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Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 4 (Praying Through the Bible #253)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 (verses 14-15 here):

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

— PRAYER —

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 252 messages in this series.

This is message #253 titled, Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 4.

In this passage, Paul has soundly admonished us regarding the use of gifts in the church. He has underscored, again and again, the main reason for which these gifts should be used. That reason is edification. As he continues in this vein, he uses another word that makes the meaning of this teaching even clearer. That word is “understanding.” We all know what it means to understand something. We desire clear, understandable communication in our workplace, in our families, from those who are training us, from our government, and from the media. We don’t like it when things are confusing, when people talk out of both sides of their mouth, when you hear one thing but the person speaking says they meant another. Why should it be any different in the church?

Dr. Warren Wiersbe comments, “Eight times in this section, Paul used the word understanding. It is not enough for the minister to impart information to people; the people must receive it if it is to do them any good. The seed that is received in the good ground is the seed that bears fruit, but this means that there must be an understanding of the Word of God. If a believer wants to be edified, he must prepare his heart to receive the Word.” I hope you go to church intending to, not just hear, but understand what is being prayed, preached, and sung.

What does this understanding look like in reality? How can we reconcile speaking in tongues with edification and understanding. Paul applies his teaching to three specific scenarios, the first of which we will look at today. The first scenario in which understanding is necessary is that of personal prayer. Paul writes, “If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” We see here that Paul allows for the possibility that someone could pray in a tongue that they do not know — whether it is a special prayer language, another earthly language, or even the language of heaven.

We must also note here that the “spirit” Paul refers to is not the Holy Spirit, but rather the human spirit. If you listen to a song that you like, and the song makes you feel happy and swept up in joy, that is your human spirit reacting, not necessarily the Holy Spirit. That is what Paul is talking about here. If a person prays in tongues, the activity of their spirit may cause them to feel as though they have had an encounter with God. But, we cannot base our actions on feelings. The special feeling that may come after praying in tongues will fade. What will you be left with then? How will you direct your life? In these instances, you need understanding.

Paul says in verse 15, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.” If you pray in tongues — if your spirit communicates with God in a way your mind cannot grasp — make sure you pray for God to give you understanding. It is not wrong to pray in the spirit, but you must have an understanding of what you are saying. (You don’t have to worry about what God is saying; He will make plain what He wants you to know.) You must consciously make the choice to include your mind in the process of prayer. Or else, as The Clark Sisters sang, “all your praying will be in vain.”

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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.

Pray for the Peace of America: Also a Response to President Trump’s Speech On the National Day of Prayer and his Signing of an Executive Order Ensuring Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech for Christians and All People in America


TEXT: Jeremiah 29:7:

Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

In 1775, when America was in its birth throes, the Continental Congress called for a national day of “public humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In 1863, when our nation was in the midst of a conflict that threatened to leave it irreconcilably shattered, President Abraham Lincoln called the nation to a national day of prayer. In 1952, having recognized the significance of prayer throughout our nation’s history, Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event; the bill was signed into law by President Harry Truman. Since then, every president has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

This year, I want to say thank you to President Trump for not only signing the proclamation, but holding a public event at the White House to mark the National Day of Prayer. It is great when our government leaders not only acknowledge God in private, but set an example before the whole nation by doing so in public. As God declared in Proverbs 8:15-16, “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”

On behalf of Christians in America and around the world, I would also like to thank President Trump for signing an executive order promoting religious freedom and free speech. Before the signing, Trump said, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore. No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.” This is good news for Christians in America who have been sued, fined, and even jailed for speaking up for and abiding by Biblical beliefs.

However, we must not let the actions of today cause us to let our guard down. Our real enemies are not people of other political parties or worldviews who wish to silence believers. America, as great as she is, is not Heaven where God’s law is the only law. Our real enemy is the devil, and as long as we continue to preach biblical truth, America (and every country) will always be a hostile land. As such, we must do as God told the children of Israel to do when they were taken to Babylon. Jeremiah said, “Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”

We ought to pray for the peace of America — not just her peace in relation to outside threats, but her peace in relation to her greatest threats — the ones that come from her own people. If America perishes, it will be not because of foreign assault, but because we, as a people, did not humble ourselves before God, confess our sins, and commit to obeying Him and loving one another. We ought to pray that all people will abide by the principles of tolerance and free speech, and we ought to abide by such principles ourselves. We ought to shine a light in this country through the sharing of the Gospel and through Christ-like behavior. If we pray for our country and work for her peace by inviting people to get to know the Prince of Peace, America can once again become a shining city on a hill.

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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.

LISTEN: Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #229 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #229)

TEXT: Acts 16:16-26

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

— PRAYER —

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 228 messages in this series.

This is message #229 titled, Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3.

As we return to this passage, we find Paul and Silas in the midst of their midnight hour. In our last message, we explored the fact that many of God’s servants experience the midnight hour. We specifically mentioned David, Elijah, and Jesus Himself. However, there were others. For example, Joseph who was thrown in prison for doing the right thing and refusing to get involved sexually with his boss’s wife. And then there is John the Baptist who was also thrown in prison for telling King Herod that it was unlawful for him to have his brother’s wife. It was during his midnight hour that John began to have questions about Jesus being the promised Messiah. He wanted to know if He was truly the light of the world because his own situation was turning out to be so dark.

So, it is no unusual thing for God’s people to experience the midnight hour. It is not odd to find Paul and Silas chained in the inner prison with their feet in the stocks simply because they had preached the Gospel and cast the devil out of a demon-possessed slave girl. While they were in their midnight hour, Paul and Silas decided to pray and praise God. Their action is significant for three reasons that apply to us in our midnight hour.

First, even though Paul and Silas were experiencing a midnight hour, God was not experiencing a midnight hour. These servants knew that their God was not in prison. Their God did not have His hands tied or His feet in the stocks. Their being restricted did not mean God was restricted. Too often, when we feel powerless, we act as though God is also powerless. In reality, it is more likely that God has allowed us to be stripped of the power that we think we have so that He can show us His true power. Jerry Salley and Steven Curtis Chapman wrote:

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on.
Raised in His power, the weak become strong.

We can only know the power that he holds
When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
His strength will begin when ours comes to an end
He will hear our humble cry and prove Himself again

You can pray and praise God in your midnight hour because, no matter what situation you are in, God remains all powerful.

Second, you ought to pray and praise God in your midnight hour because God may have put you there to minister to others. The Bible tells us that as “Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God, the prisoners heard them.” It is not only God’s children who experience the midnight hour, but people who do not know God experience the midnight hour as well. It is significant that the prisoners heard Paul and Silas praying and praising God. What an encouragement it must have been to them. What an example these two imprisoned apostles set.

The world is looking at us when we go through our midnight hours. They want to see if the God we say we serve really makes a difference during our dark times. Chelsea Patterson said, “When we respond to suffering well, we practically demonstrate to the unbelieving world that God is more glorious and precious to us than any pain and difficulty we might endure. We have the opportunity to show where and in whom we find our true treasure. By placing our ultimate hope in Christ rather than in the temporary things of this world, God receives the glory.” God may have put you in the midnight hour so that you could be an encouragement to others in similar circumstances.

Joseph was called to minister to his fellow prisoners while he was wrongfully imprisoned. Instead of moping and complaining, he set a godly example so much so that the jailer entrusted him with the keeping of the prison. His integrity and good example won him the favor of the other prisoners and they felt comfortable turning to him for help with personal matters.

David also ministered to others in his midnight hour. The Bible says that, as the future king was hiding in caves while on the run from Saul, “every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them.” David provided leadership for people who did not know what to do with their lives. Out of their collective midnight experience came David’s 400 “mighty men” who served him throughout his reign.

Instead of focusing only on getting out of your predicament, consider how you can be a help, a blessing, an example, and an encouragement to others going through a midnight hour as well.

Third, realize that God may be using your midnight hour to demonstrate His power and display His glory. As Paul and Silas were praying and praising God, the Bible says that “suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” God sometimes takes our midnight situations and uses them to show His glory. When His power is displayed, He is glorified not only by those who know Him already, but also by those who do not know Him. Paul and Silas’ fellow prisoners realized that the God these two men prayed to was real and omnipotent. God may be getting ready to use your midnight hour in a similar way. He may be planning to show those around you who He is and that He is working on your behalf.

Erwin Lutzer said, ‘Suffering is a divine gift in your life, coming from God’s hand for God’s purposes. It’s a gift you shouldn’t resent. It’s a gift you shouldn’t be angry. You must learn to see the larger picture of what God has in mind for His glory and for His honor. That’s the agenda. Sometimes it is in the setbacks of life that we see God’s glory most clearly. We can embrace our circumstances because, at the end, nothing else matters except His glory.’

Dear friend, don’t curse your midnight hour. You might not be able to move forward at the present moment, but rest assured, God is always on the move. Even in your midnight hour, He is working out His perfect plan and purpose for you.

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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.

Prayer and Warfare, Part 6 (Onward Christian Soldiers #122)

Our key Bible verse is John 14:14: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our lesson today is titled “Prayer and Warfare, Part 6”

First, allow me to share with you this quote from Rick Warren regarding the word of God: “God’s Word is unlike any other word. It is alive. Jesus said, ‘The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ When God speaks, things change. Everything around you — all of creation — exists because ‘God said it.’ He spoke it all into existence. Without God’s Word you would not even be alive. James points out, ‘Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.’ The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever! We cannot live without the Word of God! Never take it for granted. You should consider it as essential to your life as food. Job said, ‘I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.'”

The great thing to remember in our warfare with Satan is this: SATAN IS DEFEATED! We don’t have to defeat Satan—Christ has already defeated him at Calvary.

Though Satan is defeated, he has not yet been cast into the lake of fire. For the time being, he is free, and he is working as hard as ever to keep unsaved people in his kingdom.

As God’s servants, you and I are to proclaim the gospel to the unsaved and to deliver them from Satan’s power.

The Lord Jesus said that if you want to take goods from the house of a strong man, you must first bind the strong man. Satan is “the strong man,” and his “goods” are the people he holds in his power. If we are to deliver people from Satan’s power, we must first “bind” his power.

How do we “bind” Satan’s power? We bind Satan’s power by claiming Christ’s victory of Calvary. Now we come to a very important question: How do we make Christ’s victory our victory? We make His victory our victory by CLAIMING IT!

Christ paid for your sins on the cross, but you were not saved until you claimed it. Just so, you must claim Christ’s victory over Satan. You can do this by praying: “Holy Father God, I do not have any strength or power in this matter, but You do, based upon what Your Holy Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ did upon Calvary. I humbly claim the victory Jesus won on Calvary over Satan in this matter.”

When you pray this prayer, you are saying, “Lord, I can’t deal with this situation, but You can. You are victorious over all the power of Satan, and I am claiming Your victory in this matter.” As we claim the victory of Calvary, Christ binds the power of Satan.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

Prayer and Warfare, Part 5 (Onward Christian Soldiers #121)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible verse is John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Continue reading

Prayer and Warfare, Part 4 (Onward Christian Soldiers #120)

Our key Bible verse is John 14:14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Our lesson today is titled “Prayer and Warfare, Part 4”

Although, in the words of John R. Rice, “Prayer is simply asking and receiving,” it also involves these three elements — (1) communion, (2) petition, and (3) intercession.

Does God Always Answer Prayer?

Yes, God always answers our prayers with a yes, a no or a wait. There are two conditions which we must meet if we want God to answer our prayers in the affirmative:

1. We must be “on praying ground.”

This means that our life must be pleasing to God. God does not answer the prayers of disobedient Christians. But He delights to answer the prayers of those whose lives are pleasing to Him. The Bible says in 1 John 3:21-22, “Beloved, if our heart [our conscience] condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

When our prayers are not answered, we should ask ourselves, “Is there anything in my life that is hindering God from answering my prayers in the affirmative?” The great hindrances to prayer are: (1) sin, (2) selfishness, (3) unforgiveness, (4) unbelief, and (5) doubt. These things give Satan a foothold in our life, and God will not hear our prayers.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

2. We must pray in the will of God.

If we ask God for something that is not in accordance with His will, He will not give it to us. We should be very grateful for this, because we do not always know what is best for us. A little boy might ask his father for a razor or a sharp knife, but the father loves his child and he knows that this would bring suffering to him, so he does not grant his child’s reques in the affirmative.

The greatest prayer we can pray to God is, “Your will be done.” This shows that we are trusting God’s love and His wisdom. We can ask for the things we want, but in all of our prayers we should pray, “Your will be done.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

Prayer and Warfare, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #118)

Onward Christian Soldiers


Our key Bible verse is John 14:14: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

In our last lesson, we answered the questions: (1) What is prayer? (2) To whom do we pray? and (3) Why must we pray in Jesus’ name?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is our intercessor in Heaven. However, we not only have an intercessor in Heaven, but we also have an intercessor in our heart—the Holy Spirit. He helps us to pray. Many times we do not know God’s will about a matter, and therefore we do not know how to pray about it. But the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God, and He helps us to pray according to God’s will. The Bible says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us…”

Does prayer really influence God’s actions? Yes, it does! How do we know? Because God says so. The Lord Jesus said, “If ye ask anything in My name, I will do it.” In this verse, the Lord tells us plainly that His doing depends upon our asking. “If you ask…I will do.”

God is omnipotent—He can do anything He chooses to do. But God has chosen to use our prayers in accomplishing His work here on this earth. Do you see now why prayer is so important?

Prayer is not just asking God for things. There are three main forms of prayer: (1) communion, (2) petition, and (3) intercession.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

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