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.
Jonathan Edwards said, “Resolved: that all men should live for the glory of God. Resolved second: That whether others do or do not, I will.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Are we sorry for grieving the heart of God? Are we sorry for denying God the right to own our personality, to own our mind, to own our thoughts, to own our emotions? If not, we’re robbing God.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In 1781, the faithful prayer warriors in Cornwall, England, chose to begin their Christmas celebration in prayer. They gathered as early as 3:00 A.M. at St. Just Church to sing hymns and pray to God. Then, as one account puts it, “the Lord of the universe stepped in and took over.” The Christmas prayer meeting continued for six hours. Even then, the intercessors ended the meeting only temporarily to be with their families on Christmas Day. Later that evening, they gathered once again at the church, and the revival continued. Cornwall’s Christmas Revival extended into January and February. By March, prayer meetings were continuing until midnight. This awakening by the Holy Spirit was largely a prayer movement.”
From this passage, we are looking at the specific traits that should be a part of the life of one who is walking worthy of his calling in Christ. We have already looked at the traits of lowliness and meekness.
The third trait that Paul names is “longsuffering.” “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called with longsuffering…” Longsuffering means “patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance.” When we see this word in the Bible, the word “longsuffering” is most often used within the context of God’s dealings with human beings. You have experienced the longsuffering of God even though you may not have recognized it at the time. God shows Himself to be long suffering when He does not immediately punish us for our disobedience to Him. Rather, He waits for a while (He suffers long) in hopes that we would correct ourselves. That is what it means to be longsuffering — to let things go, to not get angry, to remain calm for a while, even though things are going wrong, in the hopes that people would correct themselves.
Longsuffering is a godly trait and we are to be imitators of God. For us, long suffering means being patient with others, suffering the wrong they do us without retaliation, and enduring difficult situations without complaint.
John Eadie said a person who is longsuffering “is opposed to irritability, or to what we familiarly name shortness of temper, and is that patient self-possession which enables a man to bear with those who oppose him, or who in any way do him injustice. He can afford to wait till better judgment and feeling on their part prevail. In its high sense of bearing with evil, and postponing the punishment of it, it is ascribed to God.”
There are people and situations that will test us immensely in our Christian walk. When things are not going our way, that is when we ought to walk worthy of our calling by practicing longsuffering.
A man went to his pastor and said, “Pastor, pray that God would help me be more patient.” The pastor said, “I’ll pray for you right now.” He proceeded to ask God, “Lord, please send tribulation into this brother’s life.” The brother said, “Pastor, what are you doing? I asked you to pray that I would develop patience.” The pastor said, “Haven’t you ever read in Romans 5:3 that tribulation worketh patience? I prayed for tribulation because you can only learn patience and longsuffering when you are being tested and when you are suffering.”
It is the same for us. Longsuffering is something that can only be learned by the power of the Holy Spirit in the course of our life in this world.
Bob Gotti wrote:
As believers live for Christ,
He makes changes in our lives,
Convicting us with the Spirit,
using the Word as we hear it.
His Word touches everything,
He teaches us long suffering,
As we daily deal with others —
unbelievers and Christian brothers.
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.”
— Gary in West Jefferson, NC
That doors would open for a second job with more hours; That he would not be stressed and impatient
Deliver him from being angry and aggravated, make his motives pure and his faith genuine, and answer his cry for help; save him from sibling jealousy and restore his relationship with his brother
Restore her daughter, Jessica’s faith and reconcile them; that satan would release his hold on her son-in-law, Justin; protect her two grandsons against the enemy
That their son would present his citizenship application early;
to get money to pay an able lawyer who will be interested in their case and represent them efficiently;
that their deportation would be cancelled
For his family, for their church, and for Henry Sunray
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.