Wisdom, Part 4 (The Man in the Mirror #50)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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 will continue looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

How Do We Get Wisdom?

1. By asking God 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.”

2. By studying God’s Law. Deuteronomy 4:6 says, “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

3. By keeping God’s commandments with us. Psalm 119:98 says, “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.”

4. Through the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

5. By reading the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 1:1-3 says, “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

6. By God’s testimonies. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

7. By hearing instruction. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

8. By seeking it early. Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

9. By listening to rebuke. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

10. By seeking wise counsel. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.”

Young person, no matter who you are or where you come from, you can get wisdom from God and live a life of purpose, success, and blessing.

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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.


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.

Wisdom, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #49)

Why Is Wisdom So Important?

In order to explain the superior value of wisdom, God compares it to the most precious things in life.

1. It is more valuable than gold. Proverbs 8:19 says, “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.”

2. It is more precious than jewels. Proverbs 8:11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

3. It is more valuable than riches. Proverbs 8:18 says, “Riches and honour are with me [wisdom]; yea, durable riches and righteousness.”

4. It should be our first priority. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Wisdom, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #48)

https://soundcloud.com/danielwhyteiii/the-man-in-the-mirror-episode-48


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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 will continue looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

What Are Characteristics of a Wise Person?

A wise person will love one who rebukes him. Proverbs 9:8 says, “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

The wise will consider the lessons of nature. Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

A wise son delights the heart of his father. Proverbs 10:1 says, “A wise son maketh a glad father.”

A wise person loves the law of God. Proverbs 10:8 says, “The wise in heart will receive commandments.”

A wise person controls his tongue. Proverbs 10:19 says, “He that refraineth his lips is wise.”

A wise person wins others to Christ. Proverbs 11:30 says, “He that winneth souls is wise.”

A wise person listens to counsel and instruction. Proverbs 12:15 says, “He that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise” Proverbs 13:1 says, “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction”

A wise person makes friends with the wise. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.”

A wise person knows how to use information in the right way. Proverbs 15:2 says, “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”

A wise person will avoid conflicts with leaders. Proverbs 16:14 says, “The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.”

A wise person will learn how to give precise answers. Proverbs 16:23 says, “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

A wise person knows how to give good counsel. Proverbs 15:7 says, “The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.”

Taking information through the grid of God’s Word produces wisdom. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, but without Christ, philosophy is void of both love and wisdom. Charles Spurgeon said, “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.To know is not to be wise. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

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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.


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.

Wisdom, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #47)

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 will begin looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Wisdom is seeing the hand of God in every experience of life.

The primary Hebrew word for wisdom is “chokmah.” It comes from a root word meaning “intelligent, prudent, cunning, clever; to teach, instruct.” Another Hebrew word translated
wisdom is “sekel.” It comes from a root word meaning “to be circumspect; to act prudently, to prosper, to have success; to have expertise; to teach; to give insight, have comprehension.” The stated purpose of Proverbs is to “know wisdom [chokmah]” and “to receive the instruction of wisdom [sakel].”

The main Greek word for wisdom is sophia, which denotes practical skill and acumen. One Greek word translated wise is “phro-ni-mos, which means “thoughtful, sagacious, discreet. It implies a cautious person.”

God provides a description of wisdom [sophia] in James 3:17: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

Truthfulness, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #46)

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 will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, How Can We Learn Truth?

We naturally tend to accept false ideas because the ways of death appeal to our human reasoning. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Therefore, it is easy to believe lies, which come from Satan, since he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 says, “When [the devil] speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Furthermore, if a person rejects the truth, God will send him strong delusions, and he will believe a lie. To learn truth, we need initiative and diligence in the following areas:

1. Filling our souls with truth. James 1:21 says, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

2. Studying the meaning of truth. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Truthfulness, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #45)

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 will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, 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.

1. 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.”

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

3. Truth purifies our souls. 1 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.”

The Good White People (Letter 21)


racismDear Y.B.M.:

As I write to you about how to handle prejudice and racism in this great country of ours, allow me to quickly say here that, if God blesses you with some good white friends, give Him thanks. Just as there are bad white people, and bad black people for that matter, there are also some good white people in this country.

Don’t let anybody fool you, if it had not been for the Lord using some good white folks behind the scenes, many successful and notable black people would not have attained the success they have attained. Now, before you take that as a negative statement, please understand that it is a true statement. Many of the notable black people in this country, past and present, did not necessarily pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Some have, but most have had some help from some good black people and some good white people. Watch this:

1. Harriet Tubman had much help from some good white people on the underground railroad.

2. What would Frederick Douglass have done without his white abolitionist supporters?

3. Thank God for the good white people in Phillis Wheatley’s life.

4. Would slavery have ended if it had not been for the force of William Wilberforce?

5. Would Spelman College and Morehouse College have so superbly educated our best and brightest, including Martin Luther King, Jr., without some good white people? By the way, these historically black colleges are named after some good white people who made these fine institutions possible.

6. Even though Martin Luther King, Jr. led the way in the Civil Rights movement, there were many good white people who stood behind him and supported him with their prayers, presence, money, and some even with their lives.

7. And, finally, where would Barack Obama be with his historic run for the presidency without millions of good white people supporting him, against all odds?

Dear Y.B.M., please do not get into the mindset that all white people are out to get you. Even though I would encourage you to be “wise as a serpent, and harmless as a dove”, when it comes to racism and prejudice in this country, be open to God using some good white people in your life, to open some doors for you that otherwise would not be open, and vice-versa.

Thank God for the good white people.

Yours for being wise,

Daniel

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

John Hope Franklin said, “We know all too little about the factors that affect the attitudes of the peoples of the world toward one another. It is clear, however, that color and race are at once the most important and the most enigmatic.”

Cornel West said, “A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue.”

Margaret Atwood said, “I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one ‘race’ – the human race and that we are all members of it.”