How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 48 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #100)

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.”


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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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William Gurnall said, “Christ hath told us he will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re going to be a true Christian, I’ll tell you one thing amongst others: it will be a lonely life. It’s a narrow way and it becomes narrower and narrower and narrower.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “In response to this prayer movement [which we discussed yesterday], the first manifestations of revival began in a most unlikely place: among prisoners of war held in camps halfway across the world from each other. The Boer War in South Africa had pitted the Boers (Afrikaners), of Dutch ancestry, against the British. Some of the Boers taken prisoner were held on Bermuda (a British island colony off the southeastern coast of the United States) and some on Ceylon (an island in the Indian Ocean). According to one observer, the Prisoner of War Revival, as it came to be called, was characterized ‘by extraordinary prayer, by faithful preaching, conviction of sin, confession and repentance with lasting conversions and hundreds of enlistments for missionary service.’ With the return of the prisoners to their homeland, revival swept through South Africa as well, which was in the grips of an economic depression.”

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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 looking at Luke 21:36 which reads, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

This verse comes at the end of one of Jesus’ discussions on the events of the last times. It has two meanings. First, during this discourse on the end times, Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be overthrown. He gave signs that would point toward this happening. In 70 AD, the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. By telling His listeners to watch and pray, He enabled them to be able to escape the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Those who heeded Jesus’ warnings were able to save their lives and their families. Those who didn’t perished.

The second meaning, which applies to us today, is that we should watch and pray as it appears that the last days are drawing near. The Bible predicts that these last days will be a time of destruction, judgment, and calamity for the whole world. Christians will not live through the worst of these events because the Church will be Raptured before they occur. All those who listen to and obey Jesus can escape the coming destruction and will be found worthy to stand before Him in His kingdom. Our primary task ought to be warning others of the wrath to come so that they, too, can join the ranks of those who watch and pray, and who will escape the judgment that appears to be just on the horizon.

Let’s pray.

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