How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 43 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #95)

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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Vance Havner said, “The devil is not fighting churches today. He’s joining churches.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I don’t want to be saved just to make it into heaven; I want to be saved from sin. I want to be a God-directed man that, in the life I have, I may live it for the glory of God.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “A fourth question, also with regard to the fruit of a revival, involves its effects on the wider society: Was the surrounding culture impacted positively by the revival? When a revived church is mobilized to preach the Gospel, individual lives of both believers and the unsaved are transformed by the power of God. When many individuals are brought into conformity with Jesus Christ, the culture is transformed.”

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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 24:43 which reads, “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”

In this verse, Jesus offers a preemptive rebuke of those who think they can wait until they believe Jesus is coming before they get their act together and begin to watch as they should. The tone is rather sarcastic: “Of course, if the man knew when the thief would come, he would have set a watch for that time and prevented his house from being broken into.” Anybody would have done that.

The point Jesus is making is that that will not work for us, because we will not know the time of His return at all. That is why we must watch at all times.

The Christians of the first century looked around and saw signs that they believed pointed to Jesus’ return. The Christians of the Reformation period believed Christ would come back in their day. Many who lived through World War I only to see World War II thought the end must indeed be nigh. Still others didn’t think the world would make it past midnight of January 1, 2000. As recently as 2011 and 2012, thanks to a false Christian prophet and an ancient Mayan prophecy, people got caught up in end times fervor, only for the globe to keep on spinning.

Jesus did not tell us to waste time trying to figure out when He returns. He commanded us to watch until He returns, and “occupy till He comes.”

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