How to be Permanently Joyful Despite the Pain and Problems of Life (Gospel Light Minute X #400)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #400 titled, “How to be Permanently Joyful Despite the Pain and Problems of Life.” 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.

Pharrell’s famous song “Happy” may give you a feeling of momentary happiness while you are listening to it, but it will not keep you happy. For most people happiness depends on the happenings.

Are you a happy person? Fear and the guilt of sin can take away your happiness. You may wonder, “How can I be permanently happy? or, how can I be permanently cheerful and joyful?” The Holy Bible has a lot to say about having permanent joyfulness and cheerfulness even in the midst of pain and problems. Continue reading “How to be Permanently Joyful Despite the Pain and Problems of Life (Gospel Light Minute X #400)”

It Is Time for You to Meet the Greatest Friend of All Time (Gospel Light Minute X #391)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #391 titled, “It Is Time for You to Meet the Greatest Friend of All Time” 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.

Joseph Scriven wrote:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.
O, what peace we often forfeit
O, what needless pain we bear—
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

The man who wrote this nineteenth-century hymn was familiar with grief and loneliness. Scriven was engaged twice, and both times his bride-to-be died before the wedding. He fought depression all his life. It was after one bout with depression that he wrote the words to this song.

He could write those words because he had discovered the reality of friendship with Jesus Christ. Jesus understands our feelings because He lived on earth as a man. Jesus knows what it is like to be lonely. He suffered the pain of rejection and cruelty, and he felt hunger and thirst. The Bible describes Him as “a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”.

Yet Jesus did more than just sympathize with our troubles. The Bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”, and that “the wages of sin is death”. But God transferred our sin to Jesus Christ, His sinless Son, to make us right with God. Continue reading “It Is Time for You to Meet the Greatest Friend of All Time (Gospel Light Minute X #391)”

Do You Need to Obey The Ten Commandments to Go To Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #366)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #366 titled, “Do You Need to Obey The Ten Commandments to Go To Heaven?” 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.

There is a lot of confusion about the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. Many people believe that they must follow the Law so that they can go to Heaven, but the Bible does not say that!

God’s Book, the Bible, states in 1 Timothy 1:8, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;” The Ten Commandments are good if you use them the right way, but some people use them the wrong way. God never intended for us to keep them in an effort to go to Heaven. So why were the Ten Commandments given? Continue reading “Do You Need to Obey The Ten Commandments to Go To Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #366)”

How to Know God is Always With You Even When You Are Hurting (Gospel Light Minute X #348)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #348 titled, “How to Know God is Always With You Even When You Are Hurting ” 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.



Those of us who have lost a loved one to disease or have loved ones who are fighting an illness, or who dread its possible return, may sometimes feel as though we’re about to be overwhelmed with fear, or that God has abandoned us or doesn’t care about our battles. But God’s love for us is not wishful thinking. It is not a mirage in the desert of life on earth. Continue reading “How to Know God is Always With You Even When You Are Hurting (Gospel Light Minute X #348)”

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


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

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

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s pray.

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

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

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

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

How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 49 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #101)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


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

Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Polycarp said, “Let us, therefore, forsake the vanity of the crowd and their false teachings and turn back to the word delivered to us from the beginning, ‘watching unto prayer’ and continuing steadfast in fasting, beseeching fervently the all-seeing God “to lead us not into temptation, even as the Lord said, ‘The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God wants to get us to the place where we’d rather fast than feast; where we’d rather be unknown than known.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “A Japanese awakening began in 1900 as part of a decade-long intensive evangelistic campaign. Campaign organizers had called the evangelical church to prayer as preparation for the evangelistic effort. This prayer resulted in a revival in Japanese cities. The total membership of the churches almost doubled within the decade, despite the interruption of a war with Russia four years into the campaign.”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

We are looking at Acts 20:31 which reads, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears.”

This verse comes at the end of the book of Acts where Paul is giving his farewell message to the Elders of the Church at Ephesus. Paul is on his way back to Jerusalem where, apparently, he senses in his spirit that he will be arrested and taken to Rome. He knows that the time he has left as a free man in the Roman world is short. So, as part of his “farewell tour”, if you will, as he is sailing home from Macedonia, he stops at Miletus and calls for the Ephesian church elders to come to him.

In his speech, Paul reviews the evangelistic work that was done in their city. He recounts the persecution that he and others faced from the Jews. He said, “I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house.” He also speaks of his own immediate future, saying, “the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.” But Paul tells these church leaders not to worry because they are ready to carry on the work on their own. Why?

They will be ready if they “watch” for the things which Paul “ceased not to warn” them of “night and day with tears.” What did Paul warn them of? In verses 29-30, we read, “After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” This is what Paul wanted the Ephesian elders to watch for — false teachers from within and from without creeping into the church spreading false doctrine and drawing God’s people away from the truth.

Even today, we must watch for the same things that Paul told these believers to watch for. People, claiming to be preachers, have snuck into the church today and are drawing people away from unadulterated Scriptural truth. That is why we need watchmen — people who are aware of such threats and are on guard against them.

What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 11 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 136)

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TEXT: John 9:39-41

39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

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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 136.

F.F. Bruce said, “To be so self-deceived as to shut one’s eyes to the light is a desperate state to be in: the light is there, but if people refuse to avail themselves of it, but rather deliberately reject it, how can they be enlightened? As Jesus said, their sin remains.”

When the Pharisees heard the reason why Jesus had come into the world — “that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” — they got a little nervous. They apparently picked up that Jesus was speaking on a spiritual level, and so they wondered, “Are we blind also?”

Jesus responds, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin.” If the Jewish religious leaders were willing to admit that they were blind, then they could be cleansed of their sins and set free. That is the way it works for all of us. The first step to salvation is to admit to yourself and to God that you are a sinner. If you claim that you are not a sinner, like these Pharisees did, no one can help you. You will remain blind even though you say you can see.

Jesus continues, “But now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” The Pharisees would never admit to spiritual blindness. They would never say that they needed Jesus to open their eyes. Thus, they would never see themselves as sinners, and they would never be cleansed of their sins. Their sins would remain, and they would continue on the path that leads to the eternal punishment for sins. They would close their eyes in death and open their eyes in Hell. But, by then, it will be too late. There may even be people in Hell who will still refuse to admit their own wrongness in the face of God’s rightness.

If you want to be saved from your sins, you must admit to God and to yourself that you are a sinner. If you want your eyes to be opened to the truth of the spiritual realm, and the truth of who God is, you must admit that you are blind. That is the only way you can move from sin to salvation, and from death to eternal life. Will you make this admission today?

Here is how you can receive sight today by giving your life to Jesus Christ

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.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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.

What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 131)

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TEXT: John 9:26-34

26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

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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 131.

St. Augustine said, “I never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart.”

When the blind man refuses to answer the questions of the religious leaders — and instead asks them questions of his own — the religious leaders are deeply offended. None of the common people of that day would have dared to cross blades with the religious establishment. But, as we saw yesterday, this man’s encounter with Jesus had set him free. He knew that he did not have to be afraid of the religious leaders.

The formerly blind man responds to their outrage with another statement that highlights the absurdity of their position. He says, “Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.” The man points out that, for all their supposed religious knowledge, the religious leaders can’t even work out the simple matter of whether or not a man who healed blindness is of God or of the devil.

The blind man then turns into a theologian. He explains to the religious leaders, using the principles found in the Old Testament, how it is impossible for Jesus to be anything other than a man of God. Obviously, the miraculous healing of the blind man was an act of God. There was no medical explanation for it. The man says, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners.” In the mind of the formerly blind man, the person who had healed him had to have some kind of connection with God, so he could not be a “sinner.” The Jews believed that God would not hear the prayer of a sinner, ‘period’. So, this man knew that Jesus could not be such a person, as the religious leaders were trying to make him out to be.

John MacArthur said, “Scriptures teach us that it is only those who know and love Jesus Christ who have spiritual sight. There are a lot of people in the world who are religious and think they see. The Pharisees did. They were super religious and they thought they had everything pigeonholed. They thought they could see and comprehend every spiritual truth in existence. They thought they knew everything, when, in fact, they knew nothing. They were totally blind. It’s a strange thing, but blindness is bad enough; when you add to natural born blindness the blindness of a false system of religion, then you have a double blindness and a difficulty in penetrating that double blindness. So rather than people who are in religion finding the light, they veil themselves with a double darkness that is even more difficult to break through.” That is what we see happening to the Pharisees in this text.

Now the man points out the marvellous nature of what has happened to him. He says, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” Not even Moses, whom the religious leaders claimed to follow, had healed blindness. The man concludes, “If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” This man knew nothing about Jesus beyond His name, but he knew enough to know that what Jesus had done for him was nothing short of the hand of God operating in his life.

Just as Jesus worked in the life of the blind man, He wants to work in your life as well. He wants to open your eyes to the truth of himself. He wants to give you new life just as He gave the blind man his sight.

Jesus wants to work the miracle of salvation in your life if you will let Him. If you want to experience this new life today, here is 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 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.

What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 129)

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TEXT: John 9:24-25

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

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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 129.

David Jeremiah said, “If we understand what lies ahead for those who do not know Christ, there will be a sense of urgency in our witness.”

After hearing the testimony of the neighbors, the testimony of the man born blind, and the testimony of the man’s parents, the Pharisees still refuse to accept that this man had been given his sight by Jesus. After hearing from his parents, they call the man back to the witness stand and say, “Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.”

Some believe The phrase, “Give God the praise,” was somewhat of a legal injunction. They were reminding the man that God knew the truth and they were charging him with not being fully honest. They were imploring him to tell the truth (that is, to agree with them that Jesus was a sinner) by reminding him that he was in God’s presence. I believe that what the Pharisees were saying to him is, “give God all of the praise for this miracle because this man is a fraud. He’s just another lying human being — a sinner. So it is impossible for him to have done it.”

The man stands by his experience stating, “Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” He didn’t let the religious leaders intimidate him into changing his account of what he knew to be true. In his mind (and in the mind of any unbiased observer), his story was irrefutable. He had no reason to lie and no reason to make up a story about a man he didn’t even know.

The man was not a theologian or spiritual giant, yet he displayed more confidence in his message than some Christians who have been in the church for many years. He had a simple message: “This is what the Lord has done for me.”

As a Christian, it is easy to think that you need to get a seminary degree before you can serve God by witnessing to others. You may feel that you are inadequate to talk about your faith in a day when you may just as likely be confronted by an atheist, an agnostic, or someone else hostile to Christianity or religion in general. You might say, ‘Well, I’m no theologian.’ This man was no theologian! He simply had a story to tell. He simply told what Jesus had done for Him.

While we do not base our salvation on our experience — we base it on the word of God — our experience is a powerful and irrefutable testimony of the grace of God in the life of each person individually. If you are saved, if Jesus has done something for you, you can say, ‘I once was blind, now I see.’

If you don’t have that testimony, if you cannot honestly say that Jesus is working in your life, then I encourage you to accept Christ as your Savior today. Here is 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.”

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.

What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 127)

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TEXT: John 9:13-23

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

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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 127.

Alexander MacLaren said, “Belief or unbelief is a test of a man’s whole spiritual condition, because it is the whole being, affections, will, conscience, as well as the understanding, which are concerned in it.”

The neighbors of the man born blind don’t know what to make of the sudden, miraculous change in his life. Even more so, they don’t know what to make of this man named Jesus who apparently can heal blindness. So, they take the man to the Pharisees in an effort to get an explanation.

It is here, as if to prepare us for what comes next, that John informs us that it was the Sabbath day when Jesus healed this man. When the formerly blind man comes before the Pharisees, he tells them, very simply, what has happened to him: “[Jesus] put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.” This man has a very simple, linear concept of what has happened to him. He does not waste time trying to understand how the miracle worked or why Jesus did it or even who Jesus is. All he knows is that he was one way a few hours ago, then he met Jesus, and now he is completely changed.

But, the religious leaders don’t see it that way. Their first response is, “This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.” We have seen this pattern over and over again in the Gospel of John. The religious people overlook the great good that has been done in someone’s life and zero in on a miniscule violation of the law or of their traditions which were not a part of the law. From the Pharisees’ perspective, Jesus had broken three laws by healing the blind man: (1) Jesus made clay. Making clay was work, even the small amount that Jesus made with His saliva. (2) He healed the man and healing was strictly forbidden on the Sabbath. The Jewish tradition stated, “If you find somebody with a broken leg you can keep it from getting worse, but you cannot make it any better.” And, (3) He used spit as medicine. The use of medicine was banned on the Sabbath day, and since saliva was believed to have curative properties, it, too, was banned on the Sabbath day. This is what the majority of the religious leaders are focused on.

Now, there is a minority, probably led by Nicodemus, who recognize the strangeness of this perspective. They ask, “How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?” And, John informs us that “there was a division among them.”

The religious leaders ask a follow-up question of the man: “What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?” They want to know what this man thinks of Jesus. The man replies, “He is a prophet.” The man, who did not know who Jesus was before this, has decided that He must at least be a prophet, a man used by God. He is growing in his understanding of who Jesus is.

The vastly different perspectives of the religious leaders and the man who was healed is astonishing. They are looking at the same event, yet, one sees it in a simple manner while another sees it as a complicated, convoluted scenario. The same thing happens when people talk about the Gospel today. Some receive it and accept it readily, whereas others claim it is difficult to grasp or they look for ways to undermine it. How can this be?

Well, the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world [the devil] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” God is not trying to make salvation difficult. He wants people to be saved. He has set it up so that we only have to do one thing: believe. But, the devil does not want people to believe, so he works hard to blind people, to confuse them, and to keep them from understanding the Gospel. And he will use anything at his disposal to do that. That is what he was doing to the Pharisees in this passage.

If you have been presented with the Gospel, but have not yet believed in Jesus, you must consider that the devil is blinding you and keeping you back from making a decision for Christ. You might have been thinking that the objections you see to the Gospel are actually yours, but in reality, they are the devil’s way of keeping you from experiencing miraculous life transformation like the blind man of John 9.

Are you ready to overcome your doubts and place your faith in Jesus Christ? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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