How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 28 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #80)

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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Charles Spurgeon said, “Oh! yes, the prayer meeting is the place to meet with the Holy Ghost, and this is the way to get His mighty power. If we would have Him, we must meet in greater numbers; we must pray with greater fervency, we must watch with greater earnestness, and believe with firmer steadfastness. The prayer meeting is the appointed place for the reception of power.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I’m concerned in my spirit that the reason the world goes to hell-fire tonight is because the church has lost Holy Ghost fire.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share the following: “In a Dallas restaurant not long ago, we spotted a sign that said, ‘Pray for revival in America.’ In our spirit we say, ‘Amen!’ But we wonder if the folks in that restaurant know what they’re praying for. When most people pray for revival, they’re probably asking for a wonderful experience at church next Sunday at 11:00 A.M. But revival is more than a Sunday morning experience. When you pray for revival, you’re asking God for life-shaking experiences that will cost you plenty.”

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We are going to continue looking at what it means to “watch thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” We talked about what it means to watch – it means to be alert, it means to be ‘sleepless’.’ This multi-faceted command also means to be circumspect.

“Circumspect” is a word with various shades of meaning. In our modern English, it means to “think carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something.” A person who is circumspect is one who is not hasty, but who takes his time, paying attention to all details before embarking on a course of action.

In Scripture, to be circumspect means to be careful or to pay attention — especially to pay attention to the way a person lives. You must consider at all times the consequences of your behavior. You ought to watch your mouth, your heart, and your body. Everything you do and say reflects on Christ and His Church. How are you representing Him?

John W. Ritenbaugh points out in his commentary that an Old Testament word similar to “circumspect” is “prudence.” Prudence is “the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason; it is shrewdness in the management of one’s affairs.” Are you governing your life well? Are you watchful over those weak areas of your life? Or are you letting temptation and sin have its way with you?

Ephesians 5:15 says, “See then that ye walk [or live] circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” A person who is circumspect is one who is watchful, not only outwardly, but inwardly. He is conscious of his own weaknesses and does everything in his power to shore up his defenses against the devil’s likely points of attack.

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