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Hardened Hearts

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16 And in very deed for this cause have I (God) raised you (Pharaoh) up, for to show in you My Power; and that My Name may be declared throughout all the earth.

17 As yet exalt you yourself against My People, that you will not let them go?” Exodus 9:16-17

God has allowed the false teachers and preachers to be raised up; those who have been sent a strong delusion because they do not have the love of the Truth but the love of power and control over His People, in order to show His Power.

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

The preaching of the Cross of Christ is causing the pride and stubbornness of those who have aligned themselves with unrighteous, man-made, religious doctrines and vain philosophies being taught as biblical doctrine to be made manifest.  As religion waxes cold, the stubbornness of the modern day pharaohs and their followers will double down in a vain attempt to exalt themselves against God’s people and maintain their control over those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

As the plagues come through the apostate church like wildfire, the small churches who have chosen to follow their “seeker sensitive success” design for church growth instead of following the preaching of the Cross of Christ will be driven to choose between the preaching of the Cross of Christ or the methods they have proudly interwoven into the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to draw the masses.

Untold thousands attend these religious institutions every Sunday morning believing that their attendance atones for their sin.  Not so. Others have been told that their sin is not sin which makes the need for a Sin Sacrifice (Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to atone for sin) unnecessary.

Still, others have turned to witchcraft and superstition in a vain attempt for victory over sin by speaking incantations in order to manipulate the spirit world of righteousness. I have news for you Kenneth Copeland and all of the others following this heresy, man does not control  the spirit world of righteousness nor unrighteousness for that matter.  The born again Believer has power in the Name of Jesus to speak the Will of God but not to take His Word out of context in order to achieve one’s own will.  If the Lord puts something on our heart, we by all means stand on His Promise.  However, if we presume God’s Will for a particular circumstance and use His Name in vain, we bring reproach. God forbid no.

We must be led by the Holy Spirit and to be led by the Holy Spirit our faith must be placed in the Cross of Christ for everything that we receive from God.  Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we are redeemed unto God.  Many who deem themselves spiritual are indeed ‘spiritual’ but not holy.  They are led by demon spirits who are pointing them to that which they declare and decree for dominion over sin.  If that which we say could break the power of sin in our life, the Cross of Christ was in vain. Once again, God forbid no. 

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 59:19

The Spirit of the Lord is lifting up a standard against the enemy and it is the preaching of the Cross of Christ; the power of God to us who are saved (1 Corinthians 1:18).  There will be many who will stubbornly align themselves with the pharaohs of the modern church and allow destruction to come before repentance of their error. The End Time church does not show Jesus in the church house reviving but instead, shows Him on the outside knocking, calling all of those who have ears to hear to come out from among them and be ye separate.  He wants to come in and sup with you, not religious ceremonies and emotional entertaining the modern church has deemed ‘worship’.

27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.

28 And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day you see my face you shall die.

29 And Moses said, you have spoken well, I will see your face again no more.” Exodus 10:27-29

To the preachers and teachers who are preaching the Cross of Christ, the hardened hearts will wax harder before God’s people are let go…but they will be let go and God’s Glory will be seen throughout the four corners of the world.  Blind eyes will see. The lame will walk and the sick in body will be healed by the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18

-Donna Clark Warren

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Prayer Shawls and Yamakas

PhariseesJesus said unto him, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No man comes unto the Father but by Me.‘ ” John 14:6

The Believer is afforded the Righteousness of God by Jesus Christ.  God’s Righteousness is received by exercising faith in the finished Work of Jesus and what He did for whosoever will believe at Calvary’s Cross.

The modern church has attempted to establish Righteousness by various man made methods presented to the congregation as biblical doctrine.  Prayer shawls and yamakas do not establish Righteousness but reveal the willful ignorance of those who choose to partake in these sanctimonious ceremonies.  Their rejection of God’s Righteousness by faith in the Cross of Christ and acceptance of another method as the Way to come unto the Father is not merely ignorance but willful ignorance.

For those who do partake in these vain philosophies, they will quickly declare they do not do these things in order to gain righteousness to which I say, why then do you do them? What does it profit?

For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

For they being ignorant of God’s Righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the Righteousness of God.” Romans 10:2-3

Submit yourselves unto God by exercising faith in the Cross of Christ…HE is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

Sin’s Dominion

for-sin-shall-not-have-dominion-over-you-for-ye-24817857Even born again Believers are subjected to the result of sin because of Adam’s fall. There is no such thing as sinless perfection this side of glory. Gray hair and wrinkles are a result of sin; not necessarily the individual’s sin but Adam’s original sin. Sickness and death are the result of sin. The result of sin is not just drinking, smoking and homosexuality. Sin’s power over the Believer doesn’t necessarily reveal itself as that which is sinful but that which is ‘right’ in their own eyes. Such is the leaven which leavens the lump. Seeing they see not and neither do they hear nor understand that sin’s dominion (the result of sin) is in fact dominating in their life.
As many religious folk declare and decree their sinless perfection, they in fact remain dominated by sin’s result because they do not realize nor understand their faith is in their doings. The ‘good works’ of which they do and the ‘lifestyle’ of which they live is deemed sufficient to cover their transgressions, the same transgressions of which the Bible calls sin (self righteousness, pride, gossip, slander, etc.).
The modern church has Believers who are beaten down with the results of sin and they are doing nothing more than offering distraction methods to comfort them in their heavy burdens. They do not preach life nor liberty in Christ Jesus but exhort them to lie to themselves and God about the condition of which they are in. At Calvary, Jesus Christ bore the burden of our sin. The power of sin was broken for whosoever will believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. We are no longer dominated by sin NOR the results of sin.
The dominating effect of sin which have exercised influence over the life of the lost and many Believers is laid waste by the Cross of Christ. However, the majority of Christians do not place their faith in the Cross of Christ for power to break sin’s dominion and have followed worldly statutes, namely humanistic psychology, for their victory. The result is the Believer either becomes comfortable in their sin and sin’s result continues to reign and rule or they reject this form of ‘godliness’ and seek after another where they are comfortable.
There is but one answer to the result of sin’s penalty and power and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Lift HIM up!!

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (Jesus), because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19

If the power of the Lord is upon you to preach, you will preach the Gospel to the poor and not just treat the symptoms of sin’s result; you will see the broken in spirit and in body  healed in the Name of Jesus and you will preach deliverance through the Cross of Christ to those who are bound by the power of sin and see those who no longer see recover their sight.

If the power of the Lord is upon you to preach, those who are broken and bruised by sin’s dominion will be set at liberty by the Cross of Christ and sign and wonders will follow (not lead).

If the power of the Lord is upon you to preach, you will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2

-Donna Clark Warren

Wait Patiently

tract-70429-993-1502085067-0For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

Be careful of judging others trials and tribulations as their measure of Grace according to one’s own opinion.  Job’s friends are a dime a dozen.  We know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).  If the Believer is in fact being chastised, it is because the Lord loves them and His chastisement is meant for correction and not judgment.

We often see those whose sin has dominion over them and declare them unworthy.  I speak here of Believers who truly love the Lord and not those who use God’s Grace as a license to sin.  To see a Believer standing in the miry clay and declare they MUST abstain from that heavy clay which has them bound in order to follow the Lord exhorts them to place their faith in their strength get out of this miry clay.  If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!

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

Instead of pointing the bound to their strength for dominion over sin, point those who are bound in the muck and mire to the One Who can remove them from the bondage and set their feet on higher ground – Jesus Christ.  The One Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God looking to and from to show Himself strong in those whose heart is perfect toward Him…Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe; THE ONE Who paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and broke the power of sin for the Saint – Jesus Christ.

Looking unto the Cross of Christ, our faith is authored as the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in the Believer’s heart.  The circumcision of our heart without hands is done by and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Our faith is authored as sin’s dominion is removed and it’s desire taken away.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things pass away and all things become new.  We are a new creature in Christ Jesus and are now afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature because we know in Whom we have believed.  When Jesus Christ declared It Is Finished, the veil was rent in the Temple and the throne of God made available to whosoever will believe.

Stop condemning those who truly love the Lord Jesus but are standing in the miry clay trying to get out on their own strength because some religious pharisee told them to “just say no” to that miry clay and it would go away.  Instead of cursing the clay, bless the Lord and HE will bring them out.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalms 40:1-2

Bless the Lord oh my soul…oh my soul!  He is worthy to be praised.  He has brought this believing sinner out of a horrible pit and has established my goings…and He will do the same for whosoever will believe – wait patiently.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Carnal Minds

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For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:6-7

Many who attempt to live this Christian life outside of God’s Prescribed Order which is faith in the Cross of Christ, daily walk in enmity against God.  With the sincerest of hearts they worship Him, yet with all of THEIR might they daily attempt to live for Him in their flesh.  For them there is no life nor peace but an ever ending condemnation of death; spiritual death.

 “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

One cannot follow Christ Jesus until they deny themselves.  Self efforts, self will, abilities, talents and education are laid to utter waste by the Cross of Christ which divides asunder the soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12).  Because so many of those who truly love the Lord have not the understanding of denying ourselves, the cross of which we bear is heavy…too heavy.

28 Come unto Me, all ye 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 ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for our Lord Jesus but for us it is a place of great blessing.  All that we receive from God comes through the Cross of Christ.  Jesus Christ is, was and will forever be the Way, the Truth and the Life.  His eyes roam the earth to and fro searching for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him; to strengthen them for His Glory and not our own (2 Chronicles 16:9).  The finished work of Jesus is sufficient for whosoever will believe.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, His strength is perfected in our weakness and our faith authored when humbly submitted unto God through faith in His Prescribed Order for our Salvation AND our Sanctification…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

The good fight of faith, faith in the Cross of Christ, is not just for ‘others’ but for you, for me and for every Saint of God who draws breath.  This is not a one time fight at Salvation but a fight to be fought daily.  No, we don’t get Saved daily.  No one, no not a one, can pluck us from the Palm of God’s Hand when our faith remains in the Cross of Christ.  We must, however, deny ourselves daily, pick up our cross and follow Jesus which requires that this fight of faith must be ever present within our lives…otherwise we will be carnally minded and at enmity with God.  God forbid no!

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 6:12

Sinners are called to believe and Believers are called to follow Jesus.  I would like to kindly remind my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that we cannot follow Jesus until we have denied ourselves.  We must all prayerfully consider daily whether we have denied our own abilities to walk in the footsteps God has ordered for our lives or have we embraced our abilities while on the mountain only to be stricken with fear while in the valley.  The yoke of which we carry is better recognized in the valley.  Trials and tribulations will remain but so too will the peace which passes all understanding when we follow Christ Jesus and partake in His Yoke and His burden…for it is easy and light.  Recognize the yoke.

-Donna Clark Warren

Consented Unto The Law?

Unknown15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.” Romans 7:15-16

Those religious rules of penance, vain philosophies and methods of man presented as biblical doctrine by the modern church to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life will only result in doing that which the Believer would not and should not do…consenting unto the law that it is good.

Sin has no more dominion over the born again Believer who remains under Grace but for those who consent unto the law, any law given for victory over sin, the Cross of Christ is made of no effect.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We cannot resist the devil by consenting unto a law.  The incantations given by the word of faith group to make the devil flee is nothing more than white witchcraft vainly attempting to manipulate the righteous spirit world rather than the evil spirit world and are themselves laws given as biblical doctrine and do not make the devil flee.  Make no mistake, such is still witchcraft and is rampant in the modern church.

The born again Believer, submitted unto God through faith in the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin in their lives is afforded the ability to resist the devil…not because they said no to the devil but because they said yes to God and submitted unto His Will and His Way for their victory – Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else.

For by Grace are ye Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8

-Donna Clark Warren

Dead to the Law

PZB9nMUSDadhMkeUH6Yp4DsurhoiborEi7zSN066So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:3-4

Because of Adam’s fall, each and every person born of man is born with a sin nature.  We are married to this sin nature and the sin nature rules and reigns in the heart of the unregenerate man.  The “good” which the lost may do is not done to glorify God but mostly themselves in one way or another.  It is the leaven which leavens.  The result is a hardened heart is always and without fail a hardened heart.  Their righteousness is self righteousness and motive evil because it is done for the wrong reasons.  Please don’t misunderstand, often these are lovely people and their good works are indeed beneficial but if they are not born again Believers, their good works are working death in their heart because they are ruled by their sin nature which is driving them constantly to do that which appears good in their own eyes…irregardless of what the Word of God says. It is the lusts of the flesh which the sin nature seduces and our emotions become our moral authority instead of our God give conscience.

Once the believing sinner accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they (we) are buried into His Death at Calvary’s Cross and are now dead to our sin nature.  To be sure, our sin nature is not dead but we are dead to it AS LONG as we are IN Jesus Christ; buried with Him through faith in His Atoning work which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do – isolate our sin nature and breaking it’s power.

Being dead to sin through the Cross of Christ, we are now alive unto God; married to Jesus and not to our sin nature.  Because of our union with Christ, we are afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature through the Cross of Christ.  This is the cross of which WE bear; our cross which is laden with liberty from sin.

Sadly, after Salvation many will quickly turn to methods of man for victory over sin and that to which they were once dead (their sin nature) they quickly become alive to again.  One stumble in our walk with God and we tend to make a “law”; a rule or a method to avoid that stumble again.  Because we have now placed our faith in that “law” and not the Cross of Christ to break the power of that sin; our sin nature is quickened and that to which we were once dead now revives and we die (spiritually).

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Romans 7:9-11

When we stumble, and we will stumble, we do not make a rule not to stumble again but we look unto our Lord, Jesus Christ, and ask forgiveness for our transgressions.  The repentant Saint will ask the Lord to remove that evil desire from our heart.  We cannot produce fruit unto God through self will or foolish discipline but the Spirit of God, Who dwells in us, produces His fruit in our heart and God is glorified.  Not by that which we have done through a man made method being taught as biblical doctrine but by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in the Son of God Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to give us power over sin.  We say yes to His Will and His Way and He orders our footsteps.  There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus but there is conviction of the Holy Spirit which continues to lead us unto Holiness and Righteousness through out our entire Christian walk.  As long as we draw breath, the Holy Spirit will continue to lead us unto Christ-likeness.  If we find ourselves comfortable in that which God has declared sin, we are not being led by the Holy Spirit but by demon spirits.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:1-2

I ask you this morning to examine yourselves; each and everyone of you (myself included).  Are you alive unto your sin nature? Is there something in your life that needs to be given to the Lord and buried with Christ Jesus?  Every born again Believer should be consecrated to the Word of God.  Do not mistake ambition for consecration.  Many a preacher called by their Mama’s or man but not God have ambitiously pursued ministry under the banner of “consecration”. Not so.  The excuse given by the laity that they are not called to preach so they do not have to be consecrated to God’s Word is ignorance.  The truth is they do not WANT to be consecrated to God’s Word because they would have to turn away from the sin which they love.

23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.” James 1:23-24

Those who have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches; they hear Jesus knocking on the door and are led by the Holy Spirit unto Righteousness and Holiness are coming back to their First Love – Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done.  They are being set free from the bondage of sin.  Because they have heard the Truth through the preaching of the Gospel and Jesus Christ has been lifted up among them as the answer to the sin which has so easily beset them, they are doers of the Word and not hearers only.  They are doers not because of what they do but because of what He (Jesus) has done.

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Hear and you will do.  One cannot do without first hearing.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

What Shall We Say Then?

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What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that Grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

Shall we, those who are buried with Christ through the baptism into His Death and are spiritually born again making us dead unto the sin nature which reigned in our hearts before Salvation, continue to live in sin?  God forbid no!

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?

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

Walking in the newness of life is not the universal acceptance of sin’s dominion in the Believer’s life but being buried with Christ; denying our self efforts and self will and picking up our cross, the newness of life Jesus afforded whosoever will believe and following Him all the days of our lives.  Daily walking in newness of life by Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ.  This is not a lingo nor a fad.  It is not that “Jimmy Swaggart thing” as one proposed friend referred to it.  This IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Be determined to know nothing else.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 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 1:17-18

As for me and my house, we will stand in the power of God…the Cross of Christ.  If such seems foolish unto you, make no mistake…you are perishing.

-Donna Clark Warren

The Cross of Christ

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6

Born of water, which speaks of natural child birth, represents a child; a baby being born of their mother’s womb.  On the other hand, born of the Spirit, that which occurs when one decides to receive the reconciliation unto God through the Cross of Christ, which is the only Sacrifice God will accept for the sin of man and is freely given to whosoever will receive this spiritual birth.

While a baby, born of the flesh, is but a child who looks unto their parents for all that they need.  So too does the babe in Christ look unto God the Father for all that they need. The Cross of Christ afforded us this ability.  If not for Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross, no one would be reconciled to God.  We would remain spiritually dead unto God because of Adam’s fall.  Before the Cross of Christ, Old Testament Saints were reconciled unto God through the blood of bulls and goats but Adam’s sin was still imputed unto them.  Once they died, they went to “Paradise” a place in hell separated by a great gulf where they were comforted until Jesus came and “led captivity captive”.

Wherefore He said, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)” Ephesians 4:8-10

As Jesus Christ descended unto the hell (NOT the burning part of hell) and led satan’s captivity (the Old Testament Saints) captive, Jesus then ascended up and made a show of the devil’s principalities and powers openly…triumphing over them.

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15

The absolute blasphemous teaching of those who declare Jesus died spiritually and suffered the devil’s torments for 3 days on the burning side of hell is heresy to the uttermost and is proclaimed behind many pulpits in the modern church is the reason for the condition of the modern church.  They truly have no understanding of the Atonement and have preached another Jesus and another gospel which has ministered death to the people.  Instead of faith in Jesus’ victory at the Cross, of which the born again Believer is to be buried with Him, into His Death, their faith is directed to His Resurrection which is indeed PROOF that every sin was atoned but if we know Who Jesus is and what He did, the victory of which was won on Calvary’s Cross, by default we have no doubt unto His glorious Resurrection.  He is alive and we know that we know that we know because we as born again Believers, born of the Spirit of God, have been buried with Him on Calvary’s Cross and the power of sin has been broken in our lives which  We are able to live unto God.

Believe God

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What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

For if Abraham were Justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God.

For what says the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for Righteousness.” Romans 4:1-3

Those who have their faith placed in the Cross of Christ AND water baptism, church membership or any other various work presented by religion has their works whereof to glory.  Even if their faith is 95% in atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross and 5% in their particular religious work, the Cross is made of no effect.  One cannot have faith in two events for Salvation nor can they have faith in two events for Sanctification.  Victory over sin is not of the Law, the Mosaic Law or any other religious law, but under Grace.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

Under Grace, the power of sin is broken in the Believer’s life and we no longer have to live in sin.  While under law, the power of sin remains even as the law reveals our transgressions.  The Law (Mosaic or any law given for victory over sin) does not give us the power to overcome sin but works wrath because of the penalty incurred for its transgression.

13 For the Promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the Law, but through the Righteousness of Faith.

14 For if they which are of the Law be heirs, faith is made void, and the Promise made of none effect: 15 Because the Law works wrath: for where no Law is, there is no transgression.” Romans 4:13-15

Jesus Christ satisfied the entirety of the Law for whosoever will believe upon Him as their Lord and Saviour.  Every sin was and is atoned for by His finished Work on Calvary’s Cross as the Lamb of God. Through the Believer’s faith in His Work and His Work alone, there is no transgression of the Law.  Grace abounds for those who believe…but is made of no effect for those whose boast is of works as well.  The reward of their work is not of God’s Grace (which breaks the penalty of sin) but of debt as to the law (Romans 4:4).

For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

And just like that, man’s works are laid waste by the Word of God…yet so many hold so tightly to their religious and denominational rules.  How long will you allow these religious laws to work wrath in your life?  Jesus overcame.  Just believe.

-Donna Clark Warren