How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 37 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #89)

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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Oswald Chambers said, “If we are struggling in prayer it is because the wiles of the enemy are getting the upper hand, and we must look for the cause in our lack of discipline. There are some things we have not been strenuously practicing. We used to pray in the morning, do we now? We used to commune with God over the Bible, do we now? We used to be in contact with God wherever we went, are we now? Put on the whole armor of God and continuously practice, then the wiles of the devil cannot get you unaware.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Here’s the world with millions, millions, millions dying. They were dying while you were sleeping last night, while you were fooling around somewhere! God is saying, ‘Who will go for us?’ Can you remember the last time you didn’t go to bed because people were dying without Christ?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “We should note that strange and controversial phenomena are often associated with revivals: the ‘jerks,’ shouting, being ‘slain in the Spirit,’ speaking in tongues, barking, dancing in the Spirit, and more. Since none of these extraordinary manifestations have appeared in all revivals, we conclude that none of them are mandatory for a spiritual awakening. True revival can happen without them.”

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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 next use of this word that we are looking at is in Ezekiel 3:17, which reads: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.”

God appointed the Prophet Ezekiel to be a watchman for the nation of Israel. As a watchman, his job was to be on the lookout for spiritual danger in the people’s lives. If the people were slipping into idolatry and sin, he was to warn them and try to turn them back to God’s ways. As a watchman, Ezekiel was in touch with God whereas most of the people were not. Ezekiel was to faithfully take God’s messages and give them to the people.

Our responsibility as Christian watchmen is the same. We stand with God no matter what is going on around us and no matter where the world stands or where the culture seems to be going. We are to be on guard for sin, evil, and ungodliness creeping into the lives of other Christians, first of all, and then into the lives of nonbelievers. Like Ezekiel, we are to warn people about sin and the consequences of sin. We are to give people God’s words as found in the Bible.

People will not always like or accept what we have to say. But our ultimate duty is to God who called us to be watchmen in a lost and sinful world.

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  1. …and thus faith becomes very much like an rpg.

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