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 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.
Lewis Drummond said, “The spiritual disciplines of 2 Chronicles 7:14 are not just conditions for a true revival; they are the revival itself.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we had more sleepless nights in prayer, there would be far fewer souls to have a sleepless eternal night in hell.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Four years after revival broke out under Jonathan Edwards’ preaching, people throughout all the English colonies were stirred to conversion through the preaching of another great evangelist, the Englishman George Whitefield. Benjamin Franklin published Whitefield’s fiery sermons for the masses to read, and these publications contributed to the revival as well.”
Continuing with the theme of remembering where we have come from on our journey from sinners to saints, Paul reminds us that we were once just as bad as the people whom we now are often eager to condemn. Notice that Paul includes himself in the number: “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.”
The word “conversation” is another metaphor for lifestyle. Our lifestyle was that of people who seek only to fulfill the desires of the flesh and the carnal desires of the mind. We pursued the things of this world instead of the things of God. We were blinded to the fact that we were being led on by Satan and that we were, “by nature,” the “children of wrath.” In other words, we were headed for destruction and Hell where we would experience the wrath of God.
Why is Paul focusing on this? Shouldn’t we be putting the past behind us and looking toward the future. Yes, we ought to put the past behind us, but that does not mean we ought to completely forget the past. If you play with fire and get burnt, after you have recovered from your injury, it would be wise for you to remember the painful sensation of being burnt so that you won’t play with fire again. You also ought to remember the pain so that you can warn others about the danger of playing with fire. That is what this is about.
One commentator said, “The converts are to be reminded what they have been delivered from, as well as what they have been lifted into. They must be led to look down again into the pit, into the grave, from which grace called them out and set them free.” The grace that we have experienced ought to spur us on to look back and pull others out of the fire, and look to our glorious and bright future at the same time.
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.”
— 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 affordable housing
— Betty in Houston, TX
give her hope after the death of her husband and her son;
help her to wait on You and trust in You, provide for her needs
— Brenda in Bardstown, KY
for healing of a drug addiction, for her 25-year-old daughter who is pregnant with her 6th child, (4 which Brenda has custody of), for protection and guidance
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 AME Church
Frank M. Reid III
Gregory G. M. Ingram
William P. Deveaux Sr.
John Richard Bryant
Theodore Larry Kirland
Preston Warren Williams III
Richard Franklin Norris
Julius Harrison McAllister
James Levert Davis
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.”
UTAH STATE CABINET MEMBERS
General Jefferson Burton
Angela F. Micklos
Gary R. Harter
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.