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How Jesus Brought the Light to His Dark Mission Field and How We Should Bring It to Ours (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 104 / Day 471 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:23-25:

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 102, day 469 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Richard Baxter said, “I like to hear a man dwell much on the same essentials of Christianity. For we have but one God, and one Christ, and one faith to preach; and I will not preach another Gospel to please men with variety, as if our Saviour and our Gospel had grown stale.”

In this passage, Matthew continues to tell us about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. During this time, Jesus’ “fame” grew throughout the region including in “Syria” and on the eastern side of the Jordan River. The region referred to as Syria here was situated in northern Galilee. The mention of “Decapolis” refers to an area of ten cities founded by Greeks under the authority of Alexander the Great. Jesus carried out three major tasks in His ministry.

First, Jesus taught the people. Matthew says he “went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues.” Teaching is the act of explaining and expounding on Scripture. Even though people in those days were closer to the revealed Word of God, they still needed someone to help them understand it from time to time. In those days, synagogues were built in any area that had a significant Jewish population. Any learned adult male could teach in the synagogue and distinguished speakers, such as Jesus would have been considered, were especially welcome. Jesus took the time to teach people, line upon line, what the Word of God meant for their daily lives.

Second, Jesus “preached the Gospel of the kingdom.” While teaching is the explanation of Scripture, preaching is declaration aimed at the conversion of people. William Barclay said, “Preaching is the uncompromising proclamation of certainties.” Jesus took the time to reason with people and explain Scripture to them, but then He called them to act — to make a decision regarding what they would believe and do. Today, we have some churches that focus mostly on teaching the Bible and explaining Scripture. These people can debate the finer points of doctrine to no end. But unfortunately, many seldom act on what they know and don’t witness for Christ so that other people can be saved. Then we have churches that focus mostly on proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. They do well by urging people to make a decision for Christ, but unfortunately some don’t teach and explain the Scripture and they end up with a congregation of spiritual babies. The church must do both in order to be effective.

Third, Jesus took care of people’s physical needs. Matthew says He was “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people… and those which were possessed with devils.” Jesus was not just concerned with people’s spiritual condition; He was concerned about their physical well-being as well. Jesus would probably not have attracted as many people as He did if He was only preaching and teaching. Often, people have to be drawn in by the meeting of their physical needs before they will listen to someone talking about their spiritual needs. Today, though, we have churches standing at both extremes: some let taking care of physical needs overshadow preaching and teaching; others do a great job preaching and teaching, but neglect the physical needs of their church members. Again, we must do both in order to be effective.

Every generation of Christians is tempted to try something new in order to bring people into the kingdom of heaven. But this blueprint that Jesus laid out by His actions is the only plan we need and the only one that will work. We must recommit ourselves every day to teaching, preaching, and meeting the needs of others.

Now for those who do not know Jesus Christ — the teacher, preacher, healer, and miracle-worker — as their Savior, allow me to show you how you can enter the kingdom of heaven 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 email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Radical Command to Follow Jesus, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 98 / Day 465 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:18-22:

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 98, day 465 since Jan. 1, 2016.

A.W. Pink said “The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.”

After Jesus moves His outreach to Capernaum, Matthew tells us that He began to call those who would become His disciples. Now, Jesus already had some followers, as many of those who heeded John’s message began to follow the “Lamb of God.” But, Jesus goes out to seek those who would become His apostles, His inner circle. Jesus’ approach to calling disciples gives us significant insight regarding how we should view ourselves as His followers.

Traditionally, in Judaism, a young man who was seeking spiritual guidance would go out and find a teacher or rabbi. Some rabbis were well-known and well-revered during that time, and men would go to them asking to become their disciple. Most rabbis thought it beneath their dignity to go out looking for followers, and they would even reject people whom they thought were unworthy. However, Jesus does not wait for disciples to come to Him. He goes and finds them and says, “Follow me.” This demonstrates how God sent Jesus to “seek and to save.” The action was on God’s part, not man’s part. Jesus came to save and to make disciples even when people were not looking to be saved or discipled.

The radicalness of the call to follow Christ is further emphasized by the new disciples leaving their current occupation. “Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” With Jesus, it is all or nothing. He doesn’t want part-time followers. He wants followers who will place their full faith and allegiance in Him. A true Christ-follower is one who will forsake his current occupation in order to follow Jesus if that is what it takes.

Are you ready to come out of darkness, let go of sin, and give your life to Christ so you can enter His kingdom? Allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

LISTEN: How to Overcome Temptation, Part 27 (Onward Christian Soldiers #150 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 27”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. This is the second sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Timothy 6:3-11:

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

—–

Martin Luther said, “It was with good reason that God commanded through Moses that the vineyard and harvest were not to be gleaned to the last grape or grain; but something to be left for the poor. For covetousness is never to be satisfied; the more it has, the more it wants. Such insatiable ones injure themselves, and transform God’s blessings into evil.”

In the last verse of this passage, we come to the positive aspect of Paul’s advice to Timothy. He has told him, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things.” The people of God are to flee covetousness, greed, and the lustful, wicked desire for things that others have and for things that they should not have. What should God’s people do instead?

Paul says we should “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” The term “follow after” means to run after, to run swiftly, to pursue, or to press on. In other words, there ought to be earnestness and eagerness in our desire to go after “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” You won’t achieve these things by happenstance. You can only achieve them by God’s grace on purpose. Let’s examine the first three of these positive traits in light of the temptation of covetousness.

First, we ought to pursue “righteousness.” The definition of the Greek word translated as “righteousness” is the “state of him who is as he ought to be, the condition acceptable to God (through salvation in Jesus Christ).” It also means, “integrity, virtue, purity of life, and correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting.” Coveting after people, money, or material possessions leads to a corrupt heart and a corrupt life. If we want to remain in right standing with God, we cannot let anything come between us and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must always desire — and decide — that He alone will be on the throne of our hearts because it is through Him alone that we can be seen as righteous by God.

Second, we ought to pursue “godliness.” This word means holiness or piety. The desire to be ‘like God’ is rightfully discouraged, but there are some ways in which we should — yea, we ought to — be like God. God said, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” Godliness does not happen by accident; it takes work. Earlier in this epistle, Paul told Timothy, “exercise thyself unto godliness.” The word exercise means to vigorously train the mind or body. We ought to earnestly pursue those things that promote and encourage holiness in our hearts and lives.

Third, we ought to pursue “faith.” The word “faith” is defined as “belief with the predominant idea of trust (or confidence) in God and Christ.” Too many people today put their faith in other people, in money, or in material possessions. This is foolish because all people are sinful and unreliable, money ‘takes wings like an eagle and flies away,’ and material possessions will one day decay. Instead, we ought to place our faith, trust, and confidence in God and Christ. Jesus is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God said in Malachi 3:6, “I am the LORD, I change not.” God will never let you down. As Dottie Peoples sang, “Whatever you’re going through, there ain’t nothing that God can’t do; You can count on God.”

Contrary to what the world will tell you, the life of blessing and contentment does not come from finding your dream spouse or buying your dream house. It does not come from cars, cash, or career success. It can only be found by following the way of God and Christ. And that is the way of righteousness, godliness, and faith.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 26 (Onward Christian Soldiers #149)

Onward Christian Soldiers


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 26”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. This is the second sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Timothy 6:3-11:

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

—–

Brent Top said, “Whatever worldly thing we may covet — zealously striving to obtain it and retain it — never seems to bring an end to our desires. Covetousness, envy, jealousy, and greed always escalate into a vicious spiral, as we seek greater and greater gratification but find less and less contentment. Striving to acquire the things of the world not only does not bring lasting happiness and peace, but it drives us to seek more. When ‘all we’ve ever wanted’ is grounded in the temporal trappings of this world, it is never enough.”

During our last lesson, we looked at two more of the negative results of those who are covetous or greedy. They bring upon themselves destruction and perdition — the perishing of the body and the perishing of the soul.

As we move toward the close of this particular passage, we come to the oft-quoted words, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Scholars agree that this verse is better translated as “the love of money is a root of evil.” But it is certainly one of the main reasons why people do bad things. People have lied, cheated, stolen, prostituted others, engaged in illicit sexual activity, and murdered for money. The grip of money on a man’s heart can be strong, and that is why believers are warned not to be covetous, not to have a sinful desire for that which they do not have.

In the Greek, the phrase “love of money” is one word that is defined as “avarice.” Avarice is “extreme greed for wealth or material gain.” This extreme greed is what the Bible calls covetousness. The word translated as “coveted after” means “to stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something, to give one’s self up to the love of money.” Does the love of money have possession over you? Have you given yourself up to greed and avarice? Is getting more money all that you really care about?

If so, you are on a dangerous path. Paul warns that such an inordinate desire for riches has caused many to “err” or stray “from the faith.” If you love anything more than God, that thing will eventually lead you away from God. God will not rule in a divided heart. You must either love Him completely or He will allow you to love money completely. As Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters… Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Those who stray from the faith because of a love of money will be “pierced through with many sorrows.” This phrase has also been translated as “to torture one’s soul with sorrows.” This is pain that you bring upon yourself — pain that you cannot blame on someone else. Many who have lived all their lives for money and material things will tell you that, in the end, none of it matters. People who have a lot also have a lot to keep them awake at night worrying about keeping what they have. They can’t take any of it with them when they die. They have to leave it all behind. In the end, the trouble that comes as a result of covetousness and greed is simply not worth it.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 25 (Onward Christian Soldiers #148)

Onward Christian Soldiers


Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 25”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Timothy 6:3-11:

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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Fisher’s Catechism states, “The only sovereign remedy for covetousness is to give Christ the pre-eminence in our hearts; for then we shall undervalue all temporal things in comparison of Him.”

During our last lesson, we looked at three of the negative results of those who are covetous or greedy. They fall into temptations, they fall into snares, and they fall into foolish and hurtful lusts. But Paul does not stop there. He goes on to say that those who have an inordinate desire to be wealthy “drown in destruction and perdition.”

The Greek word that Paul uses for “destruction” speaks of “the destruction of the flesh, and of external ills and troubles.” How many people have driven themselves into sick beds, and even to death, because they stressed themselves out in pursuit of money and material things. Many people overwork themselves unnecessarily because they are trying to keep up a certain lifestyle or because they are trying to get enough money to buy something to impress other people. And they wonder why they have so many health problems. Their body is being destroyed as a result of greed and covetousness.

While “destruction” speaks of the danger imposed on the body, “perdition” speaks of the danger imposed on the soul. The word means “perishing, utter destruction, the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell.” Judas is labeled in Scripture as a “son of perdition”; many believe that it was his greed that caused him to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. The Antichrist is also referred to as a “son of perdition.” He, driven by Satan, will covet the power, authority, and worship that belong to God alone. Both Judas and the Antichrist end up in Hell.

It is hard to believe, but covetousness, greed, and the desire for wealth can prevent a person from receiving salvation through Jesus Christ. In Matthew 19:23, Jesus told His disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven… It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Jesus told a prominent rich man that in order to become one of His followers he would have to ‘sell all that he had and give it to the poor.’ He told him that he would be exchanging his earthly riches in order to have ‘treasure in Heaven.’ The Bible records that this young man ‘went away sorrowful because he had many riches’ and did not want to part from them.

That is why covetousness, greed, and the inordinate desire for wealth is so dangerous — because not only can it destroy a person’s body, but it can damn forever a person’s soul.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 24 (Onward Christian Soldiers #147)

Onward Christian SoldiersHow to Overcome Temptation, Part 24 (Onward Christian Soldiers #147)


Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 24”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Timothy 6:3-11:

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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Michel de Montaigne said, “Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet — the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.”

Nowhere in Scripture is it indicated that the poor are more righteous than the rich or that the rich are more righteous than the poor. To the contrary, the Bible depicts both poor and rich people who walked faithfully with God. Both the poor and the rich can be equally content.

God looks at the heart of the person. He sees those who “will be rich” — those who have a desire to be rich. That is where the danger lies. If you are always striving, seeking, and pushing for more, the devil will see that as an opportunity. He will try to exploit that desire in you and push it to an extreme. That is why Paul says, “they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

A “temptation” is the enticement to sin. If you desire to be rich, the devil will bring sinful opportunities before you that end in the promise of more money or more material possessions. He will say, ‘You can have this money or this material thing if you commit this sin.’ He will try to get your desire for riches to override what you know is right.

A “snare” is a trap or an entanglement that “brings peril, loss, or destruction.” For some people, their snare is gambling. They get trapped in a cycle of putting up money in order to get more money. For some, their snare is unseemly business practices. They become willing to do whatever it takes to make some extra cash. For some, their snare is cheating, lying, or stealing. They don’t mind doing these things as long as they end up with more than they had before.

The “foolish and hurtful lusts” that men fall into are the “desires, cravings, or longings for that which is forbidden.” Coveting is a broad term that covers more than money. One can covet or lust after another person’s spouse, another person’s house, another person’s success, or another person’s car. These lusts are foolish and hurtful to that person. Foolish because it is no use pining after that which you cannot and should not have. Hurtful because if we do get what we covet we will end up worse off — no matter what lies the devil tells us.

It is wise to stay away from all forms of covetousness — and to avoid the temptations, snares, and lusts that go along with it. Again, we ought to be content with such things as we have.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 23 (Onward Christian Soldiers #146)

Onward Christian Soldiers


Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Continue reading

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