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.
George Whitefield said, “Unless your hearts are free from worldly hopes and worldly fears, you never will speak boldly as you ought to speak. The good old Puritans, I believe, never preached better than when in danger of being taken to prison as soon as they had finished their sermon. Ask yourselves again and again whether you would preach for Christ, if you were sure to lay down your lives for so doing?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “I want to see the house of God open 24 hours a day so people can come. We don’t close the hospitals after eight hours a day or the police station. Why should the churches be locked up tonight?”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Why would the unsaved attend a prayer meeting for revival? Different people had different reasons. Some reported being drawn to the churches by dreams and visions. Others actually came intending to disrupt the meetings or to have a good laugh at Christians engaged in prayer. Regardless of why they came, God worked in their hearts when they arrived. Many came under intense conviction of sin and found themselves ‘thrown to the ground under the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Sometimes the conviction experienced by those attending services resulted in noise and confusion. More often, the meetings were overcome with a sense of stillness and solemnity.”
One of the important things to remember as we strive to walk worthy of our calling by endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is that it is not our unity that we are seeking to establish. In fact, we are not seeking to establish unity at all. Instead, we are seeking to maintain unity that has already been established through the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is a lot of talk about Christians trying to forge unity in the church today. However, when Christians are divided — whether it be over doctrine, over race, over culture, over politics, over education, or over tradition — it is not because there is no unity; it is because certain people or groups of people are rebelling against the unity that already exists. Disunity ought to be an aberration, not the norm, for the body of Christ.
During the American Civil War, there were never really two countries. There was only one country, however, a certain group of people rebelled against the unity of the country. Abraham Lincoln did not go to war to create a Union; he went to war to maintain the Union.
As Christians, our job is to maintain the union of believers. We ought to seek to remove any obstacle from our hearts and lives that could hinder the union. Our real enemy is not fellow Christians who may happen to be different in some way. Our real enemy is the devil. Thomas Brooks rightly stated, “Discord and division become no Christian. For wolves to worry the lambs is no wonder, but for one lamb to worry another, this is unnatural and monstrous.”
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.”
— Linda and Wade in Ledyard, CT
for her prodigal husband to return to You and come home
to keep him safe as he begins full time ministry in Pakistan
— Virginia in Barbados
for her nephew, Fachad, to be released from prison; for her husband to stay employed; for her to become debt free
— Kenesha in Kenosha, WI
bless her as a single mother, provide for her and her children; give her the right kind of job that pays well; lead her to a good church home
— Pastor John and Scovia in Uganda
for money to pay for their house; blessings and provision for their church
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.