How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 15 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #67)

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 6:10-17:

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:

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Thomas a Kempis said, “Fight like a good soldier and if you sometimes fall through weakness, rise again with greater strength than before, trusting in God’s most abundant grace.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Many of us are hunting mice while lions devour the land.”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the sixth piece of armor — the sword of the Spirit. The Bible tell us to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Because our weapon is the Word, we must take time to study it and learn it so we can use it effectively in our daily life. However, we must not just have it in our head, but in our heart. That is the place where the Word of God must really be built up. We must be diligent about opening our hearts to what we read in Scripture.

It is good to read what others have written about the Bible. However, the Word of God is not just a history book. It is a living book that we are meant to take to heart and apply to our lives even today. We must remember that we have the greatest religious teacher living inside of us — the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that this third person of the Trinity will teach us and explain to us “all things.”

We must submit to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit as we read the Bible. That is God speaking directly to our hearts and lives through His Word. He will show us how certain situations in Scripture apply to our temptations and the spiritual conflicts that we face each day. The Holy Spirit will train us in how to use the Word of God as a sword against the devil.

In the Bible Exposition Commentary, Warren Wiersbe said, “A material sword pierces the body, but the Word of God pierces the heart. The more you use a physical sword, the duller it becomes; but using God’s Word only makes it sharper in our lives. A physical sword requires the hand of a soldier, but the sword of the Spirit has its own power, for it is ‘living and powerful.’ The Spirit wrote the Word, and the Spirit wields the Word as we take it by faith and use it. A physical sword wounds to hurt and kill, while the sword of the Spirit wounds to heal and give life. But when we use the sword against Satan, we are out to deal him a blow that will cripple him and keep him from hindering God’s work.”

It is okay if you have a daily devotional book that you are going through in your time with the Lord. However, nothing can substitute for the Bible itself. When Jesus Christ, weakened by 40 days of fasting, was attacked by Satan in the wilderness, He defeated him by using the Word of God. Three times he said, “It is written,” “It is written,” “It is written.” Nothing else can take the place of what has been written — the Word of God.

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