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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 3            Page 4

V.17 ** The fourth characteristic of living "The Spirit Filled Life" is found in verse seventeen. Do you see it?

"do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is"

** Paul says "So then" - because we are being careful, because we are wise, because we are making the most of our opportunity, we should not be foolish. In the absence of foolishness, our lives and our marriages should be based upon knowing God's will, what is it?

Our sanctification - 1Thessalonians 4:3
Our submission - 1Peter 2:13-15
Our suffering - 1Peter 3:17
Our satisfaction - 1Thessalonians 5:18

and from today's passage

Our sobriety - Ephesians 5:18

V.18 ** This verse introduces us to the fifth characteristic for this study. We have seen; 1) we are careful how we walk, 2) we have wisdom from God's word, 3) we make the most of our opportunity, 4) we understand God's will, and now 5) we choose what influences us. What type of things should we avoid, so that they are not able to influence us in the wrong way?

Those things (like wine), that given too wide a door of opportunity, will influence us to drift away from God's desire for our life.

** Do you recall from two weeks ago the meaning of "be filled", which translates the Greek word pleroo?

It means to be moved or controlled by something. We saw in that study how sorrow, fear or rage can all be used to control our words and actions. Let's look a little closer at how this concept is represented in Scripture.

2Peter 1:21 - "men moved by the Holy Spirit", like wind filling a sail.

Our lives, under the control of the Holy Spirit, are driven along in the center of God's will. We must not allow ourselves to be controlled by anything other than our gracious God.
cf. 1Corinthians 6:12

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