How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 44 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #96)

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, “When we go to God by prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him, and he therefore opposeth us all he can.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re going to a mission field — wherever that is — if you don’t have Christlike love, you’ll break down within six months. You’ll be a casualty there; you’ll be a liability instead of an asset. The mission field isn’t dying for want of missionaries. There are enough people there who call themselves missionaries. What it needs is ones with anointing; ones with a love that surpasses all things — a selfless, undying, unbreakable love.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The First Great Awakening in England resulted in Sunday school and educational reform, changes to labor and child welfare laws, significant prison reforms, and the abolition of slavery. During the Welsh Revival, the culture was so transformed that new mules had to be secured to work in the coal mines: The old mules wouldn’t respond to miners who no longer cursed and abused the animals! In these and many other ways, revivals in England, America, and other nations have historically shaped those societies into more Christian communities.”

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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 26:38 which reads, “Then saith [Jesus] unto [his disciples], My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.”

This passage occurs during Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. As he looks forward to the crucifixion, Jesus becomes sorrowful and He seeks comfort and strength through prayer to God. As He goes to pray alone, He asks his disciples, Peter, James, and John, to watch with Him.

The Greek word used for watch in this verse is grā-go-re-ō. It means to give strict attention to something, to be cautious, to be active, to be vigilant, and to be wakeful.” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon adds, “to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one.”

In this verse, we learn the importance of not watching alone. There are times when you will have to watch alone, but in the body of Christ, that is not always necessary. Sometimes, we should request that others watch and pray with us. If Jesus wanted us all to be lone rangers, He would not have placed us in the body together where we are dependent on each other. The reason why we watch together is because the devil will not announce his attacks beforehand. He will try to sneak up on us. Having an extra set of spiritual “eyes” can be the difference between victory and defeat.

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