LISTEN: Alive in Christ, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #164 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 2:1-3:

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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Jonathan Goforth said, “If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, ‘It is not by might, but by My Spirit.'”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I read of the revivals of the past, great sweeping revivals where thousands of men were swept into the Kingdom of God. I read about Charles G. Finney winning his thousands and his hundreds of thousands of souls to Christ. Then I picked up a book and read the messages of Charles G. Finney and the message of Jonathan Edwards on ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ and I said, ‘No wonder men trembled; no wonder they fell at the altars, cried out in repentance, and sobbed their way to the throne of grace!'”

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We live in a society that is always reminding us to look forward, to look to the future, to anticipate the next big thing. Even in our churches, preachers dole out sensational messages about what the future holds for the faithful. But, it is unwise to look to the future and ignore the past because, as Shakespeare wrote, “What’s past is prologue.” What has happened before gives context to what is happening now and what will happen in the future.

In the passage that we are considering today, Paul is reminding the Ephesian believers of their past. For some reason, it is important that they do not forget where they have come from. Paul says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”

The term “walk” is often used in the Bible as a metaphor for one’s lifestyle. Paul is saying that the believers at Ephesus used to follow the course of the world, the flesh, and the devil. They used to live just like the “children of disobedience.”

As Christians, we often get saved and then get comfortable. We forget about the past and what Christ has saved us from. This leads to many Christians who, instead of reaching out to the lost, look down their noses at them. It also leads to churches which have an inward focus instead of an outward focus. We have forgotten that we used to be just like the world until God rescued us and saved us by His grace. We are not better than those who remain in the world. We simply have been rescued from the world by Jesus Christ.

This sentiment is expressed in this poem by Carol Wimmer:

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I was lost!
That’s why I chose this way”.

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
Needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have had my share of heartache,
Which is why I seek His name.

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
And can’t ever pay my debt.

If we remember where we have come from and where the course of the world eventually leads, we will be more inclined to shine the light of the Gospel to those who still desperately need it.

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.”

— Julio in Port St. Lucie, Florida
For wisdom and knowledge for his medical education, career and ministry

— Marc in Israel
for safety of Christians in Israel and the Church of Tabgha congregation

— Henry in New Delhi, India
to bless their church

— 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 speech impediment

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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

Shaun Walsh
Lisa Webb
Pierre Whalon
Madison Wiles
Lynette Wilson
Charles Wynder, Jr.
Eric Wynter
Michael H. Walsh
Sherri Siegel-Quinones
Barry M. Signorelli

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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.”

KENTUCKY STATE CABINET MEMBERS

Greg Thomas
Matthew G. Bevin
John E. Chilton
Janice Tomes
Glenna Goins
Geoff Pinkerton
Teresa Sanders
Michaela Giles
Kara Smothermon
Christina Gordley


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.