How to Quench Your Thirst in Life (Gospel Light Minute X #360)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #360 titled, “How to Quench Your Thirst in Life.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Happiness, contentment, and peace of mind are the most longed-for and sought after things in all the world, and few there are who ever really find them. All around us people are searching madly for these precious treasures without success. Psychiatrists tell us that an ever-increasing number of people are aware of an inner emptiness in their lives. Their problems — personal and social — seem to increase faster than solutions can be found to solve them.

Is this all simply evidence of the emptiness of those who try to live without God? Man’s struggle for wealth, fame, and pleasure will not bring him the contentment and happiness that he yearns for. Yet, with a restlessness that is pitiful to see, people are searching from one thing to another, always hoping to find rest and satisfaction in some future accomplishment or possession. Continue reading “How to Quench Your Thirst in Life (Gospel Light Minute X #360)”

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

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



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

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

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

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 15 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #133)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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John Henry Newman said, “What can this world offer comparable with that insight into spiritual things, that keen faith, that heavenly peace, that high sanctity, that everlasting righteousness, that hope of glory, which they have, who in sincerity love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ?”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re not walking in holiness, you’re not walking where God wants you to walk. The very nature of God — holiness — can be ours.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The results that evening convinced Evan Roberts that revival would come in its fullness to Loughor if he would remain faithful. Attendance at the meetings began to increase each night. By Friday, those attending Roberts’ meetings included people from several other congregations in town.”

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Just as Christians should be sincere in their love for and relationships with God and Jesus Christ, we should also be sincere in our dealings with other people.

One good definition of this type of sincerity is “to be the same in actual character as in outward appearance.” It is tempting for us to fall into the trap of putting forth an appearance that is not consistent with who we really are. We may give off the impression that we are honest, trustworthy, righteous people simply because that is how we want other people to think of us. This is insincere, and it often comes out of the life of someone who is the opposite of honest, trustworthy, and righteous.

Instead of investing time and energy into pretending to be good people, we should expend our energies into actually being what we want people to believe we are. If someone notices our flaws and faults, we should own up to them and continue to strive to overcome them. In our dealings with our fellow man, that is the sincere, genuine, authentic way of living as a Christian who loves the Lord in sincerity.

Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 168)

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TEXT: John 11:41-44

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

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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 168.

John Piper said, “This is the glory of Jesus. Jesus raised Lazarus because he is the resurrection. He is the arrival in history of God’s final, glorious renovation of all things, including our bodies. Believers, you will be raised from the dead and shine like the sun in the kingdom of your Father. Lazarus is a preview of your resurrection. Jesus is coming back to this earth in power and great glory. And this event, and this story, and this sermon is a window into that glory.”

After clearly stating the purpose of the miracle in His prayer, Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave. “When he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” Jesus commanded Lazarus to rise with a tone of authority. He spoke truly as the Master of Life and Death. It was no strain or difficulty to Him. Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave just as easily as you or I might call a pet dog to come to us.

“Lazarus, come forth!” The power of the miracle was not in any ritual, incantation, or spell. The power was in the words and person of Jesus Christ. This is the very same voice that said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. This is the very same voice that had called the sun, moon, and stars into existence. This is the very same voice that commanded sea life to spring forth in the oceans and animal life to spring forth upon the earth. To call a man from death back to life was nothing to Jesus.

The Bible says, “And he that was dead came forth…” There was no question that Lazarus was dead; yet, when Jesus called, he reacted. He walked out of the grave. (He may have shuffled due to the fact that he was bound in his graveclothes, but he was clearly alive.) This tells us that the dead do not cease to exist after death. They go somewhere, and God knows where they are. Jesus did not remake Lazarus before calling him out of the tomb; He simply commanded him to come from the place where he was, take up his old body, and return to life.

You can imagine the shocked expressions on the faces of Mary, Martha, and the rest of the Jews as the mummy Lazarus walked out of his tomb. It was almost too hard to believe. But, Jesus was keen to make sure they had no doubts about what had just happened. Just as He involved the people in removing the stone from the tomb, He involved them again in getting Lazarus back to a normal state of operation. He told the people, “Loose him and let him go.” The crowd had to go touch and handle Lazarus which would leave no doubt that he was truly alive. This is similar to what Jesus allowed people to do to Him when He was resurrected. He let people touch His hands, His feet, and the wound in His side so that they would have no doubts that it was truly Him.

Lazarus’ resurrection was a miracle in the making for four days. Jesus had allowed things, and even orchestrated things, to work out the way they did for maximum impact. No stone was left unturned in this display of the might of the Son of God.

Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus is just a case study in the great resurrection that God has planned for all those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. One day, Jesus will resurrect the bodies of those who believe in Him so that they can live with Him, in full physical form, enjoying all the blessings of Heaven, forever. You can have a part in that great resurrection if you believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Here is 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 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.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #132)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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John Henry Newman said, “What can this world offer comparable with that insight into spiritual things, that keen faith, that heavenly peace, that high sanctity, that everlasting righteousness, that hope of glory, which they have, who in sincerity love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ?”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a few men like Paul? He said, ‘I’m dead!’ Dead to self, dead to ambition, dead to feelings, dead to being offended, dead to being flattered. Just Dead! Paul died to everything.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “At the meeting, Evan Roberts urged that “any who were unwilling to submit to the Holy Spirit” should be free to leave the meeting. As a result, only seventeen remained to hear him. For almost three hours, the zealous evangelist led the group in worship and prayer, calling on God to break down any hardness of heart that might hinder revival. During the meeting, each of those present, including the evangelist’s brother and three sisters, experienced the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, confessed their sins, called on God for mercy, and magnified God in praise.”

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We have looked at the biblical definition of the word “sincerity”. It means purity, genuineness, and incorruption.

When we look at the etymology of the word “sincerity,” it helps us understand a little better what it means to “love the Lord in sincerity.” The English word “sincere” comes from two Latin words, “sin-e” and “cere.” “Sin-e” means without, and “cere” means wax. Literally, the word means “without wax.”

In Paul’s day, pottery was big business. Everybody used clay vessels of various sizes to store water and food. However, some potters were dishonest. If a customer brought a broken or chipped clay vessel, they would fix the vessel with wax because it was easier and cheaper. Then they would paint the wax over so the unsuspecting customer would not know. However, after some time, the vessel would break again and the customer would discover what the potter had done.

In the Bible, we are told that we are like clay vessels in the hands of God, the almighty Potter. God intends to make us into sincere believers in Him. He is going to fix us without wax. It may be harder and take longer to be formed as true clay, but God will settle for nothing less, and we should settle for nothing less as well. We need to love the Lord in sincerity — without wax.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 13 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #131)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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Charles Spurgeon said, “Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Do you know why many people want revival? They want it to fill up the vacant pews. But many revivals empty the church before they fill it. God often wounds before He heals.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “At the end of October, Evan Roberts took the train home to be with his family and conduct a week of meetings among the youth in his home church. From the train, he wrote various friends to tell them what he was doing and to solicit their prayer support. When he arrived in Loughor, he went to his pastor to request permission to conduct the meetings. The first meeting was scheduled, and he was given permission to speak to any youth who agreed to stay after the usual Monday evening meeting.”

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The word which is translated “sincerity” in our King James Bibles is used seven other times in the New Testament. Three of those times, it is translated as “incorruption.”

Incorruption is “the quality or state of being free from decay.” This word is used in the Bible to describe our resurrected bodies and how Jesus’ resurrection carries over to the believer. We read in First Corinthians 15, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption… For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

One day, we will indeed receive new physical bodies that will not be touched by the incorruption, sin, disease, and death of this world. But, even now, we ought to start living as incorruptible people. We ought to have incorruptible souls. We will not be perfect, but we ought to strive to live sincerely before God and before man. This means that we aim to do right, and when we do mess up, we confess our sins, forsake our sins, and ask for forgiveness.

Just as we will one day shed our corruptible bodies, we should right now begin to shed the corruption of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We should strive to be sincere and incorruptible in everything that we do.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 12 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #130)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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Frederick W. Robertson said, “On earth we have nothing to do with success or its results, but only being true to God and for God; for it is sincerity and not success which is the sweet savor before God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “In evangelism, the preachers make the altar call; but in revival the people make the altar call.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “”

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In our last message, we talked about the virtue of God’s grace — how it is present in the lives of Christian believers and how we should be conduits of that grace to others. The latter part of Paul’s verse tells us that this grace is only present “with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” He qualifies those who actually have this grace as those who love the Lord in sincerity.

The Greek word translated “sincerity” is “af-thar-see-ah.” It means incorruptibility, genuineness, or purity. In others words, Paul is saying that God’s grace — His favor, goodwill, and lovingkindness — is given only to those who genuinely love the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are some in the church and in the world who only profess to love Jesus, but to truly love Jesus is to love Him above all others and above all else, and to obey Him no matter what. As a Christian, Jesus should be your “first love” — not necessarily the first thing or person you ever loved, but the one you love now above everything else. This sincere love will translate into obedience to Him. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of people who experienced God’s grace and favor — not because they were perfect individuals, but because they loved God more than anything else. People like Abraham and David show us that it is our hearts that matter more than anything. If our hearts are sincerely in love with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, we will experience grace and favor that we can only begin to dream of.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 11 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #129)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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A.J. Gossip said, “Do you find life too difficult for you? So did we, but not now. With the amplitudes of grace there are for us in Jesus Christ, life grows satisfying and successful and exciting beyond measure. It becomes another and a richer thing.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we can Iive without revival, then we’re not where God wants us to be.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In addition, *** Evan Roberts began experiencing visions of large numbers of people coming to Christ. He felt a revival was coming to his native Wales and that he must prepare for ministry. He formed a ministry team with several friends, telling them God was sending a revival that would reach a hundred thousand people for Christ.”

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Another virtue that we ought to show forth as Christian believers is that of grace. Paul writes, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Grace is “good will, loving-kindness, or favor.” It is the ‘merciful kindness of God who exerts his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.’

Everything good that has happened in our lives, beginning with the event of our salvation, is due to the grace of God. A Christian should know and acknowledge that in his daily life. We could still be ‘dead in our trespasses and sins,’ but thanks to the grace of God, we are saved, sanctified, and on our way to Heaven. God and His grace get all the credit for the good that has been done and that will be done in our lives.

Furthermore, grace is also defined as “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, or loveliness.” We ought to be conduits of God’s grace, bringing the good things of God into the lives of others be they saved or lost. We ought to be grace-filled and graceful individuals.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #128)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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C.S. Lewis said, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is no other way for America to be saved unless we have a Holy Ghost revivaI that makes men hate sin, loathe sin, repent of sin, and turn from sin.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Evan Roberts felt himself overwhelmed by the love of God. A verse he had learned immediately came to mind: ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ The motto of the revival in Wales was born out of Roberts’ experience that day: ‘Bend the church and save the world.’ Though still young, this new evangelist was about to become God’s agent to carry the spirit of revival throughout his homeland.”

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How do we have peace, show love, and demonstrate faith in our daily lives as Christian believers? We all know that we cannot do these things on our own. That is why Paul said in verse 23, “Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace, love, and faith come from God and Jesus Christ.

In the Bible God is called “the God of all peace.” Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. If we want peace in our lives, in our families, in our churches, and in our relationship with the world, we must be connected to God through His Son Jesus Christ. People and things might give you the semblance of peace temporarily, but true, lasting peace comes only from God.

First John 4:8 says, “God is love.” In John 13, Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘love one another even as I have loved you.’ God and Jesus are the source of true, lasting love — love that is not based on feelings or romantic whims, but love that is giving and sacrificial. That kind of love is hard for us to do on our own, but we can love like God loves us and like Jesus loves us if we rely on them to love others through us.

Finally, we often think of faith as something that we show toward God and Jesus, but the Bible teaches that we are also given faith. Romans 12:3 says, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” In other words, God has given each person the ability to have faith in Him and to live by that faith. Hebrews 12:2 calls Jesus “the author and finisher of our faith.” Faith, in this sense, is the entire life of belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. That belief should bleed over into every aspect of our lives. We may start out feeble in the faith, but Jesus strengthens and perfects us in faith as time goes on.

The Fellowship of Believers, Part 9 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #127)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:10-24:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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A.W. Tozer said, “Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The reason why we don’t miss revival is because we’ve never been in one.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The next meeting that morning was scheduled for nine o’clock. Several students prayed aloud when given the opportunity. Roberts himself knelt with his arms stretched out, perspiration soaking his shirt as he agonized over committing himself to God. Finally he prayed aloud, “Bend me! Bend me! Bend me!” Later that day, Joshua made an entry in his journal recalling the young man’s cry.”

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Not only are we to show forth God’s agape love to all people, but we are to couple it with our faith. Paul says we should have “love with faith.”

The Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen.” The word translated as “faith” in this verse means “being convicted or convinced of the truth of anything; a belief; a conviction or belief regarding man’s relationship to God and divine things.”

In this sense, our faith is something that we carry with us. It is not static, but active. It influences every part of our lives. There are some things that we do differently and some things that we don’t do at all because of our conviction or belief regarding the truth and regarding God. Most importantly, we should be about the business of sharing our faith with others in a spirit of love and strengthening those who are already in the household of faith to keep on believing in and trusting God.

The Greek word that is translated as “faith” here can also be defined as fidelity or faithfulness. Just as God is faithful and we have faith in Him, we ought to demonstrate the quality of faithfulness in our lives. Others ought to be able to rely on us. We should do the things we say we are going to do. If your faith is genuine, it should make you faithful. In so doing, we are being like God who is always faithful.