How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 39 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #91)

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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Jim Cymbala said, “The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If the sermon doesn’t burn in the preacher, it won’t burn in anybody else.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “If we aren’t careful, the significance of the revival experience itself can work to hinder the progress of revival. Some see revival as an end in itself, rather than an opportunity to know God. When extraordinary experiences become the goal, revivals become inclusive and sectarian, sometimes even taking on cultic or occult traits.”

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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 Psalm 127:1, which reads: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

This verse reminds us that the success of what we do, not only as watchmen, but in every aspect of our Christian lives, ultimately depends on the Lord. That is why we are told to be strong “in the Lord and in the power of his might.” We do not preach in our own strength. We do not pray in our own strength. We do not serve in our own strength. We do not care for others in our own strength. We do not watch in our own strength.

It should (or it ought to be) Christ preaching, praying, serving, caring for others, and watching inside of us. If we depend on our own strength, we will ultimately fail because we will eventually give up. We will get discouraged when people do not heed the warnings that we have given them from God. We will despair when it seems like destruction is inevitable. We do not possess limitless power and fortitude in and of our own selves. We possess limitless power only in Christ.

We must understand that, essentially, it is Christ standing watch over our families, churches, and country. We are simply His eyes. And it is through Him that our eyes will remain open and alert, vigilant and watchful against the many spiritual dangers in the world today.

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