Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226)


TEXT: John 14:16-18

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 226.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Between Christ on earth and his disciples what a distance there was! In his condescension he came very near to them; but yet you always perceive a gulf between the wise Master and the foolish disciples. Now the Holy Ghost annihilates that distance by dwelling in us.”

When Jesus first described the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the third member of the Godhead who is just like Himself, the disciples must have been glad. Surely they felt better knowing that some semblance of Jesus’ presence would continue to be with them even after He had return to Heaven. Surely they felt comforted.

In our last message, we talked about how the Holy Spirit comes alongside and dwells in believers. He is a constant companion, friend, counselor, and guide. Surely, everyone wants a friend like this in their life. However, there are some who cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls Him “the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.”

Why is it impossible for those in the world to count the Holy Spirit as their friend? Because Satan is the Prince of this World and the Father of Lies. He deceives the world, hoping that people will not come to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in those who are still bound to Satan’s world system. Only those who are free and have been saved by the blood of Jesus receive the Holy Spirit; because we, like the disciples, “know him”, and we see the world as it truly is.

Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck add: “The world cannot receive the Spirit because the world lives ‘by sight’ and not by faith. Furthermore, the world does not know Jesus Christ; and you cannot have the knowledge of the Spirit apart from the Son. The presence of the Spirit in this world is actually an indictment against the world, for the world rejected Jesus.”

Yes, it is a tragic fact that, while believers can joyfully sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” the world misses out on the friendship of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus ends this little dialogue with these comforting words: “He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” What a relief this must have been to the disciples who had constantly heard Jesus talking about His impending death. Historians tell us that Jewish religious leaders were often considered the “fathers” of their disciples — at least spiritually speaking. When their leader died, those disciples became orphans — without a head, a guide, someone to instruct and defend them. Jesus did not leave His disciples that way. He left them with the Holy Spirit. They did not have to fear being orphans.

Jesus’ words, “I will come to you,” are a relief for us today because, although Jesus was raised from the dead and is in Heaven right now, sometimes, we can still feel lonely on this earth. We can feel like God is nowhere to be found. But, we do not have to feel this way because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and comforts us.

Anne S. Murphy wrote —

There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
A peace that it cannot take away;
Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
I’ve a peace that has come and is here to stay!

Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine;
Constantly abiding, rapture divine;
He never leaves me lonely, whispers, O so kind:
“I will never leave thee,” Jesus is mine.

Are you ready to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior so that you can receive the Holy Spirit? If so, here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 225)

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TEXT: John 14:16-18

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 225.

Corrie ten Boom said, “Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”

The first major assurance that Jesus gave His disciples in light of the fact that He was about to leave them was that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for them and that He would return to take them with Him. Today, we come to the second major assurance in this discourse: it is that God would send a Comforter to be with them forever.

Jesus told His disciples, “I will pray the Father…” Henry Alford notes that the future tense of this verb — “will pray” — indicates that a physical closeness is implied here. Jesus was planning on making this request after He got back to Heaven and was sitting right beside the Father.

Jesus’ request, however, is not for Himself, but for His disciples and for all who would believe in Him. He asks for “another Comforter, that he may abide with you [the disciples] for ever.” This would have been great news to the disciples. They would have been glad to know that someone else would be coming to be with them just as Jesus had been with them. And, not just someone else, but someone just like Jesus — that is what the Greek word used for “another” means — another of the same kind.

The word “Comforter” has the meaning of someone who is called upon to help or to come to one’s aid. One writer said this word, “signifies not only a comforter, but also an advocate, a defender of a cause, a counsellor, a patron, and a mediator.” The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “The Holy Spirit is given two special names by our Lord: ‘another Comforter’ and ‘the Spirit of truth.’ The Greek word translated ‘Comforter’ is pa-ra-kli-tos and it is used only by John. It means one who is ‘called alongside to assist.’ The Holy Spirit does not work instead of us, or in spite of us, but in us and through us. Our English word comfort comes from two Latin words meaning ‘with strength.’ We usually think of ‘comfort’ as soothing someone, consoling him or her, and to some extent this is true. But true comfort strengthens us to face life bravely and keep on going. It does not rob us of responsibility or make it easy for us to give up. Some translations call the Holy Spirit ‘the Encourager,’ and this is a good choice of words.”

The Comforter, the Holy Spirit — the Third Person of the Trinity — is all of this and more. God answered this prayer request for Jesus on the behalf of the disciples after Jesus returned to Heaven. Since then, every believer has been filled with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would “abide” with them forever. Jesus was leaving, but the Holy Spirit would be with God’s children for all time. He fulfills in those who are saved the same role that Jesus’ physical presence fulfilled when He was with His disciples. He teaches us, explains things to us, guides us in the right direction, and helps us to see the world through God’s eyes.

The Holy Spirit is better than the best of friends. A good friend encourages you, supports you, comforts you, strengthens you, explains things to you, and helps you make right decisions, but a good friend must eventually leave you and live his or her own life. Those of us who believe in Jesus are blessed to have the greatest Friend in the world — one who abides with us forever.

Andrew Reed wrote —

Holy Spirit, truth divine,
dawn upon this soul of mine;
Voice of God and inward light,
wake my spirit, clear my sight.

Holy Spirit, love divine,
glow within this heart of mine.
Kindle every high desire,
purify me with your fire.

Holy Spirit, power divine,
fill and nerve this will of mine.
Boldly may I always live,
bravely serve, and gladly give.

You can have this Friend in your life as well if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today. You too can have the Holy Spirit as your Comforter in this life.

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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 11 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 224)

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TEXT: John 14:15

15 If ye love me keep my commandments.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 224.

Ignatius said, “It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.”

One thing about Jesus that the disciples never had to doubt was His love for them which He showed through His words and actions. Now, they were about to be separated from Him and He was leaving them with instructions and advice, as well as spiritual comfort regarding what they should do in His absence.

Now, Jesus tells them, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

The only response to Jesus’ love for any of us is love in return. As John wrote, “We love Him because He first loved us.” But, what is the true measure of love? Jesus says that love is evidenced by obedience. Peter and the other disciples were bold in saying that they would never betray Jesus, that they would die for Him, that they would be with Him unto the end. However, Jesus said the way the disciples would show their love for Him was by keeping His commandments.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary said: “The disciples’ love for Christ is revealed in their obeying His commands. Christ has set the pattern of love and obedience; His disciples are expected to follow.”

For a while in our Christian life, our love for Jesus might be shown through fervency, emotion, and passion. However, like in a marriage, fervency, emotion, and passion often fade. How do you love Jesus when you don’t “feel” like you are in love with Him? At such times — and at all times — love for Christ is shown through obedience.

While love ought to be the driving force of our obedience, our obedience is also proof of our love. The person who truly loves Jesus will obey Him. The person who obeys Him is the person who loves Him.

Obedience is not always easy. But don’t we do difficult things for those whom we love? Good fathers get up and go to work at jobs they don’t like because they love their families and know that they must provide for them. Good mothers make sacrifices all the time because they love their children. Soldiers risk their lives for love of country. Teachers endure disrespect and inadequate pay because they love their students.

The disciples showed their love for Jesus by their obedience to Him. After He returned to Heaven, they endured persecution, hatred, difficulty, and death all because they were obeying Jesus’ command to take the Gospel to the whole world. In the end, each of the disciples proved their love for Jesus in the very ways that they had boldly proclaimed that they would — through following Him through difficulty and death. They loved and they obeyed.

As the hymn says…

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

If you are ready to begin your journey of love, trust, and obedience to Christ, please trust Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 223)

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TEXT: John 14:12-14

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 223.

William Barclay said, “The test of any prayer is this: Can I make it in the name of Jesus? No man, for instance, could pray for personal revenge, for personal ambition, for some unworthy and unchristian object in the name of Jesus.”

In verse 12 of this passage, Jesus made clear that He expected His disciples to continue His work after He returned to Heaven and to do even greater works than He had done. The disciples must have wondered how they would accomplish greater works than Jesus with Him gone. They could barely function with Him there.

In verse 13, Jesus tell them how they would accomplish all of the amazing things that were beyond their own power to do. He said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

The disciples were to ask all things in Jesus’ name — whether it be miracles of healing, miracles of provision, or souls being saved. Some think that praying “in Jesus’ name” is some kind of magical formula that will get our prayers answered in Heaven. It is not. When the disciples prayed in Jesus’ name, they were staking their claim before the throne of God.

As God’s children who had placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, they were saying that they had a right to boldly approach the throne of grace, not because of who they were, but because of who Jesus is and what He has done for them. The same thing applies to Christians today. When we approach the throne in prayer with a pure heart and pure motives, it is almost as if Jesus Christ is approaching the throne. God looks down, and He does not see our wretched, sinful selves; He sees His only begotten, beloved, and obedient Son. And what father would not grant the requests of such a child?

Praying in Jesus’ name also means praying in the will of God. We must not go to God and ask for things that we know are outside of His will, tacking on ‘in Jesus’ name’ at the end for good measure. Warren Wiersbe said, “The ‘whatsoever’ in John 14:13 is qualified by all that God has revealed in His Word about prayer; likewise, the ‘anything’ in John 14:14. God is not giving us carte blanche; ‘in My name’ is the controlling element. To know God’s name means to know His nature, what He is, and what He wants to do. God answers prayer in order to honor His name; therefore, prayer must be in His will. The first request in The Lord’s Prayer is, ‘Hallowed be Thy name.’ Any request that does not glorify God’s name should not be asked in His name.” For the disciples, praying in Jesus’ name meant they could not ask such things as being permitted to sit at Jesus’ side in His kingdom or to be named the chief among the other disciples.

A good test of our prayers is to ask, ‘Can I make this request in Jesus’ name? Is this something that would be pleasing to Jesus? Is this something that would bring glory to God?’ Jesus tells His disciples to pray in His name “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Every answered prayer is a testament to who God is — to His love, His mercy, His grace, and His power. He is glorified when Jesus’ name is lifted up on earth through our words and deeds. When the world sees Jesus’ people praying to an invisible God and having those prayers answered, God is glorified and Jesus’ name is made even more famous in the earth.

Prayer is not just a means of getting what we want from God. Prayer in Jesus’ name grants us the ability to do great works on the earth, lifts up Jesus’ name, and brings glory to God.

In his hymn, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” Edward Perronet reminds us of the importance of Jesus’ name.

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

O seed of Israel’s chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!

Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!

Jesus’ name is powerful beyond measure. It is powerful enough to save you from sin and the punishment of sin if you would only trust Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 222)

TEXT: John 14:12-14

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 222.

A.B. Simpson said, “The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.”

For the eleven disciples who remained in the upper room with Jesus during His farewell address, one question must have been prevalent in their minds above all others. It was: What are we going to do without Him? You see, up until this point, Jesus had spoke only of His leaving. Apparently, the disciples would be staying, and now, they were wondering what they were going to be doing with Jesus gone.

Well, Jesus did not leave His followers behind just to worship Him and commemorate what He had done. Nor did He leave them behind to only look forward to His return. Rather, Jesus told them to continue His works. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” Haven’t you found that, when you are waiting eagerly for someone to arrive or for something to happen, if you occupy yourself by doing something else in the meantime, it seems as though the time passes faster?

Well, while Jesus was away preparing a place for them in Heaven, the disciples were to be imitators of Christ. They were to carry on Jesus’ work. What did Jesus do? He preached the Gospel, He embraced the outcasts, He fed the hungry, He healed the sick, He comforted those who mourned. Christians today ought to be in the business of doing the same.

Jesus goes on to say, “And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Jesus, like any good leader, knows that His greatest legacy is not in what He does by Himself, but in what He inspires others to do after Him. Jesus knew that the disciples would not reach their full potential as long as He was around. He could have stayed on earth, but He didn’t. He wanted His followers to take up the mantle and spread the Gospel message far and wide.

Now, what did Jesus mean when He said His followers would do greater works than He had done? The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The apostles would not necessarily do more stupendous miracles than Jesus did (such as feeding 5,000 people), but that their outreach would be greater (for example, Peter in one sermon had 3,000 converts).” The “greater works” that we do are greater in scope, not in substance. It is highly likely that none of us will ever walk on water, feed 5,000 people from a single lunch, or raise somebody’s child from the dead. However, while Jesus only had a few faithful converts during His ministry, it was the disciples who brought thousands into the fold of the Great Shepherd.

Jesus’ ministry was extremely limited. He did not have the internet, television, radio, or print media to spread His message. He did not have trains, cars, or planes to go different places and reach the masses. Jesus lived, ministered, and died in the narrow strip of land known then as Palestine. But, today, we have a plethora of mediums to get the message of the Gospel out. We must take every means at our disposal and use it to preach the Gospel. We can reach in one week’s time the number of people that Jesus reached in three years. This is the “greater work” that we must do.

Instead of lamenting the state of the world and pining for Jesus’ return, we ought to get busy doing the work that Jesus did. While Jesus certainly ignited the revolution of Christendom, it was His followers of whom it was said, “These have turned the world upside down.”

Every Christian has work to do for Jesus. I suggest you get busy.

Elsie D. Yale wrote —

There’s a work for Jesus, ready at your hand,
’Tis a task the Master just for you has planned.
Haste to do His bidding, yield Him service true;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.

There’s a work for Jesus, humble though it be,
’Tis the very service He would ask of thee.
Go where fields are whitened, and the workers few;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.

There’s a work for Jesus, precious souls to bring,
Tell them of His mercies, tell them of your King.
Faint not, nor grow weary, He will strength renew;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.

If you are not one of Jesus’ disciples, there is a work that God wants you to do as well, and that is to believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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 punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 221)

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TEXT: John 14:8-11

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 221.

John Piper said, “Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.”

After Jesus states that to know Him is to know the Father, another disciple has a request. So far, at this upper room gathering on the night before the Passover, Peter has made several statements, John has asked a question, and Thomas has asked a question. Now, Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”

Philip had an idea about how to settle once and for all whether they really knew the Father. He wanted Jesus to show them the Father; He wanted to behold God Almighty with His physical eyes. Rodney A. Whitacre states, Philip’s “request echoes that of Moses when he said to God, ‘Show me your glory,’ which the Septuagint translates as ‘Show me yourself.’ The Old Testament has accounts of people who have seen God, yet also warns that such a vision would bring death. Philip seems to have in mind an experience such as Moses or Isaiah had. He has a very exalted view of Jesus since he thinks Jesus can enable such an experience. But his view is not nearly exalted enough, as Jesus makes clear.”

In response to Philip, Jesus says, ‘How could you miss it?’ Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?’ In other words, ‘What do you mean, ‘Show us the Father’? You’ve already seen Him in Me.’

Jesus then goes on to give three ways in which His unity with the Father can be quantified.

First, in His character. Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father in me.” All that the Father is is in Jesus Christ. All that Jesus is is the Father. When the Bible says that Jesus was the “express image”, the perfect representation, of the Father, it was not talking about physical appearance, but character, personality, and spiritual attributes. Jesus is telling His disciples that they can believe on Him as the Father simply because of who He is. He is perfect, holy, and blameless. They had never seen Him do any wrong.

But if that was not enough, Jesus provides another reason — His words. Jesus says, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me…” When the Jews heard speaking, they marvelled at His mastery of the Law and the Old Testament Scriptures. They said, ‘Never man spake like this man.’ But it was not just a man speaking. It was God Himself speaking to them through His Son. The disciples had been listening to the voice of God over the past three years. They knew personally the power and wisdom contained in Jesus’ speech.

Finally, Jesus points to His works as evidence for who He is. He says, “the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” Jesus was not only one with the Father in nature and personality, but He was one with the Father in His actions. When Jesus acted, it was the Father working through Him. Every miracle Jesus performed was God showing the world how He had intended for the world to be in the first place. Every healed sickness, every death reversed, every supply of food, every calmed storm, every demon cast out was God saying. ‘This is how I intend for the world to be.’

God was working to bring about His perfect world through Jesus Christ in His person, His words, and His works. The disciples could believe that Jesus was the Father for who He was, for what He said, and for what He did. Everything about Jesus was consistent with Him being God. Thus, to know Jesus is to know God. You can get to know God today through the person, words, and works of Jesus as described in the Scriptures.

The chief work of God and Jesus working jointly is described in John 3:16 which 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 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 220)

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TEXT: John 14:5-9

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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.

Oswald Chambers said, “Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father,’ we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless.”

Jesus’ statement that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is generally unacceptable to society today. People don’t like to be told that there is only one right way of knowing God. We live in a day and time when people think they can choose their path to Heaven the way they choose a flavor of ice cream. But, the disciples were not surprised by Jesus’ words. They had heard Him make such exclusionary statements throughout His earthly ministry.

Jesus continues His response to Thomas’ question by saying, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” To know Jesus is to know the Father. But what does it mean to “know” the Father? Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “There are four different ‘levels’ of knowing according to John. The lowest level is simply knowing a fact. The next level is to understand the truth behind the fact. However, you can know the fact and know the truth behind it and still be lost in your sins. The third level introduces relationship; ‘to know’ means ‘to believe in a person and become related to him or her.’ This is the way ‘know’ is used in our passage.”

Jesus is saying that the disciples should have known God by now simply because of the fact that they know Him. However, their knowledge of God remains incomplete. There is an aspect of God’s nature that has not yet been revealed. Jesus has told them about it, but they would not fully grasp until they experienced it for themselves. That is why Jesus says in the latter half of seven, “from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

“Henceforth” means “from this point forward.” The disciples were on the verge of seeing God in a way that no one had ever seen Him before. God betrayed and arrested. God falsely accused and spit upon. God beaten and bloodied. God with blood pouring from wounds on his back. God made to carry a cross. God nailed high in the sky. God dying.

Nobody truly knows God until they know God like this. God who loved the world that He allowed all that to be done to Him at the hands of sinners, for the sake of sinners, that sinners might be saved.

Our world paints caricatures of God. For some, He is a vengeful tyrant casting judgment down on men for the slightest of infractions. For others, He is a jolly “man upstairs,” a Santa Claus who exists only to ensure our happiness and good times. For still others, He is an old man who made the world and forgot it, leaving humanity to stumble and struggle through life. For yet others, He is cold and distant, unable or unwilling to stem the evil that is so prevalent in the world.

But who is God? What is He like? God is more complex and multifaceted than anyone can imagine. He is unfathomable and immeasurable. But that is why He sent the son of God — Jesus Christ to Earth — God wrapped in human flesh that men and women might see Him, touch Him, hear Him, and know Him. To look at Jesus is to look at God. To read about Jesus is to read about God. To know Jesus is to know God. What Jesus did on the cross is what God did for you.

Those are the facts, and whether you understand the facts completely or not, you now have the opportunity to know God through Jesus Christ.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 219)

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TEXT: John 14:1-6

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 219.

Thomas a Kempis said, “Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. Jesus is the way which thou must follow; the truth in which thou must believe; the life for which thou must hope.”

After Jesus told His disciples the wonderful news that He would be going away to prepare a place for them in Heaven and that He would be returning to take them there, He tells them, “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” Where was Jesus going? First, He was going to the cross, and after going to the cross, He would be going to Heaven. How could the disciples get to Heaven where He was? They could get there through Him.

The sum total of verses 2 thru 4 are Jesus saying, ‘I am going to Heaven, I am Heaven, and the way to Heaven is Myself.’ It is the truth, but it is also a paradox. How can a Person be both the destination and the way to the destination?

Perhaps, that is why Thomas (and some of the other disciples) remained confused. Thomas asks, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” On the face of it, it sounds like Thomas has simply not been paying attention to what Jesus has said. But, I think the real issue here is that Thomas and his fellow disciples were still looking at things through a physical lens and not a spiritual lens. Dr. Wiersbe comments, “Thomas’ question revealed his keen desire to be with Jesus, and this meant that he had to know where the Master was going and how he himself would get there.” Thomas was trying to get the street address to Heaven. He wanted a physical location and specific directions.

Here is Jesus’ response: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus turns their attention back to the idea of Heaven being a place where they will be with the Father and the Son. Jesus does not provide a map to Heaven. He does not provide a book of truths. He does not offer a formula for abundant life. Rather, He points to Himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In other words, He is saying, ‘If you get in Me, you will get in Heaven.’ Or better yet, if you let Me into you by trusting in Me you will get into Heaven.

Now, the disciples’ heads must have filled with questions: What about the Law? What about the sacrifices? What about the Temple? What about other religious sects, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, other religions? Jesus says, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus is the exclusive way to God and Heaven. Any correct idea about the way to God, any fragment of truth, any embodiment of spiritual life is caught up in Christ and fulfilled in Him. All other “ways” are false. All other “truths” are lies. All other “life” is death.

Thou art the Way: by thee alone
from sin and death we flee;
and they who would the Father seek
must seek him, Lord, by thee.

Thou art the Truth: thy word alone
true wisdom can impart;
thou only canst inform the mind
and purify the heart.

Thou art the Life: the rending tomb
proclaims thy conquering arm;
and those who put their trust in thee
neither death nor hell shall harm.

Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life:
grant us that Way to know,
that Truth to keep, that Life to win,
whose joys eternal flow.

Don’t squander your opportunity to secure your place in God’s Heaven through Jesus Christ — the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 218)

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TEXT: John 14:1-3

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 218.

William Barclay said, “For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him.”

Not only did Jesus promise His disciples that He was going away to prepare a place for them, but He said He would return to take them to that place. He said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” These words probably set the disciples’ hearts at ease more than anything else Jesus had said. Even though He would leave them for a time, He would come back for them and they would be together for all eternity.

In his commentary on John, Rodney A. Whitacre says, “Peter’s question is now answered—Jesus is going to his Father’s house. He is going there for the disciples’ sake, in order that their relationship with him may continue. This revelation speaks directly to their concerns. If they can take hold of it in faith, their hearts will indeed no longer be troubled.”

Notice, Jesus did not say that He would return and take them to the place He had prepared for them. He said, “I will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This emphasizes a point we covered in our last message. Heaven is wherever Jesus is. When the disciples were with Jesus on Earth, they knew that everything would be alright. They had no worries or concerns. The only time they expressed doubt was when they were apart from Jesus (like the time when they got caught in a storm while trying to cross the Sea of Galilee) or when they tried to do ministry work on their own (like when they tried to cast the devil out of a man’s son and were unable to do so).

What Jesus was trying to get them to understand was that He would always be with them. They needed to learn to rely on His spiritual presence through the Holy Spirit rather than just His physical presence. The disciples, like us, depended on what they could see with their eyes and what they could touch with their hands. Jesus wanted them to have faith in Him even when they could not see or touch Him — even when it seemed like they would be crushed under the weight of the dark hours ahead of them.

When we have the hope of Heaven and the hope of Jesus returning to receive us to Himself, we are hoping in that which we cannot see. J.M. Barrie is best known as the creator of Peter Pan. However, he also wrote a book about his mother, Margaret Ogilvy, and his upbringing in Scotland. His mother endured a lot of misery in life, including the tragic death of one of her sons. Barrie wrote that his mother’s favorite chapter in the Bible was John 14. She read it so much that when her Bible was opened and set down, the pages naturally fell open to this place. Barrie said that when she was old and could no longer read the words, she would bend over her Bible and kiss the page where the words were printed.

Margaret could not see Heaven or touch Heaven, but she had faith in Jesus’ promise that He was coming to take her to be with Him. One thing that is guaranteed in this life is that there will be times when you wish you could leave this world behind. For Christians, our way of departure is already set. We will leave this world either through death or through the Rapture and we will go to be with Jesus when He calls us home. There’s a saying nowadays that is more than true for the Christian: “In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

The end of our story as believers is written already in the return of Christ and our union with Him in Heaven forever. That alone should set your heart at ease no matter what you are facing in this world. If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and, thus, cannot look forward to Jesus returning to receive you unto Himself, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him as your Savior today.

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 e-mail 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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 217)

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TEXT: John 14:1-3

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 217.

Jonathan Edwards said, “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.”

The disciples’ worry about the immediate future is what prompted Jesus to give them this discourse on not letting their hearts be troubled. As we have seen in verse 1, He first told them how to keep their hearts at ease in the present. Now, He gives them an eternal hope for the future — a guarantee that they can look forward to no matter what happens in the world. In doing so, He also answers Peter’s question of the previous chapter, “Lord, whither goest thou?”

Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus was returning to Heaven — the Father’s house. He was going there to “prepare a place” for the disciples and all those who would believe on Him thereafter. The cross, the resurrection, and the ascension were all turning points on Jesus’ path back to Heaven so He could prepare a place for us there. By telling the disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them in Heaven, He is sealing His fate on Earth. Because the only way for us to have a place in God’s house is through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

Now, the word “mansions” is a very interesting word that has given rise to the popular imagery that every believer has a sprawling, two-story, glittering mansion, as we know it today, waiting for them in Heaven. Be assured, whatever the housing arrangement will be in Glory it will be like a mansion compared to what you are living in right now. However, this is not the meaning intended by John. (If that were what he was intending, he would have used a word that would have translated as “palace” or something similar.) Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes that the Greek word “monee” “simply means ‘rooms, or abiding places,’ so we must not think in terms of manor houses. It is unfortunate that some unbiblical songs have perpetuated the error that faithful Christians will have lovely mansions in glory, while worldly saints will have to be content with little cottages or even shacks. Jesus Christ is now preparing places for all true believers, and each place will be beautiful.”

The main thing Jesus wants us to focus on regarding Heaven is not any material blessings we will have there, but the fact that we will be with the Father and the Son. Jesus called Heaven the “Father’s house.” The emphasis is on the fact that He will be with His Father and we will be with them both for all eternity. We will dwell with them and abide with them forever.

It is in this view of Heaven that we discover the secret to having a little bit of Heaven on Earth. What is that secret? It is abiding with Jesus. If you want a slice of Heaven in the midst of the storms of life, you must be abiding in Jesus. As long as you are in His presence — with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit — dwelling inside of You, you will experience a little bit of Heaven even now.

Jesus expresses the certainty of what He has just explained by saying, ‘If this were not the case, I would have told you.’ In other words, He’s saying, ‘I’m not making this up. I really am going to prepare a place for you.’ As Christians, we know that our place is not in this world. This world is not our home. Heaven is our home, and Jesus is preparing a place for us there.

I’ve a home prepared where the saints abide,
Just over in the glory land;
And I long to be by my Savior’s side,
Just over in the glory land.

What a joyful thought that my Lord I’ll see,
Just over in the glory land;
And with kindred saved, there forever be,
Just over in the glory land.

With the blood washed throng I will shout and sing,
Just over in the glory land;
Glad hosannas to Christ, the Lord and King,
Just over in the glory land.

You can have peace during the troubles of this life if you remember that this world is not your home — that your real home is with God and Jesus in Heaven. Trust Christ as your Savior today so that He can begin preparing a place you you there.

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 e-mail 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.