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.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
William Gurnall said, “We must put our confidence in the armor of God and in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only mighty through God.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “We need to get into the Word and eat it. It will hurt us at times, but it will revive us. It may unclothe us to clothe us, empty us to fill us, cast us down to lift us up, and yet this is all we need.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Revivals naturally lead to a significant evangelistic outreach and harvest of souls in the community touched by the revived church.”
Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The second use of this word that we are going to look at is in Nehemiah 4:7-9: “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.”
The context of this passage occurs after Nehemiah has led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Upon their arrival, they find that the walls are torn down and that the Temple has not been rebuilt. Motivated by this sad state of affairs, Nehemiah rallies the people to begin rebuilding the holy city.
His plans, however, are opposed by other non-Jewish groups that had begun living in the area since the Jews were carried into exile. Even though Nehemiah had permission from the Persian king to restore the city, Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites sought to undermine and hinder the reconstruction project, even to the point of going to war against the Jews.
Nehemiah did not let their opposition hinder him. He continued on his course, but made precautions against the possibility of attack. First, he led the people in prayer; he said, “We made our prayer unto our God.” Just as we learned from Ephesians, when faced with Satanic opposition, we ought to “pray always with all prayer.”
The second thing Nehemiah led the people in doing was watching. He says, “We set a watch against them day and night.” They didn’t stop their work; they continued with the task God had given them, but they had an eye on their enemies. They were aware of the threat that surrounded them and they were alert to the possibility of a sneak attack. So they watched and prayed.
When we face spiritual opposition, we ought to respond the same way.
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 everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially
— Nalo in Converse, Texas
bless her and her children and deliver them from financial struggles;
heal her of the constant pains that wrack her body;
help her to forgive her husband for abandoning them and to move on with her life;
help her to love her children and herself; be spiritually healthy and be devoted to You
— Tonya in Los Angeles, California
bring healing to her and her daughter and have their desires to be fulfilled;
have her enemy who has harassed her for seven years to be removed from the complex
— Ronda in Camp Springs, Maryland
protect her from all attacks of the enemy on her current job and give her favor with man and in all tasks set before her;
provide her a new job doing work that she enjoys and making income that will allow her to do more in her life, for her family and Your kingdom;
continue to do a work in her and bring a Godly Christian man into her life to marry this year
— Rubbie in Panama City, Florida
give her healing in her mind and body, deliver her from depression
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.”
Leaders of the Presbyterian Church
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.”
David Yutaka Ige
Clement Leroy Otter
Bruce Vincent Rauner
Michael Richard Pence
Terry Edward Branstad
Samuel Dale Brownback
Steven L. Beshear
Piyush “Bobby” Jindal
Paul R. LePage
Martin Joseph O’Malley
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.