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Ways of Death

Proverbs 14 12

“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

God’s Mighty Offensive against sin was and is the Cross of Christ.  Sin’s authority over man came with the fall of Adam.  It took God becoming flesh in the man of Jesus Christ.  The virgin birth of Jesus, His perfect life of obedience to the Mosaic Law and the laying down of His Life to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe was and is solely for the purpose of redeeming whosoever will believe unto God.  Sin’s claim on those who were once lost is vanquished.  The lies of satan are of no effect unto those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and remain consecrated to God’s Word simply because they have freely chosen to believe God.  Death, hell and the grave are utterly defeated by Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to overcome sin and His Work is completed.  The Lord Jesus is Resurrected, Ascended unto Heaven and currently on His Throne sitting at the Right Hand of God.

THIS is God’s Offensive against sin.  God’s Redemption Plan to overcome sin is the Cross of Christ.  Sin is the problem in the world today because of Adam’s fall.  Sickness, death, wrinkles, gray hair, etc. are all the decay of our mortal flesh.  Those who believe they are sinless and perfect continue to decay; they age as we all do and aging (decay) is a result of sin.  Self righteousness and pride are just as wicked as sins of the flesh but are much more deceptive.  It has been said, and rightly so, that the bondage of religion, self righteousness and pride is worse than others because the one who is bound is utterly blind to their bondage.

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.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection: 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 6:3-6

The fight we as Believers must fight; the good fight we fight daily is the fight of faith in GOD’s Redemption Plan…the Cross of Christ. It is HIS glorious Offensive which overcame sin not vain commandments of men being declared as doctrine from behind the pulpit.  If it is not the Cross of Christ being lifted up, it is man’s vain attempt to offer up a redemption plan which was not so difficult.  The Simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is simple for the Believer to believe and understand if they so choose.  However, for our Lord, the price paid to redeem mankind to God was with great suffering.

Man’s redemption plan makes sin less powerful; as if God did not have to send His only begotten Son to overcome it’s horrible grip on humanity and offers to counsel or talk away a bondage which only be broken by the Power of the Crucified, Risen Christ Who is now sitting at the Right Hand of God looking for those whose heart is perfect toward Him to show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2

If it is not the Cross of Christ being lifted up as the answer to sin, it may seem right to the carnal mind but it is the way of death.  Seek to understand and pray for discernment.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

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Teaching for Doctrine the Commandments of Men

167181473f2609576abf48945f97b1adThis people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9

Seeing they see not; hearing they hear not…and neither do they understand (Matthew 3:13).  They do no receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are not spiritually discerned.  That which they do receive is not of God but commandments of men from the vanities of their own mind. The preaching of the Cross of Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint, is foolishness to those whose heart is far from God.

But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

The preaching and teaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is rudimentary to those who are not spiritually discerned.  Regarding themselves as “super spiritual”, they believe the Cross of Christ is for the lost alone.  Yes, they lift up Jesus to the congregation but it is another Jesus and another gospel; a Jesus without His Cross (2 Cor. 11:4).

They lift up the miracle working Jesus, the philosophical Jesus, intellectual Jesus, water baptism Jesus, religious Jesus, well mannered Jesus, the good Jesus…all of these various attributes the religious prescribe to the Jesus they choose to preach on any given day in order to exalt the commandment of man they are declaring as doctrine.  To be clear, if it is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the Cross of Christ…a Jesus without His Work on the Cross; it is not the Gospel which delivers the bound, sets the captives free and breaks the power of sin in the Believers life.

You see friend, this Gospel which brought us in to the Kingdom of God is the same Gospel which gives us victory in our daily living for Christ.  Attaching the name of Jesus to humanistic psychology does not make humanistic psychology correct but deems Jesus as another Jesus and the Cross of Christ as insufficient. This is the leaven which leavens the whole lump that many with zero discernment willingly choose to overlook in order to keep from rocking their religious boat. Humanistic psychology appeals to the lusts of the flesh and is in direct contradiction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified which requires faith in the Cross of Christ in order for the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in our hearts.  Old things pass away and all things become new to those who choose to believe.  We are a new creature in Christ Jesus because of this work the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do when our faith is place completely in the Cross of Christ to give us that which He has promised…a new heart.

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26.

The various Jesus’ in which those whose hearts are far from Jesus teach are examples of that which they must perform.  They are not spiritually discerned and receive not the things of the Spirit of God because their focus is on self as the source and their intellect, religious practices, abilities, etc. as the means by which they gain the various attributes of the Jesus’ which they were previously given as examples…the commandments of men given as doctrine.

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.” Galatians 2:20

If the Jesus being lifted up on Sunday mornings is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it is another Jesus and another gospel which is accursed.  The worship may be emotional but is indeed in vain.

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 Cor. 1:17-18

Commandments of men being preached as doctrines is cloaked with wisdom of words and make the Cross of Christ of no effect because they point the Believer to another way other than the Cross of Christ to receive from God.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

Wrath of God

The-Wrath-of-God-slideThe wrath of God is not vindictive in nature but vindicative.  It is a holy indignation of sin which is in direct contradiction to God’s Holiness.

And He (Jesus) entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

And they watched Him, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath Day; that they might accuse Him.

And He said unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

And He said unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Mark 3:1-5

God’s Will is not to punish via His Wrath, for Jesus was grieved at the hardness of the Pharisees heart, but to vindicate that which is holy and pure.  One can easily understand the vindicating effect, the validation of His Righteousness, in Jesus’ anger when the man’s withered hand was restored.  Jesus’ anger, His Wrath, was not vindictive toward the Pharisees but vindicated the lame.

13 And they brought young children to Him (Jesus), that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:13-15

Not only are the wicked Pharisees subjected to God’s Wrath but so are His Disciples.  Again, this is not for punishment but for correction.  Jesus was displeased with His Disciples who forbid the children to come unto Him.   The sting of the Lord’s vindication of the children was not vindictive towards His Disciples but was nevertheless unpleasant for His Disciples.

Many professing Christians would prefer to believe that the Lord is never displeased with them no matter their disobedience and lack of consecration to His Word.  The circumstances which causes the displeasure in their heart is rebuked and credited to the works of satan.   Their life is spent rebuking and blaming the devil for the unpleasant feelings associated with grieving the Holy Spirit.

For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chastens not?

But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.” Hebrews 12:6-8

Recognize the chastening of the Lord.  It is not vindictive but vindicates against the sin which contradicts God’s Holiness.  When circumstance are unpleasant, consider that which the Lord is vindicating…HIS Holiness; then seek to understand your own heart in the matter.  Has our faith been placed in something we must do other than faith in the Cross of Christ to obtain righteousness?  Is God displeased with us for following traditions of man and vain philosophies instead of His Word?  Have we tried the spirits and searched the Scriptures to see whether these things were so?  Is Jesus Christ the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God or has Jesus been reduced to a an example and His Cross unnecessary for daily living for God?

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

Moral Bankruptcy

moral-bankruptcy14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” Romans 2:14-15

If we do not reckon with Adam’s original sin and it’s imputed sinfulness to all of mankind, our guilt as a sinner in need of a Saviour cannot be properly understood.  Mankind’s moral corruption cannot be measured by actual sinful acts.  Not all men are given over to uncleanness and improper conduct (Romans 1:24, 28). The sinful acts are merely the result of a sinful heart.

The depravity of a sin sick heart is still equipped with a conscience and the works of the Law written upon their heart allowing them to do that which is in accordance to God’s Word but is not good nor well pleasing because the motive is wrong.  In other words, even the lost can do that which is in accordance to God’s Will but never the less, they are lost.  Consider King Cyrus, the heathen king who rebuilt the Temple (Ezra 5:13) who performed according to God’s Will but was nevertheless a heathen king.

If we do not properly understand our imputed sinfulness due to the fall of Adam, we cannot properly understand the imputed Righteousness afforded to us by the Cross of Christ.  Measuring our transgressions according to other’s sinfulness produces pride which falls out to unbelief in the need for Jesus’ atoning work and His Righteousness.

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

We quickly forget what manner of man we are as we look unto the transgressions of others to measure our depravity.

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” Titus 1:15

Self righteousness does not reckon one’s own sinfulness but measures other’s.  It defiles the mind and conscience by declaring the Cross of Christ as insufficient to fulfill our moral depravity while exalting the “good” in which we do because of our conscience and the law of God written on our hearts as sufficient to fulfill our moral depravity.

When recognizing the self righteousness of others, consider the plumb line by which their sinful ways are measured.  If it’s not the Cross of Christ, we have forgotten what manner of man we are.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1

-Donna Clark Warren

Fear of The Lord

FearoftheLord-500wAnd I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

But I will forewarn you whom you shall f ear: Fear Him, which after He has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.” Luke 12:5

The fear of man results in a terror.   It is the fear of death of our flesh which overwhelms the unbeliever.  Not knowing the fear of God, the unredeemed fear that which kills the physical body with no regard for He Who has the power to cast our eternal soul into a devil’s hell, Jehovah God . The devil would prefer all to believe that he holds the keys to death and hell which is a lie.

“I (Jesus) am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18

God told Moses to “…Gather Me the people together, and I will make them hear My Words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10

The Word of God teaches His Children a fear which takes into account God’s standard of Holiness and Righteousness in all that we do.   Understanding this fear of the Lord results in the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

As the Believer learns the fear of the Lord, we learn of Who Jesus Christ is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever believe.  Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God DAILY.  In God’s Word we see the Statutes and Ways of how He deals with those He loves through correction, reproof and instruction in Righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

The fight of faith in which we fight is daily.  The temptation to rely upon ability and intellect to achieve life and life more abundantly is great but the fear of the Lord in which we are learning is so much greater.  We know that in us, in our flesh, is no great thing and the Holy Spirit will not superintend that which is born of our flesh but of the Spirit of God alone.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

This fear of the Lord cannot be understood by the unredeemed. Their only fear is fear of physical death…yet they do not consider He Who Holds the key to death, He Who is alive but was dead and lives forever more,  Jesus Christ.

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Come, gather together to hear His Word so that ye may learn the fear of the Lord.  Ash Wednesday will not teach one to fear the Lord. 40 days of purpose will not teach the fear of the Lord.  The Word of God teaches the fear of the Lord. Declare It. Speak It. Rightly divide It.  The Word of God is quick and It is powerful and will lay waste philosophies from the vanities of man’s own mind.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.  Fear ye the Lord.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Taste and See

Psalms 34 8Against You (GOD), You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight: that You might be justified when You speak, and be clear when You judge.” Psalms 51:4

Sin, what ever sin it may be, is perfected and authored by satan and directed against God.  Sin is designed by satan to contradict God.  Sadly, the devil uses God’s highest creation, mankind, to violate and desecrate that which God’s Glory demands  which is Righteousness by faith through Grace.

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

Grace is afforded to whosoever will believe Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin to God on Calvary’s Cross.  Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, we have no doubt as to Jesus’ Resurrection. Jesus Christ is now sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God making intercession through His atoning work for whosoever will believe.

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

Grace is not a license to sin. God forbid no!  Jesus Christ did not die on Calvary’s Cross to save us in our sin.  Jesus does not save us in the miry clay just to leave us in the mire.  Jesus saves us FROM sin; His Grace gives us dominion over sin.  The Cross of Christ broke the power of sin and utterly made a show of every demon in hell. There was no fight in hell for dominion.  That is utter nonsense and blasphemy.  The devil wants no part of Jesus Christ and neither can he touch those who are covered in the Blood of Jesus unless he is being used as a tool to chastise and test our faith.  This test of faith is not for God’s knowledge, He is all knowing, but for our understanding.  We can easily say we believe but when our boat begins to rock, how often do we start shoveling the water overboard before we realize our faith is in our ability to save ourselves from that sinking boat?  Friend, we must realize we are ALL sinking boats and it is the Hand of God Who is keeping us afloat.

Our faith in the Cross of Christ gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the work of God in our hearts and lives and give us dominion over sin.  With the power of sin broken in our life by faith in the Cross of Christ, we are no longer instruments of unrighteousness used by satan to defile that which is righteous but are now able to willingly yield ourselves unto God.  Before we are born again, we are not able to willingly yield ourselves unto God.  The lost are spiritually dead unto God therefore they cannot willingly yield to the Lord.

Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13

Those that are alive unto God, the born again Believer, can now partake in God’s Divine Nature and are no longer under sin’s dominion irregardless of what the devil says; he’s a liar and the father of lies.  The sin satan is authoring and perfecting in the Believer’s life is too often a result of deceit which has corrupted the understanding of the Cross of Christ by either adding to or taking away from His finished work and directing our faith to that which was added or removed.  Remember, righteousness does not cleanse evil but expels it.  On the other hand, evil can defile righteousness through corruption.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of God’s Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4

Sin is in direct contradiction to God and is against God in every way.  Partake of God’s Divine Nature.  Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him (Psalms 34:8).

-Donna Clark Warren

By Grace Through Faith

Grace through faith10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:10-11

The Mosaic Law, being righteous and holy, was given to show mankind our condition.  Akin to going 55 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone shows us we are speeding, so does thou shalt not steal show us we are a thief if we steal.  Laws, both Mosaic and man made, are a curse to those who break them.

To be sure, one is not a thief because they steal but they steal because they are a thief.  On an even  broader scale, one’s condition, whatever that condition may be (pornographer, fornicator, drunk, smoker, etc.) is not the result of their action but their action is the result of their condition.  Denying the action doesn’t set one free from the reality of their condition.

There is only one answer to the change in condition and that is the Cross of Christ.  The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the vain philosophies of man which point to our self efforts, talent, will power or intellect for victory over our condition.

To be clear, I’m speaking here to Believers, those who are justified by Grace through faith…not just unbelievers.  The majority of Believers have never been taught how to live for God by grace through faith alone but have been given man made methods which appeal to the lusts of the flesh.  This leaven, the vain philosophies, produces pride which will always and without fail lead to unbelief. “Well bless God, I believe!” No friend…no you don’t if you believe personal merit (self will, intellect, talent, prayer shawls, feasts, festivals, yamakas, etc.) is an acceptable way to change your condition.  Doing 50 sit ups may change the condition of our physical body but it won’t change our spiritual condition.

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

Sin is directed against God.  When the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is perverted there is poison in the pot.  This poison leads to death under the guise of sincerity and good intentions.  It first leavens and puffs up producing pride then pride leads to unbelief in the power of the Cross of Christ to change the spiritual condition of the born again Believer by Grace through faith.

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

Grace gives us dominion over sin.  The power of sin is broken by Grace through faith because the Holy Spirit is commissioned to circumcise our hearts.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things pass away and all things become new.  The change in our condition is not because of some rule or law given but because of the Hand of God in our heart and in our lives working in us a new creature.

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.” Romans 7:18

Those 12 steps to recovery, promise keepers and 40 days can’t change our condition.  Fasting for 21 days, reading our Bible in a year, water baptism or communion can not change our condition.  Although some may be Scriptural, they were not given to overcome sin.  Let us not forget, the devil knows the Bible too and he will use it to deceive the sincerest of Believers. The atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross is the only answer given to man for victory over the penalty and the power of sin.  The will to do good may indeed be present but the power to do that which is good is only found by Grace through faith.

There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

Sacraments and personal merit seem right to overcome the sin that so easily besets us.  It is the worldly system of which we are familiar…but it’s not God’s Way.  God’s Way is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Be determined to know nothing else among you.

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.” Romans 7:18

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Religious Readers

religious readers

For 20+ years I have been tied to “readers”. Those little eyeglasses have been like an appendage since I was in my mid 20’s. Through the years as my eyes aged, the glasses grew stronger and stronger. The Lord has been dealing with me about my eye sight in the past few days and yesterday I went to see the eye doctor.

Much to my surprise, those little readers were far from efficient and I was prescribed contacts. Physically speaking, seeing I can now see!! My husband always jokingly said he would never take me to the eye doctor because I thought he was so handsome.

Please allow me to give you an analogy of some of the major differences of how seeing more clearly has impacted my life in the past 24 hours.

  1. First and foremost, my dear husband is more handsome than I once thought. I now see people in a different way because I can see their physical features clearly. I can see their physical condition whether it be bad or good.
  2. Not only do I see others more clearly, as I sat down to put on my make up this morning, I could see myself more clearly. I could see my own flaws. The wrinkles that I didn’t realize were there became overly obvious. Seeing myself more clearly in the mirror caused me to understand why others may have their eye make up or lipstick on incorrectly. Perhaps too much or too little makeup was the result of not seeing. Simply stated, those of us who can’t clearly see can’t see the flaws in ourselves either, therefore we can’t see nor understand the flaws in our solution (i.e. the make up).
  3. Lastly…for now at least, I’m amazed at how often I continue to pick up those readers and throw them on my head. The trepidation of deciding to go in the grocery store and leaving my glasses in the car was a conscious decision I had to make. What if I got in there and couldn’t read the labels?

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. 25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25

Now seeing, why would I not continue therein? Once I beheld my natural face in the mirror how could I so quickly forget of what manner I was?  I will tell you how. If I take out my contacts and choose to continue wearing those readers, I will soon forget clearly seeing. No longer will I see the flaws in my face therefore the error in my remedy, my makeup, will not be noticed.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The entirety of the Word of God; the full counsel, rightly divided Word of God is profitable for reproof, correction and instruction.  When we go our own way and follow vain philosophies from the minds of man, we straightway forget what manner of man we are.  The leaven leavens and we don’t notice our flaws nor see the error in the leaven.

“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretch, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of Me (Jesus) gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.” Revelation 3:17-18

There are many in the modern apostate church today who need their eyes anointed with eyesalve that they may see.  For some, this is easily discerned.  At times, it is disheartening, aggravating and if I’m completely honest…sometimes I just want to shake some sense into them. But I can’t…and neither can you by the way.

What we must understand is they don’t not see because they are rejecting the Cross of Christ but they reject the Cross of Christ because they can’t see.  They no longer look into the perfect law of liberty by faith in the Cross of Christ but are looking through the readers of religion and have straightway forgotten what manner of man they are.

I shutter to think of how I would have reacted if, while not being able to see, someone who could see told me every time I looked in the mirror how awful I looked and when I applied my make up how I was doing it all wrong.  Is that what so many of us who can see, spiritually speaking, are doing to those who can’t?  I knew I couldn’t see and thankfully someone told me of a physician who could help me see.  For years I chose not to go see this physician but when I finally did…I can now see clearly.

There is a Great Physician Who can heal our weary souls but we must be willing to remove our religious readers and choose His Prescribed Order…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Keep telling them of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, so when they do decide to freely choose, they know in Whom to believe.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Understanding

Understanding 1A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy unto him who understands.

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge.” Proverbs 14:6-7

Years ago while praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues I had a dear Sister in the Lord, Sister Margaret Burford, pray for me to have the “understanding needed”.  At the time I didn’t understand why she was praying for me to have understanding because I thought I understood.  Intellectually I had studied the Scriptures and understood the teaching of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit but didn’t understand what I didn’t understand.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know because I thought I knew.  This is not a riddle but a reality I was facing.

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matthew 13:13

Thankfully, as I continued praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Lord was faithful to answer my prayer and Sister Burford’s fervent prayer.  I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues and I received a deeper understanding…a spiritual revelation of HIS Truth; not according to my intellect but a revelation of God’s Truth according to His Word opened up in my heart regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as I looked unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith.  I did not pray to a saint, nor did I have to “do” anything other than believe and seek…seek the Lord for understanding of Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.

Once this greater understanding was revealed to me regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Lord continued to deal with me…just as He does anyone and everyone who will seek His Truth according to His Word and not be hindered by denominational traditions and philosophies.  Going from church to church, trying to find a church home my husband and I finally settled on a familiar place.  A place where they believed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet there was still something missing; a vacancy that I chose to fill with religious racket.

When I say the Lord continued to deal with me, I mean He was faithful and longsuffering as I was in a place of fulfilling the lust of the flesh.  Worldly statutes cloaked in Scripture and good intentions appealed to my flesh and puffed me up.  I sought signs and wonders, harbingers and shemitahs, blood moons and traditions of man along side the “super spiritual elite” at the “super spiritual house of religion”.  With our mouths we worshipped God but unknowingly our sincere hearts were far from Him.

This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.

But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9

Again, I didn’t know what I didn’t know and neither did I understand…until once again I began to seek God for Truth according to His Word.

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.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Scrolling through the channels, knowing of Bro. Jimmy Swaggart’s SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN), my husband and I watched “The Message of the Cross” along with many other “religious” channels.  Please remember, we were religious…very religious but we didn’t understand; neither were we seeking to understand because we thought we understood.  Everything Bro. Swaggart and the panel taught didn’t pertain to our small town (so I thought).  All of that heresy and apostasy was only found in those mega churches around the world according to satan’s minion who whispered lies in my ear as he sent his “ministers of righteousness” to tickle my other ear.  Hearing, I heard not….and neither did I understand.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Finally came the morning I asked the Lord to show me if we were sitting under any of the false doctrine I heard Bro. Swaggart and the panel speak about on “The Message of the Cross”.  That morning in service the Holy Spirit pricked my heart regarding what was being preached that particular day and my husband and I began to search the Scriptures to see whether certain things were so (Acts 17:11).  As we began to read the verses in context, we began to see.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, our eyes began to see and we understood that we didn’t understand.  We began to realize what we didn’t realize.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Seeking God for Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe is not a catchy phrase for those who understand the power of God is in the preaching of the Cross of Christ.  Daily, precept upon precept, there remains a deeper understanding to be had in the Cross of Christ for victorious Christian living.

This is not a new fad nor a new revelation but was given to the Apostle Paul as he too delighted in the Law of God after the inward man but saw in his members another law, the lusts of the flesh warring against the law in his mind bringing him into bondage (Romans 7:22-24).  The Lord revealed to the Apostle Paul the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus sets us free from the law of sin and death.  It was not laws, even though righteous, that set the Apostle Paul free but being “in Christ Jesus” which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do..free us from the law of sin and death and give us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).  Being “in Christ Jesus” is not obtained through anything we must do other than faith in Jesus’ atoning work on Calvary’s Cross.  When we add anything other than faith in the Cross of Christ for victorious Christian living, we render the Cross of Christ as insufficient and the Word of God a lie.  God forbid no!

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

Many do not understand and sadly their foolish pride is hindering them from seeking understanding.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5

God will give the increase, the understanding, to those who seek Him.

-Donna Clark Warren

Help Thou Mine Unbelief

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When the Believer is under the Government of Law they attempt to sanctify themselves by way of keeping a law.  For some, it is the Ten Commandments they attempt to keep while others it is fasting, praying or perhaps reading the Bible.  Obviously all of these things the born again Believer should be doing BUT not to gain a victorious Christian 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

We are all born under the Law of Sin and Death due to Adam’s original fall.  Born with a sin nature, we do not have to be taught what is morally wrong but what is morally right.  For the parent, who themselves are bound by the Law of Sin and Death because they do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour (the Jesus of the Bible Who came to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer…not condone sin as some would like to believe), they will raise their children according to the world’s moral standards.  The statutes and ways of the worldly system are that by which they measure success. To see the fruit of these man made moral laws simply turn on the television.

For by Grace are you 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

Spiritually speaking there are only two Governments of God.  The Government of Law, which we are all born under, and the Government of Grace.  When we accept the Sacrificial Lamb provided by God, Jesus Christ, as our substitute for the penalty of sin (death, Romans 6:23) we are born again; a new creature in Christ Jesus who is now under the Government of Grace through faith.

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

Being born again and now under the Government of Grace through faith, the power of sin is broken in the Believer’s life and our sin nature no longer has dominion. The power of sin is indeed broken until we, with the best of intentions, put ourselves back under the Government of Law by placing laws on ourselves to better perform…those worldly statutes we have known all of our lives.  These laws (rules), which are intended for good, substitute our self efforts, will and determination in place of the Holy Spirit Who is not commissioned to superintend the Government of Laws but the Government of Grace…this IS the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.  If we are not under Grace, we are under Law and the strength of sin is law.

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:56-57

Religion is full of laws.  Any fulfillment of a particular law produces pride…which is their intent. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years and God continued to bless them.  God’s blessings were not condoning of their sinful ways but a keeping in hopes they would repent.  Sadly an entire generation of Israelites never saw the promise land due to unbelief.  In today’s world, this generation would be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine coming down the pike in the religious world.  Now, just as then, unbelief is the problem among God’s Children.  We know yet we do not understand because we walk by sight and not by faith; regardless of our sincere proclamations and bold declarations.

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if you will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” Hebrews 3:12-15

Laws are given to evil hearts of unbelief to reveal their evil and unbelief but do not have the power to change. The power of God is in the Cross of Christ.  The Holy Spirit superintends God’s Grace, the effect of the Cross of Christ, in the heart of belief.

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

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

-Donna Clark Warren