Monthly Archives: February 2015

Reflecting

Last night on television I heard a preacher say something to the effect of “when you walk out of church, do you walk out saying ‘what a great speaker’ or ‘what a great God’ we have?” Automatically I started going down my mental checklist of preachers and teachers I’ve heard.  Needless to say, there were some on each side of the spectrum.  In some cases I walked away with a checklist of things I can do to improve both my Christian walk and my life in general and others I walked away with  an overwhelming feeling of God’s glory and mercy.  In either case, these are God’s anointed ones and His business.  The Lord doesn’t need my help.

Then, to my horror, I turned the table around and asked myself the same questions.  After reading this blog, does one walk away saying ‘what an inspirational writer she is’ or ‘what a great God she has’?  The only inspiration I ever want to offer is “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ” Matthew 6:33.  The only thing I have to offer anyone is my testimony of what the Lord has done in my life and the love He has given me to share with others.  The emptiness I see in people today is the manifestation of years and years of self help methodologies leading people to look inward instead of upward for the help they need.  The checklist of how to’s which leads to self righteousness or condemnation as opposed to the Word of God which, like a mirror, reflects our true nature causing us to humble ourselves .

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a method. The term “the Gospel” is defined as “the teachings” of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, He is the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning and the End…Jesus Christ is alive.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ or “the teaching” of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified if you will,  is to provoke us to seek a relationship with our Saviour.  The Gospel of Jesus is not to merely duplicate His ways to achieve His rewards but to seek a relationship with Him because of what He has done for us.  To attempt to understand the supernatural revelations of the Word of God in the natural is futile.

“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.

There is no excuse, out of the millions of Christians in the world, to leave discipleship up to a few.  We disciple others with our testimony of what the Lord has done for us and what HE can do for them.  Not HOW He did it in us so they can try to duplicate what He did in us in themselves.  When we witness of what the Lord has done in us, we must also exhort them to seek God for His will.  The enemy will try to distract, deceive and discourage us from being a witness or seeking God’s will.  Satan knows how dangerous we are to the kingdom of darkness when we are in God’s will and purpose.  The enemy knows he will be exposed and defeated when we have a relationship with Jesus.  Satan knows that our Lord Jesus Christ has the keys to his kingdom and his defeat was sealed on the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus is what transforms us, not religion of man.  Man made religion and traditions has no authority what so ever over the enemy.  The enemy is not under our feet when we are seeking self help instead of God’s help.  It is purely God’s goodness and love for us that keeps even the lost from being completely destroyed by the enemy, in hopes we will turn to Him. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.  If it wasn’t for God’s goodness and love, His protection over us, satan would have killed us a long time ago.  The only power we have over the enemy is in Jesus name with our faith in His Cross.

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. ” Romans 13:11

Our salvation is up to us.  The faith of one will not save the other.  It is ultimately up to the person being convicted by the Holy Spirit to accept the call.  As for me, I can only tell you of how big my God is and pray you answer His call for a relationship.  “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.”  I can’t tell you how but I can tell you “Who” saved me.  Jesus Christ is His name. YOU are the one who feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  This is the power of God.  He is the one who delivers us.  I pray you respond.   – Donna Warren

Heart for the Lost

My heart is grieved for the spiritually blind.  I hear and see revelations now that I once looked at as being silly.  When the Lord enlightens us to His glory, the veil of the enemy is removed and we can see the darkness from the light.  The darkness of pride and rebellion against the righteousness of God becomes striking.  It is not a judgment from Christians but more of a plea to the lost.  A desperate cry to the unsaved and unbelieving that the Lord is knocking at their door, can’t you hear Him?  I (we) hear Him, we see Him knocking on the door of the lost but they are deaf.  They cannot hear the call of the Cross of Jesus for the clamoring of the world.  The enemy convinces them the conviction of the Holy Spirit is foolishness.  The rational of the blind, the “if’s” of the Gospel of Jesus and the plan B’s are all delays and distractions of the devil.  There are NO “if’s” in the Gospel of Jesus and there is no plan B.  The resurrection doesn’t come before the sacrifice.  It is God’s plan of salvation, not ours.  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.

Coming from someone who had a plan B, I now understand plan B was the highway to hell and not Calvary Road.  Coming from someone who did not believe there was really a hell but really wanted to believe in Heaven is not judgment but a plea to seek the Lord for salvation today.  Seek the Lord before His grace is over and judgment begins.  The rapture of the church will leave this world in utter darkness.  If tribulation is the plan B, what makes one think they will be able to follow the Lord then but not now?  Life will be desolate then.  If we don’t know the voice of the Holy Spirit now, how will we discern the imitators and false witnesses to come?

This life is no longer just about Donna and surviving.  Jesus has already equipped me with the survival tools I need for eternal life.  “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Proverbs 12:15.  While looking through my own eyes for many years, I deemed myself a “good person” until my veil was removed and I saw Good, I saw grace…I saw Jesus.

If you are one who thinks this message is silliness, then it is you this message is for.  The fact that you have read this far is proof that the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.  Praise God, the love of Jesus reaches far beyond our veil.  The Lord Jesus is still wanting to save His sheep from the enemy.

God’s elect will be deceived and led astray as well (Matthew 24:24).  After centuries of legalism in the church which the enemy used to catapult God’s people into hypergrace and non-repentance of sins, there are many today who have been deceived by seducing spirits.  This statement is not to offend but to expose the snare of the enemy in the church.  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6.  I beseech each and every one to discern and test the spirits.  Psychological motivation does not save souls.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified saves souls; no motivation needed.  The Holy Spirit cannot convict when a false gospel is preached.  I pray for the churches and pastors who, with every good intention, have been led astray into the psychology gospel.  These are not people who are out to deceive but have been deceived themselves.  Prayer is needed, not judgment.  The media is filled with ministers who once preached the Gospel of Jesus that have now been seduced by these deceiving spirits.

Yes, my heart is grieved but I know God’s will is for all to be saved.  I know His ways are bigger and better than my ways.  The Lord Jesus came to get me and He will come after others who remain lost as well.  I will continue to pray for the lost and praise God for Him doing what I cannot – save my loved ones and my family from eternal hell.  As much as we want to “fix” everything, we cannot…but God can, God will and God is waiting.  Do you hear Him?

-Donna Warren

Psychology Gospel

Motivation as defined by Merriam Webster is a factor within a human being or animal that arouse and direct goal-oriented behaviour.  Motivation has long been a central subject of study in psychology.  Psychology ranges from humanistic (felt needs), behavioral (external goals) and cognitive (motive).   Psychology is a valid science and motivation is useful.  However, when it comes our salvation, neither belong in the church.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, ” 1 Timothy 4:1.  This deceit will not come dressed in a red cape and pitch fork.  It will in fact be subtle and pretty; might even tickle a little.  The deceit may even come under a veil of  “preaching the Gospel” but instead of having faith in the supernatural power of the Gospel of Jesus, it will guide one toward faith in the program or method applied instead of Jesus’ finished work.

The deceit will be widespread as the methods become appealing to the dark and lost world.  The 12 steps, functions and entertainment will keep us “too busy” to sin.  Many “good” people with the best of intentions, whose heart is truly breaking, will be pointed to the methods of man and the promises of God.  Well intentioned people will be doing the pointing.  The deceit that will arise in the church will lead lost down every road but Calvary Road.  Calvary Road was and is the only road where sin was defeated not detoured. Any gospel other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified will not save the lost nor sanctify the saints.  Psychology in the church is a counterfeit gospel straight from the pits of hell.

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. ” Matthew 24:24.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ regenerates a heart.  All things are made new.  It is His resurrection that makes the Gospel effective.  The Lord saved us FROM sin not in sin.  What the people need to know is the power of our God.  They need to be reminded that our God split the Red Sea and that He can make the sun stand still.  God’s children need to be reminded He  can deliver them from a den of lions.  Psychology in the pulpit exalts itself above the Gospel.  Lack of faith in the power of God results in derailed faith.  How are the lost going to see the power of God when they are directed toward self will and self  preservation which cannot, did not and will not defeat the sin nature.  God will not be mocked and He will not share His glory.

Christianity is not a work ethic but a metamorphosis done by the Holy Spirit.  It is the Gospel that is powerful.  “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” Malachi 3:6.  Knowing and believing this scripture, along with every other scripture in God’s Word, causes us to lean on God for our strength.  God’s strength and our weakness causes us to want more of Him and less of us, not more of us.  We look upward and not inward. 

Remembering whose blood purchased our soul will also remind us of the resurrecting power in His Blood, the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Dry bones are beginning to rattle and souls are at stake, feed them some meat.   – Donna Warren