How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 56 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #108)

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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Andrew Bonar said, “One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We’re not here to get to know the Word of God but to get to know the God of the Word.”

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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 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.”

We have already looked at what it means for a minister to watch, to endure afflictions, and to do the work of an evangelist.

Today, we are focusing on Paul’s command for Timothy to “make full proof of thy ministry.” The term ‘make full proof’ means “to carry through to the end or to accomplish.”

Every minister, no matter how talented or educated, will face times when he will feel discouraged or inadequate. These types of feelings may be caused by the devil whispering discouraging thoughts into his mind. Or it may come from negative comments and criticism from church members or other believers. A preacher’s ministry may go unfulfilled because of fear, unbelief, the cares of the world, the fear of man, or sin in his life.

In fact, every person who sets out to do something for Christ will face such feelings and experiences.

The preacher — and every Christian, however, is called not to give up, to press on, to carry through to the end, to accomplish what he has been called to do. Every Christian is called to finish his course, to finish his race, to complete the ministry that God has given him.

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