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

How Not to Walk, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #260)

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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A.W. Pink said, “Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin — who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion — and a Savior for no others.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God is looking for people who will live recklessly for Him — not concerned with public opinion or preacher’s opinions, but becoming a love slave of Jesus Christ.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival popularized other revival activities as well: Singing was attended with a great blessing. At every meeting, before the minister began to preach, the congregation was melodiously entertained with numbers singing delightfully, while all the congregation seemed in lively exercises. Shaking hands while singing furthered the work. The ministers … go through the congregation and shake hands with the people while singing. And several … declared that this was the first means of their conviction.”

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As we return to this verse once again, one of the things our attention must be drawn to is the great difference between the way of the world and the way of God. The world, for the most part, agrees with Paul when he says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands…” But, God’s Word takes things a step further when it says, “that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Yes, Jesus expects that His children ought to work, not just so they can have for themselves, but so they can have to share with others. The old man thinks only of himself and what he can gain. The new man thinks of others and how he can be of service and help.

The devil can take a good thing like hard work and make it a selfish endeavour. That is what he specializes in — taking something that God has ordained and twisting it into something wrong and self-serving. But, as anyone who has lived long enough will tell you, if you live only for yourself, you will end up unhappy, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied with life. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

As you work at whatever occupation you are engaged in, think about what you are able to give to others. Certainly, it feels good to receive a paycheck on a regular schedule, but God says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Fanny Crosby wrote:

To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path
that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel
our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might
what our hands find to do.

To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life
let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner
our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
“Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness
and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father
exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus,
“Salvation is free!”

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.”

— Gwendolyn
For her 2016 Seniors Stand-Up Parade in Downtown Dallas on November 5, 2016 to go well

— Nomthandazo
Deliver him from all devilish spirits

— Bisesango
Please take away all evil spirits and poverty and heal Bisesango of hypertension

— Adriana
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
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

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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

Herman Hill
Deidre Tabor
Latoia Brown
Natalie Faison
Nkechi Frazier
Joy Gause
Shellie Hatcher
Tamika Hicks
Sarah Johnson
Jamaica McLucas

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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.”

ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE

Regina Cobb
Doug Coleman
Diego Espinoza
Karen Fann
Eddie Farnsworth
Charlene R. Fernandez
Mark Finchem
Randall Friese
Rosanna Gabaldón
Sally Ann Gonzales