LISTEN: How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 38 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #90 with Daniel Whyte III)

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.”


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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 6:10-18:

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;

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C.S. Lewis said, “It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objectives—education, building, missions, holding services. But in a way things are much simpler than that… The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I think one of the serious breakdowns in modern evangelism is this: it has offered too much for too little. What we do mostly is offer forgiveness. We need cleansing! There is no true conversion until a man takes up his cross.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Don’t seek the extraordinary [outward] signs of revival, for these unusual expressions are not what revival is about. Also, don’t measure the success of a revival by the number or intensity of extraordinary signs; if you do, you’ll miss the whole purpose of a revival. Instead, seek the Lord, because it is he who revives our hearts. Measure a revival by God himself.”

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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 next use of this word that we are looking at is in Ezekiel 33:67, which reads: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”

The passage which we read yesterday came at the beginning of Ezekiel’s ministry, shortly after he had been called by God. This passage comes closer to the end of his ministry after he had been ministering for a while. This shows us that our calling as watchmen does not change. We may be tempted to change with the times or adjust our message according to the whims of the people. But, the watchman is not a people-pleaser; he is a people-saver.

This passage contains a special warning for the watchmen who do not do their duty. The watchman who knows the word of God and sees the people going astray yet does not warn them of the dangers of their evil ways has failed in his duties. When those people die in their sins, God will lay their deaths to the charge of the disobedient watchman. This ought to make us take our duty as Christian watchmen seriously.

The question we must answer is: Do we love and fear God more than we love and fear man? Some preachers who have compromised or diluted the Word of God in order to gain worldly favor will find themselves with blood on their hands when they stand before Jesus Christ because they did not warn people to turn away from their evil ways. They were too afraid to offend people, so they kept silent. They were afraid of losing financial support, so they turned a blind eye. They were afraid of losing public influence, so they just brushed it under the rug. None of what they gained on Earth by their silence will be worth it when they stand before God.

A watchman must speak God’s words regardless of what people think. The stakes are too high to risk doing anything less.

Let’s pray

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.”

— Phil
rid his house of all bed bugs and have them never to return;
provide him with a woman companion for a loving relationship

— Kailash in South Africa
help him with the finances he needs to complete his MBBS degree/medical education;
help him to use his calling to change the lives of others

— Ricardo
deliver him and his elderly father from demonic attacks

— Candice in Chicago
provide her with a job and help her to get her life back on track;
bring unity back to her family;
bless her kids with good health and give them safety

— Adeniyi in Lagos, Nigeria
provide him with divine intervention and help him to get married;
grant him a house of his own and ministerial breakthrough

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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

Rosemary Gallagher
Marissa Galvan-Valle
David Gambrell
Anna Garcia
Cindy Garcia
Debbie Gardiner
Ruth Gardner
Kevin Garvey
Kristen Gaydos
Nicole Gerkins

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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.”

STATE CABINET MEMBERS

Pam Bondi
Adam Putnam
Jeff Atwater
Casey Cagle
Sam Olens
Brian P. Kemp
Richard Woods
Gary W. Black
Ralph Hudgens
Mark Butler


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.