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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 70 (Onward Christian Soldiers #194)


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.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 70”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are 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 continue 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 will start by looking at Genesis 2:15. (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.)

Genesis 2:15

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

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Regarding this verse, Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck wrote, “Man’s purpose is to provide spiritual service, as the carefully selected words indicate: he was placed (‘set to rest’) in the Garden and to work it (‘to serve’) and to take care of it. Whatever work he did was therefore described as his service to God.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”

Sloth, or laziness, is a great problem in our day. According to Bloomberg, Americans lose $27.8 billion a year by being lazy, and the U.S. has been deemed the world’s laziest country. Some have cashed in on this common human foible with products such as the La-Z-Boy recliner, Lazy Beer, Lazy Cakes brownies, and books such as The Lazy Intellectual and The Lazy Gourmet. Most people will admit to some level of procrastination in their lives, or not working when they should work. But, there are many people who are chronically slothful. Sloth is their way of life.

The Bible has many admonitions to the slothful, exhorting them to make wise use of their time by working hard. But, from the beginning of time, God has expected and instructed man to work. When man was created, the Bible tells us “the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Now, we understand that the first man Adam lived in a perfect environment. Eden was literally paradise. Man had no need of anything. Yet, God gives man work to do in the Garden.

Adam was to “dress and keep” his new home. The Hebrew word translated as “dress” means “to labour, to do work, or to serve.” Although Eden was perfect, there were things that man could do to augment and improve his environment. For example, God left it up to man to name the animals. The Bible says, “The Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them.” Imagine that! God, in His unmatched divine creativity, made thousands of species of animals and birds. He made man! Yet, He says, “You know what, I’m going to see what man will name these creatures. I’m not going to do all of this work alone. I’m going to delegate this work to man to do.

One of God’s first acts in the new world was to ordain that man should work. Even in a world that arguably could have run itself, God wanted man to work.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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.

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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 69 (Onward Christian Soldiers #193)


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 69”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are 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 continue 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 will continue looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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Peter wraps up this passage by reminding us of our responsibility to those who are not saved. He says, “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Our “conversation,” our lifestyle, ought to be “honest” before the unsaved. The Greek word translated as “honest” is “kalos,” and it also means morally good, excellent, commendable, admirable, praiseworthy, or noble.

How would an unsaved person describe your life? Sure, because you are a believer, they may speak ill of you or mock you for your moral stand. But nobody can argue with your lifestyle. Nobody can argue with your good works. Our vice president has been mocked because he lives by a rule that does not allow him to go to dinner or attend an event with a woman besides his wife. He may be ridiculed, but no one is accusing him of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.

Our good conduct is not for our own glory, however. It is not so that we will be commended and praised by the world for our clean lifestyle. Instead, it is so that God will be glorified by these unbelievers “in the day of visitation.” When unbelievers want to know why our lives are so different, we ought to let them know that it is God through Jesus Christ who makes the difference. Regarding the day of visitation, William MacDonald writes, “A day of visitation is any time the Lord draws near, either in grace or in judgment. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because it did not know the time of its visitation, that is, Jerusalem did not realize that the Messiah had come in love and mercy. Here it may mean: (1) The day when God’s grace will visit the critics and they are saved, or (2) the day of judgment when the unsaved will stand before God.” Hopefully, our lives and our words will convince unbelievers that they, too, can abstain from fleshly lusts by turning to Jesus Christ. But, if they refuse to believe in light of our faithful witness and example, their rejection of Christ will be on their own heads.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 68 (Onward Christian Soldiers #192)

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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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 68”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are 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 continue 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 will continue looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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Although we, as believers, are called “strangers and pilgrims” in this world, this passage informs us that we still have “conversation among the Gentiles.” In the New Testament, the word “conversation” means how one lives his or her life. What the writer of Hebrews is telling us is that, although we are not of the world, we are in the world, and we have a testimony to uphold among the citizens of the world.

As strangers and pilgrims, we are to “abstain from fleshly lusts.” Webster’s Dictionary defines abstaining as “refraining deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice.” To put it simply, abstaining is saying “no” when temptation strikes. When you are tempted to let your mind linger on lustful thoughts, you must abstain and turn your mind to higher things. When you are tempted to say something that would open the door for flirtation, you must abstain and keep silent. When someone approaches you verbally or physically in a manner that is sexually suggestive, you must abstain, doing as Joseph did, and extracting yourself from that situation. Remember, the Lord always provides a way of escape.

In your abstaining, do not be discouraged. The hits will keep on coming. The Bible says these lusts “war against the soul.” The devil is not just out to corrupt you physically and mentally, but to wreck you spiritually. Lust makes war against our souls, and we must not grow fatigued in the battle against it. In fact, we ought to return fire. Ed Welch wrote, “There is a mean streak to authentic self-control. Self-control is not for the timid. When we want to grow in self-control, we demand of ourselves a hatred for sin. The only possible attitude toward out-of-control desire is a declaration of all-out war.” In our abstaining, we must also go on the offensive against sin and temptation in our own lives.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 66 (Onward Christian Soldiers #190)


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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 66”

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 continue 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 will continue looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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First, let me say that in light of the demonic bombardment of the homosexual, LGBT movement over the past 10 years and especially under Obama, although they are guilty as hell and what they did is wrong as hell, I was happy to see such liberals as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons, and Mark Halperin so strongly interested in women.

Even though many people would not admit it and even though President Trump was wrong as hell for thinking and speaking this way, but after 10 years of demonic bombardment from the homosexual, LGBT movement, when he got caught on tape saying he likes to kiss women and grab women, that convinced some men and women to vote for him.

Even though these men are wrong as hell in their behavior, I would humbly ask in the spirit of Christmas that America and even the women would forgive the men who have acknowledged their sin, who have apologized for it, and who are willing to apologize for it, and, again, throw the whole book at those who are not willing to apologize and admit they were wrong.

This passage is quite relevant to us today in light of the multitude of revelations regarding the sexual conduct and misconduct of people in positions of power in the media, entertainment, and politics. Apparently, many, though few would be likely to admit it, struggle with abstaining from the lusts of the flesh. But these people have the same struggle as you and I: Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, George H.W. Bush, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons, Tavis Smiley, Al Franken, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Steven Seagal, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, and others. Regarding Kevin Spacey, I never cared for him; I always thought something was off about him. However, in the beginning of House of Cards, he almost had me convinced that he was all right. But now we know that he is a homosexual, and he has had the biggest downfall.

These are just a few of the more prominent names that you might recognize. There are many, many more who are guilty who won’t garner the spotlight of the press. But this list serves to prove that the issue of lust and the difficulty of abstaining from it is universal and one that very much needs to be addressed in our day and time.

From this passage, we have seen how that, through Christ, we are made “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and a peculiar people.” As “the people of God” in the world, we ought to live differently from the people of the world. And one of the ways we demonstrate our differentness is through abstaining from fleshly lusts.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Peter closed this portion of his letter of encouragement with a moving exhortation for his readers to practice holiness. He reminded them that, in contrast with the disobedient who are destined for destruction, they were a chosen people. Peter again echoed the Old Testament, specifically Isaiah 43:20. ‘Chosen people,’ which used to apply only to Israel, was now used of both Jewish and Gentile believers. The responsibility once solely trusted to the nation of Israel has now, during this Age of Grace, been given to the church. At Sinai, God told Moses to tell the people, ‘You will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ Now believers in the Church Age are called a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. Christians are a special people because God has preserved them for Himself. As Israel was ‘a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,’ so too believers today are chosen, are priests, are holy, and belong to God. Similarity does not mean identity.”

Peter further emphasizes our differentness when he writes in verse 11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims…” The word translated as “strangers” refers to “a person living in a foreign land alongside of people who are not of his kind.” That is how we are supposed to view ourselves in this world. Because we are only strangers, we ought not to act like the citizens of the world. Apparently, one of the marks of earth-dwellers is being shown up in the ongoing revelations regarding sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and lust-driven behavior in politics, in the media, in entertainment, and in business. Up until now, that type of behavior was seen as the norm, people looked the other way when it happened, some — both men and women — helping to cover it up. Because we are not of this world, it is a double shame when this type of activity is revealed in the church. We know better and we ought to do better.

That is essentially what Peter is saying in this passage. We ought to “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” The word “abstain” means to “continually choose to refrain.” Abstaining from fleshly lusts is not a one-time thing, but something we have to choose to do over and over again. As John MacArthur explains, “Our souls are saved, we’ve received a new heart, we’ve been washed and regenerated, and there is a newness in us. But that newness is incarcerated in our unredeemed human flesh. And we have a spiritual battle because the new man in us is battling the flesh. And the flesh is where lust comes from.”

Abstaining from fleshly lusts is a hard battle — one that many have lost. But we can win it if we rely on the Holy Spirit and gear up to fight every day all day as temptation arises.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 65 (Onward Christian Soldiers #189)


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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 65”

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 continue 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 will begin looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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Abstaining from fleshly lusts does not mean that we must act as though we have never struggled with sin or temptation. The New Testament writers never fail to remind us of how we used to walk in the flesh. Here in first Peter, the apostle writes, “In time past, ye were not a people, but are now the people of God.”

The term “people” refers to “all those who are of the same stock and language.” Spiritually speaking, prior to our salvation, we were not a “people” or part of a people group. We were like sheep scattered on a mountainside, each going his own sinful way. When Jesus came, He called us to himself, adopted us into God’s family, and made us the “people of God.” Now, we have a place to belong. We no longer wander aimlessly through the world, deceived by Satan, pursuing our fleshly lusts.

But, this does not mean that we have done anything great or that we are better than those who remain as lost sheep. Why? Because the only thing that separates us from them is the mercy of God. Peter writes, “[Previously, you] had not obtained mercy, but now [you] have obtained mercy.” If it weren’t for the mercy and grace of God, we would still be slaves to our fleshly lusts. When dealing with the world, this is important to remember. It easy to condemn those who are not a part of God’s people while forgetting that we used to be just like them. Our goal ought to be to set the right example before them and show them a better way of living so that they will one day join us in God’s family.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 64 (Onward Christian Soldiers #188)


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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 63”

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 continue 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 will begin looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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From this passage, we have seen two reasons why we should abstain from fleshly lusts. (1) Because God has made us a part of a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood” set apart for Himself. (2) Because, as such, our purpose as believers is to “shew forth” or advertise the praises of God. Let’s dig even deeper into this second reason.

God is described as “him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” The world lies in darkness, and the sexual misbehavior of the world reflects that. It is in this darkness that such things as the scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and a list of others that seemingly grows each day are born. Rehab won’t help these people and the millions who struggle with the same vices. Only transformation of their hearts and minds through Jesus Christ can save them. They must be called out of darkness into light as we have been.

Unfortunately, however, the church often doesn’t do a good job of demonstrating life in God’s “marvellous light.” Some of the same behavior that is being dragged out in Hollywood and in secular media takes place in the church. And the so-called “code of silence” in the secular world is also present in many churches. As a holy nation, we cannot keep living as though we are in darkness. We must drag our own shameful sexual misbehavior out into the light, repent of it, and truly begin living in a way that shows the world how God’s way of abstaining from fleshly lusts makes for better families, better workplaces, better relationships, and a better society.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 63 (Onward Christian Soldiers #187)


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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 63”

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 continue 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 will begin looking at 1 Peter 2:9-12. (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 Peter 2:9-12

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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John Walvoord & Roy Zuck said, “Peter closed this portion of his letter of encouragement with a moving exhortation for his readers to practice holiness. He reminded them that, in contrast with the disobedient who are destined for destruction, they were a chosen people. Peter again echoed the Old Testament, specifically Isaiah 43:20. “Chosen people,” which used to apply only to Israel, was now used of both Jewish and Gentile believers. The responsibility once solely trusted to the nation of Israel has now, during this Age of Grace, been given to the church. “

In this passage, we find several reasons why we ought to abstain from fleshly lusts. The first reason is because abstaining from lust is proof that we are changed people, that we are truly a part of the “chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation.” While a profession of faith is necessary, it is our actions that demonstrate to the world that we are a peculiar people.

Second, our abstaining from fleshly lusts “shows forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.”

John Walvoord & Roy Zuck said, “Peter warmly addressed his readers as dear friends or better, “beloved”. Those who are loved by God are exhorted to live as aliens “those who live in a place that is not their home,” used figuratively of Christians, whose real home is in heaven and strangers in the world . Just as their Christian values and beliefs are rejected by the world, so they are to live apart from the immorality and sinful desires that surround them. Abstain is literally “hold oneself constantly back from.” Christians are to resist the sinward pull of those worldly desires which war against their spiritual lives. In this real spiritual battle a demonic strategy is to attack believers at their weakest points.”

The term “shew forth” comes from a Greek word that means to “proclaim.” It is “one who speaks and acts in place of one who has sent him, making a complete proclamation.” The term can also mean “to advertise.” In other words, our lives ought to be an advertisement for Jesus Christ who has called us from darkness to light.

But, what specifically are we advertising? The Bible says we are to show forth his “praises.” The Greek word translated as “praises” means “virtue, moral goodness, or moral excellence.” Our society has lost its moral bearings, especially when it comes to lust and sexual sin. The lifestyle of the Christian ought to call attention to God’s moral standards. We are advertising a different, better lifestyle than that which the world has to offer. One commentator wrote, “Since we have ‘Christ in us the hope of glory,’ they should see Him in and through our attitudes, actions, and conversation. Each citizen of heaven is a living ‘advertisement’ for the excellencies or virtues of God and the promises and blessings He bestows on believers now and throughout eternity. Our lives should radiate His ‘marvelous light’ which now even indwells us as the Spirit of Christ.”

Abstaining from fleshly lust is not only good for us spiritually, it is a vital part of maintaining a good testimony in the world and helping others see why they should choose to follow Jesus as well.

If you struggle with lust or any sin, 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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