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

How Not to Walk, Part 21 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #267)

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 4:30-31:

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

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

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Andrew Bonar said, “We must continue in prayer if we are to get an outpouring of the Spirit. Christ says there are some things we shall not get, unless we pray and fast — yes, prayer and fasting. We must control the flesh and abstain from whatever hinders direct fellowship with God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “How do you learn to pray? Well, how do you learn to swim? Do you sit in a chair with your feet up drinking Coke learning to swim? No, you get down and you struggle. That’s how you learn to pray. Prayer is our strength; prayer generates strength; it generates vision; it generates power. And the devil wilI drive you away from the prayer closet more than anything.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “For the next three months, Peter Cartwright searched long and fervently for God. Conviction of sin was so great he was incapable of going about his chores; he couldn’t seem to find pardon for his sins. When he heard about the great camp meeting of the Cane Ridge Revival, he attended and went forward with multitudes of weeping ‘seekers’ to bow and earnestly pray for mercy.”

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Today, we return to the topic of bitterness — a sin that can be a temptation for everybody, but one that especially grieves the Holy Spirit of God. According to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, bitterness is the opposite of kindness. It is the spite that harbors resentment and keeps a score of wrongs. In the New Testament, the word is used in a metaphorical sense to describe animosity, resentfulness, harshness, or an openly-expressed emotional hostility against an enemy. Merriam Webster’s defines bitterness as something “felt or experienced in a strong and unpleasant way; being angry and unhappy because of unfair treatment.”

We have all had the experience of unfair treatment at some time in our lives. The thing that separates the Christian from the world, the new man from the old man, is in how we respond to it. Do we hold on to our negative feelings or do we let them go?

The Holy Spirit is described in Scripture as ‘abiding’ with us. The word ‘abiding’ connotes a still restfulness in our souls, a comfortability — a place where the Holy Spirit feels at home. Bitterness is also something that abides. It is a brooding, simmering attitude of hatred and negativity toward someone else. The spirit of bitterness cannot rest alongside the Holy Spirit, and when the attempt is made, the Holy Spirit is grieved.

Christians are commanded to be ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit, who is also described as a ‘consuming fire.’ Bitterness is also a spirit that ‘fills’ and ‘consumes.’ Helen Grace Lesheid wrote, “Bitterness grows. It distorts reality. It keeps us chained to the past. Like bad air, it pollutes not just the bitter person, but those who come in contact with the person.” You must decide whether your bitterness toward someone is worth grieving the Holy Spirit in your life. You cannot have both; you must choose to let go of one — the bitterness or the Holy Spirit.

In a poem titled “The Cure for Bitterness,” Deborah Ann Belka wrote:

Bitterness is a bitter pill,
that at times we all swallow
causing a pool of self pity
where misery loves to wallow.

At first, the acid taste,
doesn’t bother us too much
for we feel justified in our pain
and to our anger we still clutch.

As we take our daily dose,
our sweet revenge turns a little tart
but we don’t seem to notice
as the root of spite buds in our heart.

We take our correct measure,
each morning when we awake
for we are not willing to forgive
and aren’t wanting to forsake.

The cure for bitterness,
can’t be found in any kind of pill
but you will find the treatment
when you learn to know God’s will.

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