Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #7 (5/28/17)

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The Free State of Glory (Part 25) — When God’s Name is Written On Your Forehead

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TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 25) — When God’s Name is Written On Your Forehead

After John tells us that we will see God’s face in Heaven, he tells us that God’s name will be in our foreheads. God’s name being in the forehead of believers is contrasted with the mark of the Antichrist being the forehead of those who reject Christ during the Tribulation period. God will place His name upon us, signifying that we belong to Him forever. When a child is born into a family, he is given his own name, but he is also given the family name. His family name indicates where he belongs. When we are born again into God’s family, we are given His name as well. Now, by the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He writes it on our hearts. But, up there, it will be visible for all to see.

The New International Greek Testament Commentary says, “The assertion that ‘his name will be on their foreheads’ intensifies the notion of intimate fellowship with God. It is beyond coincidence that God’s name was written on the high priest’s forehead in the OT. This expresses further the priestly nature of God’s new people. It is also no accident that a ‘new name’ in Isaiah 62 and 65 is repeatedly associated with latter-day Zion and that the various new names attributed to the end-time city there all have ‘God’ included in them. This OT background suggests that the divine name written on believers here is a figurative way of speaking of God’s presence with his people, which protects them. Likewise, Christ emphasizes security by saying that he will write on the overcomer ‘the name of my God and the name of the city of my God … and my new name,’ and metaphorically equates this with making the ‘overcomer’ an immovable ‘pillar in the temple of my God.’ The theme of security associated with the metaphorical use of God’s ‘name’ elsewhere in the book fits neatly into the theme of the eternal security of the saints in the new Jerusalem narrated so far. We have also seen that the ‘name’ on believers refers to the character of God, which they reflect. Therefore, at the end of time the righteous ‘will be like him, because we will see him just as he is,’ a process that has already begun.”

What a wonderful blessing to belong and to be claimed by God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you want to reign in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

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 GospelLightSociety.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.

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Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #6 (05/27/17)

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Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #5 (05/26/17)

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Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #4 (05/25/17)

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Praying, Prophesying, and Order in God’s Church, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #246, Part 1)

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TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:1-12:

1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.

9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 245 messages in this series.

This is message #246 titled, Praying, Prophesying, and Order in God’s Church, Part 3.

Having established the foundational authority structure within God’s economy, Paul now moves into the specifics of the situation in the Corinthian church. He says, “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head.” Paul’s concern here is not with the behavior of males and females in the church. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament portray men and women in prominent roles when praying and prophesying. Rather, Paul is concerned with the manner in which men and women go about that behavior.

The term “head” is symbolic of authority. Jesus is the head of the church. Colossians 2:10 says Christ is the “head of all principalities and powers.” We refer to the leader of a country as a “head of state.” In any organization, the behavior of subordinates is a reflection on their leader. A misbehaving child is a negative reflection on his parents; a well-behaved child is a positive reflection on his parents. In the same way, how we live and worship as Christians is a reflection on our head Jesus Christ.

The central question of the head being covered or uncovered in worship is: How are we reflecting on our authority and our position in that authority structure? Mark Taylor writes in his commentary: “Paul recognizes the principle of headship because what one does with their anatomical head in worship has implications of either honor or shame for one’s respective spiritual head.”

Because the uncovered head was symbolic of the man’s position under Christ, it would have been shameful for a man to minister in the church with his head covered. It would have been as though he were rejecting his God-given role as a leader in the church and family, as many men do today. He would have brought dishonor to His authority, Jesus Christ. Conversely, for the woman: Because the covered head was symbolic of her position under her husband, it would have been shameful for her to minister in the church with her head uncovered. It would have been as though she were rejecting her God-given position in the church and the family, as many women do today. She would not only show dishonor to Christ, but to her husband as well.

Warren Wiersbe writes, “The man honors his Head (Christ) by being uncovered, while the woman honors her head (the man) by being covered. She is showing her submission both to God and to the man. Both man and woman are made in the image of God and for the glory of God; but since the woman was made from the man she is also the ‘glory of the man.’ She glorifies God and brings glory to the man by submitting to God’s order and keeping her head covered in public worship.”

Not only is worship important. But, how we go about our worship is important. God wants us to pray, prophesy, preach, and minister in ways that are honoring to Him. Sometimes, we think we can get away with doing a good thing in the wrong way. But, God wants us to do all good things in the right way, and that includes abiding by the order of authority in the church and in the home. When we do, we bring glory and honor to God, to Christ, and to the human authority that God has placed over us.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

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

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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

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

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.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.

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Whyte Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World #3 (05/24/17)

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Whyte Family Devotion: A Prayer for the Nation and the World (05/23/17)

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Whyte Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Nation and the World (May 22, 2017)

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Jesus Reveals the Laws of Supreme Blessing, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 108 / Day 475 since Jan. 1, 2016)

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TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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 108, day 475 since Jan. 1, 2016.

A.W. Tozer said, “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”

Everyone wants to have a blessed existence, a happy life, a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Thousands of books have been written claiming to unveil the “secrets” to such a life. Millions buy these books hoping to turn their lives around. But, more often than not, they don’t find the solutions for which they seek. Two thousand years ago, however, Jesus of Nazareth, revealed the secrets to the life of supreme blessedness. This section of His Sermon on the Mount is called the “beatitudes”; the word means “supreme blessedness.” The nine beatitudes that Jesus gives — the secrets to supreme blessedness — are revolutionary for two reasons. First, they emphasized such things as humility and service, things which the world sees as weak or impediments to success. Second, each of Jesus’ secrets to supreme blessedness are connected to one’s spiritual well-being, another element which our increasingly secular world usually discounts.

The first of Jesus’ secrets is: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Dr. R.C. Sproul states, “This word ‘blessed; means more than the emotional state represented by the word ‘happy.’ It includes spiritual well-being, having the approval of God, and thus a happier destiny.” So, as we go throughout this passage, we must remember that we cannot separate Jesus’ laws of supreme blessing from having a relationship with God through Him. True happiness or supreme blessing does not exist outside of God. C.S. Lewis said, “There is simply no such thing.”

In order to have this blessed, happy existence, we must be “poor in spirit.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The poor in spirit are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves; they are ‘poor’ inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “To be poor in spirit means to be humble, to have a correct estimate of oneself . It does not mean to be ‘poor spirited’ and have no backbone at all! ‘Poor in spirit’ is the opposite of the world’s attitudes of self-praise and self-assertion. It is not a false humility that says, ‘I am not worth anything, I can’t do anything!’ It is honesty with ourselves: we know ourselves, accept ourselves, and try to be ourselves to the glory of God.”

Poverty of spirit is the place where we begin on our journey to supreme blessing. The poor in spirit recognize that they have no standing before God. They do not see themselves as having any spiritual wealth or moral merit that commends them to God for His approval. If we want to be supremely blessed, we must recognize that we are utterly destitute and completely impoverished before Him. We cannot receive His ultimate blessing unless we are poor in spirit.

To those who are “poor in spirit” belong “the kingdom of heaven.” Proud, arrogant people, depending on their own merit, will not get into Heaven. Only those who are willing to admit that they are nothing before God will be able to enjoy the wonderful blessings of the kingdom. Many people will miss Heaven, not because they have rejected Jesus entirely, but because they are depending on a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of themselves to get in. They think there is still some good within themselves — even if it’s just a half-percent — that merits them for Heaven. But as the old saints used to sing, “ninety-nine and a half won’t do.” It is all of Jesus or all for nothing. Being poor in spirit is the first key to the life of supreme blessing.

Daniel Whittle wrote:

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

There shall be showers of blessing—
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

Yes, dear friend, you must call on Jesus to begin the life of supreme blessing. Recognize the poverty of your soul and come to Him, placing all your faith and trust in Him for eternal salvation.

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 GospelLightSociety.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.

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