Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sin Stagnant?

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16.

What did we, the church, think would happen?  Did we think because we were lukewarm that satan would be lukewarm as well?  Did we think the virility of evil wouldn’t make it to our doorstep?  If it doesn’t affect us, it’s not our business, right?  What about that person it is effecting, do we sit back and watch satan drag them into hell?  What about our children and grandchildren?  Who/what will hold evil back from them and their lives if the church remains stagnant?

It has been on my heart that we are praying stagnant prayers for our unsaved loved ones.  I am blessed that all of my immediate family members are saved.  However, I have immediate family members who have immediate family members who are not saved and for them my heart breaks.  I pray with them and for them but one thing I always catch myself praying is for God to protect them…which is by no means a bad thing to pray.  BUT, now I’m praying to God to do anything He has to in order keep them out of hell.  No more stagnant, lukewarm prayers just to keep them safe for this lifetime but to keep them eternally and forever more safe in His arms…not mine.  Sin is not stagnant.  It is God’s wish for all, for whosoever will, to be saved,  “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.  Why are we stagnant?  Why are we praying stagnant prayers over our loved ones?

We are bold enough to pray for God’s will, not ours in our own lives because we have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Are we brave enough to pray for God’s will in our lost loved one’s lives as well, even though we know it may have bring them heartbreak first?  Are we willing to trust God to reveal Himself to them, just as He did to us or do we feel the need to keep our hands in the pot?  “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.” John 6:44.  We lift Jesus up and God the Holy Spirit, draws them…do we believe that?  No one can be saved unless the Holy Spirit draws them and the Holy Spirit can’t draw them unless the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being lifted up.  The Holy Spirit cannot condone another gospel. 

Be warned – if you are a loved one of a loved one who does not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, I am praying to God for Him to do or to allow whatever it takes to make you cry out on the name of Jesus Christ.  Also know this, as soon as you do cry out on the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will come and snatch you out of the grip of satan’s hand.  As soon as you call on the name of Jesus, there will be no fight, no struggle for your freedom from satan’s grip, it will be instantaneous.  All it takes is calling His name, the name of Jesus and He will free you from the chains that has kept you from being what God has called you to be.  Satan doesn’t want you to know this but until YOU call on the name of Jesus Christ and ask him to come into your heart and save you, you are a sinner condemned to hell…eternal hell.

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12.  If you are a Christian and feel like the things that are happening in this world have nothing to do with you, you are part of the problem.  The Bible calls you lukewarm.  As you sit back and let evil overcome others and their loved ones, there is a remnant who are still on their face praying to God for Him to snatch the lost out of the pits of hell.  Satan is after our children and we can’t save them from his grips but we know Who can…the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us lift up the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to them and let Him draw them…no matter the cost.  – Donna Warren

 

 

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If I Wash thee not?

“Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” John 13:6-8.

“…If I wash thee not, thou has no part with me.” John 13:8.  The Lord has had me on that scripture for two days.  Humility is required to allow the Lord to wash you.  Often we try to clean ourselves up before allowing the Lord to truly clean us, kind of how we clean our house before the cleaning lady comes.   We don’t like for others to see our dirt.  Religion will help us get our house in order.  Everything will appear nice and tidy until you start looking under the rug and in the closet.  The dirt is still there and in fact piles up.  The dirt will always resurface eventually.

Far too often our pride will hinder the Lord of washing us.  We want Him to wash the things we dislike but tuck the others under the rug or in the closet.  Our flesh is good at hiding the signs of a dirty house without ever getting rid of the dirt.  Now that we realize WHO needs to wash us, Jesus Christ, we now must understand WHAT needs to be washed.  Our heart.  Once our heart is washed, the sins fall off.

It takes a humble heart to admit we have dirt under the rug.  Jesus already knows this, He just wants us to admit it so He can cleanse us.  Pride will keep us sweeping it under the rug and religion will show us how.  If our heart is not changed, we have not been washed by the Blood of Jesus.

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46.  There are many who call Jesus Lord, but He is only Lord of those who obey His Word.  Has He washed you?  Are you part of Him?  Is He your Lord?  Do you obey His Word?   – Donna Warren

Not Claiming It Doesn’t Change It

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:11-13. 

Only the sick get healed and only the sinners get saved.  Just as we have to confess our spiritual condition as a sinner to be saved, we also must admit our physical condition to be healed.  Whether we “claim” it or not, our condition remains the same until we seek the Lord for our healing.   – Donna Warren

Wisdom Speaks

“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof:  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all My reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:24-33.

God’s way brings life, while man’s way brings death.  Man has turned away from the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and leaned on their own wisdom.  Man’s wisdom will always appeal to the flesh and will require work on our part to figure it out, which makes us feel like we have accomplished something.  God’s wisdom requires faith in His Son and will witness to our spirit.  Pray for discernment before rejecting the offense.  Is the offense a rebuke from the Lord?  Are we rejecting God’s wisdom and disregarding His counsel?

“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:25-26. 

What is it that is offensive to you, the world or the Word?

-Donna Warren

Flee from a Stranger’s Voice

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-5. We can’t change the Gospel of Jesus Christ but it can change us. If there is no change taking place, it is not the Gospel of Jesus you are receiving. If the gospel tells you “how” to change instead of Who (the Lord Jesus Christ) can change you, it’s another gospel. Our Salvation begins at the Cross of Jesus, our deliverance is at the Cross of Jesus and our victory is at the Cross of Jesus. ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. Follow Jesus and not the voice of strangers. – Donna Warren

Past, Present and Future Forgiveness of Sin

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” Hebrews 10:14-16. 

God’s great redemption plan is not based on the philosophy of man but in a Man, THE Man Jesus Christ.  There are those who believe that our sin is paid for past, present and future implies there is no repentance necessary after salvation.  Sin is paid for past, present and future by One Sacrifice, Jesus Christ which means there will be no other acceptable Sacrifice for our sin.  Nothing we can do will atone for our sin.

“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.  There is a teaching making the rounds that the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which all believers receive when they sin, is not the Holy Spirit but instead it is condemnation from the devil.  This teaching is straight from the pits of hell people and pastors like Joseph Prince are busting the gates wide open with such fallacies.

I read a quote on another website that was attempting to rationalize this false teaching that pretty much summed up the mind set of these believers.  It said, “That is why we confess our sins to God—not to maintain our salvation, but to bring ourselves back into close fellowship with the God who loves us and has already forgiven us.”  First of all, let me make one thing clear, when we knowingly sin, we are not forgiven those sins until we repent and ask forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  Secondly, this logic completely explains the come as you are, stay as you are mentality.   We can have our salvation and not have to fellowship with God, Who would shine a light on our sin and cause us to change.  Well, isn’t that Christ like? (Insert sarcasm).  Furthermore,  this apostate belief, gives plenty of room for fellowship with friends to motivate and coddle one another.  Insert psychology behind the pulpit and you now have a mega church.

Let’s reiterate Hebrews 10:16 once more, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” .  Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, He did not abolish the Law.  In fact He took the Law a step further and said “…That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.  If His Law is not written on your heart…well, you may need to get saved.  Sorry to be blunt but the Bible said it would be written on our heart and that we would know them by their fruit.  That tells me when I see the party pics on Facebook with the cocktail in your hand or the rainbow profile,  that His law isn’t written on your heart.

We all sin and fall short of the glory of God.  But a saint hates their sin just as much as they hate others sin because it is in direct opposition of what is on our hearts.  Fellowship with others, following their methods is not what delivers us from bondages.  There is only One who can deliver us from our sin and that is the Man Jesus Christ.  He is the One who “…made a shew of them (demons) openly, triumphing over them in it.”  The same demons some are entertaining daily, are the same demons Jesus Christ made a show of at Calvary.  For one to think this is acceptable and that God forgives us anyway is an abomination.  “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:29.

God’s plan of Salvation is not a philosophy, He is a Man, The Man Jesus Christ who will write His Laws on our heart and give us the strength to live the holy life our Holy God demands. – Donna Warren

 

Can a Christian Judge?

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Cor. 2:15-16 verses “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1.
Did God contradict Himself?  Not hardly.  Has man deceitfully used this scripture out of context?  It seems so.  How are we suppose to examine and reprove without judging?  The difference is the standard in which we judge.  “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24.  We don’t judge according to appearance or motive but we judge according to the Word of God…the justly divided Word of God.
” I (Apostle Paul) wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Cor. 5:9-13. 
As a Christian, we need to judge everything according to the Word of God otherwise we will be the one following someone into a ditch.  Furthermore,  if we truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we see them headed for a ditch, they better be tripping over our dead bodies before falling in the ditch.
In Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”, this statement by Jesus refers back to the previous ten verses, Matthew 6:25-34.  We are not to judge poverty or prosperity as Jobs friends did and pronounce trials as judgment and prosperity as blessings.  I realize this may put a wrench in some of the prosperity preacher’s preach but God will allow trials to test and teach His Child.
The only difference in a sinner and a saint is the saint realized they were a sinner and then believed in our Saviour, Jesus Christ for our redemption.  A saint’s sin and a sinner’s sin is still sin.  The Lord has not yet declared judgment on man but He has certainly declared judgment on the sin.  When the Word of God declared a sin as sin, judgment of that sin was rendered and that is eternal death.  That is why Jesus came to save us, from the sin that has already been judged as sin; not by man but by God.  Jesus did not come to save us “in” sin but “from” sin; hence the reason a saint abhors sin, because of the price paid for our redemption by Jesus Christ.
So when the sinner screams we (Christians) can’t judge them, they are correct.  We judge the doctrine of our brothers and sisters according to the Word of God and if they are headed for a ditch, tell them.  However, the sin that the sinner is committing is already judged by God and the sentence is death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.  By us condoning, sugar coating and compromising with sin by calling it everything but sin we have forsaken God instead of sin.  It is time for Christians to come out of the closet and point to sin and tell the sinner “that is a sin”.  The United States government, nor any other government for that matter, can judge the moral law that God has already declared.
While I’m on my soap box let me also say this to all of the churches who are “standing beside the Biblical view of marriage”….well, you got it half right which means you still failed miserably.  Instead of continuing to sugar coat it, let’s go ahead put the rubber to the road and abhor that which is evil (Romans 12:9); why can’t we stand flat footed and say “we stand beside the Biblical view of marriage and feel the legalization of same sex marriage is an abomination to God.”  That is not condemning or judging anyone, they are already condemned and judged, but that is letting them know what they are doing is a sin. How will a sinner ever realize they are a sinner if no one ever tells them what they are doing is a sin?  I always thought I was a “good” person before I got saved.  I worked hard, played hard and didn’t hurt anyone as far as I was concerned…if only someone would have told me; no what you are doing is a sin instead of patting me on the back and telling me “it’s alright, God still loves you”.  Which brings me to my closing point, God does love the sinner and most sinners have been told that, the problem is they don’t realize they are sinners.  We will all be held accountable.  Did you make the sinner comfortable, did you sugar coat it or did you tell them that’s a sin and God hates sin?  Jesus didn’t only save us from our sin but He saved them from their sin as well.  Shouldn’t we tell them? – Donna Warren

Willful Blindness

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Our willful blindness to the Word of God is not God’s fault.  The Lord has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to guide and direct us.  The Bible specifically tells us ” Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

The Cross of Jesus Christ exposes religion and the works of the flesh.  It is us, our fallible flesh, that has forsaken the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus and accepted religion.  Religion appealed to our flesh; it made us feel a part of something but it was not of God.  Christianity is not religion but a Man, The Man Jesus Christ.  The woman at the well went to the city and said “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” John 4:29.   Jesus exposed her sin but did not condemn her which caused her to believe.  It is the convicting power of the Holy Spirit that produces the guilt (not condemnation but conviction) required for repentance.  A confession that ignores sin or that doesn’t require a need for a  pardon is a confession to and for religion, not Jesus Christ. The Lord is looking for Holy worship, not holy worshippers.

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34.  Jesus has given us authority to use His name to perform the will of the Father (1 John 5:14-15)…not the will of man by the scheme of man.  In order for us to “finish His work” as well, we must be in His will and it will be HIS work.  God’s work will be born of the Spirit and not of the flesh.

Religion is born of the flesh and does not have the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.  Religion’s works lack that which causes one’s heart to change which exposes the need for a pardon.  Religion will promote taking it day by day because it doesn’t know the delivering power of the Holy Ghost.  The Sabbath of the flesh is a particular day depending on the religion of choice, while the Sabbath born of the spirit is resting in Jesus Christ – HE is our Sabbath every day, 24 hours a day.

Come, come see this Man who told me of my sin and I believed Him.  Come see the One who delivered me from the bondages of alcohol and nicotine.  I didn’t have to take it day by day with this Man.  This Man told me to go and sin no more and the chains were broken.  This Man is Jesus Christ, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  – Donna Warren