Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016) / With a Word to Christians On the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #2


Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016)
With a Word to Christians Regarding The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #2

Philippians 3:19

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”

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Many of us do not like hearing messages like this, but this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.

If we are going to get a handle on the gluttony epidemic in the church, we must approach it from a spiritual perspective first before we look at it from a mental and physical perspective. Sin, is first, a spiritual issue; it is the default mode of one who has a broken relationship with God. Well, Jesus came to repair that relationship and break the hold that sin has on us. Yet, many of us who claim to be saved are still enslaved to our bellies and to the sin of gluttony.

All sin has consequences. In the verse that we have selected to begin this long-term discussion on gluttony, Paul says, “their end is destruction.”

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What is the Gospel? According to 1 Corinthians 15, the Gospel is embodied in these words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

John Piper said, “The New Testament often defines the gospel as, simply, Christ. Even more wonderfully, perhaps, Paul says that the preaching of the gospel is the preaching of ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ.’ What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ.”

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Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016)

TEXT: Matthew 5:17-18:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

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D.A. Carson said, “Jesus fulfills the Law and the Prophets. They point to him, and he is their fulfillment.”

Today, many of us think of the Old Testament and the New Testament as mutually exclusive. We see the laws that God gave to Moses and the Israelites as lacking relevance when compared to the influence of the New Testament in our lives today. But, that is not what Jesus wants us to believe. Facing accusations from religious Jews that He sought to undermine the Law, Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” What does Jesus mean when He says He came to fulfil the law?

First, He means that He came to obey the Law in its entirety. Jesus is the only person who ever perfectly obeyed God. The Jewish religious leaders tried their best to abide by every minute regulation, adding multiple layers of interpretation to the original Law. But Jesus repeatedly pointed out that they were missing one key thing — a heart that was righteous before God. Some of them may have tried very hard to keep the Law, but they did not have love for God or love for their neighbor in their hearts. Jesus said that we must have “righteousness that exceeds the righteousness” of the Jewish religious leaders — and that goes beyond their hypocrisy.

Instead of destroying the Law, Jesus elevated the standard of obedience that God required. While He indeed refused to be bound by manmade traditions, He never disobeyed the Law. Rather, He obeyed with a humble, loving, and obedient heart that which was perfect before God, prompting the Father to say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The perfectness of Jesus’ life stands in stark reality to our own imperfectness. Even if we managed to do most the law commanded of us, we would fail the test on account of our hearts which are “desperately wicked.”

That is why we need the sacrifice of the perfect, sinless Son of God who did not destroy the law, but fulfilled it in a way that we never could.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for salvation from sin and Hell.

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.”

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.

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What It Means to Be Salt and Light, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 225 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 592 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:16:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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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.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Christ never contemplated the production of secret Christians — Christians whose virtues would never be displayed, pilgrims who would travel to Heaven by night, and never be seen by their fellow-pilgrims or anyone else.”

As Christians, we ought to consistently let our light shine “before men.” This means that not only should we preach the Gospel and deliberately share Christ with others, but we must be followers of Jesus Christ in the world. We ought to be good and do good by the power of the Holy Spirit no matter who is watching us.

Jesus says that, by letting our light shine in every aspect of our lives, men will “see our good works.” The word “see” means to recognize or take notice of. We ought not to live to be seen, but because our behavior will be so different from the behavior of the world, we will not help but stand out. Our lives ought to be a contrast to the typical lifestyle of a person who does not know Christ.

However, this is not to any credit of our own. The purpose of our good works being seen is so that the world will “glorify our Father who is in Heaven.” People will wonder, “Why are you so different?” “How come you never let negative situations get you down?” “Where do you get such peace and confidence?” “What’s your secret?” When confronted with such inquiries, we ought to gladly say, “The secret is Jesus living inside of me. My peace and confidence come from trust in God through Jesus Christ. I don’t let negative situations get me down because I know that, as long as I serve God, He will work out everything for my good.” That is the purpose of letting our light shine before men. We ought to never take the credit for our “good works” for ourselves. Instead, like a spotlight, we ought to shine on Christ, illuminate the Gospel, and bring glory to God.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Chase Headley: ‘I Want Christ Touching All Aspects of My Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #232)

Chase Headley

Chase Headley


He is a professional baseball player, playing the position of third baseman and as a Switch-hitter for the New York Yankees. He began playing professional baseball for the San Diego Padres in 2007. Prior to that, he played baseball in college for the Pacific Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers. In 2012, he led the National League in RBIs (runs batted in) and received the Silver Slugger Award and Golden Glove Award for his efforts.

He said of his faith, “If you put a circle that represents Christ, in the center of a pie, that represents life. Any way you slice it, the circle will always touch a part of that slice. That’s how I try to live my life. I try to have Christ touch all aspects of my life.”

His favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

He says of this verse that it, “Encompasses what I want to do in my Christian walk. Too many times Christians are portrayed as weak, (and they think) ‘I can’t be a man anymore or I can’t stand up for myself.’ This verse says (that) through God, in Christ, I have power to stand up as a Christian, to love even when it’s hard to love the unlovable, and to have the self-discipline to resist the temptations we face daily.

“Professional athletes have a tremendous platform. I try to use that platform; I look for opportunities to speak out about my faith. Jesus has changed my life. My goal is to have Jesus be the center of everything. I can worship Jesus by the way I play baseball and in how I interact with teammates, opponents, umpires and fans. I try to let my life reflect my faith in Christ.”

His name is Chase Headley. Continue reading

Hurricane Irma and the Importance of Taking Heed to Warnings (Gospel Light Minute X #287)


This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

With Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever to form in the Atlantic, bearing down on Florida this weekend, hundreds of thousands of people in southern Florida were given the warning to leave their homes and go somewhere where they would be safe from the storm. One police department told residents that they would not be able to help anyone who didn’t flee the storm and chose to remain behind. Those who take heed to the fair warnings stand a better chance of surviving the calamity. Those who don’t put their own lives at risk.

In our society, we value the benefits of a fair warning. We have tornado warning systems that sound off telling people that they need to get to shelter as quickly as possible. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center monitors the effects of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire and lets communities know when they need to warn people to move to higher ground. We rely on weather forecasts in order to determine how we need to prepare for the next day or the next week. If we take heed to the fair warnings that we receive, we can stay out of a lot of trouble and avoid many tragic situations.

Thankfully, we have also been given fair warning about the worse thing that can befall any one of us, and that is the eternal consequences of our sins in a place called hell and rejecting the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ that can deliver us from those consequences. When a group of religious people came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John asked them, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

God’s Word gives us ample warning of the wrath to come. This wrath will be the righteous outpouring of justice on those who do not repent of their sins and who reject Salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “in flaming fire,” [God] will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [They] shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Those who do not make the decision to get to know God on this earth will miss that opportunity for all of eternity and will suffer eternal punishment because of it. They will have no excuses when they stand before God because they have been given fair warning.

Will you respond to this fair warning today? You can flee the wrath of God just as thousands have fled the wrath of Irma. When you stand before God, I want you to be able to say that you took heed to the warnings that He gave us regarding the condition of our souls on this earth and the destination of our souls in eternity. You can be saved from the wrath to come by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for your Salvation. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now. Continue reading

What It Means to Be Salt and Light, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 220 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 587 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:13-16:

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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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 220 since Jan. 20, 2017, day 587 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Dr. Wiersbe said, “It is not easy to be a dedicated Christian. Our society is not a friend to God nor to God’s people. Whether we like it or not, there is conflict between us and the world. Why? Because we are different from the world and we have different attitudes. As we read the Beatitudes, we find that they represent an outlook radically different from that of the world. The world praises pride, not humility. The world endorses sin, especially if you “get away with it.” The world is at war with God, while God is seeking to reconcile His enemies and make them His children. We must expect to be persecuted if we are living as God wants us to live. But we must be sure that our suffering is not due to our own foolishness or disobedience.”

Dr. Walvoord & Dr. Zuck said, “To demonstrate the impact these people would make on their world, Jesus used two common illustrations: salt and light. Jesus’ followers would be like salt in that they would create a thirst for greater information. When one sees a unique person who possesses superior qualities in specific areas, he desires to discover why that person is different. It is also possible that salt means these people serve as a preservative against the evils of society. Whichever view one takes, the important quality to note is that salt ought to maintain its basic character. If it fails to be salty, it has lost its purpose for existence and should be discarded. A light is meant to shine and give direction. Individuals Jesus described in verses 3–10 would obviously radiate and point others to the proper path. Their influence would be evident, like a city on a hill or a lamp … on its stand. A concealed lamp, placed under a bowl (a clay container for measuring grain) would be useless. Light-radiating people live so that others see their good deeds and give praise not to them but to their Father in heaven.”

Jesus has declared that we are the light of the world. But how many of us are actually shining? How many of us have hidden our light? If we are lights, it is impractical not to shine. Jesus said, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Yet, so many Christians today are not shining.

What are some ways we hide our light?

First, we hide our light by not sharing the Gospel. When was the last time you talked to someone about Jesus? When was the last time you passed out a Gospel tract? According to LifeWay Research, 75% of all Christians have not shared the Gospel with another person more than twice since they’ve been saved. The clearest way of being salt and light in the world is to tell people about the Light of the World.

Second, we hide our light when we live in sin. Living in sin dampens our fervor for the Gospel and dims our light. We cannot proclaim that Jesus saves people from bondage to sin when we ourselves are acting as if we have not been freed. On top of that, we cannot show the world a better way when we are living according to the world’s way ourselves.

Third, we hide our light by not being good members of the society that we are placed in. When he was in the process of starting Liberty University, Jerry Falwell once said, “If it’s Christian, it ought to be better.” That statement can be applied to every aspect of our lives as Christians. The lights of the world ought to be better neighbors, better friends, better employees, better bosses, better spouses, better students, better teachers. This does not necessarily mean that we will be more skilled, more educated, or more knowledgeable than others. What it does mean is that, in every interaction, we will show Christ-like love, concern, and compassion to all people.

You and I are the lights of this world. Embrace the role that Jesus has given us to be light-bearers in the darkness. Shine! Don’t hide your light. Put it on a candlestick and hold it aloft so that others can see and be saved by it.

As Philip P. Bliss wrote, we are the “lower lights” that must burn in order to save sinners from certain destruction:

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
From His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Now, for those of you who are not saved, remember that Jesus is the light of the world. He came to shine in your darkness and to save your soul. Allow me to show you how you can receive Him as your Savior.

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.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 59 (Onward Christian Soldiers #183)


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.

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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 59”

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 James 1:13-15. (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.)

James 1:13-15

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

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This passage tells us that the deepest source of temptation is not the devil, nor the world, but our very own flesh. It is our “own lust” that draws us away from the straight and narrow path. Most people think that if something comes from within them and is for their own pleasure, then it must not be bad. But the Bible tells us that the lust that is within “conceives and brings forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

The Greek word translated as “lust” is a morally and spiritually neutral term which simply denotes the presence of strong desire or impulse, a longing or a passionate craving. When our longing or craving is directed toward evil things, it becomes temptation. If we follow this craving and allow our flesh to have its way, it conceives sin in our minds.

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!

The Free State of Glory (Part 39) — The Reward of Believers: 5 Heavenly Crowns, Part 6


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:10-13

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

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The Free State of Glory (Part 39) — The Reward of Believers: 5 Heavenly Crowns, Part 6

Today, we are going to continue looking at the five “crowns” spoken of in Scripture as rewards for believers. The first crown is the “imperishable crown” which is given to those who give their all in service to Christ; the second crown is the “crown of rejoicing” which is received by those who win souls for Christ and help disciple new believers; and the third crown is “the crown of righteousness” which is given to those who finish their course well on this earth and who look for and love the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The fourth crown is the “crown of glory,” which Peter writes about in his first epistle. First Peter 5:4 says, “When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” In this passage, Peter is talking to elders or shepherds in the church, those who are over other believers. He says, “The elders which are among you I exhort, Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”

Commentators have pointed out that the “crown of glory” is not for elders or pastors only, but they do have a special calling to care for God’s sheep by following the example of the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ. Chuck Swindoll writes, “With regard to the role of leaders in the church, Peter has pointed out two effective principles: pride of position must be absent, and the heart of a shepherd must be present. He then illustrated the shepherd’s heart with three essential attitudes: willingness, eagerness, and meekness. Granted, shepherding the flock of God can involve hard work. This is why Peter ends his address to the elder-pastors of the churches with a reminder of their eternal reward. If Christ’s shepherds faithfully discharge their duties with the proper attitudes, they will receive ‘the unfading crown of glory’ from Christ at His return. As the ‘Chief Shepherd,’ Jesus serves as the model of how His earthly shepherds are to serve. As such, Christ Himself is the perfect model of ministry.”

In this day and time, we have too many pastors/elders who are seeking “glory” in this present world. Instead of feeding the flock of God, they are feeding their own egos. Instead of serving with a ready or eager mind, they are doing it for money or filthy lucre. Instead of being humble examples to God’s flock, they see themselves as “lords” over the people. Because of their selfish and self-serving behavior, some elders may receive temporary crowns on earth, but they will not receive the “crown of glory which fadeth not away.” Only those who share in the suffering and service of Christ here on earth will be able to enjoy the glory of Christ in Heaven.

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If you are not a believer, all the rewards that you receive on earth will one day perish. But, by serving Christ, you can gain eternal, imperishable, and incorruptible rewards. I invite you to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.

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. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. 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 Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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