How to be Cured of Spiritual Blindness

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #25 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Matthew 9:27-30: “And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.”

Thankfully, Jesus healed many blind people during his ministry on earth. But did you know that blindness in the Bible is also a metaphor for a person’s spiritual condition when he or she is without Jesus Christ? Second Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The “god of this world” is the devil who blinds people to the light of the Gospel of Christ.

In this story of two blind men who seek Christ, I want us to consider several things which took place physically that also apply spiritually to those who need Christ.

1. First, I want you to notice that these blind men were earnest.

2. Second, I want you to notice that these blind men were persistent.

3. Third, notice that these men had a definite object in their quest.

4. Fourth, we see that these blind men confessed their own unworthiness.

My friend, you may be in a state of spiritual blindness today. You may still be bound by sin. If you are, then you are on your way to 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.”

Jesus Christ is asking you the same question that he asked the blind men. Do you believe that He is able to save you? Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him (Jesus Christ).” The Bible says that Jesus can save you. Many millions of people have trusted Jesus to save them. I know Jesus can save you because He saved me. The question is, Do you believe He can save you?

Everything depends on the answer to that question. When Jesus asked these blind men this question, they said, “Yea, Lord!” They said, “Yes, Jesus, we believe you can heal us of our blindness.” And then the Bible tells us that Jesus “touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened…”

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Saved by God’s Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #24 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — 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.”

Currently, we are addressing the topic of how man is saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone as stated in the Bible. During our last time together, we saw three reasons why man cannot save himself. Man cannot save himself because of who he is. Man cannot save himself because of what he can do. And man cannot save himself because of how he feels.

Today, let’s turn our attention back to Scripture and look closely at Ephesians 2:8-9. Verse eight says, “for by grace are ye saved…” What is grace? Grace is defined as “good will, loving-kindness or favour.” Biblically-speaking, grace is “the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.”

Providing grace is the part of salvation that God must do. And God has already done his part. God showed his grace by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” When Jesus Christ hung on the cross, that was God’s grace put on display for all the world to see.

Now, it is man’s turn to make a move. In other words, by displaying His grace, God put the ball in man’s court. Now, man has to act on the grace that God has provided. What is man’s role. Verse eight says, “For by (God’s) grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” God provided his grace because of his goodwill and loving-kindness, now we must have faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We must receive the free gift of salvation that comes from Christ’s death.

+ Plus, listen to Jeremy Camp singing “There Will Be a Day” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Saved by God’s Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #23 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — 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.”

If you could gather in one great assembly a representative of every religion in the world and spend thousands of hours discussing the question, “How can man be saved?” you would only end up with two doctrines regarding salvation. One, that God saves man. And two, that man saves himself. As we see from God’s Word today, the Bible teaches that God saves man by grace alone through faith alone. I want to point out to you today, three reasons why man cannot save himself.

I. Man is not saved because of what he is.
II. Secondly, man is not saved because of what he does.
III. Thirdly, man is not saved because of what he feels.

Right now, my friend, you can stop trying to get to Heaven on you own and take advantage of the grace that God is offering you. The Bible says 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.”

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “All Because of Jesus” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 11)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #74

Scripture: Hosea 10:9-13

Based on a list of sins which the great evangelist Charles G. Finney gave in his classic sermon titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord”, we began pinpointing some of the sins which we as the church need to confess and repent of. This week, we are continuing this series by addressing the next three sins on our list.

I. The first sin we will address today is the sin of idolatry. Paul writes in I Corinthians 10:14-15, “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.” Idolatry is defined as the worship or placing of anyone or anything in the stead of God. God gave the children of Israel stern prohibitions against idolatry. The first and second of the Ten Commandments have to do with idolatry. Exodus 20:3-5 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.”

II. The second sin we will address today is the sin of laziness. The book of Proverbs is replete with warnings against laziness or slothfulness. Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” And Proverbs 21:25 says, “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”

III. The third sin we will address today is the sin of racism. The Bible says in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” As much as we would like to believe to the contrary, the simple fact remains, my friend, that racism is not dead. Just a few weeks ago, a predominately white church in Mississippi refused to allow a black couple to be married in their church building. In our society, there is still discrimination and division along racial lines. It is not as blatant as it was during the Civil RIghts era, but unfortunately it is still there. A 2008 survey revealed that 30% of Americans admitted that they harbored a racial prejudice toward some other group.

+ Plus, listen to Candi Staton singing “Love Lifted Me” and Patrick Dopson singing “Not About Me”

The Greatness of God’s Forgiveness (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #22 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-7 — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Yesterday, we saw several ways that God’s forgiveness is NOT given out. Today, first of all, I want you to notice, the only way that God’s forgiveness IS given out is — FREELY! It is so simple, you might not get it. God’s forgiveness is given out FREELY! You don’t pay for it. You don’t work for it. You don’t do anything at all for it.

God’s fists are not clenched tightly over the supply of forgiveness; but He gives it out freely by His grace. Romans 5:20 says, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” No matter what your sins are, God has forgiveness enough for you.

You see, God is infinite. He is not limited by space, time, matter, ability or anything else. If I got ten billion dollars from God tomorrow, that doesn’t mean that God would have any less money than He did when He gave some to me. And if he forgave the most wicked sinner of the most wicked sin, that does not mean that He has any less forgiveness available than what He had before. He is infinite. And His forgiveness is measureless.

Now, you might be saying, ‘You’ve told me a lot about how wonderful this forgiveness is. How do I get this forgiveness from God?’ Let’s take a look back at verse seven. The verse says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins…”

Notice the word “whom”. This shows us that the forgiveness comes through a Person. Who is that Person? That person is Jesus Christ. Forgiveness of sins comes to us entirely through Jesus Christ. It does not come through the church, through a priest, or through a ritual. It comes through Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Rush of Fools singing “Wonder of the World” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Francena McCorory: ‘No Matter How Fast I Run, it’s Important to Not Get Ahead of God in Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #67)

Francena McCorory

Francena McCorory

She is an American track and field athlete, known primarily for running the 400 meters. She is the NCAA and American indoor record holder in that event. She was also a United States representative to the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and she anchored Team USA to a gold medal in the 4 x 400-meter relay at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea. She was a part of the U.S. Women’s Track & Field team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She and her team won gold in the 4 × 400 meter relay competition.

Before she left for the 2012 Olympics in London, she said of the race, “I want to win for Jesus Christ. It’s a tough race, but if you have faith in God and faith in yourself and just faith in your training and what you’ve been working towards, it can be fun. It’s all about your mindset.” She says of her faith, “I tell my friends and family all the time, ‘Jesus is the one who gave me this ability.’ I can’t get out here and run on the track by myself. It’s all Him. He blessed me with this talent, and I just want to use it to glorify Him. No matter how fast I run, it’s important to not get ahead of God. I make sure He is leading the way on and off the track.” Her name is Francena McCorory.

GLMX #113: Red, Yellow, Black and White: We Are All Precious in His Sight (and We Are All Welcome to Heaven)

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Unfortunately, in our world, we often hear of times when people are mistreated, left out, and discriminated against. Blacks in America were treated as inferior during the Jim Crow Era in the South. Japanese-Americans were demonized and mistreated during World War II. Black Africans suffered under apartheid laws for many years in South Africa. Native Americans were enslaved and treated as inferior by the Spanish who came to the new world. And who can forget how horrifically the Jews were treated by the Nazis?

Even though these major issues have been resolved for the most part, people are still left out and discriminated against today. School children are often bullied because of how they look. People are rejected and overlooked because they weren’t born on the right side of the tracks. Companies are often sued because of racism, sexism or ageism.

Unfortunately, our world is oftentimes not a very inclusive place. But did you know that there is a place where everybody is welcome. This place is called Heaven. In Luke 14, Jesus Christ told a story that is an illustration of God’s invitation to heaven. Once everything for a great feast was ready, the Master of the banquet told his servants, “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Jesus Christ wants everyone to come in to Heaven. Jesus does not leave out those who are poor, or sick, or addicted to drugs. Jesus does not leave out those who were born into poverty, or those of a certain race, culture, or economic status. Jesus Christ invites everybody to go to Heaven.

Do you want to accept Jesus’ invitation to go to Heaven? It will only take a minute to make this important decision. If you want to do this right now, allow me to show you how you can accept Jesus’ invitation to go to Heaven.

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