How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #395 titled, “How to Face the Inevitable –Your Death” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

I have found that one can tell how a person values life by his estimation of death. I once talked with a man who had never given serious thought to death until it was discovered that he had cancer. “Immediately my entire world changed,” he said. “The things I valued most became worthless, and the things that I thought were of little value are now the most important things in the world to me.”

GETTING READY FOR ETERNITY

Physical life is a possession that we all cling to, and yet we know we must all sooner or later bow to death. It enters the home of the rich as boldly as it enters the apartment in the projects. It brings down the final curtain as swiftly on the famous as it does on the unknown. Before this year ends, many people listening to this podcast will keep their appointment with death.

There are many who say, “I believe in life after death, but I’m not concerned about crossing that bridge until I get to it.” How strange that people should spend years preparing for retirement and not take so much as five minutes to prepare to meet God Continue reading “How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)”

From Blessing to Testing, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 84 / Day 451 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:1-4:

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 84, day 451 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Matthew Henry said, “We have no sufficient strength of our own. All our sufficiency is of God. We should stir up ourselves to resist temptations in a reliance upon God’s all-sufficiency and the omnipotence of his might.”

The main thrust of the devil’s tempting of Jesus Christ revolved around Satan’s desire to get Jesus to circumvent God’s will, and that is essentially what he tries to do to all of us. He will put something before us that we desire — it may even be something good — but it is something that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen not to give us at the present time. Satan will say, “If you do things my way, you can have this.”

The first temptation that Jesus is hit with is one that preys on His physical needs. The devil came to Him at the end of a forty day fast. He said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Now, we must note that in the Greek, Satan’s expression “if” is not meant to convey uncertainty. He knew who Jesus was. His words are actually conditional: It would be better translated, “Since you are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Now, there is nothing wrong in Jesus making bread for Himself to eat. He miraculously provided food for others multiple times during His ministry. The sin here is that it is not, at this time, in God’s will for Jesus to eat. He is fasting for spiritual reasons, and it is God’s will that He go hungry for a little while longer.

This is how the devil often gets to us. He will offer us the means to meet our physical needs — food, money, clothes, etc. But those means will be outside of God’s will. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “When we put our physical needs ahead of our spiritual needs, we sin. When we allow circumstances to dictate our actions, instead of following God’s will, we sin. Jesus could have turned the stones into bread, but He would have been exercising His powers independently of the Father, and He came to obey the Father.”

How did Jesus nip this temptation in the bud? He used the Word of God, saying, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus knew that our existence — much more, His existence — is not dependent on natural food. We are spiritual beings. Even if our physical bodies waste away, we will still exist. Our true sustenance is spiritual matter in the form of the Word of God and the eternal life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. Knowing this, even if our bodies are at risk in service to God, we can be at peace if we are in obedience to Him because the condition of our bodies does not dictate our standing with the Lord. Charles Dyer said, “Obedience and humble submission to God might sometimes involve temporary hardship, but those times are designed to help remind us that obedience to God’s Word is more important than personal comfort.”

Let us all follow Jesus’ example when we are next faced with a temptation to bypass the will of God in order to satisfy our physical needs.

Daniel S. Warner wrote:

We remember well how the Savior was tempted;
Tempted and tried in the gloomy wilderness;
But He firmly stood, and the foe He defeated;
And we too will win if His Word we confess.

The apostle says, “Ye indeed will be tempted,”
If ye endure, it will yield a golden store;
Then we’ll praise the Lord, in whom we have trusted,
For the end of temptation evermore.

If we suffer here, in the name of the Master,
He’ll take us home if we’re firm unto the end;
So we’ll never fear when assailed by the tempter—
For the Savior’s home is just around the bend.

If you are ready to be empowered to resist temptation by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Blessing to Testing, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 81 / Day 448 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:1-4:

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 80, day 447 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Henry Ward Beecher said, “All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “From the high and holy experience of blessing at the Jordan, Jesus was led into the wilderness for testing. Jesus was not tempted so that the Father could learn anything about His Son, for the Father had already given Jesus His divine approval. Jesus was tempted so that every creature in heaven, on earth, or under the earth might know that Jesus Christ is the Conqueror. He exposed Satan and his tactics, and He defeated Satan. Because of His victory, we can have victory over the tempter. Just as the first Adam met Satan, so the Last Adam met the enemy. Adam met Satan in a beautiful Garden, but Jesus met him in a terrible wilderness. Adam had everything he needed, but Jesus was hungry after forty days of fasting. Adam lost the battle and plunged humanity into sin and death. But Jesus won the battle and went on to defeat Satan in more battles, culminating in His final victory on the cross.”

After being announced to the world as the beloved Son of God, a strange thing happened to Jesus. He left the public eye and went into the wilderness where He was tempted by the devil. This passage is of special importance to believers because, as we look at how the Lord handled temptation, it provides us the best insight possible on how we ought to handle temptation ourselves. Jesus, of course, never sinned but, apparently, as a man in a flesh and blood body, He could be tempted, and He always chose to say no to the temptation. Craig S. Keener wrote, “This narrative underlines the biblical principle that God’s called must be tested. The Spirit, having empowered Jesus for his mission as God’s Son, now is the one who leads him into the wilderness where his call must be tested. Like most of his heroic predecessors in biblical history (Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Job), Jesus had to pass a period of testing before beginning his public ministry. Some of his predecessors almost snapped under pressure, restrained only by God’s favor, but our Lord Jesus provides the perfect model for triumphing over temptation.” His example is instructive to us today.

First, notice that Jesus’ temptation came when He was doing His Father’s will. The Bible says, “Jesus was led of the spirit into the wilderness.” Jesus didn’t go into the wilderness with the intention of being tempted; He went to fast and pray for forty days and forty nights. But, while He was doing this good work in preparation for His ministry, the devil came to tempt Him, and that is what He does to us as well. We may not expect it, but when we are most engaged in doing what God has called us to do, that is when the devil will try to take us down.

Second, we see that Jesus knew ahead of time that He would be tempted. Matthew tells us that “the Spirit” led him into the wilderness “to be tempted.” Of course, being God and knowing all things, Jesus was not surprised. He expected it. But we know that temptation will happen to us as well because God has told us so in His Word. The Bible tells us to expect “divers [that is, many and varied] temptations,” temptations of all kinds. Second Corinthians 2:11 says we should not let “Satan get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” If you are not aware of his devices, then you need to start reading your Bible. We ought not to be shocked when we are tempted. If it happened to Jesus, it most certainly will happen to us.

Third, we see that the devil often strikes when we are at a weak point emotionally, mentally, or physically. The tempter came to Jesus “when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “The Lord quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to defeat Satan. Feeding on and obeying God’s Word is more important than consuming physical food. In fact, it is our food.”

The devil didn’t come to Jesus at the high point of the baptism; he came when Jesus was at a weak point physically. And he will often do the same to us. He will exploit illness, depression, financial strain, marital problems, or the loss of a loved one. He will try to tell us, ‘If you did it my way, you wouldn’t have any problems.’ Or, he will say, ‘Look at what you get for serving God. How’s that working out for you?’ Many Christians have fallen on the battlefield, simply because Satan kicked them when they were already down.

Those of us who are followers of Christ already have the tools we need to triumph over temptation. We must take heed to His example and refuse to let the devil trick us into bending to his will.

Herman G. Stuempfle wrote:

Jesus, tempted in the desert, lonely, hungry, filled with dread;
“Use thy power,” the tempter tells him; “Turn these barren rocks to bread!”
“Not alone by bread,” he answers, “Can the human heart be filled.
Only by the Word that calls us is our deepest hunger stilled!”

Jesus, tempted at the temple, high above its ancient wall:
“Throw yourself from lofty turret; angels wait to break your fall!”
Jesus shuns such empty marvels, feats that fickle crowds request;
God, whose grace protects, preserves us, we must never vainly test.”

Jesus, tempted on the mountain by the lure of vast domain:
“Fall before me! Be my servant! Glory, fame, you’re sure to gain!”
Jesus sees the dazzling vision, turns his eyes another way:
“God alone deserves our homage! God alone will I obey!”

When we face temptation’s power, lonely, struggling, filled with dread,
Christ, who knew the tempter’s hour, come and be our living bread.
By your grace, protect, preserve us lest we fall, your trust betray.
Yours, above all other voices, be the Word we hear, obey.

If you are ready to be empowered to resist temptation by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus 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.

———-

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.

———-

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)

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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.

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 236)

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TEXT: John 15:1-2

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

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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 236.

Joseph Parker said, “Humans need Jesus Christ as a necessity and not as a luxury. You may be pleased to have flowers, but you must have bread…. Jesus is not a phenomenon, He is bread: Christ is not a curiosity, He is water. As surely as we cannot live without bread, we cannot live truly without Christ: If we know not Christ we are not living, our movement is a mechanical flutter, our pulse is but the stirring of an animal life.”

In the continuation of His discourse with His disciples before He is arrested to be crucified, Jesus now turns his attention to how He and the Father will interact with the disciples during His physical absence. Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”

The vine is a metaphor that everyone in Israel would be familiar with. Grapes, a fruit for which the land of Palestine was well-known, grew on the vine. A good crop of grapes was considered a sign of prosperity and well-being. Jesus takes this metaphor and applies it to himself and the union between His disciples and the Heavenly Father. Every Christian living today is also a part of this vine.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe describes this relationship thusly: “The vines I saw in the Holy Land were large and strong, and it was next to impossible for anyone to break off a mature branch without injuring the vine itself. Our union with Christ is a living union, so we may bear fruit; a loving union, so that we may enjoy Him, and a lasting union, so that we need not be afraid.”

While the concept of the vine was familiar to the disciples, the idea of Jesus being a vine was new to the disciples. It is significant that Jesus says, “My Father is the husbandman.” The husbandman is the person who is in charge of the vine. He plants the seed, checks on its growth, prunes bad growth or unfruitful branches, and then, in season, he collects the harvest.

The fact that Jesus tells us His Father is the husbandman ties this chapter in with the previous one where Jesus said He was going to the cross out of love and obedience to the Father. Just as the Father was in charge of Jesus’ life on earth, the Father will be in charge of the disciples’ lives on earth. Just as Jesus loved God and obeyed God, the disciples were commanded to love God and obey God.

This revelation is significant for two reasons:

First, Jesus is leaving physically, but the disciples are staying behind. The fact that they are “branches” in the vine indicate that they are an outgrowth of Jesus Christ. They are an extension of Him. They are, as C.S. Lewis put it, “little Christs.” An apple tree produces more apples. A tomato vine produces more tomatoes. So, must the Christ-vine produce more little Christs. The disciples could be encouraged knowing that, even though Jesus was gone physically, they were a part of something much bigger than themselves.

The second reason why this news is significant is because, this was Jesus’ first act of turning the disciples over to God. To this point, the disciples only knew God through Jesus Christ. Now, they would begin to know God directly as He began to work in their lives (made possible, of course, only because of Jesus’ sacrifice). This was a growth phase for the disciples. Just as a tree grows from a tiny sapling into a many-branched tree, the disciples would grow up from their step-by-step training with Jesus into full faith in God.

One hymnwriter put it this way —

He’s the vine and we’re the branches,
We should ever abide in Him,
And He should always abide with us
As the flow of life within.

As we hear His instant speaking,
He’s the rich indwelling Word;
To abide we must be faithful
To the speaking that we’ve heard.

Oh, how precious this abiding,
Oh, how intimate and sweet;
As the fruit of life is added,
And our joy is made complete.

Jesus wants you to be a part of His vine and to place your life under God’s control today. Here is how you can do that right now.

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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 22 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 235)

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TEXT: John 14:29-31

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

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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 235.

Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf said, “Do you think it was self-denial for the Lord Jesus to come down from heaven to rescue a world: Was it self-denial? No, it was love — love that swallows up everything, and first of all self.”

As this portion of Jesus’ last few hours alive draws to a close, Jesus highlights the reason why He is going through with His sacrifice on the cross. It is not because the Jews will demand His death. It is not because the Romans will nail Him to a cross. It is not because Satan is coming to drag Him away to His death. It is not because Judas has forced His hand through betrayal.

It is because of the reason given in verse 31: “That the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so do I.”

Jesus loved the Father and would be obedient to Him unto the end. The disciples knew that Jesus loved the Father; Jesus had tried to impart that love to them throughout His life and ministry. Just as the disciples’ love for Jesus would be shown through their obedience, Jesus’ love for His Father would be shown through His obedience to the Father’s command.

The Father’s commandment was for Him to lay down His life for the salvation of the world. If someone, even God, told you to lay down your life for someone else, would you do it? If you loved that person dearly, you might consider it. But what if God told you to suffer the death penalty for a serial killer? Would you do that? Jesus did. That is what it meant for Him to be obedient to the Father’s command.

In Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” a small American farming town of about 300 people holds an annual drawing to ensure a good harvest. Every family must write their name on a slip of paper and put it in a box. The next day, the drawing is held and a family is selected. The head of household, Bill Hutchinson, takes the slip of paper with his family’s name on it. Then a second-round drawing is held and one person above 16 years of age in that family is selected. Bill’s wife, Tessie, is picked. The townsfolk pick up stones and stone her to death, sacrificing her, they believe, to ensure a good crop. When Mrs. Jackson published that story in The New Yorker in 1948, many readers were so appalled by it that they sent hate mail and cancelled their subscriptions for several months.

We can easily identify with how those readers felt regarding the unfairness of that situation, not to mention the false, superstitious beliefs of the townsfolk. While Mrs. Jackson never claimed to be a Christian, some critics have recognized Christian symbolism in her story. One can imagine God looking down from the towers of eternity across the vast plain of history past and future, searching for a suitable sacrifice to save fallen humanity. Having found none, He turns to His own Son and gives Him the commandment to lay down His life for the good of the world.

Rodney A. Whitacre said, “The cross itself will demonstrate what everything else in Jesus’ life has also testified — that he loves the Father and is obedient to him. Here is a manifestation for the world that is meant for the salvation of the world. The cross is both God’s judgment and his evangelism, and both are expressions of his love.”

Just as Tessie was stoned to death by the people for the good of the people, Jesus Christ allowed himself to be put to death by the people for the good of the people. Of course, Jesus went to the cross willingly because He loved His Father. Later, the world would look on Jesus’ willing act of sacrifice and marvel at the love, the sacrifice, and the obedience of the only begotten Son of God. Thus, at the end of this part of their discussion, Jesus tells His disciples, “Arise, let us go hence.” ‘The time for talk is over. Let me walk this path of obedience, love, and sacrifice.’

Isaac Watts wrote:

Alas, and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut His glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man, His creature’s sin.

That is why Jesus went to the cross… because He loved God and because they both loved the world and desired to save it from sin.

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.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 21 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 234)

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TEXT: John 14:29-31

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

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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 234.

Max Lucado said, “If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did.”

From verse 29, we talked about the fact that Jesus was in control of everything that was happening around Him. Jesus further asserts His control in verse 30.

First, Jesus says, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you.” In other words, the time for discourse is almost over. Soon, there will be action, although, as we will see from the next few chapters, Jesus still had a lot to say to the disciples. The contents of those chapters appear to have been compressed into the space of a few hours — at the last supper, after the last supper, on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, and then while Jesus and the disciples were in the Garden before Jesus went to pray alone.

Jesus’ warning that He would not spend time talking with them much longer would have served to get the disciples to sit up and pay attention to whatever Jesus would say next.

Now, Jesus says, “For the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” The prince of this world is Satan. And Satan was coming. Like Jesus, Satan felt as though he were in control. He felt as though Jesus was on the edge of a cliff, and all it would take was a little push to send Him over the edge. The Jewish religious leaders had made it clear they wanted Him dead. The Romans were poised to crush any disturbances in the city. Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples, had betrayed him. The remaining disciples were scared and worried, and they would prove useless in the hours ahead. All of this, not to mention the massive Satanic spiritual presence in the city at that moment.

Satan felt he had Jesus isolated, all alone. But, Jesus said, “the Prince of this world hath nothing in me.” What did he mean? The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “Satan was moving his forces against Jesus. And yet Satan had no hold on Jesus. Sin leads to death, and sin and death give Satan a hold over people. But since Jesus is sinless, Satan cannot claim Him for his kingdom of darkness.” Satan had strings on the Romans, on the Jews, on Judas, even on the other disciples. But he had no strings on Jesus.

Perhaps Satan thought he had a chance to pull Jesus down because He was in flesh as any other man at this moment. Many men have broken under the weight of isolation, betrayal, opposition, and Satanic oppression. But, not Jesus. Satan thought, since Jesus had refused to bow to him three years prior, that if he could engineer Jesus’ death now, he would win. But he was mistaken.

Jesus was not dragged to His death, an unwilling victim. He went willingly, in complete control of His own person. He permitted the actions of the Romans, the Jews, Judas, and the disciples. Jesus could have stopped them. He could have stepped in and brought Satan’s plans to a screeching halt — but that would have only handed Satan the victory that he wanted, and Jesus would go home a failed Messiah.

Every time Jesus turned around , it seemed as if the deck was being stacked against him. That every one who had said they loved Him was leaving Him, betraying Him, denying Him, or growing too afraid to do anything about the present situation. But Jesus pressed on. He continued on His path to the cross. He never gave up because He loved you and me.

One hymn puts it like this:

Just before His trial, Jesus entered dark Gethsemane;
Leaving eight outside, he took Peter and two sons of Zebedee.
Oh, the anguish in the garden, as again He left the three;
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

See Him praying, hear him groaning; death sweeps over Him like a flood;
“Let this cup pass from me, Father”—sweat runs down as drops of blood!
“Not my will, Lord, I will drink it: let Thy will be done in me.”
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

Now He marches to Golgotha, scourged and thorn-crowned on the road;
Bears the cross upon His shoulder, sinks beneath the heavy load!
Mocked, reviled, by friends forsaken—all for you, and all for me—
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

Jesus did not give up on making sure that salvation was made available to you. Will you receive the free gift that He offers out of love? Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 16 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 16)

Tim Lahaye said, “You have just read the most awesome passage found anywhere in the Bible. It is the sobering truth of our ultimate encounter with God. The story is told of the great statesman Daniel Webster, toward the twilight of his life, attending a luncheon meeting with some younger government leaders. The chairman of the group turned to Webster and asked, ‘What is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your head?’ Quick as a flash Daniel Webster replied, ‘My accountability to God.’ Nowhere is one’s accountability to God more clearly defined than in this passage of Scripture.”

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at ten of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of multiple torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
8. The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest.
9. The Lake of Fire is a place where the fire never goes out.
10. The Lake of Fire is a place prepared for the devil and his angels.

Today, I call your attention to the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place where there are degrees of punishment, but no mercy.

The Scriptural foundation for this truth is primarily found right here in Revelation 20. Verse 12 says that when the dead stand before God, ‘the books will be opened: and another book will be opened, which is the book of life: and the dead will be judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works.” Verse 13 also says that the dead who do not accept Christ are “judged every man according to their works.”

The idea of levels of punishment in Hell was popularized in the Middle Ages in Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the epic poem, there are nine concentric circles, each one containing a harsher punishment for more heinous sins. The outermost circle was reserved for virtuous unbelievers and the innermost circle for Satan and others who committed acts of treachery.

The passage in Revelation is not the only place where judgment according to works is taught. Hank Hanegraaff said, “The canon of Scripture ratifies the common-sense notion that not all sins are created equal. To think a murderous thought is sin; to carry that thought to its logical conclusion is a far graver sin. Every sin is an act of rebellion against a holy God, but some sins carry far more serious consequences than others and thus receive severer punishment in this life and the next. Indeed, according to Scripture the torment of Hitler’s hell will greatly exceed that of the less wicked.”

Jesus Himself espoused this idea in His teachings. He told the Pharisees that they would be punished more severely than others for their willful refusal to believe. He said that the cities of Tyre and Sidon would have a more bearable punishment than the cities of Cho-ra-zin and Bethsaida, both of which refused to believe on Him after He had worked great miracles there. He also told Pilate that the Jews who delivered Him up to be crucified had committed “the greater sin.”

The first set of “books” referred to in Revelation are most likely the books which record all of the actions of human beings — good and bad. Everything you and I have ever done — be it good or bad, significant or insignificant, secret or out in the open — is recorded in Heaven. These books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgment in order to bring the charge of sin against the living dead. Although those who end up at the Great White Throne Judgment will go to the Lake of Fire, the books are consulted in order to determine the intensity of the punishment given to each individual. God is fair. He will not punish those who commit lesser sins in the same way He punishes those responsible for great atrocities such as men of Isis and Hitler.

Of course, this does not make Hell any less of a terrible place. Whatever level of punishment a person receives, it will be painful and eternal. There will be no mercy, and the punishment will never end. Don’t think that you can “take” the punishment in Hell. Instead of bargaining to get as little punishment as possible, why not place your faith and trust in Christ today, and strive for greater rewards in Heaven.

Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can completely avoid the Lake of Fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you 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 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.”

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