How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 38 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #90)

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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C.S. Lewis said, “It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objectives—education, building, missions, holding services. But in a way things are much simpler than that… The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I think one of the serious breakdowns in modern evangelism is this: it has offered too much for too little. What we do mostly is offer forgiveness. We need cleansing! There is no true conversion until a man takes up his cross.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Don’t seek the extraordinary [outward] signs of revival, for these unusual expressions are not what revival is about. Also, don’t measure the success of a revival by the number or intensity of extraordinary signs; if you do, you’ll miss the whole purpose of a revival. Instead, seek the Lord, because it is he who revives our hearts. Measure a revival by God himself.”

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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 33:67, which reads: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”

The passage which we read yesterday came at the beginning of Ezekiel’s ministry, shortly after he had been called by God. This passage comes closer to the end of his ministry after he had been ministering for a while. This shows us that our calling as watchmen does not change. We may be tempted to change with the times or adjust our message according to the whims of the people. But, the watchman is not a people-pleaser; he is a people-saver.

This passage contains a special warning for the watchmen who do not do their duty. The watchman who knows the word of God and sees the people going astray yet does not warn them of the dangers of their evil ways has failed in his duties. When those people die in their sins, God will lay their deaths to the charge of the disobedient watchman. This ought to make us take our duty as Christian watchmen seriously.

The question we must answer is: Do we love and fear God more than we love and fear man? Some preachers who have compromised or diluted the Word of God in order to gain worldly favor will find themselves with blood on their hands when they stand before Jesus Christ because they did not warn people to turn away from their evil ways. They were too afraid to offend people, so they kept silent. They were afraid of losing financial support, so they turned a blind eye. They were afraid of losing public influence, so they just brushed it under the rug. None of what they gained on Earth by their silence will be worth it when they stand before God.

A watchman must speak God’s words regardless of what people think. The stakes are too high to risk doing anything less.

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