Monthly Archives: February 2020

EXAMINE YOURSELVES

There are many people in hell today who thought they were Saved because a man made religion told them such. Whether they were confirmed at the age of 13, recited a prayer at the age of 10, completed sacraments or merely joined the big ‘church’ on the corner which is really nothing more than a religious civic organization, there are indeed many who think they are Saved but are far from the Lord. I know this because I was one of them. The devil will tell the sinner they’re Saved and the Saint they’re not Saved. He lies and is the father of lies. Our plumb line is the Word of God and that is why we must know It for ourselves…not just what somebody says it says.
 
“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
 
As a young child I was Saved at a local church but as I grew older I walked away from the Lord. At one time in my teenage years I even professed to be an atheist. Throughout my 20’s I was comfortable joking about ‘you’ religious folk. Then in my 30’s – 40’s I ‘matured’ enough to profess that I believed in Jesus Christ and even declared myself a ‘Christian’.
 
Was I Saved? Absolutely not. My heart was far from God. I simply knew the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and was superstitious. No way would I say I wasn’t a Christian for that meant I would go to hell. It was fear of what would happen if I said I wasn’t a Christian…but it was the same fear that would make my heart drop when a black cat would cross the street in front of me or if I found a penny on tails. It wasn’t a fear of the Lord but fear of the circumstances….it was superstition and nothing more.
 
On top of that, I was born in the USA. I mean, we are a Christian Nation, right? So yes, I declared myself a Christian but I was nothing more than a lukewarm Christian living under the banner of Christianity but bringing much reproach to the Name of the Lord.
 
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3
 
When I was born again 2013, there was a change in my heart. That ‘new creature’ promised me in the Word of God was created in me. Am I perfect? Just ask my dear husband…no! Do I have a heart for God, for the things of God? Yes, I do. To be sure, it’s not my sincerity that secures my Salvation though. It’s my faith; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified that secures my justification.
 
There are many, praise the Lord, who are Born Again. I, just like so many others, are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses – those who have the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has done in their hearts as well. This is not just ‘my story’ but it’s the story of so very many. We are no longer ‘religious’ and we are far from perfect but we have been Born Again…born of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. We have been baptized into HIS death and are dead to the sin nature which reigned in our hearts for so long. There is a liberty in not ‘having’ to sin. We have the ability to say yes to the Lord instead of yes to sin and it is a peace beyond all understanding.
 
Prophesying in the Name of Jesus, casting out devils in the Name of Jesus or doing many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus does not secure one’s Salvation. Being Born Again, born of the Spirit of God; spiritually alive unto God through the precious Blood of Jesus secures our Salvation and it’s only requirement is faith…simply faith in Jesus that His finished work is sufficient to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the believing Saint.
 
There are many religious who think they are Saved but they have never been Born Again. Sadly, they know the doctrine of their religion but have no relationship whatsoever with Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done. Their Jesus is another Jesus and their gospel another gospel. They are accursed and following their religious leaders to the gates of a devil’s hell.
 
I don’t say these things with any gladness of heart. I simply say them because I have lived them and know many others who are currently doing the same. I simply ask you to examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith or not. Time is short. This world is waxing worse and worse but the Blood of Jesus still Saves; His Eyes are still searching to and fro to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. Seek Him while He may be found.
 
“Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE EFFICACY OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST

When the Believer finally comes to the understanding that God’s Righteousness and His Justification rest solely and precisely on the efficacy of the Finished Work of Christ Jesus, we will stop striving to gain this status through our ‘good works’ and learn to rest in Jesus’ Work.
 
We are Justified by faith and we are Sanctified by Faith. Once we are Born Again, we CONTINUE looking unto the Cross of Christ for the increase. No manipulation needed…no twisting of Scripture, no doing of good works; civic works given to the Believer to promote the status of the religious organization, aka the church, among the community. No, not at all. Those religious yokes are heavy and there is no rest for the weary. Through simple faith in the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in our hearts; we give Him latitude to circumcise our heart with the circumcision without hands. We allow Him to remove those things which are not of God and give us the desires of our heart which will in turn always line up with God’s desires. The Holy Spirit is commissioned to superintend the work of God in our hearts and to produce fruit unto God for the world to see. We don’t have to fake it until we make it. We don’t have to lie to ourselves or unto God about our present circumstances. We simply cry out to God for help and His Arm is not shortened. He will reach down into the deepest depths and rip us from satan’s grip when we look unto the Cross of Christ Jesus for our help.
 
“3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
 
4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Cor. 11:3-4
 
The simplicity of the Gospel doesn’t change after our Salvation but man being man will always try to make it harder. Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ for all that you need. Look unto Him expecting . He will supply all of your needs according to HIS riches in Glory. It is the efficacy of the Cross of Christ that many put on trial when it comes to our need. We either believe or we don’t. Lord help our unbelief, give us the increase according to your riches in glory. God knows our need whether it be physical, spiritual or financial and He is fully capable of meeting that need. Trust Him.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

STILL SMALL VOICE

“1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
 
2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
 
3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.” Numbers 25:1-3
 
If we foolishly believe that we can pick out the ‘good’ in one’s ministry and dismiss the ‘bad’, we have gone a whoring with the children of Moab ourselves. It’s not that we ‘dismiss’ the Lord and His precepts when we do such but that we DON’T dismiss their ways as the wrong way. Too many joyfully stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have gone a whoring after the daughters of Moab without ever telling them. As the daughters perish, so too are those who stand beside them comforting them as they are living a life of spiritual defeat while grasping at the altars of Cain. With our mouths we indeed worship the Lord but our hearts are far from Him as we stand in unity…committing whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
 
Satan, by and through religious teachers and preachers, associate religious idolatry with Christ, recognize the ‘good’ in ALL religions and provide a form of worship that appeals to man’s natural heart. If Satan can give a religious rite or a sanctimonious ceremony in order to bring us closer to God…something that ‘we’ can do, our carnal mind can intellectually interpret it; the world accepts it and off to Moab we go a whoring. Make no mistake, there is a Golden Calf on every street corner in every town with their doors wide open to all Christians who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour seeking for us to join with them; to align ourselves with their ways so we may serve as bait for others. The devils no fool and if we think he is, we are being played the fool.
 
“1 Know ye not, Brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
 
2 For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.” Romans 7:1-2
 
When we commit spiritual adultery with the daughters of Moab, we are no longer dead to the law by the Baptism into the Death of Jesus but are in fact alive unto our old husband; joining ourselves spiritually with him by faith in his precepts for righteousness.
 
“3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?
 
4 Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into Death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4
 
We are either dead to the former spouse (the law) through the Blood of Christ Jesus or we are alive unto Him. It is where our faith is placed that determines in whom we are going to join ourselves with…the daughters of Moab or the Cross of Christ.
 
“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
 
The Believer cannot remain in an unscriptural environment and remain spiritually clean as it regards false doctrine. When our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ for the answer to our dilemma…whatever that dilemma might be, we remain dead to our former husband and alive unto God; spiritually alive and able to worship Him in spirit and in truth…not merely a form. It is the Holy Spirit and Him ALONE Who can free us from the Law of Sin and Death and place us squarely under the Government of Grace. The Government of Law, where our former spouse abides, is not going to free us from his dominion but deceitfully bring us back into captivity. Rewrapped and cloaked in religious precepts, our natural heart lusts for his ways.
 
“4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
 
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.
 
6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:4-6
 
The Holy Spirit lusts to envy; He wants to free us from the law of our former spouse and take back what the devil has stolen. He wants to set at liberty the captive and heal the sick but He cannot do so when we are looking to and joining with the world and it’s precepts for victorious Christian living.
 
We are of God and he that knows God hears us. Listen for that still small Voice. He is calling His People out from among the daughters of Moab; He’s standing at the door knocking.
 
“12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small Voice.
 
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19: 12-13
 
God is not in your storms. He is not in your earthquake. Not trusting in His Grace, you have run and hid in the caves of religious rites…but there remains a Voice; a still small Voice Who is wanting to use you; wanting you to attend to your ministry He has given you – your perfect purpose according to His Will. Come out from among them. Listen to the still small Voice and just believe.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

BALAK’S MOUTHPIECE

“19 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
 
20 Behold, I have received Commandment to bless: and He has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” Numbers 25:19-20
 
There are far too many Balaks out there aligning themselves with the prophet’s of God wanting nothing more than for the prophet to curse the People of God. Sadly, instead of seeking the Face of God for His Will in the matter, they will quickly be the mouthpiece for the enemy instead the Lord. It is God’s Will for all to come to the saving knowledge of Him…not just who ‘we’ deem worthy. Job’s friends are a dime a dozen.
 
Don’t be a mouthpiece for Balak. God is not a man that He should lie. That which He has blessed shall be blessed. They may be limping through this life in Egypt but if they have excepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, they SHALL be blessed.
 
When we see our Brethren struggling point them to the answer in which they seek…the ONLY answer to man’s dilemma; Jesus Christ and Him crucified. At Calvary, Jesus paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe but He also broke the power of sin for whosoever will believe. Many are still struggling in their own power to overcome the power of sin. Just because we may know the answer, doesn’t mean we’re supposed to get that talent and bury it until the Lord returns. NO!! We must go invest it into others who are bound. Perhaps they don’t know the difference between forgiveness and deliverance…and neither did we at one time or another.
 
Don’t be Balak’s mouthpiece. When Balak comes alongside and promises you the riches of the world to curse the People of God; recognize he (or she) are nothing more than the complainer looking for a mouthpiece to align himself.
 
God is not a man that He should lie. His People belong to Him and He is fully capable of keeping them according to His Will and His timing. How dare us try to reverse what God has meant for good in the life of the Brethren.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

DISCERN THE DONKEY

27 And when the ass saw the Angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
 
28 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto you, that you have smitten me these three times?
 
29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because you have mocked me: I would there were a sword in my hand, for now would I kill you.
 
30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I your ass, upon which you have ridden ever since I was yours unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto you? and he said, No.
 
31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
 
32 And the Angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore have you smitten your ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me:
 
33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain you, and saved her alive.” Numbers 22:27-33
 
Discern the donkey that’s stands in the way. Too often the very donkey we’re trying to smote, is the instrument the Lord is using to keep you from a perverse way; a wrong way…a way that is not of Him.
 
Follow peace beyond all understanding; the peace that is from the Lord and Him alone. At Calvary, Jesus paid a high price for your soul. Follow His Voice and no other. When He is silent, we have His Word as our guide. When we don’t know the answer, we stand…stand still and wait on HIS perfect timing. God’s timing is just as important as His Will.
 
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10
 
Don’t smoke the donkey, discern the donkey.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

RELIGIOUS SERVANTS

“For the Law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1
 
The Mosaic Law had no power to make the ‘comers thereunto’ perfect…and neither does the modern day religious rites and rituals. The Law was Holy and Righteous and was given to show fallen man their (our) need for a Savior. It was a type and shadow of the good things to come when Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin AND break the power of sin.
 
You see, Jesus Christ afforded whosoever will believe the Grace of God which breaks the power of sin. Under the New Covenant, the Blood of Christ convicts of sin and breaks the power of sin. At Calvary, death, hell and the grave were defeated. The handwriting of Ordinances (the Mosaic Law) that was against us was blotted out; it was taken out of the way and nailed to the Cross of Christ. Jesus, having fulfilled the Law in it’s entirety, affords whosoever will believe the opportunity to be Baptized together with Him in HIS Death where we are dead to the sin and ALIVE unto Him.
 
“4 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.
 
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.” Romans 6:4-6
 
Knowing this; knowing that the Law was a shadow of good things to come but had no power to allow those things, we choose to be crucified with Christ; buried with Him and HIS finished work…not ours, so that the Grace of God may utterly expel those things which are not of Him. The body of sin is destroyed and the Grace of God does It’s work in our heart. By Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do what HE is commissioned to do in our hearts and HE (the Holy Spirit) begins a mighty work in us. Our hearts are circumcised without hands; the law of God is written on our hearts. We are Born Again, born of the Spirit of God and a new creature in Christ Jesus.
 
There is no religious rite or ceremony that can do or attain what Jesus Christ did for whosoever will believe at Calvary. 40 days of purpose, 12 steps, 100 ways and all of the other vain philosophies that have come down the religious pike of Christendom, are nothing more than symbols of the symbol; more laws given to over come sin and produce fruit unto God…but they can’t.
 
Jesus Christ and Him alone broke the power of sin for the Child of God. He is at the door knocking. He that has ears let them hear. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THROUGH THE LAW

“19 For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.

20 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.

21 I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:19-21

The door to the Kingdom of Heaven is only opened to the One Who kept the Law in it’s entirety. If we enter in another way, we are a thief and a liar. It is “through” the Law that we are dead unto the Law. Only as we are IN Christ are we approaching God through the perfectly kept Law.

Attempting to live for God by means of good works or religious rites, makes us a thief and a liar as we go the way of Cain.

“1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not by the Door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that enters in by the Door is the Shepherd of the sheep.

3 To Him the porter opens; and the sheep hear His Voice: and He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out.” John 10:1-3

The Law, aka the porter, only opens the gate to the Law Keeper Who is Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone that we are dead unto the Law. He came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill the Law of which He did perfectly. The penalty of the broken Law is death. At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe upon Him as their Lord and Saviour. The Law, having no power to pay sin’s penalty nor break the power of sin, was given to reveal sin and to show the Israelites their need for a Savior.

Today the modern church doesn’t necessarily apply the Mosaic Law to the Believer to enter into the gate but another law…another religious rite cloaked in Scripture and taught as Biblical doctrine which the porter does not allow in. Through the Law, they are not dead to the Law and alive unto God but are in fact dead (spiritually dead) unto God and alive unto the Law. Under law, any kind of law, the Grace of God is hindered because the Cross of Christ is of no effect. If we are not IN Christ, the Law Keeper, the Grace of God is not flowing uninterrupted in our heart and life.

“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 (emphasis added)

We must fight daily to remain IN Christ Jesus. Our faith placed solely and purposefully in the Cross of Christ is what allows us access to God. Jesus IS the Door. It is HIS Blood that paid the price of our Redemption. He has gone before us and prepared a place for us. Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He bought us and cleansed us because He loves us. He doesn’t love us because we are clean but cleanses us because He loves us.

Do not frustrate the Grace of God by trying to enter in another way. Don’t be a theif and a liar. Trust God. Believe that Jesus Christ and His finished work is sufficient to maintain both our position AND our condition in Jesus Christ. There will be days when we are on the mountain top and others that we feel like we’re hanging over hell on a rotten stick, nevertheless, we keep looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith Who is exceedingly and abudantly able to keep us until the day He calls us Home. While in the valley, as we’re going through the storm, He’s working all things out for our good. He’s continually teaching and guiding His sheep. There will be teaching moments and moments of rebuke but it is because of His great love for us.

Trust the Lord. At Calvary, the Gates of Heaven opened wide. There we live by faith in the Son of God Who gave Himself for us. Do not frustrate His Grace. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.

-Donna Clark Warren