How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 35 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #87)

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Ephesians 6:10-18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Francis Frangipane said, “There will be no ‘knights in shining armor’ in God’s kingdom; our armor will have many dings and dents. No perfect heroes will ride to save the day; just wearied saints who look to God and, in weakness, find Christ’s strength. This, indeed, is the essence of God’s kingdom: divine greatness manifested in common people.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “America is not dying because of the strength of humanism; it’s dying because of the weakness of evangelism.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us that there are nine faces of revival: “The repentance revival emphasizes a moral cleansing of individual lives and of society as a whole. The evangelism revival focuses on winning souls to Christ. The worship revival centers on magnifying God. The deeper life revival emphasizes the experience of God’s indwelling. The spiritual warfare revival devotes its energies to battling Satan and the other demons. The Holy Spirit revival is characterized by extensive manifestations of the Spirit. The reconciliation revival leads to the removal of barriers to racial and ethnic harmony. The liberation revival focuses on gaining freedom from corporate and personal bondage to sin. The prayer revival displays considerable efforts at intercession and other forms of prayer.” And I will add that true revival will include all of these things.

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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 third use of this word that we are going to look at is in Psalm 141:3: “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

David was a man after God’s own heart, and this verse from one of his writings shows one of the reasons why. The Hebrew word for “watch” used in the psalm is “shomrah”, and it means to stand guard. The word “keep” has an even more broad meaning. It means, “to watch, to guard, to preserve or guard from dangers, to be blockaded, to be a watchman.”

Although David made some major mistakes in his life, he was not the kind of person who wanted to leave the door open for evil. Matthew Henry said, “David was in fear of sin, and he begs of God that he might be kept from sin, knowing that his prayers would not be accepted unless he took care to watch against sin.”

Some of us go out into the world with our guard down, heedless against the temptations that Satan is planning on sending our way. We don’t watch our tongues, our thoughts, or our eyes. We say things, think things, and do things that we may not have planned on doing, but that we end up doing anyway because we did not watch, we did not guard against the possibility of temptation and sin.

We need to be like David and ask God to set a guard at our tongues, our hearts, and our minds that we might not think, say, or do anything that is displeasing to Him. We need to watch.

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