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THE INCREASE

6 He answered and said unto them, Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
 
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:6-7
 
Willfully ignorant, many professing preachers teach for doctrine the commandments of man. These vain philosophies from the minds of men appeal to the intellect but have nothing to do with growing in the Grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
 
18 But grow in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18
 
Intellectual knowledge of vain philosophies are birthed of man and produce fruit unto death. Illumination, revelation knowledge of the Word of God birthed of the Holy Spirit produces fruit unto God. It is a river of living water that flows out or our belly from the utter most depths of our soul causing us to not be moved. Precept upon precept and line upon, we grow in knowledge and transform more and more into His image from glory to glory.
 
This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the circumcision or our hearts without hands that comes through the Grace of God by faith in the Son of God, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe. God’s Grace is available for all. He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for one, He will do for another upon the condition of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the Source and the means by which His Grace is made available for all.
 
Growing in the intellectual knowledge of doctrines of man leave the Believer swept to and fro. Bouncing from one belief to another, they may have indeed renounced their religion, but their religiosity remains and is merely rewrapped in another fig leaf. The devil doesn’t care the religion, or lack of religion for that matter, one may decree. He just cares that your bound by the religion because there is no liberty in religious rites or man mad philosophies but only self righteousness and pride which leavens the lump of which they dwell and produces fruit unto death.
 
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14
 
It IS possible to grow in Grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether you have been Save 5 days or 50 years, God gives the increase to those who diligently seek HIM and not merely intellectual superiority or material prosperity. The prodigal son’s heart turned from his father and to his father’s possessions and he found himself dining with the swine. Worldly wisdom that comes not from above, intellectualism, is wicked (James 3:15) and is also the result of a heart that has turned from God and to His possession; namely, His knowledge.
 
So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.” 1 For. 3:7
 
Trust God for the increase. He wills that ALL will come to the Saving knowledge of Him. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all of these things shall be added unto you. KNOW in Whom you have believed. Be still and see the Salvation of the Lord work in your hearts and lives. Be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
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LIMITED ATONEMENT

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
 
‘Whosoever will’ means ‘whosoever will’. The Lord gave us a free will to choose in whom we believe. The lost are not lost because they do not believe Jesus Christ came to give them everlasting life when He died on Calvary’s Cross. No, they do not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified because they are lost.
 
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
 
The reason Jesus Christ Himself instructed us to go out into all of the world and preach the Gospel is to make disciples, followers of HIM.
 
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
 
For those who believe in limited atonement, there is no reason to preach the Gospel and the Word of God is a lie. Whosoever will means whosoever will. Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross so that whosoever will freely choose to believe upon Him shall be Saved.
 
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher” Romans 10:14
 
If it is not necessary for man to choose to believe to be Saved, then sit down and stop preaching.
 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
ALL Scripture, not some is profitable for doctrine.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

GOD’S HOLY LAW

21 Is the Law then against the Promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law.
 
22 But the Scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
 
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
 
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
 
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
 
26 For you are all the Children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:21-27
 
The Scripture has concluded all under sin. It was given to reveal our true condition and has no power to make us righteous.
 
Kept under the Law, faith in the coming Messiah was to be revealed before the Cross of Christ Jesus. Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross to satisfy the demands of God’s Holy Law. It was there, at Calvary’s Cross, that the Lamb of God was Sacrificed. Perfect and without spot or blemish, the Blood of Christ cut the Everlasting Covenant for those who choose to believe upon Him. Every sin was paid for and put away for those who have been Baptized into His Death.
 
3 Know you not, that so many of us as were Baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?
 
4 Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into Death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4
 
There is no ‘resurrection life’ without the satisfaction offered for the demands of God’s Holy Law, namely Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We can join a church, a denomination; we can get water baptized and profess with our mouths the praises of God but if we are not born again…born of the Spirit of God through faith in the Cross of Christ, there is the demands of God’s Holy Law are not satisfied.
 
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
 
It is God’s Grace that gives us dominion over our sin nature (Romans 6:14) and we are afforded God’s Grace through Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
 
Once we are Saved; baptized into the Death of Christ Jesus…Born Again; the devil doesn’t stop being the devil but we do have the ability now to submit unto God. Going back under law, any law given by man to overcome the devil, will make the Cross of Christ of no effect. With the Cross of Christ Jesus of no effect in the Believer’s life, God’s Grace is not producing fruit in the Believer’s life and you will indeed know them by their fruit.
 
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from Grace.” Galatians 5:4
 
Recognize the object on your faith. If it is in self will, intellect, talent, etc., there is no offering for the demands of God’s Holy Law and you are not operating under Grace.
 
But grow in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
 
Grow in Grace…be determined to know nothing else save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

STEADFAST AND UNMOVEABLE

“14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
 
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is Salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
 
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
 
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
 
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:14-18
 
One cannot grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ if they are led away in error. Spiritually defeated, many are dying in grace and willfully ignorant of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ because their faith has been applied to another source and another method for daily living for Christ.
 
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; you are fallen from Grace.” Galatians 5:4
 
With the Cross of Christ of no effect, the Believer has fallen from Grace. Unlearned and unstable, they have been led away by those who force the Word of God to conform to their particular doctrine. Twisting the Scripture, they vainly attempt to make the Word of God mean something the Holy Spirit never intended. Wanting to follow the lusts of their flesh, they search the Scriptures twisting and forcing their will and utterly disregarding God’s Will to draw the Believer into a life of holiness and righteousness.
 
Shamefully, many will stand behind the pulpit on Sunday morning having searched the various translations for the particular version of man’s thoughts that will best fit their sermon instead of conforming their sermon to what “Thus saith the Lord…” according to the rightly divided full counsel of the Word of God. Shame on those who do such.
 
Seeing we know these things before; we know there shall be scoffers, false teachers, false prophets who have a form of godliness from who we should turn away (2 Tim. 3:5)…yet there remain so many who don’t turn away but are in fact led away. The work of the Lord is not abounding in their hearts because they are not growing in Grace and the knowledge of HIM.
 
57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
58 Therefore, my beloved Brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:57-58
 
Do not fall from your own steadfastness and be led away in error. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Fight the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
Faith properly applied solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ, guarantees the work of the Lord to abound in our hearts and lives. Giving the Holy Spirit full latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do by Grace through faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus, the work of God abounds in our heart. The life and life more abundantly of which we hear of becomes a reality as we walk in Grace. Sin’s dominion laid waste by God’s Grace expelling that which is not of Him and drawing us closer to holiness and righteousness.
 
Be ye steadfast. Be ye unmoveable. Grow in Grace and the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

DAMNABLE HERESIES

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
 
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of Truth shall be evil spoken of.
 
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3
 
The corruption of the Truth denies faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus for victorious Christian living and brings damnable heresies which result in the destruction of new converts or even Christians who are not well grounded in the Faith. These heresies are not brought in openly. No, not at all. They are brought in privily…obscurely. They are stealthy indeed and deceive the very elect.
 
These false prophets target new Believers and those who are not grounded in the Faith with their heresies and make merchandise of them with feigned words. They teach commandments of men as Biblical doctrine.
 
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.” 1 Cor. 1:17
 
Their feigned words make the Cross of Christ Jesus of no effect and cause the new converts and ungrounded to not believe in the Power of God. Their faith is not authored nor is it finished by Jesus but by these false prophets whose gospel is either witch craft or humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture. Cursed by believing another gospel and another Jesus (Gal. 1:8-9), these heresies have resulted in spiritual defeat.
 
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. 1:18
 
We must all consider how we receive the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If we, the professing ‘Christian’, believe It to be foolish we are perishing. Furthermore, if we do not believe there are false teachers and preachers among us and that we cannot ourselves be deceived, our faith is in our own intellect; our hearts have deceived us and we are among the heretics ourselves.
 
If you find this offensive, I’m sorry. The fact of the matter is it should scare you have to death if you do not see the heresies in the modern church. Seeing, you see not. the Bible repeatedly warns us of false teachers, other gospels and other Jesus’s being taught to HIS people causing them to fall away from the faith.
 
When I say I am determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified, I mean I am determined to know nothing else except Jesus Christ and Him crucified…just like the Bible says (1 Cor. 2:2).
There ARE false teachers and preachers among us. The heresies and doctrines of devils will easily sweep the Believer to and fro if we don’t know the Word of God for ourselves. The rightly divided, full counsel Word of God “…is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).
 
As for me and my house…we will serve the Lord.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

FROM GLORY TO GLORY – TRANSITIONED, STRENGTHENED AND SETTLED

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:
 
7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
 
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
 
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your Brethren that are in the world.
 
10 But the God of all Grace, Who has called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:6-10
 
Once we accept the Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, our adversary, the devil, is an instrument used by God to strengthen and establish our faith. The unpleasant circumstances we may at times find ourselves in, are for our good and are meant to draw us closer to the Lord.
 
Knowing Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, we know in Whom we have believed and we are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him (2 Tim. 1:12).
 
This Divine calling we have accepted when we are Born Again; born of the Spirit of God, demands us to walk after the Spirit and not the flesh…our flesh. Our flesh, which is so easily led away by worldly lusts, we do not follow.
 
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5
 
The things of our flesh involved our emotions; our feelings of which have no moral authority…no matter how we ‘feel’. Our moral authority is the Word of God and we have been given the Spirit of God afforded us by the Cross of Christ which will continually draw us unto Holiness and Righteousness,  just as He did the day we said yes to Christ Jesus.
 
It is the transition from minding the things of the ‘flesh’ to minding the things of the ‘Holy Spirit’ that is never easy nor simple. The devil WILL rage. He is seeking whom he may devour. But YOU o’ Child of God, are afforded the ability to resist the devil by remaining steadfast in the faith; fighting the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Casting all of our cares upon Him, what the devil meant for evil, the Mighty Hand of God encompasses the humble heart…the heart that is perfect toward Him; His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
 
Because we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, He has helped our unbelief; knitting together, precept upon precept our spirit with His Spirit until we are settled; unmovable on a firm foundation. Knowing that we know that we know in Whom we have believed, the Grace of God comes to us in an uninterrupted flow. We are not perfect but the One in Whom we have believed is perfect and He IS able to keep us unto the day our faith becomes sight and we behold the Face of the One Who knew us before we were ever formed in our Mother’s womb.
 
Sadly, the answer religion will present to the new Believer transitioning from following the flesh to following the Spirit of God, is not an edification in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but a condolence…a comforting shoulder to mourn their condition and deliverance is never met. Forgiveness – yes…but no deliverance. Instead of pointing them to the Cross of Christ, reminding them that at Calvary’s Cross Jesus Christ broke the power of sin in their lives and to keep looking unto HIM and HE WILL author and finish their faith, our religious flesh wants to do what only the Holy Spirit can do, namely remove the sinful desire. However, the Holy Spirit will not do because we/they are not looking unto the Cross of Christ for deliverance from the sin that has so easily beset them but are being comforted in their sin or exhorted to the self will; the power of the flesh to overcome the flesh. If such victory over sin was possible, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid, no!
 
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
 
The Cross of Christ is the Power of God to us who are saved. Though we may suffer for a while, the suffering is meant to perfectly knit our spirit with His; it will establish and strengthen us…it will settle us on a FIRM foundation – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor. 3:18
 
-Donna Clark Warren

WHEAT AND TARES

25 But while men slept, His enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
 
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
 
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? from whence then has it tares?
 
28 He said unto them, An enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?
 
29 But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.
 
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:25-30
 
I am convinced that in these last of the last days the Lord is bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified BACK to the church. Judgment does begin at the house of the God (1 Peter 4:17). The seeds of apostasy which have been planted and grown amongst the wheat will be gathered. As they stand, lukewarm with their lamps empty, they will be spewed out of God’s mouth and miss the wedding feast all together.
 
This is a sad picture painted for the tares. Seeing, they see not. Hearing, they hear not…and neither do they understand. With their mouths, they draw near to the Lord but unbeknownst to them…their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8). Because they did not receive the love of the Truth that they might be Saved and chose to believe the lying signs and wonders of the devil, they have been sent a strong delusion (2 Thess. 2:10-12).
 
…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 endtime message to the Church, the message that will separate the wheat from the tares IS the ‘Message of the Cross’. This is not a new message, it is the Message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; the Power of God to those who are Saved. Some may not like the ‘messenger’ and that’s between them and God. Personally, my family and I thank God for the messenger; namely Jimmy Swaggart, his family and his entire ministry.
 
What many have called the ‘Message of the Cross’ is the understanding or the ‘illumination’ if you will, of Romans Chapters 6, 7 and 8. When one properly understands those 3 chapters of the Word of God, it is as if the entirety of the Bible comes together. Please don’t misunderstand; there continues to be and will always be mysteries of the Word of God we will not understand this side of Glory.
 
Furthermore, there is no graduating class once one comes to the understanding of the Cross of Christ for daily living for God which is explained in Romans 6, 7 and 8. The Word of God is alive. It is inexhaustible…yet it NEVER changes.
 
Once we receive this great understanding of the ‘Message of the Cross’, it is easy to let pride set up in our flesh and speak disparagingly to others who may not yet understand. I remind the reader of the parable of the sower:
 
For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.” Matt. 13:12
 
You haven’t graduated my friend.  We may have understanding but if we don’t continue to hunger and thirst after righteousness and allow pride to take root in our hearts, the understanding of which we have will be taken away and given to those who have an abundance.
 
In these last of the last days, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is going to bring many to a point of decision. The Word of God is going to do what it says it will do…divide asunder the soul and spirit; discerning the thoughts and intent of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)and cause those who have been playing church to decide whether or not they are going to follow Jesus Christ or continue fornicating with the world.
 
The tares have been sowed among the wheat and they will indeed be reaped soon and very soon. I believe with all of my heart, that it is God’s Mercy and Grace that has once again brought back the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the Church; THE STANDARD that shall be lifted up to His People to once again draw them unto His Holiness and Righteousness.  The Holy Spirit, Who drew us near unto God at Salvation through the hearing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; will once again draw us, the Believer, unto Holiness and Righteousness by the lifting up of Jesus Christ – Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe.  Those who have ears to hear, the wheat, will hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. He stands at the door knocking.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

HOW TO DO THE WHAT TO DO

One can preach repentance unto Righteousness and Holiness all the day long but until and unless they preach the Way unto Righteousness and Holiness; repentance is indeed met with forgiveness but deliverance will continually fall short.

Why?

Because by our very nature, we will always and without fail resort to our own abilities and self will to live a righteous and holy life.  We will say no to the devil, no to the flesh and no to the world to no avail.  We will resist the devil but he will not flee because we are not submitted unto God.

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

Picking up our cross daily, we attempt in vain to follow Jesus and fall short time and time again because we have not yet denied ourselves.

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

Repentance – yes, forgiveness – yes… but no deliverance.

Some will continue in this cycle all the days of their life.  They will never know the joy of the Lord; the peace beyond all understanding.  Sadly, all they know is the heavy yoke they carry.  The cross of which they carry is not the cross afforded us by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross but one of religious rites, traditions and unprofitable works.

Still others will walk away from faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified all together.  With their faith utterly destroyed, they claim this ‘Jesus thing’ doesn’t work and turn back to the world.

11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.

12 Therefore, Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.” Romans 8:11-13

Living the life we are called to live in Christ Jesus; mortifying the deeds of the flesh only comes through the Holy Spirit.  The flesh cannot be mortified after the flesh.  If we live after the flesh, we shall die after the flesh.

The Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives when we say YES to God; submit unto HIS plan of victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Submitted unto HIM and denying our own abilities, the cross of which we bear becomes one of great blessing.   With our faith placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ as the Source and the means by which we are afforded the Grace of God, our ‘cross’ is the Promises of God.   Our mortal bodies, being quickened by His Spirit, are alive unto God and have been given the ability to follow Jesus – to partake in God’s Divine Nature.

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

The Cross of Christ afforded whosoever will believe the ability to live a holy life but it is only through CONTINUED faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for victorious Christian living that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to superintend God’s work in our lives.  Man made methods from the vanities of their own minds, namely humanistic psychology, have been taught as biblical doctrine for victory over sin and God’s Children are in bondage.  They HAVE repented, time and time again….but they haven’t been delivered and return back to their bonds.  They remain under the Law of the Spirit of Sin and Death because their faith has been moved to these vain philosophies and not in Christ Jesus for their victory.

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

There are many who love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of their heart but they are bound.  By what?  The Lord knows.  I’m here to tell you there is deliverance in the Cross of Christ Jesus.  At Calvary’s Cross, the power of sin was utterly broken and every demon in hell was made a show of as Jesus led captivity captive.

The Holy Spirit will not work outside of the parameters of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Applying any other method other than faith in the Finished Work of Christ Jesus is a law of which the Holy Spirit will not partake.  Saying no to Grace and yes to law, sin’s dominion is re-established.

Come back to the Cross of Christ.  There is life and life more abundantly in Christ Jesus.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 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.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:12-14

God’s Grace is a product of what Jesus Christ did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.   God’s Grace afforded those who believe through Jesus Christ and His finished work separates us from our sin nature through baptism into Christ’s Death.   We are all born with a sin nature due to Adam’s fall.  At Salvation, the Holy Spirit comes in to our heart, dethrones our sin nature and isolates it.  Under Grace, the product of the Cross of Christ, our sin nature no longer has dominion.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit; a work that we cannot do…no matter our strong will.  To be sure, our will power is not strengthened after we are Saved.

Inevitably, mankind (myself included), will always attempt to rely on our own power to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.  Our abilities, talent, intellect, etc. is our first source of defense against the wiles of the devil.

Why?

Being dead to our sin nature through the Baptism into Jesus Death at Salvation, we are now born again and spiritually alive unto God…but we still live in this mortal tent called ‘flesh’.  This flesh of which we now inhabit has been submitted unto our sin nature and ruled by unrighteousness; it is bent toward evil.

Is this an excuse to sin? God forbid, NO!

The Cross of Christ Jesus gives the Believer the ability to be separated from sin if we so choose…but we must choose to accept this separation and once we do accept it, it will be gone.  Our flesh, which is bent toward evil, wants to be a member of unrighteousness and not righteousness.  So do we please our flesh or do we please God?

What is it that separates us from sin?  Simply put, Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Again, the ‘product’ of the Cross of Christ is God’s Grace and it is Grace which gives us dominion over our sin nature (Romans 6:14).  For it is by Grace that we are Saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)  and it is be Grace that we are separated unto God; a new creature in Christ Jesus.

22 For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:22-24

In our mind, we delight after the Law of God but our flesh, our ‘members’, we see another law working all manner of evil.  This flesh, bent toward evil, we cannot deny. It’s lusts are too great.  We perform many rituals and ceremonies; distract ourselves from these lusts which so easily beset us…but when they are all over, we submit; we yield our members too unrighteousness.

O wretched man that I am!

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

When we find ourselves at the valley of decision to whom we are going to yield our members; in our mind we want to please God but our flesh lusts after it’s own evil desires, remember from whence our separation came – the Cross of Christ and CHOOSE to believe it is indeed sufficient to break the power of sin. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). The problem with most Believers is we neglect to submit unto God’s plan for dominion over sin, Jesus Christ and Him crucified,  and our faith is placed in our ability to resist the devil.

Let me tell you something friend, we do no have the power to resist the devil in our own strength but through the Cross of Christ Jesus, we have the power to submit unto God.  Before Salvation, the unbeliever is not able to willingly submit unto God.

11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 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.

This IS the fight of faith that we fight daily, faith placed solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, so that we may be afforded God’s Grace to yield our members unto righteousness for without It, we are not separated from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit but by the power of self which is no power at all.

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

We cannot follow Jesus, until our own abilities are denied and our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ.  Our cross becomes too heavy; it’s yoke a bondage of religious fetters.  The Cross of Christ Jesus was a place of great suffering for our Lord but for those who believe, His Cross is a place of great blessing; a place to find God’s Grace and Mercy…a place where we are separated from the sin which so easily besets us.

THIS is the cross of which we bear, a cross of God’s Grace and Mercy which follows us all the days of our lives as we follow Jesus…but it starts with denying ourselves daily; fighting this good fight of faith, faith in Who He is and what He has done is totally and completely sufficient for all that we need for life and living.

Sufficient for this day is God’s Grace.  Deny yourself.  Walk in His Mercy and Grace.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

PURIFIED SOULS

Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the Brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides for ever.” 1 Peter 1:22-23

Through the Spirit of God, our souls are purified by obeying the Truth.  By looking unto Jesus Christ, the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), we are able to love one another with a pure heart.  Our faith being authored is tried by fire, precept upon precept and line upon line, drawing us nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ.  This faith that is birthed from the fire is more precious than gold or silver.  It is falls out to praise and honor unto Jesus Christ as He works all things for our good.

It is through the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, that this work is done in our hearts and lives…not our disciplines, intellect or abilities.  Being born of the Spirit, we are Born Again…a new creature IN Christ Jesus, He lives and abides with us forever; His Word alive in our hearts; His Laws written on our hearts…we know, that we know, that we know, that HE IS ALIVE and that one day soon and very soon that if we don’t go by way of the grave that we will meet Him in the clouds and behold His Face.

THIS is the victory afforded us by Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to superintend the work of God in our hearts and lives when we are Born Again.  The Holy Spirit will not work outside of the parameters of the Cross of Christ.  When we look to vain philosophies and humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture for victory, our faith is deceitfully placed in those vanities which invoke our flesh to do something…to be a part of our victory and we make the victory afforded us at the Cross of Christ Jesus of no effect.  We have the same result as the world has when we partake in the world’s methods for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.

Spiritually defeated by not obeying the Truth through the power of the Holy Spirit but through the power of our own self efforts, our unfeigned love of the Brethren falls short.  It was born of corruptible seed and not of the Spirit of God.

There is a joy unspeakable afforded us by the Cross of Christ.  With our faith placed solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ and Him crucified; not in ourselves, our ability, our intellect, etc., we are afforded the ministry of the Holy Spirit Who creates in us a new heart…a new creature where we are are changed into the same image of Jesus Christ from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

If you are not being constantly changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord, you are not growing in Grace but are withering…dying spiritually.  Grace, nor sin for that matter, is not stagnant; you’re either growing in one or the other.

Come back to the Cross of Christ.  Deny yourself and pick up the victory the Lord Jesus Christ afforded you at Calvary’s Cross and continue following Him; walking with Him daily…growing in the Grace and the knowledge of Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.  He is Alive; the Word of God is alive and therefore inexhaustible.  Seek Him while He may be found.  Allow the Spirit of the Lord to do the work in your life He is commissioned to do.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren