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The Disposables

“…’Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” Matthew 25:40.

Haven’t we all known unbelievers who problems were so great that you really just didn’t know how to approach them?  Then they are those who, because of alcohol or drugs,  have not allowed their realty to surface in so many years, they don’t even know they have a problem.  Every time they get a glimpse in to their realty, they go running back to their vice of choice.  These people are the ones whose hurt is so bad we tend to write them off.  I’m not talking about the ones you see on television at the homeless shelters, I’m talking about the ones you see on your Facebook news feed, the ones we meet for dinner and talk to on the phone.  One day you will see “the night out with the girls pictures” and then a couple of days later comes the “sometimes the strongest people are the people who hurt the most” poster.  We see the fruit of their labor but they don’t because it’s not tangible.  We see the enemy at work in their lives.  Up, down, up, down…every now and then they will reach out to God but the enemy will dangle a rabbit in front of them and off they go again.   That rabbit could be another night out with the girls or a fancy program introduced by your local church.  The rabbit will never point you to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for answers to the problem.  The rabbit will always try to convince the sinners they are saints and the saints they are sinners.  That rabbit has a name…satan.

Sometimes it’s easy to write these people off.  We get tickled at their antics because we remember doing the same things.  Thank the Lord He doesn’t turn us into salt!  So we just laugh with them.  Their pain is too great and their vice is their god.  They become disposable in our hearts.  We no longer know how to help them so we just sit back and watch the train wreck.

The sad story painted here is not of the sinner but the saint; the saint whom has deemed the lost soul disposable.  The saint who has forgotten what the Lord brought them out of is the saint who has lost trust in God.  The saints who try to “fix” the sinner themselves, who  points them to a program instead of the Cross, have themselves been led away from the Cross of Jesus.  The good intentioned saints whose methods result in delays instead of delivery.  Trying to live for God in the flesh cannot be done.  The sin nature cannot be defeated when our faith is in our rules and programs.

Religion has crippled the saints.  A dose of scripture mixed in with psychology tickles the ears.  We think we’re getting fed the Gospel but don’t see the poison mixed in the pot.  We learn how strong we are but not how strong our God is.  The lost cross our paths and we can’t tell them how big our God is because we don’t know ourselves.  We know God as merciful, loving and full of grace – which He absolutely is by all means.  But our God is also jealous over His children, He will cause our enemy’s to be at peace with us and no one can pluck us from His Hand.  Our God is alive, still on His throne and still sovereign.  Jesus Christ came to defeat sin so we would not have to live in sin.  When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, our sin nature is quenched because of His defeat over sin.  It is us, who walks out the door of the church and starts chasing that rabbit satan is dangling.   But praise God, He is faithful and just to forgive us once we repent and ask forgiveness.  Once we accept the Lord, we continue to seek Him through His Word and the guidance of His Holy Spirit.  It is our relationship with Jesus that enables us to know Him; to know His heart.  Unless the Holy Spirit reveals this, we only have man made knowledge, not Jesus Himself revealed.  Until we seek a relationship with Jesus, we only know about Him.  You can’t get to know me through a mutual friend.  You may feel like you do, but you don’t.  It’s the same way with Jesus.  He wants YOU to know Him by what He says, not what others say about Him.  The Lord may be trying to chasten me and comfort you at the same time.  So when you come and sugar coat His chastening, you are in fact hindering instead of helping.

There are no disposables in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The saints can’t fix themselves and they can’t fix the sinners.  The saints aren’t called to “fix” anyone.  They/we are called however to preach the Gospel to the lost.  We are called to disciple the saints.  Jesus said “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.” Matthew 8:31.  We can’t fix them, but we know Who can.  If we want to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we must point the lost to HIM and His Word.  The lost are not disposable, they are lost.  They are the very ones who need to hear the Gospel from the saints…but the saints have got to know the Gospel first.  – Donna Warren

 

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Poison in the Pot

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”  2 Peter 3:17-18.

Considering the fact that it was our Lord Jesus Christ who was sacrificed on the Cross, considering the fact that it was His Blood which atoned for our sins and His righteousness which washes us; I think I prefer to grow in His knowledge and grace to overcome than man made doctrine.  It is the Lord’s grace that helps us overcome our sin nature not ignoring our sin nature.    Instead of confessing sins we confess our healing with no regards to who paid for our healing.  Somewhere we fail to realize we are not healed because of our confession of healing but because of Jesus’ shed Blood.

The Lord’s grace is to free us from the corruption that remains in us after redemption.  We want what God has without allowing Him to produce in us what He is, His character.  We pray for the power of God and preach the power of self.  The Lord will never share His glory and cannot work with something man has built.  We must seek God to see the glory of God.  Any other way other than God’s way drives one farther and farther into deception.    If we get Jesus wrong or sin wrong, we are in trouble.  Jesus died to save us FROM sin, not in sin.   Souls are at stake in the deceit of truth.  Diluted and sugar coated gospel does not set the captives free but keeps their conscience pacified weekly.

In the end, God’s Word and His authority is sovereign.  We must seek Him out ourselves and allow Him to guide us into His truth.  There is no unity without His truth.  We put our life in God’s hands, why then would we seek His knowledge through another program instead of directly from Him?  That is nothing but deceit straight from the pits of hell to keep us out of fellowship with the Lord.  We don’t need a program to learn God’s will for our life we need God.  Jesus’ sacrifice reconciled us with God.  For us to then seek God’s will through “40 days” or whatever the case, is an insult to the Lord.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; ” 1 Timothy 4:1-4.

-Donna Warren

 

Social Gospel and Chrislam

“and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:3.

Make no mistakes, a true muslim has the spirit of the antichrist.  Their allah is not our God but a generic term for any god.  Their trinity is the sun, moon and stars.   According to their “holy” book, lying is permitted and even encouraged in defense of islam.  A true muslim believes the world is under the dominion of Islam.  The “good” muslims are not true muslims.  A true muslim wants you dead and will lie to you to gain your favor.

The United States government has compromised the Christian values of which this country was founded for the sake of islam.  Social gospels are reaching out to muslims in the name of chrislam.  Churches won’t say the words blood or hell because they aren’t pretty.  We, as a nation, embrace the cultural practices of any doctrine in the name of multiculturalism.  Multiculturalism embraces other cultures…including their laws.

Many people feel social gospels aren’t hurting anything.  What is a social gospel?  Social gospels are good for the conscience.  Sunday morning psychology sessions that equip the believer to get through the week.  A relationship with the Lord is not encouraged but relationships with each other are glorified.   A relationship with the Lord would nullify any need for their psychology.  The congregation is not told of the greatness of our God but about the greatness of their philosophies.  40 days of purpose results in 325 days of still searching.

The dangers of the social gospels are the resulting compromise.  The wolf in the sheep’s clothing results in “chrislam”.  Followers don’t see the wolf because they don’t have the discernment that comes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  False doctrine of the social gospels have crippled the church today.  Christians are scared to stand up for  Jesus Christ who came to separate us from evil, instead we sit on the fence or allow them to pray in our churches.  Just this weekend I was speaking to a young adult who proclaimed to be an atheist.  This person believes in a “higher power” but not God or Jesus.  They can’t understand what makes “Christianity” the right choice.  Who says Buddha or Mohammed aren’t the correct choice?  They have friends who are part of these religions who are “nice” people.  They may very well be nice people but that doesn’t change the fact of their destiny.  Jesus Christ paid for their souls as well.  They need to know His Gospel too!!  Why are we allowing multiple cultures to influence our young ones?  When coming to our country, shouldn’t one be influenced by our culture?

All faiths are not equal.  Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the Cross and was resurrected after defeating the kingdom of darkness.  Jesus was not a martyr.  The Lord had a choice and He chose to be sacrificed to give us victory over death, hell and sin.  Jesus came to divide good from evil, not compromise with evil.  Even I am guilty of thinking it could never happen in the United States of America but it is happening right under our nose.  The only solution is to stop compromising and diluting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and turn our nation back over to Him.  If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.  If you are not drinking from the cup of the Lord, then you are drinking from the cup….well, I just leave it at that.  Harsh but true.  Yes, I’m speaking to the individuals and the churches.  Which gospel will you declare?  –  Donna Warren

Godly Jealousy

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” 2 Corinthians 11:4.  The Apostle Paul was jealous of the church’s affection, or lack of,  for Jesus Christ.  The church of Corinth had committed spiritual adultery by  tolerating false teachers.  Many false doctrines today teach the person to ignore sin which is in direct conflict with the Word of God.  “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10.  By not confessing our sin, we are living in unforgiveness of our sins.  We are in fact living under the law while at the same time being  taught  by false doctrine we are living under grace.  The enemy doesn’t wear a red cape and horns.  Many times he comes dressed in a suit carrying a Bible. 

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,” Titus 2:11-12.  If we are not being led by the Spirit into holiness, we are being led by a false Jesus into hell.    I know that sounds horrible but sadly it’s true.  Again, the enemy doesn’t wear a red cape and horns.  Deceit deceives the deceived.  Our faith in Christ and Him crucified is, His finished work and not ours, guides us into His righteousness and not our righteousness.  Humility in His Cross doesn’t produce resentment of our “cross” but victory  in our “cross”.  Because of His Cross, we now have dominion over our sin nature.  Sin no longer controls us. 

The problem with many teachings today is it points one to self for sanctification while quoting scripture.  It dilutes the Gospel just enough for one not to realize.  We begin trying to figure out how “we” can live for God without consulting God.  It leaves no room for trust in God.  Our self preservation and will is the basis of our faith.  We are called to fight the good fight of faith…faith in Christ in Him crucified, not faith that “we can do it”.  THAT’S where we go daily, appropriate our faith back to His Cross and not our works.  By “His Cross” I do not mean the wooden beam, I mean Jesus’ finished work.  It seems we have gone from legalism, skipped right over Jesus’ work  and moved straight to His grace.  We aren’t seeking Jesus’ for what He has done for us but for what He will do for us.

The enemy knows when we place our faith on Jesus’ work, we will develop a personal relationship with our Lord.  We will understand His victory and the devil’s defeat.  Our faith in Jesus and Him Crucified is not broken but can be easily misplaced by false teachings.  Our faith is the enemy’s bullseye.  Ask God to reveal deception to you.  The Lord is faithful and does not want you to be led astray.  We must stay in His Word to discern the truth, not other’s words.  God has given us teachers and preachers and the enemy has raised up counterfeits.  Test the spirits against the Word of God.  “ If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. ” 1 John 1:6.

Don’t stumble over the Cross of Christ to get to God.  Stop there, stay there and fellowship with Jesus.  It is His Blood that cleanses us, His grace that saved us and it is His grace that will see us through.  – Donna Warren

 

 

 

Ripe for Judgment

“And he said to him, ‘See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.  Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.’…” Genesis 19:19-22.  The angels warned Lot to leave Sodom but he lingered before he obeyed.  Lot’s story was as example of man hindering God’s work.  God’s work was not hindered for lack of power but abundance of mercy for Lot.  Once Lot escaped, God destroyed the city that was ripe for judgment, Sodom.

Lot attempted to warn others.  His sons-in-law scoffed at him and were destroyed with the city.  This too is happening today. “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4.  Many people today do not realize there is nothing that needs to happen before the rapture.  I remember as an unsaved person, I thought there were certain things that had to happen before Jesus’ Second Coming.  I didn’t understand the difference between His Second Coming and the Rapture.

So the scoffers were left behind and Lot’s wife and daughter escaped with him.  But a backsliders heart is only satisfied with their own ways, while a new creation is not satisfied until they are free from their own ways.  Lot’s wife looked back to the world she was leaving behind.  His wife’s attachment to the world caused her to turn into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).  How many times have we looked back?  How many times have we idolized “back in the day” moments when we were far away from the Lord?  Thank you Lord for not turning me into a pillar of salt.

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1.  The church today has drifted so far away from the message of Jesus and Him Crucified and of His finished work on the Cross.  Instead of exhorting us to look to Jesus for direction, strength and wisdom; we are given direction according to man made tests and evaluations while relying on self preservation and wisdom of others.  The Holy Spirit is not given latitude as our faith is placed on results and man.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,  God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” Hebrews 2:2-4. 

Abraham interceded for Lot and God showed mercy.  In the end, the warnings given to Lot proved steadfast and Sodom was destroyed.  Disobedience was justly rewarded when his wife’s attachment to the world was greater than her faith.  The enemy would prefer us not see God’s mercy on Lot.  Satan doesn’t want us to recognize God’s faithfulness to Abraham for his intercession.  We turn to God just long enough to complain to Him about this world he gave us.  We are a nation who turned our back on God and He responded with our current president.

Why don’t we take heed?  Are we pleading for mercy on Sodom or are we cursing Sodom?  Are we praying for mercy on the scoffers?  Do we really believe God’s judgment is less because of grace?  We have been given more mercy because of Jesus Christ and Him crucified than Lot.  Jesus is pleading intercession for us while we are cursing  what He is interceding for.   Instead of cursing what our Lord Jesus Christ is interceding for, why don’t we intercede as well.    We all know the state of the world today.  Why don’t we intercede as Abraham did?  Why don’t we pray for God’s mercy because of the righteous still in the world instead of complain about the world?  Why don’t we spread this Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world we are complaining about?  We motivate Christians to look inward for 40 days to help themselves get closer to God, when all we have to do is look up.  Yes, the world is oppressed by the enemy but the oppression will never be broken by man.  The Cross of Jesus Chris is louder and His light is brighter than all the darkness in this world.  Remind the satan of his future by telling him of yours.  Praise God for His mercy.  Plead for His mercy.  Spread His Gospel. – Donna Warren

Spoiled Children

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;…” Psalms 111:10

Well, I might as well face it.  I’m probably going to ruffle a few feathers here but I sincerely pray you see my point before judging.  At a revival last night the preacher was talking about the fear of the Lord no longer exists.  It no longer exists in America, in our homes and even in our churches.  We have all seen the kids who have no respect for their parents.  I admit, I am probably the first one thinking to myself “he/she wouldn’t talk to me like that”.  Bare with me here…I’m not just picking on kids.  Shamefully, I was quite a rebellious kid myself.  Just last week at my church one of the ladies had to chase down a young girl to cover up her behind.  The short top and low cut pants were understandably too much to bare in the house of the Lord.

So here is my point.  We see all of the rebellious children today.  We see the parents who did not make them mind.  Many parents are actually scared of their children now.  The children have no fear what so ever of their parents.  The children do not respect them.  They do what they want, when they want.  Now, let’s look at the larger picture.  I wonder what God thinks when He looks down on His children.  I wonder how the Lord feels about His Word being diluted so much, by His very own children, that it’s almost unrecognizable.  I wonder what He thinks when we turn the praise and worship meant for Him into entertainment for us?  I wonder how he feels about our schedule?  We will allow Him four songs to touch His children…then time is up, must proceed as planned.

I was at a service 3 nights this week where God moved so mightily.  I can’t idolize that service but I can still get on my face and thank the Lord for His moving that touched so many lives, including mine.  These were old time Pentecostal services where the Holy Spirit was in control from beginning to end.  We weren’t on a schedule.  People were healed both spiritually and physically.  They didn’t need inspiration but were drawn by God’s Holy Spirit.  These are the services where the presence of the Lord is so heavy, a rebellious heart is melted when God’s love is poured out.  I know this because this is the type of service I was saved in.  I remember that pull, the draw, the heaviness of the presence of the Lord.  I knew the arrow of the Holy Spirit was aimed directly at my heart by the words coming out of the preacher’s mouth.  So when I’m in a service now, seeing young people turn to the Lord, I’m so thankful to God for the preacher who is being led by the Holy Spirit.  I’m thankful for the preacher who will stretch that altar call out as long as he needs to, until the conviction of the Holy Spirit is too much for that sinner to bare and he runs and collapses at the alter.  I’m thankful for the preacher who is speaking out what the Lord has put on his heart for that sinner to hear.  I’m thankful for the brothers and sisters in Christ who, when the sinner finally comes to the altar, fall on their knees and praise God for saving that sinner.

How long has it been since we have seen a sinner saved?  I don’t mean a box checked on a card or a hand raised while heads are bowed.  I mean a repentant sinner saved.  I know, I know… I’m not judging.  God knows peoples hearts.  Our humility and gratitude towards the Lord is our witness of His mercy.  Jesus and His Cross are nothing to be ashamed of.  Is the draw of the Holy Spirit thwarted by the compromise of the altar call?  I realize one can be saved anywhere, anytime but at the Lord’s house shouldn’t He be given latitude to do His work instead of us doing ours?

Getting back to my point – fear of the Lord.  In our zealous attempt to correct legalism in the church, have we turned God into a pushover?  Remember, the devil doesn’t care what we call it as long as we don’t focus on Christ and Him crucified.  Do we really think the Lord will allow His children to lose their fear of Him?  Respect in the house of the Lord is not legalism but fear.  The fear of suddenly seeing a man’s finger begin to write on the wall (Daniel 5:5).  All of the pastors who are not compromising or diluting God’s Word are being persecuted.  They are being called hypocrites because they will not allow homosexuals to serve in their church.  This is not their word they are standing on, it is the Word of God. This is once again called fear of the Lord.  “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  Did I use to do any of these things?  Yes, more than I’m willing to discuss. Have I repented? Yes.  Do I still live in these sins? No.  Am I forgiven? Absolutely!  I’m washed in the Blood of the Lord.  The Lord has paid my debt for those sins and I am grateful AND respectful of the Blood He shed for me.  Don’t crucify the pastors who are preaching the Gospel of Jesus.  Don’t call them legalistic for having fear of the Lord.  Yes, we all fall short.  The difference is the repentance verses rebellion.  As a Christian, when we fall we immediately look up and say “Oh Lord, I’m so sorry.  Will you help me?”  We don’t judge others for their sins because many of us have committed the exact same sin. 

The conviction and draw of the Holy Spirit is what led us to repentance.  It is for that very same reason that we cannot now compromise that conviction to “draw” you into a false religion.  If you are truly seeking God and not compromise, you will find Him.  A compromising church offers up a compromising counterfeit.  They will send one straight to hell with a belly full of hot dogs and hamburgers.  The lust to build a shrine to attract the members will lead to the need to compromise the Word to tickle those same members ears who were attracted by the shrine and not drawn by the Holy Spirit.  However, the zeal for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified is when Heaven rejoices.  Good intentions won’t save souls but good preachin’ will point the lost to Jesus for their answer instead of trying to give them a methodology to follow (that’s a fancy word for works). 

Not accepting open rebellion or a diluted gospel in God’s House is not being legalistic.  It is simply  me being jealous over the Blood that saved me, you and the rebellious ones.   We cannot expect miracles, signs and wonders in a home where children (both young and old) think their Heavenly Father is a pushover.  While we have the plank in our eye and pointing to all of the spoiled children in the world today, maybe just maybe, we should realize how spoiled we have been acting.  Liberty and reverence are not mutually exclusive terms.  – Donna Warren

Sounding the Alarm

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

The power of God destroys strongholds.  The power of God is Jesus and Him Crucified; the Gospel of Jesus.  “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ” 1 Corinthians 1:18.  If the Gospel of Jesus could be imitated or duplicated through the efforts of man, the Cross of Christ would not have been necessary.  It is the supernatural transformation that makes us a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

The power of God casts down arguments and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  Any theories, reasonings and methods fall and are demolished against the preaching of the crucified and risen Christ Jesus.   The Gospel of Jesus is an offense to the proud and rebellious heart.  The Gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified reveals the true condition of the heart and exposes self righteousness and false doctrines.  Any other doctrines are spiritual adultery.  We turn to Jesus to be our Saviour then we turn elsewhere to “remain” saved.

Deceit deceives the deceived.  That is the reason it is called deceit.  Our pride is what keeps us in the bondage of deceit.  My words may seem bold but it is with a humble heart that they are spoken.  It is with love for my brothers and sisters in Christ that I cry out.  It has absolutely nothing to do with “me” or my opinion but everything to do with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus and the convicting of the Holy Spirit that saves souls.  It is the job of the Holy Spirit to fill the church pews with the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached, not a church transitional team.  It has nothing to do with any single church in particular but “the” church in general.  To be quite frank, it is the religious leaders who crucified our Lord Jesus.  To this day, there remains religious leaders who are still crucifying Him again or walking on His Blood by exalting their word above His Word.

The Lord is raising a remnant.  A remnant of worshippers who worship Him where they are instead of where He will take them.  A remnant of children whose faith remains in what Jesus did on the Cross and not what they do.  A remnant of people who are jealous for His Work and not their own.  The Lord has unveiled the eyes of this remnant to see the deceit of the enemy and keeps them focused on Jesus and Him Crucified.  This remnant will sound the alarm when they see their brothers and sisters faith being misappropriated.  This remnant will be chosen purely by grace and not by their works (Romans 11:5-6).

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”  Ezekiel 33:6. 

The Power of God is in the Cross of Jesus Christ.  The power of God is what saves the souls of the lost.  Trust only in the power of God.  Be determined to know nothing but Christ and Him Crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).  Lead all thoughts into captivity that exalts itself above the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Souls are at stake.  – Donna Warren

 

Expose Distractions and Deceit

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13.

Our growth in the Lord is up to us.  In the church today, when meat of the Word is fed many are offended.  The words repent and hell are avoided in order not to offend.  The power to choose and will as we please was given to us by God.  What we do with this power is up to each individual.  We will all give an account to God for what we did with this power  granted to each and every one.

Deceit is the enemy’s weapon.  I pray daily for the Lord not to let me be deceived and daily the Holy Spirit guides me to His Word.  This is not something I “worry” about but something I’m aware of.  The Lord has really impressed upon me to test worldly doctrine against His Word, which we should all do.  After years and years of studying doctrine sometimes we forget whose doctrine we are studying.  Eventually man’s word becomes the word.  Eventually we are caught up in a religion that has become our foundation.  Eventually that foundation will crumble.

For the past couple of weeks I have been asking the Lord to reveal to me the deceit of the enemy in the church today.  Things that are not scriptural and have nothing to do with our salvation or growth in the Lord.  The depths and revelations of and from the Lord Himself are just beginning the day we are saved; they don’t stop that day.  Yes, the blood moons, shemitah’s and harbingers are extremely interesting.  I guess I just have a hard time reconciling what they have to do with our salvation.  Through these things are we not seeking a sign instead of seeking the Lord?  Yes, revelation given to others is sometimes for all but isn’t it so much more fulfilling when the revelation is given to YOU as well.  When we seek the Lord, He will reveal Himself to you…but we must seek the Lord for such revelation and  not seek others for revelations.

“…You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” Matthew 16:3-4

I wonder if the falling away from the church in the Bible will not necessarily be empty pews but empty doctrine.  Our commission is to “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.” Matthew 28:19-20.  Yes, we discern the times but we must also discern the spirits and not become distracted.  We must remember satan has been defeated and we don’t have to do it again.  Jesus Christ has won that battle for us, now we must continue winning souls for Him.  Harbingers, shemitahs and blood moons won’t save a soul but the conviction of the Holy Spirit will draw the lost to the Cross of Christ.  Even if we have been saved for 50 years, we still need to go to the Cross daily to remember our Lord Jesus Christ has already gained our victory.   It is the humble heart that is drawn to the Cross. 

The enemy would have us thinking he is in control.  Please allow me to take this opportunity to remind him, and you if necessary, that our Lord has already made a spectacle of satan (Colossians 2:15).  The light in us from Jesus Christ causes the enemy to flee.  When we walk in a room, evil spirits begin to tremble because of the Holy Spirit in us.  We don’t have to seek evil spirits out, they see us coming.  “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.

Our salvation is up to us.  Know who you are in Christ, not in religion.  Seek God.  Remember, it’s not over until God says it’s over.  Praise Him where you are and rest in His finished work.  – Donna Warren

The Chosen Ones

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”  Mark 16:20      

They were not preaching 40 days of purpose.  They were not preaching any form of self help actually.  They were preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captive and oppressed (Luke 4:18).  They were declaring “…Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:1-2).  The good news of righteousness, freely given, was proclaimed in the assemblies (Psalms 40:9).   They were “determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ” 1 Corinthians 2:2.  By design and with purpose, they were not resorting to philosophy of the world.  They were preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They were winning souls to the Lord.

Who are “they” anyway?  They were the ones Jesus anointed to spread the good news.  Jesus laid the foundation and they spread the word.  They were the apostles who started the early church. The ones who made disciples and exhorted others in the body of Christ.  Not for gain but for Christ’s sake.  The Lord confirmed the gospel they preached because they preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit was able to draw the sinners through the Gospel that was preached.

I saw a picture yesterday attached to an article about Islamic law being taught in schools in America.  In the picture there were dozens of young, non muslim children of all different ethnicities bowing down on a prayer rug in a muslim mosque….all in the name of education.  Of course, to the spiritually discerned, this was heartbreaking and sickening.  Last night on the Grammy’s ACDC was rocking the house singing “Highway to Hell” while the audience had on their devil horns.  Then Madonna came out singing in her matador costume with her masked bulls (devils) declaring to live for love.  My spirit was overwhelmed with grief for our young ones.  I asked my husband if this is “new” or have my eyes just been veiled.  We concluded both.  As my eyes have been unveiled, so too has the demonic become more prevalent in the world today.

The lost come in all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds and social statuses according to the worldly standards.  The lost look at “us” (Christians) when such things as children on prayer rugs and singers with devil horns appall us and feel we are judging them.   When in fact, we are the very ones praying for them.  We don’t judge them but God will…and that is precisely why we pray for them.  We pray they see His mercy before they see His judgment.

I heard a girl say she did not believe in the after life so she was determined to make this life all it could be.  I’m sure this is the deception of many.  The enemy knows if he doesn’t mess with her “too bad” she will never have a reason to seek God.  Satan knows that by default she belongs to him and to hell she will go.

However, it seems that sometimes we (Christians) forget one thing in our despair for the lost.  Just as they (the lost) have not chosen Jesus, neither did we (Christians) choose Jesus.   Jesus CHOSE us…all of us, including the ones in hell right now, on the highway to hell and the ones on Calvary Road.  The ones in devil horns and even the girl who doesn’t believe at all…Jesus chose to call His friend if they will accept.   Our love for Jesus, who paid for all souls, is the reason we pray for the lost.  “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit , and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:15-16. 

Jesus chose us to go out and preach HIS Gospel to the lost, not worldly wisdom.  It is only through His Gospel that He will confirm His Word, not a counterfeit program but God’s program.  The miracles, signs and wonders will not come from Him until His Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified is preached.  ” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17.  The Lord isn’t going to give up on them, He chose them.  Because our Father chose them too, I pray His Gospel out of our mouths snatches their souls from the gates of hell.  I pray the lost see the choice they make by not making a choice.  I pray the lost hear the cries of the souls of the children on the prayer rugs and see them as they are being led to the slaughter by the enemy.   I thank the Lord for choosing us.  I praise the Lord for not giving up on us.  I praise the Lord for His mercy on the lost in hopes that all will come to salvation.   I thank you Lord.  – Donna Warren

Obligated?

Does grace lessen our obligations? If we give as an investment, only to receive, we do not understand what we have been given through God’s grace.  Chastisement is no longer necessary once obedience is learned.  What is the Lord trying to teach you today?  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Cain rebelled when God did not accept his offering. Cain’s was the first attempt at false doctrine and the Lord rejected it. However, the Lord still offered to accept the right sacrifice.  – Donna Warren