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 2:8-10:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Vance Havner said, “Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Revival is the Spirit’s passion within the believer to know and to obey the total will of God.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “No one could anticipate what would transpire in the next few hours as the small group of Moravian Christians gathered in Herrnhut, Germany, to observe the Lord’s Supper on Wednesday evening, August 13, 1727. Those present had a growing recognition that all was not right among them. Though they weren’t as openly critical of one another as they had been only weeks earlier, their leader challenged them to ‘quit judging each other.’ The Moravians in Herrnhut lived in harmony as a Christian community, but the sweetness of the faith seemed to be missing in their lives. When they assembled that summer evening, however, they experienced the presence of God. As a result, they were changed, ‘in a single moment into a happy people.’ The revival went on for a hundred years.”
Many people who get saved think that the conversion experience is all there is to living the Christian life. Many in the church have unfortunately given off the impression that the conversion experience is a magical end-all for new believers. However, after you get saved, you have a long journey before you.
Jesus did the work of salvation for us; now He is busy working in us to make us like Himself. Paul writes that “we are his workmanship.” The word “workmanship” means “that which is made, a manufactured product.” It takes time and care to make a product. Jesus is spending time and taking care to ensure that we become people who will do “good works” in His name.
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck states, “The word ‘workmanship’ used only here and in Romans 1 denotes a work of art or a masterpiece. It differs from human ‘works.’ Believers are God’s workmanship because they have been created in Christ Jesus — a work only God can do. The purpose of this creation is that believers will do good works. God’s workmanship is not achieved by good works, but it is to result in good works.”
If you are a believer, even now, God is working in you to make you like His Son. This is the “good work” that Paul speaks of. It is not our own good work. It is God’s work in us that is good; it is Jesus’ work in us that is good. Their good work brings about our new nature. Any good works that we do flow out of this new nature which flow out of the good works of God and Jesus in our life. Thus, even the good works that we do after we are saved are not our own. It is God working through us. Every good work that we do is attributed to Him.
Today, we ought to commit ourselves to embracing the work that God is doing in each of our lives. We ought to submit ourselves to His authority that we may become salt and light that reflects Him in the world.
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.”
bless his compensation fund with $777,000.00
bring restoration and remove discord from her family after her son’s interracial marriage
— Denice in Desert Hot Springs, California
give her strength to withstand spiritual attack and patience to wait on You; give her clarity regarding hearing from You
— Daniel in Prince George’s County, Suitland, Maryland
help Daniel Cook, as pastor of Life Changing Faith Christian Church, and his leaders not to compromise the Gospel or their families;
bless the finances of their church so that there will be money to take care of the budget and to truly help those in need;
give Daniel Cook Your wisdom to lead Your people into Your truth
— Ruusa in Windhoek, Namibia
help her and her siblings to be successful in life and provide them with jobs;
bless Ruusa with a job as a nurse
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
Teresa L. Fry Brown
Dennis C. Dickerson
Jamye Coleman Williams
Kenneth H. Hill
Patricia M. Mayberry
Francine A. Brookins
Vernon R. Byrd, Jr.
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.”
TENNESSEE STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Rebecca R. Hunter
Debra K. Payne
E. Douglas Varney
Terry Max Haston
Richard H. Roberts
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.