LISTEN: How To Walk, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #277 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 4:32:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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A.W. Tozer said, “Faith enables our spiritual sense to function. Where faith is defective the result will be inward insensibility and numbness toward spiritual things. This is the condition of vast numbers of Christians today. No proof is necessary to support that statement. We have but to converse with the first Christian we meet or enter the first church we find open to acquire all the proof we need.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is no other way for America to be saved unless we have a Holy Ghost revivaI that makes men hate sin, loathe sin, turn from sin, and repent of sin!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Recognizing the passion with which his students engaged in debate, Dr. Timothy Dwight challenged their thinking in a series of lectures that confronted aspects of the philosophy they had begun to embrace. Among his lecture topics were ‘The Nature and Danger of Infidel Philosophy’ and ‘Is the Bible the Word of God?’ In another lecture series, Dwight discussed the various principles of deism and materialism. In a forum that had for so long been sympathetic only to rationalism, the college president’s lectures convinced students that Christianity was intellectually credible. While many chose not to embrace the faith of their president, the student body came to respect him deeply and even to admire him. He preached the gospel of their forefathers in the language of their professors.”

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The final trait that Paul speaks of in this passage that should be a part of the life of the new person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is forgiveness. “Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

No one is exempt from the command to forgive. It applies to everyone, for everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced offense or wrongdoing. We are instructed to forgive rather than to grow bitter, wrathful, angry, or to let malice grow in our hearts.

The Greek word translated as forgiveness means to pardon, to give graciously or freely, or to graciously restore one to another. The Hebrew word translated as “forgive” means to pardon.

Merriam-Webster’s defines “forgive” like this: “to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong; to stop blaming someone; to stop requiring payment.” People feel a keen sense of injustice when they are wronged. They feel as though the person who has offended them needs to pay. They seek revenge. They only feel justified when the other person has suffered sufficiently.

But Christians must abandon this definition of justice. Justice for the Christian is ceasing to demand — whether outwardly or internally — that the other person be “paid out” for their crimes against us. We know that God will judge every one fairly in the end. But it is not our place to demand that judgment because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Because of His sacrifice on the cross, God no longer feels anger at us for our sins. He no longer sees us as guilty; He no longer requires payment for our sins. We ought to extend His forgiveness to others.

John MacArthur said, “If God, Who has received the greater offense, can forgive us, then believers, who have been offended far less, must forgive. If they forget the forgiveness they’ve received and refuse to forgive, God causes them to endure such ‘torturers’ as stress, hardships, troubled consciences, and other trials until they deal with the sin. James says, ‘Judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy.'”

Rosamond Herklots wrote:

‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,’
you taught us, Lord, to pray,
but you alone can grant us grace
to live the words we say.

How can your pardon reach and bless
the unforgiving heart,
that broods on wrongs and will not let
old bitterness depart?

In blazing light your cross reveals
the truth we dimly knew:
what trivial debts are owed to us,
how great our debt to you!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls,
and bid resentment cease;
then, bound to all in bonds of love,
our lives will spread your peace.

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.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall 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.”

— Denice in Desert Hot Springs, California
give her strength to withstand spiritual attack and patience to wait on You; give her clarity regarding hearing from You

— Daniel in Prince George’s County, Suitland, Maryland
help Daniel Cook, as pastor of Life Changing Faith Christian Church, and his leaders not to compromise the Gospel or their families
bless the finances of their church so that there will be money to take care of the budget and to truly help those in need
give Daniel Cook Your wisdom to lead Your people into Your truth

— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father Norman who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing

— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer

— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially

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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 Southern Baptist Church

Sebastian Traeger
Justin Wredberg
Clyde D. Meador
Gayle Stanley
Gordon Fort
Derek Gaubatz
John Bayer
John Brady
Matthew B.
Hal Cunnyngham

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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.”

UTAH STATE LEGISLATURE

Kim Coleman
Earl D. Tanner
Bruce Cutler
Steve Eliason
Marie Poulson
Ken Ivory
Keven Stratton
Robert Spendlove
Rich Cunningham
Gregory Hughes


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.