How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 57 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #109)

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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J. Oswald Sanders said, “Christians everywhere have undiscovered and unused spiritual gifts. The leader must help bring those gifts into the service of the kingdom, to develop them, and to marshal their power.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God wants to move you into the place where you are steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the love of God. Only a risen, exalted Christ can make that possible. He’s got to have pre-eminence in your living, your thinking, your time, your language — in all things, not some things. Every day, every second should be holy for a man who has the Holy Ghost.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “The revival also swept through the South. First Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, added a thousand people within a couple of months. Across the Southern Baptist Convention, baptisms increased by 25 percent in a single year.”

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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 Hebrews 13:17 which reads, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

This passage is written to saints in the church who are under the authority of spiritual leaders such as pastors and teachers. The saints are commanded to obey and submit to legitimate Christian leadership. The reason why is because these leaders “watch for their souls” and will one day give an account of their behavior.

Christian leaders have the responsibility of looking out for the spiritual well-being of those under their care. Some pastors make the mistake of only paying attention to the physical needs of their spiritual children. They provide physical and material support, but fail to see the spiritual problems in their lives.

Christian pastors have a serious responsibility as watchmen over the lives of those under their care. They will be required to give an account before God of the work they carried out and the influence they had over the lives of those they led.

Likewise, those who are under authority are told to take heed to the commands of their spiritual leaders so that those watchmen can give their report to God with joy and not with grief. We all ought to want a good report before God. Thus, we all ought to obey those in spiritual authority over us, and we ought to be faithful watchmen.

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