PARTAKING

“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

This new creature created in the born again Believer is a result of the Divine Nature place in us by the Holy Spirit at Salvation. The sin nature which ruled and reigned in our hearts is isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in the Believer giving us the ability to partake in our new 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

Before Salvation our good works are dead…and to be sure, after Salvation our good works are all too often dead as well because they are rooted in dead faith; faith in our intellect being fed from our flesh. After all, who among us has ever had a bad idea?

Not partaking in the Divine Nature produces dead works. Works which produce fruit unto death because our faith is not placed properly placed in the Cross of Christ Jesus. The carnal mind does not understand the things of God and therefore doesn’t understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit to literally change our heart and cause us to be occupied with the things of the Lord instead of the things of this world.

With our faith placed in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, our members become instruments unto righteousness because we know that in us is no good thing but by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us we are afforded the ability to partake in the Divine Nature Jesus Christ afforded us at Calvary. We are no longer slaves unto sin but servants of God. As our faith is in the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin, the Holy Spirit is occupied with the work of God in our lives which in turn produces fruit unto God…fruit made for HIS glory, not our own.

Faith in ourselves; our good intentions, zeal and/or sincerity does not produce fruit unto God. It in fact produces fruit unto death; fruit which leavens the whole lump because it’s root is pride.

We are known by our fruit, not our works. On that day, the Lord will say to many who have done many wonderful works in His Name, “I never knew you, depart from me you who work iniquity.”

“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

Daily examining ourselves is necessary to determine whether we are in the faith or not. Are we Saved? Of course, providing we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Are we always partaking in the Divine Nature afforded us be the Cross of Christ? No, no we’re not. The world, the flesh and the devil is forever trying to hinder our walk with the Lord. Such is the reason we fight this fight daily; the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is unto Him we live and unto Him the glory goes. Be determined this day to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Partake in the Divine Nature and see the power of the Lord move on your behalf as the Grace of God flows uninterrupted into your circumstance. He is indeed worthy of our praise.

-Donna Clark Warren

GET READY!

“2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
 
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
 
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from Grace.” Galatians 5:2-4
 
Living under the Dispensation of Grace does not constitute living under the Government of Grace. Furthermore, being Born Again (aka Saved, a Believer, Christian, etc.) does not necessarily mean one is living under the Government of Grace. Such is the reason for the Message of the Cross being brought to the churches at this hour. There are untold millions who are indeed Saved by Grace but they live under the Government of Law. They are bound by religion as they live a spiritually defeated life. Just as the Israelites were indeed Israelites in Egypt, yet they were oppressed by the power of the Egyptians, so too are Christians who are living under the Government of Law indeed Christians (providing they have accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ and His work ALONE for their Salvation) but are bound by the powers of darkness.
 
The Cross of Christ is the Double Cure. At Calvary, Jesus paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner AND broke the power of sin for the believing Saint. The problem is, not too many Saints believe. They look at the Cross of Christ as Christianity 101; it’s rudimentary. I had a dear friend tell me once that we all understand the Cross of Christ is the center of Christianity. True. However, to be sure, what she was saying is the Cross of Christ is the center of Salvation. What she didn’t understand is that the Cross of Christ is the center of our Sanctification as well. It is there, at Calvary’s Cross (not the wooden beam but the work accomplished there by Christ Jesus), where the believing sinner and/or the believing Saint is placed under the Government of Grace. It is there that God’s Divine Grace flows uninterrupted into the Believer’s heart and all manner of carnal desires that are not pleasing to God are expelled by the power of God.
 
Grace demands faith. Without faith, we cannot please God. Enoch had this testimony (Hebrews 11:5). Under the Government of Law, the Cross of Christ becomes of no effect…we are fallen from Grace. Even those things which seem good; those new programs offered by the church to overcome sin and are dripping with Scripture are laws deceitfully designed to move the Believers faith away from the Cross of Christ and placing them squarely under the Government of Law.
 
Paul was not speaking to unbelievers when he told them they had fallen from Grace. He was not talking to the circumcised when he said the Cross of Christ had become of no effect. No, not at all. He was talking to Believers; to those who knew the power of God; to those who had seen the Salvation of the Lord but they did not stand still. They were turning back to their old ways; looking back to Egypt…to the law which appealed to their flesh but wrought in them all manner of foolishness – just as it does today when the Believer operates under the Government of Law.
 
Daily, we must all examine ourselves, whether we be in the faith or not…faith in the Cross of Christ. Daily, we must fight the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Denying ourselves; our intellect, talents, willpower and abilities, we must pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Calvary’s Cross was a place of great suffering for Jesus but for us it is a place of great blessing. These great blessings is the cross we pick up. It is not a burden to pick up our cross and follow Jesus – His Yoke is easy. The hardest part of this fight is denying ourselves; having zero faith in our abilities and purposefully placing our faith in the Cross of Christ to provide exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think according to HIS Will and not our own.
 
As He molds us into His purpose, our faith grows deeper and stronger. Never looking unto the left or to the right; we know in Whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that of which we have committed unto Him.
 
We are Saved by Grace through faith. We live by Grace through Faith…faith of the Son of God Who loved us and gave Himself for us. It is not us who lives but He Who lives in us. As we walk in the Government of Grace, signs will follow those who believe. Those who believe shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall lay hands on the sick and they will believed.
 
There is a generation of Believers being raised up who are operating under the Government of Grace and I truly believe we are going to see the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit this world has ever seen. Examine yourselves and get ready!
 
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” Acts 2:17
 
-Donna Clark Warren

KNOW YE NOT

“13 Neither yield ye 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 6:13-14
 
At Calvary, Jesus Christ not only paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner but He broke the power of sin for the Saint. So many know this Scripture. They know that sin shall not have dominion over them and strive daily not to yield their members as instruments of unrighteousness. To be sure, our mouths and what comes out of them are often times the members we unwittingly yield unto righteousness. Our intent is good but our fruit is unto death.
 
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:26
 
There have been many a vain religion come down the pike with the unbridled tongue as the member of unrighteousness.
 
Even as we know the Scriptures; we know that sin shall not have dominion over us because we are under Grace and not under Law, the majority of the modern church do not understand the Scripture; they do not understand that their faith has been placed in their own ability, self will, etc. to just say ‘no’ to sin. By doing this they are placing themselves back under the Government of Law.
 
Are they Saved? Sure…providing they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have been Born Again by the Spirit of God. Because they have been Born Again, they (we) are alive unto God. Our spirit is quickened to the ways of the Lord. The Holy Spirit Who now lives in us isolates the sin nature which ruled and reigned in our hearts and He places in our hearts desires; desires which are God’s Will and not our own.
 
Do we always follow? Do we sometimes miss Him? Yes.
 
Does He leave us and give up? Absolutely not. As long as we keep fighting that good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ for all that we receive from God, the Holy Spirit continues His work in our heart. Cutting asunder the intent of our heart and removing the things that are not of God.
 
Many know the Scriptures; even satan (James 2:19). But many do not understand the Scriptures. There is no graduating class this side of Glory. We are all running this race and if the Lord has given one more understanding than another, that understanding is for multiplication…not preservation. Just ask the guy with the one talent who buried his talent as he tried to preserve it but instead it was taken away
 
“29 For unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.
 
30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:29-30
 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is given to be spread to the four corners of the world so that others may be set at liberty; so that they too may know this joy unspeakable and peace beyond understanding. No where in the Bible does it say to join the world to overcome the world as much of the modern church practices. No. No. The Gospel is enough. The Cross of Christ is the ONLY answer to man’s dilemma…that includes the Believer’s dilemma.
 
So many do not understand that when that ‘dilemma’ arises, whatever that dilemma may be, IS the Cross of Christ Jesus and instead they go about performing religious acts and rites in hopes to overcome this ‘dilemma’. What they have done is yielded their members to Law; to the Government of Law where sin reigns.
 
Their faith is still in the Cross of Christ for Salvation but has been moved to another way for deliverance from the circumstance at hand. That other way may seem right. It is very religious but has not power over sin.
 
With the Cross of Christ being made of no effect because we are not submitted unto God but unto man’s way, we cannot resist the devil’s temptations and he will not flee.
 
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
 
So many don’t understand why the devil’s not fleeing, why they can’t NOT yield their members to unrighteousness and why sin’s dominion reigns.
 
“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 7:23-24
 
The Cross of Christ; Jesus Christ shall deliver whosoever will believe from the bondage of sin but with our faith placed in another way, we are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do.
 
We all must examine ourselves whether we be in the faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…faith in the power of God to us who are Saved. Being determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified isn’t just for the new Believer but for the Believer who has been Saved 5 months or 50 years. This Gospel is for all the whosoevers.
 
“Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

ONE SINNER

“8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
 
9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
 
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10
 
Sadly, there are many Believers who refuse to rejoice with the Lord over that which was lost being found because while that piece of silver was lost it got a little dirty…a little tarnished and warped. Nevermind the joy of it being found and it’s position now being where it should, the self righteous and religious refuse to rejoice until it has been spit shined and whipped back into shape.
 
The rejection of the tarnished silver piece by the religious does not cause the tarnish to go away. Only the one who possesses the lost piece can cleanse the dross and remove the waste. Only He can put it through the fire that cleanses, not the mourners who have deemed as still unclean.
 
The Blood of Christ Jesus is for whosoever will believe, no matter our condition in life. To doubt the power of His Saving Grace to utterly expel that which is not of Him, is to miserably fail at understanding the condition of our own selves when we were cleansed by His Blood. Jesus Christ cleanses us because He loves us, He does not love us because we are cleansed when He found us.
 
At Salvation our position in Christ is justified. We are placed into the atoning Death of Jesus, baptized into His Death (Romans 6:3-5) where the penalty of sin was paid and the power of sin broken.
 
However, at Salvation, our condition is not yet perfected. We are Born Again, a new creature in Christ Jesus, and the change begins on the inside. This is the circumcision of the heart made without hands as the believing sinner looks unto Jesus as the Source and His Cross as the means for their Salvation and Saint CONTINUES looking unto Jesus as the Source and His Cross the means for their Sanctification. This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit made possible by the Cross of Christ. Fighting that good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight, gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the work of God in our hearts and produce fruit unto Him. No questionnaires needed. No special classes needed. Simple faith in the Cross of Christ to mold us into the person God created us to be…the one made after HIS image and for HIS purpose, not our own.
 
When that tarnished piece of silver is found, every Born Again Believer needs to be rejoicing with the Lord; rejoicing that His lost child has come home; rejoicing that the one in ninety nine has been found and not sitting under the gourd as Jonah pouting that the Lord has blessed them for their repentance.
 
“37 Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
 
I’ve got news for all of those who refuse to rejoice with the Lord when the sinner come to repentance; those who want to apply their religious rules and regulations to the children who are wanting to come to Him in Truth and in spirit, the harvest is great and the Lord is raising up a standard; He is raising up a people who are coming declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost world and a dying church. There will be many who remain on the fence. The older brothers who will mourn their returning to their first love, Jesus Christ and resent the blessings He pours out over them as they too begin to walk in the Grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living for God. Those who are now stuck in the miry clay of religion will be snatched from satan’s grip and placed on higher ground as the Holy Spirit draws them to holiness and righteousness because the Cross of Christ is being lifted up as THE STANDARD…the plumbline by which all other gospels are laid waste.
 
There is a move of God on the horizon. There is a cloud the size of a man’s hand. I hear the bones rattling. Get ready church… get ready.
 
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:” John 3:14
 
-Donna Clark Warren

SALVATION OF SOULS

“29 Conscience, I say, not your own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
 
30 For if I by Grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
 
31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.
 
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God:
 
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be Saved.” 1 Corinthians 10:29-33
 
As a Believer we must forever be conscious of other’s conscience. Always bearing in mind the Salvation of their eternal soul as we consider whether or not our own actions glorify the Lord in their view. Even if our liberty to do so is there, it does not make our liberty expedient to the Salvation of another.
 
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” 1 Cor. 10:23
 
Just because it’s right, doesn’t mean it’s right. If our liberty does not edify and bring glory to the Cross of Christ for one’s Salvation and one’s daily living for God, we are not conscious of the other’s conscience. The eternal Salvation of another’s soul should always be at the forefront of our mind and if our actions would hinder or bring them closer to knowing Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done.
 
So many of us, myself included, will ignorantly exercise our liberty to the harm of another. Because we are not under law, we flaunt our liberty to the bound as we look down our noses to the religious…to those who have served the Lord as best they know how for many years yet they are bound by religious rites and doctrines. Having never known the freedom of which we have been given, they have been under the yoke of bondage and continue struggling daily. It is their conscience that is at stake. Are our actions drawing them closer to the understanding of the Message of the Cross or are we laying down the Message of the Cross as yet another law of which they must abide?
 
Prayerfully consider as we go into another year…consider the Salvation of others. Are we edifying or tearing down? In our determination to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified we are humbled, not puffed up. Humility brings a necessary denial of self. We quickly find that we are unable to do what only Jesus Christ has done at Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe and want nothing more of us but abundantly more of Him. That bitterness in our hearts we NEED Him for it be expelled and laid waste by the Grace of God.
 
Seek to please others but realize you will never be able to please all, but no matter the case, ALWAYS seek to please God. The Salvation of Souls is why Jesus Christ came. Lift Him up among the people and the Holy Spirit will draw all men to Him…both the sinner for Salvation and the Saint for Sanctification.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE WORLD

“5 For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
 
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the Wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
 
7 Be not you therefore partakers with them.
 
8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of Light:
 
9 (For the Fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and Righteousness and Truth;)
 
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
 
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:5-11
 
Fellowship with God means warfare with the world. The worldly systems of which satan himself rules are always at work against the Kingdom of God. Even those things which seem right are the path unto death (Proverbs 16:25). Just as the serpent beguiled Eve, he continues beguiling the Children of God. Scriptures have been twisted and man made philosophies presented a Biblical doctrine have made the slothful servants ignorant to God’s Word and His People are perishing through lack of knowledge.
 
We know them by their fruit. Instead of warring against the ways of the world, they are embracing sin and calling it “love”. They are walking in darkness; fellowshipping with the world in order to win the world.
 
“6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the Truth:
 
7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7
 
As we have just celebrated the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, far too many Believers have been deceived into thinking their sin is acceptable unto the Lord. No one has stood and contended for the Christian values we have been given in the Word of God and has allowed the Brethren to be overtaken with sin. Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the believing Saint. The sin which has so easily beset us should be abhorred; not embraced. We need to get down on our knees and ask the Lord for deliverance from that bondage. The Child of God is not to be a servant to satan and if we indeed want to be set free, the Lord is faithful to free us from said sin.
 
Don’t mistake forgiveness for deliverance. That wickedness in our heart, the Holy Spirit wants to remove. He wants to cut asunder that which is not pleasing unto God but our acceptance of such sin or our faith in our ability to abstain from such sin makes the Power of God of no effect. To be sure, the Cross of Christ IS the Power of God. If we are looking to another way, we are fellowshipping with the world and it’s ways to overcome…and yes, I’m speaking here of humanistic psychology.
The Lord did not Save us IN sin, He Saved us FROM sin. Come out from among them and be ye separate. Touch not the unclean thing. Contend for the faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified – be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

First, allow me to begin with things you do not have to do to be Saved. Some of these items are indeed church ordinances but they are NOT requirements for Salvation:
 
* WATER BAPTISM – No, water baptism is not a requirement of Salvation. While it is an ordinance of the church, it is by no means a requirement of Salvation. All Believers are encouraged to be water baptized but not required.
 
“5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
 
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6
 
Being born of water speaks of natural child birth, not water baptism. The Baptism into Jesus’ Death, which happens at the Born Again experience when the Holy Spirit baptizes the believing sinner into the Death of Jesus that they too may experience the Resurrection life Jesus afforded whosoever will believe, is the only baptism required for Salvation.
 
“4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:” Romans 6:4-5
 
* CHURCH MEMBERSHIP – No where in the Bible does it say we must be a member of a church to be Saved. Yes, we must not forsake the fellowship of the Brethren but going through various church classes and becoming a member does not Save the believing Sinner. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid NO! Furthermore, if this is indeed the Jesus being lifted up for Salvation at the church then it is another Jesus whose Work was insufficient to Save and from such we should turn away.
 
“3 But 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.
 
4 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 Cor. 11:3-4
 
SO, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
 
“12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
 
13 For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be Saved.” Romans 10:12-13
 
Whosoever…and I do mean WHOSOEVER, shall call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they shall be Saved.
 
“8 For by Grace are you 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
 
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint. No matter how the religious twist the Scriptures this simplicity remains. We are Saved by Grace through faith…faith in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. He Who came so that we who believe this Truth will not be condemned to a devil’s hell but will be Saved and spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
 
No other Jesus will do. A Jesus who requires anything other than faith in His finished work is another Jesus.
 
Many are so bound by religion. With their mouths they worship God but their hearts are far from Him. They have chosen another way of Salvation. At the Altar they have brought Cain’s sacrifice…but their remains a Sacrifice at the door knocking. His Name is Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb of God…the ONLY Sacrifice God will accept for mankind to be Saved.
 
Have you called upon the Name of the Lord? Do you know Him? Biblical Christianity is not a religion nor is it a church house. We are the temple of God. Biblical Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is knowing in Whom you have believed and reckoning He is fully able to keep that which we have committed unto Him.
 
Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. Those hearts may not be perfect. They are in fact deceitful…but He is wanting to show Himself strong in our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit wants to create in you a new creature – not a rehabilitated creature.
 
All the believing sinner must do to be Saved is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. A theology degree is not required for Salvation. Simple belief in Jesus Christ and His finished work and accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour is all that is required for Salvation.
 
Have you believed?
 
-Donna Clark Warren

LOVE NOT THE WORLD

“15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
 
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
 
17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the Will of God abides forever.
 
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1 John 2:15-18
 
As we draw nearer and nearer to the coming of the Lord, those things which are of the world lose their value for the Believer. That which once seemed so important falls away as our spirit is quickened by the Scriptures being played out before us. The spirit of the antichrist is on the move both in the church and in the world. Those who do not love the Truth but care only about the things of this world and use Scripture to manipulate their doctrines will be sent a strong delusion. The lying signs and wonders captured their minds and destroyed their faith. Sadly, they will believe a lie and be damned.
 
“9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be Saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 These. 2:9-12
 
Still, there will remain a remnant…a holy remnant who will heed the warnings. These, as foolish as it seems, continue the fight daily to know nothing else except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Their faith, although weak at times, never waivered from it’s intended Object, namely the Cross of Christ. They are not swept to and fro by the lusts of the flesh but contend for the faith which was given unto them at Salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, they are truly peculiar. The world and the religious have many descriptions for them; legalism and/or hypocrite are often at the top of the list.
 
This holy remnant is certainly not perfect. The mortal coil of which we dwell will fail us. Our good intentions sometimes escape us. One thing is for sure though, we know in Whom we have believed and He has not failed us yet. We know that He is working all things together for our good. He paid a high price for us and He is more than able to keep us as long as we look unto Him. It may seem foolish to the world but to us it is the power of 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
 
All things will indeed pass away. Love not the world. Don’t worry if it seems foolish to believe in the Cross of Christ for all that you need. Be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

CATALOGUE OF CALAMITIES

“15 And if you shall despise My Statutes, or if your soul abhor My Judgments, so that you will not do all My Commandments, but that you break My Covenant:
 
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague (fever), that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
 
17 And I will set My Face against you, and you shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and you shall flee when none pursue you.
 
18 And if you will not yet for all this hearken unto Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
 
19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your Heaven as iron, and your Earth as brass:
 
20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.” Leviticus 26:15-20
 
This Scripture was written to the Israelites…God’s Children who were walking contrary to His Ways. Make no mistake my friend, the Child of God who is not obedient to God’s Word will; those who will not hearken unto His Prescribed Order of Victory through faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus, not only for Salvation but for Sanctification as well, God is against us and not for us.
 
The Israelites are God’s People, yet He allowed a catalogue of calamities to come upon them for their disobedience. It would do the modern church well to read Leviticus chapter 26. No amount of psychology or positive confession can overtake the power of God when He is against us.
 
“5 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.
 
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
 
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
 
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8
 
Cloaking those things of the flesh in Scripture does not make them Scriptural. It does however make the Cross of Christ of no effect which in turn brings a catalogue of calamities against us. These calamities are meant for the destruction of our flesh; they are for redemptive purposes. When we as Believers see these calamities coming upon us; the fear, worry, anxiety and stress of every day living, they should serve as a warning signs and we should quickly return to our First Love, Jesus Christ. He will remain on that door knocking to lift us up out of that miry clay if we will only choose this day in whom we are going to believe and walk in HIS Ways and HIS Statutes by faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
The lost cannot do this because they are spiritually dead unto God. They are carnally minded and do mind the things of the flesh. But the Child of God, we who are Born Again, must fight that good fight of faith daily; we must deny ourselves, pick up the blessings Jesus Christ afforded us at Calvary’s Cross and follow Him. The unbeliever cannot follow Him because they cannot deny themselves. Their will power and self will are their only option.
 
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
 
Seek Him – Seek Him for Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The victory has been won. Jesus has overcome death, hell and the grave when He gave up the Ghost on Calvary’s Cross. This is God’s Prescribed Order of Victory; this is the only place that God is for us and not against us. The same faith that got us there, keeps us there. Do not be carnally minded. Look unto the Cross of Christ and give the Holy Spirit latitude to do a mighty work in your heart.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

BABYLON AWAITS

“And now have I (GOD)given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.” Jeremiah 27:6
 
With the corruption of the Temple; the idol worship and vain rituals which had taken over the Temple, the Lord gave it over to Nebuchadnezzar for destruction.
 
“11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? says 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 1:11-14
 
The modern church would do well to read these words carefully. As they present methods of man as Biblical doctrine to the people, they have removed the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, and replaced His finished work with their own vain oblations. The mere coming to appear before Him and the treading of His courts are for a show of righteousness…self righteousness. With their lips they do worship Him but their hearts are indeed far from Him.
 
“10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be Saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
 
Having no regard for the Truth according to the Word of God but for merely the convenience of the lusts of their flesh, they appear weekly in His courts. Carrying the Banner of the Lord yet yoked with the world and it’s ways through the preaching and teaching of humanistic psychology, 40 days of purpose and 21 days of fasting, they bring reproach to His Name and do more to hinder the work of God than they do to further the work of God.
 
Let me be perfectly clear, if the church is not preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified, if they are not pointing their people to the Cross of Christ for deliverance from sin…not what they consider sin but what the Word of God has declared sin, they are preaching another gospel and another Jesus. Judgment begins at the House of the Lord. If we don’t worship Him in spirit and in truth, the rocks will cry out. If we don’t declare to a lost world and a dying church that the Cross of Christ Jesus is the only answer to man’s dilemma, who will?
 
God allowed Nebuchadnezzar to overtake Israel and destroy the Temple because of their disobedience. It would do the modern church well to consider that in which they are preaching. If it’s not Jesus Christ and Him crucified being declared from the pulpit, Nebuchadnezzar awaits. If the modern church won’t lift up the Cross of Christ, the Lord will see to it that there will be nothing left of the modern church to do so…just ask the Israelites. Without the Cross of Christ, there is nothing left.
 
-Donna Clark Warren