Monthly Archives: July 2019

PEACE BEYOND ALL UNDERSTANDING

For those who are Saved, resting in the finished work of Christ Jesus is a peace beyond all understanding. This resting is a display of faith; of knowing that you know that you know in Whom you have believed and are fully persuaded that He is able to keep hat which we have committed unto Him.
 
This resting is not a license to sin. No, not at all. So many of the self righteous and religious accuse we who daily believe in the Cross of Christ for the answer to our dilemma of condoning sin…to which I say that by your accusations, it is evident that you do not understand the Grace of God. It IS sufficient. It DOES give you dominion over sin when our faith is properly placed in the Cross of Christ.
 
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
 
Actually, you who accuse us of such are the very ones who seeing, see not and neither do you understand.
 
“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matt. 13:13
 
Resting in the finished work of Christ Jesus, we no longer have to sin. Sin’s Dominion has been dethroned by the Holy Spirit Who is progressively circumcising our heart and superintending the work of God in our hearts.
 
Are we perfect? Of course not…and neither are you. When we do stumble, the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit, we are grieved and we repent.
 
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
 
I’m not telling you it’s ok to sin. I’m telling you that you don’t have to sin but the only way to do the not to do is to rest in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
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ALL IN ALL

“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.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.” Luke 16:25

For the children of the world and many carnal Christians, their ‘all’ lies in their hand. That which they currently possess or are striving to possess, their ‘good things’ is their all. Sadly, they have no hope.

“14 Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:14-18

The Child of God, we who look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our ‘All’ is eternal and is not yet seen. Our ‘All’ has gone before us and has prepared a place for us and it is there where our treasures are laid up.

While we look at the world and their current possessions, we must realize that IS their ‘all’. Their best life is in fact now. Their ‘all’ is in their hands. This should break the heart of the born again Believer and not exalt their religious pride. We too were once without hope. Our ‘all’ was once our current possessions or the possessions we were striving night and day to gain.

“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt. 16:19-21

Where is your ‘All’? Do you currently possess your all? Are you striving to possess your all? …or does your All possess you? Are you IN Him and He IN you?

“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.” Galatians 2:19

-Donna Clark Warren

BE YE SEPARATE

“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has Righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?
 
15 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel?
 
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for ye 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. 6:14-16
 
The purpose of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. The Child of God must be very careful concerning the world and it’s wicked ways. The modern church has embraced this wickedness and has called it ‘good’. Satan has seduced many Believers into believing a compromised and corrupt gospel. It is another gospel and another Jesus and it is accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). The Cross of Christ has become of no effect in their hearts and their lives. The precepts of God are forsaken for the ways of the world in order to overcome the world.
 
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Cor. 6:17
 
Daily the Child of God must determine in their heart who they are going to serve. Jesus Christ is the Source and the Cross the means by which the Grace of God flows in OUR heart…yes, our heart needs God’s Grace daily to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. God’s Grace is the answer to every dilemma and the ONLY way we receive God’s Grace is by daily denying ourselves and fighting that good fight of faith in Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done, and placing our faith in Him and Him alone. Such is the power of God for us who are Saved. Abiding in the finished work of Jesus. Standing and seeing the Salvation of the Lord and we begin to see that mustard seed of faith grow into a tree of righteousness because God gave the increase. HE authored and HE finished our faith because we believed and He accounted it unto us as righteousness.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else among you. Come out from among them.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

Spiritual Adultery

The Lord said moreover unto me; Son of man, will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations; That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.” Ezekiel 23:36-37
 
The idols of today in Christianity do not only consist of wooden statutes of Saints and Angels but cannot be seen nor touched. The idols of today which, sad to say, the majority of Christians fornicate with on a daily basis is their selves. Our self will, abilities, talents, intellect, etc. all serve to offer us ‘our best life now’. Walk in most church buildings today and the gospel of self is proclaimed. It is cloaked in Scripture and therefore the majority of Christians equate it with Biblical doctrine. Not so.
 
Committing spiritual adultery is an abomination to God. Married to Christ at Salvation, baptized into His Death and created a new creature; we are raised up dead to the sin nature of which we were all born due to Adam’s fall (Romans 6:3-5). Alive unto God, we now have the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature He bestowed within us when we first believed. Our flesh, the mortal coil of which we dwell, remains bent toward the sin nature which reigned in our hearts and lives until our Salvation. Our flesh wants to follow our self will and our abilities to overcome the dilemma of which we face. It wants to commandeer the situation by devising our own plan and not by Grace through faith. Trusting in these schemes of the flesh and not the Grace of God to provide all that we need according to His riches in glory BY Christ Jesus is adultery…spiritual adultery and is an abomination to God.
 
Jesus Christ is the Source and the Cross is the means by which we receive everything from God. Looking unto ourselves to author and finish our faith, our faith will be grounded in our abilities. We will be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine as the sand begins to wash away because we have rendered the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
There are many who claim to believe and truly want to believe God but they have been deceived by the gospel of self. Their dependence on their abilities has taken its toll. Their yoke is heavy but they are told it is the cross they must bear. Again, not so.
 
“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
 
The cross of which they bear is not the cross Christ Jesus afforded them. At Calvary’s Cross, God’s Grace flows uninterrupted; it is sufficient. At Calvary’s Cross, the blessings of God are yes and amen according to HIS Will and not our own. In spite of the unpleasing circumstances; the trials and tribulations which come our way, we know in Whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that of which we have committed unto Him.
 
The problem with the gospel of self is it does not deny self but embraces self and therefore hinders the Believer from picking up the cross which CHRIST afforded them leaving them unable to follow Him.
 
Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE ARMOR OF GOD

“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
 
11 Put on the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
 
We do not have to get up every morning, stand in the mirror and pretend we are putting on the Armor of God.
 
“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
 
However, we do have to get up every morning and deny ourselves; our efforts, will and abilities in order to pick up the blessings afforded us by Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross and follow Him. This is a daily experience for those who are determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is not a routine in front of the mirror or a mental nod of acknowledgment but a fight…a fight of faith.
 
“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
 
Because they are superstitious, the devil has convinced many that if they fail to put on their “armor” that they will be overcome by evil. It is God’s Armor, not our own. When we place our faith solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living, we are IN Christ Jesus; covered by HIS BLOOD and we walk in the Armor of God with the Holy Spirit superintending the work of God; ordering our footsteps as we follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
“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.” Galatians 2:20
 
You see, in Christ Jesus…with our faith placed in Who HE is and what HE has done (the good fight of faith), our loins are wrapped in the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; we are imputed HIS Righteousness. The peace beyond all understanding orders our footsteps and our faith in the Cross of Christ is the shield which quenches the fiery darts of the enemy and affords us the Grace of God to flow uninterrupted…His Grace truly is sufficient.
 
In Christ Jesus we are Redeemed; bought with a price and the Spirit of God bears witness to the Word of God and we are able to STAND steadfast in Jesus; not looking to or fro and we SEE the Salvation of the Lord in our lives. We’ve heard the Gospel and we have believed. As we continue hearing and continue believing; we begin to see and understand in Whom we have believed. We may not be theologians but we know that we know that we know that we no longer live but Christ lives in us and the life which we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God…Jesus Christ and we are determined to know nothing else. Another’s voice we will not recognize nor will we follow.
 
Fight the good fight. Lay hold on eternal life. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren