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.
Ephesians 6:10: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Amy Carmichael said, “Don’t be surprised if there is an attack on your work, on you who are called to do it, or on your innermost nature — the hidden person of the heart. It must be so. The great thing is not to be surprised, nor to count it strange — for that plays into the hand of the enemy. Is it possible that anyone should set himself to exalt our beloved Lord and not instantly become a target for many arrows?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?”
For the Christian, the idea that life is war is more than true. While we may want to rest easy as Christians, we must come to realize that our life is a daily spiritual battle — a war that will not end till the day we die. The moment we decided to believe in Jesus and follow Him, we took sides in this war. We cast ourselves against the forces of darkness whether we believe it or not, whether we want to or not. How do we win this war? How do we succeed against our powerful enemy, Satan, who prowls about like a roaring lion seeking to devour us?
The Bible tells us how. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Notice the address to “brethren.” This is the church as a whole — not just men or women, not just young or old, not just pastors or leaders — all brethren. No one who names the name of Christ is immune from the battle.
We all are told to “be strong in the Lord.” This term means to be enabled or to be strengthened to engage in spiritual warfare. We do not gain strength on our own. It does not come through spiritual self-help books, attending seminars, or psyching ourselves up for combat. We gain the strength to fight spiritually only by being “in the Lord.”
Being “in the Lord” requires a sensitivity to His spirit. A person who has sin in his life is going to be weakened spiritually, and will leave an opening for the devil to wreak havoc because he is not “in the Lord.” He may be saved, but he is not currently walking in the path God has set before him. In order to be “in the Lord” and to benefit from His strength, we must get rid of the sin in our lives and walk in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. There is no other way to win the spiritual battles that we face.
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.”
— Lois in Buffalo, New York
meet her urgent financial need
bless her personally, professionally, and in every relationship
take the heart of stone from her heart and grant her a new heart, renew Your Holy Spirit within her
help her to truly value herself, give her wisdom
— Mark in Sorrento, Florida
give him a closer walk with You
— Delores Stanley in Virginia
have 100% of her Social Security benefits to be released and all finances (including VA) to be released as soon as possible
provide her with her own place to live
— Jordan in Sheridan, Indiana
provide Jordan Vira, Eleanor Vira, Kyle Jones, Kylen Vira, and Kayden Vira with a financial breakthrough to meet all obligations including rent, food and utilities
give them emotional and spiritual healing
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.”
District Leaders of the United Methodist Church
Christian E. Eckert
Paul Lawrence Byars
Douglas C. Pennington
William Robbins Sims
John E. Brooks
Timothy R. Trent
Gary A. Spencer
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.”
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Henry C. Johnson
Walter B. Jones
David P. Joyce
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.