How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 31 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #83)

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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Watchman Nee said, “To remove warfare from a spiritual life is to render it unspiritual. Life in the spirit is a suffering way, filled with watching and laboring, burdened by weariness and trial, punctuated by heartbreak and conflict. It is a life utterly outpoured for the kingdom of God and lived in complete disregard for one’s personal happiness.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The surest thing in the world is not death and taxes, it’s death and eternity. Yet, we’re so unconcerned. We are not eternity conscious enough.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share the following: “The dramatic events surrounding the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit [during a revival] are only part of the story that makes a revival great. The real impact of a revival is realized in the ministry of a revived church in an awakened community. This takes time. In fact, in our opinion, it takes a generation for the story of a revival to unfold fully.”

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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 have already seen how 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. The devil has a few attack strategies that he uses over and over again. 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.

Finally, the Christian is to pay attention to the spiritual welfare of his fellow believers. Remember, we are to be ‘watching thereunto… for all saints.’ Our goal is to not only protect ourselves from the devil’s attacks, but to protect our brothers and sisters in Christ as well. If we don’t know what they are going through, we cannot help them. So, we must make it our business to let God speak to us about what is happening in their lives. This is not to be done in a nosy or gossipy way. But we must come alongside them and let them know that we are there to fight with them against the devil.

When we are attentive and watchful, we can see the devil coming a mile away and be prepared to do battle with him.

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