Monthly Archives: April 2017

Inheritance by Promise

god-and-abraham16 Now to Abraham and His Seed were the Promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your Seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the Covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the Law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the Promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the Law, it is no more of Promise: but God gave it to Abraham by Promise.

19 Wherefore then serve the Law? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the Promise was made; and it was ordained by Angels in the hand of a mediator.

20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.”  Galatians 3:16-20

The Promises of God are given to Believer’s through the Seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ.  If our inheritance be of the Law, it is no more of Promise.  The Law was added because of transgressions and could not bring life.

We cannot receive the Promises of God through the Law, 40 days of purpose, methods from the vanity of man’s mind (humanistic psychology), feasts, festivals or ceremonies. God gave the Promises to faithful Abraham and he believed God.

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed.

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”  Galatians 3:6-9

Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith.  Many seek the Promises of God but have been led astray by religious works.  If our inheritance be of these various religious works, methods, feasts, etc. – they are no longer of Promise.

Fight the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on Calvary’s Cross.  The Lamb of God Who took away the sin of the world sits at the Right Hand of God searching the earth to and fro to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chronicles 16:9).  Be blessed with faithful Abraham.

-Donna Clark Warren

Resurrection Week

Risen12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your APPOINTED FEASTS My soul hates: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.

15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:12-17 (emphasis added).

The 4th Commandment was the only Commandment that was not a moral law but a ceremonious law and was never mentioned by our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  They were types and shadows of our coming Messiah.  Why would a born again Christian follow the shadow of Jesus when they can have Jesus?  While many in the modern church are performing and teaching the shadow, Jesus is standing at the door knocking.

The Israelites had taken the feasts, which were in fact genuine and God given, and turned them into a mere of form of religion.  They began to look to the ceremony instead of what the ceremony represented…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  With their mouths they worshipped God but their hearts were far from Him.  God called them an abomination to Him.

This people draws near unto Me with their mouth, and honors 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.”  John 4:23-24.

Make no mistake, the call of the Hebraics roots movement to perform the Jewish feasts are commandments of men, not God.  We are under Grace, not law.  One way for the Child of God to be cursed is to continue in the Law and not continue in all things which are written in the book of the Law.  Which leads me to the question of where they will perform their sacrifices?

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”  Galatians 3:9-10.

The observance of the Jewish feasts by Believers in Jesus Christ are a mere form of religious activity and are in fact an insult to the Orthodox Jew.  The very Jews of Israel, in which we as Christians claim to support, are insulted by Gentiles partaking in their holy ceremonies.  Please keep in mind, the Orthodox Jew does not believe Jesus Christ to be their Messiah and these feasts and festivals remain to them a symbol of their coming Messiah.  What is holy to them, we are debasing.

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 4:23-24.

If we do not want the Truth, according to the rightly divided Word of God, not opinions of man and search the Scriptures and study to show ourselves approved, the Lord will see to it we receive a strong delusion.  We can and should study the Jewish feasts ordained of God and what they represent.  However, that does not mean we have to partake in the feasts which had become an abomination to God and an insult to Israel.

*Personal note – my husband and I know a lady who started out in this Hebraics movement and now claims she is a Hebrew and Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. Somebody said “I would NEVER do that”….which is probably true. However, that does not mean that babe in Christ sitting next to you won’t be swept away by this seducing doctrine full of ancient Jewish mysticm…and if they do – their blood is on your hands.

Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, He did not abolish the Law.  Our Passover is a person, Jesus Christ – not a religious ceremony.  Seek Him, He is standing at the door knocking.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

To Forgive or To Trust?

broken-trust_ahs7syAnd Judah spoke unto him (Jacob), saying, The man (Joseph) did solemnly protest unto us, saying, You shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.Genesis 43:3

To trust someone is to place confidence in them or to be able to rely on their ability. Forgiveness is to no longer resent another person or feel anger toward them.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:14-16

If we do not forgive men our trespasses, neither will our Heavenly Father forgive us our trespasses.  However, we must recognize the difference between forgiveness and trust.  Joseph did not immediately trust his brothers when they came to Egypt.  He did not welcome them with open arms.  Joseph tested them.

There are evil people in this world today who want to kill, steal and destroy…they are satan’s pawns.  Both the Old and New Testaments are full of those who are enemies of God.  Ironically enough, the ones who were against God in the New Testament were in fact of the religious sect.

Allow me to be perfectly clear.  The Word of God says we are to FORGIVE those who trespass against us.  Nowhere have I found in the Word of God where we are commanded to place our trust in those who trespass against us.

There is a difference in forgiveness and trust.  Many in the modern church world have blurred the lines and have trusted the enemy.  Make no mistake, the enemy of our souls is faithful.  He can indeed be trusted to forever be our enemy.

Forgive those who trespass against you; not for their sake but for yours.  Declaring forgiveness does not constitute forgiveness.  Lack of resentment or anger toward them constitutes forgiveness.  Anger is a sin and there is but One Way that anger can be removed from our heart…Jesus Christ.  The fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much.  Instead of denying the resentment remains, even after the confession of forgiveness, ask the Lord to remove that anger from your heart and to help your unforgiveness.  God is searching to and fro to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).   He is able to do exceeding and abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in Heaven and Earth is named,

16 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

21 Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:14-21.

…and Amen.

-Donna Clark Warren

Dead to the Law

dead-to-sin-alive-to-God19 For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

21 I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain.”  Galatians 2:19-21

Born again Believers are dead to the Mosaic Law “through the Law”.  The Mosaic Law is the porter (the Doorkeeper) which opened the door to “the Shepherd of the Sheep” Who calls His own and leads them out.

 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that enters not by the Door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

But He that enters in by the Door is the Shepherd of the Sheep.

To Him the porter opens; and the Sheep hear His Voice: and He calls His own Sheep by name, and leads them out.” John 10:1-3.

Through faith placed in Jesus’ finished work on Calvary’s Cross, we are dead to the Law “through the Law” because Jesus Christ perfectly kept the Law.  We are in Him and He in us so that we may live unto God.

When we make laws to overthrow sinful behaviors (humanistic psychology) and obtain righteousness other than faith OF the Son of God, we are climbing up another way…we are as a thief and a robber.  The faith OF Jesus was by His perfect keeping of the Law and Sacrifice on the Cross, that whosoever believed in Him would be redeemed to God through His finished work on the Cross.  Jesus’ Resurrection is proof that every sin, not some sin, but EVERY sin was atoned for completely on Calvary’s Cross.   Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He has done, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.

We live by faith OF the Son of God, Who loves us and gave Himself for us.  We are alive unto God through our faith in Jesus Christ.  We are not alive unto God by understanding the mind of man, feasts, festivals, ceremonies and traditions but by simple faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.  Do not frustrate the Grace of God.  Righteousness does not come by the Law.  Live unto God by faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…the faith of the Son of God and the power of God for those of us which are saved (1 Corinthians 1:18).

-Donna Clark Warren

Passover Feasts

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the Law to do them.” Galatians 3:9-10.

As many modern churches partake in the Passover Feast, please consider what the Apostle Paul said to the Galatians.  One of the ways a Child of God can be cursed is by partaking in the works of the Law and not continuing in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.  Which leads me to the question…where will the Sacrifices required by the law be performed by those partaking in the Jewish feasts?

The yamakas, prayer shawls and other Jewish traditions are an insult to the Orthodox Jews of Israel.  The Orthodox Jews deem us as unclean according to their Holy Scripture.  Which we would be if not washed by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  However,  the Orthodox Jews don’t believe Jesus to be their Messiah, therefore we are “unclean”.  The Hebraic Roots movement has taken what is holy to the Israelites (because they do not believe the New Testament to be of God) and seduced Believer’s (the unclean) to partake in their feasts, wear their prayers shawls, etc., etc.  This is insulting to them.

It is one thing to study and learn of these feasts.  They are all types and shadows of our Lord Jesus Christ.  However, it is all together different to partake in the feasts. Prayerfully consider.

 -Donna Clark Warren 

Behold the Lamb of God

BeholdThe next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

Sin is the problem in the world today.  Sickness, depression, addiction, fornication, idolatry, etc., etc. are all the result of sin due to Adam’s fall.  The Word of God does not teach sinless perfection this side of glory.  If that were so, our body would not age (decay) nor get sick.  Corruption will not put on incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:52) until the trump sounds.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.  Sickness may or may not be the result of one’s own sin but nonetheless, sin is the reason for the problems in the world.

There is only one answer to sin and that is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world – Jesus Christ.   Humanistic psychology can not take away the sin of the world.  21 days of fasting can not take away the sin of the world.  40 days of purpose, feasts, festivals, traditions and ceremonies can not take away the sin of the world.

Sin IS the problem.  There remains a lost and dying world who need to know the Lamb of God will deliver them from their bondages.  However, there also remains Children of God who are bound by nicotine, alcohol, religion, pornography, etc. who love God but they too need to know the Lamb of God will deliver them.  Instead, the modern church presents them with various methods (12 steps, humanistic psychology, fasting, self efforts, self will) to take away their sin.

Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away our sin.  He stands at the door knocking.

And He 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

Are you denying self efforts to overcome the sin of the world?  Are you picking up the benefits of the atoning work of Jesus Christ and following Him?  Perhaps you have been decieved by a method from the vain imagination of man’s mind to overthrow the sin that has so easily beset you.  Many have…myself included.

Behold the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ…follow Him.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Humanistic Psychology

carnal-mindAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior.  Please let me be clear, the carnal mind is at enmity with God (Romans 8:7).  Why would a born again Believer study that which is at enmity with God?

God has given the Believer His Word and His Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truths and they will never contradict one another.

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 fullness 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 2:8-12.

It is the “circumcision made without hands” through our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ that changes the heart of the Believer.  Our desires become His desires when we deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow the Lord Jesus Christ…not that which is at enmity with God.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit.

-Donna Clark Warren

Latitude

nothing-but-jesus10 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.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.”  Romans 6:10-14

Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we are buried with Him by baptism into His death (Romans 6:4), our old man is crucified with Him so that we should henceforth, no longer serve sin.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:” Romans 6:5

Knowing Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.  Therefore we, as Believers, should reckon ourselves also to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ.  You see, the shed Blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way we are alive unto God.

Through our continued faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil after our Salvation we are able yield ourselves unto God “as those that are alive from the dead”.  The lost or those who continue to walk after the flesh are unable to yield themselves unto God because they are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude (freedom) to do that which He is commissioned to do – free us from the law of sin and death.  We are all given a free will to serve God. If we don’t willingly choose to serve the Lord through HIS plan of victory (faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified), we are not giving the Holy Spirit the freedom to do His work in our hearts and lives to become the new creature in Christ Jesus.

Would to God you could bear with me (Apostle Paul) a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.”  2 Corinthians 11:1-4.

There are religious parasites that seek after God’s Children.  They have a form of godliness but their hearts are far from him.  These parasites attempt to direct the Believer’s faith to anything other than the finished work of Jesus Christ to “gain” (not maintain) the victory we already have through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  They corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ with wisdom of words and vain philosophies.

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.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not a slogan.  For those who believe, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, It is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Carnal Minds

believeThere 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.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

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.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:1-8

Experience oriented theology based in emotionalism is not walking after the Spirit of God. Philosophies and intellectualism from supposed “Christian” pastors in an attempt to overthrow the dominion of sin in the Believer’s life by any means other than faith in the Cross of Christ, in effect claims the Cross of Christ was in vain.  Somebody said,  “A Believer should not be dominated by sin.” and they are correct.  However, the sad reality is many Believer’s, who truly love the Lord, are dominated by sin.  Whether it be depression, self righteousness, nicotine, alcohol, homosexuality, so on and so forth; they hate their sin but have no power in their own self effort to have dominion over that sin.

 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18.

The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature when our faith is in our emotions, 40 days of purpose, feasts, festivals, ceremonies or 21 days of fasting for victory over sin…and make no mistake, sin is the problem.  The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus requires faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, to free us from the law of sin and death.  Nothing we can do except simple faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ will free us from the law of sin and death.  “Our part” IS faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified to lead us out of this pilgrim land!

They that are in the flesh cannot please God.  Prayerfully consider “your part”.  Are you in effect saying the Cross of Christ was in vain with your part?  I do not say this disparagingly.  At one point in my life, I zealously tried doing my part.  However, praise be to God, I found that in which I was seeking when I quit trying to earn victory and believed the Word of God to be true in spite of my circumstances.

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Believe.

-Donna Clark Warren