LISTEN: How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #62 with Daniel Whyte III)

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.”


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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 6:10-16:

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.

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Billy Sunday said, “The church is not a dormitory for sleepers, it is an institution for workers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front line trench.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?”

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Today, we are going to continue looking at the fourth piece of armor — the shield of faith. We have already talked about the nature of the shield of faith and what it does for the believer — it quenches the fiery darts thrown at us by Satan. We have also looked at three specific darts that Satan will throw our way and how to combat them with our faith in the Word of God. Namely,

1. The fiery dart of doubt
2. The fiery dart of discouragement
3. The fiery dart of delay

Let us look briefly at three more fiery darts that can come our way.

1. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of difficulty at us. He will place people and circumstances as obstacles in our path to try to get us to stumble and eventually give up on whatever it is God has called us to do. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lie because the Bible says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

2. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of depression at us. He will try to steal our joy, our contentment, and our happiness from us. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lies because Jesus Christ said in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

3. The devil will shoot the fiery dart of desire at us. He will try to capitalize on our fleshly feelings to get us to leave the straight and narrow path. These darts of desire are what the Bible calls, “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” Scripture informs us that these things are “not of the Father, but [are] of the world.” These fiery darts can be a desire for the opposite sex, a desire for money, a desire for worldly success and acclaim, or a desire for glory for ourselves. How do we respond? We respond by raising our shield of faith and using the word of God to extinguish the devil’s lies because the Bible says in First John 2:17, “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

The devil’s fiery darts can and will take on many and varied forms. But the answer to those attacks is the shield of faith, and the utilization of the shield is found in the word of God.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revive the Family Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Dottie in Louisiana
for grace, mercy, and peace in her life; for her to have a good relationship with her daughters and grandchildren; for her grandson to be healed of his speech impediment

— Audrey in Archer, FL
for her grandson, Rashad, to find a good job so that he can take care of his wife and baby and for his salvation

— John & Scovia in Uganda
money to pay for their house

— Betty in Houston, TX
give her hope after the death of her husband and her son; help her to wait on You and trust in You, provide for her needs

— Brenda in Bardstown, KY
for healing of a drug addiction; for her 25-year-old daughter who is having her 6th child (4 of whom Brenda has custody of); for protection and guidance.

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

District Leaders of the United Methodist Church

Herzen Andone
David Naglee
Susan Leonard-Ray
Patti Parrish
Catherine Jamieson-Ogg
John Hipp
George K. Howle
James Friday
Robin Dease
Tim Rogers

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

U.S. CONGRESSPEOPLE

John R. Moolenaar
Alexander X. Mooney
Gwen Moore
Seth Moulton
Markwayne Mullin
Mick Mulvaney
Patrick Murphy
Tim Murphy
Jerrold Nadler
Grace F. Napolitano

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.