How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 62 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #114)

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.”


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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, “No matter how complete the armour; no matter how skilled we may be in the science of war; no matter how courageous we are, we may be certain that without prayer we shall be defeated. God alone can give the victory; and when the Christian soldier goes forth armed completely for the spiritual conflict, if he looks to God by prayer, he may be sure of a triumph.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The trouble with our theology is that it’s all on the blackboard; our theology is all in textbooks. It has no life. It has no breath. It has no power. It has no authority. I’m sick to death of paper theology. I want to see it in flesh and blood!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “News of the Welsh Revival also encouraged those praying for revival in India to increase their efforts. The resulting awakening touched every province in that nation. The Christian population increased by 70 percent during the Indian Revival, sixteen times as fast as did the Hindu population. In many places, meetings lasted five to ten hours.”

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Yesterday, we looked at the importance of being watchful with perseverance. But there is another thing we ought to be doing as we watch: the Bible says we ought to watch with “supplication for all saints.”

The word “supplication” means “a seeking, an asking, or an entreating of God.” It is prayer in its most basic form — making a request of God. In this case, we are to make requests on behalf of all saints. It is easy to pray for one’s self — there is an element of selfishness in that. But it goes against human nature to pray for others.

As watchmen, we are to not only watch without, but within. When we see where others in the church have needs, we ought to lift those needs up to God in our prayers. When we see where others are faltering spiritually, we ought to pray for God to strengthen them.

Prayer is warfare, and we ought not to shrink from fighting on behalf of others. The soldiers in our country’s military fight, not just for themselves, but for the safety and protection of others. Christ, who laid down His life for the world, expects us to do the same.

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