How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 41 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #93)

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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John Wesley said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We’re so far removed from God’s way of doing things — we think a man is a good preacher if he can draw a crowd these days. Do you know what Finney did? Finney preached sometimes, and the whole congregation got up and walked out on him. That’s a good meeting! He sent them out horrified! I only preach for two reasons: either to send people out the door blazing mad at me or blazing with the peace of the Holy Ghost!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Another important criterion of a great revival is the fruit it bears beyond the experience itself. Thus a third question to ask in evaluating a revival refers to the scope of its influence: Was the larger body of Christ awakened to its New Testament task?”

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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.

We are again looking at the use of this word 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.”

Yesterday, we saw that Habakkuk was a man who was ready and watching for God to use him. We ought to emulate that kind of spirit. But there is another way in which we ought to emulate Habakkuk also. Habakkuk was a prophet who waited to receive his answers from God.

The whole reason why Habakkuk is standing at his watch tower waiting to hear from God in chapter 2 is because he presented some questions to God in chapter 1 and he was expecting answers to his questions. Scholars have noted that Habakkuk was not afraid to ask tough questions regarding the coming judgment upon his nation and the means by which it would be carried out.

Some of us might have questions about God’s dealings with our nation. There are things we don’t understand, things we wonder about or are concerned about. We can ask those questions confidently through prayer. However, we must be prepared to wait and watch for the answer. F.B. Meyer said, “How often God’s answers come, and find us gone! We have waited for a while, and, thinking there was no answer, we have gone our way but as we have turned the first corner the post comes in. God’s ships touch at our wharves; but there is no one to unload them… It is not enough to direct your prayer unto God; look up, and look out, until the blessing alights on your head.”

Our watching ought not to only be outward, but upward as we anticipate God’s answers to our prayers.

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