Monthly Archives: September 2015

Divine Nature

“For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.” Romans 6:10

If the Lord Jesus Christ died for us to have dominion over sin, which He surely did, don’t you also believe He wants us to have this great victory?  Why then do so many Believers remain in bondage to sin? 

Before our Salvation, our sin nature had dominion over us.  Even us strong willed personalities, or as some prefer to say, stubborn personalities could not say no to sin.  Sin is not static and satan will raise the bar until the unbeliever can no longer resist the temptation when we are ruled by our sin nature.  However, glory be to God, upon our Salvation we are declared dead to sin.  The sin nature is no longer effective in our lives as we become partakers of the Divine Nature.  The sin nature is not dead, as is obvious, but we are dead to it through our belief in Jesus Christ’s atoning Sacrifice for our sin. 

So what happened, why are so many Believers still in bondage over sin?  It is certainly NOT because Jesus’ finished work failed.  It is NOT because the Lord doesn’t want you to have victory over sin.  So what is it then?

“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.  You see the Law of the Spirit will not override the Believer’s will or any attempts to defeat sin ourselves which can only be done by the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work.  It is not our will, our ways or our devised methods that overcame sin but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and only Jesus Christ and Him Crucified that overcame sin, death and hell.  So it is our faith there, in HIS finished work that allows the Holy Spirit to operate and give us dominion over sin. It is there, through the Cross of Jesus Christ that we are able to be partakers in the Divine Nature.  All of our other methods are works not faith, no matter the appearance of holiness. 

The bondage which many Believers remain under is because they are still in a relationship with the sin nature and not partaking in the Divine Nature.  This relationship with the sin nature is due to their works, their sincere trying to overcome sin all on their own accord.  They struggle to defeat sin because they hate it but fail time and time again. They Holy Spirit’s hands are tied because they are busy trying with all of the sincerity in their heart but their faith has been directed to their works and not His works and the Holy Spirit is rendered helpless in their struggle because He has not been commissioned to do our will but His will.  Because this relationship with the sin nature seems holy and righteous through its good works, it is not recognized as partaking in the sin nature but instead believe it to be partaking in the Divine Nature, yet this Divine Nature is not breaking bondages like we understood it to do.  Confusion results and unfortunately faith can be destroyed…which of course is satan’s goal. 

The Word of God does not teach sinless perfection this side of Glory.  However, it teaches sin is not to have dominion over Believers.  As a born again Believer in the finished work of Jesus Christ we hate sin and love holiness….even when it’s our own sin.  We walk, we talk, we think and we act like Christians because that is who we are; we are partakers of the Divine Nature through Jesus Christ.  If you are reading this and you are a Christian who is under bondage, this does not mean you are any less a Christian.  This means that you are to know and understand that the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made you free from the law of sin and death through your faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work.  You are to know that your only battle is the battle of faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  Do not allow your faith to be misdirected anywhere else, your deliverance is coming down that dusty road called Calvary and His name is above all names, Jesus!  -Donna Clark Warren

Unholy Mixture

Once we understand the Cross of Jesus for our sanctification and spiritual growth, we can’t remain in our religion.  Adding His Work to our religion is an unholy mixture that the Bible refers to as spiritual adultery.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:4-6.

The Holy Spirit is envious and jealous over that which is His responsibility.   It is the Holy Spirits commission from God, the Father to equip the Saint for their ministry, to deliver the Saint from their oppression and to give them victory but He, the Holy Spirit, can only do this when our faith is solely on Jesus Christ and HIS finished work  (Romans 8:2) not our works.  Our works include all of these religious activities in the church that cause us to break relationship with the Lord in order to have relationship with Him.  As ridiculous as it sounds is indeed how ridiculous it is.  Causing one to break relationship with God (ie. 40 days, 100 ways, instinct, pythons, etc.) in order to know God is absurd. We know the Lord and His ways by fellowshipping with HIM.  Jesus Christ is not only a man from 2000+ years ago, He is not only our soon coming Saviour but Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour right now today and He is active in our lives when we allow Him room.

Religion, as religious as it may seem, will attempt to smother the Holy Spirit out of our lives, keeping us too busy to actually fellowship with Him.  In this way, we never actually know Him, we just know a lot about Him.  Our Salvation remains in our head and never ascends to our heart.  We are obedient to His Word, as we should be, but it is because we are “suppose” to and not because we want to.  We are more superstitious than we are righteous.

Don’t mix these religious ceremonies and rituals the modern day church has devised with the Holy and Sacred Sacrifice God has already provided, Jesus Christ, to overcome sin.  This mixture brings death not life.  The only Sacrifice that brings life and defeats sin is the Sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, don’t defile His Work with flesh or religion.  The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for the work the Lord has ordained for us to do but as long as we are practicing our religion, we will get religion; flesh births flesh.  “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6.  We can’t mix flesh and spirit, it is an unholy mixture.  – Donna Clark Warren.

 

 

The Busy, The Active and The Involved

I have heard it said by two different missionaries from two different countries on two different occasions that if the majority of missionaries (please note I said majority and not all) came home they would be doing the work of God a great service.  The social gospel that is being preached today in the U.S. is being spread like wild fire through out the world.  The Gospel of Jesus is put on the back burner while man’s good works are displayed among the lost in hopes those good works will attract the lost next Sunday to a church service where they learn how they too can perform good works and the church/ministry flourishes while the people remain in bondage.  Their ministries are of works, albeit good works but the focus is on the works and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As my dear friend and brother stated, they are busy, active and involved in their works which leads to self righteousness.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.  The Bible is full of scripture about helping the needy and by no means am I saying we should not.  What I am saying, quite bluntly but in love, is that a door knob, a donut or a ditch will not defeat sin.  What the lost need is liberty that can only come from Jesus Christ.  When the hearts of the people who are living in such darkness and despair are told of this Hope, this Good News of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit will prick their hearts and their hearts will be changed.  It is the hearts of those who are living in that community that must be changed in order for our good works to sustain.  If hearts are not changed by the Gospel of Jesus and His light given to the community, the forces of darkness will re enter as soon as we leave and that well that was built or that door that was replaced will further the kingdom of darkness instead of the Kingdom of Heaven.

“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:14-17.  Proper faith will produce proper works that God will recognize; as opposed to improper faith in works of the flesh that God does not recognize.  Our works won’t save them Church, but His Gospel will, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  I understand the churches go on mission trips all of the time and they usually go with zeal and a purpose to help the community.  Unfortunately, it is that zeal that the enemy uses to overshoot the Great Commission of spreading the Gospel and it becomes the great commission of good works and local missions with a watered down Gospel being preached. 

Perhaps the most disturbing thing my friend said was the reason for the difficulty in preaching the full counsel of the Word of God, rightly divided on the mission field these days.  His reason rattled both my husband and I to the bones, opened our eyes wide open.  You see, as we know, the United States has always been looked upon as a Christian nation.  We have led the way in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  However, because of the watered down, sugar coated, 40 days, 100 ways, harbingers, shemitahs, blood moons, motivational  and social gospels that have been preached from the pulpit and the Children of God not standing up for the Word of God, the missionaries around the world can no longer point to the sin condoning United States as a nation who preaches the Gospel.  I realize many unbelievers may feel that same sex marriage is a move in the right direction and to you I will point to the nations who have not followed the ways of the Lord to show you the direction the US is headed…whether you believe it or not makes no difference.  Because we, the Children of God, have not been vigilant, the devil as a roaring lion has been devouring the lost and weak (1 Peter 5:8).  Our vigilance has been in our good works which have been burned up in the chafe, instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We need to quit treating the symptoms of sin and start preaching the deliverance of sin….Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, be determined to know nothing else!  – Donna Clark Warren

Strange Fire

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” Leviticus 10:1-2.

The Altar  of Incense received the fire from the Brazen Altar which symbolized God’s judgment was diverted to mercy.  Instead of fire from the Brazen Altar, where the Sacrifice for sin was made, Nadab and Abihu put strange fire on the Altar of Incense and died.

Divine origin does not and will not ever need human intervention and Divine intervention will never be from human origin.  Anytime we intervene with Divine origins, we are bringing a strange fire to the Altar.  Strange fire brings death.  The fire we have must always come from the Brazen Altar, the Cross of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.   That fire will always point us to the Cross of Jesus.  The fire we have comes through the inflammatory touch of the Holy Spirit and that is the only fire the Lord will accept.  Don’t be consumed by strange fire, it brings death.   -Donna Clark Warren

The Line

Here’s the thing…there is a line drawn. By default we are born on the wrong side of the line. I’m not judging anyone for being on the wrong side of the line; we have all been there at one time. But I do want to tell you God has already judged the line. On the one side there is sin. God has already declared sin as sin and the wages of sin is death and hell. On the other side there is life, eternal life. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the wages of our sin so we can have eternal life with Him in Heaven with no more sorrows and grief. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23.

This line is drawn for everyone equally; our daughters, our sons, our parents, our brothers and sisters…everyone must choose which side of the line they will stand. The choice we make today can have an effect on the choice our loved ones make. Why? Because the “…effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.

I don’t judge the line but I just want you to know about the line. There is only one way to cross the line and that is to come by the way of the Cross, the Cross of Jesus . That’s it, it’s that simple. Just believe in your heart that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

My problem before my Salvation was I didn’t really understand there was a line. I didn’t understand that I was a sinner by default. I talked to God, I had knowledge of God but I was living like the devil. Even the demons know God and tremble. Furthermore, all of my prayers were getting no further than that line (the “effectual prayer of a RIGHTEOUS man availeth much.” James 5:16)…I wasn’t righteous.

There is a line drawn – I just want to be sure you know about this line. It is the line that divides the Saints and the sinners, the wheat and the tares and the goats and the Sheep. That line is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The “action” of His sacrifice for our sin drew the line. Please understand, His Gospel is not what made a sinner a sinner, Adam’s fall made us all sinners by default. It, the Gospel of Jesus, gave/gives the opportunity for the sinner to become a Saint.

There is life on the other side of the line; life more abundantly. Prosperity isn’t financial success. I know plenty of financially prosperous people who are miserable. Prosperity is being able to stand in the midst of the storm with no fear in your heart. Prosperity is coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and understanding you were spiritually dead as a sinner but are now spiritually alive in Christ. The resurrected life is a dead spirit come to life through the saving knowledge of Jesus.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. I just want you to know there is a line. The line is a good thing, the only good thing…it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. – Donna Clark Warren

He is Alive!

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 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 1:17-18.

Isn’t it interesting that the Apostle Paul did not have to use manipulation or coercion when preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified?  Jesus Christ is alive and active as the Head of His Church and their is no manipulation needed when He is lifted up.  The devil is not scared of psychology, promise keepers, harbingers, shemitahs and Daniel fasts…he is scared of the Blood of Jesus.  Lift Jesus up to the people!   Preach deliverance to the captives…not 40 days.  God’s people remain in bondage because the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is no longer proclaimed.  Don’t twist the Word of God to fit into your doctrine but twist your doctrine to fit into the Word of God and you will find there is no coercion necessary…Jesus Christ is active in His Church!  – Donna Clark Warren

The Symptoms of Sin

Sin is the reason for poverty.  I am not saying someone living in poverty is a sinner, they may or may not be.  Nor am I saying it is because of their sin that they are in poverty; again, it may or not be.  What I AM saying though, is poverty is a symptom of sin.  NOT necessarily the individual persons sin but sin in the world.  Poverty is an oppression straight from the pits of hell.

All of that being said, I pose this question to the social justice and seeker sensitive churches…If sin is the problem, how does an oil change or mowing their yard defeat sin?  Are the social justice and seeker sensitive churches merely treating the symptom?  These people who are living in poverty need deliverance that can only come from the Lord Jesus Christ, not manipulation by the local mega churches to promote their good works and self righteousness.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18.  The 5 fold ministry is spent for the  perfecting of the Saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) and for the Saints to go out into the world and “PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR…”, not mow their yard and serve them water.

All of these are good works indeed but understand that is not the love of Christ being shown to them but the manipulation of the devil.  Love them enough to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Love them enough to tell them the Good News of the Gospel.  Love them enough to tell them Who can deliver them from the darkness they are in and what HE has done…don’t pity them, love them!  Take the focus off of what the church institution is doing and put it on what Jesus Christ has done.  Instead of the church seeking to be a reflection of the community, it should be a reflection of the Kingdom of God with Jesus Christ as the Head.

I am thankful to God for the ministers who are spent for the perfecting of the Saints and pray for God to continue to strengthen and comfort them.  We should all pray for discernment.  Are you being pushed by religion to do the work of the Lord or are you being led by the Holy Spirit to do a work in which HE will equip you to do?  The church today can’t wait to give you an evaluation to determine your spiritual gifts then place you in the appropriate ministry according to the results of said evaluation.  This is flesh birthing things of the flesh and has absolutely nothing to do with the leading of the Holy Spirit.  “And He gave some, Apostles and some, Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers;” Eph. 4:11.  Jesus does the calling.  He gives the appointment, not man.

Sin is the problem in the world today and many of the churches are treating the symptoms of sin (poverty, crime, etc.)  instead of preaching deliverance from sin…Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else. – Donna Clark Warren

Redemptive Faith

The Mosaic Law never saved anyone.  As a matter of fact, the day the Law was given 3000 people perished.  The Old Testament Law was indeed holy and righteous but it is not what saved the sinner.  From Genesis to Revelation it is faith that saved the sinner.  Before Christ, it was faith in the sacrifice which was a symbol of our coming Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  After Christ, it is our faith in the actual Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, who redeemed us once and for all.  As Believers in Jesus Christ, we are a Covenant people, justified through faith in His finished work on the Cross.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of God’s People is their involvement in His rest.  Under the Mosaic Law, on the seventh day “…there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.” Exodus 35:2.  Death was the penalty for dishonoring the Sabbath and rest the reward.

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:9-11.  Our rest today is in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Their (the Israelites of old)  “works” is what kept them in fellowship (redeemed) to God, the Father but it is their faith that saved them.  Without their continued fellowship with God, their faith would fail.  Without their works (sacrifices, feasts, Sabbaths, etc.), they had no fellowship because of sin. 

We rest in Jesus because our Redemption Plan is complete.  We do not work for our redemption any longer, we have faith in the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who redeemed us.  This is why it is so important for our faith in Jesus Christ and HIS finished work not to fail, be redirected or misappropriated…it is our faith in HIM that keeps us redeemed to our Father.  The power of God is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ. “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 is not faith in our works, our feasts or our decrees and declarations which redeem us to God.  It is and always has been faith in the Sacrifice, the Atoning Blood of Jesus Christ that redeemed us to God.

Are you resting in God’s redemption plan through Jesus Christ’s finished work?  Has your faith in Jesus and His finished work been replaced by faith in the schemes of man for victory over sin?  To dishonor the Sabbath results in death and to honor the Sabbath results in rest.  A Child of God is distinguished, separated from the rest, set apart from the world by their rest in Jesus Christ….not their programs, methods and schemes of man.  – Donna Clark Warren

Stiffnecked People

As Moses descended from Mt. Sinai with the 10 Commandments, he was greeted by the priest Aaron who had made a golden calf for the Israelites to worship.  Moses could not understand what the people had done to him (Aaron) that he would bring such a sin upon them (Ex. 32:21).  Aaron’s response was classic,  “…Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” Exodus 32:22-23.  Aaron accepted no blame for the situation but instead blamed it on Moses for being gone so long. 

“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord‘s side? let him come unto me….” Ex. 32:26.  Who is on the Lord’s side? If we engage in or see no fault in those who are not on the Lord’s side it is because we are not on the Lord’s side.  If we see no fault in the spiritual adultery that has defiled the church (12 steps, 40 days, 21 days,100 ways, wooden saint bracelets, etc.) , we are against the Lord.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” Romans 1:18.  The idolaters in todays church are the same as idolaters in yesterday’s church, satan simply rewrapped the package.  The wrath of God was preached to these idolaters as the object of their idolatry was burned.  Today the church has found it more proper to preach the love of God, which is for His own people, to the idolaters as well, instead of preaching the wrath of God to them for repentance.

I see many condoning the harlot in the name of love.  Please understand, if you are condoning the harlot, you too have been seduced by the harlot.  I ask those who see no fault in the false teachings, what did the people do that you would bring such sin upon them?  – Donna Clark Warren

Seeker Sensitive Church

The seeker sensitive churches care more about reflecting the community than they do reflecting the Kingdom. Satan won’t draw the sinner to the Cross of Jesus but he will draw the religious to a form of worship which appeals to the flesh. Religious idolatry in the church today may not be a golden calf but it consist of the rituals, ceremonies, harbingers, shemitahs, 40 days and 100 ways being preached from behind the pulpit. Some churches will attract the religious and others will draw the sinners, it all depends on the head of the church. Only the Holy Spirit can draw the sinner to the Cross of Jesus and He can do so only under the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” John 6:44. Lift the name of Jesus up and He will draw the sinner. Lift the name of man up and he will draw the flesh. We don’t need oil changes, we need heart changes. Be determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. – Donna Clark Warren