How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 60 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #112)

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Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #112
How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare (Part 60)

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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Albert Barnes said, “Many a barren church owes its present sad estate to its inconsistent behaviour, and many a barren Christian has come into this mournful condition by a careless, unsanctified walk before the Lord. Let not saints who are now useful run the risk of enduring the loss of their mercies, but let them be watchful that all things may go well with them.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “People today want a painless Pentecost. After the apostles were filled in the upper room, they were persecuted and they went to prison for preaching the Word. When you’re filled with the Spirit, it doesn’t matter what area of your life you yield to God, the devil will fight to get back the ground he lost in your life.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us regarding the 1904 Revival: “A similar movement occurred throughout Canada. Urban and rural churches alike organized prayer meetings and evangelistic campaigns. Thousands gathered nightly during Torrey/Alexander campaigns in major Canadian cities, including Winnipeg and Toronto. Among the converts of Torrey’s Toronto meetings was a young man named Oswald J. Smith, who would one day become known as “the greatest missionary statesman of the twentieth century.””

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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 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.”

We have seen how the church at Sardis is commanded to return to and hold fast to the teachings which it has received and heard. We have also examined the command for the believer to repent if he has fallen into a sinful lifestyle. With this part of his life in order, the Christian is ready for the next command which is to watch.

Jesus gives this command as a warning: “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.” The day of Jesus’ return will be a sad occurrence for those Christians who are not watching and leading faithful lives. They will be surprised and ashamed to be found living in sin when the Second Coming takes place.

The story of the city of Sardis is an interesting example which underlines the necessity of watchfulness in the life of the believer. Sardis was a city positioned on a cliff. The city’s rulers considered the city to be impenetrable because no army could scale the steep walls surrounding the city, so there were no regular guards watching on the city walls. One day, when the Persian King Cyrus came against Sardis, he too at first thought the city to be unassailable, but one of his soldiers accidentally discovered a secret trail that led up to the city walls. A detachment of soldiers was sent up the trail, surprising the unwatchful military of Sardis, and Cyrus conquered the city. Over 200 years later, the city was conquered by the Greek king Antiochus III in the same manner. The city of Sardis fell because its people did not realize the importance of watching.

We, too, will be conquered and defeated by Satan, the world and the flesh if we do not maintain a watchful posture.

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