How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #62)

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 6:10-16:

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.

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Billy Sunday said, “The church is not a dormitory for sleepers, it is an institution for workers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front line trench.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the fourth piece of armor — the shield of faith. We have already talked about the nature of the shield of faith and what it does for the believer — it quenches the fiery darts thrown at us by Satan. We have also looked at three specific darts that Satan will throw our way and how to combat them with our faith in the Word of God. Namely,

1. The fiery dart of doubt
2. The fiery dart of discouragement
3. The fiery dart of delay

Let us look briefly at three more fiery darts that can come our way.

1. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of difficulty at us. He will place people and circumstances as obstacles in our path to try to get us to stumble and eventually give up on whatever it is God has called us to do. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lie because the Bible says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

2. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of depression at us. He will try to steal our joy, our contentment, and our happiness from us. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lies because Jesus Christ said in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

3. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of desire at us. He will try to capitalize on our fleshly feelings to get us to leave the straight and narrow path. These darts of desire are what the Bible calls, “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” Scripture informs us that these things are “not of the Father, but [are] of the world.” These fiery darts can be a desire for the opposite sex, a desire for money, a desire for worldly success and acclaim, or a desire for glory for ourselves. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lies because the Bible says in First John 2:17, “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

The devil’s fiery darts can and will take on many and varied forms. But the answer to those attacks is the shield of faith, and the utilization of the shield is found in the word of God.

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