Monthly Archives: January 2020

REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

“15 He said unto them, But whom say you that I am?
 
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
 
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
 
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
 
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Him. When the lost wills to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, God reveals Jesus unto them. The veil is rent and the believing sinner is born again; spiritually born again and alive unto God. It is upon THIS rock that the Church is built…the revelation of Jesus Christ, not Peter (sorry my Roman Catholic friends).
 
The Old Testament Saints knew and understood their was no way to the Ark of the Covenant except they first went to the Brazen Altar. It was at the Brazen Altar that the sacrifice of bulls and goats were made to atone for sin and restore fellowship with God the Father. Anyone who attempted to approach the Ark of the Covenant without first going to the Brazen Altar was immediately struck dead. It is the Holiness of God that instantly burns up sin. It quite simply cannot stand in the presence of God Almighty and when sinful man approaches the Throne of God any way other than God’s Way, their sin is not covered and they are thereby destroyed.
 
The Brazen Altar could not pay the penalty for sin. It took God becoming flesh, Jesus Christ, to go to the Altar and pay the penalty of sin so that fallen man can be redeemed unto God the Father if they will to do so. At Calvary, the penalty of sin was and is paid in full and the power of sin utterly broken for whosoever wills to believe.
 
The revelation of this simplicity is that which the Church is built upon. Once this revelation is given to the believing sinner we don’t stop learning of Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done for us who are now born again. No, not at all.
 
Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro to show Himself strong in those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. Coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the beginning of our fight of faith. A fight we fight daily. A fight to deny ourselves; our willpower, intellect, etc. and put on HIS YOKE and learn of HIM.
 
The hardest part of this fight is not leaning unto our own understanding.
“28 Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
 
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
 
It matters not if you have been born again 5 months or 50 years. Jesus Christ is alive and He never changes. We have His Word and the Holy Spirit to bear witness. Learn of Him. Seek Him. Come to know in Whom you have believed. One day soon and very soon our faith will become sight.
 
“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

REDEEMED

“13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:
 
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
Moses was the mediator of the Law so that the blessing of Abraham might come unto the Jews. Jesus fulfilled the Law so that both the Jews and the Gentiles would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
No man, Jew or Gentile, could fulfill the Law. The penalty of the broken law was and is death. The Jews who understood this looked to the sacrifice of bulls and goats to atone for their sin and reconcile them unto God. These sacrifices could not pay the penalty of their sin and redeem them unto God but served as a stop gap measure to atone for their sin so that they may have fellowship with God until the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Jews who did not understand this looked to their consecration; their work of sacrificing the bulls and goats to make them righteous. Their faith, being placed in their work, produced self righteousness and pride. The Law had no power to change the heart of sinful man.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law. HE paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe…Jew or Gentile, black or white. There is but one race and that is the human race and in the Eyes of Almighty God there are but 2 people; Saved and unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by their works are unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by faith in Jesus’ finished work are Saved. We are under the Abrahamic Covenant through our Mediator, Jesus Christ. The blessings of God are yes and amen to whosoever will believe according to HIS Will and not our own. We ask and receive not because we are asking amiss (James 4:3)…we’re asking according to our own will.
We must all beware lest our consecration to the Lord becomes ambition and our faith greed. Faith in our consecration leads to self righteousness and pride. It is the leaven which leavens the whole lump. We are not blessed because of our consecration but because of the Cross of Christ. Jesus afforded us reconciliation with our Father through the Cross. It is at Calvary that the penalty of sin was paid and it’s power broken. It is at Calvary’s that we are able to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. At Calvary, our works are laid waste and humility arises. At Calvary woe is me cries out from the heart of sinful man and Grace overflows…Divine Grace; Grace which expels that which is unpleasing to God.
Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God. It is HIS finished work which affords us the blessings of God…not our consecration. Beware lest our eyes fall upon our work and not His. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren

SPIRITUAL DEATH

Mishandling the Word of God results in spiritual death. Many have merely given a nod to the Message of the Cross for daily living unto God and remain spiritually defeated. As the preachers and prophets have run through the camp lifting up the Cross of Christ so that you may live and not die; you have politely acquiesced. The mote in your eye has blinded you. Sin, taking occasion by the law has revived and they have died…spiritually died.
 
Because the sin does not fall under the ‘big 5 sins’ of the flesh (drinking, smoking, homosexuality, fornication and gambling), they don’t recognize the dominion of their sin nature. They are deceived…sincere but still deceived. Religion is the worst bondage of all because sin is seen as good. The religious rites and commandments wrought in the Believer all manner of spiritual death because it is not of faith and cannot produce fruit unto God. The root is of pride and self righteousness, yet the Believer seeing, see’s not.
 
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-15
 
When the Cross of Christ is being lifted up to the people that they may live and not die, it is not just for the lost. No, not at all. It is for every born again Believer who hears. It is the power of God for us who are Saved and foolishness to those who are spiritually dying.
 
Yes, when the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified comes through your camp just as it did mine, your religious rites and ceremonies are laid waste. The plumb line of the Cross of Christ has showed my ways, my intellect, abilities and talents as foolishness and caused this writer to turn DAILY from my good intentions and sincere ways. Do I still fail the Lord? Mind your business. Do you?
 
We must all consider how we receive the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living. Is it foolishness? Do we consider it insufficient as we move forward in our flesh to do our part? Our part is wrought with sincerity and good intentions but it is still wicked from a root of pride.
 
The time has come. The Cross of Christ is at hand. Look and live. Be determined to know nothing else.
 
Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto Him as righteousness. Without faith we cannot please God but it is the Object of our faith and not the amount of faith which pleases the Lord. We are all given a mustard seed of faith at Salvation and it can indeed grow into a tree of righteousness as it is continually watered by the Word of God and the Lord gives the increase. Our faith in Jesus as the Source and His Cross the means for all that we receive from the Lord is the faith that pleases God and HE gives the increase.
 
As the Message of the Cross girdles this globe, there will be many who hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches. Once we hear, we have a decision to make. There are many who have been riding the fence for far too long. A strong delusion is on one side and the Cross of Christ is on the other. Will you be made free? The answer that you seek is in the Cross of Christ. Seek Him while He may be found.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

CARNAL CURIOSITY

“11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
 
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
 
14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 2:11-14
 
Carnal curiosity leads to death of the soul…spiritual death. The carnal mind is at enmity with God (Romans 8:6) and our hearts are deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). It is a waste of time to argue Scripture with an unbeliever because they are not spiritually discerned.
 
Philosophies created in the vanities of man’s mind are being presented as Biblical doctrine to the people and because they are cloaked in Scripture, many a carnal Christian equate them with Christianity. These philosophies appeal to the intellect of man and the lusts of the flesh but are nothing more than laws presented to lead the Believer into bondage.
 
Please understand, the teachers, preachers and believers of such are sincere and do not know themselves that their heart has deceived them. These things seem good but they are seeds of death as our faith is slowly shifted away from what Jesus Christ did at Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin for the Believer and shifted to what the ‘Believer’ did to break the power of sin. The incantation, the 40 days, 21 days, blood moons and shemitahs are not the reason the Christian is cursed or blessed.
 
Read that again please.
 
The incantation, the 40 days, 21 days, blood moons and shemitahs are not the reason the Christian is cursed or blessed.
 
That which determines the Believer’s curses or blessings is not what we do but what Christ Jesus has done for whosoever will believe. I’m speaking here of believing Believers and not professing Believers. Many worship the Lord with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him due to unbelief. To say that the Believer is cursed is to say that the Cross of Christ was not sufficient to break that curse when we were born again. Family curses, soul ties and such are all perfect examples of the silly philosophies presented by the religious to appeal to the intellect of another. The professing Believers who believe such mess are indeed sincere but they are sincerely wrong.
 
“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 Spirit of God Who dwells inside us with witness to us the things of God. No matter the dilemma, the Cross of Christ, is the answer. Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God…there is no other way. Our carnal curiosity does not afford us such blessing but will in fact lead to spiritual death as our heart is hardened to the Truth. Not receiving the love of the Truth, we are sent a strong delusion.
 
“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
 
There are many believing Believers among the professing Believers and their eternal souls are at stake. Thinking they cannot be deceived, they too have been deceived. They have chosen intellect instead of discernment.
 
Jesus remains at the door knocking. He is calling those out whose hearts are perfect toward Him…calling them out from among the apostate church and into His glorious light. He’s calling us out to bring us in…into the fold.
 
Today as everyday, we must examine ourselves whether we be in the faith. This fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified is a daily fight. The world, the flesh and the devil are forever trying to sway us to and fro; trying to reset our faith unto another source and/or another means. If they can sway just one, whether it be the source as Jesus or His Cross as the means, the hook is set. The seed of death is planted.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not just a cliche for us who believe but is in fact the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life for whosoever will believe. We no longer live but He lives in us.
 
As for me and my house, we are determined this day to believe nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

THE PRODIGAL

“14 And when he (the prodigal son) had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
 
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
 
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
 
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
 
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before you,” Luke 15:14-18
 
There are many a prodigal son whose heart turned back to the Lord and they repented of their wicked ways but they died right there among the swine.
 
We don’t know the heart of the backslidden who perish in the pig pen. Did their heart turn back to the Lord before their eternal spirit left that mortal coil? No man knows…although many man judges.
 
The prodigal son arose the next morning and returned to his father’s house. Spiritually speaking, there are many prodigal sons and daughters who are living among the swine as we speak. Many who have been turned over to the devil so that their soul may be Saved in the day of the Lord (1 Cor. 5:5). There are also many of Job’s friends encamped around them doing the work of the devil accusing whosoever will hear. Many are holding a Bible mind you. Many are quite religious and wish to prescribed due penance to the prodigal as if Jesus’ penance was insufficient for those wallowing with the swine.
 
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
 
The Cross of Christ is just as much for the prodigal son or daughter as It is for those who have never known Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The prodigals dining with the swine are a result of their heart turning away from God. Dining with the swine did not cause them to turn from the Lord but was a result of them turning from the Lord. Read that again to be clear. It is often the symptom of the heart turned away from God that we witness and to be sure these symptoms are not stagnant as sin and death wreaks it’s havoc in the heart of man.
 
Before we go about throwing away the prodigals, we best better get the mote out of our own eye as our hearts too have turned away from the Lord yet we don’t see because we are not yet dining with the swine. We must consider ourselves. Are we pointing people to the Cross of Christ and turning them away with our super spiritual, religious attitudes?
 
Before you give that “Amen”, I don’t mean embracing them while they remain in the pig pen unrepentant and accepting them in their sinful lifestyles but showing them the love of God and letting them know the Cross of Christ broke the power of that sin when they decide to turn back to Him as their Lord and Saviour.
 
Consider the prodigals. Many are dining with the swine but have not yet realized their condition…but they are someone’s loved one; someone’s daughter, brother, sister, child. Most of all, they are who Jesus Christ came to Saved from a devil’s hell and we MUST consider the condition of their eternal soul before we pass any judgment. If we’re not pointing them toward the Cross of Christ to be set free from the bondage of sin, then we are pointing them toward a devil’s hell.
 
Jesus Christ came to Save whosoever will believe. He loves them. Tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Don’t let a one; mine, yours or theirs, slip away into an eternal hell without knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

PARTAKING

“17 Even so faith, if it haS not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, You haVE faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18

This new creature created in the born again Believer is a result of the Divine Nature place in us by the Holy Spirit at Salvation. The sin nature which ruled and reigned in our hearts is isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in the Believer giving us the ability to partake in our new 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

Before Salvation our good works are dead…and to be sure, after Salvation our good works are all too often dead as well because they are rooted in dead faith; faith in our intellect being fed from our flesh. After all, who among us has ever had a bad idea?

Not partaking in the Divine Nature produces dead works. Works which produce fruit unto death because our faith is not placed properly placed in the Cross of Christ Jesus. The carnal mind does not understand the things of God and therefore doesn’t understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit to literally change our heart and cause us to be occupied with the things of the Lord instead of the things of this world.

With our faith placed in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, our members become instruments unto righteousness because we know that in us is no good thing but by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us we are afforded the ability to partake in the Divine Nature Jesus Christ afforded us at Calvary. We are no longer slaves unto sin but servants of God. As our faith is in the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin, the Holy Spirit is occupied with the work of God in our lives which in turn produces fruit unto God…fruit made for HIS glory, not our own.

Faith in ourselves; our good intentions, zeal and/or sincerity does not produce fruit unto God. It in fact produces fruit unto death; fruit which leavens the whole lump because it’s root is pride.

We are known by our fruit, not our works. On that day, the Lord will say to many who have done many wonderful works in His Name, “I never knew you, depart from me you who work iniquity.”

“21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but He that does the will of My Father which is in Heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

Daily examining ourselves is necessary to determine whether we are in the faith or not. Are we Saved? Of course, providing we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Are we always partaking in the Divine Nature afforded us be the Cross of Christ? No, no we’re not. The world, the flesh and the devil is forever trying to hinder our walk with the Lord. Such is the reason we fight this fight daily; the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is unto Him we live and unto Him the glory goes. Be determined this day to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Partake in the Divine Nature and see the power of the Lord move on your behalf as the Grace of God flows uninterrupted into your circumstance. He is indeed worthy of our praise.

-Donna Clark Warren

GET READY!

“2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
 
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
 
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from Grace.” Galatians 5:2-4
 
Living under the Dispensation of Grace does not constitute living under the Government of Grace. Furthermore, being Born Again (aka Saved, a Believer, Christian, etc.) does not necessarily mean one is living under the Government of Grace. Such is the reason for the Message of the Cross being brought to the churches at this hour. There are untold millions who are indeed Saved by Grace but they live under the Government of Law. They are bound by religion as they live a spiritually defeated life. Just as the Israelites were indeed Israelites in Egypt, yet they were oppressed by the power of the Egyptians, so too are Christians who are living under the Government of Law indeed Christians (providing they have accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ and His work ALONE for their Salvation) but are bound by the powers of darkness.
 
The Cross of Christ is the Double Cure. At Calvary, Jesus paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner AND broke the power of sin for the believing Saint. The problem is, not too many Saints believe. They look at the Cross of Christ as Christianity 101; it’s rudimentary. I had a dear friend tell me once that we all understand the Cross of Christ is the center of Christianity. True. However, to be sure, what she was saying is the Cross of Christ is the center of Salvation. What she didn’t understand is that the Cross of Christ is the center of our Sanctification as well. It is there, at Calvary’s Cross (not the wooden beam but the work accomplished there by Christ Jesus), where the believing sinner and/or the believing Saint is placed under the Government of Grace. It is there that God’s Divine Grace flows uninterrupted into the Believer’s heart and all manner of carnal desires that are not pleasing to God are expelled by the power of God.
 
Grace demands faith. Without faith, we cannot please God. Enoch had this testimony (Hebrews 11:5). Under the Government of Law, the Cross of Christ becomes of no effect…we are fallen from Grace. Even those things which seem good; those new programs offered by the church to overcome sin and are dripping with Scripture are laws deceitfully designed to move the Believers faith away from the Cross of Christ and placing them squarely under the Government of Law.
 
Paul was not speaking to unbelievers when he told them they had fallen from Grace. He was not talking to the circumcised when he said the Cross of Christ had become of no effect. No, not at all. He was talking to Believers; to those who knew the power of God; to those who had seen the Salvation of the Lord but they did not stand still. They were turning back to their old ways; looking back to Egypt…to the law which appealed to their flesh but wrought in them all manner of foolishness – just as it does today when the Believer operates under the Government of Law.
 
Daily, we must all examine ourselves, whether we be in the faith or not…faith in the Cross of Christ. Daily, we must fight the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Denying ourselves; our intellect, talents, willpower and abilities, we must pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Calvary’s Cross was a place of great suffering for Jesus but for us it is a place of great blessing. These great blessings is the cross we pick up. It is not a burden to pick up our cross and follow Jesus – His Yoke is easy. The hardest part of this fight is denying ourselves; having zero faith in our abilities and purposefully placing our faith in the Cross of Christ to provide exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think according to HIS Will and not our own.
 
As He molds us into His purpose, our faith grows deeper and stronger. Never looking unto the left or to the right; we know in Whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that of which we have committed unto Him.
 
We are Saved by Grace through faith. We live by Grace through Faith…faith of the Son of God Who loved us and gave Himself for us. It is not us who lives but He Who lives in us. As we walk in the Government of Grace, signs will follow those who believe. Those who believe shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall lay hands on the sick and they will believed.
 
There is a generation of Believers being raised up who are operating under the Government of Grace and I truly believe we are going to see the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit this world has ever seen. Examine yourselves and get ready!
 
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” Acts 2:17
 
-Donna Clark Warren

KNOW YE NOT

“13 Neither yield ye 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.” Romans 6:13-14
 
At Calvary, Jesus Christ not only paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner but He broke the power of sin for the Saint. So many know this Scripture. They know that sin shall not have dominion over them and strive daily not to yield their members as instruments of unrighteousness. To be sure, our mouths and what comes out of them are often times the members we unwittingly yield unto righteousness. Our intent is good but our fruit is unto death.
 
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:26
 
There have been many a vain religion come down the pike with the unbridled tongue as the member of unrighteousness.
 
Even as we know the Scriptures; we know that sin shall not have dominion over us because we are under Grace and not under Law, the majority of the modern church do not understand the Scripture; they do not understand that their faith has been placed in their own ability, self will, etc. to just say ‘no’ to sin. By doing this they are placing themselves back under the Government of Law.
 
Are they Saved? Sure…providing they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have been Born Again by the Spirit of God. Because they have been Born Again, they (we) are alive unto God. Our spirit is quickened to the ways of the Lord. The Holy Spirit Who now lives in us isolates the sin nature which ruled and reigned in our hearts and He places in our hearts desires; desires which are God’s Will and not our own.
 
Do we always follow? Do we sometimes miss Him? Yes.
 
Does He leave us and give up? Absolutely not. As long as we keep fighting that good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ for all that we receive from God, the Holy Spirit continues His work in our heart. Cutting asunder the intent of our heart and removing the things that are not of God.
 
Many know the Scriptures; even satan (James 2:19). But many do not understand the Scriptures. There is no graduating class this side of Glory. We are all running this race and if the Lord has given one more understanding than another, that understanding is for multiplication…not preservation. Just ask the guy with the one talent who buried his talent as he tried to preserve it but instead it was taken away
 
“29 For unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.
 
30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:29-30
 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is given to be spread to the four corners of the world so that others may be set at liberty; so that they too may know this joy unspeakable and peace beyond understanding. No where in the Bible does it say to join the world to overcome the world as much of the modern church practices. No. No. The Gospel is enough. The Cross of Christ is the ONLY answer to man’s dilemma…that includes the Believer’s dilemma.
 
So many do not understand that when that ‘dilemma’ arises, whatever that dilemma may be, IS the Cross of Christ Jesus and instead they go about performing religious acts and rites in hopes to overcome this ‘dilemma’. What they have done is yielded their members to Law; to the Government of Law where sin reigns.
 
Their faith is still in the Cross of Christ for Salvation but has been moved to another way for deliverance from the circumstance at hand. That other way may seem right. It is very religious but has not power over sin.
 
With the Cross of Christ being made of no effect because we are not submitted unto God but unto man’s way, we cannot resist the devil’s temptations and he will not flee.
 
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
 
So many don’t understand why the devil’s not fleeing, why they can’t NOT yield their members to unrighteousness and why sin’s dominion reigns.
 
“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 7:23-24
 
The Cross of Christ; Jesus Christ shall deliver whosoever will believe from the bondage of sin but with our faith placed in another way, we are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do.
 
We all must examine ourselves whether we be in the faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…faith in the power of God to us who are Saved. Being determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified isn’t just for the new Believer but for the Believer who has been Saved 5 months or 50 years. This Gospel is for all the whosoevers.
 
“Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

ONE SINNER

“8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
 
9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
 
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10
 
Sadly, there are many Believers who refuse to rejoice with the Lord over that which was lost being found because while that piece of silver was lost it got a little dirty…a little tarnished and warped. Nevermind the joy of it being found and it’s position now being where it should, the self righteous and religious refuse to rejoice until it has been spit shined and whipped back into shape.
 
The rejection of the tarnished silver piece by the religious does not cause the tarnish to go away. Only the one who possesses the lost piece can cleanse the dross and remove the waste. Only He can put it through the fire that cleanses, not the mourners who have deemed as still unclean.
 
The Blood of Christ Jesus is for whosoever will believe, no matter our condition in life. To doubt the power of His Saving Grace to utterly expel that which is not of Him, is to miserably fail at understanding the condition of our own selves when we were cleansed by His Blood. Jesus Christ cleanses us because He loves us, He does not love us because we are cleansed when He found us.
 
At Salvation our position in Christ is justified. We are placed into the atoning Death of Jesus, baptized into His Death (Romans 6:3-5) where the penalty of sin was paid and the power of sin broken.
 
However, at Salvation, our condition is not yet perfected. We are Born Again, a new creature in Christ Jesus, and the change begins on the inside. This is the circumcision of the heart made without hands as the believing sinner looks unto Jesus as the Source and His Cross as the means for their Salvation and Saint CONTINUES looking unto Jesus as the Source and His Cross the means for their Sanctification. This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit made possible by the Cross of Christ. Fighting that good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight, gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the work of God in our hearts and produce fruit unto Him. No questionnaires needed. No special classes needed. Simple faith in the Cross of Christ to mold us into the person God created us to be…the one made after HIS image and for HIS purpose, not our own.
 
When that tarnished piece of silver is found, every Born Again Believer needs to be rejoicing with the Lord; rejoicing that His lost child has come home; rejoicing that the one in ninety nine has been found and not sitting under the gourd as Jonah pouting that the Lord has blessed them for their repentance.
 
“37 Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
 
I’ve got news for all of those who refuse to rejoice with the Lord when the sinner come to repentance; those who want to apply their religious rules and regulations to the children who are wanting to come to Him in Truth and in spirit, the harvest is great and the Lord is raising up a standard; He is raising up a people who are coming declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost world and a dying church. There will be many who remain on the fence. The older brothers who will mourn their returning to their first love, Jesus Christ and resent the blessings He pours out over them as they too begin to walk in the Grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living for God. Those who are now stuck in the miry clay of religion will be snatched from satan’s grip and placed on higher ground as the Holy Spirit draws them to holiness and righteousness because the Cross of Christ is being lifted up as THE STANDARD…the plumbline by which all other gospels are laid waste.
 
There is a move of God on the horizon. There is a cloud the size of a man’s hand. I hear the bones rattling. Get ready church… get ready.
 
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:” John 3:14
 
-Donna Clark Warren