Matthew 22:36-39: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Luke 18:1: And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.”
Ephesians 6:18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Matthew 4:17: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
In this series, we talked about the importance of the greatest commandments — loving God and loving our neighbors. Perhaps the greatest way we can show our love for God and our neighbors is through obeying the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel with the lost and making disciples of all nations. We must also commit ourselves to prayer.
Regarding Luke 18:1, in which we are instructed to “always pray and not faint,” Warren Wiersbe said, “If we don’t pray, we will faint; it’s as simple as that! The word ‘faint’ describes a believer who loses heart and gets so discouraged that he or she wants to quit. There is a connection between what our Lord said in Luke 18:1 and His statement in Luke 17:37 — ‘Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.’ If society is like a rotting corpse, then the ‘atmosphere’ in which we live is being slowly polluted, and this is bound to affect our spiritual lives. But when we pray, we draw on the ‘pure air’ of heaven, and this keeps us from fainting. But what does it mean to ‘always pray’ or ‘pray without ceasing’? It certainly doesn’t mean that we should constantly be repeating prayers, because Jesus warned against that kind of praying. Rather, it means to make prayer as natural to us as our regular breathing. Unless we are sick or smothering, we rarely think about our breathing; we just do it. Likewise with prayer—it should be the natural habit of our lives, the ‘atmosphere’ in which we constantly live. Prayer is much more than the words of our lips; it is the desires of our hearts, and our hearts are constantly ‘desiring’ before Him, even if we never speak a word. So, to ‘pray without ceasing’ means to have such holy desires in our hearts, in the will of God, that we are constantly in loving communion with the Father, petitioning Him for His blessing.”
As I mentioned in our last message, if God’s “chosen people” — I am using that term to refer to the Church today — if we had done what God’s Word told us to do, the problem of the color line would not have remained as big of a problem as it is. And, what is it that God’s Word tells us to do?
1. Obey the Great Commandment. In Matthew 22:36-39, a religious leader asked Jesus, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
2. Obey the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
3. Obey the repeated command to pray without ceasing for all saints and all people. In Luke 18:1, “[Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
4. Obey God’s command to confess and repent of all sins — including the sin of racism. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Matthew 4:17 says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
If Christians in America are going to get back on track and be victorious and helpful to this once great nation, they will need to trust God, love God, fear God, and be faithful to God.
I know that you will think the following verse is trite, however, it is still true: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I can hear hundreds of my Pharisaical, ivory tower brethren saying, “Oh, this is all so simplistic!” Let me remind them and you that God is big on simplicity. When you think about what I call God’s wonderful system of grace, it is not complicated at all. In fact, it is very simple. Hard, but simple. Hard to give up His Son for our sins, but simple. Hard for Christ to die the cruel death He died for our sins, but simple. Anybody who walks with God and knows God will find that He is big on simplicity. In fact, the Holy Spirit moved Paul to write in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
As I look at the landscape of the church today, I am convinced, even among evangelicals, many so-called “servant-leaders” and churches have actually been beguiled by the serpent, the devil, because everybody is trying to be original and fresh and new to the point they are becoming ridiculous and taking the simplicity of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and making it not only difficult but unrecognizable, confusing saints and sinners. And I fear that we have thousands of dear souls going to Hell from the church pews because of it. K.I.S.S. — Keep It Simple, Saints!
If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:
1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.
2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love
3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
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 [email protected] 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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.