How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 53 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #105)

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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Charles Spurgeon said, “Heaven’s gate is not to be stormed by one weapon but by many. Spare no arrows, Christian. Watch and see that none of the arms in thy armoury are rusty. Besiege the throne of God with a hundred hands, and look at the promise with a hundred eyes. You have a great work on hand for you have to move the arm that moves the world; watch, then, for every means of moving that arm. See to it that you ply every promise; that you use every argument; that you wrestle with all might.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I want to live so that God doesn’t have to have to give me one minute’s notice when it’s my turn to step out of time into eternity.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “Though only a young student, Evan Roberts claimed God would give him “a hundred thousand souls” if he were obedient, and before long his preaching was stirring great crowds. But that was only the beginning. Although Roberts became the acknowledged leader of the Welsh Revival, the revival itself extended far beyond his ministry. Churches were filled for two years across the entire nation. Just as he had predicted, a hundred thousand converts were added to the church. The Rest of the British Isles and the Continent.”

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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 Thessalonians 5:6 which reads, “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

This verse lets us know that there are some who do not watch; instead, they are asleep. D. Edmond Hiebert said, “The word sleep is here used metaphorically to denote indifference to spiritual realities on the part of believers. It is a different word than that used for the sleep of death. It covers all sorts of moral and spiritual laxity or insensibility.”

The world sleeps as it lies in the lap of the wicked one. It does not know that it is slowly being assimilated into Satan’s kingdom. It is bound, blind, afflicted by sin, but it does not realize it because it is asleep. It is not awake spiritually.

But, there are some in the church who are also asleep. They are not watching. They are not sober. They know that there are threats in the world, they know that Satan is pursuing them, but they are heedless of the danger. They do not pay attention to the spiritual attacks that are being launched against them and their fellow believers.

Paul challenges us not to do “as others”, but to “watch and be sober.” The word “sober” is the Greek word “neepho” which means “to be calm and collected in spirit; to be temperate, dispassionate, or circumspect.” A person who is watchful and vigilant is not someone who is jumpy or paranoid. They are “calm and collected” because they are awake — they know what is going on around them so they are not surprised when Satan attacks. A sober person maintains an even keel throughout life — he is serious but he is not above having fun in life and having a good laugh — for he knows that “laughter does good like a medicine.” He is alert and watchful regarding what is going on around him and he is able to deal with any kind of situation when it comes up.

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