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 4:1-3:
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
A.W. Tozer said, “The spiritual man habitually makes eternity-judgments instead of time-judgments. By faith he rises above the tug of earth and the flow of time and learns to think and feel as one who has already left the world and gone to join the innumerable company of angels and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Such a man would rather be useful than famous and would rather serve than be served. And all this must be by the operation of the Holy Spirit within him. No man can become spiritual by himself. Only the free Spirit can make a man spiritual.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The awakening in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia crossed racial and denominational lines. As many as ten or fifteen thousand would gather in forest clearings at camp meetings for the preaching of the Scriptures. Both black slaves and white slave owners from every church background came together to be moved by the Spirit of God.”
So far, from this verse, we have looked at the significance of Paul’s urgent plea from prison. We have also looked at what our vocation or calling actually entails. Now, we turn our attention to the act of walking worthy. What does that mean exactly?
Well, the term “walk” is used in the New Testament as a reference to one’s lifestyle. The word “worthy” is from the Greek “axios” which means “in a suitable manner; in a worthy manner; or in a manner that is becoming.” Thus, Paul is telling us that we ought to live in a manner that is suitable, worthy, or becoming of a Christian. There are some behaviors that are not becoming of a person who follows Christ. And there are some behaviors that ARE becoming of a person that follows Christ. Our lifestyle ought to match our profession. People ought to look at us and see that we are living according to the values of the Kingdom of 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.”
— Vera in Montgomery, Alabama
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay, for a full time paying job a debt free home, and credit card debts; For salvation for all her family members, that they will be sold out for You, that You will give her a Godly man to marry
— Raul in Premont, Texas
For his kidney function to be 100%
— Jessica in Tyler
That You will provide her with the financial aid she needs to finish nursing school
— Hugo in Lima, Peru
Bless him, his parents, brothers, sisters, and all his relatives, provide them with good health and enough money
— Marie in New York
For the blood of Jesus to cover her life; for protection and for God’s favour to be over her situation; for doors to open for resources, support, and provision to be able to pay daily costs and obtain medical and dental care; for all criminal activities and actions being taken against her to be shut down; for Tim to find a place to live; for problems with their house to be fixed
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.