Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Blessing of the Burden

God will place a burden on your heart.  This burden causes you to seek Him for revelation.  Sometimes this burden will reveal the answers you have been searching for in prayer.  This burden is a blessing because it leads you to an answer.  Once the answer is revealed you realize it is not just for you.  In essence, your revelation of your burden becomes your blessing.  We are blessed by God so we can share God’s blessings.  We are burdened by God to provoke us to seek Him for answers, for revelations.  Revelations are blessings.  They are infinite – they are God’s blessings.

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’  They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.”  1 Peter 2:7-8

Confused yet?  Many of us are burdened with the state of America today.  As Christians, we are all praying for God’s continued protection.  This nation was founded and dedicated to God.  We are praying for this nation to turn back to God.  The United States today is relying on it’s own strength and power instead of the Lord’s strength and power. The abuse of the very strength and power given to us as a nation by God and His grace will not protect us from judgement.  There’s that word judgement.  Many dislike that word but NONE of us are exempt.  The righteous and the unrighteous will be judged and by not choosing, our choice is made.  Choose God.  We don’t see then believe, we believe then see.

Something else that has been on my heart lately is for Christians to keep the faith.  I look around and I see some of my Christian brothers and sisters so beaten down and I just want to cheer them on.  Keep the faith, keep the faith; your breakthrough is coming if you just keep the faith.  Their apathy is dimming the light they are called to be – God’s light.   They are dry bones.  They are crying out to God- breathe life, breathe life.  They seek God and they find Him and that is why they keep the faith.  Their light is not dimming, it’s me looking at their darkness instead of their light.

So back to the dreaded word judgement.  We are seeing the warning signs and praying for God’s protection but not repenting and turning back to Him.    We are stumbling over the warnings.  The warnings are to bring us to redemption instead of judgement.  We will all be judged but God’s warnings, the lifting of His veil of protection, is to bring us to redemption.  God loves us.  He wants us to turn to Him so He CAN save us but the only way to rid the world of evil is through judgement.  Otherwise, Heaven would be full of evil.

The good news is still The Gospel.  The good news is still the redeeming Blood of Jesus.  The good news is God loves us enough to warn us.  The good news is the alarms are sounding.  The gates to Cavalry Road have always been open and now the watchmen are sounding the alarms to guide us to The Cross of Jesus Christ.  The light of the world is still shining brightly as long as we look to Him and not ourselves.  The television, internet and radio is blaring the darkness of the world across the airwaves.  It is a necessity.  There must be darkness to see the light.   God is not the reason for the darkness; evil is the reason for the darkness.  God is allowing us to see the darkness so we can also see the light.  We must believe to see the light, we must choose to see the light.  We must seek Jesus.

Don’t stumble in the darkness of impending judgement.  Judgement will come to all of us Judgement is eternal.   But pray, pray for both the righteous and unrighteous to repent and return to God.  Yes, even the righteous have things to repent of.   None of us are perfect.   Everyday Christians are compromising with the devil.  We don’t have to compromise with the devil.  We stand on his head. The devil is beneath us and don’t let him deceive you otherwise…. we have dominion over him through the Blood of Jesus.   Don’t stumble – keep the faith.  The warning signs are for redemption of the harvest.  God is still God.  God is still in control.  Praise God!

But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32

-Donna Warren

 

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Hallelujah, Thank You Jesus!

You know that feeling you get when nothing really out of the ordinary is happening but you just want to give a “Hallelujah, thank you Jesus” shout out for the world to hear. I’m sitting at home alone and the neighbors may call the police on me if I open the door and start screaming. Well, I don’t know, there’s a couple of them that just may join in.

I’m venturing off into a new chapter in my life. Taking baby steps has never been my thing. Usually I jump in with both feet and punt. Sometimes it would work and sometimes I would fall flat on my face. However, there’s just something a little different this time. I guess its a “God thing” as they say. The Holy Spirit is gentle when He guides you. He will let you take a step, all the while staying focused on Him.  Then when you don’t sink and your faith is a little stronger, you take another step. Before you realize, you’re standing on the water wanting to scream out your front door “Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!”.

So be warned, this “God thing” can make you feel giddy for no apparent reason… to anyone else at least. From the outside looking in you may think my husband and I have lost our minds. Not only have I started a new adventure but so has he. But glory to God, we have seen God’s work in both of our lives. I’m going to give the short version of his testimony and pray he doesn’t mind (y’all pray with me please).

Several years ago he went into business for himself.   He prayed about it and took that step.    The business seemed to be doing good when all of a sudden things started to change.  After much prayer,  heartache, hard work and money invested he had to close down and go back into the corporate world….which can be hard once you’ve been self employed.

After several months back in the corporate world, he went to the doctor. From the doctor’s office, he went for tests, then straight to the hospital and operating room. Turns out he had to have a quadruple bypass. Three of his arteries were 95% blocked and one, the “widow maker”, was 100% blocked.  At the time, when his business closed, it may have seemed like God had failed him. That could not be further from the truth.   The devil tried to curse him but God had a bigger plan.  If he would have still been self employed he would have not had any insurance.  If he would have not had any insurance, he would not have gone to the doctor.  If he would not have gone to the doctor, he would not be my husband today….his son would not have his father today.   The corporate job he “had” to get because his business failed, was a blessing – even though it didn’t seem like it at the time.

They say you’re never suppose to look back unless its to see how far the Lord has brought you.  So sometimes when you do look back,  it makes you want to run out the door screaming “Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!”.   It will cause you to go ahead and take that step because you know no matter what happens the Lord is with you.  God’s arms are long and His hands are strong.  He can reach down into your turmoil and guide you out of the darkness.

So, yes, even when the world seems unstable, even when the storms are raging all around, I want to open the front door and scream.  God’s grace, mercy and love is still shining in this world. His light still burns brightly for those who choose to see.   Our testimonies shine His light when we tell them.  You never know what the person standing beside you in the grocery store has been through.  They may need to see a little light today.  They may need to see your Jesus – go testify!  – Donna Warren

Sugar Coated Gospel

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”       1 Corinthians 3:11

Here in the United States it’s football season.  Being from the southeast I feel like I live in the football capital!  For many, God is our God and football is our religion.  When our team wins, we can tell you play by play exactly how it happens….we don’t have to sugar coat it, WE WON!!  Well, that’s how I feel about Jesus!  As Jesse Duplantis says ” I read the back of the book and we win”.

Unlike football or any other sport, the Gospel of Jesus Christ does have life and death consequences.  Sugar coated gospel for the sake of entertainment is dangerous to the soul.  Quite frankly, I have been to some services where the singing, according to the worldly standards has been, let’s just say quite ear piercing.  BUT, with emphasis added, they aren’t singing to me.  Those people up there singing are singing their hearts out to God….not to me.  Then I have been to other services where the singing was top notch.  Full tilt concert!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ve been to both kinds of services and it is the Holy Spirit moving in the Church that convicts.  The Holy Spirit is the difference, not the music.  Everyone has different tastes.  The new entertainment style does seem to attract a lot more younger people.  The prosperity and hypergrace preachers do seem to fill the pews while the fire and brimstone believers are slowly burning out.  In desperation to save the churches we’re turning away from the Gospel of Jesus and relying on worldly religion.  Praying for God to bless “our” ways instead of praying for His way, trusting His way; trusting the Gospel.

The Body of Christ IS a business but it is HIS business, not ours.  We are all commissioned to preach the Gospel.  Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’  Amen.”  We are not commissioned to add to or take anything away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are not commissioned to convict others.  We preach the Gospel, we show the love of Jesus and we get out of the Lord’s way.  We want the Holy Spirit to have His way because He is the one that does the convicting.  Man made religion can never take the place of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Read the back of the book, Jesus has already won.  We don’t even have to play in the enemy’s game anymore because satan has read the back of the book also.  All we have to do is tell them about the star of the game – Jesus.  – Donna Warren

Worry Warts

Oh my goodness, I think we could all write a book on worrying!  Once again I defer to Merriam Webster’s definition of worry – “to think about problems or fears “.   To take it a step further, warts are caused by a virus.  I realize we all have problems and fears; some big and some small.  My problem is I can’t reconcile having faith in the Lord and worrying at the same time.  Are faith and worry not mutually exclusive terms?

I guess it all depends on where our faith lies.  Does our faith rely on what we can see?  Maybe our faith is on what we can comprehend. We have all seen the news, some of us may have even been the news.  We have seen affliction, death, war and sickness.  We can reach out and touch it, so we worry.  It’s a virus.

What does the Bible say about worry?   2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  Well, from where did this spirit of fear come that we focus on so often?  The devil himself.  Yes, when we are so busy worrying we neglect worshipping.  We are preoccupied.  We’re eating off of the devil’s plate.

Harsh?  Bold? Maybe.  Every subject I write on it’s as if I hear that little minion on my shoulder saying “I’m going to get you for this”.  Then I hear the Lord saying “You are of God, little child, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 and I start typing!   You see, the enemy will try to keep us fearful.  Fearful of the the world and fearful of him.  Deceit IS his job.  So many Christians have been beaten and battered by the enemy’s deceit.  Some of us have been on the defensive so long we have forgotten the power we have to fight.  “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12.   We must pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ to keep the faith and again realize their power to defeat the enemy through Jesus.

Our faith in Jesus is the enemy’s bullseye.  Satan tries to chip away at our faith but our bulldog grip will not let him.  We stay focused on Jesus.  We submit to God.  We resist the devil and he flees from us (James 4:7).  We cast our burdens on the Lord, and He sustains us; He will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalms 55:22).  Take hold of the power Jesus has given us to throw that dish of deceit in the trash.  Don’t worry but pray and ask God for guidance.  “DO NOT FEAR, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32.        – Donna Warren

Certainly Not!

“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!”  Galatians 2:17

I love the book of Galatians but this verse I always have to really wrap my head around.  One day during a casual conversation with a friend we were talking about the term “sinners”.  Anytime I hear the term sinners I think of judging others by calling them a “sinner”; like pointing a finger.  We all sin.  Christians stumble and sin.  We have the power to overcome sin but don’t always make the right choices.  However, we are truly sorry for our transgressions and repent.  If and when we stumble it is the enemy who threw us a snare.  He deceives us and we may slip.   Does that now make us a sinner?  And it doesn’t stop there.  Now we all of a sudden feel guilty, not worthy….condemned.  Why yes, we are now condemned because we fell short!   According to the The Law of the Old Testament we are now sinners, right?   How can we ever live up to the standards of The Law on our own accord?  Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else?  First comes the deception, then condemnation and now the enemy has guided us back to the Law.  The enemy knows what The Law will bring, he doesn’t mind us living under the Law for it will only bring death.   Do you see who was left out of the enemy’s scenario?  Jesus.

“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Galatians 3:3

We begin our life in Jesus Christ through faith in His work on the Cross.  Jesus reconciled us with God and through Him we have the power to overcome the enemy by the Lord’s grace and mercy on us.   If we stumble, we repent and remain under the Blood of Jesus NOT under condemnation.  There is no mercy and grace under condemnation.  Jesus is the minister of mercy, grace and love.  The enemy is the minister of sin and condemnation.

Galatians 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”  If we therefore set aside Jesus’ work on the Cross when we as believers stumble, then we have lost our faith in the atoning work of His Blood once and for all.   We are assuming His Blood was only strong enough for the sinners and not the saints.

Don’t allow the enemy’s deceit to guide you back to religious laws through condemnation.  When God gives us a revelation – rejoice.  When He gives us grace – rejoice.  Rejoice in the Lord always because Calvary road is always open to both the sinners and the saints to receive forgiveness and salvation.  The Lord’s atoning Blood was not shed in vain; It was shed for you – Rejoice!  Donna Warren

 

Obedience of Forgiveness

 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

I was at a revival one time and a friend was kidding around with the preacher about being mad at him.  Of course she really wasn’t.  They are long time friends but his response provoked my thinking.  He replied “I’m not worried about it, you know you won’t get to Heaven if you don’t forgive me.”  Again, they were just playing around but what an impact that statement made on me.

Just like idolatry, unforgiveness is another deceit of the enemy.  The enemy doesn’t mind when we go sit in the church pew with unforgiveness in our heart.   Unforgiveness requires being obedient to the Word of God; it is a choice we make.  When we don’t choose to forgive someone, we’re choosing to eat off of the devil’s plate.  Declaring their transgression against us as unpardonable is in effect exalting ourselves above God and implying the Blood of Jesus wasn’t enough to cover our transgressions AND theirs.   Unforgiveness is nothing but a curse straight from satan used to keep Christians powerless.

Unforgiveness is an oppression.   At one point in my life I thought it was my job to avenge all of the evil ever done to me or mine.   One day, after much frustration of constantly trying to “avenge myself”, I felt God put His Hand on my head, as if to push me behind Him and say to me “Donna, if you will be quiet and quit I will handle this for you”.  I tell you, when the Lord tells you to “be quiet”, you pretty much hush!  Once I  allowed God to take the lead, He transformed my heart.   He showed me how they too were oppressed by the enemy.  The difference was, I had Him (the Lord) in my heart which gave me the power to forgive if I so chose; this particular person did not.  All of a sudden that struck me as sad.  I realized me returning evil with evil would never win them over to the Lord.  God cares just as much about their soul as He does mine.  I, “sister super Christian” as Joyce Meyer says was grieving the Lord just as much as this lost soul was.   God wanted me to show them love and compassion just as He had showed me.   Who was “I” to avenge them for their trespasses against “me”?  I am God’s business and so was this lost soul.  I chose to allow God to take care of ALL of His business, not just the parts I “couldn’t” handle on my own.  So instead of  wrestling with the devil myself and allowing him to keep me preoccupied with how to reap my revenge, I chose God….I chose to forgive.   You see, the enemy knew as long as I chose to fight this battle on my own I would lose.  He knew as long as there was unforgiveness in my heart, there was no room for Jesus’ love to grow.  The devil knew this would stunt my Christian growth.

Jesus’ love is so much stronger than satan’s unforgiveness.  Once we choose to be obedient to the Word of God and forgive we are released.  We supernaturally begin to understand how satan has a stronghold on our offender as well and begin to pray for their release.  We begin to pray blessings for them.  Don’t allow the enemy to steal one more moment of your joy in the Lord by keeping you offended.  It doesn’t matter how many times we are offended, what matters is how many times we choose forgiveness.  God has given us dominion over the spirit of offense through Jesus.  It is time for us to pick up our sword, the Word of God, and sever our relationship with the enemy.  It is time for us to forgive.  Forgive your trespasser and take the power away from the enemy.  Discern the options and make a choice, choose love….choose Jesus.  – Donna Warren

Idolatry’s Deceit

I realize idolatry is in the world.  However, I never really thought about idolatry being so prominent in my small neck of the woods.  Afterall, I live in the “Bible belt”…we don’t worship idols around here!  Now it seems everywhere I look I see idolatry alive and well right here in small town America.  I am even tempted with idolatry at times.  Are you?  NOOOOOO, you say?

Please allow me to expound on the definition of idolatry according to the Word of God in 1 Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”  Yes, stubbornness is as idolatry.  Ouch, huh?  That’s what I thought when I read that scripture.  While we’re still bleeding, let me go ahead and throw this salt on the wound.  The Word of God also says in Galations 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, IDOLATRY, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

I don’t know about you but idolatry was always something I just kind of skimmed over.  Merriam Webster defines idolatry as “the worship of a physical object as a god”.  I just thought for sure I had the sin of idolatry conquered.  I’m not worshipping a “physical object”!  However, stubbornness and self will, well I have to lay that down at the altar every morning.

How many times a day do we try to take control of a situation when we feel God isn’t acting quick enough?  Instead of seeking God’s will and waiting, we give Him an ultimatum.  We will give Him a time limit.  If You want to “show out”, here is your chance God; if not I will handle it….AGAIN.  Maybe, just maybe, You (God) will show up for me too oneday.  In the meantime, I’m going to walk around with my bottom lip stuck out because I’m so mistreated.

Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else?  It may not be you but maybe someone you know who is constantly going through this form of idolatry; this stubbornness or self will.  All we know is our “natural” and scared to have faith in God and His “supernatural”.  Idolatry is putting our thoughts, ideas and ways above God’s.  If we truly feel God has put us somewhere, rather it be a place or a situation, rather it be good or bad, sit and stay until God tells you to move.  We cannot blame God for not helping us when we won’t listen.  If the Lord never did another thing for us, He’s already done more than enough.

God is so full of grace, mercy and love. He doesn’t want to send me or anyone else to hell for being idolatrous. The Lord wants all of us to realize we must trust Him to be God in our lives.  He’s not the 2nd choice when ours didn’t work out according to plan.  I praise Him for being so faithful though.  Even when He was 3rd, 4th or 5th choice in my life, He loves me enough to forgive me of my iniquities once I came to repentance.  The Lord loves me enough to show me, teach me, guide and direct me if I will slow down enough to listen.

Idolatry isn’t just an Old Testament sin.  It is in full tilt right here in small town America. Idolatry is in our churches and in our home.  We all need to be aware of God’s definition of idolatry, not only Merriam Webster’s definition.  If I lived by Merriam Webster’s definition I would be in dangerous territory.  Stay close to God and stay in His Word and “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14.   –   Donna Warren

 

Throne of Grace

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

How do we come “boldly” to the Throne of Grace?  Merriam Webster defines bold as “very confident in a way that may seem rude or foolish”.  So to come to God’s Throne confidently always did seem a bit, I don’t know, maybe arrogant is the word I’m looking for.  Even after I became a Christian I still didn’t understand how to come to the throne of grace “boldly”.

So how are we humble and bold?  That is a contradiction in terms, right?  The short answer is NO.  Again, I refer to Merriam Webster.  Humble is defined as “not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other people”.

In the Old Testament the high priest could only come before the throne of grace once a year with great fear and trembling.  If the high priest transgressed at all, he would be struck down.  It is therefore, only through the atoning blood of Jesus that we are able to come to the throne of grace, God’s Throne.  Jesus is the sacrifice that made our access to God possible.  We are humbled realizing that none of our “good works” gives us this access – it comes only through Jesus.  We are bold because we realize this is the reason Jesus died on the Cross, to reconcile us with God.  To come to the throne of Grace in fear is to assume His Son’s blood, Jesus’ blood, was not sufficient.

Our liberty and confidence in prayer, our “coming boldly to the throne of grace”, comes through our reconciliation with God through Jesus’ shed blood.  God sent us a Saviour, that could sympathize with us, so we could be reconciled with Him.   “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. ” Hebrews 4:15.

It all reverts back to the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No flattering words or puffed up gospel only the simple truth of Jesus dying on the Cross for us have access to the throne of God, for our reconciliation, for our eternal life….for our salvation.   The enemy will try to confuse us.  He will try to make the Gospel harder than what it really is for us.  The enemy knows the power of the Blood of Jesus.  Satan knows once we realize, once we choose to believe in Jesus’ and lay our lives down at the foot of the Cross, once we give up our self will and begin to live only for Jesus’, that we will have full access to the throne of God and we can go to it boldly.  The enemy will try to lead us in every direction except down Calvary Road.  Don’t be deceived by devil but convinced by the Cross that Jesus’ blood is more than sufficient.  We are covered in the soul redeeming blood of Jesus. We are blood bought, Holy Ghost filled, Gospel preaching, devil chasing and Jesus loving Child of God…we are humbled at His sacrifice and emboldened by His Grace to live our lives as a reflection of His glory.  The enemy will flee but we have to get a hold of Jesus, go before the throne of God and get on the offense first! – Donna Warren

 

Change Your Filter

We all have filters that we sift others through.  Its how we get a “read” on them, it is our conclusion.   Fact of the matter, its how we judge them – its our filter.   Those filters are placed in our hearts at an early age and protect us from being hurt.  Do most filters not always begin with some kind of offense?  From first boyfriends/girlfriends, to parents, to friends and even to the stranger at the quick mart.  Once one of them offends us, then the lesson is learned, filed away and put up for future reference.

How do we get back the heart we had before the offenses of the world?  Where do we start?  Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ”   Yes, God can do that.    The problem is, sometimes we even put God through that filter.  Once that offense is there, its minions multiply and infest our hearts with bitterness.

For some reason children are on my heart this morning.   The children are so vulnerable to this spirit of offense.  Isn’t that when most offenses start, on the playground?  I know we’re brought up with sayings like “words can’t hurt you” and for a while that works.  However, we start growing up and the offenses keep getting larger.  Those words may begin to sting a little.  But NOPE, words can’t hurt us right?  “WE WILL NOT LET THOSE WORDS HURT US” is our motto.  Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that little minions name is pride.  We become too proud to admit we are hurt.   Furthermore, that old saying “words can’t hurt you” causes us to lean on our own strength, when we know our own strength will never sustain us.

From that first offense comes pride, bitterness, anger, resentment and on and on.  The enemy gets a firm grasp and we become puppets.  Then finally comes the day when we just have no control over our hearts any longer and we lay it down at the foot of the Cross.  The only way to regain control and ever “feel” the love of God is to put away our pride and our anger and allow God to take the reigns.  Whether we realize it at the time or not it is the Lord’s Hand that has kept us thus far.  If He would have lifted His Hand from us the enemy would have destroyed us all together.  It is His grace revealed to us that brings us freedom.

The spirit of offense is alive and well in both believers and non-believers.  It is destroying relationships and provoking others into unforgiveness as well.  When we walk around offended, it’s not only us that bares that burden.  We snap at the clerk at the drive through because our show is coming on in 15 minutes and we’re in a hurry and guess what – she is now offended.  We just planted her seed of offense.  It’s called reaping and sowing.  We just sowed into that person a seed of offense.  We just gave her a filter to sift all others through.

When we are angry or upset with someone, pray about it first.  Ask God for revelation and understanding.  Pray for them to see that they just placed you through their filter.  Plant in them a seed of God’s love instead of responding emotionally.  The love of Jesus is much stronger than the seed of offense.  How will the world ever know Jesus’ love when we choose the enemy’s seed of offense?  It IS a choice.  It is a life or death choice.  It begins in childhood and lasts a lifetime on earth if the enemy has his way.  John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”   Choose love.          – Donna Warren

Spiritual Diapers

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ”  Ephesians 6:13-17

Is our waist girded with truth or spiritual diapers?  If its left up to the enemy we will remain in diapers until death.  Diapers can be convenient in some ways.  Babies need diapers until they are potty trained.  Then once they are potty trained they may still need them for a little while.  When toddlers are distracted or tired it may be easier not to have to go to the restroom; just utilize the diaper and keep playing – no time for a bathroom break!  They have the knowledge but they don’t have the discipline quite yet.  Mom and Dad are still around to change those diapers when necessary.  Fortunately for all of you parents, their discipline finally catches up with their knowledge and they will stop for a bathroom break.

Sometimes as Christians we are full of knowledge.  We can quote a Bible verse for every situation.  So how can we still have on “spiritual diapers”?  Are we deceived by our vast amount of knowledge and still remain in diapers?  My answer is yes.  Without obedience to the knowledge we have learned the maturing process is stunted.  We can preach faith, talk faith and write faith but until that faith is applied; until we trust in God’s Word and His will for our life, we’re girded in diapers.

Faith takes baby steps.  The Holy Spirit is gentle and does not force us but helps us to remember those bathroom breaks;  Don’t forget though, the enemy will dangle our favorite toy out there to distract us also.  This is our free will in action.  Discipline or fun?  Lifetime in diapers or freedom from diapers?  Just like all of our gifts and power, the power of our free will comes from God.  What we do with it is up to us.

Applying the obedience required can be a little scary.  What if we have an accident?  Well, that’s how we mature.  It’s as if we don’t quite trust God THAT much.  Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?  I mean, we know through our knowledge how big  and gracious God  really is but we’re scared He may not can handle our problem.  Our problem may be HUGE!  I’m not making light of our problems.  They can be HUGE in our natural but in God’s supernatural they are just a matter of faith.  Faith in Him that no matter the outcome, His grace is sufficient.  Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; “.

Our Lord Jesus Christ IS the Author and Finisher (Hebrews 12:2), He will bring us through it and He will equip us for the journey.  We must not be led emotionally nor intellectually but spiritually.  Stay in the Word of God, trust His Holy Spirit and stay steadfast in your faith of Jesus and His work on the Cross.  Gird your waist with the truth of the full Gospel! – Donna Warren