Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Of Forgotten Faith, Part 4 (The Lost Souls of Black Folk and White Folk, Part 18) [Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 712 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,077 since Jan. 1, 2016]



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Jeremiah 2:1-9

1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead.

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Regarding this passage, Jeremiah’s first sermon (or prophecy), Daniel Whedon said, “These very words contain an implication of a lost joy — that the old love of the people had given place to alienation and infidelity. ‘The kindness of thy youth’ means the love of Israel for God. The same thought is carried forward into a more novel and emphatic expression with ‘the love of thine espousals.’ This is a reference to the courtship time, more fully described as the time of the sojourning in the wilderness. As the wife leaves her old associations and cleaves to her husband, so Israel forsook all and followed God into the parched and barren ‘wilderness.’ God remembers tenderly this expression of loyal love, even as a husband remembers the pure and trustful days of an alienated wife. In spite of her murmurings and rebellions, her apostasy and idolatry, God still recognises Israel as the nation which he admitted to special covenant with himself, and therefore can never be to him as any other people.”

One of the most common complaints people make against God is that He is not fair. This charge has been made by both the greatest of saints and the most strident of atheists. However, while we may not understand all that is happening in the world in our present age, if we take a look at history, we will see that God is, indeed, fair. It did not seem fair to the disciples of Christ that God would allow their Master and Teacher to be beaten, spit on, and crucified. But, today, we look back on those events and see that God was wise, just, and more than fair in the midst of those events. And, if we look even further back, in this passage from Jeremiah, we see God being fair to His wayward people. He starts out, not by condemning them for their present evil deeds, but by pointing out that He remembers when they were once doing good. The Lord remembers His past relations with His people even if they pretend not to. What does the Lord remember about Israel?

First, the Lord remembered Israel’s “kindness.” The Hebrew word translated as “kindness” means: goodness, friendliness, or faithfulness to God. At one point, Israel valued their relationship with God and were eager to fulfill their duties to Him. When was the last time we expressed goodness or kindness to the Lord — the last time we fulfilled the duties of faith — not just in church, but in our lives outside the house of God? According to LifeWay Research, only 39% of people who attend church read the Bible every day. According to Pew Research, less than 60% of mainline Christians pray every day. And, according to the Barna Group, while 64% of Christians say witnessing to others is the duty of every believer, only 11% of Christians say they actively seek opportunities to share their faith. If all of this is true, no wonder we see a rise in Biblical illiteracy and a decline in church attendance, baptisms, and conversions to the faith. We need to get back to goodness, kindness, and faithfulness to the Lord.

Second, the Lord remembered Israel’s “loving espousals.” Another word for “espousals” is “be-tro-thal,” which refers to a young man and young woman who were committed to each other for marriage. But in this context, it refers to the love of man for God. The relationship between God and Israel was one of strong commitment — like marriage. Some of us live like commitment to our spouse is a foreign concept. Are we truly committed to God today. Or have we let business, pleasure, and relationships come between our souls and the Savior. Kay Arthur said, “If you do not plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your god and to walking in obedience to him, then don’t begin, for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it is not for you.”

It seems that we, in the church today have forgotten how to be totally committed to Christ. If we have any hope of revival and restoration, we need to get back to our first love.

Andrae Crouch wrote and sang:

Take me back, take me back, dear Lord
To the place where I first received.
Take me back, take me back, dear Lord
to where I first believed.

I feel that I’m so far from you, Lord
But still I hear you calling me
Those simple things that I once knew,
Their memories keep drawing me.

I must confess, Lord, I’ve been blessed
But yet my soul’s not satisfied.
Renew my faith, restore my joy
And dry my weeping eyes.

Take me back, take me back, dear Lord
To the place where I first received.
Take me back, take me back, dear Lord
to where I first believed.

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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.

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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 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.


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.