Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

How Not to Walk, Part 11 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #257)

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 4:26-27:

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

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Samuel M. Zwemer said, “I feel now that many nations could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God wants to get us to the place where we’d rather fast than feast; where we’d rather be unknown than known.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The preaching at the Cane Ridge camp meeting and other places was intense, hot, and moving. An eyewitness remembered: As the meetings progressed and the excitement grew more intense, and the crowd rushed from preacher to preacher, singing, shouting, laughing, calling upon men to repent, men and women fell upon the ground unable to help themselves, and in such numbers that it was impossible for the multitude to move about, especially at night, when the excitement was the greatest, without trampling them, and so those who fell were gathered up and carried to the meeting house, where the ‘spiritually slain,’ as they called them, were laid upon the floor. Some of them lay quiet, unable to move or speak; some could talk, but were unable to move; some would shriek as though in greatest agony, and bound about ‘like a live fish out of water.’ No doubt the more ‘respectable’ folks who heard such an account were scandalized, but those who took part were convinced that God was at work.”

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Today, we are going to focus on verse 27 which reads, “Neither give place to the devil.” While Paul is writing specifically in the context of anger, there are many situations in our lives in which we can give place to the devil if we are not careful.

The term “give place” means to grant, to allow, or to deliver a space, a room, an opportunity, or an occasion for acting. When we give place to the devil, it is as if we fix up the guest room and invite Satan into our house. We are giving him an opportunity to work. The Greek word used to describe Satan in this verse is “diablos”; it comes from two words which mean “to divide.” When the devil enters our lives he always aims to divide. He wants to divide us from God. He wants to divide family members from one another. And he wants to divide fellow believers from each other.

Pride, envy, anger, unforgiveness, and lust are all sins of the heart. Others may not be able to see them in us, but the devil sees them as windows of opportunity. If he can get a foothold into our lives, he will exploit these sins of the heart and turn them into sins of the mind. That is why it is important that we do not give him an opportunity to do so.

Dwight Pentecost said, “When a mountain climber scales a mountain, he does not need a four-lane highway to allow him to get to the top. If you have watched a climber in a movie you can see that he or she can use the smallest foothold, and inch-by-inch, has victory over the mountain. In your life, Satan does not need a huge opening, and you are not safe if there is the slightest foothold for him to begin inching his way to your defeat.”

When a military invades another country, the first thing they look for is a beachhead, a foothold. If they can secure a beachhead as a base of operations, they can launch a successful assault. The devil is looking for a beachhead into your life. By dealing with the sins of the heart, you can deny him this opportunity.

A.B. Simpson wrote:

Resist the devil and he will flee.
Say “No!” to temptation, win the victory.
Say “Yes!” to Jesus, He will set you free,
And give you power over the enemy.

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.”

— Adriana Lindovská
Please provide her and her two children with a home and to find a good person in their town who can help them
Bless her with a better job with more opportunities in her business

— Dr. Joy James
Grant her the desires of her heart regarding her professional career that You want her to have and bless her with the assistant professor position at her University

— Brittanie McCullers
Give her a stronger relationship with You
for a better relationship with her Mom and Dad
for a better job and to have faith for all these things to happen

— Pastor James K Waiya in Nairobi, Kenya
Please bless and prosper his Gospel ministry in Kenya

— Stanley Ebinum
Heal him permanently of kidney infection
Empower him with the spirit of faith to serve You with his whole heart
Reveal Yourself to him
Bless his family financially and otherwise
Help him to graduate with a 1st class degree from his university

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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 Pentecostal Church

Shirley Buxton
Ronald Daughtridge
Jesteen Richbourg
Brenda J. Wilson
Carylon Burns
Hattie Foster
Deborah Hairston
Samuel Hairston Jr.
Gwen Norman
Veatrice Reid

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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.”

NEVADA STATE LEGISLATURE

Becky Harris
Jesse Haw
Ben Kieckhefer
Ruben Kihuen
Mark Lipparelli
Mark Manendo
David Parks
Julia Ratti
Michael Roberson
Tick Segerbloom