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

LAMB OF GOD

“I am the Lord your God, Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.” Leviticus 26:13
 
It was the Sacrifice of the slain Lamb which afforded the Israelites deliverance from Egyptian bondage. If not for the blood of the Pascal Lamb, who took the fatal blow, applied to the doorpost, the household would have been utterly destroyed. The household being saved had nothing to do with the worthiness or the works of the family within but with the blood and the blood alone that was applied to the door post.
 
The Israelites did not go behind those door posts and vainly attempt to keep the door shut. No, no. They weren’t attempting in their own might, demanding water baptisms and church memberships before entering into those doors. They were submitted to the sufficiency of the slain Lamb for their protection.
 
“The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
 
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to afford whosoever will believe deliverance from bondage…and I speak here to Believers. Being Born Again, we are covered by the Blood of the Lamb, the Sacrificial Lamb of God. It is not us that the Lord sees but the Blood of Christ. We are not just in a savable state but we are SAVED. Our deliverance has been afforded by Jesus Christ. We are Redeemed.
 
“The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
 
The devil will have the Believer working many dead works under the Blood of Christ as he (satan) works to kill, steal and destroy our faith. He would have had the Israelites working tirelessly behind those doorposts if they would have believed him and any victory that would have been met would have been shared with their efforts. Many mistake the blessings of God as condoning their error but such is not true. The Lord blessed the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness but all but a few were ultimately destroyed.
 
It is faith in the sufficiency of the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and faith alone to which God responds to fallen man. Do not allow the devil to kill, steal and destroy that faith. Make no mistake, it is that faith (faith in the Cross of Christ alone), which satan tries to corrupt. This is the fight we fight…the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
“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.” John 14:17
 
-Donna Clark Warren

BORN AGAIN

“7 Marvel not that I said unto you, you must be Born Again.
 
8 The wind blows where it listeth, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell from where it comes, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7-8
 
The Born Again experience is not an intellectual one. It cannot be explained. All who are born have been born of water (natural child birth) but until the believing sinner decides to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, they are (just as we all once were) spiritually dead unto God.
 
The lost is not lost because they do not believe in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for them. No, not at all. They do not believe in Jesus Christ because they are lost. The lost are spiritually dead. Just as a liar is not a liar because they lie but they lie because they are a liar; the lost cannot help but be lost until they willingly choose to be Born Again.
 
“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:
 
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:4-6
 
Those who have friends who have Born Again…and I mean truly Born Again, not joined a church and reciting a prayer, will notice a change in them. They (we) have been spiritually planted together in Jesus’ Death, the place where sin and death was and is utterly defeated. Sin’s dominion in our heart has been dethroned and the Holy Spirit rules and reigns.
 
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in the Believer’s life. It is He Who creates in us a new heart. Old things pass away and all things become new. We are not yet perfected and we will not be this side of glory but one thing is for sure, sin shall not have dominion over the Born Again Believer AS LONG as our faith remains in Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life.
 
The problem comes when we are not yet perfect, as many teach we should be, and we begin laying down rules to keep from doing said sin. We have that “oh wretched man moment”.
 
“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
 
When our faith is directed to these rules which forbid sinful acts and our will power to overcome such, sin’s dominion once again gains strength. To be sure, this IS NOT because sin is stronger than the Holy Spirit Who is working in us to produce fruit unto God. God forbid no! The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the work of God when our faith is directed to laws and self will to overcome sin; therefore He (the Holy Spirit) withdraws His power and allows us to do us we wish. Remember, we are all born with our own free will and if we will to rely on our abilities to overcome the power of sin, then the Lord will allow us that choice. This is all in hopes that we will see our inability and return to Him…it is for redemptive purposes that the Lord allows sin’s power but it is not His Will.
 
“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
 
But don’t quit!! If you have been Born Again and placed your faith in your ability to overcome sin, repent and seek deliverance. It is not too late this side of glory. There IS victory in the Cross of Christ. Get your eye off of your problem, on the Cross of Christ and be healed in Jesus Name. Give the Holy Spirit latitude to remove that which is not pleasing unto God by purposefully placing your faith in the Cross of Christ for sin’s dominion. The Holy Spirit lusts to envy; He wants to snatch away sin’s dominion but will not do so as long as we are looking unto our abilities or vain philosophies for the victory of which Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to afford whosoever will believe.
 
Believe today that the Cross of Christ Jesus was and is sufficient for what ever your problem may be. Be determined to know nothing else among you. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord move in YOUR heart and YOUR life. The blessings of God are not just for others but you too.
 
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM

The Sacrificial System then and the Sacrificial System now is the ONLY answer to failure. The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin from fallen man. Born of the seed of man, we are all born with a sin nature. This sin nature rules and reigns in the hearts of all the unredeemed. Even the good that they do does not come from a place of righteousness and holiness but unrighteousness and pride. It makes them feel good to do that which seems right but the fruit is self righteousness. Such is why this writer often grows weary of the “good” done around this holiday season. The stench of the rotten fruit is often overwhelming as the leaven begins to leaven that prideful heart. I know this because I used to bear this fruit myself and loved the accolades of doing “good” in front of man.
This doing “good” among the heathen is more easily recognized by some, albeit not many. However, the same good works are more often than not offered by the local church who seeks to promote themselves instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; the only answer for fallen man…God’s Sacrificial System which took away the sin of the world for whosoever will believe. The modern church claims these charity events are to get the people in the church so that they may hear the Gospel but what they are doing is trying to get people in the pews to pay their tithes. Don’t get me wrong, we should all pay our tithes to the work of God; NOT to the work of man. Let me tell you something friend, you tell people the Gospel…and trust the Holy Spirit to do what only HE can do in the hearts of man and HE will draw them to the Truth.
So many of us have had to leave our local church because they were preaching another gospel and another Jesus. The Holy Spirit drew us out the door because Jesus was on the outside knocking.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The entirety of the Bible is about the Sacrificial System; namely Christ Jesus. The blood of bulls and goats atoned for man’s failure but did not take that failure away from our account. The Saints of old were reconciled to God by the Sacrificial System which was symbolic of their coming Messiah, but could not pay the price for their Redemption.
It took the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, born of the seed of woman and without a sin nature to pay the price for our Redemption. This wasn’t a “small thing” Christ did. He was and is and will forever be the ONLY Sacrifice God will accept for our Redemption. Anything we add to or take away from His Work, corrupts the Truth and makes it a lie. This includes adding water baptism or church membership as a requirement for Salvation. That Jesus is another Jesus whose work was not sufficient for our Redemption and therefore requires additional work on our part and is an abomination in the Eyes of God.
The Sacrificial System is still in effect today. It restores fellowship with God and Redeems us unto Him forever more. This Sacrifice has been made 2000+ years ago by Jesus Christ. The penalty of sin paid and the power of sin now broken, Jesus Christ sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching the earth to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward HIM, Who HE is and what HE has done…not what we have done, our church has done or our community has done.
The time of playing church has come to an end. Judgment must begin at the House of God. Those who have ears to hear are coming out from among the religious as the Holy Spirit calls them back to their first love; to the Sacrifice Who bought them with a price…a High Price. Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one Sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the Right Hand of God;” Hebrews 10:12
-Donna Clark Warren

SERVANT OF CHRIST

Spiritual death follows anyone who takes the Word of God lightly. Regrettably, the modern church takes the Word of God lightly as they preach, teach and believe in another Jesus; a Jesus who Saves the unbelieving sinner in their sin because they recited a prayer and joined their church. They will quickly recognize the heresy of the Roman Catholic’s idols but the mote in their eyes blinds them to their unseen idol of humanistic psychology because it’s cloaked in Scripture and presented as truth. In reality it is commandments of man being presented as Scriptural doctrine.
 
“8 This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.
 
9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
 
The Jesus who is taught in the modern church does not create a new creature but in vain attempts to rehabilitate the old. It seems “good” to the carnal mind as it attempts to do that which is right, yet it leads to death…spiritual death. Sin’s dominion reigns in the heart of the people because they have been learning and practicing the precepts of the world and not God.
 
“8 But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
 
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus is the only answer given to man to break the power of sin. The only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight is the fight of faith..faith in the finished work of Jesus. The Cross was either sufficient or it was not sufficient to break the power of sin in our hearts and lives. If we believe in our hearts and profess with our mouths that Jesus Christ and Him crucified was sufficient to Save the sinner and Sanctify the Saint, than it is indeed sufficient and we fight daily to maintain our faith in Who Jesus is and what HE did for whosoever will believe.
 
On the other hand, if we do not believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient to Save the believing sinner nor Sanctify the Saint, that does not mean the Cross of Christ is insufficient. No, not at all. It means that we have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in our lives. We have gone the way of Baal and follow after idols just as the Israelites of old. The mote in our eye blinds us from the faith we have placed in our creeds and declarations. The witchcraft is another gospel yet because it is trying to manipulate the righteous spirit world, we deem it good. Not so.
 
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:23
 
At Salvation, when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ, we are buried with Jesus, baptized into His Death and dead to the sin nature which has ruled and reigned in our heart (Romans 6:3-5). We are now a new creature in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit Who quickened Jesus from the dead, quickens our mortal soul unto holiness and righteousness…not worldliness. As we look unto Jesus, He authors our faith and HE gives the increase. The seed planted in our hearts begins to flourish as the branches are pruned. This “creature” in which we have become understands that we are just passing through this pilgrim land. We know that we know that we know that our Lord has gone before us…He has prepared a place for us.
 
As the world waxes worse, we know in Whom we have believed. Another gospel and another Jesus will not satisfy the thirst in our souls. We have tasted and we have seen the sufficiency of the Cross of Christ and we are determined to know nothing else among you. Where He goes, we will go because we know His voice. We are His and He is ours. He does not love us because we were first cleansed. No. He cleansed us because He loves us. We are not perfect but He is and His perfect love drives away all fear.
 
“1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus).
 
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
 
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-3
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

WAIT UPON THE LORD

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
 
In the waiting there is rest. There is the Grace of God which is sufficient in the waiting as His power rests upon us. Looking unto Christ Jesus; He Who Redeemed us who believe, the power of the Holy Spirit rests upon us and we shall run and not be weary…our strength is renewed.
 
These promises of God are all conditional on our faith being placed in HIS plan and not our own. Too many wrest in the waiting instead of resting. Our flesh quickens us to do something when the only thing we are supposed to do is fight the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ to supply all that we need according to His riches in Glory. Until we deny ourselves; our abilities, talents, intellect, etc., we are unable to pick up our cross and follow Jesus.
 
“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
 
Wait upon the Lord today. Rest in His finished work on Calvary’s Cross. Give the Holy Spirit latitude to work in your heart and life by surrendering in all to Jesus’ finished work and not your own. He is able and He is willing to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. You WILL walk and not faint as His strength is made perfect in your weakness and He is glorified.
 
Be determined. Look not to the left or to the right. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord as HIS power and HIS might move upon the waters to still the raging sea in the storm.
 
The Cross of Christ Jesus afforded whosoever will believe peace beyond all understanding and joy unspeakable. It IS sufficient. Wait upon the Lord. Rest in the Lord. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

DEAD INDEED

“11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:11-12
 
The Holy Spirit did not come on the Day of Pentecost to “improve” our sin nature nor did He come to do away with it’s evil. No, not at all.
 
The Holy Spirit came to isolate our sin nature so that we may be alive unto God THROUGH Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. His eyes search the earth to and fro looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him that He may show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
 
It is the power of the Holy Spirit Who dethrones our sin nature when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour…not our self will. Humanistic psychology draped in Scripture will not empower our self will to overcome the reigning monarch of our heart, the sin nature. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
In reality, those professing Christians who believe psychology is the answer has made the Cross of Christ of no effect. Try as they will to not obey the lusts of the flesh, their sin nature is not isolated and they are unable to live unto God.
 
Why? Because their faith placed in any other method other than the Cross of Christ Jesus has interrupted the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart. The fruit being birthed is fruit unto death…not God. Their spiritual adultery to overcome the power of sin has led to spiritual defeat. Bound in Egypt, their taskmaster demands righteousness but does not have the power to allow righteousness. Much like the false prophets of Baal, they run about starting the fires under the altar declaring and decreeing a lie both to themselves and unto God as their sin nature rules, reigns and mocks God. Seeing, they see not. Hearing, they hear not and neither do they understand.
 
“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” John 16:13
 
The Holy Spirit will not superintend the work of psychology in our heart. He is not commissioned to isolate out sin nature when we are looking unto other methods for power over sin. When John 16:13 was written, the Crucifixion had not yet happened but was “to come”. The Holy Spirit will show us; He will reveal unto us the power of God when our hearts are perfect toward Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Knowing it is JESUS, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin in our lives and affording us the ability to live unto God, the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work in our heart as our sin nature is utterly isolated by His power and not our own and we truly can reckon ourselves alive unto God.
 
As our faith is in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit will show us He Who has come. He will reveal to us why He has come and we will be a witness to the power of His might as old things pass away and all things become new. We truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our evil sin nature still remains in us and the flesh of which we dwell is bent toward obedience unto our sin nature…but it shall not have dominion over us as the Grace of God flows uninterrupted into our heart and lives and we continue looking unto Him in Whom we have believed – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

GODLY SORROW

“10 For Godly sorrow works repentance to Salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world work death.
 
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a Godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:10-11
 
Godly sorrow works repentance in the heart of man. It is the conviction of the Holy Spirit that which carefully shapes the condition of the heart if we so allow.
 
Condemnation of the world works sorrow as well but it is sorrow unto death. The shaping that occurs from this sorrow deadens as it hardens.
 
We who have believed upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are not effected by the condemnation of the world. Our treasures are laid up in Heaven. They were bought with a price…a high price. The Blood of Jesus has redeemed whosoever will believe from worldly sorrow which wrought death in our heart.
 
Alive unto God, the Spirit of God quickens our mortal bodies to live unto Him when we fail and we repent. Our hearts have seen the Salvation of the Lord and we once again deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Not ashamed of this Gospel, we know that we know that we know in Whom we have believed and we are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him (1 Timothy 1:12).
 
Don’t be ashamed of Godly sorrow…be thankful, for it is working repentance in a heart that has been bent toward the sin nature to obey the lusts of the flesh.
-Donna Clark Warren

PRESSING TOWARD THE MARK

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
 
All have a high calling of God but not all seek to find it IN Christ Jesus. Once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, religion will present the questionnaires to help us “determine” our calling. At that point we are no longer pressing toward the mark for the prize “IN Christ” but “IN Psychology” and in reality have made the Cross of Christ of no effect.
 
Having gone down the wrong path, the fruit has not yet developed…but it will. Sin is not stagnant and that wrong path, although it seems right and is taken by sincere Believers, is sinful. If we’re not pressing toward the mark by faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus, fighting that good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then we are being pushed AWAY from faith in the Cross of Christ. Buried with Jesus when we were Saved, we are IN Him; in His Death (Romans 6:3-5). To be sure, it is HIS Death that broke the power of sin for the Believer.
 
Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross. He was and is the Sacrificial Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world for whosoever will believe. It is at Calvary that Jesus Christ defeated sin and death. Knowing this, knowing Who Jesus is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His glorious Resurrection. We know in Whom we have believed because He lives in us and we in Him as we choose daily to deny ourselves and follow Him. The Spirit which quickened Christ from the dead has quickened our mortal bodies and we have been made spiritually alive unto God (Romans 8:11)…we have been Born Again; a new creature in Christ Jesus. It is too late to offer us philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind as the answer to which we seek. We have seen and we know the power of God and it is IN Christ Jesus… Who He is and what HE has done.
 
Simply stated, we are determined to know nothing else among you because there is nothing else among you that can change the heart of man except faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is why we lift Him up. This is why we point you to the Cross of Christ. There is a witness in our spirit of the power of God. We have been changed. We’re not who we used to be. We have not apprehended but we continue pressing on IN Christ Jesus. At times it may not be pretty as we are travailing through the storms. At times we may even get our eyes on the storm but it is during those times that the big waves come and knocks us square into the Rock of our Salvation.
 
“20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
 
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
 
Do not frustrate the Grace of God…walk in the Grace of God; press toward the mark of the high calling of God IN Christ Jesus; no one comes to the Father but by Him.
 
-Donna Clark Warren