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
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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

 

CONVERT HIM

Brethren, if any of you do err from the Truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
 
In today’s world, if someone attempts to convert another from the error of their way, the entirety of the church rallies behind the one who is in error and ostracize the one who is trying to save a soul from death. We become dividers and trouble makers…legalistic because we have chosen to actually believe the Word of God in its entirety. We are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We actually BELIEVE Jesus will supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory in spite of our circumstances. Our faith is not in our circumstances and our abilities to maneuver our way through the circumstances…no, not at all. Our faith is in the One Who has led us into these circumstances in order to author our faith causing us to depend more and more upon Him. We know that He has allowed this circumstance and He is working all things together for our good.
 
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
 
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord:
 
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:13-15
 
We don’t worry about our ‘bad confessions’, we ask for prayer if we are sick and He answers our prayer. The answer may not always be what we expect but no matter the circumstance, if we are in God’s Will, our circumstances are not in vain…they are for a reason; namely His Glory.
 
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
 
If you err from this great Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the Source and the means by which the power of sin is broken, I’m going to tell you because I love you…and I pray you would do the same for me.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

PREACH DELIVERANCE

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (Jesus), because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18
 
Deliverance from the oppression does not come from within. At the mere mention of ‘liberty’ the oppressor tightens the yoke in order to keep the captive bound.
 
Deliverance from oppression comes from without. At Calvary’s Cross Jesus Christ afforded whosoever will believe deliverance. Bought with a price, His Children have the right and the obligation to offer Him the sacrifice of praise continually…it is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Holy Name.
 
By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name.” Hebrews 3:15
 
I have good news this morning…Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to set the captive free! He is alive and sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro for those whose hearts are perfect toward HIM to show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chron. 16:9).
 
The devil may walk around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour but Jesus Christ is looking for the hearts of His Children to show Himself strong; to apply HIS Grace to their weakness that HE may be glorified.
 
And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9
 
Deliverance does not come from within; it comes from without. Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

RESIST THE DEVIL

1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not.

You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:1-3

Operating from self will, intellect and abilities, Believers (NOT unbelievers) desire to have and cannot obtain.  They ask and receive not because they are asking from their own selfish desires and not the Will of God that He may be glorified.

You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  James 4:4

Adulterers and adulteresses are married to Christ for Salvation but depend on their own abilities, intellect and self will to obtain the desires of their heart.  Little do they know their desires are evil and their heart is deceitful.  Friends with the world, they continue manipulating in vain the worldly system to obtain and consume upon their own lusts.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the Source and the means by which they are Saved but not the Source and the means by which they daily live for God.  Outside of the Will of God, they are asking amiss and are utterly spiritually defeated.  For some, their faith is completely destroyed and they walk away from God.  Others, they remain in Egypt, bound to the world and oppressed by the enemy.  Peace beyond all understanding is something they are constantly trying to obtain instead of maintain.  Joy unspeakable seems so to always pass them by.

“5 Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

But He gives more Grace. Wherefore He said, God resists the proud, but gives Grace unto the humble.” James 4:5-6

As we struggle in vain to usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit and ‘produce’ the fruit of the Spirit through our many wonderful works, vain philosophies and disciplines, the Holy Spirits “lusts to envy”; He ‘envies’,  if you will, the fallen nature which has control over us and passionately desires to control all of our thoughts and deeds.  He wants to do that which He is commissioned to do, which is superintend the Work of God in our hearts; giving us the desires of our hearts by removing evil desires and replacing them with God’s desires for HIS perfect Will in our lives.  THIS IS the circumcision of the heart without hands (Colossians 2:11); the changing “…into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Spiritual adultery is the problem.  We have become adulterers and adulteresses through our many vain philosophies being taught from the pulpit as Biblical doctrine.   These doctrines direct the Believer’s faith away from the Cross of Christ and to self will and intellect, talent, abilities, etc. as the source and the means by which we obtain.  40 days of purpose, celebrate recovery, 21 days of fasting and various forms of white witchcraft have corrupted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in the Believer’s life.

The Holy Spirit lusts to envy.  He wants to do that which He is commissioned to do but we are fornicating with others ways in order obtain the evil desires of our heart.

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

The devil will not flee as long as we are depending on our own abilities.  He will continue to tempt and we cannot resist; therefore submit yourselves unto God.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

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

The Way to God the Father does not change after our Salvation.  Religion attempts to turn our faith away from the Finished Work of Christ Jesus after Salvation unto other religious activities and ceremonies.  Church attendance, small groups, charitable works all become the ‘proof’ if you will of your Salvation in the eyes of the religious elite.  Sunday morning church service is gives the motivational speech for the week, small groups is nothing more than a social event and the charitable works plastered all over social media glorifies the church and not the Lord.

No one is growing in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord  even though they are becoming quite puffed up in their religiosity and recognized among their peers.  Spiritually defeated, they are faking it until they make it as they refuse to confess that ‘bad confession’ and are lying to themselves and more importantly lying to the Lord about their condition.

17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18

Dead faith will produce dead works…even many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus yet the Lord knows them not.  They are workers of iniquity; unprofitable servants.

21 Not every one that says 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

Faith that is alive works patience in the Believer because it requires our daily denial of self; denial of our abilities and intellect to overcome the wiles of the devil and trust in the Lord.  Picking up all that Jesus Christ afforded us on Calvary’s Cross TODAY, we choose to follow Him and HE orders our footsteps…not our new found religion.  We do not assume the ministry of the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts and remove those things which are not pleasing to God through our own abilities but we humbly look to the Cross of Christ and say ‘I can’t but You can…You did, HELP!”

Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things DO fall away and all things become new.  We are a new creature in Christ Jesus and the Spirit of God is doing a mighty work on the inside which is producing a change on the outside.  The good works ordered by the Lord are birthed of His Spirit and produce fruit unto God which glorifies HIM and not an organization.

17 Ye 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

Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is the Way, the Truth and the Life for our Salvation AND our daily living for God…be determined to know nothing else among you.

-Donna Clark Warren

CONTINUING THEREIN

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looks into the perfect Law of Liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25

The ear is the organ of response.  It is the ear and not the mind that hears God’s Word.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 8:17

Those who have ears to hear, the spiritually discerned, will hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying His People. For those whose Lord is Christ Jesus, we have been equipped with the spiritual organ needed to hear God’s Voice; that still small voice which orders our footsteps when we so seek.  The Voice which illuminates the Scriptures gives us understanding of the Word of God.

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” Jeremiah 6:10

It is with our ears that the choice of obedience or disobedience is made.  The Word of God will always bring us to a point of decision. The carnal ears perceive with the mind and see only the external; the shiny cup with the filthy inside, and cannot properly evaluate one’s self.  They are hearers but not doers of the Word and they deceive their own selves.

The Word of God, properly revealed to the ear that hears, will reveal one’s own heart.  Our response to the revealed condition of our heart by the Word of God drives us to the choice of humility, which softens the heart, or pride, which hardens the heart.  We hear and we do or we hear and we do not.  The more we ‘do not’, the harder our heart becomes and eventually, we will no longer have ears to hear.  Hearing we hear not and obedience to our Lord becomes disobedience when the Word of God reveals the condition of our heart and pridefully reject.

To be sure, the modern church and it’s seeker sensitive gospel will never bring us to a point of decision when our heart’s condition is revealed but will instead attempt to make us comfortable in our condition by means of humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture. What we should really be doing when the Lord reveals to us the condition of our heart is thanking the Lord for this revelation, asking Him for forgiveness and seeking Him for deliverance.

23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

24 And He said unto them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

25 For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.” Mark 4:23-25

The only way the Word of God can be obeyed is for the Believer to place his or her faith exclusively in the Cross of Christ Jesus.  It is there, that we look into the ‘perfect Law of Liberty and continue therein‘ (James 1:25).  2000 years ago at Calvary’s Cross, the veil was rent and we were given access to the Throne of God through the Blood of Christ Jesus.  It is by and through the Blood of Jesus that we are liberally afforded the Wisdom of God to all who ask (James 1:5).

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

Once bound by the Law of Sin and Death, the Believer whose faith is set solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ, is set at liberty by the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus.  Continuing therein, IN Christ Jesus, the perfect Law of Liberty (the rightly divided Word of God),  is quick and powerful…it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

For those who have ears to hear, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will drive us to a choice.  Decide THIS day in whom you will serve.  Choose Holiness.  Be a doer and not a hearer.  Choose Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else among you.

-Donna Clark Warren.