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

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #388 titled, “It Sounds Arrogant, But You Really Are ‘The Master of Your Fate’.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

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

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

WATCH: What Does the Future Hold? (Gospel Light Minute X #377)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #377 titled, “What Does the Future Hold?” 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.

Most people seem to think that the world is becoming, or will inevitably become, a better place in which to live. It is felt that through education, diplomacy, and scientific advances, most people will live longer, better, and more peaceful lives than any who have lived before. Is this really what’s next?

Not according to Jesus! Not long before He left this world about two thousand years ago He said, “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. There are two very important things in this statement. First, Jesus reiterates His promise to return to the world (more about this later). Second, when He comes, the condition of the world will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. What is said about the world then? We are told, “The earth was corrupt” and “filled with violence”. The headlines on the evening news and in the world’s newspapers every day show that in spite of our “advanced civilization” and modern technology, these two evils—corruption and violence—are filling the world today. Continue reading “WATCH: What Does the Future Hold? (Gospel Light Minute X #377)”

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)”

God’s To-Do List for You in 2016

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Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Nearly everybody gets excited at the start of a new year. We are eager to leave the negativities of the past behind and start afresh. We share the same sentiment regarding the New Year that Anne of Green Gables had regarding a new day. She said, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” At the outset of another twelve months, we gladly leave behind the mistakes of the past determined never to make them again. We enthusiastically make New Year’s resolutions and list things we want to accomplish. But, how many of us give thought to what God wants us to do in the New Year? How many of us have taken the time to ask God what He wants us to accomplish in the New Year?

We ought not to get carried away with making our own plans unless we first consult with God by prayer and through His word. We ought not to trust in our own will to make things happen in the New Year. Rather, we ought to “trust in the Lord” and allow Him to make things happen for us. “Our own understanding” will only get us so far, and sometimes it will get us back into the same, sins, failures and mistakes that we are trying to get away from. We must “acknowledge” God in all our ways so that he will “direct our paths” in the New Year.

In light of these words from the wisest man who ever lived, allow me to share with you ten things that God has on His to-do list for you in the New Year: Continue reading “God’s To-Do List for You in 2016”

GLMX #213: Is It Well With Your Soul?

 

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When someone asks you, “How are you doing?”, you might reply, ‘I am doing fine’, or, ‘I am doing well.’ But, how true is that statement? Are you truly doing well?

For many of us today, things may not be well physically or financially or in our relationships with others. We may be sick, tight on money, or going through painful relationship drama. Our souls are troubled because of such things.

Many years ago, a man from Chicago experienced a heart-breaking tragedy. He and his family had planned a vacation in England. However, when the time of departure came, the man was delayed because of some business matters, and he sent his wife and four daughters ahead of him on the ship. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship that they were traveling on was struck by another ship. 226 people died in this accident, including the man’s four daughters. Only his wife was saved.

With his heart weighed down by grief, this man boarded a ship to sail to England to join his wife. While sailing, he crossed over the same spot where his daughters lost their lives. However, while on that journey, he wrote the words to the now-famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” The man’s name is Horatio G. Spafford, and despite the terrible tragedy that he suffered, the song he wrote is devoid of any hatred, bitterness, or resentment. Instead, it is a buoyant hymn filled with hope, love, and a message of peace. Please listen as I share it with you now.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul!

How was this man, who suffered such pain, able to express these beautiful sentiments? It is almost as though he were not bothered by what had happened to him or concerned about what would happen to him. He was content and he was at peace. Mr. Spafford was able to be this way because, although everything was not well in his life, it was well with his soul. He accepted the fact that his life, and the lives of all those around him, were in the hands of God. And, he was not afraid of death because he knew that Jesus Christ would be with him to the end and would be there to meet him on the other side.

Horatio Spafford was able to say, “it is well with my soul”, because all of his sins had been forgiven and he had given his life to Christ. He knew that he was going to Heaven when he died and he would be able to see his daughters again. How about you, dear friend? Would you like to live with the kind of peace and assurance that Mr. Spafford had? Yes, you will still face troubles and difficulties in life, but knowing that nothing can separate you from a loving Creator who cared for you enough to send His only Son to die on the cross for you, will give you the strength you need to live with hope and peace in this present world.

Mr. Spafford understood that we are all sinners. He was a sinner and you and I are sinners. We have all broken the laws of God, and our sins automatically separate us from God and destine us for eternal punishment in Hell. However, God, in His mercy and love, provided a way of salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. This way of salvation is described in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Because Mr. Spafford believed in Jesus Christ for his salvation, he had assurance about his eternal destination. He knew that he would go to Heaven when he died. As Jesus Christ said in John 5:24, “Verily, verily (or “truly, truly”) I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” It was well with his soul because he was not afraid of what the future held.

Would you like for it to be well with your soul? Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior so that you can face life without fear knowing that He will be with you through it all? And knowing that you do not have to be afraid of death because you know where you are going after you die? If so, you must admit that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and then trust Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and the consequences of your sins. 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.”

You can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and that you want to begin a relationship with Him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ’s 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. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. 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 and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

+ MUSICAL SELECTION: “It Is Well With My Soul” by Sovereign Grace Music

GLMX #191: Things That Last Forever

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We live in a world that appears to be awfully temporary. The events of each day seem bent on making us understand that we are living on borrowed time — that at any moment everything we know could come to a screeching halt. Everyday, lives are cut short by illness, car accidents, and criminal activity. Each hour serves as a reminder that we ought to be grateful for every breath we take. As the Bible says, life is just “a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then passeth away.”

Just this past week, dozens of high school students from Los Angeles were on a bus heading to northern California to visit a university. The journey was an expression of their dreams, aspirations, and plans for the future. However, it was cut short when a FedEx truck exploded into flames and crashed into the bus. Ten people on the bus were killed — their lives cut short, the dreams they had for the future forever left unfulfilled.

Despite evidence that seems to point to the contrary, death is unnatural. The cessation of a human life at any age was never meant to be. The reality is: we are eternal souls meant to live and enjoy a never-ending relationship with an eternal God. Death was not a part of the Creator’s original plan for you and me.

You may think that when you die, that will be the end of everything for you — you will simply cease to exist. But that is not the case. When your body dies, your spirit will separate from it and continue to live throughout eternity in one of two eternal locations — Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell are just as real as the city where you live. And your immaterial soul is just as real as the physical body it is held in right now.

Heaven, Hell, and your soul — these are things that last forever.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Forever” by Chris Tomlin