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Come Now, Let Us Reason

Come10 Hear the Word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My Soul hates: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.” Isaiah 1:10-14

Man loves outward ceremonies.  The superstructure of the modern church contains many religious ceremonies and outward sacraments which are controlled by man-made preachers and priests for the purpose of money and control.  Every born again Christian should give to the work of the Lord but sadly many give to satan’s ministers and therefore are in opposition to the work of God.

God grew weary of the Israelites form of godliness by maintaining all of the outward ordinances of the Mosaic Law.  The very worship which God commanded became an abomination to Him.  The Israelites had reduced God to a form; a religious ceremony of which they placed their faith to maintain righteousness.

22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for Salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:22-24

Just as the Israelites had turned the genuine God-given activity into a mere form of worship requiring nothing more than bodily attendance, so too has the modern church turned the worship of God in spirit and truth into an ungodly and debased worldly form of emotional masses being led by seducing spirits into a frenzy who make a mockery of those who have been touched by God.

It is true, no where in the Bible do we see Jesus running, jumping or shouting.  HOWEVER, we do see in the Scripture those who were touched by Jesus running, jumping and shouting.  The lame man at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful received a touch from God and “…he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:1-8).

The heart of the religious searches desperately to secure moral perfection and in doing so they destroy the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified in their heart by twisting and turning it into another gospel and another Jesus.  Satan cannot overcome the reality of the Truth, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe upon Him, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross AND He broke the power of sin for those who believe (Romans 6:14).  The devil can however corrupt this Truth with his counterfeit.  He will in fact use Truth to exalt his lie.  Remember, a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

We are warned throughout the Scriptures of false teachers, false doctrines, seducing spirits and the devil himself being transformed as an angel of light…yet many do not believe this to be true.  The continue to defend the false teachers who are ministering death to God’s Children.  Because the false teachers stand behind the pulpit and tickle the ears of many with sincere philosophies designed by man to help our infirmities, many will happily follow, support and defend these wolves in sheep’s clothing…and many will follow them right into a ditch and die eternally lost.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My Eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:16-18

Because of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the invitation remains open and forgiveness available for those who see the error of their ways and repent.  Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow upon proper confession and repentance. Come now, let us reason…

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

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Baptism with the Holy Spirit

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There is a difference in being “born of the Spirit” and “Baptized of the Spirit”.  At Salvation we are born of the Spirit.  We are Baptized into the death of Jesus, buried with Him in the likeness of His 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.  Being justified freely through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we are freed from sin.  Sin has no more dominion over us. (Romans 6:1-23).

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which, said He, you have heard of Me. For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:4-5

The last commandment Jesus gave to His followers and disciples was that they be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8.

To be clear, Jesus did not suggest that His disciples be baptized with the Holy Spirit; He commanded them to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and they would receive power to witness.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4

The Day of Pentecost portrays the Promise of the Father (the Holy Spirit, John 14:16-17) coming in a new dimension.  The baptism with the Holy Spirit comes after  Salvation.  This mighty Baptism is not a condition of Salvation but it is certainly a commandment of Jesus and is available for all Believers. Again, to receive power to witness, one must be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  That’s not this writers opinion but the Word of God (Acts 1:8).  The initial evidence of being Baptized with the Holy Spirit is always and without exception speaking with other tongues.

Below are 5 occasions in Scripture of Believers being Baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Three of these times the Scripture specifically states the Believer spoke with other tongues, while the other two speaking in tongues is heavily implied.

  • Acts 2:1-4 we have already dealt with above as the Day of Pentecost ushered in a whole new dimension for the Disciples and followers of Christ to be “…filled with the Holy Ghost..” and they spoke with other tongues.  There is no where in the Scriptures telling us this outpouring of the Holy Spirit has ceased. God forbid NO!
  • Acts 8:14-17 gives the occasion of Philip preaching a revival in Samaria and they Samarians “…received the Word of God,“, meaning many had been saved.  However, none were Baptized in the Holy Spirit.  Thus the reason for Peter and John to go and pray for them that they […might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)] If the Samaritans had been saved, baptized in the Name of Jesus and received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit at their initial Salvation, why then would Peter and John be praying for them to believe?

In Acts 8:20-21, Simon the Sorcerer offered Peter and John money to receive this power and Peter replied, “…your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter:…”.  In the Greek the word ‘matter’ is ‘logos’ which means word or speech.  Simon the Sorcerer had no part nor lot in this word/speech…in this utterance the Samarians were speaking. 

  • Acts 9:1-17, the story of Saul (the Apostle Paul), who was saved on the road to Damascus and “…filled with the Holy Ghost.” three days later at the home of Ananias.  Later the Apostle Paul would write in 1 Corinthians 4:18, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all.
  • Acts 10:44-47, speaks of the conversion of Cornelius and his household when “…the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word.”  and they spoke with other tongues and magnified God.
  • Acts 19:1-6, The Apostle Paul asked the Ephesian disciples “…Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?..”.  The Apostle then “…laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Tongues and Interpretation are both Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) which which are given for the church.  However, praying in tongues as one’s personal prayer language, edifies the Believer (1 Corinthians 14:4) and is a sign to them who believe not (1 Corinthians 14:22).

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom He said, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”  Isaiah 28:11-12

There is indeed a difference in being “born of the Spirit” and being “Baptized of the Spirit”.  There is a rest; a refreshing which edifies the Believer while praying in other tongues.  The Believer receives power to witness with the mighty Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not all may understand this commandment given by the Lord Jesus Christ, nonetheless it is for whosoever will believe.

For those of us who have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues, no one can convince us this power to witness and refreshing is not true, for we know differently.  If you are interested in learning more regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to visit https://livinginthespirit.net/baptism-of-the-holy-spirit/.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren.

 

 

Seek Understanding

12...proverbs_15_1417 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

To some, this may be a lingo; a “phrase” that is Scriptural and validates what they are preaching as Truth…whether what it is Truth or not, this writer does not know. Sadly, the Truth is often presented along with man’s corrupted philosophy about the Truth in order to exalt man’s philosophy…NOT God’s Truth.

And He (Jesus) 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

However to others, to those who have denied vain philosophies, including their own vain philosophies, and have not rejected the Cross of Christ for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, this “phrase”…this Scripture is LIFE because we know the power of God IS the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Our pride and self will has been set aside as we look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, for everything we need.  Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.“, has leaped off of the pages of our Bible and is somehow firmly planted deep in our heart as we know this Scripture to be true.

The devil still whispers his lies in our ears and the storms still rage around us which may in fact temporarily distract but our foundation is solid, we know in Whom we have believed.  Even when circumstances are not necessarily pleasant, there is a peace beyond all understanding and a joy unspeakable to those who have believed upon Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  We understand Jesus Christ broke the power of sin on Calvary’s Cross (Romans 6:14) and when evil comes against us, we look unto Jesus.  It is because of Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross that we are afforded the power of God.  As children, we deny our power and our will and seek HIS power to overcome that which is attempting to hinder God’s purpose for our life…HE is our Deliverer.

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

The preaching of the Cross is more than a “lingo”… it is the power of God to us who are saved.  To be frank and honest, if one does not understand this great truth, they do not understand the Atonement.  Seek understanding…

The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.” Proverbs 15:14

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Cunning Craftiness

cunning craftiness13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 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 4:13-14

When Truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, is set aside by the Believer after Salvation and they begin to walk in this “new way” to live a victorious Christian life, they eventually find themselves leading a defeated Christian life.  Sadly, many of these walk away from God believing the Lord does not love them and that they must not be “good enough” because of their repeated failures.  All the while, we have this other banner of professing Christianity declaring they must not have been saved in the first place because they remained in their sin.

The fact of the matter is, what has happened to this Believer, if in fact they were truly born again and not seduced by religion into a false Salvation, is religion has placed a millstone around their neck.  This “new way” to live a victorious Christian life has caused these babes in Christ to abandon the Bible way.  Jesus Christ and HIS atoning work on Calvary’s Cross has been tossed aside for dominion over the world the flesh and the devil and accountability, social justice, assessments and win-win situations have replaced Grace…God’s Grace which gives us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).

The devil cannot defeat Biblical Christianity which is Grace by faith for our Salvation and Grace by faith for our Sanctification…our victorious Christian living. We have a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Who will guide us into all Truths when our faith is placed in the atoning work of Jesus Christ…not our “new way” which is nothing more than various philosophies of man from the vanities of their minds.  No matter how religious or Scriptural these philosophies may sound – Jesus Christ and His atoning work is the only answer for sin.  The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death, which gives us dominion over sin, when our faith is in this “new way” (Romans 8:2).

The devil cannot defeat Biblical Christianity, so he attempts to corrupt Biblical Christianity.  Recognize when religion begins presenting “new ways” to lead a victorious Christian life.  These new ways are nothing more than satan’s attempt to corrupt our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ which breaks the power of sin in the Believer’s life.  This is satan’s job; it’s what he does – he comes to kill, steal and destroy.

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (JESUS) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

Spirit of Cain

cain-and-abel1Because satan cannot change God’s Plan of Salvation, he attempts to corrupt God’s Plan of Salvation through religion. Any religion that takes away or adds to Jesus Christ and Him crucified for Salvation, is another Jesus and another gospel and is accursed.

Since Cain and Abel, satan has not openly “opposed” the Sacrifice ordained by God as a Sin Offering among the religious, instead he presented another way. To be sure, this other way was and is rejected by God. If the Sin Offering, namely Jesus Christ, is rejected by the Believer, so too is the offerer.

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

If the Believer does not believe the atoning work of Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin in full and that they must be water baptized, a member of a particular denomination or church, baptized in the Holy Spirit or any other religious works; they have been deceived by the devil into a counterfeit Salvation.

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

If Jesus Christ is not enough or if the Believer believes there is another way for other religions, cultures, etc., they too have been deceived.  Satan’s corruption of THE Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified presents another gospel and another Jesus, yet so many condone these various religions because “well, at least they know Jesus”…but it’s not the Jesus of the Bible.  There are many who have indeed heard the true Gospel Message of Jesus but have not accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour.

21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

Sadly, many of the religious will one day realize all of the religious works were not requirements to get to Heaven.  Please know, I do not say that with any kind of gladness in my heart but instead an urgency to redeem the time and a fear to snatch those out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 1:23).

Religion is satan’s attempt to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The devil will not openly come against Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the Believer, he will offer another way.  Just as Cain grew wroth when God did not accept his offer, so to do the modern day religious grow very angry when Jesus Christ and Him crucified ALONE is lifted up to the people for Salvation.

However, we must also know this, just as God asked self righteous Cain why he was angry and said unto him if you do well, you will be accepted but if you do not well a Sin Offering lies at the door (Genesis 4:5-7), so too is our Sin Offering at the door and He’s knocking.  The endtime apostate church infiltrated by the devil’s religion shows Jesus Christ on the outside knocking.

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

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

The time has come.  Preach the Word. Snatch those bound by religion out of the fire.  Redeem the time.

-Donna Clark Warren

As For Me & My House…

 

joshua24_15The congregation will go no further than where their pastor leads them.  If the Pastor is being spiritually led by a hierarchy church government that distributes various “series” for sermons, the congregation is being led by man made programs…not by the Holy Spirit.

11 And He gave some, Apostles; and some, Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12

God’s government consists of the Five Fold Ministry who are led by the Spirit of God.  It is not the responsibility of the church to oversee social justice, promote social justice or toil in the world for the betterment of society.  The church’s responsibility is to point both the sinners and the Saints to Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross and all things will work together for the cause of Christ…not man made philosophies.

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

God called preachers belong to God and they are led by the Spirit of God.  Hirelings belong to man and are led by philosophies of man.  If you follow a hireling, your spiritual growth cannot exceed theirs until you come out from among them.  We will all give an account.  We must all decide who or what we are actually seeking.  If it is fellowship with carnal Christians who walk in the statutes of the world or if it is fellowship with the Lord and walking in His Statutes.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

-Donna Clark Warren

Vindicative Vengeance

119 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21

The righting of wrong is to be given to the Lord.  This does not mean we invite evil into our home or our country in an attempt to “sanctify” them through our good doing.  That is foolishness.  No where in the Bible do we see God instructing His Children to fellowship with evil except to warn them or call them to repentance.

However, when the Believer is wronged it is not our job to vindicate God’s righteousness.  It is GOD’s mercies and grace that is being rejected and it is GOD Who will vindicate.  God’s vengeance is vindicative in manner, not vindictive.  It is His Righteousness which requires punishment (vindication) of the mercy and grace which is rejected by those hardened by sin, not His justice.

When we begin to understand God’s vengeance as being vindicative in manner, not vindictive, we will seek to feed our enemy and overcome evil with good.  Any vengeance we attempt is vindictive, brings reproach to God and hinder’s Him from vindicating His Righteousness.

We are afforded God’s Righteousness by and through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.  Every thing we receive from God comes through Jesus and His Cross is the means.  It is our faith in Jesus, Who He is and what He did that gives us access to righteousness, grace and mercy.  Any vain attempt to avenge in our flesh merely hinders God’s work of vindication.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Revenging all disobedience (casting down imaginations and high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;), contending for the faith and fighting the good fight of faith is a daily exercise of denying ourselves, picking up our cross and following Jesus Christ because of Who HE is and what HE has done…not us, not our enemies, not our situation but our Lord, Jesus Christ and His atoning work will be vindicated by God the Father.

Evil is overcome with good because of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He WILL be vindicated among the nations. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord. Pray for your enemy.  Pray for mercy and grace to poured out upon their soul. God’s mercy will harden or soften the heart of man. Be not overcome by them, pray for them.

-Donna Clark Warren

Religion’s Purpose

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

Religion has forever devised away to 1) reach God and/or 2) better ourselves in some way.  It serves a benign purpose of letting one feel comfortable in the level of morality which they themselves can obtain.  Satan cannot stop true, biblical Christianity…GOD’s way for fallen humanity to reach Himself.  God’s Redemption plan will go forth according to His Word and His Will.  We either believe this to be true or we don’t.  However, seeing as where satan cannot stop Christianity, he attempts to corrupt Christianity and he does so through religion.

The fact of the matter is that man cannot reach God through our religious ceremonies, philosophies or traditions.  We are born spiritually dead to God; dead in trespasses and sin.

And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”  Ephesians 2:1-3

Because man cannot reach God nor better themselves through various and vain schemes or maneuvering, God has to reach man.

16 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.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be Saved.” John 3:16-17.

For whosoever will believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross as the payment in full for their sin penalty, their Redemption has been delivered.  Satan cannot stop God’s Plan of Redemption, he cannot stop biblical Christianity…so he attempts to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

That which God has given freely to whosoever will believe, Jesus Christ and Him crucified to pay to the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer, satan attempts to dilute through religion; making the Gospel of no effect for the Believer in their daily walk with the Lord.

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

Because of religion, many will set aside God’s Plan of reaching out to us, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and follow many wise words which appeal to the flesh.  The fruitless attempts to “better ourselves” through much motivational speaking and vain philosophies replace our dominion over sin by Grace through faith and the power of God is made of none effect in our lives.  The power of God has certainly not lost it’s power but we have turned away from His power with our foolish methods to recycle what God wants to crucify and recreate in us, namely a new creature in Christ Jesus.

The devil cannot stop God’s Plan of Redemption for His Children…for whosoever will believe upon His only begotten Son for their Salvation, but satan will certainly attempt to corrupt our belief.  It is up to us individually to test the spirits and search the Scriptures daily whether our beliefs have been corrupted by the devil’s religion.  We will all give an account of how we rightly divided and handled God’s Word.

God has reached out to fallen humanity in order for us to be Saved through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  He redeemed us to Him because He loves us; He does not love us because we are redeemed.  God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truths.

16 And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you shall live also.” John 14:16-19

Because HE lives, we shall live also. Salvation has come to whosoever will believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  No devil in hell can stop God’s plan of Redemption for His Children which was laid before the foundations of the earth.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:2-5

Place your faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, not in wisdom of man.  Be determined to know nothing else.  God’s Arm is not shortened.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

The True Vine

True Vine17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.

18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.”  Galatians 5:17-21

There is a gospel that claims a Jesus that uses humanistic psychology to have victory over the works of the flesh.  This Jesus claims that our vernacular (our words) have the power to overcome fornication, witchcraft, hatred, drunkeness, etc..  This Jesus appears to be extremely superstitious.  The moment anything “bad” is spoken, whether it be true or not, a séance is required…I believe those who practice such silliness call them “deliverance sessions” to break the curse; whether they be family curses, soul ties or just a curse spoken over them.  Evidently this gospel believes a curse is greater than the power of God and THEY must do something to overthrow this curse….in Jesus name of course.

Now, just to be clear, there are some truths in this gospel but the Truth is used to exalt the lie…not the Truth.  First of all, there is absolutely power in the Name of Jesus but not when used as a magic charm to manipulate the spirit world according to our will, whether it be the righteous or the unrighteous spirit world.  Also, the only way a Child of God can be cursed is for them to step out of the Will of God.  With that being said, we need to repent from such straying, not attend a séance.

This gospel that is being proclaimed over the air waves and from behind the pulpits is another gospel and another Jesus…and it is accursed (2 Corinthians 11:4Galatians 1:8).

We must understand that the flesh and the Spirit are contrary to one another and recognize when these philosophies are presented to control the flesh, even when they are under the banner of Christianity.  When the devil gets our focus on the war of the flesh, we engage this war and we lose. Always and without exception, we grow further from the Lord and closer to the world while cloaked in self righteousness and pride.

The Word of God says to DENY ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23).  We are to SUBMIT unto God, resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7). We cannot yield our members as servants of righteousness when we are yielding them as servants of law presented by humanistic psychology sprinkled with Scripture.

” 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

20 For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”  Romans 6:19-22

When the Believer is submitted to God, looking unto Jesus as the Source and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross as the means by which we receive everything from God, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). Once we are free from the law of sin and death the works of the flesh fall away.  We become partakers in God’s Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4) and the power of the Holy Spirit produces fruit unto holiness.

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.

Walking after the Spirit of God does not mean doing many spiritual things but simply believing in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ to keep those of which He has purchased at so high a price, namely whosoever will call upon the Name of Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.  The Believer’s victory over the works of the flesh is found in the Cross of Christ…not the many religious philosophies presented by the hyper spiritual pharisees of the modern church.  Jesus Christ of the Bible used an old rugged Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint and He now sits at the Right Hand of God looking to and fro to show  Himself strong in behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).

We either believe the Cross of Christ broke the power of sin in our hearts and lives or we don’t. Prayerfully consider…the Eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro.  His Arm is not shortened.  Seek Him.  HE is the Vine and we are the branches that bring forth His fruit…fruit unto holiness and righteousness.

I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Chosen and Precious

CornerstoneBut I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:4

If the Jesus being proclaimed from the pulpit is any of the following, you have another Jesus:

  • born again in hell;
  • fought the devil for 3 days in the burning side of hell;
  • brought victory to mankind from the pits of hell;
  • died spiritually, meaning he died lost,
  • became a sinner;
  • was a martyr;
  • the Atonement was not in the Blood of Jesus;
  • any person could do the same thing as Jesus if they just knew the Word.

These are just a few of the other Jesus’ being proclaimed from the pulpit with Kenneth Copeland leading the pack. Please understand, if one does not have the Atonement correct, they have another Jesus and another gospel and they are cursed (Galatians 1:6-8).

The facts about the Atonement are as follows:

  • The Incarnation was for mankind’s Redemption.  In other words, Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe.  Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, a Sacrifice…not a martyr.
  • Jesus Christ was not born again in hell.  To be born again, He would have to have been lost.  Jesus did not become a sinner on the Cross, He was the Sin Sacrifice…again, Jesus was the Lamb of God.
  • The Lord did not die spiritually.  To die spiritually means to be spiritually dead to God; to be lost.  Please read previous statement.  In no way did Jesus Christ die lost, meaning He became a sinner on the Cross.  If such were so, He could not have been the spotless Lamb of God.  His Sacrifice would not have been accepted because He would have been defiled by sin. God forbid no!
  • The Blood of Jesus atoned for all sin; past, present and future.  It was finished when He said it was finished…on Calvary’s Cross.  The blood of bulls and goats could not pay the penalty of sin for mankind; it restored fellowship with God but did not pay the penalty.

It took God becoming flesh to go to Calvary’s Cross to pay a debt we could not pay.  The collision between sin and righteousness was met at Calvary’s Cross with Jesus Christ paying the penalty and whosoever will believe upon Him bearing the fruit of His atoning work by way of our Salvation.  We are not little gods; neither do we have the power to speak things into existence.  God will forever be the Creator and we the creation.  For those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, there is a humility and dependency found in the Cross of Christ.  We are humbled by His power to Save and dependent on His power to keep.  We are not perfect but neither do we fear our imperfections…we look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith to cleanse us from our imperfections.

One day soon we will have glorified bodies with our sin nature gone forever.  No more death, no more sickness, no growing old and decay of our mortal bodies; we will put on incorruption soon and very soon. That is our Salvation.  Until our Salvation comes, we continue denying our self will and self efforts to gain victory, pick up our cross and follow Jesus.  We will walk precept upon precept, line upon line in the dominion over our sin nature through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  We understand the Atonement.  We know in Whom we have believed and what He afforded us on Calvary’s Cross.  The Atonement was not for His victory it was for ours and we simply believe Him.  No matter the circumstances, we know that He works all things for good to them that love Him and are called according to HIS purpose…not our own (Romans 8:28).

If we get the Atonement wrong, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we have another Jesus and another gospel.  We will continually be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. There will forever be another philosophy coming down the pike but there is but one Cornerstone.  He is not a “doctrine”, He is the Cornerstone of all doctrine.

Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief Corner Stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded.

Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the Corner,

And a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:6-10

Beware of anyone teaching another Jesus; a Jesus that is not the Cornerstone.  Try the spirits. Search the Scriptures daily…study to show thyself approved.

-Donna Clark Warren