Welcome to the Gospel Light Minute!

Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.

Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 123)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 123.

Marcus Dods said, “Evil furthers the work of God in the world. It is in conquering and abolishing evil that He is manifested. The question for us is not where suffering has come from, but what are we to do with it.”

One of the questions that men and women have sought the answer to for centuries is: Why is there suffering in the world? We naturally feel that if God is good, and if the world He made is good, then there should be no suffering, especially suffering by those who are innocent or unable to help themselves. In this account of Jesus’ encounter with a blind man, we see one of God’s reasons for allowing suffering in the world.

We read that, “as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.” This man had it very hard. He was born not being able to see. He didn’t know what the blue sky looks like, he didn’t know the faces of his mother and father; he had never seen a multi-colored rainbow. He was born blind.

Seeing that he was born blind, you would think that people would show him some compassion and give him the benefit of the doubt. But, that is not the case. Jesus’ disciples immediately jump to conclusions about the reason why this man was born blind. They say, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” In their minds, the only reason why this man could not see was because of some specific sin either on his part or on the part of his parents.

Jesus refutes this notion when He says, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents…” Now, Jesus is not saying that this man or his parents were sinless. He was simply saying that this man’s blindness was not the result of a specific sin committed either by the man or his parents. Of course, the man and his parents were sinners, for all are sinners. The man’s blindness was simply a condition that came about as a result of the fallen nature of the human race. David Guzik said, “Birth defects and other such tragedies are sometimes due to sinful behavior of the parents. Yet far more often – and in the case Jesus spoke of here – it is due simply to sin and our fallen condition in general, not due to any specific sin. The sin of Adam set the principle of death and its associated destruction in the world and we have had to deal with it ever since.”

In other words, even as a newborn who has done nothing wrong, you already have marks against you because you are a person with a sinful nature born into a sin-cursed world. You do not have to do anything in order for bad things to happen to you. Simply by living in this world, you will be susceptible to suffering, pain, and death.

Why would God allow such a condition to persist in the world? Why would God allow this man to be born blind? Jesus tells us the reason is “that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” This means that although we live in a sin-cursed world — which, in no way, is God’s fault — God reaches into the world, takes the suffering, evil, pain, and death that goes on here, and makes something good out of it. God takes what is evil and turns it into something that brings Him glory. He allows this type of suffering so that we might see that He is giving us a better way.

No matter what kind of suffering or pain you are experiencing or have experienced, God will allow you to go through it so that you will realize that his world cannot satisfy you. He wants you to remain restless in your current condition. He wants you to realize just how bad of a place you are in. And then he wants you to turn to him.

This blind man may have never known that he needed Jesus until he realized that he had no other way out of his blindness. God allowed him to experience temporary suffering on earth so that he could escape eternal suffering in Hell. As C.S. Lewis said, ‘Suffering is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.’ Some people try to cope with their pain, and they only realize that they need Jesus as a last resort. God allows much suffering to continue so that people will come to the realization that they need Him. And once they have Him, they will look back on their suffering, and see that it was worth it in the end.

Whether or not you are suffering right now, God wants you to come to Him. He wants you to open your eyes to the truth and let Jesus save you from sin and from eternal suffering in Hell. Here is how you can accept Him into your heart and life today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 36 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #88)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Jim Cymbala said, “The work of God can only be carried on by the power of God. The church is a spiritual organism fighting spiritual battles: only spiritual power can make it perform as God ordained. When we sincerely turn to God, we find that His church always moves forward, never backward.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are three worlds looking into every church meeting: there is a world of angels; there’s a world of demons, and there’s the ordinary world outside — and everyone of them is going to feel the result of some decision we make.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Since revival happens when God pours himself on his people, those involved typically experience an extraordinary yet unmistakable sense of the divine presence. Sometimes this is called ‘atmospheric revival,’ in which people give testimony to feeling, experiencing and sensing that God is present. However, a revival that fits the New Testament pattern is never measured by feelings alone; there must be a demonstration of New Testament fruit as well.”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The next use of this word that we are looking at is in Isaiah 62:6-7, which reads: “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

The word “watchman” in this verse refers to one who keeps, guards, protects, or observes. In this prophetic passage, God is speaking regarding the glorious future of His people, Israel, and in particular the City of Jerusalem.

God says, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem.” Here, He is not talking about physical watchmen who are on the lookout against an enemy. Rather, He is talking about spiritual watchmen, who have a spiritual duty. What is their duty? The duty of these watchmen is to never cease “making mention of the Lord.” They are to “keep not silence and give Him no rest” until the city of Jerusalem is raised up to glory.

God is calling on His people to pray to Him consistently for the peace of Jerusalem and the restoration of the nation. The watchmen are prayer warriors whose job it is to make consistent intercession to God. That is what God commands of them. Can this command apply to us today? The answer is yes.

Charles Spurgeon said, “‘Give him no rest’ is our Lord’s own command to us concerning the great God. …He does in effect say, ‘Press me! Urge me! Lay hold on my strength. Wrestle with me.’ All this, and much more, is included in the expression, ‘Give him no rest.'”

Of course, God has made no great promise regarding the restoration of America. But, as the people of God, we are nonetheless called to be watchmen for the spiritual health of our nation. We are to pray without ceasing, to lay hold on God, and to not let go until we see repentance and revival.

How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 35 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #87)

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Ephesians 6:10-18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Francis Frangipane said, “There will be no ‘knights in shining armor’ in God’s kingdom; our armor will have many dings and dents. No perfect heroes will ride to save the day; just wearied saints who look to God and, in weakness, find Christ’s strength. This, indeed, is the essence of God’s kingdom: divine greatness manifested in common people.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “America is not dying because of the strength of humanism; it’s dying because of the weakness of evangelism.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us that there are nine faces of revival: “The repentance revival emphasizes a moral cleansing of individual lives and of society as a whole. The evangelism revival focuses on winning souls to Christ. The worship revival centers on magnifying God. The deeper life revival emphasizes the experience of God’s indwelling. The spiritual warfare revival devotes its energies to battling Satan and the other demons. The Holy Spirit revival is characterized by extensive manifestations of the Spirit. The reconciliation revival leads to the removal of barriers to racial and ethnic harmony. The liberation revival focuses on gaining freedom from corporate and personal bondage to sin. The prayer revival displays considerable efforts at intercession and other forms of prayer.” And I will add that true revival will include all of these things.

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The third use of this word that we are going to look at is in Psalm 141:3: “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

David was a man after God’s own heart, and this verse from one of his writings shows one of the reasons why. The Hebrew word for “watch” used in the psalm is “shomrah”, and it means to stand guard. The word “keep” has an even more broad meaning. It means, “to watch, to guard, to preserve or guard from dangers, to be blockaded, to be a watchman.”

Although David made some major mistakes in his life, he was not the kind of person who wanted to leave the door open for evil. Matthew Henry said, “David was in fear of sin, and he begs of God that he might be kept from sin, knowing that his prayers would not be accepted unless he took care to watch against sin.”

Some of us go out into the world with our guard down, heedless against the temptations that Satan is planning on sending our way. We don’t watch our tongues, our thoughts, or our eyes. We say things, think things, and do things that we may not have planned on doing, but that we end up doing anyway because we did not watch, we did not guard against the possibility of temptation and sin.

We need to be like David and ask God to set a guard at our tongues, our hearts, and our minds that we might not think, say, or do anything that is displeasing to Him. We need to watch.

Jesus Is the Light for Your Life, Part 22 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 122)

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TEXT: John 8:51-59

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 122.

Billy Sunday said, “There are two hundred and fifty-six names given in the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond all that any one name could express.”

The Jews obviously don’t like the fact that Jesus claimed Abraham would be on His side in the debate over death and eternal life. However, they zero in on the claim that Jesus is making by implication: that He is old enough to have communicated with Abraham. They reply incredulously, “Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?” This goes back to their accusation that Jesus is trying to make something of Himself by claiming God-like attributes. Here, seeing that Abraham has been dead for hundreds of years, they know that Jesus is claiming to be everlasting,

Jesus confirms their suspicions when He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” In other words, ‘Before Abraham began to exist — before He was even born — I was existing for all eternity.’ If any of the Jewish religious leaders had doubts before, they have none now. Jesus just said He is God. William Barclay said, ‘All of the lightning flashes — the small glimpses that Jesus revealed of His true nature before now — pale in comparison before the blaze of this verse.’ There was nothing else Jesus could have said that would have shocked and enraged the religious leaders more.

Jesus uses the phrase “I AM” — the same term God used to speak to Moses at the burning bush when he asked, “Lord, when the people ask who sent me, what do I tell them?” God said, “Tell them I AM hath sent you.” And here, Jesus is saying, “I AM is standing before you.”

What does I AM mean? I AM means eternally existent. God had no birth and will have no death (contrary to what humanists say today). God always has been and always will be. God needs no one and nothing to benefit His existence; He is entirely self-sufficient. God is not bound by time or space. He is infinite and everlasting. By calling Himself “I AM”, Jesus was claiming all these attributes for Himself.

The Jews who did not believe that Jesus was God — or anything close to it — viewed this as blasphemous. This showed that, on some level, they took Jesus seriously. He was not just a madman or a rabble rouser. He was making serious, logical claims that they would not allow. This is their reaction: “Then took they up stones to cast at him.” However, since Jesus’ time had not yet come, the Bible tells us that the Lord “hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

Notice the contrast in this chapter, John chapter 8. It began with the Jewish religious leaders wanting to stone a woman caught in adultery. After a long discussion with Jesus, it ends with them picking up stones and trying to stone Jesus. This is a very vivid image of what Jesus did for us. He prevented the stones from falling on the woman who deserved to die for her sins; but, eventually, Jesus would receive that punishment and death in His own body on the cross.

Yes, the I AM — the eternally existent one who needs neither man nor material things — would submit to death at the hands of sinners in order that those sinners might be saved and might receive eternal life. If you wish to receive eternal life, here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 5 (Onward Christian Soldiers #128)

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Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”


Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 5”

We are going to continue looking at the four steps to overcoming temptation. We have already covered the first two, which are:

1. Count on your death with Christ.
2. Count on Christ’s life in you.

The third step you must take is to arm yourself with the Word of God.

We have already learned about the mighty weapon of prayer which God has given us. But God has given us another weapon to use against Satan. This weapon is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”

When the Lord Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He used this weapon to defeat Satan. Three times Satan tempted the Lord Jesus, and three times Jesus answered him with the Word of God.

The Lord Jesus used exactly the right verse to meet each temptation of Satan. When Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him by offering Him all the kingdoms of this world, Jesus did not quote the 23rd Psalm. That is a beautiful passage of Scripture, but it was not the weapon to use against that temptation. Instead Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'”

The Lord Jesus defeated Satan because He knew how to use the Word of God. This is why it is important for you to hide the Word of God in your heart. You must arm yourself with the Word of God.

Here are some victory verses for you to learn. Hide them in your heart and prepare to use them against Satan.

1. John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” God’s Word is the truth. When you know the truth about sin, Satan, and temptation, you can be set free from their power over you.

2. Romans 6:14: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Sin shall not continue to rule over you. Why? Because you are “under grace,” where God’s mighty power works in your behalf. Christ lives in you and He will enable you to overcome sin’s power.

3. James 4:7: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Learn to resist Satan. Resist him with the Word of God. Resist Him in Jesus’ name. Resist him in the victory of Calvary. Remind him that he is defeated and he will flee from you.

If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we are going to continue looking at how we can overcome temptation next week.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 8

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 8)

The doctrine of the eternal punishment of Hell and the Lake of Fire is clearly presented throughout the Bible. To fully understand the reality of this judgment, we are going to begin looking at all of the major attributes of Hell. There are twelve main attributes, some of which we have already touched on in this series, and we are going to look at the first three in detail today.

First, the Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:30 says, “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” In the parable in which this verse is contained, two servants who used their talents for the glory of God are rewarded, whereas a third servant who did not use his talents, thereby showing that he is not a true servant, is sentenced to punishment. This teaches us that those who do not serve God in this life will be unable to serve him in the next life.

They will be cast into the Lake of Fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Yes, there will be much weeping and many tears in Hell. People will be mourning and crying over lost opportunities to receive salvation and lost opportunities to use their talents for God’s glory. They will look back on their lives and gnash their teeth in grief and sadness over their rejection of salvation. You do not want to be part of that number. But, that is not all that we are told about the Lake of Fire.

Second, we are told that the Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness. Matthew 22:13 – “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness…” This attribute of Hell occurs as part of a parable that Jesus told in which the King has invited many people to a wedding feast. However, one man shows up in attire that is not appropriate for the feast. So, the king commands that he be `bound and thrown into the outer darkness. We know that the outer darkness is synonymous with Hell and the Lake of Fire because we are told that the “outer darkness” is also the place “where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

There are some people, right now, who think they can get into Heaven any kind of way. They will die and attempt to reach Heaven’s gates clothed in their good works, in their moral living, in their religious lifestyle, only to find that that is not enough. The only clothing you need to get into Heaven are the robes of righteousness that have been washed white in the blood of Jesus. If you die looking to get into Heaven based on any other terms, you will find yourself in outer darkness. You do not want to be part of that number. But, that is not all that we are told about the Lake of Fire.

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Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 34 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #86)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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William Gurnall said, “We must put our confidence in the armor of God and in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only mighty through God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We need to get into the Word and eat it. It will hurt us at times, but it will revive us. It may unclothe us to clothe us, empty us to fill us, cast us down to lift us up, and yet this is all we need.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Revivals naturally lead to a significant evangelistic outreach and harvest of souls in the community touched by the revived church.”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The second use of this word that we are going to look at is in Nehemiah 4:7-9: “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.”

The context of this passage occurs after Nehemiah has led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Upon their arrival, they find that the walls are torn down and that the Temple has not been rebuilt. Motivated by this sad state of affairs, Nehemiah rallies the people to begin rebuilding the holy city.

His plans, however, are opposed by other non-Jewish groups that had begun living in the area since the Jews were carried into exile. Even though Nehemiah had permission from the Persian king to restore the city, Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites sought to undermine and hinder the reconstruction project, even to the point of going to war against the Jews.

Nehemiah did not let their opposition hinder him. He continued on his course, but made precautions against the possibility of attack. First, he led the people in prayer; he said, “We made our prayer unto our God.” Just as we learned from Ephesians, when faced with Satanic opposition, we ought to “pray always with all prayer.”

The second thing Nehemiah led the people in doing was watching. He says, “We set a watch against them day and night.” They didn’t stop their work; they continued with the task God had given them, but they had an eye on their enemies. They were aware of the threat that surrounded them and they were alert to the possibility of a sneak attack. So they watched and prayed.

When we face spiritual opposition, we ought to respond the same way.

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