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 3:20-21:
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
P.T. Forsyth said, “It is well to get rid of the idea that faith is a matter of spiritual heroism only for a few select spirits. There are heroes of faith, but faith is not only for heroes. It is a matter of spiritual adulthood. It is a matter of maturity.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of the New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone’s tooth.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “It is by revivals of religion that the Church of God makes its most visible advance. When all things seem becalmed, when no breath stirs the air, when the sea is like lead and the sky is low and grey, when all worship seems to have ended but the worship of matter, then it is that the Spirit of God is poured upon the Church, then it is that the Christianity of the apostles and martyrs, not that of the philosophers and liberals, keeps rising … from the catacombs of oblivion, and appears young and fresh in the midst of the obsolete things of yesterday and the day before.”
As Paul comes to what has been called the “doxology” of his prayer, he focuses words of praise on God whom he expects will answer the requests he has just made on behalf of the Ephesian believers. In so doing, he turns the attention of his readers to God as well.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Paul had asked for four things that the Ephesian believers could not do for themselves — that, perhaps, even they did not think were possible. He had asked: (1) that they would be strengthened by His Spirit; (2) that Christ would dwell in them; (3) that they would be able to comprehend or take hold of the love of God; and (4) that they would be filled with all the fullness of God. All before that, Paul had talked about how Gentiles and Jews were now members of one family in Christ — something that had been previously thought impossible.
How could all of this be done? It could only be done by God who is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck wrote: “Paul praised God who is able to do far more than one could ask or imagine, according to the standard of His power that is at work within us. No human or angel would ever think that Jews and Gentiles could function together in one body. But with God’s power of love in each believer’s life, Paul was confident that Jewish and Gentile believers can function and love one another. This is astounding and though it is not naturally possible, God is able to accomplish it. Paul therefore ascribed to God glory which is to be manifest in the church, where the miracle of love will occur, and in Christ Jesus, who made the union of Jewish and Gentile believers possible.”
Any good thing that you have experienced, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good thing that you have thought about or imagined, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good things that you can not even think to name, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly.
Many believers, today, unfortunately don’t take God’s ability seriously. We have become so influenced by humanism and secularism that, mentally, we limit God. We don’t think of Him as being able to do exceedingly and abundantly, above and beyond what we can ask or think. Thus, we don’t ask for the things that we should ask for. We forget that some things may seem impossible to us, but nothing is impossible to God.
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.”
— David in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
deliver Elena Suciu Pop from all problems and be with her 11 children
provide for their charity ministry and church planting ministry
— Ann in Carson, California
give her a financial breakthrough
— Delores in Oklahoma
deliver her from alcohol
heal her body and mind, restore her soul
provide her a place to live of her own, bless her finances, and give her direction
have her children, Shaun, Amber, Julian and Zoe’ to be saved, and have their relationship to be restored
open doors for her ministry
— Jonathan in Malaysia
provide him a permanent job
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 Church of the Nazarene
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.”
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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.