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Prayer and Sex, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #243)

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Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 7:1-6:

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 241 messages in this series.

This is message #243 titled, Prayer and Sex, Part 3.

This is a very serious matter that is being portrayed even now called “Tell Me That You Love Me.” In this show, there are four couples going to the same marriage counselor. The marriage counselor and her husband are in their 70s, but they are still getting it on, and have a healthy relationship in every way. But the young couples that she is counseling are dealing with the problems presented in this passage in different ways. One wife has a loving, sweet husband who doesn’t want to have sex with her and they haven’t had sex in over a year. With another couple, the fiance is having sex with her but will not commit to having sex with other women, which causes another problem. Another couple had an abortion years earlier, and now the wife cannot get pregnant from her husband, and now she is putting a lot of undue pressure on him to have as much sex as possible to get pregnant. And on and on it goes.

Now let me say here, I will admit to you, something that is not popular to say today. I got married mostly because I was being tempted to commit fornication, and I got married so as to have sex with my wife and avoid fornication. Now that is just the truth.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Some in Corinth were trying to practice celibacy within marriage. Apparently this refraining from sex within marriage was a unilateral decision of one partner, not a mutually agreed-on decision. Such a practice sometimes led to immorality on the part of the other mate. Paul commanded that they stop this sort of thing unless three conditions were met: One, the abstention from sexual intercourse was to be a matter of mutual consent on the part of both husband and wife. Two, they were to agree beforehand on a time period at the end of which normal intercourse would be resumed. Three, this refraining was to enable them to devote themselves to prayer in a concentrated way.”

Kenneth Wuest and Warren Wiersbe state, “Apparently one of the questions the church asked was, “Is celibacy [remaining unmarried] more spiritual than marriage?” Paul replied that it is good for a man or a woman to have the gift of celibacy, but the celibate state is not better than marriage, nor is it the best state for everybody. Dr. Kenneth Wuest translates Paul’s reply, “It is perfectly proper, honorable, morally befitting for a man to live in strict celibacy.” First Corinthians 7:6 makes it clear that celibacy is permitted, but it is not commanded; and 1 Corinthians 7:7 informs us that not everybody has the gift of remaining celibate. This ties in with our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 19:10–12, where “eunuchs” refers to those who abstain from marriage. “It is not good that the man should be alone” is generally true for most people; but some have been called to a life of singleness for one reason or another. Their singleness is not “subspiritual” or “superspiritual.” It all depends on the will of God.”

While some think that sex is a topic too sensitive for a sermon, especially in a mixed audience, this passage tells us differently. The early church did not think so either, as this letter by Paul would have been read aloud when the church gathered for their weekly (and often more frequent) meetings where men, women, and children were all in attendance. From this passage, we have learned the following:

(1) Celibacy is good because it enables people to give more of their time and energy to the Lord’s work.

(2) Marriage and sex within marriage are good because it enables the husband and wife to avoid fornication, and then be able to concentrate on the things of the Lord

(3) Sex within marriage is good, recommended, and even required by God so that the spouses will not be tempted to seek sexual satisfaction outside of the marriage.

(4) It is not good or recommended for spouses to abstain from sex for any other reason except for prayer and fasting.

(5) If the husband and wife decide to abstain from sex in order to give themselves more rigorously to the Lord’s work, they must do so only in agreement with each other for a short agreed-upon period of time.

Now, as we look at this passage, we can consider that one of the reasons why God allows husbands and wives to abstain from sex in order to commit to prayer and fasting is because, even though sex inside of marriage is a beautiful thing, the sexual relations can be considered “unclean”. Even though some would say there is a spiritual aspect to it, it is an action that takes place between two sinful human beings. In the book of Leviticus, God gave the children of Israel extensive instructions regarding the need for cleanliness following sexual relations. For example, Leviticus 15:17-19 states: “If any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening. And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening. The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening.”

Dr. R.C. Sproul said, “This passage deals with the uncleanness caused by discharges from the sexual organs. That perfectly natural processes like sexual intercourse or menstruation should make someone unclean (that is, unfit to worship) is surprising. But all these cases involve the loss of bodily fluids (blood or semen), and any loss of a ‘life fluid’ suggested death and was incompatible with the presence of God, who is perfect life. These old covenant arrangements that seem so strange to us were also early object lessons — a ‘guardian’ pointing forward to the full redemption accomplished in Jesus Christ.”

The Leviticus passage goes on to detail that anything that the man or woman touches, sits on, or lies on is unclean and must be washed. Also, any other person who touches the man or woman who has had sex is unclean and must bathe and wash their clothes. Until these requirements were met, the couple could not enter the presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle. Verse 31 says, “Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.” (John Walvoord notes that “While the normal sexual process between husband and wife made them ceremonially unclean, it did not make them sinful — no guilt was involved and no sacrifice was required.)

While some have noted that some of the Old Testament “purity laws” were rescinded in the New Testament era, Louis William Countryman writes in his book on Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today: “The New Testament writers still considered sex to be an area subject to ethical demands. The early Christians did not cease to be conscious of a distinction between clean and unclean. The power of clean and unclean remained as a powerful social reality, and New Testament writers applied that power freely.”

So, when Paul allows for husbands and wives to abstain from sex in order to fast, pray, and give themselves to God’s service, it can be thought of as a temporary attainment of that higher state of cleanliness and holiness that all believers will reach in Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 22:30, “In the resurrection people neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” On Earth, sex is necessary for reproduction and for a husband and wife to enjoy in order to avoid fornication or adultery. But, apparently, sex will not be needed in Heaven, as, in Christ, there is “neither male nor female.” A husband and wife can freely engage in sex, without guilt or shame, and then go and serve the Lord. But, they can think of temporarily abstaining from sex in order to give themselves to ministry as a form of “practice” for that soon-coming day when we will spend all of eternity serving the Lord in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, 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.”

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 this 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. 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 just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. 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.”

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.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 12 — Ephesians 5:28-33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #36)

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TEXT: John 6:22-27

22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

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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 71.

David Guzik said, “Jesus made a contrast between material things and spiritual things. It is almost universally true that people are more attracted to material things than spiritual things. A sign that says free money and free food will get a bigger crowd than one that says spiritual fulfillment and eternal life.”

The day after Jesus feeds the 5,000 and walks on the water to his disciples, we are told that the people whom Jesus had fed begin to wonder where He has gone. The text tells us that they had seen Jesus telling His disciples to get into a boat and go back to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, however, Jesus had remained. Now that a new day has dawned, the people realize that Jesus is no longer with them. What they don’t know is that Jesus left them during the night and walked on the water to meet His disciples in the middle of the Sea and then miraculously transported them to the opposite shore.

The Bible then tells us, “When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.” When they arrived on the other shore, they asked, “Rabbi, when camest thou thither?” These were the same people who wanted to make Jesus their king. They got concerned when Jesus made Himself scarce after the miraculous meal and then disappeared completely by the following morning.

Jesus, instead of answering their question, reveals their true intentions. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” He basically tells them, “I gave you dinner yesterday, and now you come to me seeking breakfast.’ The people didn’t really love Jesus; they just loved what He had done for them, and they wanted Him to keep on doing such things on their behalf. Even though they had been taught from a young age to expect the Messiah, now that the Messiah was here, they only desired for Him to fulfill their material needs.

In response, Jesus tells them, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you.” These Jews who came looking for Jesus expended a lot of energy to get to him — some rowed across the Sea in boats, others walked around the Sea. They did this because they desired physical sustenance from Jesus.

By telling them to labour for the “meat which endureth unto everlasting life,” Jesus is saying that they should be just as eager, just as earnest to receive the spiritual gift that he has to offer. He is not telling them that they have to work for it; He is telling them that they should have an even greater desire to receive it. As Jesus said to another crowd of Jews, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

The false teaching of the prosperity gospel reduces the real Gospel to this — concern about food, housing, and clothes. John Piper said, “If you entice people with wealth, ease, [and] health, you will attract people. You can grow a huge church that way. But Christ will not be seen in His glory and the Christian life will not be seen as the calvary road that it is.”

People today are far more concerned about their physical needs than their spiritual needs. Millions spend time, money, and energy to ensure that their physical needs are taken care of but take no thought of their spiritual life and their eternal destination. Jesus says that we should expend the same energy to grab hold of spiritual truths and eternal life. Jesus wants us to seek Him not just for the fulfillment of our physical desires but for the provision of spiritual necessities.

You have heard of Jesus. You know who He is. You have heard other people’s testimonies of what He has done for them. Are you seeking Jesus for the right reasons? Are you ready to receive eternal life and the many spiritual blessings that He has to offer you? If you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today, here is how.

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

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

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

If you 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.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 11 — Ephesians 5:28-33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #35)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


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

Ephesians 5:28-33:

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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James Burton Coffman said, “The exalted view, both of marriage and of the church of Jesus Christ, shines forth in this text. The sacredness of marriage is seen in God’s design of it, from the very beginning, to be a figure of the union of Christ and his church; and the glorious importance of the church appears in the fact of its having been in the design of God from the very beginning.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Oh that believers would become eternity-conscious! If we could live every moment of every day under the eye of God, if we did every act in the light of the judgment seat, if we sold every article in the light of the judgment seat, if we prayed every prayer in the light of the judgment seat, if we tithed all our possessions in the light of the judgment seat, if we preachers prepared every sermon with one eye on damned humanity and the other on the judgment seat—then we would have a Holy Ghost revival that would shake this earth and that, in no time at all, would liberate millions of precious souls.”

Paul calls marriage — specifically the ‘leaving and cleaving’ aspect of marriage — a mystery. In the Bible, a “mystery” is something that was previously hidden, unknown, or misunderstood. Marriage itself is not the mystery here; the mystery is the thing that marriage signifies. That mystery is the union of Christ with His body, the Church. That is why Paul says, “I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Before Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, no one knew how it was possible for us to take part in the life of God. That was the mystery — mortal, sinful man and immortal, holy God coming together in a great union. In the New Testament, now that such a union has taken place, Paul uses marriage to explain or to unveil the mystery. He takes something that is familiar and uses it to help people understand that which is unfamiliar.

At the same time, however, Christian couples are called to an even higher standard in their marriages. The relationship between a Christian husband and wife should be a model of the relationship between Christ and His Church. A Christian marriage ought to be a testimony to the world that doing family God’s way works. A Christian marriage ought to also be a tangible, visible representation of Jesus’ union with His people.

Husbands and wives, when you look at your marriage through the spectrum lens laid out by the Apostle Paul, you will view matrimony as a holy calling — one that God can use and has used to accomplish His will on Earth and to bring more people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This understanding should inspire you to be committed to doing marriage God’s way.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 10 — Ephesians 5:28-33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #34)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


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

Ephesians 5:28-33:

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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Phillip J. Swihart and Wilford Wooten said, “Scripture directs us to honor parents. Obeying parents, however, is clearly time-limited. If we’re still trying to obey Mom and Dad, we’re not leaving them and cleaving to our spouse. While it may be difficult to defy their spoken or unspoken wishes, there may be times when it’s necessary.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “At this grim hour, the world sleeps in the darkness, and the Church sleeps in the light.”

In order for a man to become one with his wife, there must be some semblance of leaving other familial ties behind. The Bible says, “For this cause [for the cause of being joined to one’s wife] shall a man leave his father and mother…”

One of the best things God led me to do for my family when my wife and I got married was to not stay closely tied to either of our families. There is some biblical precedent for a man and his immediate family leaving their extended family behind — moving away geographically — in order to pursue the specific purpose God has called that man and his family to accomplish. Abraham is one such example. God told him to move away from his extended family who were caught up in the worship of false gods, as God wanted to reveal Himself to Abraham and start a new race of people through him.

Now, husbands, you may not have to move away from your extended family in a geographical sense, but you must move away from them in a spiritual and relational sense. As the leader of your home, God is your head — not your mother or your father or your wife’s mother or father. Many marriages have been ruined by husbands and/or wives not cutting inappropriate ties with their respective mothers and fathers.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “This verse is a free rendering of Genesis 2:24, indicating that the bond between husband and wife is greater than that between parent and child. The greatness of the mystery refers to the two becoming one flesh.”

‘Leave and cleave’ is a biblical command. Make sure you are obeying it in your marriage, and be blessed.

The Same Jesus Who Walked On the Water to Save His Disciples Can Save You, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 68)

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TEXT: John 6:16-21

16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

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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 68.

Alexander Maclaren said, “Jesus is on the mountain while we are on the sea. The stable eternity of the Heavens holds Him; we are tossed on the restless mutability of time, over which we toil at His command.”

Our passage today picks up right after the feeding of the 5,000. When Jesus perceives that the Jews are going to try to make Him king by force, He discreetly leaves the scene and goes back up into the mountain with his disciples. At this point, we are told, “When even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea.” The accounts of Matthew and Mark regarding this event inform us that Jesus commanded the disciples to get in a boat and go back across the Sea of Galilee. This is likely because He did not want them to get caught up in the frenzy of the crowd eager to make Jesus king.

So, the disciples get into a ship and begin rowing across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, which, as you recall, was one of the cities that served as something of a headquarters for Jesus. Now, this sea is over six miles wide, and it was set down in a valley with high hills on the west. At night, when the warm air faded away, the cold air would come rushing down into the valley and whip up violent storms on the sea. As the disciples are rowing across the sea, doing what Jesus told them to do, they are facing the wind as one of these storms suddenly whips up, hampering their efforts so much so that, after a few hours of rowing, they are only about halfway across the sea.

The Bible says the disciples were afraid. There is probably nothing more frightening than a sudden storm on a sea and you’re in a little boat. It is probably similar to how you used to be afraid of a sudden storm that caused the wind to blow and the rain to fall hard and you heard the thunder and saw the lightning a possibly a tornado in the distance. The disciples also didn’t understand why Jesus had sent them across the sea at night and not come with them. John notes, “It was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.” After such a great victory with the feeding of the 5,000 and the people realizing who Jesus was, they probably felt that they were at a major turning point in their ministry with Jesus. It must have been a huge let down that night to be struggling across the sea alone without the miracle-working Jesus.

The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “Did Jesus know that a storm was coming? Of course. Then why did He deliberately send His friends into danger? Quite the opposite is true: He was rescuing them from greater danger, the danger of being swept along by a fanatical crowd. But there was another reason for that storm: the Lord has to balance our lives; otherwise we will become proud and then fall. The disciples had experienced great joy in being part of a thrilling miracle. Now they had to face a storm and learn to trust the Lord more. The feeding of the 5,000 was the lesson, but the storm was the examination after the lesson. Sometimes we are caught in a storm because we have disobeyed the Lord. Jonah is a good example. But sometimes the storm comes because we have obeyed the Lord. When that happens, we can be sure that our Saviour will pray for us, come to us, and deliver us.”

People today, even some Christians, struggle with feelings of this nature. They feel, at times, that God has abandoned them, that they are all alone, that they have to handle their problems and issues by themselves without assistance from God or man. You have probably felt something like that in your life.

However, if we look at Mark’s account of this passage, we see the truth that the disciples did not realize at that moment. Mark says, “And [Jesus] saw them toiling in rowing.” From His perch high up on the mountain where He was spending time alone with God, Jesus had not forgotten His disciples. He saw them! He had His eye on them the whole time. They may have felt like they were alone, but they were never really alone. Jesus had their back the whole time.

That is one of the great benefits of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As God’s child, you can rest assured that He is looking out for you. He will never abandon you. He will never leave you alone, no matter what your circumstances look like or how you may feel. You will be able to sing a song that has comforted so many down through the years:

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, one step is all I see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Are you happy today? Are you free today? Do you have the confidence that God’s eye is on you, that Jesus has your back no matter what you are going through in life? Would you like to have this assurance? If so, here is how you can get it 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.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 9 — Ephesians 5:28-30 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #33)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


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

Ephesians 5:22-30:

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 5:28-30: “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”

Albert Barnes said, “These Scriptures make use of language which is stronger than that employed to describe any other connection; and there is no union of affection so powerful as that which binds the Christian to the Saviour. So strong is it, that he is willing for it to forsake father, mother, and home; to leave his country, and to abandon his possessions; to go to distant lands and dwell among barbarians to make the Redeemer known; or to go to the cross or the stake from simple love to the Saviour. Account for it as people may, there has been manifested on earth nowhere else so strong an attachment as that which binds the Christian to the cross. It is stronger love that that which a man has for his own flesh and bones; for it makes him willing that his flesh should be consumed by fire, or his bones broken on the wheel rather than deny him.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Do not we rest in our day too much on the arm of flesh? Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord still run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh, that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where is now the Lord God of Elijah? He is waiting for Elijah to call on Him.”

As Paul begins to close this passage, he emphasizes the union of Christ and the church as it relates to the union of the husband and the wife. Speaking of Christ, he says, “We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Here he is speaking to both the husband and the wife, assuming that both are Christians, then they are both members of the body of Christ. They are an integral part of the church. They make up the flesh and bone of the Saviour in a union that will never be torn apart.

Just as Christ and His church are tightly bound together, so ought a husband and wife to be bound together. They should see themselves as one — unable (and unwilling) to do without the other until God calls one of them Home.

Part of the problem in our society today is that people do not take marriage as seriously as they used to. Some people, before they get married, get a contract drawn up delineating who gets what amount of their assets if they get a divorce. How can you be serious about your marriage succeeding if you are already planning for it to fail? Some people go into marriage not understanding what it means to be one. Yes, you might still have your own interests and your own goals, but if those interests and goals drive you apart then something is wrong. God will never give two of His children whom He puts together in marriage individual purposes which cause division and separation in the marriage. Here again for this oneness in marriage to work the way God intended, someone has to be the head and someone has to submit both in mutual love and respect. To try to do it in any other way is foolishness and ignorance.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 8 — Ephesians 5:28-30 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #32)

family-reading-praying-together

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


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

Ephesians 5:22-30:

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

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Mark Dunagan said, “‘To hate one’s wife is as irrational as it is to hate one’s own flesh.’ Just as a man instinctively does these things for his body, so must he be concerned for every aspect of his wife’s well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Evangelists today are very often prepared to be anything to anybody as long as they can get somebody to the altar for something. They glibly call out: ‘Who wants help? Who wants more power? Who wants a closer walk with God?’ Such a sinning, repenting ‘easy believeism’ dishonors the blood and prostitutes the altar. The altar is a place to die on. Let those who will not pay this price leave it alone!”

Paul continues his argument on how a husband is to love his wife. He says, “No man ever yet hated his own flesh.” No normal man hates, or as the Greek word says, “detests,” his own body. He loves and cares for it. He tries to improve it and preserve it in any way that he can.

Furthermore, Paul says he “nourisheth and cherisheth it.” The Greek word Paul uses for “nourish” means to help bring up to maturity, to care for as it grows. The word he uses for “cherish” means “to keep warm; to cherish with tender love, to foster with tender care.”

A husband who nourishes and cherishes his wife (as he does himself) will provide for her, guard her, and protect her from exposure and want “even as the Lord does the church.” This means that a husband must communicate with his wife and the wife with her husband, just as Christians are commanded to communicate with God through prayer and God communicates with us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. A husband must be attentive and attuned to the needs of his wife just as Christ is attentive to the needs of his church. The husband is most fulfilling in his role when he is most like Christ.

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