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

How Not to Walk, Part 12 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #258)

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 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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Robert E. Speer said, “The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men; deeper, far, than the need for money; aye, deep down at the bottom of our spiritless life is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, world-wide prayer.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I want to so live that God doesn’t have to give me but one minute’s notice to step out of time into eternity.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival introduced the element of shouting to revival meetings, so that many were called ‘shouting Methodists.’ So many of their new songs had the word ‘shout’ in the lyrics that it became a common religious expression. When someone died, for example, the Methodists said, ‘He went off shouting.’ Shouting was not simply noise, nor was it loud preaching; yet when a minister was preaching, some would shout from the audience. Shouting wasn’t exhorting, nor praying, nor was it a united cheer of many believers. Shouting was an individual response. Loud praying was ‘shouting,’ as when a congregation all prayed loudly at the same time, when, for example, they attempted to ‘pray down’ a sinner, so he would get converted.”

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In verse 28, we have another contrasting position between the actions of the new man and the old man. Paul writes, “Let him that stole steal no more.” Stealing is the action of the old man — action that a new man in Christ should not engage in.

Stealing was very rampant in Paul’s day, especially among the slaves and the poorer class. Many people felt it was okay to steal to survive. But Paul calls Christian slaves, no matter how impoverished, to a higher standard of living. The way of thievery is the way of the world and the proof of a lack of trust in God. It is a demonic way of thinking. When a person thinks: ‘I am going to get what I want even if I have to steal it is devilish. Christians are to abide by the way of trust in God to supply for all their needs.

Stealing has its roots in Satan. The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “Just as Satan is a liar and a murderer, he is also a thief. [Jesus said,] ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.’ Satan turned Judas into a thief and he would do the same to us if he could. When he tempted Eve, he led her to become a thief, for she took the fruit that was forbidden. And she, in turn, made Adam a thief. The first Adam was a thief and was cast out of Paradise, but the Last Adam, Christ, turned to a thief and said, ‘Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.'”

Here we have a great contrast — Adam the old man and Christ the new man. Adam’s way failed. Only Jesus’ way will work in the end. All who are new men and women in Christ should leave the old ways — including stealing behind — and begin to walk in the new way of Christ.

The new man ought to live the new life, as expressed in this poem:

New Life in Christ, abundant and free!
What glories shine, what joys are mine,
What wondrous blessings I see!

My past with its sin, its searching and strife,
Are forever gone — there’s a brand new dawn!
For in Christ I have found new life.

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