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Robert June 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

Jack,
What a timely, well-written, and encouraging article. This issue of sanctification is often misunderstood and you’ve done a great job of making it understandable. Thanks again for reminding us of this vital aspect of salvation.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Pamela Rose Williams June 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Great article Jack … those “ifications” get confusing to some folks and you did a great job with this one. I love the reference to Joseph, very good example. God gets glory again!

Jack Wellman June 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Thank you both Robert and Pam. I agree, that God gets all glory for it came from His Word. My own personal opinion is not even able to be used to hang a hat on.

Abbey Adekoya July 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

Thank you very much Jack for chosen Joseph as a perfect example on this lovely passage . May God continue to bless us with his words .Amen

Jack Wellman July 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hello Abbey. You are more kind to me than I deserve. I believe that Joseph may be the best example that I could find. May God richly bless you as well and thank you so very much.

Nozipho July 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

Thank you Jack once more, you have outdone yourself. We thank God for you and the Wisdom He gives you all the time. I wish I could be like you and more in my walk with God. I admire Joseph so much, it takes a person with God to do what Joseph did, he had a gift of mercy. Jack , how do you know what gifts of the spirit god gave you? I strongly believe I have a gift of healing and have proved it and a gift of prophecy have proved it partly. I feel it in my spirit that I have a gift of interpreting different tongues but have not as yet, I desire a gift of wisdom so much it hurts. What gifts do you have and how did you realize them if you do not mind me asking.

Jack Wellman July 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Nozipho, I want to thank you so very much. Your words are so encouraging. Let me say that any gifts that I do have I have no reason to boast or brag because what do I have that I have not been given? I took a spiritual inventory test a few years ago and have also been told that I have the gifts of evangeiism and pastor/teacher, of mercy, and of giving. I am glad God has equipped you so well my friend. I believe that every believer as at least one gift (likely more). Thank you so much.

Nozipho July 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

Thank you Jack for being you, for being able to say the right things at the right time. So what do I do when I want to be certain of the gifts God has given me? How do I take a spiritual inventory test. When did you start your Evangelic work, how did you start, what prompt you, were there any signs that you are called to be an Evangelist. I often feel like I’m burning inside like there is something that wants to burst inside me like I can just stop people in the streets and tell them about God and HIs love. My feet burn, like there is a heat within the soles of my feet.

Jack Wellman July 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hello Nozipho. This website is one of the soundest theologically that I know of to assess your spiritual gifts. The test itself is free and at:

http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_MYCS_030526_Spiritual_Gifts_Survey.pdf

You will have to print it out and fill it in by hand. I hope this helps. I love this and highly recommend every believer in Christ take this inventory test of your giftedness to see which gifts of the Spirit that they have. I have evangelism in my blood more than anything. I must share the gospel with someone every day…or I feel that I wasted the day. Tell me how it comes out my friend.

Nozipho July 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

Thank you so much Jack, I’m on it as we speak. God bless you man of God.

Jack Wellman July 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thank you Nozipho. I think I have job security in becoming more holy over my lifetime for I have met the enemy and it’s the man in the mirror. Me! Thank you sir.

Nozipho July 16, 2012 at 5:10 am

Jack, am so so happy. And thank you once more for your help in discovering the gifts God has placed in me. Scred 25 on Faith and Service, Scored 24 on Evangelism, scored 23 on Hospitality, scored 22 on mercy and scored 20 on Exhortation. Those were the ones above 20. Thank you

Jack Wellman July 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Nozipho, this is just so awesome my friend. Truly God will use these gifts in you. Do you have a local church home? If so, tell the pastor. You need to be somewhere in some local church helping to build up the Body of Christ.

Nozipho July 17, 2012 at 2:19 am

Jack, I do have a church that I am part of here at home. Its a Bible orientated church and am learning so much everyday. I am an intercessor in my church. I and my spiritual mother on Saturdays we spend our time in church praying or at the mountain praying for pastors an keaders of this country (RSA) that they may be born again and that God may give them wisdom to rule the country. Jack, I am so disturbed I heard that Lady Gaga was coming to RSA? Do you know her?

Jack Wellman July 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Nozipho, I can not believe that Lady Gaga is really a Christian. Why? Read 1 John chapter 3 and you’ll see why. Just because I can go and sit in a garage doesn’t make me a car. She has not fruit and no works and James chapter 2 also testifies that her faith is dead (not real) and she will have to fact Jesus Christ some day. We need to pray for her salvation.

By the way, I would love it if you’d pray for me too. I am a janitor and have to work to support myself since my church is small and has no money to pay me a salary and so I would appreciate God to open a door for me…more so, that I could lead others to faith in Christ. Thanks Nozipho.

Nozipho July 18, 2012 at 1:45 am

Jack, whoever does not pracice righteousness is not of God. The Word of God says , He delights in a prayer of a righteous one, meaning God sees all that you do for His name sake, He sees your sacrifices, He sees your commitment to serving Him, He has seen all that you do for Him and at His appointed time He will give you the longings of your heart. Remember He is a God who sees and and a God who appreas in our situations. Hold on , your breakthrough is here in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, just press on one more time. He promises us in His Word, ” Trust in the LORD and do good, Dwell in the land and feed oHis faithfulness, Delight yoursaelf also in the LORD, He shall give you the desires of your heart, Commit your way to the LORD and trust Him and shell bring it to pass, Ps 37, and Ps 94v 7-11 but I like it when it says” Yet they say the LORD does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understands……..He who planted the ear , shall He not hear, He who planted the eye, shall He not see……..”
Have faith Man of God, I know you have faith in our God, and I know sometimes when you are facing a challenge you ask yourself if you’ll ever receive your breakthrough. But believe Jack yours is at the door.

God does not want you to be conscious of the lack in your natural circumstances. He does not wnat you to live by how much you earn or how much you have in the bank. God wants you to be concious of the abundance of resources in His Kingdom. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you, meaning its not some physical place. It is within you and is where the abundance of resources is. So if you want to experience the abundance in your life,be conscious first of the abundence inside you and what is inside will become a reality on the outside. God does not want you to be conscious of the lack you see outside but the abundence within you bcos the KIngdom is within you.

Remember the story of the children of Israel and the Red Sea, when they were out of Egypt and when Pharos man were persuing them. Behind them were the Egyptians, on the sides were mountains and in front of them was the Red Sea, and the Children of Israel were complaining against God saying what did take them out of Egypt to let them die in the wilderness (is that not what we do when faced with tough times forgetting that God allowed that to happen so that He’ll get the Glory He deserves)And Moses started crying to God and God said to Moses ” Moses, tell My people to move forward, forward they must go (torwards the Red Sea). When the Israelites lost all hope because they did not completely trust God, God made a way for them and He devided the sea into two and they passed on a dry ground to the other side.

I told the devil that no matter what he throws my way FORWARD I WILL GO. For me there is no turning back the vehicle that I am in has no reverse gear only forward. I know the things I am telling you you are aware of but you just needed to hear them from someone other than yourself. Whenever I speak to you I feel this positive energy from you, I always look forward to your articles and these topics.

God is especially fond of you, you inspire me to do more and exceedingly for God. He heard you, He knows all your worries, He knows what tries to still your peace, but He wants you to trust in only Him, He will make a way for you. Continue receiving your blessings from God . Come before God with thanksgiving, praise and worship.
Thank you Jack

Jack Wellman July 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

My friend Nozipho, You have actually written an article here in itself. How I wish I had you in our Sunday school class to teach. You’re so amazing. Thank you.

Nozipho July 19, 2012 at 1:55 am

To God Be the Glory.

Patricia Schneider February 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack, for clarifying ‘Sanctification.’ NOZIPHO sounds like a true evangelist, doesn’t he? Wonder what country he’s from? (RSA?)
Always yours in Christ, Jesus…Patty

Nozipho February 11, 2013 at 3:15 am

Hey Patty, glory and honour be to God. I am actually a she. And yes am from RSA. Nozipho is a Zulu word which translates ” MOTHER OF ALL GIFTS” in English.

God bless you,

Patricia Schneider February 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Sorry, Nophizo..unfamiliar with foreign names. You say your name is Zulu…beautiful meaning! So, I gather RSA stands for Republic of Africa?
Many blessings for you and your family, Nophizo!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus…Patty

Patricia Schneider February 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!
When I try to access the site on ‘spiritual gifts’ you provided, I keep getting ‘unable to access. Don’t have permission.’ What am I doing wrong?

Jack Wellman February 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Try this one. Is this the one you couldn’t get?

http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_MYCS_030526_Spiritual_Gifts_Survey.pdf

It is a PDF file and you will need to print it out and fill it in by hand. Let me know if this works.

Patricia Schneider February 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Don’t know what I’m doing wrong…it still says “Windows can not open file. May not have permission.” Will ask my cousin for help, she taught me how to use computer.
Not giving up, Pastor Jack! Even ‘googled’ the link, but all that did was give me a site listing the Gifts of The Holy Spirit, not the survey.
Heard you were getting negative feedbacks on some of your articles (don’t know which ones…) Please, DON’T take it to heart, Pastor. It is SO obvious your words are inspired by The Holy Spirit! Will pray this spiritual crisis passes soon, and God’s Wonderful Glory will continue to shine always thru your articles!
In Christ, Jesus….Patty

Jack Wellman February 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Patty. Sometimes differing computers do not like certain applications or websites. Try these if you can:

http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=3

http://mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test.htm

http://www.ministrymatters.com/spiritualgifts/#axzz2KdN30tk4

http://buildingchurch.net/g2s-i.htm

I believe most of these are free. If not, jump out of it and try another.

Patricia Schneider February 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

Thanks so much, Pastor Jack! All the links worked on my computer…used the 2nd & 3rd links for surveys. On the 2nd link, not knowing what the number scores meant, I have no comparison to ‘judge’ the extent of my gifts from The Holy Spirit.
Exhortion – 14
Giving – 11
Leadership – 6
Mercy – 11
Prophecy – 10
Service – 9
Teaching – 8
Would you know what these scores mean? I think God may want me to become involved more with Gary’s Church, but something is holding me back. Then again, I truly don’t KNOW God’s Plan for me. Explanation of the Gifts were given, too.
The 3rd. survey had 85 statements! I scored only 3 of The Holy Spirit’s Gifts on that.
1. Healing
2. Faith
3. Prophecy
There’s no hurry in answering me, I’m more than aware how busy you are!
In Christ, Jesus….Patty

Jack Wellman February 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi Patty. I see that you DO have the gift of exhortation just by your comments. That is so much needed in the church and it is exhorting others to more good works.

As for giving that is something like being a cheerful giver and giving a tithe for example to the church or helping the poor but also giving of your time, talents and not just your treasure.

For mercy, this is so important too…it is being a forgiving person and extending mercy to those who have sinned (like we all have), to those who have hurt you (forgiving them) and for showing tenderness when others have made big mistakes (like an abortion).

Prophecy is actually teaching and not predicting the future like most people assume. It is literally “a forth telling” or telling the truth and putting it first for there are no prophets today who can predict what God is going to do as we have already all the Word of God revealed we need and anything outside of the Bible is not reliable and is what is called “extra-biblical” and not trustworthy. What you have learned is easily able to be taught to others, for example, you could be a great help to new Christians (which is why you scored high on teaching too).

And a 9 on service shows me that you will be a great help to the church…washing dishes in the church kitchen, setting up chairs, etc. This is a thankless job but so important.

Overall, you are a merciful, gifted teacher that can exhort others to more service and very giving of yourself. I wish I had you in my church! These are all so important to the church today and you will be a great asset anywhere you go.

More to clarify about prophecy: Certainly, in my mind, the most disturbing aspect of the Charismatic movement and their thirst for supernatural experience and supernatural encounter is their claim that God is still revealing Himself verbally to them. It has been a curiosity to me and should be to us, I think, that if God is still giving revelation, the only ones that He gives it to are Charismatics. Nobody else seems to be getting revelation with the exception of the founders of various cults. But apart from the cults and the Charismatics I don’t see people within the framework, the broad framework of Christianity, claiming revelation.

Jude said that, “Scripture was once for all delivered to the Saints.” And when it was delivered it was done. Christ has put His stamp of authority on the Scripture. The Church has clearly discovered the canon of God’s Word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and has abandoned every spurious attempt to pollute it with false writing. To add anything to Scripture or to downplay the singular, unique, inspiration of Scripture, then is to not only go against the Word of God and the warning of Scripture and the teaching of Christ and the Apostles, but it is to bring yourself into the very dangerous place where you are susceptible to the curse of God. And, of course, what happens when you introduce something as true is you open up a spiritual free-for-all, unintentionally perhaps.

There has arisen recently a very interesting group that is sort of leading the prophetic parade, if we can call it that, and they come from Kansas City. They have gathered the name, “The Kansas City Prophets.” They are the subject of much writing today. They are self-proclaimed prophets in Kansas City and they serve as a good example of how far prophetic abuses can go. They are very popular. I was shocked, absolutely shocked, to find out within the last week, that one of their leaders is speaking in Westminster Church, the Church of G. Campbell Morgan and Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in the city of London. That is the level to which they have ascended, these Kansas City Prophets.

Invited to speak as guests in a Kansas City church, these self-styled prophets each prophesied that the Lord had told them that the Church was to disband; that the Church’s leaders had no right to challenge the prophecy and that if the Church failed to heed the prophecy, ‘Ichabod, the Glory Has Departed,’ would be written above the door. Now, imagine a man coming into the pulpit of this Church, telling you he had a “Word from the Lord” that you’re to disband, and if you don’t disband according to the “Word from the Lord,” Ichabod would be written over your Church.

The Prophets had allegedly received a message from God saying that all the Christians in Kansas City were to be under the authority of the Prophets’ home church. So that all the Christians of Kansas City were to leave their churches and go to the Church known as the Kansas City Fellowship. Similar prophecies were delivered in and around Kansas City and other churches and incredibly, one church at least, actually responded by dropping its ties with the Assemblies of God and aligning with the Kansas City Fellowship. Now that’s a novel approach to church growth. But it has more in common with the methodology of cults than it does with the work of the Holy Spirit.
Interestingly, the Kansas City Prophets admit that they have prophesied falsely on occasion – they admit it. They specialize, they say, in predictive prophecy. They foretold, for example, that a nationwide revival would sweep across England in June of 1990, one year ago. Hundreds of thousands were going to turn to Christ and the movement would then spread to the entire European continent. Like many of their predictions, the revival never materialized.
They should have been stoned to death if living in the Old Testamen period.

Patricia Schneider February 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! Never expected you to reply so quickly, and at length as you did! Thank you! Also for explaining more about ‘prophesy.’ Even with the explanation the surveys gave, I was still unsure of its meaning. The Holy Spirit indeed speaks thru your writing, Pastor, for I now understand completely.

Received a prayer request for Israel from my cousin earlier today. Clicked on their site and read the article. At the end there were comments, and of course, I wrote from my heart. Within minutes I was bombarded with rebukes, criticized for ‘proselytizing’ and for insulting the Israeli Jews.
One guy even ‘threatened’ me saying ‘if I refuse to cease, it would boomerang and cause me harm.’
Only one other Christian joined in, saying Truth can’t be denied just because you don’t won’t to heed it.
Have to admit, I was overwhelmed by all the negative feedback from my comment. And a bit frightened by that ‘threat.’ But I took a deep breath, prayed to the Holy Spirit to guide me in my responses.
First I apologized for any upsets as I was NOT criticizing the Israeli Jews. (Yes, I did mention they were once God’s Chosen People who broke the covenant with God when they refused to accept Jesus. Perhaps I came on too strong? Was I incorrect in this statement?) Then I wrote that perhaps commenting on their site about Christianity wasn’t the avenue I should choose. Pastor Jack, you wouldn’t believe the anger of these commentators! One guy even said that God was an angry man who hated people! I replied to him that God was a Spirit made man through His Son, Jesus. And that He loves ALL His children and wants us to join Him in eternity.
Haven’t been back to that site…maybe I’ll take a peek and see if any more comments were made. Honestly, I DID NOT MEAN ANYTHING DISRESPECTFUL TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE!
Should I just leave this site alone…let someone who’s more knowledgeable in Scripture (and brave) to express the Truth about God’s Word? Just trying to get thru the anger to 4 of the comments was a toughie for me. Whew~! Did I overstep my ‘boundaries?’
In Christ, Jesus….Patty

Nozipho February 12, 2013 at 3:48 am

Calvary Greetings, Yes the name is a Zulu name. And its the Republic of South Africa. May God bless you and your family too. may you prosper in all you do, may He increase your territory, may you be bold in doing God’s work and will. Dig deeper to find out what god has called you for, find your purpose in the body of Christ. May God reveal His will for your life to you in Jesus’ Name Amen.
Glory be to God

Patricia Schneider February 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thank you, Nozipho, for your insightful words and God’s blessings upon my family and me.
You mentioned to ‘dig deeper to find what God has called me for and to find purpose in Jesus’ Name.’ That was a beautiful prayer, Nozipho!
Thanks also for the other info I asked. (RSA-Republic of South Africa.)
You are included in my daily prayers, as ALL WCWTK folks.
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Dr. Ime Udo June 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

A good piece but disappointing conclusion. I wish more light is shed on the conclusion

Arold March 3, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Sanctification is such a critical process that every believer must go through. It’s an ongoing process through which the Holy Spirit will empower and transform us to become more and more like Jesus Christ. It’s a process of dying to self through complete submission and surrender to Christ’s lordship and authority.

Jack Wellman March 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

Hello Arold….God is so patient and longsuffering and not willing that any of us perish so we can know that all of us will struggle with sin like Paul did their whole lives (Rom 7). Thank you for your words of wisdom and yes, it is dying to self and surrendering to Christ’s Lordship. Well said my friend.

Nozipho March 5, 2015 at 3:04 am

Hey Pastor Jack and my fellow christians. Its been too long since I last wrote to you. I pray that all is well with everyone. God is still King in my life. He is still the Most High God. He has been truly awesome in my life. All the Glory be unto Him.

Lots of Love,
Nozipho

Jack Wellman March 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

Hello Nozipho, what a joy to hear from you again. May God richly bless you for your encouragement my fellow saint. Thank you.

Christa July 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

Jack, thank you for this article! I am researching how to drink in the Spirit to teach it. If you have any more info. on that please let me know. I am praying for you, that God would pour out a financial blessing that you can not contain.
My friend that was in great debt—we would sing in the spirit together for 10 or 15 mins. every time he needed to make a sale and that year he made $160,000. I encourage you to find someone to sing in the Spirit with!!!! I simply copy catted Ruth Ward Heflin—an amazing women of God (I encourage you to read some of her books of you haven’t) and it worked. God bless you!!!!

Hannah September 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

Very well written article. God directed me to it at the right time. Stay blessed Jack Wellman

Becky January 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

I came upon this article when I googled the definition of sanctification from notes on a sermon from my church on Biblical prayers. Definitely a God directed choice because I got so much more than just the definition. I learned so much from the article and from all of the comments made by fellow Christians.
I too am looking to find what my role is to be in my church, so I am thankful for the information about the survey. Thank you all for making me feel like I was in a room full of friends. God bless you all.

Steven Johnson February 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Dear Jack,
What a marvelous reading…thank you so much for the inspiration and information. To be made Holy…Spiritual progress. Yes indeed, a daily, continuous dedication to the Great Reality, the Presence of God in Christ through meditation and prayer. I loved your reference to the “still small voice” and God the Holy Spirit. I have read many of Joel S. Goldsmiths books and maybe you have also…Consciousness unfolding is so true. Thank you again for a wonderful outline on Sanctification. God Is. I love this stuff !!!!!

Jack Wellman February 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Thank you Mr. Johnson. Yes, Mr. Goldsmiths books are spot on I hear. You wrote that it takes “a daily, continuous dedication to the Great Reality, the Presence of God in Christ through meditation and prayer” which is so very true my friend. Thank you for adding those crucial elements to our sanctification.

Emmanuel September 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Thank you Jack for this wonderful teaching on sanctification. it will be helpful during Sunday school teaching in my church. God bless you and your ministry.

patrcik April 21, 2018 at 10:04 am

Thanks Pastor Jack I was indeed blessed by this article.Glory to God

Jack Wellman April 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

THank you for the encouragement. All to Him we owe (Psalm 115:1).

Brian February 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

Thanks.

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