How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 42 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #94)

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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Charles Spurgeon said, “Believers must never adjust the Bible to the age, but the age to the Bible.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The wonder of the grace of God is that God can take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make that man holy and put him back into an unholy world and keep him holy!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While revivals often begin in a small group, congregation, or single denomination, every great revival spills over its natural boundaries. The Moravian Revival began in the little village of Herrnhutt, Germany, but it touched the world. There were only about five dozen people at Fetter Lane, but it gave birth to the Methodist Church. Asuza Street was a small church by contemporary standards, but the Pentecostal movement for which it was the catalyst has exploded worldwide.”

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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 passage we are looking at today is Matthew 24:42 which reads, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”

This verse comes in the larger context of what is called Jesus’ OIivet Discourse. Much of this discourse focused on the end times, and this verse introduces another aspect of the Christian’s responsibility to watch: We are to be watching for the return of our Lord.

Jesus has told us that the day of His return is not known by any man, not even by the angels of Heaven. This is intended partly as a test of faithfulness. Who will be found watching when Jesus returns? You say, ‘He’s taking a long time.’ Watch anyway. You say, ‘He should have come already.’ Watch anyway.

We ought to be watching — which, in this context, includes fulfilling all of our Christian duties — not because we think Jesus is going to come back soon, but because it is right for us to do. If Jesus were not to return for the next million years, we are still to preach the Gospel, we are still to obey the Bible, we are still to care for the less fortunate. We are still to watch.

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