LISTEN: The Fellowship of Believers, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #125 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 6:10-24:

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;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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Charles H. Brent said, “To be able to look into God’s face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. Whatever else pardon may be, it is above all things admission into full fellowship with God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “When you go out of a church service and say, ‘I didn’t get much out of that meeting,’ that’s not the point. How much did God get out of it? Did He get worshipped? Did He get adoration? Our only business on earth is to glorify God.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Jenkins’ New Quay Church was among the first stirred by a touch of revival. The pastor had organized a special conference in January 1904, in which many in his church had begun experiencing personal revival. The spirit of revival continued under the preaching of Seth Joshua. Later that year, Joshua preached in the town of Blaenannerch. During his meetings there, students from the nearby Methodist Academy attended.”

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We are continuing to look at the power of peace which should be present in the lives of all believers. We have already seen how it should be apparent in a Christian’s personal life, in Christian families, and in the local church.

Today, we are going to look at the virtue of peace as it should be evident in how the Christian interacts with the world.

Christians should interact with the world from a foundation of peace. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow (or pursue) peace with all men…” Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

In the latter verse, notice the words, ‘If it be possible…’ This indicates that it may not always be possible to live peaceably in the world or with the world. In fact, it appears to be getting harder and harder to do so. But living at peace ought to be our goal.

The main way in which we ought to share the peace and love of Christ with the world is by inviting others to come to Jesus for salvation. Ironically, this very act of sharing the Gospel is the one which may prove to be the one which causes conflict and disagreement. The Bible says that the Gospel is an offense to the world. People do not like to be told that they are sinners, that they are on the road to Hell, that they cannot save themselves, and that the only way they can be saved is through the blood of Jesus Christ. This offensiveness should not deter us from sharing the Gospel and inviting people to share in the peace of Christ.

There is much war and conflict in the world. The Bible tells us that true peace will not be realized until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, returns. God’s people can fulfill their role as ambassadors of peace by preaching the ‘glad tidings’ that Jesus came to make peace between God and man. That is the greatest thing that we as peacemakers can do for the world.

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.”

— Pastor L. V
bless their Gospel work and service to others

— Dottie in Louisiana
for total grace, mercy, peace; for her daughters, grandchildren and their relationship; for her grandson to be healed from his speech impediment

— Audrey in Archer, FL
for her grandson, Rashad, to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation

— Magloire in Lome Togo, Africa
for support she needs as well as for their prison chaplain

— Tonya in Los Angeles, CA
for her neighbor Ricky to stop harassing her, provide her with affordable housing

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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

Beth Snyder
Bill Somplatsky-Jarman
Berry Sosa
Jake Souder
Roger Spalding
Frank Spencer
Alex Spoelker
Champaka Srinivasan
Susan Stack
Charles Stanford

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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
CALIFORNIA
Gavin Newsom
Kamala D. Harris
Alex Padilla
Betty Yee
Dave Jones
John Chang
Tom Torlakson
George Runner
Fiona Ma
Jerome Horton


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.