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 3:20-21:
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of reasoning about God’s Word. Obey it!”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a Book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a Book to be believed (and after that to be obeyed).”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Within a decade, the movement of prayer that began in Great Britain was duplicated in the United States and many other nations. The story of the Second Great Awakening is a story of God bringing revival to praying saints and giving birth to a renewed missionary vision in the church. The outpouring of the Spirit that fell in these meetings impacted the evangelical church for half a century.”
When God does things that are “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” it is not we in the church who get the credit or the glory. It is not a testament to how great we are, because we are nothing without Christ. Instead, Paul writes, “Unto him [that is God] be glory in the church by Christ Jesus.” The exceeding abundant work that God does in the life of His children individually and in the body of believers collectively is a testament to His might, power, love, and grace.
Now, we must not make the mistake of thinking that these exceeding abundant works will always be something that we approve of or desire. When they happen, we may not always consider them to be miracles. Many Christians have found out years later that a terrible situation that happened to them was actually God working in their lives for the good of the kingdom of Christ and for God’s own glory.
You know the story of Jim Elliot. In 1956, he was trying to reach the Auca Indians of South America for Christ. Just three years earlier, after watching an Indian die in a jungle hut, he had affirmed his willingness to serve God and die if necessary among these people. At that time, he prayed, “Lord, let me live until I have declared Thy works to this generation.”
Jim Eliot was not planning to die. He didn’t expect God to answer his prayer by letting him be speared to death before he was thirty years old. But neither did he have any idea that within three years his name would be known all over the world and that his writings would challenge many to give themselves to missionary service. He did not know that his death — his violent untimely death, might I add — was a catalyst that brought hundreds of Indian heathens to Christ.
God’s exceedingly abundant work in Jim Eliot’s life involved pain, difficulty, and death. What we must remember as Christians is that, as we walk with Christ, all things may not appear at first to be miraculous or blessed, but God is at work bringing glory to Himself out of everything that happens in our lives.
Steven J. Cole said, “Because God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, we should pray for that which would further His glory through Christ and His church.”
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.”
— 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
— NaTash’a in Richmond, Virginia
help her to get her life right with You and have a better relationship with You
show her how to get back on the right track
— Dottie in New Orleans, Louisiana
give her complete healing
bless her daughter’s finances and her grandchildren
give her husband the confidence he needs in dealing with Mark
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
Joseph “Yoon-gi” Sumi
Ree “Kum-joo” Sumi
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.”
NEVADA STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Adam Paul Laxalt
Barbara K. Cegavske
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.