The Fellowship of Believers, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #123)

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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Donald Bloesch said, “Our peace and confidence are to be found not in our empirical holiness, not in our progress toward perfection, but in the alien righteousness of Jesus Christ that covers our sinfulness and alone makes us acceptable before a holy God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you want a new personality, I’ll tell you this: the only way to get it is to have a prayer life. You can’t pray and be unclean; you can’t pray and hold a grudge; you can’t pray and have bitterness. We blame the devil so much, but many of us sabotage our own prayer lives because we hold on to sin.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Christians in Wales had witnessed the rapid spread in their land of worldliness and humanistic philosophy, which produced a deadening effect in the churches. One church leader observed, “While the church sleeps, the enemy busily sows tares among the wheat. Nothing short of an outpouring of the Spirit from on high will uproot them, and save our land from becoming prey to atheism and ungodliness.””

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We are continuing to look at the virtue of peace which should be present in the lives of believers. We have already seen how it should be apparent in a Christian’s personal life. Today, we are going to look at how peace should be apparent in Christian families.

Most families today do not have peace. Husbands and wives are at odds with each other. Parents and children are at odds with each other. Siblings are at odds with each other. There is no peace. Much of this lack of peace is caused very simply by people wanting to have their own way and not doing things according to the Bible as we discussed earlier from Ephesians 5 & 6 in this series of homilies.

The simple formula for peace in the Christian home is as follows:

1. The husband is to love and lead his wife and children.
2. The wife is to submit to and respect her husband, and help him in raising the children.
3. The children are to obey and respect their parents.

When any of this gets out of line — when any member of the family does not do their job — there will not be peace in the home.

Now, many families, unfortunately, settle for pretend peace, and that is not what we are talking about here. Your family is not perfect. People in your family will sin, will make mistakes, and will struggle with certain issues. Those problems must be dealt with, and not pushed under the rug — even if it causes temporary conflict.

Greg Smalley said many families “hate to confront disagreements and hurts because they’re afraid of rocking the boat, so they choose to keep the peace at any price and sweep their issues under the rug. However, this strategy usually does not resolve the problem, because suppressed conflict is always buried alive, and it often festers until it becomes a much bigger problem. In the end, buried issues end up exploding like a massive volcano, leaving our spouse and family members in its wake of destruction.”

Everyone in the family must commit to obeying God, obeying their God-ordained authority, and dealing with issues when they arise in order to have peace in the home.

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