Rihanna, Umbrella, Jesus, and You (Gospel Light Minute X #275)
An umbrella is a protective instrument, a folding canopy mounted on a pole that is used to protect an individual from the rain or from the sun’s heat. Travelers, the second largest business insurance and third-largest personal insurance company in the United States, uses a red umbrella as its logo. It’s slogan is “America’s umbrella”, which speaks of its mission to protect its customers from the repercussions of property damage, property loss, theft, and auto accidents.
One of the most popular songs of recent years is Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” In it, the singer talks about inviting a friend to stand under her umbrella for protection against the trials of life. She told a magazine, “An umbrella is protection, it protects you from rain. The rain in this case is negativeness and vulnerability.”
While those are great things to be protected from, allow me to share with you something more important that you need to be protected from as well — something which God has provided an umbrella against.
The Bible tells us that because we are all sinners, we are deserving of God’s wrath. The Bible says, “We all had our conversation [our lifestyle] in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath.” Our sinfulness destines us for death and eternal punishment in Hell.
But, because God loves us, He has provided us an umbrella, a shield, to protect us from His wrath which falls on the ungodly and on the “children of disobedience.” This umbrella is Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who came to earth in order to take our sins and the punishment for our sins on Himself. Yes, God, “who is rich in mercy, because of his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins,” made a way for us to be saved. On the cross, Jesus did what was necessary to shield us from God’s wrath. He died in our place and suffered on our behalf. But we must make the decision to get under the umbrella of salvation through Him. We must choose to take advantage of the mercy and grace offered to us as a shield from God’s wrath.
Not only did Rihanna invite you to get under her umbrella but our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ invites you to get under His umbrella which is far more real and far more important. He said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you are ready to get under the divine umbrella through faith in Jesus Christ, allow me to show you how you can do so today.
First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.
Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.” The Bible says 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.”
Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.
Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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 are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following 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 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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.