A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
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 5 & 6 (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.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Jim Cymbala said, “The work of God can only be carried on by the power of God. The church is a spiritual organism fighting spiritual battles: only spiritual power can make it perform as God ordained. When we sincerely turn to God, we find that His church always moves forward, never backward.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are three worlds looking into every church meeting: there is a world of angels; there’s a world of demons, and there’s the ordinary world outside — and everyone of them is going to feel the result of some decision we make.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Since revival happens when God pours himself on his people, those involved typically experience an extraordinary yet unmistakable sense of the divine presence. Sometimes this is called ‘atmospheric revival,’ in which people give testimony to feeling, experiencing and sensing that God is present. However, a revival that fits the New Testament pattern is never measured by feelings alone; there must be a demonstration of New Testament fruit as well.”
Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The next use of this word that we are looking at is in Isaiah 62:6-7, which reads: “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
The word “watchman” in this verse refers to one who keeps, guards, protects, or observes. In this prophetic passage, God is speaking regarding the glorious future of His people, Israel, and in particular the City of Jerusalem.
God says, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem.” Here, He is not talking about physical watchmen who are on the lookout against an enemy. Rather, He is talking about spiritual watchmen, who have a spiritual duty. What is their duty? The duty of these watchmen is to never cease “making mention of the Lord.” They are to “keep not silence and give Him no rest” until the city of Jerusalem is raised up to glory.
God is calling on His people to pray to Him consistently for the peace of Jerusalem and the restoration of the nation. The watchmen are prayer warriors whose job it is to make consistent intercession to God. That is what God commands of them. Can this command apply to us today? The answer is yes.
Charles Spurgeon said, “‘Give him no rest’ is our Lord’s own command to us concerning the great God. …He does in effect say, ‘Press me! Urge me! Lay hold on my strength. Wrestle with me.’ All this, and much more, is included in the expression, ‘Give him no rest.'”
Of course, God has made no great promise regarding the restoration of America. But, as the people of God, we are nonetheless called to be watchmen for the spiritual health of our nation. We are to pray without ceasing, to lay hold on God, and to not let go until we see repentance and revival.