The sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost is not afforded to the Believer via prayer, reading your Bible or attending church. ALL of those things are good and every born again Believer SHOULD do those things…they should WANT to do those things. However, the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost is only afforded the Child of God through faith in the Cross of Christ, WHO He is and WHAT He has done for whosoever will believe. When we believe our consecration yields us power over sin, whether it be our sin or the sinful fallen world we live in, that which we have consecrated unto the Lord turns into ambition to earn more from the Lord.
The sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost is afforded the Believer as we look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things fall away and everything becomes new as we are made a new creature in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit will never speak of Himself but will always point us to the Cross of Christ for it is there that death died. It is there, at Calvary’s Cross that Jesus paid the penalty of sin and broke the power of sin.
“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
When this Scripture was written, the Jesus had not yet gone to the Cross. The Holy Spirit, at that point in time, showed the early Christians He Who was to come, their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit today, shows us today He Who HAS come, He Who is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God…Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit bears witness to our spirit.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8:16
40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting or prayer shawls do not afford us the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost…Jesus Christ and Him crucified alone affords us this power. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the work of God in the Believer’s life when our faith is in anything other than the Cross of Christ…be determined to know nothing else among you.
“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
-Donna Clark Warren
There are many people I claim to know but they wouldn’t know me from Adam’s house cat. I know of Buddha and Mohammed but they certainly never knew me. The fact of the matter is, they are now dwelling in the devil’s hell and believe Jesus Christ is Lord. I “know” and I love my Pastor and his family (The Swaggarts) but the fact of the matter is, I’m sure he doesn’t actually know my name. However, there is One Who does know my name and He is the only One Who matters.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14
In Him, I shall never thirst again. In Him, there is a well of living water. In Him, there is everlasting life. He is the Word made flesh Who came to die that I may live (John 1:14). He knows my name. He knows every hair on my head…He knew me before I was born and has a purpose and perfect will for my life.
I did not know this until I met Him that day in August, 2013 when MY name was written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Since that day I have urged others to meet Him and forsake the water which allows them to thirst again and drink of the living water….the water which has brough life unto my soul even in the midst of darkness. The water which draws me deeper into His Will and His Way in spite of my failures. Precept upon precept and line upon line, I walk this narrow path. When I recognize the deceitful lusts springing up inside of me, seeds of bitterness, anger and fear, I know from whence they come and look again to the One in Whom I have trusted. Like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up the standard which lays waste my error and points me to Christ (Isaiah 59:19). The Holy Spirit will never point to Himself but to Jesus Christ (John 16:13). Instead of rebuking the devil, I submit unto God…daily; not just that once unto Salvation.
My prayer for all is that they too come to the saving knowledge of The Man I met that day in August 2013; the One Who paid the penalty of sin and broke the power of sin for whosoever will believe, Jesus Christ, and to never get caught up in some form of religion. That form of religion leaves you thirsty; still seeking to fill the hole of which only the Lord Jesus Christ can fill. He IS alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God seeking those whose heart is perfect toward Him. His strength is made perfect in our weakness…not our talents, intellect or abilities.
Through our faith in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit births the impossible in us. As for me, I am determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified and pray the same for each and everyone of you.
-Donna Clark Warren
“16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of Salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” Acts 16:16-18
This same spirit of divination ministers death to many congregations. The soothsayers of the modern church prophesy, cast out devils and do many good works in the Name of Jesus yet He does not know them (Matthew 7:21-23). With their mouths they draw near to the Lord but their heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:8-9). The Jesus of which they preach is another Jesus and another gospel and it is accursed (Galatians 1:8).
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Unity in Christ is not accepting the leaven that’s in the lump for the sake of fellowship but boldly standing up before the people and declaring there is poison in that pot. Recognize the soothsayers and come out from among them.
-Donna Clark Warren
The lost are not lost because they reject Jesus but they reject Jesus because they are lost. The lost cannot come to the revelation knowledge of God through the wisdom of man; hence the seeker sensitive churches are a waste. Reciting a prayer and receiving a church membership card does not deem one as Saved.
“16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the Children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:16-17
The Spirit of God bears witness unto the believing sinner when they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Having knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not deem one as Saved either. We must all, on our own accord, willingly accept the Sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary’s Cross for the penalty of our own sin to be Saved. It is the conviction of the Holy Spirit when the Cross of Christ is lifted up among the people as their Lord and Saviour which draws the sinner to Salvation AND the Saints to holiness and righteousness (Sanctification), not the wisdom of men being taught as biblical doctrine.
“4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 2 Corinthians 2:4-5
The seeker sensitive churches have used the wisdom of men to draw the people and the people they have received too often come out of an act of sincerity. Their faith is not faith in the Cross of Christ unto Salvation but falls into the category of sentimentalism toward Jesus as He is made out to be a martyr instead of a Sacrifice. Their faith is in the wisdom of false teachers and preachers. Sadly these will often fall at the first difficulty or unpleasant circumstance encountered as a “new Christian” because their “Christianity” was declared by man and not by the Spirit of God bearing witness unto their spirit. If they do pay tithes it is often to build the civic organization they call “church” and not to promote the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost and dying world. My loved ones and your loved ones are often seduced by these seeker sensitive churches into a false sense of Salvation. Theirs is the worst kind of deceit because they believe the unbelieving believer believes they are Saved.
“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
Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Tell the world Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer. This is the Power of God unto Salvation. How shall they
“13 For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be Saved.
14 How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:13-15
There is but one thing we can take with us when we leave this earthly abode and that is souls. Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren
“For all the promises of God in Him(Jesus) are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the Glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
The Promises of God are yes and amen for those who abide in His condition…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe. This condition necessary for God’s Promises to be yes and amen is not a one time event at Salvation but an everyday fight of faith.
The condition of these promises are not to live a holy life and do many good works among the people but to abide in Christ Jesus through faith in His redeeming work to keep us unto the day our faith becomes sight. Abstaining from sin is not a condition of God’s promises but deliverance from sin; it’s power being broken, is a result of God’s promises by abiding in His condition.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
Sin’s dominion is laid waste when God’s condition for His promises are met. Buried with Christ Jesus into His Death, we are dead unto our sin nature and alive unto God. Our old man is crucified with Christ Jesus so that the body of sin might be destroyed. This destruction of sin is not by and through self-abasement, self effort, willpower, abstinence, intellect or abilities but by the Cross of Christ. We are afforded access to and buried with Jesus through faith that His Work was and is sufficient to break the power of sin which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…draw us, lead us and quicken us unto holiness and righteousness. Just as the Holy Spirit drew us unto Salvation, He will continue drawing us unto Sanctification; creating in us a new creature, not a rehabilitated creature who now has now conquered sin by doing many religious works. That’s not God’s condition for His Promises to be yes and amen.
Many who are born again and alive unto God through faith in the Cross of Christ quickly lose sight of the condition of God’s promises as religion points them to various means and philosophies to obtain these promises. Living a defeated Christian life, producing fruit unto death, they become bitter, discouraged and sadly their faith is often destroyed. God’s promises have not been yes and amen in their lives because His condition has not been met for daily living for God. They are religious but life and life more abundantly had been stolen; peace beyond all understanding has surpassed them and joy unspeakable is a lie they tell themselves daily.
“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
This life of which we live is given for the Glory of God but is utterly stolen and corrupted by the lies of the devil through religious means given with good intentions to sanctify the Body of Christ. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to produce fruit unto God. Our many good works and good intentions to live a holy life falls shamefully short of the Holiness of Jesus Christ. Look unto Him, Jesus Christ, for that which you ought to be unto God; present yourselves as a living sacrifice unto God, and the Holy Spirit shall quicken your mortal bodies to do that which is holy and acceptable unto God.
“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
In order to receive the Promises of God, we must abide in His condition…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, not only for Salvation but for everything that we receive from God – including His Promises.
-Donna Clark Warren
“11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our Salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” Romans 13:11-12
As the day of the Believer’s Salvation draws nearer, the day in which our faith becomes sight and we meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds, instead of casting off the works of darkness, the modern church seems to be piling on more and more of the works of darkness. Daily we see headlines of sin laden ministries condoning that which God has declared sin. The utter lack of interest in rightly divided, biblical doctrines has allowed the wickedness of the world to defile those which were once deemed holy and righteous.
“3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Jude 1:3-5
Instead of contending for the faith, fighting the good fight of faith…faith in the Cross of Christ for all that the Believer receives from God, the church has grown lethargic and allowed certain men to creep in and turn the Grace of God into a license to sin. Joseph Prince, take heed – sin is still sin, hell is still hot and you sir are leading your people straight to hell’s gate with your willful ignorance of biblical doctrine.
As the world seeks to find self, the modern church flaunts a glamorized self as bait to the lost in order to be sensitive to those whom they seek. In the midst of the many heresies being proclaimed from the pulpits, there is a Standard that is being lifted up among the people; a Plumb Line which reveals the crooked path of which many have taken…the Cross of Christ. This revelation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not to condemn those who have taken that wrong path but to correct and bring them to a point of decision…it is a choice they must make for themselves. Do they follow God or follow man. Pharoah’s pride hardened his heart as he held tight to his rebellion against God. Right now today there are many in hell because their pride utterly destroyed their faith in the Cross of Christ for Salvation. This is not ok. It is high time for the church to awake out of it’s sleep and seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness, not their own.
“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
One cannot follow Jesus until self is denied…not embraced.
-Donna Clark Warren
“I beseech you therefore, Brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
A living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, is not birthed by education through faith; neither is a living sacrifice birthed by talent, abilities or man made methods through faith.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.
A living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which proves God’s perfect Will, is birthed of the Spirit of God by the redeeming work of Christ Jesus on Calvary’s through faith. It is the Holy Spirit Who superintends the work of God in our hearts and produces fruit unto God as the Believer exhibits faith in the Cross of Christ. Such fruit is not obtained by abstinence but is placed in our heart through a circumcision without hands which supernaturally takes place in the Believer’s heart.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
As the Word of God is proclaimed from the pulpit it is a two edged sword. With one edge it cuts away the dead parts; while the other edge quickly sears the wound with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance…against such there are no laws when the dead parts are removed. The Believer’s heart who chooses to reject the Word of God and It’s intended purpose of piercing the heart for the removal of that which is not holy and acceptable unto God; their heart is hardened. The same sun which melts wax, hardens clay. We must all take heed of how the Word of God affects our heart when preached in context.
“For by Grace are you Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Whatever the Believer replaces the Cross of Christ with as the object of their faith defiles the Holiness imputed unto them and makes the Cross of Christ of no effect. Evil defiles holiness when evil is accepted but holiness expels evil when holiness is chosen.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of God’s Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
The Cross of Christ has afforded the Believer the ability to be partaker’s of God’s Divine Nature. The Holy Spirit will bring us to a point of decision and the Word of God will show us the path…the narrow path; that which is holy and acceptable unto God. Submitted unto Him by the redeeming work of Christ Jesus; always giving heed lest we be tempted beyond our ability to bear, we resist the devil and he flees. God is faithful to provide the way of escape and it will always be the narrow path…that which seems impossible to the natural eye but authors our faith when the decision is made to follow Holiness…Jesus Christ; be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren