How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 58 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #110)

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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Chip Ingram said, “We must recognize how the evil one is working in this world and take a firm stance against him. It means we take careful thought concerning what we put in our minds — what we listen to, what we watch, and how we use our time.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Christianity is not a sinning-repenting religion! It’s a victorious religion! There should be a place where you quit your sinning!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “In the Midwest, Methodists reported ‘the greatest revivals in their history.’ Every store and factory in Burlington, Iowa, closed to allow employees to attend prayer meetings. When the mayor of Denver declared a day of prayer in that city, churches were filled by ten o’clock. At 11:30, virtually every place of business in the city closed as 12,000 gathered for prayer meetings in downtown theaters and halls. Every school in town, and even the Colorado State Legislature, closed for the day.”

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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 Peter 4:7 which reads, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

It seems as though the world is slipping further and further away from God’s truth. It seems as though we are seeing more violence, more sin, more immorality in society. It seems as though the world is losing respect for traditional Bible-based values. In short, it seems as though the world is coming to an end.

We are not the only ones who have felt this way. The Christians of the first century had similar feelings. In chapter 4 of his first letter, Peter details the rampant sin that was going on in society. He said people were “walking in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.” The term “walking in” meant that these activities were not abnormalities — this was their regular lifestyle. Peter told the believers of those who lived such lifestyles, “they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” People in Peter’s day thought the Christians were peculiar and unusual because they did not lead the same kind of sinful lives.

The truth is that Christians are called to be peculiar. We are called to live differently. While all the rest of the world is hurtling headlong to destruction, we are to be sober, watchful, and prayerful. It may be uncomfortable being unusual. You may draw unwanted negative attention to yourself. But we are not living to please the world. We are living to please our Heavenly Father who has called us to be holy as He is holy. As the end of all things seems to be at hand, we are to maintain a serious disposition, a watchful eye, and a prayerful spirit.

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