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 1:15-19:
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Andrew Gih said, “God’s time for revival is the very darkest hour, when everything seems hopeless. It is always the Lord’s way to go to the very worst cases to manifest His glory.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “It doesn’t say in Scripture that you lose your first love, it says you leave it.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In 1907, Jonathan Goforth made a tour of Korea, something he’d wanted to do ever since he’d heard the first reports of the Korean revival. While there, he was deeply moved by what he experienced. He realized the movement in Korea was “no wild gust of religious enthusiasm,” but rather a deep, moving work of the Holy Spirit. He was also challenged by the prayer life of the Korean missionaries and national church leaders. Believing God was “no respecter of persons,” Goforth began praying for a similar outpouring of the Holy Spirit in China.”
Regarding the verses we are studying in Ephesians 1, Warren Wiersbe wrote, “By making us His inheritance, God has shown His love. By promising us a wonderful future, He has encouraged our hope. Paul offered something to challenge our faith: ‘the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe.’ So tremendous is this truth that Paul enlisted many different words from the Greek vocabulary to get his point across: du-na-mis which means ‘power’ as in dynamo and dynamite; e-ner-geia which means ‘working’ as in energy; kra-tos which means ‘mighty’; and is-chus which means ‘power.’ Ephesians 1:19 can be translated, ‘What is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the operation of the might of His strength.’ He is talking about divine, dynamic, eternal energy, available to us!”
Yesterday, we talked about Paul’s prayer (which should be our prayer): that the ‘eyes of our understanding be enlightened’ that we might know God and Jesus better. Today, we are going to look at, specifically, what it is God wants to open our eyes to. The first thing we see is “the hope of his calling.”
“Hope” is always a positive word that implies that we are looking forward to something good in the future. The word “calling” refers, first, to the call of God that drew us to salvation through Jesus Christ. After we received Christ, the “call” took on new meaning as we are all called to sanctification in Christ. Part of this call was addressed when we looked at Ephesians 1:4, which reads, “He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
By extension, the “call” extends to what we do as believers — the ministry or service that God has called us to. And the hope that we have in this call is the guarantee that, because God is faithful, He will do everything that He has promised us as believers. This includes our future resurrection, eternal life, freedom from sin, and union with God himself in Heaven. All of that is wrapped up in our calling.
If we know that to which we are called, this knowledge fills us with hope while we are on this earth. We do not have to get discouraged by the things that are happening in this world. We have a higher calling that we are certain will be fulfilled — not because of who we are, but because of who God is.
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.”
— Vera in Montgomery, Alabama
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay; For a fulltime paying job and a debt free home; Freedom from credit card debts; Salvation for all her family members, that they will be sold out for You, that You will give her a Godly man to marry
— Raul in Premont, Texas
For his kidney function to be 100%
— Jessica in Tyler
That You will provide her with financial aid she needs to finish nursing school
— Hugo in Lima, Peru
Bless him, his parents, brothers, sisters, and all his relatives, provide them with good health and enough money
— Marie in New York
For the blood of Jesus to cover her life; For protection and for God’s favour to be over her situation; For doors to open for resources, support, and provision to be able to pay daily costs and obtain medical and dental care; For all criminal activities and actions being taken against her to be shut down; For Tim to find a place to live; For problems with their house to be fixed
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 Episcopal Church
Rev. Ranjit Mathews
Rt. Rev. F. Clayton Matthews
Rev. Glenda McQueen
Rev. Heather Melton
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
Gavin M. Gee
Colonel William B. Richy
Susan E. Buxton
Lt. Col. Ralph Powell
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.