How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 54 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #106)

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 Calvin said, “The more determined men become to despise the teachings of Christ, the more zealous should godly ministers be to assert it and the more strenuous their efforts to preserve it.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There’s not one thing in life worth having outside of Jesus Christ. If you can really sing, ‘Thou, O Christ, art all I want,’ you’ve got it made.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “News of the Welsh Revival encouraged those praying for revival throughout Great Britain to intensify their efforts. The Archbishop of Canterbury of the Church of England called for a national day of prayer. When one bishop told of confirming 950 converts in a single country parish church, thirty others declared their support for the revival. Outside the Anglican Church, Protestants in England increased their number by 10 percent between 1903 and 1906. Revival swept through Ireland and Scotland as well.”

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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 2 Timothy 4:5 which reads, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

This verse is a part of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, a young minister whom he had trained and put in charge of the church at Ephesus. Among a myriad of commands and advice, Paul charges Timothy with the command to watch. Every Christian pastor needs to take heed to this order — to watch. Satan, like a roaring lion, is prowling about seeking to devour members of local churches. Thus, the pastor is commanded to watch, to be on guard, to be ready for every attack that Satan might bring against his church.

A minister is also to ‘endure afflictions.’ Just because you are in ministry, that does not mean you will not have problems just as you do in life. A minister must not let down his guard or give up just because he faces opposition or difficulty.

Some people who serve God fulltime think their lives should be easier than those who do not. But that is not the case. Your life will in fact be harder because the devil will be out to get you even more. And that is all the more reason why you should watch.

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