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DAYS OF ELIJAH

“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
 
The only thing that stands between man and eternal Hell is the Cross of Christ Jesus. As the modern church entertains the people, keeping them occupied by directing their attention to the entertainers and away from the only answer to our dilemma, the people are perishing without ever realizing it because they are eating what the church is dishing out.
 
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
 
If the rightly divided, full counsel Word of God is not being proclaimed, faith of the Son of God does not come…living by the faith of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is not possible.
 
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
 
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will deliver the captive. This faith which comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, is the very thing that affords the Believer the effective work of the Cross of Christ. I dare not frustrate the Grace of God for if righteousness comes by the law, the Cross of Christ was in vain (Gal. 2:21). If righteousness comes by entertainment, the Cross of Christ was in vain. If it comes by partaking of religious ceremonies, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
The vanities man can conjure up as ways to ‘honor’ God are nothing more than Cain’s sacrifice. Lifting up Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done to the people, the Holy Spirit will draw the sinner to Salvation and the Saint too Sanctification. This is what He does! The Holy Spirit does not stop calling us to Righteousness and Holiness once we are Saved. No, not at all.
 
However, it is the preachers and teachers who have stopped lifting up the Cross of Christ to the Saved and allowed the corruption of the Gospel to infiltrate the church which has led to it’s current condition as the church who needs nothing and is increased in goods.
 
“So shall they fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His Glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:15
 
The enemy has come into the churches. He has killed, he has stolen and he has destroyed the faith of God’s children through corruption. God’s people have perished because of lack of knowledge of the Word of God.
 
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the Power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
 
Like a flood, the Lord is raising up a standard against him and it is His Cross. The finished work that He there did, is once again being lifted up to the people, both the Saved and the sinner, drawing them ever closer to Him as they decide this day in whom they are going to serve.
 
God is not coming back for a weak, emaciated church who is fornicating with the world and it’s precepts for victorious Christian living. No, no. The Lord is coming back for a church who is without spot or wrinkle. One Who is not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. One Who will stand flatted footed and contend for the faith; one who is daily fighting the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified – be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
“Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Rev. 1:7
 
-Donna Clark Warren
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CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
 
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Romans 7:18-19
 
This flesh of which we dwell, and I’m speaking of/to Believers, is bent toward law. It has been espoused to law since we were born (Romans 7:1-4). Give it a method or rule unto which to abide and it is quickened.
 
“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” Romans 7:5
 
This rule of which we place is often good. It is with good intent that we declare our allegiance to this rule or method to gain that which we are seeking but it will bring forth fruit unto death…not God.
 
“Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.” Romans 7:13
 
The dead fruit brought forth by that which seemed good, that good intention, became exceedingly sinful. Why?
 
“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 2:20-21
 
The flesh which lusts after and is bent toward laws to do that which is good, is not denied but embraced for it’s good intention. Our self will and will power is deemed sufficient to overcome the flesh. Our faith is not placed in the Cross of Christ for the victory, but in our own abilities and our own abilities do not, cannot and will not produce fruit unto God. THAT is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We, in our carnal minds, take the position of the Holy Spirit…we usurp His ministry and take it upon ourselves to create in us a new creature.
 
To be sure, this commandeering of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, does not “create” anything. We are not co-creators. As we attempt in vain to take the place of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives, we are attempting in vain to rehabilitate that which is old. God doesn’t rehabilitate, He RECREATES. The ministry of the Holy Spirit removes that which is old; they pass away and all things become new.
 
Our flesh is quickened by law. Our emotions are often used by the devil to draw us to law…to that which produces exceedingly sinful ways and fruit unto death.
 
Our spirit is quickened by hearing the Word of God as the Holy Spirit bears witness to Truth. Proudly declaring our allegiance to the latest method coming down the pike for victory over sin is not humbling ourselves before the Lord; submitting unto Him.
 
Denying ourselves and choosing to follow Jesus is a daily fight. Our flesh wants to lead us into faith in laws being taught as Biblical commandments.
 
To pick up the cross Jesus has afforded whosoever will believe, we must first deny ourselves. We must allow Him to be Lord of our lives even when the laws seem ‘good’ and ‘right’. If it is not of faith, it is not pleasing to God.
 
Choose this day to live by faith of the Son of God, Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

INTERCESSION

“But this Man (JESUS), after He had offered one Sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the Right Hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one Offering He has perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12-14
 
The mere presence of Jesus at the Right Hand of God IS the Believer’s intercession. IN Him, believing in Who He is and what He has done to pay the penalty of sin and break the power of sin in our lives, He is our intercession.
 
There is nothing else required for the Lord to do then what He has already done at Calvary’s Cross. His Work is finished and our Redemption sure for those who have believed.
 
Remaining IN Him through faith in the Cross of Christ, the Believer remains under the Government of Grace. Freed from the Law of Sin and Death, the Holy Spirit has the latitude to pour out Grace upon Grace…and God’s Grace is always sufficient.
 
When the enemy comes, and he always will, he tries to corrupt the faith of which we have been given. The devil will present something ‘we’ can do, something ‘we’ can add to the simple faith in the Cross of Christ given unto us at Salvation. This addition we add, that which we do on our own accord as a way to ‘honor’ the Lord, is a strange incense to God. It is a ‘blessing’ that the Blood of Jesus did not purchase; a vain attempt to break the power of sin in the heart of man which was not evidenced by faith in the Son of God…Jesus Christ.
 
He Who sits at the Right Hand of God forever making intercession for us because of Who He is and what He did, Jesus Christ, we unknowingly render insufficient by our strange offerings conjured up by the vanities of man’s mind to ‘honor’ God. Our sacrificial offerings that are not in spirit and in truth but are in the flesh and corrupted are an abomination unto God.
 
We honor the Lord in spirit and truth by offering a sacrifice of praise. Praise is what we do as the Holy Spirit in us is forever pointing us to Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the answer to our dilemma. We can’t help but praise the Lord when we see the work He has done and is doing in our own hearts and lives! The change that is produced by simple faith in the Cross of Christ, is our witness to the world. When they ask us, we can’t wait to tell them He will do the same for them!!
 
Are we zealous? Probably. Are we sincere? Surely. Are we always perfect in our presentation? Maybe not. One thing is for sure though for those whose hearts are perfect toward the Lord, He is forever seeking to show Himself strong in our weaknesses.
 
Do not hide behind your weakness. Remember in Whom you have believed. He sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God making intercession for you. He has redeemed you with a price…a high price. Stand still this day and see the Salvation of the Lord. Fight the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you!
 
“Wherefore He is able also to Save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.”Hebrews 7:25
-Donna Clark Warren

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
 
The love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance of which we all desire is Fruit OF THE SPIRIT, not of ourselves. We cannot on our own accord manufacture or conjure up such fruit. Some can fake it until they make it but inside they are and will remain spiritually defeated.
 
I do not say this with any gladness of heart. It is a miserable life of religious bondage that many lead trying to produce such fruit in vain. Declaring and decreeing sinless perfection in an exalted and self righteous, religious pride leaves one in denial of their true condition.
 
As religious philosophies are presented to the people for victory over sin, faith is moved ever so slightly. The devil isn’t going to hold up a red flag when he comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is deceitful…just ask Eve. That which he presents seems ‘good’. The one who is presenting it is often sincere. They truly love the Lord. Just like so many, they too are simply deceived.
 
A little leaven is not ok. So many claim no one has it all right. Let me tell you something friend, if they don’t have the Cross of Christ right, the very basis of which all doctrine is formed, RUN. If they, whoever they may be, do not lift up Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the only answer to sin’s penalty AND sin’s power, there is poison in the pot. That poison will corrupt that which is true; while Truth, will expel that which is evil.
 
“38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
 
39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
 
40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.
 
41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.” 2 Kings 4:38-41
 
The ‘meal’, being a type of the Word of God, will expel that which is poison when it is properly applied.
 
Religion has given us many formulas and vain philosophies to produce fruit unto God but they have all fallen short; as they should. If mankind was able to produce such fruit on our own, the Cross of Christ was in vain. We could just obey the rules put out in front of us and become ‘holy’…not so.
 
The reality is the Fruit of the Spirit is that which the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do. It is HIS ministry, not ours. It is HIS power which expels hate as His love is placed in the poisoned pot. It is HIS power which expels bitterness as He places the joy of the Lord in our hearts. I could go on and on but you get the picture.
 
If the Fruit of the Spirit is not produced, the problem is the object of our faith. If our faith is placed in our own abilities and willpower and not in the Cross of Christ, we are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude to perform His ministry in our lives. It’s easier to believe this for someone else than it is for ourselves.
 
Taste and see that the Lord is good. At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus afforded us the Fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is jealous of the other objects of our faith as we continue looking unto them to do that which He is commissioned to do but will not do until we look to Christ.
 
Taste and See. Seek and ye shall find. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

BELIEVING GOD

‘Belief’, a verb, is the action part of ‘faith’, which is a noun. At Salvation, when the believing sinner comes to Christ, there is a mustard seed of faith placed in their heart. Whosoever wills (wants) to believe in Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done, the Lord places in their heart the faith they need to believe. He creates in us a new heart. We become a new creature in Christ Jesus.

“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 2:20-21

It is ‘THE’ faith of the Son of God by which we live. Everyone has faith. Even an atheist has faith in their vain philosophies but it is not the faith which God will accept.

“15 He (Jesus) said unto them, But whom say ye 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

It is this “action” of belief when Jesus Christ is revealed unto us. Because of the believing sinner’s will to believe upon hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, He is given the faith to believe. THIS is the Rock of which The Church is built. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ in the heart of man by God’s Divine Grace through THE faith in the Son of God that we are able to live unto God.

“Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

This mustard seed of faith is increased as we continue believing the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living. The faith which was given unto all who have believed, is authored and will one day be finished as our faith becomes sight and we meet our Lord and Saviour face to face.

The faith we are given at Salvation because of our will to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, must be contended for…it must be fought for after our Salvation. Our initial belief at Salvation is probably the easiest part of our living for Christ. The devil quickly comes to kill, steal and destroy the faith of which we have been given. He knows if we fail to exercise our belief in the Cross of Christ after our Salvation for our Sanctification, our daily living for Christ, our growth in the Grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be hindered and the Grace of God will be frustrated.

“Take heed, Brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God.” Hebrews 3:12

It is the evil heart of unbelief that hinders our walk with the Lord. We do not realize it is unbelief in the Cross of Christ because it is in fact belief in something seemingly religious which is being taught as Biblical doctrine. This is the deceit of the devil. It is the corruption results in spiritual death.

This fight of faith in which we fight, the faith of which we contend for, is the faith which was given unto us at Salvation when we willed to believe upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. When we say “be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, it is because Jesus Christ has been revealed to us, just as He has to all who are born again, and we are fighting to believe; to believe in HIM, in Christ and the Cross, and not our own wiles of which we are oh so familiar with. We aren’t fighting to ‘remain’ Saved…that’s silliness. We are Saved to the uttermost as long as we continue believing in the Finished work of Christ Jesus for our Salvation. We are fighting to believe Him and not our own abilities to attain the Promises of God and follow Jesus Christ. We are fighting to submit ourselves unto God’s Will and not our own because we know, that we know, that we know that we have been bought with a price and the Lord has a purpose for our life.

For so long I didn’t understand the Scripture “Lord I believe, help my unbelief…”. To be frank and honest, I thought that would be only for unbelievers. Of course I believe…I’m Saved, right?

Yes, I believed in the Cross of Christ at Salvation…but I also fight to believe in the Cross of Christ for ALL that I receive from the Lord because I know that if I can simply believe; that if I can simply rest in Who He is and what He has done, all things are possible.

“23 Jesus said unto him, If you cant believe, all things are possible to him who believes.

24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24

Lord, I believe…help my unbelief.

-Donna Clark Warren

THE GOOD FIGHT

The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the good fight of faith. This fight of faith is not just any faith but faith in Jesus Christ and HIS finished work on Calvary’s Cross.
 
“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 Timothy 6:11-12
 
It is there, at Calvary’s Cross, that every demon in hell was defeated and it is from there that the devil will try to move our faith because he knows if he can move it from the place of his (Satan’s) defeat and to a place of a seemingly ‘right’ object but nevertheless it is still another object, than he can gain a foothold in our lives.
 
Often time these objects of our faith are Scriptural but they were not given to overcome the devil. If our faith is in our prayer life, of which every born again Believer should have, then our faith is in another object for our victory. The fight of faith of which we have been commissioned to fight, we have lost. When we pray, and I’m just using prayer as an example, of course we believe and have faith that the Lord will answer our prayers but it is not what we did or do that defeated death, hell and the grave but what Jesus did. If the devil can get us in the least bit to start looking to that which we do to earn our blessings from God, then he has corrupted our belief in the Gospel and made the Cross of Christ of no effect (1 Cor. 1:17-18). Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive anything and everything from 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
 
This fight of faith is not a one time even at Salvation but a fight we fight daily. No, we don’t wake up and get Saved every morning…that’s ridiculous. We do however, wake up and purposefully deny ourselves, our abilities, intellect, talents, etc. and choose to follow Jesus. If we don’t deny ourselves, who ‘we’ are and what ‘we’ do, we are unable to follow Jesus.
 
The Cross of Christ had/has a two-fold effect. 1) At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe. Everyone born again Believer knows and believes this, otherwise we would not be born again. 2) Jesus Christ also broke the power of sin in the lives of whosoever believes. Our sin nature no longer has dominion over us if we remain under the Government of Grace and not the Government of Law by daily denying ourselves and fighting the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ.
 
It is this 2nd work that many Believers do not grasp. At times it is HARD to stand still against the wiles of the devil but if we will to stand; if we will purposefully choose to believe that the Cross of Christ is still sufficient for that which we have need of and refuse to engage our fleshly resources of manipulation, we WILL see the Hand of God move on our behalf. We WILL see souls set free from the bondage of religion. We WILL see a harvest of great magnitude sweep in to the Kingdom of God under the Power of God as the Cross of Christ Jesus is lifted up to the sinner AND the Saint.
 
“And I (JESUS), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus is not only for the lost but for Believer’s as well. The Holy Spirit will continue drawing those who believe to Holiness and Righteousness. This drawing of the Spirit draws the Believer to a decision to follow or not to follow and if we choose to follow, that which is evil or wicked in our hearts is expelled.  Choose to follow Jesus today. Deny yourself. Fight the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

NO OTHER FOUNDATION

“You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
 
Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a Chief Corner Stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded.” 1 Peter 2:6
 
The Government of God is built on the Foundation of the Cross of Christ Jesus. Any attempts to tamper with this Government by making rules, whether they be actual Scriptural ordinances or rules from the vanities of man’s mind being taught as Scriptural doctrine, will make the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
Tampering with God’s Government is exactly what the modern church is doing as they go about in their prayer shawls and yamachas observing feasts, doing 40 days of purpose and 21 days of fasting in order to ‘honor God’.
 
“12 When ye come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My Courts?
 
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.” Isaiah 1:12-13
 
The spiritual sacrifices of which we offer up are of praise unto Christ Jesus for Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe. The tampering of the Government of God by the modern church brings the Children of God out of the God’s Government of Grace and into the Government of Law. Under the Government of Law, the Cross of Christ is made of no effect.
 
These rituals and ceremonies are not presented as laws. If such were so, most would not be deceived. They are presented as ordinances we can do ‘for’ the Lord to honor Him. No. No. We honor Him with the praise on our lips and HIS Glory is magnified as daily we deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow HIM and we see HIM move on our behalf. Old things pass away and all things become new as His Righteousness reveals and expels the wickedness in our own hearts. We are a peculiar people to the world because of Whom we serve…Whom we follow, not because of our religious ordinances laid down by man’s traditions.
 
“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 Spirit of Life (the Holy Spirit) does not work outside of the parameters of the Cross of Christ Jesus. He is not commissioned to work on our behalf when we tamper with God’s Prescribed Order of Victory for His Children. There is no other foundation than that which is already laid. From Salvation, through Sanctification and on unto Glorification; God’s Government is based upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

GOD’S ARMOR AND GOD’S HEDGE

“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.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:11-12

As a Believer living in this fallen world which is ruled by the prince of darkness, we are given God’s Armor. The Lord puts up a hedge of protection around those who have believed upon Him and within those boundaries we are guaranteed victory as long as we properly follow the Lord.

“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

Sadly, many Believer’s do not know how to properly follow Jesus. They do not understand that we must deny ourselves (our abilities, intellect, talents, etc.) in order to pick up our cross (the blessings which the Cross of Christ afforded whosoever will believe) and that it is only then that we are able to properly follow Jesus.

Picking up our cross is not the denial of self. Self denial is just that; denying our self will to manipulate a situation in order to achieve our will. While picking up our cross is not self abasement but picking up that which we cannot do in our own might…receive the promises of God. Unredeemed man is unable to receive the promises God has given to His Children. Furthermore, God’s Children operating in their flesh, attempting to manipulate situations within their own might, will also fall short of God’s Promises.

The Armor of God is HIS Armor. It is not something that we get up every morning, stand in front of the mirror and ‘put on’. No, not at all. The Armor of God is put on upon belief in the Cross of Christ Jesus…it is God’s hedge of protection around His Children.

“6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Where have you been? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews (hates) evil?” Job 1:6-8

There will be times in our lives, times of great trials and tribulations, as the Lord may lower HIS hedge of protection and allow Satan certain access. We have done all that we know to do; we have denied ourselves and properly followed Him and He offers us to Satan to test us. You see, Satan is nothing but an instrument in the Lord’s Hands to strengthen our faith. It is during these most unpleasant of circumstances that we go deeper with the Lord. It is during these times that our spiritual testimony before the spirit world should be “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him:”. It is then, in those times of despair that we choose to praise the Lord for our redemption draws near. It is then that we know, that we know, that we know in Whom we have believed and we know that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him.

There is a boundary, a hedge of protection, around the Child of God when we are properly following the Lord. As we look unto Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done to afford us the Promises of God; we will find the Cross of Christ was, is and will forever be sufficient to withstand the wiles of the devil as he rules the fallen world of which we are passing through.

“1 I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help.

2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made Heaven and Earth.

3 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: He Who keeps you will not slumber.

4 Behold, He Who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper: the Lord is your shade upon your right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil: He shall preserve your soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalms 121-1-9

Jesus Christ and Him crucified – be determined to know nothing else among you. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord. Stand still and see the angels of the Lord encompassed round about you. Stand still and see the signs and wonders which follow those who believe.

-Donna Clark Warren

IMPORTUNITY

“5 And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
 
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
 
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
 
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
 
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 
10 For every one who asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
 
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
 
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
 
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” Luke 11:5-13
 
Importunity – persistence, especially to the point of annoyance.
 
The ‘friend’ did not rise to give the man knocking that which he needed because he was his friend. No, not at all. He gave him all that he needed because of his persistence in asking.
 
If the sufficiency of this need being met by an unwilling source because of persistence, how much more shall the Lord, He Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross that we may have life and life more abundantly; He Who has promised to meet our every need according to His riches in Glory…how much more shall He give the Holy Spirit to them who ask of Him?
 
ASK and it shall be given. SEEK and you shall find. KNOCK and the door shall be open unto you.
 
So many of us believe the Lord ‘can’ do that which He has promised but we have a hard time believing He WILL do that which He has promised.
 
The unbelief which causes us to think ‘that’ will never happen to us, whatever ‘that’ may be, is the same unbelief which causes us to think that our Heavenly Father will not supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
 
We watch the news and see warnings of things that may happen if we use such and such product but we quickly dismiss the warning as if won’t happen to us. We believe those things happen but we don’t believe they will happen to us. This is the same unbelief we exhibit toward the promises of God.
 
Each and every promise of God is conditional though. They are conditional on our faith being placed in Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God. It is not our good works, our intellect, talent or abilities which earn us these promises but our faith and our faith alone in the Cross of Christ Jesus.
 
As Jesus was teaching His Disciples how to pray in Luke 11:1-4, He continued His teaching with this parable of the persistence of the man seeking bread
 
“1 And it came to pass, that, as He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His Disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
 
2 And He said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.Your Kingdom come. Your Will be done, as in Heaven, so in Earth.
 
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
 
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Luke 11:1-4
 
As Believers, we must seek God’s Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven and we must believe that He will do that which He has promised as long as our faith is in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, He Who is sitting down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God…He Who searches the earth constantly looking to and fro for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him to show His strength in their weakness…He Who IS and WAS and IS TO COME; King of King and Lord of Lords – HE is Whom we have chosen to believe and HE IS able to keep that which we have committed unto Him against the day. HE is Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know NOTHING else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

GOD’S SACRIFICE

You shall not offer the blood of MY SACRIFICE with leavened bread;…” Exodus 23:18
 
The Sacrifices offered in the Old Testament were God’s Sacrifices. These sacrifices did not remove sin from man’s account but they restored fellowship between God and fallen man. There remained a veil of which sinful man could not cross. These sacrifices were GOD’S sacrifices…not man’s and they were not to be offered with any leaven.
 
I remember in church one Sunday morning if February, 2015 realizing that we were offering up to God Cain’s offering and not His. What we were partaking in was not God’s Prescribed Order for victory, Jesus Christ and Him cruficied, but our churches man made doctrine which was being taught as Biblical doctrine.
 
We must understand, Jesus Christ, is GOD’S Sacrifice. Not only did Jesus Christ die to pay sin’s penalty (death) for the believing sinner, taking it away from our account and nailing it to His Cross but He also broke the power of sin for Believer. When WE add our leaven, whatever that leaven may be to GOD’s Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, for our Salvation OR our Sanctification, we are offering up to God Cain’s sacrifice. Whatever we add to and take from the Cross of Christ, whether it be a religious ordinance or a vain oblation, for that which the Cross of Christ afforded us, we make the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus is sufficient. God’s Sacrifice is the only Way, only Truth and only Life given that we may live unto God.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified, GOD’S Sacrifice for fallen man, GOD’s Prescribed order for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren