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

How To Walk, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #274)

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.

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:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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A.W. Tozer said, “What we need is what the old Methodists called a sound conversion. There is a difference between conversion and a sound conversion. People who have never been soundly converted do not have the Spirit to enlighten them. When they read the Sermon on the Mount, or the teaching passages of the epistles, or the doctrinal passages that tell how they should live, they are unaffected. The Spirit who wrote them is not witnessing in their hearts because they have not been born of the Spirit. That often happens.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “In evangelism, the preachers make the altar call; but in revival the people make the altar call.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As students increasingly embraced rationalism, the effect on the moral life of American colleges was disastrous. Students formed societies named in honor of French philosophers. Colleges originally founded for Christian purposes became centers of skepticism. At some schools, radical students took control of the entire campus. Mock communion services were conducted in college chapels. One college president was forced to resign. On another campus, a group of students attempted to blow up a building.”

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The first of the positive traits that Paul says a believer ought to possess is kindness. “Be ye kind one to another.” We think of kindness as a simple virtue, yet so many struggle to actually carry it out. That is why one commentator called this passage a shift “from natural vices to supernatural virtues.” The vices that Paul named are all easy for us to fall into as human beings, but it takes the supernatural power of God for us to be consistently kind to one another.

The Greek word translated as “kind” means fit for use, useful, virtuous, good, mild, pleasant, and benevolent. Do any of these words describe your spirit and behavior on a consistent basis?

A person who is useful is someone who is well-employed in doing good. He is not employed in doing evil, nor is he lazy and doing nothing at all. A useful person, or one who is fit for use, is ready to serve, to volunteer, to minister, or to help out in any way possible. Some people are especially gifted in what Paul called in 1 Corinthians the ministry of “helps.” They thrive on being of assistance to others. But all of us should have a spirit of usefulness in whatever situation we are in. This is a part of being kind.

Then, we should all be virtuous. A virtuous person is one who has and shows forth high moral standards generated by the power of the Holy spirit. As Christians, we know that the ultimate moral standard is to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This requires us to be unselfish and to think of others not only just as we think of ourselves but more highly than we think of ourselves. That is a high standard that we can only fulfill by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We will not reach these measures all at once. It is a growing process. John Phillips translated this verse as “be becoming kind…” He said, “God knows our frame. He makes allowance for us to learn and practice, even though we already have the indwelling Holy Spirit to provide the energizing power needed for change. But God does demand that here and now — right away — we start putting away the old nature and putting on the new.” Be ye kind one to another.

May R. Smith wrote that we should “scatter seeds of kindness” because we will reap what we sow:

Let us gather up the sunbeams,
Lying all around our path;
Let us keep the wheat and roses,
Casting out the thorns and chaff;
Let us find our sweetest comfort
In what we do for others today,
With a patient hand removing
All the briers from the way.
Let us scatter seeds of kindness,
For our reaping some future day

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.”

— Marc in Tanzania
deliver Christians being persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria

— Vijay in Pakistan
for ministry blessings

— Yohana
bless his church to buy a plot of land and build a building

— Sara in Sao Paulo, Brazil
give her financial help

— Larbi in Accra, Ghana
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your voice
grant him a godly wife, a woman who will understand him, love him to the end, love his ministry and help him carry out the work
grant him grace and favor to fish out the lost souls for Jesus

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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

Vella Evans
Roger Sing Oldham
Janice LaRoy
Andy Beachum
Rebecca Wolford
Shawn Hendricks
Art Toalston
Diana Chandler
David Roach
Laura Erlanson

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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

Mike Schultz
Paul Ray
Curtis Oda
Brad R. Wilson
Stephen Handy
Stewart Barlow
Timothy D. Hawkes
Raymond Ward
Rebecca Edwards
Douglas Sagers