Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #160. Today we are reading chapter 52 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” – I Peter 5:5
“Here. Listen to this,” Jonathan said placing the CD Mr. Montague had given him into the CD player. He and Monica where on their way back to Oklahoma with their children. “Your father gave me a real talking to while we were waiting on you,” he said.
Jonathan pushed the play button and Pastor Johnson’s voice sounded from the speakers.
“Humility not only marks the start of the Christian life, it is the start of everything godly in the Christian life. Not too many people practice the art of humility. Not too many people possess this virtue. In fact, humility is foreign to our self-assertive, me-myself-and-I society. I would venture to say that none of us, after realizing our wretched sinful state and how that we were on the road to hell, should have a problem humbling ourselves enough to ask Jesus to be our Savior.
“For Christians, the problem occurs even after we get saved. We refuse to accept the fact that God wants us to have the same spirit of humility after we ask Him to save us as we did when we asked Him to save us. He wants us to humbly seek Him to live the Christian life each day. He wants us to be totally dependent on Him, seeking His leading, His guidance, and His direction in everything we do, in any decision we have to make. But most of us just want to use God to get us saved, but we don’t want to use Him to keep us saved; that is, we don’t want to use Him to help us do good works unto salvation.
“Colossians 2:6 says, ‘As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.’
“In First Peter 5:5, we read, ‘Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.’
“How does God humble us? Let me give you four ways I gathered from Jim Berg’s book: Changed Into His Image.
“One, God can and will send a problem, a thorn in the flesh, that we cannot handle to expose our helplessness.
This email about our divorce, Jonathan thought. Cam’s constant threats to take over the church. He has certainly been a thorn to me.
“Two,” Pastor Johnson continued, “God can give us a command we refuse to obey to expose our self-centeredness.”
Me not listening to the advice of the deacons, my wife, our parents, and Pastor Richardson, Jonathan thought.
“Three, God can arrange an outcome we can’t control to expose our sinfulness.”
My wife leaving, Jonathan thought, and that terrible sermon.
“And, four,” Pastor Johnson went on, “God will do things in a way we cannot comprehend to show us our finiteness.
“I’ll leave you with this thought: God does not mind making you look ugly so that He can bring about a change in you. God does not mind letting you fall and grovel in the dirt to help change you into His image. Pride will bring you down every time. I’ll leave you with these words I found somewhere, and that is: Great power reveals weaknesses in men that they never knew existed.”
“Amen,” Monica said softly.
“Let’s pray,” Jonathan said after a while. “Heavenly Father, thank You for this message. Thank You for not leaving me to myself. Yes, Lord, You are right. I am full of pride. Thank You for sending people in my life to point that out to me. I pray that You would help me get back to the basics and to simply keep the main thing the main thing. I humbly ask that You would fix all that we’ll face once we return home. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”
“And, Lord Jesus,” Monica continued, “thank You for taking my spiritual blinders off as well and showing me how selfish I’ve been and not trusting You to work things out. Please increase my faith in You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
Later that evening, Jonathan received a call from Joshua.
“The producer says the only way he’ll feel justified in terminating the contract is if you make a public statement as to why you cannot continue,” Joshua said. “He says our viewers are expecting to see you and your family and church family for at least six months so it would be unfair to our viewers not to offer them a valid explanation. He feels it’s best for you to give it some sense of closure rather than leave abruptly and especially since you are supposed to be working with another pastor and his family, which has not worked out as planned. The other family is willing to go on.”
“Okay. Thank you, Joshua. I’ll get back with you as soon as we get back,” Jonathan said. “I thought for sure the producer would just let us go and continue on with whoever is next in line after I explained everything to him,” he told Monica.
“Are you sure your real reason is not because you don’t want to be further embarrassed?” Monica asked with a smile. “God wants us to be completely humble, and there’s nothing like an embarrassing moment to humble us.”
“You’re right. So are you going to stand next to me when I apologize to our viewers?” Jonathan asked. “It would put a stop to whoever sent this email and to whatever they hope to gain from it.”
“Of course, Jonathan. Anything to save my marriage and family,” Monica said.
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
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.”
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.”
May God bless you until next time.