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 1:18-23:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Del Fehsenfeld Jr. said, “Revival awakens in our hearts an increased awareness of the presence of God, a new love for God, a new hatred for sin, and a hunger for His Word.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The church should have more vision than anyone in the world; but she’s blind and crippled and helpless in her present state.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In 1906, ten dedicated young Christians gathered a group of Christians every night to pray for revival. After a week of intense prayer, nothing had happened. “Perhaps God would not send revival after all,” they reasoned. It was easy to assume God would withhold revival blessings because of the widespread paganism in their region. Nevertheless, as the Mizo Christians were saying farewell to three friends, revival came. According to one observer, while the group sang the hymn ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again,’ ‘the Spirit was poured upon them in a remarkable manner.’ Others living nearby joined them as they continued in a time of prayer and praise. God had not abandoned them. Revival had come!”
Today, we are going to continue looking at how God wants us to have our eyes opened to the ‘exceeding greatness of His power.’ We saw yesterday that this mighty power was shown in the resurrection and saving work of Jesus Christ. But, not only has Christ saved us by His mighty power, He has so transformed us that we have a completely new standing in Him.
Verses 20-21 of our passage tell us that God, through His mighty power, “set Jesus at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” Many men throughout history have tried to dominate the world through military and political power. Some have even claimed that they were gods and were worshipped as such. But no one, except Jesus, is a true world ruler.
Being the incarnate Word, He is the creator of the world, and He is its rightful ruler. Although for a time, it seemed as if Satan had taken over the world, Jesus broke his usurpation through His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus showed that He is the true ruler of the world, not because He came with armies to conquer it and to enslave mankind, but because He alone loved the world enough to die for it. Now, He sits in Heavenly places, “far above” all other forms of power, authority, or rule not only in this world, but in the world to come.
Handley Moule said, “Think of the paradox. The Apostle is speaking of a Personage of history, of recent, almost contemporary, history. He had worked with His hands, He had walked from place to place like other men, and man could no doubt accurately describe His look and manner when He talked. He is now ‘seated at the right hand of’ Almighty God, on His very throne.”
Most people who saw Jesus as a man on this earth could not imagine Him as God, seated in Heaven, the supreme potentate of the universe. By the same token, we here on this earth who believe in Christ as our Savior have a similarly dramatic transformation. By God’s mighty power, we are transformed from sinners destined for Hell into saints already seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. It cannot be emphasized enough that the mighty power of God is available to and is working in us today.
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.”
— Gary in West Jefferson, NC
That doors would open for a second job with more hours; that he would not be stressed and impatient
Deliver him from being angry and aggravated, make his motives pure and his faith genuine, and answer his cry for help; save him from sibling jealousy and restore his relationship with his brother
Restore her daughter, Jessica’s faith and reconcile them; that satan would release his hold on her son-in-law, Justin; protect her two grandsons against the enemy
that their son would present his citizenship application early
to get money to pay an able lawyer who will be interested in their case and represent them efficiently
that their deportation would be cancelled
for his family, for their church, and for Henry Sunray
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
Gary Phelps II
Robert W. Radtke
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson
Rev. Margaret R. Rose
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
John E. Chilton
Charles G. Snavely
William M. Landrum III
Mark D. Bunning
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.