Monthly Archives: February 2017

Strong Delusion

stong-delusion7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he (the Church) who now lets (hinders) will let (hinder), until he (the church) be taken out of the way.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His Mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His Coming:

9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:7-12.

The mystery of iniquity that “does already work” (vs. 7) prophesy in the Name of Jesus.  In the Name of Jesus they cast out devils.  They have done many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus.  However, Jesus will profess to them: “depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23).

This iniquity that does already work promotes from the pulpit acceptance of sin nature’s dominion over the Believer by keeping them bound by the law of sin and death.  Please allow me to explain because with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, Believers are perishing…God’s Children are perishing.  They are following the “power and signs and lying wonders” (vs. 9) instead of the signs following them.

Those who preach iniquity come as an angel of light.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

These workers of iniquity will direct the Believers focus into the workers power, signs and wonders and exhort them to imitate these works.  In other words, the workers of iniquity will declare victory through various methods, many of which may be Scriptural doctrines but were not given for dominion over sin.  There is only ONE answer given by God for dominion over sin and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus require our faith be placed in Jesus and HIS finished work for dominion over sin…not other doctrines, no matter how Scriptural or religious they may seem.  Therefore the declaration of the workers of iniquity to perform any other method for victory over sin (12 steps, 40 days, 21 days, ceremonies, etc.) is iniquity and keeps the Believer bound by the law of sin and death.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:2

The workers of iniquity (false teachers) have Believer’s declaring the secret power of speaking God’s Word but they receive not because they ask amiss that they may consume it upon their own lusts (James 4:3).  The Believer’s faith is directed to what they did, their declaration, which was nothing more than presumption to consume upon their own lusts. These declarations and decrees make the Cross of Christ of no effect in the Believer’s life if not given by the Lord for the particular situation and the Believer is perishing.

The mystery of iniquity does already work.  It is alive and well in the church today.  If we do not receive the love of the Truth, the Lord will see to it we receive a strong delusion and believe a lie.  That lie that separates the wheat and the tares.  The lie that makes the Cross of Christ on no effect. The lie that keeps the Believer bound by the law of sin and death and causes them to perish.

21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.

22 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?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.”  Matthew 7:21-23.

Have you believed a lie?  Ask God to show you.  He is faithful to lead us into all Truths according to His Word…not mine, not yours but HIS.  Test the spirits, whether they are of God.  Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preaching of The Cross

preaching-of-the-cross17 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.

 

The “message of the Cross” or the “preaching of the Cross” is bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross BACK to the church for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.  The modern church has lifted up 40 days of purpose, feasts, festivals, ceremonies, traditions and self efforts to overcome the sin that so easily besets us.  This other gospel is accursed and requires the Believer to do “their part” to conjure up their best life now.  

 

Jesus’ finished work on Calvary’s Cross, as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, paid the sin debt to God for whosoever will believe that they are a sinner in need of a Saviour and Jesus Christ’s atoning work on the Cross is the only way man can be saved.  There is nothing else needed to be saved…NOTHING.  Some believe one must be baptized in water to be save but they are wrong.  Jesus’ work is enough.  Others believe one must be a member of a church to be saved but they are wrong.  Jesus’ work is enough.  I could go on and on but you get the picture regarding our Salvation given freely to whosoever will believe upon Jesus Christ as their Saviour and their Lord…Jesus’ finished work is ENOUGH.

 

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under Grace.”  Romans 6:14.

 

Jesus’ finished work on the Cross was two fold.  Not only did Jesus Christ save our soul from eternal damnation, He also gave Believers dominion over their sin nature.  However, the problem is Believers have not believed Jesus for dominion over their sin nature because the modern church has taught them methods of man from vanities of their own mind to overcome sin.  In their self efforts they have struggled in vain to overthrow their bondage.  If our self efforts could overthrow bondage, the Cross of Christ was in vain.

 

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:2

 

The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free the Believer from the law of sin and death if the Believer’s faith is in their self efforts.  The preaching of the Cross is an offense to those whose faith is in their self efforts (works) for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…but to those of us who are saved It is the power of God.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is coming back to the church and calling them to repentance.  Don’t add His Gospel to the other gospel being lifted up for deliverance in the modern church.  Repent of the other gospel and come back to the Cross of Calvary.  Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else. 

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Shields of Brass

2chroniclesSo Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house.

11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lord, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.

12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.” 2 Chronicles 12:9-12.

The devil, being the devil, wants to kill, steal and destroy all the Lord has given His Children.  As an angel of light, satan will seduce the Believer into forsaking the Law of the Lord for deliverance, faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross (Romans 8:2) and direct the Believer’s faith into their works (40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, feasts, festivals, etc.).

When we forsake the Law of the Lord for deliverance (faith in Jesus), satan is allowed to take “away the treasures of the house of the Lord” and the “shields of gold” the Lord has given us.  If our faith is not in Jesus Christ and His atoning work, we are not free from the law of sin and death and the devil is able to do what the devil does…kill, steal and destroy all the Lord has given the Believer.

Once the Divine gifts of God have been stolen, we quickly and proudly make our shields of brass and commit them to the Lord.  The fact of the matter is, the Lord had no hand in our shields of brass.  Just as Cain offered up the works of his hands to God, so to are we as our shields of brass are offered up for service.  This vain attempt to replace our Divine gifts we have allowed the devil to steal because we have forsaken the Law of the Lord for our deliverance is the result of pride.

Thus says the Lord, The Heaven is My Throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that you build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest?

For all those things has Mine Hand made, and all those things have been, says the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word.”  Isaiah 66:1-2

Humility is the only coin that will spend in God’s economy, not pride.  The shields of brass cannot replace the Divine gifts of the Lord and in fact brings reproach on the work of the Lord.  Repentance in forsaking the Law of the Lord, faith in Jesus and His finished work’, is the result of a poor and a contrite spirit…result of humility.

We don’t have to “fake it until we make it”.  The shields of brass are a lie religion presents to the Believer as a substitute.

Then said he  to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”  Luke 3:7-9.

Lay down the shields of brass church.  Repent.  The axe is laid unto the root of the tree.

-Donna Clark Warren

Rejoice

phil_4-4_3x5Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7

 

Instead of forsaking the call the Lord has placed upon your life in order to expedite victory; be careful for nothing.  In every thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

The Lord Jesus Christ made a way on Calvary’s Cross for us to come out from among them and be ye separate…to be a peculiar people.  A people who have the peace of God which passes all understanding through Christ Jesus.

10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God.

11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”   Romans 6:10-13.

Aligning with a particular religion or church which follow the precepts of man for victory over the world because their beliefs fit one’s lifestyle does not constitute coming out from among them.  “Them”  also includes the various religious centers that have forsaken the ways of God for the ways of the world in order to expedite growth in the pews.

The Lord is raising up a people who have reckoned themselves dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Christ Jesus their Lord.  They no longer have to yield their members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin but by grace through faith they are partakers in God’s Divine Nature.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4.

When a Child of God chooses much prayer and supplication instead of obeying the lusts of the worldly statutes to expedite victory, they seem peculiar to the world.  It is this peculiar characteristic that the Lord Jesus Christ came to give God’s Children…dominion over their sin nature.  Keep in mind, one is not God’s Child until they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  It is the same faith in the same work on Calvary’s Cross by Jesus Christ, that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to give the Believer dominion over sin their sin nature (Romans 8:2).

Be careful for nothing.  Rejoice in the Lord….always.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

Pentecostal Fire

pentecost5Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the Burnt Offering and the Sacrifices; and the Glory of the LORD filled the house.

And the priests could not enter into the House of the LORD, because the Glory of the LORD had filled the LORD‘s House.

And when all the Children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the Glory of the LORD upon the House, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endures for ever.” 2 Chronicles 7:1-3

The same “Pentecostal Fire” that fell from Heaven and consumed the Sacrifices in the Old Testament times continues to fall and consume the heart and life of those who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but He that comes after me is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall Baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in His Hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12.

The fire which comes does not bring judgment, as the Believer’s judgment was consumed by our Sacrifice, the Sacrifice God provided…the only acceptable Sacrifice – Christ Jesus. However, it will bring chastisement to burn up the chaff (flesh) and separate it from the grain (spirit).  This fire from Heaven will endue the Believer with power from on high (Luke 24:49) and equip them for service in the Kingdom of God.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Acts 2:1-4

Jesus Christ commanded all Believers to received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5) which is a an experience separate and apart from Salvation.  However, just to be clear, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a requirement of Salvation as some man made doctrines teach.  When one is Baptized in the Holy Spirit, always and without exception, they will speak with other tongues as the Spirit of the Lord gives the utterance (Acts 2:4Acts 10:44-46Acts 11:15-17Acts 19:2Acts 19:61 Cor. 14:39).

The fire of God that consumed the Sacrifices in the Old Testament is a free gift to Believers today and is made possible only by Jesus Christ.  Because of Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross, the fire of God can now accompany the Holy Spirit into the heart and lives of Believers as we are Baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11).  This fire is a consuming fire.  It will correct and convict the Believer from that which is not of God…it will burn up the chaff with an unquenchable fire.

Have you received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire since you believed?

-Donna Clark Warren

Deny Yourself

denyyourself18 Yea, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

19  You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”  James 2:18-20.

Many believe that there is one God, including the devil. Man’s faith that there is one God produces dead works because his faith is dead.  When we put our faith in our religious ordinances for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil; we indeed believe there is one God…just as the demons in hell believe there is one God.  Because our faith is in our works and not in Jesus’ finished work for dominion over our sin nature, we believe just as satan himself believes – yet we do not even tremble.  Our works are dead because our faith in Jesus’ finished work is dead.  The signs do not follow.

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.

Sinners are called to believe Jesus Christ came to earth to save the world and through His finished work on Calvary’s Cross did save whosoever will believe in Him.  Because of WHO Jesus is, the only begotten Son of God, those who believe have no doubt as to His Resurrection.  Jesus Christ IS God manifested in the flesh as the perfect Lamb of God, Whose death on Calvary’s Cross openly made a show of every demon in hell and paid the debt of sin (death) for whosoever will believe.  Jesus Christ was resurrected three days later and is now sitting at the Right Hand of God.  Again, knowing Who Jesus is and what He has done for whosoever will believe,  Believers have no doubt as to His Resurrection.  We don’t “make light” of His Resurrection…we have no doubt has to His Resurrection.  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a given in the heart of a born again Believer.

Once we believe in Jesus Christ and His finished work to save the sinner, we are called to follow Him.  The Believer is called to deny their self efforts (dead works), pick up their cross (the benefits afforded the Believer because of their faith in Jesus and His finished work) and FOLLOW Him.

When we, as Believers, finally deny our self efforts to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil through our dead works; we will overcome the world, the flesh and the devil through our faith in the One Who has freely given us the victory. We will hear His voice, He will know us and we will follow Him.  We will follow Jesus Christ, the Author and the Finisher of our faith.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:” John 10:27.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Kingdom of God

circumcision-without-handsFor the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20.

The Power of God is in the preaching of the Cross of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18) .  Who Jesus is, God manifested in the flesh, and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for the redemption of man is the power by which the sinner is born again and walks in the newness of life.  It is this power, the preaching (message) of the Cross, that will set the captives free.  To the wisdom of man (philosophies from the vanities of man’s carnal mind), this “power” is foolishness because it does not require their “part” and lays waste their works.  For the religious, the power of God is a stumbling block as they seek for signs instead seeking ye first the Kingdom of God and the signs will follow.

When the power of God is properly preached, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, pointing the Believer to Who Jesus is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, the Holy Spirit, in Whom the power of God resides is able to change the hearts and lives of the Believer.

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 (baptism into His death Colossians 6:3-5), wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who has raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:10-12

The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death when our faith is placed in vain philosophies of man or blood moons and harbingers.  The Kingdom of God is in the power of God, Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross (not the wooden beam but what Jesus there did to redeem mankind).  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.

-Donna Clark Warren

Demonstration of the Spirit

4fab397ebad362b2276fe3d00e36d078And 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.

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Weakness, fear and much trembling in the frailty of one’s own person to rightly divide the Word of God and boldly proclaim what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church is not delivered in a “series” downloaded from the internet.  Demonstration of the Spirit and of power is not seen in a 12 step program, 40 days of purpose or religious ceremonies.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has 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, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19

Too many spend more time defending their denomination or their preacher than they do in defense of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The demonstration of the Spirit and of the power of God is seen in the lives of those who have denied their self efforts, picked up the benefits of what Jesus afforded us on Calvary’s Cross and FOLLOW Him.  This does not mean trials and tribulations will not come, nor does this mean the devil will stop being the devil.  What this means is they (we) who are submitted to God, resist the devil and he must flee.  Keep in mind, if we are not submitted to God and FOLLOWING Him, the devil does not have to flee. Many believe but do not follow. Even the devil believes. Saints are called to follow.

This demonstration of the power of God in the Believer’s life can be seen by where they were then and where they are now.  They may not have the mansion on the hill (yet) but they have a joy unspeakable, a peace beyond understanding.  They are indeed a peculiar people because with fear and trembling someone has boldly proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord and they believed.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the Right Hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”  Mark 16:17-20.

Signs will not follow wisdom of man.  Wisdom of man will follow signs.  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.  Be determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

Glory in the Cross of Christ

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in His presence.”  1 Corinthians 1:20-29
Signs will follow those who believe in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on Calvary’s Cross…we do not require a sign to believe.   The Power of God is the Cross of Christ because it is there that our sin debt was paid.  When our faith is placed in Christ and Him crucified, the Holy Spirit (in Whom the Power of God resides) is given latitude to do a mighty work in the life of the Believer…and signs will follow.  

The Greeks were wise in their own minds.  They sought after mystical interpretations of Scripture, just as many do today.  Intellectualism is not the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but is in fact another gospel.   Many modern churches seek after wisdom of God but know not God.  With their mouths they worship God but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8-9).  

To the Jews, Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross was a stumbling block because He did not come at that time to take the Throne and make Israel great again.  To the Greeks, the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified was foolishness because they did not believe Jesus Christ’s death on Calvary’s Cross could redeem the world and solve the problems of man.

Let me be clear, no flesh…no self efforts will glory in the presence of God.  Prayer shawls, yamakas, feasts, festivals, ceremonies, blood moons, harbingers and the like are of the wisdom of the world, not the wisdom of God.  This wisdom being taught by the modern day philosophers,  know not God but through their intellectualism deceive others into following them into a ditch.  Too many go about daily thinking they are saved because they went through a ceremony as a child and are members of a certain church, yet they have never accepted Jesus Christ and their Lord and Saviour.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:“. 1 John 4:1-2.

Jesus Christ came in the flesh to redeem the world and give us the power to live unto God.  Before our Salvation we could not live unto God because our faith was in our self effort and self will and not in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the Cross.  After our Salvation, we still cannot live unto God when our faith is in our self efforts for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…no flesh will glory in the presence of God.

Is the preaching of Christ and Him crucified a stumbling block for you? Is it foolishness?  To us who are saved it is the power of God and are determined to know nothing else among you.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”  2 Corinthians 6:17.

-Donna Clark Warren

The Preaching of the Cross

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.

Sadly, many do not understand the “preaching of the Cross” is not the wooden beam but what Jesus there did as the Sacrificial Lamb of God to pay the sin debt in full for whosoever will believe and to give the Believer dominion over their sin nature.  If the Believer gets the Cross wrong and what Jesus there did, we get the Gospel wrong and the Cross of Christ is made of none effect.  

Jesus Christ IS the New Covenant.  His spotless Blood is the only Sacrifice God can accept for payment of our sin debt.  The wages of sin is death.  The blood of bulls and goats reconciled the Old Testament Saints to God to restore fellowship but could not atone for sin in full.  Animal sacrifices could not remove the handwriting of ordinances against us (Colossians 2:14). 

Knowing WHO Jesus is and what He accomplished on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt of His Resurrection.  The glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour was dependent on His finished work on the Cross…He had to die in order to be resurrected.  Jesus’ work on the Cross was not dependent on the Resurrection.   It is at the Cross that our sin debt was paid by Jesus Christ.

“8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him:

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over Him.

10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God.

11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 6:8-11.
If we have accepted Jesus and His finished work as the only payment of our sin, which is death, then we have come to the understanding under the conviction of the Holy Spirit that we are a sinner and the payment of our sin is death. There is but ONE answer to sin’s curse and that is the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Knowing this, Who Jesus is, and that being raised from the dead, death has no more dominion over Him; likewise we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus.  

“The Cross”, the power of God, is the finished work of Jesus which saves the sinner and gives the Believer dominion over sin.  There have been many schemes of man from the vanities of their own minds to obtain dominion over sin once the Believer accepts Jesus and His Sacrifice as the only substitute for their sin debt  which is death.  Blessed are those who understand it is Jesus’ same work on Calvary’s Cross, not the schemes of man, self efforts or even other Scriptural doctrines (fasting, communion, etc.), that also gives us dominion over sin nature.  This IS the power of God for those who are saved.  There are no 40 days of purpose…everyday is a day unto the Lord.  

Blessed are those who are determined to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified…for to us, His finished work on Calvary’s Cross IS  the power of God – not just the glorious day we were born again and made a new creature in Christ Jesus but EVERY day.

-Donna Clark Warren