How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 30 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #82)

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.”

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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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George Whitefield said, “The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I’m sick to death of the so-called Christianity of our day. What’s supernatural about it? When do people come out of the sanctuary awed and unable to speak for an hour because God has been in glory there? As soon as they get out, they’re talking about football, or sports or something, or about a big sale downtown or somewhere. We are not caught up into eternity!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share
the following: “Usually when we pray for revival, we’re thinking about the bad guys, and we’re telling God to ‘sic ‘em.’ Little do we realize that revival begins with us, the people of God. As a matter of fact, we’ve got a suggestion for those who want revival: Don’t pray for revival. Just repent of all known sin, do everything you’re supposed to do, give God all — not part, but all — your time, and you’ll experience revival.”

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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, we will continue looking at the third part of this multi-faceted command, and that is to be attentive.

We saw, yesterday, that a Christian is to first pay attention to God’s Word. If we take heed to Scripture, we will be able to avoid and resolve many of the problems we face.

Second, the Christian is to pay attention to the devil’s strategies. If we observe and remember how the devil has attacked us in the past, we will be better equipped to defend against his attacks in the future. Paul said, ‘We are not ignorant of the devil’s devices.’ But we will be ignorant if we don’t learn from the harm that has come to us before. The devil has a few plays that he uses over and over again. He keeps using the same plays because they are effective and because Christians don’t pay attention and learn from how he has attacked them before.

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