How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 26 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #78)

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 6:10-18:

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:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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C.S. Lewis said, “There’s never a holiday in the spiritual realm. Nothing but the full armor of God will ever suffice us in this terrible conflict in which we are engaged. There is no protection against this wily, subtle, powerful enemy but the full armor of God himself.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There’s one thing we need above everything else; it’s something we don’t talk about these days. We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.”

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Along with remaining constantly in the habit of prayer and praying with “all prayer”, we are commanded to be watchful. Paul writes, “and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

This means that we must be alert and we must be watching in order that we might pray. We ought to be on the lookout for saints who are faltering that we might lift them up in prayer. We ought to be on the lookout for sinners that we might lift them up in prayer, asking God to deliver them from their spiritual blindness. We ought to be on the lookout for Satanic attacks and deceptions creeping into our churches, our homes, and our society, that we may be ready to meet it with the Sword of the Spirit and the arsenal of prayer. We ought to be ready to pray for people and situations at a moment’s notice.

John Piper describes this wonderfully when he calls prayer our “war-time walkie-talkie.” He said prayer “is mainly for those on the front lines of the war effort to call in to headquarters to send help. One of the reasons our prayer malfunctions is that we try to treat it like a domestic intercom for calling the butler for another pillow in the den rather than treating it like a wartime walkie-talkie for calling down the power of the Holy Spirit in the battle for souls.”

That is what we need prayer for in spiritual battle — to ask God to step in and defeat the enemy through the power of the Holy Spirit. As we watch, we should be praying consistently — “with perseverance and supplication for all saints.” We ought not to only be concerned about ourselves, but about the spiritual condition of others in the body of Christ. A good soldier never leaves a fellow warrior behind no matter how dangerous the situation might be. We ought to always look out for each other because sometimes a person cannot see their own weakness. That is when a brother or sister in Christ should step in and push that person out of the way of one of Satan’s fiery darts.

We have mentioned numerous times how that we are not fighting this battle in our own strength, but in the strength of “the Lord and the power of His might.” And the only way to call down the power of the Lord into our present-day spiritual battles and into the lives of other believers is through prayer — so pray always!

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