A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
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 5 & 6 (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.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
C.S. Lewis said, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
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, repent of sin, and turn from sin.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Evan Roberts felt himself overwhelmed by the love of God. A verse he had learned immediately came to mind: ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ The motto of the revival in Wales was born out of Roberts’ experience that day: ‘Bend the church and save the world.’ Though still young, this new evangelist was about to become God’s agent to carry the spirit of revival throughout his homeland.”
How do we have peace, show love, and demonstrate faith in our daily lives as Christian believers? We all know that we cannot do these things on our own. That is why Paul said in verse 23, “Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace, love, and faith come from God and Jesus Christ.
In the Bible God is called “the God of all peace.” Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. If we want peace in our lives, in our families, in our churches, and in our relationship with the world, we must be connected to God through His Son Jesus Christ. People and things might give you the semblance of peace temporarily, but true, lasting peace comes only from God.
First John 4:8 says, “God is love.” In John 13, Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘love one another even as I have loved you.’ God and Jesus are the source of true, lasting love — love that is not based on feelings or romantic whims, but love that is giving and sacrificial. That kind of love is hard for us to do on our own, but we can love like God loves us and like Jesus loves us if we rely on them to love others through us.
Finally, we often think of faith as something that we show toward God and Jesus, but the Bible teaches that we are also given faith. Romans 12:3 says, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” In other words, God has given each person the ability to have faith in Him and to live by that faith. Hebrews 12:2 calls Jesus “the author and finisher of our faith.” Faith, in this sense, is the entire life of belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. That belief should bleed over into every aspect of our lives. We may start out feeble in the faith, but Jesus strengthens and perfects us in faith as time goes on.
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.
Revive the Family 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.”
— Delores in Oklahoma
deliver her from alcohol
heal her body and mind, restore her soul
provide her a place to live of her own, bless her finances, and give her direction
have her children, Shaun, Amber, Julian and Zoe’ to be saved, and have their relationship to be restored
open doors for her ministry
— Jonathan in Malaysia
provide him a permanent job
— Jeanne in Cleveland, Ohio
help her to receive Your forgiveness and not be destroyed by self-condemnation; give her closure
— Annie in Port Vila, Vanuatu, South Pacific
help her two sons, Solomon and Kila, to find salvation and have Your will to be done in their lives
— Zenani in Canada
give her healing from a divorce, financial stability, freedom from debts, and wisdom in financial management
provide a safe home for her and her son and a safe day care for her son
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 Presbyterian Church
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.”
STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Anne Gust Brown
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.