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)”

Apostles & Saints, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #140)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-6:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 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:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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William Romaine said, “Gratitude to God makes even a temporal blessing a taste of heaven.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We hear about many people who go to a conference or a meeting and say, ‘Boy, wasn’t that good? Weren’t we challenged?’ The question isn’t ‘Weren’t you challenged?’ The question is, ‘Were you changed?'”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In 1905, Japan’s victory over Russia resulted in the Japanese occupation of Korea, provoking a new Korean nationalistic spirit. Christians looked to the church to organize resistance. Instead, missionary and church leaders preached forgiveness and forbearance. This preaching was followed by a second wave of revival in 1905 and 1906, described as “a spreading fire” and “a continuing religious awakening.””

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Paul continues speaking of the spiritual blessings that believers have in Christ Jesus. Notice the location of these blessings: they are “in heavenly places in Christ.” The blessings that Christ gives are higher, richer, and more secure than anything this world has to offer.

Furthermore, the fact that we have these blessings even now reminds us of our true spiritual location. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God has “raised us up and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Although we are still present on Earth, our spiritual citizenship has already been transferred to the heavenly places where Christ is now. That is why we have access to all of the spiritual blessings that God gives us. These blessings can only be had in Christ, and we have them because we are indeed in Christ. When we accepted Him as our Savior, He transferred our citizenship from this world to Heaven.

If we want true revival in our churches, one of the first things that we must do is realize where we stand in Christ and begin to live according to that standing. Too many Christians live like they are still citizens of this world — with worldly thoughts, worldly desires, and pursuing worldly dreams. And we wonder why we do not have revival.

Revival will never come to the church and awakening will never come to the world unless Christians begin living according to their standing of being in heavenly places with Jesus Christ. We must adopt His mindset and see ourselves and the world as He does. As C.S. Lewis said, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” The Church used to sing about heaven, now we sing about how to make it in this sin cursed world.

Apostles & Saints, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #139)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-6:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 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:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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Alexander MacLaren said, “The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian. Our daily experience ought to be that there comes, wavelet by wavelet, that silent, gentle, and yet omnipotent influx into our empty hearts, this very life of Christ Himself.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we have another Pentecost — and it was real — we’d all likely be in jaiI within a month. We have such an accommodating Christianity. People can live anyway they want to around a Christian today. But they couldn’t in the day of Pentecost when those first Christians were around.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In August 1903, seven missionaries gathered in the city of Wonsan, Korea, for a week of study and prayer. Dr. R.A. Hardie confessed he ‘had not seen any examples of plain, unmistakable, and lasting conversion’ in his thirteen years of ministry in Korea. Believing the ministry was being hindered by his own failings, he confessed his faults before both the missionaries and the Korean congregation, with others making similar confessions. Just a few months later, in October of 1903, missionary advocate Fredrik Franson arrived in Korea and was invited to preach. The meetings were marked by open confession of sins. Many admitted to theft and offered to make restitution. Church members insisted that restitution be made to the Lord rather than to themselves. As a result, funds were raised for evangelism in the area. During his stay in Korea, Franson impressed upon Hardie and his fellow workers the necessity of prevailing prayer.”

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Paul continues his greeting of the believers with words of blessing. First, he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” This pronouncement of blessing upon the Heavenly Father is simply a way of praising God. Obviously, Paul nor any of us can give God something that He would count as a blessing the way we count our blessings.

On the contrary, we bless (or praise) God because He has blessed us. Paul continues by telling us that God “hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”

Notice the type of blessings that Paul is praising God for: “spiritual blessings.” Often, we think of blessings only as being physical or material — cars, houses, money, and good health. But, the true blessings are spiritual blessings because these are blessings that no one can take away. When Paul was writing this, he was sitting in prison. He didn’t have any cars, houses, or money to speak of. He had a “thorn in the flesh”, what many believe to be some type of medical condition that affected his eyesight, that afflicted him on a daily basis. Yet, he was still “blessed” because he had “spiritual blessings.”

Spiritual blessings are things that only God can provide to His children: things such as peace, joy, and contentment. Neither people nor circumstances can take away these “spiritual blessings.” Many Christians today are dissatisfied with their material or physical blessings or lack thereof. They focus only on what they have and what they don’t have, and they do not value the best blessings of all — the spiritual blessings which they always have access to through Christ Jesus.

We need more Christians who are just as focused on abiding in and utilizing their spiritual blessings as they are on getting more material and physical blessings.

7 Keys to the God-Blessed Life (#5): Obey God

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #144

TEXT: Daniel 1:1-15

In this series of messages, we are looking at the 7 keys to living the God-blessed life. The God-blessed life — Christian success — is not measured by the same standards as the world’s success. Even if the world accounts us “as sheep for the slaughter,” we are actually “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The God-blessed life is a life that is full of contentment, joy, fulfillment, peace, and productivity. It is the kind of life where you know you are in the center of God’s will. The seven keys to getting to this position are:

1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God.
7. Be Faithful to God.

These seven keys can only be carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. That is where all of this begins. These are not things that we do in our own strength. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do these things each and every day.

So far, we have looked at the topics of trusting God from the life of Abraham, loving God from the life of the apostle John, fearing God from the life of Job, and meditating on the Word of God from the life of Joshua. Today, we are going to look at obeying God from the life of Daniel and his companions in Babylon.

It is well documented that Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to go without water for many days. Then he turns them loose, and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there panting, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he allows them to go back to drink.

I know that may sound harsh, but this is the same kind of obedience that God demands of us, His children. He wants us to trust in Him and not in what we can see. That kind of trust will lead to unquestioning obedience on our part. We see this kind of trust in the lives of four young Hebrew men who were taken captive to Babylon. Their names are Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah — better known as Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Let’s look at what we can learn from their decision to obey God.

1. Notice their obedience in spite of the temptations they faced. Verse 5 of our passage reads, “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”

2. Notice how they made the decision to be obedient. Verse 8 of our passage states, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Despite the pressure of the temptations that he was under, Daniel made the choice to be obedient to God. Despite being removed from their familiar surroundings in Israel, despite being placed in a hostile, pagan environment, Daniel and his friends chose to stand alone. He did this in several ways.

3. Notice the blessings they received as a result of their obedience. Verse 15 says, “At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.” Daniel and his friends received unimaginable blessings for choosing to obey God.

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 3)

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

Today, I want us to move on to verses 11 and 12 of this passage and see the final three aspects of this “thanksgiving mandate” that are given in this passage of Scripture.

1. God wants us to get to know Him better.

2. God wants us to desire for His presence to be in our lives.

3. God wants us to remember everything that He has done.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 2)

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

I believe it is good for us to set aside one special day out of the year just to focus on thanking and praising God for all that He has done for us. However, that one day should serve to remind us that we need to give thanks everyday of our lives.

On yesterday, we began looking at I Chronicles 16 and what I am calling the “thanksgiving mandate” that is given in God’s Word. We looked at verse 8 of this passage and saw three things that God wants us to do in this matter of being thankful.

1. God wants us to be thankful for His blessings.

2. While we are remembering and being thankful for what God has done for us, God wants us to remain in communication with Him.

3. God wants us to tell others about His goodness.

As I mentioned on yesterday, this passage is actually a part of a psalm that was written by King David on the occasion of the Israelites bringing the ark of God into Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that David’s purpose in writing this psalm was to “thank the Lord”, and that he gave this psalm to Asaph. Asaph was a Levite, and he was one of the leaders of David’s choir who also wrote twelve psalms himself that we know of. So, David probably gave this psalm to Asaph to teach it to the Levite choir so they all could sing it together.

Today, I want us to move on to verses 9 and 10 of this passage and see what else is involved in this “thanksgiving mandate”.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 1)

1 Chronicles 16:8: “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.”

Out of all of the holidays that we are blessed to celebrate, Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love this time of year. I love the weather. I love the time we get to spend with family and friends. I love the food. I love looking back over the past year to see where God has brought us from.

I believe that God gives us these times away from our daily routine to refocus our attention on what is truly important. The Israelites observed certain feasts, celebrations, and holy days every year. These days were observed so that the children of Israel would remember what God had done for them in the past.

The verse that we are looking at today is I Chronicles 16:8. This verse is a part of a psalm given by David on one of these important days in the history of Israel — the day that he brought the Tabernacle of God up to Jerusalem. The people of Israel were celebrating and rejoicing because of this great event. From this verse, I want us to notice three things that I believe God wants us to do not only on this Thanksgiving, but on every day of our lives.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

GLMX #53: How to Count Your Blessings

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How many things do you have to be thankful for? Perhaps it has been a while since you sat down and really considered that question. If so, I would encourage you to take the time—today—to create a list of everything for which you are thankful.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”