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Sadly, there are too many Christians who do not take the Word of God seriously and bear the iniquity of the heathen. Not contending for the faith of which they have been given, their moral compass is guided by emotions because the Word of God is not taken seriously.
 
This heresy of the modern church to not correct and in fact condone sin has allowed the devil himself to infiltrate and overtake those who should have been corrected according to the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to drive them to a point of decision to follow the Lord or follow the world.
 
Rest assured, when those who do not make Heaven their home and arrive at their final destination in a devil’s hell, they will not remember the words of their enemies spewing hate at them…those religious vipers who seemingly want to send them to hell themselves. No, not at all. They will remember those who professed to love them, knew the truth and did not tell them. For all of eternity, they will wonder why we didn’t tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They will wonder why we didn’t tell them their lifestyle is sinful.
 
I don’t mean beat them over the head with our religious sticks every time we see them but instead draw the line clearly and precisely on what the Bible says and do not be ashamed of the side of which you choose to stand, if in fact you choose the Word of God. The Word of God will not come back void. It will do what It says It will do when delivered as It is supposed to be delivered.
 
This of which I write is meant to correct as well; to warn all who have been sitting on the fence allowing the devil to play in what the Lord has given you. There are consequences for disregarding the Word of God…ESPECIALLY as a Believer.
 
“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
 
The devil plays for keeps. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. We can’t fix the broken. We can’t set a liberty the bound. We can’t heal the sick…but we know the One Who can. We know Who He is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe. We know that He has broken the power of sin for those who choose to believe. Contend for the faith in which we have been given…faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
Be still and know that He is God and that He will do what He said He will do…work all things together for good for those who love the Lord.
 
“3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.
 
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having Saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Jude 1:3-5
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

TRANSLATED

“12 Giving thanks unto the Father, Who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light:
 
13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son:
 
14 In Whom we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
 
We have been freely given the Blood of Christ for Atonement of sin. It’s not the Blood plus something else. The same Blood which Atones for our sin was also given to break the power of sin. Man made schemes make the Blood of Jesus of no effect in the Believer’s life.
 
The Blood is for whosoever will believe upon Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour for Salvation AND Sanctification. The Blood doesn’t stop working once we are Saved but continues flowing. It expels that which is not pleasing unto God and heals the brokenness.
 
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
 
The Blood of Christ Jesus was sufficient for our Salvation and it is sufficient for our Sanctification. Be determined to know nothing else.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

ONE SACRIFICE

The only meeting place between God and man is Calvary. It is there and there alone that faith is recognized.
 
For the Law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1
 
The Mosaic Law, or ANY law for that matter, can make the comers perfect. Even the Mosaic Law and the sacrifices thereof could not take away the sin of man but would only cover sin. It is the Blood of Jesus alone that TAKES AWAY sin of the world.
 
Those who are called by His Name, we who have freely chosen to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, have been forgiven of our sins. Our sins and our iniquities are remembered no more. Many are quick to point out the heathen we once were, even some professing Christians, but the fact of the matter is the Blood of Christ Jesus washed those sins away and they have been tossed into the sea of forgiveness. The fact that we once did the same thing sinners do (because we too were sinners) doesn’t mean we were right in doing so.
 
9 Then said He (JESUS), Lo, I come to do Your Will, O God. He takes away the First (Covenant), that He may establish the Second (the New Covenant).
 
10 By the which will we are Sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:9-10
 
Vain philosophies with sincere intentions will not sanctify the Believer…even when cloaked in Scripture. Going to the Cross of Christ with our humanistic psychology, sanctimonious rituals and traditions of man for victorious Christian living is a type of Cain’s offering and not of faith. Our faith cannot be in two things. We cannot have 99% faith in the Cross of Christ for Sanctification and 1% in “our part”. Our part is not of God. Our part contaminates His Part.
 
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to write God’s laws on our heart (Hebrews 10:16). The Holy Spirit can and will remove those things that are not pleasing unto God and replace (not rehabilitate) them with His desires as long as we approach the place HE ordained for our Sanctification with utter dependence and faith upon HIS Prescribe Order of Victory ALONE…no leaven, no poison, nothing added to the Cross of Christ Jesus but faith in His Sanctifying power.
 
We are Sanctified through the Body of Jesus Christ once and for all. One Sacrifice did it all. Perfection has not put on perfection this side of glory but daily there remains a work to do in our hearts for they are indeed deceiving. Our hair may gray, the wrinkles may form but the heart that is perfect toward God, is a heart that is being divided asunder where His strength may be made perfect and Jesus Christ glorified. Be careful of judging the perceived weak Christians, those whose humility is deemed as weakness, for it is often their hearts and prayers that the Lord is seeking to reveal HIS glory.
 
The fight of faith is not an easy fight. The world, the flesh and the devil are battling to redirect that faith. But knowing this, knowing that our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be destroyed, we know that we have been freed from sin’s power (Romans 6:6-7). Knowing in Whom we have believed, we are determined to know nothing else. The fads and vain philosophies that we once chose are now as dung. We have seen the Lord move in our hearts when our faith was redirected back to Him, Who He is and what He did. When we returned to our first Love, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the only meeting place between God and man, our heart was quickened and we once again believed. Our belief wasn’t for Salvation for we were already born again, but for Sanctification, for victorious Christian living…for the power of sin to be broken by the Blood of Christ – just like the Bible says.
 
Jesus still stands at the door knocking, bidding those to come…whosoever will come; come back to the only place where God and man can meet; the only place where we can approach the Throne of God with boldness…the Cross of Christ and be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

ATONED

It is the Blood of Jesus that made the Atonement between God and man.
 
40 days of purpose does not “strengthen” that Atonement in any way. 12 steps will not take the place of the Atonement. The Cross of Christ plus water baptism for the purpose of Salvation, in fact makes the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
While the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified may seem foolish to some Believers…to those who are perishing, it is in fact the power of God to us who are Saved. You see, the closer we get to the Throne of God, we have a greater understanding of the value of the Blood of Jesus. There would be no Atonement without the Blood of Christ…none. There would be no peace with God…none.
 
It is the Blood of Jesus that affords us the uninterrupted flow of God’s Grace. When we look unto another way, another “truth” or another “life”, we hinder God’s Grace because the Cross of Christ has become of no effect.
 
It goes against all of our worldly precepts to not earn our own. These precepts are what we know to do in our flesh. We are bent toward them. Coating the precepts in Scripture and calling them Biblical, does not make them right but only serves to contaminate the Truth with a lie.
 
The hardest part about picking up our cross and following Jesus is that we must first deny ourselves. Our abilities, talents and intellect are laid waste by faith in the Son of God, Who He is and what He has done. The Atonement stands. The price is paid for those who believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. We belong to Him and He is ours. Seek Him first. Be determined to know nothing else among you save 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
 
-Donna Clark Warren

AMAZING GRACE

God’s Grace justifies us.
 
God’s Grace delivers us.
 
God’s Grace sanctifies us.
 
God’s Grace sustains us.
 
God’s Grace keeps us…It carries us from glory to glory.
 
We are living in the Dispensation of Grace but not all are living under the Government of Grace…and I’m speaking here to Believers. Many profess Grace but they do not possess Grace because they are living under the Government of Law.
 
1 Therefore being Justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 
2 By Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
 
The same faith which justifies us is the same faith wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God. This faith we fight and contend for daily, not just once at Salvation. There are many ways the Believer is deceived and most of them occur in the church house under the guise of religion by sincere Christians who have themselves been tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
 
This faith is faith in the Atoning Work of Jesus Christ. It is through the Cross of Christ alone the we are afforded the Grace of God and have peace with our Father. The Atoning Power of Jesus Christ is where we stand; looking unto HIM to Author and Finish our faith. No matter the trial or the tribulation, the Cross of Christ Jesus STANDS as the place of which the Grace of God flows into our hearts and lives to carry us through this pilgrim land until one day soon and very soon we will meet our Lord in the air.
 
Something else we should know about the Grace of God…it expels wickedness. Grace cannot dwell in sin. God’s Grace is greater than our sin. If we think God’s Grace is a license to sin, we actually have no concept of the Grace of God. The Believer is convicted of sin, forgiven of sin and delivered from sin IF they repent of their sin.
 
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
 
Methods or any other vain philosophies of man taught as Biblical doctrine to overcome sin leave one bound to sin. 40 days of purpose places the Believer under the Government of Law, not Grace. 12 step programs operate under the Government of Law. Abstinence through the power of self will is operating under the Government of Law. Saying “No” to sin does not deliver one from sin. Saying “yes” to Jesus, to HIS finished work to break the power of sin, invokes the Grace of God, Who has commissioned the Holy Spirit to superintend His Work in our hearts. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to isolate; to cut asunder and circumcise our heart. He (the Holy Spirit) removes that which is not pleasing to God when we who are bound by sin look unto the Cross of Christ for our deliverance. We must not mistake forgiveness for deliverance and we must not lie to ourselves about our condition.
 
3 So 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.
 
4 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.
 
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
 
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:3-6
 
Operating under the Government of Law makes the Believer an adulteress and to be sure, the majority of the church is committing spiritual adultery because of such. Being once dead to the law by the Body of Christ, married to Him in newness of spirit, many have fornicated with methods of man to somehow “gain” more Grace. The consecration we once had has morphed into ambition. These methods appealed to our flesh and they are now working fruit unto death.
 
There are untold millions of Believers, those who truly love the Lord, who are operating under the Government of Law. They are sincere but nonetheless they are sincerely wrong.
 
If you are one of those; one who has been fornicating with the law and have become a spiritual adulteress, praise be to God…there is good news. Religion is one of the worst bondages there is in the Body of Christ but guess what, the Grace of God is GREATER! The Blood of Christ Jesus BROKE the power of the Law of Sin and Death. We can be made free if we will by faith simply believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient to supply your every need according to His riches in Glory. The Cross of Christ IS the power of God for us who are Saved. It is there, at Calvary, that Jesus Christ afforded whosoever will believe the Grace of God.
 
Lord, I believe…help my unbelief.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

GOVERNMENT OF GRACE

“21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 
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.” Romans 7:21-23
 
The laws…those vain methods sincerely given by those who truly love the Lord to overcome sin actually put us into captivity of sin. Our inward man which delights in the “good” represented by these methods; wars against our members. We WANT to do what is good and right but time and time again, we fail.
 
Why?
 
Because our faith is in the ability to keep said laws (methods) and the laws bring us into captivity of sin. Our sin nature has dominion because we are not operating under the Government of Grace. It is entirely possible for the Believer to make the Cross of Christ of no effect when our faith is placed in another way to live for God.
 
“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
 
Are we Saved? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and your faith remains in Him and Him ALONE (not water baptism, church membership, etc.), YES!! Those who have believed upon the Name of Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe are Saved to the uttermost. No one can pluck us out of His Hand as long as our faith is in Him for our Salvation.
 
Does that necessarily mean we are operating under the Government of Grace? NO! It is entirely possible for the born again Believer to operate under the Government of Law and be Saved. Sadly, the problem is they are miserably Saved because they remain under the condemnation of the law. 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, 100 days of blessing and all of the other vain philosophies being taught has Biblical doctrine have swept the church to and fro and brought them into captivity of sin.
 
No longer does the modern church hate sin but have instead embraced sin…otherwise, they would have no members. As a matter of fact, the modern church has made it a law to not hate sin. If someone comes in and says something about sin, they are quickly declared a legalist and not accepted by the fold.
 
The Law of Grace demands faith in the One Who afforded us Grace, namely Jesus Christ and Him crucified. God’s Grace is what gives us dominion over sin; not our self effort, intellects, talents or abilities. When our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living THIS side of Glory, and I’m speaking here of Sanctification, the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our hearts and produces fruit unto God. The Holy Spirit does not work within the parameters of the law…any law.
 
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
 
Faith in Jesus as the Source and His Cross as the means by which we are FREE from the Law and Sin and Death, is the ONLY way we are made free and when we are made free by the Blood of Christ Jesus from the power of sin, we are free indeed to the glory of God! A peculiar people, set apart because we believed the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. No more warring with our members. No more being brought into bondage by laws which seemed good and right. By Grace through Faith, we are made more and more into the image of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is fully capable of doing that which He is commissioned to do. It is His Power which isolates the sin nature within us because it will constantly quicken us to laws if so allowed.
 
The urgency of the Power of God being in the Cross of Christ and Him alone in these last of the last days is monumental. God’s People must hear this message and humble ourselves before the Lord. When the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified crosses your path, it will draw you to point of a decision. Believe God or please man? Your first love stands at the door knocking. Jesus Christ and Him crucified; He is THE WAY, THEY TRUTH and THE LIFE…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

HOW LONG?

8 Also I heard the Voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
 
9 And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.
 
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
 
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,” Isaiah 6:8-11
 
The Lord told Isaiah to go and tell the people. God said they would indeed hear but would not understand. Yes, they would see but still, they would not perceive. Instead of understanding, their hearts would be hardened.
 
Then, as now, the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, is foolishness to those who are perishing. Seeing, they too see not. Hearing, they too hear not…and neither do they understand.
 
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matthew 13:13
 
So how long, Lord? …until the land be utterly desolate. Preach the Word. Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that the LORDS house may be filled. The religious will be religious. Their hearts will be made fat, their ears heavy and their eyes will shut but the Lord is at the door knocking bidding those who hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches to come into HIS House…come unto Him and forsake their religious rites.
 
The Cross of Christ is not foolishness unto us who are Saved. It is there, at Calvary’s Cross, that the Power of God was and is manifest unto His People…to those who would hear His bidding and come.
 
Recognize how your heart is affected by the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Does it harden? Is it foolishness? Do your eye get heavy? If you answered yes, you are perishing my friend. You are one who the Lord is speaking of to Isaiah. The condition of our heart is affected by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Prayerfully consider your hearts reaction.
 
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.
 
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 1:17-19
 
How long? Until the Lord destroys the wisdom of the wise and their land laid utterly in waste, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE ELDER SON

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, your brother is come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve you, neither transgressed I at any time your commandment: and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this your son was come, which has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, you are ever with me, and all that I have is yours.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:25-31
The prodigal son’s heart had turned from his father and to his father’s riches which resulted in sin overtaking this young man. The outward sin was a result of the inward heart. The action of unrepentant sin reveals the condition of a hardened heart…it is the “symptom” if you will.
When the prodigal son’s heart turned once again unto his father, his father received him with open arms. This Scripture is in fact the only Scripture which symbolizes the Lord running to His Children when their heart is perfect toward Him.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
Then there was the “elder son”, the one who had served his father all of this time and had not plundered his father’s riches. The one who was not happy at his brother’s returning. The elder son who was bitter that his brother who was once lost was now found and celebrated.
The heart of the elder son was hardened. The self righteousness that was exhibited in his disgust was a symptom as well…but a symptom not often recognized by the religious.
There are a lot of elder sons in the church today. When the prodigals come in to the fold, they are rejected and deemed false converts because they are not yet theologians.
Jesus Christ came to die for them too! The elder sons and daughters who have had the blessings of the Lord for all of these years and now see the prodigals coming in receiving the same are being shown their own self righteousness. The “symptoms” are coming forth and it is fruit unto death.
We must ALL consider how we diagnose those symptoms of our heart that come forth. We must discern our own fruit before judging others.
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
 
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spread out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
 
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:7-10
The heart is deceitful. We must all discern the condition of our own heart and recognize the symptoms of a heart turned away from God. The Cross of Christ is for whosoever will believe. He is still bidding us all to come…
-Donna Clark Warren

LEPROSY IN THE HOUSE

39 And the Priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;
 
40 Then the Priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city:” Leviticus 14:39-40
 
Leprosy could not be disregarded by the Priest. Patiently and graciously, the Priest would inspect the person, the garment and even the house suspected of leprosy.
 
In the church of Corinth leprosy was found in the house when a man had committed fornication with his father’s wife. If this man had not repented of his sin, the Apostle Paul informed the Church that they would have to dissolve the relationship with him. The stones which were infected with the plague had to be removed from the house. The leaven had to be removed in order that the entire loaf not be infected.
 
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is Sacrificed for us:” 1 Cor. 5:7
 
If the person does not repent of their sin and the infected stones are not removed, then the church has left the ways of the Lord and has chosen to go in another direction. Even though the infected house may continue to exist and even prosper, the leaven which remained…the plague of sin, will take over the entire house and the house will be set for destruction by the Lord.
 
Association with these unclean environments corrupts the Believer. There are many who hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches; they know Jesus is standing at the door knocking, yet they continue to stay among the leaven thinking that they will not be leavened themselves. This is a form of self righteousness because what we are indeed thinking is that we can “handle” the leaven ourselves but we can’t. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
It took the Blood of Christ Jesus to cleanse us from the plague of sin. The world, the flesh and the devil are all formidable foes. If we think we can handle leprosy, we are dead wrong. What we need to be doing is coming out from among them and running the our High Priest for His cleansing. Looking unto Him, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will carefully inspect and remove the leaven which has infected our hearts.
 
Judgment begins at the House of the Lord. We cannot stay in an unclean house. Come out from among them and be ye separate. Touch not the unclean thing. Jesus stands at the door knocking.
 
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
 
18 And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My Sons and Daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:17-18
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

GODLY SORROW

Fear and a sense of sincere remorse cause one to repent. Creeds and decrees given by many sincere Christians as a means of “consecration” if you will, do not cause repentance. Repentance cannot be ‘created’ by consecration but are often a result of true repentance which will always involve a separation from evil.
 
The problem arises when our consecration becomes ambition and our faith greed. Consecration being the cause of our repentance, which was the result of fear and a sincere sense of remorse, can easily become the object of our faith if we so allow. The greedy heart of religious pride and self righteousness is leavened when we begin looking to our consecration as the means by which we receive from God.
 
Yes, the Lord will bless our consecration if our consecration came from a repentant heart; a humble heart and contrite spirit. If our consecration is caused by or legislated through a set of religious rules in order to gain righteousness it is rooted from a self righteous, religious spirit.
 
It is the OBJECT of our faith that allows the Holy Spirit latitude to work in our heart. It is His ministry which divides asunder the soul and spirit of man and discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit convicts the Believer which results in repentance in the heart who is perfect toward the Lord. They may not be perfect but it is their will to please God. To be sure, if it is not of faith, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it (whatever it may be) cannot please God.
 
Too often, our decrees become the object of our faith. Even the “determined” decree, if not mixed with the actual faith required of such, can become leaven. Declaring and decreeing one is a “Cross Preacher” does not make one a “Cross Preacher”. It is the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint, that makes one a “Cross Preacher”.
 
The Cross of Christ is the power of God to us who are Saved, not our consecration. Our consecration is the result of His keeping power. We know in Whom we have believed and yes, we are determined to know nothing else among you. We have seen the leaven leaven whole lumps and we fear the same. Leaven is powerful. It is of the devil. But leaven is expelled by the power of the Holy Spirit as we look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
 
This fight of faith is a fight…not a walk in the tulips. The world, the flesh and the devil are enemies are our soul and they play for keeps. Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to Save us from their power but we are not afforded such power if we place our faith in anything else other than His finished work.
 
Fight the good fight of faith…be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing.
 
10 For godly sorrow works repentance to Salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
 
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
 
-Donna Clark Warren