How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 34 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #86)

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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William Gurnall said, “We must put our confidence in the armor of God and in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only mighty through God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We need to get into the Word and eat it. It will hurt us at times, but it will revive us. It may unclothe us to clothe us, empty us to fill us, cast us down to lift us up, and yet this is all we need.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Revivals naturally lead to a significant evangelistic outreach and harvest of souls in the community touched by the revived church.”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the use of the word “watch” throughout Scripture in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The second use of this word that we are going to look at is in Nehemiah 4:7-9: “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.”

The context of this passage occurs after Nehemiah has led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Upon their arrival, they find that the walls are torn down and that the Temple has not been rebuilt. Motivated by this sad state of affairs, Nehemiah rallies the people to begin rebuilding the holy city.

His plans, however, are opposed by other non-Jewish groups that had begun living in the area since the Jews were carried into exile. Even though Nehemiah had permission from the Persian king to restore the city, Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites sought to undermine and hinder the reconstruction project, even to the point of going to war against the Jews.

Nehemiah did not let their opposition hinder him. He continued on his course, but made precautions against the possibility of attack. First, he led the people in prayer; he said, “We made our prayer unto our God.” Just as we learned from Ephesians, when faced with Satanic opposition, we ought to “pray always with all prayer.”

The second thing Nehemiah led the people in doing was watching. He says, “We set a watch against them day and night.” They didn’t stop their work; they continued with the task God had given them, but they had an eye on their enemies. They were aware of the threat that surrounded them and they were alert to the possibility of a sneak attack. So they watched and prayed.

When we face spiritual opposition, we ought to respond the same way.

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