LISTEN: Reconciled to God, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #170 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 2:11-13:

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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William Sprague said, “Let Christians remember, that in a season of revival as well as in a season of coldness, the evidence of piety is to be sought in the fruits of the Spirit. And let sinners remember that no degree of attendance or means, no degree of fervor, can be substituted for repentance of sin and faith in the Savior.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we had more hell fire preaching in the pulpit then we would have less hell bound people in the pew.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Moravian movement began with Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf a young nobleman converted to Christ early in his childhood. At age four, he wrote and signed his own covenant with God: ‘Dear Savior, do Thou be mine and I will be Thine.’ When asked later in life about the driving force of his life, Zinzendorf responded, ‘I have one passion: It is Jesus, Jesus only.’”

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In the first ten verses of Ephesians 2, Paul has reminded us of our status as sinners and how we were saved by grace. Now, he reminds us of our status as Gentiles, separated from the family of God. *** He says, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands.”

In the Old Testament, there were two classes of people: Jews and Gentiles. The Jews were God’s chosen people, the seed of Abraham, whom God had set apart to remain in communion with Him and to be a light of righteousness to the Gentile world. Many of the Jews became proud in their status as the “Circumcision” and began to look down their nose at those who were the “Uncircumcision.” They forgot that their mission was to bring people like us closer to God; instead, they enforced the division between Jews and Gentiles, taking pride in the fact that they were set apart. On top of that, the Jews often drifted from God and began to engage in idolatry, and God had to punish them. So the light that they were supposed to shine was very dim.

The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “God called the Jews, beginning with Abraham, that through them He might reveal Himself as the one true God. With the Jews, He deposited His Word, and through the Jews He gave the world the Saviour. Israel was to be a light to the Gentiles that they too might be saved. But sad to say, Israel became like the Gentiles, and the light burned but dimly. This fact is a warning to the church today. When the church is least like the world, it does the most for the world.”

Because we were cut off as Gentiles, the Bible says we were “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” This verse describes the sad, lost state of one that is without Christ. An alien. A stranger. Hopeless. And without God. That is a terrible way to be.

This division continued until the time when Jesus came to earth. Even as Jesus and His followers began reaching across the divide to bring Gentiles into the fold, there was some resistance. Some of the Jews thought the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was for the Jews only. Others wanted the Gentiles to become Jews and to become circumcised before they came to Christ.

But, thank God, Jesus accepted us just as we are. As verse 13 says, “Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Jesus is the bridge by which anybody can draw near to God through faith in Him. There are no middle-men or gatekeepers. Just Jesus, God Himself, standing before us all — Jew and Gentile alike — and saying, “Come.”

Charlotte Elliott wrote:
Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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.”

— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father Norman who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing

— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer

— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially

— Nalo in Converse, Texas
bless her and her children and deliver them from financial struggles
heal her of the constant pains that wrack her body
help her to forgive her husband for abandoning them and to move on with her life
help her to love her children and herself; be spiritually healthy and be devoted to You

— Tonya in Los Angeles, California
bring healing to her and her daughter and have their desires to be fulfilled;
have her enemy who has harassed her for seven years to be removed from the complex

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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 AME Church

Rose Marie Rhodes Miller
Tania E. Wright
Delman Howard
Glenda F. Hodges
TaShun Bowden-Lewis
James T. Golden
Frederick D. Sherrod III
Warren Dawson
Shirley Cason Reed
Leodis Strong

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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.”

MONTANA STATE CABINET MEMBERS

Ron Baldwin
Sheila Hogan
Ron de Yong
Dan Villa
Meg O’Leary
Dan Ritter
Mike Batista
John Rogers
Tom Livers
Jeff Hagener


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.