tribulations of this present day bring us precept by precept, line upon line, one day and one step closer to the Lord.  Vanities that at one time caused offense have seemingly fallen away.  There is an urgency, things that are more important than unprofitable arguing doctrine with those whose cornerstone is wrong in the first place.  There is a world out there, a lost and dying world who need to know this Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  They need to know the power of God to possess that which He has redeemed and see the Salvation of the Lord in their own lives.

We are told to occupy until the Lord comes (Luke 19:12-14) and to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3); contend for the Christian doctrine according to the Word of God.  We are commissioned to go into all the world, and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15).  Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Redeem the time…it is indeed short.

” 14 Wherefore He says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14-16

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Marveling…

Galatians-1-6-You-Are-Leaving-The-Gospel-Of-Grace-sage-copyI 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

Sadly and regrettably, most Believers will accept as Christianity anything that claims to be the gospel.  They will quickly align with these ministries after judging according to appearance.  Success, prosperity and sincerity are judged while their doctrine, the gospel in which they preach, is quickly overlooked.

The fact of the matter is, many don’t know how to judge the doctrine because they themselves don’t have a proper understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, therefore they believe as long as they go through the motions and are doing their part, that all is well.  These laws people adhere to in order to “do what is right” according to their religion, are the very laws that keep them bound to that religion.  The Believer’s moral authority is the Word of God but if we don’t know this…well, we will believe anything passed off as “Christianity”.

For if he that comes preaching another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:4

For some, there is the denominational Jesus.  This Jesus says you are not saved unless you are part of their denomination.  The Roman Catholics teach and preach a denominational Jesus.  If you are not a member of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope says you are not saved.  Of course, that could change at any given moment.  Their gospel often does change…just look throughout history.  I remind you, the Gospel of Jesus Christ never changes.  The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever more (Hebrews 13:8).

Others will follow a doctrinal Jesus, a Jesus who is limited to particular doctrines.  Some examples of this Jesus is the requirement to be water baptized before he (this other Jesus) will save them.  Others may require no make up, good works and various other philosophies from the vanity of man’s mind.  Contrary to many of the perceived “legalistic” doctrinal Jesus’ is the unholy doctrinal Jesus presented to most in the modern church.  This doctrinal Jesus is an anything goes Jesus and is probably the most legalistic.  Just try to talk to followers of the “anything goes Jesus” about the Jesus of the Bible, the Jesus Who dined with publicans and sinners, not to party with them but to call them to repentance (Mark 2:13-17); the Jesus Who called us out from among the worldly system to be ye separate (2 Cor. 6:17), and you will quickly see their laws of lawlessness and how they strictly abide to such laws.

11 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”  Ephesians 4:11-14

Unity of the faith is not unconditional acceptance of that which is called “Christianity”.  God gave us His Word, the Holy Spirit and the five fold ministry.  God’s Word and the Holy Spirit will never contradict one another and the five fold ministry will declare His Word under the anointing of the Holy Spirit with power…effective power because it will allow the moving of the Holy Spirit to convict, comfort and heal the broken hearted.

The devil’s counterfeit to God’s five fold ministry is false apostles who are transformed as ministers of light (2 Cor. 11:13-15).  They will toss the Believer to and fro with every wind of doctrine; from vain philosophy to vain philosophy, whatever is just around the corner is always the next big thing.

The Holy Spirit will reveal God’s Word to the Believer seeking His Truth and not doctrinal or denominational gospels teaching another Jesus.  It may be that one verse, just a few words, that will jump off that page and light a fire in your soul.  The Jesus of the Bible, the Jesus 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, is standing at the door knocking at many religious institutions.  That is not Him and not His Gospel being proclaimed from the pulpit under His Banner, the Banner of “Christianity”,  in most modern churches.  Seek Him while He may be found.  Come out from among them and be ye separate.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Persuaded

PersuadedSeries_5x7_v2_00_RedBlackYellow_01_II_Timothy_1_12_23513 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He (Jesus) quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross;

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13-15

This victory over principalities and powers; the total and complete dominion over every demon and fallen angel in hell was gained for Believers and not for Jesus Himself.  Jesus as God has always had total dominion…He IS God.  Many Believers give the devil too much authority when they believe the fight is his.  Not only is the fight not ours but it’s not the devil’s either.

11 Put on the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11-13

It is GOD’s Armor in which we stand.  This is not something we imagine and stand in front of the mirror to assemble…that’s silliness.  One cannot resist the devil unless we are submitted unto God (James 4:7), standing in HIS Armor not our will power.

Man’s problem is not economic, medical, environmental, geographical or scientific problems; it is a sin problem and sin cannot solve the problem of sin.  Darkness cannot penetrate darkness.

13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14-16

The redeeming work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life.  Yet the devil, being the devil, has led many to believe this fight for dominon was for Jesus Himself to “gain” dominion. God forbid, NO!  This dominion over sin, which is man’s problem, is for US – Believers (Romans 6:14). This battle is not ours…nor is it satan’s; it is the Lord’s.  Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, we willingly yield unto God as those who are alive from the dead and sin has no more dominion over us.

13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:13-14

Too many are fighting a battle that has already been won for us through the Power of God, the Cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18).  What we are calling spiritual is nothing more than self will, pride and determination.  Our weapons are indeed carnal but because we can’t see them (self will, pride, etc.) we think they are spiritual.  Seemingly all the devil has to do is “claim” authority over the Child of God and many will believe. Let me be clear, for the Child of God who is walking in the Will of God, the devil is nothing but an instrument used to keep us in His Will; satan is the “rod”,  if you will.  This does not mean bad things will cease to happen or circumstances will no longer be unpleasing, but we know in Whom we have believed and He is perfectly able to keep that which we have committed unto Him against that day…and we stand.  We stand in the Power of God being quickened together with Him, our Lord and our Savior…Jesus Christ.

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

-Donna Clark Warren

Seek and You Shall Find

seek-and-ye-shall-find22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

Mankind is superstitious.  If Believers run around seeking signs, instead of Truth, those particular Believers are operating in superstition as well.  Many modern churches are steeped in white witchcraft and superstition.  Their prayers are nothing more than incantations designed to manipulate the righteous spirit world into performing the Believer’s will and not God’s Will.

Superstitions is “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, or a false conception of causation.  It is an irrational attitude toward the supernatural.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not a doctrine.  The Atonement is the Cornerstone of our very Salvation and Sanctification.  Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which the sinner is cleansed from sin and the Believer is free from sin’s dominion.  The Atonement made possible anything and everything we receive from God, including but certainly not limited to Divine Healing, Gifts of the Spirit and branches that bear good fruit…fruit of the Spirit.

Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, came to die on Calvary’s Cross to redeem sinful man.  He is now sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God making intercession for whosoever will believe.  His atoning work IS the intercession that reconciles us and gives us access to the Throne of God.  Jesus is not turning to God every time we make a mistake and saying “Father forgive them.”  He is sitting and His Work is finished.  Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for our sin and broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life.

The majority of the church is “cross illiterate” when it comes to daily living for God and turns to superstition as a result.  Not understanding that the Holy Spirit works solely in the realm of the Cross of Christ (Romans 8:2), religious man has made the Cross of Christ of non effect as they seek miracles, signs, manifestations and have in fact departed from the faith.

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Of what faith is the Holy Spirit speaking? Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Departing from the faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified is sin and gives the devil the legal right to do what the devil does; kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10).  Sadly, this is exactly what many in the modern church have done due to not understanding the Atonement for daily living; they have departed from the faith.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 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 6:10-12

To fight the fight of faith, we must have an understanding of the Cornerstone of our faith…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  We do not have to be superstitious.  The Lord has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all Truth according to His Word.  They will never contradict and we don’t have to walk through life guessing.

Many have grown weary of seeking signs with not change in their own lives.  Frankly speaking my friend, you are superstitious.  These signs will not make you free.  You shall KNOW the Truth, and the Truth will make you free (John 8:32).  Seek Truth.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

The Truth Shall Make You Free

Truth set you free

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, then are you My disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

The Scripture does not say you shall see miracles and manifestations and they will make you free.  The TRUTH shall make us free.  Miracles themselves are not proof of Divine manifestations. As further explained in the article “Heed the Warning“, satan and his minions have power but it is not of God.  While God certainly performs miracles in the world today, these miracles will always support the Truth not the preacher. Again, it is the Truth that will set man free.

Jesus, while performing many miracles, was not accredited, as such, by the miracles He performed but through the actual performance (fulfillment) of a certain class of miracles which operated in support of the Truth of God’s Word.  For instance, the miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus was prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14).  As is obvious for all who believe, this miracle was performed through Jesus in actual support of God’s Word.  These are the miracles I speak of that accredit Jesus Christ as Who He is, namely the Son of God.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18

Notice the Scripture says the signs will follow them that believe, still untold millions follow after the signs believing these miracles and manifestations will set them free.  This is simply not so…it can’t be so.  It is the Truth that sets men free.  Jesus told the Pharisees who had seen signs galore yet continued seeking after a sign and not Him, that they were an evil and adulterous generation.

But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seek after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:” Matt. 12:39

Many travel miles and miles to seek miracles and manifestations that they believe will set them free.  In the 1990’s millions went to a particular church in Pensacola labeled by some as the “last day Revival”. Just to be sure, the endtime apostate church shows Jesus on the outside knocking…not the inside (Revelation 3:20).  Most of who attended this “revival” went to experience miracles and manifestations hoping their problems would be solved, whatever their problems may have been. These manifestations do not give the Believer victory…the Truth gives victory.

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19

The Truth is Jesus Christ, WHO He is and WHAT He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.  Faith in this simple yet powerful Truth; understanding Jesus is the source and His Cross the means by which God gives to His Children, we give the Holy Spirit, Who functions specifically in this Truth, latitude to do a mighty work in our hearts and lives…and miracles will follow.

Because of man’s superstition, few delight in the Truth but rather the miracles.  Many do not know and understand the Word of God for themselves because they have sought miracles and not Truth.  That gold dust will not set the captives free…Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life.  That sin may not be a sin of the flesh that the world can recognize but could very well be dominion of evil over your finances, health, etc..

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…seek Truth and be set free in Jesus Name.

Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:16

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Everyone has faith. Even atheist, whose confidence is in their philosophy, have faith.  Faith is a noun.  These atheists walk in these philosophies through their belief.  Belief, a verb, is the action part of faith.

And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger:

12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My Commandments and My Statutes, according to all the Law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My Servants the Prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.” 2 Kings 17:9-14

Because of Israel’s unbelief, they had no interest or concern in the Commandments and Statutes of God.  This unbelief resulted in the Lord casting the Israelites into the hand of the spoilers.

Unbelief will cause the Believer to neglect God’s Redemption Plan, Jesus Christ and Him crucified (The Atonement), and lead us to take steps which would NOT “establish” our faith but in fact destroy our faith by placing it in worldly philosophies.  Faith placed in the ways of the world, even if it is under a religious banner, will always and without fail lead to the destruction of faith.  The professing Believer easily believes when faith is in worldly philosophies.  Because of their belief in these  philosophies (the action part of faith), they place their faith in these philosophies and the result is the unbelieving Believer walking in the statutes of the world…their faith is active, it is just active in the wrong object.

Just as the atheists faith is active in their worldly philosophies, so too is the unbelieving Believer’s faith active in worldly philosophies.  This type of active faith God cannot honor any more than He can honor the atheist’s active faith in their vain philosophies.  Faith placed exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and BELIEVING the power of sin is broken, I speak here to Believers, is what allows us to walk in the Commandments and Statutes of God.  This active faith gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death.  It is this active faith, the belief in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to give us dominion over sin, that ESTABLISHES us IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). The same faith that establishes us in Christ Jesus is the same faith that frees us from the law of sin and death, namely active faith placed in The Atonement (Jesus Christ and Him crucified).

But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

When we believe what we place our faith in, we walk in the statutes of that where our faith is placed.  We cannot walk in the statutes of God when our faith is placed in worldly methods.  It takes the power of the Holy Spirit, the resurrecting power of God, to quicken and enable the Believer to walk in God’s Statutes…this can’t be done through will power.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18

The will may be there to perform that which is good but the power is not if our faith is placed in worldly philosophies.  Again, when our faith is placed in worldly philosophies, we believe these methods and walk in those statutes.  In turn, we do not give the Holy Spirit latitude to enable us to walk in the Statutes of God because our faith is in the statutes of the world.

To be frank, unbelief in the atoning work of Jesus Christ is rampant in the church today and has caused God’s Children to walk in worldly statutes, not God’s Statutes. Through their belief in vain philosophies, humanistic psychology, methods of man, etc., etc., they have not believed God’s Word.  Many have warned them to turn from their wicked ways but they have hardened their necks.  The Word of God has effected as intended.  Truth will either harden as clay or melt as wax the heart of man.

This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9

Prayerfully consider in what you have believed…not what you may profess to believe but what you believe; it is there that you will find your faith.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Go and Tell

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

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

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

God will send His Prophets to “go and tell” His people of the wrong path they have taken but sadly, most will not hear.  Their ears will get heavy and their eyes shut.  They will “hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed but perceive not.

 

It was effective preaching of which Isaiah was commissioned to “go and tell”, not vain babbling.  Effective preaching will bring about that which it is intended to do; stir them to repentance or rebellion.  It will awaken people from their apathy or make their eyes and ears heavier.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Many Believers should consider how they personally receive the “preaching of the Cross” because it IS having its intended effect.  Sometimes the wisdom of words and the tickling of ears will quicken the flesh; while the preaching of the Cross of Christ may seem to dull the senses if the heart is being hardened by it’s effect.  The acceptance of the Cross of Christ for Salvation, perhaps receives little more than a nod from the Believer for daily living.  In truth, the wisdom of words have made the Cross of Christ of no effect and many are perishing.

Isaiah was commissioned to effect, through his preaching, exactly that which his preaching would bring about…hardness and unrepentant heart.  Isaiah’s preaching did not stir the people from their apathy but in fact pushed them further down the wrong path.

Prayerfully and honestly consider the effect the preaching of the Cross is having on your heart.

-Donna Clark Warren

Heed the Warning

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3

In these last of the last days those who do not know the Word of God for themselves will be led astray. Untold thousands of religious circles today exercise power that is not the Power of God but the power of satan. Believer’s seeking signs and lying wonders (2 Thess. 2:9), who believe they are hearing the Holy Spirit are in fact chasing evil spirits.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 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 11:14-15

These signs and wonders will look like God but will in fact be Satan’s imitations. They will be so close that it will take the Holy Spirit to tell the difference and those who are not led by the Holy Spirit will be deceived. The laughing phenomenon, crowing like roosters, barking like dogs, displays of birthing pains, angel feathers, gold dust, gold teeth, various objects secreting oil, statues weeping are just some of the signs and wonders being displayed in the apostate church today. In some cases the people are merely acting like fools. While others will indeed have a power behind them but it is not of God. Let us not forget the magi of Egypt performed “miracles” as well when Moses and Aaron confronted Pharoah (Exodus 7:8-12).

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Beloved, believe not every spirit…try the spirits whether they are of God.

-Donna Clark Warren

Fruit unto God

fruit-of-the-spiritBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-23

Longsuffering and temperance (self restraint), as well as any of the other fruits of the Spirit are not manifested through self efforts….they are a FRUIT of the Spirit.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer’s life.  As we look unto Jesus for victory in our daily living, the Holy Spirit is sanctioned to isolate our sin nature.  We are all born with a sin nature due to Adam’s fall.  At Salvation, we are rendered dead to sin through our baptism into the death of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross.

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.”  Romans 6:3-4

With our sin nature now isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus and His atoning work (not faith in the Holy Spirit), we are now able to willingly submit unto God.  Before Salvation the sinner cannot willingly submit unto God.  They may know the statutes of God, just as King Cyrus.  The lost will sometimes do many good works but they are not born again and will spend eternity in hell.  However, for the Child of God, we are now able to partake in God’s Divine Nature.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  2 Peter 1:4

As we are willingly submitted to God by faith in the atoning work of Jesus (Grace), we are crucified with Christ; baptized into His death, dead to our sin nature as it is isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit and we begin to bear fruit…fruit of the Spirit.  By willingly partaking in God’s Divine Nature, we become a new creature in Christ Jesus; not a rehabilitated creature.  Old things fall away and all things become new.

Sadly, many professing Believers do not believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is powerful enough to produce such fruit in the Child of God.  Therefore, the religious will present various methods and philosophies (laws) to drive or force the Believer into obedience to the fruit…not the faith; faith in the work of Jesus Christ for dominion over sin.

Please understand, this is not the condoning of sin by those of us who believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to isolate our sin nature and produce fruit in the hearts and lives of the brethren.  It is in fact unbelief in those who feel the compulsion to isolate the sin nature themselves through vain philosophies which will always fail…and fail the must.  Our methods do not have the power to overcome sin and when we put our faith in those methods, the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature.

Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:4-6

No matter the law, if it is given to bring forth fruit unto God, it will always and without fail bring forth fruit unto death.  Being dead to the Law through the baptism into Jesus death (the born again experience), we no longer serve the law, the Mosaic Law or any law given to produce fruit onto God.

There IS power over sin for the Child of God.  It is not found in philosophies (motivation, humanistic psychology, etc.) which attempt to explain how to do the what to do’s, namely the fruit of the Spirit.  Power over sin is found in the how to do the NOT to do’s.  It is the “not to do’s” that is the problem in the world today, the fruit unto death which is sin.

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

With Salvation comes dominion over sin (Romans 6:14). This dominion can be lost for those who turn to other methods given by well meaning Christians to overcome sin and they produce fruit unto death…spiritual death.  The Believer’s Salvation is in danger of being lost as their faith is utterly destroyed by the manifested works of the flesh. The devil’s bullseye is our faith in the Atonement.  If he can deceive us into other methods for victorious Christian living, our victory is never found which brings grave danger to the Believer’s faith in the power of the Atonement. Sadly, untold thousands, if not millions, fall away from the faith daily because their faith was hijacked by satan and redirected to vain philosophies.  Make no mistakes, the church is the devil’s playground and the religious his instruments.

This is WHY we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified to both the lost and to the Believer. It is by HIS work that the Believer is freely given dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).  It is our faith in HIS work that gives the Holy Spirit latitude free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) which isolates our sin nature and enables us to partake in God’s Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4)…this is how we do the not to do’s (sin), by Grace through faith.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else.  Our Redeemer has the power to possess that which He has redeemed and produce the fruit of His Spirit.  This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and live of the Believer, not the job of the brethren.  Trust Him and Believe.

20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

-Donna Clark Warren