The Fellowship of Believers, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #126)

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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Andrew Murray said, “Our love of God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love we display to them.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If God hasn’t gone out of business, then revival must be possibLe. The trouble is: we don’t want revival! We just want blessing. We just want our churches full. We just want things the easy way. ”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Evan Roberts was among the academy students who attended Joshua’s meetings. At a pre-breakfast meeting on Thursday, September 29, the evangelist concluded, crying out in Welsh, “Lord, bend us.” When Evan Roberts later recalled that morning, he explained, “It was the Spirit that put the emphasis on ‘bend us.”‘ “That is what you need,” said the Spirit to Evan Roberts. Evans began praying, “O Lord, bend me.””

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Not only does Paul desire peace for the local church at Ephesus, but he desires that they might have “love with faith.”

This love, of course, is God’s agape love which every Christian has experienced and should be willing to share with others. Agape is love by choice, not by merit. We must choose to love all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We may disagree with them and have our differences of opinion, but the guiding principle of all our interactions should be agape love.

Likewise, we should choose to love our spouse and our children with this same kind of love. It is harder to love family members because we are around them more often than other people, and we know all of their weaknesses and faults. At church, it is easy to ‘perform’ for a few hours on Sunday and Wednesday nights, but, in the home, the real person is seen. And, sometimes, it may be difficult to feel like loving that person. But, we are commanded to, and God’s Holy Spirit will help us to as well.

Not only should we show God’s love in the church and in our families, but we must show agape love toward the world. Most people in the world love each other based on a ‘reward’ system — ‘If you love me or if you do this for me, then I’ll love you.’ Loving someone in spite of who they are or what they have done is Jesus’ way, and it is this way that He calls us to walk.

Let us love others as Christ loved us.

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