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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 3            Page 2

The Spirit Filled Life

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V.15 ** Why does Paul draw a connection between our opening verse for today and the passage that we studied last week?

Because we are "children of light" and the world around us is lost in "darkness", we must be careful how we walk! But it goes even further back, if we are going to be "imitators of God" we are going to have to be careful.

** What does the word "careful" bring to mind when applied to our daily walk with the Lord?

The phrase "be careful" is derived from two words in the Greek - blepho (to look at) and akribos (with exactness). Paul is calling for us to look at our daily walk with the Lord with an attitude of exacting caution, to be on guard or beware of the influences around us.
All see - 1Corinthians 3:10-14

** Back in Ephesians 5:15 - to what are we applying all of this exacting caution?

Our daily "walk", remember this is speaking of our conduct and should be viewed in moment by moment bytes! This requires a serious effort on our part, so that we might build upon the foundation of our faith with a daily conduct which brings glory to God among His angels as they observe our life. (Luke 15:7 and 1Peter 1:12)

Hopefully that is a sobering thought! This is the first characteristic of living "The Spirit Filled Life", we are careful about how we walk.

** What contrast does Paul choose to use to illustrate the nature of our walk and to also give us the second characteristic of living "The Spirit Filled Life?

It is to be: "not as unwise"
Psalm 14:1 "there is no God"
Proverbs 1:7 "despise wisdom and instruction"
Proverbs 14:9 "mock sin"

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