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Even Though This Place Has A Great Wall, the Gates Are Always Open, and You Are Always Welcome Here (Gospel Light Minute X #272)


One of the biggest debates taking place in our world today surrounds the issue of immigration and refugees who leave their own conflict-ridden lands to find a better life elsewhere. Over the past two years, 1.3 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have entered Europe. In the same time period, over 150,000 refugees entered the United States. These people are running from war, persecution, violence, and lack of economic opportunity.

However, many people are not willing to welcome these refugees and immigrants with open arms. Some see them as a threat to security, as a drain on resources, or as a diluting influence on the country’s culture. Growing support for nationalism around the globe has put a spotlight on the beliefs of those who feel that a country ought to take care of its own before trying to help others. Nationalist candidates in European countries are pushing for stronger barriers to entrance. And, in the U.S., the president has issued a travel ban halting immigration from certain countries and strengthening vetting of refugees and migrants overall.

The desire to go to a better land that is felt by thousands of people today has been a mark of the human race almost since the beginning of history. We are always seeking out greener pastures, better opportunities, that special place where all our dreams will come true. While in this world, we will never find that place; any place we settle will fall short of our dreams. But there is a place beyond this world that we cannot begin to even imagine. In this place, the hopes and dreams of all people will reach their highest realization. And, best of all, the doors of this place are always open and everyone is welcome there. Continue reading

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #306)


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.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Tim Keller said, “Christianity teaches that, contrary to fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contrary to Buddhism, suffering is real; contrary to karma, suffering is often unfair; but contrary to secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We raise our hats to the martyrs, and we thank God for the last drop of their blood, but we won’t give Him the first drop of ours.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “When Robert Haldane decided to winter at Geneva, he moved to a suite of apartments located at 19 Promenade St. Antoine. In the generation following Haldane’s death, that address was still being called ‘le berceau’ (the birthplace) of ‘Geneva’s Second Reformation.’ The reform began quietly there and never grew into a large meeting.”

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An age-old question, asked by countless numbers throughout history, is: Why is there suffering? Many have asked, “Why is there suffering in the world?” Most of us have asked, “Why am I suffering? Why me?” The Church at Smyrna was going through suffering, and in His letter, Jesus has just informed them that more suffering is on the way. We can imagine them asking, “Why must we endure this? Why must we suffer?” The Bible reveals at least four reasons why God allows, and sometimes even brings, suffering into our lives.

One reason suffering comes into our lives is for disciplinary purposes. Suffering can be God’s way of disciplining or chastising us for our sins. Hebrews 12:5 says, “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” No one likes pain. No one likes suffering. But suffering for the purpose of chastisement is a part of the life of the Christian. God would be less than a father if He let us get away with our sins. He wants us to recognize the painful consequences of our wrongdoing so that we won’t do wrong again. Charles Spurgeon said, “If affliction seemed to be joyous, would it be chastisement at all? If suffering has no pain, then it surely has no benefit.”

All of life is based on the principle of reaping what we sow, both good and bad. While no justice dispensed by humans is perfect, governments, parents, employers, and other authority figures mete out appropriate punishment when those under their authority do wrong. This “suffering” can be physical, material, or financial. The point is for us to experience the pain of disobedience so that we will no longer disobey.

When we are undergoing this type of suffering, we ought to recognize that it is for our own good. Hebrews 12:11 says, “No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Instead of focusing on the suffering that you are going through, focus on what comes “afterward.” The “peaceable fruit of righteousness”, and the blessings that come from God as a result of that, are worth temporary suffering through chastisement.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “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.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #305)

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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.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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A.W. Pink said, “Troubled soul, the ‘much tribulation’ will soon be over, and as you enter the ‘kingdom of God’ you shall then see, no longer ‘through a glass darkly’ but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence, that ‘all things’ did ‘work together’ for your personal and eternal good.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The commitment to the Scriptures of Swiss reformers such as Zwingli and Calvin was almost nonexistent in Robert Haldane’s day. It was not uncommon for ministerial students to complete their course of training and never actually read the Bible through even once. One student testified, ‘During the four years I attended the theological teachers of Geneva, I did not, as part of my studies, read one single chapter of the Word of God, except a few Psalms and chapters I needed to read to learn Hebrew, and I did not receive one single lesson of exegesis of the Old or New Testament.’”

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After Jesus comforts the Church at Smyrna, letting them know that He has experienced all that they are going through, He gives them two commands.

The first command is “fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer.” Jesus has told His church that suffering is coming. It will come in the form of some being cast into prison and some being put on trial because of their faith. These can be scary propositions under a brutal, anti-Christian government. But Jesus says the Church should not be afraid. Fearlessness in the life of a Christian is an indicator that his focus is in the right place; his focus is on God, not on the persecution, the opposition, or the circumstances. If we look around us, we will find plenty of reasons to be afraid. But if we keep our focus on God, we will be reminded that He is greater than any suffering, persecution, or tribulation that we face.

Vance Havner said, “The ‘tribulation’ here spoken of by Christ does not mean the common trials to which all flesh is heir. Some dear souls think they are bearing their cross every time they have a headache. The tribulation mentioned here is trouble they would not have had if they had not been Christians.”

Not only ought we to fear not in the midst of tribulation, but we ought to “be faithful even unto death.” This command comes immediately after Jesus’ statement that the church at Smyrna would “have tribulation ten days.” Whether this is a literal ten days of twenty-four hours or a symbol of some other length of time we do not know. The point for us today is that “trouble don’t last always.” God has an appointed time to bring us out of our persecution and tribulation. A common expression is, “All good things must come to an end.” Well, all bad things must come to an end as well. We can be faithful in tribulation because we know that God will certainly see us through the tribulation and bring us out of the tribulation. We may not see the end, but God always sees the end from the beginning.

When we are tempted to give in to discouragement during persecution and tribulation, we must remember to keep our focus on God because then we will not be afraid. We must also strive to be faithful to the end of our trouble — even if that end is death. Remembering that God will bring us through no matter the outcome will help us stay focused, fearless, and faithful during tribulation and persecution.

True New Testament Revival: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #293)

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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.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Charles Finney said, “If Christians were not such cowards, and absolutely disobedient to this plain command of God — ‘Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him’ — one thing would certainly come of it: either they would be murdered in the streets as martyrs because men could not bear the intolerable presence of truth, or sinners would be speedily converted to God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Bible knowledge could change the world, we would’ve changed it long ago.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During Robert Haldane’s day, the Reformed churches of Switzerland were in decline. In 1810, several young men had united under the banner ‘La Societe desAmis’ (‘The Society of Friends’) as an evangelical response to the apparent spiritual apostasy in their church. Opposition by the clergy, most of whom adhered to Arian heresy, had been so strong that the group had disbanded in 1814. Some of the more committed members had left the Reformed Church and joined the Moravians.”

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Jesus opens His letter to the church at Smyrna with these words: “These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive.” He reminds them of who He is. The words “first and last” emphasize Jesus’ eternality and Jesus’ authority. In contrast to this is another affirmation that Jesus “was dead” — literally “chose to become dead” — and is now “alive.”

This reminder of who Jesus is is important for the church at Smyrna. Smyrna was a prominent Roman city and a center of the imperial religion. The pagan citizens of Smyrna regarded Caesar as supreme ruler, almost as a god. They declared, “Caesar is Lord,” something which the Christians of Smyrna would never do. The Christians were seen as traitors to the Empire. The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “Anyone refusing to acknowledge Caesar as Lord would certainly be excluded from the guilds. This would mean unemployment and poverty. The word used for poverty means ‘abject poverty, possessing absolutely nothing.'”

Not only were the Christians marginalized by the pagan Roman citizens, but they were marginalized by the Jews as well. Judaism was a sanctioned religion under Rome, but that did not prevent the minority Jewish community from hating the Christians. So, the believers at Smyrna were buffeted on both sides.

By reminding them of who He is, that He is the One who was dead, but is now alive, Jesus helps the church at Smyrna to understand that they are not alone. Jesus Himself experienced such persecution. He was betrayed and slandered by the Jews and beaten and crucified by the Romans. He identifies with His church in its suffering. This is an encouragement for the church at Smyrna and persecuted believers today because it reminds us that we are taking part in the suffering of Christ. When the church is assaulted Christ is assaulted.

This passage matters to us today because the church is still under assault. According to the Center for Studies on New Religions, nearly 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016. That works out to one death every 6 minutes. The annual study also indicated that between 500 and 600 million Christians experienced other forms of persecution that prevented them from freely practicing their faith.

Christ accepted His suffering. He chose to die. But now He is alive and He is the beginning and the end of all things. The Christians at Smyrna knew that, ultimately, they lived in Christ and would one day live with Christ. Just as Jesus overcame, they would overcome if they remained faithful. For them and for us, the persecution of the present does not diminish the victory of the future.

Timothy Dwight wrote:

I love thy church, O God.
Her walls before thee stand,
dear as the apple of thine eye,
and graven on thy hand.

For her my tears shall fall;
for her my prayers ascend;
to her my cares and toils be given,
till toils and cares shall end.

Sure as thy truth shall last,
to Zion shall be given
the brightest glories earth can yield,
and brighter bliss of heaven.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “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.

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.

Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 265)

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TEXT: John 16:12-13:

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.

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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 265.

Alan Redpath said, “We need men so possessed by the Spirit of God that God can think His thoughts through our minds, that He can plan His will through our actions, that He can direct His strategy of world evangelization through His Church.”

Jesus continues telling the disciples of why He will send the Holy Spirit to them after He returns to Heaven. He says, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” There was a lot more that Jesus wanted to tell the disciples, but He did not want to give them too much information all at once. They were barely able to process what Jesus had already told them in the last few hours. We have spent dozens of messages deciphering what He meant.

Instead of telling the disciples everything that He wants to tell them at the moment, Jesus would send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit — the Spirit of truth — would guide the disciples into all truth. Remember, Jesus is the truth. So, the Holy Spirit’s process of guiding the disciples into truth was simply a way for them to get more “into” Jesus — to learn more about Him, to know more about His purpose.

That is why the Holy Spirit does not speak of himself, but of the Son; just as the Son did not speak of Himself, but of the Father. Jesus came to show the world the true nature of God. And the Holy Spirit came to continue to show believers the true nature of Jesus’ work.

This is why we must guard against those who say they accept what Jesus said, but not what the other New Testament writers said as though they were less than inspired. The truth is that the New Testament writers expound on and explain many of the things that Jesus only hinted at. For example, it was the Holy Spirit who revealed to the disciples that the Church was not for the Jews only, but for Gentiles as well. It was the Holy Spirit who revealed to the early Christians that many of the ritualistic Jewish customs were no longer binding under the New Covenant. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would not have made the progress it has made for the glory of God.

While most theologians consider the Bible to be “closed canon” — meaning that the revelation that the Holy Spirit gave to the Bible writers is complete and that nothing will be added to the Word of God — there is no denying the fact that the Holy Spirit still carries out the task of guiding believers into truth today. We are confronted with lies and Satanic deception that first-century believers did not contend with. The Holy Spirit serves as a guide and a guard to our hearts and minds letting us know when something that is being taught by the world, the devil, or false teachers in the church is not in line with the truth of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Jesus said, “whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” This is why we are not afraid of or deceived by the devil’s tricks. The Holy Spirit delivers messages directly from Jesus that apply to our present situation, enabling us to stand tall in the face of Satanic opposition. Knowing what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and in the church, we ought to say with the songwriter:

Come Holy Spirit, move on me.
By your anointing, set me free
Pour out new wine on this heart of mine.
Come Holy Spirit, move on me.

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.

Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 264)

spiritual-warfare


TEXT: John 16:7-11:

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

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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 264.

Marcus Dods said, “The world and its prince will be judged. To adhere to them rather than to Christ is to cling to a doomed cause, a sinking ship.”

We have looked at two of the ways in which the Holy Spirit works in the world. First, it convicts man of sin. Second, it convinces the world of its own unrighteousness and of Jesus’ righteousness. The third way in which the Holy Spirit works in the world has to do with the ruler of the world system. Jesus says the Holy Spirit will reprove, convict, and convince the world “of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

Satan thought he had won a great victory by putting Jesus on trial before the Jews and the Romans. But, in actuality, it was he himself who was being judged. Satan’s plan to keep control of the world by killing Jesus was put to the test and found wanting because, by Jesus’ death and resurrection, Satan’s rule was broken and he was defeated. Satan was the one who walked away from that fight with his head down and his hands bound.

However, Satan still roams the earth seeking to deceive and enslave mankind. What he doesn’t tell sinful man is that he is already defeated. He is a criminal, his sentence has already been passed, and he is awaiting execution. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in. The Holy Spirit seeks to convince man of Satan’s judgment. He seeks to show sinful men that they are now following a leader who has already lost the war.

At the end of the American Revolutionary War, communication methods were so slow that several battles were fought between the Americans and the British after the British had surrendered in Yorktown. These battles, no matter the outcome, were of no consequence because the British had already been defeated. However, the soldiers in the field didn’t know that yet. They wouldn’t know until a messenger came and told them that the war was over.

In the spiritual realm, the Holy Spirit is that messenger communicating to man that the devil has lost and that God has won. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck said, “People in rebellion should take note of Satan’s defeat and fear the Lord who holds the power to judge. As the fact of coming judgment is proclaimed, the Spirit convicts people and prepares them for salvation.”

Christians today can go forward in the power of the Holy Spirit, knowing that we are led by the victorious Christ, with a mission to get others to join the winning side.

One day, we all can sing along to the hymn by W. Chatterton Dix:

Hallelujah! Sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne;
Hallelujah! His the triumph,
his the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus, out of every nation,
has redeemed us by his blood.

You can join the winning side today by accepting 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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