The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #398 titled, “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise.” 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.

“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.” — John 3:16

John 3:16 is often called “The Gospel Text,” for here we have the whole Gospel briefly stated. We see the source of salvation—the love of God; the channel through which salvation comes—His only begotten Son; and the way by which we receive it—faith in His Son.

Perhaps you will say, “Oh, I have read that verse a thousand times.” Even if you have, have you ever really believed it—that is, by faith made yourself one of the “whosoevers” by trusting in Christ, and thereby received everlasting life?

A Christian friend told me how he was converted through this verse. He took it, read it word by word, believing as he read, applied it to himself, trusted the Son, and received everlasting life. Multitudes of other searching souls have done the same. Have you? If not, may the Lord help you to do so now.

Just let us look at this wonderful verse, a word or two at a time, always remembering that this is God’s Word, and God means what He says. Continue reading “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)”

How to Get Your Greatest Need in Life Met Today (Gospel Light Minute X #397)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #397 titled, “How to Get Your Greatest Need in Life Met Today.” 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.

MAN’S GREATEST NEED

Sin has separated man from God. To be separated from God at death means to spend eternity in Hell, because God will not excuse sin, and sin must be punished. Man is sinful, but God is holy. The Blood of Jesus Christ is God’s way of meeting man’s greatest need.

GOD’S GREATEST SACRIFICE

God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as the payment for your sins: Romans 3:25 says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” Notice that it was God’s plan, not man’s: “Whom God hath sent forth…” Secondly, notice that Christ died to pay for our sins: “…to be a propitiation…” Finally, this verse states that forgiveness is obtained simply by trusting what Jesus has done: “…through faith in his blood…” Because of the Blood, God can show mercy to sinners, yet still remain holy and just. “…that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Continue reading “How to Get Your Greatest Need in Life Met Today (Gospel Light Minute X #397)”

How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #385 titled, “How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ.” 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.

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOUR
My friend, are you saved? Saved is a Bible word, not a term thought up by man. I have been a Christian for almost twenty years, and I find that most people still do not have an understanding of God’s message of salvation.

First, you must believe there is one true God. Secondly, you must believe that God can do something for you, and He has recorded His plan of redemption in the Bible. The only God that can save souls is the God of the Bible. His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

A person is saved by putting their complete trust in Jesus Christ, not by doing something to earn Heaven. Trusting is believing. Believing must come from the heart, not the head. Do you love and trust your spouse with your head or with your heart?

Plato, Aristotle, or Einstein could only think as far as their finite minds were able. They could not even solve the problems of this life, such as sickness, disease, pain, hunger, and death, let alone know anything about eternity. God knew we needed something to go by, so He put everything there is to know in His Bible. Continue reading “How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)”

LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #378 titled, “How to Find Your Way to God” 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.

Over the years I have talked to thousands of people who have asked me how to find their way to God. Some have sat in church pews all their lives but never come to personally know God. Others have sought for ultimate meaning in all sorts of ways but never found the peace of mind for which they were searching. Some simply realize that there is something vital missing in their lives.

The Bible teaches that this sense of lostness is rooted in the fact that we live in a fallen world. We are all handicapped by a sin nature: The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. And despite our best efforts, we are unable to remove the haunting weight of guilt that separates us from our Creator.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to solve the dilemma caused by our sin. The Bible says 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.” Continue reading “LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)”

How Not to Miss the Point of Life (Gospel Light Minute X #342)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #342 titled, “How Not to Miss the Point 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.



Bang! “I can’t believe it! How could I have missed?” Imagine the disappointment that you would feel if you lost a shooting competition, because you missed the final shot. You would wish that you had done something differently. Perhaps your sighting plane was slightly off the mark, or perhaps you were distracted by outside circumstances beyond your control. It really wouldn’t matter, because the winner had a perfect score under the same conditions. You might wish that you could take your shot again, but no one gets a second chance. The judge will not accept any excuses. You would have lost the competition and the reward that goes with it. Friend, there is a close similarity between this scenario and losing at life.

Continue reading “How Not to Miss the Point of Life (Gospel Light Minute X #342)”

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

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TEXT: Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

The devil has an abundance of weapons in his arsenal with which he attempts to wound and weaken followers of Jesus Christ. Over the past two weeks, we have looked at how we can combat two of his most-used attacks — the temptation to become fainthearted, and the temptation to doubt God. Today, we are going to look at how we can overcome feelings of guilt in our Christian walk.

Certainly, you have experienced the feeling of guilt; it is not a good feeling. Yet, many Christians go through life burdened down by guilt. There are two types of guilt that we must contend with. The first is natural guilt which comes after we have done something wrong. The second is the feeling of guilt that comes from the condemnation or mental attacks from the devil. One of the devil’s names is the “accuser of the brethren.” He specializes in tormenting believers with reminders of past failures, sins, and shortcomings. Many Christians live under a constant cloud of Satan’s accusations, believing his guilt-inducing words rather than what the Bible says about God’s children.

I’m sure you remember the pilgrim Little-Faith in Pilgrim’s Progress. This unfortunate soul laid down at a dangerous intersection on the Straight and Narrow Way and went to sleep. He was robbed and beat up by Faintheart, Mistrust, and Guilt. Last week, we learned how he never recovered from that attack; he was depressed and despondent throughout the rest of his pilgrimage. Perhaps, part of his problem was that he continued to feel guilty over what had happened to him because he wasn’t strong enough to ward off their attack.

What can we do to combat feelings of guilt and the attacks of condemnation from the devil? Let’s find out as we consider these verses from the 32nd psalm of David. This psalm is described as a “contemplation.” James Montgomery Boice said the Hebrew word for “contemplation” might be better understood as “instruction” as it is full of instruction and worthy of meditation.

First, to combat feelings of guilt, we must make sure that we have confessed our sins. We will not be free from guilt if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. David says there was a time in his life when he “kept silent” regarding his sins. During this time, he said, “my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand [God’s hand] was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” David was under stress because of the mental pain of his sin. He felt God’s hand of conviction upon him. Just as one’s mouth goes dry when one is nervous or afraid, David said his moisture was turned to drought.

These symptoms that David experienced were actually a good thing — and if you feel this way about your sin, you should take it as a good sign. This tells you that you have a healthy conscience — a sense of right and wrong. It also tells you that you are a child of God and, as such, He will not let you continue with unconfessed sin in your life. The ‘hand’ of conviction that you feel regarding your sin is the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to confess and repent of it right now. In order to get rid of his guilty feelings, David had to confess his sin to God. He says, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord…”

If you try to live the Christian life with unconfessed sin, you are also giving Satan ammunition to use against you. Anytime, you try to engage in spiritual work — prayer, Bible reading, or ministry to others — the devil will use that unconfessed sin to put you on a guilt trip. He will remind you of what you have done, of the secret you are hiding, and you will be crippled in your spiritual walk. Don’t let him do that to you. Take the weapon of guilt out of Satan’s hands by confessing and repenting of your sins today.

 

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)

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TEXT: Mark 16:9-14

9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)

Last week, we were introduced to a character from Pilgrim’s Progress known as Little-faith. This unfortunate pilgrim was attacked by Faint-heart, Mistrust, and Guilt, and he never recovered from their assault. As the character Christian tells us:

He was deeply distressed…. It is surprising that he did not die with grief, poor soul! I was told that, for the remainder of his journey, he chiefly spread abroad melancholy and bitter complaints concerning his misfortune. He would also explain in detail to other pilgrims encountered in the way where and how he was robbed, who they were who assaulted him, what he lost, the severity of his wounds, and the closeness of his brush with death.

One of the most disappointing things to see is a Christian who is supposed to have victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil, being distressed, depressed, and defeated. Yet, like Little-faith, that is what will happen to us if we don’t watch out for the things that can weaken us. We dealt with one of those things last week — the temptation to become faint-hearted, to become weary in well-doing. The Apostle Paul faced that temptation, and he showed us how to overcome it by doing these three things: Continue reading “Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)”

7 Keys to the God-Blessed Life (#5): Obey God

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #144

TEXT: Daniel 1:1-15

In this series of messages, we are looking at the 7 keys to living the God-blessed life. The God-blessed life — Christian success — is not measured by the same standards as the world’s success. Even if the world accounts us “as sheep for the slaughter,” we are actually “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The God-blessed life is a life that is full of contentment, joy, fulfillment, peace, and productivity. It is the kind of life where you know you are in the center of God’s will. The seven keys to getting to this position are:

1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God.
7. Be Faithful to God.

These seven keys can only be carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. That is where all of this begins. These are not things that we do in our own strength. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do these things each and every day.

So far, we have looked at the topics of trusting God from the life of Abraham, loving God from the life of the apostle John, fearing God from the life of Job, and meditating on the Word of God from the life of Joshua. Today, we are going to look at obeying God from the life of Daniel and his companions in Babylon.

It is well documented that Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to go without water for many days. Then he turns them loose, and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there panting, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he allows them to go back to drink.

I know that may sound harsh, but this is the same kind of obedience that God demands of us, His children. He wants us to trust in Him and not in what we can see. That kind of trust will lead to unquestioning obedience on our part. We see this kind of trust in the lives of four young Hebrew men who were taken captive to Babylon. Their names are Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah — better known as Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Let’s look at what we can learn from their decision to obey God.

1. Notice their obedience in spite of the temptations they faced. Verse 5 of our passage reads, “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”

2. Notice how they made the decision to be obedient. Verse 8 of our passage states, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Despite the pressure of the temptations that he was under, Daniel made the choice to be obedient to God. Despite being removed from their familiar surroundings in Israel, despite being placed in a hostile, pagan environment, Daniel and his friends chose to stand alone. He did this in several ways.

3. Notice the blessings they received as a result of their obedience. Verse 15 says, “At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.” Daniel and his friends received unimaginable blessings for choosing to obey God.

GLMX #173: Trust!

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Scientists tell us that atoms are the building blocks of everything in the universe. All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are so small that you cannot see them. Yet, each of us — and every physical thing — is made up of millions and millions of atoms.

While atoms are the building blocks of physical matter, trust is the building block of relationships and society. Without trust, our world would be paralyzed. Allow me to explain.

When you go to a restaurant and order a meal, you are trusting that the cooks know how to fix the meal in a sanitary fashion so that you will not get sick. When you fly on an airplane, you are trusting that the pilot knows what he is doing in the cockpit and that he will get you and all other passengers to your destination safely. When you go shopping for groceries, you are trusting that the manufacturers have not put poison into the food. When you attend college, you are trusting that the teachers and the textbooks are giving you accurate, useful information. When you receive a prescription from a doctor, you are trusting that the medicine he says you should take will actually help you get better and not make your illness worse.

Whether you realize it or not, you implicitly trust dozens of people each and every day. If people did not have some level of trust in others, our society would not be able to function. In fact, we would not have a society. We would have chaos.

The most important aspect of your life is also based on the simple act of trust in a person — a person whom you cannot see, but is every bit as real as the people you see each day. His name is Jesus Christ, and your trust in Him means the difference between eternal life and eternal punishment.

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

Three Kinds of People that God Cannot Save

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #65 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Luke 18:9-14

As Jesus Christ was teaching His disciples, He told this parable about the Pharisee and the publican as way to show the foolishness of people who thought that they were better than others and thought that God should see them as better than others.

In this passage, we see the very different attitudes of the Pharisee and the Publican, but in our message today we will focus mostly on the actions and thoughts of the Pharisee. In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were a religious and political party in Palestine. They were known for insisting on the minute observance of the law especially when it came to tithing and ritual purity.

The word “pharisee” means ‘separated one’, and the Pharisees were known for looking down on those whom they called “sinners” who showed no interest in God’s law. Pharisees observed the Law carefully as far as outward appearances went, but their hearts were actually far from God. Their motives were wrong because they wanted the praise of men for their outward show of piety. By examining their attitude, we can see three types of people that God cannot save:

1. The first type of person that God cannot save is the person who is trusting in himself.

2. The second type of person that God cannot save is those who are self-righteous.

3. The third type of person that God cannot save is those who will not believe.

+ Plus, listen to Tamela Mann singing “Joy of the Lord” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”