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The Blind Walk By Faith and Jesus Gives Them Sight, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 675 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,040 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:27-31

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

——-

R.C. Sproul said, “The two blind men address our Savior as the ‘son of David,’ because they understand the true identity of this Galilean carpenter. Restoring sight to the blind is among the Messiah’s tasks in Isaiah 42, and in using the messianic title ‘son of David,’ the men express hope that Jesus is the Anointed One who will enable them to see. When the blind men enter the house with Jesus, our Lord has them confirm their belief that He is able to heal them. Like others before them, they are healed because their faith ’embraces the mercy and fatherly love of God along with his power, and the generous design of Christ along with his ability to save.'”

Philip Schaff said, “Faith is the hand which takes what God offers, the spiritual organ of appropriation, the conducting link between emptiness and God’s fullness.”

Although the blind men had demonstrated faith through their actions and through their words, their journey of faith was not over. They next demonstrated their faith by persistence as they followed Jesus into the house where He was staying, begging Him to “have mercy.” They did not let unfamiliar territory and the possibility that they might be shut out of the house discourage them. They so strongly believed that Jesus would and could heal them that they followed Jesus into a place where they did not belong. They would not let the matter go until they had an answer.

Jesus asked them, “Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.” Only after they verbally confirmed their faith did Jesus touch their eyes and heal them. Take note of His words: “According to your faith be it unto you.” While God, in His mercy and grace, often acts above and beyond what we believe and what we deserve, the rule is: we will most often receive that which we ask for in faith. And we will not receive that which we do not ask for in faith. D.A. Carson wrote, ‘In many ways, God says the same to men and women today: “According to your faith let it be so to you.” There is much to have by faith, and much that is never received because it is never grasped with faith. “According to your faith” does not mean “in proportion to your faith” (the level of sight in accordance with the level of faith), but rather “since you believe, your request is granted.”‘

How many of us today have failed to receive from God simply because we do not believe? You might be saying, “Well, I have faith. I believe that God can answer my request.” Ask yourself if you have done as the blind men did in this account? Have you walked by faith? Have you acted in expectation that you will receive what you desire? Have you confessed verbally that God is Who He says He is and that, because of His nature, He can do what you desire of Him? Finally, have you followed through even when it seemed as though a door was shut or as though you were entering a place where you did not belong? Have you been persistent in your walk of faith?

Fanny Crosby wrote:

While struggling through this vale of tears,
I want more faith in Jesus;
Amid temptations, cares and fears,
I want more faith in Jesus.

To war against the foes within
I want more faith in Jesus;
To rise above the powers of sin
I want more faith in Jesus.

To brave the storms that here I meet
I want more faith in Jesus;
To rest confiding at His feet
I want more faith in Jesus.

I want a faith that works by love,
A constant faith in Jesus;
A faith that mountains can remove,
A living faith in Jesus.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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.

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The Blind Walk By Faith and Jesus Gives Them Sight, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 674 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,039 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:27-31

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

——-

Daniel Whedon said, “Jesus touched the blind men as if His finger were the conductor of the power. But the act served to show that the cure was no accidental coincidence. It visibly manifested that the work was His. This act shows that the faith a person has shall be justified, sustained, and rewarded. Thus, faith is a readiness to receive of God. Though we have no merit to deserve a reward, yet it is the right state of soul to receive God’s truth and mercy.”

From this account of two blind men seeking their healing from Jesus, we have seen the significance of walking by faith. Real faith is active, not passive. The blind men showed that they believed by literally walking by faith and not by sight. They latched onto the object of their faith — Jesus Christ. They did not know how they would get to Him; they did not know the steps they would take or the path they would walk. But they proceeded anyway. The blind men also showed their faith through their words. They confessed with their mouth that Jesus was the “son of David,” the long-awaited Messiah. Since they believed that Jesus was the Messiah, their confession showed that they expected Him to carry out the prophesied messianic duties such as giving sight to the blind. Thus, they begged Him, “have mercy on us.”

However, the journey of these blind men was not over. Verse 28 tells us that Jesus entered into the house — likely Peter’s house where He and His disciples had been staying. Then the text says, “the blind men came to him.” Jesus did not stop to address the concerns of the blind men. Jesus heard them crying out. He knew what they wanted. But, He did not stop to interact with them. Perhaps, He wanted to test their faith. Either way, the blind men persisted — and that is another mark of true faith. True faith is persistent faith. They so strongly believed that Jesus would and could heal them that they followed Jesus into a place where they did not belong. They would not let the matter go until they had an answer.

Jesus asked them, “Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.” Only after they verbally confirmed their faith did Jesus touch their eyes and heal them. Take note of His words: “According to your faith be it unto you.” While God, in His mercy and grace, often acts above and beyond what we believe and what we deserve, the rule is: we will most often receive that which we ask for in faith. And we will not receive that which we do not ask for in faith. D.A. Carson wrote, ‘In many ways, God says the same to men and women today: “According to your faith let it be so to you.” There is much to have by faith, and much that is never received because it is never grasped with faith. “According to your faith” does not mean “in proportion to your faith” (the level of sight in accordance with the level of faith), but rather “since you believe, your request is granted.”‘

How many of us today have failed to receive from God simply because we do not believe? You might be saying, “Well, I have faith. I believe that God can answer my request.” Ask yourself if you have done as the blind men did in this account? Have you walked by faith? Have you acted in expectation that you will receive what you desire? Have you confessed verbally that God is Who He says He is and that, because of His nature, He can do what you desire of Him? Finally, have you followed through even when it seemed as though a door was shut or as though you were entering a place where you did not belong? Have you been persistent in your walk of faith?

Fanny Crosby wrote:

While struggling thro’ this vale of tears,
I want more faith in Jesus;
Amid temptations, cares and fears,
I want more faith in Jesus.

To war against the foes within
I want more faith in Jesus;
To rise above the powers of sin
I want more faith in Jesus.

To brave the storms that here I meet
I want more faith in Jesus;
To rest confiding at His feet
I want more faith in Jesus.

I want a faith that works by love,
A constant faith in Jesus;
A faith that mountains can remove,
A living faith in Jesus.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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.

The Blind Walk By Faith and Jesus Gives Them Sight, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 672 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,037 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:27-31

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

——-

In this account of blind men being healed by Jesus, we have seen, from their example, one of the greatest demonstrations of faith in the New Testament. These blind men walk not knowing what might happen within the next few inches ahead of them. Faith is, indeed, shown forth by our actions. However, it is also shown forth by our words, and the blind men show us this as well. Verse 27 says that they followed Jesus, “crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.”

What would prompt these men to refer to Jesus as “thou Son of David”? Albert Barnes says, “By ‘Son of David,’ the Jews meant the Messiah. He was the descendant or Son of David by way of eminence. This was therefore a profession of belief on the part of these blind men in the Messiahship of Jesus, and, at the same time, the expression of a belief that, being the Messiah, he could heal them.” Now, these blind men had no real evidence to convince them that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of David. They could not have examined the genealogical records of Mary and Joseph. They could not have gone back in time and interviewed Jesus’ earthly ancestors or observed the generational change from parents to children. Yet, based only on what they had heard of Jesus — yes, “faith comes by hearing” — they had faith that Jesus was the Messiah. And that faith caused them to cry out, “Thou Son of David!”

It is one thing to inwardly consider that Jesus is the Son of David. It is another thing to publicly profess that Jesus is the Son of David. (That is why a requirement of saving faith, according to Romans 10:9, is: “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth…”) The blind men confessed with their mouths what they believed about Jesus. They let Jesus know and they let the crowd know that their faith was real. They were ready to stake everything on what the Scriptures prophesied about the Messiah. That is why the blind men followed up their proclamation with a bold request — “have mercy on us.”

The Greek term translated as “have mercy,” means to: have compassion or to help one who is afflicted and seeking aid. Now, blind men, in their life as beggars, likely called on many people to “have mercy.” But those were nameless, faceless individuals who gave a penny or two out of a sense of guilt rather than real compassion. But now that they had identified the Son of David and cried out to Him to “have mercy,” they were expecting, not a pitiful human response, but a majestic Messiah response. They were done with pennies and nickels and quarters. They wanted life, and life more abundant, and they had faith enough to ask Jesus for it.

These blind men once again show us what it means to walk in faith and to speak in faith. True faith leads us to profess the Person in whom we believe and make requests of the Person in who we believe. Theoretical faith is not faith. Faith is only faith if it is exercised.

John Newton said:

Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Thus He will not say thee nay.

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.

While I am a pilgrim here,
Let Thy love my spirit cheer;
As my Guide, my Guard, my Friend,
Lead me to my journey’s end.

Show me what I have to do,
Every hour my strength renew:
Let me live a life of faith,
That I might trust Thee by thy grace.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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.

The Blind Walk By Faith and Jesus Gives Them Sight, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 671 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,036 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:27-31

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

——-

John Greenleaf Whittier said, “The steps of faith fall on the seeming void, but find the rock beneath.”

James Burton Coffman said, ‘The symbolism of this incident is magnificent. Although the learned Pharisees and doctors of religion could not see Christ as the Messiah, or Son of David, these blind people could. Even a blind man knew that the Messiah had indeed appeared in the person of Jesus Christ. Matthew alone recorded this incident. From various Old Testament passages, it is clear that blindness, spiritually speaking, is a manifestation of sin. A number of examples of Jesus restoring sight to the blind are recorded and were prophetically included as a positive mark of the Messiah’s power when he should be revealed. Isaiah said of the Messiah and his times, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened.”‘

After the news of Jairus’ daughter being healed was made known to the public, it is likely that that was all that was talked about for the rest of that day and for many days afterwards. No doubt, many friends, relatives, neighbors, and even complete strangers came by Jairus’ house to see for themselves The Girl Who Lived Again. However, there were some in that town who could not see the risen girl nor her Resurrector with their own eyes. They could only hear the glad news. But, as they heard these good tidings, they began to think within themselves, and say to one another, “Perhaps the Man who raised that girl from the dead could do something for us as well?” For, you see, the two men we are looking at today are blind, and they had nothing to do but to sit on street corners and beg, which afforded them the prime position to hear the gossip of the day.

As Jesus was leaving the vicinity of Jairus’ house, no doubt people recognized him and flocked to him. These blind men saw their chance and followed Jesus as well — stumbling, hobbling, tapping a cane in front of them, and likely being helped by a few souls who saw their predicament. William Barclay writes, “Blindness was a distressingly common disease in Palestine. It came partly from the glare of the eastern sun on unprotected eyes, and partly because many people knew nothing of the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. In particular, the clouds of unclean flies carried infections which led to loss of sight.”

Although these blind men could not see, we read that they walked — even that they “followed.” Do you know what it is like to walk blindfolded? Even if you had a strong familiarity with your surroundings, once the blindfold is on, it is as if someone might as well had opened a trap door at your feet. That is often what it means to walk by faith — to walk without sight. To walk without knowing where your next step might fall or what might lie around your very next corner. Yet, this does not mean that faith is blind. It means, instead, that one has a strong grasp on the object of their faith.

The blind men did not know the number of steps that would eventually lead them to Jesus — yet, they walked. They did not know how many turns they would have to take to reach Jesus — yet, they walked. They did not know how often they would slip, slide, trip, and tumble in their effort to reach Jesus — yet, they walked. They did not know how many people in the crowd would help them or hinder them in their effort to reach Jesus — yet, they walked. The question for us today is: whether we will walk in faith even when we cannot see the road ahead of us? Will we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Henry Alford wrote:

We walk by faith, and not by sight;
No gracious words we hear
From Him who spake as never man,
But we believe Him near.

We may not touch His hands and side,
Nor follow where He trod;
But in His promise we rejoice,
And cry, My Lord and God!

Help Thou, O Lord, our unbelief:
And may our faith abound,
To call on Thee when Thou art near,
And seek where Thou art found.

That, when our life of faith is done,
In realms of clearer light
We may behold Thee as Thou art,
With full and endless sight.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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.

Silent, Persistent Faith Overcomes Death, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 670 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,035 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

——-

James Burton Coffman said, “Mark recorded the actual words Jesus spoke to the maiden — ‘Talitha Cumi’, meaning, ‘Damsel, arise!’ There was no strain or pressure on Christ. This astounding deed was done as easily as he spoke the words, and with no more exertion on his part.”

On any journey of faith, there will always be those who don’t believe — those who say that it is impossible, it can’t be done. If there ever was a man on a journey of faith, it was the Capernaum synagogue ruler, Jairus. He left his house to find Jesus in order to request healing for his sick daughter. On the way back to his house with Jesus, he gets word that his daughter has died. According to Luke’s gospel, the messenger tells him, “Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.” But, with encouragement from Jesus, Jairus persists in his faith journey and arrives at his house only to find that his daughter is indeed dead and that the professional mourners have already been called.

At this point, Jairus could have lost all hope. Healing someone of a disease is one thing. Raising someone from the dead is something entirely different. Surely, in the back of Jairus’ mind, he considered that Jesus could have said, ‘Well, she’s dead now. There’s nothing I can do.’ And everyone would have accepted things going on as they had always gone. Instead, Jesus tells the hired mourners to clear the room, declaring, “the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” The mourners laughed at Jesus, thinking that He must have been delusional to make such a statement. Of course, it seems odd that they would laugh at all with the dead girl laying right there in her bed and the girl’s father standing before them, but that just goes to show how absurd they thought Jesus’ statement was.

The gospels show that nothing grieved Jesus more than unbelief and lack of faith. He could not stomach these mourners who pretended to grieve with the family and so-quickly laughed at the only spark of hope this distraught father had received. Jesus puts these unbelievers out of the room, goes in with Jairus, his wife, and three of His disciples (Peter, James, and John). “He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.” There was no dramatic display of power. No spark of light. No flash and bang. There was simply a daughter’s hand in the hand of her Eternal Father. A creature responding to her Creator. The reaction of Death to the authority of Him who is the Way, Truth, and Life.

“The maid arose.” Jairus’ faith was rewarded, and those who jeered at Jesus were put to shame. Scripture reports, and as one can imagine, “the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.” Only seven people in the entire world witnessed what had happened in that little girl’s bedroom. The rest of the world knew only of a well-documented death. The messenger publicly reported her death. The mourners had been called and they confirmed her death. The girl’s door was shut, and when it opened again, she walked out — alive.

Jairus’ story teaches us not to let obstacles, setbacks, and people and discouragement impede our progress on a journey of faith. Jairus could have let the potential criticism from his religious peers keep him from coming to Jesus at all. He could have told Jesus not to bother when he got word that his daughter had died. And when he arrived at his house and saw the mourners bewailing her death, he could have easily given in to despair. But throughout this man’s journey, what we see is silent, persistent faith in Jesus Christ. After his initial request, he doesn’t say much. He just follows, trusting that Jesus has everything under control. That is the kind of faith we should desire and strive for. Faith that overcomes opposition, worry, despair, and death.

John Yates wrote:

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory,
that overcomes the world.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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 107 (Anger and Wrath) (Onward Christian Soldiers #231)


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.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 106 (Anger and Wrath)”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at 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 looking at today is the sin of anger and wrath. This is the fifth 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.

Today, we are looking at Matthew 5:21-26. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website Gospellighthouseofprayer.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Matthew 5:21-26

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

– – – – –

Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck said “The Pharisees taught that murder consists of taking someone’s life. But the Lord said the commandment extended not only to the act itself but also to the internal attitude behind the act. Of course, murder is wrong, but the anger prompting the act is also as wrong as plunging in a knife.”

The command that Jesus cites in this passage — “Thou shalt not kill” — is fairly simple. It is one that, I think, most people agree on. But, if we are to be true followers of Christ, we must abide by a higher standard than “don’t kill.” Jesus continues his teaching, saying, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” Murder often comes as a result of hatred and anger. But Warren Wiersbe writes, “Jesus did not say that anger leads to murder; He said that anger without a cause is murder.”

Jesus has made a new rule about the sin of murder. Not only should we not murder, but we should not be angry with another person without cause because that puts us in danger of “the judgment.” Wiersbe notes, “There is a holy anger against sin that evil people commit which is justified, but Jesus is talking about an unholy anger against people. The word He uses means ‘a settled anger, a [seething] malice that is nursed inwardly.’ He describes a sinful experience that involves several stages.”

This sin begins with anger without cause. You have heard of people today getting angry over the most innocuous of things — parking spaces, wrong orders at restaurants, too much noise next door. But an angry person usually does not immediately jump to murder. Normally, harsh words come first. Thus, Jesus says, “Whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council…” William Barclay notes, “Raca is an almost untranslatable word, because it describes a tone of voice more than anything else. Its whole accent is the accent of contempt. It is the word of one who despises another with an arrogant contempt.” Some commentators have translated it as “nitwit, blockhead, numbskull, bonehead, or brainless idiot.”

All of us are likely guilty of expressing contempt toward someone in our speech or speaking degradingly of another person out of anger. Some of us don’t have to slay with our hands because we slay just fine with our tongues. James’ words ring true: “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James continues, “The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Yes, no man can tame the tongue — but Jesus Christ can. That is why we need Him in our lives — to help us meet God’s standard of a life that is not only free from murder, but a heart that is free from murderous thoughts. Through Christ, we can meet God’s standard and be delivered from hatred and anger.

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

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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.

Silent, Persistent Faith Overcomes Death (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 668 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,033 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

——-

James Burton Coffman said, “Mark recorded the actual words Jesus spoke to the maiden — ‘Talitha Cumi’, an Aramaic expression meaning, ‘Damsel, arise!’ There was no strain or pressure on Christ. This astounding deed was done as easily as he spoke the words, and with no more exertion on his part.”

On any journey of faith, there will always be those who don’t believe — those who say that the object of one’s faith cannot be achieved. If there ever was a man on a journey of faith, it was the Capernaum synagogue ruler, Jairus. He left his house to find Jesus in order to request healing for his sick daughter. On the way back to his house with Jesus, he gets word that his daughter has died. According to Luke’s gospel, the messenger tells him, “Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.” But, with encouragement from Jesus, Jairus persists in his faith journey and arrives at his house only to find that his daughter is indeed dead and that the professional mourners have already been called.

At this point, Jairus could have lost all hope. Healing someone of a disease is one thing. Raising someone from the dead is something entirely different. Surely, in the back of Jairus’ mind, he considered that Jesus could have said, ‘Well, she’s dead now. There’s nothing I can do.’ And everyone would have accepted things going on as they had always gone. Instead, Jesus tells the hired mourners to clear the room, declaring, “the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” The mourners laughed at Jesus, thinking that He must have been delusional to make such a statement. Of course, it seems odd that they would laugh at all with the dead girl laying right there in her bed and the girl’s father standing before them, but that just goes to show how absurd they thought Jesus’ statement was.

The gospels show that nothing grieved Jesus more than unbelief and lack of faith. He could not stomach these mourners who pretended to grieve with the family and so-quickly laughed at the only spark of hope this distraught father had received. Jesus puts these unbelievers out of the room, goes in with Jairus, his wife, and three of His disciples (Peter, James, and John). “He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.” There was no dramatic display of power. No spark of light. No flash and bang. There was simply a daughter’s hand in the hand of her Eternal Father. A creature responding to her Creator. The reaction of Death to the authority of Him who is the Way, Truth, and Life.

“The maid arose.” Jairus’ faith was rewarded, and those who jeered at Jesus were put to shame. Scripture reports, and as one can imagine, “the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.” Only seven people in the entire world witnessed what had happened in that little girl’s bedroom. The rest of the world knew only of a well-documented death. The messenger publicly reported her death. The mourners had been called and they confirmed her death. The girl’s door was shut, and when it opened again, she walked out — alive.

Jairus’ story teaches us not to let obstacles, setbacks, and discouragement impede our progress on a journey of faith. Jairus could have let the potential criticism from his religious peers keep him from coming to Jesus at all. He could have told Jesus not to bother when he got word that his daughter had died. And when he arrived at his house and saw the mourners bewailing her death, he could have easily given in to despair. But throughout this man’s journey, what we see is silent, persistent faith in Jesus Christ. After his initial request, he doesn’t say much. He just follows, trusting that Jesus has everything under control. That is the kind of faith we should desire and strive for. Faith that overcomes opposition, worry, despair, and death.

John Yates wrote:

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory,
that overcomes the world.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.


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.

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