How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 50 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #102)

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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John Owen said, “Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God didn’t come to be a shareholder! God doesn’t want to share your life; He wants to own it! He doesn’t want partnership; He wants ownership of every part of your being.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “American evangelists R. A. Torrey and Charles M. Alexander were surprised to find a widespread prayer movement during their highly successful campaign in Australia and New Zealand in 1901. The campaign produced more converts than ever before experienced by the churches of that region. When the American evangelist Wilbur Chapman replaced Torrey, revival continued.”

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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 again looking at Acts 20:31 which reads, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears.”

I want you to notice how Paul’s ministry is coming to a close as a watchman. (Of course, he continued teaching and preaching for a few more years as a prisoner in Rome before he was put to death. But, at this point, it looks like the end of the road for the Apostle Paul.) He is coming to the close of his ministry journey, and he is able to say that he served faithfully in warning the churches and believers under his spiritual leadership of the threats that they would face from within and without.

Paul was a faithful messenger of God to many believers beyond the Ephesians whom he is talking to in this passage. Throughout the New Testament, we read his letters to numerous local churches as well as to ministers whom he trained such as Timothy and Titus.

In this single verse, we see that Paul was a long-term watchman. He spent “three years” teaching the Ephesians and he spent similar amounts of time teaching other local church bodies. He was in it for the long haul. Then, we see that Paul was a consistent watchman. He says he “did not cease” warning those under his care. We, too, ought not to give up being on guard and warning others to be on guard against spiritual attack. Then, we see that Paul was a spiritually and emotionally invested watchman. He warned “everyone with tears.” He was not like some who pontificate from an ivory tower, but who do not have real care and concern for the people. God is not only looking for watchmen who are willing to lead, but watchmen who are willing to serve.

You and I ought to strive to have the testimony of the Apostle Paul — one of a faithful watchman who consistently carried God’s message to the people He sent us to with a caring, serving spirit.

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