The Fellowship of Believers, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #128)

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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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C.S. Lewis said, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is no other way for America to be saved unless we have a Holy Ghost revivaI that makes men hate sin, loathe sin, repent of sin, and turn from sin.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Evan Roberts felt himself overwhelmed by the love of God. A verse he had learned immediately came to mind: ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ The motto of the revival in Wales was born out of Roberts’ experience that day: ‘Bend the church and save the world.’ Though still young, this new evangelist was about to become God’s agent to carry the spirit of revival throughout his homeland.”

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How do we have peace, show love, and demonstrate faith in our daily lives as Christian believers? We all know that we cannot do these things on our own. That is why Paul said in verse 23, “Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace, love, and faith come from God and Jesus Christ.

In the Bible God is called “the God of all peace.” Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. If we want peace in our lives, in our families, in our churches, and in our relationship with the world, we must be connected to God through His Son Jesus Christ. People and things might give you the semblance of peace temporarily, but true, lasting peace comes only from God.

First John 4:8 says, “God is love.” In John 13, Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘love one another even as I have loved you.’ God and Jesus are the source of true, lasting love — love that is not based on feelings or romantic whims, but love that is giving and sacrificial. That kind of love is hard for us to do on our own, but we can love like God loves us and like Jesus loves us if we rely on them to love others through us.

Finally, we often think of faith as something that we show toward God and Jesus, but the Bible teaches that we are also given faith. Romans 12:3 says, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” In other words, God has given each person the ability to have faith in Him and to live by that faith. Hebrews 12:2 calls Jesus “the author and finisher of our faith.” Faith, in this sense, is the entire life of belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. That belief should bleed over into every aspect of our lives. We may start out feeble in the faith, but Jesus strengthens and perfects us in faith as time goes on.