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The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #305)

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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.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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A.W. Pink said, “Troubled soul, the ‘much tribulation’ will soon be over, and as you enter the ‘kingdom of God’ you shall then see, no longer ‘through a glass darkly’ but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence, that ‘all things’ did ‘work together’ for your personal and eternal good.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The commitment to the Scriptures of Swiss reformers such as Zwingli and Calvin was almost nonexistent in Robert Haldane’s day. It was not uncommon for ministerial students to complete their course of training and never actually read the Bible through even once. One student testified, ‘During the four years I attended the theological teachers of Geneva, I did not, as part of my studies, read one single chapter of the Word of God, except a few Psalms and chapters I needed to read to learn Hebrew, and I did not receive one single lesson of exegesis of the Old or New Testament.’”

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After Jesus comforts the Church at Smyrna, letting them know that He has experienced all that they are going through, He gives them two commands.

The first command is “fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer.” Jesus has told His church that suffering is coming. It will come in the form of some being cast into prison and some being put on trial because of their faith. These can be scary propositions under a brutal, anti-Christian government. But Jesus says the Church should not be afraid. Fearlessness in the life of a Christian is an indicator that his focus is in the right place; his focus is on God, not on the persecution, the opposition, or the circumstances. If we look around us, we will find plenty of reasons to be afraid. But if we keep our focus on God, we will be reminded that He is greater than any suffering, persecution, or tribulation that we face.

Vance Havner said, “The ‘tribulation’ here spoken of by Christ does not mean the common trials to which all flesh is heir. Some dear souls think they are bearing their cross every time they have a headache. The tribulation mentioned here is trouble they would not have had if they had not been Christians.”

Not only ought we to fear not in the midst of tribulation, but we ought to “be faithful even unto death.” This command comes immediately after Jesus’ statement that the church at Smyrna would “have tribulation ten days.” Whether this is a literal ten days of twenty-four hours or a symbol of some other length of time we do not know. The point for us today is that “trouble don’t last always.” God has an appointed time to bring us out of our persecution and tribulation. A common expression is, “All good things must come to an end.” Well, all bad things must come to an end as well. We can be faithful in tribulation because we know that God will certainly see us through the tribulation and bring us out of the tribulation. We may not see the end, but God always sees the end from the beginning.

When we are tempted to give in to discouragement during persecution and tribulation, we must remember to keep our focus on God because then we will not be afraid. We must also strive to be faithful to the end of our trouble — even if that end is death. Remembering that God will bring us through no matter the outcome will help us stay focused, fearless, and faithful during tribulation and persecution.

The Amazing Obedience of the Wise Men, Joseph, and Mary (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 39 / Day 406 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 2:11-15:

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

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Kenneth Latourette said, “One of the most amazing and significant facts of history is that within five centuries of its birth, Christianity won the professed allegiance of the overwhelming majority of the Roman Empire and even the support of the Roman state. Beginning as a seemingly obscure sect of Judaism, one of the scores, even hundreds of religions and religious groups which were competing within the realm, revering as its central figure one who had been put to death by the machinery of Rome.”

After the wise men met Jesus, they receive a message from God in a dream telling them not to go back to Herod with the news that they had found the Child. They obeyed this message and returned to their own land by another route. The obedience of the pagan astrologers to the divine message is yet more evidence that they understood that they were not dealing just with the arrival of human royalty, but with the long-awaited bursting forth of divinity upon mankind.

Previously, the wise men were beholden to human rulers, including Herod. But now that Jesus had arrived, they recognized that a higher authority was in control and that this higher authority was working in the earth to bring about His will. The wise men knew that they owed their allegiance to Him. Everyone who met Jesus during His earthly ministry was confronted with the same reality. Everyone had to pay allegiance to the secular Roman government or to the religious Jewish government. But Jesus claimed authority that was even higher. People had to decide if they would turn their allegiance to Jesus or continue following earthly authorities.

Craig S. Keener said, “That the Magi needed a supernatural revelation to warn them not to return by way of Jerusalem suggests their innocent naiveté. Even without Herod’s unadmirable character, few kings would be ready to surrender their own rule to a nonrelative some foreigners hailed as king! (For that matter, not only powerful people in society but many others today seem reluctant to acknowledge Jesus’ right to direct their lives.) The Magi’s innocence compared to Herod’s murderous shrewdness again reminds Matthew’s readers not to prejudge the appropriate recipients of the gospel. Jesus is for all who will receive him, and God may provide Jesus’ servants with allies in unexpected places if we have the wisdom to recognize them.”

The wise men, however, were not the only ones who received a warning from God on the night of their visit to the house of the Child Jesus. Joseph also received a warning that Herod would seek to “destroy” the “young child.” The angel of the Lord told Jesus’ earthly parents to take Him to Egypt in order to avoid the coming bloodbath. God could have protected His Son through supernatural means, but it is interesting that He chose to use human ones. Sending the Child to Egypt would have put Him out of Herod’s jurisdiction; it would have also fulfilled Hosea’s prophecy that the Messiah would be called “out of Egypt.”

The obedience of the wise men, and of Joseph and Mary, is an example for us today. We may not understand the mysterious ways in which God chooses to work, but we ought to choose to obey nevertheless. The wise men also faced a choice — whether to continue with their allegiance to earthly kings or to shift their allegiance to the King of Kings whom God had revealed to them in the Child Jesus. The eyes and minds of these pagans had been opened to the truth via the little that they had learned about Jesus. Our minds possess an even greater enlightenment regarding who God is through the complete revelation of Jesus Christ. Will we obey as the wise men did? Will we obey as Mary and Joseph did? Will we obey God? That is the question.

God made sure to preserve His Son’s life so that He could die as a sacrifice in order to save your soul. Here is how you can take advantage of His sacrifice today by believing in Him:

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 email 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.

What Child is This? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 38 / Day 405 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 2:10-12:

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 38, day 405 since Jan. 1, 2016.

N.T. Wright said, “The longer you look at Jesus, the more you will want to serve him in his world.”

When the wise men realized that they had reached their destination, signified by the star ceasing to move before them, they “rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” They proceeded to enter the house where Mary and Joseph lived where they came face-to-face with the Son of God, who was, at this time, about one year old. Many have wondered what the Child Jesus must have been like. Not too long after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, writers began to make up fictional stories of Jesus working miracles as a child. In recent years, one author has written a series of novels about the boy Jesus which are now being made into a movie. But the Bible does not give us many details about Jesus appearance or actions until His ministry begins around the age of thirty.

However, judging by the reaction of the wise men when they meet the Child Jesus, we can determine that there was something different about Him even as an infant, something divine, something that set Him apart. Even in the eyes of these pagans, Jesus was worthy of worship. We see this kind of reaction in all of the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ childhood. Mary and Joseph never had to introduce Jesus. They never said, “Look, this is God’s Son. This is the Messiah.” The shepherds who went to Bethlehem looked on an infant fresh from the womb and rejoiced because they knew it was the Messiah. When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple a few days later, both Simeon and Anna immediately recognized the divinity of the Baby. When Jesus was twelve years old, the chief priests and scribes in the Temple marveled over the fact that Jesus was answering their questions with unfathomable wisdom.

So, something about Jesus, even as a Child, prompted people to recognize that He was special. The Bible tells us that the wise men did three things when they met Jesus. First, they “fell down” or bowed down to Him. Can you imagine bowing down to a child? Probably not. But, when the wise men bowed down, they were demonstrating that, though Jesus appeared as a child, they knew that He held more power and authority than they did. They had the spirit of John the Baptist who said, “He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

Then, the wise men “worshiped” Jesus. Throughout the Bible, it is clearly stated that worship was to be given to God alone. When men began to worship angels, the angels always corrected them and said, ‘Don’t worship us; worship God.’ When some pagans tried to worship Paul and Silas, the apostles rebuked them and said, ‘Worship belongs to God alone.’ In Scripture, Jesus Christ is the only man who ever accepted worship from others. He accepted that worship because He is God. The wise men recognized that Jesus was not just the firstborn son of a royal human family, but the firstborn Son of God, and thus deserving of worship.

Finally, the wise men gave “gifts” to the Child Jesus. They gave precious, expensive gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold was a symbol of wealth, and gold today is still the standard of money in most countries. The gold could be said to represent Jesus’ ownership of all the wealth of the world. Frankincense is a type of perfume or incense made from the frankincense tree. In the Old Testament, the Jews burned incense in the Temple as a “sweet” smell that rose up before God. The smell of the incense was pleasing to God and the presentation of incense was symbolic of the pleasing sacrifice that Jesus’ death would be for mankind. Myrrh is a bitter gum or perfume that comes from certain plants in Arabia and Ethiopia. It was used in the embalming of the dead before burial. This gift portended the death and burial of Christ. The wise men recognized that all that they had rightfully belonged to the newborn King. And they were willing to give up what they “owned” for Him. We do not know if the wise men were considered “saved” at this moment, but we do know that they exhibited the spirit of saved people. Later in His ministry, Jesus would test people’s willingness to give up their possessions as a means of demonstrating who was ready to be a true disciple and who was not. Sadly, many who knew the full grown man Jesus, with all of His miraculous works, were not willing to give up their money, their possessions, or their family ties in order to follow Christ.

This is the Child the wise men met in Bethlehem — a Child worthy of honor, worship, and adoration. William C. Dix summed it up well in his classic hymn:

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

Nails, spears shall pierce him through,
the cross he bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Peasant and king come to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.

Jesus does not appear as an infant to us today, but has revealed Himself fully in the pages of Scripture. Our reaction should be to bow down before Him, recognizing Him as greater than ourselves; to worship Him, recognizing Him as God; and to be willing to give up that which is most valuable to us in order to follow Him. Are you ready to enthrone the King of Kings in your heart and embrace the salvation he brings? Here is how you can do that 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 email 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 34 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #157)



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

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.

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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 34”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. This is the second sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

We have already looked at 7 passages on this topic. Today, we are looking at another one. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Luke 12:13-21:
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

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A University of Rochester study on what makes people happy concluded that “money, good looks, and the admiration of many can actually make a person less happy.” Edward Deci, Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences, said, “Even though our culture puts a strong emphasis on attaining wealth and fame, pursuing these goals does not contribute to having a satisfying life.”

In this verse, Jesus gives us a warning against covetousness or greed. He says, “beware” of it. The word, “beware,” means to be cautious or alert to the dangers of something. In this lesson series, we have covered many of the dangers of covetousness. Covetousness can eat away at a person’s heart and soul so that they are only consumed by thoughts of getting more of whatever it is they desire. When these greedy thoughts are allowed to flourish, people will harm their friends, their family, themselves, and their relationship with God in order to get what they want.

However, Jesus says that a person’s life “does not consist in the abundance of things they possess.” In other words, just because you have a bunch of stuff, that does not mean that you have a better life. Having a bunch of stuff, or having the spouse you desire, or having as much money as you want, does not mean that you have purpose, enjoyment, and fulfillment in life. Any rich person who has lived long enough will tell you that money cannot buy any of those things. Adam Clarke said, “Great possessions are generally accompanied with pride, idleness, and luxury; and these are the greatest enemies to salvation,” the most valuable things one can possess.

In another passage, Jesus said that He came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly.” Money and material possessions cannot buy the abundant life. The “abundance” that Jesus is talking about is not measured in physical assets. It is measured in the Spirit of God residing in, filling up, and flowing out of the believer’s life. It is the divine Spirit that also delivers meaning, fulfillment, purpose, and peace to the human heart. No matter how much stuff you accumulate, you will never live the abundant life.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 14)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:15-21

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony (kalsedony); the fourth, an emerald;

20 The fifth, sardonyx (sardaniks); the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte (krisolyte); the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus (krisoprasus); the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 14)

Al Martin said, “Think of it: this very earth that has soaked up the blood of multitudes upon battlefields; this very earth where the sod is stained with innocent blood; this very earth that supports the footsteps of the tyrant, the murderer, and the thief; this very earth that supports the rebel activity of the multitudes of the unconverted; this very earth that gives men air to breathe into their bodies which they use to speak words of blasphemy and denial against God; yes, this very world and its total life-support system will be renovated by the fire of judgment at the return of Christ. And when He’s through, every particle, every atom of this earth and its support system will be permeated with nothing but righteousness. It will be the new heaven and the new earth wherein righteousness and righteousness alone has its home.”

In this passage, the angel continues to show John the structure of the New Jerusalem. After showing him the twelve gates of the city, which are engraven with the names of the tribes of Israel, and the twelve foundations of the city, which are engraven with the names of the twelve apostles, the angel describes the dimensions of the city. It is a city that “lieth foursquare”; its height, length, and breadth are the same, making it a perfect cube.

Then the angel describes the construction materials that are used in the building of the New Jerusalem. Now, there are many beautiful cities in our world; some might name Los Angeles or Rome or Paris or Venice. But no city we can imagine can compare to the beauty of the New Jerusalem, if only for the fact that the materials used to build the New Jerusalem are not extensively used in any of the building projects of our world. The beautiful gems and precious stones that the New Jerusalem is made of are scarce, and men have to painstakingly dig into the earth in order to find them. But, with God, such beautiful, valuable things are plenteous and overflowing in abundance.

Some dispute the meanings of the names John gives to the precious materials used to build the New Jerusalem. But we must understand that John is trying to describe unearthly beauty with earthly language. He names twelve precious stones used in the foundations of the city.

First, is jasper, which comes in various colors including blue, green, brass, or white like crystal. Second, is sapphire, a rich, royal blue. Third, is chal-ce-do-ny, a misty or cloudy stone that comes in blue, yellow, and purple. Fourth, is emerald, a pale green, transparent stone. Fifth, is sar-do-nyx, a red and white stone. Sixth, is sar-di-us, a red or “blood-colored” stone. Seventh, is chry-so-lite, a golden or yellow stone. Eighth, is beryl, a pale green stone. Ninth, is topaz, a greenish-yellow stone. Tenth, is chry-so-pra-sus, a gold-tinted or green stone. Eleventh, is jacinth, a dark-blue, near black stone. And twelfth, is a-me-thyst, a violet or purple stone. Not only are the foundations of the New Jerusalem made of precious stones, but the twelve gates of the city are each carved from a single slab of pearl. And on top of that, the streets of the city are paved with gold so pure and thin it is like “transparent glass.” Who wouldn’t want to live in a beautiful place such as this?

In light of the staggering beauty of the New Jerusalem, we are reminded of the stark ugliness of our world. The physical properties of our great cities and magnificent buildings are nothing compared to the Heavenly city. But what really makes our world ugly is the people who have marred God’s creation, and that includes you and me. Unfortunately, due to the devil’s rebellion and man’s sin, this world will never be restored to its original beauty. It is the beauty of the new world that should inspire us to live righteously in this one. John Bunyan, in his classic allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, wrote about two characters on their way to the Celestial City. In the midst of their journey, one character says to the other, “When do you find yourself in your most wholesome and vigorous spiritual state?” The other pilgrim answers, “When I think of the place to which I am going.”

Likewise, we will find ourselves with the right mentality when we think of what awaits us at the end of our days on this earth. Yes, we ought to live with death in mind. But, more importantly, we ought to live with Heaven in mind.

Margaret Cagle wrote:

Someday, I’ll shed this mortal flesh
And fly away to my Heavenly home,
Leaving behind this old world,
In sin, no more to roam.

The closer I get to that goal,
I think of Heaven more and more.
How will it be when I arrive
Upon that celestial, golden shore?

Yes, the gates are made of pearl,
And the streets are made of gold,
But God’s Word also tells us
That the half has never been told.

If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

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 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #304)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Jack Hyles said, “A tribulation gives you the opportunity to test a truth you have always believed.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It’s not the imitation of Christ that you and I need, it’s an impartation of Christ that we need. We need Christ living in us the hope of glory.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During Robert Haldane’s time, the Reformed churches of Switzerland were in decline. In 1810, several young men had united under the banner “La Societe desAmis” (“The Society of Friends”) as an evangelical response to the apparent spiritual apostasy in their church. Opposition by the clergy, most of whom adhered to Arian heresy, had been so strong that the group had disbanded in 1814. Some of the more committed members had left the Reformed Church and joined the Moravians.”

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While the church at Smyrna was being buffeted on all sides — by Satan, by the pagan Romans, and by the religious Jews — it would have been easy for them to feel as though they were all alone in their tribulation. That is why Jesus says, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Jesus is not just talking about knowing something in an informational way. He knows what they are going through by experience. One of the best things that can happen to you when you are going through a hard time is to be comforted by someone who has experienced the same thing. They truly know how you feel and they are able to encourage you in a way that others cannot.

First, we see that Jesus knows the works of the church at Smyrna. He knows the good that they have done in the face of evil and persecution. Jesus healed people, fed people, and taught people the ways of God, all the while He was being slandered, criticized, and targeted for arrest and assassination. If you are doing good in the face of evil, Jesus knows what you are going through.

Second, Jesus knows the tribulation of the church at Smyrna. He knows the mocking, the beatings, and the killings that have been perpetrated against them because those very same things were perpetrated against Him. He knows what it feels like to face disdain and difficulty from people you are trying to show the way of salvation. If you have faced tribulation, Jesus knows what you are going through.

Third, Jesus knows the poverty of the church at Smyrna. The Bible tells us that Jesus had no place to lay his head on this earth. Throughout His ministry, He depended on the kindness of friends for his daily sustenance. This is significant because Jesus could have provided money, food, and a place to stay for Himself and His disciples through miraculous means. But He did not. He CHOSE to identify with the millions of impoverished Christians who would follow Him, many of whom become impoverished only because of their Christian witness.

After a year in which the most persecuted group of people in the world were once again Christians, these words of Jesus are especially relevant today. One organization has predicted that the persecution of Christians will get worse in 2017. Believers around the world need to be reminded that Jesus knows everything that they are going through because He has experienced it. He has not abandoned us. He has not forgotten us. He has suffered for us and with us. And that alone is a great encouragement.

Johnson Oatman wrote:

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!

Was e’er a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “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. 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 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. 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.

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Macarena in Argentina
Please heal her child who has down syndrome and pneumonia

— Daniel Zhen Khaw Tuan in Poland
For religious freedom in his country and for America

— Vicki
Please end the drought in Israel
For the peace of Jerusalem

— Nomthandazo
Deliver him from all devilish spirits

— Bisesango Kisose Sesa
Please take away all evil spirits and poverty and heal him of hypertension

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

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

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Church

Jennifer Richburg
Clay Allison
Theresa Barnett
Cathy Lollar
Kelly Perry
Kathy Sealy
Freda Souter
Bruce Watford
Gayle West
Sharon Jones

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

IDAHO STATE LEGISLATURE

Kelly Arthur Anthon
Steve Bair
Clifford R. Bayer
Bert Brackett
Cherie Buckner-Webb
Grant Burgoyne
Carl Crabtree
Bart M. Davis
Lori Den Hartog
Dan Foreman


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Jesus Brought Heaven’s Joy to a Hellish World (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 35 / Day 402 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 2:7-11:

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 35, day 402 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Marshall Segal said, “The story of the world meeting Jesus in the flesh is a story of the world finally finding full joy in God.”

After hearing from the Jewish scribes that Jesus’ birth had been prophesied to take place in Bethlehem, Herod takes the wise men aside and inquires about the specific time the star appeared. Knowing that it would have taken the wise men months to determine the significance of the star, plan their journey, and then trek five hundred miles across the desert on camelback, it is safe to assume that the star had appeared several months if not more than a year prior to the wise men’s arrival in Jerusalem. Herod recognizes this and asks the wise men to tell him when the star first appeared. He deduces that that must have been the time the child was born. He tells the wise men, “Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” Of course, we know that he has no intent on doing such a thing.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe says, “It is no surprise that Herod tried to kill Jesus, for Herod alone wanted to bear the title “King of the Jews.” But there was another reason. Herod was not a full-blooded Jew; he was actually an Idumaean, a descendant of Esau. This is a picture of the old struggle between Esau and Jacob that began even before the boys were born. It is the spiritual versus the carnal, the godly versus the worldly.”

The wise men begin their journey to Bethlehem from Jerusalem, a trip of about five miles. We see that the star which they had seen in their homeland now moves ahead of them until it comes to “stand over where the young child was.” This star was no ordinary celestial event. Stars, because of the rotation of the earth, appear to move from east to west. However, this star would have had to moved from north to south, as Bethlehem is south of Jerusalem. The only explanation is that the star was divinely guided as it appeared to move ahead of the wise men and then stopped directly over the place where Jesus lived with Mary and Joseph. When the wise men saw the star that pointed them to Jesus Christ, the Bible says “they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

The words translated as “rejoice” and “joy” come from the same root word in Greek. It means to be glad, to be happy, to be cheerful, or to be delighted. But, not only were the wise men joyful, they had “exceeding, great” joy. At long last, their journey to find the newborn King was complete. And though, by all outward appearances, He was not yet a king and had done none of those things associated with kings or any of the things that the prophets had said He would do, just by His appearance, He brought joy to the hearts of these men who had searched long and hard for His arrival.

Joy is a theme that we see all throughout the story of Jesus’ birth. When the angel announced that Elizabeth would give birth to Jesus’ forerunner, John the Baptist, he said, “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.” When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds outside Bethlehem he said, “I bring thee glad tidings of great joy that shall be for all people.” The glad tidings of the Gospel are not for a few, not even only for the children of Israel, but for all people on the face of the earth. We see this in the journey of the wise men — pagan astrologers from afar — who had joy bursting forth in their hearts when they realized that they had finally found the child Jesus.

The joyous message of Jesus’ birth continues all the way through to the end of Jesus’ time on earth. After He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, Luke records that the disciples “worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” It is this great joy that Jesus wants to impart to your life today. Isaac Watts was onto something when he wrote these timeless words:

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,

Is your heart prepared to make room for King Jesus? Are you ready for Him to eradicate the power and punishment of sin from your life? Are you ready for Him to let His blessings flow to you and through you? Then, it is time for you to place your faith and trust in Him. Here is how you can do that 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 email 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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