Archive for March 12th, 2017

John the Baptist, the Ambassador of Christ (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 52 / Day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

———-

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 52, day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Martin Luther said, “The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.”

For over 400 years, there had not been a prophet delivering the word of the Lord among the Jews. This absence of a direct word from God was felt heavily by many of those who longed for the coming of the Messiah. Even the religious establishment regarded the days of the prophets as a high period in Israelite history. So, when John the Baptist began preaching, many people got excited. Like the prophets of old, he came from outside of the establishment and he came with a fiery message: “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “John’s ministry was conducted in the Desert of Judea, barren and rugged land west of the Dead Sea. His message was forthright and had two parts: a soteriological aspect, repent, and an eschatological aspect, for the kingdom of heaven is near. The concept of a coming kingdom was well known in Old Testament Scriptures. But the idea that repentance was necessary in order to enter this kingdom was something new and became a stumbling block to many Jews. They thought that as children of Abraham they would automatically be granted entrance into Messiah’s kingdom. John’s message, however, was that a change of mind and heart was necessary before they could qualify for the kingdom. They did not realize how far they had drifted from God’s Law and the requirements laid down by the prophets… In addition, John must mean that God’s heavenly rule was about to be extended directly to earthly spheres. God’s rule over the earth had drawn near and was about to be instituted through the person of the Messiah for whom John was preparing the way. No one hearing John preach asked him what he was talking about, for the concept of Messiah’s rule over the kingdom of earth was a common thread in Old Testament prophecy. The requirement for that institution, however, was that the nation repent.”

Many people who first came to hear John preach and be baptized by him came out of curiosity. The first real prophet in over 400 years? This was something to see. But they soon realized that John’s message was one that needed to be taken seriously. His message was, “Repent”, make an about-face, turn from wicked ways and do good. The baptisms that he carried out were symbolic for those who had chosen to live a new life after repentance. Of course, repentance and baptism alone will not save any individual. As William Hendriksen points out, “It should be stressed that although John attached considerable importance to baptism, baptized many, and was therefore called ‘the Baptist,’ he did not consider this rite to have any saving significance apart from the fundamental change of life indicated by conversion. It is on the latter that he placed the greatest emphasis.”

John’s call for people to “repent” was a precursor to the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. He was basically telling his audience, “Because the kingdom of heaven is at hand, you need to repent. You need to put away your sinful ways in order to have a place in this kingdom.” Interestingly, repentance is a big part of the Gospel message. In Matthew and Mark, “Repent” is the first recorded word of Jesus’ preaching. When Jesus sent His disciples out on their own for the first time, Mark says they “preached that men should repent.” After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples that all that had happened had happened so “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached among all nations.” When summing up his life’s work to King Agrippa, Paul said that he showed to all men “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Repentance is not a popular topic of discussion, and some, though they may have good intentions, are guilty of downplaying repentance in a misguided effort to attract people to the Gospel. But the truth is that repentance is part and parcel with the Gospel. It is something that goes along with it. While we are entering the kingdom of heaven, we also ought to be in the process of repenting — turning away from life as citizens of the world toward life as citizens of the kingdom. One commentator uses this example to explain it: “If you are in New York, and I tell you to come to Los Angeles, I don’t really need to say, ‘Leave New York and come to Los Angeles.’ To come to Los Angeles is to leave New York, and if I haven’t left New York, I certainly haven’t come to Los Angeles. We can’t come to the kingdom of heaven unless we leave our sin and the self-life.”

Albert Evans wrote:

Lord, to Thee alone we turn,
To Thy cross for safety fly;
There, as penitents, to learn
How to live and how to die.

Sinful on our knees we fall;
Hear us, as for help we plead;
Hear us when on Thee we call;
Aid us in our time of need.

Guard us in that darksome hour,
In Thy kingdom, let us rest,
There, secure from Satan’s power,
We may lie upon Thy breast.

If you want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to help you turn from the sin in your life. Here is how you can place your faith and truth in Him for your salvation.

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.

Advertisements

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 36 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #159)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 36”

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 9 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.)

1 John 2:15-17:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

—–

Tony Evans said, “Kingdom People understand that God never said a Godly life would be easy; He just said it would be worth it.”

These three powerful verses give us three important reasons not to be covetous or to be greedy for the things of this world. The first part of verse 15 is a command: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” In the second part of this verse, we find the reason: “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” When this verse talks about not loving the world, it is referring to the world system or the world’s way of operating which includes the things that the world posits as important.

For an example of the world system, we can go back almost to the beginning of recorded history and look at the Tower of Babel. Genesis 10-11 tell us about the beginnings of the kingdom of Babylon. We see two things that are hallmarks of the world system. First, we see in Nimrod, the founder and first ruler of Babylon, a desire for personal glory. The world system, founded by Satan who sought his own glory, is filled with people seeking their own glory. Second, we see in the population at that time a desire for personal preservation. They said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.” Even though God had told these descendants of Noah to spread throughout the world, they wanted to do things their way. They had settled down and wanted to preserve life as they knew it. They liked their way of doing things.

These two hallmarks of the world system are at odds with the kingdom of heaven. In the world, man values personal glory, but in the kingdom of heaven, man gives all glory to God. In the world, man seeks his own preservation, but in the kingdom of heaven, man lives by Jesus’ words, “Whosoever seeks to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” This is why it is impossible to love the world and love the Father at the same time. As Christians, we must make a choice. The world will always try to get us to live according to its rules. The temptation of the world is strong. Because of our sinful nature, man wants glory and praise for himself. Because of our sinful nature, people seek to preserve their own lives instead of living their lives for the glory of God. Christians struggle with this all the time. But, we must realize, that we cannot have it both ways. If we abide by the world’s rules, we miss out on the kingdom of God.

Witness Lee wrote:

God’s Kingdom on the earth is now
His sovereign government within;
‘Tis Christ Himself in us to live
As Lord and King His reign to begin.

His life with His authority
Enthrones Him now within our hearts
To govern all our words and deeds
And regulate our inward parts.

And by His heavenly rule within
As heavenly citizens we live;
And by submission to His rule
Expression of His reign we give.

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

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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 16)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:22-23

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 16)

In our last message, we began looking at some things that will not be found in the New Jerusalem. The first thing John names is the Temple, a central symbol of God’s presence for the Jews since the birth of their nation. He tells us, “I saw no temple therein.” The reason why the Temple is absent from the New Jerusalem is because the entire city will be a Temple for God. His presence will permeate the heavenly city, even the entire universe, the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Here on Earth, we often speak of feeling God’s presence in special places. Some people feel God’s presence more in a physical church building. Some feel God’s presence more when they are out in nature among trees and wildlife. Some say they feel God’s presence most in their prayer closet or in a quiet booth at Starbucks. But, in the New Jerusalem, such places will not exist. God’s presence will be everywhere and we will feel Him everywhere. Henry Alford said, “The inhabitants of the New Jerusalem need no place of worship or sacrifice, the object of all worship being present, and the great sacrifice Himself being there.”

The Bible says that God is “a spirit.” As such, we cannot see Him or perceive Him perfectly with our natural senses. That is why He chose to reveal Himself to humanity in different ways throughout history. To the Jews, He was a cloud and a pillar of fire. The Bible is a revelation of God that we can understand. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, was sent to walk in human form so that we could know who God is and what He is like. The solemness and grandeur of the Temple also served as a revelation of God. But, in the New Jerusalem, we will experience God without any filters or symbols. We will finally see Him face to face. Robert Van Kampen said, “This is evidence that God has indeed created ‘all things new.’ Shadows have been replaced with reality. Instead of God being housed in a building, the building is housed in God.”

Knowing this ought to help us keep in mind that God is everywhere on this Earth — even when we can’t feel Him. He is everywhere we are because, if we are saved, Jesus lives inside of us. This knowledge ought to inspire us to live holy and to do what is right, not just because He is watching us, but because He helps and empowers us to do the right thing. On this Earth, we are His Temple. Let’s act like it as we wait for that day when Temples are no longer needed and Jesus reigns in earth and in heaven.

Fulbert of Chartres, wrote the following hymn:

Triumphant in His glory now
to Christ all power is given;
to Him in one communion bow
all saints in earth and heaven.

While we, His soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
within His palace bright to bring
and keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.

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.

%d bloggers like this: