How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 51 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #103)

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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A.W. Tozer said, “Spiritual Christians look upon the world not as a playground but as a battleground.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We’ve reduced God to a minimum. Most of us are trying to get to heaven with minimum spirituality. If people looked after their businesses the way we look after our souls, they’d have gone bankrupt years ago. Materialism has crept in and blinded us. It has become a way of life.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “British evangelist Rodney (“Gipsy”) Smith saw amazing results during his mission of peace in South Africa in 1901. The South African Awakening under Smith’s ministry was so significant that Smith extended his ministry in that nation an additional six months, yet the greatest manifestation of the 1904 Revival was yet to come.”

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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 1 Corinthians 16:13 which reads, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

This verse is a powerful summary of all that we have been discussing in this portion of our revival series. These are Paul’s concluding words in his first letter to the Corinthians.

Each of the words he uses — watch, stand fast, quit yourselves, be strong — are military terms in the original Greek, emphasizing that constant state of war that we are in.

By watching, we are to constantly be on guard so that we will not be startled or think it strange by Satan’s attacks.

By standing fast, we are to maintain our rank or our position in the body of Christ. Each member of the Body has a specific task or series of tasks that they must do. If one person does not fulfill their task, or throws down their weapons and runs, the rest of the body is put at risk. A Roman fighting force marched in rigid, unbroken ranks. As long as the ranks were maintained, the Romans were pretty much unstoppable. When the ranks were broken, however, they were much easier to defeat.

The term ‘quit ye like men’ means “to make a man of oneself, to make brave, or to show one’s self to be a man.” When a boy is faced with a rabid dog, he will turn and flee. But, a man knows that the only way to defeat a rabid dog is to let it know that you are not afraid of it. So, a man stands, and — if need be — he fights.

Finally, we are to ‘be strong.’ Adam Clarke wrote that this term means to ‘summon up all your courage, to sustain each other, to fear not.’ In this day and time, the world needs to see a strong church, not a church that shrinks from the fight or quails at every strike of cultural opposition.

We all must watch, stand fast, and be strong.

Let’s pray.

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