Creativity, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 94)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 94

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Creativity, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

What Activates Creativity?

Creativity is activated by thoughts. Before God created the world, He determined in the counsel of His will that He would create man, provide a Redeemer, and establish good works for believers to follow. If our thoughts are based on the Word of God, our creativity will be for good purposes. If our thoughts are not based on Scripture, our creativity will produce selfish or evil results.

Creativity is energized when thoughts are expressed in words. After God conceived creation in His mind, He spoke the words, and it came about. “God said, Let there be light”, and “God said, Let us make man in our image”. The power of words in the process of creativity explains why God warns that every word must be carefully chosen before it is spoken. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.

How Can We Increase Our Creativity?

Creativity is an expression of wisdom. Proverbs 8:12 says “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions”. Every believer has an opportunity to receive more wisdom by simply asking for it. James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. The conditions that God has established for wisdom are also important to follow. James 1:6 says “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed”.

If we are serious about increasing our creativity, we should not only ask for wisdom but also cry out for it. Proverbs 2:3–6 says “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding”.

The ultimate source of wisdom is the Scriptures. The more we study, memorize, and meditate on them, the greater foundation we will have for true creativity.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.com 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.

Creativity, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 93)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 93

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Creativity, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Creativity vs. Underachievement
Creativity is cultivating wise thoughts, prudent words, and skillful actions to carry out God’s will.

The Hebrew word for create is bara’. It means “to shape, fashion, create.” It was used to define God’s creation of man in Genesis 1:27. A similar word—yatsar—was used in Genesis 2:7, when God formed man from the dust of the ground. Yatsar describes the action of a potter forming a vessel for a particular purpose. (See Isaiah 29:16.) The wisdom and understanding of the Creator is expressed and demonstrated in that which He creates.

Creativity is used for making not only things but also plans. Thus, the following two words amplify the quality of creativity:

Cunning—This word combines skill, inventiveness, and cleverness with creativity. Genesis 25:27 says, “Esau was a cunning hunter”, I Samuel 16:16 says David was “a cunning player on an harp”, and Daniel 1:4 says Daniel was “cunning in knowledge”.

Subtilty—Subtilty is the ability to strategize to accomplish a goal. It is using discretion and prudence in working out a plan. The Proverbs are written “to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion”.

What Is the Purpose of Creativity?

The foundation of every character quality is genuine love, and one of the best ways to express love is through good works.

Creativity is necessary to effectively carry out good works. The great importance of good works is indicated by the many Biblical references to them.

Romans 12:21 says “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”.

2 Corinthians 9:8 says “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”.

Galatians 6:10 says “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”.

Colossians 1:10 says “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Deference, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 92)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 92

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Deference, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Deference to Believers
When new believers who had renounced temple worship saw mature believers buying meat offered to idols because of its bargain price, they became offended, and a major controversy erupted in the young church. In this delicate matter, Paul appealed for deference by those on both sides of the controversy. He appealed especially to those who thought it was right to eat the meat. Romans 14:13 says, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way”.

The great importance of deference can be seen in this narrative. Paul agrees with those who say that there is nothing inherently wrong with the meat. However, eating the meat becomes wrong if another believer is offended by it or if it is eaten in spite of an inward caution given by the Holy Spirit.

Deference to the Word
After Paul affirms the need to “give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God”, he states his own commitment to deference: I Corinthians 10:33 says, “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved”.

In the previous chapter, Paul explains how he demonstrated deference. I Corinthians 9:19 says, “Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more”.

Personal Evaluation: How Well Do You Show Deference to Others?
Do you offend others by the things that you say, do, or wear?
Do you protect your children from evil?
Do you keep your home free from things that offend your children or cause them to struggle?
Do you justify music or activities that offend or weaken fellow Christians?
Do you offend people of other cultures or ethnic groups by the words you use to describe them?
Do you make allowances as much as you can to accommodate those from other backgrounds and philosophies?
Do you understand and follow protocol when visiting another country?
Do you pay questionable taxes in order not to bring offense to the Gospel?
God’s Mandate for Deference
Deference requires more than choosing to do things that are good. Deference requires that we choose things that are excellent, that we in no way hinder our own walk with Christ or the walks of others.

Philippians 1:9–10 says, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”.

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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Deference, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 91)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 91

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Deference, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Deference vs. Offensiveness
Deference is putting the welfare of others ahead of our own personal pleasures.

When Paul instructed believers to prefer one another in honor, he defined the essence of deference. In Romans 12:10, the Greek word rendered preferring is proegeomai, meaning “to lead the way for others.” It is a strong word that denotes commanding with official authority, to be chief and having rule. Thus, as we defer to others, we experience the paradox spoken of by Jesus: “Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:44).

Deference is making personal sacrifices in order to help others be successful and putting off words, attitudes, or actions that would cause others to be offended or weakened. We should defer whenever it will benefit the cause of Christ. Deference and discretion work together. “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression” (Proverbs 19:11).

Examples of Deference
Scripture contains significant examples of those who demonstrated deference, and their testimonies provide precedents for parallel situations. Therefore, we are encouraged to meditate upon these testimonies so that we can accurately apply the precedents in new circumstances.

Deference to Government
When a tax collector asked Peter if Jesus paid taxes, Peter said, “Yes.” However, Jesus asked Peter, “Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?” (Matthew 17:25).

Peter answered, “Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free” (Matthew 17:26). Having established the fact that He had the right and freedom to not pay taxes, Jesus said, “Lest we should offend them … find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee” (Matthew 17:27).

Deference to Children
Jesus gives a strong warning about offending children. “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

The conscience of a child is very sensitive. Vulgar words and actions to which adults may have grown callous can be very hurtful and offensive to children.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Truthfulness, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 90)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 90

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Truthfulness, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Truth leads us in the right way—Psalm 43:3 says, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me”.

Truth equips us to worship God—John 4:23–24 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.

Truth cleanses us of iniquity—Proverbs 16:6 says, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil”. Lust and addictions hold many in bondage. This bondage comes from a spirit of uncleanness.

The first step of purging is crying out to God for mercy. Psalm 50:15 says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”. The second step is to confess and repent. I 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”. The third step is to fill our hearts with God’s truth and meditate on it day and night. Psalm 119:9–11 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word …. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.

We may also need to acknowledge the iniquities of our forefathers (see Daniel 9:16), regain surrendered ground (see Ephesians 4:27), and engage in serious fasting and prayer (see Isaiah 58:6).

Truth preserves leaders—Proverbs 20:28 says, “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy”. It is significant that the throne is not established by truth and justice but by truth and mercy. When people violate truth, it is natural to be harsh, but loyalty is built when a leader teaches truth and demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, we are instructed to speak the truth in love.

Personal Evaluation: How Truthful Are You?
Do you ask others to point out faults of which you may be unaware?
Do you confront your faults with Scripture?
Do you believe that you have no serious faults and think you are better than you are?
Do you exaggerate your achievements to others?
Do you lie or tell only part of the truth to escape the consequences of your actions?
Do you flatter people to gain their approval?
Do you misrepresent the Lord with inconsistent or negative attitudes?
Do you give damaging reports of others to make yourself look good?
Do you guard against false teachings by confirming everything you hear with the truth of Scripture?

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Self Control, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode #89)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 89

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Truthfulness, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Truthfulness vs. Deception

Truthfulness is communicating by life and word that which is genuine and accurate.

One Hebrew word for truth is ’emeth. It means “stability, certainty, sureness.” It is from the root word ’aman, which means “to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; fig. to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent. It is also translated as steadfast and verified.

When Jesus emphasized truth, He often said the word verily twice, as in John 3:3 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Verily is a derivative of the root word ’aman.

What Does Truth Do?
There is power in truth, because it is the very essence of God and the means by which He carries out His work in the world.

Truth brings us into Christ—James 1:18 says, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”.

Truth brings us to the light—John 3:21 says, “He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God”.

Truth purifies our souls—I Peter 1:22 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”.

Truth frees us—John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. Truth frees us by tearing down false ideas and conclusions that keep us in fear and bondage. II Corinthians 10:4–5 says, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Self Control, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode #88)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 88

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Self Control, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

The Power That Produces Self-Control
Scripture gives a clear sequence of spiritual steps that, when followed, produce self-control. II Peter 1:4–6 says, “Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. … Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance…”.

These steps are consistent with the functions of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. When a person exercises faith by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, he receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Then, as a believer, he can ask his heavenly Father to fill him with the Spirit. Luke 11:13 says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”.

Once we are filled with the Spirit, we will be taken through trials and testing that will require us to die to ourselves and our natural inclinations. Passing each test requires that we thank God for His purposes in allowing the tests, rejoice in them by looking for benefits, and then cry out to God if there is need for deliverance.

The resurrection power of the Spirit produces self-control. Paul refers to this in Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Experiencing this power was Paul’s great goal; he was willing to go through whatever suffering was necessary.

Personal Evaluation—How Much Self-Control Do You Have?

Do you give more time to spiritual pursuits than to the pleasures of the world?
Do you bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ?
Do you control your eating or allow yourself to indulge in food?
Do you acknowledge your weakness so you can experience the power of Christ?
Do you literally cry out to God for deliverance from addictions?
Have you asked your heavenly Father to fill you with His Spirit?
Do you respond to each test of the Spirit by thanking God for His purposes and then looking for benefits if you respond correctly?
Do you remove provisions for indulgences so you will not fulfill them?

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Self Control, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 87)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 87

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Self Control, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Self-Control vs. Self-Indulgence
Self-control is instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.

The Biblical term for self-control is temperance. The Greek word for temperance is eg-kra-tei-a, which means “restraining and controlling one’s self.” It is the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions.

Self-control is the inward strength to bring all physical appetites under the control of the Holy Spirit. A word related to eg-kra-tei-a is eg-kra-teu-o-mai, which describes the rigid self-discipline practiced by athletes who are intent on winning the prize.

The Vital Importance of Self-Control
Self-control is essential for any believer who wants to excel in the Christian life and receive honor from the Lord. Paul used the analogy of a runner in a race. I Corinthians 9:24–25 says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things”.

Paul then emphasized the eternal value of self-control and the personal sacrifice he was making to achieve it. I Corinthians 9:25–27 says, “Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway”.

The Opposite of Self-Control
The Biblical antonym of eg-kra-teu-o-mai (temperate) is a-kra-tes. It means “powerless, incontinent,” unable to withstand or resist the desires and passions of human appetite. Paul describes this condition in Romans 7:15, 19, 24: “That which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. … For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. … O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Responsibility, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 86)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 86

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Responsibility, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Personal Accountability for Responsibility
An important aspect of responsibility is being personally accountable for our thoughts, words, actions, attitudes, and motives. These are to be consistent with the commands of Christ, because in the final judgment they will be exposed and evaluated.

Our Thoughts
II Corinthians 10:5 says “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

Our Words
Matthew 12:36–37 says “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.

Our Actions
II Corinthians 5:10 says “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”.

Our Attitudes
Psalm 34:13 says “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile”.

Our Motives
Jeremiah 17:10 says “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings”.

Personal Evaluation—How Responsible Are You?
Do you accept responsibility for the debt of love that you owe every other believer?
Do you determine to set aside any personal pleasure that could cause a weaker brother to stumble or be offended?
Do you fulfill all your responsibilities in marriage?
Do you look for practical ways to lay down your life for fellow believers?
Do you accept personal responsibility for all your thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes?
Do you purpose to fulfill your responsibilities to train up sons and daughters to be mighty in God’s Spirit?
Do you show responsibility for the practical needs of believers?
Do you give support to those who minister to you in the Word?
Do you take responsibility for your own health and well-being in order to better serve the Lord?
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Responsibility, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 85)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 85

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Responsibility, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Responsibility vs. Unreliability
Responsibility is knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting of me.

The Biblical word duty describes the concept of responsibility. It is translated from the Greek word opheilo and means “to owe” or “the goodwill due” to another. In the New Testament, the word opheilo is also translated as ought, due, need, owe, and bound.

Duties That Are Our Responsibility

— Paying on a debt of love — Romans 13:8 says “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law”.

— Supporting faithful ministers — Romans 15:27 says “It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things”.

— Protecting weaker believers — Romans 15:1 says “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves”.

— Giving love in marriage — Ephesians 5:28 says “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself”.

— Being thankful for believers — II Thessalonians 1:3 says “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth”.

— Suffering for believers — I John 3:16 says “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”.

— Being in submission — I Corinthians 11:10 says “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels”.

— Caring for children — II Corinthians 12:14 says “The children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children”.

— Walking in Christ’s love — I John 2:6 says “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked”. I John 4:11 says “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another”.

— Providing hospitality — III John 5 and 8 says “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth”.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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 have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.