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Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 136 / Day 503 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 136, day 503 since Jan. 1, 2016.

C.H. Spurgeon said, “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.”

Today, we will explore the fifth of Jesus’ laws for supreme blessing. To recap:

#1 is to be “poor in spirit,” that is, to live in accordance with one’s true standing as an undeserving sinner before God. It is these who will obtain the kingdom of heaven.

#2 is to “mourn” over sin, especially one’s own sin. It is these who will be comforted by God in the end.

#3 is to be “meek,” to depend entirely on God in every situation and not on one’s self. It is these who will “inherit the earth.”

#4 is to “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Those who do so will experience the fullness of God in their life.

The fifth law of supreme blessing is: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” The Greek word translated as mercy means to help one who is afflicted or seeking aid. One lexicon says mercy is “active compassion.” Adam Clarke notes that, “among the Jews, mercy signified two things: the pardon of injuries [the forgiveness of sins] and almsgiving.” Thus, a merciful person is one who is quick to forgive those who have wronged him and is quick to offer aid to those in need.

Being quick to forgive is not something that comes naturally to most people. Most of us are far more prone to hold grudges and let resentment build up in our hearts. When we feel that we have been injured, our first thought is about how we can make the other person “pay” for what they did to us. Most of us have a keen sense of justice when we are the one who has been offended, and showing mercy toward the offender goes against human nature. As George Eliot noted, “We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves.” Merciful acts of compassion toward those in need also go against human nature. Our flesh tells us to look out for number one, to hoard goods and money for ourselves. We are not eager to give especially when giving could put our own well-being in jeopardy.

But, in order to live a life of supreme blessing and in order to experience mercy, we must be merciful. In fact, this beatitude informs us that the amount of mercy we receive is tied to the amount of mercy we show towards others. Psalm 18:25 says, “With the merciful thou [God] wilt show thyself merciful.” If we are harsh in our judgment of others, that spirit of condemnation will come back around to us — either from God or from other human beings. Thus, if we want to receive mercy, we ought to willingly show mercy to others. If we want forgiveness, we ought to forgive others. If, in our time of need, we desire help, we ought to help others in their time of need.

How does one become merciful? John Piper said, “The key to becoming a merciful person is to become a broken person. You get the power to show mercy from the real feeling in your heart that you owe everything you are and have to sheer divine mercy. Therefore, if we want to become merciful people, it is imperative that we cultivate a view of God and ourselves that helps us to say with all our heart that every joy and virtue and distress of our lives is owing to the free and undeserved mercy of God.” Each of us here today has experienced the undeserved mercy of God. If you are alive, it is only by God’s mercy. If you are a child of God and a joint-heir with Christ, it is only by God’s mercy. We received salvation when we didn’t deserve it, and, if we want to live the life of supreme blessing, we ought to show that same mercy toward others. As Jesus told His disciples, “Freely ye have received. Freely give.”

This hymn by Philip Paul Bliss reminds us that, even though all mercy comes from God, we ought to be dispensers of mercy toward our fellow sinners on earth.

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Dear sinner, if you have never taken advantage of salvation through Christ, I urge you to throw yourself on the mercy of God. Supreme blessing in this life and the next can be yours, but only through Jesus Christ and being in a right relationship with God. You can begin that relationship today by giving your heart and life to Jesus Christ.

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.

Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 129 / Day 496 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 122, day 489 since Jan. 1, 2016.

John Piper said, “Make it the passion, hunger, and thirst of your life to do great acts of righteousness. Don’t settle for the little half-hearted satisfaction of being a millionaire.”

Today, we will explore the fourth of Jesus’ laws for supreme blessing. To recap:

#1 is to be “poor in spirit,” that is, to live in accordance with one’s true standing as an undeserving sinner before God. It is these who will obtain the kingdom of heaven.

#2 is to “mourn” over sin, especially one’s own sin. It is these who will be comforted by God in the end.

#3 is to be “meek,” to depend entirely on God in every situation and not one one’s self. It is these who will “inherit the earth.”

The fourth law of supreme blessing is: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” We are familiar with the terms hunger and thirst. When we have gone without food and water for some time, our bodies begin to lose strength and will automatically begin to crave food and water and will increasingly do so until those cravings are satisfied.

Jesus wants us to desire righteousness just as our bodies desire food and water. The Greek word translated as “hunger” means “to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire.” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon adds this note beside the definition of the corresponding Greek word: “Those who are said to thirst painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened.” Now, look at the word “righteousness”; the thing which should be the object of our hunger and thirst. Righteousness is “the state of him who is as he ought to be — righteous — a condition acceptable to God.” It is defined further as “integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting.”

When is the last time you can say that we have truly pursued these things? The world tells us to pursue things which satisfy our flesh — money, possessions, praise, human love. But Jesus tells us that those who are supremely blessed pursue the one thing which will satisfy their soul — being in a right relationship with God. C.S. Lewis lamented this common woe of humanity when he wrote, “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us; like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea, we are far too easily pleased.”

Jesus challenges us to not settle for easy pleasures. He wants us to fervently pursue a relationship with the Father. He wants us to be righteous, and that means putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ because it is only through His shed blood that we can be washed of our sins and made truly whole. It is only through Jesus says those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled.” There is no uncertainty here. The Greek word translated as filled means to be satisfied, to be fulfilled, to have a supply in abundance. Those who pursue righteousness will find that they are overflowing in God. They will be fully satisfied. Their cup, as the psalmist said, “runneth over.”

Edward Mote wrote:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Supreme blessing and complete fulfillment in this life and the next can be yours, but only through Jesus Christ and being in a right relationship with God. You can begin that relationship today by giving your heart and life to Jesus Christ.

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.

Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 122 / Day 489 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 122, day 489 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Henry Drummond said, “The man who has no opinion of himself at all can never be hurt if others do not acknowledge him. Hence, be meek. He who is without expectation cannot fret if nothing comes to him. It is self-evident that these things are so. The lowly man and the meek man are really above all other men, above all other things.”

Today, we will explore the third of Jesus’ laws for supreme blessing. To recap:

#1 is to be “poor in spirit,” that is, to realize and live in accordance to one’s true standing as an undeserving sinner before God. It is these people who will obtain the kingdom of heaven.

#2 is to “mourn” over one’s sins and the sin in the world. It is these who will be comforted by God in the end.

The third law is, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The word “meek” is not very popular today. Many see it as meaning one who is weak or a pushover. But Moses was meek, and he stood boldly before Pharaoh, demanded that he let the children of Israel go, and brought down judgment from God when Pharaoh didn’t listen. Esther was meek, but she fearlessly stood before King Xerxes and used her influence to thwart Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jews. Jesus was meek, but He continued preaching and teaching publicly even when He knew the authorities were openly seeking to have Him captured or killed.

The true, Biblical meaning of the word “meek” is as follows from the Outline of Biblical Usage, by Larry Pierce: “Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings as good without disputing or resisting. The meek are those who wholly rely on God [as Moses, Esther, and Jesus did] rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The meek person is not occupied with self at all. And this is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will.”

For a more modern example of meekness, we can look at the Civil Rights protesters who led sit-ins at restaurants where they were not allowed to eat because of the color of their skin. It took far more strength to sit there and let people mock them, jeer at them, and pour ketchup and mustard and salt on them, than it would have taken for them to get up, fuss, fight, and demand to be served as our human nature is prone to do. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is true, Holy Spirit-empowered strength. Why? Because the meek person puts his trust in God, not in himself and what he can do. Moses’ words and miracles all came from God. Esther’s plan to deliver her people from Haman came together after she fasted and prayed to God. Jesus regularly went apart to talk to the Heavenly Father in order to gain strength and direction for His journey on earth.

It is these people — the meek — the ones who choose to rely on God instead of themselves — who will inherit the earth. It often seems as though the meek get the short end of the deal. But God will ensure that this is not ultimately the case. Charles Spurgeon said, “It looks as if they would be pushed out of the world, but they shall not be. The wolves devour the sheep, yet there are more sheep in the world than there are wolves, and the sheep continue to multiply, and to feed in the green pastures.” The world continues to tell us that, in order to get ahead and in order to get everything you want in life, you have to push yourself forward, “believe in yourself,” and “put yourself out there.” But, in the end, it is those who rely on God to put them where He wants them to be who get all they need, all they want, and so much more.

May our spirit be the same as that expressed in these words by Adelaide A. Pollard:

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold over my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

Jesus cares so much for you that He did not leave you to wallow in your grief. He came to save you so that, one day, you will never have to feel the effects of sin ever again. Come to Jesus now, placing all your faith and trust in Him for eternal salvation.

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.

Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 108 / Day 475 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 108, day 475 since Jan. 1, 2016.

A.W. Tozer said, “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”

Everyone wants to have a blessed existence, a happy life, a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Thousands of books have been written claiming to unveil the “secrets” to such a life. Millions buy these books hoping to turn their lives around. But, more often than not, they don’t find the solutions for which they seek. Two thousand years ago, however, Jesus of Nazareth, revealed the secrets to the life of supreme blessedness. This section of His Sermon on the Mount is called the “beatitudes”; the word means “supreme blessedness.” The nine beatitudes that Jesus gives — the secrets to supreme blessedness — are revolutionary for two reasons. First, they emphasized such things as humility and service, things which the world sees as weak or impediments to success. Second, each of Jesus’ secrets to supreme blessedness are connected to one’s spiritual well-being, another element which our increasingly secular world usually discounts.

The first of Jesus’ secrets is: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Dr. R.C. Sproul states, “This word ‘blessed; means more than the emotional state represented by the word ‘happy.’ It includes spiritual well-being, having the approval of God, and thus a happier destiny.” So, as we go throughout this passage, we must remember that we cannot separate Jesus’ laws of supreme blessing from having a relationship with God through Him. True happiness or supreme blessing does not exist outside of God. C.S. Lewis said, “There is simply no such thing.”

In order to have this blessed, happy existence, we must be “poor in spirit.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The poor in spirit are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves; they are ‘poor’ inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “To be poor in spirit means to be humble, to have a correct estimate of oneself . It does not mean to be ‘poor spirited’ and have no backbone at all! ‘Poor in spirit’ is the opposite of the world’s attitudes of self-praise and self-assertion. It is not a false humility that says, ‘I am not worth anything, I can’t do anything!’ It is honesty with ourselves: we know ourselves, accept ourselves, and try to be ourselves to the glory of God.”

Poverty of spirit is the place where we begin on our journey to supreme blessing. The poor in spirit recognize that they have no standing before God. They do not see themselves as having any spiritual wealth or moral merit that commends them to God for His approval. If we want to be supremely blessed, we must recognize that we are utterly destitute and completely impoverished before Him. We cannot receive His ultimate blessing unless we are poor in spirit.

To those who are “poor in spirit” belong “the kingdom of heaven.” Proud, arrogant people, depending on their own merit, will not get into Heaven. Only those who are willing to admit that they are nothing before God will be able to enjoy the wonderful blessings of the kingdom. Many people will miss Heaven, not because they have rejected Jesus entirely, but because they are depending on a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of themselves to get in. They think there is still some good within themselves — even if it’s just a half-percent — that merits them for Heaven. But as the old saints used to sing, “ninety-nine and a half won’t do.” It is all of Jesus or all for nothing. Being poor in spirit is the first key to the life of supreme blessing.

Daniel Whittle wrote:

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

There shall be showers of blessing—
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

Yes, dear friend, you must call on Jesus to begin the life of supreme blessing. Recognize the poverty of your soul and come to Him, placing all your faith and trust in Him for eternal salvation.

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.

Three Steps to Guaranteed Happiness, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 205)

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TEXT: John 13:12-17

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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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 205.

Roger E. Olson said, “No truth is more pervasive in Scripture and Christian tradition than this one — that real freedom is found in obedience and servanthood. And yet no truth is more incongruent with modern culture. Here we stand before a stark either/or: the gospel message of true freedom versus the culture’s ideal of self-creation, autonomy, and living ‘my way.'”

The first step to gaining genuine happiness is having a humble spirit and attitude.

The second step to gaining genuine happiness is being obedient to God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The third step to gaining genuine happiness is in being a true servant of others. *** Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Because Jesus is our Master and Lord, we are already in the position of a servant. He is the head; we are the body. We carry out the tasks that He intends for us to do. The problem comes when we who are servants do not want to serve. Everybody is seeking preeminence, importance, a position, or a title, but nobody wants to serve. We forget that we are not greater than our Lord who was the greatest servant of all. Jesus did not think it beneath Him to wash His disciples feet. While He was indeed trying to teach them a lesson, He genuinely had a heart that would carry out that kind of service.

Even those who are considered Christian “leaders” today — pastors, evangelists, missionaries, heads of ministries, etc. — are actually servants. They are servants of God, servants of other believers, and servants of sinners.

The word translated “servant” in our text is defined as “one who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; one who is devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” A true servant is one whose primary focus is on God and others. He is not concerned about himself and what he wants because he knows that if he takes care of what God wants, God will take care of him. A servant knows that he does not live for himself. He wakes up each morning asking, ‘God, how do you want to use me today? How can I serve you today? How can I serve others today?’

It has been taught so much that it sounds trite: it is more blessed to give than to receive. Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, said, “Volunteering and serving others seems to run against the strong dynamics of self-interest…. [But] people who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”

This is the way God has set up the universe. People who are givers, servers, and carers are more happy, satisfied, and blessed. People who are stingy, selfish, and self-centered will never be satisfied. Jesus Christ said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Do you want the blessings of God upon your life? Do you want consistent peace, joy, and happiness? You can have it if you serve God and others in a spirit of humility and holiness.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Be sure to keep these lessons in their proper sequence: humbleness, holiness, happiness. Submit to the Father, keep your life clean, and serve others. This is God’s formula for true spiritual joy.”

In closing, let me remind you of these words by John Wesley:

“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”

If you are ready to follow Jesus Christ in His example of humility, holiness, and servanthood (the steps to guaranteed happiness), I encourage you to start by making Him the Lord and Master of your life today by trusting him as Saviour. Here is how:

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

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

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

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

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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

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

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

Three Steps to Guaranteed Happiness, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 203)

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TEXT: John 13:12-17

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

———-

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 203.

Andrew Murray said, “Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.”

Webster’s dictionary defines happiness as: “a state of well-being and contentment; joy; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” Everybody wants to be happy. Books, seminars, and self-help programs promise to reveal the ‘secret of happiness.’ More often than not, however, these paths to happiness fall short because they are based on man-made ideas rather than the eternal principles of God.

In our passage for today, Jesus Christ explains to His disciples the meaning of the object lesson that He had just given them by washing their feet. In so doing, He reveals the secret to true happiness.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Jesus asked the disciples if they understood what He had done, and it is not likely that they did. So He explained it: He had given them a lesson in humble service, an example for them to follow. The world thinks that happiness is the result of others serving us, but real joy comes when we serve others in the name of Christ. The world is constantly pursuing happiness, but that is like chasing a shadow: it is always just beyond your reach.”

In Jesus’ explanation of His actions, He provides three steps to happiness.

The first step to happiness is humility. Jesus said, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.”

Peter had just tried to boss Jesus around, telling Him first not to wash him at all and then telling Him to wash his head, his hands, and his feet, neither of which Jesus did. Earlier, Matthew tells us that Peter ‘took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him,’ telling Him that He should not go up to die at Jerusalem. Both times, Peter was out of line. Jesus was the Master and Lord; Peter should have humbly submitted to Jesus’ leadership even though he did not understand it.

The reason why humility is the first step to happiness is because, if you are humble, you will learn to let go of what you want. A harsh truth about life is that you and I do not get everything we want when we want it. Sometimes we have to wait. Sometimes we never get what we desire. A humble person can accept this as God’s will for him at that time and move on with his life, content in the knowledge that God knows what is best.

On the other hand, a proud person is typified by striving desire. A person who is proud thinks he deserves certain things and will always strive to get those things even when it becomes apparent that he can’t or shouldn’t have them. G.K. Chesterton said “pride is the one thing guaranteed to make us unhappy.” W.M. Whittemore provides this explanation: “The worst of pride is this — it makes us more like the devil than any other sin, and therefore less like the Lord Jesus who was ‘meek and lowly.’ It raises a barrier between us and God, preventing us from going to Him and driving Him from us. It will shut us out of Heaven and His presence if we do not get rid of it. It makes us unhappy here, and causes all the quarrels that happen; and it will make us miserable in the world to come.”

Jesus drove home His point about how His followers were to be humble with these words: “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” If the Teacher — the Lord and Master of the Universe — could stoop down and wash someone’s feet, surely the students who were not above the master could do the same.

Now, Jesus did not institute a foot-washing ritual here. He was not establishing foot-washing as an ordinance in the church. (In some Catholic Churches, Maundy Thursday is marked by the church leadership washing the feet of the people.) What Jesus is emphasizing here is that His people are to be servants of each other and servants of the world in His name. They ought to be humble enough to serve. Any Christian who refuses to be a servant is pridefully saying that he is better than Christ, and he forfeits the blessings and happiness that only God provides.

I think that with this demonstration of humility, the disciples finally got Jesus’ message regarding how they needed to stop jostling for preeminence and begin serving as their Lord had done. In so doing, they were on the path to happiness.

In closing, take note of this poem by William Cowper:

’Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross;
But the Savior’s pow’r to know
Sanctifying every loss.

Trials must and will befall;
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all—
This is happiness to me.

Did I meet no trials here,
No chastisement by the way,
Might I not with reason fear
I should prove a castaway?

Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Bring me to my Savior’s feet,
Lay me low and keep me there.

If you are ready to follow Jesus Christ in His example of humility (which is the first step to guaranteed happiness), I encourage you to start by making Him the Lord and Master of your life today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

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

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

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

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

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

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

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

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

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

GLMX #198: Things Money Can’t Buy

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Last month, the world was unfortunately introduced to a 22-year-old man named Elliot Rodger. His father is a Hollywood movie director, and he was raised in a $1 million home. He drove a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW. He bought $300 sunglasses, was chauffeured in limousines, attended private concerts, and flew first class. He had everything money could buy. But on Friday, May 23rd, he killed six people because, according to a YouTube video he left behind, he was frustrated and angry because women showed no interest in him.

With money and privileges that most people could only dream of, you would think that Elliot Rodger would be one of the happiest people on earth. But he wasn’t. By his own admittance, he was angry and bitter at the world. While psychologists and psychiatrists debate his mental state and try to come up with a plausible reason why this man would kill his own roommates and then kill three others, one thing we know for sure is that no matter how much money he had, he was not happy, content, or satisfied with his life.

Sadly, today, many people focus on pursuing things that money can buy. And what is even more sad is that people actually look for fulfillment and meaning in these things. They look for happiness in cars, houses, success, sex, money, and more money. They quickly find out, though, that life is about far more than success and gaining material things. They realize that what they are really searching for is happiness, joy, love, internal peace and assurance for the future — all things that money can’t buy.

These things last forever and keep our hearts at rest during times of turmoil and conflict. Money cannot buy such things. Only a person can give them to us. And that person is Jesus Christ.

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