Welcome to Class 67 of “The Ramp” to the Highway of Success course for young women. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society, working in partnership with the Martin Luther King Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women. The Institute aims to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Sr., commonly referred to as “Daddy King”, whom God used to raise the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Our purpose is to guide young men and young women, and help them get on the path to becoming kings and queens for the glory of God.
I am your instructor for this course and the author of the ESSENCE Magazine bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Men” and the national bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Women.” My wife, Meriqua Whyte, and my eldest daughter, Daniella Whyte, co-authored “Letters to Young Black Women” with me. My daughter (who has two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religion and a master’s degree in human services counseling—executive leadership and a second master’s degree in developmental psychology) and her mother, developed the Study Guide. We are using Letters to Young Black Women and its study guide to guide you through this course. This course is for all young women, but especially for young black women and young women of color who oftentimes face disadvantages that others do not. The goal of this class is to help you operate from a position of strength and power based upon the Word of God so you can be victorious in life. My prayer is that this class will empower you to win against your enemies: the devil, sorry men, and even yourself.
Today, we will continue our study, “ABOVE ALL, GET WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING”.
— First, Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from John Calvin. He said, “The most effective poison to lead men to ruin is to boast in themselves, in their own wisdom and power.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
The glorious wisdom that God gives will help you to see so many things that you wouldn’t see otherwise. Wisdom gives you a great advantage in life. Using wisdom can save you a lot of time and trouble in life. Again, let me say here, daughters, I believe many of the painful and devastating things so many young black women go through in our society today can be prevented in the first place, and having wisdom and understanding from God will help you to avoid these pitfalls. By the way, some of those pitfalls take a long time to overcome, so it’s best not to fall into them in the first place.
I strongly encourage you to pray and ask God daily for wisdom and understanding to guide you through this life successfully.
With Wisdom and Love,
“To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom.” —Billy Graham
“We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.” —Michel de Montaigne
BIBLE GEM: “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” —Proverbs 8:11
TALK TO GOD: Dear God, I thank You for all of the education that You have allowed me to receive from my teachers, but Lord I pray that You would give me wisdom and understanding above everything else. Help me to use it for Your glory in all that You would have me to do with the life You have given me. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.
BOOK: Daily Wisdom for Women, by Carol L. Fitzpatrick
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Proverbs 2:6 reads, “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Dear YBW, have you woke up some mornings, turned on the news or glanced at the notifications on your phone only to shake your head and lament that the world has gone crazy? Indeed, more often than not, this would appear to be the case. Especially in recent years, it seems the older earth becomes, the more stupid its human inhabitants act. Understanding or “common sense” is not so common because it all comes from the Lord. As Christians, we know the reason for this is because the majority of people are ‘wise in their own eyes,’ do not “fear the Lord,” and refuse to “depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). In the end, they will regret their pride and obstinacy to God’s will and wisdom. If you, however, decide to live in tune with God by asking Him for wisdom and then by choosing to use the wisdom which He will supply you with, you will live a blessed life—maybe not an easy life—but a blessed life and a life of assurance. God’s wisdom will lead, guide, and direct you according to His perfect will for your life. It will give you the right words to speak and the right actions to take that will open doors for you that no one can shut and provide opportunities for you that no one can take away. It will bring the right people into your life to help you along the way on your journey. You might be young but already other people will marvel at what God is doing through your life—with you and for you. You will find people asking, “How do you have it like that?” And if you are honest you will reply, “It’s God.” Oh, the places He will take you and the joys He will bestow if only you heed His wisdom! At the end of it all, your life will be sweet compared to the bitter pill of those who decide to live according to the world’s wisdom. Remember, Proverbs 4:6 states: “Forsake [wisdom] not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.”
Today, write down the main areas of your life in need of improvement that can only come from divine wisdom and ask God for it continuously.
In the next class, we will begin our study, “ON YOUR LIFE — As a Young Black Woman: Beware of the Dawgs.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, GospelLightSociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. 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 want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, 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.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.