Monthly Archives: January 2017

High Places

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And the devil, taking Him (Jesus) up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give You, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

If You therefore will worship me, all shall be Yours.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get you behind me, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” Luke 4:5-8

Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness.  The devil took Jesus up into a high mountain and promised Him glory if He would worship him.

Often, on Sunday mornings the devil continues to lead people to high places, centers of idolatrous worship.  There they worship God and serve another gospel…another Jesus.  They serve a Jesus that condones homosexuality.  One who condones fornication.  Their Jesus requires 40 days of purpose or 21 days of fasting to overthrow that sin which so easily besets us.  Perhaps he, their Jesus, will urge us to partake in feasts, festivals or other traditions of man to become holy and righteous.  Allow me to remind you friend, the Word of God says if any man preaches another gospel, he is cursed (Galatians 1:8-9).

These high places serve Jesus Christ as the source and His Cross as the means by which we are saved but they also serve philosophies from the vanities of their minds.  These philosophies require you as the source and their method as the means by which victory is received.  According to their philosophies, that which oppresses you was not nailed to Jesus’ Cross, so you must do your part to overthrow the sinful acts.

It is written, we shall worship the Lord our God and Him ONLY shall we serve.

“And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  Luke 9:23.

Friend, Jesus didn’t say follow various methods and schemes of man.  Our Lord said follow HIM.  God didn’t say  worship Him and serve vanities of man’s mind for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Jesus said follow Me and I will make you fishers of man (Matthew 4:19). He said if any man serve me, him will My Father honor (John 12:26).  Jesus said His sheep knows His voice and He knows us and we follow Him (John 10:27).

Lastly, Jesus said if any man does not take up his cross, which is the benefits and promises of all Christ afforded us on Calvary’s Cross, we are not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38).

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:2-3.

Beware of dogs my friends.  They will lead you up to high places and seduce you toworship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob while also serving other gods.  Too often these gods can only be found in the mirror.  They are believed to have much power, glory, holiness and righteousness to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.  These gods stand in the temple and declare their righteousness relative to the publicans unrighteousness (Luke 18:9-14).

We must deny these gods, pick up our cross and follow Jesus.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

Howbeit?

howbeit-2For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,

And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.” 2 Kings 17:7-8.

The children of Israel had sinned against the Lord Who delivered them from Egyptian captivity and feared other gods.  Many fear God but not enough to follow Him.  Instead of following the ways of God, the religious will take up the ways of the world…”the statutes of the heathen”.

 

 

13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn you from your evil ways, and keep My Commandments and My Statutes, according to all the Law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.” 2 Kings 17:13-14

The Lord sent His prophets to warn Israel and Judah but they hardened their hearts and did not listen to the word of the Lord.  God can deliver His Children into a position of victory or into the hands of our enemy.  Our obedience or disobedience to His Ways (not the statutes of heathen) is the determining factor.

23 Until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.

25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

26 Wherefore they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which you have removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore He has sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.”  2 Kings 17:24-26

The Israelites were carried away because they would not listen to the prophets of God and repent from following the statutes of the heathen…the ways of the world.  God’s people were removed from God’s land and the lions were sent by God as an instrument.  The people knew not the manner of the God of the land, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, so they sent for a Priest who knew Jehovah to teach them His Statutes.

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the Priests whom you brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.

28 Then one of the Priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord.

29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

32 So they feared the Lord, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.

33 They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.” 2 Kings 17:27-33.

The Israelites feared the Lord AND served their own gods.  Their worship to God did not include obedience to God.

34 Unto this day they do after the former manners (feared the Lord and served their own gods): they fear not the Lord, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the Lord commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;

35 With whom the Lord had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

36 But the Lord, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out Arm, Him shall you fear, and Him shall you worship, and to Him shall you do sacrifice.

37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which He wrote for you, you shall observe to do for evermore; and you shall not fear other gods.

38 And the Covenant (Exodus 19:5-8) that I have made with you you shall not forget; neither shall you fear other gods.

39 But the Lord your God you shall fear; and He shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.

40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.

41 So these nations feared the Lord, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.”  2 Kings 17:34-41.

My question to the modern church is this; howbeit you do not hearken but continue to do after the former manner?  Howbeit you continue to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob AND follow the statutes of the heathen?  Howbeit?

All of the statutes of the Law have been kept in Christ Jesus Who obeyed them perfectly.  Simple faith in Him and what He did on Calvary’s Cross automatically fulfills the commands of the Mosaic Law.  Howbeit the modern church worships Him and follows 40 days of purpose?  Howbeit God is worshipped and 12 steps to recovery is followed?  Howbeit the modern church worships Jehovah God and partakes in the statutes of the world?  Howbeit?

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2.

-Donna Clark Warren

Reference: The Expositor’s Study Bible by Jimmy Swaggart.  2 Kings 17:1-41

 

 

Spirit and Truth

worship20spirit20truth1Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”  Philippians 3:2-3

True biblical circumcision is one of the heart.  This circumcision of the heart happens when Jesus writes His Laws on our heart and puts them into our mind.  This supernatural circumcision occurs when we are born again; when God becomes OUR God and we become His Children.  (Hebrews 8:10).  True biblical circumcision does not involve Jewish traditions, festivals or feasts.  Nor does is it coerce one to wear prayer shawls or yamakas.

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in Him:

Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11 In Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who has raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:6-12

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit. Therefore, at Salvation we are baptized into His death and as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4) through the faith of the operation of God…the power of God.  Jesus Christ is the Source and Calvary’s Cross the Means by which the power of God was and is freely given to whosoever will believe.  It is this same faith, faith in Jesus Christ as our Source and His Cross the Means, by which we overcome the sin that so easily besets us DAILY.

Prayer shawls will not overthrow sin.  12 steps will not overthrow sin.  40 days of purpose will not overthrow sin.  You get the picture.  There is but one answer given to man to overcome sin and that is Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross.  It is our faith, our “faith of the operation of God” that allows the Holy Spirit to free us from the law of sin and death.  Our faith in Christ Jesus allows us to walk after the Holy Spirit, not our ceremonies, not the way we dress during worship.

Our faith can move mountains.  It can tear down strong holds.  Our faith can set us free from the world, the flesh and the devil.  BUT it is not the amount of our faith but the OBJECT  of our faith – Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  When our faith in Jesus Christ reaches the throne room of God and touches His garment, God the Father perceives the virtue which flows from Jesus into our hearts (Luke 8:46).  Our hearts are circumcised without hands.  We are compelled to render our flesh helpless (deny ourselves), pick up the virtue which flowed freely into our hearts by the operation of God and FOLLOW Him – follow Jesus Christ.  These things do not happen by the law but by faith through Grace – by faith in the operation of God through the power of God – faith in Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”  Philippians 3:2-3

Beware of evil workers.  Worship God in spirit and in truth.  Rejoice in Christ Jesus..and again I say rejoice.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Pulling Down Strong Holds

strong-holds-2For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

The weapons of our warfare to the pulling down of strong holds are mighty THROUGH God.  Our carnal mind is opposed to God (Romans 8:6-8).

 

As a Believer we must reject the vain imaginations and high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  We must meditate in God’s precepts and have respect for His Ways (Psalms 119:15).  One cannot know the ways of the Lord unless we study His Word.  With every vain imagination we must carefully consider God’s ways, His precepts, before choosing whether to cast it down or exalt it above His Word…and choose wisely we must.  This choice may seem obvious, as it should, but when that loved one has a good excuse for their sin, whatever that sin may be, we too often exalt that excuse above God’s precept and compromise with their sinful lifestyle.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2.

Once we choose to cast it down, once we lay aside the sin which so easily besets us and look to Jesus Christ to author and finish our faith…HE will pull down that strong hold through the power of God which IS His Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18).  Jesus is the Source and His Cross is the means by which the strong hold is destroyed.  When we reckon ourselves to be dead unto sin and alive unto God (Romans 6:11) through the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ our deliverance will come…precept upon precept, line upon line our faith is authored and finished through faith in Jesus.

The word of faith doctrine will tell you it is up to you to break that strong hold.  They will present many philosophical methods to break the bondage…some of them will even be Scriptural (fasting, reading the Bible, even communion has been given as an answer to bondage).  When we do our part to overthrow that strong hold, again even the most Scriptural doctrines, we are bound by the law of sin and death.

No matter how many times we cast it down, and through faith in and because of Jesus’ atoning work on Calvary’s Cross to give us dominion over that very thing that is so easily besetting us,  we KEEP casting it down.  We bring our thoughts and vain imaginations into the obedience of Christ as we continue to fight the good fight of faith, faith in Jesus Christ and HIS finished work on Calvary’s Cross to give us dominion over that sin.

The power of God which will pull down that strong hold is the Cross of Christ…not “your part”.  Your part is faith, faith in the One Who made a show of every demon in hell to give us dominion over the world, the flesh and the devil.

Wisdom of words and philosophies of man, no matter how religious they may sound, will not and cannot break bondages.  If reading the Bible and fasting could overthrow sin, as Scriptural as those doctrines are, Jesus Christ would not have had to go to Calvary’s Cross to give us dominion over sin.  I speak here of Sanctification, not Salvation.  The Word of God says sin no longer has dominion over us because we are under Grace, not under Law (Romans 6:14).  We either reckon that to be true or we reckon that to be a lie.

If we reckon that sin no longer has dominion over us to be true, yet the strong hold remains what we don’t do is listen to the lies of the devil.  We don’t believe the lies that God will not deliver, that God must not love us, we must “do our part” or we don’t have “enough” faith.  Cain did his part and it revealed his pride.  It is not the amount of our faith but the Object of our faith that gives us dominion over sin and we fight the fight of faith DAILY…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  It is then and only then that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death.

17 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.

18 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.

Recognize the difference in philosophies of man to overcome sin and the Power of God to overcome sin.  One is from the vanities of man’s mind and the other is the message of the Cross of Christ and what He there did to give the Believer dominion over the sin which so easily besets us and pay our sin debt to God so that the world through Him might be saved. Look to Him, Jesus Christ – the Author and Finisher of your faith and cast down the philosophies of men which make the Cross of Christ of none effect.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

The Hour Comes…and Now Is

spirit_and_truth“1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our Salvation.

 2 Let us come before His Presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalms 95:1-3
Our Salvation nor our Sanctification is a ceremony. It does not involve feasts or festivals.
“21 Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24.
Our Salvation is of the Jews.  The Word of God came from the Jews and the Son of God, Who alone brought our Salvation and did so by Calvary’s Cross, came through the Jewish people.  However, the hour has come that the Jews, and I speak here of the religion not the race, no longer worship the Father.  The feasts, festivals and ceremonies no longer have any validity with God and are in fact an abomination (Isaiah 1:11-15).  There came a new way to worship the Father, a New Covenant, a Better Covenant…an Everlasting Covenant through the Blood of Jesus Christ.
The hour comes, and now is, when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chronicles 16:9).  Sanctify the Lord your God in the sight of others.  Repent of the religious ceremonies and methods of man from the vanities of their minds and worship our Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth.  Worship Him for Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.
“For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His Hand. To day if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:”  Psalms 95:7-8.
-Donna Clark Warren

Occupy

1801-slide1-60024 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the High Priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:24-28

It is appointed unto all men once to die.  Jesus Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many on Calvary’s Cross. The Lord shall “appear the second time without sin unto Salvation”, not to atone for sin…that has already been done on the Cross for whosoever believes and is born again.  Jesus shall appear the second time (the Second Coming)  to bring all of the results of our glorious Salvation to the world. Today is the day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2) but the full portion of our Salvation will not come until our Lord’s Second Coming.

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?” Romans 8:22-24

Until then…until our appointed time comes to die we must occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13).  Yet for a little while is the Light with us this side of glory.  We must walk in that Light, the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctify Him to the world.

“35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.

36 While you have Light, believe in the Light, that you may be the Children of Light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.” John 12:35-36

Sanctifying your church to the world is not walking in the Light.  Sanctifying your denomination is not walking in the Light.  Sanctifying whatever fad is coming down the pike in the modern church is not walking in the Light.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:1-2.

Walking after the Spirit of Life, the Holy Spirit, and being free from the law of sin and death sanctifies Jesus Christ in the sight of others.  Being free from the sin that so easily besets us through our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to give us dominion over our sin nature, sanctifies our Lord to the world.  At Calvary’s Cross 2000+ years ago, Jesus Christ came to die to redeem us from a condemned world AND give us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).  Our Lord was Resurrected 3 days later and is now sitting at the Right Hand of God.  He is alive and His Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:16) IF you believe in Him.  To put it quite simply….as it should be, you either believe the Word of God to be true or you believe it to be a lie.  Now if we believe the Lord made a show of every demon in hell and has freely given us dominion over sin, NOT  a license to sin, likewise reckon you also to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).

Yet for a little while the Light of Jesus Christ is with us this side of glory.  At the appointed time, unless we are caught up with the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and raptured out of here, these earthly vessels will die and go back to the dust from which they came.  All of our worldly goods will remain as either the angels carries ours spirits off to be with our Lord Jesus for eternity or satan lays claim to those who rejected Jesus Christ (Luke 16:19-31).  There are no second chances once our appointed time to die arrives.  There is no purgatory and we can’t pay to get our loved ones out of hell (purgatory).  If that was so, Jesus Christ did not have to go to Calvary’s Cross to save us from hell.  Filthy lucre (money) cannot save us from hell…sorry my Catholic friends.

 And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, Because you believed Me not, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” Numbers 20:12

Brothers, Sisters – Preachers, Teachers….SANCTIFY our Lord Jesus Christ to the World. Believe Him.  Declare Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, to the four corners of the world.  We are all appointed a time to die.  Walk in the Light, in Jesus Christ…occupy until He comes.  Today is the day of Salvation.

-Donna Clark Warren

For This Cause

lifted-up27 Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28 Father, glorify Your Name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spoke to Him.

30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes.

31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.

33 This He said, signifying what death He should die.

34 The people answered Him, We have heard out of the Law that Christ abides for ever: and how say you, The Son of Man must be lifted up? who is this Son of Man?

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.

36 While you have Light, believe in the Light, that you may be the Children of Light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.” John 12:27-36

But for this cause came Jesus to the world, to suffer the Wrath of God when the judgment of fallen man’s sin would come upon Him as He was lifted up on Calvary’s Cross.  For this reason did Jesus come to shed His Blood on Calvary’s Cross to atone for our sin. He was and is the Sacrificial Lamb of God…the ONLY Sacrifice God will accept to cleanse the sinner and the Saint from their sin.  Saint, if you say you have no sin you are deceived and the Truth is not in you (1 John 1:8-10).  Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His glorious Resurrection.

When the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is proclaimed to the sinners AND the Saints, the Holy Spirit will draw them; He will compel them through the weight of His convicting power which will reveal to us WHAT we are and WHO He is…sinners who need a Saviour, Saints who need Sanctifying and a Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who will set the captives free, heal the broken hearted and set at liberty them who are bruised.  A Saviour Who came for this cause – to suffer the judgment of this World.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:16-19.

A righteous God must judge righteously and sin will ultimately be dealt with by God.  This is not hate speech but fact.  The penalty of sin is death; eternal hell.  Mankind cannot fellowship with God when there is no repentance of and cleansing from sin through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  The Wrath of God for sin was dealt with on Calvary’s Cross by Jesus Christ for whosoever will believe.  We are then born again and become a new creature in Christ Jesus.  Old things pass away as we are given dominion over our sin nature and able to submit to holiness, to righteousness…to God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are alive unto God through our faith in Jesus Christ…the One Who came for this reason.

Sin is either judged on Calvary’s Cross for those who are born again or at the Great White Throne Judgment Seat of Christ where all will be declared guilty and thrown into the eternal lake of fire.  No Child of God will be at the White Throne Judgment.  Again, this is not hate speech, this is a fact.  Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save the world.

Yet a little while the Light is with us.  Walk in the Light.  Redeem the time.  Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and behold the convicting power of the Holy Spirit as the weight of the sin is revealed to the bound. The Lord is raising up a people who will bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the sinners and back to the Saints who have been tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.  Light has come into the world, the Light of Jesus Christ.  Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness come upon you.  While you have the Light, believe in the Light that you may be Children of Light (John 12:35-36) and sanctify the Lord Jesus to the world.

“For unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.” Matthew 25:29.

Walk in the Light, lest the Light be taken away and given to those who have an abundance of Light.  Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him – Jesus Christ.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and NO MAN comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

help-my-unbelief_t3-doubtAnd the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying,

Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and SPEAK you unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink.

And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as He commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, you rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he SMOTE the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

12 And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, Because you believed Me not, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”  Numbers 20:7-12

When we, God’s Children, believe God – when we trust Him to be our God and we His people, we sanctify Him in the eyes of others.  Through our faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ (the Source) on Calvary’s Cross (the Means), the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do in our lives that which He will not do in the unbeliever’s life – dethrone our sin nature (which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall) which enables us to yield unto God IF we so choose.

Until sinners and Saints are exposed to the Wrath of God and the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ (the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified) to reveal to us WHAT we are, sinners who need a Saviour and Saints who need sanctifying, which both come through the same Gospel message by the way, cleansing and forgiveness are not effected.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” 1 John 1:6-10.

Our distrust in God’s Redemption plan…maybe it is better said like this – our trust in 12 steps to recovery, 40 days of purpose, harbingers, 21 days of fasting or whatever the latest fad is in the modern church, to overthrow sin does not establish us as God’s Children.  These schemes of man from the vanities of their own minds do not sanctify God in the eyes of others but in fact makes our position in Christ Jesus less secure and brings reproach on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Just to be clear, our position is less secure because we are looking for another way of victory over the world, the flesh and the devil instead of submitting to God’s Way…faith in Jesus and His finished work.

The Believer’s sanctification is manifested every time we submit to God…precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little,  God is sanctified in the eyes of others through our belief in Him.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the only way to awaken the church from its apathy and stir them into repentance.  We must understand what we are in order for true conviction to occur.  We, the church, God’s Children…those who are to sanctify Him in the eyes of others, are spiritually weakened by our unbelief in Him and HIS Redemption plan, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.  Not only do we no longer consider the Hand of God in our lives, many do not believe nor understand the threat of satan – he has them deceived.  We, God’s Children, proudly smote the rock as we believe in the frail arm of our flesh.

“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

 

 

Roaring Lions

lions-den“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8.

It is not very often that I have such a vivid dream as I had last night.  In my dream I was looking out of the window of my childhood home.  In the field below I could see two lions walking about the tall grass.  It was dark out and I kept desperately trying to warn this person about the lions.  However, they nonchalantly kept coming and going in and out of the house.  Finally, I was in the basement and the lions were sniffing around the door.  As they jumped on the door, I realized the door was made of card board.  This scared me so badly I woke up.  Once awake, the Lord immediately reminded me of Daniel in the lions den (Daniel 6:16-23).

“My God has sent His angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” Daniel 6:22.

Once I dozed back off into sleepy land, along came the lions again in my dream. The exact same scenario, exact same urgency but different person.  The only difference in this dream and the other was we did not go into the basement (the den) and there was no cardboard door.

When the Lord gives you a dream, you best take notice.  When He gives it to you twice…you best behold what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, and I am speaking of myself here.

There are many Christians who are bound, as the person in my first dream.  They are slaves to darkness.  Their eyes have been opened to the bondage but they lack the understanding as to how they are delivered from this bondage.  To overthrow this bondage they will listen to the world, the flesh and yes, the devil to deliver them out of Egypt.  Instead of letting their requests be made known unto God through prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:4-6), they are driven to let their requests be made known unto the oppressor through bitterness and anger.

We cannot reason with the oppressor for relief from the oppression or use the world’s methods for victory.  We must be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God for deliverance (Philippians 4:6).  Our obedience to God’s Word, will reprove and reveal the works of darkness to the oppressor.  It is their decision as to receive or reject.  The Holy Spirit is the Revelator, we plant and we water and we do so by being a living epistle and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever does make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore He says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be you not unwise, but understanding what the Will of the Lord is.

 

Then there was the second dream.  The person who seeing, sees not, who hears hear not and lacks understanding.  They have knowledge of much but do not understand the difference in that which they know.

For instance, most know of glass and of diamonds but they do not understand the difference in the two.  It is not until we understand the difference that we seeing see and hearing hear.  Too many are walking about their daily walk with the Lord not understanding the difference between religion and the Truth of the Word of God.  Again, the Holy Spirit is the Revelator.  It is not until they start seeking the Truth that the Truth is revealed to them.  Once the Truth is revealed, they are then able to understand the difference between the Truth and religion.  Until that time, God will allow the delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.

There is life and life more abundantly.  There is joy unspeakable.  There is strength in our weakness.  There is contentment when we are abased.  Unbelievers do not have the strength to deny themselves but we do through our faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on Calvary’s Cross.  Stop carelessly walking in and out among the lions which seek to devour you.  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).  Stop looking to man and method’s of man for victory over death, hell and the grave.  Look to the only answer God has given us for dominion over sin – Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Be determined to know nothing else among you.  Seek to understand.

-Donna Clark Warren

Blessed are the Eyes that See

alive10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speak You unto them in parables?
 
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given.
 
12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
 
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
 
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
 
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
 
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:10-16
Satan knows the Word of God better than most, if not all Christians, but he is not saved. The devil sees but sees  not, hears and hears not, nor does he understand.  I remind you, he also believes in God and knows that he was utterly defeated by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.  Just to go a step further for clarity – satan never had the keys to hell, there was no fight in hell and Jesus was not born again in hell.
Sadly, it is mostly the Christians themselves who do not believe satan was utterly defeated by Jesus Christ and they continue to fight him daily.  They declare their war against the devil before their feet hit the ground in the morning.  I remind you, the devil will not flee unless we are submitted to God (James 4:7).  We are not free from the law of sin and death when our faith is in our fight and not in Jesus’ finished work.
The only fight we are called to fight is the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and HIS utter defeat of every demon in hell on Calvary’s Cross…this is for our Salvation AND Sanctification.  This is the work by Jesus that gives us dominion over our sin nature (Romans 6:14) and enables us to yield unto God – to follow Him.  Before our Salvation we were not able to yield unto God and do that which is pleasing to Him.  Our will power, both before and after Salvation, is not able to overcome the powers of darkness.  If this was so, Jesus’ work on the Cross was in vain.  God forbid, no!
Because we are now alive unto God (born again) through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are now able to choose, with our own free will, and render our flesh helpless to overcome the sin which so easily besets us and yield unto God (Romans 6:10-12).   It is through our will being submitted to God’s redemption plan (Jesus and Him crucified) that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death. “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.
 A sinner is called to believe but a Saint is called to follow.  Are you following or did you stop at believing?  That which has been given will be taken away if you have not the desire for more (Matthew 13:12).
“Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:11-12.
The Word of God is alive.  It is powerful. The Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Blessed are the eyes that see and ears that hear. Blessed are those that seeing see, hearing hear and understand what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.  The weight of this blessing will bring one to their knees in humility, it will not puff them up in self righteousness.  Be blessed Brothers and Sisters, be blessed.
-Donna Clark Warren