Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Second Death

Revelation 2-11 THe Second Death black4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” Revelation 20:4-5

The First Resurrection, the Resurrection of Life, will take place at the Rapture of the Church and will include all the Redeemed who ever lived and those who are alive at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Please allow me to say it again, the Church, the Tribulation Saints and Believers who are alive upon Jesus’ return will all have a part in the first Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20-58, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first Resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” Revelation 20:6

Everyone who has died lost from the beginning of time will be a part of the Resurrection of Damnation (John 5:28-29) at the end of the 1000 year Kingdom Age. Their souls and spirits are currently in hell (Luke 16:19-31) but they will be resurrected in indestructible bodies for the second death…the Resurrection of Damnation where the Great White Throne Judgement will occur and the lost will give an account and be found wanting. They themselves will have to pay the sin debt of death. The second death will reign forever and ever as the lost are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14) to spend a conscious eternity in their resurrected, indestructible body.

Of which Resurrection will you be taking part? Blessed is he that has part in the Resurrection of Life; those who chose to believe upon Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and came to the saving knowledge of Him in this life. Blessed indeed are those who are no longer condemned to a devil’s hell but found everlasting life in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27

All are appointed once to die; even the Redeemed if the Lord tarries. But not all are appointed to the Resurrection of Damnation…only those who have chose NOT to believe in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ in this lifetime will be a part of the condemnation of which Jesus came to save them from.

We are all given a choice. Have you believed? Have you understood what is at stake? There is nothing more important than the Salvation of eternal souls.

Choose this day in who you will serve. Today is the day of Salvation. Blessed is he that has part in the first Resurrection.

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.” John 3:16-17

This is not one of many theories but a reality of which we all will answer. Choose carefully…there is only one way and it is narrow. Choose Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else.

-Donna Clark Warren

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Discernment or Deception

Discernment or deception23 I (GOD) lifted up My Hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 24 Because they had not executed My Judgments, but had despised My Statutes, and had polluted My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; 26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that open the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 20:23-26

The Israelites did not execute God’s Judgments but despised His Statutes and polluted the Sabbaths.  The Old Covenant Sabbath typified the rest Jesus Christ would give to those who believed upon Him (Matthew 11:28-30).

Regrettably many Believers have not found that rest because religion has them fighting battles they were not called to fight.  The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the fight of faith – faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work which broke the power of sin (Romans 6:14).  It is this faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified that allows the Holy Spirit to do that which He is commissioned to do, namely free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).  Any and all other battles the Believer fights are carnal and lead to destruction. There is no rest.

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 law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is the only law greater than the law of sin and death.  For the Believer to be “in Christ Jesus” our faith must be placed solely and exclusively in Jesus, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.

The Israelites did not execute God’s Judgments and His Statutes, therefore He gave them “…statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;” (Ezekiel 20:25).  If we, God’s Children, do not receive the love of the Truth, God will see to it we are sent a strong delusion.  Soon we will actually believe gold dust and angel feathers fall from the church building.  We will believe that Bible or that statue secretes “holy” oil and those UFO’s are of God.  I do not kid you when I say that people actually believe these things are of God.  It is sad but true.  I remind the reader that satan has power and he too will produce “miracles” that are not of God nor edify God’s Word.  Satan’s miracles are nothing more than a tool and a snare to deceive the very elect and God will see to it the Believer who has not received the love of HIS Truth, HIS Righteousness according to HIS Word are sent such delusions. 

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 2:10-12

Consider that which you seek.

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Children of the Resurrection

Children-of-the-ResurrectionIt is not so that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God IS the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…God is not a God of the dead.  To be spiritually dead, one is not alive unto God.  Jesus said “… Except a man be born of water (natural birth) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5  For all who are born again, God IS their God.  Whether it be this side of glory or after death, every Believer is a Child of the Resurrection and can die no more.

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the Resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the Children of God, being the Children of the Resurrection.

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

38 For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.” Luke 20:35-38

 

The Sadducees did not believe in the Resurrection from the dead and therefore gave a hypothetical scenario to prove their argument.  Just as many today preach from their vain visions and philosophies, the Sadducees scenario of the 7 brothers marrying the same wife “according to Scripture” was indeed Truth (Deuteronomy 25:5).

However, the Sadducees, who were supposed to be experts of the Scripture, assumed that the Children of the Resurrection (Believers) would also marry in Heaven.  This assumption by the Sadducees was nothing more than a vain philosophy; a scenario presented to prove their doctrine but was not written in the Bible of that day (the Old Testament).  In their argument, they failed to realize the error in their interpreting of Scripture.

And when the Lord saw that he (Moses) turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And He (God) said, Draw not near hither: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place whereon you stand is Holy ground. Moreover He said, I AM the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” Exodus 3:4-6

Jesus caused the Sadducees to know the error of their doctrine (denying the Resurrection), not by the arguing vain scenarios but by presenting a solid Truth according to the Word of God. God IS (present tense) the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and every other born again Believer.

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.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

The New Testament Believer practicing Jewish feasts and festivals is a perfect example of one of the many scenarios the religious present to Believers causing them to stumble. 40 days of purpose is another popular scenario.  Just as the Sadducees of old, these scenarios are sprinkled with Scripture to deceive the very elect.

Don’t be distracted by arguing vain scenarios.  Preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. For some, Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer, the Gospel will cause them to stumble.  They will reject the Truth; seeing they see not. They do not reject Jesus because they stumble but they stumble because they reject Him.

For others, Jesus Christ and Him crucified is foolishness.  Sadly, many of them have “moved on” to vain scenarios and left their first love.

However, for those of us who are saved, Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the power of God in our lives (1 Corinthians 1:18).  Be determined to know nothing else.  We ARE a Child of the Resurrection. GLORY!!

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

 

 

Partaking or Spectating?

partakers-of-the-divine-natureJesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water (natural child birth NOT water baptism) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5

It is the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit that effects the regeneration in the hearts and lives of the born again Believer.  Once the sinner repents and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, we are born of the Spirit (aka born again) and become a NEW creature in Christ Jesus, not a rehabilitated creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).  It is by Grace, the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, through faith that we are born again.

For by Grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Once the Believer is converted and made a new creature in Christ Jesus, we are responsible for partaking in God’s Divine Nature.  Before our rebirth, the ungenerate man did not have the power to freely submit to God.  We must CHOOSE to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ for our Salvation and the Holy Spirit comes into our heart and dethrones the reigning monarch, namely satan.

No matter how “good” we consider ourselves, if we are not born again, the devil is our lord.  Because of Adam’s original sin, Satan is the lord of this world and it’s system that we are born into and he rules and reigns over the unregenerate man and woman.  If we in our flesh had power over the devil, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!

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

Submitting to God’s plan for our regeneration, which is faith in the redeeming work of Jesus, allows the Sanctification process to take place as we partake in His Divine Nature.  It’s not a fight against sin that ensues for that fight has already been won through the Blood of Jesus, it is a fight against flesh…our flesh that wants to do it’s part in our Sanctification.  Therefore, we deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23).  Denying our flesh (our self will to self help), and picking up our cross (partaking in God’s Divine Nature) gives us the ability to follow the Lord Jesus…we can’t follow Him any other way.

40 days of purpose will not allow us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Jewish feasts and festivals will not allow us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Humanistic psychology scattered with Scripture will not allow us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. In order to partake in God’s Divine Nature we must deny ourselves and submit to God.

The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for Jesus but for us, His followers, It is a place of grace and mercy…a place where all of our blessings flow from the Throne Room of God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Are you partaking or spectating? Time to partake. The harvest is great.  Allow the Holy Spirit to do that which He is commissioned to do and just believe in the Power of God – Jesus Christ and Him Crucified (1 Corinthians 1:18).

-Donna Clark Warren

 

The Adulterous Bride

Ezekiel 16 32So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:3-4

As a born again Believer we are baptized into the death of Jesus (Romans 6:4), making us dead to the law (any law given to overcome sin) and married to another, namely Jesus Christ.  IN Jesus Christ, because of Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, the Believer is given dominion over sin (Romans 6:14) which allows the Holy Spirit to bring forth fruit unto God in our hearts and lives.  This is all made possible by Grace (Jesus Christ and Him crucified) through faith which allows the Holy Spirit to do that which He is commissioned to do….bring forth fruit unto God.

Religion adorns itself on every street corner under the banner of Christianity presenting vain philosophies , vain visions and lying divinations to overcome a fallen world. Please understand, there is but one Way to overcome a fallen world and that is through the Believer’s marriage to Jesus Christ…NOT by fornicating with various methods (laws) of worldly statutes (humanistic psychology) to bring forth fruit unto God.  Many religious institutions are lifting up the former husband; the husband of which the born again Believer is dead to through the death of Jesus, to bring forth fruit unto God and causing them to take strangers, instead of our Husband (Jesus Christ) and commit spiritual adultery.

30 How weak is your heart, says the Lord God, seeing you do all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; 31 In that you build your eminent place in the head of every way, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as an harlot, in that you scorn hire; 32 But as a wife who commits adultery, which takes strangers instead of her husband!” Ezekiel 16:30-31

Consider that which is being lifted up to overcome a fallen world.  Is the Cross of Christ being lifted up as the power of God to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil or your part?

Not all churches are religious institutions but all religious institutions consider themselves churches.  What Believer would consider going to a motivational, seeker sensitive, civic gathering on Sunday mornings if they did not call themselves a church? I thank God for the churches who continue know nothing else among them save Jesus Christ and Him crucified and I pray they see the fornication going on most modern “churches” and have the boldness to declare the error to their congregation.

These religious institutions with their false teachers and preachers, make the heart of the righteous sad and strengthen the hands of the wicked that they should not return from their wicked ways (Ezekiel 13:22).

The Bride Groom, Jesus Christ, stands at the door knocking.  He is calling His people out to worship Him in spirit and in Truth.  Repent and come out from among them.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

God Sent Them Not

false-prophets-john-matthew-jeremiahFor thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in My Name: I have not sent them, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:8-9

The requirement for entering in to the Kingdom of Heaven is not prophesying in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 7:22-23).  The religious Israelites who rebelled against God and did not go into Babylonian captivity thought themselves to be blessed and the captives cursed.

Satan certainly cannot change the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  The Atonement is finished, the Veil is rent and whosoever believes Jesus Christ is the ONLY source and His death on Calvary’s Cross is the ONLY means by which we are reconciled to God the Father, shall be saved (John 14:6).  Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He has done, leaves no doubt to His Resurrection.  Jesus Christ is alive and sitting at the Right Hand of God.  We either believe this to be true or we believe it to be a lie.  With our free will, we are given the ability to choose.  Once we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, the Holy Spirit comes to abide in our heart.  It is then and there that the circumcision without hands begins (Colossians 2:11-12) and we are made a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like 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

Being baptized into His death, the penalty of sin is paid in full and the power of sin broken (Romans 6:14) and we walk in newness of life.  The Holy Spirit, who now resides in our heart, isolates the sin nature of which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall, hence the dominion of sin for whosoever will believe.  We are now freely given to be partakers in God’s Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4) and no longer ruled (dominated) by our sin nature.  Before our Salvation, we could not submit to God willingly.  We had to choose to believe. What a glorious day that was and forever will be for all who have decided to follow Jesus!!

Then comes religion; prophets who prophesy falsely and deceive the very elect with their vain philosophies.  Prophesying in Jesus’ Name, cast out devils in Jesus Name and do many wonderful works (Matthew 7:22-23).  They are satan’s instruments used to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  These false apostles and deceitful workers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-14) as they declare the rebellious blessed and the captives cursed.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Beware of false prophets prophesying peace, peace; flattery does not seek Truth but favor of man.  God has an expected end for those who seek His Will and follow Him. Keep running the race.

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

-Donna Clark Warren

Desolate Abominations

abominationIn all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.” Ezekiel 6:6

Israel’s altars were laid waste and made desolate.  Their idols were broken, images cut down and their works abolished.  The desolation of God’s Temple was an abomination to Him and it was destroyed.

Financial bankruptcy is easily recognized while moral and Spiritual bankruptcy goes without notice.  The abomination of the desolate temple of God, the Spiritual bankrupt (I speak here of the Holy Spirit), is a result of turning away from the knowledge of Truth and making the Cross of Christ of no effect.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more Sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27

Regrettably many gather on Sunday mornings at various religious institutions to worship another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4) while they sit under another gospel (Galatians 1:6-8).  Their temple is desolate.  They’re bankrupt and know not what they worship. The philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind have hardened their hearts and turned them from the Truth of the atoning work of Jesus Christ to break the power of sin.  This Jesus in which they believe is not the only begotten Son of God, but another Jesus…a taskmaster with a very heavy yoke. Sadly for many, their’s is a false Salvation, while others are indeed born again yet they remain in Egyptian bondage.  Satan has successfully corrupted the gospel they have heard and the Jesus they know.

To be clear, the devil cannot corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Atonement is finished and cannot be changed.  However, our understanding of the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross can be corrupted and it is done so through religion.  That is satan’s goal. The result is spiritual bankruptcy…a desolate temple that is an abomination to God.  These are the lukewarm of Revelation 3:15-16 who profess Christianity with their mouth but their hearts are far from God.  The lukewarm bring reproach to God, therefore he would rather them be cold than lukewarm.  At least the “cold” do not profess to be Christians.

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.” John 4:22-23

The hour has come for the worshippers to arise in spirit and in truth.  The endtime church shows Jesus on the outside knocking…not in the church building among the desolate temples not knowing what they are worshipping.

Jesus Christ is ALIVE!  He is sitting at the Right Hand of God searching to and fro to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).   The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death when we look unto another Jesus; a Jesus without Blood to atone for sin or condones sin and promotes self will instead of God’s Will.

Desolate temples are governed by vain philosophies and mind the things of the flesh.  “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9

There are many who need to come out from among the religious institutions and follow the leading of the Spirit of God into all Truth according to the Word of God.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

1stBut seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

What God has purposed for His Children who are walking in His Will, seeking Him first, no man can asunder.  We may stumble but the Blood of Jesus Christ remains for us and not against us.  The Child of God is washed in the Blood of Jesus because we are loved.  We are not loved because we are washed.

It is satan’s will to get us out of God’s Will and the devil will throw us snares for stumbling.  The devil was tempting Jesus in the wilderness trying to get Him out of God’s Will.  The stumbling I speak of is not going out to the bar on Friday night and repenting on Saturday morning.  The fact of the matter is, the Believer who has found themselves at the bar stumbled long before they ended up there.  Sadly, their heart turned from God long before and the result is a backslidden state.  However, to be clear, there is always forgiveness for a repentant heart this side of glory…no matter how far in darkness one has gone.

Many attempt to seek ye first the Kingdom of God without the Blood of Jesus Christ.  We cannot separate Jesus from His Work on Calvary’s Cross.  It is WHO He is, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God (God manifest in the flesh), and His death on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe and break the power of sin for the Believer that redeems mankind to God.  Knowing this, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.  We know that the Atonement paid the sin debt in full because Jesus Christ is alive and sitting at the Right Hand of God.  Furthermore, our Redeemer (Jesus Christ) has the power to possess that which He has redeemed…namely, the Child of God.

That being said, I remind you – what God has purposed for His Children (who are walking in His Will), He is fully capable of fulfilling.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20.

Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.

-Donna Clark Warren

Handwriting on the Wall

Handwriting on the WallAnd when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a Book was therein;10 And He spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.” Ezekiel 2:9-10

Through a series of events yesterday I was led to Daniel chapter 5.  I will attempt to tell this story as succinctly as possible.  As I was reading on the computer Ezekiel Chapter 2, this verse of Scripture from Ezekiel led me to look up in my Bible (not the digital version I was reading on the computer but my actual Bible) Daniel chapter 5.

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” Daniel 5:5

I would encourage you to read all of Daniel Chapter 5. I remind you, at this point I was just doing my routine Bible reading when the Lord dropped in my heart what I posted yesterday regarding faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  Sadly, too many preachers are preaching out of everything but the Word of God and directing the people’s faith to vain philosophies.  Here is a link to yesterday’s post for reference, Consider What You’re Hearing.

After writing yesterday’s post and taking care of some other distractions, I returned to my routine reading online of my Bible and it was on Daniel Chapter 5.  I was taken back by this occurrence.  Remember, I was reading in Ezekiel Chapter 2 on the computer.  That being said, I realized the Lord was trying to show me something.  The Lord talks to His Children through His Word, not vain imaginations, so I read again but this time paying closer attention but I still didn’t understand.  After much prayer, during church yesterday morning the Lord gave me the understanding I was seeking.

Belshazzar was King Nebuchadnezzar’s son (actually his grandson) who was the king of the Babylonian Empire that God used as His instrument to overtake the rebellious Israelites and destroy the Temple.  King Nebuchadnezzar’s glory was taken from him because his heart was lifted up and hardened with pride and he was literally brought to his knees and fed grass like oxen.  King Nebuchadnezzar had gone mad until he lifted up his eyes unto Heaven, and his understanding returned unto him, and he blessed the most High, and  praised and honored God (Daniel 4:31-37).

However, Belshazzar knew not Jehovah God and was greatly troubled by the handwriting on the wall.  His soothsayers, astrologers and “wise men” could not give him the interpretation leaving Belshazzar without understanding of the handwriting on the wall. This was the same Hand that wrote the Commandments on the stone tablets and on the ground regarding the accused woman (John 8:6-8) and Belshazzar, his wise men or soothsayers had no understanding.  They were of the world and the world has no understanding of the Word of God (1 Cor. 2:14).

There are many today who see the handwriting on the wall, yet have no understanding because their soothsayers and wise men have tickled their itchy ears.  When the man or woman of God comes to give them the understanding, they choose to continue in their rebellion.

22 And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this; 23 But have lifted up thyself against the Lord of Heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you, and your lords, your wives, and your concubines, have drunk wine in them; and you have praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in Whose Hand your breath is, and Whose are all your ways, have you not glorified:  24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 

25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 

27 Tekel; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

28 Peres; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”  Daniel 5:22-28

Pride has lifted many up as they hold tight to their kingdom.  Faith in self will has concluded in rebellion to God’s Will. Seek to understand the writing of the wall. Heed the warning and repent.

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.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

Consider What You’re Hearing – Faith Comes By Hearing

Faith comes by hearingSo then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

Regrettably, for many, everything in the world is being taught to Believers except the Word of God.  Faith comes by hearing.  What we hear is where our faith is found. How do we know the ways of the Lord when we are being swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine and not hearing the Word of God?

For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

The Cross of Christ IS the Gospel.  Not the wooden beam but Who Jesus is and what He there did to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life (I’m speaking here to Believers). The foolishness and vain philosophies presented from many pulpits today are leading people away from God because His Word, which contains His Ways, is not being proclaimed.

Faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work does not and will not come when UFO’s, Blood Moons, Shemitahs, 40 days of purpose and humanistic psychology are being presented to the people.  It is by faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified that we are delivered from the power of sin…not faith in vain philosophies.  The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the fight of faith – faith in Christ and Him crucified and such faith only comes by hearing the Word of God.  Jesus IS the Word of God (John 1:1).

The preaching of the Cross of Christ, which is the Word of God, is the power of God for us who are saved.  It brings faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ which points us, God’s Children, to always look unto Him…Jesus Christ, the Author and the Finisher of our faith.

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 12:2

-Donna Clark Warren