How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 16 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #68)

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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 6:10-17:

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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Charles Stalker said, “The Son of God had five thousand when He was feeding them with the loaves and fishes, He had a multitude when He was opening the eyes of the blind, but when He was sweating the death sweat for a lost world, He was alone. I want to say, beloved, that this is as true as it has ever been. You will spend much time alone with God, and the greatest struggles and the greatest battles of your life will take place when you are alone.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Sinned as we have as a nation, yet to our sin we have added pride in our sinning. The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the church has lost her power to weep over it.”

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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.”

The Greek word used for “word” in this verse is “rhema.” This word refers to specific portions of Scripture as opposed to the word “logos” which refers to all of Scripture. Thus, you ought to have specific verses or passages of Scripture stored up in your heart and mind so that you are ready to use them when attacked by the enemy or by false teaching.

The reason why our sword is the “sword of the Spirit” is because we are not to rely on our own mental capacity to remind us of the right “rhema” word that we need at a particular time. We are to rely on the Holy Spirit for that. When we are in a situation where we are being tempted, where the devil is attacking us with doubt and disbelief, or where someone is trying to convince us of something that is not true, in that moment, the Holy Spirit will speak to us and remind us of a particular Scripture that will deflect the enemy’s attack.

This is similar to what Jesus told His disciples would happen to them when they were arrested and dragged before governmental authorities for preaching the Gospel. He said, “When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.”

“Who wrote the Bible?” God wrote the Bible through men by the power of the Holy Spirit. So when you use Scripture to defeat the devil, it is not you defeating the devil, but God defeating the devil. It is not your sword, but the sword of the Spirit.

Some might look at the words “take no thought” and say, ‘Well, that means I really don’t have to study the Bible. God will just give me the words to say when I need them.’ Not true. The words, “take no thought”, simply mean do not worry, do not fret, or do not be concerned about a matter.

Think of the use of the Word of God in warfare like taking an exam in college. If you paid attention in class, and if you studied hard and long for the test, then you will face the test with a certain level of confidence that you would not have if you skipped classes, did not study, and stayed up all night cramming. If you studied well, then you can be certain that the answers will come back to you when faced with the questions on the exam. It is the same way with studying the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will not remind you of something that you do not already have knowledge of. So, you still must study the Word of God and hide it in your heart. Then, when the time comes, you can rely on the Holy Spirit to drop the right verse or passage of Scripture in your heart and mind so that you can use it against the enemy.

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