LISTEN: Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #210 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 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.

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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, “The last words of Jesus to the church in Revelation were ‘Repent!’”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “North of New England, the Maritime Provinces of British North America (Canada) experienced the ‘New Light Revival.’ Evangelist Henry Alline and others impacted Baptist and Congregational churches with the revival message. Methodists conducted camp meetings and established new churches throughout Upper Canada. The revival later touched Presbyterians in the same region.”

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When Paul says a Christian is to walk worthy of his vocation or calling, he is referring to the lifestyle of the believer. He is referring to how we carry ourselves as those who have been set apart for God. Our lifestyle ought to be distinct from that of the world. People ought to be able to look at us and see that we are living according to the values of the Kingdom of God.

One commentator stated, “Paul is not asking too much of the saints (the set apart ones) at Ephesus. Indeed, this is a call to walk on a plane commensurate with our heavenly position in Christ and our earthly possession of every spiritual blessing in Christ. Our calling and our conduct should be in balance. We do not become Christians by living the Christian life; rather, we are exhorted to live the Christian life because we are Christians, that our lives may measure up to our profession and our position in Christ. Paul’s call for a worthy walk resonates throughout his epistles. The point is that it is not enough to just know the truth, but we must live it out.”

The Christian is to represent Christ well in the world. Our words, behavior, and attitudes ought to bring glory to Him. When we act outside of the will of God, we bring shame to the Kingdom of God.

Recently, during the Olympics in Brazil, the actions of a few American swimmers brought shame to the name of the other Olympians and to the United States. These swimmers were wearing American uniforms, they entered the Games under the American flag, they won medals that brought glory to the United States. But their actions outside of the swimming pool were clearly not in accordance with the values espoused by the U.S. Olympic Team and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

When we act foolishly and sinfully as Christians, we are not acting in accordance with the values of the Kingdom of God. We are not walking worthy of our calling.

This hymn reminds us of how we should walk:

Christian, walk carefully; danger is near!
Go on thy journey with trembling fear;
Trials from without, and temptations within,
Seek to entice thee once more into sin.

Christian, walk cheerfully through the fierce storm,
Dark though the sky be with threats of alarm;
Soon will the clouds and the tempest be over,
Then with thy Saviour thou wilt rest evermore.

Christian, walk prayerfully; Oft wilt thou fall,
If thou forget on thy Saviour to call;
Safe thou shalt walk through each trial and care,
If thou art clad in the armour of prayer.

Christian, walk hopefully; sorrow and pain
Cease when the haven for rest thou shalt gain;
Then from the lips of the Judge, thy reward:
“Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

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.”

— 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

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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 Church of the Nazarene

Scot Riggins
Jill Riggins
Lynn Shmidt
Sherry Shmidt
Jordan Thompson
Rachel Thompson
John Watton
Laurie Watton
Samuel Yangmi
Lumae Yangmi

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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.”

ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE

Steve Thompson
Cathy Tilton
Chris Tuck
Liz Vazquez
Tammie Wilson
Adam Wool

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE

Sherry Appleton
Andrew Barkis
Steve Bergquist
Brian Blake


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.