How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 45 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #97)

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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E.M. Bounds said, “It cannot be stated too frequently that the life of a Christian is a warfare, an intense conflict, a lifelong contest. It is a battle, moreover, waged against invisible foes, who are ever alert, and ever seeking to entrap, deceive, and ruin the souls of men. The life to which Holy Scripture calls men is no picnic or holiday outing. It is no pastime, no pleasure jaunt. It entails effort, wrestling, struggling; it demands the putting forth of the full energy of the spirit in order to frustrate the foe and to come off, at the last, more than conqueror. It is no primrose path, no rose-scented dalliance. From start to finish, it is war. From the hour in which he first draws sword, to that in which he doffs his harness, the Christian warrior is compelled to ‘endure hardness like a good soldier.'”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Before too long it’s going to demand a lot of courage to really live and maintain the true Christian life according to the Word of the Living God.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Dates of revivals’ beginnings are normally noted, but not dates of their conclusion, because the influence of each revival continued long after its inception. These are called revival eras because each time God poured out his Spirit, he did so on “all flesh”—meaning that the revival sprang up in several places at the same time, like a stream that disappears underground only to burst to the surface at another location. In the First Great Awakening, for example, revival sprang up generally at the same time in New England under the influence of Jonathan Edwards, in England with Wesley and Whitefield, and in Germany at Herrnhutt.”

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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.

Today, we are again looking at 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.” Two verses later, we read, “And [Jesus] cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”

On yesterday, from this exchange between Jesus and His disciples, we saw the importance of enlisting fellow believers to watch with us. Today, we will look again at the definition of the word “watch” as it is used here. This word means “to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtakes one.”

Jesus did not tell the disciples to watch for His sake; He told them to watch for their own sake. He knew the calamity that was about to come upon Him. The disciples were the ones ignorant of what the devil had planned for them. They, especially Peter, arrogantly thought that they could handle whatever that night would bring, so they didn’t watch, and the devil knocked them out.

Not only did they run when Jesus was arrested, but they spent the days and weeks after the crucifixion scared, worried, and in disbelief to the point where some of them decided to go back to their old profession. If Jesus hadn’t come along to get them back in the game, they would have been defeated as Christians — all because they didn’t watch.

The devil wants to knock you out just like he did these disciples temporarily. He wants you to join the ranks of those Christians who got knocked down and stayed down, who never returned to the ministry. If you don’t want that to happen, you must obey Jesus’ command, and watch.

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