How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 29 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #81)

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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F.B. Meyer said, “Observe the morning watch. Do not see the face of man until you have seen the face of God. Before you enter on the day with its temptations, look up into His face and hide His Word in your heart.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Fifty years ago, you never heard of a divorce in the Christian church. You never even heard of marriage counseling in the church… We’re putting up with sin in the church.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share the following: “Revival is agonizing: It so terrorizes you over your sin that you repent deeply. Revival is consuming: It leaves you no time for hobbies, for chores around the house, for work, for sleep. Revival wrecks your appointment calendar, interrupts TV times, demands your full attention … and wears you out.”

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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 have already talked about what it means to be ‘alert’ and to be ‘circumspect.’ Now, let’s discuss the third part of this multi-faceted command, and that is to be attentive.

What is it that the Christian is to pay attention to? First, the Christian is to pay attention to God’s word. Much of the problems we face in life can be avoided or resolved if we would only take heed to what God has written down and given to us already. God is not interested in making things mysterious or hard to understand. Often, the problem is that we make things difficult for ourselves by not doing what has already been prescribed in the Bible.

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