The Fellowship of Believers, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #122)

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 6:10-24:

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;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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Alexander MacLaren said, “True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on our Divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, ‘I will not be afraid;’ it is wisdom and peace to say, ‘I will trust and not be afraid.'”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Go home and think about this: You are saved and someone in your family is lost. Have you poured your heart out to God for that person lately? Are they going to sit in Hell and see you at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? AIl you do is turnover Scriptures and mark Scriptures and memorize verses, and they’re perishing! Where, in God’s name, is your humanity, never mind your spirituality? What about your unsaved brother… your unsaved sister… maybe your unsaved pastor?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Welsh Revival (1904): At the annual gathering of the British Keswick Convention in 1904, those assembled experienced a growing sense that a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit was on the horizon. Many Keswick speakers reported that Christians were surrendering themselves more deeply to Christ and committing themselves to pray for revival. Among those speakers was Seth Joshua, an evangelist who conducted many of his meetings in neighboring Wales.”

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As Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians, one of the things he expresses that they receive is peace. He says, “Peace be to the brethren…” Someone once said that peace is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith. The word Paul uses for “peace” has an extensive definition which reads as follows:

— a state of tranquillity; exemption from the rage and havoc of war
— peace between individuals, harmony, concord
— the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is
— the blessed state of devout and upright men after death

As you can see, there are many aspects of life that are influenced by this virtue called peace. We are going to look at the four main ways in which peace should be demonstrated in the life of the believer.

The first way in which the believer ought to demonstrate peace is in his personal life. He should have peace in his mind, heart, and soul.

Sin can cause a lack of peace in one’s life. The only way to restore peace is through confession and repentance.

Difficult times can cause a lack of peace in one’s life. The only way to restore peace then is to simply have faith in God — for your daily living experience. You should trust God with your health, your finances, with your work life, with your family affairs — with everything.

Finally, if you want to have peace, don’t focus on your problems and circumstances. Focus on God who is greater than your problems and circumstances. The Bible says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

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