The Never-Ending War, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #54)

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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.

Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

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John Piper said, “Most people show by their priorities and their casual approach to spiritual things that they believe we are in peacetime, not wartime… Few reckon that Satan is a much worse enemy than any earthly foe, or realize that the conflict is not restricted to any one global theater, but is in every town and city in the world. Who considers that the casualties of this war do not merely lose an arm or an eye or an earthly life, but lose everything, even their own souls, and enter a hell of everlasting torment? ”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?
Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?
Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?”

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Being strong in the Lord is just the first step in winning the spiritual battles that we face every day. Next, Paul tells us that we must be strengthened “in the power of His might.”

To understand this, we must first look at the word “might.” “Might” is ability or force. It is a reserve of strength. In physics, this would be called potential energy. It is energy waiting to be activated and put to use.

“Power,” on the other hand, refers to the activity itself. It is a mighty deed or a work of power. In physics, this would be called kinetic energy. It is energy actually being used.

If we are in the Lord, then we have the right and ability to tap into His might and use His power to wage spiritual warfare. God’s might is limitless. He has a vast reserve of strength that we can tap into at anytime. The problem is that most of us don’t tap into it. We try to do things in our own power. We try to take on the devil in our own strength. And that is why we get beat every time. We don’t rely on God. We think we can do it on our own. Part of the reason for this is pride. We think that we have some might of our own. But we have nothing — we are nothing — without God.

If you are to be victorious in spiritual warfare, you must commit today to being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Rely on Him, trust in Him, draw strength from Him and you will win every time.

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