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John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 70 / Day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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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 70, day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Cyprian of Carthage said, “He who has been sanctified, his sins being put away, and spiritually reformed into a new man, has become fitted for receiving the Holy Spirit; since the apostle says, ‘As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.'”

In our last message, we talked about the baptism of “water unto repentance” that John administered. Now, he speaks of two other baptisms that the Messiah will administer when He comes — the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the baptism of fire.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is something that only Christ can give. Whereas John’s baptism signified something changing on the outside of man — that is, his behavior, the baptism of the Holy Spirit signifies something changing on the inside of man — the condition of his soul. Society places much value on reform, rehab, and helping people to change for the better, and that is something that is good. But, the only thing that can save a person from Hell is a change on the inside. And that change can only be brought about by salvation through Jesus Christ which is followed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (The ritual of baptism, of course, continues in churches today. But that is symbolic of our death, burial, and resurrection in Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not symbolic; it is a reality for every believer.)

The baptism of the Holy Ghost took place at Pentecost and continues to this day. The book of Acts tells us of how the members of the early church had the Spirit of God poured on them after Jesus’ resurrection. Every believer since then has also been filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the life of Christ inside of the believer. It is He who empowers those who are saved to do what is right. A man might reform himself and strive to do what is right of his own will, but his will is only so strong. The Holy Spirit living inside of him gives him the power of God to conquer sin and his flesh everyday.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is also what empowers natural beings like us to take up supernatural works such as preaching the Gospel and serving others in the name of Jesus. John Piper said, ‘The baptism of the Holy Spirit fills us with an overwhelming sense of God’s greatness and a sense of wonder at his works. The Spirit fills us with His own vision of God and His own passion for God and His own prophetic words of praise.’ There are things that God has planned for us to do that we can only do by the power of His Holy Spirit. We are not just repentant believers, but empowered believers who are set apart to make an impact on the world.

Barney E. Warren wrote:

Let cloven tongues of holy fire
Baptize each soul with power;
Come, blessed Spirit, sanctify
With Jesus’ blood this hour.

Come, blessed Spirit, and restore
God’s image in my heart;
By faith now cleanse me, I implore,
This crowning grace impart.

Come, blessed Spirit, Comforter,
Dwell in my heart, Thy throne;
Make me over sin a conqueror,
Oh, seal me for Thine own.

Oh, let Thy glory, Lord, descend
Upon my waiting soul;
Preserve me spotless to the end,
And every whit made whole

If you, like John, are ready to confess your need for Jesus, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him as your Saviour:

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.

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The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 347)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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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 347.

D.L. Moody said, “The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.”

At the conclusion of His first meeting with the disciples after His resurrection, Jesus Christ gave an interesting statement regarding the forgiveness of sins. In verse 23, He told the disciples who had just received peace from the Lord, purpose from the Lord, and power from the Lord, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” The word translated as “remit” means “to let go, to give up a debt, to forgive.” The word translated as “retain” means “to hold fast, to not discard or let go, to keep.”

Some have interpreted this verse to mean that Jesus gave His disciples the power to forgive or not forgive the sins of others. However, that is not the case. Dr. John Walvoord states, this verse “must not be interpreted to mean that Jesus gave to a select body of people the right to forgive sins and let people into heaven. He was not setting aside the disciples (and their successors) as a ‘spiritual elite’ to deal with the sins of the world… The eminent Greek scholar Dr. Julius R. Mantey assures that the correct translation both here and in Matthew 16:19 should be: ‘Whosoever sins you remit [forgive] shall have already been forgiven them, and whosoever sins you retain [do not forgive] shall have already not been forgiven them.’ In other words, the disciples did not provide forgiveness; they proclaimed forgiveness on the basis of the message of the Gospel.”

The message of God’s forgiveness is great news for mankind because it means that God no longer holds our sins against us. If we take another look at the word translated as “remit” in the King James Version, we will see that it also means “to send away, to depart, or to disregard.” If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God forgives us of our sins. He sends them away. He disregards them. He does not allow them to hinder us from getting into a right relationship with Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ, He sees us separately from our sins.

When Jesus died on the cross, all of our sins were brought before God. Jesus’ shed blood is sufficient payment for all of the sins ever committed in the world. When we come to Christ, in faith, believing in His completed work on the cross, God regards our sins as being under the blood. He does not even see them. As one Old Testament prophet put it, He “casts all our sins into the depths of the sea.” The Psalmist wrote, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions [our sins] from us.”

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. To forgive sin, while remaining a holy God, this price had to be paid. The revealed truth of God is that without the atonement He cannot forgive — He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God through the atonement of the Cross. God’s forgiveness is possible only in the supernatural realm.”

Jesus gave His apostles the responsibility to proclaim this great news: that God would no longer judge those who accepted the atonement of His Son. This was the message of the angels upon the birth of Jesus: “Peace on earth; goodwill to men.” God sent Jesus to make peace with mankind. Jesus was a demonstration of the goodwill of God to us. He made sure that His followers recognized the total forgiveness that rests in Him. Outside of Christ, there is no forgiveness from God. All those who reject Christ and His work on the cross will have their sins “retained” or not forgiven. For those who choose to go their own way, God will continue to hold their sins against them. The main purpose of the church is to proclaim this glorious Gospel message.

H.W. Baker wrote:

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of his home in heaven —
Oh, praise our pardoning God!
Praise him in tuneful measures
Who gave his Son to die;
Praise him whose sevenfold treasures
Enrich and sanctify.

God wants to forgive you of your sins today. But He can only do that if you accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sins. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 346)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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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 346.

Marcus Dods said, “Jesus’ breathing upon His disciples was meant to convey the impression that His very own Spirit was imparted to them.”

When Jesus met His disciples on Resurrection Sunday, He gave them three precious gifts. The first gift was that of Peace: Jesus set His disciples’ hearts, minds, and souls at ease with the knowledge of His resurrection from the dead and their new standing as children of God. The second gift He gave them was that of Purpose: He commissioned them as His apostles who would continue taking the message of the Gospel to the world.

The third gift that Jesus gave to His disciples is that of Power. John writes, “And when he had said these things [giving them Peace and Purpose], he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Shortly before Jesus left to go to the cross, Jesus had promised that the Holy Spirit would come to His disciples so that they would never be alone. It was this Power residing in them now that would enable them to continue in the Peace and Purpose that Jesus had given them.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes: “Jesus enabled His disciples through the Holy Spirit. This verse reminds us of Genesis 2:7 when God breathed life into the first man. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word for ‘breath’ also means ‘spirit.’ The breath of God in the first creation meant physical life, and the breath of Jesus Christ in the new creation meant spiritual life. The believers would receive the baptism of the Spirit at Pentecost and be empowered for ministry. Apart from the filling of the Spirit, they could not go forth to witness effectively. The Spirit had dwelt WITH them in the person of Christ, but now the Spirit would be IN them.” Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck go on to state that “this reception of the Spirit was in anticipation of the day of Pentecost and should be understood as a partial limited gift of knowledge, understanding, and empowerment until Pentecost, 50 days later.”

When the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were empowered with the very same Spirit that had empowered Jesus Christ during His ministry. Jesus had once told a skeptical audience, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The disciples had now been commissioned to do the same works and to preach the same message that Jesus had preached. They would not be able to do it without the power of the Holy Spirit working inside of them.

It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ Spirit, is a Person, not a thing. He is a living power, the third person of the Trinity. Christians, today, erroneously speak of getting more of the Power of the Holy Spirit. But, the Spirit is not a thing to be measured. He is a Person. Either we have Him or we don’t. Perhaps a better way of putting this is to say either He has us or He doesn’t. We do not possess the Holy Spirit in the sense that we are in control of Him. Rather, He is in control of us and we ought to want Him to be in control of us. When the Holy Spirit is in control, He keeps us in perfect peace and He keeps us on track with our purpose.

The power that Jesus imparted to His disciples on that Resurrection Sunday 2,000 years ago is available to His people today. Every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome all of the dark forces of the world. The Holy Spirit gives us power to triumph over every difficulty that we face. The Holy Spirit gives us power to be bold in our proclamation of the truth of God’s Word to our world.

Witness Lee wrote:

If I’d know Christ’s risen power.
I must ever love the Cross;
Life from death alone arises;
There’s no gain except by loss.

If I’d have Christ formed within me,
I must breathe my final breath,
Live within the Cross’s shadow,
Put my own life ever to death.

If God through His Holy Spirit
Nail me ever with the Lord;
Only then as death is working
Will His power thru me be poured.

The power of the Holy Spirit can be imparted to you today. You can have the Holy Spirit living inside of you so that you can walk in peace and purpose. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and receive this gift of the risen Lord? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Not to Walk, Part 21 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #267)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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


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

TEXT: Ephesians 4:30-31:

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

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Andrew Bonar said, “We must continue in prayer if we are to get an outpouring of the Spirit. Christ says there are some things we shall not get, unless we pray and fast — yes, prayer and fasting. We must control the flesh and abstain from whatever hinders direct fellowship with God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “How do you learn to pray? Well, how do you learn to swim? Do you sit in a chair with your feet up drinking Coke learning to swim? No, you get down and you struggle. That’s how you learn to pray. Prayer is our strength; prayer generates strength; it generates vision; it generates power. And the devil wilI drive you away from the prayer closet more than anything.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “For the next three months, Peter Cartwright searched long and fervently for God. Conviction of sin was so great he was incapable of going about his chores; he couldn’t seem to find pardon for his sins. When he heard about the great camp meeting of the Cane Ridge Revival, he attended and went forward with multitudes of weeping ‘seekers’ to bow and earnestly pray for mercy.”

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Today, we return to the topic of bitterness — a sin that can be a temptation for everybody, but one that especially grieves the Holy Spirit of God. According to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, bitterness is the opposite of kindness. It is the spite that harbors resentment and keeps a score of wrongs. In the New Testament, the word is used in a metaphorical sense to describe animosity, resentfulness, harshness, or an openly-expressed emotional hostility against an enemy. Merriam Webster’s defines bitterness as something “felt or experienced in a strong and unpleasant way; being angry and unhappy because of unfair treatment.”

We have all had the experience of unfair treatment at some time in our lives. The thing that separates the Christian from the world, the new man from the old man, is in how we respond to it. Do we hold on to our negative feelings or do we let them go?

The Holy Spirit is described in Scripture as ‘abiding’ with us. The word ‘abiding’ connotes a still restfulness in our souls, a comfortability — a place where the Holy Spirit feels at home. Bitterness is also something that abides. It is a brooding, simmering attitude of hatred and negativity toward someone else. The spirit of bitterness cannot rest alongside the Holy Spirit, and when the attempt is made, the Holy Spirit is grieved.

Christians are commanded to be ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit, who is also described as a ‘consuming fire.’ Bitterness is also a spirit that ‘fills’ and ‘consumes.’ Helen Grace Lesheid wrote, “Bitterness grows. It distorts reality. It keeps us chained to the past. Like bad air, it pollutes not just the bitter person, but those who come in contact with the person.” You must decide whether your bitterness toward someone is worth grieving the Holy Spirit in your life. You cannot have both; you must choose to let go of one — the bitterness or the Holy Spirit.

In a poem titled “The Cure for Bitterness,” Deborah Ann Belka wrote:

Bitterness is a bitter pill,
that at times we all swallow
causing a pool of self pity
where misery loves to wallow.

At first, the acid taste,
doesn’t bother us too much
for we feel justified in our pain
and to our anger we still clutch.

As we take our daily dose,
our sweet revenge turns a little tart
but we don’t seem to notice
as the root of spite buds in our heart.

We take our correct measure,
each morning when we awake
for we are not willing to forgive
and aren’t wanting to forsake.

The cure for bitterness,
can’t be found in any kind of pill
but you will find the treatment
when you learn to know God’s will.

How Not to Walk, Part 19 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #265)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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


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

TEXT: Ephesians 4:30:

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

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In the book, “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism”, Mark Dever writes, “According to the Bible, converting people is not in our power. And evangelism may not be defined in terms of results but only in terms of faithfulness to the message preached. John Stott has said, ‘To “evangelize”’…does not mean to win converts…but simply to announce the good news, irrespective of the results.’ At the Lausanne [loh-zAAn] gathering in 1974, evangelism was defined as follows: To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It’s a tragedy when you try and prove your spirituality by things you don’t do rather than proving it by the things you do.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Peter Cartwright’s family moved from Amherst, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1785 to an area called Rogue’s Harbor. The frontier spot had no school, no newspaper, and very little civilization. All the farmers were self-sufficient, eating what they grew and wearing what they wove from cotton or made from the skins of animals they killed. Cartwright described his early life: ‘I was a naturally wild, wicked boy and delighted in horse racing, card playing and dancing. My father restrained me little, though my mother often talked to me, wept over me, and prayed for me.’ One day an itinerant Methodist preacher came through the encampment, staying at the Cartwright home and giving young Peter his first orientation to religion. When a camp meeting was held in his neighborhood, Cartwright said, ‘Scores of sinners fell under the preaching, like men slain in a mighty battle; Christians shouted for joy.’ But Cartwright was not moved to conversion; in fact, he believed he couldn’t be saved because he was a reprobate bound for hell.”

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When we have grieved the Holy Spirit, and thus do not feel the fellowship with Him that we are used to, the devil will use this opportunity to try to get us to doubt our salvation or to think that we have lost our salvation. That is why Paul made sure to mention that it is by the Holy Spirit that we remain saved — “sealed unto the day of redemption.” When we do not feel the Holy Spirit’s presence, or when it appears that God is ‘silent’, that does not mean that we are not saved. In fact, the silence of God, the distance that we feel between us and Him, can speak volumes. It ought to serve as a warning that we need to check ourselves to make sure that we have not grieved Him in any way, that there is nothing between our soul and the Savior.

But it does not mean that we have lost our salvation. We remain sealed unto the day of redemption. To seal something means to prove, to confirm, to authenticate, or to place beyond doubt. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, then it is beyond doubt that you are saved. And nothing that you or the devil can do to make you unsaved.

The fact that the Holy Spirit can be grieved reminds us that He is a real person whom we are in a real relationship with. We can offend Him just as we might offend another human being. William MacDonald said the fact that the Holy Spirit can be grieved “also means He loves us, because only a person who loves can be grieved. The favorite ministry of God’s Spirit is to glorify Christ and to change the believer into His likeness. When a Christian sins, He has to turn from this ministry to one of restoration. It grieves Him to see the believer’s spiritual progress interrupted by sin. He must then lead the Christian to the place of repentance and confession of sin.”

To grieve the Holy Spirit is a serious offense, one that we ought to strive to rectify as soon as possible so that we can dwell in peace and harmony with God.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit,
How I need Thy help divine!
In the way of life eternal,
Keep, oh, keep this heart of mine.

Let me feel Thy sacred presence;
Then my faith will never decline;
Comfort Thou and help me onward,
Fill with love this heart of mine.

Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit,
Gracious teacher, friend divine,
For the home of bliss that waits me
O prepare this heart of mine.

How Not to Walk, Part 18 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #264)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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


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

TEXT: Ephesians 4:30:

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

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Kay Arthur said, “If you don’t plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don’t begin; for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it’s not for you.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are three people that live in me and three people that live in you: the one I think I am, the one others think I am, and the one God knows I am… and it only matters what God says I am.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Peter Cartwright, a rugged Methodist itinerant preacher, was ideally suited to evangelize the rugged terrain of Kentucky in the early 1800s. His large, square shoulders and considerable strength were sometimes used to subdue the “rabble-rousers” in his meetings, and on many occasions he thrashed the worst rowdies that disturbed his preaching. His creed was to “love everybody and fear nobody,” which means that he saw nothing wrong with boxing a troublemaker so long as it was done in love and not revenge. Cartwright was converted in the “overflow” of the Cane Ridge Revival, then gave impetus to its further spread, becoming identified as one of its leaders.”

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Often, in the church, we ask God to send His Holy Spirit or to fill us with His Holy Spirit. This, He has already done. The Holy Spirit came to live inside of each of us when we received Jesus Christ as Savior and became new people in Him. In most cases, the problem is that we do not feel the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do not feel the closeness with God that we used to feel.

This type of feeling is caused when we grieve the Holy Spirit. That is why Paul writes to us as new men and new women in Christ, “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” The word “grieve” means to offend, to make sorrowful, or to make uneasy. The Holy Spirit does not leave us when we grieve Him. However, just as an offended family member may not want to be around us or speak to us, when we have offended or grieved the Holy Spirit, it will feel as though He is giving us the cold shoulder.

We grieve the Holy Spirit whenever we, as new creatures in Christ, act according to the old ways of the world and the flesh. Have you ever been frustrated when a child, an employee, or someone under your authority or guidance does something that you have taught them repeatedly is wrong? They know what is right, and you know they know what is right because you taught them. So, you feel extra offended when they do not live according to what they know. That is how the Holy Spirit feels when we do not live in accordance to what He has taught us.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “The Holy Spirit is happiest in an atmosphere of love, joy, and peace, for these are the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ that He produces in our lives as we obey Him. The Holy Spirit cannot leave us, because He has sealed us until that day when Christ returns to take us home. We do not lose our salvation because of our sinful attitudes, but we certainly lose the joy of our salvation and the fullness of the Spirit’s blessing.”

It should be our ever-present goal to live in such a way that the Holy Spirit is never grieved. He is one Friend whom we should strive to never offend.

Lyman F. Brackett wrote:

In Thee, O Spirit, true and tender,
I find my life as God’s own child;
Within Thy light of glorious splendor
I lose the earth-clouds drear and wild.

Within Thy love is safe abiding
From every thought that giveth fear;
Within Thy truth a perfect chiding,
Should I forget that Thou art near.

In Thee I have no pain or sorrow,
No anxious thought, no load of care.
Thou art the same today, tomorrow;
Thy love and truth are everywhere.

Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 266)

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TEXT: John 16:12-15:

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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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 266.

Henry Blackaby said, “When God spoke to Moses and others in the Old Testament, those events were encounters with God. An encounter with Jesus was an encounter with God for the disciples. In the same way, an encounter with the Holy Spirit is an encounter with God for you.”

Notice the emphasis on the fact that the Holy Spirit will draw attention to Jesus Christ in this passage. Jesus says, “He shall glorify ME: for he shall receive of MINE… All things that the Father hath are MINE: he shall take of MINE, and shall shew it unto you.” The entire job description of the Holy Spirit is wrapped up in His mission to draw people and point people to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is like an amplifier for the Messiah. He increases, if you will, the broadcast signal of the Saviour. He draws the disciples further into Christ, and, as we saw in a few previous messages, He points sinful man to Christ as well. It is all about Jesus.

The work of the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus. If the work of any Christian is not glorifying Jesus then he cannot say that he is being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes what belongs to Jesus and shows it — opens it up, reveals it — to the disciples and to the world. Of course, this is the same as showing the Heavenly Father to the world as Jesus did, because God the Father and Jesus the Son are one.

The chief way in which the Holy Spirit takes the spiritual truths of the Father and the Son and shows them to believers is through the Word of God. The writers of the New Testament were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wrote thru them — explaining, expounding, and expanding on the message of Jesus Christ. One commentator likened it to the unfolding of a flower. The Holy Spirit was not creating or giving new knowledge; He was showing believers more of the knowledge that God had already given through Christ.

There is no new revelation in the body of Christ. No one can truly say that they have something to add to the Word of God. There is only the Holy Spirit opening our eyes to truths that are already present in the Word so that we can apply those truths to the situations that we face every day.

Another theologian said, “We do not study the Word of God in order to ‘argue religion’ with people or to show off our grasp of spiritual things. We study the Word to see Jesus Christ, to know God better, to glorify Him in our lives. As we witness in this hostile world, the Spirit uses the Word He has taught us; and we share Jesus Christ with the lost. It is our job to witness; it is the Spirit’s job to convict.”

Like the Holy Spirit, we ought to constantly be pointing people back to Jesus. We ought to take the light that God has given us and use it to show others the way of salvation.

Mary Dagworthy James wrote:

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed powers;
All my thoughts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform His bidding;
Let my feet run in His ways;
Let mine eyes see Jesus only;
Let my lips speak forth His praise.

Since mine eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside—
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Looking at the Crucified.

If you want to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the entrance of the Holy Spirit into your life right now, 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.

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