How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 32 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #84)

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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Samuel Rutherford said, “The Lord shall open a door to you in your trouble: wait upon Him as the night watch waiteth for the morning. He will not tarry. Go up to your watch-tower and come not down, but by prayer, and faith, and hope, wait on.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “In the eternal court, God will say to some, ‘Come in, ye blessed!’ and to the rest, ‘Depart from Me!’ I don’t want to stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ and have God say to me, ‘I left you a book of blank checks signed in the blood of Jesus and you didn’t use half of them!’”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The present time in particular confirms that revival is indeed a global phenomenon. This is the age of the Asuza Street explosion, the Welsh Revival, the Korean Pentecost, and the Manchurian Revival. Great revivals have occurred in India and East Africa; in Los Angeles and the Hebrides Islands of Scotland; in East Timor, Indonesia, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; at Asbury College in Kentucky, and in the towns of New Zealand. Although this age has declared God dead, he’s shown himself very much alive when his people humble themselves, pray, seek his face, and turn from their wicked ways.”

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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 ‘sleepless’, to be ‘circumspect,’ and to be attentive. Now, let’s discuss the fourth part of this multi-faceted command, and that is to be ready.

In the New Testament, the word translated “ready” means to be willing, to be forward in spirit, or to be prepared. We can think of it as being eager, earnest, or ready to go. God does not want us to hang back from the war that is raging around us, but to be prepared to enter any area of combat where He sees fit to place us.

Listen to some ways in which Paul used this word. In Romans 1:15, he said, “I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.” In 2 Corinthians 9:2, he said the church at “Achaia was ready [to receive further teaching about the Gospel]; and their zeal [their readiness] hath provoked very many [other churches to receive teaching as well].” In 2 Timothy 4:6, Paul said, “I am now ready to be offered [to be martyred], and the time of my departure is at hand.” In Titus 3:1, he said believers ought to be “ready to every good work.”

A Christian who is watchful is one who is ready to take on whatever challenge God puts in his path. As we see from these few verses, our readiness ought to extend to preaching and teaching others, receiving instruction from others, facing persecution and death boldly, and doing good wherever good needs to be done. God will use a Christian who is watchful and ready.

The great Methodist preacher, John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

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