Monthly Archives: October 2018

Righteousness

matthew_5_6--white-800x80012 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.

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under Grace? God forbid.” Romans 6:12-15

The same Spirit that leads the Believing sinner unto Salvation will also lead the Believing Saint unto Sanctification.  The Holy Spirit does not lead the Saint unto unrighteousness and unholines.  Old things pass away and all things become new as the Believing Saint looks unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives as we are led by the Spirit.  Having decided to deny our self efforts, abilities, intellect and talent, we pick up that which the Cross of Christ has afforded whosoever will believe (the blessings and promises of God) and follow Jesus.  Fighting this good fight of faith daily, faith in the Cross of Christ, we make a conscious choice to follow Jesus this day.  Looking unto Jesus, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…guide us into Righteousness and Holiness (Sanctification).

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”  John 12:32

Many Believers have unknowingly stopped believing in the drawing and leading of the Holy Spirit and vainly attempt to perform the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their lives and other’s lives themselves.  Many a vain method has been presented to the people for dominion over sin causing them to continually be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine.  Scripture is sprinkled throughout these philosophies and the unlearned Christian equates these vanities as biblical…not so.

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20

If the Believer (the fruit of a ministry), contently remains unrighteous and unholy, they are not being led by the Spirit of God.  If they are not being led by the Spirit of God, their faith has been placed in another method…a vain philosophy given by men to overcome sin and the result will always be failure.  The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, He does not make us comfortable in sin.

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

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Determined

determined1Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?

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 6:3-4

At Salvation, the Holy Spirit baptizes Believing sinners into Christ; into His death which is referred to as the “Baptism into Death”.  As the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Jesus, we are then “born of the Spirit” and of “water” which is natural child birth.

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again.” John 3:5-7.

Being born of the Spirit at Salvation; baptized into Jesus’ death, we are dead to sin.  Sin’s penalty is paid and it’s power broken upon our Salvation, we are now alive unto God and no longer dead in our sin and trespasses.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11

We are afforded this liberty by faith in the Cross of Christ (“by faith through Grace”, Ephesians 2:8-9), not vain philosophies from the minds of man that are being taught as doctrine.  These silly methods are presented to the church to live a victorious Christian life are in fact doctrines of demons given to lead one away from the Cross of Christ making it of no effect.

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

The faith that got you in the Kingdom of God is the same faith that keeps you in the Kingdom of God; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.

-Donna Clark Warren

Certain Men

PhariseesAnd certain men which came down from Judaea taught the Brethren, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1

Certain men came and taught the Gentiles who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that they must be circumcised to be Saved.  Today, there are certain men and women who teach Believers that they must partake in the Jewish feasts and festivals. Not so. The Hebraic Roots movement is attempting to do exactly what these Pharisees did in the early Church by putting a yoke upon the neck of Believers.

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the Apostles and Elders about this question.

And being brought on their way by the Church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the Brethren.

And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

And the Apostles and Elders came together for to consider of this matter.

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and Brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe.

And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us;

And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the Disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Acts 15:2-10

Why do the “Messianic Jews” tempt ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the Disciples?  We are saved by Grace through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 8:16).

Beware of certain men who creep in unaware and turn the Grace of God into a license to sin and deny the Cross of Christ and the Cross of Christ alone for Salvation.  They seek to place a yoke of religiosity upon the Believer in order to leaven the lump.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

Preach The Word

preach-the-wordSo then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17.
Preaching is the method given by God to reach man. The preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, draws man to the Lord and He helps their unbelief. Social and civic activities may draw man to a church building for further entertainment and tickling of their ears but it will not draw them to the Lord for Salvation.
Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the Word preacher. We cannot take that which is temporal to Heaven with us but we can take souls.
And I (JESUS), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren