Monthly Archives: January 2016

Abraham’s Seed

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29.

As Children of God, we are the first to declare Israel’s fate as a nation.  Among all of her enemies, we know to Whom Israel belongs and have faith that every knee will bow when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Why then, when faced with our own tribulations, do we, as Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise, doubt God’s provision?  Is the Lord‘s Hand waxed short? “Behold, the LORD’S Hand is not shortened, that It cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that It cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1.  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the same God yesterday, today and forever more.  It is by our faith in Jesus Christ that we are reconciled to God.  Because of Jesus Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross are we saved to the uttermost…not allah, not Buddha and not the pope – JESUS CHRIST.  
                                                                                                                       “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
We don’t have to look any further than the Cross of Jesus for our Salvation and victory over sin.  It is at the Cross that the power of God is found, all others are perishing.  While many are busy preaching harbingers, shemitahs, 40 days of purpose and observing feast, their flock is perishing. “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.

A Child of God who is following the path of obedience through faith in Jesus, not in their will, self efforts or schemes of man, cannot be cursed.  So why do we not believe in God’s providence?  Are you in His will? Are you seeking His will?  Have you mistaken God’s blessings for condoning of a sinful lifestyle?  Are you committing spiritual adultery by seeking schemes of man for victory, no matter their religious overtones?  I don’t know the answer to these questions, nor do I want to know.  However, you should.

We don’t receive the blessings of God through merit, they are a gift that we receive freely through Jesus Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross.  Faith in anything other than Jesus’ finished work hinders the Holy Spirit from isolating the sin nature, which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall.  These are the Christians who believe in Jesus for Salvation but are seeking schemes of man for victory over sin, which is spiritual adultery. Their faith becomes focused on their works, self efforts and self will. One of the works the Holy Spirit has in a Believer’s life is to isolate our sin nature (which IS our deliverance) when our faith is placed on Jesus, Who He is and what He has done.  When our faith is placed on our merit for victory over our sin nature, our faith is in our works and we are perishing…our faith is not in the power of God, which is the Cross of Jesus.  God may bless us while we are performing these works, just as He did the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness.  However, don’t mistake that for His approval of our spiritual adultery.

There is deliverance in the Cross of Jesus.  We are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise of God.  Look to Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith – Jesus Christ.

-Donna Clark Warren

The Lottery

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.

We cannot divide our allegiance.  If our heart is double and of this world, so too will we lay up our treasures in this world.  The Lottery, which is now up to $1.4 billion dollars has tempted many to drive miles and stand in line for hours for a chance to win this massive amount of money.  Let me start off by saying this post is to Believers, not the unbeliever.  For the unbeliever, I have another story to tell you…it is the story of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The story I have for you is “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.” John 3:16.  I would much rather be talking to you, the unbeliever, about Jesus but instead, today I’m going to talk to the Believer about the Lottery.

“Thou shalt not covet…” (Exodus 20:17) is the Tenth Commandment.  Gambling is one of the worst forms of covetousness.  The definition of covet is to “desire, yearn or have one’s heart set on”, in this case, gambling or more specifically, the Lottery.  The basis of gambling is luck which has it’s roots in witchcraft, signs, omens and magic.  The Word of God says “…The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 – not luck.  Luck and karma are led by demon spirits, not the Spirit of God.

Furthermore, anything that can lead one to addiction is of the devil.  Addiction is a form of bondage that goes against the Gospel of Jesus Christ which sets the captive free.  There are many who never become addicted to gambling but just to be sure, those who do not become addicted to gambling serve as bait to those who do.  The alcoholic starts with their first drink and the gambler starts with their first bet.

Gambling is based on the losses of the losers and the losers are more often then not, the very ones who can least afford to gamble; those on welfare, old age pensions or work a minimum wage job.  The poorest of the poor, the very ones America is suppose to protect, are the ones who are baited into the Lottery and often become addicted.  For a Christian to say the poor have no business playing the lottery if they cannot handle or afford to participate is cruel.  Christians are the very ones who should recognize and discern the bondage and certainly should not support that which could make their Brother stumble, we are our Brothers Keeper.

Are Christians refusing to protect the weak and helpless by supporting gambling?  You see, I use to be one of those poor who was weak and helpless.  You probably would have never known I had been awake all night playing poker.  No one knew when I left my home at midnight to drive the hour drive to the casino to try and win money to pay that power bill the next day.  I was what you call a “functioning” addict.  I was both bait for others and addicted at the same time.

I am thankful to God for delivering me from that pit of darkness.  It is quite revealing to me writing this and looking back now seeing the difference in the light and the darkness.  At the time I couldn’t see the darkness because there was no light.  No, I couldn’t afford to gamble but I couldn’t see the destruction until the Lord came and delivered this captive and all of the glory goes to Him and Him alone.

While the hype is in overdrive regarding the Lottery, if you are a Child of God, ask the Lord for guidance before partaking.  Every addict begins with a first.  Will you be the bait or addict…or will you be the one who comes out from among them and separates?  Don’t answer…that is between you and God, but do ask yourself those questions and be ready to give an answer to the Lord when the time comes.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 1:21-25. 

-Donna Clark Warren

Reference:

  1. Jimmy Swaggart Bible Commentary Romans 13:3.

Consecrated to God

God’s goodness is not relative to “our goodness”. The Lord’s blessings are not earned and they definitely do no constitute approval of actions. After the fall of Adam, communion with God was no longer available because of sin. God’s desire is to be our God and for us to be His people but He cannot be the God of a people not consecrated to Him through the Blood of Jesus Christ.

“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the Testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the Testator liveth.” Hebrews 9:16-17.

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to be the Testator of His New Covenant. He came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay our sin debt to God and restore our fellowship with Him. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

What Jesus accomplished on Calvary’s Cross is the means by which all blessings are given. God’s goodness has never wavered. Once we taste the goodness of God, we often begin to attempt and “earn” more of His goodness. In our heart and mind, we want more of God’s blessings and therefore begin attempting to consecrate ourselves more through various scriptural doctrines which, at that very moment, we have just turned to religious works. As soon as our faith is placed on what we have done for the blessings of God or for our consecration to God, we have rejected Jesus’ work as not enough. We have just made God’s goodness relative to our works for consecration which leads to self righteousness. The yoke of religion is the most deceiving. Memorizing scripture, fasting, reading your Bible are all scriptural and every Christian should do these things. However, as soon as we do them for deliverance from the bondage of sin or victory over sin, consecration or sanctification, we have just turned these scriptural things into religious works. The blessings of God humble a heart consecrated through Jesus and leaven a heart attempting to consecrate themselves with pride in their works being the fruit.

God’s goodness is not relative to “our” consecration. God’s goodness is the definition of good. He is the scale by which we know good. Someone once said the best way to reveal a crooked stick is to place it next to a straight stick. We are the crooked stick. It is our faith in what Jesus did on Calvary’s Cross that restores our communion with God and HIS goodness, no matter how “good” or consecrated we are. It is our faith in Jesus, Who He is and what He accomplished by paying our sin debt which consecrates us to God. If we are trusting in our level of consecration to allow us more access to God’s blessings, His goodness, please understand this is not God’s plan for our consecration to Him and He does not approve…even though we are blessed by Him. Remember God blessed us as sinners in hopes we would come to the saving knowledge of Him. God also blessed the Israelites in the wilderness who rebelled against Him.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the Blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; 21 And having an High Priest over the House of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:19-23.

We are consecrated through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and from His work on Calvary’s Cross is where all blessings from God flow…for He is faithful that promised. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,…” 1 Timothy 6:12, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. –Donna Clark Warren

The Great Confession

“He (Jesus) said unto them, But whom say you that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood have not revealed it unto you, but My Father Who is in Heaven.” Matthew 16:15-17.
Spiritual knowledge is always given by revelation. It is not head knowledge but heart knowledge. This revelation will always be of and line up with the Word of God. There is no new revelation outside of the Word of God. It requires seeking Jesus for Who He is and what He has done for head knowledge to become spiritual knowledge.
There is only one way to follow Jesus and that is through Calvary’s Cross. Jesus came to die on the Cross to pay our sin debt and His blessed Resurrection was never in doubt once our debt was paid. “Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from You, Lord: this shall not be unto You. But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: you are an offence unto Me: for you savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matt. 16:22-23.
Sadly, there are still many who will rebuke the Cross of Jesus for victory over sin.  “Then said Jesus unto His Disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matt. 16:24.  Their idea of taking up their cross is taking up their works and self efforts instead of taking up His victory daily…they forget the part of “let him deny himself”.  The denying of one’s self is not self denial or abstinence, that is not deliverance, it is denying of one’s self efforts and having faith in Jesus’ victory.  It is a humility of knowing, not that we can say no to sin but that we can say yes to God.
“For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:10-11.  We are not spiritually alive unto God until our great confession of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.  Before our born again experience, we could still say no to sin but with the same results.  “We”, in and of ourselves, do not have dominion over our sin nature.  If we did, there would be no reason for Jesus to go to the Cross.  Hence, we deny our self effort and maintain our faith in Jesus’ victory. Before our Salvation we are unable to say yes to God.  We cannot, do not, will not and never have had dominion over sin before we accept Jesus.  It is our ability to say “yes” to God after our Salvation that allows the Holy Spirit to dethrone our reigning sin nature, not our ability to say no to our sin nature – most of us have been doing that the majority of our lives. 

It is the humility of knowing we can now say yes to God because of what Jesus did on Calvary’s Cross that allows us to follow Him by the means of the Cross.  It is not the Cross that we are following, it is Jesus – Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross which enable us to be alive unto God, spiritually alive, once we confess the Great Confession of Jesus Christ as Son of the Living God.

-Donna Clark Warren

Milk and Honey

“Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.” Numbers 16:13-14.

The Israelites rebelled against God’s prescribed government and wanted to oust Moses and Aaron from their priestly duties.  They accused Moses of bringing them “up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey” (Egypt) to kill them in the wilderness.  They could not see they were still in the wilderness because of their unbelief in God’s prescribed order.  They believed in God but they did not trust Him. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19.

The same remains true to this day.  Man blames their circumstances on others without accepting the blame themselves.  They do not recognize they remain in the wilderness because of their unbelief.  They believe in Jesus for Salvation but they do not believe in Him for deliverance of their bondage.  This unbelief leaves them wandering around the wilderness completing various rituals and works for deliverance from the dominion of their sin nature with no victory…therefore remaining in the wilderness.  Rebellion arises against God’s prescribed order, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for Salvation and victory over sin, without ever realizing they have yet to follow God’s prescribed order.  This rebellion causes them to see milk and honey in their once sinful lifestyle instead of the bondage that entangle them.

While the world is busy creating another God, the church is busy creating another Sacrifice to offer to God for their sins in the form of their works to give them victory over their sin nature. Every fad that comes down the pipe for victory over sin keeps one in the wilderness.  Faith in the only acceptable Sacrifice God will accept, Jesus Christ, His prescribed order for victory over sin is the only way out of the wilderness. However, we must recognize we remain in the wilderness because of our unbelief in Jesus for our deliverance from bondage and repent.  “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.

-Donna Clark Warren

Unbelieving Believers

Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 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 15:7-9. 

The definition of hypocrisy is honoring God with ones mouth while worshipping Him in vain and teaching doctrines of man.  The hypocrite refuses to believe they are in unbelief while their teachings reveal their unbelief.  For example, their belief may be to fast for 21 days to overcome sin.  While fasting is scriptural, when done with the wrong motivation it is a religious act of works to have victory over sin.  The doctrines of men become as taskmasters to overcome sin and the harder we try the tighter the bondage becomes.  The Christian sitting under these doctrines go from one bondage to another with no victory.  Sadly, all too often, the guilt and condemnation of this bondage causes one to turn from religion back to their sinful lifestyle.  The hypocrite teaching these doctrines does not necessarily condemn the fallen disciple but welcomes them back into the fold to try the next fad that has come down the pipe.

This entire time, the hypocrite worships in vain.  They partake in rituals, ceremonies and other religious acts that feeds their flesh but profits their spirit nothing.  They cannot see nor do they believe their unbelief in God.  If they believed in the power of God to deliver one from the bondage of sin, they wouldn’t be pointing the Believer to man’s methods (works) but to faith in the Cross of Jesus for deliverance…they do not believe their unbelief.

The following is a quote from a friend, a young person who is in bondage.  He has gone back and forth from the bondage of religion to the bondage of drugs with no victory.

“I’m a heretic I’m a sinner I’m a hypocrite I’m just going to expose myself anyway because God is going to do it eventually anyway my life is spiraling out of control I’m on my own my life’s Been getting me nowhere I’ve been controlled by medications that have intoxicated my body I have nobody to blame but myself I’ve known better yet still rebelled I’ve let my God down I’ve probably lost my salvation and probably going to hell there I said it’s whatever I give up.”

You see, this young man is not the hypocrite.  He hates sin, even his own sin, but he does not know how to maintain victory over his sin nature so he is being tossed to and fro.  What method of man would the unbelieving Believer recommend for this young man?  Has anyone told him that he cannot overcome sin on his own? If he could, the Cross of Jesus would have been in vain.  I know, the self righteous will be the first to declare “Well, if he is a Christian he wouldn’t have that problem…Christians don’t sin!”  Does this young man realize his faith has been placed on his works and his self efforts to overcome his sin nature because the self righteous and the hypocrites have told him “he can do it”?  Or perhaps they have told him when the temptation comes to do 50 sit ups instead.  I’m sorry but 50 sit ups or any other kind of “distraction” does not overcome sin. Jesus Christ is the only One Who defeated sin and if we want victory over such sin we look to Him, the One Who defeated sin, Jesus Christ to deliver us…not methods of man taught by those who worship Him in vain.

The unbelieving Believers do not recognize their unbelief because they believe in Jesus for their Salvation but they preach another gospel for sanctification.  When faced with faith in Jesus’ finished work for sanctification, they always reply “we must do our part”.  “Our part” being the religious works, methods and commandments they’re teaching at the time.  “Our part” often changes depending on the latest fad.  The hypocrites have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5).  They simply do not believe the Lord Jesus Christ can and will deliver a Saint from their bondage through simple, yet powerful, faith in Him.  They cannot believe that Jesus can remove that desire and break those bondages of sin if our faith is placed exclusively on Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Just as the Pharisees of old, they have added to the finished work of Jesus.

There are thousands of men and women who feel the same way that young man who failed the Lord feels.  They simply do not know how to overcome their sin nature.  Faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified will allow the Holy Spirit to dethrone the sin nature given to all because of Adam’s fall. You never know when that may be your son or daughter looking for deliverance.  In whom will you point the lost to for Salvation and victory over sin?  Preach deliverance to the captives, preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.   -Donna Clark Warren

The Perishing Tares

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:47-50.

I’m going to try my best to not make this a long post, simply because I know more of you read the shorter posts (understandably so) and I want as many as possible to read this.  To everyone who says “no one has it all right” or rationalizes and condones the false teachers who infiltrate the air ways, I want you to read this passage of scripture with the church in mind.  The seeker friendly church, the psychology gospel church, the purpose driven church has placed human opinion above the Divine directive to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the world.  They mistake God’s Grace and Mercy for condoning of sin and therefore mourn but do not repent of sin.  Their mourning will consist of a ritual of penitence without any change of heart.

“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.

There are things said in the Bible of the Kingdom of God that cannot be spoken of the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven has tares in it now but one cannot see the Kingdom of God unless he be born again. The angels will sever the wicked from among the just.  “And again I say unto you, 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.

The flesh and the world will pervert the Gospel of Jesus so it appears they too will fit through the eye of the needle but know this, there are tares among us.  While we are condoning the false teachers because they have “some of it right”, we are sitting back and allowing these same false teachers to lead a generation of Christians into spiritual adultery.  They will never know the power of God because the Cross of Christ has never been preached to them for deliverance but only methods of man taught.  Their sin nature will continue to reign in their hearts because their faith is in those methods for deliverance and not in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  They will be tares who will be severed.  Good intentions and sincerity does not overrule Divine directions….”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.  If preaching the Cross is foolishness to the Saint for Salvation and sanctification, they do not know the power of God and they are perishing.  Preach Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, not human opinion. 

So much for keeping it short….God bless! -Donna Clark Warren

Carnal Mind

“And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still. 39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.

40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised: for we have sinned. 41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper. 42 Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.  43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you. 44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.” Numbers 14:36-45.

The carnal mind of the Israelites caused them to slander God’s promise land.  They lost sight of the promise and saw only giants.  How often do we slander God’s promise?  God promised to supply all of our needs, our needs are met and we slander Him with our complaining.  The Lord promised His grace will be sufficient and our words again slander His grace with our complaining.  The child of God should always be aware of their worrying and complaining because they are slandering God’s promises.

After the Israelites realized their sin against God, they mourned…they didn’t repent but mourned and quickly decided to go forth into the promise land.  Moses warned them not to go that the Lord was not with them. “But they presumed to go up…” vs.44, how very often do we see Christians presuming to go up and the Lord is not with them?  Isn’t that what the word of faith movement is all about?  Presumption, except they call it faith.  They expect the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to follow them…they presume It will.

The carnal mind remembers what we should forget and forgets the things we should remember.  The Israelites remembered the food they received in Egypt but forgot the slavery.  How often do we remember the season of fun of the sin and forget what it ultimately led to before our Salvation?  How quickly do we forget the nice thing someone does as soon as they do something wrong?

The carnal mind is timid when it should be bold and bold when it should be timid.  It will cause us to move when we should be still. Our carnal mind will cause us to slander what God has given us and presume our position.  Our carnal mind causes us to reject Truth and believe the lie.  It will allow us to mourn but not repent.

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:6-7.

Sadly, the majority of the church today is carnally minded.  It has left the Word of God and embraced the world.  This is another gospel and another spirit.  The Gospel of Jesus is where our deliverance is found.  The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truths, yet we seek man’s schemes.  Many mourn but few have repented.  Are you mourning or do you need to repent?  -Donna Clark Warren.

Stagnant Sanctification

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” Matthew 11:4-6.

Jesus’ answer to John the Baptist’s disciples who asked “Are You He Who should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3) was to tell them the physical actions of the spiritual result.  It is offensive for many to learn the physical actions regarding their sanctification are not a reaction or a result of their efforts but are a result of their faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work.  However, it would also explain why many are stagnant in their walk with the Lord because their spiritual results are due to lack of faith in Jesus delivering power and abundance of faith in methods of man which results in the physical action of their sin nature having dominion over them.  Many times the physical action we see in the religious is self righteousness.  They have a “form of godliness but deny the power thereof,…” 2 Timothy 3:5.  These are those who look at “positive” physical actions (sanctification, blessings, etc.) as a physical result of religious works and “negative” physical actions as a spiritual result.

Jesus said “blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.”  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to those who want to work for victory over the sin nature because it requires nothing but simple faith in His finished work.  Self efforts are the very thing that interferes with victory over sin.  If our self efforts could over come sin, the Cross of Christ was in vain.

“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.  The law of the Spirit is faith in Jesus for Salvation and victory over sin (sanctification).  The majority of the church has faith in Jesus for Salvation but their faith lies in self efforts for victory over sin.

Self efforts may entail spiritual warfare; fighting fights that Jesus has already won. (i.e. soul ties, family curses, etc.) Demon spirits will keep one engaged as long as one will engage them.  The Word of God says to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.  Many times all of these demons those spiritual warfare classes are casting out, binding and rebuking are in reality one’s sin nature having dominion over them because their faith is in  their spiritual warfare (their works) for deliverance and not in Jesus’ power to deliver.  Yes, we have the authority to bind and rebuke in the name of Jesus when our faith is in JESUS for deliverance NOT our authority. “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.  Jesus Christ will deliver us from bondage, if we will just look to HIM for deliverance and quit being tossed to and fro with all of these schemes of man that glorifies man’s ministries and not God’s delivering power.

“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.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is offensive to those who are perishing.  The dissatisfaction with God’s plan for Salvation and sanctification leads one to spiritual adultery.  This spiritual adultery results in faith in Jesus for Salvation but faith in schemes of man for sanctification.  The physical action of this spiritual result is stagnancy in one’s spiritual growth, in their sanctification – their sin nature continues to have dominion over them.  The lack of physical action is the spiritual result.

Ask the Lord to show you where your faith is appropriated.  I did and He showed me my faith was in my works. I’m not implying you don’t love the Lord, I’m simply trying to explain, albeit poorly, why it is you may not have victory in your life.  The Lord Jesus Christ has a lot invested in you.  He will show you if you ask Him.  He wants to bless you…He wants you to have victory but our faith must be appropriated in Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross.  -Donna Clark Warren

Filthy Lucre

 And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him.  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep.   And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.   And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!”  Matthew 8:23-27.

Before being born again I would probably have to say money was my god.  Not because I “loved” money, not even because I “wanted” money but because I NEEDED money.  Money was a necessity.  There were times when I had more money, then there were other times that I needed more money but I’ve never had a lot of money.  I realize it is not socially acceptable to talk about money so I will get to my point.

Yesterday a dear Brother made a statement that really witnessed to me, he said their was “wealth before our Salvation”.  I had to think about that for a minute, mainly because I never had wealth before my Salvation but I realized wealth was my god.  The prosperity gospel that so many preach doesn’t really make sense if you think about it in those terms.  How does being wealthy set one apart from the world?  There are many wealthy sinners in this world.  Being wealthy doesn’t make one a sinner but it certainly doesn’t make them a Saint either; just as doing good works doesn’t make one a Saint – no matter what the pope says.

When life touches death, life does not die but death lives and is no longer death but life.  What does that have to do with money?  Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, HE is our God.  We realize it is Jesus that we need and it is HIM Who calms the storm.  He, Jesus Christ, supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).   We “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.  You see, when life touches death, we NEED life…Jesus Christ IS life.  I’m not preaching a prosperity gospel here.  I’m in fact telling you if you are giving to become wealthy, then money is your god.  Many do not give with a joyful heart but a superstitious heart.  If we give to the work of man, we receive the gift of man.  It is not God’s fault if we don’t discern between His work (preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified) and man’s work (shemitah’s, harbingers, 40 days of purpose, etc.).  We give to those who preach the Gospel of Jesus because we want to see souls saved, not civic events not promoting man’s schemes.

There remain many who seek a physical result of a spiritual action instead of physical action of a spiritual result.  In other words, the spiritual result  of faith in Jesus resulted in the physical action of the lame walking, the blind seeing, the dead being brought to life.   All of these were physical actions of spiritual results.  You’ve heard it before…”we must do our part”.  It is in fact our physical action that hinders our spiritual result.  Our spiritual action is FAITH in Jesus, Who He is and what He has done.  The spiritual result of that spiritual action (faith in Jesus’ finished work) is a physical action (healings, good works, change of heart, new creature).    Our physical actions (works, ceremonies, rituals, etc.)  do not have spiritual results but our spiritual results will have physical actions.

When we are saved by the Blood of Jesus, His life touches our death and the spiritual results manifest in physical actions.  We no longer seek the things of the world, we seek Jesus.  Having life more abundantly has nothing to do with wealth or prosperity but everything to do with the One Who came to give us life freely – Jesus Christ…seek Him. -Donna Clark Warren