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

How Not to Walk, Part 19 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #265)

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 4:30:

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

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In the book, “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism”, Mark Dever writes, “According to the Bible, converting people is not in our power. And evangelism may not be defined in terms of results but only in terms of faithfulness to the message preached. John Stott has said, ‘To “evangelize”’…does not mean to win converts…but simply to announce the good news, irrespective of the results.’ At the Lausanne [loh-zAAn] gathering in 1974, evangelism was defined as follows: To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It’s a tragedy when you try and prove your spirituality by things you don’t do rather than proving it by the things you do.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Peter Cartwright’s family moved from Amherst, Virginia, to Kentucky in 1785 to an area called Rogue’s Harbor. The frontier spot had no school, no newspaper, and very little civilization. All the farmers were self-sufficient, eating what they grew and wearing what they wove from cotton or made from the skins of animals they killed. Cartwright described his early life: ‘I was a naturally wild, wicked boy and delighted in horse racing, card playing and dancing. My father restrained me little, though my mother often talked to me, wept over me, and prayed for me.’ One day an itinerant Methodist preacher came through the encampment, staying at the Cartwright home and giving young Peter his first orientation to religion. When a camp meeting was held in his neighborhood, Cartwright said, ‘Scores of sinners fell under the preaching, like men slain in a mighty battle; Christians shouted for joy.’ But Cartwright was not moved to conversion; in fact, he believed he couldn’t be saved because he was a reprobate bound for hell.”

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When we have grieved the Holy Spirit, and thus do not feel the fellowship with Him that we are used to, the devil will use this opportunity to try to get us to doubt our salvation or to think that we have lost our salvation. That is why Paul made sure to mention that it is by the Holy Spirit that we remain saved — “sealed unto the day of redemption.” When we do not feel the Holy Spirit’s presence, or when it appears that God is ‘silent’, that does not mean that we are not saved. In fact, the silence of God, the distance that we feel between us and Him, can speak volumes. It ought to serve as a warning that we need to check ourselves to make sure that we have not grieved Him in any way, that there is nothing between our soul and the Savior.

But it does not mean that we have lost our salvation. We remain sealed unto the day of redemption. To seal something means to prove, to confirm, to authenticate, or to place beyond doubt. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, then it is beyond doubt that you are saved. And nothing that you or the devil can do to make you unsaved.

The fact that the Holy Spirit can be grieved reminds us that He is a real person whom we are in a real relationship with. We can offend Him just as we might offend another human being. William MacDonald said the fact that the Holy Spirit can be grieved “also means He loves us, because only a person who loves can be grieved. The favorite ministry of God’s Spirit is to glorify Christ and to change the believer into His likeness. When a Christian sins, He has to turn from this ministry to one of restoration. It grieves Him to see the believer’s spiritual progress interrupted by sin. He must then lead the Christian to the place of repentance and confession of sin.”

To grieve the Holy Spirit is a serious offense, one that we ought to strive to rectify as soon as possible so that we can dwell in peace and harmony with God.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit,
How I need Thy help divine!
In the way of life eternal,
Keep, oh, keep this heart of mine.

Let me feel Thy sacred presence;
Then my faith will never decline;
Comfort Thou and help me onward,
Fill with love this heart of mine.

Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit,
Gracious teacher, friend divine,
For the home of bliss that waits me
O prepare this heart of mine.

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.”

— Tiwania
Help her to find a Bible preaching church home, to keep the passion and desire to follow You

— Fred in Dallas, Texas
For You to bless his family, marriage, business and health, for victory over the devil’s obstacles, financial success and peace regarding his tithing, for his mother’s health and success

— Caleah
heal his daughter from her brain disease and strengthen him and his family throughout this situation

— Scott
Heal and restore his marriage, help his wife to find love, forgiveness and reconciliation with him, help him to continue to seek You, mold him into the man You want him to be

— Dencil in India
For restoration and healing, in his home between his wife, and parents, that satan’s plans will be shattered, for God’s blessings

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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

Charlie Cromartie
Kevin Cheek
Betty Tolliver
Linda Cromartie
Brenda Loftin
Ronald Newkirk
Willa Peoples
Jackie Cromartie
Evangeline Jones
Jacquan Stephens

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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

Carlyle Begay
Andy Biggs
David Bradley
Judy Burges
Olivia Cajero Bedford
Lupe Contreras
Andrea Dalessandro
Jeff Dial
Susan Donahue
Adam Driggs