How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #395 titled, “How to Face the Inevitable –Your Death” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

I have found that one can tell how a person values life by his estimation of death. I once talked with a man who had never given serious thought to death until it was discovered that he had cancer. “Immediately my entire world changed,” he said. “The things I valued most became worthless, and the things that I thought were of little value are now the most important things in the world to me.”

GETTING READY FOR ETERNITY

Physical life is a possession that we all cling to, and yet we know we must all sooner or later bow to death. It enters the home of the rich as boldly as it enters the apartment in the projects. It brings down the final curtain as swiftly on the famous as it does on the unknown. Before this year ends, many people listening to this podcast will keep their appointment with death.

There are many who say, “I believe in life after death, but I’m not concerned about crossing that bridge until I get to it.” How strange that people should spend years preparing for retirement and not take so much as five minutes to prepare to meet God Continue reading “How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)”

What Does it Mean to Say ‘Yes’ to God? (Gospel Light Minute X #336)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #336 titled, “What Does it Mean to Say ‘Yes’ to God?.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.



There is a lesson in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians where he describes what it means to say ‘Yes’ to God. You can read Paul’s words in Ephesians 2 in the Bible.
Saying ‘Yes’ to God means to throw yourself into the Arms of Jesus—the only Son of God Who:

  • lived among us for a time,
  • gave His life to make us right with God,
  • was raised from the dead,
  • was seen by hundreds in His new body,
  • and returned to the side of His (and your) Father where He is building His church and getting ready to set all things right when He returns.
  • This is the same Jesus Who invites you, right now, to come and join Him in His long term project for our world: setting all things right.

When you say ‘Yes’ to God, you invite God to set things right between Him and you. This is not a project you undertake. You don’t start following a set of rules. You simply throw yourself on God’s mercy and trust Him to fix things in you and for you. Continue reading “What Does it Mean to Say ‘Yes’ to God? (Gospel Light Minute X #336)”

What Does it Mean to Be in Christ? Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #73)

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

In our last lesson, we looked at some of the blessings that are now ours because we are in Christ.

1. We are forgiven.
2. We are justified.
3. We are made near to God.
4. We are accepted by God.
5. We are made holy.
6. Our eternal destiny is sealed and secure in Christ.
7. We are complete in Christ.

Does all of this mean that we will never sin again? No, it does not. In the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth, we find some things that seem hard to understand. On the one hand, Paul calls these believers “saints,” and he says that they are “sanctified (holy) in Christ Jesus.” On the other hand, in the same letter, Paul speaks of some terrible sins in their lives. Some of them were proud; some fought among themselves; and some of them were guilty of immoral acts.

How could Paul say that they were “holy in Christ” while at the same time they were not living as Christians should live? To answer these questions, we must understand the difference between our standing and our state.

What is our STANDING? Our standing is the way God sees us in Christ. It includes all that God has done for us in Christ. God has given us a perfect standing in Christ.

Is our standing always perfect? Yes, it is. Why? Because it depends on what God has done for us in Christ. We are IN CHRIST, and God sees us as perfect in Him. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Now, what is our STATE? Our state is the way we live on the earth. The Bible calls it our “walk.” Is our state ever perfect? No, it is not. Why? Because it depends on what we are in ourselves. We are sinful. The Bible says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

It will help us in our Christian life if we remember that our STANDING is the way God sees us in Christ, while our STATE is the way we live on the earth. In Christ we are always perfect in God’s sight; in ourselves, we are sinful.

Does this mean that we are to be satisfied with our sins? No, it does not! God wants our day to day living to come up to our standing in Christ. We are “holy in Christ”; God wants us to be holy in our everyday living. The Bible says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (or lifestyle).

How can we be holy? In His Word, God has told us that we are to “walk” by faith. This means that we are to count on what we are in Christ. Colossians 2:6 says, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.”

When we see that we are “holy in Christ,” we become holy in our everyday life. When we see that we are “saints in Christ Jesus” we begin to live as saints should live. When we see that we are truly “the children of God,” we begin to live as children of God should live. As we count on what we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit makes it real in our life.

Pray! Think! Do! (Part 5) — the Postscript

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #153

TEXT: Philippians 4:10-20

We have been looking at Philippians chapter 4 over the past few weeks, primarily with a focus on the first ten verses. Those verses speak to the spiritual, mental, and physical duties of the believer — praying, thinking, and doing. However, Philippians is primarily a personal letter which Paul wrote to some young believers to thank them for the help they had given in his time of need. Paul took the occasion to give them some much needed advice on living the Christian life which we have benefited from as well.

Today, we are going to briefly look at the latter part of Philippians chapter 4 in Part 5 of this series which I am going to call “the Postscript.” “Postscript” is where we get the term “P.S.” from — it is an additional remark at the end of a letter. Even though these latter verses do not fit under the “Pray! Think! Do!” message series, we would be remiss if we simply passed over this wonderful portion of the Word of God.

In these verses, we see that after Paul commands the Philippian believers to pray, think, and do, he talks with them about the provisions of God for His people. He thanks them for sending gifts to him during his imprisonment in Rome. However, he also shares that he is content with or without gifts because his trust is in God, not in people. Paul’s example is important for us today because we live in a time when it is easy to begin to trust in people, money, material things, or our status in society as our security in this world. However, as history and painful experience have shown time and time again, people’s fortunes can change just as fast as the shifting of the wind. What matters at these times is who or what you are leaning on for support and guidance in this life. If you are leaning on something or someone that has fallen down or who has suddenly been taken away, then you are going to fall down too. However, if you are leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus — if you are standing on the solid rock — you can survive and thrive in spite of the storms you face. And that is one of the things God wants us to learn from the life of the Apostle Paul.

1. God wants us to learn from Paul’s contentment. In verse 11, Paul writes, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

2. God wants us to learn from Paul’s can-do spirit. I believe this was the main reason why Paul could be content no matter his circumstances. In verse 13, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

3. God wants us to learn from Paul’s conviction. In verse 19, Paul says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

You can be content no matter what your circumstances are if you get ahold of these two principles: (1) That Christ’s strength working in you will give you the ability to handle any situation you face. You can do all things through Christ! (2) That God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. No matter what others do, place your confidence in Christ. He has all that you will ever need, and He will supply all that you will ever need.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord” by The Katinas and “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” by Aretha Franklin

The Spirit of Pharaohistic Pride (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 1)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #121

TEXT: Exodus 8:1-15

Recently, the Lord has laid on my heart a series of messages titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid.” From studying the word of God, He has shown me that there are four spirits that are driven by Satan that are especially dangerous for Christians, or anybody for that matter, to have. These spirits are exemplified in the lives of four characters in the Bible — two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. They are: the satanic spirit of pride shown in the life of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus; the satanic spirit of rebelliousness, stubborness and witchcraft shown in the life of King Saul of Israel; the satanic spirit of betrayal shown in the life of Judas the disciple of Jesus; and the satanic spirit of worldliness shown in Demas one of the first century believers who was an associate of the Apostle Paul.

Lord willing, over the next four weeks, we will be tackling each of these spirits, and I will attempt to show from the word of God exactly why these spirits are so dangerous. Today, we will be looking at the spirit of pride that is shown in the life of Pharaoh. I call this type of pride “pharaohistic” pride, because it goes beyond the typical pride that many people have, and you will see why very soon.

There is much disagreement on exactly who the Pharaoh of the Exodus is. The Bible does not give us his name. However, based on the examination of archaeology and the dates provided in the Bible, most scholars assume that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was either Thut-mose II, or his grandson, A-men-ho-tep II. We will not spend time on this debate here, however, one of these Egyptian kings exhibited an extreme spirit of pride.

The Bible has a lot to say about pride. Pride is the sin that rose up in the heart of Lucifer and caused him to rebel against God and be cast out of Heaven. Let me share with you some of what the Bible has to say about pride:

Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

Proverbs 16:5 says, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

James 4:6 says, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”

From our passage today, we will look at three characteristics of pride and see why this pride is so dangerous.

1. Pharaoh would not listen to God. God told Pharaoh, through Moses, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs…” We enter the story of the exodus after Moses has come back to Egypt and after he and Aaron have gone to Pharaoh and demanded that he let the children of Israel go free. However, when Moses confronts Pharaoh, Pharaoh scoffs at the word of the Lord. He says, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”

2. Pharaoh would not listen to common sense. Not only did Pharaoh refuse to listen to God, but he refused to listen to common sense. Our passage tells us that after God sent the plague of frogs upon the land, Pharaoh called up Moses to have the frogs removed. To demonstrate God’s power over the frogs, Moses gave Pharaoh the choice to name a specific time when he wanted the frogs to be removed. Notice what Pharaoh said — “Tomorrow.” Now, if I were Pharaoh, I would have said, “Right now! Get these frogs out of here within the next few minutes!” But Pharaoh just couldn’t bring himself to complete humility before God and before God’s servant, Moses.

3. Pharaoh would not heed God’s judgment. The final characteristic of this dangerous spirit of pride in a person is that this person does not take heed to God’s severe judgment. Pharaoh received some of the harshest judgment that God has ever poured out on mankind, and yet to the very end, he refused to repent. He refused to humble himself before God.

+ Plus, listen to The Sensational Nightingales singing “Glory To His Name” and Yolanda Adams singing “Victory”