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.
John Piper said, “Most people show by their priorities and their casual approach to spiritual things that they believe we are in peacetime, not wartime… Few reckon that Satan is a much worse enemy than any earthly foe, or realize that the conflict is not restricted to any one global theater, but is in every town and city in the world. Who considers that the casualties of this war do not merely lose an arm or an eye or an earthly life, but lose everything, even their own souls, and enter a hell of everlasting torment? ”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?
Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?
Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?”
Being strong in the Lord is just the first step in winning the spiritual battles that we face every day. Next, Paul tells us that we must be strengthened “in the power of His might.”
To understand this, we must first look at the word “might.” “Might” is ability or force. It is a reserve of strength. In physics, this would be called potential energy. It is energy waiting to be activated and put to use.
“Power,” on the other hand, refers to the activity itself. It is a mighty deed or a work of power. In physics, this would be called kinetic energy. It is energy actually being used.
If we are in the Lord, then we have the right and ability to tap into His might and use His power to wage spiritual warfare. God’s might is limitless. He has a vast reserve of strength that we can tap into at anytime. The problem is that most of us don’t tap into it. We try to do things in our own power. We try to take on the devil in our own strength. And that is why we get beat every time. We don’t rely on God. We think we can do it on our own. Part of the reason for this is pride. We think that we have some might of our own. But we have nothing — we are nothing — without God.
If you are to be victorious in spiritual warfare, you must commit today to being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Rely on Him, trust in Him, draw strength from Him and you will win every time.
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.”
— Annie in Vanuatu, South Pacific
help her two sons, Solomon and Kila, to find salvation and have Your will to be done in their lives
— Zenani in Canada
give her healing from a divorce, financial stability, freedom from debts and wisdom in financial management
provide a safe home for her and her son and a safe day care for her son
— NaTash’a in Richmond, Virginia
help her to get her life right with You and have a better relationship with You
show her how to get back on the right track
— Dottie in New Orleans, Louisiana
give her complete healing
bless her daughter’s finances and her grandchildren as they go to summer school
give her husband the confidence he needs in dealing with Mark
provide him with a woman companion for a loving relationship
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
John R. Powers
Sue E. Haupert-Johnson
Timothy S. Smiley
Walter E. Monroe Jr.
Rinaldo D. Hernandez
Sandra J. Johnson
Jeffrey W. Wright
Brenda F. Carroll
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.”
William R. Keating
Robin L. Kelly
Joseph P. Kennedy III
Daniel T. Kildee
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.