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

How Not to Walk, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #249)

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 4:17-19:

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

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Oswald J. Smith said, “Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “You have no right to sin. If you have sin in your life, you’ve got something which is illegal in the sight of God and you’re giving the devil a hand in your life.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Unfortunately, Charles Parham wasn’t the only white Holiness preacher sympathetic to the Pentecostal message who was unable to break from the cultural values of the day. Soon after the revival began, Pentecostal denominations began to be formed along racial lines. Yet even though they broke with Wliiam J. Seymour and his vision of the social outworking of Pentecostalism, they didn’t abandon the Pentecostal experience of speaking in tongues they had seen at Azusa Street.”

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This passage continues to emphasize the differences between the Christian and the unsaved person. Because the unsaved person has a vain mind, the Bible says their ‘understanding has been darkened’ and they have been ‘alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.’

The world tells us that enlightenment comes through science or philosophy. But, because worldly philosophies are devoid of true spiritual light, they only end up bringing a darkness of understanding to those who remain in the world. J. Vernon McGee said this phrase “means that the lost man has lost his perception of moral values. That is exactly what is being promoted in our day — a loss of perception of moral values.” The simple fact of the matter is that many of those who are in darkness have no semblance of right and wrong. Their philosophy is, “If it feels good, do it.”

The darkness that inhabits the minds of the unsaved is a result of constant, repeated rejection of the truth.

Christians, however, have embraced the truth and the light. Our minds have been truly enlightened by Jesus Christ who is the light of the world. We know what is right and wrong. We have (or ought to have) a keen perception of moral values. In turn, by the grace of God, Christians ought to be the little lights of the world — using our enlightened minds to help enlighten the darkness of the world.

Dallas Holm wrote:

Let my light shine in the night time
Let it shine all the day through,
Let it shine, shine for Jesus,
May it shine, shine on you.

I was walking along in darkness,
I didn’t know which way to go,
Then the Lord, He turned the light on,
Changed my life, saved my soul.

Now I live for just one purpose,
To let the Lord shine through me,
Because if His love can shine on others,
Then His Spirit will set them 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.” 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.”

— Denice in Desert Hot Springs, California
give her strength to withstand spiritual attack and patience to wait on You; give her clarity regarding hearing from You

— Daniel in Prince George’s County, Suitland, Maryland
help Daniel Cook, as pastor of Life Changing Faith Christian Church, and his leaders not to compromise the Gospel or their families
bless the finances of their church so that there will be money to take care of the budget and to truly help those in need
give Daniel Cook Your wisdom to lead Your people into Your truth

— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father Norman who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing

— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer

— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially

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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

Barbara Stewart
Catherine Spencer
Sandra Dunston
Joyce Ferrell
Iris Tucker
Wanda Calloway
Ashell Gripper
Donna Parker
Charlena Davis
Harold Johnson

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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.”

CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

Loni Hancock
Bob Wieckowski
Mark Leno
Jerry Hill
Jim Beall
Bill Monning
Robert M. Hertzberg
Hannah-Beth Jackson
Connie M. Leyva
Ed Hernandez