Monthly Archives: December 2019

SERVANT OF CHRIST

Spiritual death follows anyone who takes the Word of God lightly. Regrettably, the modern church takes the Word of God lightly as they preach, teach and believe in another Jesus; a Jesus who Saves the unbelieving sinner in their sin because they recited a prayer and joined their church. They will quickly recognize the heresy of the Roman Catholic’s idols but the mote in their eyes blinds them to their unseen idol of humanistic psychology because it’s cloaked in Scripture and presented as truth. In reality it is commandments of man being presented as Scriptural doctrine.
 
“8 This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.
 
9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
 
The Jesus who is taught in the modern church does not create a new creature but in vain attempts to rehabilitate the old. It seems “good” to the carnal mind as it attempts to do that which is right, yet it leads to death…spiritual death. Sin’s dominion reigns in the heart of the people because they have been learning and practicing the precepts of the world and not God.
 
“8 But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
 
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus is the only answer given to man to break the power of sin. The only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight is the fight of faith..faith in the finished work of Jesus. The Cross was either sufficient or it was not sufficient to break the power of sin in our hearts and lives. If we believe in our hearts and profess with our mouths that Jesus Christ and Him crucified was sufficient to Save the sinner and Sanctify the Saint, than it is indeed sufficient and we fight daily to maintain our faith in Who Jesus is and what HE did for whosoever will believe.
 
On the other hand, if we do not believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient to Save the believing sinner nor Sanctify the Saint, that does not mean the Cross of Christ is insufficient. No, not at all. It means that we have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in our lives. We have gone the way of Baal and follow after idols just as the Israelites of old. The mote in our eye blinds us from the faith we have placed in our creeds and declarations. The witchcraft is another gospel yet because it is trying to manipulate the righteous spirit world, we deem it good. Not so.
 
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:23
 
At Salvation, when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ, we are buried with Jesus, baptized into His Death and dead to the sin nature which has ruled and reigned in our heart (Romans 6:3-5). We are now a new creature in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit Who quickened Jesus from the dead, quickens our mortal soul unto holiness and righteousness…not worldliness. As we look unto Jesus, He authors our faith and HE gives the increase. The seed planted in our hearts begins to flourish as the branches are pruned. This “creature” in which we have become understands that we are just passing through this pilgrim land. We know that we know that we know that our Lord has gone before us…He has prepared a place for us.
 
As the world waxes worse, we know in Whom we have believed. Another gospel and another Jesus will not satisfy the thirst in our souls. We have tasted and we have seen the sufficiency of the Cross of Christ and we are determined to know nothing else among you. Where He goes, we will go because we know His voice. We are His and He is ours. He does not love us because we were first cleansed. No. He cleansed us because He loves us. We are not perfect but He is and His perfect love drives away all fear.
 
“1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus).
 
2 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.
 
3 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.
 
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-3
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

WAIT UPON THE LORD

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
 
In the waiting there is rest. There is the Grace of God which is sufficient in the waiting as His power rests upon us. Looking unto Christ Jesus; He Who Redeemed us who believe, the power of the Holy Spirit rests upon us and we shall run and not be weary…our strength is renewed.
 
These promises of God are all conditional on our faith being placed in HIS plan and not our own. Too many wrest in the waiting instead of resting. Our flesh quickens us to do something when the only thing we are supposed to do is fight the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ to supply all that we need according to His riches in Glory. Until we deny ourselves; our abilities, talents, intellect, etc., we are unable to pick up our cross and follow Jesus.
 
“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
 
Wait upon the Lord today. Rest in His finished work on Calvary’s Cross. Give the Holy Spirit latitude to work in your heart and life by surrendering in all to Jesus’ finished work and not your own. He is able and He is willing to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. You WILL walk and not faint as His strength is made perfect in your weakness and He is glorified.
 
Be determined. Look not to the left or to the right. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord as HIS power and HIS might move upon the waters to still the raging sea in the storm.
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus afforded whosoever will believe peace beyond all understanding and joy unspeakable. It IS sufficient. Wait upon the Lord. Rest in the Lord. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

DEAD INDEED

“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.” Romans 6:11-12
 
The Holy Spirit did not come on the Day of Pentecost to “improve” our sin nature nor did He come to do away with it’s evil. No, not at all.
 
The Holy Spirit came to isolate our sin nature so that we may be alive unto God THROUGH Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. His eyes search the earth to and fro looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him that He may show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
 
It is the power of the Holy Spirit Who dethrones our sin nature when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour…not our self will. Humanistic psychology draped in Scripture will not empower our self will to overcome the reigning monarch of our heart, the sin nature. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
In reality, those professing Christians who believe psychology is the answer has made the Cross of Christ of no effect. Try as they will to not obey the lusts of the flesh, their sin nature is not isolated and they are unable to live unto God.
 
Why? Because their faith placed in any other method other than the Cross of Christ Jesus has interrupted the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart. The fruit being birthed is fruit unto death…not God. Their spiritual adultery to overcome the power of sin has led to spiritual defeat. Bound in Egypt, their taskmaster demands righteousness but does not have the power to allow righteousness. Much like the false prophets of Baal, they run about starting the fires under the altar declaring and decreeing a lie both to themselves and unto God as their sin nature rules, reigns and mocks God. Seeing, they see not. Hearing, they hear not and neither do they understand.
 
“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” John 16:13
 
The Holy Spirit will not superintend the work of psychology in our heart. He is not commissioned to isolate out sin nature when we are looking unto other methods for power over sin. When John 16:13 was written, the Crucifixion had not yet happened but was “to come”. The Holy Spirit will show us; He will reveal unto us the power of God when our hearts are perfect toward Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Knowing it is JESUS, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin in our lives and affording us the ability to live unto God, the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work in our heart as our sin nature is utterly isolated by His power and not our own and we truly can reckon ourselves alive unto God.
 
As our faith is in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit will show us He Who has come. He will reveal to us why He has come and we will be a witness to the power of His might as old things pass away and all things become new. We truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our evil sin nature still remains in us and the flesh of which we dwell is bent toward obedience unto our sin nature…but it shall not have dominion over us as the Grace of God flows uninterrupted into our heart and lives and we continue looking unto Him in Whom we have believed – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren