The Fellowship of Believers, Part 9 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #127)

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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A.W. Tozer said, “Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The reason why we don’t miss revival is because we’ve never been in one.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The next meeting that morning was scheduled for nine o’clock. Several students prayed aloud when given the opportunity. Roberts himself knelt with his arms stretched out, perspiration soaking his shirt as he agonized over committing himself to God. Finally he prayed aloud, “Bend me! Bend me! Bend me!” Later that day, Joshua made an entry in his journal recalling the young man’s cry.”

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Not only are we to show forth God’s agape love to all people, but we are to couple it with our faith. Paul says we should have “love with faith.”

The Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen.” The word translated as “faith” in this verse means “being convicted or convinced of the truth of anything; a belief; a conviction or belief regarding man’s relationship to God and divine things.”

In this sense, our faith is something that we carry with us. It is not static, but active. It influences every part of our lives. There are some things that we do differently and some things that we don’t do at all because of our conviction or belief regarding the truth and regarding God. Most importantly, we should be about the business of sharing our faith with others in a spirit of love and strengthening those who are already in the household of faith to keep on believing in and trusting God.

The Greek word that is translated as “faith” here can also be defined as fidelity or faithfulness. Just as God is faithful and we have faith in Him, we ought to demonstrate the quality of faithfulness in our lives. Others ought to be able to rely on us. We should do the things we say we are going to do. If your faith is genuine, it should make you faithful. In so doing, we are being like God who is always faithful.

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