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 4:3-6:
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Charles Spurgeon said, “If you look down into a well, if it be empty it will appear to be very deep; but if there be water in it, you will see its brightness. I believe that many ‘deep’ preachers are simply so because they are like dry wells with nothing in them except decaying leaves, a few stones, and perhaps a dead cat or two. If there be living water in your preaching, it may be very deep, but the light of truth will give clearness to it.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “I’m embarrassed to be a part of the so-called church of Jesus Christ today because I believe it’s an embarrassment to a Holy God.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival of 1800 actually began in a communion service at the Red River Church near the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Reverend James McGready was administering the ecumenical service, preaching a Friday-to-Monday meeting. Nothing unusual happened until Monday. Then a woman at the far end of the house gave vent to her feelings in loud cries and shouts. When dismissed, the congregation showed no disposition to leave, but many of them remained, silently weeping, in every part of the house.”
We ought to strive to maintain unity in the body of Christ because we have one God who is the Father of us all. Paul tells us that this Father is also “above all, and through all, and in you all.”
The fact that God is “above” us, reminds us that He is sovereign and superior. Nothing in the universe is higher than God. One term that could be used to describe the “aboveness” of God is to say that He is “transcendent.” He is not dependent on anyone or anything for existence. We need Him; He does not need us.
Although God is above all things and people, He also exists “through all and in you all” — specifically through and in the members of His church. William Blaikie said God is “pervading the whole universe, sustaining and ruling it, not dwelling apart from his works, but pervading them, not, however, in any pantheistic sense, but as a personal God, whose essence is separate from his works.” The devil has deceived many in the world into thinking that God is distant. But, we in the church, know that He draws nigh to His people. Even though He does not need us, He lives in us and works through us. In His mercy and grace, He has chosen to use the weak, sinful, flawed creatures of this world to carry out His work.
Someone once wrote —
God builds His church and makes it strong
By using you and me;
And if we all will do our part,
The world Christ’s love will see.
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.”
— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer
— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially
— Nalo in Converse, Texas
bless her and her children and deliver them from financial struggles;
heal her of the constant pains that wrack her body;
help her to forgive her husband for abandoning them and to move on with her life;
help her to love her children and herself; be spiritually healthy and be devoted to You
— Tonya in Los Angeles, California
bring healing to her and her daughter and have their desires to be fulfilled
have her enemy who has harassed her for seven years to be removed from the complex
— Ronda in Camp Springs, Maryland
protect her from all attacks of the enemy on her current job and give her favor with man and in all tasks set before her
provide her a new job doing work that she enjoys and making income that will allow her to do more in her life, for her family and Your kingdom
continue to do a work in her and bring a Godly Christian man into her life to marry this year
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 Pentecostal Church
David K. Bernard
A. D. Beacham, Jr.
J. Talmadge Gardner
D. Chris Thompson
Thomas H. McGhee
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.