Seeking God’s heart, as in a mirror, reveals to us our heart which in turn causes the humility necessary to understand who we are. We must understand who we are in order to receive who He is. As we discern (not judge) the disposition of another’s heart we can see the heart revealed to them by the heart they are reflecting. While we stand, looking to Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, our condition is revealed to us under the covering of His Blood and His glory is reflected through us to others. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2. Only God knows our hearts but we can discern a heart’s disposition by it’s reflection. The heart we reflect to the world reveals the heart we are seeking. – Donna Warren
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5.
Just as satan convinced Eve she would be as a little god, so to does the word of faith doctrine. The grace revolution promotes true confession as putting faith in articulating God’s promises, “positive confession”, while maintaining it is not Biblical for us to confess our sins. Sinners confess sins and saints confess righteousness is their doctrine. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Sinners are called to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and saints are to confess.
In the past I have been corrected while trying to explain this positive confession was a form of “works”. People would explain that by declaring these scriptures over their situation would cause it to sink into their soul, so to speak. It would build their faith. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;” Hebrews 12:2. How does Jesus author and finish our faith when we are doing the work? In Luke 17:5 the Apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith “And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed…”. It is not the amount of faith we have but the object of our faith, Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. When our faith is placed on His finished works, it is solid…at times it may be little and other times great but always on the Solid Rock, Jesus. When the building of our faith is placed in our own hands by positive confession, it is of man and God cannot use man made faith.
Word of faith doctrine promotes faith but not the faith God recognizes. The only faith God recognizes is faith in Jesus and what He has done, not faith in our decrees. If our faith is man made it is not authored by Jesus. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17. Regarding hearing, according to the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9), only 25% of the seed falls onto good ground and will hear. “And He said unto them, he who has ears to hear, let them hear.” Matthew 13:9. Those who seek the Truth of the Word will hear as the Holy Spirit reveals and their faith will be built. It is heart knowledge, not head knowledge. The hearing ascends up to your head and not down into your heart. The Gospel is purposely designed this way to weed out the insincere.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. When we seek God first, it is revelation by the Holy Spirit and His Word, not repetition by man, that builds our faith. This revelation will ALWAYS line up with the Word of God. There is no “new” revelation as many claim – the Word of God is enough. Seeking the heart of God is like a mirror. When we seek His heart, our heart is reflected and we realize just how unrighteous we are, which in turn, humbles us to be declared righteous anyway…all because of Jesus and what He did on the Cross. Yes, as a Christian, we are the righteousness of God. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor. 5:21. However, I would prefer to declare Jesus’ righteousness and allow Him to be the author of my faith. – Donna Warren.
I want to personally ask everyone to read this post in its entirety. No matter how you may feel about the messenger (me), I pray the message will bless you. Furthermore, as always, test this and all other teachings against the Word of God. God Bless!
“…How shall we, who are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:2.
Throughout Romans chapter 6, the word sin in the original Greek is i_amartia, which is “the sin”. In other words sin is a noun and not a verb. It is hard for some to confess sin. Self righteousness, pride or rebellion will not allow them to admit that sin is their problem…sin the verb. However, sin is EVERYONE’S problem. Yes, I said everyone’s problem is sin…sin the noun. Our sin nature (noun) is what had dominion over us from birth. We can cast out every demon from hades but we can’t cast out an active sin nature. There is only one way to have dominion over our sin nature and that’s faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.
When we are initially saved, our faith is placed on Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. We are baptized into Jesus Christ and into the likeness of His Death (Romans 6:3 & 5). Jesus Christ did not have a sin nature. He had a free will but no sin nature. For us to be baptized into the likeness of His death, we too have to be cut off or unplugged from our sin nature. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit comes in and “unplugs” us from the sin nature. The sin nature is not dead but we are dead to it. Sin, the noun, no longer has dominion over us because our faith is based on what Jesus did and not what we have done. At this point, our faith is correctly appropriated because the harlot we call religion hasn’t appeared. The sinner (us) has been crucified and “dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11.
Then comes religion. As we are guided to and through the classes teaching us how to become a Christian, our faith begins to tilt to what that notebook says to do instead of what the Word of God says to do. We never realize we aren’t studying the Bible in context but instead picking out all of the “good stuff” and leaving out the part about “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10. Our religion is all about us living the resurrected life by our own accord. Instead of trusting God, we are testing God. We are not taught about what He has done but what we must do. Our faith has been misdirected and placed on what all we have done. At this point, we no longer have dominion over the sin nature because our faith has been misappropriated on our works and not the Lords. The Holy Spirit’s conviction is declared condemnation and He therefore steps aside as we go down the road of religion. The sin nature’s dominion begins to rise as we dig our heels in and fight. In an attempt to protect ourselves we don’t run back to faith in Jesus and the Cross but blame our sin problem on every demon from hades. We begin cast ing out demons when in fact it is the active sin nature we are battling. There is only one way to have dominion over our sin nature and that is faith in Jesus and what HE did…not what we have done.
Our problem is sin but it is the noun and not the verb. With all due respect, whether we believe it or not, that doesn’t change the fact. We will not, do not and cannot have dominion over the sin nature without faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot cast out our sin nature, we cannot bind our sin nature nor can we rebuke our sin nature. There is one way and one way only – our faith in what Jesus did on His Cross. Jesus Christ defeated every demon we are “fighting” already. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law but under Grace.” Romans 6:14. Living under the law will always conclude with the sin nature having dominion over us. The Law wrapped in a different package with a more seeker friendly, 40 day, grace revolution kind of way…is still law.
Grace comes in realizing, He, the Lord Jesus Christ, REALLY has already done it…ALL of it. We don’t have to live in the fear of doing all of these things; chasing down every demon or attending EVERY class (101, 201,301) until we graduate to “mature Christian” according to the world’s standards. We begin to understand grace by beginning to understand who our Saviour is and what He did for us. We begin to understand it is about what Jesus did that allows us to abide in God’s providence and not just us living in God’s providence. It is under the Blood that He continues His work in us; molding us and shaping us into who and what HE wants us to be, not that questionnaire we took in class 201. Our stumbles and failures are covered under His Blood as He teaches us His ways and equips us to live a holy life. We are not sinless perfection but sin no longer has dominion over our life. The good works we read about in the Bible automatically follow our proper faith because we know God has ordained it therefore He will see us through. The Word of God becomes a beautiful love story revealed to us by the Holy Spirit about a God who loves His children and sends His Son to save them. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18. It’s not about us, it’s about Him…Jesus Christ. – Donna Warren
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?…” Romans 10:13-15.
No matter the circumstances, whether it is the lost sinner or the oppressed saint, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that sets the captives free. Upon salvation, our faith is placed on Jesus’ finished work on the Cross. We believe what the Lord did on the Cross paid for all of our sins and the Holy Spirit goes to work in us. We are immediately dead to our sin nature (Romans 6:7) but our sin nature is not dead. We are “cut off” from our sin nature by the Holy Spirit but there are still enemies on the battle field that the Holy Spirit begins to prune. Immediately after salvation, the enemy returns, many times as an angel of light called religion, and attempts to direct our path and we begin our walk with the church and not with the Lord. Classes immediately begin teaching us how to be a Christian. The 101’s, 201’s and the like, quickly become our guides. As our faith slowly begins to slant toward the methods of man for our spiritual growth and the pricking of the Holy Spirit on our heart for our error is dismissed, the Holy Spirit’s work on the enemies that were still on the battlefield are hindered as man begins to take over the process. We don’t celebrate deliverance but we celebrate recovery. As the dominion of our sin nature begins to return due to our faith being directed away from the Cross of Jesus, we begin to seek out more of man’s methods for dominion over our sin nature. There is but One Way to defeat our sin nature and that is faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. With our continued faith in His finished work, the Holy Spirit is given full latitude to perform His work in us; giving us power to live the holy life we are called to live. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.
It is extremely easy to preach “trust God” until it comes to one’s own ministry. Once “we” get behind the pulpit, no matter what our pulpit may be, suddenly the Gospel of Jesus needs some help. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” John 6:44-45. We suddenly feel as if the Holy Spirit’s draw was for us to go “draw” others, when in fact it was for us to go preach the Gospel to all the nations. Our methods and schemes cannot draw the sinner. Serving God merely to stay out of hell does not produce a relationship with the Lord. While serving God only for His benefits and prosperity will not produce the division necessary to answer the call to be set apart. God loved us even as sinners. He wants us to love Him for Who He is and what He has done for us and to choose this day who we will serve (Joshua 24:15). Seeker friendly churches do not preach the full Gospel of Jesus because they do not trust God to draw the sinners, so they mold their gospel to fit the sinners.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. God will send His agents to preach His Word and the Holy Spirit to convict, what the person does with this light received is their own decision. God draws but will never drag us to Him.
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38. God has given us apostles, prophets, evangelist, preachers and teachers of His Word (Ephesians 4:11). The apostles declare the path, the prophets point us back to the path, evangelist exhort those on the path, preachers feed those on the path and the teachers teach the ways of the path. There is but one path and it is narrow and few will find it (Matthew 7:13-14). We must discern the path we are being pointed to and fed on and be sure it is a God given ministry and not a man made ministry. The Word of God says to mark, avoid (Romans 16:17) and rebuke false teachers (Titus 1:13). The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified will go forward. We are given our free will to choose or not to choose God’s way or our way. The individual is not predestined but the event is predestined (Ephesians 1:11). Choose this day who you will serve. – Donna Warren.
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:” Luke 12:51.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ begins with an ultimatum then a dialog with the Lord develops. Religion begins with developing a dialog, continuing a dialog with the ultimatum given by checking a box on a card to put into the offering plate. There is no draw of the Holy Spirit because it is not the Gospel of Jesus being preached. Circumcision of the heart never occurs because our dialog continues with the religious and never the Lord. Our Salvation remains in our mind and never ascends to our heart.
Once we turn from our religion and allow the Holy Spirit to draw us to the Truth of the full Gospel of Jesus, the things we once did out of religious necessity to overcome our sin nature (memorize scripture, fast, etc.) become the very things we can’t get enough of. It is as if our spirits are emaciated and are now being fed meat. The sin nature we fought so hard against is now something the Lord is pruning. The bondages which once required breaking family curses and soul ties, positive confession instead of confession of sin and casting out a demon instead of overcoming the sin, we are now delivered from through our faith in what Jesus did instead of what we have to do.
Our salvation is a choice. God does not send people to hell, it is a choice we make by not making a choice. Our spiritual growth is a choice as well. The false teachers we see on the television are the false teachers we read about in the Word of God and the pews many are sitting in on Sundays are following the doctrine of the false teachers. The Purpose Driven Life churches, word of faith churches and prosperity churches are all following right down the path of the universal world order we read about in Revelations 13…yet it seems as if many remain blind. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:11. Are we really going to sit back and allow the wolves to steal the sheep while the shepherds are seemingly asleep?
God still has and will always have a remnant of people who are seeking Him and His Truth. There are still churches that preach the purity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Adding the Gospel of Jesus to another gospel does not make the other gospel pure but makes the believer a harlot. Discern the doctrines, study the Word of God and seek the Lord for His Truth….He will guide you to His Truth but we must be willing to accept His Truth, otherwise He will allow us to believe a lie (2 Thess. 2:11). – Donna Warren
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:5-8.
I remember the first time someone told me I was an intercessor. If I was to be completely honest, I would have to admit I “liked” it. It felt like I had been given a “title”…very fleshy I know but very true. The intercessory prayer warriors seem to be a class of super Christians – or so I thought. The idea that intercession is the privilege and calling of only some Christians is unscriptural and destructive which can lead to pride and self righteousness.
Now that I have upset all of the intercessors who have the title of intercessor, let’s talk about true biblical intercessors. The definition of intercessor is one who intercedes or makes a petition on the behalf of others. There are many examples in the Bible of intercessors, Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Daniel just to name a few. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is our intercessor to God. “…It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34.
Religion today replaces God’s calling on a person’s life with a title given by a questionnaire. There is not a special “calling” for intercessory prayer warriors. As a Christian, each and everyone of us are called to be intercessors. We are all called to pray for others. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. “My people” means my people. If God’s people, each and every one of us, will humble ourselves and pray, we too will hear from Heaven. We can’t continue looking to the “super Christians” with a title to do what the Lord is expecting all of us to do.
No matter the title we have been given by man, slothful or super, Jesus Christ chose us long before we chose Him. When we seek Him and His ways, the Lord will place things on our heart for us to pray for and we stop what we’re doing and pray. God is looking for a consecrated people who will pray for His will to be done in spite of man’s will. We are all called to intercede for others and for our nation. Just because some do and others don’t, doesn’t mean we weren’t all called. If you are a Christian, you are an intercessor – may we all humble ourselves and pray. – Donna Warren.
Revelation requires repentance of error, not addition to error. When we receive the revelation of our error regarding where we have placed our faith after Salvation, we have to repent of our error. The only thing standing between our soul and hell is the Cross of Jesus, yet we have tried every way in the world to get around or help the Cross of Jesus. The wrong motivation for fasting, praying or even studying our Bible can result in our faith being placed in that particular “work” in order to earn righteousness. Of course, all of this is Biblical and we should all do these things…but with the correct motives, to learn WHO Jesus is and WHAT He did. When we begin to think the Bible is all about us and what we do, we’ve missed it. The Word of God is all about Jesus and what He did. We don’t feel worthy if we don’t do our part, which is the point – we’re not worthy. Our true condition is never realized because the veil of religion (word of faith, grace revolution, etc.) has been accepted by the believer and our faith placed on our works (declarations, decrees, warfare, methods, programs and classes).
We must go back to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be sure not to add the simplicity to our man made schemes. The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus and “we” can’t add the power of God to our schemes. Jesus Christ doesn’t need our help, only our faith. “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2. Jesus is calling His sheep back to the Cross, do you recognize His voice? – Donna Warren
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16.
I have often thought about the hot and cold in Christ in terms of emotion or zeal for the Lord. The temperature of a Christian was, to me, vertical. However, I have come to realize hot and cold is more like the game of Hunt the Thimble. The closer we are to the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, the hotter we are. The lukewarm churches have turned the Bible into a history book and Jesus into a man who was born thousands of years ago or is soon coming.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9.
Once a relationship is established with Jesus upon salvation, our fellowship begins with each other instead of the Lord. What is suppose to be Biblical unity in the faith has become a religious community of self-righteous and proud believers. As we fellowship with one another, twisting the scriptures to glorify us instead of the Lord, the lump becomes leavened. We have neglected to allow His light to shine on our darkness and reveal to us our true condition. We are proud of our condition instead of humble. We are never taught trust because we were too busy rebuking the test instead seeking God for understanding.
There are many who gage one’s spiritual temperature by emotion. If our faith is placed anywhere other than Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, we are indeed the ones who are lukewarm. Our faith waivers to and fro based on our efforts and not His finished works. Our faith in Jesus’ requires submission of our ways to learn the ways of the Lord. The spiritual “Thimble”, if you will, is how close we are to the Truth for “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24. When we take our emotions out of the way, how hot are we? – Donna Warren
When we decide to lay our Isaac down, God will send a ram. Until then we will be sacrificing our Isaac over and over again. God will not share His glory. The Lord doesn’t want your Isaac, He wants your faith. Do you have an Isaac you need to lay at the altar? When we get out of His way and believe in Jesus’ victory on His Cross, we can then become partakers in His victory. The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus and His Sacrifice. If you believe the words “It is finished” as spoken by Jesus Christ on the Cross (John 19:30), then lay Isaac down and pick up your cross. Jesus wants to deliver you. – Donna Warren
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17.
It wasn’t that long ago that I was one of those “good people”. I worked hard, played hard and was trucking right on through life. Good times, bad times, hard times and easy times…they all came and they all went. Sunday mornings was probably my favorite time of the week. Work all week, catch up on house and yard work on Saturday, then Sunday…exhale and sink in to the sofa for the day. The thought of actually getting up and going to church on Sunday was the furthest thing from my mind.
The thing about the “good people”, even the ones who recognize God as God and Jesus as His Son, we really thought our success and failures were completely up to us. What was truly God’s blessing, we thought was luck. We could look back on our life and think of how “fortunate” we had been. While in reality, God created us to be in fellowship with Him but due to man’s fall (Adam’s sin), we were condemned to death. But God so loved the us, that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile us with Him. Jesus paid our debt on the Cross and redeemed us to God the Father. Actually, even most of the “good people” know the story of Jesus. Please keep in mind though, this doesn’t mean your saved…even the demons know Jesus.
Sometimes I wonder though, although we knew the story of the Gospel of Jesus, did we really comprehend the depths and the width of what God has done for us? Quite emphatically I can say NO! Unfortunately, us hard headed good people don’t miss something until it’s gone. We have all lost something or someone and didn’t realize how much we missed it/them until they were gone. Well, you see, that’s kind of how God works with many of us good folks who are “self sufficient”. As He begins to lift His Hand, the hard times begin to get a little harder and last a little longer. Some of us are quite tenacious. We proceed dig our heels in and start fighting that devil. Eventually, because of God’s love for us, He will break us down to we are at the very end of ourselves. We are stripped bare, no more dignity and any lingering pride is long gone.
What do you say then – thanks but no thanks. You could really do without that kind of “love”, huh? Lest we forget, we hardly gave the Lord any notice when we were receiving His blessings as one of the good people. We didn’t understand He loved us then and now we certainly don’t understand since He let this happen to us, we never hurt anyone! What kind of love is that?
Well, please allow me to give you this, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18. To be blunt, good people go to hell and God doesn’t want good people to go to hell. Since we don’t pay any attention to Him while we’re doing good (keep in mind I’m not necessarily talking about financial), He has to try to get our attention. 1 Corinthian 5:5 says “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” None of these things are fun folks. We all watch the news and the unbelievers are not spiritually discerned, but even the unbelieving good people can see the evil in the world.
Our salvation is a choice we have to make. If you are one of those good people who are still doing good, well praise the Lord. God wants to bless us. The Lord’s goodness is meant to bring us to repentance (Romans 2:4). No matter the case, if you haven’t made the choice to accept Jesus as you Saviour, then by default you have rejected Him…good person or not. There are no loop holes for good people. I pray if you are still one of those good people enjoying your Sunday mornings on the porch, that you will yield to the draw of the Holy Spirit. I pray you allow the Lord to lead you to a church and not just go to the one everyone else attends. I pray He gives you discernment between motivational gospel and His Gospel. I pray you stay at the Cross of Jesus after salvation and don’t allow man to steer you away to another gospel which teaches you their “how to’s” and stands in the way of the Holy Spirit guiding you.
Most of all I pray you realize, even good people have to make this choice. I pray you choose Jesus Christ while He is still your Saviour and not your Judge. – Donna Warren