How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 40 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #92)

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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Richard Sibbes said, “There can be no victory where there is no combat. The victory lieth not upon us but upon Christ, who hath taken upon him, as to conquer for us, so to conquer in us. Let us not look so much who are our enemies, as who is our Judge and Captain; not what they threaten, but what He promiseth.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “At every church service, people either go out damned or delivered, and a lot hangs on the preacher. If a preacher is not known in hell, he ain’t worth a hill of beans.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Since the days of Pentecost there is no record of the sudden and direct work of the Spirit of God upon the souls of men that has not been accompanied by events more or less abnormal. It is, indeed, on consideration, only natural that it should be so. We cannot expect an abnormal inrush of Divine light and power, so profoundly affecting the emotions and changing the lives of men, without remarkable results. As well expect a hurricane, an earthquake, or a flood, to leave nothing abnormal in its course, as to expect a true Revival that is not accompanied by events quite out of our ordinary experience.”

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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 Habakkuk 2:1-2, which reads: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

Scholars believe that the Prophet Habakkuk lived during the reign of the good King Josiah. Josiah’s reign was a time of revival for the kingdom of Judah. However, several wicked kings followed Josiah, and it was in the years of their reigns that Habakkuk delivered his message from God to the people. In the first chapter of the book which bears his name, Habakkuk describes his message as a “burden.” It was a serious, heavy, grave message from God that he had been given to deliver. With this background information in mind, we can understand the prophet’s words in Habakkuk 2.

He says, “I will stand upon my watch, and will watch to see what [God] will say unto me…” Habakkuk knew that God wanted to use him, so he prepared himself for use by making sure he was in a position to hear from God and to answer Him. Many Christians today never really consider that God wants to use them in a special way. When they hear the call of God on their life, they look up to Heaven and say, “Who? Me?” They are not watching for ways in which God might use them. They are not expecting God to use them, and so they are not prepared for God to use them.

When God speaks to Habakkuk, he gives him a mission to accomplish. He says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” God wants Habakkuk to be His spokesman to the people. He says, ‘Habakkuk, I’m going to tell you some things. I want you to write them down and make them clear and understandable so that the person who reads them can understand and act on them.’ God gave Habakkuk a job to do because Habakkuk was watching and ready. That is how we ought to be at all times — watching and ready for God to use us.

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