How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #55)

spiritual-warfare

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 6:10-12:

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.

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Tony Evans said, “Not one of us is immune to the consequences of spiritual warfare. Although the players fight in an invisible realm, we all face the effects — pain, struggle, defeat, heartache — of their conflict every day of our lives. Until you recognize that your struggle is not with man but with spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, you will never begin to live in victory.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil.”

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Now that we understand that we are engaged in a daily spiritual battle, we must prepare for that battle. No soldier goes into war without armor. So, Paul tells us, “Put on the whole armor of God.” Interestingly, the Greek word used for “armor” in this verse is only used one other time in Scripture. It occurs in the parable Jesus told about the “strong man,” Satan, being armed. Of course, in that parable, a stronger man — Jesus Christ — comes and defeats Satan. When we put on the whole armor of God, we, too, are able to defeat Satan through Christ.

In his commentary on Ephesians, Peter O’Brien states, “The ‘armor of God’ can be understood as the armor that God supplies, his own armor which he wears, or even the armor that is God himself…. This exhortation to put on God’s armour recalls the earlier instruction about ‘putting on the new self,’ which was created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

The devil is described in Scripture as the “accuser of the brethren.” He is always looking to exploit some flaw in our character. He is always looking for some spiritual weakness to use against us. He is always coming up with accusations to use as fiery darts against us. Sometimes, he will try to make us doubt our salvation. Sometimes, he will criticize our feeble prayers. Or he will try to make us feel as though we are unworthy to be called a child of God.

If we have not put on the whole armor of God, the devil will find plenty of weaknesses to cause us to stumble. However, if we are walking in the spirit — if we have put on the armor — we will be clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and we will be impervious to the devil’s assaults. We will be able to “stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “The admonitions Paul gave indicate that Satan is a strong enemy, and that we need the power of God to be able to stand against him. The Book of Job tells what his power can do to a man’s body, home, wealth, and friends. Jesus calls Satan a thief who comes ‘to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.'”

We do not have to try to stand against the devil in our own strength. Rather, we stand against him in Christ’s strength. Christ has already gained the victory over our enemy; He knows how to outsmart and outmaneuver him. We would be foolish to not walk in the path that He has already paved for us. If we try to stand against the devil on our own, we will fall prey to his tricks every time. But if we stand in Christ’s strength, clothed in God’s armor, we will not succumb to the devil’s tricks.

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.

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