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Nov
2014

EPHESIANS 5:15-21 UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS

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1.      Walk Wisely v 15-17

James 1:5, James 4:17, Rom 12:1-2

The Will of God is that we be saved, sanctified, suffering at times, Spirit filled, and Thankful

1.      Walk in Wisdom v15-16

Eph 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

·         Walking in Wisdom means being careful how you behave

Eph 5:16 Walking in Wisdom means Redeeming the time

Eph 5:17 Walking in Wisdom means knowing God’s will, because not too is foolishness

2.      Be Filled with the Spirit v18

Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 13:45, Luke 4:28

To be filled or controlled by the Spirit is to let God's Word control you, dying to self, pursuing purity, confessing all known sin, surrendering to God's will, and depending on His Power for all things.  It is to live dominated by the mind of Christ, so that everything that you think or do flows through what the Word teaches and is in harmony with it.

Col. 3:15-17

 The Results of the Filling of the Spirit v19-21

Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

1.      Joy…a sense of adequacy and confidence in the Lord no matter what

Phil 4:11, Acts 2:13-15, Acts 16:25

  1. Thanksgiving

James 1:17, 1Thess 5:18

V21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

3.      Submission

Phil 2:3-5, Gal 5:22-26

D.L Moody said, "I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled."

6
Nov
2014

EPHESIANS 5:7-14 WALK IN LIGHT

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Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."

V 7 Be not ye, therefore, (what?) partakers with them." The word partaker means partners. Don't join the world in its evil. The past is past.

We avoid immorality because it is not love, and because it satisfies our physical desires at the expense of others.

v8 Walk as Children of Light

·       Walking as Children of Light Means you now are on the true path to God

V9       Walking as Children of Light Means showing love by action ….Goodness

·       Walking as Children of Light Means being right before God and Man…..Righteousness

·       Walking as Children of Light Means being Truthful….living in truth

V10  Walking as Children of Light Means Learning God's will as you walk in his ways …Rom 12:1-2

V11  Walking as Children of Light Means being pure or avoiding evil (or the appearance of)

V11-13  Walking as Children of Light Means exposing evil

V12  Walking as Children of Light Means not even speaking of their shameful deeds

V13 Walking as Children of Light Means making things clear (their sin) to others by being transparent

V14 Walking as Children of Light Means guiding others (sharing the Gospel)