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

How Not to Walk, Part 26 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #272)

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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An old Puritan prayer states, “Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, and that to bear the cross is to wear the crown.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We’ve got more books on the Holy Ghost than any generation ever, but we’ve never had less power. Like most of our praying, it’s all in print on book shelves.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Some criticized the emotional expressions known as ‘jerks’ that were manifested in Peter Cartwright’s meetings, but they were manifested in all the great Cumberland revival meetings. Some said the ‘jerks’ were purely nervous reactions caused by suggestion when others were seen jerking. Others said it was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Cartwright himself had the ability to sense when people were imitating the ‘jerks,’ and he dealt with them strictly. He even told the story of one man who, claiming to have the ‘jerks’ but wanting to get rid of them, went to get a bottle of whiskey to ‘drink them off.’ As the man attempted to raise the bottle, a ‘jerk’ more severe than any before broke his neck and he died.”

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The sixth sin that Paul says a Christian should stay away from because it grieves the Holy Spirit is malice. Malice is defined as a spirit of ill-will toward others; it is a desire to injure; it is also wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws. Merriam-Webster’s states that malice is “a desire to cause pain, injury, distress, or harm to another.” It is the “intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse.”

In these definitions, notice the words “desire” and “intent.” The command here is not, ‘Do not harm another person,’ but ‘Do not have malice in your heart toward another person. Do not have the intent or desire to cause harm to another person.’ God is concerned with what is going on in your heart and mind, not just what you do with your body. Even if you do not carry out malicious acts against someone, you ought not to secretly wish that something bad would happen to that person. Rejoicing in some misfortune that befalls someone else is also evidence of malice.

H.A. Ironside said every Christian has an obligation to put away all malice. “If you do not live up to that, you are not living a real Christian life. This is Christianity lived in the power of the Holy Ghost.” You might feel like the malice in your heart is justified because of what someone did or said to you. But, you must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit and bring your feelings under the authority of Christ. You must choose to put on the new man who will not walk in maliciousness, but in a spirit of love and forgiveness toward all.

George Cuff wrote:

There are sins from the former life that simply must be denied,
Things the godless revel in, that a believer must sweep aside.
Immorality of every kind, impurity, lust and greed;
You will be bound to idolatry if scripture you fail to heed.

You must also rid yourselves of anger, malice and rage.
Watch your speech carefully. Do not in profanity engage.
You threw off the sinful man who reveled in foul deeds;
The new man is renewed in mind, empowered by Christ indeed.

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.”

— Henry in New Delhi, India
bless his ministry with big gatherings and huge offerings

— Pastor Prasada
bless their Gospel work and service to others

— Dottie in Louisiana
for total grace, mercy, peace; for her daughters, grandchildren and their relationship; for her grandson to be healed from his speech impediment

— Audrey in Archer, FL
for her grandson, Rashad, to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation

— Magloire in Lome Togo Africa
for support she needs as well as for their prison chaplain

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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 Southern Baptist Church

Matthew Herriman
Matthew Hawkins
Steven Harris
Samuel James
Stacey Keck
Gary Lancaster
Kevin Miller
Trillia Newbell
Bobby Reed
Tom Strode

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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.”

UTAH STATE LEGISLATURE

Jerry W. Stevenson
J. Stuart Adams
Todd Weiler
Ralph Okerlund
Lyle Hillyard
Kevin T. Van Tassell
David Hinkins
Evan Vickers
Don L. Ipson
Scott Sandall