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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 46 (Onward Christian Soldiers #170)


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.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 46”

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 looking at 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 begin looking at today is the sin of “lust.” This is the third 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.

Today, we are looking at Matthew 5:27-28. (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.)

Matthew 5:27-28

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

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In the struggle against sexual sin, it is easy for us to think we are doing good as long as we do not commit fornication or adultery. That may have been the case in the Old Testament era, but Jesus Christ calls us to a higher standard in this area of our lives. He wants not only our bodies to be free of sexual sin, but our minds to be free of sexual sin as well. The old law said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” But the new law says a man who looks on a woman (or a woman who looks on a man) to lust after them has committed adultery with that person already in their heart.

You would not want to work alongside someone who harbored hateful, bitter, and murderous thoughts toward you even if that person had never raised a finger to harm you physically. Likewise, Jesus does not want us to come before Him with lustful, sexually perverted thoughts in our hearts even if we have not acted on those thoughts with our bodies. Those of us who are married also owe it to our spouses to keep our hearts and minds pure of lustful thoughts towards others.

Jesus lets us know that we have a choice. His words imply a difference between “looking” and “lusting.” We can never say, “I just can’t help myself.” To look upon someone is one thing. But Jesus says we ought not to look upon someone with the intent “to lust” after that person in our heart, because that is adultery. Many years ago, the story was told of a man who took vows and entered a monastic order. He was trying to get away from his struggle with lust so he secluded himself in a cave and lay on a bed of nails. However, he found that he still couldn’t get the images of the beautiful dancing girls in the marketplace out of his mind.

This story reminds us that it is not just what we do with our bodies, but what we allow to inhabit our minds that matters. If we dwell on lustful images, we will find it harder to fight sexual temptation.

If you struggle with lust, 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!

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Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 122 / Day 489 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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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 122, day 489 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Henry Drummond said, “The man who has no opinion of himself at all can never be hurt if others do not acknowledge him. Hence, be meek. He who is without expectation cannot fret if nothing comes to him. It is self-evident that these things are so. The lowly man and the meek man are really above all other men, above all other things.”

Today, we will explore the third of Jesus’ laws for supreme blessing. To recap:

#1 is to be “poor in spirit,” that is, to realize and live in accordance to one’s true standing as an undeserving sinner before God. It is these people who will obtain the kingdom of heaven.

#2 is to “mourn” over one’s sins and the sin in the world. It is these who will be comforted by God in the end.

The third law is, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The word “meek” is not very popular today. Many see it as meaning one who is weak or a pushover. But Moses was meek, and he stood boldly before Pharaoh, demanded that he let the children of Israel go, and brought down judgment from God when Pharaoh didn’t listen. Esther was meek, but she fearlessly stood before King Xerxes and used her influence to thwart Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jews. Jesus was meek, but He continued preaching and teaching publicly even when He knew the authorities were openly seeking to have Him captured or killed.

The true, Biblical meaning of the word “meek” is as follows from the Outline of Biblical Usage, by Larry Pierce: “Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings as good without disputing or resisting. The meek are those who wholly rely on God [as Moses, Esther, and Jesus did] rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The meek person is not occupied with self at all. And this is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will.”

For a more modern example of meekness, we can look at the Civil Rights protesters who led sit-ins at restaurants where they were not allowed to eat because of the color of their skin. It took far more strength to sit there and let people mock them, jeer at them, and pour ketchup and mustard and salt on them, than it would have taken for them to get up, fuss, fight, and demand to be served as our human nature is prone to do. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is true, Holy Spirit-empowered strength. Why? Because the meek person puts his trust in God, not in himself and what he can do. Moses’ words and miracles all came from God. Esther’s plan to deliver her people from Haman came together after she fasted and prayed to God. Jesus regularly went apart to talk to the Heavenly Father in order to gain strength and direction for His journey on earth.

It is these people — the meek — the ones who choose to rely on God instead of themselves — who will inherit the earth. It often seems as though the meek get the short end of the deal. But God will ensure that this is not ultimately the case. Charles Spurgeon said, “It looks as if they would be pushed out of the world, but they shall not be. The wolves devour the sheep, yet there are more sheep in the world than there are wolves, and the sheep continue to multiply, and to feed in the green pastures.” The world continues to tell us that, in order to get ahead and in order to get everything you want in life, you have to push yourself forward, “believe in yourself,” and “put yourself out there.” But, in the end, it is those who rely on God to put them where He wants them to be who get all they need, all they want, and so much more.

May our spirit be the same as that expressed in these words by Adelaide A. Pollard:

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold over my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

Jesus cares so much for you that He did not leave you to wallow in your grief. He came to save you so that, one day, you will never have to feel the effects of sin ever again. Come to Jesus now, placing all your faith and trust in Him for eternal 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.

The Free State of Glory (Part 26) — A Place Where There is No Darkness


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 26)

In Heaven, we will be with God, we will serve God, we will see His face, and we will have His name etched in our foreheads, marking us as His own forever. Because all things in the state of glory will be of God and by God, there will be no darkness in that blessed existence. Up there, we will walk in the light forever. The Bible says, “there will be no night there.”

We won’t need the sun or light bulbs or candles. The only light we need will emanate from the presence of God. Everything will be imbued by his radiance. This eternal light is both physical and spiritual. The world is a very dark place. We only need to read the news from the past few days in order to see that that is the case. All of the darkness that we see is a result of sin and people rejecting God’s plan for their lives. In Heaven, this shadow will be gone because the Lord Himself will provide light and all in Heaven will bask in it.

Regarding the contrast of the darkness of this world with the light of Heaven, F.J. Scott writes in The Biblical Illustrator, “The declaration of a place where there is no night would not be good news to us in our present state. Night brings rest and refreshment to our wearied bodies and often over-laden minds, while daylight invites us unceasingly to toil and anxiety? However, if we think upon the subject, we shall see that the blessings of the night are all connected with our state of trouble, labour, and imperfection. Thus we may understand there being in heaven no time of sleep and darkness because in Heaven, there is neither sin nor trouble to make either necessary.”

One of the most well-known myths of ancient times is that of Prometheus who brought fire from heaven to provide light and heat to man. In a spiritual sense, man has tried for ages to light up this dark world, but his attempts have been in vain. Two thousand years ago, a Light did come into the world, but that Light shines still in a “dark place.” And, often, those in darkness reject Him and do not comprehend Him. But, in Heaven, darkness will be non-existent. We will ‘need no candles, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God Himself will give us light.’

Charles Silvester Horne wrote:

Sing we the King who is coming to reign,
Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain;
Righteousness, peace then His empire shall bring,
Joy to the nations when Jesus is King.

All men shall dwell in His marvelous light,
Races long severed His love shall unite,
Justice and truth from His scepter shall spring,
Wrong shall be ended when Jesus is King.

Kingdom of Christ, for thy coming we pray,
To reign with Thee, we long for the day
When this new song Thy creation shall sing,
Satan is vanquished and Jesus is King.

If you want to live in the light of Heaven with Christ and God, 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.

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