LISTEN: The Foundations of All Spiritual Blessings, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #151 with Daniel Whyte III)

A series of homilies on Ephesians

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 (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.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:7-14:

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of time he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

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Bonaventure said, “As our Lord asked the sick man whether he wished to be healed, so, without our consent, He will not save us; and sinners are without excuse for not consenting to the will of the Lord and their own salvation.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? The man who has a degree? The man who wears a collar? The man who stands behind an ornate desk with stained glass windows? No, a man can be plowing in the fields and ascend unto the hill of the Lord. He that hath clean hands — that’s our relationship with the world; and a pure heart — that’s our relationship to God, has access to the throne of God at any time.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Korean Revival was born out of intense prayer, and prayer remained an integral part of Korean church life throughout the twentieth century. In many churches, ‘concerts of prayer’ are still practiced in Sunday morning services, with the whole church confessing their sins to God and then calling on God in unison for his blessing. In what have come to be called the “Dawn Meetings,” many Koreans still gather every morning at their churches at five o’clock for prayer. Friday nights are devoted to all-night prayer meetings.”

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Early on in Ephesians 1, we talked about the meaning of predestination and election. Some mistakenly view these doctrines in a vacuum, separate and apart from other passages of Scripture. However, we see in verse 13 that human will plays a role in salvation. Paul writes to the believers of Jesus “in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed…”

Three times in this verse we see human action in the salvation process. First, the Ephesians “heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation.” It was not forced onto them. They chose to hear it. Then, they “trusted.” It was a choice to trust that what they were hearing was true. Finally, they “believed.” They chose to believe in Jesus. While God knows who will choose to hear the Gospel, trust that what they are hearing is true, and believe in Jesus Christ, this does not mean that He forces anyone to make those choices.

Once a person willingly makes the choice to believe in Jesus Christ, Paul says, ‘Ye are sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.’ Now, this is something God does. Once we are His, He seals us by the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, the word “seal” has several meanings which apply to Christians:

1. The seal is a mark of ownership. It shows that we belong to God.

2. The seal is a mark of security. It keeps us from being snatched back by Satan.

3. The seal is a mark of authenticity. It shows that we are true believers of God and that we are what we profess to be. It means that we are saved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

4. The seal is a mark of preservation. It shows that God will keep us and preserve us until He calls us home.

In short, God calls us (in His love, mercy, and grace), we answer (by our own choice and of our own will), and then God seals us as His own.

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.

Revival 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.”

— Annie in Port Vila, 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
give her husband the confidence he needs in dealing with Mark

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

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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 Episcopal Church

Neva Rae Fox
Jacqueline Franco
Rev. Meghan F. Froehlich
Lisa Gandolfo
Ken Gilkes
Linda A. Glad
Sheila Golden
Jose Gonzalez
Olivia Greene
Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén

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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
MARYLAND
Pete K. Rahn
George W. Owings III
James D. Fielder, Jr.
Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh
Craig A. Williams
V. Glenn Fueston, Jr.
Jimmy H. Rhee
Roy C. McGrath
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio
Robert F. Scholz, Esq.
Christopher B. Shank
Dennis R. Schrader


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.