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;
Francis Frangipane said, “There will be no ‘knights in shining armor’ in God’s kingdom; our armor will have many dings and dents. No perfect heroes will ride to save the day; just wearied saints who look to God and, in weakness, find Christ’s strength. This, indeed, is the essence of God’s kingdom: divine greatness manifested in common people.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “America is not dying because of the strength of humanism; it’s dying because of the weakness of evangelism.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us that there are nine faces of revival: “The repentance revival emphasizes a moral cleansing of individual lives and of society as a whole. The evangelism revival focuses on winning souls to Christ. The worship revival centers on magnifying God. The deeper life revival emphasizes the experience of God’s indwelling. The spiritual warfare revival devotes its energies to battling Satan and the other demons. The Holy Spirit revival is characterized by extensive manifestations of the Spirit. The reconciliation revival leads to the removal of barriers to racial and ethnic harmony. The liberation revival focuses on gaining freedom from corporate and personal bondage to sin. The prayer revival displays considerable efforts at intercession and other forms of prayer.” And I will add that true revival will include all of these things.
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 third use of this word that we are going to look at is in Psalm 141:3: “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
David was a man after God’s own heart, and this verse from one of his writings shows one of the reasons why. The Hebrew word for “watch” used in the psalm is “shomrah”, and it means to stand guard. The word “keep” has an even more broad meaning. It means, “to watch, to guard, to preserve or guard from dangers, to be blockaded, to be a watchman.”
Although David made some major mistakes in his life, he was not the kind of person who wanted to leave the door open for evil. Matthew Henry said, “David was in fear of sin, and he begs of God that he might be kept from sin, knowing that his prayers would not be accepted unless he took care to watch against sin.”
Some of us go out into the world with our guard down, heedless against the temptations that Satan is planning on sending our way. We don’t watch our tongues, our thoughts, or our eyes. We say things, think things, and do things that we may not have planned on doing, but that we end up doing anyway because we did not watch, we did not guard against the possibility of temptation and sin.
We need to be like David and ask God to set a guard at our tongues, our hearts, and our minds that we might not think, say, or do anything that is displeasing to Him. We need to watch.
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.”
— 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 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.”
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.”
Charles Duane Baker, Jr.
Richard D. Snyder
Mark Brandt Dayton
Dewey Phillip Bryant
Jeremiah Wilson Nixon
Stephen Clark Bullock
John Peter Ricketts
Brian Edward Sandoval
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.