How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 59 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #111)

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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Richard T. Ritenbaugh said, “Expectant watchfulness is the normal posture of a Christian. Jesus wants us to be ready for His return at any time, and as servants, we are in no position to determine when to expect Him. He will come when He will come, and we must be prepared to welcome Him whenever that happens to be.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It’s a tragedy when you try and prove your spirituality by things you don’t do rather than proving it by the things you do.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “In the West, interdenominational meetings attracted up to 180,000 attendants. One evening in Los Angeles, the Grand Opera House was filled by midnight with drunks and prostitutes seeking salvation. In Portland, Oregon, the entire city virtually shut down between 11:00 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. for noon hour prayer meetings.”

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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 Revelation 3:3 which reads, “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

This verse comes as a part of the letter to the church at Sardis in the book of Revelation. Sardis was a city known for its immorality and decadence. The Christians in that city were faced with the constant temptation of living like the world around them. Thus, it was important for them to remember, to call to mind what they had first received and believed.

The world, the flesh, and the devil will serve as constant temptations to believers. That is why it is important for us to return again and again to the truths of the word of God. The word of God is our anchor. It stabilizes us and reminds us of what we should be doing amidst the stormy seas of life. We must “hold fast” to the word of God lest we be led astray.

Then, the church at Sardis is told to “repent.” Those who had failed to remain obedient to God needed to repent of their sins and get back to their first love lest they face the same judgment of the unbelievers around them.

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