A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
W.A. Elwell said, “It is not a sign of weakness to enjoy rewards for work well done, so long as we keep in mind that our work never places God (or Christ) in our debt; his rewards are given freely out of the joy it brings him to give them.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “You can have all of your doctrines right — yet still not have the presence of God.”
After Paul’s emphasis on employees working for the authority over them as though they were working for Jesus Christ, one might object, saying, ‘Well, it’s the human boss who gives me my paycheck. What he says and what he thinks is most important.’ Paul has an answer for this notion. He says the Christian employee knows that ‘whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.’
This is a principle that goes for those who are employed by others or employed for themselves. God sees all good work — no matter who it is done for — and He will reward it. If you do good work for your employer, God will ensure that good comes your way as well. Rest assured, God’s rewards are far more important than your employer’s. Your paycheck is nothing without the blessings that God can bestow upon you.
Any time you feel like slacking up on your work because you are not getting paid enough, remember God will make up the difference. If you are constantly covering for another employee, your boss might not notice, but God does. If you go the extra mile for a customer, God sees and He will reward you. Don’t grow weary in well-doing. Keep on doing good and God will reward you.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revive the Family Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Rachel in Jerome, ID
for blessing and protection to be upon their church and ministry, as well as her and her husband as they strive to minister
— Sylvia in Bridgetown, Barbados
give her strength amid her mother’s terminal illness
— Larbi in Accra, Ghana
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your voice
grant him a godly wife, a woman who will understand him, love him to the end, love his ministry and help him carry out the work
grant him grace and favor to win lost souls to Jesus
— Jimmy in Rockford, Illinois
heal his marriage that is in trouble
— Ruusa Panduleni
heal her grandfather, give her sister strength
bless her with a job and admission to school
help her and her siblings to be successful in life; provide them with jobs
bless Ruusa with a job as a nurse
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Board Members of the National Baptist Convention
James Moore, Sr.
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
J. French Hill
James A. Himes
Michael M. Honda
Steny H. Hoyer
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. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. 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 Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.