Following Christ

follower-of-christ-215 For though you have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I  have begotten you through the Gospel.

16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers (imitators) of me.

17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

20 For the Kingdom of God is not in Word, but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:15-20

Follow those who follow Christ; those who preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified and who live Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Everyone is going to follow someone; some preacher, teacher, prophet or evangelist and if that someone is not looking unto the Cross of Christ for all that they receive from God, do not follow them.  If they look unto 40 days of purpose to receive from God, do not follow them.  If they look unto 21 days of fasting to receive from God, do not follow them.  If they look unto paradigms, harbingers, blood moons, penance, hail mary’s or Jewish feasts to receive from God…do not follow them.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Cor. 11:1

If they follow the Lord Jesus Christ according to His Word, not man’s methods, follow them as they follow Christ.

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

If any man be a follower of Christ Jesus, they must deny themselves…deny their own intellect, their abilities, skills, efforts and self will in order to pick up the blessings afforded them by the Cross of Jesus and follow Jesus.  The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for our Lord Jesus but for us it is a place of great blessing.  Picking up our cross is not a particular burden we must bear but the blessings afforded us by the atoning death of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.

Again, in order to follow Jesus we must pick up our cross (that which Jesus afforded us at Calvary) and in order to pick up our cross, we must deny ourselves (our self will and self efforts).   Understanding this great truth and following Jesus Christ, others will see the Power of God in the lives of Jesus’ followers and not puffed up words.  Our loved ones, our family members, children, coworkers…the people in line at the grocery store will see the Power of God working in you that which is pleasing to HIM.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, the Believer overcomes adversity by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony of the Cross of Christ.

15 And He (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.

16 He that believes and is baptized (baptized into Jesus’ death, not water baptism [Romans 6:3-4]) shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.

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 16:15-18

Follow those who follow Christ.  You will know them by their fruit and not their words.  The Power of God (the Cross of Christ) is having It’s intended effect in their lives and sometimes it may be painful and unpleasing as the storms rage…but they continue following; precept upon precept and line upon line they will always end up on the banks of the promise land.

Always remember Brothers and Sisters, there are those who are following you…those who are looking unto you as you are looking unto the Cross of Christ and consider your testimony; NOT your social or economic status or your Facebook likes but your testimony of the Blood of the Lamb.  The devil will try to distract and hinder; he will come to kill, steal and destroy your testimony to those eyes who are watching you in the storms of life.  No matter the case, keep looking unto the Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith.  Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.

Consider your testimony. What has the Cross of Christ done in your heart and life? There are those following you as you follow Christ.

-Donna Clark Warren

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Philosophical Strongholds

strongholds-960x250For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Mankind receives nothing from God except it comes from Jesus by means of the Cross and the Holy Spirit superintends the work commissioned by God for the Believer to receive.  Anything…any vain philosophy, method of man or sanctimonious ceremony given to receive the blessings of God other than faith in the Cross of Christ is in fact exalting itself against the knowledge of God.

These vain imaginations are philosophical strongholds in the life of the religious. Seeing they see not.  Sadly they walk after the flesh and they war after they flesh with methods birthed from the minds of man and traditions of their fathers.

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

The good fight of faith that the Believer fights is faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.  This fight is not a carnal fight but is a fight of faith that is determined to know nothing else except the Cross of Christ and casts down the vain imaginations of man that exalts itself against the knowledge of God so that these vanities won’t become philosophical strongholds in our lives.

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (Jesus), 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

It is the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified that heals the brokenhearted because it points one’s faith to the Cross of Christ.  This faith in the Cross of Christ touches the Throne Room of God and the Holy Spirit is then commissioned to superintend God’s work in the Believer’s life. Any other method presented to the congregation directs their faith to that particular method,  to “their part”, and makes the Cross of Christ of no effect in the Believer’s life.

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 Corinthians 1:17

No matter how religious it may sound, if it’s not the Cross of Christ it’s another gospel and another Jesus. This preaching is not done intentionally but deceitfully.  It is a gospel believed by many sincere Christians who preach what they believe.  If they believe fasting 21 days is the method by which they receive from God then they are the source and their fasting is the means by which they receive from God.  If this was so, then the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!

God blesses our consecration to His Word and obedience to His Will but if our consecration doesn’t include the good fight of faith, the casting down of imaginations and determination to know nothing else except Jesus Christ and Him crucified then our consecration is in fact ambition and our faith is greed.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

Beware of philosophical strongholds that take root in the Believer’s heart and exalts itself above the knowledge of God…Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Still Small Voice

Still small voiceAnd when He puts forth His own Sheep, He goes before them, and the Sheep follow Him: for they know His Voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” John 10:4-5

There are many that hear that still small Voice of the Lord, give It a mental assent and otherwise ignore. This still small Voice is not ignored on theological grounds but our morality (or lack thereof) causes us to dismiss His Voice.  It hinders our comfort zone and stirs us into action…an action we don’t want to carry out so we give His Voice a nod and carry on with our daily living.

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.” Revelation 3:20-21

Some have heard His Voice, come out from among religion and opened wide the door of the Church…Jesus Christ.  Seeing, they now see.  Hearing, they now hear.  They understand because the now know WHO they didn’t know…Jesus Christ,  and daily they seek Him and HIS righteousness first (Matthew 13:13, Matthew 6:33).

” Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door of the Sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the Sheep did not hear them. I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:7-9

Sadly there are many who have learned of a denominational Jesus, an intellectual Jesus, a miracle Jesus, philosophical Jesus, a feel good Jesus or even a preacher Jesus yet they have never known the Jesus of the Bible….Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  They have never heard that Jesus Christ 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 therefore they fight daily to overcome that which has already been freely given – dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).

28 Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

This IS the rest Jesus Christ afforded the Believer on Calvary’s Cross.  We don’t fight to overcome, we fight the good fight of faith…faith in the Cross of Christ for dominion over sin.  This is the ONLY faith that God recognizes.  When our faith is properly placed in the Cross of Christ, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in the life of every Believer…free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and work in us a good work that is born of the Spirit of God to be used in the Kingdom of God.  This is not found by some psychological questionnaire or vain philosophy presented by religion to corrupt the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but by the preaching of the Cross of Christ.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  If we’re not hearing the rightly divided Word of God, our faith is in the wrongly divided Word of God…it is corrupted and leads to destruction.

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

Be determined to know nothing else among you.  The overcomers hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches…

And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11

-Donna Clark Warren

 

The Source

18403154_1350699678356846_676078471744166346_nThe 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

When we are the source and our part, our works or what we must do the means by which receive from God we are in fact cursed (Galatians 1:8).  In other words, if we believe our consecration to the religious method gains us righteousness, we are sitting under another gospel and learning of another Jesus…not the Jesus of the Bible.

Life and life more abundantly comes by and through the Cross of Christ.  When Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means, our faith is built upon a solid foundation…a foundation authored and finished by Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is given latitude to superintend the work of God in our lives when Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the Source and the means of our righteousness and we are blessed beyond measure.  We are freely given dominion over sin when our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ (Romans 6:14) and not our self will and self efforts to overcome.

Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

The Cross of Christ is not a theory, philosophy or a method…the Cross of Christ is Truth for whosoever will believe; It is the power of God to those who are saved.  For others, the Cross of Christ is foolishness.  Recognizing how we react to the preaching of the Cross of Christ shows us the condition of our heart.

-Donna Clark Warren

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Vain Religions

James 1 26But God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14

Sadly, the preaching of the Cross of Christ for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil is too often rejected by the Believer or simply intellectually dismissed by the religious as foolishness. At the same time 40 days of purpose, paradigm shifts and humanistic psychology are warmly embraced.  No longer do the seeker sensitive preachers seek God for what HE wants the people to hear on Sunday morning but a series is handed down from the denominational headquarters or a sermon picked from the internet presented to the people so the congregation will erupt with an emphatic response which denominational rules determine.  For some denominations, jumping up and down screaming “Hallelujah!”, “Glory to God!” or “Amen!” is out of order.  While others deem one spiritually dead if you’re not moved to a response.

Religion is pleasing until it is confronted with Biblical Christianity which lays waste the traditions of man.  The hindrances which arise from denominations are revealed when the Word of God is the plumb line. What was once deemed foolishness for overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil in our daily lives is exalted on high when the revelation of the Cross of Christ is given to those who have believed.

When a born again Child of God understands we have deemed the Cross of Christ as insufficient for victory over sin by running after 40 days of purpose or some other vain philosophy to gain dominion over sin (Romans 6:14) we are either humbled or rebellious.  Our reaction is dependent on the condition of our heart.  The true condition of our heart is often revealed in our reactions.  Religion focuses on our actions when the Lord will use our reaction to show us the true intent of our heart.

25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:25-26

Man’s vain religions deem the Cross of Christ as foolishness for daily living but for those who are saved, the Cross of Christ is the power of God.  The Cross of Christ is sufficient for our every need.  Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God.  We receive Salvation and Sanctification through the Cross of Christ.  Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross IS the power of God…be determined to know nothing else among you.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Truth

truth

Truth is not a philosophy but a person.

Jesus Christ is Truth:

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

The Holy Spirit is Truth:

This is He (Jesus) that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is Truth.” 1 John 5:6

The Word of God is Truth:

Sanctify them through Your Truth: Your Word is Truth.” John 17:17

Jesus Christ is the Living Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus manifested in the flesh through natural child birth (water) of a virgin.  The Lord came by water in the flesh and it is His Blood that redeemed fallen man unto God.  On Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for the sinner and broke the power of sin for the Believer as the Sacrificial Lamb of God.  Man cannot redeem man…self cannot improve self, therefore God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to save those who would believe.

Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He did for whosoever will choose to believe, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.  Jesus Christ is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9)…His strength is truly made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

For mankind to be born again, they too must first be born of water (natural childbirth…not water baptism).  Mankind is not born of a virgin but of the seed of man which carries with it the sin nature due to Adam’s original fall.  We are all born of water and spiritually dead unto God.  Unless we be born again, born of the Spirit by faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, we will not see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-5).  Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin AND broke the power of sin on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.

Once we accept Jesus Christ (The Truth) as our Lord and Saviour, we are born again and the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth) bears witness that we are a Child of God.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the Children of God:” Romans 8:16

Not all who are born of man (born of water) are Children of God.  We are all God’s creation but only those who have believed upon the atoning work of Jesus Christ have realized their condition as a spiritually dead sinner and have accept Him as their Lord and Saviour are Children of God.

Truth is not a philosophy.  The Atonement is not just a “doctrine”. Jesus Christ and Him crucified is God’s Plan of Salvation and God’s Plan of Sanctification for whosoever will believe.  Sadly, once the sinner accepts God’s Plan of Salvation, religion quickly intervenes to present to the new Believer, man’s way…their own vain philosophy on how to be Sanctified and the Truth is forsaken.  This vain philosophy is cloaked in Scripture therefore it is equated with Truth but has in reality become a lie.  It is corrupted.  Their is poison in the pot. The Cross of Christ becomes of no effect because faith is directed to the vain philosophy.

I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

And have borne, and have patience, and for My Name’s sake have labored, and have not fainted.

Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your First Love.” Revelation 2:2-4

Many have forsaken their First Love, Jesus Christ, and followed a philosophy; a search for the Truth.  The Truth remains…He will never change.  He is as the door knocking.  Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else – He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life.

-Donna Clark Warren.

Wisdom of Words

Wisdom of the wisdom17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

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

The Cross of Christ shows man what he really is, a sinner.  The Cross of Christ lays waste America’s biggest past time, self help. The preaching of the Cross of Christ is foolishness to those who rely on their self help efforts to succeed.  The part they must “do” which plays them for a fool, they must admit has failed them.  The wisdom of words cloaked with Scripture has made the Cross of Christ of none effect and their faith in the Cross of Christ for Salvation is in danger of failing.

Just a couple of weeks ago my husband witness the destruction of a dear Brother’s faith.  A young man, we watched as he slipped off little by little into Calvinism.  It all sounded good, as false doctrine does, but it was wrong. The Scriptures were twisted, the Cross of Christ was made of none effect and his faith has failed.  In a drunken stupor, he posted a picture of his table with empty beer bottles renouncing Jesus, declaring the Lord as not real.

Yet another young lady my husband and I were friends with on Facebook started slipping off into the Hebraic Roots Movement.  As she was seduced by a doctrine which appealed to her flesh and made her “feel” holy and righteous, sadly she too has renounced Jesus and claims to be a Hebrew.  Remember all my friends who partake in the Hebraic Roots Movement, the Orthodox Jew does not believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah.  This young girl is so deep into that doctrine that she too now believes Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. “Well, I would never renounce Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.” Ok good, praise the Lord for it…Peter.  However, you are being used by the devil as bait for those such as this young girl who are being seduced by the sanctimonious ceremonies.

If we do not believe the Cross of Christ can be made of none effect in the Child of God’s life and living than we have never had the Cross of Christ effective in our life for daily living. Once the power of God has moved in the Believer’s life because of our faith being placed in the Cross of Christ, which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the necessary work in our heart to bring forth Fruit unto God (Galatians 5:22-23), we understand the effect of the Cross of Christ and we humbly cling to the Source (Jesus) and the means (the Cross) by which we live…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

” 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

God forbid no!

-Donna Clark Warren

Light of the World

John 8 12Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the World: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.” John 8:12

The born again Believer alone knows Jehovah God; the God of the Bible…the Great I AM. As a born again Believer we know God through His only begotten Son 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.  Jesus Christ is alive and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.

As a born again Believer, we must understand that our state and our position affect the entire Earth because we alone know God.  Buddhist do not know Jehovah God. Muslims do not know Jehovah God.  No one except those who have freely chosen to accept Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ ALONE (not Jesus plus water baptism, etc.) as their Lord and Saviour knows God the Father.  It is not our financial position or our material goods that affect the earth but our position in Christ Jesus.  Our consecration and obedience as a Child of God to God’s Word and His Statutes directly affects others.  God’s blessings upon the Child of God affects our families, our jobs, our homes and our communities.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14

-Donna Clark Warren

Discern the Message

discernment24 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.

25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:24-25

The liberal soul gives liberally to the Work of God; they scatter and yet increases are promised.   They do not give to gain the increase but give to gain souls for the Kingdom of God. While those who withhold from God will not gain but instead tend toward poverty.

28 He who trusts in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:28-30

Regrettably, it is satan’s minister who are all too often supported by the church and their supports will not be increased but in reality cursed by God.

Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.” Malachi 3:8-9

Due to lack of proper teaching and preaching of the full counsel, rightly divided Word of God and turning instead to novels written by satan’s ministers to appeal to the lusts of the flesh (Blood Moons, Harbingers, Paradigm, Shack, Grace Revolution, Purpose Driven Life, etc.) much of the Body of Christ is without discernment and understanding of that which is the Work of God.  The Bible has been rewritten and translated into man’s private interpretation and presented as the Word of God.

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

There are those who “scatter” and give liberally to the Work of God and there are those who scatter and give liberally to the work of satan.  For those who give liberally to the work of satan, there is no increase because they are robbing God and their giving is cursed.

The message is the criteria.  If the message is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then it is not the Gospel and we are supporting another gospel and another Jesus; a false gospel which is accursed (Gal. 1:6-8).

Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which Salvation comes to the sinner and Sanctification to the Saint.  When Jesus is lifted up among the people, the Holy Spirit draws us closer unto God and sick bodies are healed, the lame walk, bondages broken and the liberty in Christ Jesus realized.  It is the Power of God in the preaching of the Cross of Christ because the anointing is of the Spirit of God and not intellectual, vain philosophies.  Unless you know, you just don’t know.

Tragically so many do not know nor understand the power of God because their faith is directed and misplaced to another source and another means for victorious Christian living.  The power of sin is not broken in their lives because they are no longer under Grace but under law, man made laws presented from the pulpit given to gain their “best life now”.  This is the gospel too often being supported by the church because it motivates the Believer and appeals to their flesh.

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to Save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:21

We must discern the message to understand whether or not we are giving to the work of God or the work of satan.  One message contains truth but is leavened with a lie, while the other is Truth and contains the power of God…the Cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18).

-Donna Clark Warren