It Sounds Arrogant, But You Really Are “The Master of Your Fate” (Gospel Light Minute X #388)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #388 titled, “It Sounds Arrogant, But You Really Are ‘The Master of Your Fate’.” 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.

These haunting and thought-provoking words were written by the nineteenth century poet William Ernest Henley in a poem entitled “INVICTUS”. Henley was well known at the time in England, but, is best known today for the last line of this poem, which was written from a hospital bed as he suffered with tuberculosis. This line has been quoted in books, movies, and tattooed by many. It was quoted by Winston Churchill, Ashleigh Brilliant, and many people give Nelson Mandela credit for this phrase because he quoted it so often.

The words seem almost arrogant and defiant. However, if you will just think about it for a minute, these words are, oh, so true. You really are master of your own fate and the captain of your own soul. Continue reading “It Sounds Arrogant, But You Really Are “The Master of Your Fate” (Gospel Light Minute X #388)”

How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #373 titled, “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven?” 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.

A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they’re going to Heaven. 

This optimism stands in stark contrast to Jesus Christ’s words written in the Bible in Matthew 7:13–14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The truth is that according to the Bible we don’t automatically go to Heaven. In fact, Hell—not Heaven—is our default destination. Unless our sin problem is solved once and for all, we can’t enter Heaven. That’s the bad news. 

But once that’s straight in our minds we’re ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus took upon Himself, on the cross, the Hell we deserve so that we could experience for eternity the Heaven we don’t deserve!  Continue reading “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)”

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #56)

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TEXT: Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #56)

As we learned last week, some guilt is good. The bad feeling that we get when we sin ought to motivate us not to do the same bad thing again. The Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin; this conviction ought to cause us to confess our sins and repent of our sins. However, there is also bad guilt. This guilt comes from the condemnation or mental attacks of the devil. He specializes in tormenting believers with reminders of past failures, sins, and shortcomings. Many Christians live under a constant cloud of Satan’s accusations, believing his guilt-inducing words rather than what the Bible says about God’s children.

Sincere confession is the first step to getting rid of this bad guilt. As long as we have unconfessed sin in our lives, Satan will have a foothold to continuously attack us and tear us down. Take the weapon of guilt out of Satan’s hands by confessing and repenting of your sins today. Continue reading “Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #56)”

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

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TEXT: Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

The devil has an abundance of weapons in his arsenal with which he attempts to wound and weaken followers of Jesus Christ. Over the past two weeks, we have looked at how we can combat two of his most-used attacks — the temptation to become fainthearted, and the temptation to doubt God. Today, we are going to look at how we can overcome feelings of guilt in our Christian walk.

Certainly, you have experienced the feeling of guilt; it is not a good feeling. Yet, many Christians go through life burdened down by guilt. There are two types of guilt that we must contend with. The first is natural guilt which comes after we have done something wrong. The second is the feeling of guilt that comes from the condemnation or mental attacks from the devil. One of the devil’s names is the “accuser of the brethren.” He specializes in tormenting believers with reminders of past failures, sins, and shortcomings. Many Christians live under a constant cloud of Satan’s accusations, believing his guilt-inducing words rather than what the Bible says about God’s children.

I’m sure you remember the pilgrim Little-Faith in Pilgrim’s Progress. This unfortunate soul laid down at a dangerous intersection on the Straight and Narrow Way and went to sleep. He was robbed and beat up by Faintheart, Mistrust, and Guilt. Last week, we learned how he never recovered from that attack; he was depressed and despondent throughout the rest of his pilgrimage. Perhaps, part of his problem was that he continued to feel guilty over what had happened to him because he wasn’t strong enough to ward off their attack.

What can we do to combat feelings of guilt and the attacks of condemnation from the devil? Let’s find out as we consider these verses from the 32nd psalm of David. This psalm is described as a “contemplation.” James Montgomery Boice said the Hebrew word for “contemplation” might be better understood as “instruction” as it is full of instruction and worthy of meditation.

First, to combat feelings of guilt, we must make sure that we have confessed our sins. We will not be free from guilt if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. David says there was a time in his life when he “kept silent” regarding his sins. During this time, he said, “my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand [God’s hand] was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” David was under stress because of the mental pain of his sin. He felt God’s hand of conviction upon him. Just as one’s mouth goes dry when one is nervous or afraid, David said his moisture was turned to drought.

These symptoms that David experienced were actually a good thing — and if you feel this way about your sin, you should take it as a good sign. This tells you that you have a healthy conscience — a sense of right and wrong. It also tells you that you are a child of God and, as such, He will not let you continue with unconfessed sin in your life. The ‘hand’ of conviction that you feel regarding your sin is the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to confess and repent of it right now. In order to get rid of his guilty feelings, David had to confess his sin to God. He says, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord…”

If you try to live the Christian life with unconfessed sin, you are also giving Satan ammunition to use against you. Anytime, you try to engage in spiritual work — prayer, Bible reading, or ministry to others — the devil will use that unconfessed sin to put you on a guilt trip. He will remind you of what you have done, of the secret you are hiding, and you will be crippled in your spiritual walk. Don’t let him do that to you. Take the weapon of guilt out of Satan’s hands by confessing and repenting of your sins today.

 

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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.

GLMX #224: What Bill Cosby and his Accusers Need to Do Now

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Over the past few weeks, many in America have been surprised, shocked, and saddened by the rape allegations that have been leveled against Bill Cosby — one of the most beloved personalities in television and entertainment history. With more than ten women in the past year alleging that Bill Cosby drugged and raped or sexually assaulted them, it seems as though the proverbial skeletons of the 77-year-old comedian are coming out of the closet.

While Cosby has not publicly addressed the allegations, it certainly is ashamed that his long career appears to be coming to a close under this cloud of indignity stemming from sins that were committed twenty-five to thirty-five years ago. If, in fact, Mr. Cosby is guilty, it is a testament to the Biblical proverb, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”

The truth of the matter is, none of us should be quick to condemn Bill Cosby because all of us have sins in our past that we would like to keep behind us. But what should Bill Cosby and his accusers do about these issues? And, perhaps, more importantly, what should each of us do about our sin issues? Continue reading “GLMX #224: What Bill Cosby and his Accusers Need to Do Now”

GLMX #200: “Repentance,” the Movie, and the Gospel

A shot from "Repentance"
A shot from “Repentance”

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the movie, “Repentance”, starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, and Sanaa Lathan. This psychological thriller was originally titled “Vipaka”, which is a Buddhist term for karma — the idea that we reap what we sow and the need for repentance to make things right.

In the film, Thomas Carter (played by Anthony Mackie) is a life coach and a jack-leg psychologist who became popular from a bestselling book that he wrote after his experience in a car wreck five years before. A man, Angel Sanchez (played by Forest Whitaker), is deeply troubled by the “untimely,” strange death of his mother which, unbeknownst to us at the beginning of the film, Thomas and his brother, Ben (played by Mike Epps), have something to do with. Angel goes to Thomas for counseling to help him come to terms with the death of his mother.

Somehow, Angel becomes convinced that Thomas has something to do with the death of his mother.

One day, Thomas visits Angel’s home to tell him that he was going to leave for a while and that he needed to seek counseling from someone else. Angel reacts negatively, ties Thomas up, and kidnaps Thomas’ wife and his brother, Ben. Angel begins torturing Thomas to get him to confess the sins of his past, sometimes comically using Thomas’ own teachings from his book against him. Angel, of course, is waiting for Thomas to confess his involvement in his mother’s death. Thomas begins confessing every sin that he can think of until he gets to the one that apparently relieves Angel’s burden.

The lesson of this film reminds us of a Biblical truth — “be sure your sin will find you out.” Every wrong thing that we do, no matter how well we think we may have hidden it, will eventually be brought out into the open. Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Jesus Christ also said in Luke 12:2-3, “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.”

As the original title of the movie suggests, each of us will eventually have to face up to our sins and suffer the consequences for what we have done. Some of these consequences will be physical and temporal — for example, going to jail for a period of time for robbing someone, or paying a fine for speeding. Other consequences are spiritual and eternal. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” If we die in our sins, we will also suffer eternal punishment in Hell unless we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 21:8 says, “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.”

We may not be able to avoid the physical and temporal consequences of our sins, however, we can avoid the eternal consequences of our sins. God does not want any of His creation to go to Hell and be separated from Him forever. (The Bible says that “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”) He made a way for us to escape that punishment. He wants us to repent and trust Jesus Christ as our Savior. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth. Jesus lived a perfect life while He was on Earth and willingly went to the cross to die for all of our sins. On the cross, God poured out His wrath on His Son so that He would not have to pour it out on us.

On that cross, Jesus Christ died a death that we should have died and paid a debt that we should have paid but never could have paid. Because of His sacrifice, we do not have to suffer the eternal consequences of our sins in Hell which we deserve.

What DO we have to do?
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10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 2)

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

SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, by the grace of God, I want to continue with part two of the message that we began on yesterday titled “10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days.” This is the last message in this series of 100 days of preaching the gospel. I am grateful to God for the time that we have spent in His Word together over the past 100 days. I hope that you have enjoyed it and that you have been blessed and encouraged by it.

The two passages which we read in I Timothy and II Timothy are a warning message from the Apostle Paul to the young minister Timothy who was leading the church at Ephesus. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul mostly focuses on religous apostasy. In other words, in the last days, false teachers peddling dangerous doctrine would creep into the church and the people of God will be deceived if they are not on guard against it. In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about the moral and social decay that will come about in the “last days.” Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson write that in this context, the term ‘last days’ refers to the “end of the church age” — and thus a time period that is close to the Rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. John F. Walvoord states, “Apostasy, of course, was already present in the time that Paul lived, but with the progress of the present age, in spite of the dissemination of the truth and the availability of Scripture, the world will continue to follow the sinful description which the Apostle Paul gave here.”

As I mentioned to you on yesterday, I believe that we are indeed living in the last days. We are drawing ever closer to the Rapture of the church and the return of Christ. And during these days, there are some things that God wants us to do while we wait for His coming. On yesterday, we discussed five of those things, which are as follows:

1. God wants you to be saved, if you are not saved already.
2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.
3. God wants us as His children to pray.
4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.
5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

These are five basic, fundamental things that God wants us to do based on His word. Today, by the grace of God, I want to share with you five more things that God wants us to do in the last days.

1. God wants us to faithfully attend and participate in a local Bible believing church.
2. God wants us to tithe and give to Him through our local church.
3. In light of the second coming of the Lord, God wants us to love one another.
4. God wants us to witness to those who are not saved.
5. God wants us to put on the whole armour of God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #99 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:1-14, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we are living in perilous, dangerous, wicked, bitter, and hard times. We are living in the last days. I tell folks all the time that we are living in days that only God can help us now. The Lord made it perfectly clear that “last days” would come. The Lord never told a lie. In fact, the Bible says that “God cannot lie”, meaning it is impossible for Him to lie. I believe according to the Word of God, that those “last days” are here. Make no mistake about it, something is about to happen in this old sin-cursed world and that is, the Second Coming of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

However, even though we are living in these difficult times, God wants us to stand strong even if we have to stand alone. So today I want to share with you ten things that will help you to stand strong in light of these last days and in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

1. God wants you to be saved.

2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.

3. God wants us, as His children, to pray.

4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.

5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

+ Plus, listen to Al Green and Heather Headley singing “People Get Ready” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 21)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #83

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-12

As you know, we are in a long series titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord” which is based on Hosea 10:12 which reads: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God.

As we begin today, let’s take a close look at verse seven of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, “As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.”

If you go out to the beach and look at the water, you will see that the foam floats on top of the water. The prophet Hosea compares the king of Samaria (the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel) to foam floating on top of the water. Just like the foam dissolves as quickly as it is formed, God says that the government of Israel has no more foundation because it has rejected the laws of God. It is just like foam on the water, ready to be whipped away by the lightest of winds.

There is a verse in Psalm 11 which reads: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Without the firm foundation of God’s Word and spiritual principles in our society, our country will crumble just like the nation of Israel did many years ago. We must strive first of all to make God’s Word the foundation of our lives and of our families, and allow that godly influence to spread into our churches, our communities, and our nation.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed fifty-nine sins in total, and today, we are going to continue this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of boasting.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of not resisting the devil.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of not obeying authority.

+ Plus, listen to Preashea Hilliard as she sings “Fresh Fire” and The Mighty Clouds of Joy singing “Walk Around Heaven”

Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 20)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #82

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-12

As you know, we are in a long series titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord” which is based on Hosea 10:12 which reads: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God.

As we begin today, let’s take a close look at verse six of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, “It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.”

You might recall that last week, we looked at verse five, and saw how the children of Israel were greatly concerned about the golden calves which they had set up to worship. The “it” in verse six is referring back to the golden calves. God says that those idols would be carried off to Assyria just as the children of Israel would be carried off to Assyria.

In the ancient near east, a victory over a nation was seen as a victory over its gods. Thus, by God allowing the golden calves that Israel trusted in to be captured and carried off by the Assyrians, He was vindicating Himself by showing the utter uselessness of the Israelite idols and the utter foolishness of the Israelites for trusting in them. Ephraim and Israel were put to ‘shame’ by this occurrence .

We must be very careful to only put our faith and trust in God. If we lean on anything or anybody other than God, God has the ability to take that thing or that person out of our lives to let us know that we need to trust Him and depend on Him alone.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed fifty-six sins in total, and today, we are going to continue this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of not being humble.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of twisting God’s Word.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of worry.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch and Marvin Winans singing “All Because of Jesus” and Hillsong singing “Amazing Love”.