Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 18th, 2014

THE LAW – Keeping the Law of the Old Testament and doing what it requires is not what saves our soul.  Having faith in Jesus and believing what He did for us on the Cross is what saves our soul; which in turn imputes the law into our heart causing us to willingly WANT to obey the law.  The law is full of wrath and  makes no provision for mercy.  Quite honestly, the law is what scared me away from church all of my life.  I did not understand the Grace of the New Testament.  I thought that only my “acts of obedience” would provide me with blessings from the Lord; therefore my disobedience would bring down the wrath of God.  In the meantime, while being blessed and having a good life, I’m thinking I better stay away from that “God stuff” because I surely don’t want to arouse His anger – my life was good and I didn’t want to mess up a “good thing”.

Then one day I went to church.  It seems “life’s ” blessings were starting to wear a little thin so I thought I would go check out God’s blessings and see exactly what I would have to do to achieve those.  It was kind of like starting a new business.  I would abide by the Law and He would pay me by blessing me.  Well…I get to church and the pastor was preaching on the Grace of God.  WHAT?  I have to abide by all the rules and regulations and in turn He blesses me – that’s not grace; that’s a job!  But I keep going back to church every Sunday.  After all, this is my new “job” and I’m working for my paycheck.  All the while the Pastor is talking about grace, the praise team is singing about grace and the church is praising God for His grace.

My payday came the day I understood God’s grace.  The day I realized this “good thing” I had going, this “blessed life” I lived while NOT being obedient to the Law WAS God’s Grace.  Furthermore, these bad things that was beginning to happen was not His wrath for all of my disobedience; His punishment if you will.  Instead it was Him taking away some of my blessings that I had taken for granted.  The Lord was taking away my “silver spoon” because I did not recognize from where it came.  That silver spoon was GOD’S  grace on my life, all of the blessings of life were actually coming from Him.

God HAD to take away that silver spoon to save my soul; to bring me to the understanding that Jesus died on the Cross for all of my sins.  Hearing that and understanding that statement are two different things.  Jesus did all of the work and I was already getting the payday; I just didn’t acknowledge Him for it.  There was/is nothing I can do to “earn” my salvation.  Being obedient to the law wasn’t going to earn me anything but eternity in hell because I CAN’T be obedient without acknowledging Jesus.  Until I recognized the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross and it was HIS work, HIS obedience and HIS love that enabled God to fulfill His promise of a prosperous life according to His will and eternal salvation for each and everyone of us, I would never understand grace.  Understanding Grace, believing in Jesus and having faith in God is what quickens us to obey the law but does not condemn us if we fail.  Condemnation for our failures would mean Jesus died in vain because we all fall short of the Glory of God.  But realizing our failures and praying through them enables God to reflect HIS glory through us.  Don’t allow condemnation to hide you under the rock, stand firmly on the rock of grace!  Have faith that God’s Word is for each of us!  Take your silver cup, drink from the water of life and go boldly with the power and authority provided to you by  the Grace of God and declare His Word!  Receive His blessings, thank Him for His blessings and walk proudly that Jesus saw you worthy of saving.  He’s counting on us to show the world His Grace!  – Donna Warren

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July 17th, 2014

“F” – FAILED!  This past Saturday I wrote in my post “We do not live by emotions, we live by the Word of God! Our emotions are subject to the deceit of the enemy.”  Well, guess who was the first to fail that test – yours truly!  I was deceived by my emotions and failed that test miserably.  The devil is a liar but God is good.  He used that “failure” and taught me something very valuable.

I received a phone call Saturday and felt very bad for this person.  I knew what I wanted to do for them but wasn’t sure if it was right.  I prayed about it, even “Googled” Bible scriptures about it and then I acted.  As I was leaving I just randomly opened my Bible to 1 Cor. 10: 23-24 which convicted me.  On my way to do my “random act of kindness” I began to feel uneasy about what I was doing.  I read the scriptures where it was “okay” to do this but I knew for some reason I shouldn’t because of this uneasy feeling.  I began the ole “Lord, get me out of this one and I will never do it again” prayer, but I also asked God to show me why I was wrong because I really didn’t understand.

You see, 1 Cor. 10:23-24 reads “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”  While what I was doing was not necessarily wrong, it could have very well been a stumbling block for someone else.  Furthermore, I had the opportunity to  witness to someone earlier that day – what if they would have seen me?  To top it off, when sharing all of this with my friend they replied “Yea, I probably wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for you.”  OH MY GOODNESS, I was doomed!  Sister Super Christian was on my way to eternal hell! Surely my salvation was gone because I had failed God miserably.

So I get home and begin to pray.  I knew in my mind that God forgives us and condemnation and guilt was not from God but I needed to feel it in my heart.  Then it was like a light went off!  This is the BEST part for me…we are not to live by our emotions because they will deceive us, correct?  My first emotion while talking to my friend was of sorrow.  I felt sorry for them and their circumstance.  Sorrow and grief are not from God!  I was deceived by my emotions!  When that feeling of sorrow came upon me I should had lifted them up in prayer before God but instead I tried to play God.  Maybe God was trying to deal with them and Sister Super Christian (as Joyce Meyer often says) got in His way.  We can’t always “fix it”.  We may can put a band aid over it, but only God can fix the problem.

Well, praise God – yes, I still have my salvation.  Praise God, I don’t have to live under condemnation and guilt.  Praise God for His revelation and faithfulness.  Praise God, He turned a bad situation into good for me. The will never let His children be led astray.  He will always guide us back to the truth – I just PRAISE GOD!!  – Donna Warren

 

July 16th, 2014

We are all born with a measure of faith.  It is what we put our faith in that counts.  We have plenty of faith that the power company will turn the power off if we don’t pay the bill but how much faith do we actually have in God?  Our faith in God can be measured by the amount of fear we live in.  2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  God responds to our faith, not our fear and He has given us the authority to choose which one we receive.

Fear can paralyze us and cause us to put faith in man instead of God.  It is another tactic of deceit from the enemy.  The enemy’s goal is to waste our time until its too late.  Making us limit God by limiting our time.

Our faith is what moves mountains.  We are all born with a measure of faith but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit.  Once we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit we are empowered for service in the Kingdom of God.  We are immersed in the Holy Spirit’s life and power.  Faith is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.  Prophecy, healing, tongues, interpretation, miracles, wisdom, knowledge and discernment are the other eight gifts.   The joy of these gifts are to use to edify the church and the body of Christ, not for individual empowerment.  These gifts are what puts the super in the natural and they are for EVERYONE who seeks them.   The Holy Spirit does not recognize denominational lines, He recognizes our heart.  He is wandering this earth today looking for those who have that measure of faith.  He guides us, comforts us and empowers us to do God’s work in His Kingdom.  HE is the one who inflames our spirit for God!  – Donna Warren

 

PERSONAL SALVATION PLAN

We are ALL called but its up to us to decide.  Did/does anyone else have their own “salvation” plan?  I did.  I had it all figured out myself.  This was the plan:  I, being invincible upon that mountain (of sand I might add), was living a life of hard work, a little fun here and there and of course the sorrows that this world dishes out daily.  I knew that one day either death or the Lord would come.  My plan was IF I got terminally ill, I would have time to get right with the Lord.  Or, IF  the Lord happened to come back during my lifetime, well I would just suffer through the tribulation.  And as far as some type of “sudden death” – surely the Lord knew I was a half way decent person so He wouldn’t send me off to the fiery pits IF I died suddenly.  The devil had me convinced “my plan” of salvation was infallible – I still had time.

You see, the devil didn’t tell me that WE, meaning ALL of us don’t have to live a life of “IF’s”.   The great deceiver had me deceived!  However, the greater I AM, Jesus Christ said not so fast.  Matt. 18:12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?”  Jesus came calling.  Jesus already has our salvation plan; He IS our salvation plan.  I’m just thankful God was patient and faithful with me when I thought I had it all figured out.  It was His hand that kept watch over me all these years, not my “brilliant plan of salvation”.

I had taken the Bible, and “dumbed it down” if you will, to fit into “my salvation plan”.  I knew Jesus but thought my salvation plan was more tangible; something I could understand in my limited capacity.  My salvation plan was working out pretty good until that mountain of sand started getting washed away.  I didn’t plan on that “IF”.  Then Jesus came calling.  Turned out He was calling me all along, I was just too far out in the wilderness to hear Him.  He’s calling ALL of us, can you hear him?

When unbelievers begin to believe and believers begin to rise up to what the Word of God says about our life we begin to EXPECT miracles, signs and wonders.  We no longer fit the Word of God into our life but fit our life into the Word of God…which is unlimited.  EACH of our lives are a miracle in and of themselves.  Yes, the Lord is calling ALL of us to be His saints.  He wants to use each one of us to show His glory.  None of us are perfect but we must be available.  The choice is ours.  – Donna Warren

July 14th, 2014

PRAISE GOD – the enemy will be the first to announce our breakthrough!  When what seems like our world is falling apart – PRAISE GOD,  satan is announcing our breakthrough.   This is the moment we call Heaven down and God shows up and shows out.  This is the moment “we” get to show the world the power of our God.

This is also the moment we lift our brothers and sisters up before the Lord in prayer if they are the ones under attack.  The enemy will use the weak, deceive the strong and persecute the faithful.  Our brethren may “feel” the attack first but we may be the first to “recognize” what is actually happening.  We may be first to see the announcement of their breakthrough.

When we get our announcement from satan of our breakthrough, he will bring all of his buddies.  He will bring the doubters and unbelievers to see our fall, to whisper in our ear all of the tangibles of our circumstances.  Oh…but woe be to the doubters and unbelievers for “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.  God WILL give us our breakthrough when we keep our faith in Him, not only for us but for all the doubters and unbelievers to see as well.   Keeping our faith during the times of trouble and allowing others to witness it, is how God uses us to defeat evil and to win the hearts of the unbelievers.    When we give God the glory for that breakthrough, not only does satan lose in his attack against us, he loses the doubters and unbelievers also.  God does not cause these attacks but He will use these attacks for good.  When the enemy announces your breakthrough through his attacks, this is the moment – put on your Armor, declare and decree the Word of God over your life and PRAISE GOD – The Lord is about to use you in a mighty way!! – Donna Warren

July 12th, 2014

Don’t lose by default. When the Lord calls us, He wants to use us in His Kingdom. When God moves through us, the enemy comes to attack – that is his job and we must recognize that. The enemy may attack our emotions, health or finances. We may experience “spiritual highs” when the Lord uses us followed by “spiritual lows” and we feel God is not speaking to us. These “spiritual lows” are the counter attacks of the enemy.   They make us second guess ourselves. They make us wonder if we missed it. Theses counter attacks are used to derail us from our work in the Kingdom. Due to our emotions, these counter attacks sometimes work. We begin to believe God is angry with us because we fell for the lies of the enemy. The enemy WANTS us to believe we’re failures in the Kingdom of God so He moved on without us. NO!!! God does not change. God loves us, He forgives us and He is ALWAYS faithful to us. We do not live by emotions, we live by the Word of God! Our emotions are subject to the deceit of the enemy. The Word of God is absolute truth. It is the infallible rock we stand on when our emotions are beating our sails. II Cor. 10:5 “Cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” This is the very essence of spiritual warfare; this is a tactic in the enemy’s arsenal.  Don’t lose by default. – Donna Warren

July 11th, 2014

HEATHEN TO HOLY ROLLER – I have often said that will be the title to my book when I get around to writing it.  The conversion process of a Spirit filled believer and the effects are quite interesting to say the least.  It is an unexplainable and exciting, constantly evolving growth that we call sanctification.  This “excitement” isn’t just for the new Christian, its an experience we call “life”.  It is the Holy Spirit convicting us and the Word of God convincing us that if it were not for the darkness we would not see the light.  It is often in our darkest days that we begin to seek the light.  We are born into a world of darkness and it is God who gave us the light, His only begotten Son – Jesus Christ.

It is in the dark days when we search for this glimmer of hope, this light.  It is only when we begin searching in the right places that we see the flicker.  The more we follow the flicker of light, the brighter it becomes.  Then while chasing this light we unknowingly turn away from our sins because we are too busy seeking the light.  We sometimes don’t even realize that branch was cut when we purposely denounce ours sins.  Then we look back a little while later and realize we have absolutely been pruned!  Yes, we are pruned!  Standing there without our fig leaves but stronger than we ever were before when we were wrapped in our armor of burdens.  The mere fact that we survived the pruning process produces a steadfast faith in God.  Faith because we see the peace that was given us during our darkness, we feel the gentleness and goodness through the cutting away of our dead limbs and the pure joy and love of living “in the light”.  Faith because we know without the light guiding us, we would have never made it through that addiction, that relationship, that darkness that engulfed us.  We are now totally and completely dependent on the light!

Then dark days come again.  The sadness, grief and just pure evil are still all around.  However, now  they aren’t as dark because we have the light that guides us through them.  We may stumble and try to beat down a door that is closed.  We may even bust through the door into darkness but when we look back, we see that light exactly where we left it.  We see Jesus – standing there, waiting patiently and faithfully in that hallway where we left Him.  The light never fades and it never moves.  The further we get away from the light, the dimmer the light gets.  Keep your eyes focused on the light – keep them focused on Jesus. – Donna Warren

July 10th, 2014

EXALT – we know from the Bible we do not exalt ourselves.   “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6.   Exalting ourselves is not just standing in the middle of the room singing our own praises.  We unknowingly exalt ourselves daily, we just have different “labels” for our exaltation.  We steal God’s glory when we exalt ourselves and some of the “labels” used are: condemnation, doubt and unforgiveness.

Condemnation is the most obvious way of exalting ourselves.  When we declare judgement of someone, we are trying to push God off of His throne and do His job for Him.  Our job as servants of the Lord is to tell them about Jesus, SHOW them God’s grace, love and mercy and let HIM do the rest, not judge them.  HE, the Lord, is our teacher and we are His servants.

We may exalt ourselves by doubting  the Lord’s ability.  When we take things into our own hands; when something must be done or else, we are stealing His glory because we couldn’t wait.  We didn’t give Him a chance to show up and show out.

Unforgiveness can be the hardest.  Unforgiveness is holding someone accountable.  It is resenting someone for what they have done to us, resenting ourself or even resenting God.  CHOOSING to forgive allows God to be God. It releases the accountability of that person, whether it be yourself or your accuser, to God for forgiveness.  To continually hold that personal accountable to “yourself” is exalting yourself before God.  They are not accountable to us for what they did to us, they are accountable to God for what they did to us, His children.   “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Luke 6:37  Forgive them, lift them up before God for forgiveness and let God deal with them.   Making a conscious decision to forgive our transgressors, opens the door for God’s mercy and grace.

As Christians, we do not go about trying to steal God’s glory but we realize we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.   God is not surprised in our shortcomings, He knows our weaknesses and we certainly would not intentionally set out to exalt ourselves before the Lord.  However, satan is a liar, he will deceive us and use us whenever possible to steal God’s glory.   Don’t allow the enemy to put you on the judgement throne of condemnation, cause you to doubt God’s ability or place the accountability of others transgressions at your door.  Let God be the judge, allow Him to show up and show out in your life and most of all choose to forgive.  By allowing God to be God in our lives we reflect His glory.  By reflecting His glory we are exalting Him.  Go Glorify HIS Glory!! – Donna Warren

July 9th, 2014

We all know death, evil, sickness and sorrow.  We see it on the news and we live it everyday.  Whose fault is it that this world is fallen?  Do we blame God?  Sorry – we can’t blame God for any this mess.  The world is literally the kingdom of darkness and God is the one wanting to help us.  We demand our independence then complain and blame God when this world slaps us in the face. Similar to some abusive relationships, the world is our abuser and we keep going back.  Until we reach out and grab a hold to the arm of God, we stay in the abusers hand.  Jesus stands at our door daily wanting to come in and help, even with the smallest of things.  The Lord loved us enough to give us our free will and we failed miserably.  He sent His Son in the flesh to show us His power over the evil that reigns in this world.  Jesus died for us hoping we would use our free will to choose Him.  The words “glory” and “praise” bring thoughts of submission and diminishes our independent spirit.  There is a big difference in the spirit of independence and the Spirit of Freedom.  The spirit of independence is fighting this world on our own in the darkness, the Spirit of Freedom, the Holy Spirit, is fighting this world with God on our side.  God has already won, He wants us to rejoice with Him in His victory.   God created us, not to be His slaves but to be HIS CHILDREN.  He created us to love and cherish.  Yes, evil is still in this world but with God we always have a light guiding us to the open door.  This light, His Holy Spirit, is the light that guides us down Calvary’s road.  God deserves all of our praises but He doesn’t “need” our praises. He “wants” us to praise Him so others can see His light also.  He wants us to give Him the glory so others will know His grace.  If the Lord has given you a reason to praise and glorify Him, GET TO WORK.  If you can’t see any reason because this world is so dark, grab a hold of that arm, His arm – He’s still standing at your door wanting to help.  “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,” Rev. 3:20.   Go be the light that guides people to Jesus! – Donna Warren

July 8th, 2014

Satisfied or lukewarm?  Knowing who we are in the Lord brings deep satisfaction.  We stop caring what the world thinks and focus on pleasing God.  However, it doesn’t matter if we have been a Christian 5 days or 5 decades the Lord always has more for us to do in His Kingdom.  There is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian, there is no in between.  Many of us know Jesus, but even the devil knows Jesus.  It is our personal relationship with God that ignites the fire.  Our denomination is not what we stand on, it is the Word of God.  Being a Christian is believing and having faith in Jesus and the Cross.  We don’t change nor alter the Word of God, we don’t sugar coat the consequences.  A Christian’s faith connects us with God and our love imitates Him.  God gave us our testimony so we can relate the gospel to others.  God gave us His love so we could show others.   God gave us work to do with our testimony and His Word.  Don’t hide your testimony because of what others may think.  God didn’t bring you through it to keep it to yourself.  He brought you through it to show what He has done!   If WE, as Christians, don’t testify of the Lord’s supernatural miracles, signs and wonders in our lives, the enemy wins.     Don’t be lukewarm, give God His glory – go testify! – Donna Warren