Monthly Archives: April 2019

DAILY LAYING HOLD

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with Grace; not with meats (religious ceremonies), which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” Hebrews 13:8-9

The heart cannot be rightly established by religious ceremonies.  If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.  Many Believers have been and are currently being swept away with divers and strange doctrines being taught as Biblical Christianity.  Their hearts being established in religion; they are turned in to the image of their church.  The Bible says we will know them by their fruit.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16

Sadly, many have their hearts established in religion and not Grace.  They love the Lord but their heart belongs to their church.  No matter the Jesus or the gospel being proclaimed from the pulpit, their loyalty is to the church.  They would not recognize another Jesus being lifted up to the congregation because quite frankly they have not searched the Scriptures for themselves to see whether those things being proclaimed are true.

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

Friend, a heart established under law; any law, religious ceremony, philosophy, etc. is being established with divers and strange doctrines that will not afford us dominion over sin.  Grace and Grace alone is where we are given dominion over sin.  Sin’s penalty was paid and it’s power broken by Christ Jesus on Calvary’s Cross not some religious ceremony.

For by Grace are ye 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

There are so many unbelieving Believers in the church that sincerely try to ‘help’ the baby Christian by overloading them with Christianity 101 classes, small groups, celebrating recovery, 40 days of purpose and the list goes on and on.  All of these religious practices sounds good to the new Believer but are in fact divers doctrines which hinder and corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

This corruption results in spiritual adultery because the ‘unbelieving Believer’ believes in the Cross of Christ for Salvation and thank God for it, but they do not believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient to break the power of sin in their lives so they follow after these divers and strange doctrines which appeals to the lust of their flesh.

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.” 1 Cor. 1:17

The Holy Spirit does not work outside of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  No matter the multitude of religious doctrines and ceremonies to which we sincerely consecrate ourselves, our faith in those doctrines for the victory that we seek has made the Cross of Christ of no effect and you..yes, you are an unbelieving Believer.

To be sure, it’s not just ‘you’, it’s every Believer on the face of this earth that must fight this fight daily; the ‘good fight’.  The only fight we are called upon to fight; the fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else among you.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Tim. 6:12

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

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THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

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Before I dive into the Scripture, I want to make it perfectly clear that I’m not here to debate the timing of the Rapture of the Church.  I believe the Word of God plainly teaches His Church will be raptured before the Great Tribulation.  I do not believe in mid-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture but this is not a matter of Salvation…so let the reader believe what they wish.  However,  I do ask you to consider these questions, if the Church is to be ‘purified’ during the Great Tribulation, because the Word of God does say that Jesus will come back for a Church without spot or wrinkle then:

  1.  Is the Blood of Christ Jesus not sufficient to purify His People?  What then did Jesus go to Calvary’s Cross?
  2. If it is going to take going through the Great Tribulation, what then happens to Believers who have died since Jesus’ Finished Work on Calvary’s Cross to Save whosoever will believe?

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.” John 3:16

Was that a lie?  God forbid no!

If you are a professing Christian who does not believe in the Rapture of the Church then you need to get Saved…and I don’t say that lightly.  The word ‘rapture’ simply means to be ‘carried away’ and is another term we Believers use regarding the Resurrection.  If you don’t belief in the Resurrection, then you don’t believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Christianity.  It is proof of life after death for whosoever will accept the finished work of Jesus’ Death, the Sacrifice of His Body, as their payment in full for sin and that three days later He was Resurrected out of that borrowed tomb as proof that every sin was atoned.  Knowing Who Jesus is (God manifest in the flesh, Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay sin’s penalty of death for whosoever will believe [Romans 6:23], we have no doubt as to His glorious Resurrection).  Jesus walked this earth for 40 days after His Resurrection showing many miracles, signs and wonders which all edified God and His Word.  He has ascended unto Heaven (Luke 24:51) and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God where He, through His very presence, makes constant intercession for us who believe.  At Salvation we are IN Christ Jesus, Baptized into His Death, where sin’s penalty was paid and it’s power broken.  The Believer is not longer bound by sin but afforded the ability to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  Being planted together in His physical death, we shall also be planted together in His Resurrection.

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.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:”  Romans 6:3-5

Being planted together in Christ’s Resurrection this side of glory, in this mortal coil that we now occupy until He comes, sin no longer has dominion over us if our faith remains focused on Jesus as the Source and His Cross (His Death) the means by which sin’s dominion remains under our feet.  When our focus turns to our own will power, abilities, intellect, etc., the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the Work of God in our hearts and sin’s dominion can quickly regain it’s throne.

The action of sin that we see is the result, not the cause, of sin’s dominion.  When we see ourselves being overtaken by sin, our faith has been moved from the finished work of Christ Jesus to another method.  The focus of the prodigal son was not his father but his father’s promises.  When his heart turned from his father and to his promises, he found himself slipping further and further into sin and it took him eating with the swine before his heart returned to it’s rightful place.  Don’t let your heart mislead you friend.  It is deceitful and wicked.  Recognize these actions of sin in our lives as warnings of our heart’s true condition, repent and ask the Lord for deliverance from whatever pit you may find yourself in.  He is faithful and true and will bring you out from the miry clay and once again set your feet on solid ground.

From glory to glory we are changed into the image of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18) for HIS Glory and not our own.  We are all appointed a time to die unless the Lord comes to take His Church home, aka the ‘Rapture’, and until then we occupy these mortal coils until He comes.  This flesh decays; it grows weary and will return to dust but our soul and spirit goes immediately to be with the Lord if we are Saved  (2 Corinthians 5:8)  and to hell if they die unbelieving.  The story of Lazarus and the rich man plainly shows us our spirit is fully and eternally conscious of our condition once we die (Luke 16:19-31).  To be sure, once the gates of hell close on the unbeliever, their’s is a conscious eternity in the Lake of Fire.  Purgatory is a lie straight from the pits of hell and has led many into it’s gates.

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

15 For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

This ‘Resurrected Life’ of which we now live in this mortal coil is but a mere glimpse of what Jesus has in store for His Children; corruption has not yet put on incorruption.   Jesus has gone before us and has created a place for us.  He will come again, in the clouds with a SHOUT that will wake the dead, and those mortal coils of believing Saints who have gone before us will RISE UP, glorified; without corruption and those who believe and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord!!

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me.

In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

THIS is our hope!!  Jesus Christ!  He came to die on Calvary’s Cross to reconcile us unto God that we may live forever more with the One Who Saved us; the One Who is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God and we will behold the Face of Him Who first loved us!

He would not have us be ignorant Brethren concerning Believers which have gone before us as the lost who have no hope.  Their spirits are with the Lord right now and one day soon and very soon their glorified bodies are going to rise up out of that grave!

Today is the day of Salvation…you don’t want to be left behind in the Great Tribulation.  No man knows the day or the hour that Jesus will come for His Children.  There are no Bible prophecies which must take place before the Rapture.  It could be today.  As a young child I believed there were ‘things’ that had to happen before the Rapture and that I would have some type of ‘warning’.  Well I did, and so do you, it’s between Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

As that rich man begs to this day for a drop of water, he cried out to be able to come back and warn his family.

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:28-31

Today is the day of Salvation my friend.  The only thing a Believer can take with them is souls.  Sadly there are many in hell today crying out to be able to come warn their family of the devil’s hell being a real place of torment.  Just as real as Heaven is, so too is hell.

Have you believed? Jesus is coming soon!

-Donna Clark Warren

 

REPENTANCE FROM RELIGION

When the Lord opens our eyes to the false doctrine of which we are in, we can’t accept His Truth and keep our religion. Religion rites and man made traditions being taught as Biblical doctrine corrupts the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and makes It of no effect.
 
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Tim. 2:24-26
 
The devil’s snare of religion is the worst kind of snare because it causes feeds our pride and self righteousness; puffing us up to where seeing, we see not, hearing we hear not and neither do we understand.
 
12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
 
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matt. 13:12-13
 
The religious have lots of head knowledge but lack understanding. They have knowledge of religion and knowledge of Truth but do not understand the difference because they both ‘sound’ right. Akin to a diamond and a cubic zirconia, they know of both but don’t understand the difference in the two. Once they understand the difference, if they are seeking a diamond, they’re not going to accept anything but a diamond…a diamond without spot or wrinkle. They don’t want a cluster of diamonds with cubic zirconias mixed in among them. No, they want a diamond!
 
Forgive the analogy but the lack of renouncing our religious rites is causing others to embrace these religious rites in the name of ‘unity’ which is no unity at all. They are buying a diamond ring full of fakes!
 
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the Living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My People.” 2 Cor. 6:16
 
The modern church is full of religious unbelievers. If the Lord has opened your eyes to error, REPENT don’t deny. Whosoever has ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches, to him shall be given and he shall have more abundance…but to him who has not because they have rejected Truth, from him shall be taken away that which he has.
 
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness. Come out from among the religious rites being taught as Biblical doctrine and be ye separate. There is life and life more abundantly in Christ Jesus but it is conditional…conditional on the Cross of Christ being solely and exclusively the object of our faith to receive all things from God.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

NATURE OF THE UNREDEEMED

The very nature of unredeemed man is corrupt and under the power of satan. Satan is the god of this worldly system (2 Cor. 4:4) and the unredeemed, no matter their current moral condition, is ruled by the devil and unable to partake 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
 
Until we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and freely choose to follow Jesus, our nature remains corrupt and cannot be rehabilitated.
 
Marvel not that I (Jesus) said unto you, You must be Born Again.” John 3:7
 
Until we are born again, baptized into Jesus Death which allows the Holy Spirit latitude to create in us a new creature, our old creature (nature) remains corrupt.
 
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
 
The majority of the church does not understand the sin nature of which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall and goes about applying humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture to rehabilitate this corrupt nature. If we are not a new creature IN Christ Jesus through faith in His finished work, our old nature remains and is controlled by satan.
 
12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:
 
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
 
Marvel not that you must be born again.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

A TIME TO DIE

April 24, 2019
 
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
 
We are all appointed a time to die. We never know when the Lord will require of us our soul (Luke 12:19-21). As certain as death is, so too is Judgment for those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The rich man in hell today is still begging for a drop of water.
 
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
 
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
 
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
 
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
 
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” Luke 16:20-24
 
It is ‘not death and taxes’ of which we should concern ourselves…it is the Judgment which comes after death. When the gates of hell close behind the unbeliever, their’s becomes an eternal and conscious torment in a devil’s hell.
 
The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We are all born spiritually dead unto God due to Adam’s Fall. We are physically alive but spiritually dead. Except we be born again, we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:5-7).
 
We have a Saviour and His Name is Jesus Christ. On Calvary’s Cross, Jesus became our substitute…He paid the sin penalty for WHOSOEVER will believe upon Him.
 
Today is the day of Salvation. We are all appointed a time to die…we never know when the Lord will demand of us our eternal soul. Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour?
 
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.” John 3:16
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE SECOND DEATH

11 And I saw a Great White Throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the Earth and the Heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
 
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the Books were opened: and another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the Books, according to their works.
 
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
 
14 And death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.
 
15 And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
 
Just yesterday I heard of two separate conversations from friends who had spoken with others regarding hell and neither one of the people they were talking to believed in hell. One person expressed her dismay at those who have read the Bible in it’s entirety and they still believe in hell. A third person, an unbeliever, overheard the conversation and stated she would rather be in hell than just ‘sleep’ for eternity.
 
Such is the state of the modern church. Preachers are scared to preach on sin and hell because they are scared their congregation will get upset with them. Let me tell you something friend, you can get mad, glad or whatever it is that you want to get but if you are a Bible believing Christian, than you know that hell is real and Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to deliver WHOSOEVER will believe from eternal damnation.
 
On the other hand, if you don’t believe in hell…well to be frank and honest, and I don’t say this with one bit of ‘gladness’ in my heart, then you don’t have a proper understanding of the Atonement or the Word of God and unless you repent you are going to find out first hand that there is a hell. God forbid no!
 
“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
 
There is a hell my friend and Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to Save us from a devil’s hell. We either believe the Word of God to be True; ALL of it, the full counsel, rightly divided Word…or we believe it to be a lie.
 
If you are sitting in a church preaches there is no hell – run; get out from among them and be ye separate.  
 
-Donna Clark Warren

O WRETCHED MAN

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:
 
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
 
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7
 
The sin nature of which we were all born with due to the fall of Adam is not rendered ‘dead’ upon Salvation but WE are dead to our sin nature. It’s dominion dethroned as the Spirit of God takes up residence in our heart and life and begins His mighty circumcision without hands; removing those things which are not pleasing to God. Superintending the work of God to create in us a new creature.
 
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
 
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 For. 3:17-18
 
From glory to glory, we are changed into the image of God. We now have the liberty to not sin. Our sin nature’s dominion has been isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit because our faith has been placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ. Under Grace, sin has no dominion (Romans 6:14) and we are free to be who the Lord has created us to be.
 
…and then we stumble. We fail the Lord in one way or another. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is heavy on our heart and repentance on our lips. We are forgiven but not delivered from this sin, whatever this sin may be, that has so easily beset us.
 
In order for this to not happen again, we place some kind of rule (law) or method in place to forbid such sin. Kind of like a check and balance system; a back up system for Grace. If Grace doesn’t do it, the system of which we have put in place to ensure or ‘sinless perfection’ will keep us from sinning.
 
With good intentions and a sincere heart we march on…and we stumble again. This vicious cycle doesn’t end because we have put ourselves back under law. We are no longer dead to our sin nature because the rule (law) of which our faith is now placed seems ‘good’ but evil remains present.
 
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
 
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
 
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:21-24
 
Our members war against the law in our mind to do that which is ‘good’ and brings us back into captivity. The sin nature, which was once dethroned by the Holy Spirit, is no longer isolated because our faith has been moved from the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin to a ‘rule’ or law which seems good and right. This shift in our faith from the Cross of Christ is outside the parameters of the Holy Spirit’s commission to maintain sin’s dominion in our hearts. Before long, just as the prodigal son, we too are eating with the swine.
 
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
 
But praise be to God for the ‘Message of the Cross’. The illumination of this Scripture given to Jimmy Swaggart, one who many has wrongly deemed ‘unfit’, has set many a captive free; this writer being one. Who are we to call dirty what the Lord has cleansed? I thank God for Bro. Swaggart and the entire ministry at JSM (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries). This message is not a new message nor a new revelation but understanding of what the Holy Spirit gave the Apostle Paul in Romans 6, 7 and 8.
 
The Holy Spirit does not work outside of the parameters of the Cross of Christ. We can recite “He Who is in me is greater than he who is in the world” all we want but if our faith is not EXCLUSIVELY in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin; the Holy Spirit is NOT going to superintend the work of God in our lives. We are made free from the Law of Sin and Death only when we are IN Christ Jesus; submitted unto Him; denying ourselves daily and follow HIM, not our abilities, intellect, talents or will power.
 
This is a fight of faith we fight DAILY, not just once at Salvation. We don’t get Saved everyday. No, that’s silly. But we do look solely and exclusively EVERYDAY to the Cross of Christ, the Author and the Finisher of our faith for dominion over sin.
 
There is liberty in the Cross of Christ; liberty not to sin. Sin’s dominion has been dethroned at the Cross of Christ for whosoever will believe. It is not the wooden beam but Jesus Christ. HE is the Source and the Cross His means by which HE afforded us this liberty.
 
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

AMERICAN CATHOLICISM

To understand ‘American Catholicism’, we must first understand ‘Roman Catholicism’. The Greek term ‘Katholica’ referred to the universal Christian Church founded by the Apostles in Acts chapter 2.

The official religion imposed by the government of Rome toward the end of the 4th century was that of the Christian faith, aka ‘Katholica’ or better known today as ‘Catholicism’. During that time, the majority of the Roman population had followed pagan religions all stemmed from Babylonian rites for many centuries.

The acceptance of the Roman citizens of Christianity, aka Catholicism, was out of necessity. However, the people continued in their heathen practices.

In order to gain a semblance of compliance with the official religion of Rome AND appease the people, pagan elements were absorbed into the Christian faith. Many nations trace their common worship from Babylonia rites, including what we now know as the ‘Roman Catholics’.

Fast forward approximately 1400 years to todays modern church. In it, the practices and rites of humanistic psychology have been completely absorbed in most churches today. In order to appease the people, the church has fully embraced the nefarious philosophies of humanistic psychology to break the power of sin in a person’s life. The Word of God is no longer the plumb line for daily living for God but feelings are the authority by which morality is measured.

However, just as the Lord raised up a monk by the name of Martin Luther who redirected the world’s attention to the Word of God, identified the heresies which had corrupted the universal Christian Church, aka ‘Catholicism’ (not ‘Roman’ Catholicism) and repudiated such doctrines as having no part in the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ in his 95 Thesis, so too is the Lord raising up a remnant today.

The Lord is raising up a people who are directing His People back to the Cross of Christ for all that they need for life and living. They are identifying the heresies of humanistic psychology which have corrupted the church and repudiating them as having absolutely nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. These are a peculiar people; unashamed of the Cross of Christ. They will not bow down nor serve any other gospel nor any other Jesus to appease the people. They are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

‘American Catholicism’ has laid many strong man waste. It is on every street corner seducing the unlearned and young in Christ.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

Come out from among them and be ye separate.

-Donna Clark Warren

Propheliars Prophelie

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the (a)way of Salvation.” Acts 16:16-1
 
There are many possessed with the spirit of divination ‘prophelying’ over those with itchy ears. Mysticism abounds in the modern church building up the ‘man of God’ and God.
 
Recognize the direction you are being led; to the Cross of Christ or away from the Cross of Christ. Mysticism will lead us away from the Finished Word of Christ Jesus to supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory and to ‘ourselves’. Telling us what God wants for ‘us’ but not showing us the way to receive His Promises. We feel good for a moment until the reality of our current situation slaps us in the face.
 
Lying to ourselves and to God is not God’s method of deliverance for His Children. The Promises of God ARE yes and amen to those who follow HIM. In order to follow the Lord we must DENY ourselves…not focus on ourselves (Luke 9:23).
 
Many are walking in spiritual defeat because the ‘personal prophelies’ given unto them by those being led by a spirit of divination have caused their faith to move from the Cross of Christ, the One Who afforded all that we receive from God, to the lies of man. These personal prophesies are cursing the Believer who believes the lies. Theses prophelies may indeed sound good and right and unless properly discerned, they will deceive the Believer. Many are richly supporting such propheliars who sufficiently tickle their ears and appeal to the lust of their flesh.
 
Let me be clear, the Bible says in the last days your sons and daughters will prophesy (Acts 2:17) but such prophesies will always exhort faith in the Cross of Christ, not self.
 
If it, whatever ‘it’ may be, does not point you to the Cross of Christ for all that you need; ‘it’ is another way to Salvation and another way to Sanctification – from such turn away.
 
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
 
Your faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus is what the devil is after. He wants to destroy, kill and steal all that the Lord has afforded you on Calvary’s Cross by turning you, the Believer, to another way. Be sober. Be vigilant. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

PECULIAR PEOPLE

For the Grace of God that brings Salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
 
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.” Titus 2:11-15
 
The Believer cannot live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world without denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. Furthermore, the Believer cannot deny ungodliness and worldly lusts unless we are submitted unto God…submitted unto His Plan for living soberly, righteously and godly which is faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
 
Until we are submitted unto God, we cannot resist the devil and the devil will not flee from you.
 
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
 
Until we deny ourselves; our abilities, self will, talents, emotions, intellect, etc., we cannot follow Jesus.
 
Picking up our cross and living soberly, righteously and godly in this present world cannot be done until our own abilities are denied and we submit unto God’s Plan for victorious Christian living, Jesus Christ and HIS Finished Work on Calvary’s Cross. All other plans will lead to a life of spiritual defeat which can destroy one’s faith.
 
Make no mistake, there are many nefarious plans available for victorious Christian living that are rooted in doctrines of demons but presented as biblical doctrine all of which will lead away from the Cross of Christ. At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life; we CANNOT live soberly, Righteously and Godly in this present world any other way. There is no dominion over sin with our faith placed in vain philosophies for victory. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature when we are looking to anything other than the Cross of Christ for victory.
 
The Believer who understands their victory is in the Cross of Christ Jesus is ZEALOUS for good works…that is good works of the Spirit of God removing those things in our heart which are unpleasing to God. It is the work of the Holy Spirit of which we are zealous for and we have found the Faith in which He superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives and it is faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We are peculiar because we know that we know that we know that the Lord will do and can do exactly what He has promised to do. We know that in us there is no good thing but at Calvary’s Cross, Jesus afforded us the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature and allow the moving and operation of the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our own hearts.
 
The only fight and I venture to say the hardest fight is the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified on a daily basis. So often we want to pick it up and handle it, whatever it may be, in our flesh; our own abilities and intellect. To do so, we would be denying the power of God; deeming the Cross of Christ as insufficient to break the power of sin in our lives, unable to follow Christ and resist the devil.
 
Don’t be ashamed of being peculiar. Fight the good fight of faith; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren