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.”
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 1:12-16:
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.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Andrew Murray said, “May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “In the garden, Jesus travailed for your life and for mine. Will you travail for someone until the glory of God comes down on them? Weep for them so they won’t have to weep in hell. It’s not an easy way, but it’s a glorious way.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “If there was ever a man whose very life was defined by revival, it was Jonathan Goforth. As a student at Toronto’s Knox College in 1887, his life was impacted by a college revival conducted by the American evangelist D. L. Moody. Later, when he was a missionary in China, news of the Welsh Revival created a deep hunger for a similar movement of God in his own ministry. Once he learned of the Korean Pentecost, he traveled to see it for himself. After Goforth returned to China, he became a carrier of revival who brought awakening to Manchuria in 1908.”
In verses 15 and 16 of Ephesians chapter 1, we see that Paul is a man who truly rejoiced in the spiritual growth of young believers. After explaining to them the process that they have gone through in the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Savior and the impartation of the Holy Spirit into their lives, Paul expresses his joy at their progress in the way of faith.
Not only was he glad to hear that they had received Christ, but that they were living as a true Christian community, showing love to each other and unto all the saints. It is one thing to love God who first loved us, but it is another thing to love sinful people like ourselves who, in most cases, have done nothing to deserve that love. Even in the church, people are not angels, and it really does take Christ-like agape love for everyone to get along. As John said, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” So Paul was especially happy that this church family was showing love one to another.
Can you honestly say that you have love toward all the saints? Or are there certain people in the body of Christ that you hold on to cold feelings for? We must remember that love is a choice, not a feeling. It is also an obedience issue. One of Jesus’ commands to the disciples was that they love one another as He had loved them. If Christians today practiced that principle, we would not have as much division and disputes as we have in the church today. We need to get back to the ‘old time religion’ that makes us ‘want to love everybody.’
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.”
— Lanitra in Kentucky
help her as a single mom to raise her 3 children; provide financially for their bills and other household needs
— Edmund in Zielonka, Poland
bring religious freedom to Poland
help Edmund, his wife, Dorothy, their daughter, Ann, and their sons, Peter and Daniel, to serve You
provide work for Edmund and Dorothy
give wisdom for learning in school to Daniel
help Peter to find and follow Your direction for his life
bless Ann with a husband
— Freddie in Fairbanks, Alaska
help him to deal with his totally rebellious children
— Jimmie in Jacksonville, Florida
strengthen him and his family, help them to do right
— Pastor Charagh in Lahore, Pakistan
bless their work in rural areas of Pakistan, including these ministries: children’s education, youth, Sunday school, and evangelism outreach
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
Tara Elgin Holley
Patricia E. Holley
Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn
Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill
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
Dorothy Frost Teeter
Major General Bret Daugherty
Sheida R. Sahandy
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.